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Mourners hold vigil honoring teens killed in southern Utah crash


MOAB — About 150 students gathered on the football field of Grand County High School on Wednesday to mourn the deaths of two teenagers killed in a crash over the weekend.

Connor Denney, 16, and Taylor Bryant, 14, died after being ejected from a Subaru Impreza on La Sal Loop Road about 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

As they remembered their friends, students huddled together with lit candles and commiserated with each other Wednesday. Randy Martin, girls basketball coach at Grand County High who had Bryant as one of his players, remembered her as a determined person.

During a timeout in a game against Emery High School, Martin said, he told Bryant not to try shooting over one of the opposing players, who had blocked her shots multiple times so far in the game.

“She just looks at me with this look, and there’s this sort of awkward look between the two of us,” Martin recalled. “I finally say, you got this, don’t you. And she said ‘Yeah coach, I got this.'”

Her next time down the floor, Bryant “pulled up early” and swished a high arcing shot over the same defender, her coach remembers.

“She comes jogging down the court, she’s got this big ol’ smile on her face, she’s just so happy and I’m just so happy for her,” Martin said, his voice cracking slightly with emotion. “That’s a memory of Taylor that I’ll never forget.”

Brooklin Hugentoboer, junior at Grand County High School, remembers Denney for his bright personality, she said.

“He was really outgoing,” Hugentoboer said. “He was funny. He was fun to be around, great at making jokes.”

Recent Grand County High graduate James Duberry, a friend of the Denney family, remembered Connor was someone who would “never … do hurt to anybody.”

“His family’s good people and they deserve all the support they can get for sure,” Duberry said. “It’s a good community to be a part of. Everyone comes together in times of need and supports each other.”

Students were also there to express their well wishes for three students injured in the same crash. Daniel McCrary, 17, was also ejected in the wreck and critically injured. Gage Moore, 17, and Tierney DeMille, 14, who were wearing seat belts, were not ejected but suffered serious injuries as well, police reported.

“Excessive speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors” to the crash, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The crash occurred several hours after a prom dance at the high school, an activity that some of the students in the crash had attended, according to police.

The State Bureau of Investigation and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office were working together to retrace the students’ whereabouts and find out where they got alcohol, Department of Public Safety spokesman Todd Royce said Monday.

Grand County High School Principal Stephen Hren spoke at the vigil about students needing their parents, teachers and other adults to lean on while they cope with the sudden loss of their friends.

“If it takes a village to raise a child, we as the adults in the community need to be the role models for our children and our youth,” he said. “Our actions definitely do speak louder than our words. And our kids are always watching.”



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Utah's high school athletes shine in February's top photos


High school sports took center stage in February as athletes from high schools across the state participated in the final championships for basketball, swimming and wrestling, among others.

In the photos taken by Deseret News photographers, athletes can be seen stretching before their competitions, cheering on their teammates and celebrating their victories.

Of course, that wasn’t all that happened in Utah during February. RootsTech drew a number of people to the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City from Feb. 8-11, with guest appearances by Drew and Jonathan Scott of the HGTV show “The Property Brothers” and actor LeVar Burton.

The president and CEO of FamilySearch International Steve Rockwood also spoke to attendees at the event.

Click through the gallery above to see the best images of February 2017.



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1A boys basketball: A closer look at the 2017 all-state players


Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the all-state teams are based on coaches’ votes. This year, 18 of 29 1A coaches submitted votes.

Here’s a more in-depth look at all of the first-, second- and third-teamers, including a scouting report comment from an opposing coach.


1A MVP

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Trey Barney, Panguitch

1A MVP

Sr., 6-2, Forward

2016-2017 statistics

18.6 point per game

7.7 rebounds per game

6.4 assists per game

2.9 steals per game

Season high

30 points vs. Diamond Ranch on Jan. 25

Opposing coach scouting report

“As tough and competitive a player as I have ever coached against, Trey is also very skilled on both ends of the court. He can guard the post or come out and defend guards and he also dominated the rebounding in most games. He is a very skilled offensive player that can hit the three and has been one of the most dominant post players in 1A since his freshman year. He is as complete a player as I have seen in 1A. His leadership and drive have driven their success the past few years.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A First Team

