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2015 Boys Preview: South Conference

American ForkAmerican Fork (17-2, ULA D-II Semifinals)
2014 was a dominant year for the American Fork Cavemen, going 6-1 in the first half of the season. Unfortunately, their only other lose of the season was in playoffs. The Cavemen exited playoffs after a a battle against Syracuse. They ended the season 17-2, and are already eyeing 2015 to be another dominate season.
American Fork is starting the season with a tournament in Nevada and then hoping to hit the season with the same momentum as last season. They are bringing back Maxim Baxter and Second Team All American Jace Miller, two stand outs from 2014.
The Cavemen have a tough stretch near the first of their season, as travel to Brighton and Olympus, and host Bingham between that. If the team remains healthy and the younger players step up, they could be a serious contender.
Desert Hills Thunder
Desert Hills are still looking for their first W, after it barley escaped them in 2014. Desert Hills has one of the toughest schedules of all the High Schools in the state. Not because of the teams they are playing, but because of the schedule. A majority of their games are Friday-Saturday games, not giving the players much rest. An advantage they have is that they won’t be in a car for 4-5 hours prior to the game. If they can take advantage of having their opponents length of travel, they should see more than just their first win this season.
Lehi Pioneers (8-10, ULA D-II Quarterfinals)
2014 was a good season for Lehi. They had ended the season going 10-7, but showed a lot of strength against some difficult teams. Their season ended when American Fork routed them out of the playoffs in a close battle.
2015 could be a another really good year as well if the young players and the new seniors step up. The good news is Parker Ika and Ayden Hullinger, two stand outs from last season, will be returning this year.Lehi’s 2015 season is a well balanced season. They have games against some more challenging teams mixed in with games that Lehi can win. The highlight of their season will be when they travel to American Fork for a chance for them to get revenge from last season.
Josh StoutLone Peak Knights (4-14, UHSLL Quarterfinals)
The Lone Peak Knights are looking to bounce back after a tough season last year with the help of a new head coach. Head Coach Eric Koford is going to be relying on the veterans to lead the team. With the lose of many seniors, there are many players stepping up to fill the gaps.
“Josh Stout is always a threat whether he is playing Attack, Defense, or Midfield. We are really senior heavy with lots of players with great leadership skills,” said Koford.
They have also seen major improvements from Connor Savage at the face off X, Sean Wetsel between the pipes, and Ben Thornhill at middie.
The Knights open their season against Alta on March 3rd, which is a great opportunity for them to make a statement on how the rest of the season will go. They then have Corner Canyon and Park City to look forward to.
“The tide is high for all teams and therefore all games will be dynamic and competitive. We expect to be in a dogfight each and every night,” Koford said.
2014-Brighton-PleasantGrove-11Pleasant Grove Vikings (2-9, UHSLL Quarterfinals)
2014 was a tough year for the Pleasant Grove Vikings, going 2-9 and being routed by Brighton in the Quarter Finals. They lost some seniors in 2014, but attackmen Ty Gassman, Zach Burbidge, Chad Renslow and midfielder Wesley Norton are all returning to lead the Vikings in 2015.
The 2015 season opens for Pleasant Grove with an away game against Herriman. They have a good number of games against good quality teams, which will be a good test for the Vikings. If the Defense can band together and hold strong, 2015 will be a lot better season for Pleasant Grove.
Spanish Fork Warriors (3-9, UHSLL Play-in)
Spanish Fork started 2014 very well, going 2-2 against some talented teams. Following that, they went through a win-drought until their second to last game against Riverton. They were sent home from playoffs after a loss to the Jordan Beetdiggers. Raul ‘Fuzzy’ Braun has taken over for Wes Goar who is pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Iowa.
“Payton Kimber has hands down been our biggest offensive fire power,” said Braun. “He is capable of going either to his left or right hand, creating opportunities for his teammates by drawing a slide and making precise passes to cutting players. On our defensive side, Brad Gardner has been a better shut down guy. Jacob Grimshaw is a senior goalie who has been battling for a playing time against his fellow teammate who is also a senior and plays in the cage.”
They start 2015 against Juan Diego, Olympus and Bingham.
Timpanogos Timberwolves (1-10)
Timpanogos was in a rebuilding year in 2014, but it was a rough one. They went 1-10 on the season. Their lone win came against local rival Timpview. Head coach Bill Peperone was shown areas they need to improve from this season, so expect a different team this year.
They start the season by hosting West Jordan on March 10th. They then have a string of 7 away games. This will be the most difficult part of the season for Coach Peperone and his team. If they can mitigate their losses during this stretch, it will be a good season for them.
Timpview LacrosseTimpview Thunderbirds (7-9, ULA D-II First Round)
2015 could be the year for the Timpview Thunderbirds to have a winning record for the first time in 8 years. The past few years they have been grooming the now seniors to lead the program. Johnny Jackson has assembled a great coaching staff that includes Jordan Harris and Jeremy Rife who were former coaches at BYU. Also throw in there Taylor Redd and Alec Mika, both who have played with BYU in the past. With 5 returning seniors, this could be a good year for the Thunderbirds.
Doug Jorgensen, a Senior midfielder, along with Ben Maughn (Senior, Attack) and Casey Weeks on the defensive end will lead the team.
Timpview opens their season at Jordan, and then heads to Idaho to face Pocatello and Idaho Falls in a Tournament. This is going to be a good season for the Thunderbirds.
Wasatch Wasps (First Year)
The Wasatch Wasps are kicking off their first season of lacrosse in 2015. They are the 48th team to join the varsity ranks in the state of Utah. They have a very balanced season, which will be beneficial for them to get the feel for game.
WestlakeWestlake Thunder (6-6, ULA D-II Play-in Game)
Last year was Westlake’s inaugural season and they are looking forward to letting the new teams in the conference know how Westlake does things. Last season Westlake had its highs and lows, and ended the season 6-6, which is huge for a new program. They are bringing back a majority of last years team and are planning on not missing a beat.
Westlake’s defensive unit will be the strongest unit on the field. This will allow head coach Steve Nelson to focus on helping the younger players reach their full potential on offense.
“I’ll be returning most of my guys from my varsity roster. So we’ll have a season playing together under our belts. I think our confidence as a whole has grown because we know more of what to expect this year, and we’ve realized that this is a tough game and we’ve tried to toughen up a bit,” said Nelson.
With an 18 game season, they are going to have plenty of opportunities to show how tough they have gotten. Their 2015 schedule is a good balance of experienced teams goes. They have a very good opportunity to improve their overall schedule from last year.
Other Previews
2015 Boys Preview: East Conference
2015 Boys Preview: West Conference
2015 Boys Preview: South Conference
2015 Boys Preview: North Conference
2015 Girls D-I Preview: South Conference
2015 Girls D-I Preview: North Conference

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