I’m not sure when the last time the Grantsville boys and girls basketball teams finished the region season with perfect records in the same year.
I’m not sure if it’s ever happened, to be honest.
But with a 41-point win Thursday over Park City’s girls team and a 29-point drubbing of the boys team on Friday, Grantsville varsity basketball teams went a combined 16-0 in Region 10 play.
“It’s a really big accomplishment,” Vera said of the team going 8-0 in league play after Thursday’s road win over Park City. “It was the goal at the beginning of this season, and really since the end of last season. It’s really what they’ve been working toward. To see their hard work pay off, it feels like a big accomplishment.”
Finishing undefeated is a huge achievement, no matter what league a team competes in. Even in the lackluster Region 10 it’s no small accomplishment. The girls team faced two huge tests against rival Stansbury, and the two teams have already agreed to a pre-region matchup next year after realignment takes Tooele and Stansbury into 4A while Grantsville will get the luxury of no longer competing against teams with twice its enrollment in the reformed 3A classification.
The boys team had its struggles too, most notably right before the league started its schedule when the Cowboys consistently found themselves outworked by teams that probably didn’t have the talent to match head coach Bryan Detweiler’s team.
These two teams are absolutely deserving of a league championship. I think the girls could have even won in one of the tougher leagues like Region 9 or 11. And while I absolutely don’t think they would have run the table in either of those regions, I still think Grantsville would have done enough down the stretch to earn itself a league title.
I’m open to a discussion with anyone who sees it differently.
Heading into the Class 3A state tournament, I’m optimistic for the Tooele and Stansbury teams too.
I’m open to a discussion about that too — anything can happen in a single-elimination tournament.
Yeah, some of the teams have a tough road ahead, but I think they have the pieces in place to surprise teams and win a couple of games — most notably the No. 3-seed Stansbury boys team, which creates a matchup problem for just about any team in the bracket as long as they execute and don’t give head coach Joe White an embolism with youthful mistakes or missed foul shots.
I think the Tooele girls team has the athletic ability and sound fundamentals needed to play as a team, having finished out the season in fourth place.
I think the Tooele boys have the most heart of any team I’ve watched this season, and could win on sheer effort and force of will alone with a tiebreaker hold on the league’s No. 2 seed and home playoff game for the coming tournament.
I think the Stansbury girls have a great chance to beat any team on a neutral site with fair officiating after finishing in third place with a road loss to Union in the league finale.
All season, I’ve asked coaches tough questions designed to draw out locker room fodder like “can you discount [insert next opponent] since you’ve already beaten them by 30 points?” and “are you starting to think about next season’s starters yet?”
But as far as I can tell, Tooele County’s teams are focused on the old addages of “rolling the best five players onto the court” and “taking one game at a time.”
I guess there’s a bit of truth that rings through those cliches, at least since the Grantsville teams were able to win every single one of them when it came to league play.
Tavin Stucki is a sports writer from Midvale, Utah, who claims to know a thing or two about having a good basketball team. Email any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.