February 14, 2012, 12:57 pm
Borah dominated the two regular season games between these teams and all signs point towards another rout especially considering how Vallivue played on Thursday against Meridian but as many people have told me before, "thats why they play the game." Vallivue's late season run would not have been possible without Jacob Betancourt as he skyrocketed up to 3rd place in the SIC averaging nearly 14 points per game. The virtual lock to win SIC Player of the Year, Ben Tucakovic of Borah, led the league with 15 points per game and will need to maintain that for the Lions to avoid the collapse of the year. The biggest question in this game will be how the Falcons will attempt to score against Borah. Vallivue is one-dimensional offensively as it is and it doesn't help that they are running into a team that only allows 41 points per game.
The other matchup on the top half of the bracket has Timberline playing Eagle. It is fitting that these two will play each other because they have been the two most inconsistent teams all year long. Despite that, each team has shown signs of brilliance and can beat anyone on a given night if they play to their potential. For Timberline, its all about defense. If they can play defense to the best of their ability, like they did Thursday against Centennial, Eagle is in for a long night. If the Mustangs can split through the Wolves defense, it will favor Eagle who is currently on a three game win streak and more importantly, they ARE playing their best basketball at the right time of the year.
The bottom half of the bracket will be filled with teams that play stellar defense. The Mountain View Mavericks have been playing with a target on their back all season being the defending State Champions and that target will only get bigger as postseason play begins. Fortunately for the Mavericks, they get a favorable matchup against a team they have dominated so far this season. The Meridian Warriors come into this game on a two game winning streak behind 1st year head coach, Mike Graefe. The Warriors do not shoot the ball particularly well, but the strength of their team is a stout 1-3-1 zone defense that has stymied many teams this season.
The final matchup is a rematch of a game that happened just one week ago and went into overtime. Centennial and Boise High both stumble into this game coming off losses in the regular season finales and both coaches are wondering which team is going to show up tonight. Centennial has not shot the ball well at all the last few games and have struggled to get into the 40's and that does not bode well for a team going up against the #2 defense in the SIC. Aaron Maffey is going to need some help from his friends sharing the scoring load or Centennial might be on their way to a 1st round upset. Boise High has been experiencing the same kind of struggles that Centennial has been going through. Shooting the basketball has not gone particularly well for the Braves, especially in the 2nd half against Eagle on Thursday night. Much like Aaron Maffey of Centennial, Joe Simpson is going to need some help from his teammates if Boise High is going to come out on top.
You can listen to Mountain View vs. Meridian AND Centennial vs. Boise on 630 The Fan tonight with coverage starting at 6:00 and going all the way through the conclusion of the 2nd game tonight from Eagle High School.
Tune into the show tomorrow for a full recap of the 5A AND 4A Boys District Tournament on Sports 630 The Fan.
April 24, 2012, 10:41 am
Fast forward four months to know where he just jumped ship to return to Arkansas where he will have the chance this season to coach two Heisman Trophy candidates and possibly contend for a BCS National Championship. At the forefront of the discusion, you can't blame him right? Well, before you fall into the trap of the national media and hear about how great of a move this is for Arkansas consider the fact that Smith will be making over 6 times what he signed on for at Weber State this year and that HE was the one that actually approached the Arkansas administration to say he was interested in the job.
After swinging and missing at high profile names to come grab the job, Arkansas was pleased that Smith was interested and made it a done deal as of today. As I said on the show yesterday, all I hope for is that someone asks him today how he feels about the way he left his alma mater that was so excited about bringing him on and what they are going to do now. One could argue that John L. Smith does not owe anything to Weber State, but with all of the moving around that coaches do in this day and age, you would think that if one thing was a sure bet, it would be that a coach in his 60's could return to his alma mater and stay there to end his career. Apparently, we were all fooled.
We will be sure to see John L. Smith plenty on television this fall as his team is sure to be successful, but I'm curious as to what is going to happen to Weber State now. Bobby Petrino anyone?
February 10, 2012, 1:57 pm
With that being said, Vallivue was waiting to see what happened between Rocky Mountain and Mountain View to determine whether their season would continue or not. The Grizzlies raced out to a big lead in the 1st half and although the Mavericks closed the gap, Rocky had too much on the line and they broke through for the victory. When both games were over, we had a three-way tie between Meridian, Vallivue and Rocky Mountain and none of the teams knew exactly what their fate would be. Here is how it ended up breaking down: the three-way tiebreaker went to the head-to-head records between the three teams involved. Meridian swept Rocky Mountain and split with Vallivue giving them a 3-1 record. Vallivue split with both teams giving them a record of 2-2. Rocky Mountain split with Vallivue, but was swept by Meridian giving them a record of 1-3. In the end, Meridian grabbed the #7 seed and Vallivue snuck in as the #8 seed and Rocky Mountain was the odd team out.
The rest of the conference threw us a couple of curveballs as well. Boise High could not win on their Senior Night and Eagle used a big 2nd half to roll on to their 3rd consecutive victory and the #5 seed for the District Tournament. Boise High finished in 6th.
