The 2012 portion of the 2012 -2013 season is complete for the Lyman Eagles, who sit 5-2, and ranked third in the final WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media poll. They may slip a spot in the first poll of 2013, as their last time out was a loss in overtime to the fourth-ranked Bulldogs of Wheatland. The only other Eagles’ loss was to Riverton, when the Wolverines were ranked second in the 4A, and undefeated.
Kyle Stokes leads the 3A West Conference — and all of the 3A — in scoring, with 18.8 points per game. Cisco Taylor is third in the conference and ranks fifth, statewide.
Stokes and teammate Skylar Walker are represented as leading rebounders in the conference and state. Taylor, Schofield and Stokes are in the conference top 10 in assists, with Taylor showing the way in takeaways. Stokes and Schofield also crack the top 10. Stokes is shooting as well as any 3A player from beyond the arc, and Taylor rounds out the 3A West top 10 in field goals. Tyson Gillies and Stokes are among the best free throw shooters in the conference.
The 7-2 record includes a 2-0 conference mark, which is right where Eagles basketball is set to pick up where they left off for a Jan 4. showdown with the Cody Broncs in Lyman, with the Powell Panthers also making the Park County to Bridger Valley trek on Saturday, Jan. 5.
The Mountain View Buffalos have jumped out to a 6-2 start, including a win over 4A Green River in the Flaming Gorge Classic, hosted by the Wolves. Their two losses could have gone either way, falling in the season opener in overtime to Thermopolis, and a loss by four to Buffalo.
Hayden Meeks and Austin Housekeeper provide a one-two scoring punch for almost 26 points per game combined, with Meeks and Cade Covington top 10 representatives in rebounding. Austin Henstra, Houskeeper and Brennen Walk are on the leader board in assists, with the two Austins listed among the steals leaders. Walk has been the most successful long-range Buffalo, with Meeks tied for the state’s best inside the arc. Henstra is a top 10 free throw shooter in the 3A West. The Buffs are 1-0 in the conference, outlasting the Kemmerer Rangers, 44-35, on Thursday, Dec. 20. Mountain View will alternate with rival Lyman in hosting the Park County schools Powell and Cody on Jan. 4 and 5.
Bridger Valley girls hoops
The Lyman Lady Eagles and Mountain View Lady Buffs completed the first half of the 2012 -2013 campaign. Lyman sits 5-3, with two of their three losses to top-ranked and undefeated Douglas. They Lady Buffs, fielding a young team, have managed just one win so far, with Kemmerer topping the them 33-29 Dec. 20. The stat packages for 3A girls were last updated on Dec. 4.
Both girls teams will join their boy team counterparts with conference games against Powell and Cody on Jan. 4 and 5.
The Rich Rebels jump into conference play when the 2013 part of their season begins, with a Jan. 4 road trip to Manila. Jarman McKay’s 15 points per game lead the Rebels and rank him 13th among Utah’s 1A scoring leaders. John Acree is 23rd, with 12.7 per outing. Austin Groll is listed among the classification’s leaders in three-point buckets and assists, with McKay making another appearance in the steals category.
The Rebels closed out 2012 with a big road win over the No. 5 team in Utah 2A hoops, a 67-63 victory over the South Summit Wildcats in Kamas, with Skylar Argyle leading four Rebels in double-digit scoring, with 16 points.
The Rich Lady Rebels have won five straight, are 7-1 on the season, and ranked third in Utah’s 1A classification. They must relish playing neighboring Wyoming teams, as four of their last five wins came at the hands of Wyoming teams Evanston, Jackson, Riverton and Cokeville.
The 64 points scored against the Lady Panthers on Dec. 21 were a team high far and away, while holding the Lady Panthers to 45. Six-foot-plus center Alisa Petersen leads the team in scoring with a 14.9 point per game average, and was the 1A state title defending team’s leading rebounder from last season.
The Lady Rebels jump into their first conference road swing on Jan. 4, traveling to Manila, and will also face non-conference foe Grantsville on Jan. 5.