It is shaping up to be a pretty special winter at Grantsville High School with the way the school’s boys and girls basketball teams are playing through the season’s first month.
The Grantsville girls are off to an 8-2 start, picking up right where they left off when they finished fourth in Class 3A last year. Meanwhile, the Grantsville boys team has yet to lose under first-year coach Nate Austin, overcoming a nearly three-week layoff to post a perfect record at last week’s Steve Hodson Cancer Classic.
Thus, it was no surprise that when the Utah High School Activities Association published its first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings for the 2020-21 season on Monday, the Cowboys were right among the best. Grantsville (6-0) is No. 1 in the boys rankings and No. 5 in the girls rankings, putting both in prime position as region play looms later this month.
The Grantsville boys are one of just two undefeated teams in Class 3A, joined by fourth-ranked Grand (4-0). Manti (6-3) season, is No. 2, with Juab (8-2) at No. 3 and Richfield (4-5) at No. 5. Both Manti and Richfield lost to Grantsville at the 3A Preview in early December.
North Sanpete (5-3), San Juan (8-4), Carbon (5-2), Providence Hall (6-1) and South Sevier (4-5) round out the top-10.
Grantsville’s girls sit right behind fellow Region 13 member Judge Memorial (5-1) and just ahead of No. 6 Delta (6-4), which beat the Cowboys last month. South Sevier (5-1) is in the top spot, with Richfield (7-1) in second and Carbon (8-1) in third. Richfield beat Grantsville on Dec. 10, and the Cowboys handed Carbon its lone loss Dec. 14.
Emery (3-3), Morgan (4-4), Union (5-5) and Manti (5-4) are ranked No. 7 through No. 10 in Class 3A.
In Class 4A, Tooele and Stansbury are neck-and-neck entering this week’s rivalry games to open Region 10 play. The Tooele boys (3-6) are 13th, with Stansbury (4-4) 14th. Crimson Cliffs and Desert Hills, both 8-0, occupy the top two spots, with Juan Diego and Snow Canyon third and fourth at 7-1 and Sky View (6-1) in fifth. Dixie (6-2), Logan (6-1), Cedar City (6-2), Uintah (4-2) and Green Canyon (6-4) are also in the top-10.
The Tooele girls (3-5) are ranked No. 16 in Class 4A, two spots ahead of Stansbury (3-6). Pine View (7-0) is No. 1, with Desert Hills (4-2), Sky View (7-2), Ridgeline (5-3) and Green Canyon (7-2) making up the rest of the top-five. Mountain Crest (5-4), Juan Diego (4-5), Cedar City (3-4), Logan (3-3) and Crimson Cliffs (2-4) are in spots No. 6-No. 10.
Wendover’s boys (2-1) sit in the No. 3 spot in Class 1A, behind top-ranked Panguitch (8-1) and No. 2 Bryce Valley. Manila (7-1) and Tintic (6-4) round out the top-five, with Piute (3-3), Valley (4-3), Rich (3-3), Mount Vernon (5-3) and Telos Academy (3-2) in the top-10. Dugway (0-5) currently occupies the No. 19 spot.
Wendover’s girls (1-1) are ranked just outside the top-10 in Class 1A, coming in at No. 11. The top-10 consists of Piute (4-1), Valley (4-2), Wayne (5-2), Green River (4-4), Milford (5-2), Panguitch (3-3), Bryce Valley (4-2), Tabiona (5-5), Escalante (3-2) and Rich (2-4).