Timberline protected their home floor and knocked off Centennial so the Wolves will be the #4 seed in the District Tournament and that sets up a showdown with Eagle. By virtue of the Patriots losing, Mountain View still stayed at the #2 spot and Centennial will be the #3 seed. The only game that was not a surprise was Borah blowing out Capital and finishing their season on a 17 game winning streak.
Just to recap, here are the matchups and times for the 1st round of the District Tournament on Tuesday.
@ Rocky Mountain High
6:00 #1 Borah vs. #8 Vallivue
7:30 #4 Timberline vs. #5 Eagle
@ Eagle High
6:00 #2 Mountain View vs. #7 Meridian
7:30 #3 Centennial vs. #6 Boise
Up North, Post Falls beat Coeur D'Alene in the final game of their regular season forcing a three-way tie with Lake City for the #1 seed that was determined by a coin flip. Coeur D'Alene won the coin flip and they will get the #1 seed for their District Tournament and will play Lewiston. Lake City and Post Falls will battle it out in the other 1st round matchup.
April 18, 2012, 1:02 pm
When Capital coach Jerry Hollow turned in his lineup card, we were a bit surprised not to see #1 pitcher Shawn Powers (elbow) on the mound, and knew Capital's chances of pulling off the upset with Corbin Smith on the mound were slim, but the junior proved everyone wrong. After struggling with his control in the 1st inning, he delivered a strong performance stymying the SIC's top lineup for 6 innings and kept Capital in the ball game despite a dominating outing from Rocky's Richie Kyro.
The senior, who is headed to Treasure Valley Community College next year to pitch, had been hampered by slow starts and had surrendered 7 runs in the 1st inning throughout his last two starts, but he had everything working from the get go last night. Mixing in a nasty curveball to go along with his mid 80's heater, Kyro kept the young Eagles off balance at the plate for most of the night. After Rocky was able to score in the top of the 1st, we didn't see another run until Capital answered in the bottom of the 4th with a lead off triple from Jacob Foley before he was brought home by Logan Staudt to tie things up. Rocky was able to answer in the 5th to regain the lead, but Capital was there again in the bottom of the 6th to tie things up at 2 going into the 7th inning.
After both squads had chances in the 7th to win the game, Rocky proved again why they are the team to beat in the SIC as they took advantage of Capital's miscues and executed three perfect bunts to score 4 runs in the top of the 8th to secure the 6-2 win. Despite the loss, Capital is starting to figure things out and once they get their pitching staff healthy, they will be a tough out in the District Tournament.
In the other game last night, the young Mountain View Mavericks shutout Centennial and sent the Patriots to their 5th consecutive loss and they are now tied with Vallivue and Borah for the final spot in the District Tournament.
We will be out at Eagle High School tomorrow to broadcast the Vallivue vs. Eagle game with the 1st pitch at 6:00 PM. Make sure to listen to the show from 4-6 PM to get you set for all 5 games Thursday night. Here is a look at the standings as of now.
Rocky Mountain 11-1
Mountain View 6-6
February 9, 2012, 11:44 am
Rocky Mountain had a chance to sew up their bid to the District Tournament on Tuesday against Meridian and now need to win tonight at Mountain View to make it in. The Grizzlies lost a two point game to Meridian and have definitely made it tougher on themselves considering Mountain View just got Tanner Percifield back which gives them another weapon. The scheduling worked out well for Rocky due to the fact that Meridian is playing Vallivue tonight and no matter what, one of them has to lose.
Now that we have the two games out of the way that still involve teams trying to make the District Tournament, there are two important games tonight that will go a long way in determining the seeding for the games starting next Tuesday. Centennial plays at Timberline in a game where both teams are trying to play their best basketball going into the District Tournament. The only way Centennial moves out of the #3 spot is if they win AND Mountain View loses as the Mavericks hold the tiebreaker. For Timberline, they are guaranteed the #4 or #5 seed and will be on the same side as the Borah Lions, so they are the one team that does not have too much to play for other than the fact they want to enter the District Tournament on a high note.
Eagle will make the dreaded trip to Boise High with the chance to extend their winning streak to 3 games and possibly the #4 seed. A loss by the Mustangs will guarantee them the #6 seed as they would not have the tiebreaker with either Boise or Timberline. For the Braves, there are a few scenarios. Due to the fact that Timberline swept the season series with Boise, every scenario for Boise with seeding depends on what Timberline does against scenario. The short answer is if Boise wins tonight, they will be either the #4 or #5 seed. With a loss, they will be guaranteed the #6 seed.
The final game of the night has no bearing on the regular season standings. The Borah Lions will try and get every player on their bench into the game tonight as they host the last-place Capital Eagles. Barring the upset of the season, Borah will ride into the District Tournament on a 17 game winning streak and teams around the rest of the state are starting to realize that Borah is the team to beat.
Tune into the show tomorrow from 4-6 PM for a full recap of the games as well as a District Tournament Preview.