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High school boys basketball: 2A team-by-team region capsules

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 6:47 p.m. MDT

AS South Sevier and Fremont boys play basketball Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Fremont. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) AS South Sevier and Fremont boys play basketball Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Fremont. (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 2A.

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

Region 13 Capsules

1. Beaver High School

Coach: Joe Hillcock (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 13-9 (1st in Region 13 with 6-2 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Manti in 2A quarterfinals, 51-39

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Braxton Williams, G/F, 8.8 ppg

Michael Roberts, Guard, 9.3 ppg

Smokey Osborn, 7.7 ppg

2. Millard High School

Coach: Stoney Myers

2011-2012 Record: 8-10 (Tied for 2nd in Region 13 with 5-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Richfield in 2A first round, 52-33

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Jeffrey Robison, Jr., Forward, 12.1 ppg, 7.4 ppg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg

Jesse Rhodes, Sr., Guard, 13.1 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg

3. Enterprise High School

Coach: Larry Shurtleff

2011-2012 Record: 10-12 (Tied for 2nd in Region 13 with 5-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Emery in 2A first round, 62-57

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Justin Prisbrey, Jr., Forward (9.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 apg)

Dayce Truman, Sr., Guard (5.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg)

4. Kanab High School

Coach: Gary Glover

2011-2012 Record: 6-14 (5th in Region 13 with 1-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Mark Bate, Jr., Center, 6.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Brandon Jenson, Sr., Guard, 13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.2 spg

Taylor Glover, Jr., Guard, 1.8 ppg

5. Parowan High School

Coach: Lance Stubbs (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-18 (4th in Region 13 with 3-5 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to South Sevier in the 2A first round, 82-41

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Justin Hulet, Sr., Guard, 10.9 ppg,

Caleb Murphy, Jr., Center, 4.9 ppg

Coach Comment: “With the new coaching staff and a different system being put in place, you can feel the energy and excitement among the boys for the upcoming season. They are working hard and competing for their positions and roles within the team. We are looking forward to a great season with a great group of boys.”

Region 14 Capsules

1. South Summit High School

Coach: Dustin Hatch (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 12-12 (1st in Region 14 with 7-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Richfield in 2A semifinals, 37-29

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Beau Rydalch, Jr., Forward, 8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Porter Lewis, Sr., Center, 1.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Brad Richins, Jr., Forward, 3.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg

Cole Richins, Sr., Guard, 5.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg

2. North Summit High School

Coach: Marques Johnson (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 9-12 (3rd in Region 14 with 5-3 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Manti in 2A first round, 53-52

Returning Starters: 0

3. Waterford High School

Coach: Ryan Judd (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 16-7 (2nd in Region 14 with 6-2 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to South Sevier in 2A quarterfinals, 57-49

4. Rowland Hall St. Marks

Coach: Aaron Hinton (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 6-17 (Tied for 4th in Region 14 with 1-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Wasatch Academy in 2A first round, 61-35

Returning Starters: 5

Returning Contributors:

Wesley Austin, Sr., Center, 15.2 ppg

Chris Nkoy, Jr., Guard, 6.1 ppg

Zeke Bradley, Sr., Guard, 2.9 ppg

Malik Adams, Jr., Forward, 3.8 ppg

5. Summit Academy

Coach: Evric Gray (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: New school

6. Maeser Prep Academy

Coach: Mas Watabe (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 3-19 (Tied for 4th in Region 14 with 1-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Jacob Windley, Sr., Center/Forward, 8.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apg

Jared Ross, Sr., Forward, 7.8 ppg, 4.5 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg

Griffin Garner, Jr., Guard, 3.8 ppg

Region 15 Capsules

1. South Sevier High School

Coach: Scott Hunt (12th year)

2011-2012 Record: 24-1 (1st in Region 15 with 8-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Beat Richfield in the 2A championship, 52-47

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Race Parsons, Sr., Guard, 24.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.2 apg

Austin Clark, Sr., Forward, 12 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.8 apg

Patrick Baker 12, Forward, 8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg

Coach Comment: “South Sevier will be an experienced team with several key players returning, including Race Parsons, Austin Clark and Patrick Baker.”

2. Emery High School

Coach: Todd Jeffs (25th year)

2011-2012 Record: 11-12 (Tied for 2nd in Region 15 with 4-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to South Summit in the 2A quarterfinals, 56-47

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Brendan Jorgensen, Sr., Guard, 8.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Bailey Faimalo, Jr., Guard, 3.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Dawson Jensen, Sr., Forward, 8.8 ppg, 2 rpg

Coach Comment: “We have an experienced team coming back — good size, good quickness and good depth. We have seven seniors returning and we expect contributions from some younger players as well.”

