Posted On: 11/25/18 10:12 AM
In the beginning of the season every team has aspirations of winning a state championship. The Pleasant Grove Vikings have been contenders for some time now and have come so close.
Last season the Vikings won 21 games but fell short to Lone Peak in the Campionship Game.
The year before that they won 22 games, but lost in the semifinals. In 2015 the Viking were ousted in the 1st round.
Will the 2018-2019 season be the year of the Viking? Although that remains to be seen, the Vikings have the right pieces and are playing the rights teams to prepare them.
It seems as if the Vikings have taken strides in getting better each year not only by the amount of wins they have, but the competition they’re playing as well. For teams like Pleasant Grove that have two Division 1 players in Matt Van Komen (Utah) and Casey Brown (BYU) playing quality out of state opponents is crucial in the pre-season.
This year the Vikings opened up the season spending the Thanksgiving Holidays at The Washington Invitational in Washington, Illinois. Van Komen is averaging 13 PPG & 9 RPG and Brown is averaging 17 PPG. The two D1 athletes both made All-Tournament team to help PG go 4-0.
Their difficult pre-season includes Olympus, Jordan, Davis and Timpanogos. The Vikings will be battle tested when they start Region 4 play.
We look forward to the showdown between The Vikings and Olympus next week.