Local basketball athletes make all-state teams
All Summit County high schools well represented
As March Madness continues in full swing through the weekend, the local high school teams are learning who made it as an all-state selection. The Deseret News released its all-state team lists for all classifications, and all three Summit County schools were represented.
In order to determine who qualifies for the teams, the Deseret News uses a coaches’ vote. According to its website, 16 of the 23 boys’ head coaches on the 2A level submitted votes, while the same amount submitted for the 2A girls. Thirteen of the 22 3A girls’ head coaches submitted their votes.
For the girls, it was North Summit, who finished the year with a 23-2 record, leading the way with two 2A first-team selections in Hunter Vernon and Ashlin Blonquist. Vernon was instrumental in the Braves’ run through the season. She unfortunately tore her ACL in the first game of the state playoffs. Blonquist helped shoulder the load in her absence.
Other North Summit players to make the lists were Kennady McQueen and Elise Richins, who made the 2A third team.
“I was proud of all our girls,” North Summit head coach Jerre Holmes said. “They always played team ball and never worried about individual accolades. I’m happy for these four girls. They have worked hard to improve their skills in order to make our team better.”
The South Summit girls’ team, who was the only team to beat North Summit in the regular season, also received recognition. Senior Sammi Rogers was a force all season long with averages of 16 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.1 blocks per game, good enough to make the first team. Fellow Wildcat Grace Olson also cracked the honorable mention list for the Wildcats.
Park City’s Jessica Perry made the 3A all-state second team after averaging 16.6 points and 4.2 steals per game for the Miners.
For the boys, both North and South Summit were well represented on the Deseret News’ lists with three selections each.
Tyler Coleman of North Summit was the only one from the bunch that qualified for the 2A first team. Coleman averaged a double-double with 12.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
“He caused a mismatch with many of the teams we played this year,” North Summit Head Coach Aaron Preece said. “He moves very well on the floor for his size. He can pull a bigger defender out on him because he can hit the jumper or a three to keep them honest on defense.”
The Braves also saw Calvin Hunsaker be selected to the second team, while Jace Richins was an honorable mention selection.
For South Summit, who finished with a 14-11 record on the season, Kaden Atkinson and Nick Beasley were both selected to the third team. Jason McNeil rounded out the honors with by making the honorable mention list.
“When all three of them (Atkinson, Beasley and McNeil) were on [the court] at the same time, we could be really good,” South Summit Head Coach Dusty Hatch said. “They each had different strengths that lent to the success of the team. As a coach, it’s nice to see your seniors rewarded for their years of hard work and set an example to our younger players.”
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