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Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Players from American Fork and Skyridge battle for the ball during the Region 3 game in American Fork on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

All the waiting is finally over.

High school football teams in Classes 4A, 5A and 6A finally got to see how they stacked up in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and how that translated to the respective playoff brackets.

A few teams received good news as they earned some of the top seeds in their respective rankings.

At Utah Valley, American Fork’s late charge proved enough to propel the Cavemen into second place in 6A, just behind top-seeded Farmington.

But the rest of Region 3 was also well represented, as Lone Peak earned the No. 3 spot, while Pleasant Grove came in at No. 4.

Skyridge came in as a No. 8 seed, meaning four Utah Valley 6A teams will start with first-round byes.

However, Westlake and Lehi head out.

The Thunder, the No. 17 seed, head to Layton to take on the No. 16 seed Lancers, while the No. 19 seed Pioneers will play at No. 14 Mountain Ridge in the opening round.

In Class 5A, Wasatch’s undefeated season (14-0) was enough to earn the Wasps the No. 1 seed, while Salem Hills earned the No. 3 spot with its 12-2 record.

However, the other Region 7 teams that made it to the tournament will face off against opponents in the first round.

The big battle will be the third go-around for No. 19 Cedar Valley and No. 14 Maple Mountain, as these two teams will meet in an elimination match in Spanish Fork.

No. 10 seed Timpview will host No. 23 West Jordan, while No. 17 Spanish Fork heads to No. 16 Kearns.

Parity in Region 8 this season resulted in low placings across the board in Class 4A, with Provo (No. 14), Timpanogos (No. 15), Orem (No. 17) and Mountain View (No. 18) all at the first place were -round matchups.

The Bruins will play at the Timberwolves in the first round, while the Tigers will play at No. 16 Tooele and the Bulldogs will host No. 19 Jordan.

All first round matches will be played at home venues on May 10 at 4pm

Orem’s Kaylee Westfall finished in third place after the first day at the 4A girls golf tournament

It was a solid opening round for Orem sophomore Kaylee Westfall, who shot a 77 (5-over par) on the first day of the 4A state girls golf tournament at Talons Cove in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday.

Westfall finished with three birdies and 10 pars, but the five bogeys kept her from moving closer to the top of the leaderboard. That score still tied her for third place with Green Canyon senior Avery Parker.

She needs a big performance in the second round to have a shot at the leader, Crimson Cliffs sophomore Kate Walker, who shot a 65 (7 under par) on Wednesday.

Timpanogos senior Sydney Draper was the other local golfer to do well on the first day, tying for 11th on Wednesday with an 84 (12 over par).

Orem was the only Utah Valley team to make the finals, but finished 13th that day and failed to make the cut. Crimson Cliffs leads the league with Green Canyon six strokes back.

Westfall, Draper and all the other golfers who made the cut will compete in the final round of the 4A State Girls Golf Tournament on Thursday in Talons Cove.

Correction: High school coaches honored by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation

On April 29, the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation held a banquet to celebrate the contributions of many coaches and athletes, including three with ties to Utah Valley.

Mark Low, who coached at both Provo High and Utah Valley University, was recognized along with former Pleasant Grove head football coach Bill Mikelson and Spanish Fork head softball coach Don Andrews by being added to the foundation’s Gallery of Honor, but was not inducted into the Hall of Fame as reported.

The Gallery of Honor recognizes top college and high school coaches, officials and other contributors. Inductions into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame take place in the fall.

The original report also omitted recognition of Andrews, who was added to the foundation’s Gallery of Honor as a Distinguished High School Coach.

Andrews led the Spanish Fork softball program for 22 seasons, where he went 507-125, or an impressive .802 winning percentage. Andrews won six state titles, finished second seven times and had three other third-place finishes. He led the Don program to 18 region championships.

He was also honored twice as region coach of the year and was named 5A Coach of the Year twice.

Don players under his leadership won seven state MVP awards and he had 100 first-team and second-team all-state performers.

Brian E. Preece contributed to this article.


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