They’re back at it again.
Only this time, there’s more excitement involved. Four south Davis County high schools are coming back to their respective sports arenas to battle through what will be some of the toughest region competitions to date.
Each school will have its own story to tell entering region play, which begins as early as next week.
In boys’ basketball, the Region 1 frontrunner has clearly become the Davis Darts. With 10 games behind them and one nonregion game against Viewmont coming Friday night, the Darts are undefeated and average more than 68 points per game.
But Region 1 is already looking to be extra difficult this season. Five of the six teams have a record of 6-3 or better.
Davis will open Region 1 play against two of those teams, with Syracuse (6-3) coming first next week followed by the 9-1 Weber Warriors.
Wins in both of those games will have people talking about the Darts in the near future.
They are a team to be reckoned with. They are ranked second in both 5A and the state behind nationally ranked Lone Peak.
Region 2 is a mixed bag with the Vikings holding the second best record at 5-5.
The Vikings have played some close games and some tough games, and finally got off a five-game losing skid by winning a pair of games at the Red Rock Tournament last weekend. They have two games remaining before getting into Region 2 action.
Wine in either would bode well for them.
Fans should remember that the Vikings played a rough preseason schedule last year, going 2-10, but finished with a Region 2 title.
Region 6 is looking as if it could be anybody’s battle. Each of the six teams in the region are at least 5-5 or better, and Woods Cross and Bountiful have near-identical records heading into region action.
The Braves are on the biggest roll among the region teams, having won their last six games while playing in two tournaments. They’ve also taken down a couple ranked teams in the process, and coach Mike Maxwell has said that the team is coming together at the right time.
Kasey Walkenhurst also has the Wildcats looking good in his first year as head coach, with Woods Cross having wone five of its last seven games.
The Viewmont girls’ basketball team is having the most preseason success, having won eight of its 10 opening games. With only a pair of seniors, some may be a little surprised by how well they’re doing.
However, the team has gone from unranked to being ranked No. 6 in the entire state and No. 4 in all of 5A.
If there’s even a small target on their backs, they will welcome the challenge.
Davis is having one of those up-and-down types of preseasons, but has won six of its 10 games and boasts the highest scoring average among Region 1 teams.
They’ll be one to watch.
Region 6 is again proving to be the toughest to figure out in girls’ basketball.
Only three of the six teams have a 5-5 record or better. Woods Cross, at 3-7, may be the second-worst team in the region, but could have surprises up its sleeves.
It was only two years ago, however, that the Lady Wildcats were 2-9 in preseason play and ended up one game short of winning the Region 6 crown.
With wrestling, swimming and hockey all coming back after the new year, there should be plenty of opportunities for residents to head out into the cold and watch their favorite teams battle for what looks to be an exciting remainder of the season.