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Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 12:22 a.m. MST

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yankees27
Heber, Utah

Someone please enlighten me on something. Richfield is still 2A? They were 2A when I was in school over 20 years ago. I remember watching arguably the best high school basketball game the state has ever seen, when Emery and Richfield played for the title. Anyway, the last time I was in Richfield it looked to me like the place had grown quite a bit. Seems to me that Delta and Rickfield are about the same size, so either Delta should be 2A or Richfield 3A don't you think?

BYU still rules
Nephi, UT

I think it's a shame that Richfield, Manti, Juab, Delta and North Sanpete aren't in the same classification. Hope that's corrected soon. By the way, yankees 27 you might want to check the October 2011 enrollment numbers before suggesting changes in the classification system. Wasatch has more students than several 4A schools and more than double Delta, Juab, North Sanpete, Grantsville and Morgan. Maybe Wasatch should be 4A, don't you think?

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Well, although you didn't answer my original question, I'll respond to yours. I don't know the enrollment numbers at Richfield and was asking if someone else knew them and possibly a school like Delta, because it seems they are similar in size. I'm all about fairness and equality. By the way BYU still rules (wishful thinking) I've heard that with the next re-alignment that Wasatch and a few others would go up to 4A and possibly even play 5A football if the new system is put in place. I have no problem with this. It creates more opportunity for our kids. So maybe you misunderstood my tone of the preceding comment, but I was just wanting to know how Richfield is still 2A. That's it, that's all.

greenandwhite
kamas, ut

It comes down to secondary schools. If you have a secondary school, that you can transfer the lower GPA kids and minorities to, your enrollment #'s in your high school match enrollment numbers in smaller towns that do not have a secondary school. Therefore, schools like Richfield and Manti, while their towns are much larger than say Kamas, their high school shows similar enrollment #s. I am okay with it, we gave both schools a run for their money in football and basketball. A couple of play calls and we had them in football. If we are going to lose, I will take a loss from from Manti. But how much sweeter will the win be if the smaller schools can beat the bigger ones.

Knowsabunch
Ogden, UT

Is South Summit going to fire everyone?

yankees27
Heber, Utah

green and white- thanks for the response. So, by secondary schools do you mean alternative high school? So why don't these numbers count? If the student who is in alternative school can play sports, then shouldn't the numbers count for enrollment?

greenandwhite
kamas, ut

Re:knowsabunch. where did that come from? Why the comment about everyone getting fired? how about just the ones that earned it? re: yankees. yes alternative schools. kids can play sports because we have to provide everyone(even home schooled kids) the oppurtunity to play. but we only count the # enrolled in the high school for classification.

Knowsabunch
Ogden, UT

Those who earned it?? Do you mean like the last guy who won a state championship, then took second, then got fired? Or do you mean like Scott Hunt who was fired 20 years and 6 state championships at South Sevier ago? Or do you mean the entire school board for overstepping their responsibilities? Or maybe the Superintendent and the Principal for listening to whining parents complaining about their kid's playing time? I'm just wondering who "earned" it in this situation.

3-pointer
monroe, ut

IF the South Summit coach last year was fired after losing in the state championship game, shouldn't the coach this year be fired after losing in the semis? By the way...did Parker earn that firing for losing?

greenandwhite
kamas, ut

Losing or playing time had nothing to do with it. A good coach can take a poor team with little potential, get a 2-10 season, the kids did better than they planned on and most of the community would consider it a success. Others can take a great team, filled to the brim with talent, destroy their confidence, and then stand and watch as other teams consistantly make changes and win games in the second half. Kind of ironic that Hunt was one of those other teams that completely out coached us. Or maybe it could be like the one we had before Parker took over the temporary coaching spot.(yes, that was never fully publicly explained, was it. It was a temporary spot until they found a basketball coach) The one who had never coached, or played a basketball game in his life. Your right, we have never been able to recover from running off Hunt. Mistakes? Absolutely. Recent mistakes? Absolutly not.

3-pointer
monroe, ut

hmmm....judging from what I saw in this year's tournament, your south summit this coach made very few if any adjustments in the second halves of games. In the Richfield game in particular, they stayed consistent throughout the game in their offensive approach...and, they failed to score in long stretches after blowing a 19-10 lead. From an outsider's perspective, the administration at South Summit blew it by firing a superior coach.

greenandwhite
kamas, ut

Most of the people I know and talk to supports the administration here and their recent decisions. They may not voice it publicly. Thats a whole other story. I would guess that more than 50% of the parents of the kids who played this year, in the boys program anyway, were more than happy to risk a losing season with this coach, than keep the last one. Thats just my observation, and a result of my conversations with others here. You are right that the administration blew it on firing a superior coach. I wish Hunt was still at South Summit instead of at South Sevier.

Anonymous 2A Fan
Richfield , UT

All I know is that both of South Summits coaches were very popular among the players hey coached. Just not with particular parents, with particular last names. I am also looking for South Summit to be the dark horse in next years championship race. Especially considering they really only lose one contributing player.

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