1A boys high school basketball: Moquis rise as a team to claim 1A title

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  • moquis
    Jan. 8, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    everyone needs to realize that everything escalante has they worked for and have been working for way before they were even in high school. As for everyone bagging on escalante this year here is a heads up. kody barney is back giving escalante a great point guard moving the ball down to the bigger guys. i think they just might suprise everyone come region.

  • go eagles
    Dec. 31, 2009 3:04 p.m.


  • to tall
    Aug. 25, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    this year is going to be the best for escalante we got bigger kids ready to play there hearts out

  • RE: Next Year 11:53
    March 23, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    Don't complain about Escalante having a good team. In my day we struggled to win any games at all. Now we are on top let us enjoy it. Good job Escalante from an old Moqui.

  • Region 15?
    March 17, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    How can you even say Escalante is going to rank above Milford and Panguitch. What a joke. They aren't going to make it above 6th place in Region 15.

  • Region 15
    March 13, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    this is what next year will look like

    1- Piute
    2- Valley
    3- Escalante
    4- Milford
    5- Panguitch
    6- Wayne
    7- BV

  • cant take the pressure
    March 13, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    Baeu Browning had to carry the Duchesne basketball team on his shoulders. With out him the team would have had no legs. Every other team in 1a was scared of him!! hes one of the best out there and without him they would have had to work twise as hard. Baeu Browning was deffintely the leader. GO BROWNING.

  • BB fan
    March 13, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    Who cares if escalante doesn't finish at the top next year. They have won the state title 3 times in 4 years. Thats quite the accomplishment.

  • Escalante JV player
    March 13, 2009 12:59 p.m.

    "My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength."
    -Michael Jordan_

    Keep doubting us for next year. We may surprise you.

  • Rlch Rebels #1 Manager
    March 13, 2009 10:38 a.m.

    I have to agree on most of the comments about moving the tournament to SUU. I was a manager when it was down there and Rich was in the championship game against Waterford. I know it farther for the northern team but you know what. No matter where it is the 1A crowd will still follow their teams. Cedar City has alot more stuff to do while you are not playing. The atomoshere is amazing of playing on a collage floor on the actual campus, I mean it doesn't get better than that, plus it has more variety of food. And being on the floor is spactular and im only the manager i wonder what it feels like to be a actual player i mean Come on
    SUU is the best place to be during tournament time.

  • Grow up
    March 12, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Notice how it is mostly always the south who is talking crap about the north. Oh, next year I will do this, then the next year and so on. Actions speak louder than words so please just grow up. And NO we do not and will not underestimate and team from anywhere so go with it ok!!!

  • Player Likes SUU
    March 12, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    I played at the Centrum in the Region tourney and played at the SVC in the state tourney and i would much rather play at SUU. Alot better floor, along with
    great tournament atmosphere.

  • Re: Region 15 BEST
    March 12, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    Escalante will be up there with the rest of region 15, they played great against every one of the other teams JV teams and that was with one of their star players out with an injured knee. Don't be counting Escalante out yet.

  • Escalante?
    March 12, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    I don't think Escalante is going to win a region game. They will be fighting Bryce Valley for last place.

  • Region 15 Best
    March 12, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    Next Year, this will be Region 15

    1. Piute - Coming back with all their players and were alright this year.
    2. Valley - Losing a few great players, but will still be amazing
    3. Milford - 3 of the 5 starters are only Sophomores and they still beat Piute twice and placed 8th.
    4. Panguitch - Are losing Trac Norris but can still do great with the Frandsen dude.
    5. Who Cares
    6. Who Cares

  • SUU
    March 12, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    Get the tourneys back to SUU

  • SUU
    March 11, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    I've watched the tourney at 3 places. Dixie college, SUU and SVC. SVC is a multi functioning building and the other two were strictly designed for college sporting events. The best and most fair solution is rotate SUU and some spot near SLC. Im hearing though that northern utah doesn't work so it sounds like SUU is the solution. Or back to dixie where its a nice vacation for all. I hope 1A south destroys 1A north when they play to prove dominance!

  • SVC
    March 11, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    I was watching 2A at SUU, the concessions where nice. But for the Championship games they didn't turn off the lights, they didn't have the fog and all the other fun lights. At least the SVC does that. It is a great location for 1A and 2A. SVC is in the middle of the state so it's perfect! GET 1A & 2A BACK TO THE SVC ALWAYS!

  • SUU
    March 11, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    SUU is the way to go.

  • Yep
    March 11, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    I think !A FAN needs to grow up and stop acting like a baby.

  • Humm
    March 11, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    Northern Venues dont work because of economics along with the fact that the only one we can go to has a horrible floor. Ask those who played at UVU it is like playing in a sand box. And who wants to pay for parking. SVC is great Central and puts on a great show.

  • Anonymous
    March 11, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    Escalante did win the tournament and was a great team. What I think some of these people are trying to say is it is still closer for most of the southern teams nothing more. It is an advantage for their fans and schools if it were held up North the fans from the north would show up and the southern teams fans would have less of a showing. I think Rich travels well so they would show up any where. I also think the Refs did a good job and there is no need for a three man crew.

  • Re: 1A Fan
    March 11, 2009 2:36 p.m.

    A couple of things. MOST southern teams do stay at the tournament. Again, Panguitch, Piute, and Wayne are the ONLY region 15 teams that don't stay in motels up there. Panguitch lost to Rich the 1st day, momma must have some poor cookin in that town! Escalante ate resturaunt food and slept in motels and it didn't hurt their game!

    Second thing, Rich was a very physical team. They have played all year long by pounding the ball inside and battling the other teams for positioning. They have played most of their games in foul trouble all year. Escalante has a lot of shooters, a lot of games they don't get playing tough inside, which equals less fouls. The Duchesne game is a great example, they took it inside, and Escalante had TWICE as many fouls called on them. The refs did a great job, even ask Rich players that! Many of their players told us how great of a team we had! When it comes down to it, both of your points are nothing but excuses of why your teams lost. They flat out got out played by the best team in the state!

  • state is over
    March 11, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    so move on from this blog

  • Rebel Fan
    March 11, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    It is so funny to me that as soon as Rich loses they start to blame the coaches - maybe there was too much coaching from the parents and the real coaches couldn't be heard because of it. If Rich ever wants to do any better than third or fourth they need to come together as a team and the parents need to let that happen. So maybe instead of blaming the coaches we need to blame ourselves as parents because we wouldn't keep our noses out of it. Hopefully next year we can let the coaches do their jobs!!!

  • Re: 1A Fan
    March 11, 2009 2:11 p.m.


  • 1A Fan
    March 11, 2009 2:00 p.m.

