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MountainStar Healthcare’s Star Athletes of week 7 in Utah high school sports

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Football

Kasen Carlsen, Sky View (Sr.)

Overcame a couple of early interceptions last week as Sky View eventually rolled past Mountain Crest for the 29-0 win.

Carlsen finished the game completing 10 of 17 passes for 153 yards and two scores while also rushing for 98 yards and two more TDs.

“Kasen worked through some adversity to finish with a very strong game against Mountain Crest. He had a great game rushing the ball. Kasen is a tremendous leader and plays a key role getting us into the right play. He is a very tough kid and is a great role model for the younger players,” said Sky View coach Chris Howell.

For the season, Carlsen has passed for 1,430 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 280 yards and two TDs.

Girls soccer

Megan Jewell, Olympus (Sr.)

Olympus has only given up eight goals in 12 region games this season, and the steady defensive contributions of senior Megan Jewell is a big reason why.

Olympus has shut out four straight opponents, including shutouts of Cottonwood and Hillcrest last week. The Titans have already clinched a share of the Region 6 title, and clinch it outright with a win against either East or Murray.

“Megan anchors a stingy defense that has posted seven shutouts on the season. You always know that you are going to get 110 percent out of Meg. She brings the same attitude and the same never give up, positive energy to every training session and to every game,” said Olympus coach Jamie Evans. “As a captain this year, she leads the teams with her consistency on the field and her kindness to all off of the field. Aside from her amazing soccer abilities, she is also an amazing person. Megan is the kindest, most inclusive girl you could ever imagine. She is a 4.0 student and a student body officer.”

Volleyball

Avery Hale, American Fork (Sr.)

With the a month left in the regular season, American Fork has established itself as one of the top contenders in 6A this year and Avery Hale is a big reason why.

“Avery leads our team in hitting percentage and in blocks and is also one of our most consistent and effective servers. Avery is the person we rely on when we need to get a kill to get out of a rotation or in pressure situations. She is a consistent player that we can always rely on to play well. She is also just a lot of fun to have on the court,” said American Fork coach Shantell Shoell.

Hale has 189 kills with a .288 hitting percentage this season to go along with her 44 blocks and 18 aces.

Girls cross-country

Carlee Hansen, Woods Cross (Sr.)

Is piling up the wins heading into the 5A state meet next week.

Two weeks ago she won the Davis County Invite at Layton High School, and then this past week at the TwiKnight Invite at Lone Peak, Hansen turned in another outstanding performance to edge Lone Peak’s Eliza Arrington.

Hansen finished in 17:47.58, followed by Arrington who was 0.64 seconds behind.

“Carlee has continued to work hard and build on her previous success. She loves a challenge and we have sought out the best opportunities within the state to continue to challenge her. We hope that she can continue her strong season as we come closer to the state championships,” said Woods Cross coach Sam Wood.

Hansen is the reigning 5A cross country state champion.

Boys cross-country

Evan Harris, Herriman (Sr.)

Showed off a great kick at the Royal Run last week to edge his teammate for the title.

Harris prevailed with a time of 15:09.3, with teammate Noah Jenkins close behind at 15:10.8.

“Evan is a seasoned runner that is great at hitting his pace and has worked really hard the entire COVID shutdown to increase his fitness and it’s really paying off. He also has two great teammates and they are able to compete and get after it in every workout and race. It’s really special and fun to watch,” said Herriman coach Jonathan Haag.

As a junior last year Harris finished 22nd at the state meet, a performance he’ll be looking to improve upon this year.

Girls tennis

Avery Pope, Timpview (Sr.)

The state runner-up in 5A second singles last year, Avery Pope has her eyes set on trying to take the next step at first singles this week.

Pope went a perfect 14-0 against region competition from first singles, and is one of the top contenders at this year’s state meet at Liberty Park.

“She’s been the strength of our team, real good leader. She’s our only senior and she plays with a lot of determination. She’s worked really hard to be a good leader. She wants to win and is really motivated to do her best, and has put in a lot of extra time in this summer and fall,” said Timpview coach Nate Warner.

Boys golf

Braydon Griffith, Stansbury (Jr.)

Dominated the Region 10 golf scene this year, running away with the region title with a 69.2 scoring average, which was 512 strokes better than the second-place finisher.

“Braydon set some goals to improve after finishing only a few strokes away from winning last year’s region and state tournament,” said Stansbury coach Jeremy Alverson. “He worked tirelessly in the offseason, and throughout the season, to improve in all areas of his game. He has all the physical skills it takes to be a great player and is arguably the best high school golfer this Valley has ever produced. His mental ability to focus on each shot, and execute that shot under pressure, is what separates him from other golfers.”

Griffith now turns his attention to the 4A state tournament next Wednesday and Thursday at Meadowbrook Golf Course.