The prep basketball season comes to a close over the next couple of weekw with the girls and boys senior all-star games
The Utah Women's Basketball Coaches Association girls senior all-star games will be held Saturday at Highland High School.
The 5-A ranks will tip off at 10 a.m. in a North vs. South format, followed by the 3-A vs. 4-A game at noon and the 1-A vs. 2-A game at 2 p.m.
Local participants include:
5-A North--Kelsie Bell (Fremont), Haley Sturdevant (Fremont), Jessica Watson (Clearfield), Mackenzie Day (Clearfield), Xojian Harry (Viewmont), Kennedy Allen (Weber), Desiree Young (Weber), Hailee Parry (Syracuse), Kiana Fonua (Syracuse) and Addison Moore (Layton); coach--Lisa Dalebout (Fremont).
3-A--Ashley Garfield (Morgan); Becca Rees (Morgan).
4-A--Valerie Buckway (Bonneville), Jordi Willden (Mountain Crest), Bri Jessop (Mountain Crest), Katie Vincent (Box Elder).
1-A--Brittany Hurlbut (Christian Heritage).
The UWBCA also recently names its 2011 region coaches of the year, as voted on by their peers. They include:
Region 1--Lisa Dalebout (Fremont).
Region 5--Brittany Phillips (Mountain Crest).
Region 11--Van Park (Bear River).
Region 17--Robert McGill (Christian Heritage).
The boys' turn
The Utah High School Basketball Coaches Association senior all-star games will be held April 1 at West Jordan High School.
The event tips off at 4 p.m. with the 1-A all-star game in a North vs. South format. The 2-A vs. 3-A game will tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the 4-A vs. 5-A game at 8 p.m.
The 5-A, 3-A and 1-A North teams won last year's exciting games. Rosters should be released soon.
Ticket prices are $3 for students, $4 for adults.
George Curtis of Lindon, Paul Dart of Tooele, Garth Fisher of Provo and Lamar Hirschi of Ogden will be honored for their service to sports in Utah on March 31 during the annual Paul Ream Scholarship/Distinguished Service Awards Banquet.
The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation's tribute at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy includes a 6:15 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner.
Curtis worked as a head athletic trainer for more than 30 years, including 20 years at BYU. Dart was a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Tooele School District for 37 years.
Fisher devoted his career to health and fitness. As the director of BYU's Human Performance Research Center, he became an authority in exercise science.
Hirschi worked in the Weber School District for 32 years. Much of his tenure came at Bonneville High School, where he served as principal for eight years after teaching and coaching in track and field and football.
The USHOFF will also honor six Utah students who have begun their college careers with $2,000 scholarships from Paul and Ruby Ream.
For reservations ($40), send checks to USHOFF secretary Scott Mayne, 10182 S. Cornerstone, South Jordan UT 84095.
Player to coach
Former WNBA and Olympic standout Natalie Williams has been hited to coach the Juan Diego High School girls basketball team.
Williams has been an assistant coach at Skyline High School for five season. She prepped at Taylorsville High in the 1980s before going on to stardom at UCLA, the Utah Starzz and the U.S. Olympic squad.
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