2015 — 1A First Team


1A First team

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Jace Eyre, Panguitch

1A First Team

Jr., 6-5, Forward

2016-2017 statistics

18.6 point per game

8.4 rebounds per game

2.0 assists per game

1.8 steals per game

Season high

29 points at Diamond Ranch on Dec. 15

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jace was such a huge key in the Bobcats’ quest for winning the state championship. One of, if not the best, all-around players in 1A basketball. He was always our top focus when we competed against Panguitch. He has excellent post moves, he can step out and hit the mid-range jump shot and also hit the 3-pointer. Jace has a knack for the ball, which made him a very good rebounder at both ends of the court. He caused us fits. He needs to be commended for his excellence on the court.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A Second Team


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Austyn Brinkerhoff, Bryce Valley

1A First Team

Sr., 5-11, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

20.6 point per game

5.0 rebounds per game

3.0 assists per game

1.6 steals per game

Season high

33 points vs. Wayne on Jan. 5

Opposing coach scouting report

“Austyn is extremely competitive and driven to win. When playing Bryce Valley, you must find a way to control Austyn or he will control the game. His ability to knock down the three sets up his penetration to the basket. Austyn did most of his damage in the paint and at the free-throw line. Austyn is a great defender, and is often called upon to defend players much bigger than he is. Only a junior, Austyn will be a big challenge for teams next year.”


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Cobe Reck, Valley

1A First Team

Sr., 6-0 Guard

2016-2017 statistics

16.0 point per game

Season high

39 points at Bryce Valley on Dec. 22

Opposing coach scouting report

“Cobe is relentless at attacking your defense. He never quits coming at you. The best scouting plan is usually to try and limit the rest of their team because Cobe is going to get his. He is great at finishing at the rim, he can catch on fire from distance, and is also great at getting to the free-throw line. He has a great hesitation move that makes him really hard to match up with. Cobe really made Valley’s offense what it was this year.”


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Nick Jarman, Rich

1A First Team

Jr., 6-5, Center

2016-2017 statistics

12.9 point per game

Season high

22 points vs. Jackson Hole, Wyo. on Dec. 17

Opposing coach scouting report

“Nick is the key to Rich’s success both offensively and defensively. We had to double team him if he had the ball and did everything we could do to try and prevent him from getting the ball. He is the best offensive rebounder in the state. Our goal was to hold him under five offensive rebounds a game.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A Second Team


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Alessandro Guzzon, Merit

1A First Team

Sr., 6-1, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

19.6 point per game

Season high

31 points vs. North Sevier on Dec. 30

Opposing coach scouting report

“Alessandro is a complete all-around player. He is a tremendous shooter, and we tried to limit his shots from the 3-point line; however, he was still able to get open looks because of his quick release and high basketball IQ. This year, he was able to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket, where he’d score, or find an open teammate. A competitor and leader who worked extremely hard on both ends of the floor.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A Third Team


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Matt Morton, St. Joseph

1A First Team

Sr., 5-9, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

19.1 point per game

4.4 rebounds per game

4.2 assists per game

3.2 steals per game

Season high

31 points at West Desert on Jan. 11

Opposing coach scouting report

“Matt Morton is first and foremost a great competitor. He never takes a play off. He takes enjoyment in the tougher one-on-one matchups. He is a good all around player. He has a good outside touch and can take you off the dribble. He is a very good defender. He has great anticipation, and you don’t want to expose the ball to him. Matt is good young man and very deserving of an all-state selection.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A honorable mention


1A Second Team

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Masen White, St. Joseph

1A Second Team

Sr., 5-11, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

17.0 point per game

6.1 rebounds per game

3.4 assists per game

2.9 steals per game

Season high

30 points at Tintic at Feb. 25

Opposing coach scouting report

“Masen is a tremendous athlete and basketball player. He has the talent to attack the basket and is a phenomenal finisher at the rim. Masen hits big shots in big-time games and embraces the pressure of those moments. I was impressed by the way he conducted himself on and off the court. Masen White is a very impressive young man.”


