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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 6 2011 11:48 p.m. MST

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SSBball
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

Hahaha, I remember there was a lot of talk at the first of the season about 2A basketball not being competitive and that if SS played any 5A school it wouldn't even be a game . . . Well, I guess we have our proof now. And don't make excuses. Fremont is ranked 8th in the state overall. They beat Sky View who is ranked 12th overall and 3rd in 4A. And it wasn't like SS won with a buzzer beater, they beat them by 15 points, pretty convincing victory I think. Anyway, I'm not saying that SS is untouchable obviously, they lost to Wasatch Academy, also a very good 2A team, but I am saying that no high school team, even in 5A is untouchable regardless of what you people up north think. A 2A just beat a 5A by 15 points. If you're good, you're good. It doesn't matter what classification you are in. Classification doesn't equal talent. Talent can be found anywhere. Congratulations South Sevier.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

Well done Coach Hunt!

creek35
Richfield, utah

SHOCKED!!! I thought they may loose by ten or so but very nice game good job Boys we are proud of are RAMS you are #1 keep up the wins....

Fairytale
Park City, UT

Very Convincing, way to beat Fremont and lose to Wasatch Academy? Thats like Boise State going undefeated and then missing a field goal 2 years in a row to take a BCS championship game oppurtunity away from them.

Bear Laker
Laketown, UT

Nice article James. It's nice to see the ssmall town Utah get acknowledged on some of these wins. It is also nice that Fremont filled their schedule with s tough small school. It's a no win situation for the larger schools but it is not bad for them. Rich has played 4A and 5A schools for years and years and now the larger schools get just as excited when they beat a quality program like Rich is in Volleyball as if they were playing for state. It makes it fun. Nice job to both teams on this event. South Sevier is the real thing for sure. When we covered these same kids with MySportsGuys last year, we knew they would be tough again this year.

aficionado
Sandy, UT

congrats S.S!!!!!!! but don't get hot in the head. the team you played isn't that good. but still. big accomplishment

2afan
Layton, UT

Great game ss. Hope you get wa next time

EagleAlum.
OREM, UT

Good job SS, way to represent 2A you guys made everyone in 2A proud. Plus you guys brought a lot of respect back with you thanks for showing the state even the little schools can compete with the big dogs!

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@Fairytale,
Yes, it was a convincing win over Fremont. Losing to Wasatch Academy only shows that there is more competition in 2A ball than people like to think. WA probably could have beat Fremont too.

JD Books
Monroe, UT

As I have calmly stated for weeks now, SS Hoops is on par with any school in the state. SS is lucky to have Hunt, Parsons and the rest of the coaches who are on par with ANY coaching staff in the state.

binghamalum
South Jordan, UT

You just shot 85 percent in the second half on the road!

Fremont wont compete in 5A this year, because everyone knows there is American Fork, West Jordan, and the best team in the state by far Lone Peak,

But much appreciation for the win! good for the SS Rams, ha he can coach up his team to play there hearts out against 5A Fremont because if fremont won it would be oh they should of!

Nothin out of scheduling 2A or 3A, because if 5A wins, the little schools are suppose to lose right??

Ville
Salt Lake City, UT

Great job by SS on their victory. Once in a while you do get a small school team that has a couple of really talented players that have D-1 ability and can make a run at some of the larger schools in the state. But don't get too carried away by thinking they can hang with ANY school in the state. Fremont is a good team but they are not LP, AF, WJ, Bountiful to name a few. Having lost already to another 2A school, doesn't help your argument. While I may differ in opinion from the comment, it still doesn't take away from a really nice victory for the SS team. Good luck to them as they work towards a state championship.

HTSJCCAFALG
SLC, UT

This was a GREAT win, however, lets realize that this "small town" basketball that has "drawn" from several small towns over the past 10 years including from the attendance area of 2 or 3 other high schools!

carver
Enterprise, UT

I feel great for coach Hunt after the trial of his faith so to speak that took place over the transfer deal.

I don't think anyone has said that 2A is equal to any higher classification but we have felt like our top few teams each year can play with the the rest of the 3A-5A teams in the state. There are some good ball teams in 2A and 1A.

Thanks to teams like Fremont who are willing to give the little guy a shot and then be nice enough to compliment them. That, in my opinion, shows class and leadership.

I must say also that having been an Enterprise fan my whole life, it's been nice of all the St.George schools to schedule us for the most part. We haven't won a lot of the games but have won from time to time. Thanks to all of you that have had enough respect for the little guys to schedule them!

Central Utah
Monroe, utah

Looking ahead...2a Wasatch Academy, the team that beat South Sevier, will be playing Weber. Another 2a v 5a showdown, a team that is in the same division as Fremont. Interesting...let's see how that game shakes out. It was fun to watch the high quality basketball played by Fremont. Great Job Rams!!!

roughd
Draper, UT

Sure would be fun to have a true State Tournament between all school regardless of classification, or even have the champs from each class play each other. Hoosiers!!!

bookonwomen
Beverly Hills, CA

More proof that a really good 1A-2A-3A can play with anyone, despite what a 4A-5A homer thinks.

Prep Fan 89
Draper, UT

Let's not go too crazy here people. Fremont played for the state title in football, and they had to play their first basketball game the following Wed. They then had all of Thanksgiving break off, and last week was their first week of real practice.

I will give credit to South Sevier, because I know that they are a solid 2A school. But Fremont is hardly at full strength right now. If these two teams played in January, I think it is an entirely different game. I am not trying to discredit SS, but you have to understand the extra insight of this Fremont team. They are not even close to ready for region play, and they have barely had a week of practice.

A 2A school is obviously capable of playing with the big boys, but if you put any 2A school in either Region 3 or Region 4 they would get destroyed over the course of a season. Of course they would win a game or two, but they would take an absolute beating on a night in and night out basis. Also - SS now has the best player from another 2A, sorta like an all-star team.

wrkhrdhvfn
Monroe, UT

I want to echo the comments about the classiness shown by Fremont. It says a lot for them that they WERE willing to schedule South Sevier, even more so in the way that they treated our team, coaches and fans. Their hospitality was greatly appreciated. Fremont has some great players and coaches. Yes, there are some awesome 5A teams this year, but I still expect Fremont to win a lot more than they lose and pull some upsets against the 5A top dogs. (The win against 4A SkyView was a great win already.) Good luck Fremont! Our little valley will be pulling for you.

2A will be a very competitive bracket this year with Wasatch Academy, Manti, and South Sevier. Gunnison has also been impressive at times.

One thing you can count on with the South Sevier club. They will stay humble and keep things in perspective. We definitely don't have the depth enjoyed by larger schools, and we know we are not a 5A contender, but we have players who are hard working, talented individuals that are starting to pull together as a team, and coaches who will settle for nothing less than best effort any given night.

3-pointer
monroe, ut

I am definitely a South Sevier homer....and my opinion is biased. BUT, to blame Fremont's loss on the idea that they aren't playing well now is nothing more than an excuse. True, they will probably be playing better basketball in January and will be a much improved team by then....BUT, which basketball team won't be?

The Fremont game is the only SS game I haven't seen them play so far....and, from what I have seen, SS is playing far below their potential. I believe a SS-Fremont game in January if it were to be played would be highly competitive. Fremont might win that game and they might not...who knows? But, one thing is for certain, not only would both teams be better by January, but SS won the game in December.

I, too, would love a Hoosiers type Utah state tournament at the end of the year...my bet is that the small schools would struggle year in and year out....but, every decade or so, we might just shock the world!

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