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Utah’s Wasatch Academy Tigers to Compete in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals Tournament

Utah Prep School produces an outstanding basketball team


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Photo by Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune (1)
(Photo courtesy Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wasatch Academy’s Koby McEwen (1) shoots past Lone Peak’s Nate Harkness (35) during an early season game at Wasatch Academy.

Editorial Contact by Brian McCauley, Dean of Admissions & Marketing of Wasatch Academy

The Wasatch Academy Tigers Varsity basketball team has been invited to compete in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament, the most prestigious high school basketball tournament in the United States. The Wasatch Academy Tigers are among the eight top-ranked teams in the country who have been invited to compete for the national title, with the championship game being held at Madison Square Garden.

Only eight elect teams have been asked to play in the 3-day tournament, and it is a first-ever for a Utah high school team. Wasatch Academy, from Mount Pleasant, Utah, has previously played three of the other invited schools, beating #12, La Lumiere of Indiana, while suffering losses to #2, Montverde Academy of Florida, and #6, Findlay Prep of Nevada.

The Wasatch Academy Tigers have compiled a 29-3 record this season, 24-2 on the road, with eight consecutive wins. The Tigers broke into the USA TODAY’s Super 25 rankings of the best high school basketball teams in the country at #21, and have advanced to #19, another first for Wasatch Academy.

The Tigers players are just as impressive academically as they are on the court, with three of the players also being on the Wasatch Academy chess team, which just won the Utah State Championship.

Wasatch Academy will face #3, Oak Hill Academy from Virginia, at 2pm (EDT) on March 31 during the quarterfinals. The game will be aired live on ESPNU. Winners of Day 1 games wil lproceed to the semifinals the following day, aired on ESPN2. The championship game, played Saturday, April 2 at renowned Madison Square Garden, will air on ESPN at noon (EDT).


About Wasatch Academy

Wasatch Academy, founded in 1875, is the only co-ed college preparatory boarding school in Utah. Located in Mt. Pleasant, the campus brings together approximately 335 students from more than 40 countries and more than 30 states. At Wasatch Academy, students are guided to become ethical citizens of the world while getting prepared for college.

Throughout the year, students take advantage of a beautiful setting in the heart of Utah, surrounded by several national parks and unique outdoor opportunities. In addition, everyweekend students have the opportunity to attend several cultural and sports events in nearby Salt Lake City.

Wasatch Academy students are provided the highest academic atmosphere while being instructed by committed faculty that cares about their success, in and outside of the classroom. At Wasatch Academy, our goal is to prepare students to live in a globalized 21st century world. Our student body learns alongside peers with a diverse array of perspectives, languages and cultures.


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