Region 9 boys hoops preview: Snow Canyon Warriors

ST. GEORGE — With Region 9 games beginning Wednesday, the St. George News sports staff helps prepare fans for the 2013-14 region season with a series of boys basketball previews.

SNOW CANYON WARRIORS
snow-canyon-smHead Coach: James Brown (13th year)
2012-2013 Record: 16-7 (1st in region with a 10-2 record)
2013 Postseason: Beat Wasatch 66-61 in 3A third-place game
Key Returners: Nate Gottfredson, Hayden Anderson, Jacob Frei, Tanner Sampson
Key Losses: Chandler Gines, Kallan Webster, Brendan Truman
Probable Starters: Gottfredson, Anderson, Frei, Sampson, Chase Jenkins
Key Reserves: Brock Staheli, Cameron Densley, Kaden Goodrich
Lineup: The Warriors are big and talented up front, with Gottfredson and Anderson. Densley will also help out inside. Jenkins will be the point guard, which will move the talented Frei to shooting guard. Sampson can also score, but SC is a little thin on the bench, at least until some football injuries heal up.
Outlook: Snow Canyon went deep into the playoffs last season, though Gines was a big part of that. Still, with some excellent post play and a couple of guards who can light it up, the Warriors should be a force to be reckoned with this season. Gottfredson is unquestionably the most skilled offensive big man in the region, so he should see lots of double-teams.
jamesbrownCoach Says: “Potentially, we could be pretty good again,” Brown said. “We’ve got all our big guys back from last year. Hopefully that will help give a chance at a championship. I’m very excited for the guys we have coming back.We do have some guys with injuries from football. Hopefully they can help us later on in the season.
2013-14 Region 9 projected finish:
R9 coaches — 2nd
R9 media — 1st
DesNews — 3rd

 

#

Player

Height

Weight

Position

Class

1

HEWARD, Caleb

5-7

Guard

Junior

3

RIGBY, Warner

6-1

Guard

Senior

4

GOODRICH, Kaden

5-10

Guard

Junior

5

FREI, Jacob*

6-0

Guard

Junior

10

STAHELI, Brock

5—9

Guard

Sophomore

12

GOTTFREDSON, Nate*

6-7

Center

Senior

14

DENSLEY, Cameron

6-5

Center

Senior

20

SAMPSON, Tanner

5-10

Guard

Senior

22

JENKINS, Chase

5-9

Guard

Senior

30

GRESENTI, Brad

6-0

Forward

Junior

31

POTTER, Kade

6-4

Forward

Junior

32

ANDERSON, Hayden*

6-1

Forward

Senior

35

CASEY, Travis

6-0

Forward

Junior

43

LOVELESS, Justin

6-4

Center

Sophomore

* – returning starters

2013-14 Region Schedule – Snow Canyon
Wed., Dec. 18 – vs. Pine View
Wed., Jan. 8 – @ Canyon View
Fri., Jan. 10 – @ Dixie
Wed., Jan. 15 – vs. Hurricane
Fri., Jan. 17 – vs. Cedar
Wed., Jan. 22 – @ Desert Hills
Wed., Jan. 29 – @ Pine View
Fri., Jan. 31 – vs. Canyon View
Wed., Feb. 5 – vs. Dixie
Fri., Feb. 7 – @ Hurricane
Wed., Feb. 12 – @ Cedar
Fri., Feb. 14 – vs. Desert Hills

Preseason Tourneys: Dec. 5-7 @ State Farm Classic; Dec. 19-21 @ Red Rocks Rumble.

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1 Comment

  • George December 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I think this Snow Canyon team will be a fun and talented team to watch this year! There is great competition around Region 9 but I think SC will be a team to look out for

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