    First off I want to say that if they move the tournament to SUU then the next year they need to take it up north and rotate - North meaning farther than Richfield. It is not far that the Northern teams always have to get rooms and the Southern teams don't. It makes a difference to players when they can sleep in their own beds and eat mom's cooking.

    Next I want to say that I thought the officiating was some of the poorest I have seen in tournament play. It always seemed they favored Escalante - Tabby game and Rich game. It's like they read somewhere that Escalante was supposed to be state champs and they were going to make sure that happened...

    Food for thought - what about going to 3 man reffing with at least one ref from the south and one from the North and flip for the other one...Anyone's thoughts???

  • Tourney
    March 11, 2009 12:27 p.m.

    Move it back to SUU or rotate it from south to north. The SVC isn't cutting it. Escalante was clearly the best team all year long. Their record proves it and so does them winning the championship. They controlled every game in state. Stop your crying and move on...

  • DHS fan
    March 11, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    Way to go DUCHESNE! nobody expected you to get so far but you proved them wrong and we couldn't be prouder! Beau your amazing we'll miss you next year!Fans and Cheerleaders, you did a great job and kept the team spirit! Congrats to Escalante you guys played great! Rich, Valley, Tabby, and all the other teams you did a great job too! GO 1A!

  • Anonymous
    March 11, 2009 11:54 a.m.

    a basketball game can only have 5 players on the floor at a time, you can see that Escalante has spent time developing the talent that is available to them. Numbers have some to do with it but if the coaches put in the time their programs are successful look out for Valley in the future, Piute will always be strong along with Escalante. Rich, Tabby, and Duchesne are still going to be there but look out for Manila I think they could challenge for the 2nd place in 16. Who knows about the private schools but I think it is safe to say Dugway is down. Monticello could compete along with Green River and White Horse. Looks to me like the talent pool in 1A will be better for the next few years.

  • enrollment
    March 11, 2009 10:33 a.m.

    Nice job Escalante!!!

    Now, enrollment figures on how they finished.
    Escalante -- 51
    Duchesne -- 166
    Valley -- 73
    Rich -- 110
    Tabiona -- 46
    Panguitch -- 96
    Whitehorse -- 160
    Milford -- 78

    Seems to me, at least this year, that enrollment had little to do with strength of team. The only school in region 15 that is above 100 is Wayne, and I didn't see them at the tournament. Next to region 18, region 15 is the only region that does not have more than 2 schools above the 100 mark (region 18 doesn't have any above 100). Altamont, Christian Heritage, St. Joseph, Wasatch Academy, & West Ridge are all schools above 100 that stayed home.

    Summary....Only 4 out of the 10 largest schools made it to state, and out of those 4....three of them placed!

  • Go away from the SVC
    March 11, 2009 9:12 a.m.

    I think that the comments that are for the SVC is that
    same miserable worker that took tickets at the SVC

  • Re:1a South
    March 11, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    No its not the same person leaving comments, i left my
    comment about it and i feel like SUU is alot better place to have state and those arent all my comments. SUU is the Place to have the tourney.

  • Rich Rebel Fan
    March 11, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    Good job Escalante on your first place finish at state. Great bunch of kids and an excellent coaching staff. I hope you guys realize just how lucky you are to have the coaches that you have.

  • 1A South
    March 11, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    They were only ranked 3rd because if 1 1A loss during a region tourney. Other than that they have been ranked #1 all year by this newspaper. Don't read into thee seeding too much, they were the state's #1 team coming in, even if they were a #3 seed.

    This SUU talk, most of these comments were cut and pasted in here from comments made a few days ago on other games. I think it may be just the same person that really loves SUU adding multiple comments and creating a different user name each time. Everyone I have talked to loves SVC. The only teams that don't stay in motels are Wayne, Panguitch, and Piute. Everyone else travels down and stays. It's a good middle ground for the majority of 1A. Good location, great venue. The seats didn't even all fill up this year, why waste the extra money on SUU for all the extra seats you're not going to fill? Their concessions aren't cheap either!

  • Anonymous
    March 11, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    Someone explain to me how a third ranked team wins state? I think that region sets things up!!! However, they did deserve State. None of the other teams showed up. And thats that I guess.

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    Richfield puts on a better show than suu every year. I'm from Cedar and go there all the time and love Richfield much better! Most championship games dont start till 7:00 so 5 is perfect. The Championship game in Richfield is by far the best out of the state. SUU has the same parking, prices are higher here so why is everyone complaining? If you lived up north would you wanna travel all the way to cedar? Get Real People. MOQUIS ARE AWESOME EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!!!

  • Re: SUU
    March 10, 2009 7:45 p.m.

    I agree richfeild is a bad place to spend a 4 of days. I have been to the 1A tourney the last 4 years and I decided not to come this year and just catch it on radio. I also don't like waiting til 5pm on saturday waiting for the championship. They need to get things rollin early on saturday. The tourney does miss teams like layton christian slam dunking, The best games always seem to be the semis on friday. SUU is a better venue and 35 miles away from STG.

  • 1A tourney
    March 10, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    I thought the 2A tourney was a lot better this year than the 1A tourney. I think the reason was that the 2A tourney had much more diversity with the Private schools being in the final four.

    Without the Private schools adding their contrasting style of play to the 1A tourney this year, I found it rather boring to watch.

    Hopefully they get better.

  • SUU is the place
    March 10, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Richfield is a lousy place to spend 4 days. Cedar City is bigger and it is near St. George, which is nice.

    I played in both arenas and SUU is a way better atmosphere.

  • To all the SUU Lovers
    March 10, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    We don't want to have to drive any farther south than we do now. SVC is far enough! If you aren't going to keep the tourney there. Then I suggest a yearly rotation---one year in the south and one year in the north. By the way----UVU quit charging for parking!!!!

  • Nope
    March 10, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    SUU does not put on the show that SVC does and Richfield has done a lot to make the tourney run well. For the UVU fans give it up. Talk about a mess they charge for parking if you can remember. They also have a horrible floor and dont even make it a good show. And from what I hear the administration has a horrible time working with them. SUU is cool but SVC does a better job.

  • SUU
    March 10, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    BY FAR THE BEST PLACE TO HOLD THE 1A STATE TOURNAMENT, end of story. SUU put on a great state tourney. I went and watched a cousin play at the 2a state tourney this year at SUU and then went and watched a brother play at the SVC and SUU PUT ON THE BEST tourney of the two places. The arena and parking is 10 times better and the fact that it is on a major college campus makes it
    that much better.

  • MVP arguement
    March 10, 2009 4:36 p.m.

    Not a good idea, these kids were a team. Don't try to drag them down. I've seen that exact problem ruin good programs.

