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From the sidelines: Playoffs is what sports is all about
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By Shain Gillet

Sports Editor

This week will see at least a pair of high school sports either begin or conclude their respective playoff runs.

Golf in both the 4A and 5A classifications wrapped up earlier this week, and the 4A and 5A girls’ tennis titles will finish off Saturday at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

Other sports such as cross country and girls’ soccer will start next week. The remaining fall sports still have some season left in them as football and volleyball will continue through November before crowning a state champion.

In the professional ranks, the Major League Baseball season is starting to wind down. The divisional rounds could be over by the end of the week.

Once again, we are in a state of watching a vast amount of sports inside and outside of Davis County for the next several weeks.

And it’s something great to look forward to.

No matter the sport, I’ve always found an interest in the playoffs. Even the NBA, which readers know I don’t have an affinity for, has games that are exciting from start to finish.

The best thing about the playoffs for sports writers is the storylines and questions that come before, during and after it’s all said and done.

Moving back to the local arena, both Davis and Viewmont girls’ tennis teams are in the 5A bracket, which kicked off Wednesday and will conclude Saturday afternoon.

The Darts, who’ve won four straight region titles, now face the even bigger question of whether or not they can get over the hump and win a state title.

The Vikings’ return to the region has worked out well for the tennis team. They finished third in the region competition but have just as many good players as Davis does, so it’ll be tough to see who could come out on top.

In the 4A girls’ tennis bracket, the Lady Braves look to repeat as state champion after fighting tooth-and-nail to win last year’s title.

Woods Cross is also in the bracket. Both the Braves and Wildcats have representation in all five brackets, and could be facing off against each other during Saturday’s semi-finals and finals.

In the 4A football bracket, the opportunity for Woods Cross and Bountiful to face each other again is an opportunity fans won’t want to miss out on.

If the right situations occur, fans could see the Wildcats and Braves fight for a state title berth, or even the title itself.

It would be just like the 2010-2011 basketball season when the two rivals met in the semi-finals.

Enjoy October.
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