The school of 133 students has dominated in sports such as boys' and girls' basketball, track, cross country and volleyball over the years, establishing itself as the cream of Utah small-school athletics.
Panguitch coach Clint Barney, whose brother Curtis has established a girls' dynasty at Panguitch, joins Rudolph Church, Val Church, Ted Chidester, Scott Hunt and Arlin Sawyer as mentors with their names on boys' basketball title trophies in a town that remembers its titles.
Barney put together an unselfish team that exemplified teamwork and defense. He joked that the other coaches won the first time they ever played for a title. It took him three trips to the championship to finally win one, and he did it with son Trey as the Bobcats' floor leader.
After losing a heartbreaker in the semifinals a year ago, Barney vowed that it wouldn't be close this year. His players began working in last April to complete their dream.
There were plenty of tears of joy on the bench as the final seconds wound down.
"We won every game by double figures in the state tournament," he said. "We didn't want it to come down to the end."
Jace Eyre led the Bobcats with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Acey Orton was 7 for 7 from the field to add 15, and Barney added 10 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
"We are a good team with a good defense," Eyre said. "We have practiced our rotation defense. That was the big key. I have no words right now."
The game was decided early. The Bobcats went on a 19-2 run to establish a 31-9 lead and never again were threatened seriously.
Valley, a school of 62 students located in Orderville, completed a fine season, finishing second in dominant Region 20 and battling to the state title game.
But despite a 15-point effort from leader Cobe Reck, the Buffaloes did not have the height or talent to compete with their U.S. 89 neighbors to the north, especially on a night when they couldn't buy a basket.