The 2013-14 high school boys basketball season got underway this week. To prepare fans for what should be another exciting season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 1A.

Each coach was invited to participate and submit information. Region rankings are based on coaches' preseason projections.

Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications, and has been a part-time sports reporter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since Oct. 2012. Follow him on Twitter @RLove7724 EMAIL: rlove@deseretnews.com

Region 17 Capsules

1. Rich High School



Coach: Ashely Brown (14th year)

2012-2013 Record: 16-6 (1st in region with a 7-1 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley 71-60 in the 1A semifinals

2. Duchesne High School

Coach: Billy Hoopes (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 16-7 (3rd in region with a 5-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley 68-59 in the 1A championship

3. Tabiona High School

Coach: Shay Price (9th year)

2012-2013 Record: 15-7 (2nd in region with a 5-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Monticello 55-47 in the 1A quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors: Demont Nay, Sr., Guard, 17.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.5 spg

Jarret Lefler, Sr., Forward, 5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg

Tyler Van Tassel, Jr., Center, 6.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Bailey Hogan, Jr., Forward, 6.7 ppg, 4.6 ppg, 1.0 spg

Coach Comments: “Our region should be very tough top to bottom. We’re senior- and junior-oriented, so we should have a good chance to win every night. Our goal is to make it to the state tournament, as is every team’s goal right now. If we’re fortunate enough to make it there, we should have a great shot at placing at state.”

4. Manila High School

Head Coach: Rusty Burnside (4th year)

2012-2013 Record: 8-10 (4th in region with a 3-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors: Ben Rose, Sr., Guard, 10.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.1 spg

Steele Handy, Sr., Forward/Center, 3.2 ppg, 0.1 rpg

Danielle Raymond, Jr., Guard, 6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Jordan Saldana, Jr., Guard, 2.7 ppg

Coach Comment: “I am excited about our team. I know for sure our team will give their all. We will play until the end. And we will be competitive. As always our region will be very tough and who is to say who will come out on top. I am excited to coach this group of boys; all of them are willing. They are definitely working hard, and have a love for the game of basketball. I believe they deserve to have the year of their life."

5. Altamont High School

Coach: Andy Jensen (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 6-13 (5th in region with an 0-8 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors: Dylan Lindsay, Sr., Guard, 15.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 3.0 spg

Randy Sorensen, Sr., Guard, 5.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.3 spg

Region 18 Capsules

1. St. Joseph High School



Coach: Rick Stoeckl (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 14-8 (2nd in region with a 11-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Wayne in a 1A consolation game

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:
Nick Gruet

David Donlevy, Sr., Guard, 11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg

Thomas Emenger, Sr., Guard, 4.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Will Carrington, Sr., Center, 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Coach Comments: “Experienced team with a good mix of young and old players with tremendous upside. We will run and play good, tough defense. We expect to be at the top of our region and contend for the state championship.”

2. Tintic High School

Head Coach: Luke Thomas (6th year)

2012-2013 Record: 18-5 (1st in region with a 6-0 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Rich 56-41 in the 1A quarterfinals, lost to Valley 56-45 in a 1A consolation game

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors: Corbin Fitzgerald, Jr., Guard, 4.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg

Kenny Wall, Jr., Guard, 2.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg

Coach Comment: “The Tintic Miners are young this year after losing four starters from last year’s 18-5 team. We have some young players that have talent, but they need to come together as a team. We will have to grow and adapt fast because we have a tough nonconference schedule. Coach (Jeremy) Snell and I are looking forward to this season. This team has a great work ethic and attitude.”

3. Wendover High School

Coach: David Lawsen (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 12-10 (3rd in region with a 2-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors: Brandon James Trujillo, Sr., Guard, 18.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg

Hector Duran, Sr., Forward, 10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.7 spg

Ceser Contreras, Sr., Guard, 5.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg.

Coach Comments: “We have some returning starters who will provide us with experience along with some young players who are working hard to compete in a very tough region. Our main focus will be to apply pressure on the offensive and defensive end, but will rely on defensive intensity and die-hard effort to be successful.”

4. Intermountain Christian School

Coach: Bodie Christensen (12th year)

2012-2013 Record: 6-15 (5th in region with a 6-8 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

5. Dugway High School

Coach: Randy Goss

2012-2013 Record: 3-17 (4th in region with an 0-6 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

6. West Ridge Academy

Coach: George Bruce (5th year)

2012-2013 Record: 13-9 (4th in region with a 9-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Valley 59-47 in a 1A play-in game

7. Mount Vernon Academy

Coach: Steve Garlick (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 2-15 (7th in region with a 2-12 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 5

Returning Contributors: Joseph Lin, Sr., Forward, 15.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg

Bom In, Soph., Guard, 6.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg

Tony Xiong, Sr., Forward, 0.6 ppg

Taku Sakikawa, Soph., Guard, 5’10”

Kimi Sung, Jr., Forward, 0.8 ppg, 0.2 rpg

Coach Comments: “This will be my first year coaching at Mount Vernon. We have a young staff that is hungry and some great young returning players who are eager to learn. The kids are excited for the new regime change and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling. We look to improve and become competitive again.”

