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Deseret News Week 4 high school star athletes of the week

Football

Luke Livingston, Timpanogos (So.)

Enjoyed another dominant performance in Week 4 in leading Timpanogos to the easy 63-7 win over Mountain View.

The sophomore receiver hauled in seven passes for 154 yards and four touchdowns, upping his season total to 10 receiving touchdowns to go along with his one return TD score.

“He’s a kid that bails out our QBs a few times a game. He is a reason we have been able to put up such huge numbers offensively,” said Timpanogos coach Austin Heaps.

For the season, Livingston has now caught 20 passes for 595 yards.

Girls soccer

Hadli Barrera, Mountain Crest (Fr.)

As Mountain Crest heads into the second half of the 2021 season it sits atop the 4A rankings with a 6-1 record and the solid contributions of Hadli Barrera has been a big reason why.

Last week Barrera poured in three goals to lead Mountain Crest to the 6-1 win over No. 2 Sky View.

For the season, Barrera has now recorded seven goals and three assists.

“Her love for the game of soccer is contagious and it’s so fun watching her play. She is a great teammate and works so hard to be the best player on the field. Thanks Hadli for all your hard work,” said Mountain Crest coach Amber Hyatt.

Volleyball

Lucy Perez, Mountain View (Jr.)

Has emerged as one of the top outside hitters in Utah and Mountain View has benefitted with a perfect 5-0 start to the season.

Last week she led the Bruins to wins over Pleasant Grove and Timpanogos as she recorded a combined 33 kills and seven blocks.

For the season she’s got a .327 hitting percentage, averaging 4.7 kills per set. Her hitting percentage ranks first in Utah among 6A/5A players.

“Lucy has noticeably improved as a volleyball player in each of the 15 months I’ve had the pleasure of watching her. There are some very elite outside hitters in Utah, a group that now certainly includes Lucy. It’s been fun having a courtside view of Lucy becoming one of the really good players in this state. I’m super excited to see what she can accomplish throughout her junior season,” said Mountain View coach Dave Neeley.

Girls cross-country

Addi Bruening, Herriman (Sr.)

Has one of the top homestretch kicks in the state, and it helped Addi Bruening win another race last weekend at the Timpanogos Invitational.

Despite a big push from American Fork’s Avalon Mecham, Bruening managed to edge her at the finishing line winning the race in a time of 17:56.6, with Mecham just 1.2 seconds behind.

Bruening was a fourth-place finisher at state last year and was the 3,200 and 1,600 meter state champion in track & field as a junior back in May.

“Addi is amazingly good because of her attention to every detail in training. She doesn’t skip core, knows the value of everything we do, and makes sure everything is done right,” said Herriman coach Jonathan Haag.

Boys cross-country

Britton Austin, Farmington (Sr.)

Was instrumental in leading Farmington to a dominant performance at the Top of Utah Invitational at the Weber County Fairgrounds last week.

Against a quality field of runners, Farmington senior Britton Austin edged three of his own teammates with a time of 14:13.0, with the Phoenix runners going 1, 2, 3 and 4.

As a junior last year, Austin finished eighth at state in 5A, but this year the competition will be even though now that Farmington has been bumped up to 6A.

“I have never seen a more consistent and dedicated runner than Britton. He is super coachable and he understands the importance of hard work and doesn’t shy away from hard things. These things have helped him go from a 23 min 5K as a freshman, to a 15:30 5K as a junior. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of his senior season plays out,” said Farmington coach Chris Brewer.

Girls tennis

Kelsey Ortega, Maeser Prep (Sr.)

Splitting time between first and second singles this season, Maeser Prep’s Kelsey Ortega owns a perfect 12-0 record this season. Earlier this season she broke the school record of 33 career victories and she just continues to pile up the wins this season.

“Kelsey has played a significant role in our team’s success in recent years with the energy she brings, her leadership, and her play on the court. We literally wouldn’t be where we are without her,” said Maeser Prep coach Tim Smith.

Ortega opened the season with a 3-0 record at the Utah County Invitational in her debut at first singles.

“Kelsey has played a significant role in our team’s success in recent years with the energy she brings, her leadership, and her play on the court,” added Smith.

Boys golf

Braydon Griffith, Stansbury (Sr.)

The state runner-up at the 4A state golf tournament last fall, Stansbury’s Braydon Griffith is looking like a strong contender again this fall even though the Stallions are now competing in 5A.

Griffith sits atop the Region 7 individual standings through five meets with a 68.6 scoring average. In last week’s meet he shot a 65 at Murray Parkway to win the region match by nine strokes.

“Braydon is a tireless worker and is constantly looking for ways to improve. His mental toughness is one area that separates him from other golfers. He plays smart and keeps his emotions level throughout an entire round. He has a passion for the game of golf which has permeated to his teammates and raised the level of play throughout our entire team,” said Stansbury coach Jeremy Alverson.

Griffith is one of only six golfers in 5A with a scoring in the 60s at this point of the season.