The Stansbury and Grantsville football teams had opposite results on their homecoming nights on Friday, with the Stallions dominating Ben Lomond and the Cowboys struggling in a loss to South Summit.
However, when the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings were recalculated, absolutely nothing had changed for either squad. Stansbury (5-2, 3-1 Region 10) remained in the No. 6 seed in Class 4A, while Grantsville (4-3, 0-1 Region 13) is still ranked No. 6 in Class 3A.
The RPI is based on three criteria: win-loss record, opponents’ win-loss record and opponents’ opponents’ win-loss record. Thus, results around the state meant that Stansbury and Grantsville were neither helped nor harmed by the outcomes of their respective games.
As the No. 6 seed in Class 3A, Grantsville would meet No. 11 Manti — a team the Cowboys beat 28-7 on Aug. 28 — in a first-round game in Grantsville. Only the top 16 teams in the RPI will get into the state tournament, with winless Grand currently sitting in the No. 17 slot.
In Class 4A, all 22 teams advance to the postseason. The top 10 teams receive first-round byes, and the top eight are guaranteed to host second-round games. If the season ended now, Stansbury would be set to play host to either No. 11 Bear River or No. 22 Uintah in a second-round game Oct. 30 at Stallion Stadium.
No. 20 Tooele (1-6, 1-3 Region 10) would face No. 13 Crimson Cliffs in a first-round road game Oct. 23, with the winner advancing to play at No. 4 Ridgeline in the second round a week later.
The format of the upcoming state volleyball tournament was thrown into question last week when Utah Gov. Gary Herbert placed the city of Orem under “orange” COVID-19 restrictions. That means Utah Valley University will no longer be able to serve as host, and administrators are working to find a solution.
Regardless of what form the state tournament takes, Tooele (13-2, 6-1 Region 10) can count itself among the top contenders for the Class 4A title. The Buffaloes are ranked No. 4 in the RPI, trailing No. 1 Uintah, No. 2 Mountain Crest and No. 3 Sky View. The Buffs lost to Uintah in four hard-fought sets on Sept. 15 in Vernal, but will have another shot at the Utes on Oct. 8 in Tooele.
Stansbury (1-15, 0-6 Region 10) sits in the No. 20 seed in Class 4A. Grantsville (4-11, 1-2 Region 13) is No. 15 in Class 3A. In Class 1A, Wendover (6-6, 1-0 Region 21) is No. 11, and Dugway (3-7, 0-1) is No. 18.
Grantsville (8-4, 4-2 Region 13) is ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, with the top 13 teams receiving first-round byes and the top eight hosting second-round games. If the season ended today, the Cowboys would host No. 9 North Sanpete in the second round Oct. 14, having beaten the Hawks 7-1 on Sept. 1 in Grantsville.
The top 11 teams in Class 4A receive first-round byes, with teams 12-21 playing first-round games Oct. 10. Stansbury (9-5, 7-3 Region 10) moved up to No. 7 in the RPI with its come-from-behind win over Cedar Valley on Monday, which would give the Stallions a second-round home game against No. 10 Ridgeline. Tooele (2-12, 0-10) sits at No. 20 in the rankings, and would travel to No. 13 Crimson Cliffs for a first-round game. The winner would then play No. 4 Sky View on the road in the second round.
The Wendover baseball team (9-2, 7-0 Class 1A North) earned the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Class 1A state baseball tournament. As one of the top four seeds, the Wildcats earned an automatic berth into the quarterfinals, which will take place Oct. 6 at Nelson Field in Spanish Fork. The tournament will then shift to St. George, with the semifinals on Oct. 9 and the championship game Oct. 10 at Dixie State University.
Dugway (0-11, 0-7 Class 1A North) is the No. 15 seed in the 1A bracket, and will face 10th-seeded Telos Academy in the first round Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Spanish Fork Sports Park. The winner of that game will face No. 7 Diamond Ranch Academy in a second-round game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Spanish Fork.