Wasatch Academy’s Richie Saunders drives past his defender in the Tigers’ home game against the Bountiful Braves last Saturday afternoon. The Tigers prevailed 92-54 in that contest.

Wasatch Academy, ranked sixth nationally, creams Utah teams

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-17-2019

 

MOUNT PLEASANT—Wasatch Academy doubly proved themselves the basketball kings of Utah last week with a two-game thumping of some talented Wasatch Front teams.

            Taking a break from their usual traveling schedule, Wasatch easily defeated 4A Tooele, 110-44, on Friday Jan. 11 and then came back to squash 5A Bountiful, 92-54, on Saturday Jan. 12.  Both games were played at home.

Tooele visited the Tigers as a replacement squad, filling in for undefeated 6A power American Fork. American Fork cancelled their contest with Wasatch the Monday prior to their Friday game, thus shutting down what would have been a matchup of the top two teams in the state.

            Rumors spread on social media inferred that American Fork was trying to protect their perfect record. However, those rumors were countered by a Wasatch Academy Athletics press release, which reported the Cavemen were dealing with injuries to their squad.

            While BYU commit Bernardo Da Silva only netted 8 points against the Pioneers, junior phenom Mady Sissoko led all scorers with 21 points. Five Tigers scored in double figures.

            Against Bountiful, it was more of the same, as Sissoko lead all scorers again, part of a balanced attack in which seven Wasatch players netted double figures for the night.

            Wasatch Academy now ranks as high as No. 6 in MaxPreps national rankings. They will be back on the road this weekend with their biggest matchup of the season so far, taking on Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Calif., ranked No.12 in the same poll. They will then travel to face No. 24 Clark County in Nevada for an undefeated border battle, before returning home to host Timpanogos, ranked No. 8 in Utah.

Competitors line up on the starting blocks for their heat at a swim meet at the Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center last Tuesday.

Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center helping swimmers improve, break records

 

By James Tilson

 

01-17-2019

 

MT. PLEASANT—Local swimmers are enjoying the new Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center and are finding the extra training is making them faster than ever.

Since the new pool opened last January, not only have local residents used the facility for recreation and physical fitness, but competitive swimmers, including youth from North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy, have been able to spend more time training. And the extra time is translating to faster times in competition.

“Our swimmers have been demolishing records left and right!” exclaims pool manager Britanny Adams. Adams says the swimmers started taking advantage of the pool last summer. They were able to get in the pool to start training much earlier than in the past.

And not only has having the pool locally helped training, it taken stress off local swimmers. “Our swimmers now don’t have to travel so far in bad weather,” said Adams. “It keeps them safer, and allows them to concentrate on their goals. It’s so much better than before.”

Since the pool opened, both North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy have formed school teams that compete in the Utah High School Athletic Association (UHSAA).

Gunnison Valley High School, which has had a school team for several years based at the city’s indoor pool, now travels to Mt. Pleasant regularly to compete there.

Currently, Snow College operates a “community team,” which can compete in high school events.

The high school 3A regional meet for North Sanpete and Wasatch Academy is set for Jan. 24 at Emery High School. Swimmers who qualify (the top 50 times in 3A) can go to the state meet at BYU on Feb. 7.

When asked if the Mt. Pleasant facility could eventually host a regional swim meet, Adams said it was possible, “but right now” because there’s not enough locker space. Any expansion is probably 5-10 years down the road, she said.

But in the meantime, area swimmers are ready to knock down more records and open new doors for Sanpete swimming.

Lady Badgers lose first two games of season, 48-60, 64-71

 

By James Tilson

 

01-17-2019

 

EPHRAIM—The Snow College women’s basketball team’s struggles continued last week, as the team opened Scenic West

Athletic Conference (SWAC) play by going 0-2, losing to the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) 60-48, and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) 71-64.

“Thursday’s game against CSI was more about toughness than it was about making or missing shots,” said Head Coach Mike Russell. “We led for over half the game, they were just tougher than we were.”

Neither team shot the ball very well for the game, with Snow making 35.6 percent from the field, and CSI making 36.5 percent from the field. But CSI tightened up their defense in the second half, making rebounds and getting to the free throw line.

Snow’s Rachel Roberts looks to score against the Golden Eagles last Thursday night in Ephraim. The Badgers lost 60-48.

“They outrebounded us and really dominated the paint,” said Russell. “Yes, we shot poorly, especially from outside, but we had every chance down the stretch.”

The Badgers were led by Paige Farnsworth with 12 points, while Rachel Richards had 11. Lourdes Gonzalez pulled down an impressive 9 rebounds.

On Saturday against SLCC, the Badgers were able to show more toughness than against CSI, forcing overtime before eventually falling to the Bruins 71-64.

“We started slow against SLCC, but the girls never gave up, which was great to see,” Russell said. “We showed a little bit more toughness, but it’s something we still need to work on. Overall, very proud of the grit they showed to battle back.”

Farnsworth hit two free-throws with 17.7 seconds remaining to force the overtime period. However, the Bruins pulled away in the extra time 9-2 to get the win.

Farnsworth led the Badgers in scoring with 13 points, while Richards and Savannah Domgaard each had 10. Gonzalez followed up her strong rebounding night against CSI with an even better 10 rebounds against SLCC.

Snow will host Colorado Northwest on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m., and then travel to Utah State University – Eastern on Saturday.

Hawks only get 36 in loss to South Sevier, then double output to 85, but still lose

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-17-2019

 

North Sanpete’s Dallin Steadman looks for space against the Emery Spartans in last week’s showdown. The Hawks came up on the short side, 102-85.

MT. PLEASANT—Last week brought Hawks fans the absolute best and worst of offensive output for the North Sanpete boys’ basketball team, and unfortunately, the boys in red and white lost both games anyway.

            In a two-game home stand, the Hawks dropped a snoozer against South Sevier, 50-36, their lowest point total of the season last Wednesday. Subsequently, they followed up the loss with an 85-point outburst against Emery, a wonderful showing left unglorified due to the unimaginable 102-point rainstorm from the visiting Spartans.

            North Sanpete fell to 0-4 in region play and 4-9 overall, a full five games behind the rest of the region. The offensive explosion was Emery’s second 100-point game in their last three contests.

            “We will need to cut back on simple mistakes to get wins in this very competitive region,” Head Coach Cris Hoopes said.  “All of the teams in our region are extremely well coached and skilled. The good thing is if we start to win, we would be able to get back into the race very quickly.”

            Prior to the game against the Spartans, North Sanpete had been averaging 53.3 points per game, the lowest in Region 15, a league full of hot shooters.

            While the Hawks played from behind virtually the entire game against South Sevier, they had a lead against the Spartans after the first quarter, 25-20, a score which offered a forecast of burning nets to come. The Hawks held the lead for the first minute of the second, but a three- pointer in the corner from Emery took the lead away, part of a mind-blowing 31 points in eight minutes and a 10-point halftime lead.

            The Hawks played basket for basket with Emery for the rest of the game, but could never get any closer. What’s more, North Sanpete had no answer for slowing down Emery’s senior Kyson Stilson, who finished with 40 points, seven 3s, and is currently the sixth-best scorer in Utah with 24.6 points per game. The Hawks also spotted the Spartans a good deal of real estate at the charity stripe, where Emery made a whopping 25 free throws.

            “Emery does two things very well,” Hoopes said. “First, they have a few players that drive into the lane, and second they shoot the three. We struggled to keep them out of the lane and when we had to help, and they passed well and hit the three.”

            Credit was deserved to the selfless play of North Sanpete. Four players scored in double figures as senior big man Jamal Mayoul led with 21 points. Tyler Hadley, a senior, scored 20 points for the first time ever in a Hawk uniform, in part thanks to four three-pointers. Scott Hatch kept his scoring prowess consistent with 15 points, and sophomore Trevin Morley netted 12, tying his best game with North Sanpete.

            The Hawks press forward, traveling to face Richfield on Wednesday. Then comes the cross-county rivalry with Manti this Friday in Manti at 7pm.

Templars fall to Emery 65-74

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-17-2019

 

Manti’s Mason Thompson drives for the bucket in Region 15 play against the Emery Spartans. Manti fell to the Spartans, 74-65.

CASTLE DALE—After a hot start to the season, the Templars are staring down the barrel.

            The Manti boys’ basketball team lost their second straight game and dropped to 1-3 in Region 15 contests with a 74-65 loss to Emery. The Templars are now in sixth place in Region 15 and have lost three of their last four games after a 9-1 start.

             “In order to get back into the race, we need to…keep guys on the floor to keep regular rotations, and focus on taking care of the ball,” Head Coach Devin Shakespear said.” In the preseason, we did a good job limiting our turnovers, and we have had some uncharacteristically high turnover games to start region. We are working to reaffirm our identity and clean up the little things that we can control.”

