High school boys basketball: Defending champ Wasatch Academy cruises into 2A title game

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  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    March 3, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    WA tried to do the right thing by asking to go independent, the UHSAA is simply dragging their feet in doing the righ thing. As a result, Enterprise is denied a chance at the rare Boys and Girls BBall double in the same year.

  • zelmob57 Vernal, Ut
    March 1, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    Congrats to WA and their awesome season. THAT being said, I would doubt that anyone, including every one of WA's players, is truly satisfied with the 2A season this year. WA certainly handled their competition with skill and class. How great would it be to really see how good this WA team could become. NO disrespect to the other 2A competition but the only real question, from my perspective, was whether WA would double their opponent's score. Enterprise played a solid game but didn't have a chance! Too bad Enterprise and another 2A school couldn't have played for the championship on level ground. UHSSA should put a giant gold asterisk on the 2nd place trophy to confirm what we all know, the 1st place trophy went to a team that should be playing at a 4A level.

  • yap slapper Hurricane, UT
    March 1, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Great read Steck27, thank you.
    Here's how I see it. You don't have to actively recruit. Cause as I said, you build a program that brings the kids to you, and by having a top notch coach as they do, it's simple to attract a kid with great schooling, but also a better than average opportunity to add a State Championship trophy to his resume when he's actively pursuing sports anyhow.

    Kids who go to these pricey academy's such as Wasatch, are generally hard working, over achievers as it is. Easy to coach, and self motivated to win, and win big. Thats nothing but a plus in life as I see it. Problem is the schools like Parowan, Enterprise, South Sevier, etc. have to play to a whole different set of rules, and it is not fair. Play the kids from your little community, and do not go outside your little boundary. Communities so small their kids play 3 sometimes 4 different sports, just to field teams.
    Chances of 1 exceptional player let alone 5 like Wasatch, is pretty slim. But, UHSAA leadership is ultimately where the changes need to happen. Let open boundary schools play eachother.

  • JD Books Sulphurdale, UT
    March 1, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    You could tell the Wasatch Academy players were worried that the storied SS program would mount a hoosiers like comeback.

  • yap slapper Hurricane, UT
    March 1, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Agreed Smu, a quick look at their website explains alot... Live in campus with the entire world as a potential ball player, you don't have to actively recruit, as they will come to you, when the kids see they can pad their stats, and fill their trophy case with accomplishments to push them further up the ladder of recognition in a sport..

    Right from their page:


    When we say our campus covers the world, we mean it. Our students represent more than 25 American states and nearly 40 countries on five continents.

    Along with this...

    Wasatch Academy Boys' basketball team is comprised of students from at least 8 different countries and several U.S. states. The basketball team has produced noticeable and measurable results in the last three years. The team's record is 61-9 over the last three years. Most notable was the first state championship the 2010-2011 academic school year. The team placed 5th in state the 2011-2012 academic year.
    The head basketball coach, Geno Morgan, has been named Best of State Utah - High School Coach for two consecutive years.

    Click here to let Wasatch Academy know you're interested.

  • Greenhead Gunnison, UT
    March 1, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    The Rams were in their heads most of the night???? Everybody in 2A knows they are playing for 2nd place. The Wasatch coach looks completely bored during the games. I think he checked his email during the 3rd quarter.

    Truth is Wasatch Academy wants to be in 4a or 5a. The UHSAA won't let them.

  • steck27 The Woodlands, TX
    March 1, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    I would be very surprised to discover that anyone from WA went out on the recruiting trail looking for 15 and 16 year old basketball players, their culture just would not support that. They clearly went out and found a world class coach and it reflects in the caliber of play you see in the Tigers. It is clear that they have some fine athletes but what sets them apart in my view is their intense defense which yields a lot of very easy layups. South Sevier had excellent athletes in the recent playoff but their teamwork was nowhere near the caliber of WA's. I don't know the rebounding numbers for the two schools but it seemed as though the Rams did a very good job at rebounding, at least after the first quarter. They seemed to get a lot of offensive boards. Finally, stay humble Tigers, Enterprise is not likely going to roll over.

  • Bulldog26 Gunnison, UT
    March 1, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    @JD Brooks - At what point were they in their heads? After they were down 20-1 in the first quarter? Also, the games was not closer than the 36 point margin. It was a blow out from the beginning. Wasatch was a bit sluggish in the second half, but the game was long over by then.

  • JD Books Sulphurdale, UT
    March 1, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    It was closer than the final score would indicate. The rams were in their heads most of the game.

  • Smu Salt Lake, UT
    March 1, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    I don't see the fairness of this situation One team recruits from everywhere and no one can compete with them. How fun would that be. How can Wasatch Academy celebrate with an honest heart. Put them in 5A or 4A and they would be competitive or open up 2A to recruiting. It would be like putting Arizona in Division II. They should win every year. Would they be satisfied that beat their competition?