Utah Summer Games: Skills event showcases youthful talent

Calvin Fisher was one of more than 70 youth who participated in the basketball skills competition at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2013. | Photo by Darren Cole, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — If the basketball skills competition at this year’s Utah Summer Games is any indication, the future of Utah basketball looks bright.

Dozens of youth from around the state gathered at Cedar High School Tuesday night to compete in the basketball skills event and the level of competition displayed was spectacular.

Ky Brown, of Beaver, watches intently the result of his free throw. He was one of more than 70 youth who participated in the basketball skills competition at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2013. | Photo by Darren Cole, St. George News
Ky Brown, of Beaver, watches intently the result of his free throw. He was one of more than 70 youth who participated in the basketball skills competition at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2013. | Photo by Darren Cole, St. George News

“We host this event mainly for the kids to have a good time,” said Lynn Beecher, the event’s director. “It is evident that many of these kids have some special talent.”

The competition is divided into three areas: free throws, 3-point shots and “hotshots.” The competitors receive one point each for up to 15 free throws made. They receive one point each for up to 10 3-pointers made. In each of those two areas the tiebreaker is determined by the number of consecutive shots made.

The final area, “hotshots,” awards points to the competitors depending on the difficulty of the shots taken in a one-minute time limit. Competitors could not shoot consecutive shots from the same position and were only allowed two layups in the time limit. Scoring ranged from the easy layups (two points) up to the more difficult three-pointers (eight points). Participants attempting a shot from all eight designated spots received 10 bonus points.

While the Utah Summer Games are hosted in Cedar City, the young competitors came from all over the state. Calvin Fisher, a 10-year old, made the trip from North Ogden. “I love basketball. This is my first year at the Summer Games,” he said.

It was also the first time competing for Ky Brown, a 10-year old from Beaver. “I have been working extra hard for this the past few months, “ Brown said. The hard work paid off as he took the gold in the hotshots competition and the bronze in the 3-point shot competition.

Calvin Fisher, of North Ogden, follows through on his 3-pointer Tuesday night. He was one of more than 70 youth who participated in the basketball skills competition at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2013. | Photo by Darren Cole, St. George News
Calvin Fisher, of North Ogden, sets for a 3-pointer Tuesday night. He was one of more than 70 youth who participated in the basketball skills competition at the Utah Summer Games, Cedar City, Utah, June 19, 2013. | Photo by Darren Cole, St. George News

Howard Sonnegren, a youth basketball coach from Las Vegas, was impressed with the overall grasp of the fundamentals.

“Watching these kids, it is clear that they are getting good fundamental coaching,” he said. “I see disappointment in some faces on the misses, but their follow-throughs are excellent, and at this age, that is what you look for in their development.”

Beecher said enjoyment and enthusiasm made the skills competition more than just a race to the medal stand.

“For me, seeing the smiles on all of their faces makes the event a success for everyone.”

Final Results

Boys Under 8
Free Throws
Gold-Luke Terry, Springville
SilverZed Webber, St. George
Bronze-Tyson Forsey, Washington

3-Point Shot
Gold-Luke Terry
Silver-Zed Webber
Bronze-Tyson Forsey

Hotshot
Gold-Zed Webber
Silver-Luke Terry
Bronze-Tyson Forsey

Age 8-9
Free Throws
Gold-Boston Holbrook, Washington
Silver-Kolton Schenck, North Ogden
Bronze-Boston Garrett, Cedar City

3-Point Shot
Gold-Boston Holbrook
Silver-Kolton Schenck
Bronze-Boston Garrett

Hotshot
Gold-Boston Holbrook
Silver-Boston Garrett
Bronze-Kolton Schenck

Age 9-10
Free Throws
Gold-Jace Neil, North Ogden
Silver-Cannon Devries, Pleasant View
Bronze-Noah Moeaki, American Fork

3-Point Shot
Gold-Cannon Devries
Silver-Drake Parker, Ogden
Bronze-Jace Neil
Bronze-Noah Moeaki

Hotshot
Gold-Noah Moeaki
Silver-Drake Parker
Bronze-Cannon Devries

Age 10-11
Free Throws
Gold-Hunter Ropelato, North Ogden
Silver-Carson Forsey, Washington
Bronze-Jacob Bolton, Cedar City

3-Point Shot
Gold-Rexton Schenck, North Ogden
Silver-Carson Forsey
Bronze-Ky Brown, Beaver

Hotshot
Gold-Ky Brown
Silver-Max Topham, Paragonah
Bronze-Carson Forsey

Age 11-12
Free Throws
Gold-Payton Murphy, Springville
Silver-Paul Terry, Springville
Bronze-Jaxon Jorgenson, Cedar City
Bronze-TaiNui White, Springville

3-Point Shot
Gold-Paul Terry
Silver-TaiNui White
Bronze-Jaxon Jorgenson

Hotshot
Gold-Payton Murphy
Silver-Jaxon Jorgenson
Bronze-Paul Terry

Age 12-13
Free Throws
Gold-Logan Sorensen, Payson
Silver-Griffen Spencer, Payson
Bronze-Dallyn Brindlay, Cedar City

3-Point Shot
Gold-Bailey Reno, Payson
Silver-Logan Sorenson
Bronze-Mason Lyman, Enoch

Hotshot
Gold-Logan Sorenson
Silver-Griffen Spencer
Bronze-Bailey Reno

Age 13-14
Free Throws
Gold-Brantzen Blackner, Cedar City
Silver-Joey Lambeth, Cedar City
Bronze-Ty Webber, St. George

3-Point Shot
Gold-Toby Potter, Cedar City
Silver-Brantzen Blackner
Silver-Joey Lambeth
Silver-Austin Staheli, Santa Clara
Bronze-Braden Baker, Santa Clara

Hotshot
Gold-Ty Webber
Silver-Kaden Bench, Washington
Bronze-Brantzen Blackner

Age 14-15
Free Throws
Gold-Logan Hokanson, Washington
Silver-Scott Sanders, Cedar City
Bronze-Cade Cope, North Ogden

3-Point Shot
Gold-Logan Hokanson
Silver-Cade Cope
Bronze-Scott Sanders

Hotshot
Gold-Logan Hokanson
Silver-Scott Sanders
Bronze-Cade Cope

Age 15-16
Free Throws
Gold-Tito Pauley, Chula Vista, CA

3-Point Shot
Gold-Tito Pauley

Hotshot
Gold-Tito Pauley

Age 17-18
Free Throws
Gold-Travis Bettridge, Cedar City

3-Point Shot
Gold-Travis Bettridge

Hotshot
Gold-Travis Bettridge

Girls
Age 8-9

Free Throws
Gold-Sydney White, Springville
Silver-McKell Ropelato, North Ogden

3-Point Shot
Gold-Sydney White
Silver-McKell Ropelato

Hotshot
Gold-Sydney White
Silver-McKell Ropelato

Age 10-11
Free Throws
Gold-Hallie Potter, Cedar City

3-Point Shot
Gold-Hallie Potter

Hotshot
Gold-Hallie Potter

Age 17-18
Free Throws
Gold-Addie Ludlow, St. George

3-Point Shot
Gold-Addie Ludlow

Hotshot
Gold-Addie Ludlow

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