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Pioneer basketball team renriv for fhfer vflnr'i?w r.nntesi w iia v unci- - fh- atOS rlivtC rCMl By Tracy Wilson Not to jinx the Lehi High School basketball program, but the Pioneers should be everybody's pick for state champion again this year. As humble as a coach can be with a defending champion, Coach Dave Filimoehala is not staking any claims to the state title yet since a lot of practice and 25 games lie between and the state finals in February. Filimoehala feels that teams to beat in this year's 3A include Ogden, Bear River and Emery among the top. That leaves Lehi as the favorite in Region 10 and a definite contender for the state crown. With the Bears on try-ou- MVP Mike Christofferson and the 1996 team leader, Braden Cooper, both returning as seniors to the Pioneer quint. Add to that an improved, taller and faster Andy Hadfield along with Travis Colledge, Jake Terry and James Jex, and you have a strong senior nucleus for a tournament-seasoneDecember. team. Dixie was a final night loser Colledge, Terry and Jex last February against Cedar were mainstays on last year's City in the consolation brackjunior varsity squad and also saw their share of varsity et; they are under the tutelage of Ken Robinson, former LHS action. Add to the senior list coach. Snow Canyon was elimseven Justin juniors: inated by Emery last season in Libberton, Trent Smith, Adam a playoff, and Bateman, Micah McKinnon, the Spartans were then Shane Pickett, Brock Cooper defeated by the Flyers in the and Gunnar Clark, and three consolation round at state. David sophomores: Lehi has to Christofferson, Curtis Jex and be a favorite with last year's Nate Sechrest, and you have a d Man-for-ma- Lehi's Shae Messersmith and Jenni Carter will be among those battling for an invitation to Nationals at the Foot Locker Several roads have recently in Fresno, Calif. They qualified cross-countr- for spots in the seeded races that will be held as part of the meet. The top eight winners from the boys and girls seeded races will have the opportunity to compete for national honors in Orlando. in Fla. on Dec. 13. Those races are only part of the meet, however. Boys and girls races are held for each high school grade, with at least the top 20 finishers being awarded medals. Cumulative points will also be awarded to each of the 12 states participating in this meet to help determine state team winners. The West meet will also include runners from overseas U.S. military installations. A group of 96 runners, mostly from Utah County, are heading down together under the y umbrella of the larger vehicle traffic, are welcome explore winter-scapethese spectacular recre-ationis- ts s. Roads, open for winter recre- ational travel, include: the North Fork of American Fork Canyon (Forest Development Road 085), Snake Creek Road (220), Stringtown Road from Tri-Cit- Winter recreationists are encouraged to travel safely and heed the following safety tips, while in the back country: Inform others of your destination and approximate time of return. Never ride alone. Dress in layers for changing weather conditions. Use wool or synthetics for the constantly changing mountain weather. Bring adequate food along. i nn I . American Fork r It, WT ram w fa uu aw i. f fo o ri ! off yrtnri- - rsis - Suggested Retail W -- District at 798-367- By Tracy Wilson Wrestling at Lehi High School was off to a big start last night at Delta as the Pioneer grapplers faced three southern division schools in a period. The Pioneers went d with Snow Canyon, Delta and Cedar City yesterday in the Delta Invitational. Last year the Lehi boys beat Delta which finished fifth at the state meet, but they lost to Cedar City, a third place finisher behind Wasatch and Uintah. Coach John Gavin is optimistic about the LHS team's chances this year even though they are in the strongest region in the state. Uintah and Wasatch are and perennially tough nationally-rankeprograms. Two LHS matmen are ranked number one in their respective divisions in preseason polls. Clint Snyder, d senior, and Stephen Berendson at 215 pounds were both singled out by high school coaches across the state based on the strength of their performances in the 1996-9- 7 competition. Lehi's strength this year appears to be in the middle weights, 130, 135 and 140, where Gavin is excited about the veteran wrestlers there. Cole Warnick, Kevin Jeffrey and Mark Cutler fill the roles at those weights. In a for varsity spots at 119 and 125, Trent Bassett and Brad Snyder came out on top of the heap where Gavin claims to have good depth with any one of three grapplers capable of representing the Pioneers well. diviAt the sions, Brad Nielson and B.J. Hobbs hold down the 103 and classes. Both are young but bring experip ence from the pro six-ho- head-to-hea- d 171-poun- dog-fig- Kj, BONDS & State Rd. Pleasant Grove 788-750- Open: 10 to 6 0 Worthen tips heavy-weight- the scales at and 189 Westover tops the team at 260 pounds. Worthen is young, but Westover brings a lot of savvy to the mat. Merrill Delimont looks like the contestant in team wrestle-offDrew Wilson, Dan Geddes and Tyler Nelson are strong at the 152 division, with Dan Linford and Coby Wilson batd spot. tling for the Geddes, a junior transfer student from Washington, has the nod due to Drew Wilson's sprained ankle and Nelson's trip out of state with Coby Wilson. Linford, a sophomore, will get some early experience in Wilson's absence. In accessing the picture, Gavin knows he has scheduled his boys for a tough season with Uintah and North Sanpete expected to be the strong teams in the state. He has set the stage to meet all but two 3A teams sometime during the year and is somewhat concerned about the teams which dropped down from 4A after last year. That would include Tooele, always a strong program, Bear River and Morgan, a perennial champion in 2A. Assisting Gavin will be Dan Rice and Keb Wilson. Although young, "Wilson is respected by the team members, and adds a quality to our coaching staff," commented Gavin. The first home meet brings Copper Hills to the Lehi mats on Dec. 3. On Dec. the team will travel to Carbon and then host Provo on Dec. 9. 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Dec. 10 Cascade Springs to Midway, Little Deer Creek Road from Provo Canyon to Cascade Springs, Alpine Loop (State Road 92), Silver Lake Road, Nebo Loop, and The Squaw Road Peak (Forest Support the Pioneers Striders. Hours: The first home contests are against Tooele on Wednesday, n, been closed to provide additional recreational opportuniy ties for skiers, snowshoers, all terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles. The following roads will be closed to all motorized vehicles until spring, with the exception of vehicles and snowmobiles. Although these roads will be gated to restrict West Regionals y p.m. Roads closed to motorized traffic to allow for winter recreation regional event Dec. 6 16-ma- nt Two Pioneers to run in west Cross-Countr- squad that any coach could wish for. Only time will tell about this year's team. Obviously they will be the team that all others are gunning for and it will be a weekly task for Lonnie Filimoehala, Magnusson, Lynn Allan, Ed Ruder and Wade Lott to have them ready game after game. Three teams made up from n the squad will play three games at each venue. Sophomores are scheduled at 3 or 3:30 with the JV set at 5:15 and the varsity game at 7 Filimoehala's list of tough opponents, the Pioneer five aren't wasting any time as they set to face the top favorite from Region 5 on the road this weekend at Garland. A trip to Utah's Dixie pits the LHS squad against Dixie and Snow Canyon on successive nights the first weekend of ts Free Press - Wednesday, November 26, 1997 - Safety & Emission lesting and Lube, oil & Filter Service MYTTOTMI NEW HOURS: Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 8a.m to 6p.m. Wed. 8a.m to 8p.m. & Sat. 8a.m to 4:30p.m TuPCM"TToNTHc"TON"FbR MIST TOE "1 m man i I f 25 25 Off Assesories Off 15 Off 97' Bikes 98' Bikes 1 DAY ONLY, FBI. NOV. 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