Archives for January 2018

Principal Nan Ault (at left) reads what student Allyssa Ericksen (center) wrote about her kindergarten teacher at Carrie Christensen (right) during North Sanpete High School’s Teacher Appreciation Assembly.


North Sanpete High School

students honor teachers

with assembly, certificates


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—Students at North Sanpete High School paid tribute to teachers who have impacted their lives during Teacher Appreciation Week last week.

Seventeen senior class members nominated 13 teachers who have taught them from across the district and honored them in a special assembly on Friday, Jan. 26.

Some of the teachers honored currently teach at the high school, and some were teachers the students had during their earlier years of schooling.

At the assembly, students shared what they had written about the honored teachers and presented them with a certificate.

Throughout the week, student council members visited all the teachers at the high school to thank them and each day gave them a treat.

Alex Larsen, Laycee Smith and Makade Talbot all nominated North Sanpete Middle School math teacher Harold Orton.

“Harold Orton isn’t one of those Master Oogway kinda teachers who try to throw intergalactic wisdom at you like candy. He’s the kinda guy who can teach more by what he does,” Makade wrote.

Allyssa Ericksen nominated her kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary, Carrie Christensen.

“She introduced me to how fun learning could be. She not only taught me the basic kindergarten skills but how to be a leader and a good person,” Allyssa wrote.

Carmen Patino nominated Spring City sixth-grade teacher Nancy Allred.

“Mrs. Allred was one of the first teachers that really understood my love for science. … I remember how she encouraged me to always do my best. I just want to thank her for being an amazing teacher!” she wrote.

The majority of students nominated teachers at the high school. Brooklyn Larson and Emily Hills both nominated their drama teacher, Alex Barlow of North Sanpete High School.

“Mr. Barlow is a kind, funny, hardworking, dedicated and caring teacher. He cares deeply about each one of his students and sees the potential that each one of them has,” Brooklyn wrote.

Anna Staker nominated her father, science teacher Ed Staker.

“My dad (Ed Staker) is the best teacher I’ve ever had! Anyone who has ever had his class knows that he loved what he did and always wanted his students to succeed,” she wrote.

Band teacher Tim Kidder was nominated by Cody Howell.

“Thank you for finding and truly caring about your students and understanding them. Thank you for singing the sad songs in choir so we know what joy feels like. Thank you for teaching,” he wrote.

Colby Seely nominated industrial technology teacher Brandon Olson.

“I really enjoyed being in his class. He is a good teacher. He helped me a lot, and he was the only one that I paid attention to because if you don’t, then your fingers will be cut off, and he’s just a really enjoyable person to work with,” Colby wrote.

Erik Reyes and Luis Cruz nominated Spanish teacher Matt Braithwaite.

“He changed my life by helping me out in college and to go to college. And to have patience,” Luis wrote.

Garrett Christensen nominated technology teacher Justin Morley.

“He is always willing to help people, and he is more than a teacher. He is a friend,” he wrote.

Hannah Ostraff nominated Ben Cox, journalism teacher.

“Mr. Cox is always willing to help students and has opened up so many opportunities for me. He is a great teacher, and I’m very grateful to him for what he has done to help me,” she wrote.

MaKendra Mardell nominated learning strategies teacher Desi Dyches.

“Mrs. Dyches has always been there to help. She calls herself a care bear, and it’s really true. She cares so much and tries so hard to see one thing from all her students and that is to graduate,” she wrote. “She has busted her butt to help all of her students understand they can achieve what they thought was never possible. She never gives up hope.”

Sammie Hurst nominated Cami Hathaway, a special education teacher.

“Mrs. H. has changed my life by making me know how much more I love working with autistic kids. Also, she is just a really awesome teacher,” Sammie wrote.

Tara Jo Dyches nominated math teacher Cheryl Hadley.

“I know that I won’t ever find a teacher who is as good at their job as Mrs. Hadley. She will always be my favorite high school teacher and college professor. Thank you, Mrs. Hadley, for all the time and effort you spent helping me build my education,” she wrote.

