Clear out the calendars and take the next two weeks off ... if you can.
The state playoffs are fast approaching as region titles are still up for grabs and the playoff pictures are as muddied as ever in quite a few sports across the state.
The picture is clear for some schools; however, and locally a few teams are already in preparation mode as the playoffs become more and more of a reality.
The Vikings soccer team, for instance, is already a lock for a region crown and a top five ranking in the state heading into the 5A playoffs, and all soccer eyes are likely focused on them as a front runner to play in the state title game.
But anything is possible when you’re in the playoffs, and even though some systems are perceived as “flawed” in the professional level, high school playoffs offer a chance for any team at any time to make a run at a championship trophy.
That’s going to be the beauty of covering high school sports in the next three weeks.
I’ve read stories of upsets and seen some amazing runs made by teams that barely got into a tournament by the time the season was over.
I’ve also seen top-ranked teams go down, undefeated records fall, and the most dominating of teams show a hole in their armor, costing themselves a chance to hoist the first place trophy.
It’s both exciting and difficult to watch. As a professional you want to keep the emotions in check. As a local sports editor and a fan of all sports that includes our coverage area, it’s difficult to do that from time to time.
Sometimes I can’t help myself. I want to see the players succeed. When I covered the 4A boys’ basketball championship game between Bountiful and Orem, I internally cheered for the Braves.
When Woods Cross made the semi-finals in football against Timpview, I internally cheered for Woods Cross.
The same can be said for the Viewmont and Bountiful girls’ soccer teams when both made it to Rio Tinto Stadium to play in two separate championship games on the same day.
One lost, one won. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions in a matter of a few hours.
Either way you’ll be sure to find me somewhere taking notes with a straight face in the next three weeks or so.
But deep down inside, what I’m really hoping for is a chance to cover yet another championship team from the county.
Not just to smother pictures and a story all over the front page of the sports section, but to also be in the middle of that team’s success from start to finish.
I’ve seen both sides of the emotional spectrum in my seven years of covering this county’s sports, but that’s what the playoffs are all about.
Fans will get to see the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I encourage everyone to get out and support these schools.
You never know what’s going to happen.