Boys Soccer Vs Clearfield at Davis

With the Boys Soccer Season nearing the half way point, the Davis High Soccer Team went into spring break with their first loss to Weber High. However that did not stop the team from winning their first game back, putting a win and another shutout onto their record.

Clearfield, the team that usually finishes last every year in 6A, had stepped up and emerged victorious against Syracuse and Northridge. Even though both teams lost their first games against the Darts this season, the team knew Clearfield would at least compete and former assistant coach Kennaley would go down swinging.

Beginning the game, the Darts came out and dominated possession across the field. With the midfield and forward putting unrelenting pressure on the Falcon’s defense, they were lucky to get the ball past half field. If they were the Dart’s defense was there to clean it up. After countless pressure the Flacons, eventually were going to make a mistake and pay for it.

The first goal was scored about halfway through the first half after the ball went out for a throw in down by Clearfields 18 yard line. As Captain Kaden Chino threw the ball in, Midfielder Zach Kennedy flicked the ball across the box to the Darts leading scorer, Josh Harwood. Ending the first half strong and putting the Dart’s one goal closer to winning the game.

While the second half started, so did the rain. If you have ever played soccer on grass while its raining you know that the ball skips and slides faster then it normally would, and turf is is even more of a slick canvas for the soccer ball. While the Dart’s battled to put the game away with another goal, time began to tick and the Falcon’s began to scramble.

With 10 min left Clearfield lost the ball and gave Davis the perfect opportunity for a counter attack. As the through ball was played, Cole Anderl ran onto the ball and slid the ball right under the keeper as he dove. At that moment the Falcons knew there was no coming back and the game was over. While the Darts celebrated their win, each player couldn’t keep their next game against Layton out of their heads.

 

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Davis baseball ready to crush Clearfield

Davis High boys baseball takes on the Clearfield Falcons at Clearfield this week. The Dart’s team is currently doing well with a 10-5 record overall and a 7-1 region record. The Darts have a good chance at winning a championship this year with them being ranked 16th in the whole state.

Trace Lockwood, Davis High School’s student and baseball team manager, is confident that we can beat Clearfield. He says,

“Davis should beat Clearfield by a lot.”

The high school baseball season started in the middle of March and is supposed to end in early May. With this game being the 16th of 25 games in the season, this means that the season is more than half-way over, and the end of the season is almost here.

Davis will have more momentum going forward for the rest of the season, especially for the seniors on the team who will be leaving soon. I would encourage all Davis High Students to go support the baseball team at the remaining games they have, you will not regret it!

 

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The girls golf team is ready for a spot at the top

For seven years straight, the Davis High girls golf team has gone undefeated against schools across the state. The team works hard to compete against schools across the state and secure a position in the top 5 for state championships. In previous seasons, the team has placed second and third overall at state, but they hope that this state champs will bring them first place.

The golf team has gone undefeated for the seventh season, playing against schools varying from all different parts of the state and school district. The team has been working to become closer and accomplish team goals. With state championships close by, the members of the team are confident in their ability to succeed and take a spot as one of the best teams in Utah.

In the past two years, Davis has taken third and second, but Caylyn Ponich, a member on the golf team, thinks that this year they will take first.

“I think we’ll pull through, our team is pretty stacked,” she commented.

Over the course of the golf season the team has faced several different obstacles, and flourished to become one of the most diligent and successful teams at Davis High.

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Girls’ softball takes the win at region

Two weeks ago our Davis Softball team went down to St. George for Regions and hit the ball out of the park. They won 4 out of their 5 games, continuing their winning streak.

“Right now we are undefeated.” Said Ellie Anderson, player on the team.

The softball coach is Mrs. Zachman, she is in charge of the 20 girls on the team. She also a science teacher here at Davis.

The games were held in St. George, and they played 5 teams. A team from Nevada, Morgan, St. George, and two others. In 2 months the team will continue onto the regions tournament. During this time the team will continue to prepare and practice. A player on the team said they mostly prepare by,

“Mostly mentally, games depend on each other if one of us falls down our team picked us up, it is a team effort.” explained Ellie Anderson.

“I started playing when I was six years old, games get so much more fun the older I get. And the team has become my second family I couldn’t play without them.” Said Ellie Anderson about how much her teammates mean to her.

