Sophomore Blake Truman goes up for a shot against Utah State-Eastern. Truman had a double-double as the Badgers stomped the Eagles 83-60. - Matt Harris / Messenger photo


Sophomore Blake Truman goes up for a shot against Utah State-Eastern. Truman had a double-double as the Badgers stomped the Eagles 83-60. – Matt Harris / Messenger photo

 

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Badger athletes put up a defensive wall in their battle against USU-E last week. The Snow team overwhelmed their opponents 106-74, taking the Scenic West Athletic Conference title.

Badger athletes put up a defensive wall in their battle against USU-E last week. The Snow team overwhelmed their opponents 106-74, taking the Scenic West Athletic Conference title.

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 Freshman Lindsay Cook pulls up for a jumper during the Lady Badgers’ home game against Utah State-Eastern last Thursday. Snow stifled the Lady Eagles for the win, 62-50.


Freshman Lindsay Cook pulls up for a jumper during the Lady Badgers’ home game against Utah State-Eastern last Thursday. Snow stifled the Lady Eagles for the win, 62-50.

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Snow College’s soccer teams have wasted no time in getting back to the field. As part of spring training, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams scrimmaged against La Roca Soccer Club, out of Salt Lake County. While many of the players practicing are returners, for now, some new faces are already being seen. - Matt Harris / Messenger photo

Snow College’s soccer teams have wasted no time in getting back to the field. As part of spring training, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams scrimmaged against La Roca Soccer Club, out of Salt Lake County. While many of the players practicing are returners, for now, some new faces are already being seen. – Matt Harris / Messenger photo

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Snow softball teams grab four wins and a tie in early matches

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

3-2-2017

 

 

OXNARD, CA—The infant season already has a good look for Lady Badger softball, having redeemed a slow start to rattle off a streak of four wins and a tie last Friday and Saturday.

Snow’s softball team traveled to face Taft College and Oxnard College in California for their last set of contests before the start of conference play, rolling over both teams surrounding a tie-game at Moorpark College on neutral ground. The Lady Badgers took down Taft, 5-1 and 8-5, before stalemating Moorpark, 3-3. They then dominated Oxnard, 4-0 and 8-0.

While Snow sneaked by the Lady Cougars of Taft in the first game of the doubleheader, the Lady Badgers made their mark in the second game, showing off explosive offense by scoring all eight of their runs in the game in two innings, leading by as much as 8-2 before the Lady Cougars went down fighting.

Oxnard proved to be no match for Snow as the Lady Badgers walked over the Lady Condors without allowing a single run in the doubleheader. Pitchers Sidney Barney and Sydni Sorensen were credited with the shutouts.

The Lady Badgers face a tough season as much as they have already seen, having faced two ranked opponents already, dropping both contests. As play opens for the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC), Salt Lake begins the season ranked No. 8 in the nation, while Southern Idaho comes in at No. 14.

Snow begins play in the SWAC, this week, playing their season home opener against Southern Nevada in a doubleheader tomorrow and Saturday. Game times are scheduled for 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.

 

 

 The Manti High School Greenpower Team and their two-time state champion electric car. Left to right: Jacob Johnson, Alex Stevens, James Ray, Graysen Pierson, Reid Olson, Kenyon Butler, Katelyn Dickinson and Bradon Owens. Not pictured: Brian Taylor and Ethan Larsen - Matt Harris / Messenger photo


The Manti High School Greenpower Team and their two-time state champion electric car. Left to right: Jacob Johnson, Alex Stevens, James Ray, Graysen Pierson, Reid Olson, Kenyon Butler, Katelyn Dickinson and Bradon Owens. Not pictured: Brian Taylor and Ethan Larsen – Matt Harris / Messenger photo

 

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Wasatch thumps Jordan, 101-44
Tigers continue to earn No. 1 Utah ranking

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-23-2017

 

            MT. PLEASANT—Once again, Wasatch showed everyone why the No. 1 state ranking is all their own.

            The Wasatch Academy boys basketball team flat-out hammered visiting 5A power Jordan, No. 16 in the state, 101-44. The Tigers now own a 22-4 record on the season and are ranked No. 15 nationally in the USA Today Super 25 poll.

