Top 10 Utah high school sports stories of 2013

Published: Monday, Dec. 23 2013 9:11 p.m. MST

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A phrase was coined in national high school basketball circles last season for a team getting run ragged up and down the court. It was called “Getting LonePeaked.”

Not surprisingly, nobody did it better than Lone Peak.

Buoyed by a trio of future BYU Cougars and a staggering 26.4-point margin of victory, Lone Peak’s boys basketball team finished with a 26-1 record en route to the 5A state championship and the mythical national championship, according to MaxPreps.

The Knights finished No. 1 in the final MaxPreps Xcellent top 25 rankings and the MaxPreps computerized Freeman rankings. They finished fourth in the final USA Today Super 25 rankings.

Along the way to the national title, Lone Peak beat teams from Illinois, Nevada, Colorado, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina and California. It’s lone loss came to Montverde Academy, Fla., in the championship game of the City of Palms Classic in Florida.

“I’ve grown up in the state, my dad was a longtime coach at Provo and Timpview. I’ve grown up watching high school basketball in the state. I’ve always felt it was undervalued from a national landscape, so to speak,” said coach Quincy Lewis.

Lone Peak went 18-0 against Utah teams, which included a 72-39 win over Alta in the state championship.

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NH Transplant
HEBER CITY, UT

All stories deserving of recognition. There was another perfect season though. Very rare in sports. Wasatch Boys Soccer 20-0. Ranked #11 in the nation during the spring season by MaxPreps. Go Wasps! Spring soccer is just around the corner and the Wasps are excited about playing in 4A.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Great variety! Thanks for posting these reminders.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Thanks for recognizing wrestling. I will add one more to the matman...Taylorsville's Roy Nash won the national freestyle AND Greco-Roman wrestling titles. A feat that is amazing.

Garden City
GARDEN CITY, UT

Kings of 1A football?? Two OT wins and 2 one point wins from Rich in the Process and Rich has a ton of 1A championships...Yes, sometimes it's better to be good and lucky and the football Gods smiled on Duchesne for awhile but that will be coming to an end. Two players that could not play football because of concussions from Rich will be showing up in a BBall uniform. Had they had one of these players, it would have made all the difference as he was their best football player by a long shot on both sides of the ball. Enjoy the limelight now as it's all about to change:) Merry Christmas and yes, Duchesne deserved the article and they have done very well:) Just can't call them the kings of 1A football...

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The d-news should cover more of the high school mountain bike league. There are some tremendous racers, both boys and girls. The girl who won each varsity race was just a freshman at Park City High School. Even better, the boys and girl's scores are added together for the team scores.
The mountain biking race league was the best thing in high school sports this year.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

I don't know Garden City...4 years of being the champs makes it look like Duchesne could be called the kings of 1A football, right now Btw, Duchesne had hurt kids too, so what does that prove?

The fact that 3 of those championships were over Rich may bother some, but in Duchesne, it means we respect the Rebels.
Too bad some of their fans apparently don't get that.

Maybe next year Rich will win, I wouldn't bet against them. But let's play it on the field, okay?

As for Basketball...yeah, ok. Not too sure what that has to do with the best of 2013 article, seeing as Duchesne finished higher than Rich in basketball in 2013, too?

Duchesne Fan1 Duchesne Utah
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I think 47 in a row , 4 state championships in a row should make you Kings of 1A football

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