Emery High’s boys’ basketball team only lost two starters from a season ago and looks primed and ready to make a run in Region 15. Kyson Stilson (Sr), Brodie Tuttle (Sr), Brax Jensen (Jr) and Kyler Wilstead (Jr) are all back after receiving a lot of playing time in 2017-18 and are looking to improve on last year’s performance.
The biggest concern for the Spartans heading into the season is that one of their leading scores from last season, Cade Brazier, is currently in a wheelchair due to stress fractures in his ankle. He will be reevaluated in the early part of December. The team is hoping to have one of their top athletes, who provides a veteran presence, return to the court as soon as possible. There is no true time table for Cade’s return; but optimistically, he could be back into the full swing of things by the beginning of next year.
Mason Faimalo (Sr) will likely take Cade’s place in the starting line-up and Emery will look for Rance Jensen (Sr) to make an impact off the bench.
“We had a successful summer and only lost two games. Expectations are high this year,” head coach Todd Jeffs explained. “We have a lot of returning players and the guys are really committed. We are bigger, stronger and better this year. We have improved.”
The Spartans will get right to work as this year is a bit unusual. They will play a road region game against a tough South Sevier team before Christmas.
“It will be fun,” Jeffs said.