Football season has ended and the leaves have started to fall, which means one thing, basketball season! The team is coached by Mr. Shaun Blakey, eighth-grade counselor at SJHS. He said, “I became a coach to inspire kids to reach their potential, not just athletically but academically too. The advantage of being a coach and a counselor is I get to constantly see their grades.” Tryouts were held and these boys were chosen to be on the team: Owen Gardner, Radley Nelson, Gavin Johnson, Chancy Conger, Eric Lee, Jordan Treasure, Derek Hansen, Aaron Ashby, Skyler Anderton, Jay Biesinger, Collin Pope, and Austin Gren. “I tried out for basketball because it is very fun to play,” said Skyler Anderton, ninth grader at SJHS.
Practice has started, and the players and Coach Blakey have goals they want to accomplish. “I really want us to win district and win the Alpine tournament,” said Coach Blakey. What do the players want to accomplish? “My goal is that we win every game this year. Winning a championship is never a doubt,” said Skyler.
This season the team has 16 games to play, and many different schools to face off against. “Teams change so much every year, you really don’t know what to expect. The only time you know is when you’re playing them,” said Coach Blakey. The team has a long season ahead of them, and a lot of games to play. “I know we are a good team because we are very hard working, we have a lot of talent and a lot of heart,” said Skyler.
Home Game Schedule
January 4th at 5:30 pm: SJHS vs. Spanish Fork
January 11th at 3:30 pm: SJHS vs. Diamond Fork
January 13th at 5:30 pm: SJHS vs. Mapleton
January 18th at 5:30 pm: SJHS vs. Mt Nebo
January 25th at 3:30 pm: SJHS vs. Payson
January 28th at 3:30 pm: SJHS vs. Timberline