by Scott Boyle
The boys and girls basketball teams from Monticello High School improved their region records with wins over the Whitehorse Raiders.
The girls raced to a 17-4 first quarter lead and won by 22 points, to run their record to 6-1 atop the Region 19 standings.
Zoe Chadwick led the Bucks with 19 points. Mary Beh also tossed in 12 points to pace the Lady Bucks to the 63-41 win at home. For good measure, the girls tossed in a 36-33 non-region road win over Duchesne. Beh was top scorer at Duchesne with 13. Chadwick added nine.
The regular season winds up this week for the Lady Bucks with a home game against Green River on Tuesday and at Pinnacle on Friday.
The boys remained undefeated in Region 19 play with a nearly 50 point win over the Whitehorse Raiders. The boys raced to a 37-11 halftime lead on their way to the 83-35 win, leaving them at 7-0 and the top of the region heap.
Twelve Buckaroos scored in the win, tossing in 10 three pointers and led by Tanner Eardley’s 17 points. Eight Buckaroos canned a three pointer in an awesome display of shooting. Dillon Maughan and Easton Nielson both added 10 points and two treys apiece.
Saturday evening was a different story, however, as the Bucks shooting turned cold in the face of a determined Duchesne Eagle team in a non-region affair. The Bucks struggled with the shot all evening before eventually falling 52-49.
The Bucks still managed six treys, but could never get the lead from the Eagles, sending them to just their third loss on the season.
Dillon Maughan had three of those treys on his way to 17 points, with Austin Maloy adding 16 and two treys. Only four Buckaroos found the scoring column, with Sheldon Black adding nine and Tanner Eardley seven. The loss drops the Buckaroo record to 13-3. Next up, a road game at Pinnacle on Valentines Night.
Random wrestling thoughts
The Monticello Buckaroos won their eight straight Divisional Wrestling Championship on February 8 at Wayne County High School in Bicknell. Seven Buckaroos divisional champs, two runner-ups, four thirds and two fourths gave the Bucks 270.5 points for the tournament to easily outdistance second place Wayne (215.5) Panguitch (198) and the other seven teams at the Southern Divisional.
Cole Eldredge was named outstanding wrestler in the upper weights and Head Coach Kent Adair was named the Southern Division Coach of the year. The win also gives the Buckaroos 15 wrestlers to compete for the 1A state championship at the Maverick Center in SLC on Friday and Saturday. 1A wrestling starts at 5:30 on Friday evening.
Some random Southern Divisional thoughts:
1. The seven champs, Shandon Bradford, Hunter Bowring, Brandon Musselman, Cole Eldredge, Eric Anderson, Austin Wilcox, and Spencer Knudsen, join runnerups Dailyn Warren and Jake Giles, and third placers, Andrew Baird, Chance Weahkee, McKayd LaRose, Curtis Baird, and fourth placers Brandin Clark and Jose Santana to give the Bucks a formidable crew to try to unseat four time state champion Altamont.
2. Altamont won the Northern Division again, qualifying 17 wrestlers, including seven firsts and four seconds and scoring 272 points. Four schools compete in the Northern Divisional, while 10 particpate in the Southern Division. Should be an interesting and competitive 1A tournament in SLC.
3. Spending a Saturday in February watching non-stop wrestling is a wonderful way to utilize a Saturday in February.
4. Monticello kids can flat out wrestle.
5. The first thing the PA announcer said, in aniconic Central Utah accented voice, was, “We welcome y’all for being here!”
6. Whenever Monticello wrestled, it was the fans from the other nine schools cheering collectively against Monticello. Kinda fun, actually.
7. Wrestling teammates in a tournament is not fun to do... or watch, for that matter.
8. Win or lose, you get up off the mat, shake hands and walk off a better man.
9. Tournament officials could have speeded things up a little bit, couldn’t they?
10. Three bucks for a BBQ sandwich and a pop at the concession stand! Add nachos for only two bucks more. Best $5 meal ever.
11. What a drive from Monticello to Hite to Hanksville, through Capital Reef National Park, Torrey and on to Bicknell!
12. Pickle Pie and Pinto Bean Pie are advertised on the window of the only restaurant in Bicknell.
13. Quick, how are Bicknell and Blanding, besides both starting with Bs, tied together?
14. Try the Bicknell Burger at the said restaurant in Bicknell. I looked for, but couldn’t find the Thurber Burger. Even asked. “Nope, do not have the Thurber Burger.” SJR editor had the “Loa Smothered Burrito.” Didn’t try the pie.... too full from the BB.
15. Wayne County High School has 35 state championship banners hanging in the gym. (See what you notice when you don’t speed things up?) Sixteen are earned by the wrestling team, the most recent being 2006.
16. No sign of former Wayne wrestling coach, the legendary Kerry Anderson, who coached Wayne to all those state championships and who retired two years ago.
17. I was there when Buckaroo head coach, Kent Adair, wrestled for the state championship in Panguitch way back in 1973. (really random thought)
18. Alma Beh got one of the biggest cheers of the day... for losing. Beh, who lost in the pigtail round Friday night and watched the rest of the tournament from the sidelines, stepped on the mat Saturday afternoon to face Payton (Max) Johnson of Bryce Valley.
Johnson, who has Downs Syndrome, quickly took Beh to the mat, shot the half and pinned him in less than 30 seconds. Johnson took to the mat at least three times Saturday, pinning all his opponents and spent some happy time atop the podium too, along with the other divisional champs.
19. The other 19 championship banners? Seven girls track, six girls cross-country, five baseball and one girls basketball.
20. A new Saturday in February tradition has been born. Congratulations Bucks. Take State!