All of the teachers expressed appreciation for the honor, but perhaps no response was as poignant as that of Carrie Christensen’s:

“I’ve had a difficult year, but today was the best day. Allyssa made my day. I love her. She is a very special young lady. All teachers need to feel like I do right now,” she said as she accepted her certificate.

Inside our Schools


Compiled by Linda Petersen

Feb. 1, 2018


Ephraim Elementary

The Usborne Book Fair ends today.

Parent teacher conferences are today and tomorrow. School will be out at noon today. There will be no school tomorrow.



Gunnison Valley Elementary

Parent teacher conferences are today at the school.



Ephraim Middle School

Beginning today, breakfast is being offered at the school. Breakfast will be from 7:30- 7:50 a.m. Breakfast will cost $1.60 for adults, $1.25 for full-price students, 30 cents for reduced price students and free for those who qualify.

The school is participating in the Box Tops for Education challenge. Last year, students brought in 5,900 box tops. The PTA’s goal this year is 6,500.



Gunnison Valley Middle School

Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, GEAR UP sponsored a parents evening at the school with speaker Dr. Steve Hood, vice president of academic affairs at Snow College. The event included a raffle and food. Several teachers provided extra credit for students who attended.



Gunnison Valley High School

Wednesday, Feb. 7, will be the school spirit assembly.



Manti High School


Seniors recently attended the Senior Ball at the Snow College Eccles Center Founder’s Room. Some of these students descended the steps of the library together on Jan. 20 (L-R): Lexi Alder and Spencer Cox, Jentri Young and Jaden Sterner, Ashton Wood and Travis Thompson, Brinley Golding and Dallin Cox, Avalin Cook and Ridge Miller, Shaylee Tippets and Dallin Rasmussen, Tyra Hermansen and Carson Lund, Auri Squire and Mason Thompson, Brooke DePalma and Kyle King, and Amie Squire and Dylan Wathen.

Last Thursday, Jan. 25, seven groups competed in a schoolwide lip sync battle. Flabbergasted Spatulas, who performed a mash-up of songs came out the winners, (back row, L-R): Trevor Trythal, Spencer Cox, Ben Cluff, Mason Thompson, Jaden Sterner, Clayson Pace and (front) teacher Jared Eliason. A group of teachers took the runners-up award. “We were just trying to get students involved and having a good time,” Student Body Activities Agent Jenna Bailey said of the activity.

Yesterday there was a pep assembly at the school.



North Sanpete High School

Auditions for “The Diary of Anne Frank” took place on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Rehearsals will begin shortly.

On Friday, Jan. 26, North Sanpete Chess lost to Wasatch Academy, but Aiden Anderson and Trevor Ence tied for second place for the Hawks.

On Friday, Jan. 26, at a school assembly, Veterans of Foreign Wars State Voice of Democracy Program Chair Elmer Inman presented junior Abigail Clawson with a plaque to recognize her for winning the VFW’s state essay contest. Abigail had previously won the Mt. Pleasant and district competition. She will travel to Washington, D.C., in March to compete in the national competition.


On Saturday, Jan. 27, the cheer team took third place in Varsity All Girl Show Cheer at the 2018 Utah Cheer Club Sport State Cheer Competition at Salt Lake Community College.


Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox speaks at a technology fair at Mont Harmon Middle School in Price which BrainStorm, Inc., sponsored after he challenged company officials to provide technology education to rural school districts.


Tech company reaches out

to rural schools following

Lt. Gov. Cox’s challenge


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


AMERICAN FORK—BrainStorm, Inc., an American Fork company that specializes in technology adoption and education, has taken a challenge issued by Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to reach out to rural schools.

In August, Cox toured the BrainStorm headquarters. Afterward, company executives asked him what they could do to help enhance technology education in Utah.

“He didn’t even hesitate,” said John Wade, a principal officer at BrainStorm. “He told us to reach out to a rural school or school district and ask the same question.”

BrainStorm took Cox up on the suggestion, and on Jan. 9 held an all-day SPARK Technology Fair at Mont Harmon Middle School in Price.

At the event, students received hands-on training from BrainStorm employees in virtual reality, graphic design, video production, video editing and hypertext markup language (HTML) coding.

