by Tad Barton
Winter sports at San Juan High School were officially wrapped up this week with the announcement of the Boys and Girls Academic All-State Basketball teams.
The Broncos are represented by Mary Royer for the girls team and Bronz Eldredge on the boys team.
Congratulations to each for your hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom.
Looking back on the 2015-16 winter sports season at San Juan, let’s take a look at the Round-up’s top plays for each sport.
Starting with girls’ basketball. It isn’t just one play that stands out, but a consecutive series of plays when the Lady Broncos hosted the Emery Spartans on February 11, 2016.
The senior trio of Mary Royer, Lakesia Lopez and Tyla Morris made five consecutive three point shots.
The barrage started just before the half, with the Broncos trailing by 11 points, when Royer threw up a last second heave from just past half court as time ran out to pull San Juan to within eight at the half.
After Emery scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and looked to be pulling away, Lopez hit the first of her three from beyond the arc.
On the Bronco’s next possession, Morris got in on the action, hitting one of her two threes in the game.
Lopez wasn’t finished though, when on consecutive possessions she drained her second and third three pointers to bring the Broncos to within three points of the lead, 34-31.
Foul trouble eventually halted the San Juan run and the Broncos fell to Emery, 65-50.
For boys basketball, we’ll go to their January 30 game against the Manti Templars.
On the road and trailing for the better part of the game against Manti, the Broncos saw the door closing on a chance to win the game.
With Manti’s Tanner Lafevre on the line shooting two free throws, and the score tied 64-64, Lafevre hit his first of two, giving the Templars a one point lead with just 5.7 seconds left in the game.
After a San Juan timeout, Lafevre returned to the line for one more free throw. He had connected on his last five attempts. The shot didn’t go in like the previous shots and rolled off the right side of the rim into the hands of Jordan Blake.
Blake wasted no time as he raced down court and drilled a shot from well beyond the arc to give the Broncos a 67-65 win.
On the mats, the match of the year came in the second round of the 2A State Championships. Senior Reilly Myrick was down 4-2 with time running out in the third period when he scored two points to tie the match and send it to overtime.
In overtime, Myrick scored two more points to seal the victory and advance to the semifinal match in the tournament.
Thanks to all the students, coaches, parents and fans who made the winter sports season so memorable.