Three Wasatch Back High Schools Competing In State Basketball Tournaments This Weekend

Three high school teams in the Wasatch back are competing in their respective state basketball tournaments this weekend.

North Summit boys’ team defeated North Sevier High School 54-50 in the first round of the state tournament. The tournament continues Thursday through Saturday. Coach Aaron Preece explained how he plans to keep the team focused.

“Maintain health and keep them focused on the goal of making it to that final night at seven o’clock,” Preece said. “As far as keeping them focused we have a team dinner and talk about the tournament. Try to let the guys know that there are just three more games. You have to take it one game at a time.”

North Summit will play Kanab High School in the quarter finals at Weber State University’s campus on Thursday at 9:30 am. If the braves win, they will play in the semifinals the next day at 9:00 pm. if they lose, they will play at 2:30 on Friday.

“We’ve got a good group of guys that seem to get along together and like to play the game with each other,” Preece continued.
“Hopefully that carries us through and keeps us going a few more games.”

North Summit girls’ team defeated Rockwell 87 to 20 in the opening round of the state tournament. The lady braves have a record of 22-1 losing just one game to Emery High School the favorite in the 3A tournament. North Summit will be led by junior Kennedy McQueen the guard is the leading scorer for the braves and has verbally committed to play for the University of Utah. North Summit will play Millard High School on Thursday at 7:30 pm also at Weber State University’s campus. If North Summit wins that game, they’ll play in the semifinals the next day at 4:00 if they lose, they’ll play 11:00 am on Friday.

Wasatch High School’s girls’ basketball team defeated Timpview in the opening round of the 5A state tournament by a score of 52-47. The wasps will play Box Elder High School Thursday at 7:30 pm. If they win that game, they’ll play on Friday at 5:45 in the semifinals. If the wasps lose, they will be eliminated from the tournament.

South Summit basketball teams were both eliminated from the state tournament last weekend. The boys’ team was eliminated by Emery High School while the girls lost out to Richfield High. Both Park City boys’ and girls’ teams just missed out on qualifying for the state tournament. Wasatch boys’ team will play in the state tournament starting next Tuesday at Weber State.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: