Basketball in the Tooele Valley had a rough year on the boys side with all three local teams missing out on the playoffs. Local teams had plenty of talent but did not compile enough victories to make a post-season run.
The sports department of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin has selected an all-county boys basketball team based on performances during the 2011-12 season.
The All-County team is consisted of a starting five but is not based on position at all. The starting five is purely based on season performance regardless of position. There are also a handful of reserves that narrowly missed out on making the starting five of the Tooele County all-county boys basketball team.
Starting off the list is Dalen Erickson from Grantsville. As a senior, Erickson was the leading scorer in the entire county at 16.1 points a game and made 53 shots behind the arc for the Cowboys.
When Erickson was hitting his shot from the outside, he was one of the most lethal scorers in the state. Earning varsity playing time since his sophomore year, Erickson has made 108 3-point shots at Grantsville and is easily one of the top players in the county.
Stansbury’s Kirby Harris also made the starting five for the all-county team. As a senior guard, Harris also was a player that opponents had to look out for if he was hitting his shots during the game.
Averaging 12.9 points a game, Harris grasped the leadership role of the young Stallions that had only one other senior on the team. Harris hit 40 shots from behind the arc but was also able to create his own shot from close range as well.
Stansbury stayed in the playoff race the longest and a victory over Bear River late in the season helped the Stallions stay in the race until the end. In that victory over Bear River, Harris dropped in a career-high 31 points on five 3-pointers in the victory.
As far as deadly outside shooting, Jack Memmott from Tooele was one of the best shooters in the county. Memmott led Tooele in scoring with 13.2 points a game while cashing in 44 times from behind the arc.
Memmott, a senior, was another player that was a player that opposing defenses had to keep an eye on if he was anywhere near the 3-point line. In his best game in region, Memmott sank five 3-pointers in scoring 21 points and pushing Ben Lomond to its limits in late January. Ben Lomond eventually won that game but Memmott proved his worth in being one of the top five players in the county.
A teammate to Memmott and one of two underclassmen on the starting five, Justin Pollmann burst onto the scene to make a name for himself as a sophomore. As a fiery 10th-grader, Pollmann played sparingly as a freshman last year to bust out and score 12.1 points a game as a sophomore.
Pollmann did the majority of his scoring from the inside with only 11 3-pointers on the team. In his best region game, Pollmann dropped 28 points on Bear River in a losing effort in mid-January. With two more years left of playing basketball, Pollmann has an opportunity to continue improving as a player and help Tooele make the playoffs.
Another sophomore that made the list was Devin Adams, who plays for Grantsville. While Adams did hit 16 3-pointers on the year, most of the damage for Adams was done in the paint.
His ability to grab a rebound and score in the post gave Grantsville another scoring option besides Erickson this season. Adams averaged 11.7 points a game for the Cowboys with his best region performance came against Tooele early in the season.
Adams scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds and almost led Grantsville back to a victory over Tooele. The Buffaloes held on in the final minute but Adams solidified himself as a consistent hard-nose player in the county.
Adams rounds off the starting five for the all-county team but there are a few players that narrowly missed out on making the cut for the top-five.
Players like Jake Witkowski and Brek Bentley from Stansbury. As a senior, Witkowski was the fourth-leading scorer for the Stallions but he did much more than just score.
With his defensive presence, Witkowski made life difficult for opponents while still averaging 6.4 points a game. Bentley, a junior, has a sleek shooting stroke that allowed him to score seven points a game and aside from a solid shot, Bentley would always a pick up a few hustle points during a game.
A pair of Tyler’s from Tooele would also be coming off the bench for the all-county teams. Junior Tyler Woodruff and freshman Tyler Lawrence helped Tooele tremendously this year. Lawrence averaged 9.3 points a game while sinking 28 3-pointers on the year. Woodruff had more of a inside-outside game and still averaged 9.2 points a game for the Buffaloes.
An all-county team for girls’ basketball will be coming out in Thursday’s edition of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin.