Hawks baseball team

loses all three games

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete High School baseball team struggled last week, losing three Region 15 games and losing ground in the race to the post-season.

On Tuesday, the Hawks, who were sitting at .500 in region play at the time, hosted the Richfield Wildcats. The Wildcats exploded for 11 runs against the Hawks, as the Hawks were not able to keep up. The final score was 4-11. Shawn Taylor accounted for two of the Hawks four RBIs on a double.

The next day, the Hawks hosted a double-header with the Grand County Red Devils. In the first game, the Red Devils jumped out to an early lead, scoring 12 runs in the first three innings. But the Hawks kept scratching and clawing, getting a run here and there. In the sixth inning, the Hawks made a big run at the Devils, scoring six runs to bring their total to 12. But they fell just short, as the Devils scored the last run for a 12-13 victory.

In the second game, the Hawks just did not have the juice, and fell to the Devils 1-11.

From being .500 in region play, the Hawks now sit at 3-6 and fifth place in Region 15. With three games left in region play, the Hawks are probably not in danger of missing post-season play, but they are going to need to find some offense to successfully compete in the future.

North Sanpete’s Graciee Christiansen watches the ball fly to outfield in the Lady Hawks’ 8-2 win against Manti on Tuesday, April 3.

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Gunnison Valley’s Avery Anderson (No. 2) readies to swing as North Sanpete’s Conner Christiansen catches in Gunnison’s 11-1 win on Wednesday, April 4, in Mt. Pleasant.


Bulldogs continue to

dominate 2A baseball


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 12, 2018


GUNNISON—The Gunnison Valley High School baseball team continued on its scorching pace last week, winning three games in a row, scoring at least 11 runs in every game and giving up only one run for the entire week.

Gunnison played two 2A opponents last week—North Summit on Tuesday, April 3, and again on Friday, April 6.

In the first game, which was played at North Summit, the winning pitcher, Bowen Jensen, spun a sterling show, giving up only two hits over six innings and no runs, as well hitting three doubles himself.

But Parx Batholomew had an even better outing at the plate, hitting three home runs in the road victory, 15-0.

In the game in Gunnison last Friday, the Bulldogs continued their offensive explosion, scoring 13 runs on only nine hits.

But the two Bulldog pitchers, Hyrum Leatherwood and Bartholomew, combined to throw a no-hitter to shut out North Summit 13-0.

In between, Gunnison visited 3A North Sanpete for a Sanpete County showdown.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning. Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Janzen Keisel and his strong fastball stymied the Hawk batters all game, allowing only three hits and one run.

Gunnison scored four more runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to make another impressive statement, winning over North Sanpete 11-1.

For the year, Gunnison is 5-0 in Region 2A North and 12-3 overall.

They are outscoring their region opponents 79-6 and all of their opponents 148-42.

With their combination of overwhelming offense and stout pitching, the Bulldogs are lining up for another run at the 2A state title.


Madison Norris (left) from Manti High and Sheilah Cheruiyot from Wasatch Academy battle for first place in the 800 meter last Saturday.


Manti hosts Temple View

Qualifier track tournament


By Kellie Harrison

Guest writer

Apr. 12, 2018


MANTI—High school track teams in the county are warming up with the warmer weather, and teams from Manti, Gunnison Valley, North Sanpete and Wasatch Academy showed their stuff as they competed at the TempleView Qualifier in Manti on Friday, April 6.


Gunnison Valley High

Carl Wimmer, a Gunnison Valley High School coach, said they had more kids turn out this season for track, which translates into many first-time competitors. Yet the team is doing better than in previous years.

Gunnison Valley High School athlete Garrett Francis (right) leaps a hurdle while trailing a Tintic High athlete last Saturday during a track meet in Manti. Francis’s specialty is the high jump and is one of the school’s top track athletes.


Garrett Francis, a sophomore, is one of Gunnison’s top athletes. His main event is high jump and, according to Wimmer, “He can jump as high as he is tall.” He currently jumps six feet.

Ben Jacko Hill is also a sophomore at Gunnison. He took 15th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21. Hill has already qualified for the BYU Invitational.

