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Prep sports: Last six state titles up for grabs this week
First Published May 18 2014 04:55 pm • Last Updated May 18 2014 06:22 pm

Barring bad weather that is always a possibility in late May, Utah’s long high school sports season should end Friday night when the final pitch of the state baseball tournament is thrown.

This is the time of year when families from Laketown to Kanab, from Wendover to Vernal, and dozens of big and small cities in between spend their spare time following their prep athletes to golf courses, tennis courts, tracks, soccer fields and baseball diamonds where state championships will be determined.

At a glance

Top 10 spring stories so far

Grantsville celebrates school’s 100th anniversary with 3A baseball title as Clay Matthews hits grand slam.

» Spanish Fork baseball coach Shoe Nelson trying to retire with one last state title.

» Desert Hills’ Katie Perkins defends 3A individual golf title with three-under 69.

» Emery wins three games in a single day to capture 2A baseball title.

» Waterford beats Rowland Hall in overtime to claim 2A soccer championship.

» Ogden’s Sarah Feeny sets state records in 3,200 and 1,600 meters and wins 800 meters.

» Woods Cross’ Cam Dopp earns four gold medals to lead Wildcats to state track title.

» Viewmont’s Sam Tullis wins third straight singles titles and helps Vikes repeat as champions.

» Anjalee Batchelor hits two home runs to lead Stansbury to second straight 3A softball crown.

» Region 1 puts three teams — Viewmont, Layton and Fremont — in Class 5A soccer semifinals.

Who has won state titles so far in spring?

Baseball

2A » Emery

3A » Grantsville

Softball

2A » Manti

3A » Stansbury

Soccer

2A » Waterford

3A » Dixie

Boys’ tennis

2A » Waterford

3A » Juan Diego

4A » Mountain View

5A » Viewmont

Girls’ golf

5A » Davis

4A » Provo

3A » Desert Hills

2A » Delta

1A » Milford

Boys’ track

5A » Riverton

4A » Woods Cross

3A » Desert Hills

2A » Grand

1A » Panguitch

Girls’ track

5A » Herriman

4A » Box Elder

3A » Park City

2A » North Summit

1A » Panguitch

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It’s a season of camp chairs, shade devices, camera phones, medals and trophies, where athletes and their families experience the highs of winning a state title, the lows of near misses and the satisfaction of simply participating.

The school athletic year began last summer when football teams began their two-a-days under the scorching sun.

It will end sometime Friday night on a baseball field with 5A and 4A baseball titles on the line. Softball is scheduled to end Thursday with 5A and 4A tournaments at the Valley Complex in Taylorsville, while boys’ 4A and 5A soccer titles will be determined Thursday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Plenty of drama remains.

Consider boys’ soccer.

In Class 5A, Riverton is crashing what has become a Region 1 party, with the semifinals set for Tuesday at Woods Cross. Region 1 champion Viewmont plus league rivals Fremont and Layton remain in the mix, with the Vikings looking like the definite favorite. The championship match is at 7 p.m. championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Class 4A teams staged memorable quarterfinal games, with Box Elder winning in double overtime, Maple Mountain in overtime and Logan beating Murray 5-4 in penalty kicks. With a 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Salem Hills, Skyline is looking strong with semifinals set for Tuesday at Woods Cross. The title match is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Rio Tinto.

Spanish Fork remains the big story as the Class 4A and 5A baseball tournaments head into their final week. Dons’ coach Shoe Nelson, retiring after 29 years, recently became the winningest prep baseball coach in Utah history. He would like nothing better to go out with a gold trophy. Since the Dons have played in the final day the past five years, remaining unbeatens Mountain Crest, Bountiful and Skyline and a host of one-loss teams have to be wary of them. The tournament is scheduled to end Friday at UVU.


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In Class 5A baseball, league champions Layton and Jordan join Copper Hills and surprising Lone Peak in the winners’ bracket games scheduled Tuesday at Kearns with some strong teams remaining in the one-loss column of the double-elimination tournament. The tournament moves to UVU for games Thursday and Friday if the weather holds.

Apparently the fine softball facilities in Spanish Fork are helping some develop some great girls’ teams in southern Utah Valley. Region 8 rivals Spanish Fork, Maple Mountain and Salem Hills, all located within a few miles of one another, find themselves in the unbeaten ranks along with surprising Bonneville as the tournament shifts to the Valley Softball Complex at 5135 S. 2700 West in Taylorsville. With some good teams including Region 7 champion Murray and Region 6 winner Clearfield in the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, there should be plenty of drama.

In 5A softball, the brackets have been more predictable with Region 4 champion Riverton, Region 1 winner Layton, and Region 3 champ Bingham remaining in the unbeaten bracket. The only surprise there is Lehi, the third place team in Region 4. Games in the double-elimination tournament are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Weather could play a factor in getting softball and baseball completed on time with potential storms in the forecast Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 26 spring championships have been decided, including 10 track titles that were awarded Saturday at the well-run state meet at BYU, where Box Elder earned a half-point win over Maple Mountain to capture the 4A girls’ track title and a number of individuals turned in record-breaking performances.

Thus, with over 80,000 students participating in Utah High School Activities Association events in the past year, six championships remain to be decided before the 2013-14 athletic season can be recorded in the record books.

wharton@sltrib.com

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Schedule for prep championships this week

Boys’ soccer

Tuesday’s schedule

5A semifinals at Woods Cross

4:15 p.m. » Riverton vs. Viewmont

6:30 p.m. » Fremont vs. Layton

» Winners play for championship Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium

4A semifinals at Woods Cross

11:30 a.m. » Logan vs. Maple Mountain

1:45 p.m. » Box Elder vs. Skyline

» Winners play for championship Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium

Baseball

5A

At Kearns High

Monday

Losers’ bracket

11 a.m. » Fremont vs. Pleasant Grove

1:30 p.m. » Taylorsville at Riverton

4:30 p.m. » Bingham vs. Brighton

7 p.m. » Viewmont vs. American Fork

TuesdayWinners’ bracket

4:30 p.m. » Copper Hills vs. Layton

7 p.m. » Lone Peak vs. Jordan

4A

At UVU

Monday

Losers’ bracket

11 a.m. » Maple Mountain vs. Woods Cross

1:30 p.m. » Salem Hills vs. Wasatch

4:30 p.m. » Mtn. View vs. Box Elder

7 p.m. » Murray vs. Logan

Tuesday

Winners’ bracket

At UVU

4:30 » Spanish Fork vs. Mountain Crest

7 p.m. » Bountiful vs. Skyline

Softball

All games at Valley Softball Complex, Taylorsville

5A

Tuesday

Losers’ bracket

Noon » Herriman vs. Syracuse

Noon » Taylorsville vs. Hunter

2:15 p.m. » Alta vs. Fremont

2:15 p.m. » Copper Hills vs. Viewmont

Winners’ bracket

4:30 p.m. » Riverton vs. Layton

6:45 p.m. » Lehi vs. Bingham

4A

Losers’ bracket

Noon » Bountiful vs. Woods Cross

Noon » Clearfield vs. Box Elder

2:15 p.m. » East vs. Springville

2:15 p.m. » Olympus vs. Murray

Winners’ bracket

4:30 p.m. » Spanish Fork vs. Maple Mountain

6:45 p.m. » Bonneville vs. Salem Hills



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