“The purpose of the event was to create excitement and curiosity around technology. If we can get students in middle school interested in these topics, they can turn their interest into skills throughout high school and beyond,” Ciera Walker, a member of BrainStorm’s Corporate Giving Committee, said.

“We’ve put a great deal of emphasis on creating new jobs and economic growth in rural Utah. The partnership between BrainStorm and Carbon School District is the right place to start to ensure we meet those objectives,” Cox said at a press conference to mark the event.

Cox said his challenge was motivated by a concern that the gap between rural and urban areas is growing, particularly in regard to educational opportunities.

“We now have this flourishing Silicon Slopes technology sector,” Cox told the Sanpete Messenger, referring to the many technology firms along the Wasatch Front. “I see an opportunity to connect with rural Utah, to give our kids the same opportunities as kids along the Wasatch Front, to introduce them to great things.”

“We certainly know there are areas of the state that struggle more than others. With the loss of jobs in the energy sector, particularly coal jobs, Carbon County is one area that needs all the attention we can possibly give it,” Cox said of BrainStorm’s decision to partner with Carbon County School District.

BrainStorm officials say they are planning a long-term relationship with the schools there.

“We want the schools in Price to know that we’re committed to our partnership. We’re using the feedback from the technology fair to inform what we do next in Price—specifically, what topics were students interested in. Using that information, we’re currently planning more in-depth training opportunities and programs, and we’re looking forward to working with the schools on those,” Walker said.

Walker said while BrainStorm is focused on fulfilling its promises to Carbon County School District, they’re exploring the possibility of “teaming up with other Utah companies to amplify and spread efforts.”

It’s a prospect that is very exciting to Cox.

“We’re very supportive and very hopeful that this challenge will be answered by other tech companies and that Sanpete will be a part of that,” he said.

Cox believes the school districts in Sanpete County would be a great match for such a partnership.

Cox said when he worked for CentraCom, he was one of several employees who spent time teaching about technology at five schools and observed firsthand the positive impact it had.

North Sanpete’s Robert Garlick (No. 11) strains to get another bucket around South Sevier’s Easton Hunt (No. 10) in the Hawks’ 81-68 home loss to the Rams on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

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Tiger game plan produces more

wins over two California teams

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


TAFT, CALIF.—Wasatch Academy’s boys basketball team scored a solid team victory on the road over Taft High School at the Rolling Hills Prep State Preview in Taft, Calif., by the score of 76-59.

The matchup was on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Cerritos College.

Curtis Condie, Wasatch Academy’s coach, called it a “quality team victory” over what he characterized as “the No. 1 L.A. City team in the San Fernando Valley.”

Condie said his team was very well prepared for the Taft game-plan, and he could tell it unnerved the other team: “You could tell moments into the game Taft was not ready to face a team that knew every play that they ran.”

The Tigers were led in scoring by Matt Bradley with 22 points, Marvin “Tre” Williams III with 21 points and Tyrese Samuel with 17 points, but, according to Condie, it was “Damion Squire that did a great job running the team.”

After having played in recent weeks in the Bass Pro Shop Tournament in Springfield, Mo. and the Rolling Hills Prep State Preview in California, Wasatch Academy now concentrates on a bevy of highly ranked Utah teams the next couple of weeks.

Today, the Tigers host Summit Academy at 7 p.m.

Condie said, “Summit Academy won 2A two years ago, and they have played a lot of big schools this year now that they are 3A.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Wasatch Academy will host Timpanogos, which is ranked No. 2 in 5A.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Davis High School will come to Mt. Pleasant to play the Tigers at 1 p.m. Davis was once ranked No. 1 in Region 1 and are currently 12-4.

Then on Feb. 16, Wasatch Academy hosts Juan Diego Catholic, ranked No. 3 in 4A and, according to Condie, “are as talented as any team, with Division I talented players on their roster.”

In their dual meet last Thursday, Jan. 25, North Sanpete’s Skylar Mortensen (left) faces Manti’s Trevor Roberts in the 145-lb. weight class. Roberts won his match, and Manti won the meet with a 40-24 overall score.


