Two Down, One to Go for Funk

Bracken Funk is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound hardnosed, box score stuffing forward for Coach Quincy Lewis and his state champion Lone Peak Knights. Funk is also an emotional and dedicated leader on the floor. He will be an essential part of Lone Peak's attempt to defend its title in 2008 and win its third championship in four years.

Lone Peak was the 2005 4A state champ. They moved up to 5A in 2006 and struggled throughout the year and missed the playoffs.

"Every season we sit down as a team and set a goal to be state champs," Bracken Funk said. "This year, there was no way that we were going to have another season like we did last year."

The Knights certainly improved from their 2006 campaign and a lot of credit could be handed to Bracken Funk. The junior. averaged nearly 12 points per game on a team that went 26-1and had arguably the best starting five in the state of Utah.

"A lot of people look at a good player as somebody that scores a lot," said Funk. "I look at myself as an all around player. I fill the box score."

It was pretty evident in the 5A state title game that Bracken is a competitor as well as a solid player for coach Lewis. Funk was matched up much of the night with Utah recruit Morgan Grim. The atmosphere seemed to be getting the best of Funk, then he hit two three-pointers that were part of a 9-0 Knight run to close the first quarter.

"I was scared to death to be on TV, it was crazy," Funk later said. "Then after the first media timeout I realized that nothing had changed, and I decided to go play ball. There was nothing else to save my energy for; this was it."

Lone Peak ran away with the 5A title in a 68-43 stomping of Riverton. Funk led the way for Lone Peak with 19 points.

Funk has already caught the attention of BYU, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and SUU. Bracken realizes that with that kind of attention, he has to hit the weight room and continue to be a gym rat. " I have to get stronger and work on being a more consistent shooter and continue to perfect the things that I'm already good at," he said.

Funk is unquestionably a team player as evidenced by his focus Lone Peak's state championship victory.

"It's not about celebrating with the fans or carrying Ryan Rios on my shoulders," said Funk. "It's about being in the locker room after the game with your teammates and feeling the bond of brotherhood."

Funk has been part of two state championships during his Lone Peak career. Do not expect him to put it on cruise control now that the spotlight will get even bigger for his senior year.


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