@JDBooksHas SS played a national caliber schedule? I think not. SS
is impressive, but is not even near to the same level as these teams ranked
The only school that was left out was South Sevier. Look at what they have done
over the past few years. It is a travesty that they are not in the rankings.
Montverde Academy, the one team that beat Lone Peak was declared #1 by MaxPreps
in the 'Academy' rankings. That is, the rankings of schools with open
enrollment, you don't even need to live within the school boundaries. One
of Montverde's best players is 6'8" Ben Simmons from Australia!Lone Peak is a closed school and you need to live in the boundaries.
Most of Lone Peak's foes were astonished to learn that they are a closed
school, it is very rare that a closed school is this good and defeats open
schools, let alone wins the national championship.MaxPreps gave Lone
Peak the national championship in both the Xcellent25 and Freeman rankings
(writer votes and game statistics, respectively) which includes open and closed
schools. Montverde was ranked 3rd in the Freeman ranking.
Unbelievable (relevant user name)"Just like BYU's 1984
National Football Title run, I don't suspect we'll ever witness
anything like this ever again"These kids deserve better than to
be compared to 84 cougar football. They actually beat good teams.
Natester is right . . if you're going to knock LP out of the top spot
because of an early-season loss, then you're implying that only an
undefeatd team can be #1. Balderdash.Since there's no national
post-season tournament, this is just a hypothetical national championship based
on a number of subjective factors, but it's pretty hard to argue against
these guys. You certainly can't nitpick their SOS, like people love to do
with BYU's hypothetical football NC.
to: "hoopsislife" -Thanks for the compliments and well
wishes, but your comments/criticism deserve some clarification. Number one
doesn't require a team be undefeated. In fact, the number 2 team in the
nation did go undefeated, but wasn't willing/able to take on the same
strength of schedule Lone Peak chose to play. (notice, the Knights were ranked
#1 in s.o.s. by USA Today) The loss to Montverde, which I also watched, was a
21 point loss that was a lot closer than the final score. Also, you neglected
to mention that Montverde had 2 back-to-back losses in January that really hurt
them in the end. Finally, no public school would usually be stupid enough to
play a prep academy like Montverde. It's comparing apples and oranges.
I'd put money down on the Knights if Lone Peak and Montverde were
re-matched at the end of the year. That first game came at the end of a
grueling tourney where Lone Peak's lack of depth finally showed up against
a college prep squad.
First and foremost, I am excited for the players, fans and community. What an
accomplishment. You should feel very proud of what you have done this
season.Second, I am excited for what lies ahead for BYU basketball.
Legit shots at the Sweet Sixteen are just a few years down the road with the
kids from Lone Peak, top player from Colorado (Calvert), top player from
Washington (Chatman), top player from Idaho (Shaw) and very good players from
Wisconsin (Worthington), Utah (Nixon), California (Neilson), Arizona (Toolson)
and Oklahoma (Hartsock). Add Dastrup (AZ) and Chapman (UT) and Final Fours are
a real possibility.
Tremendous season by the players and Coaching staff at Lone Peak; but they can
not be #1 in the nation when they were beaten by 25+ by montverde in a game that
I witnessed.Nothing wrong with being #2 in the nation...Entire
program should be applauded. Good luck to the graduating seniors and hope to see
such a fine program on the national scen again in a few years. Congrats on a
to UtahUte16:Props to you for such a positive post. I remember that
game. Either team deserved that win. This Lone Peak team's recognition
was earned through blood, sweat and tears. It's nice to see good things
happen to good people. Way to represent this State, LP!! Best wishes to each
player - especially the seniors - as they move on beyond this recognition.Well done Knights!
Way to go Lone Peak, congratulations on an epic season.
It was early March 2008. A nationally ranked Lone Peak was to play my 22-0
Davis Darts in a semi-final match up the state had been waiting for all year.
As a senior who lived for Davis basketball, it meant everything to me to win
that game. It went down as the most intense and amazing sporting event I have
ever attended. After Davis missed a free throw in the last seconds of
regulation, and barely missing a floater with time expiring in OT, Tyler Haws
then hit a last second shot to seal the deal for Lone Peak in 2OT. I was
devastated. I never thought I'd ever cheer for the Knights. But I was
pulling for them all year this year. Congrats to LP, they deserve it. There
really probably won't ever be a Utah team that will compare.The
most impressive thing of all: these kids played where they were supposed to (no
'recruiting' unlike many other top programs in the nation).
How many of these boys are headed for the u?
These boys represented the state in the best possible ways both on and off the
court. Congrats to everyone that was part of the team and it's success!
Nice job Lone Peak. You have represented your state well.Congrats
and best of luck to all of you!
Just like BYU's 1984 National Football Title run, I don't suspect
we'll ever witness anything like this ever again, in the 'Pretty Great
State of Utah'. This was an amazingly talented group of young
men and coaches.It was an honor to follow them throughout the
BYU are state champs for both HS, and College. Way to go!!