            After the Templars spent most of their time playing from behind in the first half, they managed to even the score going into the second half, 31-31.

            Coming out in the second half, Emery rode the backs of seniors Brodie Tuttle and Kyson Stilson, who combined for 45 points in the game, to pull away from Manti, outscoring them in the third 21-13. By midway through the fourth, the Spartans pushed their lead to double digits and never looked back until the very end.

            Senior Mason Thompson finished as the Templars’ leading scorer with 17 points while senior Dallin Cox and sophomore Grady Thompson each netted 12.

            “We had too many unforced turnovers and gave up too many offensive rebounds,” Shakespear said. “We have got to control the things that we can control, and those are two things that we can control.”

            Manti has a championship rematch with South Sevier before hosting the first contest of the cross-county rivalry with North Sanpete this Friday at 7 p.m.

Lady Hawks drop two more games, now 2-10

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-17-2019

 

MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete girls’ hoops suffered their tenth loss of the season in only 12 games last week.

            The Lady Hawks let the second and third quarter get away against a top-tier squad from South Sevier and lost 44-30. Subsequently, they were flattened by Emery, the top 3A team in Utah, by a score of 57-26. Emery led North Sanpete, 20-2, after the first quarter.

            North Sanpete was suffocated by the undefeated Lady Spartans from the gun as Emery forced a plethora of turnovers. After the Lady Hawks answered Emery’s first point with a two points of their own, they couldn’t do much else.

            The game was decided early on and Emery let off the gas and maintained their lead until the end, building it to 30 points. North Sanpete made some noise in the second quarter with a 6-0 run to make the first half manageable, but got no closer.

            “I’m not particularly worried about what Emery did,” Head Coach Taylor Christensen said. “My job is to coach my girls to beat the five players on the floor. The second quarter, we held them to four points because my girls played great defense. They forced several turnovers and shut down their scorers for the quarter. Being down two starters in Linzy Flinders and Graciee Christiansen, I just wanted my girls to go play hard and be aggressive, and that’s what they did. “

            Even in the blowout, senior Aubree Ison finished with 10 points after netting 16 against South Sevier.

            The Lady Hawks take on Richfield this week and will be hosting what promises to be a great matchup with rival Manti this Thursday at 7pm.

Lady Bulldogs lose to Millard then beat Parowan 43-29

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

01-17-2019

 

Lady Bulldog, No. 11, Kezzley Winn makes a shot in the second quarter during the team’s home victory against Parowan on Thursday, Jan. 10.

GUNNISON—The Gunnison Valley girls’ basketball team lost to Millard 54-42 last week on Tuesday, then pulled out a win against Parowan 43-29 two days later.

“We are still playing hard and well,” said Bulldog Coach Melissa Sorensen when asked how the season was going for her team. “We still have not yet been able to breakthrough in our tough region, but we are getting closer.”

Gunnison managed to keep mostly on pace with the Eagles for the duration of the game; however, Millard made a strong play in the final quarter and outscored the Bulldogs by 9 points.

Notable performances were Kezzley Winn and Jaida King, the former scoring 15 and the latter scoring 18, with 4 three-point shots. The Eagles controlled the rebounds, which was a contributing factor in their victory. Melissa also stated: “We know that having tough games each night in our region is great preparation for the state tournament.”

The Bulldogs picked themselves up after that loss and beat the Parowan Rams, led by Jaida King with 13 points and Taryn Thompson with 10 points. Gunnison gained a lot of control with their offensive and defensive rebounds; and made hoop after hoop.

Having tough competition in their region has given the Lady Bulldogs good experience. “The goal is to get to that first play-in game and advance to the eight team tournament, where anything can happen,” Melissa said. “The players are improving and the coaching staff has complete confidence in them.” With the jumpstart that Gunnison had this season, it certainly seems that way.

Gunnison will be playing two home games with Enterprise today at 7 p.m. and Kanab on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Bulldogs drop games to Millard and Parowan

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

01-17-2019

 

GUNNISON- The Gunnison Valley High School boys’ basketball team lost their two most recent contests against Millard on Jan. 9, 74-59, and Parowan on Jan. 11, 52-38.

The beginning of the year has been tough for the Bulldogs. They picked up their first win against Enterprise on Jan. 4, but last two games have resulted in losses.