Another one of Gunnison’s top athletes is Annika Liddiard. She took 13th out of 50 competitors with a time of 14.14 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the TempleView Qualifier last Friday.

Jade Wimmer, a Gunnison sprinter, took first in the 200-meter dash at the TempleView Qualifier with a time of 26.32 seconds. She also took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of one minute. She has already qualified for state in both the 200 meter and the 400 meter.


Wasatch Academy

Bill Bedford, Wasatch Academy’s track coach, said that for the first time in a while, they have a lot of boys competing in many different events.

Their top thrower is Reuben Stromquist, who took seventh in javelin with a throw of 128 feet and 5 inches.

Brayden Butler is a 400- and 800-meter runner who, according to Bedford, is doing well so far in the season and his teammate, Dallon Larsen, is a 400-meter runner who is currently ranked second in 2A at 53 seconds.

Bedford said, “We are looking to see what some of the other boys can do and then formulate some quality relays.” Jake Palmer and Ben Cottam are showing promise in the sprinting events.

For the girls, Bedford said their top athletes are again a trio of Kenyans who specialize in the distance races. Sheilah Cheruiyot, a junior, won the 800-meter run with a school record time of 2:30, with Ashley Lagat taking fourth place.


North Sanpete

Scott Butler, the North Sanpete High School coach, said they are excited for this season. They have already had many athletes qualify for the BYU Invitational.

Their top distance runner, Orange Peel, took eighth in the mile at the TempleView Qualifier with a time of 5:04. His personal record is 4:58.

Jamal Mayoul, North Sanpete’s top jumper, took 14th in long jump on April 6 with a jump of 17 feet and fifth in high jump with a jump of 5 feet and 8 inches.

Linty Flinders, a junior, took third place in the 400 meter last Friday. She finished with a time of 1:03.


Parker and Izzy Hightower are brother and sister and are also North Sanpete’s top sprinters. Izzy ran a 13-second 100-meter dash, taking first place, and her brother, Parker, took second with a time of 11.56 seconds.



Concerning his team, Jack Rapier, Manti’s coach, said, “We are excited and training to do our best.” He said every year is a different year.

Manti High athlete Brody Barson prepares to release his javelin during the track meet last Saturday.


Rapier said they had a successful meet. Two-thirds of Manti’s team made personal records at the TempleView Qualifier on April 6.

Madison Norris, a senior, ran the 800 meter in 2:31 seconds and took second place.

Kjiersten Birch, throwing 99 feet 6 inches, and Keyera Braithwaite, throwing 88 feet 6 inches, took sixth and eighth in javelin at the TempleView Qualifier.

Brody Barson took fifth in javelin, throwing 128 feet 8 inches, and his teammate, Jens Lefevre, placed 11th throwing 124 feet 3 inches.

In the 400-meter race, senior Riley Searle took first at the TempleView Qualifier with a time of 51.88 seconds, and junior Jaden Sterner took third place with a time of 52.77 seconds.

North Sanpete’s Tyler Hadley (No. 10) races down the base path to get a hit as Manti’s Braden Miller (right) throws to first baseman Kole Brailsford (No. 8) for the Templars in the Hawks’ 8-6 win on Tuesday, April 3.

North Sanpete, Manti

both win one game


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 12, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—County rivals played their season baseball series last week and split their two games, with North Sanpete winning the first game in Mt. Pleasant 8-6 and Manti taking the return game in Manti 17-7.

The first game, played on Tuesday, April 3, was a tight affair throughout.

The Hawks held the early lead until Manti burst out in the fourth inning with three runs with a single by Jace Miller and a double by Matt Nelson.

Manti kept the lead until the bottom of the sixth, when North Sanpete’s Keegan Eliason hit a home run with two on to put the Hawks in the lead by the final score of 8-6.

The Hawks’ Shawn Taylor picked up the win, and Braden Miller was the losing pitcher.

On the return game in Manti on Friday, April 6, the Templars were determined to not leave the game in doubt until the end.

Manti exploded for six runs in the first inning and led for the rest of the game.

The Templars scored 17 runs on 13 hits as they won 17-7.

Tristan Barnes hit a double and a triple for the Templars, and Nelson was the winning pitcher. Taylor picked up the loss.

