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LOGAN — Jaxon Brenchley walked around the Spectrum Arena at Utah State University, clutching a state championship trophy and holding a piece of a basketball net between his grinning teeth.
A net never tasted so good.
Brenchley totaled 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals to lift Ridgeline to its first-ever team championship in school history with an 89-63 win over Juan Diego in the Class 3A title game in Logan.
“It’s so good,” Brenchley said. “I’ve been picturing this my whole life. It’s finally here and it’s the best feeling.”
Theron Wallentine added 23 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Riverhawks, who opened their doors this past fall. Dallan Larsen supplied 12 points and nine rebounds for Ridgeline.
Ridgeline was a brand-new school, but showed it could compete with everyone else by toppling 3A mainstays Hurricane, Carbon, Desert Hills and Juan Diego en route to the title.
“I’ve been waiting for this since I was a little kid, just shooting on my driveway,” Wallentine said.
JD Ahlstrom led Juan Diego with 13 points and two steals, and teammates Ignacio Arroyo and Matt Kitzman supplied 11 points apiece.
Juan Diego 34, Richfield 32 — At Logan, Becca Curran had 15 points and four steals to help the Soaring Eagle hold off the Wildcats for the 3A girls championship at Utah State.
Trista Vawdrey supplied 11 points for Juan Diego, including the game-clinching free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining.
Shandi Bastian led Richfield with 10 points and nine rebounds.