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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 3

This week’s star athletes hail from Milford, Syracuse, Farmington, Grand, Wasatch Academy, Herriman and Skyline.

Football

Bryson Barnes, Milford (Sr.)

Competing against schools double and triple Milford’s size already this year, senior quarterback Bryson Barnes is off to an unbelievable start to the season.

Through three games he’s completed 60 of 94 passes for 888 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 208 yards and six touchdowns.

Last week in a 58-35 win over Ogden, he threw for 364 yards and five TDs while also rushing for four scores.

“Bryson has worked his tail off this summer to have the best season he could have. His preparation for each game never ceases to amaze me. He is a true team leader, he is always trying to get his receivers to stay after practice to run routes. He is truly a coach’s dream to coach. He does all he can to make our team the best team we can be,” said Milford coach Thane Marshall.

Girls Soccer

Ashlyn Hall, Syracuse (Sr.)

After her team lost several close games early in the season, Syracuse senior Ashlyn Hall has been instrumental in the sharp turnaround the past couple weeks.

She’s scored in seven of Syracuse’s eight games this season, including two in last week’s 6-0 win over previously unbeaten Northridge.

She leads 6A in scoring with 11 goals so far this season. Last year she finished second in 6A in scoring with 20 goals, just two behind teammate Caroline Stringfellow.

Volleyball

Hannah Howard, Farmington (Sr.)

Was instrumental in leading Farmington to a 6-0 record at the Davis Classic Tournament last week. She hit .449 from the outside, capitalizing on her rocket-fast arm swing, according to coach April Painter.

“She is able to read the block well and adjust her offense as needed. Hannah is a great leader and teammate. She sacrificed her junior year of varsity so she could come to FHS and after a year of working hard, supporting her teammates, she is ready to take the lead this season,” said Painter.

For the season Howard is hitting .447 with 69 kills and six blocks.

Girls Cross Country

Kylah Ricks, Grand (Jr.)

Dominated at the Monticello Loyd’s Lake Classic last Friday.

The junior finished with a time of 18:50.70, which was nearly a minute faster than the second-place runner from Central High School in Colorado.

Ricks is the defending 3A state champion after winning last year’s state meet by 24 seconds.

“Kylah is not only an extremely talented runner, she does not take her talent for granted as she is also one of the hardest working runners on our team. She has an extraordinarily competitive spirit which keeps her strong and focused,” said Grand coach Randy Martin.

Boys Cross Country

Christopher Korir, Wasatch Academy (Jr.)

Had a great showing at the Timpanogos Invitational last Friday at Lake Side Park. The junior outkicked Timpanogos’ top runner to the finish line to finish first with a time of 15:42.90, just .02 ahead of second place.

“Chris is showing us some great assets as a runner. He has good endurance, but what has been stellar the last couple weeks is his ability to kick and push hard at the end of his races. He has some great speed. He is also very smart and is learning quickly to pace himself and be patient,” said Wasatch Academy coach Bill Bedford.

Korir has shown tremendous progress over the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago at the Highland Invitational, he finished 43rd in a field of 298 runners. He finished 44 seconds behind the runner who he beat over the weekend.

Girls Tennis

Callie Davis, Herriman (Sr.)

A two-sport athlete at Herriman (tennis and basketball), Callie Davis is a dedicated, resilient student-athlete who doesn’t let medical obstacles slow her down.

An autoimmune disease forces her to stay covered during competition to avoid flare-ups in the hot weather, but Herriman coach Linda Richmond said Davis never complains about her situation and is an inspiration to the whole team.

“Callie never lets anything stand in her way. She demands only the highest quality of effort and performance from herself, no matter what the circumstances are. I’m honored to work with her,” said Richmond.

So far this season Herriman and her first doubles teammate own a 9-2 record and hope to compete for the Region 3 title for the second straight year.

Boys Golf

Tyson Shelley, Skyline (Jr.)

A runner-up at last year’s 5A state championships, Tyson Shelley is positioning himself to take the next step in his high school career.

Through four Region 6 matches he is averaging a 69.25. He shot a 69 at Bonneville, 73 at Mountain Dell’s Canyon Course, 69 at Old Mill and 66 at Soldier Hollow’s Silver Course.

“He is a talented young man, but he is also a tremendously hard worker, and a great teammate. He sets an amazing example for everyone in our program,” said Skyline coach Kenny James.