I was afraid of this. Desert Hills did not win the 3A football championship game
Judge Memorial did. Desert Hills won the 3AA title. If their points are being
added into their 3A competition, then Judge's points should be added in
their 4A results. I knew this confusion would happen when the UHSAA divided up
the 3A schools into two different divisions for football.
Don't get me wrong- Desert Hills is a great school with great programs.However, they ARE basically a 4A school playing in 3A. I wish there was
a better way to align the big southern schools so that the sizes lined up
Nothing but whining. How many years was the Southern Utah Schools the smaller
school in the larger divisions as well as they had to travel much further
distances? In the late 70's and 80's we traveled North every two to
three weeks and played against Provo, Timpview, and American Fork. I would hear
complaints when a school from Salt Lake or Utah County would have to travel
South once or twice a season. Congratulations to Desert Hills as they have had
to deal with the disruptions of new school boundaries every three to four years
as well. Job well done!
All the southern utah schools are roughly at 1,000 people. I don't know how
that is considered 4A? I thought the cut off was at like 1300 or 1400. Congrats
to Desert Hills. Where none of the kids that attend have to have jobs, or have
to work they can commit to sports 100%.
TO Simpe Spectator: That's weird my daughter swam for Desert Hill for four
years, one of the most time consuming and demanding High school sports and she
had a job her sophomore year on to present and so did may of her teammates. I
think you are making a huge generalization about the kids at DH. Congrats Desert
A generalization much like saying swimming is a sport, and that it's the
most time consuming.
Congratulations to Panguitch, that was a pretty dominant year, and it could stay
that way for a few more years.Now if you guys only played football!
I think one big problem isn't just with Judge but any 3A schools for
football that were generally 2A in other sports. Did Manti get its points for
taking second in football? Again, the Deseret News probably has some refiguring
to do with several teams I suppose.Also, an administrator from
Granger I believe was arguing about the impact of wealth and competitive success
and relating this to reclassification. It would be great for Amy (Donaldson) to
do a follow up to that story, especially in light of these results.
Congratulations Desert Hills for a great year, both athletically and
academically. Great job by everyone involved to make it all happen.
You should separate the men winners from the women.
Let the kids at each of these schools enjoy their success. Desert Hills has
impressive talent for a 3A school, but that is exactly what it is, impressive.
If you can't muster a little respect and admiration for the student
athletes, the coaches and the effort put forth by so many people to put together
a sports program your snide remarks are far from valid.This isn't a
contest, it's a compilation of a myriad of effort.Looking at all the
numbers you can see how close so many schools are. For a school to end up on
top of the pile is remarkable. A standing ovation from me to all those
participating. Well Done!
Congrats to the Desert Hills student-athletes and coaches. Truly a great
accomplishment. However, whether school enrollment numbers fall within the
limits of 3A/3AA is not the problem in my eyes. The line between 4A and 3A is
somewhat arbitrary. The real problem is that the St. George, and a few others
on the Wasatch front, benefit greatly from open enrollment while their opponents
from rural areas simply don't have that luxury. It is the same argument
against private schools like Juan Diego competing in 3A or Wasatch Academy in
2A, because of their ability to recruit. Until private schools and schools
benefiting from open enrollment are no longer competing against rural schools,
these accolades are watered down.
So the Morgan girls take second at state (basketball), which is a pretty amazing
accomplishment, considering some of the schools "ARE basically a 4A school
playing in 3A." But the Morgan boys (basketball) win the entire tourney for
the second year in-a-row! If I recall correctly Morgan boys beat Bear River
last year....hmmmmm...neither a southern school. This is an
"All Sports Award." So my advise from a way overdone disney movie is
this:"Let it go, Let it go."
St George isn't open enrollment. Please get facts correct before spouting
off. St George schools are good because of the talent and coaching there not
because of recruiting.
St. George attracts families to this haven of good weather practically all year
long. Success breads success. Young children in athletic families dream of
their opportunity to succeed in athletics just like their grandparents, parents,
uncle, aunt, mom, dad, brother or sister. This type of mindset to excel in
athletics is talked about at school, church, civic organizations and around the
dinner table. Success is a mindset of not settling for second.