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North Sanpete to honor 1969 state championship basketball team in 50-year anniversary




MT. PLEASANT— North Sanpete High School will honor the 1969 basketball team tomorrow on the 50th anniversary of their Utah High School Class B State Championship.

The celebration will take place during halftime of the North Sanpete vs. Grand game Friday at 7 p.m. at the high school. A reception will be held in the commons area following the game.

Team members included David Bailey, David Wilkey, George Dyches, David Johnson, Tom Madsen, Kip Madsen, Scott Frandsen, Brent Bailey, Jerry Shepherd, Stanton Seely (passed away in 2011), David Lund and Carl Blackham.

Team managers were Eddie Cox and Lewis Blackham. Mack Wilkey, now 89, was the head  coach and Odell Christiansen was assistant coach. Christiansen passed away in 2004.

Coach Wilkey and several of the team members are expected to be in attendance at the event.

Badgers overpower two teams, now tied for first in conference


By James Tilson

Sports writer




Snow’s Stockton Shorts goes up for the score in last week’s game against Colorado Northwestern at the Horne Activity Center. Snow prevailed against CNCC, 98-61.

EPHRAIM—The Snow College men’s basketball team went 2-0 last week, beating Colorado Northwestern, 98-61, and Utah State University-Eastern, 68-57, to pull into a tie with USU-E for first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

The Badgers easily dispatched the over-manned Spartans, who only dressed eight players for the game. Snow took a 56-25 lead in the first half, and coasted the rest of the game for 37-point victory.

Jake Walker led the Badgers with 15 points, followed closely by Nick Huston with 14. Truman Moore had a team-high 7 rebounds.

The USU-E Eagles came into their game with Snow leading the conference and playing at home. The Eagles’ lineup featured a very tall front court (with players from Serbia) and very strong guard play. This forced a change in the Badgers usual offense, but they reacted superbly.

Instead of feeding leading scorer Moore, the Badgers looked to pass the ball around the perimeter, drive when possible, and find the open shooter, often for a 3-point shot.

“I’m not sure I like how many 3-point shots we’re taking,” said Badger Head Coach Rob Neilson, “but the results are working well.”

The other side of the Badgers’ winning equation is tough defense and timely rebounding. Neilson said he told his players to emphasize their rebounding in the second half, and the Badgers were able to expand their 31-28 half-time lead to an 11-point victory.

Stockton Shorts came up big in the second half, scoring 10 points and securing 10 rebounds. Logan Hokanson, facing an almost frantic Eagle press throughout the game, only gave up one turnover and was essential in setting up the Badgers’ offense.

With the league lead secured, the Badgers will travel to Twin Falls, Idaho to take on the College of Southern Idaho Thursday night, and will host Salt Lake Community College back in Ephraim on Saturday.

Lady Badgers powerful offense earns two wins, 79-44, 60-52


By James Tilson

Sports writer




Snow’s Rachel Richards drives to the bucket for a layup in last week’s game against Colorado Northwestern. Snow defeated CNCC, 79-44.

EPHRAIM—The Snow College women’s basketball team used an efficient offense and stingy defense to ride to a two-game win streak last week, defeating Colorado Northwestern 79-44 and Utah State University-Eastern 60-52.

That gave them a 14-7 overall win-loss record, including 2-2 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

The Badgers easily overcame the CNCC Spartans on Thursday night, jumping out to a 23-9 lead in the first quarter and never looking back. The Spartans have struggled this season in the conference, and face an uphill battle the rest of the way.

“CNCC does struggle; however, you cannot overlook them,” said Badger Head Coach Mike Russell. “They have a few pretty decent kids who can go off if you let them, so you have to respect that. Plus, we had yet to win a conference game when we played them, so that made the game that much more important.”

Savannah Lucero was the leading scorer for the Badgers, with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Megan Carr provided her usual steady presence underneath with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

On Saturday, the Badgers traveled to Price to take on the USU-E Eagles and walked away with an important, hard-fought road win. Said Russell, “A win on the road, in our league, is huge.”

The Eagles came out in a zone and stymied the Badger offense, holding them to only 17 points for in the first half. However, the Badger defense was nearly as formidable, only allowing the Eagles 22 points, which helped keep the Badgers in the game.

“We knew at some point we would see a zone,” said Russell. “We had struggled in pre-season against zone defense, so I figured it would be coming. USU-E’s zone surprised us a little bit, and it took us a minute to adjust.”

When the teams came out in the second half, the Eagles switched to a man-to-man defense, and the Badgers quickly took advantage to run their ball-movement offense.