Templars out-grapple Hawk

foes in 40-24 wrestling match


By James Tilson and Joe Quackenbush

Staff writers

Feb. 1, 2018


MANTI—The wrestling team of Manti High School honored its outgoing seniors on Senior Night, Wednesday, Jan. 24, and won its match with North Sanpete by the score 40-24.

North Sanpete stepped up to help Manti celebrate its Senior Night after a scheduling glitch was noticed with originally slated American Leadership Academy (ALA).

When they last met, the Hawks prevailed over the Templars, and the Templars were eager for a return match.

Before the match, Ryan Fowles, head coach for the Templars, said, “The key matches for us will be in the 138, 145, 152 and 220 lb. classes.”

Templar wrestlers won all but one of these key matches.

The winners for Manti were Jabin Taylor (113 lbs.), Kayden Fowles (120 lbs.), Alex Stevens (126 lbs.), Trevor Roberts (145 lbs.), Damon Mayfield (152 lbs.), Lance Fowles (160 lbs.), Braxton Stevens (170 lbs.) and Jason Henningson (220 lbs.). Four of the matches were won by pins.

For the Hawks, Hayes Bailey (132 lbs.), Brayden Otteson (138 lbs.), Laramie Roberts (170 lbs.), Keegan Eliason (182 lbs.) and Dalton Anderson (285 lbs.) prevailed.

Also on the ticket was an exhibition match between Manti female wrestler Kassy Sanchez and the Hawks’ Charles Featherstone.

Sanchez, a senior, did not win her match, although she fought hard and with obvious skill. Sanchez enjoyed great support and was cheered on by both the fans, as well as wrestlers from both teams.

Manti High Lady Templar Ashton Wood drives the ball towards her opponents’ basket while one of San Juan’s Lady Broncos prepares to meet the Manti athlete’s offense during their game on Friday.


Lady Templars lose

game to Lady Broncos


By Joe Quackenbush

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


MANTI—On Friday, the Lady Templars swapped leads with San Juan, and even led the game in the middle of the fourth period, but injuries to key Manti players contributed to a narrow 41-43 loss.

According to Manti head coach, Roger Watson, “That was our best performance of the season. I am happy with the way we played.”

Lady Templar Kjerstin Birch came up big for Manti, scoring 10 points.

Manti athletes Avalin Cook, Ashton Wood, Kassidy Alder and Katie Larsen created key turnovers to shift the momentum back in favor of Manti late-game. Their teammates, Aurie Squire, Allie Bridges and Amy Squire also kept the Templars competitive by adding points and helping out defensively.

After their narrow Friday defeat, Manti faced the Grand County Lady Red Devils the following day, but lost by a wider margin of 50-62—despite major efforts to stay in the game. Manti held Grand County to within 4 points until the fourth quarter.

The Lady Templars are 1-7 in conference play and 3-15 overall.

“This is a tough conference but, we improve each year,” John Gillett, Manti High vice principal, said. “We have a lot of talented freshmen and sophomores and they work well with our veteran players.”

The Lady Templars also played Richfield on Tuesday, and will play Emery today (score unavailable at press time.) After playing Emery, Manti will travel to South Sevier to play the Lady Rams on Tuesday.

Snow’s Mackenzie Royce takes the ball down court on Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Lady Badgers’ 64-55 home win against College of Southern Idaho.


Lady Badgers overcome CSI

for second time in season


By Emily Staley

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


EPHRAIM—The women’s basketball team of Snow College faced off with a top-25 team and won by nine points last week.

The 64-55 win on Thursday, Jan. 25, in Ephraim was the second time this season the Lady Badgers won against College of Southern Idaho (CSI).

CSI fought at Snow’s heels for the first half of the game. Then Snow upped their game and enjoyed a 12-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

The Badgers kept their lead and finished the game with a 64-55 victory.

Kayla Hugie led the team with 19 points, followed close behind by Harley Hansen with 17 points.

“Harley Hansen is one of our best players this season because of how consistent she has been. She has been great at stepping up when one of our other players gets injured,” said Snow’s head coach, Mike Russel. Harley has led the team several times throughout the season.