  • I agree
    March 10, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    I agree i thing we should have the 1A tournament back in Cedar at the Centrum on the campus of Southern Utah University

  • Reply 2:43
    March 10, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    Thats exactly the point schools closer to SVC have an advantage I'm sure some of the northern schools would like the same advantages once in a while. Then we would here people from the south complaining. If they rotated it each team would have an advantage at some point not the same teams every year. SVC does a good job but I think they should rotate it.

  • SUU is the Best
    March 10, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    Lets get the tourney back at SUU. I have been really disappointed with the 1A tourney at the Sevier Valley. SUU puts on a wonderful tourney.

  • Cedar is the Place
    March 10, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    SUU puts on a way better show then SVC I would much rather go to SUU than SVC. Better people, really well organized, and a great college floor. I have been really disappointed with SVC and i dont know why they are having it at the SVC. SUU is a great place to hold the state tournament.

    March 10, 2009 3:44 p.m.

    I went to 2a last week at SUU and i felt like they put on alot better show that the SVC. Just like the above JUST A THOUGHT, I agree with everyone of his Comments. We need to get the UHSAA to move the Tourney back to SUU. It was fun there.

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    what is this talk of duchesne being a small 1A school? They are one of the biggest. Them along with rich, panguitch, and whithorse. Yor 1A but not that small. Manilla and Tabi have 40 to 50 students total. You are pushing 200. Isnt Duchesne 3 times bigger than escalante as well. Way to go small schools. If their is an advantage its having more atheletes to choose from. If you have 40 boys try out for a basketball team you can get a better selection than say a manila that will have 15 try out. That is for all 3 teams. It is not what they focus on. While you play football, others ae playing baseball. Quit coming up with excuses.

  • Honest Opinion (cont)
    March 10, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    What to expect in the future.

    1. Region 15((20) what ever it is going to be) continues to be the most dominate region. Panguitch, Escalante, Piute, Valley & Wayne will be competative every year. Bryce Valley will continue to be Bryce Valley. Milford will most likely return to being Milford.

    2. Duchesne & Tabby will continue to be the top teams from region 16. Rich will be good next year, but like I said up and down. Manila will compete with Altamont for 4th place most years. And if Altamont can't get it together Manila will represent region 16 most years. Altamont will likely get thing turned around a bit.

    3. Whitehorse has a few exciting years in front of them. They have some young talent. Man can they shoot the ball. Can they really get there one of these years. Green River will be the standard of region 19 most of the time. Monticello, will they really move to the next level or are they the Milford of region 19.

    4. Dugway will be Dugway. The rest of their region will continue to be the rest of their region.

    5. The Private Schools will load up and make runs.

  • location?? huh
    March 10, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    Don't you have anything else to talk about? If SVC is allll the way down here then don't make the drive. Stay Home.

  • competition
    March 10, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    why move the state tournament away from the majority of the competiton region 16 is the only regioin that has any
    good job moquis
    good job svc
    be there again next year

  • 1A State location
    March 10, 2009 1:13 p.m.

    Why don't they have it a UVU. It would allow the northern schools to sleep in their own beds for once during state tourney. It has its advantages....

  • Rotate?
    March 10, 2009 11:29 a.m.

    I'm sure all you schools from down south would love to have it at SUU. I think it only fair if it rotates from North to South and back. It is unfair to the schools from the North to have to travle and stay the night when many of the southern schools can go home and sleep in their own beds and go about a normal day. I do agree they should move the games back to a college just not always at SUU.

  • DHS Student
    March 10, 2009 11:25 a.m.

    I think everyone brags about how good your team is but I'm gonna say that little schools like Tabiona, Escalante, Manila, Etc. they are good in lets say basketball because that is what most of them focus on, now you look at Duchesne and Rich we focus on whatever sport is in season like football and track wrestling and basketball, so I'm just saying its kind of an advantage to be a smaller school against some of the bigger 1A

  • 1A North--Region 16
    March 10, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    I think SVC does a great job with their tourney. Personally, I don't want to drive clear to SUU. SVC is far enough for me. Why fix what isn't broken? I didn't ever have trouble finding a parking spot. Who cares if they don't allow outside food in the building? Eat before you come to the game. And if the concessions are too pricey for you I repeat--eat before you come to the game.
    Thanks to the folks at the SVC for such a great 1A preview and tourney each year!!!!

    March 10, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    I feel like the tourney needs to move back to SUU as well. Its just dont have the same feeling to it like to old 1A tourneys that used to. Its not at the college setting, and it dont have the hype like when it is held at SUU. At SUU we got a lot more media coverage and exposure there as well. SVC is just NOT like the great tourneys like they used to have at SUU. Get the tourney back to SUU UHSAA

    March 10, 2009 10:09 a.m.




  • Moquis #2
    March 10, 2009 9:23 a.m.

    I wanted to thank the fans that came and cheered for our team this year. We wouldnt have gotten as far as we did without you guys helping us strive to make it all the way. Im proud to say I was a senior that played with such a dynamic group of kids and am going to miss it dearly. Good luck next year to all teams in 1A!

  • RE Anonymous
    March 10, 2009 7:18 a.m.

    Altamont didn't make it because i don't think they won a region game this year. Or any game for that matter. Altamonts girls could probably take their boys.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    I honestly thought that kevin Griffin would have gotten the MVP award. Think about it, his defence and offense was what kept the moquis together. I thought that they could have won the state title without Tim but not without Kevin. Thats just my opinion though

  • re 1A Fan
    March 9, 2009 7:05 p.m.

    When the players can start playing perfect games, only then can you expect the referees to call a perfect game! I thought the referees did an outstanding job in this years 1A tournament. Did they get every call right? No. Did the players play perfect games? No. It was a great tournament and all involved including the refs gave it their all. Even in the 3 man games up north, refs still are human beings and will make mistakes! Don't sell this tournament short and blame lost games on the referees. This 1A tournament was a great success for all involved!

  • not the same
    March 9, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    Whoever said that it's the same to compare valley's win over panguitch and being 2 seconds away from losing is the same as being 6 seconds away from being in the state championship is crazy. Valley was up with 6 seconds to go and lost on a semi buzzer beater. In the region championship Valley led the whole 4th quarter you have to be down and hit a shot at the end to steal a victory.

  • 16 watcher
    March 9, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    Why would anyone say anything about a team not in the tourny. Altamont has only had one team in 8 years make it to the tourny. They were stomped by escalante. Keep it recent, no reason to try and stir the pot in a unstable community. good job duchesne. Congrats to escalante, heck of a team!

