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High School Athletes of the Week: Jordan Cheney Sr. (Manti High) McKenna Lee Sr. (Weber High)


Will Dana, Alta (Sr.)

Had a big performance in leading Alta to a 56-38 win over Brighton in the regular season finale.

Dana completed 22 of 33 passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns, which covered yards of 28, 50, 25, 25 and 40 yards. Four of the five touchdowns went to Donovan Spillers.

“Will is the key to our offense. When he's on there's no one better,” said Alta coach Alema Te’o.

Dana finished the regular season completing 173 of 276 passes for 2,621 yards and 26 touchdowns. He leads the Hawks into the first round of the 5A playoffs this Friday at 7 p.m., a game that will be broadcast on KJZZ.

Girls Soccer

Logan Duran, Morgan (Sr.)

In the final week of the high school soccer season, Logan Duran separated her shoulder in practice. You would’ve never known based on her performance last weekend.

The Morgan senior scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 semifinal win over Manti on Friday, and then the following day in the 3A championship at Rio Tinto Stadium she notched a hat trick for the Trojans in a 4-1 win over Judge.

“Logan has been a four-year starter for our soccer program. Over the four years she has always been a good player, a fast player, but lacked ball control/finesse at full pace. Over the last two years has worked so hard in developing an incredible touch/feel for the ball at a full pace allowing her more opportunities to score or assist,” said Morgan coach Bryan Searle, who said Duran has become a leader on and off the field this year.

Duran finished her senior season with 29 goals and three assists.

“She likes to get everybody involved in each game. She brings a toughness, tenacity to our program that pushes other players to become better. She practices as hard as she plays which sets the tone for her entire team. The hope is that the younger players have learned from her and will want to mimic how she plays in games going forward.”


Hunter Vernon, North Summit (Sr.)

The senior leads North Summit into this week’s 2A state tournament coming off a dominant week for the Braves.

In wins over Utah Military, Layton Christian and Rich she hit .358, .412 and .585 respectively. She totaled 34 kills, 28 digs, six aces and eight blocks during the week.

For the week she hit .430.

"Hunter has been an amazing leader for our team both on and off the court. No one works harder at practice, she wants to be the best player she can be. She is an all-around player and helps us not only when she is in the front row but also on the back row, she is a great passer and defensive player. Hunter is our go-to hitter and every coaches dream," said North Summit coach Bradley Stephens.

Girls Cross Country

McKenna Lee, Weber (Sr.)

Capped a terrific career with a dominant performance at the 6A state meet at Sugarhouse Park last week.

The senior won the race with a time of 17:49, over 22 seconds faster than the second-place runner from Westlake. It was the second-fastest time between all six classifications.

“McKenna is a hard worker and a very smart runner. At the state meet, she started out conservatively and really picked it up as the race went on. She ran an excellent race and it’s exciting that she finally came home with a state championship,” said Weber coach Ryan Ortega. “She has been a captain on our team for a couple of years and has always been a positive influence for her teammates.”

Lee finished second at the state meet her sophomore and junior years, and as a freshman she finished eighth.

Boys Cross Country

Jordan Cheney, Manti (Sr.)

Ran a perfect race at the state meet to end his high school career as the 3A individual state champ.

He edged his friend from Grand, Ryan Lewis, by 0.6 seconds finishing with a time of 16:01.60.

“Jordan ran a smart race. He paced himself with the top 10 runners and in the last mile he made his move to the front, from there it was a race between him and his friend from Grand, Ryan Lewis both amazing runners and good kids,” said Manti coach Brandon Norris.

“Jordan is a great teammate. When he finishes his races he cheers on all of his teammates and even kids from other schools. Jordan is always encouraging and uplifting to everyone around him. He is not just one of the best runners I have coached but one of the best teammates I have ever coached. It has been a privilege and honor to have had the opportunity to coach Jordan.”

Cheney finished seventh at last year’s 2A state meet.