Against Millard, Gunnison kept the lead in the first quarter only to be outscored by the Eagles for the rest of the game. Two Bulldogs, Braxton Sylvester and Creed Mogle, combined to score 28 points.

Parowan then defeated Gunnison, 52-38, giving the Bulldogs their sixth loss of the season. The Rams stayed ahead of the Bulldogs during each period and controlled the offensive glass.

Much of their recent struggles can be attributed to injuries to two leading players. Parx Bartholomew and Jackson Hill, who have both missed games, have left the Bulldogs without team leaders during this stretch.

The injuries do not end with them, either. During a TV interview, Coach Ben Hill said the Bulldogs struggled to compete with other teams getting rebounds, due to the large number of injured players.

The Bulldogs played a rivalry game with North Sevier yesterday after time of press, they host Enterprise tomorrow at 7 p.m., and then travel to Kanab next Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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Hawks finding second half of pre-season filled with piranhas

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-10-2019

 

North Sanpete’s Scott Hatch drives to the bucket in last Saturday’s game against San Juan. Hatch was the leading scorer for the Hawks with 12 points in a losing effort.

MT. PLEASANT—After looking solid for the first part of the season, the North Sanpete boys’ basketball team began region play looking like a goldfish in a tank of piranhas.

            The Hawks went 0-2 to start their race in Region 15 with a demoralizing 93-51 loss against San Juan before letting a good win get away against Grand, giving up a nine-point halftime lead to go down 67-60.

            Junior Scott Hatch led the Hawks in scoring in both games with 12 against San Juan and 20 against Grand. Hatch averages just under 15 points per game so far this season.

            Head Coach Cris Hoopes was unavailable for comment.

            While the Hawks looked completely outmatched by a San Juan team that subsequently beat Manti to go 2-0 in region, they looked very good against the Red Devils for 16 minutes and led 31-22 at halftime.

            Even after the half, North Sanpete maintained their will on the Devils for a short time and led by as much as 14 after an early run to start the half. But Grand shored up the defense and heated up on offense to change the tide of the entire game, going on a 19-4 run for the rest of the third quarter for a one-point lead and never looking back.

            The Hawks now stand at 4-7 on the season and are the only team in Region 15 with an overall record under .500. They have a gauntlet ahead of them as they face South Sevier and Emery at home this week before traveling to face Richfield.

 

Manti’s Nicole Nelson, No. 4 with the ball, looks to pass to an open teammate against San Juan last Saturday, while Ashton Wood, No. 12, hustles for position. The Templars went on to lose to San Juan 65-32.

Lady Templars up and down, but victory over Grand shines

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-10-2019

 

MANTI—Manti girls hoopsters have a long way to go, but last week looked like a small step in the right direction.

            The Lady Templars got shelled by Richfield, 67-37, and San Juan, 65-32, but sandwiched between the losses an impressive victory over Grand, 70-48, exceeding their normal offensive output by nearly 30 points.

            “Friday against Grand was what Manti basketball is all about,” head coach Brennon Schweikart said. “For that game, we put together a full game. We had a well-balanced and disciplined attack. We played much like how we finished in Richfield.  This time we put together a full game and did not play in parts.  We made open shots which led to 30 made field goals for the game.  It was a great all-around basketball game.”

            Sophomore Katie Larson owned the paint against the Lady Devils with 8 offensive rebounds while sophomore Breanna Barson had a breakout night with 12 points, leading the Lady Templars in scoring. Larson continues to impress as a statistical leader for Manti, averaging just under 10 points per game so far this season.

            Even more impressive than the win itself, was how it looked. When Manti held a 3-point lead at halftime, they came out and rained on Grand for a 21-10 third quarter and never looked back.

            Richfield and San Juan proved that there is work to be done in Manti for the Lady Templars to make noise in a shark tank-like region. “San Juan was a tough game, and tough games happen,” Schweikart said. “We had a lot of open shots and they didn’t fall; games like that happen.  Learning how to follow up a big win and come back and be just as focused the next day is the mark of a championship mindset. That mindset is what our girls are learning.”

            Manti takes on South Sevier next Tuesday before next Thursday’s rivalry against North Sanpete in Mt. Pleasant.

Manti learning 3A is tough, is 1-2 in early season matches

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-10-2019

 

Manti’s Grady Thompson, No. 4, drives between defenders to shoot the ball last Friday night against Grand County. The Templars prevailed in that game 75-63.

BLANDING—The Manti boys’ basketball team quickly realized a harsh truth last weekend. They play in the toughest region in 3A.