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Ryan Westwood, Piute

1A Second Team

Sr., 5-11, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.8 point per game

Season high

28 points vs. Duchesne on March 3

Opposing coach scouting report

“Ryan struggled through an injury-plagued season this year, but still managed to put together a terrific senior year of basketball. Ryan had a great last two days at the state tournament, and left many wondering just how great he would have been this year without all the injuries. Ryan has always been one of the best defenders in 1A, and is well-respected for his toughness and grit. Offensively, Ryan was difficulty to defend because of his ability to shoot the three as well as penetrate and finish in the paint.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A Third Team


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Payson Willis, Rich

1A Second Team

Sr., 6-3, Forward

2016-2017 statistics

10.8 point per game

Season high

26 points at Manila on Jan. 6

Opposing coach scouting report

“Payson is a tremendous player that causes you so many problems on both sides of the ball. He can shoot it from outside and inside and is a tenacious rebounder. He is very hard to contain. With his length he can take you inside and post you up or make the jumper if you back off. He really causes problem for you on offense with his shot-blocking ability, which makes it very hard to score inside. This coach is glad he is a senior and will not have to game plan for him next year. Congrats to Payson Willis for a great career at Rich High School.”


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Zane Taylor, Wayne

1A Second Team

Sr., 6-5, Forward

2016-2017 statistics

13.0 point per game

8.5 rebounds per game

3.0 blocks per game

Season high

23 points vs. Diamond Ranch on Feb. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“One of the most dominant players in 1A this year, he can score in the post. He is a tough rebounder, the player you always had to account for when you play them. Defensively, he was always altering shots and making you change the way you attacked them. Zane always had an impact on the game.”


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Acey Orton, Panguitch

1A Second Team

So., 6-2, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

11.5 point per game

4.5 rebounds per game

3.0 assists per game

1.9 steals per game

Season high

21 points vs. Bryce Valley on March 3

Opposing coach scouting report

“Acey was a very hard matchup for us because of his height and quickness. He could shoot outside, and if you played too tight he would put the ball on the floor and get to the rack.”


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Garrett Spencer, Valley

1A Second Team

Jr., 5-10 Guard

2016-2017 statistics

11.5 point per game

Season high

24 points vs. Rich on March 3

Opposing coach scouting report

“Garrett is one of the best spot-up shooters in 1A basketball! Always a major focus for us when we competed against Valley. He has a tremendous work ethic. He can also put it on the floor and get to the basket. Garrett was a major cog in Valley’s success this year as 1A runner-up.”


1A Third Team

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Chad Lewis, Duchesne

1A Third Team

Sr., 6-1, Forward

2016-2017 statistics

13.6 point per game

Season high

27 points vs. Altamont on Dec. 29

Opposing coach scouting report

“Chad was a very good overall player. He was one of his team’s leaders. When playing Duchesne, your overall goal was to try and slow Chad down. He was an excellent offensive player who could shot from the 3-point line and was very good off the dribble. He was very hard to defend because he could do everything offensively. Chad was also a very good defender.”


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Tate Leech, Bryce Valley

1A Third Team

Jr., 5-9, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

13.2 point per game

3.5 rebounds per game

1.3 assists per game

Season high

26 points vs. Milford on Dec. 1

Opposing coach scouting report

“Taten shot the lights out both times we played them. Great outside shooter and great court savvy, was always in the right spot.”


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Carson Duncan, Monticello

1A Third Team

Sr., 6-6, Center

2016-2017 statistics

14.9 point per game

Season high

30 points vs. Ignacio, Colorado, On Feb. 21

Opposing coach scouting report

“Carson has the size and the skill on the low block that make him a nightmare for opposing defenses. He has great footwork that allows him to finish when he catches the ball down low and shows a great work ethic and getting good position inside. This year we were very impressed with him improving his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter as well. His offensive skills, coupled with the way he clogs up the middle on defense and rebounds for his team, and Carson was a great player for Monticello this year.”


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David Whitney, Tintic

1A Third Team

Jr., 5-10, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

13.5 point per game

4.2 assists per game

2.4 steals per game

Season high

23 points at Merit on Jan. 25

Opposing coach scouting report

“David was very difficult to plan for. He is incredibly versatile on the offensive end of the court. Teams have to respect his ability to shoot outside, but he is spectacular finishing at the rim. David seems to handle pressure well and can knock down the big shot when it counts. You can never lose him on the court. He does a great job of knowing when to attack and when to get others involved. David has a great feel for the natural progression of the game, and leads his team accordingly. He is a great kid with a great competitive spirit. I look forward to seeing what he does next year.”


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Jesse Wall, Tintic

1A Third Team

Jr., 6-0, Forward

2016-2017 statistics

14.1 point per game

6.2 rebounds per game

Season high

21 points vs. Tooele on Nov. 23

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jesse was the fiercest competitor that we faced this year. When he is on the court, he plays with extreme passion, and you know he will always give 100 percent. Outstanding rebounder and defender who will give of himself whatever it takes for his team to win. Offensively, he is fearless and attacks the basket with force. Great player and leader as a junior, and will only get better next season.”


