GIRLS: The Bobcats jumped off to a perfect 9-0 start this season before losing to top ranked Box Elder and Coach Paul Hansen still reminds that his team is young, which it is. But just being young doesn't necessarily mean it is inexperienced. Amy Andrus is a 5-10 sophomore who made second team all-state last year as a freshman.
"She is fast," said Hansen. "She plays out front in our press because she can get back."
On the offensive side, she has had to learn to adjust to double and triple teams now that she is a known commodity. She still manages to average 15 points per game and eight rebounds.
Natalie Harris is a 6-foot senior who has a nose for rebounds. She pulled down 15 in one game this year and 14 in another. She has recorded four double doubles so far this year.
Lindee McKinley is a 3-point shooter who led 4A in threes made last year. So far this year she has 21.
Said Hansen, "When she is on she is as good of shooter as there is."
That advantage can loosen up the inside a little for Andrus.
Megan Hansen, Kelsey Naylor and Dani Egbert are three juniors who are all multi-sport athletes but contribute to the basketball team each in their own way.
"Naylor is the glue that holds the team together," said Hansen, "and she shoots 80 percent from the free-throw line."
Two sophomores who play a lot are Aubry Boehme and Nicole Hansen. At 6-1, Boehme is the best shot blocker on the team and Hansen is the best defender. She has more than 20 steals this year.
And the depth continues with Liz Israelsen, who is coming off ACL surgery from a soccer injury where she made first team all state. She is a back up at point guard but, Hansen said, "She needs to find her basketball legs.""We are young," Hansen added, "(but) they are not afraid of anybody."
BOYS: Preseason was successful for Sky View as the Bobcats posted a 6-2 record, including a couple of out of state wins and one triple overtime win in which Jordan Stone scored 40 points and hauled down 21 rebounds.
Sky View is picked only fifth in tough Region 5, but with a player of Stone's caliber don't count the Bobcats out of any game. At 6-9 Stone averages 20 points per game and about 10 rebounds. He has already signed at Utah State.
Running the team at the point is Brayden Compton, a 5-11 junior who has improved every game, according to coach Terrell Baldwin.
"He can do a little bit of everything," said Baldwin. "He is the type that is not looking to shoot first."
Compton does average 10 points per game and he is effective at getting the Bobcats into their offense.
Another guard, Kyle Allen, is a 5-11 senior who is a solid all-around player.
"He is a great shooter and he can also take it to the basket," said Baldwin.
The second-best rebounder on the team is a 5-11 sophomore, Kyler Carlsen, who knows how to mix it up from his experience in football. He is Sky View's starting quarterback who also plays basketball well.
"He has an all-around feel for the game," Baldwin said.
David Hinton is a 6-4 senior post player.
"He is a very good interior passer," Baldwin said. "He has worked very hard in the off season to improve his game."
Coming off the bench to inject a burst of energy is JD Falslev, a 5-10 junior guard who can shoot the three. His coach also likes his defense.Rounding out the top seven players is Jordan Benson, a 5-10 junior who specializes in shooting the 3-pointer.
Sky View basketball
League: Region 5
Last season: 8-13
Predicted 2007-08 region 5 finish: Fifth
Coach: Terrell Baldwin
Nov. 20 Sky View 66, Bear River 47
Nov. 28 Sky View 71, Olympus 67
Dec. 1 Sky View 89, Highland, Idaho 78 (3OT)
Dec. 7 Sky View 41, Logan 25
Dec. 13 Douglas, Nev. 69, Sky View 52
Dec. 14 El Dorado, Nev. 70, Sky View 57
Dec. 15 Sky View 84, Lowry, Nev. 31
Dec. 18 Sky View 61, Copper Hills 55
Jan. 8 Sky View at Woods Cross, 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Bountiful at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 Roy at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 Sky View at Bonneville, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 Mountain Crest at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 Sky View at Box Elder, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 Woods Cross at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Sky View at Bountiful, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 Sky View at Roy, 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 Bonneville at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 Sky View at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 Box Elder at Sky View, 7 p.m.GIRLS
League: Region 5
Last season: 12-11
Predicted 2007-08 Region 5 finish: Second
Coach: Paul Hansen
Nov. 20 Sky View 73, Bear River 53
Nov. 27 Sky View 54, Preston (Idaho) 29
Nov. 30 Sky View 83, Cyprus 37
Dec. 4 Sky View 73, Syracuse 42
Dec. 7 Sky View 62, Logan 38
Dec. 8 Sky View 53, Rich 43
Dec. 11 Sky View 81, West Jordan 73 (OT)
Dec. 14 Sky View 61, East 49
Dec. 18 Sky View 53, Mountain Crest 48
Dec. 21 Box Elder 51, Sky View 44
Jan. 4 Sky View at Skyline, 7 p.m.
Jan. 8 Sky View at Woods Cross, 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 10 Bountiful at Sky View, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 Roy at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 Sky View at Bonneville, 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 22 Mountain Crest at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 Sky View at Box Elder, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 Woods Cross at Sky View, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Sky View at Bountiful, 5:15 p.m.
Feb. 7 Sky View at Roy, 7 p.m.
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