Kristin Murphy,
Diamond Ranch reacts to winning the 1A high school basketball state championship game against Rich at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Diamond Ranch won 62-57.

The 2016-17 high school basketball season gets underway this Tuesday with 35 games around the state. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 1A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches' preseason projections.

Here are the 1A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 17 capsules


1. Rich High School

Head coach: Ashley Brown (16th year)

2015-16 record: 19-7 (tied for 1st in Region 17 with a 7-1 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Diamond Ranch, 62-57, in the 1A championship game

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Payson Willis, Forward, Sr., 9.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg

Nick Jarman, Center, Jr., 13.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg

2. Duchesne High School

Head coach: Billy Hoopes (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 13-12 (3rd in Region 17 with a 4-4 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Monticello, 59-54, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Weston Poulson, Forward, Jr., 5.7 ppg

Kade Lamborn, Forward/Center, Jr., 5.8 ppg

Coach comment: “Looking forward to an exciting season with a young but a talented group of players that play with toughness.”

3. Tabiona High School

Head coach: Lee Gines (35th year)

2015-16 record: 17-8 (Tied for 1st in Region 17 with a 7-1 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley, 64-50, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Brenan Wagner, Center, Sr., 3.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 spg

Beau Bateman, Guard, Sr., 7.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.4 spg

Cameron Lefler, Guard, Sr., 1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Coach comment: “Will be a good group as they grow and work as a team. Need to outwork their opponents every game if we are to be successful. Defend, rebound and make shots.”

4. Altamont High School

Head coach: Eric Watson (3rd year)

2015-16 record: 4-18 (Tied for 4th in Region 17 with a 1-7 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Manila, 53-41, in the Region 17 play-in game

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Cody Layton, Guard, Sr., 7.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg

Devin Lindsey, Guard, Sr., 3.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 spg

Zach Hansen, Forward/Center, Jr., 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg 0.3 apg, 0.5 spg

Parker Rust, Guard, Jr., 2.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.1 spg

Clayl Christensen, Guard/Forward, Jr., 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg,

Kason Abbott, Guard/Forward, Jr., 10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.4 spg

Riley Braman, Forward/Center, Jr.

5. Manila High School

Head coach: Michael Hughes (1st year)

2015-16 record: 6-15 (Tied for 4th in Region 17 with a 1-7 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley, 53-38, in the 1A play-in game

Returning starters: 3

Returning contributors:

Garrett Potter, Guard, So., 13.1 ppg

Burke Pallesen, Center, Jr., 5.3 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Coach comment: "The loss of Aaron Lucio to injury leaves massive holes and opportunities for underclassman to fill. Manila will be extremely young and extremely unseasoned to start the year.”


Region 18 capsules


1. St. Joseph High School

Head coach: Cameron Wood (1st year)

2015-16 record: 23-4 (1st in Region 18 with an 17-1 record)

2016 postseason: Beat Piute, 59-41, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 3

Returning contributors:

Masen White, Guard/Forward, Sr., 13.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.6 spg

Matt Morton, Guard, Sr., 13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 3.7 spg

Jared Wright, Guard/Forward, Sr., 2.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.9 apg

Danny Donlevy, Forward/Center, Sr., 4.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg

Luke Rahe, Guard, Sr.

Coach comment: “Looking forward to a great season with this team. We are experienced and looking to build off a successful season last year. Our region is going to provide us with some good competition to hopefully prepare us for postseason play.”

2. Merit Academy

Head coach: Mitchell Argyle (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 18-8 (2nd in Region 18 with a 16-2 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Piute, 64-61, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Alessandro Guzzon, Guard, Sr., 19.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.1 spg

Spencer Dillon, Guard, Sr., 7.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.0 spg

Dallin Bunker, Center, Sr., 1.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.4 spg

Andres Aguilar, Guard, Jr., 1.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.4 spg

Stetler Tanner, Guard, Jr., 1.4 ppg, 1.1, rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg

Coach comment: "The presence we had in the post has thinned out a little. We will have to play with pace and rely on our experienced guard line.”

3. Tintic High School

Head coach: Luke Thomas (9th year)

2015-16 record: 17-8 (3rd in Region 18 with a 15-3 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Monticello, 53-38, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 3

Returning contributors:

Jesse Wall, Forward, Jr., 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Braxten Petersen, Guard, Jr., 10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 spg

David Whitney, Guard, Jr., 8.2 pgg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 spg

Coach comment: "This year we have a lot of excitement surrounding our young team. I have very high expectations of our team. We have a team that works extremely hard on and off the court. I am excited to see how this team will unite and come together. If they come together they will be a tough team. They have a lot of talent and have been working tremendously hard this year. They are great young men, and I am proud to be their coach. It is going to be a great year!”

