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High school boys basketball: 5A team-by-team region capsules

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 4:28 a.m. MDT

as they play in the 5A allstar basketball game at West Jordan High School Friday, March 30, 2012. The Dark team won 159-157.  (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) as they play in the 5A allstar basketball game at West Jordan High School Friday, March 30, 2012. The Dark team won 159-157. (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 5A.

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

Region 1 Capsules

1. Weber High School

Head Coach: Mark Larsen (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 17-5 (2nd in Region 1 with 7-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Brighton in the 5A first round, 62-45

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Hayden Schenck, Sr., Guard, 19.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.2 spg

Jordan Jones, Sr., Center, 4 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Garrett Beckey, Sr., Forward, 2.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Coach Comment: “Like everyone else, we are excited to get going. Everyone is wondering how Hayden’s return from offseason ACL surgery is going to turn out. I’m excited about this year’s group. With Hayden hopefully returning to form to lead this team and our starting center and sixth man back we feel like we have good experience. I am also excited to mix in a couple of senior shooters on the perimeter and two athletic juniors to help complement our team. As always, Region 1 will be a dogfight and most of the games are decided by five points or less every night. We look forward to putting our team out there to compete.”

2. Davis High School

Head Coach: Jay Welk (23rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 13-9 (Tied for 3rd in Region 1 with 6-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Alta in the 5A first round, 58-46

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Braden Koelliker 5.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 apg

Abel Porter, Jr., Guard, 8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg

Cole Hally, Sr., Forward, 4.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Alex Morrell 12, Center, 1.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg

Coach Comment: “We are excited about the upcoming season and the potential of our team. Region 1 will be, once again, very competitive.”

3. Layton High School

Head Coach: Kelby Miller (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 8-13 (5th in Region 1 with 2-8 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Mike Hibbert, Jr., Center, 11.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Marcus Kemp, Sr., Forward, 6.1 ppg, 3 rpg

Dallin Johnson, Sr., Guard, 3.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.3 apg

4. Northridge High School

Head Coach: Chad Sims (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 14-9 (1st in Region 1 with 8-2 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak in 5A quarterfinals, 56-36

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Preston Christensen, Sr., Forward, 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg

Jesse Armitstead, Sr., Guard, 1.8 ppg

Dallas Bond, Sr., Forward

Davy Adams, Sr., Guard, 1.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Jake Bigler, Jr., Guard, 2.5 ppg

5. Syracuse High School

Head Coach: Justin Nelson (6th year)

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

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Diante Mitchell, Sr., Guard, 10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg

Daniel Pehrson, Sr., Center, 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Michael Phelps, Jr., Guard, 1.2 ppg,

Dualton Whatcott, Sr., Forward, 1.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 1 apg

Coach Comment: “The Titans are looking for senior leadership from Diante Mitchell and big man Daniel Pehrson. Syracuse will look to push tempo and play fast, but will rely on defensive intensity and effort to be successful. With steady play from Daulton Whatcott and Michael Phelps the Titans will look to make a splash in Region 1.”

6. Fremont High School

Head Coach: Corey Melaney (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 12-10 (Tied for 3rd in Region 1 with 6-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to West Jordan in the 5A first round, 68-38

Returning Starters: 0

Coach Comment: “We are really young but I love my team. If we mature and grow up fast, we could be good.”

Region 2 Capsules

1. Viewmont High School

Head Coach: Jeff Emery (15th year)

2011-2012 Record: 12-10 (1st in Region 2 with 10-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Riverton in the 5A first round, 52-51 (OT)

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Jarom Tye, Sr., Guard, 9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg

McKay Richins, Sr., Forward, 5.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg

McKay Butler, Jr., Guard, 4.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Aaron Dalton, Jr., Center, 0.7 ppg

Coach Comment: “We have a couple of returning players with varsity experience, but we are not very big at any position this year. We will definitely need to shoot the ball well on the offensive side and find different ways to defend the post and rebound on the defensive end.”

