The Bonneville boys and girls teams compiled identical records last year: 5-16. They are both out to improve on that mark this year. The boys are a smallish group and the girls are athletic.

BOYS: Five guards make up the starting lineup for the Bonneville boys basketball team, at least that is how coach Blair Garner sees it. Cody Larsen is a 6-4 senior guard for the Lakers who shoots the 3-pointer and can post up.

However he scores, he does it well. He puts the ball in the hoop with a regularity that nets him third place in the entire state at 23 points per game.

Now rebounds may be another matter for the Lakers.

"Our biggest obstacle is rebounding," said Garner. "We put five guys on the floor that can handle the ball, so someone has to go in and do the dirty work." And that chore goes to Justin Zizumbo, an all-region football player who comes in off the bench to give the Lakers a physical presence.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. First the starting five for Bonneville after Larsen are: Jordan Smith, a 6-0 guard who handles the ball well and can penetrate and shoot. He is Bonneville's second-leading scorer at 12 points per game. Chaz Burt is only 5-9, but he hit a 30-footer at the buzzer in a game against Granger that gave the Lakers a one-point win. Devin Sluis is a 6-0 senior who can do it all.

"He is a slasher," Garner said of Sluis. "He's quick and he can shoot the mid-range jumper."

That usually translates into him pulling up off a penetrating move and knocking down an 8- or 10-footer. Connor Garner, a 6-2 junior, is a point guard who runs the offense and is a good distributor.

The team's strength is quickness and handling the ball well. Hopefully, the Lakers can wear down the opposition.

"Our kids are well conditioned," said Garner.

GIRLS: Athleticism abounds on the Bonneville girls basketball team. However, much of it is possessed by girls whose main sports are something other than basketball.

"We are real athletic," said first-year coach Mike Russell about his girls. He added, "We are just trying to convert their athleticism to basketball."

Point guard Roxie McFarland is "an extremely athletic girl," according to Russell. But as a senior, she is just learning basketball and has already signed a full-ride scholarship with the University of New Mexico for soccer. She averages about five assists per game.

Caitlin Penrod is a junior power forward who is not only athletic but is physically powerful as well. She is also a volleyball standout.

"She is as strong as an ox," said Russell. "She has an amazing work ethic."

Penrod is the second-leading scorer on the team at just under 10 points per game.

The leading scorer on the team actually counts basketball as her main sport. Jen Bell is a 5-8 senior guard who does everything well and averages 12 points per game.

"She has a great jumpshot," said Russell. "She has the ability to create a shot for herself."

The title of leading rebounder on the team belongs to Jordyn Bell, a smallish forward at 5-9 but very adept at getting to the ball.

"She has a knack of being where the ball is," Russell said.

Two additional seniors are Marissa Ervin and Hillary Stevens, who Russell defines as role players who do their job really well.

Russell believes that last year's 5-16 finish is an advantage because teams don't really know about them this year.

"Our goal," he said, "is to finish in the top three."


Bonneville Lakers basketball

BOYS

Class: 4A

League: Region 5

Last season: 5-16

Predicted 2007-08 Region 5 finish: Seventh

Coach: Blair Garner

Key returning players: Cody Larson, 6-4 guard, Sr.; Jordan Smith, 6-0 guard, Sr.; Chaz Burt, 5-9 guard, Sr.; Devin Sluis 6-0 guard, Sr.; Connor Garner, 6-2 guard, Jr.; Justin Zizumbo, guard, Sr.

Schedule

Nov. 20 — Bonneville 85, Ogden 65

Nov. 27 — Bonneville 62, Ben Lomond 41

Nov. 30 — Clearfield 78, Bonneville 62

Dec. 4 — Weber 69, Bonneville 66

Dec. 6 — Bonneville 62, Syracuse 48

Dec. 12 — Bear River 79, Bonneville 73

Dec. 14 — Fremont 62, Bonneville 44

Dec. 19 — Bonneville 67, Granger 66

Dec. 28 — Morgan 68, Bonneville 60 (OT)

Jan. 4 — Mountain Crest at Bonneville, 7 p.m.

Jan. 9 — Bonneville at Roy, 7 p.m.

Jan. 11 — Woods Cross at Bonneville, 7 p.m.

Jan. 18 — Sky View at Bonneville, 7 p.m.

Jan. 23 — Bonneville at Box Elder, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 — Bountiful at Bonneville, 7 p.m.

Jan. 30 — Bonneville at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 — Roy at Bonneville, 7 p.m.

Feb. 5 — Bonneville at Woods Cross, 7 p.m.

Feb. 13 — Bonneville at Sky View, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15 — Box Elder at Bonneville, 7 p.m.

Feb. 20 — Bonneville at Bountiful, 7 p.m.

GIRLS

Class: 4A

League: Region 5

Last season: 5-16

Predicted 2007-08 region 5 finish: Seventh

Coach: Brock Randall

Key returning players: Jen Bell, 5-8 guard, Sr.; Caitlin Penrod, power forward, Jr.; Jordyn Bell, 5-9 small forward; Roxie McFarland, point guard; Marissa Ervin, Sr.; Hillary Stevens, Sr.

Schedule

Nov. 20 — Davis 56, Bonneville 40

Nov. 27 — Layton 66, Bonneville 48

Nov. 30 — Olympus 48, Bonneville 45

Dec. 4 — Weber 57, Bonneville 31

Dec. 7 — Bonneville 44, Ogden 35

Dec. 8 — Fremont 50, Bonneville 34

Dec. 11 — Bonneville 53, Syracuse 45

Dec. 13 — Bonneville 73, Granger 43

Dec. 18 — Box Elder 41, Bonneville 31

Dec. 20 — Bonneville 41, Bountiful 35

Dec. 28 — Bonneville 65, Viewmont 52

Jan. 4 — Mountain Crest at Bonneville, 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 8 — Bonneville at Roy, 7 p.m.

Jan. 11 — Woods Cross at Bonneville, 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 18 — Sky View at Bonneville, 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 22 — Bonneville at Box Elder, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 — Bountiful at Bonneville, 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 29 — Bonneville at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 — Roy at Bonneville, 5:15 p.m.

Feb. 5 — Bonneville at Woods Cross, 5:15 p.m.

Feb. 12 — Bonneville at Sky View, 7 p.m.


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