clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Deseret News Week 6 high school star athletes of the week

Football

Easton Schank, Cedar Valley (Sr.)

Came up big last week when his team needed it most in an impressive 36-35 come-from-behind victory over Timpanogos.

He carried the ball 26 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns, and he also caught six passes for 67 yards and another touchdown. His three rushing touchdowns all came in the second half as the Aviators overcame a 27-14 deficit late in the third quarter.

He sealed the win with a two-point conversion reception with 32 seconds remaining in the game.

“The best way to explain Easton is he is a leader and a team first player. He is a huge playmaker for us,” said Cedar Valley coach Weston Zabriskie.

Girls soccer

Summer Christensen, Timpanogos (Jr.)

Timpanogos is still perfect heading into the last two weeks of the season, and one of the catalysts all year has been the steady play of junior Summer Christensen.

She is tied for the team lead with 13 goals and seven assists for the 11-0 T-Wolves.

“Summer is the kind of you player every coach wants on their team. She trains hard, plays hard, and has the personality that can rally a team around her. She is an outstanding athlete at Timpanogos and competes at the varsity level in soccer, basketball and track. Her speed makes her very dangerous in the attacking third and her scoring record speaks for itself,” said Timpanogos coach Robyn Bretzing.

“Summer is a true competitor who never quits, never complains, and leads by example both on and off the field. Ask any of her teammates and they will tell you how amazing Summer is not only as a soccer player but as a friend. She is the heart and soul of our T-Wolves girls soccer team and I am fortunate enough to be her coach.”

Last week in Timpanogos’ 3-1 win over Mountain View, Christensen recorded two goals and an assist.

Volleyball

Nia Damuni, Ridgeline (Jr.)

Ridgeline is rolling through the season so far, and a big reason why has been the steady play of junior setter Nia Damuni.

In a three-game win over Logan last week she recorded 34 assists, 14 digs and five aces. For the season she’s recorded 427 assists and 122 digs.

“Nia is a player you can’t replace on the court. She is extremely athletic and makes setting look simple. She has quick feet and pretty hands; Her athleticism is impressive, but it’s only part of what makes her talented,” said Ridgeline coach Jaicee Roden.

“Nia has really taken this year to develop her knowledge of the game. She runs a smart, strategic offense, and she works hard to connect with her hitters. She breaks down film and is quick to make necessary adjustments. Nia has also taken on a leadership role, and she is a teammate that players love and respect.”

Girls cross-country

Sienna Barton, Bonneville (So.)

One of the top runners in 5A as a freshman last year, Sienna Barton is dominating yet again her sophomore year.

Barton won the Ogden/Weber City-County meet last week at the Weber Fairgrounds with a great time of 19:26.7 — 33 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher.

“There are several reasons Sienna is a great athlete. Sienna loves running and cross-country is her favorite sport. Sienna is respectful and supportive to her coaches, fellow athletes and competitors. She loves to be challenged and is eager to work hard with a positive attitude to reach her goals,” said Bonneville coach Alydia Barton.

“She is self-disciplined and exhibits a strong work ethic that makes her successful both academically and athletically. She is extremely coachable and will do her best to follow coaching strategies in her races. We look forward to seeing her future success as she represents Bonneville High School.”

At state last year she finished fifth with a time of 20:52.5.

Boys cross-country

Edward Lyman, San Juan (So.)

Had a great performance at last week’s Kanab Invitational as he continues to make big strides during his sophomore season.

In a meet against four other 2A teams, Edward Lyman won the meet with a strong time of 18:25.5, which was 17 seconds better than the second-place runner. He also led San Juan to the team title.

“Edward is one of the most talented runners I have ever coached. His drive, work ethic, and can-do attitude are infectious and he is a natural-born leader. As a sophomore, he has just begun to realize his potential and I can’t wait to see what he still has to show us,” said San Juan coach Will Walker.

Girls tennis

Sianna Shakespear, Roy (Sr. )

Sianna Shakespear’s passion for tennis is obvious at Roy High School, whether she’s competing for the girls team or serving as a team manager for the boys team.

So far this season competing at both singles and doubles, Shakespear has amassed a 6-6 record in her second year competing at the varsity level.

“Sianna is straight-up dedicated to playing beautiful tennis and her success proves it,” said Roy coach Brett Webb.

Shakespear served as the team manager for the boys team last spring, and she’s also very involved academically at Roy as she serves as the HOSA president.

Boys golf

Peter Kim, Skyline (Jr.)

Heading into the homestretch of the 5A golf season, Skyline junior Peter Kim will certainly be one of the golfers to beat at the 5A state tournament next month.

Kim is one of just four 5A golfers with an average sub-70 average score this year, as his 67.75 in Region 6 matches ranks second in 5A.

Most recently he shot a 68 at Mountain Dell, one of four rounds this year in the 60s.

“Peter works very hard and leads our team, he is very consistent and has the ability to go really low. I am so proud of him he sets a great example for our team, and is always willing to help a teammate,” said Skyline coach Kenny James.

Last year at the state meet he shot a two-day 8-under to finish in fourth place at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.