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Prep notes: Two more boys' basketball coaches hang 'em up

Published April 4, 2014 7:18 pm

Prep notes • Highland's West, Morgan's Wiscombe wrap up long, successful careers.
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Two more boys' basketball coaches — with well over half a century of combined experience — are calling it quits.

Highland coach Keith West and Morgan coach Jim Wiscombe announced their retirements this week, adding to the previously announced retirements of two other longtime coaches, Davis' Jay Welk and Riverton's Steve Galley.

West, who spent the last 14 years of his 37-year coaching career at Highland, admitted he'd seen retirement coming for the last few years. After choosing not to step down after last season's first-round playoff exit, he was rewarded with a tournament win this season. The Rams were then beaten in the quarterfinals by Olympus.

"I really was thinking about last year," said West, who won three state titles with the Rams, most recently in 2011. "I thought it would be a good way to go out. But then we lost in the first round, which was a shock to us. And I had a hard time pulling the trigger."

Wiscombe, who has coached at Morgan for 25 years — not including a three-year break he took to pursue a Master's Degree — is going out on top. His Trojans defended their Class 3A state title earlier this month, providing the perfect way to end a long career full of winning teams.

"It's a great way to go out," Wiscombe said. "It's been a fun deal. The last two years have been really special, but I've had a lot of good teams."

Groundbreakers

The Wasatch Academy boys' basketball team is one step closer to making history.

The Utah High School Activities Association board of trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to allow the Tigers to become the first team to play as an independent after participating as a member of the UHSAA. Rob Cuff, Executive Director of the UHSAA, said the specific language that will be adopted into the bylaws to allow it has not been finalized, but the concept is approved.

Wasatch Academy's board of trustees will now vote April 25 on whether to allow the team to go independent. School spokesman Josh Loftin said the Tigers are confident the board will approve.

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