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High school boys basketball: 3A team-by-team region capsules

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 2:28 a.m. MDT

as they play in the 3A 4A allstar basketball game at West Jordan High School Friday, March 30, 2012. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) as they play in the 3A 4A allstar basketball game at West Jordan High School Friday, March 30, 2012. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

The 2012-2013 high school basketball season gets underway this Tuesday with 25 games around the state. To prepare fans what should be another exciting season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 3A.

Every coach was invited to participate and submit information. The region rankings are based on coaches' preseason projections.

Region 9 Capsules

1. Desert Hills High School

Head Coach: Wade Turley (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 21-4 (1st in Region 9 with 10-2 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Hurricane in the 3A championship, 52-49

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Josh Anderson, Sr., F/C, 6.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 spg

Ty Rutledge, Sr., Guard 5.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Chase Thomson, Sr., G

Coach Comment: “Desert Hills is young and inexperienced with only two returning players that have any varsity playing time. Our coaching staff feels we have talented players, but our success will depend how well we play together as a team. If all goes well and we can stay healthy, Desert Hills can be in the mix for a region championship.”

2. Dixie High School

Head Coach: Ryan Cuff (5th year)

2011-2012 Record: 13-12 (4th in Region 9 with 7-5 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Desert Hills in 3A semifinals, 55-51

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Kyler Smith, Sr., Forward, 4.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg

Kyle Hansen, Sr., Forward

Dakota Bair, Sr., Guard 1.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Cole Critchfield, Sophomore, Guard 1.3 ppg

3. Snow Canyon High School

Head Coach: James Brown (12th year)

2011-2012 Record: 10-10 (5th in Region 9 with 5-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Chandler Gines, Sr., Guard 8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 spg

Gabe Jensen, Sr., Guard 3.4 ppg, 1 rpg

Nate Gottfredson, Jr., C, 1.1 ppg, 1 rpg

Kallan Webster, Sr., Guard 1.5 ppg

Coach Comment: “We have good guard leadership and some young bigs that give us some size we have missed the last couple of years. Looking to mature fast.”

4. Cedar High School

Head Coach: Craig Cardon

2011-2012 Record: (Tied for 2nd in Region 9 with 9-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Hurricane in 3A semifinals, 44-42

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Dustin Staggs, Jr., Forward, 1.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Mike Hourigan, Sr., Guard

Brock Englestead, Sr., Forward

Dason Coronado, Sr., Guard

5. Canyon View High School

Head Coach: Robbie Potter (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 6-14 (7th in Region 9 with 0-12 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Chad Corry, Sr., Guard 15.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Nate Jarvis, Sr., Guard 2.9 ppg

McCoy Johnson, Sr., Guard 2.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg

Brady Barrett, Sr., Guard

Coach Comment: “I really like this group of young men. They love the game and have spent the time in the offseason to improve and come together. We are not big, but it allows us to have interchangeable parts. As usual, nothing will be easy in Region 9, the toughest in the state.”

6. Hurricane High School

Head Coach: Brian Vaifanua (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: (Tied for 2nd in Region 9 with 9-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Beat Desert Hills in 3A championship, 52-49

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Garett Cahoon, Sr., Forward

Cody Labaron, Jr., Forward

7. Pine View High School

Head Coach: Darrell Larsen (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 9-12 (6th in Region 9 with 2-10 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Dallin Milne, Sr., Guard, 7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 spg

Jack Bangerter, Jr., Guard, 8.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg

Coach Comment: “We are young and untested. We are hoping that we can stay healthy, work hard and we’ll see what happens.”

Region 10 Capsules

1. Judge Memorial High School

Head Coach: Dan Del Porto (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 15-7 (1st in Region 10 with 10-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Dixie in the 3A first round, 46-41

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Joe Cremer, Sr., Guard, 10.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2 apg, 1 spg

Pat Neville, Sr., Guard, 6.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg

Ryan Pauley, Sr., Forward,

Thomas Oriente, Sr., Center

Coach Comment: “We are relatively inexperienced, but I do think we have potential to be a good team. If we can get the kids to buy in on the defensive end we could surprise some people.”

