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Hillcrest High School Knights
4A District VI 4A High Country Conference
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Colors: Red, Black & White
Head Coach:   Dave Austin
Years as Head Coach
9
Previous Experience
26 years
Assistant Coaches
Ryan Taylor, Mat Barber, Benny Kofe, Blake Phippen, Matt Hansen, and Chasen Marler
RECORD
Record Last Year
25-1
State Titles
2
TEAM
Returning Players
Isaac Davis, Center, 12
Ike Sutton, Guard, 12
Talan Taylor, Guard, 12
Gavin Hepworth, Guard, 12
Titan Larsen, Guard, 11
Matthew Trenkle, Guard, 12
Returning Players with Honors
Isaac Davis 4A All Idaho First Team, 4A State All-Tournament Team Defensive MVP, 4A High Country Conference First Team Ike Sutton 4A State All-Tournament Team Honorable Mention, 4A High Country Conference First Team Talan Taylor 4A All-Tournament Team First Team, 4A High Country Conference Second Team Titan Larsen 4A High Country Conference Second Team
Key Players lost from last year
Kobe Kesler, Guard-Kobe was our leader and the glue that kept us together. He did all the little things that go unnoticed and was always the guy who didn’t let us get rattled.
Team Preview
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?

Isaac Davis brings the inside presence with an array of moves and great court vision. We will lean on our experience with Talan, Ike, Gavin, Matthew, and Titan. We play a 4 out or 5 out fast paced style of play.

Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:

We hope to continue with our team basketball style of play and make the right basketball decisions

As a team, what are your defensive strengths?

Isaac Davis, He controls the paint which allows for us to put heavy ball pressure on our opponents, knowing that Isaac will protect the rim.

Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:

We hope to continue with pressure and causing other teams to turn over the ball leading us to easy transition buckets

What are you most excited about in regards to this year's team?

We are excited to have another talented group of players back with the desire to compete every night.

What is the 'X-Factor' to having success this season as a team?

Finding leadership will be key for us this year.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Colby Bodkin, Blackfoot
Dax Whitney, Blackfoot
Jory Andersen, Bonneville
Isaac Davis, Hillcrest
Ike Sutton, Hillcrest
Talan Taylor, Hillcrest
Bradley Elison, Idaho Falls
David Moore, Idaho Falls
Austin Cannon, Shelley
CarMyne Garcia, Skyline
Brayden Merzlock, Skyline

Written by: Marlowe Hereford

For the last two seasons, the 4A boys basketball state champion has come from 4A District 6.
Hillcrest, which has gone a combined 50-3 the last two seasons, defeated Pocatello for the second consecutive year to repeat as 4A state champions in March at the Ford Idaho Center. The Knights went 25-1 last season, including going undefeated versus 4A competition, and graduated one player, guard Kobe Kesler, whom head coach Dave Austin said was 'the glue that kept us together.' However, the Knights return experienced players in seniors Ike Sutton, Talan Taylor, Gavin Hepworth, Matthew Trenkle and BYU commit Isaac Davis as well as junior Titan Larsen. Hillcrest will be in position to become the first Idaho 4A team to win three consecutive state titles since Preston did so from 2016 to 2018.

"Isaac Davis brings the inside presence with an array of moves and great court vision," Austin said. "We will lean on our experience with Talan, Ike, Gavin, Matthew and Titan. We play a 4 out or 5 out fast-paced style of play. We are excited to have another talented group of players back with the desire to compete every night."

Davis, who is 6-foot-7, will also be a strength defensively with his rebounding.

"He controls the paint, which allows us to put heavy ball pressure on our opponents, knowing that Isaac will protect the rim," Austin said.

Blackfoot enters its fourth season under Clint Arave. The Broncos went 17-9 last season and defeated Skyview for the 4A state third place trophy, securing a winning record for the first time since the 2016-17 season and claiming a state trophy for the first time since 2009.

Blackfoot graduated seven players, including 4A District 6 All Conference Player of the Year Javonte King, but returns seniors Colby Bodkin, Dax Whitney and Carter Andersen and brings in junior Dawson Jackman and Austin Arave.

"I feel this team has huge shoes to fill," Coach Arave said. "We have a much higher ability to score as a team and rely less on one individual for scoring. We will not be as big, so rebounding and defending will be crucial to our success."

Coach Arave described the Broncos as a 'high IQ group that plays fast.'

"We will be able to shoot the ball well," he said. "We are tenacious defenders with lots of energy."

He added that Jackman is 'one of the best on-ball defenders' in Idaho.

Austin and Arave both said Shelley is a team to watch in 4A District 6. The Russets graduated Nate Nelson, Hunter Higham and Brock Jensen from last season's 10-15 team but return Austin Cannon and have a new coach in Keegan Keller.

"They have a strong senior group that is long and athletic," Arave said.

Idaho Falls, which went 5-19 last year, graduated four players including all-conference honorable mention player Dillon Ball. Bonneville graduated six from last season's 4-19 team, including second team all-conference player McKay Judy.

Skyline graduated five from last season's 8-17 team, including first team all-conference player George Price and all-conference honorable mention player Ian Galbreaith.








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