Here’s a look at the results for area teams in all UHSAA-sanctioned sports in the 2017 winter season. The look at fall sports was published on Tuesday, while the spring sports will be examined on Thursday.

WINTER 2016-17


5A best finish: Lone Peak (second)

Bingham beat Lone Peak 49-42 in the 5A championship game. The Knights had a 33-26 lead at the end of the third quarter but the Miners put together a 16-3 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Nate Harkness led the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds and Stephen Ashworth scored 10 points and handed out four assists.

Top performances: Lone Peak’s Nate Harkness was fifth in 5A in scoring (16.5). Max McGrath averaged 15.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line for Lone Peak. Matthew Van Komen blocked 95 shots and averaged 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Pleasant Grove.

4A best finish: Springville

Josh Elison scored 28 points including two free throws with two seconds left in double overtime to give Springville a 81-79 win over Olympus and help the Red Devils win a boys basketball championship for the first time since 1958.

Elison hit five 3-pointers. He had four rebounds and three assists. Bennett Hullinger nailed a pair of 3-pointers to keep hope alive and set the stage for Seth Mortensen, who drained a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and sent the game to overtime.

Top performers: Wasatch guard Eli Ballstaedt was fourth in 4A in scoring at 23.3 points per game. Salem Hills’ James Nelson was fourth (22.8) and Timpview’s Hunter Erickson was (22.0) was fifth.

3AA/3A/2A/1A best finish: Merit Academy lost to Panguitch 70-33 in the quarterfinals. The Knights finished with an overall record of 19-10.

Top performer: Alessandro Guzzon, a senior guard, led the team in scoring at 19 points per game.

Player of the Year: Andrew Slack, Sr. Center: Slack finished his senior season averaging 15.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He shot 57 percent from the field. In the state tournament he had a double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds against Skyline in the first round. He scored 15 points and had seven rebounds against Woods Cross (second round) and had 10 points and 11 rebounds against Hillcrest. He scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the title game.


5A best finish:American Fork beat Viewmont 50-46 to win the state championship and finish the season with a 25-1 record.

American Fork beat Copper Hills 48-45 win over Cooper Hills in the semifinals and opened up a 17-4 lead after the first quarter in the against Viewmont in the title game and that proved to be too big of a deficit for the Vikings to overcome.

Top performances: Pleasant Grove’s Sarah Hamson averaged 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Lone Peak’s Savannah Flanary averaged 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. American Fork’s Taylor Franson averaged 10 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

4A best finish: Timpview (lost in semifinals). The Thunderbirds were 10-4 in Region 7 play (third). They opened the tournament with a 46-39 win over Highland and then beat Springville (55-54) but Timpview’s season came to an end with a 52-45 loss to Skyline.

Top performances: Timpview’s Ella Pope average 12.9 points per game. Springville’s Savannah Sumsion averaged 14.6 points per game for the Red Devils, who won the Region 8 title.

3AA/3A/2A/1A best finish: Maeser Prep lost in the first round of the 1A tournament to Kanab (45-31) and finished the year with an overall record of 7-13.

Top performance: Gracie Sorenson, a junior guard, led the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game.

Player of the Year: Taylor Moeaki, a senior guard, scored a game-high 21 points in the championship game. She averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.


5A best finish: Pleasant Grove saw its streak of consecutive 5A championships snapped as Layton proved to be the best in 2017. Maika Tauteoli and Brandon Closson of Pleasant Grove won the only individual titles.

4A champion: Wasatch came in as the team to beat and pulled away to win the title, while Payson held off Uintah to get second overall. Six Wasp wrestlers won their respective divisions.

3AA/3A/2A/1A champions: Both Juab in Class 3A and Delta in Class 2A won team state championships.

Player of the Year: Chayce Loveless, 195 pounds: Payson Lion senior won his second state title and dominated the competition at the 4A level.


5A champion: Lone Peak was the class of 5A in a year where local teams swept the top two spots. Pleasant Grove held off Mountain Crest to finish in second place overall.

Top performers: The Knights dominated the relays, winning the 400 relay, the 200 relay and the medley relay. Lone Peak’s Josh Ries also won the 100 backstroke while Pleasant Grove’s Devin Bunnell, won the 200 freestyle.

4A best finish: Timpview had some great showings but Skyline was too much as the Eagles won by more than 100 points.

Top performers: Springville was second in the medley relay. Timpview senior Brigham Harrison won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Timpview senior Josh Skabelund won the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. The Thunderbirds won the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Provo’s Kaden Staker was second in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Wasatch’s Ian James was second in the 200 individual medley.

3A/2A/1A best finish: Maeser finished seventh in the 2A competition.

Top performer: Maeser’s Tony Puertas won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

GIRLS SWIMMING 5A best finish: Lone Peak ended up fifth, while American Fork was sixth overall.

Top performers: Knight junior Kenzie Chesler finished second in the 100 butterfly, while Natalie Davis was third in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. American Fork’s Shelby Graves was third in the 500 freestyle.

4A best finish: Timpview managed hold off the other challengers for second place but Skyline was too deep in 2016 and the Eagles won the championship.

Top performers: Maple Mountain’s Makayla Cazier won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke while Timpview freshman Rachel Oyler won the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. The Thunderbirds won the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Timpview’s Akalia Bostock was second in the 500 freestyle.

3A/2A/1A best finish: Maeser finished sixth in the 2A competition.

Top performer: Maeser’s Kelsie Stonely finished second in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd

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Neil K. Warner has been a sports writer for 25 years. He is the author of four books and is also known as the Great Zuke. He primarily covers Preps, Utah Valley University and BYU.

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