Buckaroos win region title, on to state tournament
by Scott Boyle
The Monticello Buckaroos completed an undefeated regular season with a 65-50 road win over a motivated Green River Pirate team on February 22 in Green River.
The Pirates came out hot Friday night and the Bucks were stone cold leaving the Pirates determinedly leading 15-7 after one quarter.
But the Bucks were patient and when the shots started rolling in during the second quarter, the tide turned even though Green River led at halftime 24-22.
In the second half, the blitz began as the Bucks ran off 43 points while holding the Pirates to 26 to win going away.
Austin Maloy scored 12 points, as did Tanner Eardley to pace the Buckaroo shooting parade, with Dillon Maughan adding 11 points and two treys.
Nine Buckaroos solved the scoring problem as head coach Tony Esplin used his deep bench effectively.
The win gives back to the Buckaroos the Region 19 championship, which Green River wrested from them last year, with a spotless 10-0 record and 17-4 overall.
The Bucks will play the Wayne Badgers at the 1A state tournament in Richfield Wednesday at 4 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the game, be sure and cheer the Bucks on the radio at 103.9 KAAJ-LP. I personally like to watch the game at Desnews.com while listening to Rhett Sifford on KAAJ-LP. It’s a perfect combination. Good luck to the Bucks. Lets bring home a state championship! I think they will.
A number of local scholar athletes garnered Academic All State honors for winter sports.
The award is presented by the Utah High School Activities Association and honrs student athletes who excell in the classroom and on the courts.
For San Juan, Cole Einerson, Brooke Lyman and Erin Hurst were all honored in basketball.
For the Buckaroos, Mikaela Hughes made the basketball Academic All State team, while Shaylynn Black and Toni Torres were named in Drill Team. Congratulations to all.
Another volleyball tournament in Monticello gets rave reviews and Monticello teams win the gold and silver brackets on Saturday, February 23.
The seventh grade team of Ericka Hill, Ashley Adair, Alissa Reeve, Breanne Slade, Halle Young, Carlyn Goodwine, Abbi Nielson, Ashton Adams, and Aleighya DeLaFuente, coached by the mother-daughter team of Roxanne Eldredge and Mercedez Slade, won the silver bracket.
Sheila Wells and Bev McDougall coached the eighth grade team to first place in the gold bracket.
Team members are Allie Maughan, Izabell Slade, Tawna Wells, Atlanta Black, Marci McDougall, Shelby Fullmer, Yeni Carranza and Kris Johnson.