Speaking of CSI, Russel said, “They are ranked in the top 25 right now, so it was a big win to beat Southern Idaho.”

Russel commented that the Lady Badgers are taking it one game at a time.

Beating CSI has given Snow a one-game lead in the conference, and Russel feels they have a good shot at winning it.

Snow College has a current winning streak of three, and the Lady Badgers have won 17 of their 22 games.

The Badgers play Colorado Northwestern Community College today at 5:30 p.m. and compete against Salt Lake Community College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Both games will be in the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim.

Bulldogs start off slow,

fall to Enterprise by seven

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


GUNNISON—The boys basketball team of Gunnison Valley High School could not overcome a poor start and fell to visiting Enterprise High School 43-36 last Friday, Jan. 26.

Jordan Stewart, Gunnison’s interim coach, said the team had a “really poor start offensively, letting them get ahead 0-8, and then had to chase them the rest of the game.”

The Bulldogs did manage to catch up some in the first half, only trailing by four at the half. The third quarter was even, 9-9, and then Gunnison had some chances late in the game.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were only down three and had an opportunity to tie the game. However, they could not convert their play and then commenced fouling to try to slow down the clock and get the ball back.

Both teams made four three-pointers in the game, yet the Bulldogs lost by seven in the end.

Stewart stepped in for Coach Ben Hill after Hill’s son, Jackson, a player on the basketball team, fell ill. Stewart said the team has rallied around Jackson and has used his example to inspire themselves.

With the team only two games out of first place in Region 18, they are sitting well in their quest for a playoff berth.

The Bulldogs have four games left in their season. Yesterday, they traveled to Kanab High School (score unavailable), and on Friday they travel to Parowan. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Bulldogs host Beaver High school at 7 p.m. and then on Friday, Feb. 9, they host North Sevier at 7 p.m. also.


North Sanpete High’s Grayciee Christiansen (No. 11) drives for the score against San Juan High School, yet the Lady Hawks fell 46-36 to the Lady Broncos in a home game last Saturday, Jan. 27.


Lady Hawks making ‘huge,

huge strides’ but fall to

three opponents last week

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—Despite making what Coach Randi Griffith calls “huge, huge strides since the beginning of the year,” the Lady Hawks of North Sanpete High School went 0-3 last week in girls basketball, falling to South Sevier 50-25, to Grand County 49-38 and to San Juan 46-36.

Griffith, after the game with San Juan, explained that her team started out way behind most other varsity teams and has worked very hard to catch up.

She said, “We came in with very little varsity experience. We only had two girls that had started in a junior varsity game. We took this team and threw them to the wolves.”

In spite of their lack of experience, the Lady Hawks have continued to work all season, and their efforts have shown great results, although not necessarily in wins.

Griffith added, “They’ve responded. It’s not easy to play hard when you’re having a tough season. It shows their character that they’re willing to fight through this.”

Against South Sevier on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in an away game, the Lady Hawks were only behind by two at the end of the first quarter but were ultimately doomed by the second quarter when they could not score and allowed 21 points.

In the third quarter, the Lady Hawks outscored the Lady Rams by three but lost by 25, 50-25.

In a home game on Friday, Jan. 26, against Grand, once again a bad quarter was too much for the Lady Hawks to overcome.

This time, the Lady Hawks were outscored 19-6 in the first quarter and had to scramble to try to catch up. North Sanpete bested Grand in the second quarter 10-2, but the Lady Hawks were unable to outscore the Lady Devils in the third quarter and came out even in the fourth, 13-13.

In the 11-point loss, 49-38, North Sanpete’s Anna Wright scored in double figures with 12 points.

Against San Juan at home on Saturday, Jan. 27, the Lady Hawks held on to the Lady Broncos much closer than in their other games last week and were only down five points at halftime.

But a few defensive lapses early in the second half were too much to overcome as they fell behind seven more points in the third quarter.

The Lady Hawks mounted a desperate comeback attempt in the fourth quarter and came out on top that quarter by two points, but their efforts came up short in the end by 10 points, 46-36.

