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Way Too Early Playoff Team Preview: Boys Class-B

The playoffs are two weeks away with plenty of important games left to play, but let’s have a look at how things are shaping up in Class-B anyway. NOTE: Records listed are against in-state competition only.
Class B
The Favorites
Skyline LogoSkyline — Record: 5-5
The Eagles are currently sitting in the Class-A bracket, but with tough games against Jordan and Juan Diego, it’s possible that Skyline drops to the top of Class-B. If this happens, the Eagles will certainly be a favorite, having experience and having played against the toughest competition in the state will give Skyline big-game experience to help them in the playoffs. Lane Kadish is Mr. Everything for the Eagles, taking the majority of draws at the center X and averaging over 5 ppg.
Pleasant Grove — Record: 5-3Pleasant Grove Logo
The Vikings have picked up big wins against Utah Valley foes Lone Peak and American Fork and are on a 3-game win streak, boosting them into Class-A. If PG finds themselves in Class-B, they’ve got the momentum to carry them to the ‘ship. Look for the tandem of Wesley Norton and William Tribe to do the majority of the work for the Viking offense.
Northridge — Record: 7-3Northridge-Logo
The Knights have won a lot of games this season, but they’re just hanging on at the bottom of the Class-A bracket. A loss to Fremont or Davis, or a poor showing in their other games, could send them backing into Class-B. If so, Northridge’s big-3 — Cade Poll, Logan Frost, and Sam Sargent — give them a good shot at the Class-B crown.
Jordan — Record: 7-4Jordan Logo
The Beetdiggers are another team that has won a lot this season, but they’re currently toeing the line between Classes A & B. Jordan has been a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde team this season, soundly beating Class-A dark horse Olympus, but losing to Riverton and needing double-OT to beat Class-C Westlake. If Jordan can find consistency, they’ve got the talent and athleticism to manhandle anyone in Class-B.
Judge — Record: 7-4Judge Logo
The Bulldogs have traditionally been a Class-A or D-I team, but they find themselves just outside the Class-A bracket at the moment. Judge has played a lot of lacrosse this season and that experience could come in handy in the postseason. Look for Douglas Gosselin and Aidan Larson to carry this team on offense and Noah Hill to control things at the face-off X.
Bingham — Record: 5-7bingham-lacrosse-logo
The Miners are in much the same position as Judge — a team that’s used to playing top competition in Class-A and historically has been D-I, but having a down year. Don’t let Bingham’s record fool you, they’ve played one of the toughest schedules in the state, and they’ve had success against some good teams: wins against Pleasant Grove and Davis, and an overtime loss to Judge show that the Miners have a high ceiling this year.
The Contenders
Bonneville — Record: 6-5Bonneville Logo
The Lakers have had a rollercoaster season, and if a few balls bounced their way, they might have found themselves in the Class-A bracket. Bonneville can play with anyone in Class-B and the Weathers brothers make them dangerous on offense. If the Lakers can find some consistency, they can push the teams at the top of the bracket.
Lone Peak — Record: 3-8lone-peak-logo
This is not the year that the Knights expected to have, but they’re still in a good position to make a run at a championship, though it’s for Class-B. Lone Peak has a deceptive record: six of their losses are to top-10 teams. They’ve shown they can play tough against tough competition. Look for All-Everything middie Josh Stout to make a strong case for Class-B MVP.
American Fork — Record: 7-5 (1 top-10 win)American Fork Logo
The Cavemen have recently hit a rough patch, dropping back-to-back games to Timpview and PG. However, AF showed early in the season that they can play at a high level, defeating Alta in OT. It may be tough for the Cavemen to right the ship as they end the season against Lone Peak, Spanish Fork, and Bingham. If they do, though, look for AF to make a deep run in Class-B.
Waterford — Record: 4-6Waterford Logo
The team that everyone complained for years should be D-I, that they were “hiding in D-II,” is sitting squarely in the middle of the Class-B bracket. The Ravens are always a dangerous team — they’ll slow things down and force other teams to play at their pace. Waterford’s only losses to Class-B teams are overtime slip-ups against fellow contenders Bonneville and American Fork. The Ravens don’t have the athletes that some of the other teams do, but their fundamentals, coaching, and lacrosse IQ should carry them far in the Class-B postseason.