            After a 9-1 start to the season, the Templars skidded to a 1-2 start in region play. Manti was taken by surprise in a stellar offensive night by Richfield, 77-68, before bouncing back with a win against Grand, 75-63. In their Saturday game, Manti fell in heartbreaking fashion to San Juan in an offensive firework show, 96-94 in overtime, despite a magnanimous 31-point night from senior Adam Huff and seven 3-pointers from senior Mason Thompson.

            “Our region is a gauntlet,” head coach Devin Shakespear said, “and coming off a week where we did not perform quite as well as we wanted, players are hopefully recognizing the importance of daily commitment and focus. You cannot have any distractions this time of year.”

            Manti started off on the wrong foot against the pesky Broncos with a slew of ugly turnovers that San Juan converted into an early 9-3 lead, but the Templars righted the ship quickly and nailed three 3’s for a 13-10 lead. Both squads lit up the nets in the first quarter for a 22-22 tie, led by Thompson’s four first quarter 3s.

            Although the Broncos keyed in on Mason in the second quarter, Huff could not be stopped, leading all scorers with 17 points in the first half as the Templars led 44-36 at halftime. Thompson had 15 points, and Manti had eight made 3s in the half.

            San Juan owned the Templars in the paint in the third quarter, while Manti’s shooters cooled off, and the Broncos stole the lead in the third, 59-56.

            Manti was down three points with ten seconds remaining, and Shakespear trusted the ball to Thompson’s hot hand. Thompson drove straight to the top of the key and missed a 3 pointer, but got fouled. In a critical moment, he swished all three of his free throws to send the game to overtime.

            Despite maintaining a steady lead in overtime, San Juan got two quick layups off Manti miscues that led to a San Juan lead. Grady Thompson found Ben Cluff right under the basket unprotected for a game-tying layup, but it tragically rolled out as time expired, and Manti’s fate was sealed.

            Throughout the game, Manti had a tough time getting any help from the officiating crew. In a game where both teams played with a near-equal level of physicality, Manti had roughly 20 team fouls to San Juan’s seven. Refs even negated a made-free throw from Thompson when his foot caught the line on his follow-through.

            Shakespear had nothing to say about it, however. “I thought our team did a good job staying focused, and I was proud of their efforts.”

            True to the coach’s words, Manti won’t be getting any breaks from here on out. Four of the six teams in Region 15 have records above .700. The Templars’ next home game is a rematch of the 2018, 3A championship game against South Sevier next Wednesday.

Bulldogs fall to Buffaloes, but notch two other wins

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

GUNNISON—The Gunnison boys’ basketball team lost recently to the Valley Buffaloes, 56-29, but the Bulldogs came back to pick up two wins against Snow Canyon Junior Varsity 61-36, and Enterprise, 53-52.

The Bulldogs have been winning more games than losing; but the previous weeks have provided challenges for the team. However that has not stopped them from pushing ahead into the season. They suffered a blowout loss against the Valley Buffaloes on Dec. 28.

Valley outscored the Bulldogs in each quarter of the game, except for the last period where Gunnison managed to score 14 points. Leading scorers were Harley Hill who scored 9, three of them were 3-pointers, and Jackson Hill who scored 6 points. The Buffaloes on the other hand stacked up the points in the duration of the game and won the contest.

Gunnison came back and crushed Snow Canyon JV by 25 points. The team was led by Jackson Hill, who scored a team high 21 points, with five 3-pointers. Behind him was Parx Bartholomew with 14 points, Garret Francis with 10 and Janzen Keisel with 9.

The most recent match with Enterprise was a much closer victory with only a 1-point difference, 53-52. The Bulldogs won by the skin of their teeth against the Wolves. Gunnison kept at pace with Enterprise by making a bunch of baskets in the second quarter and in the final minutes of the game the Bulldogs outscored their opponents by 4 points, winning the game.

Three Bulldogs scored in double digits including Jackson Hill, with 12 points, Parx Bartholomew with 11 and Braxton Sylvester with 10; all three scored behind the arc several times, which helped them slip past the Wolves.

Gunnison plays Millard on Wednesday this week at 7 p.m. They have two away games that will both take place at 7 p.m., with Parowan Friday, then with North Sevier next week on Wednesday.

Lady Bulldogs finish year with win, but lose first game of new year

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

01-10-2019

 

GUNNISON—The Gunnison girls’ basketball team drubbed Escalante, 71-41, on Dec. 28, but suffered a loss against Enterprise, 46-34, on Jan. 3.