            Wasatch never left the game in doubt, jumping out to a 27-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers led 52-19 at halftime. It is the second straight time the Tigers have eclipsed 100 points in a game after blasting Kearns, 104-58, last week.

            While junior Emmanuel Akot provided the lift off on offense to the tune of 34 points, with four threes, it was senior Josip Vrankic who provided the fuel. The Santa Clara University commit went off for a triple-double, scoring 21 points while grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out 15 assists. Vrankic also contributed five steals and two blocks to complete his jaw-dropping stat line. Senior Michael Okafor chipped in 10 points.

            The Tigers’ season is not over yet. Wasatch is set to face Impact Academy, a different team than the one they played a few weeks ago, literally, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3:45 p.m. It remains to be seen if the Tigers’ season will continue on the national level. Their season resume includes an undefeated record in Utah, with wins over Lone Peak, Layton, Timpview, and Jordan, all top-20 teams in the state.

            They also won the FreeTaxUSA.com Shootout in Orem and the San Bernadino Valley Invitational in California. Their season is marred only by a 0-3 record against nationally-ranked teams: Chino Hills, IMG Academies, and Findlay Prep.

 

 

Badgers come back to win over So. Idaho, then lose to SLCC, 96-83

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-23-2017

 

SALT LAKE CITY — Snow men’s basketball pulled off a comeback victory once again against Southern Idaho before the Badgers hit a snag against Salt Lake.

            The 19th-ranked Badgers beat Southern Idaho, 99-93, and lost to Salt Lake, 96-83. Snow is 4-0 against the Eagles this season, and split their series, 2-2, with the Bruins, winning each of their home games against them. Snow is now 23-5 on the season with an 11-3 conference record, including a spotless 12-0 record at home.

            While the Badgers’ prolific offense keeps them at the top of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC), their defense has shown flaws whenever they play the Eagles and Bruins, allowing those two teams to average 85.7 points against the Badgers over the season.

            Last Thursday against Southern Idaho, Snow spent much of much of the game in a deficit against the Eagles. Southern held a steady lead over Snow all first half. Snow came back as the first was ending to trim the Eagles’ halftime to a mere three points, 51-48.

            While the Eagles’ maintained the slim lead for much of the second half, Snow took over with 10 minutes remaining behind sharp offensive nights from sophomore Blake Truman and freshman Zach Hunsaker. The Badgers outscored Southern Idaho, 51-42, in the second half to take the victory.

            The Badgers were led by Truman’s double-double night with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Despite shooting only 6-16 from the field, Hunsaker backed up Truman with 19 points.

            Things changed when the Badgers stepped on the home court of Salt Lake. After a close game, nearly from start to finish, it was the Bruins who pulled out the late-game heroics to put away the Badgers. With a Hunsaker three bringing the score to76-75 in the Bruins favor, Salt Lake took the cue to go on a 10-1 scoring run to put the game away.

            Hunsaker led the Badgers with 20 points, while Panter added 17. Bruneel chipped 14 and Truman 11. The Badgers were limited to only 27 rebounds. The 13-point loss is the largest margin of loss for Snow this season except for a 20-point loss to No. 1, undefeated South Plains before conference play began.

            Snow still holds a two-game lead on the top spot in the conference, second to Southern Idaho. They are expected to win out their schedule and claim the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

            The Badgers play their final home game against Utah State-Eastern tonight at 7:30 p.m. before heading on the road for their season finale against Colorado Northwestern on Saturday.

 

 Junior Spencer Steadman goes for a jump shot over the Stansbury defense in the first round of the 3A playoffs. North Sanpete lost to the Stallions on a game-winning three-pointer, 44-43. - Kyler Daybell / Messenger photo


Junior Spencer Steadman goes for a jump shot over the Stansbury defense in the first round of the 3A playoffs. North Sanpete lost to the Stallions on a game-winning three-pointer, 44-43. – Kyler Daybell / Messenger photo

 

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Morgan's Chase Trussell defeated North Sanpete High wrestler Hootchy Brewer during the state 2A/3A wrestling championships earlier this month. Brewer took second place in the 220-weight class, and North Sanpete took 12th as a team.