Lourdes Gonzalez and Megan Carr, Snow’s two strong front-line players began to take easy shots. When the Eagles began to react, Lucero and Paige Farnsworth made them pay from 3-point range.

The Badgers went on a 24-9 run in the third quarter to blow open the game and take a 41-31 lead.

“When they went man-to-man, we were able to find a rhythm and get rolling,” Russell said. “Teams definitely have to respect Lucero and Farnsworth outside. They both shot the ball well for us Saturday.”

The Eagles switched back to zone in the fourth quarter and tried to get back in the game. But the Badger defense didn’t allow that, and Snow held on for a 60-52 victory.

Snow will travel to the College of Southern Idaho tonight and host Salt Lake Community College Saturday afternoon. SLCC leads the conference currently, and Russell thinks they may be the team to beat.

“At this point, everyone has kind of beat up on everyone, but I’d have to put SLCC at the top of the league. The championship will go through them, I feel.”

Wasatch Academy basketball team continues in state of grace with amazing 20-0 record


By Matt Harris




HENDERSON, Nev.—Since the 1970’s, Wasatch Academy has not been a religiously-affiliated institution, but the way the Tigers stayed undefeated last week suggested a hint of the divine.

            Wasatch Academy boys’ hoops moved to 20-0 in their historic season with a close win over Santa Monica, Calif., 75-69, and a tremendous comeback against Clark, the No. 2 team in Nevada, 71-69. The wins were the two closest contests of the Tigers’ season so far.

            Wasatch Academy maintained a slim advantage over a tough Calif. squad in Santa Monica for most of the game, as part of the Rolling Hills Prep State Preview Classic in southern California. The Tigers jumped on the back of senior Tre Williams’ stellar 28-point outing for the win. Williams shot 5-12 from beyond the arc to lead the Tigers, while junior Mady Sissoko had a double-double in the post with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

            Against Clark, the Tigers fell in a deep hole early as the Chargers’ defense suffocated Wasatch. Clark got penetration early and charged out to a 17-4 lead, but Williams engineered a wakeup call at the point and the Tigers came back to make it 20-14 after the first quarter.

            Clark pushed their lead to double digits in the second quarter, but a tremendous sequence by Wasatch closed the gap within 10, as senior Tristan Enaruna sank a 3-pointer, then Sissoko swatted a layup try off the backboard. Coming back, Riverton native Richie Saunders netted a layup with a foul, closing the gap to 33-26. Sissoko ended with three blocks in the game, but struggled on offense, only netting 3 points.

            By the start of the fourth quarter, Wasatch Academy faced their largest deficit of the season, down 14 against the Chargers. Tiger Head Coach David Evans decided to use a combination of Sissoki, Enaruna, and junior Leonardo Colimerio to crash the boards and make every possession count.

Richie Saunders nailed a 3-pointer to get things going for the Tigers, and brought the score to 62-50. Saunders struck again midway through the quarter, stealing the ball on the perimeter a sinking a midrange jumper to bring the Tigers within 8 points. Enaruna sank a 3-pointer to make it 64-59 and prompt a Charger timeout.

            Colimerio sank a difficult layup to make it a one-possession game, 66-63, before Clark sank a 3-pointer to open the game back up and prompted a timeout from Evans. Then came the Tigers’ magical moment.

            Enaruna drained a jumper to make it a 4-point game, then Mike Saunders fell forward driving on a layup that banked in to make it 69-67. Colimerio subsequently crashed the boards on the Tigers’ next possession for a put back to tie the game at 69.

            With the game tied and under a minute remaining, it was Mike Saunders’ time to shine. Staring down his defender at half court for almost the entire final minute, Saunders penetrated with a half-spin and rose up, contorting his whole body towards the hoop and let loose a midrange shot that sank in with 2.4 seconds left on the clock.

            Clark’s final heave fell short and the Tigers pulled off the magnificent comeback.

            Mike Saunders finished with 18 points to lead the Tigers, while Williams and Enaruna finished with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Colimerio made two of his four field goals in the critical final minutes and finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

            Wasatch Academy faces the toughest test of their season as they will stay in the Silver State to play in the Montverde Academy Invitational, first going up against The Villages Charter School on Thursday and finishing on Saturday with a faceoff against Montverde Academy, one of the most storied high school basketball programs in the nation and MaxPreps’ preseason No. 1 squad.

Gunnison girls fall in both games last week


By Benjamin Thornberg




GUNNISON—The Gunnison girls’ basketball team suffered two defeats, one against North Sevier and one against Enterprise, last week.

