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Deseret News Week 10 high school star athletes of the week

Football

Corbin Cottle, Bountiful (Jr.)

Absolutely dominated the last four weeks of the regular season, a big reason Bountiful finished the season on a four-game winning streak. Last week in Bountiful’s 41-14 win over Sky View, the junior carried the ball 19 times for 267 yards and four touchdowns.

“Corbin is great football player and an even better young man. He does things the right way both on and off the field and is always looking to do something a little extra. He is a team-first guy and is the first one to give credit to his teammates for his accomplishments. He is a starter on both sides of the ball and a key piece to making Bountiful football successful this season. He truly loves the game of football,” said Bountiful coach Jason Freckleton.a

He finished the regular season with 1,265 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, with 977 yards and 14 touchdowns coming over the past four games.

Girls Soccer

Maya Nichols, Canyon View (Fr.)

Just a freshman, Maya Nichols has had a major impact on Canyon View’s girls soccer program this year which advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2002 with last week’s quarterfinal win over Judge Memorial.

Nichols’ scored the game winner against Judge in the first half as she received a great cross from fellow freshman Hadlee Farrow and calmly finished the chance.

“Maya is a true team player. She is quick to give praise and thanks to her teammates. She does not like to stand out. She loves to see her teammates succeed. Maya is a hard worker. She is a coach’s dream,” said Canyon View coach Steven Newman. “She shows on time, works hard the entire time and does everything we ask her to do. She is the epitome of a team player. Her teammates love to be around her. She is a key piece of the girls playing like a team.”

Volleyball

K.J. Burgess, Lone Peak (Sr.)

Lone Peak heads into the final two weeks of the regular season on a roll with a 12-game winning streak, and a big reason why has been the steady contribution of K.J. Burgess.

The senior is hitting .379 this season with 142 kills, 32 aces and 77 blocks.

In Lone Peak’s most recent win over Skyridge last week — which improved the team’s region record to 7-0 — she hit .667 with six kills and four blocks.

“KJ brings a level of athleticism offensively and defensively to every match that can’t be ignored by the opposition. She is a huge threat and it opens up our offense and establishes our defense. It is fun to watch an athlete of her caliber compete day in and day out,” said Lone Peak coach Reed Carlson.

Girls Cross Country

Caroline Rupper, Brighton (Sr.)

Caroline Rupper is having a great final month of the 2021 cross country season as she makes a strong push toward the state meet at the end of October.

Back on Sept. 30 she ran a great race at the Region 6 championship to edge a Park City runner by two seconds to claim the region title. Two weeks later at the 5A Divisionals state qualifying meet, Rupper finished fourth in her section of 108 runners.

“It has been such a privilege to coach Caroline throughout her high school cross country experience. This year she has not only continued to win several varsity girls meets (including region) but she has stepped up as a team captain as well,” said Brighton coach Angie Welder. “While many athletes can burn out their senior year, Caroline has only become more driven and focused. She is a great example of the patience, determination and focus needed to develop into an elite runner. She has a bright future ahead of her.”

At state last year Rupper finished in 41st place, but based on her performances throughout this season she figures to be running closer to the lead pack this year.

Boys Cross Country

Liam Heninger, Mountain View (Jr.)

Liam Heninger is hitting his stride in the final month of the cross country season.

At the Region 8 championships back on Oct. 1, he finished third against a stacked field of runners in the region. Then last week in his section at the 5A divisional meet at Lakeside Park in Orem, Heninger ran a fantastic race to finish first out of 119 runners with a time of 15:56.3. Between the two 5A section races, his time was the second-fastest.

“A few of the things I feel that have helped Liam’s success this season so far, have been his positive attitude and focus on the little things that he can build on in himself and his team,” said Mountain View coach Mike Strauss.

Led by Heninger, Mountain View is the clear fronter runner to win the 5A state title next week.

Girls Tennis

Bailey Huebner, Green Canyon (Fr.)

Bailey Huebner made a big splash competing in her first year of high school tennis in 2021.

Huebner rolled to the Region 11 title this season and then at the state meet captured the 4A first singles state title in dramatic fashion. After dropping the first set to region rival Erika Olsen of Bear River, Huebner went on to win the next two sets to claim the title 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“Bailey added so much to our team this year. Her quiet strength, dedication and love of the game is second to none. She was able to stay positive and persevere through incredibly difficult matches. She is an amazing role model for our team,” said Green Canyon coach Holly Haslem.

Boys Golf

Zach Skinner, Ridgeline (Jr.)

Was a golfer on a mission at the 4A state tournament back on Oct. 6-7 at Birch Creek Golf Course as he not only won 4A medalist honors, but also led Ridgeline to the team title.

Skinner was the low man over the 36 holes as he shot a 5-under 139 to finish two strokes ahead of Crimson Cliffs’ Boston Bracken. Skinner was lights out in his opening round shooting a scintillating 7-under 65. His second round was a bit more of a grind with a 74, but it was still good enough for the individual title.

Every stroke matter as Ridgeline and Crimson Cliffs finished tied at 597, but Ridgeline claim the state title with a win on the first team playoff hole.

“It’s so awesome that our team won. We’ve been working for this all year. As for me, it’s awesome to see my hard work pay off because I put in a lot of work this summer and it feels good to see it pay off,” said Skinner