Boys Basketball Season Kicks Off

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The 2019-20 basketball season is starting off strong as the thunderbirds are already 4-1. On the 26th of November they beat Pleasant Grove 58-49, and the following day they beat Kearns 49-35. Both were held at UVU for the Utah Valley Tip-Off Classic. Just last week they beat Stansbury 73-51 and Northridge 80-66 in the Thunderdome. American Fork gave Timpview their first loss of the season last night with a final score of 45-58.

It’s no secret that Timpview is known for their talent. Recent Timpview graduates Hunter Erickson and Nate Hansen are both committed to play for BYU after they return from their LDS missions. Both were exceptional players during their time at Timpview, averaging over 20 ppg their senior years.

The graduation of great scorers doesn’t appear to be a problem so far. Timpview is sharing the ball incredibly well, as there’s a different player putting high numbers up every night. Coleman Ford (PG) scored 25 points in the first matchup, and Jake Wahlin (PF) racked up 16 points and 5 blocks in the second game. In the third contest Jacob Gates (SF) put up 15 points shooting an efficient 7/8 from the field. The fourth game saw Josh Hansen (SG) drop 18 points shooting a perfect 8/8. Despite the loss last night Jaxon Santiago (SG) rattled in 21 points and hit 5 threes.

The team is very unique as there’s not one senior on this year’s roster. Junior Jacob Gates (SF) was asked how he feels about the age of this years team. He said, “Not having any seniors on a sports team is very uncommon, but that doesn’t mean we’re an underdog, it means all 15 guys have something to prove! We’re Timpview, as long as we have that on our jersey we’ll always have a target on our back.”

Gates is right about that. Despite winning records, Timpview has lost in the 1st round of playoffs for the last three years. There’s no doubt many have high expectations for Timpview this year.

Shooting guard Josh Hansen, or Juice as he likes to be called, had something to say as well. “It’s going to be a really exciting year,” he says, “the team is looking good and I think we’re going to find a lot of success. We play a fun style of basketball, so come out and watch some games.”

Regardless of high expectations about the season, Juice is right. The team is looking good and has a ton of opportunity for success this year. Timpview will always have a target on their backs because they’re known for playing hard and having the talent and drive to compete for state every year.

You can view the scores and schedule for this years season here.