2. Hunter High School

Head Coach: Dave Filimoehala

2011-2012 Record: 12-10 (2nd in Region 2 with 7-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Bingham in 5A first round, 59-45

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Trevon Johnson, Sr., Guard, 12.0 ppg

Noah Togiai, Fr., Guard, 10.0 ppg

Brandon Davies, Jr., Forward, 5.8 ppg

3. Kearns High School

Head Coach: Dan Cosby (5th year)

2011-2012 Record: 9-13 (Tied for 3rd in Region 2 with 4-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak in the 5A first round, 62-36

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Dayon Goodman, Sr., F/C, 18 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1 apg, 1.6 spg

Tanner Westenskow, Jr., Forward

Bushmen Ebet, Soph., Forward

Henry Rodriguez, Sr., Guard

Coach Comment: “Kearns is a team that will rely on speed, quickness and being scrappy. Could have big numbers from returning center Dayon Goodman, one of the state’s top scorers and rebounders. A few players with varsity experience and possibly a freshman running the point guard position, Tayler Marteliz.”

4. Taylorsville High School

Head Coach: Jim Boyce (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-17 (5th in Region 2 with 3-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Sid Freeman, Jr., Guard, 10.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.2 apg

Jevin Warren, Jr., Guard, 8.3 ppg

Kia Delacerna, Jr., Forward, 6.1 ppg, 2.3 ppg

Manuel Evangelista, Jr., Forward, 4.2 ppg

Coach Comment: “We are still young, but have a core group of good talent. We expect to make the playoffs this year.”

5. West High School

Head Coach: Mike Matheson (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 5-17 (Tied for 3rd in Region 2 with 4-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to American Fork in the 5A first round, 63-40

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Holani Olive, Sr., Center, 3.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Austin Kenner, Sr., Guard

Tyrelle Jamison, Sr., Forward

Denziel Latu, Jr., Guard, 4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg

Coach Comment: “I am very pleased at the work the core of the team did during the offseason led by our captains. The effort was consistent — months long — and I expect this to pay off in February.”

6. Granger High School

Head Coach: Bernie Graziano (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-16 (6th in Region 2 with 4-16 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Makol Mawien, 10, Center, 1.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Arob Mandang, Sr., Forward, 2.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Anthony Amiker, Jr., G

Davion Jones, Jr., Forward, 1.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Coach Comment: “We are a team that lacks experience, but we will always play hard, try to improve daily and most importantly compete.”

Region 3 Capsules

1. Brighton High School

Head Coach: Jeff Gardner (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 17-8 (3rd in Region 3 with 6-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak in the 5A state championship, 68-38

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Brandon Miller, Sr., Guard, 21.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg

Travis Devashrayee, Forward, 11.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg

Bryce Callahan, Forward, 8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 apg

Zach Bernardo, Guard, 2.7 ppg, 1 apg

Brock Miller, Guard

Coach Comment: "Returning a solid nucleus from last year’s runner-up team we are excited to get going and see how we stack up against the other talented teams in the state"

2. Alta High School

Head Coach: Jim Barker (5th year)

2011-2012 Record: 17-6 (2nd in Region 3 with 7-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Riverton in 5A quarterfinals, 65-59

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Trevor Hill, Jr., Guard, 5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg

Landon Albrecht, Jr., Forward, 5.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg

RJ Beard, Sr., Guard, 4.7 ppg, 1 rpg

3. West Jordan High School

Head Coach: Scott Briggs (14th year)

2011-2012 Record: 21-3 (1st in Region 3 with 9-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak in the 5A semifinals, 68-56

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Parker Brown, Sr., Forward, 4.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Brent Beales, Jr., Center, 1.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Brayden Bennett, Sr., Guard, 1.2 ppg

Carson Cutler, Jr., Forward, 0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Coach Comment: “We are excited about the upcoming season. We believe that we have quality guys who are talented and will be competitive. We look forward to the challenge of keeping the tradition of West Jordan basketball at a high level.”

