RICHFIELD – Four Region 9 teams head north to start their non-region schedule in the 2A-3A preseason preview. The 3A field is headlined by No. 1 ranked Desert Hills Thunder, the No. 2 ranked Hurricane Tigers and the No. 5 ranked Cedar Redman. The Dixie Flyers are the other Region 9 team in the two-day preview. All games will be played at the Sevier Valley Center.
The Thunder are led by 3A preseason player of the year Tyler Ott. Ott is already signed to play college basketball at UC Davis. The Thunder return their starting point guard Brandon Simister who has offers from Dixie St. College and SUU. The Thunder open the preview Friday with Bear River at 2:30 p.m. and play Park City at noon on Saturday.
The Hurricane Tigers return star players Boston Gubler and Colton Marshall. Both Gubler and Marshall have received interest from Dixie St. College and SUU. The Tigers got off to a slow start this season because they could not complete their team until after football season. The Tigers also have a new coach and are putting in a new system. The Tigers open the preview with Morgan at 1 p.m. on Friday and play Bear River on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Cedar Redman will have the same bonus as the football team. John Ursua sparked the football team to a semi-final run and now looks to do the same with the basketball team. Cedar will be one of the biggest teams in the region and will look to use their size to their advantage. The Redman take on North Sanpete Friday at 11:30 a.m. and play Morgan on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The Dixie Flyers also have a player that is getting interest from Dixie State College. Walker Swenson is a 6-6 forward that is coming off of a bad ankle injury. Swenson just got out of a walking boot and has practiced over the last few week. The Flyers also have high flying Deshon Brown back from a season ending knee injury and sharp shooters Kyle Hansen and Devin Bennett. Look for the Flyers to jump into the top 5 of the state rankings quick. The Flyers take on Park City on Friday at 4 p.m. and North Sanpete on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
For a full schedule look below and for updates tune into Blake’s Take On Local Sports Friday at 5 p.m.
Fri. Dec 2
Cedar vs. North Sanpete 11:30 a.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
Morgan vs. Hurricane 1 p.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
Desert Hills vs. Bear River 2:30 p.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
Dixie vs. Park City 4 p.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
Sat. Dec 3
Bear River vs. Hurricane 9 a.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
Cedar vs. Morgan 10:30 a.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
Park City vs. Desert Hills noon (at Sevier Valley Center)
North Sanpete vs. Dixie 1:30 p.m. (at Sevier Valley Center)
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