The Lady Bulldogs lost to the North Sevier Wolves Tuesday, Jan. 15, 53-42. And they were soundly beaten again against Enterprise on Thursday, Jan. 17, 43-34, by 19 points.

There’s no question that Gunnison hasn’t been having a lot of success in the New Year, with only one win under their belt. The Lady Bulldogs are running into hard resistance from their region contenders.

In the North Sevier game, the two teams were tied at halftime. But the Wolves took the lead from Gunnison in the second half and managed to stay ahead of a Bulldog comeback effort late in the game.

Taylor Brackett, Taryn Thompson and Jaida King lead the team with a combination of 32 points.

The misfortune did not end there. In the contest with Enterprise, the Wolves pulled ahead late in the first and early in the second quarters.

The third quarter was especially hard for Gunnison, which scored only 2 points while their opponents racked up 14. That rally was what gave Enterprise their large lead by the end of the game.

While the Lady Bulldogs were at the top of their region early in the season, they now have an 8-8 win-loss record. The have a chance to make a comeback in their remaining games.

The Gunnison girls played Kanab on Tuesday (score not available at press time) and they have an away game at Parowan on Thursday at 7 p.m. Then they face Millard on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Delta at 7 p.m.


Janzen Keisel of the Gunnison Bulldogs makes a free throw in Gunnison’s game against North Sevier.

Bulldogs fail to find win in last week’s matches


By Benjamin Thornberg




GUNNISON—The Gunnison boys’ basketball team suffered a tough defeat against their rivals, the North Sevier Wolves, in a home game last week, and two days later, lost a close game against the Enterprise Rams.

The Bulldogs lost to the Wolves, 63-54, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and fell to the Rams, 55-50, on Friday, Jan. 18. Those games gave them four consecutive losses.

With two losses on their backs, Gunnison managed to keep some suspense going in the game against North Sevier. In the first half, while Gunnison racked up points, including some from behind the arc, North Sevier kept a few steps ahead of them. At halftime, North Sevier was 13 points ahead.

In the second half, a couple of players who have proved to be leaders for Gunnison in the past but have endured injuries, came off the bench and started scoring.

Parx Bartholomew, Jackson Hill and Garret Francis all scored in double digits.

In the final minutes, the Bulldogs came within 5 points and were pulling down some good rebounds. But the Wolves didn’t let the Bulldogs get anywhere near their lead.

In the game with Enterprise, the Bulldogs kept neck and neck with the Rams but still lost by five points.

Gunnison’s overall win-loss record is now 8-8. The team has struggled with injuries and is in a tough region. Depending on what happens in remaining games, the Bulldogs still have a chance to make the playoffs.

Gunnison had a game at Kanab Wednesday (after press time) and will face Parowan on Friday at home at 7 p.m.

Lady Hawks beat Manti team 40-30 on home court, now 2-4 in region


By Matt Harris




North Sanpete’s Tiffany Peckham, No. 21, drives the lane while Manti’s Breana Barson, No. 20, gets ready to defend. The Lady Hawks came out on top, 40-30.

MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete’s third win of the season was a special one.

            The Lady Hawks hosted a cross-county rivalry with Manti and pulled off an underdog victory, 40-30. North Sanpete moved to 3-11 on the season with a 2-4 mark in Region 15.

            “We had a great game defensively,” said North Sanpete Head Coach Taylor Christensen. “After a poor defensive game against Richfield, I challenged my girls to come out and hold them to 30 points, and we did exactly that.”

            While Manti’s unit shared scoring duties all around, North Sanpete benefitted from terrific shooting nights from their seniors Linzy Flinders and Tiffany Peckham. The two combined for 27 of the Lady Hawks’ 40 total points. Although seven different players found the net for the Lady Templars, their highest scorers were sophomores Breana Barson and Kassidy Alder with 6 points apiece.

            Much of the scoring for North Sanpete was done at the free throw line. The Lady Hawks made 16-27 from the line compared to Manti going 6-14. Even when Manti held North Sanpete without a field goal in the fourth quarter, the Lady Hawks still found their offense at the charity stripe.

            Christensen explained, “I felt we had control of it early on, but Manti played tough the second half, and got a lot of momentum with about five minutes remaining. My girls did a good job with their defense and free throws.”

            “It was a great rivalry game and both teams played hard,” Manti Head Coach Brennon Schweikart said. “It was a great basketball game. We need to shoot the ball better if we want to win games, especially open shots. It really is that simple.”

            North Sanpete has a significant chance to win two games in a row for the first time since December of 2016, as they face a road matchup against a severely struggling Grand County team this Friday. As for Manti, they face a tough San Juan team this Friday.

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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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.