If the high school girls and boys basketball seasons keep going the way they have through the first month and a half, the end of February is going to be rather busy in Tooele County.
The Grantsville, Tooele, Stansbury and Wendover boys are all in position to host postseason contests, as are the Grantsville and Wendover girls, according to the current Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings posted by the Utah High School Activities Association. Grantsville’s boys are the top-ranked team in Class 3A as of Wednesday night, while the GHS girls team is ranked No. 5. Both the Wendover boys and girls are ranked fourth in Class 1A.
The Grantsville boys team entered Wednesday’s game against Providence Hall with the second-best winning percentage in Class 3A, behind only undefeated Grand, which was ranked No. 4 with a 10-0 record. Manti (9-3) is second, followed by Juab (8-2), Grand and Richfield (6-5). As long as the Cowboys remain in the top 13 in the rankings, they will receive a first-round bye in the Class 3A state tournament, with the top eight seeds set to host second-round games.
Grantsville’s girls (11-2) have more victories than any other Class 3A team, and they handed top-ranked Carbon (10-1) its only loss. South Sevier (7-2) is second, with Richfield (9-2) third and Judge Memorial (5-1) fourth. The Cowboys are in position to receive a first-round bye and host a second-round game, as well.
In Class 4A, the Tooele and Stansbury boys would both host a first-round postseason game if the regular season ended today, though Tooele entered play Wednesday on the brink of receiving a first-round bye. The top 11 teams in Class 4A will receive first-round byes, and Tooele (6-6) is ranked No. 12. According to current rankings, the Buffaloes would host a first-round game against No. 21 Ben Lomond (2-10). Stansbury (5-5) was 15th entering Wednesday’s game against Cedar Valley, and would host No. 18 Ogden (2-5) in a first-round game.
Desert Hills (10-0) occupies the No. 1 spot, with Crimson Cliffs (9-1) second and Cedar City (7-2) third. Dixie (8-2) gives Region 9 a sweep of the top four spots in the rankings, with Juan Diego (8-2) rounding out the top five.
The Tooele and Stansbury girls are both in position to start the postseason on the road, though both have a chance to move up during Region 10 play. Tooele (4-7) is 17th, which would send the Buffs to Cedar City to face No. 16 Canyon View (3-8) in the first round. Stansbury (4-8) is 20th, and would face No. 13 Cedar Valley (5-6) in a first-round matchup in Eagle Mountain. However, six of the final nine teams in the rankings are from Region 10, with the Stallions and Buffs facing each of them in the remaining month of the regular season.
Pine View (10-0) is No. 1 in the Class 4A girls rankings, followed by Ridgeline (7-4), Sky View (8-2), Green Canyon (8-2) and Desert Hills (7-2).
The Class 1A girls basketball rankings have Wendover (2-1) sitting behind No. 1 Valley (6-2), No. 2 Piute (7-2) and No. 3 Wayne (7-2). Milford (6-3) is ranked fifth. There are no first-round byes in Class 1A girls basketball, so the Wildcats would face No. 13 Pinnacle (2-6) in the first round of the postseason.
Wendover’s boys (3-3) trail No. 1 Bryce Valley (10-1), No. 2 Panguitch (10-2) and No. 3 Manila (7-3) in the rankings, with Rich (5-4) in fifth. The top 11 teams in 1A boys basketball are set to receive first-round byes, though West Ridge Academy and Escalante have not played this season, which would allow the No. 12 and No. 13 teams to advance to the second round unopposed. Dugway’s boys (1-6) are currently 19th in the rankings, and would travel to No. 14 Green River (3-5) for a first-round matchup.