We finish our previews by taking a look at the South Conference of the UHSLL. Alta, Corner Canyon, Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork and Timpanogos will be looking to make their mark in the new league this season.
Alta Hawks2013 Record: 14-6 (4-2)
2013 Playoffs: 3rd seed, lost to Juan Diego in Semifinals
Alta will be led by new head coach Kevin Perkins and on the field, Chase Oviatt will be their go-to guy. Alta will look to overcome the split with Corner Canyon that saw several top players head to the Chargers.
Games in late April with Corner Canyon, Bountiful, Brighton and Juan Diego will test the Hawks, but all the games are at home which should benefit Alta.
Corner Canyon Chargers
Corner Canyon is the newest team in the state and are led by Mark Davis. This team is stacked with talent including Garrett Michaeli, Garrett Bullet, Mason Barnhill and more.
“Look for a lot of players to make immediate impacts this season,” said assistant coach Ryan Walton. “We are very deep on defense, a solid midfield line, stellar face-off execution and a quick, talented attack. One of our strengths is to run the ball through all of our players and play to those individual talents with a team mindset. We are fortunate to have a lot of returning players, and truly can’t single out anyone.”
The Chargers will look to make their first year memorable by dominating on the field.
“There are certainly a lot of negative stigmas that come with a new program,” said Walton. “However we are very fortunate to hit the ground running. With a bevy of players having migrated from various programs, buttressed by a handful of athletic walk-ons we are sitting in good standing. Coach Davis and I have committed to teaching these young men a more collegiate manner of play. With our athletic ability to run the field and adapt to the new rules and regulations. You will notice a faster, more disciplined team than previous years.”
The Chargers will waste no time christening their field as they host Park City on March 4 in the best early season match-up.
Lone Peak Knights2013 Record: 21-1 (5-0)
2013 Playoffs: 1st seed, lost to Juan Diego in Championship
Lone Peak had a very successful season in 2013 losing in the championship game to Juan Diego. Lone Peak bolstered one of the best scoring offenses in the state. Although Lone Peak has lost a lot of the firepower, they have a lot of returners on defense to compliment the scorers that are returning. They also have a new head coach in Greg Saunders who, couple with returner Josh Stout, will look lead the team to similar success in 2014.
The Knights will have a tough game early as they travel to Juan Diego on March 7th. It will be important for Lone Peak to get a revenge win here as well as set the tone early for the rest of the season.
Pleasant Grove Vikings2013 Record: 10-10 (3-1)
2013 Playoffs: 4th seed, lost to Juan Diego in Quarterfinals
The Vikings will once again be a tough team in 2014. Junior LSM Zach Burbidge will be a leader on and off the field and will hope to control the midfield. The question mark for the Vikings will be on the offensive side of the ball. Who will it be to step up for Pleasant Grove?
Games at Juan Diego, hosting Brighton then heading to Lone Peak in late March will give the Vikings a good test.
Spanish Fork Warriors2013 Record: 10-8 (2-3)
2013 Playoffs: 5th seed, lost to Lone Peak in Quarterfinals
Spanish Fork returns 2013 Second Team All-State defender Jared Kotter who will look to work closely with new head coach Wes Goar who knows a little bit about defense himself. On offense, the Warriors lost their top four scorers. Look for Kyle Allsop to make up the difference.
Statement game: The Warriors host Brighton on March 4 which will give the Warriors a taste of what to expect the rest of the season.
2013 Record: 4-9 (1-3)
2013 Playoffs: Did Not Qualify
The Cutthroats are a mix of the Orem high schools since the area is experiencing a tough time for growth. Timpanogos will hope to string together some great games in order to carry their momentum forward in the coming years.