The Lady Bulldogs have had a great start to their season; they won their first five games and put themselves in a high position in the region. December provided four hard fought losses; even still they have managed to win more times than lose.

The game with Escalante proved that Gunnison is still making their success known; the Moquis were left in the dust with a hefty 30 point lead by the Bulldogs; thanks to the scoring of Kaylee Dyreng, 17 points, along with Jaida King and Taryn Thompson, who both scored 15 points. The Bulldogs kept the pressure turned up and did not let the Moquis get anywhere close to the lead.

Gunnison then lost to the Enterprise Wolves, 46-34. The game looked good for Gunnison in the first two quarters; they only trailed by 2 points in the first quarter and found themselves 3 points ahead in the second quarter. The Wolves came back and kept ahead of the Bulldogs by 7 points in the second half and won by 12 points. Kezzley Winn scored 10 points, with Jaida King and Taryn Thompson each racking up 6 points.

The Gunnison team played Millard on Tuesday, Jan 8. They have a home game with Parowan Thursday at 7 p.m., then an away game at North Sevier on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.

North Sanpete girls basketball team rebounds with convincing 50-30 win

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-10-2019

 

MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete High School girls’ basketball team needed two tries to double their season’s win total, and they looked good doing it.

            Despite a blowout loss to San Juan, 61-34, the Lady Hawks rebounded with intensity and rolled to a win against Grand, 50-30, their most convincing region win since 2017. Three North Sanpete players scored in double figures, with senior Aubree Ison scoring 17 points, and seniors Linzy Flinders and Tiffany Peckham each netting 16.

            “The girls played very well against Grand,” head coach Taylor Christensen said. “They were aggressive defensively and offensively worked as a team to find the open shot. I challenged our point guard [Peckham] before the game to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor and she responded. We are at our best when she is being aggressive. [Ison] had a breakout game as well, hopefully her play will continue.”

            North Sanpete’s winning effort followed a tough opener in Region 15 at the hands of San Juan, and though the Lady Broncos are a perennially tough squad that has not lost to the Hawks since joining 3A, North Sanpete generated some heat in the final moments of that game that carried over into the next game.

            North Sanpete took that momentum and generated a steamrolling of the Lady Devils that all but ended the game by halftime, as the Hawks were up by 29 points.

            “The second quarter was obviously our best quarter and where we really pulled away,” Christensen said. “We played great defense and that in turn got our offense rolling.”

            In addition to her 16 points against Grand, Flinders also had an impressive showing with 21 points against San Juan in the losing effort.

            The Lady Hawks have games against Emery and Richfield this week before hosting a rivalry showdown with Manti next Thursday.

Snow Badgers 1-1 on road trip, pre-season ends with 15-3 record

 

By James Tilson

 

01-10-2019

 

HOBBS, N.M.—The Snow College men’s basketball team went 1-1 on its last road trip before the beginning of conference play, ending their non-conference schedule with a 15-3 record.

The Badgers travelled to Hobbs, N.M. and defeated New Mexico Junior College 78-75 on Thursday Jan. 3, and then lost to Clarendon College 75-91 on Friday Jan. 4.

“We had a good win against No. 20 New Mexico, and played hard,” said head coach Rob Nielson. “Jake Walker hit 3 threes in the final few minutes to carry us to the victory. Logan Hokanson had a pretty good game, as well.”

The Badgers were led in scoring by Brayden Johnson, with 15 points, including going 2 for 6 from the 3-point line. Nick Huston and Hokanson chipped in 14 apiece, and Truman Moore had 10.

Walker, who had 11 points for the night, had gone 0-7 from three before hitting his last 3 threes to end the game.

Against Clarendon, the Badgers were just not on their game, and their usually explosive offense was stymied by the Clarendon defense.

“In the second game, Hokanson and Moore struggled, but they will be ready for league play,” said Neilson. Both players, usually high scorers for the Badgers, got only 1 and 4 points respectively against Clarendon. However, Stockton Shorts had a very good night, scoring 20 points, and Derrian Nebeker added 18.

The Badgers begin league play on tonight in Ephraim on the Snow College campus, hosting the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles. This year, the men’s and women’s teams will be playing the same opponent on the same court, one after the other. The women will tip off at 5:30 p.m., and the men will tip off after, usually at 7:30 p.m.