Morgan’s Chase Trussell defeated North Sanpete High wrestler Hootchy Brewer during the state 2A/3A wrestling championships earlier this month. Brewer took second place in the 220-weight class, and North Sanpete took 12th as a team.

 

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Lady Hawks fall to Grantsville in first round of playoffs to lose, 62-43

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-23-2017

 

GRANTSVILLE—The Lady Hawks season came to a close last week with a loss to Grantsville in the first round of the 3A playoffs.

            Unable to overcome a variety of obstacles in the game, the North Sanpete girls basketball team met their season’s end at the hands of the Cowgirls, 62-43. The team has not won in the playoffs in three years.

            “We came and played really well for about 26 minutes,” head coach Randi Griffith said. “We had a six-minute letdown defensively in the third quarter that they were able to capitalize on, and it really hurt us and our chances in the game.  The score does not show the whole picture of the game. We had them very nervous. It just ran away from us at the end.”

            North Sanpete held a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter before the Cowgirls hit back in the second to get a lead by three into halftime. That was when the meltdown began. Midway through a still competitive third quarter, junior Catherine Lund sustained an injury to her ankle that required courtside attention.

Taking advantage of the gaping hole in North Sanpete’s interior defense, Grantsville went on a 15-0 run. The Lady Hawks were already playing without starter Abby Smith, who was injured last week against Canyon View. The Cowgirls never let up after that, extending their lead in the fourth quarter en route to the victory.

            Lund led the Lady Hawks in scoring with 15 points.

The Lady Hawks end their season with a 6-16 record that testifies to the numerous struggles this team has fought through. During this season, North Sanpete suffered injuries to three of their starters and a nine-game losing streak. Seniors Angela Clayton and Smith both missed significant time with injuries during the season, while Lund had been sidelined for several games due to a concussion.

“I am incredibly proud of this group of girls and their efforts this year,” Griffith said. “It has been a very rough year full of adversity, but this group came to practice every day with positive attitudes and incredible work ethic. It is very rare to coach a group that comes up against the adversity they faced and doesn’t quit on each other and continues to work to get better. It shows what incredible character they have. They refused to let adversity be an excuse for them and continued to work and get better.”

Gunnison ladies fall in first round of state games to Layton Christian

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-23-2017

 

OREM—The Gunnison girls basketball team fell in the first round of the 2A playoffs to Layton Christian Academy last Friday night, 59-40.

            Although many assumed that the Lady Bulldogs were unlikely to get the win, Gunnison looked far more solid against the top-tier Eagles than expected in the game that ended their season, hopefully, a sign of things to come. A poor start proved the biggest difference in the loss.

            “We are proud of the girls and how they played hard during the entire game against Layton Christian,” head coach Melissa Sorensen said. “We had a bad first quarter, due to inexperience and nerves. We played them closely the other three quarters. It was a good experience for our team to have, and hopefully, we can build on it in future years.”

            After the Lady Bulldogs already found themselves down 14-4 at the end of the first, Gunnison played respectably throughout, keeping the Lady Eagles relatively within blowout distance. Sophomore Kezzley Winn led Gunnison in scoring with eight points, while the scoring was effectively spread around the entire team.

            Inexperience has been a big factor in the struggles of the Lady Bulldogs’ 6-16 season, with only one senior, Jerusha Miner, on this year’s roster, while the better portion of the roster has been comprised of sophomores, including their top five scorers.

            “The team made a lot of progress during the season,” Sorensen said. “I think the biggest thing the girls developed was mental toughness and the willingness to play hard, regardless of the score or outcome.”

            As Miner graduates, the Lady Bulldogs have high hopes for next season, bringing back a solid core of players to hopefully end their playoff drought, now lasting three years.

 

Lady Badgers drop two games, now ranked third in the SWAC

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-23-2017

 

SALT LAKE CITY— Consistency, which has often evaded the Lady Badgers all season, once again was not on their side in two losses last week.

            The extremely young Snow women’s basketball team continued to exhibit growing pains in both games, falling to Southern Idaho, 62-49, and No. 4 Salt Lake, 65-48. Snow is now 11-14 on the season and 6-8 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC). Additionally, Snow officially ends the regular season with a 0-4 record against the nationally-ranked Lady Bruins and a 1-3 record against the Golden Eagles.

