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Ben Anderson, Pleasant Grove wrestling and Megan Brimhall, Sky View swimming

Boys Basketball

Maliik Fagan-Foster, Juan Diego (Sr.)

This senior forward led Juan Diego to a pair of victories last week and in the process helped the Soaring Eagle clinch the outright Region 11 championship.

On Wednesday, he scored 12 points and added seven rebounds in a 64-37 blowout victory over Ben Lomond. Two days later in the clincher against Morgan, Fagan-Foster added 13 points in a victory over visiting Morgan.

In 23 games so far this season, Fagan-Foster averaged 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists, but his coach said the stats don’t tell the whole story.

“What's even more impressive is his 61 percent overall field-goal percentage. At 6-foot-4 and over 230 pounds, he is such a versatile player who really hurt teams both inside and outside. He has a terrific motor and just hates to lose. He has been an absolute beast and we look for him to carry us to success in the state tournament as well. He is getting recruited by several colleges but has not made a decision yet,” said Juan Diego coach Drew Trost.

Girls Basketball

Emily Barnes, Milford (Jr.)

Emily Barnes has many athletic talents, but it might be something unrelated to her skill that makes her most valuable to the Milford basketball team.

“She excels because of her work ethic and loves a challenge,” said Milford head coach Mallory Bailey. “I love to coach her because she gives more than is asked and then some. She is one of the leaders on our team on and off the court. She is also very versatile, which makes it easy to coach her. I'm excited for her future in sports as well as the rest of this season.”

The 5-foot-10 junior forward is one of the state’s scoring leaders as she averages 18 points and nine rebounds per game.

"Emily is just an outstanding athlete and student," Bailey said.


Ben Anderson, Pleasant Grove (Sr.)

Pleasant Grove 152-pound senior Ben Anderson fulfilled his dream at last week’s state meet by finishing his career as a four-time individual state champ.

He needed just 54 seconds to pin his opponent in the final, finishing the season with a 34-7 record. He pinned all four of his opponents at the 5A state tournament in the first period.

“It feels unbelievable. It’s everything I worked for, it’s everything I dreamed it would be. I worked so hard starting as a freshman. I had one goal, and that was to be a four-time state champion. And it feels amazing to go out and accomplish such a great goal,” said Anderson, a Duke commit.

Boys Swimming

Lucas Hess, Park City (So.)

Enjoyed a dominating performance at the 3A state championships last weekend, winning two individual races, two relay races and then helping Park City to another 3A team title.

And for good measure, he also broke a 3A state record that had stood for 39 years.

Hess’s time of 1:41.89 in the 200 freestyle broke a 3A record that was set in 1977, and was only two seconds off the all-time state record.

He also won the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.55 and contributed to Park City’s winning relay teams in the 200 and 400 freestyles. He also helped Park City break the 200 freestyle relay state record.

He was named 3A’s co-swimmer of the year along with Canyon View’s Nathan Hess.

“He’s a true leader and a he has a great two years ahead of him,” said Park City coach Kelly O’Brien after the meet.

Girls Swimming

Megan Brimhall, Sky View (So.)

Was a key part of Sky View’s surprising 5A state championship team this past week at BYU.

Individually, the sophomore finished second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke. In the relays, she swam a leg in the 200-medley relay as Sky View finished fourth.

The highlight of the meet for Sky View though was a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of the meet which helped Sky View clinch the 5A team title.

Brimhall swam her anchor leg in 52.49 to rally past Brighton’s Rachel Butler for Sky View’s only victory of the meet. The win shattered Sky View’s school record which the same team set a week earlier at region.

Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: jedward@deseretnews.com