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PROPOSAL TO ALTER PLAYOFFS DISCUSSED

A proposal to revamp postseason play for 5A and 4A basketball is gaining momentum with measures to alter the current set-up under serious discussion by coaches, administrators and the Utah High School Activities Association. However, with the classifications apparently split on the issues at hand, a solution appears far from imminent.

On the table:- Allowing all 5A and 4A teams (boys and girls) into the state playoffs regardless of records. Seed top teams and hold postseason games at school sites until the field has been reduced to eight teams. Then, take the surviving squads to a main venue (such as the Huntsman Center) for the state tournament. Under this plan, the 5A and 4A tournaments could take place the same week at the same locale.

- Eliminating or reducing consolation bracket play at state competitions.

"The critical thing is do we take the 5A and 4A to one venue or continue the way we are?," said Davis High principal Michael Duckworth, who sits on the UHSAA's executive committee.

Under the present format, 16 teams qualify for state tournament play through region placings in each classification (boys and girls).

Coaches and administrators discussed altering the formats at a meeting last Wednesday, while 5A and 4A executive committee principals will continue the debate Monday. Word has it the 5A ranks are generally against any changes, while the majority of the 4A schools support it.

Stay tuned.

PITCHES OVER PUNTS: After 33 years on the gridiron, Dugway High has elected to scrap its football program in favor of fall baseball. The 1A school, with enrollment just over 100 in grades 10-12, faces an uncertain future thanks to U.S. military cutbacks.

Recent meetings produced just 20 commitments from students to play football next year. The Mustangs' departure leaves the 1A ranks with just six squads: Altamont, Duchesne, Milford, Monument Valley, Rich and Whitehorse.

TRACKSTERS TO TAIWAN: Murray High sprinter Amanda Martinsen and distance runner Demetrio Cabanillas, Jr. have been invited to participate in an international youth track meet this month in Chia-Yi City, Taiwan (Murray's sister city). The tracksters, along with Coach Timo Mosert, are seeking sponsors. For more information contact Monica Branicoff, Murray City mayor's office, at 264-2600.

FIELDER'S CHOICE: Former Jordan High softball standout Debbie Bilbao, now a pitcher and designated hitter for the University of Iowa, was recently named to the 1995 National Invitational Softball all-tournament team. The freshman slugger went 2-for-2 and drove in the game-winning RBI as the Hawkeyes claimed the consolation championship.

SHARP SELECTED: Alta High senior Adam Sharp, the 1995 Deseret News 5A MVP, was recently named Utah High School Basketball Player of the Year by the Gatorade Circle of Champions.

NOTABLE NETTER: Olympus High graduate Corbin Archer helped the University of Illinois tennis team to a 6-1 road trip to California and Hawaii during spring break. Archer won a singles match against Chaminade and teamed with partner Brady Blain for three doubles victories - including a win over Weber State.

NATIONAL CHAMPS: Congratulations to the Viewmont High cheerleading squad for winning the national championship, March 16-18, in Jacksonville, Florida. The six-time state champion Vikings placed first in the varsity non-mount (21/2 minutes of cheer, tumble and dance) category with a score of 94 percent. The squad, comprised of Mary Arbuckle, Celene Barker (who placed second in a national songleading competition), Nikki Barraclough, Brandi Baxter, Mariah Blaisdell, Haley Berman, Cortnee Davis, Erika Goldston, Jill Johansen, Mollie Johnson, Emily Nielson, Nicole Plummer, Nikki Rees, Brooke Reese, Ana Steinfels, Brandi Thomas, Jill Tueller and Tawnie Wood, received a 3-foot high trophy and a national championship banner to hang in the school. Toni Bauman directs the program and is assisted by Pat Wood and tumbling coach Allen Atkinson.

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Additional Information

Prep rankings

Baseball

Class 5A Record Prev.

1. Alta 6-3 2

2. Taylorsville 4-3 1

3. West Jordan 6-2 -

4. Orem 9-3 3

5. Bingham 2-2 4

Class 4A Record Prev.

1. Pl. Grove 7-1 3

2. Murray 9-2 4

3. Springville 10-3 2

4. Tooele 8-4 1

5. West 7-1 -

Class 3A Record Prev.

1. Pine View 10-1 1

2. Dixie 7-4 2

3. Lehi 7-3 3

4. Richfield 5-1 -

5. Uintah 7-3 -

Class 2A Record Prev.

1. Manti 8-0 1

2. Kanab 7-0 2

3. Grand 7-1 3

4. Gunnison 6-2 -

5. Grantsville 0-1 5

Boys soccer

Class 5A Record Prev.

1. Viewmont 5-1 1

2. Skyline 5-1 5

3. Brighton 3-2 2

4. Layton 4-1 -

5. Clearfield 4-1 -

Class 4A Record Prev.

1. Woods Cross 6-0 1

2. Olympus 7-0 3

3. Provo 5-1 4

4. Sky View 3-1 2

5. Timpview 5-1 -

Class 3A Record Prev.

1. Dixie 2-3 2

2. Pine View 1-1-2 1

3. Lehi 3-1-1 3

4. Wasatch 4-1-1 5

5. Park City 2-3 4

Softball

Class 5A Record Prev.

1. Bingham 10-0 1

2. Alta 4-3 2

3. Hillcrest 6-1 3

4. West Jordan 6-0 4

5. Highland 5-3 5

Class 4A Record Prev.

1. Box Elder 5-0 1

2. Pl. Grove 8-1 2

3. Springville 4-1 3

4. Jordan 5-0 5

5. Bear River 6-4 4

Class 3A Record Prev.

1. N. Sanpete 4-3 1

2. Carbon 8-3 2

3. Cedar City 6-2 5

4. Sn. Canyon 9-2 -

5. Delta 5-1 4

Class 2A Record Prev.

1. Grand 9-2 1

2. Manti 3-2 4

3. Millard 3-3 3

4. Morgan 2-3 2

5. San Juan 5-4 5

All records as of Saturday morning.