4. Jordan High School

Head Coach: Rob Geertsen (6th year)

2011-2012 Record: 11-10 (5th in Region 3 with 3-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Chandler Smith, Sr., Guard, 3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg

Brandon Pasker, Sr., Center

Coach Comment: “We are very excited about this year’s team. Even though we do not return a single starter, we have a good group of seniors that will lead our team. We had the best offseason we have ever had working in the weight room, conditioning and attending various offseason camps. It should be a fun and exciting year for Jordan basketball.”

5. Copper Hills High School

Head Coach: Andrew Blanchard (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 12-9 (4th in Region 3 with 5-5 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Northridge in 5A first round, 43-41 (OT)

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Darius Maluia, Sr., Forward, 1.9 ppg

Austin McCombs, Sr., Guard

6. Cottonwood High School

Head Coach: Cory Martin (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-17 (6th in Region 3 with 0-10 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Brendan Guzman

Austin Simmons

Greg Baker

Region 4 Capsules

1. Lone Peak High School

Head Coach: Quincy Lewis (10th year)

2011-2012 Record: 22-3 (Tied for 1st in Region 4 with 9-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Beat Brighton in the 5A championship, 68-38

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Nick Emery, Sr., Guard, 21.6 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.4 spg

TJ Haws, Jr., Guard, 17.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg

Talon Shumway, Sr., Forward, 9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg 1.2 spg

Conner Toolson, Sr., Guard, 5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Coach Comment: “We are excited for the year. We have a good blend of experience and overall talent.”

2. American Fork High School

Head Coach: Doug Meacham (11th year)

2011-2012 Record: 19-3 (Tied for 1st in Region 4 with 9-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Brighton in the 5A quarterfinals, 59-53

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Ryan Andrus, Jr., Center, 5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg,

Tyler Rawson, Jr., Forward

Christian Wells, Sr., Guard

Taylor Larson, Sr., Forward

Kyle Line, Sr., Guard

Coach Comment: “I like the progress our guys have made in the offseason. This group of guys is an unselfish group and are willing to compete on the defensive end. Our hope is to be battle-tested and ready for our region come January because each game will be a huge challenge.”

3. Riverton High School

Head Coach: Steve Galley (14th year)

2011-2012 Record: 13-11 (Tied for 3rd in Region 4 with 4-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Brighton in 5A semifinals, 61-56

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Stephan Holm, Sr., Guard, 13.8 ppg

Bryce Stone Sr., G/F, 8 ppg

Richard Worsham, Sr., Forward, 5.7 ppg

Coach Comment: “We are a pretty well-balanced team with a good mix of quickness, shooting and inside play. Our success against the best teams will be predicated upon our ability to defend.”

4. Bingham High School

Head Coach: Mark Dubach (10th year)

2011-2012 Record: 9-14 (Tied for 3rd in Region 4 with 4-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to West Jordan in the 5A quarterfinals, 73-50

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

None

Coach Comment: “Young team that is working very hard. A ton of potential that will need to grow quickly to compete in our league.”

5. Pleasant Grove High School

Head Coach: Randy McAllister (11th year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-17 (6th in Region 4 with 1-9 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Forrest Pincock, Jr., Guard, 7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg

Riley Court, 10, Guard, 3.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1 apg

Ben Lee, Sr., Forward, 1.2 ppg, 1 rpg

Mark Sheffield, Jr., Forward

6. Lehi High School

Head Coach: Bob Barnes (9th year)

2011-2012 Record: 11-10 (5th in Region 4 with 3-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Blake Cleveringa, Sr., Guard, 9.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg

Jordan Peck, Sr., Guard, 4.5 ppg, 1 rpg

Tanner Pittard, Forward, 5.9 ppg, 4 rpg

Gavin Rassmussen, Center

Coach Comment: “We have some returning starters who will provide us with experience along with some young players who are working hard to compete in a very tough region. One of our strengths this year will be our depth at each position.”

Deseret News prep writer Andy Sorensen contributed to these capsules

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