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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of week 26 in Utah high school sports

Boys Basketball

Coleman Ford, Timpview (Sr.)

Top-ranked Timpview rolled through Region 7 play with a perfect 12-0 record this season and sports a 20-3 record as the 5A state tournament gets underway this week. A big reason for all that success has been the consistent backcourt play of senior Coleman Ford.

Ford ranks third on the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg to go along with his 5.4 assists per game.

Last week in a 64-48 season-ending win over Mountain Ridge he recorded 16 points and six assists, and then earlier in the week in a 76-50 win over Orem he tallied a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists. The 12 assists was a new career high.

“Coleman is the best point guard in the state, he has been for two years,” said Timpview coach Kevin Santiago. “When he gets going to the rim he’s really hard to stop and he’s making that extra pass to our shooters. Teams have to choose if they’re going to stop him or if they’re going to close out on shooters.”

Ford was named a second-team all-stater last year after leading Timpview to a runner-up finish in the playoffs.

Girls Basketball

Maison White, Grantsville (Sr.)

Maison White was her usual dominant self during Grantsville’s 70-32 opening round playoff win over Juab last week.

White scored 12 points to go along with her five rebounds and four steals. She leads Grantsville in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.4 rpg) this season.

“Maison is one of those athletes that every coach dreams about coaching. She is selfless, she finds joy in the process and in working hard to achieve her and her team’s goals and she is her team’s biggest cheerleader. I’m grateful to be a part of her journey and I’m excited to see what her and her teammates will do this week at the state tournament,” said Grantsville coach Megan Vera.

Grantsville continues its season this week at the 3A playoffs at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.

Boys Swimming

Jacob Ricci, Cottonwood (Sr.)

Wrapped up his high school career with a dominant performance at the 5A state meet at the Wasatch Aquatic Center in Heber City last week.

Ricci won both the 100 freestyle (47.08) and 100 backstroke (51.48) with very comfortable margins over the second-place swimmers.

His 100 free time at state finished as the second-best time in the state this season, while his 100 back time was the best mark during the entire state over the entire 2020-21 season.

“Jacob has done an incredible job since returning to the pool last June after the COVID quarantine. His resilience and desire to make the best of the year has not only allowed him to succeed, but has helped his teammates find success as well,” said Cottonwood coach Ron Lockwood.

Girls Swimming

Colleen MacWilliams, Olympus (Jr.)

Olympus standout junior swimmer Colleen MacWilliams wrapped up the season with a dominant showing at the 5A state swim meet last week at the Wasatch Aquatic Center in Heber City.

Williams won both the 200 individual medley (2:08.31) and 500 freestyle (5:05.94) and then also swam a leg in each of Olympus’ two winning relay teams, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

“Colleen is a very special swimmer. She never makes excuses, seeks challenges, leads by example, and as nice as she is, deep down she is a cold blooded killer,” said Olympus coach Tom Thorum.

She finishes the season with the best 200 individual time in the state (2:07.69) which she posted at the Region 6 championships and the best 500 freestyle time (5:02.38) which also occurred at the region meet.

Boys Wrestling

Bridger Ricks, Box Elder (Jr.)

Added another state title to his haul at the 5A state tournament last week in Heber City, giving him a shot at a fourth individual state title next season.

Ricks pinned two of his four opponents in the 120-pound bracket at state, and then won comfortably in the championship match 9-4.

“What makes Bridger Ricks such a great wrestler is his tenacious attitude, willingness to get better, and his work ethic. Bridger is one of the most athletic wrestlers I’ve ever had the opportunity of coaching,” said Box Elder coach Jed Craner. “His craftiness and sound technique make him a challenging opponent even against the best in the country. To top that all off, Bridger is a great person and is always willing to help his teammates get better.”

He was ranked as the No. 6 wrestler in all of Utah in the most recent Beehive Top 25 rankings on wrestleutah.com.

Girls Wrestling

Sage Mortimer, ALA (Sr.)

Sage Mortimer wrapped up her incredible high school career with a girls wrestling state title at the combined 5A, 3A, 2A and 1A tournament last week at Mountain View High School.

Mortimer won all three of her matches by fall, including two with the first 45 seconds of the match, to claim a state title in the inaugural year of girls wrestling as its own sanctioned sport by the UHSAA.

“It’s exciting that I get to be part of the first girls’ tournament in Utah,” said Mortimer. “But I am just disappointed that I got the chance to wrestle my senior year against the boys taken away from me. It makes me emotional just thinking about it. So when I won this tournament, it was exciting and I am grateful I get to wrestle this year, but I am disappointed and frustrated that I didn’t get the opportunity to wrestle against the guys.”

Mortimer wrestled against boys during her first three years of high school wrestling, but in the first year of girls wrestling she was required to just compete against the girls.

She’s ranked No. 2 nationally at her weight class.