            “Salt Lake has a lot of toughness, which we’ve lacked at times,” head coach Mike Russell said. “They also know how to win, they have a winner’s mentality, and that’s something we’re working on. We’ve had Salt Lake up against the ropes, but their “refuse to lose” mentality has really played a factor.”

            First playing Southern Idaho last Thursday, the Lady Badgers held a slim, two-point lead at the end of the first quarter. A 21-8 second quarter by Southern Idaho was quick to erase all memory of that by halftime. The Lady Eagles led by as many as 21 points in the second half before the Lady Badgers could start chipping away at the lead.

            Scoring was lethargic for Snow, with both freshmen starters Harley Hansen and Madison Mooring held to a combined 0-12 shooting clip. Mooring also committed a ghastly nine turnovers to only one assist. The Lady Badgers shot a mere 30 percent on the day, with freshman Kate Anderson coming off the bench to lead Snow with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

            Salt Lake was guaranteed to be an even tougher test, and the Lady Bruins proved it right. Salt Lake, coming off their first loss in 16 games, led the Lady Badgers from tip-off to buzzer. Snow continued to be forced into ugly basketball, committing 19 turnovers out of their starters alone.

            Mooring led the offense with 10 points. Snow shot 39 percent from the field.

            With two games left in the regular season, Snow is on track for the No. 3 seed in the upcoming SWAC tournament. Only the tournament winner will advance to the national tournament. While Salt Lake and Southern Idaho have carved out their spots as contenders in the conference, Snow’s destiny remains uncertain. They are expected to win out their schedule with upcoming games against Utah State-Eastern today at 5:30 p.m. and on the road against Colorado Northwestern this Saturday.

            “Our focus is to close out the season on a high note, and to get that #3 seed heading into the tournament,” Russell said.

Russell remains confident about the Lady Badgers chances in the tournament. “We absolutely believe we can win,” Russell said, “but just like we tell our players every day, we have to quit talking about it and actually be about it. We have the players to win despite being young, so I definitely would not count us out.”

 

Lady Tigers fall to Lady Broncos, 58-57

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-23-2017

 

            OREM—The season of the Lady Tigers came to an anti-climactic end last week against San Juan as the Wasatch girls basketball team fell to the Lady Broncos in overtime, 58-57.

            A game-winning three-point shot in overtime sank the previously 13-1 Lady Tigers unexpectedly, and San Juan pulled off the huge upset in the first round of the 2A playoffs after finishing just ahead of Gunnison in Region 15 standings during the regular season.

            “I have to give all the credit in the world to Coach Moon at San Juan and his players for playing so hard and executing a great game plan,” head coach Coke Whiteworth said. “We got out to a very slow start and just could never seem to get into any flow or rhythm. I was proud of our team’s effort overall, but San Juan just outplayed us, and so they deserved to win.”

            The game featured several changes in momentum between the two teams. San Juan had full control of the game at first, jumping out to a ten-point lead in the first quarter before the Lady Tigers trimmed it to seven to start the second. Wasatch began controlling the tempo in the second behind the unified scoring efforts of juniors Manu Oliviera and Vanessa Medina, but halftime still saw San Juan with the lead, 26-22.

            Wasatch took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Broncos 17-12, and leading by as much as seven in the matchup, but the Lady Broncos would not go away. Fighting back in the fourth, San Juan got the better of a back-and-forth affair to tie the game and send it to overtime.

            In overtime, San Juan took the initial lead, but Wasatch got it back and led by two with 15 seconds remaining. Then the Lady Broncos’ Bodell Nielson made the fateful three. A half-court heave could not save the Lady Tigers’ season, and Wasatch was sent packing.

            Oliviera played an MVP-caliber game, scoring 29 points while Medina chipped in 19 points.

            Despite the early playoff exit, this season was one of optimism for the much-improved Lady Tigers, who had their best season in school history, finishing with a 13-2 record. With all of their star players, including their top three scorers, returning next year, there’s cause for excitement looking to next season. Whiteworth also expresses excitement over the fan and community support, which hit a whole new level this season for the young team.

