5A playoff notebook: Big 3 dominate in first day of playoffs

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  • Proud to be American West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    The UHSAA needs to go to a seeding format in the state tourney. Yesterday I watched as the two "power" regions dominated the first round. 7 out of 8 teams from Regions 3 and 4 won, and the only team that lost was Copper Hills in overtime. If the UHSAA is not going to take the time to balance the regions, then they need to go to a seeding format. The state tournament should be about getting the best 16 teams in, and watching 5-16 West along with a couple of other poor teams (Kearns, Hunter) is not accomplishing that goal.

    Case in point is 8-13 Bingham, but they played a tough pre-season and were in arguably one of the best two regions in the state this year. (And despite their record, the DNews still had them ranked knowing these facts) Then you have a 12-9 Hunter that didn't beat a single quality team this whole season except maybe 4A Logan. The result? A complete butt whipping in the tourney by Bingham. I have to believe that 5th place Lehi would have also beaten Hunter by double figures, but they are not even in the tourney. I actually think 6th place Pleasant Grove could have competed for the Region 2 title. There is absolutely ZERO balance in the regions!

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Wow! Way to represent Regions 3 and 4. Only Region 1 champ, Northridge, escaped with an OT win from Regions 1 and 2.