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For Emery, whose older brother Jackson starred at Lone Peak eight years ago, playing basketball with his best friends is what he knows. He is set to leave on his LDS mission to Germany in May and says the light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter with these six days left in his high school career.
And capping it with a third state crown?
5A state tournament
Monday at Weber State
9:30 a.m. » Bingham vs. Alta
11:10 a.m. » West vs. Weber
12:50 p.m. » Syracuse vs. Hunter
2:30 p.m. » Jordan vs. American Fork
4:10 p.m. » Davis vs. Kearns
5:50 p.m. » West Jordan vs. Lone Peak
7:30 p.m. » Pleasant Grove vs. Brighton
9:10 p.m. » Viewmont vs. Northridge
4A state tournament
Tuesday at Weber State
9:30 a.m. » East vs. Murray
11:10 a.m. » Logan vs. Orem
12:50 p.m. » Maple Mountain vs. Mountain Crest
2:30 p.m. » Herriman vs. Highland
4:10 p.m. » Springville vs. Roy
5:50 p.m. » Westlake vs. Bountiful
7:30 p.m. » Woods Cross vs.Olympus
9:10 p.m. » Sky View vs. Timpview
"It’s been my dream," he said.
When Shumway realized just how close the end is, he took a deep breath. He’ll be a wide receiver at BYU, meaning his days of finishing off a lob from his friends or a game-changing block at the rim are numbered.
"I’ve been playing since I was 5," he said, "way longer than I’ve played football. It means a lot to me."
Now, if things go according to plan for the best team in Utah high school history, four games remain. That’s 128 minutes left for echoing cheers — to encapsulate all those hours on cross-country flights, in laughs shared in hotel rooms all across the country — 128 minutes to make everyone remember what they did on the court.
Not just as Lone Peak Knights, or as state champions, but as the team to never forget.
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