Jordan Cornell, Kanab (Jr.)
It’s been an eventful season for Kanab this year, but Jordan Cornell ensured Kanab headed to the 2A State Tournament on a replay.
The junior buried eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 32 points in the season finale as Kanab upset San Juan 68-51
“Jordan is an exciting and fun player to coach. He loves basketball and the game loves him back. We’ve relied on him a lot over the past few weeks as we try to cement our team identity. More than anything, I loved watching him progress as a leader,” Kanab coach Jerron Glazier said.
Cornell is one of the best 3-point shooters in the state averaging 3.7 3s per game, which ranks him second in the entire state behind Olympus’ Dutch DowDell.
Cornell ranks fourth in 2A averaging 16.7 points per game to go along with his 3.3 assists per game.
Lexi Jensen, Herriman (Sr.)
Herriman has won four consecutive games in the region before the last week of the season and the constant senior place Lexi Jensen was one of the catalysts.
The Southern Utah signee is averaging 15.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists, and last week eclipsed 1,000 career points as she has now scored 1,018 in her career.
“Lexi works harder on her game than anyone I’ve ever coached. Her success is no surprise, it comes from the time she puts in every day,” said Herriman’s trainer, Kent Smith. “Lexi sets an example of hard teamwork and a great teammate. Lexi does a bit of everything for us. She scores the ball. She rebounds well for a guard, defends and makes plays for others.”
Jensen has scored in double figures in every game of Herriman’s current winning streak and in all but four games this season.
Last year, he was named the Deseret News First Team All-Stater.
Jackson Dubose, Sky View (Sr.)
Jackson Dubose was instrumental in leading Sky View to its first boys’ state swimming championship in school history.
In a match Sky View won comfortably against Cedar City, Dubose finished first and second individually, then contributed to a relay team in first and second place.
“Jackson is one of the most dedicated and hardworking athletes I have ever coached. He pushes himself in the pool every day to the best of his abilities. He is also very good at asking what he can do with better with his strokes and his runs, taking them and implementing the changes to his stroke. I know when I tell him to change something on his stroke, he will,” said the Sky View coach, Marcus Singleton.
Dubose’s victory came in the 200 individual medley as he finished with a time of 1:57.72, the only 4A swimmer to post a time under two minutes. His time ranks sixth statewide.
He finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.74.
“Not only is he strong physically, but also mentally. He is very kind and caring towards others, never says anything negative about himself or others, and exemplifies the fundamental qualities that I try to teach to all my athletes: connections, character and knowledge. All of these and more make Jackson a great swimmer,” Singleton said.
Olivia Cowan, Memorial Judge (Sr.)
Olivia Cowan stepped on the highest podium four times at the 3A state swim meet last week as she capped off her high school career by stepping out in style.
Cowan won both the 50m freestyle (25.60) and 100m freestyle (56.46) and then also swam a leg in the winning team of the 200 medley relay and the 400m relay team free from Judge.
“Olivia is a balanced athlete who trusts the process of hard and consistent work. She understands that success is built on ups and downs, and she trusts herself to deliver when it counts,” the judges’ coach said. Wise Maaranen.
Cowan’s big contributions to the team helped Judge win his first state championship in a decade.
Cael Houston, Panguitch (Jr.)
Ended a stellar season with a perfect performance at the 1A State Wrestling Tournament last week as Cael Houston finished as both Individual State Champion and State Tag Team Champion.
“Cael Houston has always aimed to be a state champion. This year, he was able to achieve that goal through hard work, sacrifice and a great attitude. He received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award in addition to winning the state championship. He was a great leader and a great example for the team,” said Panguitch coach Colin Marshall.
Houston went 3-0 in the 157-pound bracket with three pins in a dominating display at the state meet at the Sevier Valley Center. He finished the season with a 38-5 record, and his performance at State helped earn a third straight state championship with a 100-plus point cushion over second-placed Altamont.
Mattee Turnbow, Mountain Crest (Fr.)
Mattee Turnbow won her lone match in the Division A 4A State Qualifier last weekend to secure her top seed for the State 4A tournament.
The freshman holds a 14-7 record in her high school freshman competition, which also includes a win at the Utah All-Star Duals last month. Earlier this season, she finished second at the MC Filly Invitational.
Turnbow will be one of the wrestlers to beat in the 105-pound weight class at the 4A State Championships in Richfield this weekend.