It's a great time to be a Skyhawk! Two days, two state championships...Great job Salem Hills!
Congrats to Salem Hills and their head coach Scott Haney. He has steadily built
a solid program and the fruits were borne out today. Once again much praise to
Timpanogos head coach Kim Nelson. Again, he was the biggest asset for his team,
he seems to get more out of less than any coach out there. Region 8 totally
dominated. Not surprised they were the strongest region but they roughed up
everybody else pretty good.
Eagle- Region 8 is the region Wasatch will play in next year. You mention
coaching and it's importance in the programs you mentioned, do you think
there will be a coaching shakeup at Wasatch? It seems the time has come, new
region, new life perhaps?
Congrats to Salem Hills on an incredible season !
@Yankees, I don't know about Eagle, but that is a no-brainer in most
peoples eyes. At least for those who want to win and see their sons have a
better opportunity. The time comes for all coaches, and he is long past his, so
ya, it's time for sure.
It's hard to tell what Wasatch will do. It sounds like a lot of people are
discontented. I know and like their coach personally.As tough as
Region 8 was this year it will be even better next year. It might not produce
the top four teams in 4A but I think it will be even better and 4A will be much
stronger. It was a down year for that classification as it has been this entire
realignment but with Spanish Fork coming back up and enter Wasatch, it will be
stronger. I also expect Skyline to be back in good form and Timpanogos and
Mountain View will be tough. But look at Region 8 next year:Salem
Hills--Yes, lost some key seniors but JV and soph programs were strongProvo--Only had three seniors, frosh was #1 pitcher, look for Provo to have
strong yearSpanish Fork--Consistently good every yearMaple
Mountain--should be weaker but has athletesWasatch--solid 3A program but
needs to step it upSpringville--On the younger side so should be improved
next yearTimpview--Program has athletes and a new coach takes over
Yankees27- YES Please! I fully agree. The problem is, the administration is
blinded by him, they think he can do no wrong. Recently my husband was talking
with some umps and a few other men who are quite prominent in Utah Co. baseball,
and he mentioned the possibility of a replacement. These guys all said Coach S
was a good guy and a decent coach. However, when my husband asked them if the
coaching job was vacant at their school would they hire him, ALL said no, but
he's good enough for Wasatch. That is the sad state of things here in our
program. Too many good kids not having the opportunity they deserve, but cast
aside so as not to offend the coach or his feelings. The time truly was 5 years
ago, but now would work as well. I have the petition ready, who's in?
Momma,Great! because that is what it's going to take. According
to the admin., they have heard few complaints and don't feel there is a
problem. Unbelievable I know, but still, if they want to hear from the public,
let's let them hear loud and clear, that the time is here and it's
time for a change!
I am going to ruffle some feathers of my Heber Valley friends.Be
careful of what you wish for.Also, you weren't as talented as
you think you were. 1-2 at the state tournament is exactly where I had you
pegged. 3A baseball, in this latest alignment, is stronger than 4A baseball. I
didn't see you going any better than 1-1 in your initial pod and then you
played Park City the next round. I expected a competitive game but Park City
had a better record and has equal to superior talent. So that was that. I have
followed high school baseball for years and I'm not sure one could say that
Wasatch is a bastion of talent. They have some good athletes and I'm not
knocking their program, though it might sound like it. I'm being a realist
and going 1-2 and 2-2 at state is what the talent in the program would indicate.
They aren't an elite program in talent in 3A, nor do I suspect they will
be in 4A, especially in Region 8.Bottom line, there coach is doing
with the talent as one would expect. You could do worse.
Eagle- I would rather risk having worse. Sometimes change is needed. If you
continually do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result
that's insanity right? Coaching can and should help average talent become
better. That's the point of many people wanting to go a new direction.
He's had his chance, and can't do anything with it. You may say the
talent isn't there, yet for some reason these same boys not only compete
with, but have finished very high in tourneys whether it be in summer league or
super leagues. I get that you can't base talent on how kids play when they
are 12, but he has been handed a few pretty decent teams over the last few
years, and hasn't really got them any better than when they started in the
program. Again, isn't that the mark of a good coach, someone who can lead,
inspire, and motivate young boys to become better athletes? He claims the fun is
gone for him, well what about the many boys who quit having fun with baseball
starting their sophomore year?