Riverton — Record: 6-5Riverton Logo
The Silverwolves showed just how good they can be early in the season where they beat Bonneville and Jordan. Losses to top-10 teams and a close decision against Bingham have been setbacks, but Riverton is capable of winning it all if they get hot. Watch for Ian Elson, who’s averaging almost 5.5 points a game, to make a statement for most valuable in Class-B.
Syracuse — Record: 4-6 (1 top-10 win)Syracuse Logo
The Titans have had a tough season, but they’ve shown their potential with a win over Class-A contender Sky View. The duo of Jonah Warnick and Stewart Tulane make Syracuse dangerous on the offensive side of the ball, and the Titans have shown they can put points up on anybody. That offensive firepower could put them into the second weekend of the Class-B playoffs.
Mountain Crest — Record: 8-1Mountain Crest Logo
The Mustangs have been rolling through the season, but they find themselves so low because five of their eight wins are against Class-C teams. Mountain Crest proved themselves against Northridge, winning by a single goal, and had a chance to really show they were the real deal against Fremont, but came up three goals short. Don’t be surprised if you see the Mustangs in week 2 of the Class-B postseason.
The Dark Horses
East — Record: 5-6East Logo
The Leopards have been inconsistent this season, shocking everyone by beating Judge early, then struggling against teams like Weber and Waterford. East has an excellent face-off man in Mikey Vetter, and if Jed Fuller and Gabriel Goorman can get in a rhythm, the Leopards will be dangerous in the month of May.
Bountiful — Record: 6-7Bountiful Lacrosse Logo
The Braves have taken a big step forward from last season, but they’ve still got a long way to go to return to the powerhouse they were just two years ago. With Bountiful’s record, you’d assume they’d be ranked higher, but five of six wins have come against Class-C teams. The Braves have shown potential with relatively close losses to Northride and Pleasant Grove, but they’ll need to figure out how to win against better teams if they want to extend their season.
Herriman — Record: 3-10Herriman Logo
Inconsistency is the name of the game for the Mustangs, who have battled good teams like Riverton, Judge, and Waterford to overtime, but also lost one-goal games to Lehi and Timpview. (We don’t know what the record is for one-goal losses in a season, but the Mustangs have six this season.) Herriman will need Cage Blackburn to get hot on offense if they want to be playing in week 2 of the postseason.
The Underdogs
Roy — Record: 2-10Roy Logo
The Royals impressed everyone last season when they were able to put together 10 wins in just their second season as a program, but they couldn’t duplicate that success this season. With three games left in this season, it’s not too late for Roy to figure some things out and pick up some momentum before the end of the regular season to set them up for May.
Weber — Record: 3-7Weber Logo
The Warriors have had a down year, but have shown some fire — two of their wins are against teams above them, Bountiful and Roy, and they pushed East to overtime. Of all the Class-B underdogs, Weber may have the highest ceiling and the best chance to surprise some teams.
Timpview — Record: 5-5Timpview Logo
The Thunderbirds are hard to peg this season: they beat American Fork, then turned around and lost to Timpanogos; they beat Herriman, but lost by four to Westlake. Keep an eye on the T-birds in the playoffs, they might get hot at the right time.
Lehi — Record: 1-11Lehi Lax Logo
The Pioneers have played a lot of close games against relatively good teams this season, but haven’t been able to get over the hump. The good news for the Pios is that they have a chance to pick up some momentum going into the playoffs with their last two games against Wasatch and Highland.
Westlake — Record: 7-5Westlake Logo
The Thunder are currently sitting atop Class-C, but a lot can change in two weeks and they could find themselves in the Class-B playoffs. Westlake has found some success this season, including two wins against teams that are currently in Class-B, and they have the heart to push or surprise a higher seed in the first round.
Highland — Record: 1-10Highland Logo
The Rams are also currently in Class-C, but just need one good win or good performance against a good team to bump them up. Highland is better than their record indicates, having given close games to East and Skyline, and they have the potential to give Class-B teams a run.
Timpanogos — Record: 8-4Timpanogos Logo
A Class-C team at the moment, the Timberwolves are riding a five-game win streak that includes wins against Lehi and Timpview, and they could easily find themselves in the Class-B bracket come season’s end with some momentum if they can keep winning.
Viewmont — Record: 5-7Viewmont Vikings
The Vikings are the last on our list of underdogs fighting for the “prize” of being at the bottom of Class-B. Wins this season against Weber, Roy, and Highland show that Viewmont can play and win against teams above them.

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