  • Big Moqui Fan
    March 9, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    The Moquis not only had a great team, they had the "X" factor, great fan support. The people in the community came togather and supported the team all year long. Moqui fans outnumbered many teams at the away games and packed the house at home. The red shirts and red towels stepped up the intensity off and on the floor and we were all rewarded with the championship. Thank you Moquis!!

  • Tyce Peterson
    March 9, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    I too want to congratulate the STATE CHAMP ESCALANTE MOQUIS!! awesome job guys. I have always loved playing ball with you and am so thankful for the friendships we've made. You are amazing basketball players, but even more important than that, you are amazing people.. So thank you!! It really has been great these last four years. Too bad all great things have to end i guess.. or do they, escalante badgers at the summer games?? haha anyway, congrats and great job. I have all the respect in the world for you and am glad i could get to know you all. you are CHAMPIONS!!

  • 1A South
    March 9, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    Lance, when it comes to sportsmanship, you and your team have always been great examples! I have always been impressed to see you play the Moquis, and win or loose, both teams are always smiling, laughing, and having a good time. Even after the game it is clear to see the friendship those 2 teams have with eachother. Now that boys is what it's all about. We sure missed seeing the Badgers at the tournament this year. You are such a fun team to watch play! I hope we see the Badgers with a title of their own really soon. Thanks again for the comment, and for all the good games! Good job on a great career Lance!

  • Ok
    March 9, 2009 3:54 p.m.

    Ok however I do have one thing to say before we STOP! Do not underestimate Duchesne again next year. Sure Beau was a huge loss, so was Cameron and Reed. But I think that they will pull it together again three seniors thats it. They have a deep bench and a ton of heart so we will just have to see how that goes next year. Peace out and talk to everyone later. GO EAGLES

  • anonymous
    March 9, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    WOW, people need to get a life! First off you never know how it is going to end up next year. So just let it go until then...

  • Valley is MY championship team
    March 9, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    I wasn't saying that Valley was the championship team at state, I said for me they are my champions and played a great 2 weeks of basketball. I say good job to Escalante and Duchesne and all of the other teams for a fantastic tournament. Yes, Valley could have lost to Panguitch in the last seconds of the Region championship, but they didn't. And I give Duchesne credit for coming back and winning even though it was a heart breaker for Valley at the time. The way Valley played against Rich, I think they could have given Escalante a good game. It's over now and I say good job to all the teams this year! It was a fun week of basketball so lets just all be friends and say WE LOVE 1A BASKETBALL!

  • Clayte's Dad
    March 9, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Once again thank you Moquis for making this a great year by bringing home the championship. Most of all thank you for all your support and the way you have honored Clayte, with the warm-up shirts to the picture that you gave to us. You are all MVP in my book. I know Clayte was looking down with that big smile he has and is holding up his finger saying MOQUIS #1.

  • Lance Peterson
    March 9, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    Dude you escalante boys rock the world!!! congrats on another state championship. It's been awesome being able to compete with such a high level team for the last six or seven years and i just wanna say thanks for all the good memories we have. you are an awesome bunch of players, coaches, parents, and fans. you guys deserved this!!! nice job moquis!!!!!

  • Valley
    March 9, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    Valley feels good about their season and would like to congratulate all of the other teams on great seasons as well.

  • congrats valley
    March 9, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    congrats valley on being the only team to beat the state champs the only bad part is you should have saved that game for March 7th all you did by beating them in region is fueled the fire thank you

  • Re valley is my champion team
    March 9, 2009 1:33 p.m.

    if you want to say that valley was six seconds from playing for the championship game you could also say that they came 2 seconds away from loosing the region tournament to panguitch at a buzzer shot whould of should of could of does not mean anything, and on top of that you beat escalante congrats but to say they did not want to play valley again is crazy.

  • Coach Cottam
    March 9, 2009 1:01 p.m.

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who makes 1A baskettball so much fun. I have been around this game a long time and the kids are what make it great. We had a great group of boys this year, from our outstanding seniors to the outstanding kids that they practiced against everyday and I am so glad I got to be a part of it. We needed every one of them to make us the team we are. We have a lot of respect for the teams we played against because we know how much effort it takes day after day to get these kids where they are. What makes any team great is the relationships that they form from all the hard work together. That is one of the best things that I will take from this year. I know that most of the coaches will say the same thing. That is what makes this game so great. Thanks again to everyone who sees the good in everything that we all do.

  • Taby Fan
    March 9, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    Good job taking state wish our game would have been saturday it would have made a better champion ship game then you and Duchesne. Out of all the games I would say we had the best game out of the whole tournament. haha.
    See you guys next year

  • Balanced attack
    March 9, 2009 10:41 a.m.

    Escalante had a good inside and out presence with griffin and hughes. duchesne only had Browning, and they would rather throw the ball away trying to force it into a triple team than shoot the wide open three. The fans and students, and cheerleaders were begging for a three pointer. Escalante was very well coached, They put 5 guys on Beau, and let the rest of the team shoot away, and it paid off for a third title in 4 years. Wow.

  • Tournament Junkie
    March 9, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    Congrats to every team, it was a great tournament! There were plenty of exciting games. The comments on the Tabby vs. Esc. game, it wasn't the state championship game, but it was great game, and that's what happens at the state tournament. It's obvious the two better regions, but smart teams never overlook any team, especially at state. Congrats Escalante what a great win.

  • 1A GUY
    March 9, 2009 11:08 a.m.


  • Valley is my Championship Team!
    March 9, 2009 10:00 a.m.

    I say good job to the Valley Buffs! They came out the week before state with no expectations and beat Escalante then captured the Region championship against Panguitch. At state they played great defense and came within 6 seconds of playing for the championship until Duchesne hit a lucky shot at the end. Valley would have given Escalante a much better championship game and I know for a fact Escalante did not want to play Valley again! They also showed against a tough Rich team that they were Championship material. Matt Hoyt was in my opinion the best player in the tournament so good job for making it on the all-tournament team! He is so good at handling the ball and setting up other players to score. He can score when he needs to, but unlike most of the other "star" players instead of racking up points for himself he passed the ball to other players so they could have a chance to score (like in the Whitehorse game when they were already way ahead). Plus, he was the only one to be Academic All-State and on the All-Tournament team. A class act!

  • Rich Rebel Fan
    March 9, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    Congratulations to Escalante for winning the championship! What a bunch of TEAM players. They were clearly the best team there. Tim Hughes was MVP all season and might have had an off night during the week but all in all deserves the MVP during the state tournament! The whole team stepped it up when needed and the coaching was far better than rich's or Duchesne's. Rich has a lot of talent, they just need to learn to play together more as a team. Moguis you are intertaining to watch. That also goes for your crowd! Anyway good job on the repeat,you deserved it!

