High school basketball: Lone Peak named MaxPreps national champion

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • lonepeakstudent Alpine, UT
    April 10, 2013 5:59 p.m.


    Has 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 nationally. Sorry.

  • JD Books Sulphurdale, UT
    April 9, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    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.

    April 9, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    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.

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    April 9, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    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.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    April 9, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    April 9, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    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.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 9, 2013 5:53 a.m.

    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.

  • hoopsislife New York, NY
    April 9, 2013 4:07 a.m.

    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 memorable run..

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    April 8, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    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!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    April 8, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    Way to go Lone Peak, congratulations on an epic season.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    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).

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 8, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    How many of these boys are headed for the u?

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 8, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    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!

  • Goldendomer Holladay, UT
    April 8, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    Nice job Lone Peak. You have represented your state well.

    Congrats and best of luck to all of you!

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    April 8, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    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 season.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 8, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    BYU are state champs for both HS, and College. Way to go!!