We are so proud of our girls softball team! Go give them some love and support at their games!

 

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Tennis in Saint George results in two first places for Davis

Over the weekend, the boys tennis team went to a tournament is Saint George. Two of the seniors on varsity took first in their bracket, which is rather impressive, but not exactly what the team wanted. Jace Harris, a senior here at Davis high, was one of the two who took first there.

I interviewed Jace asking him what his aspirations are, and he said, “The ultimate goal, taking first in region and state, but also going undefeated.”

Though this sounds like a crazy goal, the tournament wasn’t much of a challenge for him. Jace himself is doing very well this year.

I asked him how the rest of the team is looking and in response he said, “if we work our hardest we will do really well in region, but our state game has always been a coin toss.”

They have a duel again West this week,  and each game they win equals one point to their team. Knowing how they have done against West before, they are going to do very well.

“Last year against West I used my left hand the whole game and still won,” said Jace, which is a rather impressive feat to me.

The team is very excited for this year, and as a team of our dear old highs school, you should be too.

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Davis High School track team destroys at Super Meet

Davis High school hosted the track Super Meet on Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20. The Super Meet is the first state qualifying track meet of the year. The track team trained really hard for this meet and is learning and working harder for future ones. There were 15 schools that showed up to the meet. Davis High School got 3rd in boys and girls.

The team did great, and many students placed and qualified. 4×100 boys got first, Ellie Lundgreen got 1st in the 3200, Kelsi Christensen got first in 100 meter hurdles, Kelsey Levitt got 1st in javelin, Hope Preston got 1st in 1600 meters, Sydney Hedquist got 2nd in 1600 meters, 4×8 boys got 1st place, Mitchell Clove got first in 400 meter, 4×100 girls got 2nd overall, Brendon Redford took 2nd in the 200, and the boys sprint medley relay took 2nd. Those are just a few of the students at Davis who placed, but there are many more from our extremely impressive team.

The school that took 1st in boys was Syracuse, and 2nd place was Herriman. The schools that got 1st in girls was Herriman, and 2nd was Syracuse. Herriman and Syracuse are now the schools the track team will be looking out for,  the new rival schools. To train against these, the track team said they will be working hard on relays and just training in general. At future meets the team will be sure to keep an eye on Syracuse and Herriman.

Thomas Hogan was on the track team earlier this year, but sadly passed away. At the Super Meet some of the Davis High track students wore green ribbons in honor of Thomas. The track team was told to find a reason to run, and if they couldn’t find a personal reason then they should run for Thomas. Thomas was supposed to be here to finish his track season, so students are now finishing it for him.

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Boys soccer season “kicks off”

As the regular season kicks off, the boys look to win a region title that Davis hasn’t lifted since 2016. Davis played their preseason and tied all three of their games, and looked to kick the regular season off right.

On Tuesday, the 19th of March, Davis opened up their season with an away game at Syracuse. Last season, Davis swept Syracuse through the 2 games these teams matched up in. Through the past couple years, Syracuse has been a tough match up for Davis because they’re a fast and aggressive team.

Davis faced off with Syracuse in a 4-4-2 formation and, right out of the gate, had the right mentality from the get-go with 3 goals scored in the first half. The first goal came from a suburb header from defender, and captain, Kaden Chino. The second of the three were scored by Zach Kennedy, a midfielder, who placed it perfectly in the bottom corner from beyond the 18. The third and final for the half came from midfielder, and captain, Tyson Bailey, which came from a pass from forward, Josh Harwood. A perfect way to end the half, but the game wasn’t over yet as there still may been some light for Syracuse.

The boys start off the second half with a spacious lead but look to extend it. Through out the half the game remained one sided for Davis, as Josh Harwood scored an absolute banger, from about 30 yards which lifted up and dipped right below the cross bar, to close out the game on  a good note.

When asked what made for the success against Syracuse, Josh Harwood, midfielder, said:

“We started off before the game with energy and positivity.”

He then went on to say, “By halftime we were up 3-0, when we started off the second half we got another goal in the first 10 minutes which closed out the game for us.”

It was a real team effort that brought success along with it.

Davis also played their home opener on Thursday, March 21st, against Northridge. Davis struggled against them last year, but are looking to push their record to 2-0 in region.