2. Wasatch High School

Head Coach: Lonnie Magnusson (12th year)

2011-2012 Record: 11-11 (2nd in Region 10 with 8-2 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Cedar in the 3A first round, 42-41

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Chris Johnson, Sr., Forward, 2 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Cooper Ballsteadt, Sr., Guard 0.9 ppg

Jake Larson, Sr., Guard 1.4 ppg

Jeff Murdock Jr., Guard 1.0 ppg

Coach Comment: “We should be very competitive. Our strong preseason will tell us where we are at when we enter a very tough region battle.”

3. Juan Diego High School

Head Coach: Brandon Sluga (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 10-13 (Tied for 4th in Region 10 with 3-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Desert Hills in 3A first round, 61-55

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Gabe Colosimo, Soph., Guard, 9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 spg

Easton Withers, Sr., Forward, 4.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Nick Markosian, Sr., Forward, 5.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg

Coach Comment: “The balance of power in 3A seems to be spread evenly throughout the regions. Juan Diego will work every night to be our best and reach our potential.”

4. Uintah High School

Head Coach: Scott Mansfield (11th year)

2011-2012 Record: 6-15 (Tied for 4th in Region 10 with 3-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Denver Buckalew, Sr., Guard, 7.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg

Braiden Labrum, Sr., Forward

Kaden Shewell, Sr., Forward

CJ Baum, Jr., Guard

5. Union High School

Head Coach: Jeff Hanke (12th year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-15 (6th in Region 10 with 1-9 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Jona Wood, Sr., Forward, 10.6 ppg

Stephen Merrell, Sr., Center, 3 ppg

Carver Simkins, Sr., Guard, 1.3 ppg

George Kaufusi, Sr., Forward, 3 ppg

Coach Comment: “If our big guys can rebound to their potential and our shooters continue to develop, this could be the best season at Union in more than a decade. Strong commitments from players during the summer have us practicing at a level beyond what we’ve played for years.”

6. Park City High School

Head Coach: Caleb Fine (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 11-11 (3rd in Region 10 with 5-5 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Hurricane in 3A first round, 63-50

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Ryan Sherman, Sr., Forward/Center

Hayden Dailey, Sr., Guard/Forward

Brandon Olsen, Sr., Center

Boston VanDaVeur, Soph., Guard

Sam Kingdon, Soph., Guard/Forward

Coach Comment: “We are not returning a lot of experience, but this group has a chance to be dangerous if they can defend and work hard as a team. We will need to learn quickly, but this group is capable of beating teams if they play together.”

Region 11 Capsules

1. Morgan High School

Head Coach: Jim Wiscombe (26th year)

2011-2012 Record: 21-4 (1st in Region 11 with 12-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Hurricane in 3A quarterfinals, 54-43

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Jake Miles, Sr., Forward, 19.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2 apg, 1.7 spg

Matt Murdock, Jr., Guard

Cameron Skinner, Sr., Center, 1.6 ppg

Ben Saunders, Junior

Coach Comment: “Jake Miles will have to lead the team, (as the) one returning starter. Other players will have to step up to fill the shoes of last year’s seniors, especially in the post positions.”

2. Ben Lomond High School

Head Coach: Ryan Wilcox (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 17-8 (2nd in Region 11 with 10-2 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Desert Hills in 3A quarterfinals, 55-41

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Sterling Brandley, Sr., Guard 8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.9 apg, 2.5 spg

Josh Hardin, Sr., Forward, 14 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 apg

Sage Eastburn, Sr., Forward, 3.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Coach Comment: “Our team has some key pieces coming back this season. We have three returning starters that should all have great seasons. We also have some young guys playing well, and some seniors that have put in a lot of time in the offseason to improve their game. We will be a blue-collar team that is not afraid to get on the floor. Every game should be a battle, and it will be fun to be a part of.”

3. Bear River High School

Head Coach: Kasey Winters (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 7-15 (Tied for 3rd in Region 11 with 6-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Delta in the 3A first round, 49-39

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Wade Miller, Sr., Guard 17.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg

Kyle Zundel, Sr., Forward, 4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg

Austin Miller, Sr., Forward, 2.6 ppg, 2 rpg

Nick Hillis, Jr., Center, 3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg

4. Stansbury High School

Head Coach: Ryan Harris (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 9-12 (5th in Region 11 with 5-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Stone Tia, Sr., Forward, 6.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Ryan Robbins, Sr., Guard, 5.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg

Niko Chacon, Sr., Guard, 1.0 ppg

Coach Comment: “We will have a balanced attack, led by three athletic and versatile seniors, Niko Chacon, Ryan Robbins and Stone Tia. We anticipate juniors Tanner Barton, Taylor Graves, and Tom Griffith will also make significant contributions."

