It would be a bad idea to count out any of Region 1's entries into the state 5-A girls soccer tournament, which gets under way this afternoon around the state.
Region 1 champion Fremont (13-3-0) is primed to show off its balance attack, beginning today at 4 p.m. against American Fork.
No. 2 seed Viewmont (12-3-0) is the defending 5-A champion and knows how to get to Rio Tinto Stadium. The Vikings host Lehi.
No. 3 seeded Northridge (12-6-0) will travel to Lone Peak, but staged a couple of impressive upsets in previous state tourneys, and aims to repeat that feat.
Ditto Davis, the fourth seed, which must play at Riverton. The tournament-experience Darts (11-5-0) lost to the Wolves, Vikings and Knights during the season, and will be dangerous.
Alta (14-1-1) is a heavy favorite, but tied Brighton in its regular-season finale.
The 4-A tournament opens with a rematch of the 2012 state championship game as Bonneville plays at Bountiful (12-3-1). The Lakers (7-7-2) will be looking to pull the first-round stunner.
Another intriguing matchup features Sky View (8-4-4) at Clearfield (12-4-0) at 4 p.m. The Falcons earned the home match with a strong performance in the Region 6 wars, but the Bobcats will play a defensive brand of soccer. Region 5 champion Logan (12-4-0) hosts Highland, while Mountain Crest (9-4-3) host East.
The 3-A tournament features a strong 1-2 punch from down south in Region 9 champion Dixie and defending state champ Snow Canyon.
But don't count out Region 11 champion Bear River (12-2-1) which plays great defense and counter-attack offense. The Bears host Desert Hills on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Ben Lomond (11-5-0) will host Snow Canyon, while Morgan (4-12-0) will play at Payson with an upset on its mind.
In the 2-A tourmanent, St. Joseph (4-8-1) plays at Delta, while Layton Christian (1-8-0)plays at Millard, needing wins to keep their season alive.
The 5-A and 4-A quarterfinals are Thursday, with the 3-A and 2-A quarterfinals on Saturday.
With the UEA weekend upon us, most prep football games in the state will be staged on Wednesday evening.
Big games include Weber at Syracuse and Layton at Davis in Region 1, Bonneville at Roy in Region 5, while Bear River hosts Ben Lomond in Region 11.
Wednesday afternoon, Layton Christian hosts North Summit in a key 2-A North League battle.
Thursday, Clearfield plays at Kearns with designs in picking up its first Region 6 victory.
The Utah High School Hockey Association has started its 2012-13 season recently.
Top of Utah varsity teams include Northern Utah Independent, Sky View, Northridge, Cache Valley Independent, Davis County Independent, Davis and Viewmont.
The backlash over a directive that Kentucky high schools should not conduct postgame handshakes has included district officials saying they won't follow it and a lawmaker who is calling for change.
Kentucky's athletic sanctioning body issued a "directive" on Tuesday that told high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/GPtxHD) reports Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett issued another clarification of the directive on Wednesday, describing it as a recommendation.
"It was my responsibility to ensure clarity," Tackett wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "In haste to get the information out, the normal expected quality control steps were not executed to ensure such clarity. For that, I apologize to our member schools."
At least three schools, including the state's two largest, said they plan to continue postgame handshakes.
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