High school boys basketball: Wasatch Academy caps stellar season with 2A championship

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  • Tigers Fan Spring City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    Sour Grapes.1A and 2A teams whine all the time about private schools when they beat you. Just how do you know Wasatch players played on junior Olympic teams? I know one player on the Wasatch team didn't even know how to play basketball until about three years ago. He's been fortunate enough to have people from the community (some affiliated with Wasatch Academy and some not), take an interest in him, spend time with him during the off season and teach him the game and improve on his skills. Yes, these players come from all over the world but what a challenge for a coach to teach them how to play together. Coach Morgan is an outstanding coach and if Wasatch has done anything right, it's the fact they hired him.

  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    @ Tigers Fan,
    Saying that Wasatch Academy won fair and square is like saying Duke would win fair and square in a Junior College tournament. The fact of the matter is that private schools and public school athletics are two different leagues that play by different rules. It is one thing to have a family pick up and move from somewhere in Utah to another place in Utah and have their child play for the school that they now go to and a completely different thing to have students who have played on junior Olympic teams for their country to come for one year and play basketball for a school. If those same students wanted to go to a public school would the USHAA allow that? I doubt it. You can cry fairness all you want, but the rules are anything but fair.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    Duh! Maple Mountain Wrestling, JD football and baseball, Timpview football, the list could go on I assume, but when a team does well, others notice and talented kids want to be on a winner. As long as you have open enrollment, you'll have kids want to go compete on a winning team. A kid choosing Alabama over North Dakota is because he knows that at least at Alabama, there will be a chance of a BCS title. For the sake of all one high school towns, 1A-4A, I wished that they would close open enrollment.

  • 2afan Layton, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    well said Tigers Fan

  • Tigers Fan Spring City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    Hi there Nebocreek - don't you think parents in Utah already do that? I know for a fact parents move their kids all around the state when they think it will be a better athletic fit for their kid to compete at a school or on a team that will give them more athletic exposure. They move them in with aunts, uncles, cousins, grrandparents and friends just so they can play for a coach they like or a team that's at the top of the rankings. I'm pretty sure they don't do that because they want their child to get better grades in school! I think everyone focuses too much on the private schools but the same thing goes on all over this state. And yes, these public school even do some recruiting, don't they?

  • nebocreek Nephi, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    I think its great that kids can come here and get an education taht will benefit their lives in a posititve way. I think it is great they can do that and I have no problem with them doing what they can to improve their opportunities in life.
    That being said-- I would ask you one question-- how many of those kids from other countries would have come to Wasatch Academy, Merit Academy or any school here if they also wouldn't have had the opportunity to play basketball ? If the UHSAA/BOT are going to allow this to continue in regards to athletics, then why don't they just allow a kid to choose to go to any school in the state they choose to. Allow the kids living in Manti to attend school in Gunnison becasue they like the education opportunities better or a kid from N. Summit going to Manti and since they like to play badketball, let them try out for the team and play for that school. The UHSAA/BOT has allowed the lines to be blurred already- why punish local kids- when they allow foreign kids freedom to choose.

  • Tigers Fan Spring City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    In response to the fan from Orangeville, we sat with the Emery Team fans Friday night when they played Gunnison and their sportsmanship was horrible. I have watched a lot of Wasatch Academy games and they always display great sportsmanship towards the other team and their fans. I congratulate Wasatch on their great basketball season. They are really a class act from Coach Morgan down to every single player on the team. Contrary to rumors, these kids come to Wasatch Academy to get an education. I never heard anyone speak out about Wasatch Academy in past years when all the other teams beat them pretty soundly - guess the private schools are ok with all of you as long as they aren't competitive, huh? Gunnison gave them a great game and they have nothing to feel ashamed. Come on 2A fans - stop your complaining and give Wasatch the credit they deserve - they beat you, fair and square!

  • JD Books Sulphurdale, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    I want to congratulate Wa Academy. If change is to be made it need to happen with Cuff and the other decision makers in SLC. I don't agree with the rude comments that were pointed at the players and coaches. They are dealing with the rules that apply now.

  • cubluck Centerfield, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    I agree with sportfan65 put them in there own league. It was "Gunnison vs the world" Even the usher that took there signs from the fans was laughing as he walked away.

  • 2afan Layton, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Look folks,difference is good but I hope WA moves up to 3a next year by request because of the obvious. That said,every winning programe faces accusations i.e. Skyline and Northridge football ect.

  • sportfan65 ORANGEVILLE, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    So what you are saying is that the recruiting process works? Maybe I am old fashion, but I like the good old fashion rivalry games between two towns doing their best with what they have. The paper didn't show the sign from the fans that said, "Gunnison vs the World" I think that says it all. There is enough private schools out there that they should be able to play themselves. What do you think? Am I alone?

  • Lifelong 1A Fan Cedar City, utah
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    @ TheOfficalCall

    They won state basketball at the 1A level in 2011. Not that long ago!

  • TheOfficalCall Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    I have officiated BB in this state for about 15 years now. When I first got here I did a lot of the WA games. Those first few years they were pretty pathetic, then in the first few years of the 00's they had some good teams. Then in the middle of the 00's they were pretty bad. I recall on game where Dugway beat them like 100 to 40. During those low times there were the best of sports, they played to the best of there abilities and hustled. I did them a couple of years ago and they played a tough charter school and did well. They never won state until this year. It will be fun to do a game next year and see another banner hanging from the rafters, I think it will make there 2nd in school history. I don't recall what other sport they won state in but it was way back on the 50's.

    Congrats to WA, their team members, supporters and the community.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 12:50 a.m.

    JD Books?... hello?, Bueller?, Bueller? Too funny!

    Congrats Wasatch Academy