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5A, 4A HOOP TEAMS SET TO GO AT IT AGAIN

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Though just one round old, the new 5A state basketball tournament format has already produced one for the ages - first-year Copper Hills' 52-41 victory at projected-contender Orem Wednesday.

"It's something the kids will remember for a while," understated Grizzlies coach John Bosco.Perhaps its only fitting that the state's newest high school made the biggest splash in the inaugural all-inclusive tournament. Bosco, an older brother of former BYU quarterback Robbie Bosco, for one is not surprised.

"I've just got an unbelievable group of kids," he said. "Everyday they work hard. They have a will to win and have really done great."

Travis Knudsen and Paul Nurnberg, seniors who transferred into the new school from Bingham and West Jordan respectively, are the lone Copper Hills cagers with even so much as previous junior varsity experience.

"They are just glad to have the chance to play," Bosco said. "We have no stars. It's just a real unique situation."

Unique enough to capture nine victories and a spot in the Sweet 16. Further advancement, however, will require Copper Hills to avenge an earlier 25-point preseason setback at Weber. The Grizzlies (9-12) meet up with the No. 5-ranked Warriors (17-3) again tonight in Pleasant View as the state field is trimmed to eight. Friday winners - all games (5A and 4A) begin at 7 p.m. - advance to the Huntsman Center next week.

"I'm just happy to get a chance," Alta coach Ron Carling said of the tournament's progression.

His defending 5A champion Hawks (14-7) travel to Fremont (14-6) tonight in another game of note. Other matchups include Bountiful (15-6) at Taylorsville (13-7); American Fork (10-11) at Viewmont (17-4); Northridge (12-9) at Brighton (17-4); Roy (11-10) at Granger (13-7); 1995 semifinalists Layton (12-9) at Mountain View (19-2); and Hillcrest (13-8) at Davis (13-7).

4A TOURNAMENT: Ten teams with byes Wednesday, including all five ranked squads, get their first taste of tournament action tonight.

Top-ranked Murray (18-2) headlines the Sweet 16 participants - all seeking spots in next week's quarterfinals at the Huntsman Center. Friday tilts include Logan (5-16) visiting the Spartans; Payson (10-11) at No. 2 Box Elder (14-6); Spanish Fork (11-9) at Judge Memorial (15-5); Bear River (10-11) at Pleasant Grove (13-7); Springville (10-11) at No. 4 East (16-4); Cyprus (12-8) at Sky View (13-7); Timpview (8-13) at No. 3 Mountain Crest (13-7); and West (10-11) at No. 5 Provo (14-6).