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Prep notebook: Layton High picks new football head coach; basketball free throw rules changed

By Patrick Carr - Prep Sports Reporter | May 15, 2023

Layton High is turning to an alumnus to head its football program.

Trevor Thomas was picked as the Lancers' new head football coach late last week after a quick interview process, the Standard-Examiner learned Monday.

Thomas, who graduated from LHS, is currently a teacher and the head baseball coach at Syracuse High. He'll teach physical education at Layton High, according to Principal Brock Jackman.

Thomas replaces Fotu Katoa as head coach. Katoa resigned a couple of weeks ago after three seasons in charge, citing a "business venture" he had to tend to. Katoa went 14-17 in three seasons as LHS head coach, but the Lancers went 6-5 and won a playoff game each of the last two years.

BASKETBALL FREE THROW RULE CHANGED

Starting in the 2023-24 school year, high school basketball is saying deuces to one-and-one free throws.

The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Monday it's changing free throw and foul rules in the high school game.

Fouls will now be counted by quarter, like in the NBA and in women's college basketball, and teams will be in the bonus when their opponent hits five fouls.

Also, teams will shoot two free throws for each foul when in the bonus, no matter if it's a common foul or shooting foul. Team fouls will reset after each quarter instead of each half.

Previously, teams shot one-and-one free throws when their opponent had committed seven fouls in a half, and two free throws when their opponent had committed 10 fouls.

MCKEE STEPS DOWN AT BOX ELDER

Box Elder boys basketball coach Jace McKee stepped down earlier this month, Athletic Director Jesse Roberts confirmed. McKee is taking an administrative position at Bear River High.

Connect with reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net, Twitter @patrickcarr_ and Instagram @standardexaminersports.

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