Take a look at some of the overall records carried by the teams listed in this week's Deseret News Coaches Poll and . . . whoa, what's this? Four teams with records at or below .500? Are the rankings turning rank?
Three of those teams with lackluster records, in fact, are found in the 3A ranks, where some of the preseason state and league favorites are taking turns taking it on the chin - a la Ogden, Mountain Crest, Payson and others.Seems like the participating poll coaches are more impressed with what teams are doing lately - Jordan went 1-5 with a preseason that, in addition to the season-opener with Payson, looked like a who's who of 4A powerhouses with Bingham, Timpview, Bonneville, Hillcrest and Cottonwood. However, the Beetdiggers are the sole team with an unbeaten record (3-0) in Region 6.
Bountiful's 3-6 overall record includes a five-loss pre-holidays skid, as the Braves found out that winning the 3A state football crown has some drawbacks - like being forced to field a team and play its first game less than a week after the championship game at Rice Stadium. But Bountiful is currently righting itself of late, boasting a 2-1 Region 6 record.
And Ben Lomond followed a roller-coast ride of a preseason - a seemingly indiscriminant selection of wins and losses for a 3-5 mark - before back-to-back wins in Region 5 put the Scots at an even 5-5 mark.
The other sub-.500 team in this week's polls is defending 1A champion Panguitch. However, the Bobcats are 3-5 overall but are 3-1 in the Region 12 standings, in second place behind league-leading Piute.
Points: Union's Tai Riser earned top-gun honors with a 43-point outing last weekend against Lehi, with 6 of Riser's 16 field goals coming from 3-point range. Others surpassing the 30-point barrier included Ogden's Brandon Parker (33 vs. Box Elder), Tooele's Marc Lawson (31 vs. West, including 10-13 FTs), and Dugway's Ray Wright (31 vs. Tintic).
Additional top-point performances were logged by Box Elder's Bill Bergeson (29 vs. Ogden), Juab's Todd Pay (29 vs. North Sanpete), South Sevier's Spencer Adams (29 vs. Millard, including 8 3-pointers), Wood Cross' Jon Wickizer (28 vs. Judge, including 8-8 FTs), Davis' Brett Barton (26 vs. Roy) and Bountiful's Jon Peterson (25 vs. Granite).
Free throws: Some top team efforts of note - Clearfield shot 21-of-25 from the line against Layton for 84 percent, while Brighton made 9-of-11 versus Cottonwood for 82 percent.
Several individual performances were posted by Hillcrest's John Owen (16-20 vs. Bingham), Orem's Cameron Johnson (9-10 vs. American Fork), Weber's Chris Andrews (10-12 vs. Bonneville), Cottonwood's Justin Weidauer (10-13 vs. Brighton), and Wood Cross's Ryan Creer (10-12 vs. Judge).
Treys: The aforementioned eight 3-pointers by Adams of South Sevier earned top individual efforts. Meanwhile, a trio accounted for 13 of the 16 treys made in the Bountiful-Granite game, with Granite's Dave DeYoung finishing with 6, Bountiful's Austin Lindsey 5 and Granite's Richard Paul 3.
Other top sharpshooters last week included North Sevier's Rick Torgerson (6 vs. Richfield), North Sanpete's Russell Buttars (5 vs. Juab), Box Elder's Bill Bergeson (5 vs. Ogden), Ogden's Matt Russell (4 vs. Box Elder), Weber's Chad Howe (4 vs. Bonneville), Brighton's John Liljenquist (4 vs. Cottonwood), Lehi's Judd Kirkham (4 vs. Union) and South Summit's Jed Frazier (4 vs. Morgan).
Deseret News Coaches Poll
Five coaches from each size classification - with each region represented by at least one coach - comprise the selection board. Five points are awarded for each first-place vote, four for a second, three for a third, etc.
Team Record Points
1. Cottonwood (8-1) 24
2. Timpview (12-0) 21
3. Hillcrest (8-1) 15
4. Provo (10-1) 10
5. Highland (6-2) 2
(tie) Viewmont (7-2) 2
Others receiving votes: Bonneville
1. Spanish Fork (9-2) 23
2. Sky View (9-1) 22
3. Jordan (4-5) 15
4. Ben Lomond (5-5) 6
5. Bountiful (3-6) 3
(tie) Ogden (7-3) 3
Others receiving votes: Union, Springville
1. North Sevier (6-0) 25
2. South Summit (6-2) 19
3. San Juan (10-0) 14
4. Juab (7-1) 8
5. Hurricane (4-2) 5
Others receiving votes: Morgan, North Sanpete
1. Piute (9-1) 24
2. Green River (5-2) 21
3. Rowland Hall(7-1) 11
4. Panguitch (3-5) 8
5. North Summit(5-3) 4
Others receiving votes: Whitehorse, Dugway, Tabiona