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12A Emery County Progress Castle Dale, Utah Tuesday December 17, 2013

Emery boys pick up two wins on the road

By GARY ARRINGTON Sports Writer The Emery High boys’ basketball team played twice last week and although the games finished closer than the players or the coaches would have liked, the team still ended the week with two victories. On Tuesday night, the Spartan team traveled to Roosevelt and defeated the host Union team 65-56 after bolting to a 39-21 halftime lead. On Friday night, Emery traveled to Manti and defeated the home team 60-58 after leading 34-27 at the half. Union came back in the third quarter of the game with a better defensive effort that took Emery temporarily out of their game. After leading by 18 points, Union outscored the Spartans by 9 points in the quarter to make the Spartan fans just a little nervous. Emery responded in the final period as each team scored 15 points in the period and the Spartans won the game. At Manti, Emery built the seven-point halftime lead only to get outscored in the third quarter by 11 and trail 45-41 after three periods. Emery responded with a 19-point fourth quarter effort and won the game. Guards Dillon Wilstead and Bailey Faimalo have now fully stepped into the role of team leaders with their on-court play. The two are the leading scorers on the team, come away with the most steals each game and are the leaders in assists. While accepting that basketball is a team sport and this team is loaded in talent, Wilstead and Faimalo make it tough on

McKlane Allred looks for the open player for the pass.

defenses as those defenses cannot key any one player. Dillon scored 14 points against Union and 27 against Manti while Bailey scored 23 against Union and 16 against Manti. For the season, Dillon is averaging 19 points per game while Bailey is averaging nearly 17. Both average around three rebounds per game, around three steals per game while Bailey is averaging nearly nine assists per game and Dillon three assists per game. Emery has a good inside game with Drexler Tanner, Gavin McDermott and Beau Roundy. The three average a combined 20 rebounds per game, two thirds of the team total. The three also average over 15 points per game and have blocked 14 shots. More importantly they are not fouling out of games and are playing well the entire game. Last week at Union, also scoring in the game were McDermott with 12 points, McKlane Allred and Tyson Roper with 5 points each and Tanner with 4 points. At Manti, Tanner pulled down 8 rebounds while Gavin had 5 and Roundy had 4 rebounds. Wilstead had 5 steals in the game to lead the team while Faimalo and McDermott each had 3 steals. Faimalo had 9 assists and Wilstead 2 assists. Also scoring in the game were McDermott with 5 points, Allred, Tanner and Ridge Nielson with 3 points each, Roundy with 2 points and Tyson Roper with 1 point. As soon as the Spartans consistently hit the threepoint shot, the team will be hard to defend. The players are taking good shots within the context

Gavin McDermott and Bailey Faimalo try to remove the ball from the Beaver player. of the offense but the ball just doesn’t want to drop. As soon as it does, Emery will be playing at championship level. This week Emery has two home games but unfortunately for some fans one of those games was last night as the Spartans hosted Merit Academy. On Wednesday night, Emery will close out their pre-Christmas schedule with a game against American Leadership Academy. Emery will travel to Carbon on the Friday after Christmas.

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Dillion Wilstead waits for the rebound.

Sports Stuff by Gary Arrington By GARY ARRINGTON It would be much easier on me if the two Emery High basketball teams could either win by a huge amount or lose by a huge amount because under either circumstance I would not feel inclined to let the officials bother me and therefore I would not make a fool of myself. As it currently is, I am mouthier than I wish to be and I am quite sure much more than my wife would like me to be. I keep trying to figure out

why, is it because I have a granddaughter playing and I am protective or is it because I know the players quite well, especially the boys and again a little protective, or is it because I am just older and maybe just a little blinder. I personally do not think that it is any of the above reasons but I haven’t come up with the real reason yet. Actually my first choice should be that the officials are just plain getting worse but unless they hate Emery, that is probably not the reason. Although it would be

easy to go off on the hate Emery thing, I am quite sure that is not the case. I am a neighbor to one, friends to others and know most of the others and I know these people just love the sport the same as me and they actually are quite good people. My second choice is that I just get caught up in the game the same as those that I sit with or around or in the vicinity of but since most of those are family, the wise man would not go there. Don’t purposely irritate your wife or daughter or any other

female that I might be sitting around is a wise motto to follow. So what is it? I don’t know. Honestly I don’t. I am quite sure though that more than one person out there will offer me their uncalled for opinion and probably several of those opinions could not be written in this newspaper. I am going to work on it this week. With four home games, there will plenty of opportunity for me to try and analyze the situation and come to a proper conclusion. I enjoy going to

games, I don’t think I need to being telling you that but just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I will tell you that I enjoy high school ballgames. I think I have averaged around 50 games a season the past twenty five years or so. So since I want to go, I need to go and I am going to go, I must relearn the art of shutting up when I really want to scream something that would be best left unsaid. I will try my hardest the rest of the season to keep a smile on my face and

my opinions, negative ones that is, to myself. Now if I could only get others to do the same.

Green River boys win two at Sevier Valley Center By GARY ARRINGTON Sports Writer Last week the Green River Pirates boys’ team traveled to Richfield and played two games at the Sevier Valley Center and came home with two victories. On Friday, the Pirates defeated Milford 60-42 and on Saturday they defeated Wayne 47-38. Jon Mendez had two good games as he led the team in scoring in each game with 23 points.

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The Lady Pirates also played two games last week, the first against the bigger Grand High and the second against Tabiona. Grand defeated Green River for the second time this season although this score was much closer. Final score was 5641. Green River then played Tabiona, also for the second time this season, and won this ball game 41-28, also for the second time this season. For the Lady Pirates, Syd-

ney Thayn led the team in scoring against Grand with 18 points while Kira Engleman led the team against Tabiona with 15 points. Also scoring in the win were Savannah Williams and Presley Lovato with 8 points each and Thayn and Cassidy Bastian with 5 points each. Also scoring in the Grand game were Taylor Johnson with 10 points, Engleman with 9 points, Williams with 2 points and Lovato and Robin Nelson with 1 point each. Also scoring for the boys in

the Milford game were Nick Corrigan and TJ Hughes with 11 points each, Chance Pfander with 7 points, Spencer Marshall with 4 points, Corbin Mecham with 3 points and Nathan Cox with 1 point. Also scoring in the Wayne game were Hughes with 13 points, Marshall with 5 points, and Corrigan, Pfander and Mecham with 2 points each. This week the Lady Pirates play Altamont at home while the boys travel to Grand on Thursday night.

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Thank you to the people of Emery & Carbon Counties for your support and friendship. I have enjoyed serving you. Christine Bardsley, APRN, FNP-BC

The theme needs to be about the energy that Emery County relies on to keep our county thriving. For example, the coal mines or the power plants. Please turn your theme into the Recreation Center 75 south 400 East Castle Dale by December 16th. If you have any questions call the Recreation Center 435-381-2108 or email us at recreation@emery.utah.gov.

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