            “As far as our season, as a whole, I am SO proud of the effort our girls put forth every day in practice to make sure we were always working to make each other better,” Whiteworth said. “We had some tremendous growth from our junior class leaders, and I expect they will play a huge role in the team’s development between now and next season. I am so thankful for such supportive parents, fans, and administration. Because of them, the girls feel very happy about the season, and are hungry to be even better next season.”

 

  

 The Bulldogs and Templars battled into overtime last week, with the Bulldogs walking away with the win, 61-55. - Photo courtesy Tiffani Jackson


The Bulldogs and Templars battled into overtime last week, with the Bulldogs walking away with the win, 61-55. – Photo courtesy Tiffani Jackson

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Freshman Zach Hunsaker pulls up for a long shot against Salt Lake last Saturday. The Badgers pulled off the comeback win, 94-87, to cement themselves further in the top spot in conference standing. - Kyler Daybell / Messenger photo

Freshman Zach Hunsaker pulls up for a long shot against Salt Lake last Saturday. The Badgers pulled off the comeback win, 94-87, to cement themselves further in the top spot in conference standing. – Kyler Daybell / Messenger photo

Snow men rally for wins against CSI and SLCC

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

2-9-2017

 

EPHRAIM—In the heated contest to be the top dog in the conference, the Badgers are letting out a long victory howl.

Snow’s men’s basketball team came back from late-game deficits twice to pull out thrilling victories against fellow title contenders Southern Idaho and Salt Lake, 91-83 and 94-87. The wins put Snow at a near guarantee to claim the Scenic West Athletic Conference title at the end of the season.

Southern Idaho, coming off a win against Salt Lake, came into their game with the Badgers full of momentum, and it showed. Shooting 48 percent while holding the Badgers to a mere 40 percent, the Golden Eagles raced out to a 48-35 halftime lead.

The Eagles led by as much as 16 early in the second half before Snow began to rally. Without much in the way of scoring runs or explosive offensive stretches, the Badgers methodically took over the flow of the game and forced Southern Idaho completely off of their game plan.

Snow slowly crept up to the lead, finally tying up the game at 74-74 behind a three-point shot from sophomore Blake Truman with just under five minutes left to play. From there, it was all Badgers, as the Eagles completely fell out of sync and could not contain Snow’s newfound momentum en route to the victory. By the end of the game, Snow had outscored Southern Idaho in the second half by 21 points.

While the leading scorer was freshman Zach Hunsaker with a whopping 29 points, Truman took home the unofficial “clutch player” award with a double-double performance of 16 points, 13 rebounds, a block and a steal. Sophomore Nate Bruneel and freshman A.J. Jones each scored in double figures as well with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Though Hunsaker struggled with four turnovers, he made up for it four steals.

Then came the Bruins.

Salt Lake, considered at this point to be the biggest threat in the conference to the Badgers, once again managed to hold the Badgers down early, countering their hot shooting by shooting 60 percent from the field in the first half. The Bruins finished out the first half on a 10-0 run and led 48-40 at halftime.

When the second half rolled around, the Badgers continued to shoot at a high percentage, but the Bruins did not, falling from 60 percent down to a mere 38 percent clip. The cold shooting allowed Snow to retake the lead shortly into the second half. After the two teams exchanged baskets and leads for the majority of the half, Jones and Bruneel hit a consecutive pair of threes late in the game to put the Badgers ahead for good.

Hunsaker once again led the scoring effort with 25 points, while Truman added 17 points and two blocks. Jones and sophomore Riley Panter added 10 and 16 points, respectively. The Badgers additionally benefited from an efficient day off the bench from sophomore Romain Louissere, who contributed 16 points.

“We have been able to come back because our guys are very disciplined and are willing to keep doing the things that work,” head coach Rob Nielson said. “They are tough players who don’t give up and believe that someone will step up and make a big play. We have hit several big shots and continue to shoot the three-point shot really well. They are an unselfish group who like playing the game together.”

Following the Badgers’ game at Utah State-Eastern last Tuesday (score next week), Snow will be hosting Colorado Northwestern this Saturday at 5 p.m.