Deseret News Week 19 Star High School Athletes of the Week

Deseret News Week 19 Star High School Athletes of the Week

Basketball for boys

Logan Deal, Sky View (Sr.)

Logan Deal has played a key role in Sky View’s impressive 9-1 record so far this season.

Last week in a 76-69 win over Layton Christian, he scored 20 points, and two nights later in a 72-57 win over Madison, Idaho, he scored 10 points. The week before, he scored 24 points in a 70-68 win over then-5A No. 1 Woods Cross.

“Logan is the hardest worker on the team and is very coachable. He gets his success by putting the team first and he is named team captain for that reason. He leads the team in rebounds and field goal percentage. Defended well and had taken a couple of charges at big points in the game, Sky View coach Kirk Hillyard said.

So far this season, Deal is averaging 14.2 points and 9.0 rebounds.

Basketball for girls

Taylor Harvey, Bountiful (So.)

Bountiful is off to a perfect 6-0 start this year, including a win over defending state champion Springville, and the steady play of sophomore Taylor Harvey has been a big reason for that.

Harvey has averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds so far this season. Last week in wins over Riverton and Olympus, she recorded a double-double in both games, including a season-high 22 points in the win over Riverton.

“Taylor is such a good player. She is our girl who we ask to do everything. Her role is slightly different for each team we play. She guards every position and plays every position for us on offense. At 6-foot-3, she can do whatever needs to be done to help her team win. She has a lot of pressure on her to help lead our team as a sophomore. We trust her for so much. She is a fun player to watch. I’m glad she’s on our team,” Bountiful coach Joel Burton said

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Harvey was recently named Deseret News 5A first-team all-state for volleyball.

Boys Swimming

Nico Morton, Judge Memorial (Sr.)

Nico Morton has helped lead Judge Memorial to back-to-back 3A wrestling state titles, and he’s ready to do it again now in his senior year.

So far this season, he has posted top three 3A times in six different meets this year, including the best time in 3A in the 200 freestyle (1:50.35), 200 individual medley (1:58.10) and 100 breast ( 1:02.39).

His 200 IM time is the third best in the entire state.

“Nico is a team captain for 2022/23. He is a great student athlete who helps teach younger swimmers stroke development. He is also a junior national swimmer,” said Referee Coach Chad Starks.

Morton is the defending 3A state champion in the 500 freestyle and was a state runner-up in the 200 freestyle.

Girls Swimming

Taylor Bennett, Lone Peak (So.)

Taylor Bennett played a big role in leading Lone Peak to the 6A state title a year ago as a freshman, and big things are in store again in her sophomore season.

Over a month and a half into the season, Bennett owns a top four all-state team in four different events this year, including the best mark in Utah in the 200 freestyle (1:57.53).

She owns the second best time in the 100 freestyle (53.90), the third best time in the 500 freestyle (5:19.38) and the fourth best time in both the 50 freestyle (25.18) and the 200 individual medley (2:13.61 )

“Taylor is a strong competitor. She stays very calm under pressure and can consistently run great races. She is also very versatile which is a huge asset to help our Lone Peak team from sprint events to distance as well as the IM,” said Lone Peak coach Celeste Tiffany.

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Bennett is the defending 6A state champion in the 200 IM and the returning runner-up in the 500 free.

Boys Wrestling

Brandon Ploehn, Stansbury (Jr.)

Brandon Ploehn is off to a great start this season as he looks to improve on his finish at the 5A state meet last season.

A year ago, Plehn qualified fourth from his division meet, eventually winning his first match and then another in the consolation rounds. This year, he’s off to a great start with a 23-3 record, including taking first place at the AK Duals two weekends ago at 132 pounds.

Brandon was a state runner as a freshman and has put in a lot of work to get back to the state finals this year. I really like Brandon’s work ethic and attitude on and off the mat. “He’s a great leader for our team,” Stansbury coach Tyson Linnell said.

As a freshman, he finished as the 4A runner-up at 113 pounds, but competed against much stronger competition in the 5A tournament a year ago.

Girls wrestling

Jessica Hacking, Farmington (Sr.)

Farmington’s Jessica Hacking was a state placer at 170 pounds last season, and already this year she looks poised to improve on her success during her senior year.

Hacking owns an 11-3 record so far this season, including a first-place finish at the Wasatch Intermountain Duals and a third-place finish at the Layton Invitational.

“Jessica is a leader on our team. She is our most experienced wrestler. She works hard and brings an intensity to training and matches. She is athletic and consistently tries to develop new and better technique. These factors make her a very potent and tough guy to break,” Farmington coach Gentry Gasser said.

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Last weekend at the Christmas Clash in Farmington, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the stacked, prestigious tournament.

Hacking was a participant in the All-Star Duals last season at 150 pounds.

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