The winter prep sports seasonis is nearing an end, with only the boys 5A state basketball tournament still ahead for Taylorsville High athletes. Here’s a recap of the season for boys and girls basketball, swimming and wrestling.
Warriors Earn Two Seed Into Tourney
Taylorsville boys basketball finished strongly, taking second in Region 2 with a 7-3 region record. That was quite a rebound from a rough preseason when the Warriors were 2-10, but things jelled once league play began.
That earned Taylorsville a first-round matchup with Region 1 third-place finisher Viewmont on Feb. 23 at Weber State University in Ogden.
Hunter went unbeaten to win the region title, including a 60-50 victory over Taylorsville in the league finale on Feb. 17. Leading the way for the Warriors this season are Jameson Tonge, averaging 17.3 points per game; Remi Prince (11.0 ppg) and Aaron Canepani (10.5 ppg). Connor Ivins led the team in rebounds with 119 this season.
Lady Warriors Dropped By Lancers
Layton High came into this year’s 5A girls basketball tourney feeling it had something to prove. The Lancers lost a first-round game to Alta last year in a big upset.
Layton suffered no such letdown on Feb. 16, when it dropped Taylorsville 56-43 in a game at Salt Lake Community College. It ended the Lady Warriors’ season with an 11-11 record, as Taylorsville had an up-and-down type year, almost alternating wins and losses once region play began.
Taylorsville trailed by just six at halftime, 30-24, but Layton pulled to a 44-32 lead after three quarters, and held off the Warriors for the win. Kaitlin Toluono led Taylorsville with nine points, Jodeci Limatau added seven and Shayce Makuei six. For the game, the Warriors shot 45 percent from the field (14 of 31) and 71 percent from the free throw line (12-17).
Toluono was the team’s leading scorer for the season, averaging 13.9 points per game, with 16 three-point baskets. Marilyn Maka averaged 7.5 ppg, and teammate Whitney Olson chipped in 6.2 ppg, with 15 treys for the year.
Swimmers Paddle To Season End
There were a handful of boys’ swimmers from Taylorsville who qualified for this year’s 5A finals at BYU—no Taylorsville girls qualified for state.
Keith Clawson placed 13th in the 50-meter freestyle final, in a time of 22.94 seconds. Collin Gibbs finished ninth in the 100-meter butterfly (55.23 seconds) and sixth in the 100-meter backstroke (56.33). Cribbs and Clawson also teamed with Casey Cooper and Ryan Colby to place 11th in the 400-meter freestyle relay, in a time of 3:29.39. As a team, Taylorsville finished 16th with 42 points.
Wrestler Grapple To The End
Just two Warriors qualified for the 5A state wrestling tournament, but both had good showings.
At 113 pounds, Jadyn Sullivan wrestled into the fifth round before being eliminated. He began with a victory by fall over Wastyn Martinez of Syracuse, then lost by fall to Blake Barela of Fremont. Sullivan then won two matches in the consolation bracket—a victory by fall over Bingham’s Jason Brugger and a 7-3 decision over Dylan Chavez of Herriman. His tourney ended with a loss by fall to Derek Fisher of Pleasant Grove.
At 220 pounds, Justice Vigo-Hayes finished fourth with four victories in six matches. He began with a 6-2 decision over Bingham’s Josh Fennel, but lost by fall to Herriman’s Wade French in round two. French eventually won the state title at this weight.
Vigo-Hayes then ran off three straight victories, beating Hector Arroya of West Jordan 3-1, Brent Nye of Fremont 9-3 and Naim Sosa of Lehi 3-2. In the battle for third place, Braydon Mayo of Pleasant Grove beat Hayes by fall at 1:53.