High school football: Summit Academy's victory gives them share of region title

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    Oct. 18, 2017 3:45 p.m.

    @Utefan6 - I completely agree with you. Summit or Juan Diego or Judge or LCA or other charter or private schools are doing what all of the SL County schools are doing. SO MAKE THEM PLAY SL COUNTY SCHOOLS! Keep them out of the rural classifications!
    I agree that Gunnison using a kid from Herriman stinks but that's an anomaly. South Sevier using a kid from North Sevier a few years ago is another example. But those things happening are very rare. Summit and JD and Judge playing rural schools is silly. These kids grow up playing against other SL County schools, then when they get to high school they play Richfield or Mt Pleasant or Nephi. It's ridiculous.

  • Stanley Yelnats Highland, UT
    Oct. 16, 2017 10:22 a.m.

    I have a couple of concerns with your comments.
    1. What is RIGHT by a student? Is an athletic opportunity or is it an education? There is a fine line here, and a student transferring (or open enrolling) for an athletic opportunity is not the same thing as a student transferring for an academic opportunity. Taxpayers are funding a right to an education - not a chance to guarantee a state championship in any sporting activity. My opinion. Play where you live. If that doesn't work for you; you either have to move or open-enroll for academic opportunity (but you forfeit the opportunity to play a sport). And yes, charter/private schools can compete against each other.
    2. I understand "open-enrollment" has been happening for a long time in power-house schools. But people continue to throw LP in this mix simply by name. Until 2012, LP was a "closed-enrollment" school. Meaning - you don't live in LP boundaries - you don't go to school at LP (for academic or athletic reasons). There were just too many students to allow open-enrollment. Does LP have an enrollment advantage (base on size), yes - its a big school. But not based on open-enrollment.

  • TheShadow Riverton, UT
    Oct. 16, 2017 9:13 a.m.

    If you want to look at the "recruiting" you need to start at the top of the divisions. As the 5A and 6A schools are actually recruiting in the literal sense of the word, it displaces opportunities for other kids that actually live in the boundaries of these 5A and 6A schools. This is what is driving more students to schools like Summit Academy. There is NO need to "recruit"! the players are choosing to go to these schools because they can play sports that they wouldn't be able to play at "Their" local high school. As painful as it is to think about, this is the new normal, things aren't going to change until someone puts a stop to it. As long as the UHSAA continues to allow the blatant disregard for transfers at the big schools, this will continue to be a problem in high school sports everywhere. What ever happened to high school sports being a way to teach life lessons, how to be part of a team, how to work hard, how to compete in life. Now it is just about politics and bullying! I can't wait till my kids are out of high school, because as much as they love it, it is just painful to see what youth sports has come to be.

  • Utefan6 Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 15, 2017 12:37 p.m.

    It’s interesting that charter schools continue to be the issue on recruiting, especially when you don’t know the difference between public vs private charter schools. Public charters are not actively reaching out to players and recruiting like many of you think. They are not any different than what East, Bingham, Lone Peak, or any other power house when it comes to players coming from all over the valley to play. The 5A(6A) schools have been doing this for years and not one person has questioned them. Nobody questioned recruiting when Gunnison won a state championship in baseball last year with a starting pitcher that transferred from Herriman HS... weird. The UHSAA is still the deciding factor on transfers and if you don’t like how they approve transfers, send you’re concerns to them. They continue to do a great job and what is RIGHT for the student!

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 14, 2017 7:39 p.m.

    Sounds like some players from Layton left the area to play down in Bluffdale maybe because they don't actually play tackle football in Layton

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Oct. 14, 2017 6:59 p.m.

    Just place every private/charter school in one classification higher then their enrollment numbers and even the playing field a little bit.

    Until this happens every state championship in every sport for Juan Diego, Judge, Summit, LCA, and others will have an * next to it because it means nothing.

    It would be equivalent to the U playing Utah State if the Utes recruited nationwide and the Aggies used only players from Utah.

  • mightymite , 00
    Oct. 14, 2017 6:01 p.m.

    Mr. Boris - I would be more concerned about the public funding of a charter school like summit then recruiting practices. How are you tax dollars being spent? But to your point think summit's recruiting practices have been well documented and if it were not for the self interests of one Greg Hughes this program should actually be suspended right now. Summit is fraught with credibility issues.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Oct. 14, 2017 3:56 p.m.

    Juan Diego better be careful or they might start getting out recruited by the Summit Academy. It's going to be frustrating for both teams now that they have each other to go against. Juan Diego might have to start sharing state championships with the other big city Salt Lake "charter" school, Summit Academy, in the rural 3A classification.