I’m beginning to think that New Year’s resolutions are simply a bad idea.
Why? Because years ago somebody once told me that making promises you can’t keep, even to yourself, shouldn’t be done just because the calendar is turning over.
A new year always brings along some optimism. This year, I was sure I was going to get down to my goal weight by summer, play more rounds of golf in and out of Davis County, and jump into a bowling league with a couple of friends or even my dad, or both.
Precisely one of those things happened, and it was neither the first nor last thing mentioned.
A one-out-of-three success rate may get me in the baseball Hall of Fame, but it’s not going to do me any good when it’s a wish list of getting things done in 365 days.
This year I’m not going to make any promises whatsoever. Not to myself, anyway. I’m simply going to live in the moment, pay off some debts, and watch sports from the high school level on up. There are already some good story lines brewing up this season in basketball, wrestling, and other sports.
So the turning of the calendar at the local levels means teams are that much closer to starting region play, which always gets locals buzzing with excitement.
Some headlines to look out for will be whether or not the Darts’ boys’ basketball team, currently 6-0, can get through the regular season undefeated. It’s something they accomplished roughly four years ago before being ousted in the 5A playoffs.
So far, the team is looking very solid. I’ve had the opportunity to watch them play twice against top-ranked teams, and both times I was very impressed with what I saw.
I shouldn’t be surprised, considering who is at the helm. But still, an early unblemished mark is nothing to sneeze at. If they can get back to Kaysville having won the Energy Classic, which is being played in Wyoming, then the Darts may have an outside shot at going into region play unbeaten.
Another strong headline in the boys’ ranks is the battle that will be Bountiful and Woods Cross. Despite having a brand new coach, the Wildcats are 6-2 and have one of the best scoring defenses in 4A.
Bountiful is also looking strong with a 7-3 mark, averaging 62 points per game on offense in the process.
In girls’ basketball, three south Davis County high schools have winning records as the calendar turns to January. Viewmont boasts a 7-2 mark. Even though the Lady Vikings have lost two of their last three games, they’re a much-improved squad over last year’s five-win team.
Davis, at 5-4, has a chance to enter region play with a winning record for the second straight season. This season’s results will hopefully translate into region wins С the Lady Darts only managed to win three games in region play last year.
Bountiful and Woods Cross will once again be at the forefront of the Region 6 race. The duo tied for the No. 2 seed last season after Cyprus took home a region title with a 10-0 mark.
There’s still a lot more stories out there, so get ready to have an exciting second half of the winter sports season.
Happy New Year.