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High school boys basketball: 2021 Class 1A team-by-team preseason capsules

Panguitch, Tintic, Manila and Monticello open the season as the boys basketball preseason favorites in their respective 1A regions

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The 2021-2022 high school boys basketball season gets underway this week for 3A, 2A and 1A teams after the conclusion of the football season this past weekend. 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.

There are two new head basketball coaches in 1A this year: Ryan Reid (Tintic) and Brennan Bigelow (Green River)

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


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Region 20

1. Panguitch Bobcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Clint Barney (20th year).

2020-2021 record: 21-5 (tied for third in Region 20 with a 5-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Beat Wendover, 56-42, in the 1A championship.

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Kyler Bennett, C, Sr. — 11.2 ppg.
  • Paxton Wolfley, G, Sr. — 10.8 ppg.
  • Klyn Fullmer, G, Jr. — 7.5 ppg.
  • Tucker Chappell, F, Jr. — 8.6 ppg.

Coach comment: “We have a great group of returning players that are eager to get started. We have worked hard during the offseason to become better as a team, and I am excited to see how we compete. If we play together as a team, we should have a successful season.”


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2. Bryce Valley Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Gary Syrett (ninth year).

2020-2021 record: 22-4 (first in Region 20 with an 11-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Valley, 47-45, in the 1A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Miles Roberts, Sr. — 2.5 ppg.
  • Brock Syrett, Sr. — 4.8 ppg.
  • Treyson Clark, Jr. — 2.7 ppg.

Coach comment: “We are excited for the upcoming season we some new talented faces from the team that we have had the past two years and are looking forward to watching them compete.”


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3. Piute Thunderbirds

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Eric Jessen (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 14-8 (second in Region 20 with an 8-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Panguitch, 58-46, in the 1A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Gavin Morgan, G, Sr. — 12.7 ppg.
  • Jaden Westwood, G, Sr. — 6.5 ppg.
  • Kyle Morgan, G, Sr. — 5.6 ppg.
  • Raegen Dalton, P, Sr. — 6.6 ppg.

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4. Valley Buffaloes

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Owen Hoyt (seventh year).

2020-2021 record: 10-10 (tied for third in Region 20 with a 5-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Panguitch, 47-38, in the 1A semifinals.

Additional info not provided.


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5. Milford Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach:  Lynn Dalton (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 4-18 (seventh in Region 20 with a 2-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley, 51-42, in the 1A second round.

Additional info not provided.


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6. Wayne Badgers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jason Jackson (second year).

2020-2021 record: 2-14 (eighth in Region 20 with a 0-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No 18 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wendover, 74-43, in the 1A second round.

Additional info not provided.


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7. Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Sebastian Garcia (second year).

2020-2021 record: 6-11 (5th in Region 20 with a 3-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Manila, 60-50, in the 1A second round.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Matthew C, PG, Sr. — 5.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg.

Coach comment: “This season will be like others where we have only one returning starter and are building a brand-new team. This year we have a tough preseason schedule that will prepare us for an even tougher region play. Being able to play together on both the offensive and defensive end will be important to make this a successful season.”


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8. Water Canyon Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brad Garrett (seventh year).

2020-2021 record: 3-9 (sixth in Region 20 with a 2-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Panguitch, 64-47, in the 1A second round.

Returning contributors:

  • Mahonri Barlow, F, Sr. — 5.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg.
  • Aaron Barlow, G, Soph. — 1.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg.

Coach comment: “We lost a lot of players last year. It is going to be interesting to see how these young players react and if they will step up to the challenge. They have been working hard and I know that they are ready for the challenge.”


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Region 21

1. Tintic Miners

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ryan Reid (first year).

2020-2021 record: 12-10 (third in Region 21 with a 3-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Rich, 66-50, in the 1A second round.

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Cooper Snell, PG, Sr. — 14.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.6 apg.
  • Holden Petersen, PF, Sr. — 11.1 ppg, 1.0 rpg.
  • Hayden Brunson, SG, Sr. — 11.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg.
  • Hunter Garbett, C, Sr. — 2.4 ppg.

Coach comment: “Extremely excited for another year of high school basketball! This year’s Tintic Miners team is full of experience as four out of our five starters have been starting or getting a lot of playing time since they were freshman. This group has played together for many years and I am excited to see our team compete for the top spot statewide in 1A. We have a loaded schedule full of 3A, 2A, and top 1A opponents throughout the state. Best of luck to all high school basketball teams this year.”


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2. Wendover Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kyle Murphy (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: 15-6 (second in Region 21 with a 3-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Panguitch, 56-42, in the 1A championship.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Orlando Alvarez, SF, Jr. — 4.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.5 spg.

