The Skyline girls’ team appeared impenetrable for much of the season. But with two senior stars out with injury, the Eagles lost two of their last three games, loosening their grasp on Region 7.
The Eagles now are even with Mountain View and Timpanogos, with two region losses apiece. Skyline and Timpanogos both have three games left — including a showdown with each other Friday — while Mountain View has two to go.
Coach Lynette Schroeder said the status of the injured seniors — Sydnee Taylor and Mia Mortensen — for the rest of the season is unclear. But the Eagles still believe they can overcome the misfortune.
“We really have been plagued with injuries the last half of the season,” Schroeder said. “We still are feeling confident, though. We know that if we stick to the things we’ve done all season that we can keep winning games.”
As the Lone Peak Knights tried to hang on to a shrinking lead in the fourth quarter against American Fork Friday, they were fighting for more than just a win that would put them another step closer to the Region 4 title.
They were battling to keep alive one of the more impressive streaks in Utah prep basketball history. And since the Knights came out on top, 52-51, the streak continues to draw breath.
The Knights haven’t lost to an in-state team in 730 days, since American Fork beat them on Feb. 10, 2012. Few Utah teams had even come close to beating the Knights until the Cavemen nearly did it Friday. Only Viewmont earlier this season played the Knights to within five points or less since the streak began.
Signing day stars
The East football team had a one of the best seasons in school history, losing just one game and finishing as the Class 4A runner-up. And that success on the field yielded success on National Signing Day Wednesday.
The Leopards had a 11 players sign letters of intent — the most in the state — including five to Division I programs.
Tennessee Su’e Su’e (Boise State), Ula Tolutau (Wisconsin), Korey Rush (Nevada), Preston Curtis (Utah State), Joe Tukaufu (Utah State) all signed with D-I teams. Meanwhile, Preston Burnett (Dixie State), Isaac Valles (Dixie State), Malakai Solovi (Southern Utah), Tualagi Laupata (Southern Utah), Sione Tuikolovatu (Weber State) and Michael Key (Weber State) also will play at the next level.