At the end of last week, North Sanpete stood at 3-3 in Region 15, 9-6 overall. That was good enough for fourth in the region.

Meanwhile, Manti is struggling this season, with a region record of 1-4 and 3-8 overall.

Lady Bulldogs hit big to

bring home two wins


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 12, 2018


GUNNISON—The Lady Bulldogs of Gunnison Valley High continued their impressive start to 2A region softball play by blasting region opponents North Sevier 13-1 and Millard 10-4 last week.

The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Salina on Tuesday, April 3, to take on the Lady Wolves of North Sevier.

Gunnison jumped on North Sevier early and banged out runs in every inning, scoring 13 runs on 19 hits. Madison Edwards led the Lady Bulldogs, hitting safely in all her at-bats, scoring four runs, with four RBI on one double and two home runs.

Emily Brackett was the winning pitcher, going all five innings, giving up one run on two hits, with seven strikeouts.

Tyson Brackett, Gunnison’s coach, said his team is having fun during their win streak: “Our pitching and defense was really on, only giving up two hits and one run. Most of our hitters were seeing the ball good. They are having fun together.”

The fun continued on Thursday, April 5, as Gunnison traveled to Millard to take on the Lady Eagles. Once again, the Lady Bulldogs dominated, winning 10-4.

The Lady Bulldogs waited until the third inning to bust out, scoring five runs in the third and then three in the fourth.

Overall, Gunnison scored 10 runs on 18 hits. Paige King led the Lady Bulldogs with four RBI with a double.

Emily was once again the winning pitcher, striking out 13 over seven innings.

Coach Brackett said his team did not play their best ball against Millard like they did earlier in the week: “But the sign of a good team is to pull out wins even if you are not playing your best softball. A win is a win, and in region every win is important.”

After last week, the Lady Bulldogs are at the top of the Region 2A Central standings, with a 4-0 region record.

With half the region schedule complete, Gunnison is in good position to secure the top seed for the playoffs.

But Coach Brackett is cautioning his team against complacency: “I never want to look too far ahead. I like to take it one game at a time because you never want to overlook someone or take it easy. We need to keep the same focus in every game we play.”

He added, “I don’t like to be satisfied. I want to keep pushing the girls to be better.”

Lady Badgers sweep four-game

series against USU-Eastern at home


By Doug Johnson

Guest writer

Apr. 5, 2018


EPHRAIM—The Lady Badger softball team of Snow College pulled off a four-game sweep of the Lady Eagles of Utah State University–Eastern this past weekend on their home field in Ephraim.

The Lady Badgers earned walk-off wins in both ends of the doubleheader on Friday, March 30, 12-11 and 5-4, and came back to win the doubleheader on Saturday, March 31, by scores of 11-3 and 8-2.

Snow sophomore outfielder Emily Adams was the hero in the series opener, smacking a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh after the teams came into the final inning tied at 11.

Adams led five Lady Badger hitters who each had a pair of hits in the opener, including Dakota Hare, Haylie Smith, Avery Reynolds and Brooke Brown, who had three RBI with a double and a home run. Second baseman Syd Wilson had a two-run homer for Snow.

Lady Badger sophomore lefty Riley Cleverly was credited with the win after relieving starter Sydni Sorensen in the fifth with Snow trailing 6-5. Sorensen and Cleverly limited the Lady Eagles to nine singles, but both hurlers had a hard time finding the strike zone as they combined to issue 10 walks.

Avery Blackhurst and Madi Blauer each had a pair of singles for Eastern.

In Friday’s second game, it was sophomore outfielder Sarah Sandberg with the heroics as she lined a triple to right center to score Brown from first base with the walk-off run after the teams entered the seventh tied at four.

It was Sandberg’s second hit of the game to go along with her two-run double in the third when the Lady Badgers scored four times. Brown and Kylie Jeffs each had a pair of hits in the game. Brown picked up an RBI, and Smith smacked a double.

Cleverly started the second game in the circle for Snow but gave way to freshman Sadie Clark in the top of the fifth after Eastern was able to tie the game at four on a pair of unearned runs. Clark shut down the Lady Eagles the rest of the way on a pair of singles with a strikeout and no walks over the last three innings to earn the win.