  • Matt Hoyt's mom
    March 9, 2009 9:43 a.m.

    Only one team can take home the championship trophy (Congratulations Escalante!), but I feel that all of the teams and players are winners. Each of our communities throughout the state was represented well and should feel proud of our kids. None of us know what each boy has personally overcome and achieved this ball season, so in their own way- each player is a MVP. Let's all show our sportsmanship here and allow everyone to end this season feeling positive about basketball. Congratulations to all of the players, teams and coaches on a job well done! It was a fun tournament. Congratulations to the Academic all-state team on their accomplishments. Congratulations to the seniors from all of the teams. You are a classy group of young men that have been fun to watch and get to know over the years. Best wishes to all of you! Also, a big THANK YOU to the Deseret News for your awesome coverage of all high school sports!! And THANK YOU to Danny Yardley and the radio station!! Matt will be gone next year, but I will still be a fan and will continue to follow 1A basketball.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    escalante may have won state but valley was the only 1A team to beat them!

  • 1A fan
    March 9, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    Congratulations to all of the teams. It was a fun tournament.

  • re: 1A Fan
    March 9, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    I agree with your statement about Whitehorse doing a great job. In my opinion they were one of the big surprises in the entire tournament. They were only 1 point in overtime from taking 5th, against a really good Tabiona team. Yes, they had a bad game against Valley but proved they could play strong in the following games with Piute and Tabi. I thought that was a great run Whitehorse made, considering what they lost from last years team. I'm glad somebody else recognized this besides me and I am a Reg. 15 fan. I also think Milford should get a mention. Nobody gave them much credit at the beginning of the tourney, but they found a way to place.

  • Duchesne Fan
    March 9, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    Congrats to Duchesne and an awesome year. Our boys fought hard all year and they deserved to be in the championship game. Beau you are one cool kid and I have really enjoyed watching you play.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    the tabi game wasn't even close until the end, people need to give it up and realize that the only good part of that game was the last minute, it really wasn't that close until then. Congrats to Tabi to playing a close game but it doesn't matter they took 5th. Panguitch played Escalante to a 1 pt. game earlier this year but didn't win either. Those close games don't matter, they are losses just like the 10 pt. losses are. The only 1A team to beat Escalante all year was Valley and they are not on here complaining. Your Reg. 16 people need to give it a rest. Duchesne lost, Rich lost twice, Tabi didn't even make it to the Semis. Congrats on a better year than Regions 17,18,19. Now let it go.

  • Impartial outsider
    March 9, 2009 8:14 a.m.

    I have to agree that the championship game seemed anti-climactic after the Valley-Rich consolation game. After watching both games, my friends and I couldn't understand how Duchesne could have withstood Valley's aggressive halfcourt zone defense. I didn't see any of the games before Saturday's, but Duchesne had to have played better before the championship. They seemed to have no shooters and no one who could put the ball on the floor. They did play tremendous defense, but Escalante was clearly the better team. Congratulations, Moquis!

  • give it up rich
    March 9, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    You guys need to get off this blog and go to the 4th place blog. Everyone who keeps saying how Rich is better than Duchesne apparently didn't watch Duchesne beat Rich twice this year. They also didn't watch how easily Valley beat Rich and lost to Duchesne. Duchesne plays much better defense and deserved that #2 spot. No question the 3 best teams were Escalante, Valley, and Duchesne!!

  • fuzzy1
    March 9, 2009 7:59 a.m.

    Congratulations to Panguitch for showing such style and sportsmanship. Eric Frandsen did an awesome job along with his team. What a fun Tournament for Region 15.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 8:45 a.m.

    Jeffy played really good

  • re: rich fan
    March 9, 2009 7:34 a.m.

    Once again some parent from rich wants their boy to get their name in the paper. Coaches from rich are great the parents keep the talented kids from coming together as a team. If you watched Escalante they don't care who shoots it. The parents from rich are what keeps you from winning.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 7:09 a.m.

    Anybody who thinks that Escalante played as hard against Tabby as they did against Duchesne and Rich wasn't in Richfield.

  • MVP
    March 9, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    Wow what a joke arguing about mvp. Timmy desereved it! Who cares i'm sure Beau Browning would much rather have a state championship ring than a mvp trophy!

  • Rich Fan
    March 9, 2009 6:24 a.m.

    Same thing again this year for Rich - Good talent, poor coaching.

  • 1A Fan
    March 8, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    I think that 1A basketball competition should implement the use of three referees instead of two. There are too many critical situations being misjudged, and another pair of eyes could help call what the fans see. Just a thought. Great tournament! Great job to all the teams, especially Escalante and Whitehorse!

  • Escalante fanatic
    March 8, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    Let's remember that Escalante played as a team and won as a team. MVP stuff is what tears teams apart. It is not what winning is about. Winning is about having a goal and reaching that goal. One person may shoot and score. One person may only rebound or play great defense. Who cares who is MVP? Talk to any great TEAM and the TEAM MATES and COACHES will tell you to a man that discussing who should be MVP is pure poison. Give the coaches a great hand. Anyone notice that the coaches get a great assist from Coach Jim Spencer who is a retired Provo High championship coach and he moved home to Escalante to retire? He is not on the bench, but the coaches are quick to tell you that he gets a great deal of credit for what happens on the court on the defensive end - the end where championships are won. Kudos to all for a great team effort and classy play. Next year who knows - defense is a constant. Duchesne was one good outside shooter away and played a great tournament. Valley too.

  • Best Game
    March 8, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    If you missed the Tabiona/Whitehorse game on Saturday, you missed one of the two best games of the entire tournament. Both teams played their hearts out, both coaches did a fantastic job. The fans were great. This was an outstanding game that featured everything! The Tabiona/Escalante game was the other one that would get mention for best game.

  • Kevin!!!!
    March 8, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    Kevin Griffin should have been mvp all the way...he led the way for the team through the entire tournament...Timmie was good but with out kevin they never would have won state. Way to go kevbot!!!!

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    Rich got some really bad breakes when they played duchesne and got beat. duchesne and rich were in my opinion the second and third best teams there. Which one is which is a toss up they are totally different. Tabby is the fifth i think. When rich played in the third and fourth place game they didnt give to much effort and they still had a chance to pull it out. Dont say that valley dominated them because they didnt. if they played 10 rich would win 8 or 9. EHS's coach also came and watched several of rich's games this year he knew their offence as good as they did and it showed. Congrats on being well prepared and the championship.

  • "If's"
    March 8, 2009 7:49 p.m.