4. Wendover High School

Head coach: Kyle Murphy (3rd year)

2015-16 record: 14-8 (4th in Region 18 with a 12-6 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Wayne, 60-39, in the 1A play-in game

Additional information not provided

5. Intermountain Christian School

Head coach: Zach Paige (3rd year)

2015-16 record: 10-14 (6th in Region 18 with an 8-10 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Piute, 66-41, in the 1A play-in game

Returning starters: 4

Returning contributors:

Kevin Biel, Guard, Jr., 14.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.8 spg

Jonathan Lathrop, Forward, Sr., 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg

Vitalik Mylar, Forward, Jr., 7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 2.5 spg

Nathan Miller, Forward, Sr., 6.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Nathan Cole, Guard, Jr., 5.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg

Coach comment: "We graduated no seniors, and return seven of our varsity rotation players from a year ago. We are led by our two senior captains and a solid group of juniors who have played significant varsity minutes since they were freshmen. The experience that we have gained over the past two seasons should pay off, and we hope to make a run into the state tournament.”

6. Telos High School

Head coach: Chip Maude (4th year)

2015-16 record: 6-14 (8th in Region 18 with a 5-13 record)

2016 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning starters: 0

Returning contributors:

None

Coach comment: "There is a lot of excitement around the program with a remarkable new facility and new players. While most of the players are new to the program, they are experienced, hard workers with a hunger to succeed. That starts up front with Joe Walker and Matt Schiavone our seniors and trickles down to some of our underclassmen Daniel Rock and Zach Bargon. The team is excited to compete in Region 18.”

7. Dugway High School

Head coach: George Bruce (1st year)

2015-16 record: 7-16 (7th in Region 18 with a 6-12 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Pinnacle, 76-48, in the 1A play-in game

Returning starters: 0

Returning contributors:

Jesus Valdiviezo, Center, So., 0.6 ppg

T.J. Ramos, Guard, So., 0.3 ppg 0.4 rpg

Carl Jordan, Forward, Jr., 0.7 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Jacob Whaalen, Forward, So.

Tilo Bredtmann, Guard, Jr.

Coach comment: "Very young with no experience, but they work hard.”

8. Mount Vernon Academy

Head coach: Marty Lambson (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 2-17 (9th in Region 18 with a 2-16 record)

2016 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional information not provided

9. West Desert High School

Head coach: Macady Johnson (1st year)

2015-16 record: 10-11 (5th in Region 18 with a 9-9 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Duchesne, 55-40, in the 1A consolation bracket

Additional information not provided

10. West Ridge Academy

Head coach: Jamie Keefer (1st year)

2015-16 record: 2-21 (10th in Region 18 with a 0-18 record)

2016 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Chris Mellings, Guard, Sr., 1.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.5 spg

Martin Huddleston, Guard, Sr., 4.0 ppg

Coach comment: "This year we will be very young but we will be strong defensively. This year we have some boys that are very athletic, so we will be OK on the offensive side of the ball. Who knows, every year we start new and hope to finish with a love of the game.”


Region 19 capsules


1. Monticello High School

Head coach: Tony Esplin (6th year)

2015-16 record: 20-5 (1st in Region 19 with an 8-0 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley, 42-40, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 0

Returning contributors:

Carson Duncan, 3.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Talon Black, 1.1 ppg

Coach comment: “We have a very young and inexperienced team. A tough schedule early will give us a good test in how we will respond in difficult situations.”

2. Green River High School

Head coach: Tim Hughes (6th year)

2015-16 record: 3-18 (Tied for 4th in Region 19 with a 1-7 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to West Desert, 56-48, in the 1A play-in game

Additional information not provided

3. Pinnacle Academy

Head coach: Eric Hansen (1st year)

2015-16 record: 14-10 (Tied for 2nd in Region 19 with a 5-3 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley, 75-38, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Valentin Acosta, Forward, Sr., 6.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg

Kaden Daughters, Guard, Jr., 4.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg

Abigael Acosta, Forward, Jr.

Dalton Cook, Forward/Center, Jr.