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Boys Basketball: Starting 5 receives All-Region Honors

Davis High basketball had a very successful season thanks to all the hardworking region players. Getting first in all of region was first,Tyson Garff starting power forward.

“When I got the call I got very excited! I didn’t make it last year which bummed me out so it felt to come back this year and make it.” states Tyson Garff.

And second, Jake Sampson starting shooting guard. This means, they were two of the five most skilled players in our region.

“Once I was told I made 1st team all region I got very excited because it is a huge honor to be considered to be up there with all these great players. 1st team feels great.” says Jake Sampson.

Placing second in all of region was Brendon Redford starting shooting guard and Trevan Leonhardt staring point guard. Which means they were 2 of the top 10 players in our region.

Then K.O. Fisher starting center and senior captain got honor mention.

Davis starting five all put up great numbers this season. Jake Sampson averaged 15.0 points per game, 1.3 assist per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, and 0.3 blocks per game.

Trevan Leonhardt averaged 9.8 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, 2.4 steals per game, and 0.2 blocks per game.

Brendon Redford averaged 9.2 points per game, 1.8 assists per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 0.8 steals per game, and 0.5 blocks per game.

Tyson Garff averaged 16.6 points per game, 2.6 assists per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 1.1 steals per game, and 0.5 blocks per game.

K.O. Fisher averaged 4.3 points per game, 0.8 assists per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, and 0.2 blocks per game. These five players had very good seasons leading there team to the state semi-finals.

 

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Boys Lacrosse Preview

The Davis Boys Lacrosse team is one of the biggest clubs at Davis High. This is the last year that it will be a club as Lacrosse has been approved to become a sanctioned sport by the UHSAA. The Darts will look to take advantage of their experienced team and have a lot of success in the current season.

The team has what they call their “12 Absolutes, 6 Always, and 6 Nevers.” Some examples of “Always mentalities,” are to always have a winning attitude, and always have your teammates back. As Attackman, Cade Abendroth, explains, “Our goal is to follow our absolutes and we believe that if we follow them correctly, we can win state.”  There are some talented teams standing in the way of the Darts’ goal such as, Corner Canyon, Brighton, Olympus, and Park City, but they remain optimistic as they have a big group of experienced seniors and leaders.

Lacrosse is an upcoming sport, especially in the state of Utah. The games are intense, fast pace, and are full of excitement. Davis High Lacrosse games are sure to be one of the most exciting events going on in Kaysville this spring. Be sure to support the Brown and Gold as they hit the field this spring!

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Softball Preview

Davis High Softball is in full swing this spring season. The softball team started the season with a bang, beating Kearns 2-1 at home this last Tuesday. Five seniors lead the team this year, and they’re hoping to make their last season the best yet.

“We’re most excited to make this the best year ever and to finish our high school sports careers strong.” said seniors Maggie Miller and Paige Elkins.

All of the seniors agreed that the team has great chemistry on and off the field, and that they have so much fun together.

In order to be successful in a sport like softball, each player needs to know their role, and players need to be able to step up as leaders to make sure everyone is working together to be successful. Head coach Mylei Zachman emphasized that one of the team’s biggest strengths is the leadership qualities her players possess.

“We have phenomenal seniors that work hard, that are good players, and even better teammates.” said coach Zachman.

The leadership qualities the members of the team have, especially the seniors, are a big part of why the softball program is often very successful.

After their first game and first win of the season, the team is excited to see what they will be able to accomplish this year.

“Every year is different. You have different personalities, different kids, so we have a different dynamic, so we get new kids that get to rise up.” Says Coach Zachman.

As the team progresses and works on getting better, they should have a very successful year and withhold their reputation as a powerhouse in Region 1.

 

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The Lakers Letdown Season

The Lakers came into the 2018-2019 basketball season after receiving the best player in the world, LeBron James. LeBron was the addition to a very young and high potential team.

People had been hoping that, with LeBron’s experience and the young teams potential, they would find themselves in a playoff spot. As the season has gone on this is not the case. Injuries have cut the Lakers playoff hopes with LeBron suffering a groin injury on Christmas day that kept him out until the start of February.

