Gottfredson tabbed as MVP, but which team will win region?

ST. GEORGE — Big man Nate Gottfredson was picked as the top player by members of the southern Utah media covering Region 9 Wednesday. But coaches and media don’t agree on which team will win the region.

The first -ever Region 9 Boys Basketball Media Day was held Wednesday evening at Coral Canyon’s Holiday Inn Express, with Snow Canyon’s Gottfredson edging out fellow big man Kody Wilstead from Pine View for the preseason MVP honors. Also tabbed as first-teamers were Cedar’s Dustin Staggs, Desert Hills’ Taylor Houston, Pine View’s Chaz Peterson Snow Canyon’s Jacob Frei and Cedar’s Kordan Nielson.

media-day-basket-ball-3Snow Canyon and Desert Hills were both picked to win the region, depending on which poll can be trusted. The region’s coaches picked Desert Hills, awarding the Thunder five of six first-place votes. The Warriors were tabbed second, with Pine View third, Cedar fourth, Dixie fifth, Canyon View sixth and Hurricane seventh.

The media saw the top two spots differently. Snow Canyon garnered four of the seven first-place votes and was picked to win it all. Desert Hills was picked second by the media, with Pine View third, Cedar fourth, Dixie fifth, Canyon View sixth and Hurricane seventh.

The Warriors are coming off a third-place finish at state and return Gottfredson and fellow post player Hayden Anderson, along with Frei and senior point guard Chase Jenkins.

Desert Hills, which lost in the first-round of the playoffs to Wasatch last season, returns the athletic Houston as well as guards Quincy Matthews and Brycen Williams, plus post Trey Tanner.

Pine View, which went 6-6 in region a year ago, returns most of its key contributors from last season, including Wilstead, Peterson, Jack Bangerter and Collin Dowdell.

Cedar, which was 8-4 in region a year ago, figures to contend behind skilled big man Staggs and the versatile Nielson.

The videocast of the Region 9 Media Day will be available on Thursday.

Coaches preseason poll
Rnk   Team   Pts   (1st votes)
1. Desert Hills 41 (5)
2. Snow Canyon 35 (1)
3. Pine View 31
4. Cedar 23
5. Dixie 15
6. Canyon View 13
7. Hurricane 10

Media preseason poll
Rnk   Team   Pts   (1st votes)
1. Snow Canyon 44 (4)
2. Desert Hills 41 (2)
3. Pine View 39 (1)
4. Cedar 29
5. Dixie 20
6. Canyon View 13
7. Hurricane 10

Preseason All-Region 9 (selected by the media)
MVP — Nate Gottfredson, SC
All-region — Kody Wilstead, PV; Dustin Staggs, CD; Taylor Houston, DH; Chaz Peterson, PV; Kordan Noelson, CD; Jacob Frei, SC.
Others receiving votes — Cody Lebaron, HU; R.J. Wilgar, DX; Quincy Matthews, DH; Ryan Jensen, DX; Hayden Anderson, SC; Trey Tanner, DH.

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