    The funniest thing about these blogs are always the what if's, if this, if that. No Escalante didn't play Duchesne with the same approach as Rich, Rich won games with intensity, Duchesne with quite control They beat rich by matching there intensity. If you spend any great amount of time as some of us do watching basketball you will learn that it is a game of match ups and certain players at different times rising to the occasion. Tabi rose to the occasion against Escalante probably better than anybody.

  • Moqui fan
    March 8, 2009 7:44 p.m.

    Congrats Moquis you guys played great and represented our school in a great way. We are proud of all of you! Thanks for all of the great memories, we have enjoyed watching you all play for the last several years. In my book you are all MVP's that is why we are so tough anyone of you could be the star any night and all of you play great team ball!!
    Lets all take a minute to think of Clayte - Our superman - I guarantee that he is smiling down on us. He would be proud!!
    Thanks guys we love you all
    p.s. I agree with the comment earlier about the Taylors. We loved it when the "lets go moqui" cheer started. Thanks JT!

  • concerned fan with ?
    March 8, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    What ever happened to Altamont high school Basketball ?

  • Duchesne Fan
    March 8, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    Dont count Duchesne out next year , because they will be back . Nobody thought that they would get there this year but they did. Duchesne is at the top of every sport every year FOOTBALL
    BASKETBALL WRESTLING TRACK take your pick . WE will be in the mix every year


  • reb 1
    March 8, 2009 6:35 p.m.

    If escalante would have played against rich like they did against taby or duchesne it would have been rich and Duchesne playing for the title. Escalantes whole team couldn't miss against rich and they couldn't hit against taby and duchesne. I guess their coach know when they needed their A game and he got them to bring it when they needed it the most. Congratulations Escalante. Caden Anderson will be MVP next year.

  • Duchesne Fan
    March 8, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    I would like to say congrats to Escalante for their win at State! I'm from Duchesne and thought that it was a fun game for everyone involved. I would like to see them play again just for fun. No matter who wins and who looses it would be a fun game. Both teams played their hearts out. I hope that no matter what else is said about Duchesne in these ridiculous blogs that the Eagles can hold their heads high knowing that they went against the toughest team in the state. Those boys did amazing, both teams! Congrats Moquis!!!

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 6:14 p.m.

    Unfair because of refs? How could you say that when Escalante had TWICE the number of fouls on them that Duchesne did? Duchesne could have very well won if they hadn't of missed so many of those foul shots down the stretch.

  • duchesne chick
    March 8, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    Beau Browning is my fav! I will be so sad wen he is gone next year! But i will be glad that my nephew will be a senior next year. I think the game was unfair because of the refs, escalante is a good team. good job guys.

  • Duchesne Fan
    March 8, 2009 5:38 p.m.

    I have been around 1A Bball for 20years and I have seen alot of tourneys . This year I was really disappointed in the level of talent and the number of quality teams.It kind of felt like a JV Tournement

    What do you guys think ?


  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    I think the real winners are the young men who stood there to receive the honor of Academic All-State. Good job and congrats to all of you.

  • wow.
    March 8, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    some people are amazing on this this thing and are better just to stay off. however there is no question escalante knew which team they had to beat to get to the Champ.. and it was Rich. Compare the Rich/Escalante game and the Escalante/Duchesne game and there is no question escalante played a lot better against Rich than they did against Duchesne, however they had to. Congrats escalante. Rich go get em next year!

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    Valley is actually the only team that beat Escalante this year. Great job Valley on your last two weeks of basketball.

  • A16
    March 8, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    Championship; Dud. Competely agree. Congrats to duchesne, they played well in the weaker upper bracket. If duchesne played escalante 10 times, escalante would have 10 wins. Duchesne does a great job, working hard to take teams out of there style of play. It has worked for them all year. Slowing high paced teams down. Good job moqis you had to play two better games and teams to get to the championship than the last. congrats to be able to do so.

  • RE: 1A Fan
    March 8, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    If the Tabiona and Escalante game should have been the championship game, then Escalante would have still won!!!! But, how could Tabiona get to the championship without getting by Escalante?

  • 1A
    March 8, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    I think that if Valley could have played better in that game vs Duchesne, they would have played Escalante a better game than Duchesne did.

  • Region 15 fan
    March 8, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    Not to take anything away Escalante cause i love them Moqui's! But i'm really impressed with the way Tabiona Played, they Played good Ball the whole tournament.

  • thanks
    March 8, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    i'm happy somebody agreed that the Tabby Escalante game should have been the championship... but congrats to duchesne.. congrats Escalante

  • Re: Rich basketball player
    March 8, 2009 2:09 p.m.

    Lets not start shooting our mouths off so fast boys. You boys need to buckle down and learn to play as a team before you start making promises for next year.

  • Re: rich basketball player
    March 8, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    Escalante will make it to state next year if Kody Barney is able to play. Kody is a big part of the team.
    to Moquis:
    I agree, Clayte was definently the MVP. He was there helping those boys every night.

  • 1a fan
    March 8, 2009 1:45 p.m.

    the Tabby escalante game should have been the chamionship game. no one else came within 7 of escalante and tabby had a chance to beat escalante. it was probably the best game at the tournament. the championship game was a dud.

  • Good Job Moquis!!!
    March 8, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    Way to go Moquis. You got it done....again!!!! That's pretty impressive. But whats even more impressive is the way you handled yourselves all year. You are a great bunch of boys and it showed everywhere you went but especially on the court. Everytime you needed to step up your game you did it. The Barney kid really stepped it up during the tournament and so did Kevin Griffin. Hughes led the way all year and had a great tournament as well. It was fun to watch your teamwork. Thanks for the show.

  • Beau's Mom
    March 8, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    what a great opportunity is was to have my son play in such a great tournament. I'm grateful he got to play against some of the best athletes in the state of Utah. I'm proud of him and the entire Duchesne team for their integrity and determination. They played their hearts out the entire week and I am proud of them. Cong. to EHS players, coaches, fans and parents. It was a great week of basketball. Thanks to our community and coaches for the many sacrifices for the boys. Thanks to the Deseret News for not forgetting about 1A basketball. If the rest of the state only knew what they were missing!!

  • rich basketball player
    March 8, 2009 1:08 p.m.

    rich is going to kill next year i doubt escalante even makes it to state but great job tim hughes your really fun to watch. great job caden your a stud.

  • 16 and 15 dominate.
    March 8, 2009 1:08 p.m.

    Looks to me like the two regions dominate. Congrats to both regions for playing hard each night during the year and at state. Hopefully the other regions can step it up and make it more interesting for next year. Moquis, eagles, Buffs, and rebels were the cream of the crop this year. Hopefully those teams start open gym on monday. Cya next year.

  • Dynasty
    March 8, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    And today we say good bye to one of the greatest dynastys in the history of 1A basketball. We sure will miss it!