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Mason Morgan, Piute

1A Third Team

Sr., 5-9, Guard

2016-2017 statistics

6.5 point per game

Season high

18 points vs. Altamont on Dec. 10

Opposing coach scouting report

“Mason Morgan has impressive speed and ball-handling ability, making it difficult for defenders to keep him in front. He also has great court vision and was able to penetrate and find the open man or finish at the rim, making it problematic to guard him in the paint. His shooting ability outside has improved over the years, and he developed a very quick release, allowing him to get his shot off with minimal space. He was an exceptional point guard because it was very difficult to force him to turn the ball over or make a poor decision. It was impressive how he seemed to always be able to make the big shot when his team needed it.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 1A Honorable


1A honorable mention

Achebo Somtochukwu, Mount Vernon, Sr., 6-1, Guard

Braxten Petersen, Tintic, Jr., 5-11, Guard

Gustavo Carrillo, Wendover, Jr., 6-1, Forward

Jonathan Lathrop, Intermountain Christian, Sr., 6-4 Forward

Aaron Smith, Rich, Jr., 5-10 Guard

Jake Freestone, Monticello, Jr., 6-4, Forward

Jarrin Church, Parowan, Sr., 5-10, Guard

Kade Cox, Valley, Sr., 6-0, Forward

Kade Lamborn, Duchesne, Jr., 6-0, Guard

Spencer Dillon, Merit, Sr., 5-11, Guard

Kai Griffin, Escalante, Sr., 6-2, Forward

Trenton Stowe, Panguitch, Sr., 6-0, Forward


Complete team

1A MVP

Trey Barney, Panguitch, Sr., 6-2, Forward — 18.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 6.4 apg, 2.9 spg

1A First Team

Jace Eyre, Panguitch, Jr., 6-5, Forward — 18.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 spg

Austyn Brinkerhoff, Bryce Valley, Sr., 5-11, Guard — 20.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.6 spg

Cobe Reck, Valley, Sr., 6-0 Guard — 16.0 ppg

Nick Jarman, Rich, Jr., 6’5, Center — 12.9 ppg

Alessandro Guzzon, Merit, Sr., 6-1, Guard — 19.6 ppg

Matt Morton, St. Joseph, Sr., 5-9, Guard — 19.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.2 spg

1A Second Team

Masen White, St. Joseph, Sr., 5-11, Guard — 17.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.9 spg

Ryan Westwood, Piute, Sr., 5-11, Guard — 10.8 ppg

Payson Willis, Rich, Sr., 6-3, Forward — 10.8 ppg

Zane Taylor, Wayne, Sr., 6-5, Forward — 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.0 bpg

Acey Orton, Panguitch, So., 6-2, Guard — 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 spg

Garrett Spencer, Valley, Jr., 5-10 Guard — 11.5 ppg

1A Third Team

Chad Lewis, Duchesne, Sr., 6-1, Forward — 13.6 ppg

Tate Leech, Bryce Valley, Jr., 5-9, Guard — 13.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg

Carson Duncan, Monticello, Sr., 6-6, Center — 14.9 ppg

David Whitney, Tintic, Jr., 5-10, Guard — 13.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.4 spg

Jesse Wall, Tintic, Jr., 6-0, Forward — 14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Mason Morgan, Piute, Sr., 5-9, Guard — 6.5 ppg

1A honorable mention

Achebo Somtochukwu, Mount Vernon, Sr., 6-1, Guard

Braxten Petersen, Tintic, Jr., 5-11, Guard

Gustavo Carrillo, Wendover, Jr., 6-1, Forward

Jonathan Lathrop, Intermountain Christian, Sr., 6-4 Forward

Aaron Smith, Rich, Jr., 5-10 Guard

Jake Freestone, Monticello, Jr., 6-4, Forward

Jarrin Church, Parowan, Sr., 5-10, Guard

Kade Cox, Valley, Sr., 6-0, Forward

Kade Lamborn, Duchesne, Jr., 6-0, Guard

Spencer Dillon, Merit, Sr., 5-11, Guard

Kai Griffin, Escalante, Sr., 6-2, Forward

Trenton Stowe, Panguitch, Sr., 6-0, Forward



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