Both the Braves and Lady Braves opened up their conference play 1-0 over Riverton and ten wrestlers have moved into the quarter-finals of the Tiger-Grizz Tournament in Idaho.
Brandon Taylor suffered a horrific fall just 25 seconds into the game as the Braves hosted the Wolverines to open conference play. Taylor was faked into the air by Jarrett Watson and caught his feet on Watson’s shoulder, driving him into the court on his neck and back. After missing just under three game minutes, Taylor returned to lead all scorers with a season-high 24 points and five steals in a 65-54 win over their visitors.
Junior Josh Hunsaker filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, five rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots. Corbin Nicholls led the Wolverines with 13 points.
The Lady Braves moved to 1-0 in conference play with a 44-25 road win over the Lady Wolverines who now move to 0-11 on the season. Stats were not available.
Finally, on the wrestling mat, the Braves have advanced ten grapplers into the quarter-finals of the Tiger-Grizz and currently sit in fourth place with 77.5 points. It’s a tight team race with just seven points separating first from fourth. Box Elder High is currently in first with 84.5, Highland is second with 82.5 points and Columbia is third with 81.5 points. Star Valley has faced all three teams at various points in the season.
“We feel pretty good about where we’re at,” said Head Coach Eddie Clark. “We won some tough matches and the kids are competing hard.”
The following Braves have advanced to the Quarterfinals
103: Mitchell Heap
112: Carbon Kennington
119: T.J. Guild
125: Hayden Heap
135: Mark Van Slyke
140: Brandon Aullman
152: Dalton Dance
160: Brandon Anglesey
171: Dawson Loveland
189: Nick Edwards
285: Adam Walton