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Deseret News Week 3 high school star athletes of the week

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Football

Luke Jacobs, Viewmont (Jr.)

Jacobs had a spectacular performance in leading Viewmont to a 24-21 victory over Copper Hills in Week 3.

The junior scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns and also hauled in a receiving TD to account for all three of Viewmont’s touchdowns.

“Luke is such a physically gifted athlete and fierce competitor but he’s also a great leader and unselfish player. He would play any position we asked him to if was best for the team. He just wants to win,” said Viewmont coach Scott Ditty.

Jacobs primarily plays quarterback for Viewmont, but he also lines up in different spots in different sets, which is how he caught two passes for 65 yards and a score. At QB, he completed 11 of 16 passes for 146 yards.

Ditty said Jacobs also played defense on the last series of the game to help the Vikings seal the victory.

 

Girls soccer

Sayler Schlosser, Lone Peak (Sr.)

With nine goals in Lone Peak’s past four games, Sayler Schlosser has been one of the catalysts to the team’s 7-0 start to the season.

She scored two of those goals last week in a 7-1 win over Corner Canyon, and the previous weekend she poured in five goals in a wild 7-5 win over nationally ranked Boise, Idaho.

“She has been having a standout senior year, and has been a leader for us up top and has seemed to continue to come up clutch whenever we need a goal,” said Lone Peak coach Shantel Jolley.

As a junior last year Schlosser scored four goals, but this season she’s become a much more central figure in Lone Peak’s attack.

Volleyball

Morgan Pratt, Maple Mountain (Soph.)

A couple weeks into the 2021 season Maple Mountain sits at a perfect 6-0, and a big reason why is the steady contributions of sophomore setter/right-side hitter Morgan Pratt.

Last week in a 3-0 win over Orem, she recorded eight assists, nine digs and six kills. For the season per set, she’s averaging 1.9 kills, 3.3 digs and 4.1 assists. Her hitting percentage for the season sits at .298 with a kill percentage of 44.

“Morgan is one of the main reasons we are 6-0 to start the year. Even though she is young, she has been playing this sport for a lot of years and has a ton of experience. There is a maturity about her that leads not only her, but our entire team, to success,” said Maple Mountain coach Adam Longmore.

“It’s a tough job to be both a setter and a hitter. Combine that with the responsibility she has in her role as a captain for our program as well and that’s a lot to ask a player. She just has worked really hard to be where she is at, both as a player and as a person.”

 

Girls cross-country

Sarah Dye, Weber (Soph.)

Just a sophomore, Weber’s Sarah Dye posted the top time at the Wahsatch Rendezvous at Cottonwood Complex last Saturday against a field of over 150 runners. Dye won with a time of 19:50.38, the only runner under 20 minutes at the meet.

“Sarah Dye has joined the cross-country team as a multisport athlete, competing in both cross-country and soccer at a high school level this fall season,” said Weber coach Jordan Gullo.

“Sarah does not intend to lose, and if she does it will be a well-fought battle to where she pushed past her understood limits. She was passed momentarily by the Springville athlete in her race. Sarah told me after her race that at that moment, she just made the decision that she was not going to lose. That competitive nature can sometimes take years to coach into an athlete, where they can know that they can win and to not think too hard about it.”

Dye is also a midfielder on Weber’s soccer team this fall.

 

Boys cross-country

Nathan Jaster, American Fork (Sr.)

Competing against a strong field of runners at last week’s Wahsatch Rendezvous, American Fork senior Nathan Jaster showed why he’s one of the top runners in the state again this season.

Jaster easily won on the Cottonwood Complex course with a time of 15:07.37, which was 35 seconds faster than the meet’s second-place runner.

“Nathan has high expectations for this year, and is working hard to make those a reality for both himself and his team,” said American Fork coach Timo Mostert.

A year ago Jaster won the 6A state championship at Soldier Hollow and he’ll be looking to defend his title later in October.

 

Girls tennis

Brianna Hartman, Desert Hills (Soph.)

Brianna Hartman is making the most of her jump up from singles to doubles this season.

A state runner-up at 4A first doubles last year, Hartman is having a great season playing at third singles so far this season with an 8-2 overall record and a 1-0 record in region.

“Brianna always comes to play. Every point is played with effort, never gives up, is coachable, and always keeps a winning mentality. Brianna not only is a strong player on court, her ability to be a team player is second to none. As a sophomore, she was voted as team captain,” said Desert Hills coach Afton Balderree.

A couple weeks ago in the opening tournament of the season she posted a 3-1 record in a tournament competing against all 6A schools.

Boys golf

Jack Tobler, Bingham (Sr.)

A year ago Bingham’s Jack Tobler tied for ninth in the final Region 3 golf standings, but this year he’s positioning himself to try to claim region medalist honors.

Tobler shot a 69 in a Region 3 meet at Fox Hollow Golf Course on Monday, lowering his region-leading average to 71.71 after seven events.

The second-place golfer in Region 3 has a 73.14 average, which gives Tobler a small cushion heading into the final four Region 3 meets next month.

With a strong close out to region play, Tobler would be in great shape to improve upon his 49th-place finish at the 6A state meet last season.