Tragic accident claims life of La Sal man
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NORTHERN NEWS
by Maxine Deeter Steve Barnett of Old La Sal lost his life one week ago in a tragic accident at the top of Blue Hill, ten miles south of Moab.  Barnett was passing a slow moving semi truck as the passing lane ended and slammed head on into a semi truck coming from the other direction.  He was killed instantly.  Also in the car was his wife Pat, who was seriously injured in the crash.  She was life flighted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO, where she remains in a medically induced coma.  Her injuries, although serious, are not felt to be life threatening.  Time will tell.  Funeral service will not be immediate due to Pat’s condition.  The Barnett’s have lived in La Sal for several years and have many friends here.  The accident has shaken the little village of La Sal.  Several folks provided service to the family by winterizing their home. The people of La Sal will continue to rally around the family as Pat progresses. I must apologize for being AWOL for the last few weeks.  Sometimes, well, life just gets in the way of life.  In this electronic age, it is easier to keep up with happenings back home through the e-edition of the SJR, Facebook and texting friends.   I’ve been able to keep up with deaths, law enforcement shakeups, the Buckaroo matmen winning Region once again and pretty new boots for their coach. Good luck to these guys this week at the state tourament.  One thing can be said, you have the classiest dressed coach at the tournament.  I bet as long as he keeps his pant legs tucked into his boots, it will bring good luck. I see through photos texted to me from my next door neighbor Ruthie that Sierra La Sal has a lot of snow.  Sure sorry to be missing that.  But, I’m confident I’ll be home in time to enjoy what should be a magnificent mud season. I miss my wide open spaces and fresh air.  That seems to be missing in the northern part of the state.  So, enjoy.
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Bucks claim tenth title in ten years
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by Anna Fredericks Saturday night, the Monticello Buckaroo wrestling team sealed a decade of dominance, as they won their tenth championship in a row at the 1A divisional tournament. The Buckaroo mat men grabbed an early lead and held it throughout the day, leaving no chance of anyone catching them in the final round.  They finished the day with 262 points, distancing themselves from second place Wayne by 63 points.   The Buckaroos were well represented in the finals with 11 wrestlers competing for a championship.  The Buckaroos also qualified 20 of their 21 team members for the State Tournament by placing in the top four in their weight class.  Matt Beh and Colton Lewis represented the Buckaroos well at 106 pounds, as they faced off for the championship. Both earned wins by fall in the preliminary rounds. In the finals, Beh defeated Lewis by fall to earn his first Divisional title with Lewis earning runner-up honors. Zac Musselman won the 132 pound championship with a 9-2 win in the finals and a win by fall in the preliminary rounds. At 145 pounds, Shandon Bradford earned a championship medal with a win by fall in the finals as well as the preliminary round.   Buckaroo Paul DeAnda was the champion at 152 pounds, dominating his opponents and earning wins by fall in the first period of all three matches on the day.   Parker Knudsen earned the 285 pound championship with an exciting win by fall in the finals. Also earning a spot in the finals and bringing home second place medals were Steven Robinson at 120 pounds, Brayson Wilcox at 126 pounds, Thomas Anderson at 160 pounds, Justin Cecil at 170 pounds, and Nathan Moore at 220 pounds. All five Buckaroos earned exciting wins in their preliminary rounds to make their way to the finals, with Wilcox, Anderson, Cecil and Moore earning a win by fall and Robinson a 5-1 win. Four Buckaroos, Tyler Draper, Gage Wilcox, Bryson Henderson and Clayton Westcott, each earned a win in the consolation finals, bringing home third place medals. Draper, Wilcox and Henderson each earned a win by fall in the first round and came up short in round two. They fought back and all three won again by fall to earn their spot in the finals, where Wilcox and Henderson again won by fall.  Draper defeated teammate Spencer Squires in the finals. Westcott lost a tough match in the first round, but had three exciting wins in a row by fall to earn his medal. Earning a spot in the consolation finals and earning fourth place medals were Wyatt Fullmer, Kayden Draper, Spencer Squires, Tacovi Warren and Seamis Barrell.  Fullmer, Draper, Squires and Warren each earned a win by fall in the first round, but suffered tough second round losses.  They each battled back to earn wins in a crucial consolation round and keep their state tournament hopes alive.    Despite all his hard work, Buckaroo Reed Hedglin did not qualify for the State Tournament, finishing in fifth place in his weight class. Reed earned a win by fall in the second round, but fell to teammate Wyatt Fullmer in a crucial match that decided which Buckaroo would qualify for the tournament. Hedglin never quit and finished strong with a win by fall in the match for fifth and sixth. This weekend the Buckaroos will close out their season at the Utah State Wrestling Tournament at UVU in Orem.  The first round of 1A wrestling begins Friday at 3:30 p.m.