In Saturday’s opener, Sorensen pitched the Lady Badgers to an 11-3 complete-game win as she scattered seven Eagle singles while striking out two and walking just one. Only one of Eastern’s runs was earned.

Five Lady Badgers again each had a pair of hits, led by Sandberg, who drove in three on a fourth-inning homer, and Brown, who also drove in three on a pair of doubles. Jeffs, Reynolds and Torri Bills each stroked a pair of hits, with Reynolds doubling in the third and Bills tripling in the first leading to Snow’s first run.

The Lady Eagles’ first two hitters in Saturday’s series finale scored: Cassidy Howe leading off the game with a home run and McKenzie Dorney singling and eventually coming around to score.

But then Lady Badger starting hurler Cleverly slammed the door and shut out the visitors the rest of the way as Snow stormed back for an 8-2 win.

After giving up three hits in the first inning, Cleverly shut out Eastern on only two more, picking up five strikeouts along the way, before giving way to Clark to get the final two outs in the top of the seventh.

Wilson had a pair of hits for Snow to drive in four runs, including her second homer of the series in the bottom of the first, which gave the Lady Badgers a 3-2 lead which they never relinquished.

Brown had her fourth two-hit game of the series, and Bills again banged out a pair of hits, both hitters stroking doubles. Adams, Jeffs and Reynolds also had doubles for Snow.

The wins moved Snow into third place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a record of 10-9, behind first-place Salt Lake Community College (18-2) and College of Southern Idaho (17-3).

The Lady Eagles dropped to 6-14 in conference play for the fifth spot behind College of Southern Nevada, which is 8-12. Winless Colorado Northwestern College trails the field.

This week, Snow stays at home to entertain College of Southern Nevada in doubleheaders tomorrow and Saturday, with tomorrow’s first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Badger Field in Ephraim.



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Lady Badgers get three

victories in Northwest

Colorado softball series


By Doug Johnson

Guest writer

Mar. 29, 2018


RANGELY, Colo.—The Lady Badgers from Snow College got back on the winning track by sweeping a three-game softball series against Colorado Northwestern College (CNCC) in Rangely, Colo.

 Snow dominated the Spartans, winning by scores of 4-0, 13-3 and 18-4.

The fourth game of the series scheduled for late on Friday, March 23, was rained out.

The series opener on Friday, March 23, was a pitching gem from Lady Badger sophomore Sydni Sorensen, who shut out CNCC on two hits while walking just two and striking out eight.

The Lady Badgers staked Sorensen to a three-run lead in the top of the first inning with centerfielder Sarah Sandberg’s two-run double doing the damage. Syd Wilson and Haylie Smith also doubled for the Lady Badgers in the game.

Only one time did the Spartans have more than one runner reach base in an inning against Sorensen, and only one Spartan runner reached third base safely in the game.

In Saturday’s opener on March 24, the Lady Badgers exploded for five runs in the second inning and four runs in the sixth as they overwhelmed the Spartans 13-3.

Snow pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of nine walks issued to them from the Spartans’ pitchers.

Lefty Riley Cleverly took the complete game win for Snow, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out six.

Wilson was three for four with a double for Snow with Smith, Dakota Hare and Torri Bills each getting two hits. Hare drove in four runs, while Wilson and Bills each drove in two. Brooke Brown also drove in two runs on a solo homer and a sacrifice fly.

Brown led the way in Saturday’s second game going five for six at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Lady Badgers stormed to an 18-4 win.

Bills added four hits of her own and scored four times. Sarah Sandberg had a pair of hits, including a third-inning grand slam, and fellow outfielder Jaden Smith also drove in four runs on a pair of hits, including a three-run homer.

Freshman Sadie Clark was the winning pitcher for Snow, giving up four runs with four strikeouts before giving way to Sorensen for relief work in the fifth inning.

Sorensen shut out the Spartans the rest of the way while striking out three.

The Lady Badgers are now 6-9 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and will host 6-10 Utah State University–Eastern in a four-game series this weekend beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Manti’s Kole Brailsford guards first base against Millard on March 9.

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ATV riders offer feedback

in Sanpete County survey


By Jack Pemberton

Staff writer

Mar, 22, 2018


MANTI—In the regular monthly meeting of economic development representatives from around the county, Kevin Christensen, director of Sanpete County Economic Development, reported last week on the results of his recent Arapeen Trail riders survey.

