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Snow Canyon Hosts Tourney of Big-Name HS Teams


Kahuku comes to Utah to play. Denise Cavanagh photo.

Friday and Saturday Snow Canyon HS hosts five other highly-regarded HS teams in a tournament in St. George, Utah.

The defending Utah single-school champion, Snow Canyon already defeated defending Arizona champion Red Mountain 50-19 in late January and will look to get a repeat performance

Also in town for the tournament will be defending Hawaii champion Kahuku, which just recently survived a very difficult game with St. Francis, but looks to be the favorite to win in Hawaii again. Kahuku is led by non-stop tackler Ted Kanese, with halfback combo Kawika Macy and Ocean Tuia playing well together.

Utah-based teams United (defending HS club champion) and Olympus join ORCAs from California to round out the group.

The teams will play shortened games of 25-minute halves, with extended subs benches. The out-of-town players are being billeted at the homes of Snow Canyon kids, or at the local National Guard Armory.

The teams will play one game on Friday, then have a social Friday night, and then play two games on Saturday. Four of the teams also are bringing 9th/10th-Grade teams. Teams that stay Saturday night will have a games night/movie night at Snow Canyon HS.

Underscoring the event is a little bit of bragging rights. Kahuku Coach Seamus Fitzgerald, Red Mountain Coach OJ Hawea, Snow Canyon Coach Michael Puriri, and United Coach Colin Puriri all know each other from a long way back when they were in New Zealand. This will be a battle-within-a-battle.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, Feb 26

4:00 PM Snow Canyon vs. Olympus

5:00 PM Red Mountain vs. Orca

6:00 PM United vs. Kahuku

Saturday, Feb 27

10:00 AM United vs. Olympus

11:00 AM Red Mountain vs. Kahuku

12:00 PM Snow Canyon vs. Orca

1:00 PM Olympus vs. Red Mountain

2:00 PM United vs. Orca

3:00 PM Snow Canyon vs. Kahuku

9th/10th Grade Games

10:00 AM United vs. Orca

11:00 AM Snow Canyon vs. Olympus

12:00 PM Red Mountain vs. United

1:00 PM Olympus vs. Orca

2:00 PM Snow Canyon vs. Red Mountain

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