High school to feature men’s and women’s varsity teams

By Grayson Bell
Big Sky Weekly LPHS Contributor
As the winter rolls in it means two things for Lone Peak High School students: skiing and basketball.
On Nov. 21 the Lone Peak boys will be back in the gym trying to improve on the success they had last season. But maybe the biggest story about this season is the Lone Peak Lady Big Horns.
LPHS has had many firsts in the last three years: the first volleyball team; cross-country team; basketball team; football team; and now the girls’ basketball team.
Adam Olson will be coaching the girls while Al Malinowski will be coaching the boy’s team. Malinowski’s team will be trying to improve on a season that ended with the Big Horns in the district playoffs.
Even though the Big Horns were successful in their previous season, all of the players know that there is plenty of room for improvement.
“We had a good season last year, but everyone on our team knows that we are capable of much more,” said junior Haven Morris.
And even though the Big Horns will be playing a harder varsity schedule this season compared to their junior varsity schedule last season, the students are very optimistic about the upcoming season.
“I’m excited to improve on the success we had last year, and I’m even more excited to be playing varsity basketball,” said freshman Trevor House.
This year there will be both varsity basketball and a junior varsity team. The JV team will be made up mostly of freshman coming off an outstanding eighth grade year of basketball.
Last season the Ophir Miners had a record of 15 wins and only one loss. The Miners placed first in the end of season tournament, and now the team feels ready to play high school basketball.
“I think we will adjust well to high school basketball,” freshman Griffin House said. “We need to work on ball handling, shooting and decision making. There is always room for improvement.”
As the girl’s first varsity season rolls around, many of them are optimistic about the opportunity to develop their skills further.
“I’m really excited for this season because the competition will be tougher which will give me and our team an opportunity to get much better,” freshman Tehya Braun said.
The Big Horn boys and girls will be rolling along even though the NBA isn’t. Get excited for a great year of varsity Big Horn basketball.