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Published: Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

It's a great time to be a Skyhawk! Two days, two state championships...

Great job Salem Hills!

eagle
Provo, UT

Congrats to Salem Hills and their head coach Scott Haney. He has steadily built a solid program and the fruits were borne out today. Once again much praise to Timpanogos head coach Kim Nelson. Again, he was the biggest asset for his team, he seems to get more out of less than any coach out there. Region 8 totally dominated. Not surprised they were the strongest region but they roughed up everybody else pretty good.

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Eagle- Region 8 is the region Wasatch will play in next year. You mention coaching and it's importance in the programs you mentioned, do you think there will be a coaching shakeup at Wasatch? It seems the time has come, new region, new life perhaps?

QTRBACK9
Austin, TX

Congrats to Salem Hills on an incredible season !

joseywales
Park City, UT

@Yankees, I don't know about Eagle, but that is a no-brainer in most peoples eyes. At least for those who want to win and see their sons have a better opportunity. The time comes for all coaches, and he is long past his, so ya, it's time for sure.

eagle
Provo, UT

It's hard to tell what Wasatch will do. It sounds like a lot of people are discontented. I know and like their coach personally.

As tough as Region 8 was this year it will be even better next year. It might not produce the top four teams in 4A but I think it will be even better and 4A will be much stronger. It was a down year for that classification as it has been this entire realignment but with Spanish Fork coming back up and enter Wasatch, it will be stronger. I also expect Skyline to be back in good form and Timpanogos and Mountain View will be tough. But look at Region 8 next year:

Salem Hills--Yes, lost some key seniors but JV and soph programs were strong
Provo--Only had three seniors, frosh was #1 pitcher, look for Provo to have strong year
Spanish Fork--Consistently good every year
Maple Mountain--should be weaker but has athletes
Wasatch--solid 3A program but needs to step it up
Springville--On the younger side so should be improved next year
Timpview--Program has athletes and a new coach takes over

1hotmomma
MIDWAY, UT

Yankees27- YES Please! I fully agree. The problem is, the administration is blinded by him, they think he can do no wrong. Recently my husband was talking with some umps and a few other men who are quite prominent in Utah Co. baseball, and he mentioned the possibility of a replacement. These guys all said Coach S was a good guy and a decent coach. However, when my husband asked them if the coaching job was vacant at their school would they hire him, ALL said no, but he's good enough for Wasatch. That is the sad state of things here in our program. Too many good kids not having the opportunity they deserve, but cast aside so as not to offend the coach or his feelings. The time truly was 5 years ago, but now would work as well. I have the petition ready, who's in?

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Momma,

Great! because that is what it's going to take. According to the admin., they have heard few complaints and don't feel there is a problem. Unbelievable I know, but still, if they want to hear from the public, let's let them hear loud and clear, that the time is here and it's time for a change!

eagle
Provo, UT

I am going to ruffle some feathers of my Heber Valley friends.

Be careful of what you wish for.

Also, you weren't as talented as you think you were. 1-2 at the state tournament is exactly where I had you pegged. 3A baseball, in this latest alignment, is stronger than 4A baseball. I didn't see you going any better than 1-1 in your initial pod and then you played Park City the next round. I expected a competitive game but Park City had a better record and has equal to superior talent. So that was that. I have followed high school baseball for years and I'm not sure one could say that Wasatch is a bastion of talent. They have some good athletes and I'm not knocking their program, though it might sound like it. I'm being a realist and going 1-2 and 2-2 at state is what the talent in the program would indicate. They aren't an elite program in talent in 3A, nor do I suspect they will be in 4A, especially in Region 8.

Bottom line, there coach is doing with the talent as one would expect. You could do worse.

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Eagle- I would rather risk having worse. Sometimes change is needed. If you continually do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result that's insanity right? Coaching can and should help average talent become better. That's the point of many people wanting to go a new direction. He's had his chance, and can't do anything with it. You may say the talent isn't there, yet for some reason these same boys not only compete with, but have finished very high in tourneys whether it be in summer league or super leagues. I get that you can't base talent on how kids play when they are 12, but he has been handed a few pretty decent teams over the last few years, and hasn't really got them any better than when they started in the program. Again, isn't that the mark of a good coach, someone who can lead, inspire, and motivate young boys to become better athletes? He claims the fun is gone for him, well what about the many boys who quit having fun with baseball starting their sophomore year?

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