And so it is here, the final week of the spring sports regular season for 6A and 5A, even though it only feels like two weeks ago when spring sports started to wake up out of the freeze.
There are plenty of region titles and playoff spots up for grabs this week. Here’s a little bit of what’s on tap.
If Fremont sweeps Weber, the Silverwolves win a share of the region title (shared with Davis) and get the No. 1 seed since they swept the Darts.
Anything less than a Fremont sweep means Davis, which is guaranteed a home playoff game no matter what, is the No. 1 seed.
Anything less than a Fremont sweep also means the Silverwolves will get the No. 2 seed if they avoid ending the week tied with either Syracuse or Clearfield, both of whom own head-to-head tiebreakers against Fremont.
Syracuse (9-6) and Clearfield (8-7) meet this week playing for a seed as high as No. 2, while Layton (8-7) is in that same boat and plays Northridge this week.
Four different teams could win the region title this week and that’s not hyperbole.
Viewmont (8-4) faces Farmington (7-5), Roy (7-5) faces Box Elder (2-10) and Woods Cross (7-5) faces Bountiful (5-7).
Complicating the scenarios is the fact that there’s kind of a circle of parity going on.
Viewmont has head-to-head over Woods Cross and Roy, the latter of which has head-to-head over Woods Cross, who has head-to-head over Farmington, who also has head-to-head over Roy.
A Viewmont sweep means the Vikings win the region title again and that’s the simplest outcome. Once tiebreakers get involved, then it gets complicated.
This could easily be the year where a team finishes one game out of first place and ends up as the No. 4 seed.
Bonneville finished 9-9 in Region 11 and missed the playoffs. Stansbury trailed Park City 6-1 early in their game Monday, giving the Lakers hope that they’d be going to the playoffs.
That hope was dashed when Stansbury won 8-6. Ogden and Ben Lomond will also miss the playoffs.
Bear River is the co-region champion and No. 2 seed out of Region 12 and faces the to-be-determined No. 3 seed from Region 10 this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dixie High.
Fremont (9-1) and Layton (9-1) enter the week tied for first place, they’ve beaten each other once and both have to face Davis (7-3).
The Darts can still mathematically forge a three-way split of the region championship if they win both games and both Fremont and Layton lose both games this week.
The other team Fremont and Layton both have on their schedule this week is Syracuse (3-7), who needs to win out and hope for a Clearfield (5-6) loss to force a tie for fourth place and subsequent play-in game.
All the Falcons need to do to get to the postseason is beat Weber on Thursday.
Bountiful (12-1) has already wrapped up the top seed, but there’s a four-way fight for the remaining three playoff spots brewing below.
The path to the No. 2 seed is simplest for Roy (7-5), who can clinch second place by winning all three games this week. The Royals currently own the head-to-head tiebreaker against Woods Cross (6-7).
Both of Box Elder’s (7-6) games are on the road against Bountiful and Roy. The Bees will need some help if they don’t win both, but if they beat Roy, then they’ll have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Royals. BEHS also has head-to-head over WX.
Farmington (6-6) has so far split its season series against Box Elder and Roy, whom they face this week. Winning both of those games is a must for the Phoenix, as well as its final game against Viewmont.
The Wildcats right now are on the outside looking in. They need to win both games and get a lot of help. Thankfully for them, Region 5 contests a play-in game for fourth place if two teams end up tied for the final playoff spot.
Bonneville (9-2) is already locked into the No. 2 seed and will face the No. 3 seed Snow Canyon from Region 9 this Saturday at 12 p.m.
The Lakers will play the game at the home of whichever of Uintah or Spanish Fork wins the Region 10 title.
Ogden and Ben Lomond will miss the playoffs.
Bear River has locked up the top spot and will host a pod on Saturday with its first game coming at 12 p.m.
It’s either Davis (10-1) or Layton (9-1) for the region title. The Lancers must beat Weber (6-4) on Tuesday to make Thursday’s showdown with the Darts a winner-take-all. Otherwise, the best they can do is a split title.
It’s easy for Davis: win and claim the trophy outright.
Weber is locked into third place, while the battle for fourth is coming down to Fremont (4-6), Clearfield (4-7) and Northridge (3-7).
The Silverwolves play at Clearfield and Northridge visits Syracuse on Tuesday. On Thursday, Fremont hosts Northridge.
Viewmont has locked up the top seed already. Below the Vikings is mathematically a five-way battle for the final three playoff spots.
Woods Cross (13 points) is in second place with Roy, Box Elder and Farmington all tied for third with 10 points. Bountiful as six points and is still alive, but only barely.
The key games this week are WX at Farmington (Tuesday), Viewmont at Roy (Tuesday), Box Elder at Bountiful (Tuesday), Roy at Box Elder (Friday), Bountiful at Woods Cross (Friday) and Farmington at Viewmont (Friday).
Bonneville 8, Northridge 6
Bear River 5, Fremont 3
Herriman 8, Bountiful 3
Ridgeline 13, Morgan 2