Both Dugway and Wendover open their seasons this week in 1A boys basketball, hoping to climb the ladders of Region 18 toward the 1A state tournament.
The Dugway Mustangs have seven players on their roster, including three seniors. Josh Johnson, Cannon Munn and Ben Shepard are the three seniors, each playing a different position. Johnson is the big man at center, Munn plays underneath at forward, and Shepard plays at guard. The roster rounds out with two juniors, John Catalla and Garrett Thackeray, and two sophomores, Tyrell Bear and Daniel Shepard.
The Mustangs open on the road Wednesday night against Intermountain Christian. They next play on the road Saturday against Milford at 7 p.m. before finishing December with two more road games — Dec. 13 at West Ridge Academy for the first region game, and Dec. 16 at Pinnacle in a non-region game.
Dugway’s home opener will be played on Jan. 3 against Mount Vernon, which resumes the region schedule. The rematch against West Ridge will be played on Jan. 8. Dugway hits the road against St. Joseph on Jan. 15 and finishes its road trip against Tintic on Jan. 17. Tabiona then comes to Dugway the next night on Saturday, Jan. 18 for a non-region matchup.
The stretch run of the region schedule resumes Jan. 22 when Dugway hosts Telos, and then it hosts West Desert Jan. 24. The first matchup with Wendover will be played Jan. 29 in Dugway, and then the Mustangs hit the road to battle Manila.
Tintic returns to Dugway Feb. 5, which will be senior night for the Mustangs, who play their final three games on the road. The first road game will be Feb. 7 against Telos, followed by the return trip to Wendover Feb. 12, and a visit to West Desert to conclude the regular season Feb. 14.
The Wendover Wildcats open the regular season this week with a tournament in Wells, Nev., from Thursday through Saturday.
This year’s Wendover team features six seniors, including three seniors who are the lone returning players. Senior guard James Trujillo, senior forward Hector Duran and senior guard Cesar Contreras are the three returning players with Contreras serving as team captain. The roster fills up with Luis Lopez, Landyn Shepard, Jose Collazo, Blas Aguirre, Kyler Murphy, Dallan Murphy, Damion Valdez and Alex Carlos.
Wendover opens its preseason tournament in Nevada on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Eureka, Nev., and follows that game with a 1:30 p.m. contest on Friday against Wells, Nev., a 7:30 p.m. contest Friday night against Carlin, Nev., and a tournament finale at 10:30 a.m. Saturday against Jackpot, Nev.
Wendover’s home opener will be Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. against Pinnacle, following another preseason tournament the following day in Richfield. The Wildcats play against Tabiona on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in Richfield, followed by a Dec. 14 game at 3 p.m. against Milford.
Wendover’s first region game will be played against Mount Vernon at home Dec. 18, followed by a non-region game against Owyhee, Nev. at home. Wendover then plays a non-region game against fellow Region 18 opponent West Ridge Academy on Dec. 20, which will be a third game in three days.
The region schedule continues for Wendover on Jan. 3 at home against West Ridge Academy. Wendover hits the road Jan. 8 against St. Joseph, followed by a nine-day break before a road contest against Telos. Wendover then battles Intermountain Christian at home Jan. 22 and Tintic on Jan. 24.
That’s when the Wildcats visit Dugway for their first Tooele County contest Jan. 29. They then return home Jan. 31 for a game against West Desert before Telos comes to town Feb. 5.
Dugway visits Wendover Feb. 12 before the Wildcats end their season with two road games. They play at Tintic on Feb. 14 and at West Desert on Feb. 21.