During the time period that Lebron was out, the Lakers also lost another key player in Lonzo Ball. January 19, the Lakers traveled to Houston to face James Harden and the Rockets. During the middle of the game starting point guard, Lonzo Ball, landed funny and sprained his ankle. It was a grade 3 ankle sprain and new reports have said he is done for the season.

The Lakers came into the game against the Rockets with a 25-21 record, 4 games above .500. Since Lonzo Ball has been injured the Lakers have gone 6-16 without him. The Lakers sit at 31-36, 7 games behind the 8th seed in the West.

In addition to those injuries, key player Brandon Ingram is reportedly out for the season. The Lakers are now cutting back on LeBrons playing time and are looking forward to next season.

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Boys Soccer at Viewmont

The soccer season has just begun and the feud between rivals has already begun to build. With Davis’s second game against a long time rival Viewmont, all players were on edge for the game. This was the only game against Viewmont, due to their region change, and Davis’s only chance at triumph. With spirits high the team loaded onto the bus preparing for the game ahead.

“We consider Viewmont rivals, even though they are not in our region anymore. You always want to beat your rivals. For our second game we played well and we played more the style we are trying to play. There was a lot of energy and players fighting to win. It was a tight game with chances from both sides but ultimately it ended in a draw.” summed up by Captain Kaden Chino.

As said by Kaden Chino, after the hard fought game it did end 0-0. Usually most games would go into golden goal, making the first team to score the winner. If still no one scores, the game goes into a PK shootout. In which the entire starting line up, including the keeper, shoot against each other from the penalty spot.

While the game was played against a long time rival, condition of the players came first and there was no overtime. With many players on both sides sitting on yellow cards and a few injured the coaches decided to call the game. Blake Hafen a center back and vital role to the 4-4-2, injured within the first half, coach Souli Phongsavath switched the team to a 3-5-2 for a better winning strategy.

“You guys competed well! I think that as the guys develop the chemistry the goals and the wins will follow. The skill and the work ethic was there, now it’s just coming closer as a team to get the nitty gritty done for those wins” said assistant coach Courage Cottrelle.

The team itself is fairly new this year but still has the seniority the team needs. With lots of potential the whole team plans to work harder than ever for the upcoming final preseason game against Murray. Captains Kaden Chino and Tyson Bailey plan to lead the team to many victories this season with the help of the coaching staff to fine tune for the perfect strategy.

 

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March Madness

As we head into the month of March, the biggest tournament in all of sports ensues. 64 of the country’s best college basketball teams compete to ultimately hold the title of national champions! There are 6 rounds and each round half of all teams get eliminated. Quite literally it is do or die.

This is part of why they call it March Madness, because any given team on any given night could pull of the upset against a higher seeded team. The tournament began in 1939 and since then it has only gotten bigger and bigger.

Perhaps the most popular part of this event is filling out a bracket and predicting who will win it all. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. Little to no people have ever filled out a perfect bracket.

Only one 16th seed has taken down a number one seed which is part of the madness. Part of why people are so obsessed with this tournament is that, for the most part, it is near impossible to guess every team.

Another reason why people love this tournament is Cinderella teams. These are lower seeded teams that make a run in the tournament and prove they can ball.

Heading into this year there are some good teams to watch for. Some of these teams being Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, and many more teams. Let the madness begin!

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Girls Lacrosse: Great things to come

All the way from Vegas, the DHS Girls Lacrosse team (with 22 girls on Varsity and around 18 girls on JV) is with the best to come. There, they had a tournament, which was not part of the season, but they still had a great time.

”We did tournaments Friday and Saturday. It was the 1st time we could all play together, and it totally united our team and we had a lot of fun”, said Savannah Bentley , the senior that is on the team since her 9th grade.

“The trip was really fun. At the end of February we played against multiple teams and it was a good practice”, said Kelly Maynes, a sophomore that joined the team last year.

They do not have a team conditioning class, but they practice every day for 2 hours after school, sometimes Saturdays too. Since those hardcore girls work a lot to represent Davis, there are great things to come. Last year they made it to state and got 2nd place on it, and here are their expectations for this year:

“I have really high expectations for this season, we have been trying some new things with our defense and our attack, and when we can get it to work we do super well’, said Savannah.