Christensen said he created the survey to learn the perceptions people have about the Arapeen OHV Trail System.

The opinions came from 297 people who responded to the survey and who had previously requested a trail map.

Some of the interesting opinions found in the survey are these:

  • 99 percent said the scenery was good (24 percent) or excellent (75 percent).
  • The trail “is fun” according to 68 percent of respondents.
  • The condition of the trail is about right (57 percent said a little too smooth, 39 percent said a little too rough).
  • The trail is “somewhat empty,” meaning uncrowded.
  • Signage is “good.”

The survey respondents were older than one might expect, with 77 percent over age 50. The survey also showed that half (49 percent) of those responding to the survey had household income over $100,000.

Christensen said a map of the trail system printed on water and tear-resistant synthetic paper can be purchased online for $9.99 at http://www.utahatvtrails.org/.

He said a topographical map of the Arapeen Trail can be downloaded (https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/359503) to a smartphone using the AVENZA MAPS App.

He added that the downloaded map “uses the GPS capabilities of your phone to track your location on the map as you move around. It’s great for trail riders and anyone who enjoys the mountains. I suggest hunters and snowmobilers download the map as well. It will help everyone from getting lost. No cell coverage needed.”

Snow’s Megan Carr passes in the Lady Badgers’ last game of the season against College of Southern Idaho in the Region 18 tournament on Friday, Mar. 2. Carr contributed 13 points to the game.

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Dakota Hare, Snow College softball player, was selected as the Scenic West Athletic Player of the Week for performance, including a .667 hitting average.


Lady Badgers split four games

in recent Nevada tournament


By Doug Johnson

Staff writer

Mar. 8, 2018


HENDERSON, Nev.—The Lady Badgers of Snow College came out of the starting gate swinging last weekend as they opened softball play in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a four-game split at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN).

The Lady Badgers pounded out 67 hits in the series as they won the second game both days, 15-10 on Friday, March 2, and 13-7 on Saturday, March 3.

But early-season jitters in the field let CSN win the first game each day with seventh-inning walk-offs, 13-12 in Friday’s opener and 8-6 on Saturday.

Snow’s sophomore infielder Dakota Hare went 12 for 18 in the series to raise her season batting average to .560.

Hare also was selected as the Scenic West Athletic Player of the Week for performance, including a .667 hitting average.

Lady Badger Sydnie Wilson was nine for 16 at the plate with seven RBI, and shortstop Torri Bills finished eight for 16 with six runs scored.

Snow freshman Brooke Brown was nine for 18 with seven RBI and a home run, her ninth round-tripper of the season.

And Lady Badger sophomore Haylie Smith went five for 10 with a pair of homers and five RBI to raise her batting average to .433.

Not having a game in three weeks showed in the series opener as the Lady Badgers put themselves into a monumental hole by giving up 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

But sophomore lefty Riley Cleverly came in to stop the bleeding and held the Lady Coyotes scoreless on only one hit through the next five innings to let the Lady Badgers’ bats get them back into the game.

Snow finally took the lead in the top of the seventh when they scored three runs highlighted by back-to-back doubles by Sarah Sandberg and Hare.

But CSN scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to take back the 13-12 win.

Hare finished four for five in the game, and Brown was three for four.

Haleigh Olive drove in four runs with a triple and a homer to lead CSN.

Friday’s second game was another slugfest with the teams again combining for 25 runs while pounding out 28 hits, 16 of the hits coming off Snow’s bats.

The offensive fireworks caused both of Friday’s games to run long and the second game to be halted for darkness in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Snow finished off a 15-10 win the next morning before Saturday’s games.

Freshman Morgan Ashley led the Lady Badgers at the plate going three for three with a pair of doubles.

Snow’s Smith went three for five with a home run and three RBI, while Hare was two for four, also with three RBI.

Freshman Sadie Clark was the winning pitcher for Snow, giving up only four earned runs as the Lady Badger gloves committed four costly errors in the field.

Kiana Burnett led the Lady Coyotes with three of her team’s 12 hits.

