It was a meaningful weekend for high school girls wrestlers throughout Cache Valley and several of them made the most of it.
It took not one, not two, but three overtimes to decide a victor in a much-anticipated Region 11 boys basketball showdown between Logan and Green Canyon.
The final tuneup before next Saturday’s Region 11 Championships was a successful one for Ridgeline’s swimming program.
NORTH LOGAN — Points were hard to come by in the early going Thursday night in a girls basketball game that included 46 combined fouls and 53 free throw attempts.
HYRUM — They waited a very long time to wrestle at home for the first time this season and it’s fair to say the Mustangs took advantage of that opportunity.
SMITHFIELD — It took a while for the Bobcats to get comfortable with the Grizzlies’ swarming full-court press, but once they did they were able to slam the door in a Region 11 boys basketball game.
Through three quarters, it was looking good for the hosts Wednesday night in Hyrum.
It was the kind of performance head coach Jarrett Morrill was hoping for from his Riverhawks heading into Thursday’s big Region 11 dual on the road against Bear River.
One of the best swimming rivalries at the 4A level is starting to heat up with just a couple of weeks remaining before the Region 11 Championships.
A trio of Mountain Crest athletes earned a spot on the podium at the Rockwell Rumble, which is Utah’s most prestigious high school wrestling tournament and one of the most renowned in the western part of the country.
Entering the Region 11 opener on Friday night, the ability of Mountain Crest to put up a fight against the No. 5 ranked team in the 4A RPI, Logan, was in doubt.
MILLVILLE — Playing a tough non-league schedule certainly prepared Ridgeline for the Region 11 opener Friday night.
MILLVILLE — It was the kind of performance head coach Jarrett Morrill was hoping for from his Riverhawks in their first Region 11 wrestling dual at home.
The 2020-21 high school swimming season is winding down as the region competitions are only a couple of weeks away.
Thursday night was the opener for Region 11 girls basketball action, but in one contest it looked like the playoffs had arrived already.
A rough third-quarter stretch proved to be too much for Preston to overcome against a very good Hillcrest team.
Moving to the western part of the United States has been a dream of Randy Kerns for the past three or four years, and it’s about to become a reality.
It was sweet redemption for Ridgeline standout wrestler Grace Montierth.
HYRUM — With a much-anticipated Wednesday night showdown against Hillcrest looming, there’s no question Preston’s boys basketball team wanted to build a big lead Tuesday against Mountain Crest and rest its starters in the fourth quarter.
It’s time for one of the Beehive State’s most popular high school wrestling events, and it will be very well represented by athletes from Cache Valley.
It came down to the wire, but the Mustangs found a way to make history.
With Region 11 play beginning this week, a handful of teams from the valley were in action Saturday before turning their full attention to league opponents.
They struggled offensively for the lion’s share of the game, but the Grizzlies were tenacious defensively and that was the biggest reason they were able to overcome a 12-point deficit in the third quarter.
NORTH LOGAN — For the first time in school history, Green Canyon has a wrestling team that can compete with some of the better programs at the 4A level, although standout James Shumway isn’t about to be satisfied with a moral victory.
MILLVILLE — It’s beginning to become a theme for the Riverhawk girls basketball team.
Two of the top girls swimming teams at the 4A level squared off in a Region 11 tri-meet, and to the surprise of nobody it was a nailbiter.
One team is ranked first in the most recent 4A Coaches Poll, while the other is inexperienced and has struggled so far during the 2020-21 high school girls basketball season.
It was a successful return from the holiday break for the Mountain Crest girls wrestling program.
One local high school boys basketball team got off to a strong start, while the other one had to battle back from a sizeable deficit in the first half, but it was a gratifying end result for both programs.
The weekend before Christmas was a challenging one for Green Canyon's boys basketball team as the Wolves took their lumps against three very good teams from southern Utah.
By Shawn Harrison
The local and national sports scenes have been anything but conventional during the lion’s share of 2020.
This year has been a bit of a whirlwind for Victoria Khou thanks to COVID-19, but it’s also been a memorable one.
When the 2020 high school volleyball season began, most involved just hoped matches would be played and the entire campaign would be contested.
It wasn’t pretty, but Preston found a way to beat another school from a larger classification.
It’s been an encouraging start to the 2020-21 high school boys wrestling season for Green Canyon, which likely has its best team in its four-year history.
The final tune-up before the holiday break was a valuable one for the Sky View, Green Canyon and Logan swimming programs.
Even with the challenges associated with COVID-19, it’s been a historic season for high school girls wrestlers from across the state of Utah.
PRESTON ‑‑‑ Two years ago, the Bobcats definitely felt like they let one slip away in a showdown between two very talented boys basketball teams.
It’s the showdown a lot of local high school boys basketball fans were hoping for.
The road to a state championship is about to get easier for high school athletes from Cache County.
Being able to compete in back-to-back weeks was certainly an encouraging thing for Cache Valley’s high school swimming programs.
MILLVILLE — She didn’t really seem that concerned about her record night.
A trio of high school basketball teams from Cache Valley took care of business on Day 1 of the Preston Indian Classic.
It was a memorable night for a trio of Cache Valley’s high school girls basketball programs.
MILLVILLE — Having played nearly as many games as they have had practices, the Riverhawks are making progress in this strange year.
It was the start to the 2019-20 season the defending 4A state wrestling champions were hoping for.
MILLVILLE — If you hold a team to a single point in a quarter of high school basketball, your chances of winning are pretty high.
HYRUM — The Mustangs first-half offense was colder than the fresh layer of snow that blanketed Cache Valley Friday night, and it ended up being the difference as the Mountain Crest girls basketball team fell to 5A Kearns 40-32 in non-conference action.
It wasn’t easy, but Preston’s impressive winning streak is still intact.
With the exception of Ridgeline, the local high school swimming programs have barely competed during the 2020-21 campaign.