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Prep notebook: Gardiner, Mendelson, Chandler nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

By Patrick Carr - | Jan 12, 2022

Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner

Fremont's Timea Gardiner shoots a jump shot during a high school girls basketball game against Farmington on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 at Fremont High School.

Three northern Utah high school basketball players were nominated Wednesday for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game.

Timea Gardiner (Fremont), Maggie Mendelson (Fremont) and Collin Chandler (Farmington) were announced on the initial list of 760 finalists.

The final 24 girls and boys players selected to play in the games will be announced Jan. 25 on ESPN. The games are scheduled to be played in Chicago on March 29 and be televised on ESPN and ESPN2.

Also on Wednesday, Gardiner was one of 25 girls basketball players nationwide, and the only Utahn, named to the Naismith High School Girls Basketball Midseason Team.

And earlier this week, Mendelson was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Utah in volleyball.

Brian Wolfer, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Maggie Mendelson runs through a drill during basketball practice at Fremont High School on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

Gardiner is signed with Oregon State for college basketball, Mendelson with Nebraska for both basketball and volleyball, and Chandler with BYU for basketball.


Nearly two dozen area high school wrestlers participated in Tuesday night’s All-Star Duals at Utah Valley University, an annual showcase that pits the state’s top wrestlers against each other regardless of classification.

Here’s a rundown of how local wrestlers did.


113: Geronimo Rivera (Layton) def. Andrew Fox (American Leadership Academy) by decision (2-0)

Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner

Farmington High senior Collin Chandler (center) picks BYU men's basketball during an announcement ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at Farmington High School.

120: Bridger Ricks (Box Elder) def. Jacob Carson (Pleasant Grove) by decision (10-6)

126: Kyison Garcia (Mountain Ridge) def. Will Korth (Morgan) by decision (5-3)

132: Blake Woolsey (Morgan) def. Dallan Hunsaker (American Fork) by decision (7-4)

150: Colton Erickson (Woods Cross) def. Jarron Campbell (Morgan) by first-period sudden victory (6-4)

157: Mac Bray (Millard) def. Sam May (Farmington) by decision (7-4)

157: Moses Espinoza-Owens (Viewmont) def. Trysten Dennett (Hurricane) by major decision (12-4)

165: Jordan Faifai (Cuse) def. Riggin Boger (South Summit) by fall (4:17)

165: Marcus Espinoza-Owens (Viewmont) def. Kael Bennie (Layton) by decision (9-4)

215: Stone Combs (Park City) def. Riley Creasey (Morgan) by fall (2:54)

285: Gage Howard (Uintah) def. Cole Keele (Morgan) by fall (4:53)


100: Aspen Neilson (Juab) def. Sadie Hardy (BR) by fall (0:41)

100: Kristina Kent (Davis) def. Addyson Van Cott (Stansbury) by fall (3:54)

105: Tenley Jones (Morgan) def. Mailien Tran (Bingham) by fall (2:38)

110: Lexus Bertagnolli (Roy) def. Ellie Jensen (Maple) by decision (7-1)

120: Valerie Ethington () def. Sophie Miller (Bear River) by first-period sudden victory (8-6)

130: Brinlee Gines (Fremont) def. Corrie Williams (Enterprise) by fall (0:42)

140/145: Josie Redman (Bear River) def. Cristell Flores (Mountain Crest) by fall (4:41)

235: Likki Rarick (Westlake) def. Karla Padill Zapeda (Northridge) by decision (10-5)


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