Looking for balance
Jarom Mecham is one of three players returning from last year who averaged a combined 29.4 points per game.
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder boys’ basketball season tips off next Tuesday as they look to build on last season, where they finished 13-10 overall including 8-4 in region action.
This year, the team has three returning starters in juniors Darius McFarland and Jarom Mecham, and senior Daniel Didericksen. Those three combined to average 29.4 points per game and 11 rebounds per game.
With the loss of their leading scorer, Shad Watson, Bees’ head coach Jace McKee said he would be looking to those three for leadership this season.
“We only have three seniors total, so we’re still pretty young,” McKee said. “We do have some experience to rely on that will help us.”
Outside of Didericksen, the other two returning seniors on the team are Jack Clawson and Dalton Larsen.
The Bees are looking for a higher finish in region play for a better seed in the state tournament. Last season, the Bees finished fourth in the region, which matched them up against eventual state champion Orem in the first round of the tournament. In that game, Orem rolled to a 75-56 win.
Swim team starts season with a bang at home meet
By Joelle Beard
The Box Elder High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams opened the season on a high note on Saturday, Nov. 8, when they both took first place at an invitational they hosted against Bear River, Riverton, Roy, and Weber high schools.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams generated leads in the first several events and used the leads to stay ahead throughout the rest of the meet.
The Box Elder boys took first in five events and second in six events, helping them gain a lead over the other teams, despite the fact that the current pool record for the 400-meter freestyle was broken by a Riverton swimmer.
Nathan Struble took first place in both the 50 meter freestyle (26.87) and the 100 meter backstroke (1:08.06), while Nathan Hale took first place in the 200 meter IM (2:25.43) for the boys.
The Box Elder girls took first place in two events and second place in five events. The team’s depth helped them claim the title, even though three of the pool records were broken by the Riverton girls. Riverton set new records in the 50 meter freestyle, the 400 meter freestyle, and the 200 meter freestyle relay.
Ashley Burbank took first place in the 100 meter freestyle (1:08.84) for the girls, gaining a lot of points for Box Elder.
It was a good experience for Box Elder to swim against some of the state’s fastest swimmers. Given that Box Elder had so many swimmers graduate last year, it was good to see this year’s swimmers step up and win their first meet.
Men’s, women’s basketball registering
Brigham City Recreation is currently accepting registrations for its men’s and women’s basketball leagues.
The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 25, for the men’s league. The cost is $350 per team, which includes an eight-game season and double-elimination tournament. Games will be played Monday and Wednesday nights at Box Elder Middle School or Adele C. Young Intermediate School beginning Dec. 1.
Women’s league games will be played at Box Elder Middle School on Tuesday nights beginning Jan. 6. Registration costs $275 per team. The deadline is Dec. 30.
For more information or to register for either league, visit www.brighamcity.utah.gov; in person at the recreation offices at 641 East 200 North, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; or call 435-734-6610.