Quotes taken from interview on Drive Time Sports with Jordan Buscarini on KOAL 107.3 FM and 750 AM
Along with the realignment of regions within the 3A classification of high school sports, there will also be a new change to the basketball playoff schedule.
For the past several years, Orem High School hosted the opening round of the playoffs, which served as a neutral site for teams. In the coming year of 2020, all teams will make the state tournament and the higher seed will host the first game. The BDAC at USU Eastern will then welcome the winning teams for the second round of the playoffs before the final two-day event the following week.
“I cannot say enough about the great work that Greg Dart and Kristian Olsen have done on our campus to solidify this,” said Curtis Condie, USU Eastern basketball coach. “Carbon High School Principal Bruce Bean also did a tremendous amount of work to help get this done.”
Not only is it exciting that the second round will be closer to home, but the event should give the Carbon County economy a nice boost over those two days. Another piece of good news for high school students is that the $50 application fee will be waived. Condie continued, “It does not matter if you are a basketball player or not, the application fee will be waived. Also, if you bring a sealed copy of your high school transcripts, scholarships may be awarded.”
USU Eastern will take advantage of the increased foot traffic by offering additional tours of the campus during the two-day tournament.
The second round is slated to take place on Feb. 14-15 and will feature all the boys’ and girls’ games.