3. Richfield High School

Coach: Rand Janes (7th year)

2011-2012 Record: 17-7 (Tied for 2nd in Region 15 with 4-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to South Sevier in the 2A championship, 52-47

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Josh Henry, Sr., Guard, 3.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.1 apg

Brenan Thomas, Jr., Forward, 1.6 ppg

Brandon Willardson, Soph., Forward

Burton Griffin, Jr.. Forward

4. San Juan High School

Coach: Jason Torgerson (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 8-12 (4th in Region 15 with 3-5 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Beaver in the 2A first round, 52-46

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Logan Meyer, Sr., Guard, 13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg

Barkley Christensen, Sr., Guard, 15.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.3 spg

Cole Einerson, Sr., Forward, 2 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Bobby Bowring, Sr., Guard, 1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg

5. Grand High School

Coach: Travis Clark (6th year)

2011-2012 Record: 4-16 (5th in Region 15 with 1-7 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Coach Comment: “I am particularly excited about the chemistry of the Red Devils this year and, win or lose, believe that we will be more competitive than in years past.”

Region 16 Capsules

1. Wasatch Academy

Coach: Geno Morgan (4th year)

2011-2012 Record: 22-3 (Tied for 1st in Region 16 with 7-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Richfield in 2A quarterfinals, 58-41

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Insa Kaba, Sr., Center, 8.2 ppg

Mohamoud Diop, Sr., Forward, 8.2 ppg

Cody John, Soph., Guard, 14.4 ppg

2. Manti High School

Coach: Kyle Crouch (3rd year)

2011-2012 Record: 17-7 (Tied for 1st in Region 16 with 7-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to South Sevier in 2A semifinals, 66-56

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Jamen Miller, Sr., Guard, 12.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.8 spg

Scott Hacking, Sr., Forward, 4.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Austin Jackson, Sr., Guard, 3.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Jared Schiess, Jr., Forward

3. Merit Prep Academy

Coach: Joel Martinez (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: First year varsity school

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Joel Martinez, Jr., Forward

Hunter Davies, Soph., Guard

Carlos Herrera, Soph., Center

Thomas Finch, Sr., Gguard

Coach Comment: “We’re looking forward to this season. We’ve worked so hard to build this basketball program.”

4. Gunnison High School

Coach: Ben Hill (2nd year)

2011-2012 Record: 12-10 (3rd in Region 16 with 4-4 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Waterford in 2A first round, 59-54

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Colby Caldwell, Sr., Guard, 14.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 spg

Braden Harris, Sr., Center, 7.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Nik Roberts, Sr., Forward, 9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Lafe Christensen, Sr., Guard, 4.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg

5. North Sevier High School

Coach: Travis Story (6th year)

2011-2012 Record: 8-13 (4th in Region 16 with 2-6 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to South Summit in 2A first round, 73-58

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Trent Hampton, Sr., Forward, 6.5 ppg, 2.8 ppg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg

Colton Robins, Sr. Center, 6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Matt Brutig, Jr., Forward

Coach Comment: “The Wolves are led by seniors Trent Hampton, Dakota (Kody) Shepherd and Colton Robins. Eddy Gonzalez is also a senior in his first year of playing for the Wolves after a successful wrestling tenure. A lot will be placed on these seniors' shoulders as they continue to work to improve our team. Dakota Shepherd lead the Wolves last year averaging 16.4 points per game, 5.2 rpg, and led the state of Utah in assists with 7.2 per game. Dakota was also named Second Team Deseret News All-State last year as a junior. The Wolves hope he continues to lead the team to a successful season. Trent Hampton has continued to improve each day. Last year he averaged 6.2 points per game and is an exceptional defensive player and rebounder. Colton Robins and Eddy Gonzalez will be the big men in the middle. Both continue to improve and should get a lot of good opportunities with Dakota running the point-guard position. Juniors Matt Brutig and Carter Jensen will be very important factors in the starting rotation as both players are shooting the ball exceptionally well and add some added depth to our rotation. Sophomore Kyler Bosshardt, freshmen Kasey Anderson, Fisher Andersen and Trevor Okerlund also look to give the Wolves a deeper bench this year.”

6. American Leadership Academy

Coach: Mike Heninger (1st year)

2011-2012 Record: 3-16 (5th in Region 16 with 0-8 record)

2012 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

McKay Bowman, Sr., Forward, 9.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 spg

Briggs Fulton, Sr., Guard, 4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Coach Comment: “Don’t let previous years' records fool you about ALA. The new coaching staff is bringing in a proven basketball system. ALA will play aggressive defense and an offense that focuses on the strengths of our players.”

Deseret News prep writer Andy Sorensen contributed to these capsules

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