LOGAN – Cache Valley Media Group is proud to present its Region 11 All-Region awards for the 2023 Boys Basketball season. The region produced numerous great players, making for a tight race to be named among the best in Cache Valley. Sky View found many spots at the top by virtue of being the Region 11 and 4A state champion. But while the Bobcats were a truly dominant team, they did not have a monopoly on top-tier talent in the region.
The awards and All-Region teams were voted on by Cache Valley Media Group staff and its crew of high school broadcasters, including “Hurricane” John Newbold, Jason Walker, Clint Payne, Dave Simmons, “The Patriot” Nick Zollinger, Jake Ellis, “The Coach” John Olsen, Cade Forest, Terrell Baldwin, Trent Carter, Josh Theurer, Logan Webber and Eric Frandsen.
REGION 11 SUPERLATIVES
Most Valuable Player — Tanner Davis (Sky View)
Defensive Player of the Year — Logan Deal (Sky View)
Sixth Player of the Year — Kendrick Terrell (Sky View)
Coach of the Year — Kirk Hillyard (Sky View)
FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION
Tanner Davis, Jr, Guard (Sky View)
15.0 Points | 3.5 Rebounds | 3.9 Assists | 2.5 Steals | 1.0 Blocks
Tanner Davis earned the nod as the top player in Region 11 despite a stacked class of worthy players. Davis wasn’t the top scorer, rebounder or assist-getter (he did lead the region in steals), but what separates him from the rest of the crowd was his all-around and two-way impact. He is capable of scoring with the best, rebounding with the best, and distributing like the rest. But on a Sky View team littered with talent, the numbers didn’t always show it. The win column certainly did and Davis was able to hold the championship trophy alongside his teammates as a result.
Coach’s Quote (Kirk Hillyard): “As the season progressed Tanner be came more of a facilitator for this team and not only was he scoring the ball but finding teammates in scoring positions. He has worked very hard this year to expand his game as a shooter from the outside and was very successful from the out side in the tournament and region play. We are very happy that he has one year remaining to help lead the Bobcats next season.”
Logan Deal, Sr, Forward (Sky View)
15.5 Points | 7.3 Rebounds | 1.3 Assists | 0.7 Steals | 0.4 Blocks
Logan Deal got a lot of praise from his head coach following Sky View’s championship run, praising his unselfish play. Even though Deal yielded touches to his talented teammates, Deal led the championship-wining Bobcats in scoring and rebounding. Deal also anchored the interior of a Sky View defense that ranked second in 4A in points allowed per game and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for it. He had to guard essentially all of 4A’s best bigs at some point, including Jordan Child (three times), Luke Sorenson (twice) and Kyle Lemke in the championship game.
Coach’s Quote (Kirk Hillyard): “Logan is a great competitor and only wants to win. He has always been undersized in the post but makes up for it with his basketball IQ and smarts. He has been extremely coachable and very hard worker which has lead him to do great things including a region and state championship.”
Justin Anderson, Sr, Guard (Logan)
18.2 Points | 3.8 Rebounds | 2.2 Assists | 1.3 Steals | 0.1 Blocks
Justin Anderson ended the season as Region 11’s leading scorer. He gave Logan a constant perimeter scoring threat, a player who could drain 3-pointers from the outside and hit floaters against teams that closed out hard on those threes. Anderson won Player of the Week in the first week of the season after averaging 23 points in the Grizzlies first four games of the season.
Coach’s Quote (Mitch Argyle): “Justin Anderson is one of the more creative and fun finishers I have ever been around. He has worked hard to be able to finish in a variety of ways around bigger defenders. He also obviously has the ability to catch fire from deep. Just a very good all around scorer. He was a great leader for his teammates. He came to work everyday. I can’t recall him ever complaining. He lifts up those around him, and he is an all around great young man.”
Carter Davis, Sr, Guard (Sky View)
14.0 Points | 3.1 Rebounds | 3.0 Assists | 2.1 Steals | 0.7 Blocks
Carter Davis formed part of the best backcourt in 4A. His two-way impact helped Sky View enormously since it meant the Bobcats had a third star player instead of one or two. Davis earned Player of the Week honors in the second week of February. He ended the regular season on a tear, averaging 18.1 points per game over the last seven games of the regular season, including four 20-point games.
Coach’s Quote (Kirk Hillyard): “Carter made it hard for opponents to defend him with his unique ability to finish with either hand around the basket as well as shoot it from deep with his height making him hard to defend. He creates several opportunities for his teammate’s by getting deflections and steals for east baskets on the other end.”
Jordan Child, Jr, Forward (Logan)
16.8 Points | 6.9 Rebounds | 2.8 Assists | 1.7 Steals | 1.0 Blocks
Jordan Child was an all-around force for the Grizzlies, finishing second in scoring for the team while leading them in rebounds, assists, steals and being second in blocks. At times he proved to be unstoppable, able to finish inside against any defender and capable of grabbing any offensive rebound.
Coach’s Quote (Mitch Argyle): “Jordan Child has such a motor about him. It is fun to watch him be relentless. His long arms and athleticism do a lot to aid him along the way. His teammates enjoy competing and he is right in the thick of it. There are a lot of times a part of practice might not go well and he was right at the front asking to do it again. He is a good young man that loves to play basketball with his teammates.”
SECOND TEAM ALL-REGION
Luke Sorenson, Sr, Forward (Ridgeline)
14.4 Points | 6.9 Rebounds | 0.3 Assists | 0.7 Steals | 0.9 Blocks
Coach’s Quote (Kyle Day): “Luke had such a tremendous year! His work ethic and leadership helped us to have a very good season. Individually, his athleticism and ability to rebound the ball aided him in having a fantastic senior year.”
Jared Anderson, Jr, Guard (Green Canyon)
16.4 Points | 3.0 Rebounds | 2.1 Assists | 0.6 Steals | 0.2 Blocks
Coach’s Quote (Logan Brown): “Jared was our go to guy for scoring. He can finish at the rim but also shoot a high percentage from the perimeter. He has am impressive scorers mentality. Jared has improved on an aspect of his game every year. I believe he will continue to build his game and have a great senior year.”
Carson Cox, Jr, Guard (Ridgeline)
14.4 Points | 6.0 Rebounds | 1.6 Assists | 1.4 Steals | 0.6 Blocks
Coach’s Quote (Kyle Day): “Carson is such a joy to coach! He loves the game and is incredibly versatile. His ability to score, rebound, and be an important part of our team defense were critical for us this season! Excited to get him back in the gym with us for another season!”
Kyver Jensen, Jr, Guard (Bear River)
15.9 Points | 2.9 Rebounds | 2.9 Assists | 2.1 Steals | 0.3 Blocks
Coach’s Quote (Reggie Shaw): “Kyver had an outstanding year as both a player and a leader. Kyver lead the team in scoring, assists, and steals per game. He played tough and fearless all year long. We are excited by his growth and can’t wait to see where his development takes him over the next year.”
Oliver Nethercott, Sr, Guard (Mountain Crest)
11.0 Points | 3.7 Rebounds | 2.6 Assists | 1.0 Steals | 0.5 Blocks
Coach’s Quote (Chandler Smith): “Ollie was a huge part of our team. He led us in scoring, threes, and assists. He has been a great leader for us this season both on and off the court.”
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-REGION
- Bridger Barfuss, Jr. (Bear River)
- Brooks Rigby, Sr. (Sky View)
- Gehrig Marble, Jr. (Bear River)
- Grady Workman, Sr. (Ridgeline)
- Hayden Howell, Sr. (Sky View)
- Kaden Hess, Jr. (Mountain Crest)