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Deseret News Week 8 high school star athletes of the week

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Football

Seth Rigtrup, Springville (Sr.)

Seth Rigtrup had a career day last week in leading Springville to the 64-17 victory over Maple Mountain.

The senior back carried the ball 18 times for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Things were so easy on the ground for the Red Devils, they only attempted 10 passes the entire game.

“Seth showed you how special he is rushing for 300 yards,” said Springville coach Willy Child.

Rigtrup’s previous career high in yards was the 224 yards he gained against Bountiful in Week 3. For the season, Rigtrup has carried the ball 142 times for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns.

 

Girls soccer

Belle Christensen, Riverton (Sr.)

Riverton heads into the 6A playoffs next week on a 10-game winning streak and is one of the top contenders thanks to the steady play of forward Belle Christensen.

The senior forward has recorded 22 goals and 10 assists this season, which included a three-assist performance against West Jordan in one of the final games of the season.

“Belle is a great leader on our team. She always leads by example and is one of the hardest-working players on the field,” said Riverton coach Paul Moizer. “Belle also is a member of the basketball team and has also run cross-country and track.”

Riverton earned the No. 2 seed in the 6A playoffs and will enjoy a bye into the second round of the tournament.

Volleyball

Emrie Satuala, Bountiful (Sr.)

Emrie Satuala has been a middle blocker force this season for Bountiful, which is still undefeated heading into the heart of region play.

For the season Satuala is hitting .315 with 101 kills and just 38 errors. She’s recorded 31 blocks. She’s committed to Idaho State University.

In straight-set wins over Northridge and Box Elder last week she combined to record 29 kills.

“Emrie has really stepped up this season both as a leader and as a force on the court for us. She is an explosive athlete with a humble demeanor and amazing work ethic. Emrie is a versatile attacker who can move effortlessly along the net, and while her high velocity attacks are her signature, she has been working hard to develop her finesse shots, which when combined, make her very difficult to defend,” said Bountiful coach Sarah Chism. “As a captain and leader, her team-first mentality and work ethic on the court, in the weight room and in the classroom have set a high standard for our team this season.”

 

Girls cross-country

Taylor Jorgensen, Mountain Ridge (Jr.)

Taylor Jorgensen dominated at the Sanpete Classic Invitational over the weekend.

Racing against a mix of runners from 6A through 3A, Jorgensen ran away with the first-place finish, posting a great time of 18:11.5. She finished 48 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, one of her own teammates.

“Taylor is an extremely talented runner, but what makes her really good is her consistency and hard work. She is always at practice and always willing to push in workouts. She is still learning how to race, but when she wants to compete watch out because she can,” said Mountain Ridge coach James Barnes.

At the 5A state meet last season, Jorgensen finished in 27th place as a sophomore and is trending toward a much stronger performance at state later this month.

 

Boys cross-country

Jett Davenport, Union (Sr.)

With the state cross-country meet just a few weeks away, Jett Davenport is hitting his stride at just the right time.

The senior won the Sanpete Classic Invitational last weekend with a strong time of 15:53.7. He showed a great kick to hold off the second-place runner from Rowland Hall by 1.5 seconds.

“I don’t remember a time when Jett wasn’t trying to improve. He simply expects more out of himself than anyone else,” said Union coach Bill Goodrich.

Davenport was a sixth-place finisher at the state meet as a junior last year posting a time of 18:35.9. He’ll be looking to crack the top five this year in the last meet of his high school career.

 

Girls tennis

Jane Dunyon, Weber (Fr.)

Continuing a family tradition at the 6A state tournament last week at Liberty Park, Weber freshman Jane Dunyon rolled to the 6A first singles state championship winning all four matches in straight sets, including a 6-1, 6-0 win in the final over Layton freshman Tia Christopulos.

Dunyon is following in the footsteps of her older sister Jacque Dunyon, who won first singles state titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and is currently competing at Arizona State.

“Jane is one of the hardest-working athletes I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach. She trains 4-6 hours a day and keeps up with her home studies as well. She has been training at a high level for many years. Her mental tennis game is what puts her over the edge as one of the top teen tennis players in the nation,” said Weber coach Kaitlan Toole. “In her matches she is steady and strong mentally as well as physically. She is tough to beat because she can dial in and have ultra focus on what she needs to do in a match to win. Then she allows her training and years of experience to get the job done.”

Boys golf

Zach Felts, Crimson Cliffs (Sr.)

Zach Felts shot a 69 in the final day of Region 10 play last week, and even though he finished second on the day, the performance was plenty good enough to help him claim overall region medalist honors.

The Crimson Cliffs senior finished the season with a 68.7 scoring average in eight region meets and will be the golfer to beat at the 4A state tournament this season.

“He is such a hard worker. One of the things that makes him a great player is his desire to continually improve. Every day he goes to the golf course wanting to improve and get better. He has posted some really low tournament scores and he’s never satisfied. He wants to keep getting better. He is self-motivated and very driven to be the best golfer he can be,” said Crimson Cliffs coach Cody Felts. “He truly loves the game of golf and the challenges it presents each day. He’s also a really good teammate and everyone loves being around him. After the state tournament he’ll be focused on preparing for college golf next season.”