Max Watson provided some first half fireworks against Logan with this breakaway and slam dunk.
Second quarter cold spell dooms boys against Grizzlies
January 10, 2018 • Jeremy Jones • Managing Editor
It was clear from the opening tip that the Logan boys’ basketball team had a plan for Box Elder last Wednesday night when the two teams squared off in Brigham City: make the Bees’ backcourt work for everything.
The Grizzlies executed that plan flawlessly as they ran away with a 65-46 win.
Logan came out with pressure defense and wanted to force the Bees’ guards to give up the ball and make others beat them.
Max Watson still managed to lead all scorers with 18 points on the night and fellow backcourt running mate Cameron Saunders dropped in 11, but the two combined to shoot just 8-24 from the field and the 46 points was the third-lowest offensive output for the season for the Bees, who fell to 5-6 in the preseason with the loss.
Bees beat Fremont in warm up for Richardson Memorial
January 3, 2018
Box Elder’s Joseph Stuart (145) waits for Fremont’s Michael Gough to succumb, which he did, to give Stuart a win by fall early in the second round, and seal a 41-28 victory for the Bees over the Silver Wolves last week. Box Elder opened up a 24-6 lead after the first six matches and never looked back. The Bees’ Brock Hardy (152), Jaden Nessen (195), Ryan Gunn (220), Colton Ward (106), also had wins by fall in the match. This week, the Bees will play host to schools from throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming at the annual Richardson Memorial Wrestling Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
Despite plenty of defensive attention from the Bears, Max Watson (seen here in a game earlier this season), who is averaging 25.2 points per game this season, exploded for a season-high 32 points, including connecting on five 3-pointers.
“That game was a tale of two halves. We were bad defensively in the first half and just gave up too many points. But we were much better in the second half and we made enough plays to get the win.”
The Bees’ Harrison Hodgson works his North Summit opponent into position before scoring a win by fall.
Double forfeit leads to Box Elder win over North Summit
A strategic error on the part of North Summit’s wrestling team allowed Box Elder to escape from Coalville with a 35-34 win.
With Box Elder having a forfeit at 170 pounds, the Braves decided to put in their JV 170-pound wrestler in the varsity match to win the six points, and mover their varsity 170-pound wrestler to the 182-pound match with the hopes of securing two wins.
Boys beat Wolves in second half, blast Bears
December 27, 2017 • Jeremy Jones • Staff Writer
The Box Elder High School boys’ basketball team earned themselves an early Christmas present last week as they scored wins over Green Canyon on Tuesday and over rival Bear River on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Wolves looked to have the upper hand early as the backcourt tandem of Carter Berish, who finished with 20 points on the night, and Dewey Panter, who netted 14, were able to penetrate time and again off the dribble with the Bees offering little resistance.
That created some easy chances inside that left the Bees’ coaching staff scratching their heads.
The Wolves put up 46 points in the first half alone and took a six-point advantage into the halftime break.
But the Bees put the clamps on defensively in the second half, allowing just 15 points during the final two quarters and ground out a 65-61 win.
With the Wolves’ guards getting so much dribble penetration, the Bees switched to a zone defense in the second half to plug up the lane. That seemed to swing the momentum back in the Bees favor.
Senior center Porter Clawson also responded with his best game of the season so far and lead the way with 25 points and eight rebounds in the win. Max Watson added 13 points with seven boards and Cameron Saunders had 10 points.
After the game, Bees head coach Jace McKee said, “That game was a tale of two halves. We were bad defensively in the first half and just gave up too many points. But we were much better in the second half and we made enough plays to get the win.”
With the momentum of a come-from-behind win and a rivalry game on tap, the Bees needed no extra motivation on Thursday night against the Bears.
Watson, as a senior, said before the game that he was especially excited to get one last crack at the Bears.
And he made the most of it.
The Bears were very wary of Watson on the offensive end as he entered the game averaging a state-leading 25.2 points per game.
The visitors tried a trapping zone as well as playing some box-and-1, but none of it seemed to slow down Watson, as he erupted for a season-high 32 points, including connecting on five 3-point tries. Watson also got some help from the big guys inside as Clawson and Tyson Madsen exploited their size advantage over the Bears inside and finished with 14 and 13 points respectively.
Madsen brought the crowd to its feet in the third quarter when he was able to connect on a 3-pointer from the top of the key that left the Bears wondering what more they could do to slow down the onslaught.
The Bears tried to mount a comeback from behind the 3-point line and were lead by Mark Huber, who had 17 points. Jake Dahle and Ben Fonnesbeck each scored 11, but the game was never in doubt and the Bees got the win going away 66-47.
The two wins move the Bees to 5-5 on the year ahead of a long holiday break.
The Bees will be back in action next Wednesday when they host Logan. The Grizzlies are led by guard Anthony McDade, who is averaging nearly 15 points per outing. The game against the Grizzlies is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Girls blast Tigers, fall to Warriors
December 20, 2017 • Jeremy Jones • Staff Writer
The preseason rolled on for the Box Elder High School girls’ basketball team last week as the Bees split two games, getting an easy win over Ogden on the road on Tuesday and then falling at home to Weber on Friday.
On Tuesday, the Bees ran out to a big lead early and the hapless Tigers had no answer as they continue to search for their first win of the season.
Morgan Reeder lead the way with 15 points and eight rebounds while Emily Isaacson added 11 points in the win.
The Bees were able to clear out the bench in the fourth quarter as 12 different girls got playing time and seven different players got on the scoresheet.
No Tiger player broke into double digit scoring as the Bees rolled to a 53-29 win.
The competition level was always going to be tougher on Friday with the Warriors coming to town and the 6A power did not disappoint.
The Bees had trouble all night containing the dynamic duo of Megan Smoot, who finished with 28 points on the night, and Taylor Morris, who netted 22 in the win.
Morris found the range from deep early in the first quarter as the Warriors opened up a 14-2 lead before the Bees even knew what hit them.
Isaacson, who lead the Bees with 23 points including five three-pointers, lead a run at the end of the first period to pull the Bees within five.
Morgan Reeder drives inside the paint against the Ogden defense. Reeder led the Bees with 15 points and eight rebounds in a 53-29 win over the Tigers.
Porter Clawson gave Box Elder fans something to cheer about with this dunk in the Bees’ 63-70 loss to Ridgeline.
Fouls, turnovers plague boys in loss to Riverhawks
December 20, 2017 • Jeremy Jones • Staff Writer
After jumping out to an early 11-0 advantage, the Box Elder High School boys’ basketball team got into some foul trouble and struggled to control the ball as Ridgeline took a 70-63 win.
Bees’ head coach Jace McKee said he was proud of the work his team put in over the last week and also recognized the need to improve going forward.
“I saw a lot of good things out there tonight,” McKee said. “Despite giving up 70 points, I thought our defense was better than it has been. We just got into foul trouble with our guards early and that put some pressure on other guys to step up. We turned the ball over too much and we need to clean that up.
After the hot start from the Bees, the Riverhawks completely erased the deficit by the end of the first period, where the teams were tied at 16.
The Bees were then forced into some changes at the guard line in the second quarter as the starting backcourt became saddled with fouls.
The Riverhawks ratcheted up the pressure against the young backcourt and created turnovers that they turned into transition baskets. Following the Bees’ 11-0 start to the game, Ridgeline outscored them 40-17, and took a 12-point lead into the half.
The Bees fired back in the third quarter lead by leading scorer Max Watson, who finished the game with 24 points.
The Bees also looked to exploit a size advantage inside as fellow big men Porter Clawson and Tyson Madsen pounded the ball inside and finished with 16 and 13 points respectively.
But a more turnovers from the Bees and transition baskets kept the Riverhawks in the lead at 53-49 heading into the final period.
Down the stretch, the Riverhawks were able to convert enough free throws to expand their lead and get the win.
Breck Jackson lead the Riverhawks with 20 points. Landon Brenchley added 17 and Sam Weda netted 11 in the win.
The loss drops the Bees to 3-5 on the year while the defending 4A champion Riverhawks improve to 5-3.
Girls nipped by Silverwolves, beat Grizzlies in overtime
December 13, 2017 • Jeremy Jones • Staff Writer
The Box Elder High School girls’ basketball team is getting a lot of experience in close games during their preseason schedule, and last week was no exception as the team battled in two tight ones, losing to Fremont on Tuesday and getting an overtime win over Logan on Friday.
Against the Silverwolves, Bees’ head coach Aaron Dooley said the team didn’t come out with as much passion and fire as he would have liked to have seen and that cost them early.
Too many turnovers also put the Bees in a hole as the Silverwolves built an 18-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“We finally woke up in the fourth quarter and started playing like we’re capable,” Dooley said. “We finally put a run together, but it was a, ‘too little, too late,’ kind of a thing.”
That run was lead by Morgan Reeder, who finished with 14 points, and Emily Isaacson, who added 10.
The Bees won the fourth quarter by 12 points and held the home team to just four points in the period, but the comeback attempt fell short as the Silverwolves took the win, 45-40.
December 6, 2017 • Sean Hales • Managing Editor
Lucas Cochran tries to get Mountain Crest’s Wyatt Larsen on his back in the first round of the 160-pound bout in a dual between the two teams last week. Cochran won the bout by fall.
It was a relatively rough start to the 2017-2018 campaign for the Box Elder High School wrestling team, as they dropped their first dual, a non-region contest against Mountain Crest, and finished ninth at the Layton Invitational over the weekend with just two wrestlers making it to the championship round.
In a back-and-forth affair on Thursday that featured eight lead changes and ties, it was Mountain Crest’s heavy weights who did the bulk of the damage notching four wins by fall to walk away with the win, 49-27.
Box Elder’s Brock Hardy (152) and Lucas Cochran (160) both earned consecutive wins by fall to give the Bees a 27-21 lead with just 5 of the 14 matches left to go.
At 170 pounds, Mountain Crest’s Tanner Lofthouse earned a major decision over Trevor Murray to begin the Mustang’s string of wins by fall at 182, 195, 220 and 285 pounds.
At 220 pounds, Box Elder’s Chase Jeppesen seemed to have the match well in hand through the first round. Despite only earning two points with an early takedown, he was in control for the majority of the period.
In the second round, however, Jeppesen was called for locking hands twice, handing two points and momentum of the match to his opponent, Sam McMurray, who pinned Jeppesen early in the third round.
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