  • re Harry
    March 8, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    I thought Dugway played well , so relax and keep it positive.

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Who cares about MVP its a team sport right????

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 12:42 p.m.


  • MVP toss up
    March 8, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    Timmy should have been the MVP of the regular season. Kevin had the best region tournament on the Escalante team but couldn't get the MVP because they lost, he was the only reason they played Valley somewhat close and the only reason they beat Wayne. Brady was the MVP of State!! The kid played 3 great games and deserved to have that recognition. Congrats to the entire team, Dalton was for sure the best 6th man in the state and would have been one of the top 3 guys on the floor for most teams. Logan is just a flat out baller, he does all the little things and never has a bad game because he is always making a timely pass getting a huge rebound or something. Congrats to ESCALANTE Duchesne and Valley who showed they were without a doubt the 3 best teams in the state.

  • from escalante
    March 8, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    Whoever wrote that the state final was a dud because Duchesne couldn't beat escalante is correct but saying rich could have is crazy. Duchesne showed that they are definately one of the best 3 teams in the state. If Duchesne and Valley played 10 times they would split them 5-5 but the way that Valley dominated Rich barely lost to Escalante once and beat them another time shows Valley may match up a little better against Escalante than Duchesne does. How ever it also showed that Duchesne is clearly better than Rich, they beat them 2 out of 3 times, beat Valley and played Escalante to a closer game than Rich did. Congrats to the EAGLES they showed what being a team and playing INCREDIBLE defense is all about and for sure are one of the top 3 teams in the state with Valley and ESCALANTEand earned that #2 spot!!!

  • EHS fan
    March 8, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    Congrats to all eight teams who placed. It was a great tournament, with many exciting games.
    This is a time to reflect on the good of the tourney, not to throw any jabs at anyone.
    See ya next year.

  • Anonymous!
    March 8, 2009 12:13 p.m.

    Watch out for Rich next year!

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 12:10 p.m.

    Oh I think Duchesne has been getting plenty of respect! Great team, great game! Sounds like there's a lot of people still trying to justify them being the best even though they lost. Fact is, they were not the best TEAM, Browning is awesome, he has a great career ahead of him. The Moquis were flat our the best team there. You know the old saying, close only counts...

    Close games, whatever. Every team in that tournament had their good nights and bad. But when it comes down to it and you want to talk heart, effort, and playing as a team, that was hands down Escalante. Look at the balanced scoring in all of their games. Look at their assists. Look at the fact that even in a tough spot they found a way to win the close games, even one without the person that everyone considers to be the star. Ask Tim Hughes and I bet he'll tell you that he's a star because of team play, because the rest of the boys help make that possible for him!

  • EHS!!!!
    March 8, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    No ones got a mouth the size of Taylors! GREAT JOB ESCALANTE KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!! Dont count out the Moquis just yet! All the boys did their part this weekend!

  • 2 old-timer region 15 fans
    March 8, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    For the first time in a LONG time we were unable to attend the tournament this year but what a great one! A word of thanks to our radio announcers, Danny and Dave,for a job well done. It was especially nice to hear from some of the real stars of the game, the boys! Every region in the tournament has cause to be SO proud of these fine young men. It's too bad that some parents don't take lessons from their young people on sportsmanship! The boys all seem to be great friends while some parents end up holding hard feelings toward one another! Y'know friends "There IS life after basketball!"

  • Region 16
    March 8, 2009 11:09 a.m.

    I think that was a great game between Tabiona and Whitehorse!! Infact THEE BEST game on Saturday!! Great job to both Coaches. Both of you made good adjustments at the right times. Whitehorses' #14, #25, and #23 did a fantastic job. Tabiona's #34 and #40 did a fantastic job too!! Most of all you all played as a team. You guys were fun to watch. Great game. Thanks.

  • Great Meal
    March 8, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    Great meal!!! Great energy!!! Great Job Escalante

  • your fans
    March 8, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    Great Job Escalante You Make Us Proud. We'll see You Next Year

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    That was a good game!! how about Valley, Duchesne??

  • Duchesne Fan
    March 8, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    You would think that after Duchesne goes to state and beats Green River, Piute, and Valley (all three respectable teams) they would get a little respect! To all you people who say they got lucky against valley, i recall Duchesne leading almost the entire game! and by as much as 9 points! To say that they couldn't have beat Escalante is ridiculous! Not to take anything away from Escalante they are a great team! Talent isn't always what a team needs to win! Duchesne worked as a team this year and had more heart then any team in that tournament! they deserve some respect! Congrats Eagles! Coach Young congrats to you too with getting you 500th win at the tourney and showing what you can do!

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    Best game of the tournament... Escalante Tabiona, i wanna know what everyone else thinks?? please comment back

  • Escalante#1
    March 8, 2009 9:09 a.m.

    Over the last 6 years the Moquis are 21-3 in State tourney games Thanks Moquis!!

  • Moqui Alumni
    March 8, 2009 8:42 a.m.

    Way to go Escalante Moquis!! I came down from Salt Lake to watch you play and was so excited to see you take State! You played a great game and we are so proud of your efforts.

    March 8, 2009 8:18 a.m.


  • Rich Rebel #6
    March 8, 2009 8:14 a.m.

    Great Job Caden!

  • EHS Alum
    March 8, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    Good Job Escalante!!

  • not so old EHS Alum
    March 8, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    Congrats to the Moquis!!!! but also congrats to all the teams that made it to state, I played for Escalante when just making it to state was a HUGE deal.

  • Rich Boys
    March 8, 2009 8:05 a.m.

    Thanks for a great year and a great tournament guys. It was very entertaining and full of a ton of energy and high flying athleticism. Thanks to the coaches, Justice, the band, THE FANS, cheer leaders. The team played well all year. Thought the bench really showed up for the tournament. Holmes played great against Panguitch especially. McKee had a very solid week. Andersen hasbenn so tough all year! Thanks to the Seniors and good luck Cornia and Thomson in the future, thanks for all those years of entertainment. It was obvious no one wanted to be at that 3rd and 4th place game this year but you all still made an effort to look as if you did. You guys are good kids and obviously think highly of each other. That is fun to watch. Congratulations to Duchesne for a great year that no one expected. Hats off to tabiona to come within one more three pointer going in to beaat Escalante. Congratulations to Escalante on the championship.

  • BBFan
    March 8, 2009 8:02 a.m.

    Escalante, great game yesterday. Escalante fans, don't get too high and mighty. Tabiona almost beat you, remember two points. Lots of close games in this tournament. Great job all teams. Mouth from the north.

  • Earlier in the Year
    March 8, 2009 7:30 a.m.

