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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 21

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Boys basketball

Ethan Potter, Layton (Jr.)

Ethan Potter has been the catalyst behind Layton’s undefeated start to the season.

Last Friday, Potter scored 26 points in a 92-66 win over Roy, and through nine games he’s averaging a 6A-best 23.4 ppg. He’s also averaging 8.8 rebounds for the Lancers.

“Ethan is the best finisher in the state. His ability to score from different angles makes him almost unstoppable inside of 15 feet. He has also stretched his jump shot out to the 3-point line, which adds another dimension to his game. On the defensive side of the ball, his length, athleticism and jumping ability make it hard to score over him,” said Layton coach Kelby Miller.

“Just a Junior, he understands that he still has plenty to work on and to add to his over game, but I have no problem saying he’s already one of the best players in the state. It’s going to be fun to be able to coach him for another year.”

As a sophomore last year, Potter averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Girls basketball

Apelila Galeai, Lehi (Jr.)

Lehi is a perfect 11-0 this season, with Apelila Galeai a key contributor to that success.

So far this season, she’s averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds, which includes a 17-point performance in Lehi’s most recent win over Cedar Valley.

“What makes Lila such a great player is her competitiveness. She is one of the most competitive kids on the court and willing to do the little things in rebounding and deflections for us that makes huge differences in our team. Not only is she a scoring threat, she’s an even bigger rebounding threat,” said Lehi coach Aubrey Van Pelt.

A year ago, Galeai led Lehi to a 4A semifinal appearance averaging 11.2 points.

Wrestling

Stockton O’Brien, Wasatch (Sr.)

One of the state’s elite wrestlers, Stockton O’Brien is having another banner season as he looks to end his career with a fourth individual state title.

So far this season O’Brien — who’s signed to wrestle at UVU — won the Layton Invite, went undefeated at the Wasatch Intermountain Duals, placed third at the Reno Tournament of Championships and sixth at the Doc Buchanan meet in California, regarded as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the United States.

“Stockton is a great competitor. He is a leader in the classroom and wrestling room, a great example to all of his teammates. He is dedicated, hard worker and takes time to help others. He does the right things in all aspects of his life. I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to coach him,” said Wasatch coach Wade Discher.

O’Brien is a six-time high school all-American and a USA Greco Roman All-American.

Boys swimming

Lucas Erickson, Rowland Hall (Sr.)

Lucas Erickson is rolling through his senior season.

Heading into the final month of the season, the senior owns the fastest time in 3A in the 50 freestyle (23.00), 100 freestyle (51.04) and 100 butterfly (56.30). He also ranks in the top five in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

“Lucas Erickson is one of the most determined swimmers I have ever coached. Not only is he extremely naturally talented, his work ethic parallels his skill. He continually demonstrates to his coaches and teammates how to improve and leads by example. By giving his all, along with a consistent positive attitude, there seems to be nothing that stands in his way on his path to success,” said Rowland Hall coach Cole Jackman.

Last year, he placed fifth at state in the 50 and 100 free, and he is a good bet to improve on those performances at state next month.

Girls swimming

Colleen MacWilliams, Olympus (Fr.)

Olympus freshman Colleen MacWilliams’ high school career has got off to a banner start.

Past the midway point of the swimming season, MacWilliams owns the state’s best times in both the 200 freestyle (1:54.77) and 500 freestyle (5:09.30).

Her time in the 500 free is five seconds faster than anyone else in the state so far. She also has top 10 times in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

“Colleen is quick to credit her teammates that push her in practice and motivate her to be her best,” said Olympus coach Tom Thorum.