PCHS boys’ basketball season ends in loss
A long season for the Park City High School boys’ basketball team ended with a disappointing home loss Friday night against Region 10 foe Grantsville.
The Miners were already eliminated from playoff contention after a 55-39 loss to Stansbury on Feb. 5. But, entering Friday night, there was still optimism that Park City could pick up a win in its final game. In a Jan. 27 game at Grantsville, the Miners played one of their best games of the region season, keeping it close throughout before falling 69-60.
The story was different on Friday, though. The Cowboys took an early 16-9 lead and never looked back, cruising to a lopsided 74-44 victory and ending the Miners’ season.
Outgoing seniors accounted for all but 12 of Park City’s points. Josh Jennings led the way with 17 points. Nesta Heaps (six), Drew Fleming (five), Josh Hillyard (two), Will Robinson (one) and Jake Overson (one) also contributed. The remaining 12 points were scored by juniors Jack Lecher and Devin Valiquett, who had six each.
Despite finishing with a 1-21 overall record (0-8 in Region 10), Park City Coach Caleb Fine said it was a fun season.
"It’s such a unique and special group," he said. "Yeah, it didn’t go as planned, but I’ve probably never had a team that has truly enjoyed each other like this team. There are so many positives and we try to focus on what you can learn and what they did right."
Though this year was a struggle, Fine said he respects each of the seniors for coming to practice every day.
"There are a lot of kids who don’t show up," he said. "There’s a lot of adversity, but that group stuck with it, a lot of them for four years. That’s a habit we hope they carry into the future. There are a lot of teams that aren’t as fun to coach because they quit on you. This team didn’t quit. That’s commendable.
"There are always times when every young man has a mental lapse, and we showed plenty of those this season, but they live life with fervor. They’re fantastic young men and I’m very fortunate that I’m the one that got to coach them the last four seasons."
Moving forward, the Miners do have some talent returning next year. Juniors Lecher and Valiquett will be back, along with sophomore Sam Addicott, who played a lot of minutes for Park City this season. Beyond that, though, Fine said there will be plenty of work to do.
"It’s obvious that, as a program, we’re lacking a little bit of depth throughout," he said. "We’ll talk to the players after the [February] break and try to get the offseason going. Hopefully a lot of kids play other sports because that’s a great thing for them, but in general, they need to be working on their game. Hard work will pay off."
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