5. Ogden High School

Head Coach: Shawn McQueen (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 10-11 (Tied for 3rd in Region 11 with 6-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Payson in 3A first round, 71-56

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Spencer Smith, Sr., Guard, 15.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.0 spg

McKay Smith, Sr., Guard, 2.5 ppg

Larry Rodriguez, Sr., Center, 1.0 ppg

Dayton Wright, Sr., Guard,

Joel Pobanz, Sr., Forward

Coach Comment: "We have a strong group of seniors that love playing together, and they are excited about the opportunity to compete in a very tough region. We feel that if we can compete in our region, then we can make a strong showing in the 3A tournament."

6. Grantsville High School

Head Coach: Chris Baker (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-17 (7th in Region 11 with 1-11 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Devin Adams, Jr., Forward, 11.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg

Devon Arellano, Jr., Guard, 3.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg,

Caleb Edwards, Sr., Guard, 2.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Braydon Hamatake, Sr., Center, 1.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg

7. Tooele High School

Head Coach: Shawn Faux (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 5-15 (6th in Region 11 with 2-10 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Tyler Woodruff, Sr., Forward/Center, 9.2 ppg

Justin Pollmann, Jr., Guard 12.1 ppg

Tyler Lawrence, Sophomore, Guard 9.3 ppg

Region 12 Capsules

1. Carbon High School

Head Coach: Jeff Cisneros (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 12-9 (3rd in Region 12 with 5-5 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Ben Lomond in the 3A first round, 73-52

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Dakota Cisneros, Sr., Guard 6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.5 spg

Jordan Blanc, Sr., Forward, 12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg

Derek Young, Sr., Center, 8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg

Bryce Blackburn, Sr., Guard 2.1 ppg, 1.3 apg

Coach Comment: “We will be a very athletic team that is going to get out and run and play hard, pressing defense.”

2. Payson High School

Head Coach: Dan Lunt (20th year)

2011-2012 Record: 18-6 (1st in Region 12 with 10-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Cedar in the 3A quarterfinals, 54-38

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Kaleb Wright, Sr., Guard/Forward, 7.8 ppg, 4 rpg

Jacob Humphreys, Sr., Forward, 0.6 ppg

Mark Wolf, Jr., Forward

Daniel Reno, Jr., Guard

Coach Comment: “Very young team with only two seniors. Should be a good defensive team that will create a lot of turnovers with its length.”

3. Spanish Fork High School

Head Coach: Jesse Roberts (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 10-12 (Tied for 4th in Region 12 with 4-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Morgan in the 3A first round, 83-72

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Ty Henry, Sr., Guard/Forward, 1.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Taylor Parker Jr., Forward/Center, 1.1 ppg, 3 rpg

Cameron Money, Sr., Forward, 4.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 spg

Coach Comment: “Our team had a great offseason and we look forward to the addition of some new faces on the team. We have a great group of upper-class contributors and some young guys with a ton of potential. Our preseason schedule will tell us a lot about who we are. Our goals are to prepare the kids for region play and a state tournament berth.”

4. North Sanpete High School

Head Coach: Cris Hoopes (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 8-13 (Tied for 4th in Region 12 with 4-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Jake Bailey, Sr., Center, 11.4 ppg

Jordan Christensen, Sr., Guard, 1.8 ppg

Coach Comment: “Our season will depend on hard work and leadership. We look to our seniors for both.”

5. Delta High School

Head Coach: Jared Smith (11th year)

2011-2012 Record: 10-12 (2nd in Region 12 with 6-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Dixie in the 3A quarterfinals, 52-43

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Taylor Bahr, Sr., Forward, 9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1 spg

Dallin Christensen, Sr., Center, 1.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Hunter Johnson, Sr., Guard, 1.7 ppg

6. Juab High School

Head Coach: Jake Downard (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 5-14 (6th in Region 12 with 1-9 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Curtis Orme, Sr., Guard, 4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Kaden Kelson, Sr., Guard, 2.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg

Jeff Rowley, Jr., Guard, 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Josh Clark, Jr., Forward

Coach Comment: “We are optimistic about this upcoming season. Returning a couple of starters, this team is scrappy and plays with a lot of energy."

Deseret News prep writer Andy Sorensen contributed to these capsules.

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