Carson Jones, Bonneville (Sr.)
Bonneville is off to an impressive 4-0 start in Region 5 and the steady play of senior Carson Jones is a big reason why.
Jones is averaging 14.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists this season for the Lakers.
Last week he scored 14 points in a 55-48 win over Box Elder and then two nights later scored 16 points in Bonneville’s 67-65 overtime win over Viewmont.
“Carson Jones has been a 4-year contributor for Bonneville High School, and has continued to improve his game to the point here he is a double-double threat night after night for the Lakers. Carson has expanded his game and is now just as comfortable posting up as he is catching and facing behind the 3-point line,” said Bonneville coach Kyle Bullinger.
“Carson embodies everything that a high school program wants in its players: He is a tough, competitive, high character individual who excels off of the court as well as on the court.”
Natalie Newton, Corner Canyon (Sr.)
Natalie Newton has a regular contributor for Corner Canyon the past three years and her consistency year and year and game after game has landed her in the school record books.
Newton knocked down three 3-pointers against Westlake last week and then two more against Skyridge giving 23 for the season and 107 for her career.
In the process she passed Corner Canyon alum, and current University of Utah player, Kemery Martin for most career 3-pointers in school history.
“Nat is a cold-blooded shooter. She’s dealt with two full coaching staff changes, plenty of other adversity and continues to knock ‘em down. I love her confidence in her shot, even right after a miss. She works tirelessly on her shot and it shows,” said Corner Canyon coach Craig Morris.
Yan Dvorteskiy, West (Sr.)
With less than a month left in the season, freestyle specialist Yan Dvorteskiy heads into the home stretch of the season ready to end his career with a bang.
He ranks in the top 10 in 6A in all four individual freestyle events, including owning the second-best time in the state this season in the 200 freestyle with a 1:44.19. He owns the fifth-best time in Utah in the 100 and 500 freestyle.
“Yan is mentally strong, competitive, and knows how to race. In practices he pushes himself to the maximum limit,” said West coach Casey Jackson.
Dvorteskiy finished second at last year’s 6A state meet with a time of 4:46.57 and he’ll be the slight favorite in that even heading into this year’s state tournament.
Lauryn Hall, Davis (Sr.)
Lauryn Hall is the heart and soul of Davis’ swim team and she figures to be a regular on the podium as the season hits the home stretch.
Hall ranks in the top three in four different events in 6A this season, including a 6A-best 1:10.15 in the 100 breaststroke — a stroke she only recently began focusing on.
She’s ranked second in 6A in the 50 freestyle, third in the freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly. She is the defending state champ in the 50 free.
“We absolutely love having Lauryn on the Davis High swim team. She is one of our captains and is invested in every aspect of leading the team including working hard in practice, picking out classy apparel, motivating swimmers to be better and reaching out to those who need a friend,” said Davis coach Kit Barker.
She has only lost twice in 20 individual races this year.
Josh Millward, Skyridge (Sr.)
A defending state champion, Josh Millward has re-established himself as the clear favorite to repeat at next month’s 6A state tournament.
Millward is undefeated in Utah this year, with his only three loses coming at the Reno Tournament of Champions where he placed eighth. He sits at 41-3 this season with 35 pins. He won the Layton Invite, Richardson Invite, Wasatch Duals and 6A Duals.
Off the mat, Millard maintains a 4.0 GPA and has a 35 ACT score. He has offers to wrestle in college at Stanford, Duke and UVU.
“He is one of the best technical wrestlers in the state and is on the constant attack. He is a joy to watch wrestle. He has overcome a lot of trials and is always positive in everything he does. He truly represents the phrase Student-Athlete,” said Skyridge coach Lyle Mangum.
Kaianne Sabagala, Timpview (Sr.)
A newcomer to Utah high school wrestling, she previously wrestled in Hawaii, Kaianne Sabagala is making a name for herself at 130 pounds.
She went 4-0 at the Bruin Round Robin tournament last week winning all four of her matches with a pin in the first period. Three of the four pins occurred in less than a minute.
Earlier this month at the Ross Brunson All-Star Duals at UVU, Sabagala beat Rich’s Nya Jolley with a first-period pin.