As far as 2A prep basketball goes, the 1980s served as the decade of Region 10 dominance.
Teams either currently or previously part of the eight-team league combined for eight 2A state championships, including defending titlist North Sevier during the 1989-90 season.Since 1980, Richfield has won four crowns (1980, 1985, 1987 and 1988), while Hurricane (1982) and South Sevier (1984) join North Sevier as one-time title winners during that stretch.
Plus, the Shawn Bradley-led Emery Spartans took the 1988 trophy as members of Region 10.
Beaver: Coach Calvin Albrecht has a problem - a lack of height. There's not a single Beaver who measures better than 6-1, so the Beavers will be relying on their quickness.
The team started the season with an admitted lack of experience, too, with 5-8 senior guard Travis Hugh and 6-1 junior center Ben Dalton being the top returnees. Despite the diminutive size, the team is relatively deep, and Albrecht can call on as a double-digit playing rotation, with 6-1 junior forward Clay Williams and 6-0 junior forward Jon Marshall among the newer faces.
Delta: The Rabbits are young and inexperienced, with 5-8 guard Travis Blackwelder the only holdover starter from last year's team. He's joined outside the fellow seniors like 5-10 guard Todd Topham and 5-11 forward pat Wolfe.
Coach Dale Jensen's youth movement includes a trio of junior frontliners in Clint Winters, Brett Greathouse and Mitch Anderson.
Hurricane: The Tigers bring back some familiar faces, such as 6-1 senior guard Cal Nielson (averaged 14 points and 3 steals a game last year), 6-0 senior point guard Bobby Lind (8 points, 7 assists) and 6-0 senior forward Vince Shirley (15 points). Plus, senior Justin Roundy returns after sitting out last season following knee surgery.
But the biggest news for Hurricane is the welcome addition of Nevada transfer Jason Jackman, a 6-8 junior center. Before Jackman's arrival, the Tigers had traditionally been an average-sized team in recent seasons.
Kanab: The Cowboys' ranks - already depleted by major graduation losses from last year's 2A runner-up team - took even harder hits with early injuries suffered by Coach Hal Hamblin's two most experienced returnees - senior Dallas Fox and junior guard Clint Soderquist. The latter is nearly ready to return from shoulder problems suffered in football, while the former has since been playing after breaking his arm on the second day of tryouts.
Many of the varsity vacancies are being filled by underclassmen, since Fox is one of only three Kanab seniors on the roster this season. A lot of the inside effort comes in the form of 6-4 junior Tanner Cornell.
Millard: The Eagle athletes should look awfully familiar, since all members of the varsity, junior varsity and freshman basketball team played football this fall.
Back for Coach Dennis Moore this season are 6-4 senior Casey Peterson and 6-3 senior Rick Robins, the latter earning all-region and all-state consideration last year. Meanwhile, the perimeter attack is bolstered by the senior trio of 5-10 Jason Talbot, 6-0 Travis Reid and 5-8 R.B. Probert.
North Sevier: The Wolves showed that through the first few weeks of the 1990-91 season that last year's 2A title was no fluke, with North Sevier going undefeated through its first half-dozen games. And some of this year's cast are carryovers from last year's squad - starting with 6-4 junior forward Nathan Hallows, who earned all-state honors last year as a sophomore who averaged 17 points and nine boards a game.
Also boasting size underneath are the likes of the 6-3 duo of Ryan Braithwaite and Brian Gladwell, the latter being the son of Coach Craig Gladwell. Meanwhile, Ricky Torgerson and Robbie Shaw headline the backcourt corps.
Richfield: The Wildcats finished last year unscathed with a perfect 14-0 region record and a disappointed third-place finish, with Richfield finally saying good-bye to four-year standout Ryan Cuff and a half-dozen other graduated seniors. Coach Dewain Peterson started the year plugging the vacancies with newcomers - and the 'Cats promptly ended Emery County's four- year home winning streak in the first game of the year.
Moving into key spots in the varsity lineup are seniors like 6-5 center Scott Nielsen, 5-8 guard Ashley Steck, 6-1 forward Gray Hansen, 6-0 forward Justin Brown and 5-7 guard Jeff Andersen. Richfield also has some size and future potential with 6-6 sophomore center Travis Christensen.
South Sevier: The Rams are hoping for a reversal from last year's 0- 14 region record; however, South Sevier started off this season in a similar winless slump.
Spencer Adams, a 6-foot senior guard-forward who averaged 12 points a game last year, is the most experienced returnee for Coach Daniel Robinson, who has only three seniors on the varsity squad this year. Meanwhile, 6-0 junior forward Weston Hutchings leads the underclass newcomers.