I would like to begin this week by recognizing second grader MaCoy Harris, one of the younger Buffaloes in our community, for his amazing free throw shooting skills. Harris has earned his way to the state level of the Elks’ Hoop Shoot in the eight and nine year-old age group! He started out placing first at the school level, then winning at the local level in St. George, and most recently taking the top honors at the district level in Richfield. He now has the honor to compete in Provo on February 2. Congratulations! We are all cheering for you!

The Valley Buffaloes hosted the Piute Thunderbirds on January 10. The Varsity game started out close between the Buffaloes and the Thunderbirds. At half time the score was 31-29 for the Thunderbirds. Piute came out more determined than Valley in the second half outscoring the Buffaloes 35-23 and claiming the 66-52 Region win. Dallen Esplin led the way with 15, and Clint Sorensen contributed 10 points.

The Buffaloes had a great start in the J.V. game and were able to get quite a lead in the first half, scoring 30 points over the T-Birds’ 12. Valley was able to continue building on their lead throughout the rest of the game, for a 60-30 victory. Coleman Sorensen lit up 19 points, Kobe Shatto added 15 points and Austin Spencer chipped in 10 points.

The Region 20 Sophomore Tournament was held in Piute on January 11 and 12. The first game of the tournament matched the Buffaloes against the Milford Tigers. The Buffaloes easily took the lead in the first half scoring 40 points over the Tigers’ 20. The Buffaloes never looked back and went on to claim the 74-42 victory. Kobe Shatto had an amazing game, dropping in 28 points. Coleman Sorensen added 19 and Ammon Heaton dropped in 11.

The first game Saturday morning turned out to be an intense semi-final battle between the Buffaloes and the Bryce Valley Mustangs. The Mustangs were up by a single point at half time 24-23. Valley came out cold in the third quarter, but made up the difference in the fourth. Ammon Heaton hit two pressure foul shots tying up the game. Then in the final seconds of the game, Kobe Shatto scored the winning shot for a 47-45 victory, and a spot in the championship game. Shatto led Valley with 23 points.

The championship game matched up the Buffaloes with the Piute Thunderbirds, who came off of an exciting overtime two-point win over Wayne. It was a close first half with the Buffaloes holding a slim five-point edge. Valley came out cold in the third, only scoring seven points to the T-Birds’ eighteen. Both teams dropped in 16 points each in the final period, but it wasn’t quite enough. Piute claimed the championship by six points, 52-46. Valley was presented with the second place trophy.  Kobe Shatto led the way for the Buffaloes with 20 points, and Coleman Sorensen contributed 11. Good job boys!

The Valley boys will host Wayne on January 18, and travel to Diamond Ranch on January 24.

The Lady Buffs traveled to Wayne County on January 9 for an exciting region battle. The varsity game started off with the Lady Buffs one point behind at the half. The girls made up that point in the third, with the score tied at 30 at the end of three.  Wayne was able to drop in five more points than Valley in the fourth, to give the Lady Badgers the 46-41 Region win. Kyra Milligan led Valley with 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Nicole Roundy dropped in 13.

The J.V. game was also a tight contest, but once again the Lady Badgers pulled off the close 58-54 win. Audrey Harris scored 16 points, and Heather Roundy recorded 14.

On January 11, the Lady Buffs took on a double-header with Diamond Ranch and Cross Creek. In the first game against Diamond Ranch, Valley started off with a strong lead of 19-2 in the first quarter. The Valley girls didn’t let up in the second quarter, scoring 14 points over the Lady Diamondbacks’ five points. Each team scored 10 points in the third, and Diamond Ranch outscored Valley 9-4 in the fourth.  But Valley was able to pull off a nice region win 47-26. Heather Roundy led the Lady Buffs with 8 points.

The Lady Buffs had the second game against Cross Creek won in the first half outscoring Cross Creek 36 to 5. The rest of the game was smooth sailing as the Lady Buffs claimed a 56-25 victory. Kyra Milligan led Valley with 22 points, while Audrey Harris and Heather Roundy each chipped in 10 points. 

The Valley girls will host Bryce Valley on Saturday, Jan 19, and travel to Piute on January 23.