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2013 ULN Staff Game Picks: Week 1

Bountiful Braves

Each week of the high school season we will pick the winners a handful of random games that week. You can join along as well by leaving a comment with your picks. This week features only four games since most of the early games got rescheduled due to field conditions. We take a look at a couple of great games between Bingham and Lone Peak, Alta and Park City, New Mexico and Utah State and Bountiful and Judge.
Boys: Bingham v. Lone Peak – Wednesday, March 6
Scott Robinson: Bingham wins 14-8
Lone Peak loses a handful of seniors but returns top attackers Jake Stout and Aaron Fjeldsted. They had a decent season last year, beating some good teams. Bingham graduated two major keys to last years team in Chris Severson and Connor Lyman. Look for Bingham to beat the Eagles in the a closer match up than last year.
Sean Zuckerman: Bingham wins 14-10
Lone Peak travels to Bingham and with both teams in the preseason top 10 it should be close. I give Bingham the edge however, as they are at home and have a win already this season.
Tim Haslam: Bingham wins 12-8
I think this will be closer than anticipated. I think Bingham will come in riding the momentum of a win over Riverton that will propel them past the Knights.
Girls: Alta v. Park City – Thursday, March 7
Scott Robinson: Park City wins 17-9
Alta loses midfielder Malia Stephens and Regina Farley. Alta returns Haysun Choi and Sarah Linford. Park City will lose all state defender Katie Coleman but returns all state Katy Miele all state midfielder Alex Miele and Maddie Haynes. I believe Park City is poised for a state championship and will beat the Hawks.
Sean Zuckerman: Park City wins 13-10
Park City returns a lot of players from the previous year and have a quality win to start the season so far. Alta will be at home, which should give them some energy. The experience of Park City however will be the difference in the game.
Tim Haslam: Park City wins 12-5
Park City will run away with this one early. The Miners are just too good.
MCLA: New Mexico @ Utah State – Friday, March 8
Scott Robinson: USU wins 13-6
New Mexico travels to Utah State to take on the Aggies. Utah State has lost every conference game so far. Look for the Aggies to put up a fight but go down to the Lobos.
Sean Zuckerman: USU wins 15-9
The Aggies will look to bounce back after tough game against BYU with a much greater offensive output. New Mexico could come out with tired legs as they play the Utes the night before. Utah State has played a very tough schedule to start the season and I believe that experience will show, Utah State beats New Mexico.
Tim Haslam: USU wins 14-7
The Aggies will get their only RMLC win this weekend when they take on New Mexico. The Lobos should be no match for Utah State.
Boys: Bountiful @ Judge – Saturday, March 9
Scott Robinson: Bountiful wins 15-5
Judge will lose 15 seniors including Matt Hirning, Wilson Lamb and goalie, Matt Crispo. The Braves will lose Jack Fabrizio, Midfielder Brad Taylor, Midfielder Kiet Tran, Attackmen James Taylor and Goalie Zac Anderson, but return a slew of starters and players with varsity experience, most of which are only Juniors this season.
Sean Zuckerman: Judge wins 10-9
Judge and Bountiful were first in their conferences to end 2012. Now 4th and 5th in the week one polls respectively, this should be another tight game. Again for me the home team wins.
Tim Haslam: Bountiful wins 12-10
The Braves just have too many great players returning to count them out in any game. Judge will look to prove they are reloading and not rebuilding.
There you have it fans, leave a comment below with your picks!

    1. We are only selecting a handful of games. In the busy weeks there are 50+ games between girls, boys and the colleges which is a ton of time to be honest. If you have good suggestions for games next week, just let us know by replying to this comment. Would love to get your take on this weeks picks as well.

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