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The best is yet to come in 2014
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By Shain Gillet

Clipper Sports Editor 

We’re only two days into the 2014 calendar year, but in high school sports, we’ve already hit the half way mark.

With a few sporadic games happening this week involving local teams, most of which is still in non-region activities, there is still plenty to see and even more stories to churn out as basketball, wrestling, hockey, drill and swim teams prepare for the latter end of their respective schedules.

For some teams, a state title is the only thing they want. If that doesn’t happen, the entire season is a wash.

Others who might be struggling will want to make their turnaround right about now. With a new year comes a new attitude, and that attitude could lead to more confident play on the floor.

To paraphrase Woods Cross boys’ basketball coach Kasey Walkenhurst, “If we’re playing well in February, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

Some of the story lines are going to be familiar ones in the coming issues: which boys’ basketball team will come out on top of a talented, deep Region 6? Will the Viewmont wrestling team, which finished ninth in its host tournament a few weeks ago, be able to crack into the top five at the state tournament? How deep of a run will the Lady Vikings girls’ team make in its return to Region 1, and can the boys follow suit?

All of those questions, and more, are coming out of just the winter sports season. 

In the spring we’ll be able to follow the Bountiful boys’ soccer team as they make the quest to repeat as 4A champs.

We’ll also get a glimpse on how the Vikings’ baseball team, back in its old region but with a new coach, can adjust back into the grinding that is Region 1.

All this and more is yet to come, from now until the end of May, when a champion will be crowned in each of the many spring sports played in Utah.

For me, the excitement of games yet to be played is enough to get me going. The first game I’ll be looking forward to is Davis and Viewmont in pretty much anything.

Basketball fans of either Davis or Viewmont should mark their calendars for Jan. 21. On that day, both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will play each other in separate venues. 

The girls will tip off at 5:15 p.m. at Davis High School, and the boys will see each other at 7 p.m. at Viewmont. 

Two days later, the Darts and Vikings wrestling teams will re-unite at Davis High School for a region match three years in waiting. It’s bound to be a good one to watch.

The second half of the high school sports season is underway, and I can’t wait to get back out there and see what’s to come.

Hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am.

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