The Orem Tigers haven’t won a championship in 56 years. That’s right, 56 years.
Even more surprising, though, is that coach Golden Holt stood up on the bus ride home last year after the Tigers lost a play-in game and told the boys they would win this year’s championship — the team had just finished a 7-15 losing season.
Possibly fulfilling the prophecy, the Tigers are headed to the 4A finals on Saturday to take on the Olympus Titans.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” Josh Pollard said of the position. “But it is a lot of fun being here.”
Pollard has been with the team for long enough to realize just how big a championship victory would be. It would be monumental. So, what’s it going to take?
“They’re big,” he said. “We’ll probably come out in man like usual and we’ll go get them.”
The Titans boast an 8-2 region record and are highly capable of knocking off the crown currently worn by the Tigers. Only time will tell if Holt’s proclamation will come true. Luckily, we don’t have to wait long.
The Tigers take on the Titans at 1:30 p.m. in the Maverik Center on Saturday.