Sarah Oldroyd had nine points for the Lady Hawks while Bodell Nielson sank three three-pointers for the Lady Broncos and had a total of 24 points.

Free throws also made a huge difference, with San Juan putting in 14 of 22 and North Sanpete making five of seven.

North Sanpete has three Region 15 games left in the schedule.

On Tuesday, the Lady Hawks traveled to Emery (score unavailable). On Tuesday, Feb. 6, they host the Lady Wildcats of Richfield, and for the final game of the season on Thursday, Feb. 8, they host the Lady Templars of Manti High.

These final games will be crucial to determine which teams make the state playoffs at the end of the season.

With the Lady Templars’ only region win coming over North Sanpete earlier this year, and six teams from the seven-team Region 15 qualifying for the playoffs, the final game between North Sanpete and Manti looms large.

Badgers go icy in second

half, fall to CSI 69-97


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


EPHRAIM—A hard-fought first half in men’s basketball turned into a blowout in the second half, as horrific shooting doomed the Badgers of Snow College against the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) last Thursday night, Jan. 25, by a score of 97-69.

In the first half, Snow and CSI kept pace with each other and were only separated by one point at halftime with Snow leading 37-36.

Two Badgers were already in double figures—Romain Boxus with 10 and Logan Hokanson with 11, and it looked like Snow was putting together a solid effort.

Then in the second half, the wheels fell off for the Badgers.

After playing CSI tight for the first six minutes of the half, the Badgers turned ice cold.

For a nine-minute span, the Badgers shot 5-18, missing jump shot after jump shot, and the score went from being down only two, 49-47, to losing by 28, 97-69.

At the same time that the Badgers were turning into icicles, the Golden Eagles became hot. CSI in the second half shot 62 percent from the field, 54 percent from three-point range, and sharpshooter Charles Jones, Jr., scored 31 points for the game.

Coach Rob Nielson said the Badgers stopped playing their own deliberate opportunistic style and tried to mimic CSI’s: “I thought we did a good job the first 30 minutes of the game, but the last 10 we didn’t execute our style. We started to try to play their style, and that isn’t what we do well.”

In the second half, the Badgers only shot 31 percent from the field and a horrible 13 percent from three-point range.

While not the leading scorer, Snow’s Jayden Coke was able to have a solid game in both halves, managing six points in the first half and seven in the second. He was also the only Badger to make more than he missed in the second half, shooting 66 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.

The Badgers stand at 1-4 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and 11-10 overall.

However, Nielson reminds Badger fans that with seven conference games left, the season can be turned around: “It’s a long season, and every team has some ups and downs. Right now CSI is playing very well, and Snow is not. Over the next month, we hope to get on a run and get hot so we can peak at the right time.”

This week, Snow hosts Colorado Northwestern Community College today at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday the Badgers get a return trip from the Bruins of Salt Lake Community College at 5 p.m.

Lady Bulldogs devoured

by Lady Wolves 31-50


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


ENTERPRISE—Fighting for a playoff position in Region 18, the girls basketball team of Gunnison Valley High School dropped a game to Enterprise High, 50­-31.

The loss dropped the Lady Bulldogs to 1-7 in Region 18, 6-11 overall.

They still are in position to make the playoffs but have no margin for error with four games left in the regular season.

Against the Lady Wolves on Thursday, Jan. 25, Gunnison started out well, leading the first quarter and only trailing at halftime by five points.

But Enterprise pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs by seven points in both the third and fourth quarters.

Gunnison was led by Paige King with eight points (two three-pointers).

This week, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Kanab on Tuesday and host Parowan today at 7 p.m.

Next week, the Lady Bulldogs travel to Beaver on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and to North Sevier on Thursday, Feb. 8, for the season finale.

Templars two-game

road trip disappoints


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 1, 2018


MOAB—The boys basketball team of Manti High School made their annual road trip to San Juan and Grand counties last weekend and came up short, losing to both San Juan, 87-71, and to Grand County, 77-70.

On Friday, Jan. 26, Manti faced San Juan and played tight to the Broncos except for the second quarter.

