The Monticello Buckaroos boys came up with two full-sized basketball wins over the weekend at the 1A preview in Richfield.
The Buckaroos first bested the Manila Mustangs, 49-47. “We didn’t play very well against Manila,” says Buckaroo coach Rhett Maughan. “It was scary,” he added, but they came away with the win in spite of that.
Against the number two ranked Piute Thunderbirds however, the Buckaroos played perhaps their best game of the year, leading throughout the game to capture a confidence-building 43-39 victory.
“We played hard, physical defense, good team ball, executed and ran the fast break great!” said Maughan, as the Bucks garnered the hard-earned win.
“We are playing with heart, intensity, and desire” admires Maughan.
For their efforts, the now 4-0 Bucks find themselves ranked for the first time in years, at number two, replacing Piute. This Friday, the Bucks host Duchesne and travel to San Juan on Saturday. Next week’s Grand game has been rescheduled for January.
For their part, the Broncos of Ryan Nielson played three robust games at the annual Farmington NM tournament, losing twice and winning once.
The Broncos lost a tough 55-54 overtime game to host Farmington in the first game, blasted the Durango Demons for the second time this year in the second game 61-43, and fell to Gallup NM 58-53 in the third game.
Cameron Shumway led the way in the tournament, scoring 52 points in the three games, with AJ Slavens pitching in 45 and Keaton Perkins adding 32. The Broncos host the Buckaroos Saturday the 19th in Blanding for their only game this week.
The Buckaroo gals played two tight games on Thursday and Friday. The Lady Bucks hung with the Lady Broncos until the fourth quarter. The Broncos held a tight 22-19 lead at the end of three quarters, but broke open the close game with a strong fourth quarter, led by Kelsi Meyer’s 16 points, to capture the game with a 38-22 score.
On Friday night, the Lady Buckaroos stayed tough with the Lady Bulldogs of Dove Creek, capturing their second win of the year. The Lady Bucks were down and seemingly out by the beginning of the fourth quarter, trailing the Lady Bulldogs by 12 points. But they slowly started closing the deficit until they finally took the lead with under a minute left, only to have the Bulldogs tie the score. Then, at the buzzer, Janessa Bowring took dead aim at a three pointer, that swished the net as the buzzer sounded, giving the Lady Bucks an exhilarating 44-41 victory.
The Lady Broncos, after beating the Bucks, lost to the Green River Pirates, 59-42. The Lady Pirates used a big third quarter, outscoring the Broncos 20-9 to secure the victory.
Kelsi Meyer and Lindsey Christensen led the Lady Broncos with 13 and 11 points. The Lady Broncos also played Red Mesa, AZ, losing 54-45. Meyer led the way with 14 points, while Ericka Grover added 10 points. This week finds Justin Moon’s team matching up against Whitehorse, Monument Valley and Monticello.
All state teams
Proving that it is defense that wins championships, ten San Juan Bronco football players were named to All-State football teams this fall after the Broncos captured the 2A state championship.
All ten are noted for their defensive contributions, including MVP Jace Holliday, who was named MVP in both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.
Named First team all-state for the Broncos are Stetler Shumway, Peyton Black, Jimmy Tate, Benny Royer, and AJ Slavens.
Second team honors are given Nache Nielson and Cameron Shumway, with Keaton Perkins and Cody Shumway named to Honorable Mention teams.
The Broncos of Coach Monty Lee just completed an 11-1 season with a 7-0 defensive shutout over South Summit in the final. The Bronco defense only allowed 27 points in the last six games, including three shutouts.
Says victorious Bronco Coach Monty Lee, “I just felt we had a better chance of getting more players selected to the All-State teams from defense because most coaches emphasize offensive players. Plus it gives us a point of importance to our philosophy of defense wins big games.
“We always stress that you don’t win games by scoring more points than your opponent; you win games by keeping your opponent from scoring fewer points than you.”
Monticello Buckaroos Devin Wright and Kendall Maughan were named to both the 1A All-state teams after a turn-around Buckaroo season.
Both juniors, the pair look forward to their senior season. Also named all-state for the Buckaroos of coach Jake Downard are second teamers Adam Martinez, CJ Cordasco, Cory Young, and MJ Wagstaff. Cordasco and Young will join Maughan and Wright for that senior season next year.
Volleyball also saw a slew of Lady Buckaroo and Lady Bronco players named to all-state teams.
Sophomores Swayzi Slade for the Buckaroos and Kelsi Meyer for the Broncos were named first team in both newspapers.
Second teamers are Lady Buckaroo junior Mara Wells and senior Kendyl Boyd.
Third teamers are seniors Alyssa Simpson for San Juan and Buckaroo Mersadez Slade, with honorable mention honors going to Brooke Bowring, Brionna Laws and Simone Shumway of the Broncos.