8. Telos Acaedemy

Coach: Tyler Youngbull (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: N/A

2013 Postseason: N/A

Returning Starters: N/A

Returning Contributors: Jordan Mandel, Sr., Guard, 5’9”

Chase Perkins, Jr., Guard, 6’3”

Mark Nishimoto, Sr., Forward, 6’3”

Coach comments: “This is our first year competing in 1A sports. We are excited to be playing in Region 18 and look forward to a great first year of basketball at Telos Academy. We have a young team that is hungry and determined to compete in every game."

9. West Desert High School

Head Coach: Tony White (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: N/A

2013 Postseason: N/A

Returning Starters: N/A

Returning Contributors: N/A

Region 19 Capsules

1. Monticello High School



Coach: Tony Esplin (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 19-5 (1st in region with a 10-0 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Duchesne 52-42 in the 1A semifinals

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors: Austin Maloy, Sr., Guard, 10.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Tanner Eardley, Sr., Forward, 7.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Dillon Maughan, Sr., Guard, 5.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.2 apg

2. Green River High School

Coach: Tom Hughes

2012-2013 Record: 11-13 (4th in region with a 5-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Tintic 68-57 in the 1A first round

3. Monument Valley High School

Head Coach: Delbert Dickson (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 5-6 (3rd in region with a 5-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Green River 83-62 in a Region 19 play-in game

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors: Kurtis Holliday, Jr., Guard/Forward, 4.5 ppg

Sergio Morales, Jr., Guard, 2.7 ppg

Demaine June, Sr., Guard, 3.4 ppg

Coach Comments: “We will be mature and disciplined at all positions. We will also be pretty deep on the bench.”

4. Pinnacle High School

Coach: Cameron Gardner (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 15-8 (2nd in region with a 7-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley 87-69 in the 1A first round

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors: Javanni Alyzayyat, Sr., Forward, 12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg

Jackson Nichols, Sr., Guard/Forward, 5.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Cody Dean Sanchez, Sr., Center, 1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Coach Comment: “I am happy to be here at Pinnacle High School and we are very excited about the upcoming basketball season.”

5. Whitehorse High School

Head Coach: Matt Baldwin (14th year)

2012-2013 Record: 5-13 (5th in region with a 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors: Elijah Garcia, Soph., Forward, 7.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Orlando Thompson, Jr., Guard, 5.6 ppg

Isaiah Martin, Soph., Guard/Forward, 4.2 ppg

Daivik Mitchell, Jr., Forward, 7.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg

6. Navajo Mountain High School

Head Coach: Cayetano Charley (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 0-10 (6th in region with an 0-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Region 20 Capsules

1. Panguitch High School



Head Coach: Clint Barney (12th year)

2012-2013 Record: 21-5 (1st in region with a 13-1 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Duchesne 52-45 in the 1A quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors: Tyce Barney, Sr., Forward, 6’3”

Keldon Norris, Sr., Guard, 5’11”

Chance Campbell, Sr., Forward, 6’1”.

Coach Comments: “We will depend heavily on our three seniors: Tyce Barney, Keldon Norris and Chance Campbell. Barney will be a four-year starter, and should provide strong leadership. As the season progresses, we hope that our younger players will develop into contributing players on the team.

2. Piute High School

Coach: Devin Shakespear (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 13-11 (4th in region with an 8-6 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Rich 66-47 in the 1A first round

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors: Matthew Millett, Sr., Guard/Forward, 10.1 ppg, 0.2 rpg

Dalton Steed, Sr., Guard, 8.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg

J.J. Ramos, JR., Guard, 8.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg

Coach Comments: “This is a very fun, hard-working team. I am excited to start the season and see what we are capable of.”

3. Bryce Valley High School

Head Coach: Gary Syrett (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 21-5 (2nd in region with a 12-2 record)

2013 Postseason: Beat Duchesne 68-59 in the 1A championship

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors: Taryn Syrett, Sr., Guard, 2.0 ppg, 1.0 apg

Chandlyr Tebbs, Sr., Guard, 4.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg, 1.0 spg

Josiah Brannon, Sr., Forward, 5.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.3 apg

Kix Roundy, Soph., Forward, 6.4 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.1 spg

Coach Comment: “We have a good nucleus of returning talent and the kids are excited to get going this year.”

4. Valley High School

Coach: Jim Hoyt (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 12-15 (5th in region with a 5-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley 63-39 in the 1A quarterfinals

5. Wayne High School

Head Coach: Michael Hinkle

2012-2013 Record: 14-12 (3rd in region with a 10-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Monticello 56-35 in the 1A first round

6. Diamond Ranch Academy

Coach: Trevor Jenson (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 7-16 (7th in region with a 4-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

7. Escalante High School

Coach: Greg Allen

2012-2013 Record: 5-17 (6h in region with a 4-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

8. Milford High School

Coach: Mitch Bealer (4th year)

2012-2013 Record: 1-20 (8th in region with an 0-14 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Jalen Hardy, Sr., Guard

Alex Mayer, Sr., Forward

Lucas O'Daniel, Sr., Forward

Coach comment: "The depth of our team is exciting and hopefully that allows us to really improve throughout the year as the intensity and competition during practices has improved. We’ll rely heavily on our senior leadership this upcoming season."