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Big Buck win, keyed at free throw line
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SPORTS SHORTS
by Scott Boyle Free throw: An unhindered basketball shot from the foul line; given to penalize the other team for committing a foul. Also known as a charity shot, charity throw, charity toss, foul shot, penalty free throw. Using the free throw to deadly efficient effect, the MHS Buckaroos boys basketball team swept the season series against the San Juan Broncos last week in Monticello to the tune of a 67-49 victory. The Buckaroos were 25 of 32 from the free throw line for the game, including a game winning effort of 14 for 16 in just the last three minutes of the fourth quarter that broke open a close game. Matt Freestone did most of the damage, connecting on 10 of 11 charity shots. The Broncos, ranked #3 in 2A, made a game of it for most of the night, although they led only twice, at 2-0 to start the game and 13-12 just seconds into the second quarter. Jaden Torgerson led two other Broncos in double figures with 13 points on the night. Jordan Blake, with 12, and Caleb Pugh, with 10, were the other players in double figures. But it was the balanced scoring of the Buckaroos, especially from the foul line, that won the night for MHS. In addition to Matt Freestone’s night at the foul line (he also led the Bucks in scoring with 16 points), Eli Johnson connected for 14 points, was 4-4 from the foul line and had the only treys on the night for MHS, with two. Nolan Freestone also hit double figures with 12 points, including 2-2 on free throws. Tyler Bird had seven points, with 5-6 on foul shots, the same as Austin Hart off the bench, who had seven points and one of two charity shots. With a small lead most of the night, the Bucks forced the Broncos into quick offense, and the Bronco shots just weren’t dropping. The Bucks led 12-11 after the first quarter and squeaked it out to a four-point lead at halftime, 23-19. Nolan Freestone and Johnson led the Bucks in the first half with eight and seven points, respectively. Torgerson was the leading Bronco scorer in the first half with six and Blake added four. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter. But with the Bucks leading by four at 35-31, Johnson hit a trey followed by three quick baskets by Hart, Matt Freestone and Talon Black. Suddenly the lead was at 13, 44-31. You know the Broncos are gonna comeback, which they did, led by Torgerson, Pugh and Blake. They kept fighting and pulled within three points, at 49-46, with 2:50 left in the game before the Buckaroo charity parade took over. Carson Duncan hit a shot to give the Bucks a five point lead at the 2:50 mark. After a Bronz Eldredge foul shot, the Bucks reeled off 12 straight points, ten from the foul line, as the Broncos fouled to try to get back into the game. Coach Tony Esplin’s Buckaroos were 18 of 23 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter alone. The win, the seventh straight for MHS, raises their record to 13-2 on the season. Assist: Attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was “assisting” in the basket. Friday night in Monticello, the Bucks defeated the Whitehorse Raiders, 80-46, to clinch at least a tie for the Region 19 championship at 6-0, 14-2 on the season. And the Bucks were at their teammate best in this one, assisting on 15 of their 18 first half baskets to pull away from the Raiders. The Raiders showed they were ready to play though, trailing just 15-12 after one quarter, but the Buckaroos got their passing game in action and outscored the Raiders 28-7 in the second quarter to lead 43-19 at halftime. It was a 19-9 advantage in the third quarter that got the Bucks to their biggest advantage at 62-28 after three quarters. Four Buckaroos hit double figures, led by Matt Freestone, who had a double-double with a season and career high 23 points and 10 rebounds against the Raiders. Freestone was 11 of 16 from the field, shooting 69 percent. Also in double figures were Tyler Bird and Eli Johnson, who both scored 11 points. Bird also had eight of the 22 assists the Bucks had on the night and four steals, while Johnson had seven rebounds and four assists. Andrew Torres scored 10 points on 4-6 shooting, including two treys. Off the bench, Austin Hart added nine points and starter Nolan Freestone added seven, including his first trey of the year and just his third in his high school career. Clinch: To fix or secure (a nail or bolt, for example) by hammering down. By hammering down on the Lady Raiders Friday night in Monticello, the Lady Buckaroos clinched at least a tie for the Region 19 championship, with a record of 7-0 and 13-5 overall. The #3 ranked Bucks handled the Raiders quite nicely, 62-15. In fact, Atlanta Black’s 17 points outscored the entire Raider team. She also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals for an outstanding all-around night. Black was eight for 11 from the field as the ladies shot 54 percent as a team on the night, 27-54. Allie Maughan was five of eight from the field for 12 points, while three other Lady Buckaroos added six points, Michaela Wolford, Kari Schmidt, and Tymbr Black. The only dark spot for the Buckaroos was an eight for 23 night at the free throw line. The Bucks play for the region title Tuesday night in Monticello against the Green River Pirates. Winning streak: Consecutive wins in sports. The #3 Lady Bucks 11-game winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon in Monticello at the hands of the Duchesne Eagles, ranked #2 in 1A. You’ll be excited to know, however, that even though the Bucks lost, 43-39, the way they played and hung in there gives them lots of confidence going into the Green River game and the state tournament itself next week. Duchesne looked to run the Bucks out of their own gym in the first quarter, racing to a 10-2 lead, but the Bucks recovered nicely, and actually led 12-10 after one quarter. Duchesne led at halftime, 23-21, but knew they had a battle on their hands. The Bucks stayed close, though Duchesne led most of the second half, and even closed to within two points at 38-36 with just two minutes remaining, but they just couldn’t overcome the Duchesne lead. The Lady Eagles scored four points in the next minute, holding the Bucks scoreless until an Atlanta Black three with just seven seconds left to notch the win. Black led the Bucks in scoring, tossing in 21 points, including five of six from the foul line. Kari Schmidt had six points in the losing effort. The End: Come or bring to a final point; finish.
