BEAR RIVER HIGH - By Tate Atkin, Headliner Sports Editor, April 17, 2023
The start of the region season for the Bear River High boys' lacrosse team is here and with several preseason games already under their belt, the Bears are finding success on the field early in the season.
The Bears' looked to bounce back with a game at Bonneville High on March 21, after a tough loss to Wasatch High in their previous game. It was a hard-fought battle throughout as both teams struggled to score offensively and pull away from their opponent. It was a nail-biter, but Bear River outlasted Bonneville with a 8-7 victory.
Senior Myles Nielson scored 3 goals and grabbed 3 ground balls. Sophomore Kash Avery also scored 3 goals controlled 3 ground balls. Freshman Lincoln Allen and Sophomore Carson Van Tassell led the Bears in ground balls with 4 a piece.
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Bear River then hosted cross-county rival Box Elder High on March 24, and it doesn't matter the sport or the year, whenever these two teams meet there is a lot at stake. It was another close, low-scoring game that kept it exciting throughout the game. The Bears again were able to outlast their opponent as they secured the 11-7 victory over the Bees.
Nielson again led the Bears charge offensively as he scored 5 goals to go with 2 assists. Senior Fierce Miller led the team in ground balls with 8, sophomore Max Anderson and senior Gavyn Haws both recovered 4 ground balls in the win.
Watch the Bears vs. Box Elder game courtesy of Bear River Live on the link below.
Bear River took a two-game win streak into their first region game of the season as they traveled to Ridgeline High School on March 29. For the third straight game for the Bears, it was a closely contested game and the Bears scored in the fourth quarter to cut into the Riverhawks lead. It wasn't enough however as the Bears, unlike the previous two contests, found themselves on the losing end when the game ended. The Riverhawks beat the Bears, 7-6, snapping their two-game win streak.
Yet again, Nielson led the team's offense, scoring 3 goals. Miller again led the Bears in ground balls with 9. Avery picked up 6 ground balls and Haws added another 4. Sophomore Tyler Owen played all 48 minutes at goalie and ended the game with 14 saves.
Rewatch Bear River Live's coverage of the Bear River vs. Ridgeline game on the link below.
Looking to get back in the win column, in their first region home game, Bear River hosted Logan High on March 31. The game was exactly what the Bears needed after a tough loss as they outplayed Logan High on both sides of the ball and sent them away with the Bears winning, 16-0.
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For the fourth straight game, Nielson led the way offensively for Bear River as he scored 5 goals. Junior Carter Gee led the team with 2 assists. Miller, for the third straight game, led the Bears in ground balls recovered with 8. M. Anderson picked up 6 ground balls and sophomore Wyatt Anderson added 5 more. Senior Kache Johnson won 7 of 8 of his faceoffs attempts and goalies Owen along with junior Payton Bowcutt held the Grizzlies scoreless as they split time in the net.
Catch the Bear River vs. Logan game on the link below courtesy of Bear River Live.
On April 12, Bear River hosted Green Canyon High where the Bears offense kept pace with the Wolves through the first quarter, but we're held scoreless in the second and third quarters. Green Canyon pulled away from Bear River during those scoreless quarters and the Bears fell to the Wolves, 11-4.
Bear River went on the road to face Mountain Crest High School on April 14. It was another close battle for the Bears and their experience in tight games from earlier in the season helped them hold off the Mustangs as they won 9-7.
Up next for the Bears is a road game at Sky View High School on April 19, followed by a home game against Ridgeline High School on April 21. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00 pm.
Photos by John Fronk