Coach comment: “I am very excited for the opportunity to coach these boys this year. We are a young squad with a lot of potential. The boys work hard in the classroom and on the court, and that is our motto. We are student-athletes, and the hard work from the classroom carries over to the court.”

4. Whitehorse High School

Head coach: Evan Grant (3rd year)

2015-16 record: 11-9 (Tied for 2nd in Region 19 with a 5-3 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Tabiona, 59-56, in the 1A consolation bracket

Additional information not provided

5. Monument Valley High School

Head coach: Derrick Chee (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 1-8 (Tied for 4th in Region 19 with a 1-7 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Green River, 51-34, in the Region 19 play-in game

Additional information not provided


Region 20 capsules


1. Panguitch High School

Head coach: Clint Barney (15th year)

2015-16 record: 24-3 (1st in Region 20 with a 14-2 record)

2016 postseason: Beat Parowan, 62-50, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Trey Barney, Forward, Sr., 15.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.2 spg

Trenton Stowe, Forward, Sr., 1.6 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Jace Eyre, Forward, Jr., 15.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.9 spg

Coach comment: "Our players worked hard during the offseason to improve their skills. We lost three starters from last year’s team, so I expect a battle each day in practice to replace those positions. We have more depth than we have had in previous years. I like our team, and I expect us to compete at both the region and state level.”

2. Piute High School

Head coach: Steve Hoagland (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 16-12 (4th in Region 20 with a 11-5 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 59-41, in the 1A consolation bracket

Additional information not provided

3. Bryce Valley High School

Head coach: Gary Syrett (4th year)

2015-16 record: 23-5 (2nd in Region 20 with a 13-3 record)

2016 postseason: Beat Monticello, 42-40, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 1

Returning contributors:

Austyn Brinkerhoff, Guard, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.4 spg

Easton Syrett, Guard, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg

Tate Leach, Guard, Jr., 3.3 ppg, 0.2 rpg

Coach comment: "We are excited for this year. We are young but talented, and we are looking forward to see how we compete. The region looks very tough from top to bottom again this year. It should be fun.”

4. Valley High School

Head coach: Owen Hoyt (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 7-17 (6th in Region 20 with a 6-10 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Duchesne, 45-30, in the 1A play-in game

Additional information not provided

5. Parowan High School

Head coach: Lance Stubbs (5th year)

2015-16 record: 13-15 (7th in Region 20 with a 5-11 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Panguitch, 62-50, in the 1A consolation bracket

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Trevor Bassett, Guard, Jr., 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.7 spg

Trey Stubbs, Forward, Jr., 2.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Ethan Guymon, Forward, Jr., 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg

Coach comment: "We have a group of players that are very excited about the upcoming season. Region 20 is always great in preparing us for the postseason. We look forward to putting our team out there to compete."

6. Wayne High School

Head coach: Mike Hinckle

2015-16 record: 15-12 (5th in Region 20 with a 7-8 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 60-50, in the 1A consolation bracket

Additional information not provided

7. Diamond Ranch Academy

Head coach: Trevor Jenson (6th year)

2015-16 record: 22-5 (3rd in Region 20 with an 12-4 record)

2016 postseason: Beat Rich, 62-57, in the 1A championship game

Returning starters: 0

Coach comment: "This year as usual will be an interesting year for us. After last year's success, we are rebuilding from scratch. This team has a great attitude and work ethic. We are looking forward to how this group of boys handles the pressure.”

8. Milford High School

Head coach: Thane Marshall (2nd year)

2015-16 record: 1-20 (9th in Region 20 with a 0-15 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Escalante, 79-63, in the Region 20 tournament

Returning starters: 3

Returning contributors:

Jaxon Davis, Guard, Jr., 4.4 ppg

Ty Netto, Guard, Jr., 6.6 ppg

Evan Young, Forward, Sr., 3.1 ppg

Coach comment: "We hope to work as a team and be competitive in every game! We got good experience last year and hope to build off of that.”

9. Escalante High School

Head coach: Brent Cottom (3rd year)

2015-16 record: 6-19 (8th in Region 20 with a 3-13 record)

2016 postseason: Lost to Valley, 45-39, in the Region 20 tournament

Returning starters: 2

Returning contributors:

Kai Griffin, Forward, Sr., 13.8 ppg

Klace Lyman, Guard, Sr., 3.4 ppg

Cameron Catlett, Forward, Sr.

Braxton Barney, Center, Sr.

James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: [email protected]