Chargers boys basketball finishes second at stateMar 28, 2022 10:25PM ● By Catherine Garrett
By Catherine Garrett | [email protected]
The Corner Canyon High boys basketball team went into the 6A state tournament ranked third and with high hopes to be there at the end. The Chargers were, but came up just short in the title game against American Fork 43-39 March 5 at the BYU Marriott Center.
“We are disappointed in taking second,” CCHS head coach Dan Lunt said. “The kids had a great year, and I am very proud of them.”
Senior Tyler Burraston, an honorable mention all-state player, scored 12 points and junior Max Toombs—named first team all-state—added 11 to lead Corner Canyon in the championship matchup.
The Chargers’ tournament run began with second round home game against Fremont Feb. 25—after a first-round bye—where the Chargers beat the Silverwolves 75-63 behind 25 points from Toombs and 19 from sophomore Brody Kozlowski.
Against Cyprus March 1 in the quarterfinal round at the University of Utah, Corner Canyon pulled out a close game 57-53 with Kozlowski leading the way with 16 points while Toombs and Burraston combined for 29.
In the semis at the U, senior Jaiden Feroah, a second-team all-state selection, had a career night, scoring 26 points to lead the Chargers over Westlake 68-60 March 3. Toombs and Kozlowski also put up double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Toombs and Feroah were named to the 6A All-Tournament team.
Corner Canyon’s second-place finish completed a 19-7 season and the high school careers of Burraston, Feroah, Taylor Harris, Ty Neibaur and Tate Staley. Four of CCHS’ starting five averaged double digits offensively—Toombs (18 points), Feroah (12), Burraston (11) and Kozlowski (11)—with junior Jaxon Roberts adding nine a game as well.
Also on the 2021-22 team were juniors Kallen Lewis, Everest Romney and Carsen Tebbs; sophomores Tate Bowmen, Sam Chandler, Taylor Feroah, Isaac Neibaur and Well Robertson; and freshmen Donavan Averitte, Brigg Jensen, Peterson Lunt and Paxton Naegle.
“It was a team effort with every kid playing a big part in the team’s success,” Lunt said.
Lunt was assisted on the coaching staff by Taylor Anderson, Evric Gray, Kyler Smith and Perrin Andrel.
The Corner Canyon High girls team battled through the tough Region 4—going 1-8 in its nine games—prior to this year’s 6A state tournament.
“Going through that region helps you get ready for state,” said new head coach Craig Morris.
The Chargers won their first-round matchup against Hunter 67-33 Feb. 22 behind freshman guard Taylor Workman’s 14 points with senior captain Natalie Newton scoring all nine of hers in the fourth quarter.
Against eventual finalist Fremont in the second round on Feb. 24, Corner Canyon lost 60-40. Sophomore Maia Rhay had six points to lead the team, which also had 10 other players score.
“It was a tough matchup, but we learned a lot about ourselves that will make us better next year,” said Morris.
The CCHS squad was led this season by sophomore Elina Mortensen, selected honorable mention all-state, with 12 points and five rebounds a game while junior Hannah Shinall, Newton and junior Summer Larsen all averaged around six to seven points each.
Also on the 2021-22 team were senior twins Isabel and Lily Crofts; juniors Clara Hazar, Caitlin Madsen and Brook Yeomans; sophomores Noelle Bunker and Bostyn Carlson; and freshmen Liberty Henstrom, Maddison Little, Brooke Luper, Sorrelle Nielson, Kenzie Randall and Addi Yeomans.