Coach comment: “Very young team, might have a slow start but I feel with this group we will compete. Excited for this season.”


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3. Telos Titans

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Bruce Powell (second year).

2020-2021 record: 6-7 (first in Region 21 with a 4-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wendover, 71-55, in the 1A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Thurston Davis, G, Jr.

Coach comment: The Kentucky of Utah 1A aasketball (One & Done) We have a new group of players every year, but the motto remains the same: play hard and play smart. We are looking forward to building off last year’s success.


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4. Dugway Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Milford Tiafal (second year).

2020-2021 record: 0-10 (fourth in Region 21 with a 0-4 record).

2021 RPI Ranking: No, 19 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Diamond Ranch, 66-47, in the 1A first round.

Additional info not provided.


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Region 22

1. Manila Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Michael Hughes (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 15-7 (tied for third in Region 22 with a 2-2 record).

2021 RPI Ranking: No. 3 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wendover, 50-41, in the 1A semifinals.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Kyler Hughes, G, Jr. — 6.0 ppg.
  • Tuck Davis, G, Jr. — 14.9 ppg.

Coach comment: “Manila will have a young team. Improvement throughout the season will be vital to have a successful year.”


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2. Altamont Longhorns

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ben Anderson (second year).

2020-2021 record: 10-9 (fourth in Region 16 with a 4-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Summit, 78-56, in the 2A second round.

Additional info not provided.


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3. Tabiona Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Lee Gines (34th year).

2020-2021 record: 9-12 (tied for third in Region 22 with a 2-2 record).

2021 RPI Ranking: No. 10 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Telos, 71-56, in the 1A second round.

Returning contributors:

  • Carter Curry — 9.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg.
  • Lawson Curry — 4.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.6 apg.
  • McClain Nay — 1.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg.
  • Mckoy Nay — 1.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg.
  • Chance Lazenby — 11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.8 spg.

Coach comment: “Tigers should be very competitive this year have a good mixture of young players and seasoned players. We are looking to having a great year. Lot of excitement for the year.”


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4. Rich Rebels

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Lex Cornia (second year).

2020-2021 record: 14-11 (second in Region 22 with a 3-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Manila, 46-37, in the 1A quarterfinals.

Additional info not provided.


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5. Intermountain Christian Lions

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tim Drisdom (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 2-15 (fifth in Region 22 with a 0-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wayne, 48-39, in the 1A first round.

Additional info not provided.


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6. Mount Vernon Patriots

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Mike Lambson (15th year).

2020-2021 record: 12-7 (first in Region 22 with a 6-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Valley, 52-35, in the 1A second round.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Ketu Achebo, C, Sr. — 3.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.1 spg.
  • Jaxon Guidash, F, Jr. — 3.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.8 spg.

Coach comment: “We reached our goal last season by beating every team in our tough region. We have lost our top four scorers from last year, but we should still be competitive this season.”


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Region 23

1. Monticello Buckaroos

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Josh Keyes (second year).

2020-2021 record: 10-12 (fifth in Region 16 with a 3-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Layton Christian, 63-37, in the 2A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Boston Freestone, G, Sr. — 7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg.
  • Easton Young, G, Jr. — 2.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.5 spg.
  • Landon Ewart, G, Jr. — 0.5 ppg, 0.6 rpg.
  • Devin Hatch, F, Sr. — 9.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.7 spg.

Coach comment: “We are happy to be back playing in 1A after a short stint in 2A. We look forward to the competition and excitement that surrounds small town basketball in Utah. We graduated five seniors a year ago, so our squad will be youthful and inexperienced. Boston Freestone will lead out with his work ethic that has helped develop into a leader on the team and an all-around solid player. He is an above average defender with long arms that can jump lanes and block shots. Easton Young and Landon Ewart will be looked upon to make large contributions as their role has changed from a year ago.”


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2. Pinnacle Panthers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ray Jones (second year).

2020-2021 record: 5-10 (first in Region 19 with a 0-0 record).

2021 RPI Ranking: No. 12 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Piute, 88-46, in the 1A second round.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Johnathan Kessler, G, Jr. — 4.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.5 apg
  • Anthony Shumway, F, Sr. — 1.3 ppg
  • Cole Barton, G, Soph., 0.9 ppg
  • Ryker Howell, G, Jr. — 1.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg

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3. Whitehorse Raiders

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Evan Grant (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: Did not participate because of COVID-19.

Additional info not provided.


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4. Green River Pirates

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brennan Bigelow (first year).

2020-2021 record: 3-11 (second in Region 19 with a 0-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Milford, 61-53, in the 1A first round.

Additional info not provided.


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5. Monument Valley Cougars

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Merrill Smith.

2020-2021 record: Did not participate because of COVID-19.

Additional info not provided.