Manti’s coach, Devin Shakespear, explained that the Broncos jumped on the Templars’ foul trouble and hit several big shots.

The Templars tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter and succeeded in winning the quarter by six points but could not overcome the 14-point differential from the second quarter and lost by 16.

Manti’s Matt Nelson led all scorers with 23 points.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, against Grand County, the Templars never really got far behind, but they gave up too many turnovers and could never get into an offensive rhythm.

Down the stretch, the Templars also missed crucial free throws when they had the chance to take the lead.

Nelson once again led all scorers with 32 points.

Manti’s position in the region playoff race with four games left in the regular season got a little more complicated, but they are still in excellent position with four games left. At 4-4 in Region 15, they are only 2.5 games out of first place.

On Wednesday, the Templars traveled to Richfield (score unavailable) and then on Friday to Emery. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Templars host South Sevier, and then on Friday, Feb. 9, for the final game of the year, Manti hosts cross-county rival North Sanpete.

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John A. Coltharp with his attorney, Paul Frischknect appeared in 6th District Court last Wednesday, Jan. 17.


John Colthrap’s preliminary hearing

postponed pending new evidence


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Jan. 25, 2018


MANTI—After defendant John Coltharp declared, “I’m not in a rush to complete things,” and after both the prosecutor and defense attorney reported new information was coming to light in his kidnapping case, Judge Wallace Lee postponed his preliminary hearing until Feb. 20.

Judge Lee made the decision during Coltharp’s appearance in 6th District Court in Manti on Wednesday, Jan. 17 for what was to have been his preliminary hearing.

According to law enforcement officers, Coltharp, originally of Spring City, joined a religious group called Knights of the Crystal Blade, which believes in child marriage. Investigators say last fall, he took his four children, ages 4 through 8, to a Crystal Blade settlement in Iron County.

In early December, officers recovered the children from Iron County. Some of the children were found locked up in plastic water barrels. Officers took the children to their mother, who lives in Utah County.

Coltharp is charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of sodomy on a child, both first-degree felonies, and one count of obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony. He is being held in the Sanpete County Jail on $150,000 cash-only bail.

Paul Frischknect, who has been appointed Coltharp’s attorney, told the judge that the state was “contemplating additional charges,” and there was “discoverable information” he, as defense counsel, had not yet received.

“Going for a preliminary hearing with only [some] pieces of the puzzle would be a disservice to my client,” explained Frischknect.

Kevin Daniels, deputy county attorney, agreed with Frischknect’s reasoning. Daniels told the judge that within the last week he had received quite a bit of new information, which he had not yet disclosed to Frischknect.

The deputy county attorney said new charges may be forthcoming, which he said he would handle by amending present charging documents

Frischknect told the judge that even the presently disclosed evidence was “massive,” with three reports in the case totaling 120 pages, and it would be in everyone’s best interest to gather all the information together before holding the preliminary hearing.

By the end of the day, Daniels had amended charges against Coltharp and filed charges against his co-defendant, Samuel Shaffer.

Originally, the obstruction of justice charge against Coltharp was a Class A misdemeanor. The day of the hearing, the charge was bumped up to a second-degree felony.

Charges were also filed against Shaffer that day. He is now charged in Sanpete County with two counts of sodomy of a child, both first-degree felonies; one count of obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; and one count of lewdness with a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

All of the counts against Shaffer were based on acts that allegedly occurred on Dec. 1, 2017 within Sanpete County.

The new charges arose out of continuing investigation of the case. Sanpete investigators found that contrary to previous reports that Coltharp and Shaffer were in Sanpete County by themselves on Dec. 1, 2017 when Coltharp was arrested, they actually had the child victims with them. Investigators found they took action to hide the children from authorities.

Shaffer is being held in the Iron County Jail. Iron County has charged him with two counts of child kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, and four counts of child abuse with serious bodily injury, all second-degree felonies.

Sanpete County Commissioners (L-R) Steve Lund, Scott Bartholomew and Claudia Jarrett interview Deputy Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels (right) for the position of interim county attorney, while Sanpete County Clerk Sandy Neil records the meeting.

