Bear River got off to a great start by downing South Summit in the first game of their annual Bear River Winter Classic. South Summit and Bear River are joined this year by North Sanpete and Snow Canyon rounding out the teams participating in the event. Snow Canyon upended North Sanpete in the other varsity contest in the first evening of action.
Bear River got off quickly in this one as Gavin Fronk and Caleb Jensen both nailed a three and Big Mike Litchford added five points and Gunner Sorensen six in the opening period. Bear River led by five as the period ended 17-12.
The story of the night however was the dominating second quarter displayed by the Bears. In what can only be described as brilliant, the Bears executed nearly flawlessly on both ends of the floor for the complete eight minutes of the second quarter. In the end Bear River had scored 27 points and left South Summit in their wake outscoring them by 17 points in the period. Gunner Sorensen led the charge contributing seven 2nd quarter points using a high-octane outburst of steals and rebounds culminating in a scintillating steal, drive and dunk to energize the crowd. Freshman point guard Mark Huber added six, Mike Litchford five, Jake Dahle four and Caleb Jensen added another long-range three. In all, South Summit could not match the energy, enthusiasm and executuion of our Bears.
The second half saw South Summit come out of the locker room more focused and determined to make it a closer game which they did. To their credit they clawed their way back in and cut the 20+ point deficit to 12 before the Bears pushed the game back out of reach. The final score was 72-55. Bear River now moves on to play North Sanpete in the secon night of action while Snow Canyon will battle South Summit. Game time for the Bears is 7:30 PM.
All three teams; sophomore, JV and Varsity, were victorious. The sophomore team beat a talented South Summit sophomore bunch led by the son of former University of Utah standout Mark Rydalch, in easy fashion. After a hotly contested first half Bear River ran away with the game in a dominating performance. The sophomore team was led by Parker Coombs, Wyatt Roholt, Wyatt Jeppesen, Ren Fonnesbeck, Jake Stokes and Kelton Summers.
The JV team beat a game Sout Summit bunch. The JV was led by juniors Judd Miller, Jacob Olsen, Garett Conrad and Tate Porter as well as a host of sophomores and freshmen.
A big thank you is in order to a fantastic student-body that turned out in droves and all decked out in red. They were enthusiastic and loud and the Bear River team wishes to thank them for their support. They ae the best!