by Tad Barton
The saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” and the 2018-19 winter sports season at San Juan High did just that over the weekend.
Three Broncos represented the Blue and Gold at the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) 3A State Wrestling Championships at Utah Valley University in Orem on February 15-16. Senior Josh Lacy and sophomores Landon Burke and Seth Spackman took to the mats for the final time this school year.
Just up the road from UVU at Orem High School, the girls and boys basketball teams saw their seasons come to an abrupt halt in the opening round of the UHSAA 3A State Basketball Tournament.
The opening day of State Wrestling started out with all three Broncos losing their first-round matches and falling to the Consolation side of the bracket.
After receiving a second-round bye, Burke got in a groove, winning his next three matches before falling in the Semi-Finals of the Consolation Championship.
Ultimately, Burke finished in sixth place in the 132 pound weight class. Both Lacy and Spackman also lost their second-round matches eliminating them from the tournament.
The Lady Broncos’ season was unceremoniously ended last Friday night, February 15, as they fell victim to the Lady Bulldogs of Judge Memorial.
San Juan fell behind early, trailing by seven points, 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter proved to be less friendly than the first for the Lady Broncos.
They again struggled to score, finishing the period with just six points as the Bulldogs added another 14, putting the Broncos in a 15-point hole at the half, 29-14.
San Juan finally found some offensive rhythm in the third quarter. They put together their best offensive output of the game, doubling their score with 14 points in the quarter.
Unfortunately for the Lady Broncos, Judge Memorial matched their 14 third quarter points leaving San Juan down 43-28, heading into the fourth. San Juan added nine more points in the fourth, but again were unable to close the gap as the Bulldogs finished the fourth with 11 points on their way to a 54-37 win over the Lady Broncos.
It was a frustrating night for the Lady Broncos as they saw many open shots not fall – shots they hit all season. Tasiah Little led San Juan on offense.
The junior guard scored in double figures for her second straight game, finishing the night with 17 points in the loss including three, three-point shots.
Bodell Nielson and Katie Giddings each finished with five points, Delaney and Madi Palmer each scored four, and Brittany Grover rounded out the scoring with two points.
San Juan’s weekend woes continued on Saturday afternoon as the boys basketball team faced off against the Providence Hall Patriots.
The Broncos scored on their first possession of the game before going ice cold the first the rest of the first quarter.
While San Juan saw shot after shot rim out, Providence Hall scored 16, leaving the Broncos down by 14 at the end of one, 16-2.
In the second quarter, San Juan picked things up on offense as they scored 19 points.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, as their offense picked up their defense faltered, and the Patriots added another three points to their lead.
Providence Hall scored 22 in the quarter, leading to a 17-point difference at the half, 38-21.
Another 22-point quarter for Providence Hall in the third put San Juan in an even bigger hole after the Broncos managed just 12 points in the quarter.
Down 50-33 to start the fourth, the Broncos once again picked things up offensively and finished the game with 22 points in the fourth.
In the end, the Broncos were only able to cut into the Patriots’ lead by three. Providence Hall finished the game with 19 points in the fourth, ending San Juan’s season with a 79-55 loss.
Three Broncos finished in double-figure scoring led by Seth Pugh and Jaxon Torgerson who each scored 11.
Landon Pemberton netted 10 points and Trez Perkins finished with nine.
Ryan Imlay and Randall Flavel added four points each, while Kyler Johnson and Shaw Nielson finished the game with three.