MountainStar Healthcare’s Star Athletes of Week 2 in Utah high school sports
This week’s star athletes are Corner Canyon’s Jaxson Dart, Layton’s Erin Bailey, Maple Mountain’s Marly Pratt, Lone Peak’s Reagan Gardner, Westlake’s Michael Moffatt, Maeser Prep’s Mona Ueno and Alta’s Ethan Tolley.
Jaxson Dart, Corner Canyon (Sr.)
Corner Canyon’s new quarterback is off to a blistering start for the top team in Utah.
In leading the Chargers to a 56-0 win over Herriman in Week 2, Dart complete 14 of 21 passes for 456 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for two more scores.
“Arm talent wise and ability, I’ve been surprised. I didn’t expect what he brought to the table,” said Corner Canyon coach Eric Kjar.
A starter at Roy last year, Dart already has 11 total touchdowns and 840 yards of total offense in just two games.
Erin Bailey, Layton (Jr.)
Layton is off to a strong 4-1 start this season, and the play of Erin Bailey is a big reason why as she leads the team in scoring with eight goals.
Last week in a 3-0 win over Fremont and a 4-3 win over Weber, she scored a pair of goals in both games.
“Erin is a very hard worker and a great competitor. Her competitiveness brings out the best in others. Out on the field she will run down any ball and once she gets it she wants to score. She is a dual threat up front because of her willingness to dish off to a teammate for an assist and her ability to take the ball to goal,” said Layton coach Tara Ferrin.
She was Layton’s leading scorer a year ago as well with 11 goals.
Marly Pratt, Maple Mountain (Fr.)
Just a freshman, Marly Pratt is already making a big impact on her team.
Last weekend at the Union Classic at Union High School, Pratt led her team to a 4-1 record and a five-game win over Union in the championship game.
“She was incredible. Didn’t let a ball touch the floor. Her defense could not be stopped,” said Maple Mountain coach Amanda Peterson.
For the tournament, Pratt recorded 75 total digs and passed a 2.1.
Reagan Gardner, Lone Peak (Sr.)
A third-place finisher at last year’s state meet, Lone Peak senior Reagan Gardner is in great position to be a top contender again.
Last week at the Viking Invite at Pleasant Grove High School, Gardner narrowly edged American Fork’s Avalon Mecham to finish first with a strong time of 18:05.3.
Michael Moffat, Westlake (Sr.)
Enjoyed a dominant performance at the Viking Invite at Pleasant Grove High School last week.
The junior posted a great time of 15:19.2 against a strong field of runners, beating teammate Jedidiah Megargel by nine seconds.
“Michael is a tremendous athlete that does all the little things really well. That attention to detail has made him not only one of the best runners in the state but also the nation,” said Westlake coach Michael Felix.
As a junior at state last year Moffat finished eighth, and was the third-highest placing underclassman.
Mona Ueno, Maeser Prep (Sr.)
This senior is off to a 7-1 start this season for Maeser Prep, and in the process became the school’s all-time leader in wins with 20.
Ueno is 6-0 in dual matches this year, with Maeser Prep posting a 5-1 record in those matches.
“Mona is the hardest-working player I have ever coached. No one is as motivated to get better. She sets a goal and then works like crazy to achieve it. There is a reason she is the winningest player in school history,” said Maeser Prep coach Tim Smith. “What has impressed me the most with Mona so far is that she is finding different ways to win each time she is on court. She didn’t have her best tennis the first couple of matches, but she adjusted tactics and pulled out some great victories. Over the last week, she really settled in and looks dangerous. I am really looking forward to seeing what this season holds for her.”
So far this year she has wins against Lehi, Carbon, Mountain View, Cedar Valley, Providence Hall and Timpanogos.
Ethan Tolley, Alta (Jr.)
There’s something about the No. 8 hole at Mountain View Golf Course that brings out the best in this Alta junior.
Last week in a Region 7 nine-hole JV meet, Tolley aced the 149-yard No. 8 hole, finishing in second place with a 41.
What’s even more incredible, he recorded a hole-in-one on the same hole in the same tournament as a sophomore last year.