Compared to the other three games, Saturday’s opener had to be considered a pitching duel with the Lady Coyotes again pulling out a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh.

The 8-6 final score was the only time Snow was held below double-digit scoring in the series, but the Badgers still pounded out a dozen hits.

Snow starter Sydni Sorensen held the Lady Coyotes to five runs through the first six innings, and the Lady Badgers scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead.

But after CSN’s Tayzha Meyers led off the bottom of the inning with a double, Cleverly came on in relief and gave up homers to Olive and Daryan Meade to let the Lady Coyotes claim the comeback win.

Hare, Brown, Bills and Avery Shields all had two hits in the game for Snow.

The series finale went into the seventh inning tied at seven, but the Badgers were in no mood to go extra innings with bad weather forecast for their six-hour bus ride home.

So they scored six runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach, 13-7.

The rally was highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Wilson and Smith, Wilson finishing the game three for five at the plate with four RBI.

Snow finished with a season-high 21 hits as a team, matching their biggest offensive output from all of last year.

Clark was the starter for Snow, giving way to Cleverly, who held the Lady Coyotes scoreless over the last two innings while striking out three.

Hare ended the series the way she began it, going four for five at the plate while scoring twice and driving in two runs.

This week, the 10-4 Badgers are scheduled to finally play a game at home as the Golden Eagles of College of Southern Idaho (CSI) visit Ephraim for doubleheaders beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow and at noon on Saturday.

CSI is 12-6 on the season after splitting a series against Salt Lake Community College last week.

Snow’s Stockton Shorts (No. 12) drives toward the basket in Region 18 Tournament action last Saturday. Snow fell to Salt Lake Community College, 93-67.


Badgers find the hoop, fall to

top-ranked SLCC in first round


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Mar. 8, 2018


EPHRAIM—Snow College men’s basketball team, playing on Saturday, March 3, to advance in the Scenic West Athletic Conference The Badgers were doomed by an unusually bad shooting night, where they could only manage 33 percent from the field and 27 percent from three-point land.

What made things worse, the Bruins had a banner night rebounding the Badgers misses. SLCC had 45 rebounds on the night, of which 32 were defensive rebounds (getting the Badgers misses).

The Badgers fell behind early and resorted to trying to catch up through the three-point shot.

But when you’re missing, and not getting your misses from the glass, that is a formula for a loss.

Stockton Shorts continued his recent trend of very efficient shooting and led the Badgers with 13 points.

Wasatch Academy’s Damion Squire squares up to shoot a three-point shot against Impact Academy in last Friday’s 81-64 victory in Mt Pleasant.


Tigers pull away in fourth

quarter for 81-64 win


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Mar. 8, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—In their last basketball game of the regular season, Wasatch Academy struggled through three quarters before coming alive in the fourth quarter to pull away from Impact Academy of Las Vegas, winning by the score 81-64.

Through three quarters, the Tigers played without the energy they usually bring on defense.

Although they managed to score up to their standards, the Tigers could not pull away from Impact Academy. At the end of the third quarter, Impact led 51-50.

Curtis Condie, coach for Wasatch Academy, said, “We didn’t play defense worth a darn” through the first three quarters.

He substituted sophomore Leonardo Colimerio at the No. 2 guard position at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

This substitution, and perhaps the coach’s speech between the quarters, sparked a big quarter for the Tigers, and they outscored Impact 31-13.

Wasatch Academy senior Matt Bradley, playing his last game in Mt. Pleasant, had a monster game for the Tigers, scoring 37 points.

Condie wanted to make sure fans from Sanpete County knew how much the team appreciated their support this year: “I want to thank all the people from Sanpete County that have bought in, and come to the games; it’s fantastic. The kids love it. They go to Walmart, Terrell’s, McDonalds, and people come up to them. They really feel like they’ve been made to feel at home. We’re very fortunate to have people like that in this community.”

The Tigers are currently ranked No. 18 in the country by USA Today and are waiting to see if they can earn their third consecutive invite to the Geico Nationals (formerly Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Championship) in New York City in about two weeks.

The Manti High School boys basketball team gathers at midcourt to celebrate their 3A State championship after their 63-50 victory over South Sevier on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Dixie State College in St. George.

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