    If you look at the comments regarding Escalante, Rich, and Region 15 that were made on this website earlier in the year, you would think Rich, and Region 16 and even Region 17 were going to dominate. Many Escalante fans wrote that Escalante would be there for the 1A title, and that Region 15 dominates the 1A. Many others disagreed, and say Region 16 and Rich are the best in 1A. Way to go Region 15 teams (Valley, Panguitch, Milford, Escalante) for proving what has been true for years--Region 15 is the toughest in 1A. Great job to all teams! To say Duchesne should not have beat Rich 2 out of 3 is rediculous!! Just proves that heart and soul make up the winning more than talent. Also, good job Valley!!! Coach Shakespear must be using some strategies that stuck with him from EHS!!

  • Hangover Harry
    March 8, 2009 6:31 a.m.

    Was it just me or was Escalante's back-to-back state title game last night a bit of a dud? I guess I just never felt like Duchesne could actually beat the Moquis. Compared to the RIch/Escalante game in the semis, the state title game was flat. I enjoyed the Valley/Duchesne game more, especially the last second buzzer beater drama. Heck, I even enjoyed the Valley/ Rich game for third 3rd and 4th better. I am not from Region 16, but can someone explain to me how Duchesne beat Rich 2 out of 3? I can't see how that was possible.
    This is possible: Region 15 and 16 dominated. In fact, had Whitehorse not overcome a big deficit in the last three minute against Piute, all 8 places would have gone to Regions 15 and 16. Dominance!
    Regions 17, 18, and 19 were absolutely down this year. Had Dugway not drawn a 4th place out of Region 19, they would still be without a win. What happened to those three regions' champs? Hmmm...something about being the last numerical regions in the state. Oh! Oh! Region 15 is Region 20 next year.

  • jazzfan
    March 8, 2009 6:31 a.m.

    Timmy would probably be the first to say the MVP belongs to someone else. But the fact is, if he hadn't played so well against Tabby (and throughout the season) the Moquis wouldn't have been in the final game. Congratulations to all the Moquis - everyone stepped up at some point to help the cause. And Dalton is the best sixth man in the state! Highlight of the tourney: when Valley's Coach Shakespear coaxes in inconsolable Clay Williams into the team huddle after a tough loss to Duchesne. That's what high school athletics should be about! Thanks, Coach.

  • Moquis
    March 8, 2009 6:05 a.m.

    Great show Moquis. Great town support at the games.
    MVP? Barney had very consistant games offence and defence. Griffin was great in the middle. But don't forget Logan M, whose scrappy defence kept Tabby from getting a last shot. But I have to give it to Clayte, who showed up every night.

  • Escalante #1
    March 8, 2009 3:42 a.m.

    Thanks Region 16(Tabiona,Rich,Duchesne) for the great games.You have beat the best to be the best. Hope to see ya all again next year.

  • S.L. Stowe
    March 8, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    Congratulations to Escalante ball boys and cheerleaders for a third State championship in 4 years. Critics from around the State seem to be counting Escalante out for next year, but our boys are not listening. They believe they can carry on this new tradition of winning, and we, as their fans believe it too. Something about this town that makes the impossible a challenge and somehow our young men and women rise to the occasion and do the impossible. Look out next year, because here we come!!!!!

  • 1A South
    March 8, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    I agree. Timmy Hughes was great, but Kevin Griffin should have been MVP. Brady Barney was also awesome.

  • tourn fan
    March 8, 2009 1:02 a.m.

    Great job Escalante for taking care of business and taking state two years in a row. what an awesome tournament to watch. and i agree there is a lot more talent hanging around Escalante than people think the Hughes' still have one more boy who is just a sophmore and although he doesn't seem to care as much as those other Hughes boys he is a big strong kid and will only give people a difficult time. as far as the Tournament MVP it should go to that entire team because they earned it together each night someone new stepped up to do just what they needed to win one night it was kevin another it was the barney kid and of course the Hughes kid helped out all in all great job Escalante.

  • Moqui Fan !!
    March 8, 2009 1:00 a.m.

    Way to go Moqui's. Congrats on another state championship. Don't count us out just yet for next year. We might suprise you.

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    escalante, valley, and duchesne were by far the three best teams in the tourney and I would love to watch those three teams lay eachother 10 more times. congrats to all 3

  • Duchesne Fan
    March 8, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    I'm from Duchesne, in fact I was on the front row wearing a jersey from the last time Duchesne took state, all four days and all I can say is that I love every single one of those boys from Duchesne. They worked hard and people talk about how they got there on luck and such, but they got there! That hasn't happened for a long time. Please don't put them down. Don't you think they feel bad enough already? Coach Young, great job. You took a group of boys that didn't stand a chance and gave them that chance! Good job Escalante you guys deserved that win I'll give ya that. We love you Eagles!!!

  • 1A South
    March 7, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    I wouldn't say for a long time...there's more talent hanging around Escalante, and some excellent coaches! If anyone has proven how to play as a team, even if talent is a little short it's Escalante! They'll be back. Way to go Valley, Milford, and Piute. You will be awesome teams next year. And watch out for that Rich team, they have an excellent shot next year, if Valley doesn't squash their hopes again.

  • WHS
    March 7, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    This is Whs third year in a row placing in the top 8. I think they are becoming one of the top teams in utah 1A.

  • Next Year
    March 7, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    This is your last championship for a long time Escalante. I predict that next year is a toss up between Piute, Whitehorse, Rich, Milford, Valley, and Panguitch.

  • Ranked Teams
    March 7, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    1 Escalante
    2 Duchesne
    3 Valley
    4 Rick
    5 Tabiona
    6 Panguitch
    7 Whitehorse
    8 Milford

  • Lee Davis
    March 7, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    The Moquis proved to everyone that they are the best team in 1A basketball. Great job guys.

  • Region 15
    March 7, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    Yes, Region 15 did dominate and congratulations to all of the Region 15 teams that made it to Saturday and made it to the top 8.

    1st- Escalante - Great job, this was your last time to win the championship for a while and you pulled it off.

    3rd- Valley - Going to be great next year, possibly could have been the state champs if it wasn't for Duchesne's final shot.

    6th- Panguitch - Next year... Eric Frandsen will have to carry the team.

    8th- Milford - Outlasted and ranked above Piute, B.V. Wayne, Dugway, Manila, other great teams, etc... You guys are going to be great since 3 of your starting 5 are only Sophomores.

    4 out of the last 8 were from Region 15. Thanks Panguitch, Milford, Escalante, and Valley for showing Region 15's talent.

  • Griffin
    March 7, 2009 10:21 p.m.

    The tournament MVP should be Kevin Griffin. He played out of his mind. Timmy didn't do as much as Kevin.