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Broncos burn Devils 79-58
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THE ROUND-UP
by Tad Barton The San Juan Broncos notched another Region 15 win last Friday night, February 5 in Blanding. The win over the Grand County Red Devils improved the Broncos region record to 7-1, good enough to remain in a tie for first place with the Emery Spartans. After jumping out to a big lead in the first quarter, San Juan cruised to the 21-point victory, 79-58. In the first quarter, the Bronco offense got going early, outscoring the Red Devils by nine points, 19-10. San Juan would build on that lead in the second quarter, as they exploded for 27 points in the period while giving up 16 points to establish a 46-26 halftime lead. Grand chipped into the San Juan lead a bit in the third quarter, cutting it by two points to trial by 18 heading into the fourth and final quarter. The Broncos sealed the deal in the fourth, adding 16 points to their total while only giving up 13 on their way to a 79-58 win. Jaden Torgerson led San Juan with 21 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Blake netted 19 points while pulling down seven boards and snatching three steals. Caleb Pugh scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds, and Bronz Eldredge scored six points while pulling down 10 rebounds to lead the Broncos in that category. Max Slavens also scored six points and dished out seven assists. Zach Brown added four points, while Mason Bethea had three points. Keaton Hiatt and Aaron Mitchell each chipped in two points, and Jaxon Lee rounded things out with one point on the night. Earlier in the week, the Broncos lost a non-region win to Monticello, 67-49. The game was close throughout the competition, but the Bucks were able to pull away late when the Broncos were forced to foul in an attempt to get back into the game. Instead, Monticello put the game away at the free throw line, shooting 80 percent from the charity stripe. The win marks the first time in over 10 years the Bucks defeated the Broncos in Monticello. The Broncos will wrap up their regular season schedule on Friday, February 12 in Castle Dale, UT against the Emery Spartans. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Girls Basketball The Lady Broncos picked up a huge road win over the Grand County Red Devils on February 4. The win moves the Broncos into a two way tie for third place in Region 15 with Manti and all but guarantees San Juan a playoff berth. San Juan took control of the game in the first quarter, outscoring the Red Devils 11-7. The Broncos then doubled up their point total, scoring another 11 points in the second quarter. Grand answered with nine points of their own to trail by six points at the half, 22-16. The Red Devils battled back in the third quarter, getting the better of their guests, 11-8 in the quarter, making the score 30-27 heading into the fourth and final quarter. San Juan responded to Grand’s third quarter rally by again outscoring the Red Devils 11-10 to lock up the win, 41-37. Tyla Morris paced San Juan with a game high 15 points, including three three-pointers. Mary Royer also hit the double digit mark with 14 points. Krista Grover scored four points, KrysTelle Noyse had three, while Sharla Yanito and Lakesia Lopez each had two points and Megan Grover finished with one point in the win. The Broncos will host the Emery Spartans on Thursday, February 11 before turning around and welcoming the North Sevier Wolves on Friday, February 12. Both games are set to begin at 7 p.m. Wrestling The San Juan High wrestling team competed at Region this past week. Three Broncos placed in their respective weight classes and got their cards punched for next week’s State Tournament. They are Reilly Myrick, second place at 182 lbs; Coleman Black, sixth place at 170 lbs; and Sammy Warren, sixth place at 106 lbs. Congratulations and good luck.
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