Commissioners appoint Kevin

Daniels as interim attorney


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Jan. 25, 2018


MANTI—What was going to be a difficult decision for the Sanpete County Commission was rendered simple on Tuesday when one of two applicants for interim Sanpete County attorney withdrew.

The action left Kevin Daniels, current deputy county attorney, as the only candidate, and by default, the appointee.

The position became available after the elected Sanpete County attorney, Brody Keisel, was nominated as a juvenile court judge for 6th District Court.

The events leading to Daniels’ appointment took place in a special Sanpete County Commission meeting called to interview both applicants: Daniels and David Angerhofer, a private practitioner who currently has a contract to serve as the county’s public defender.

The interviews began with Daniels, who has been deputy county attorney under Brody Keisel for approximately five years. After Daniels’ interview, Angerhofer sat down in from of the commissioners.

Before asking any questions, Commission Chairman Scott Bartholomew said to Angerhofer, “This is going to be a difficult decision.”

To that, Angerhofer replied that the decision would actually be a simple one, because, after some introspection the night before, he had decided to withdraw.

“I did a lot of thinking about the good of the community, and I think it would be best,” Angerhofer said.

He added, “I really respect Kevin, and I look forward to working with him more in the future.”

During the interview with Daniels, commissioners asked a wide range of questions. Daniels mentioned that a panel of law enforcement leaders in the county, including the county sheriff and all municipal chiefs of police, had endorsed him.

The commissioners asked Daniels how he would make the transition into the new position. Daniels told them that Keisel had been his mentor and his intention was to keep a lot of things running the way they had under Keisel.

He said it was a priority to keep an open-door policy with both the county department heads and the public, as Keisel had done.

“Brody and I are a lot like two of the same cars with a few different bumper stickers,” Daniels said. “He was my mentor, and I work in a very similar way.”

Daniels said if he got the position, he would hire a deputy attorney and arrange the caseloads similarly to the way he and Keisel had shared cases.

“Brody did not micromanage me…period,” Daniels said. “He just wanted my work done. I loved the way it worked, and I want to keep that going.”

The commissioners asked Daniels if he thought he could use more than one deputy county attorney. To that, Daniels answered that of course he could put another attorney to work, but he knew money for such a position for it wasn’t there, and he intended to be fiscally conservative.

“I am a team player,” Daniels said. “If I need to find a way to be more efficient with what I have, I don’t have a problem with that. The county will always be my top priority.”

During his interview, Daniels made it clear he was serious about his choice to work in the Sanpete County Attorney’s Office. He told commissioners that at the time he joined the county, he also had an offer from Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City.

“The difference in pay was substantial,” he said, but he came to Sanpete County not only because he had roots here, but because he knew he would have immediate exposure to high-level prosecutions, instead of having his hand held all day.

“Prosecution is my passion,” he said. “It’s what I love to do.”

He added that in his first week on the job, Keisel assigned him a second-degree felony drug distribution case defended by local attorney Andrew Barry and left on vacation.

“The immediate exposure to cases like these was what I wanted,” Daniels said. “Like then, with this new position, Brody expects me to hit the ground running.”

Daniels, who lives in Ephraim, received a bachelors’ degree in political science from the University of Utah and a juris doctor from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law in Laramie Wyo.

He has been a law clerk for the 6th District District Court, a law clerk for West Valley City, and a strategy and management specialist, as well as a state and local planning project manager, at the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.

Angerhofer, who lives in Mt. Pleasant, received his juris doctor degree from the University of Utah College of Law. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University. He has two bachelor’s degrees, one in Russian language studies from the University of Utah and one in economics from Brigham Young University.

He has been a public defender in Sanpete, Tooele, Salt Lake and Utah counties; has worked as a Utah State Prison contract attorney; and has been a Utah State Tax Commission hearing officer.

Selection of the interim county attorney was left to the county commission because fewer than three qualified attorneys applied for the job. If more than three had expressed interest, the issue would have gone to the Sanpete County Republican Central Committee, since Keisel, who had been elected to the position, was a Republican.

The central committee would have narrowed the field to two applicants, and the county commission would have chosen from there.