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SALT LAKE CITY - When the high school basketball schedule is released each fall there are a few matchups you circle on the calendar. The two meetings between No. 2 Lone Peak and No. 3 American Fork make our list.
This game may be the most eagerly awaited games of the regular season. Lone Peak and American Fork are bitter rivals and this game will feature some of the most talented players in the western United States. Better come early if you want a seat.Alta at West Jordan 7 p.m.
West Jordan hasn't been tested since their only loss of the season to Riverton. Alta looks to be the only team standing in the way of the Jaguars winning the Region 3 title.Richfield at South Sevier 7 p.m.
This is always a fun game between these two rivals. This time they meet as two of the top three ranked teams in 2A.Northridge at Fremont 7 p.m.
After a slow start Fremont looks to be the favorite once again in Region 1. Northridge has been nice wins over Jordan and Murray and are off to a 2-0 start in region play. Winner takes sole possession of first place in Region 1.Olympus at Westlake 7 p.m.
Olympus is playing as good as any team right now with some very impressive wins over Bingham, Bountiful, Davis and Fremont. Westlake has quietly racked up some nice wins and could make a big statement with a win.
The first meeting takes place this Friday as both teams hope to take sole possession of first place in Region 4. The Knights and Cavemen feature some of the best high school basketball players in the West. Juniors Nick Emery and Talon Shumway and super sophomore TJ Haws will resume their rivalry with the Cavemen, who feature Utah State commits Quincy Bair and Marcel Davis. Both teams have several other players who would be stars on other teams.
It's not the only big game this Friday between ranked teams. No. 1 West Jordan will host No. 4 Alta. The Hawks look to be Jags biggest challenger in the Region 3 race.
Davis is No. 5 in this week's 5A poll.
Harding made five 3-pointers on his way to 29 points, leading the Braves to a 78-49 win over Clearfield.Boston Gubler, Hurricane
Gubler scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds helping the Tigers upset No. 1 Desert Hills 54-53.Will Cannon, Olympus
Cannon continues to put up big numbers for the red-hot Titans. He scored 29 points in an 83-53 win over Hillcrest.Sloane Roundy, Richfield (Girls)
Roundy was on fire Friday scoring 29 points including five 3-pointers leading the No. 1 ranked Wildcats to a 62-40 win over San JuanEternity Galeai, Timpanogos (Girls)
Galeai had a huge week. She scored 25 points in a road win over Springville on Tuesday and followed that up with 21 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Timpview.
Orem survived a scare from Springville on Friday and Timpview on Tuesday to maintain their No. 1 ranking in 4A. The Tigers are followed by Bountiful at No. 2. The Braves move up one spot this week past Sky View who now is ranked 3rd. Olympus is one of the hottest teams in the state. They move up to No. 4 while Highland rounds out the poll at No. 5.
Despite suffering their first region loss Friday to No. 4 Hurricane, the 3A coaches still believe Desert Hills is the best team in the state. Dixie is No. 2 followed by Cedar who is back in the top five after knocking off Hurricane. Payson is now No. 5.
The 2A poll remains the same with South Sevier No. 1 followed by Wasatch Academy, Richfield, Waterford and Gunnison. The Rams and Wildcats will resume their rivalry on Friday.
Piute is still on top in 1A followed by Bryce Valley, Panguitch, Duchesne and Monticello.