“Even though we got 2nd last year, it was very good and I am hoping we are gonna make it again and our team is pretty good”, said Kelly.

 

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Boys Tennis: Darts ready to take a swing

Boys tennis season is right around the corner and the team is working harder than ever. With a new coach at Davis, this will be a very exciting season. Jace Harris, a senior here at Davis High who will be joining the team talks highly of the new coach.

“We have a new coach and she is really awesome.” states Jace Harris.

It is obvious that the varsity team has a very good line up after talking to Jace.

“I want to take first in region, and I think we can definitely do that.” says Harris.

Davis is going into this season confident, hoping to secure a spot in region and a couple of players in state.

Though most of the team are new players, a lot of the team is returning as well. Many students love to involve themselves in school sports, so tennis is another perfect opportunity to get involved.

Tennis is made up of mainly two categories: singles and doubles. Most of the team members participate in singles, which means that they only compete one on one. There are a couple double teams on the team, and they play two on two.

“My past doubles partner is now going to Farmington High, so I am hoping to beat him this season.” admits Jace.

The team is aiming for many goals, so going into this season confident is key. Wish the team good luck this spring and make sure to go and support their matches.

 

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Boys Baseball: March 12th Dinner and Auction Night

Move around you scheduled and save the date for Monday March 12th at 6pm. You will not want to miss out on this great opportunity. Not only will you be able to sit with your loved ones and eat dinner but you will given the chance to win some amazing items in the live auction and also the silent auction.

By coming to this event you will be supporting Davis Highs Baseball program and student athletes who have worked hard all year preparing for this upcoming season.

“We have some amazing items that have been donated as well as some sweet memorabilia such as Donavan Mitchel Jersey and shoes.” states Head Coach Josh Godfrey.

The shoes alone retail for about $200. And the jersey sells for at least $150. And there are many more items like tickets to the Utah Jazz against the Brooklyn Nets game on March 16th, and it’s in the Utah Jazz Lexus Suite/Dinner.

Other items include: Toshiba 32″ HD Smart TV, and a Traeger Grill Pro Series 34.

“We are stoked for our dinner next week, it will be a great time! We are all very excited to be auctioning off so many cool items. We are looking forward to a great season and hope to see you all there!” says team player Tyler Jorgensen.

The event will be hosted by Dave Fox from Channel 2 News. As well as a guest appearance from the Utah Jazz mascot The Bear as well as the Salt Lake Bees mascot Bumble.

Support your Davis High Baseball team and come for an enjoyable night with a yummy dinner and to kick off this new season!

 

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Davis High Boys Soccer, Season Preview 2019

Spring 2019 is here, as well as the Davis High School Boys Soccer season. With last years seasons ending to the loss to Herriman during the 2nd round of the play offs, returning players and newcomers have been preparing in months prior for the season ahead.

During the Month of February, freshman and seniors come together to condition before the tryouts. This year ran by assistant Courage Cottrelle, a former soccer player who graduated and took region for the team in 2015. Also with the help of seniors Kaden Chino and Tyson Bailey.

Along with the new players for this season came Matt Tidwell, a new assistant coach. Coach Tidwell, also known as “Uncle Rico” for the mentality he brings, and the plenty of experience on and off the field. He played college ball at Weber and even went as far as training with RSL. He will be a great new addition to the team and play a big part in this years season.

Although this years team is fairly new, there are plenty of returning players, as well as our long time dedicated coach Souli Phongsavath. Souli has been a coach here for many years, and has brought region, state, and even national trophies here to Davis High. He has had a huge impact of the soccer program and shaped it to what it is today.

Davis High Soccer has always taken pride in its team and how hard they work. This year, working especially hard is our teams defensive back line. Returning to the line are seniors Tyson Bailey, Kaden Chino, and Cannon Gadd. Other returning players, who will play a role in the back line are juniors Oliver Iverson and Blake Hafen. Supporting the defensive line is Noah Larkin, returning as a junior to play goal keeper.

As the back line continues to train and work hard, the midfield and forward players use that as inspiration to train harder. Returning to the midfield are, Zach Kennedy, Wyatt Saunders, Curtais Watkins, and Colby Cook. Along with Pedro Silva, who is staying in the U.S. as a foreign exchange student and will play for the team before he leaves for his home in Brazil this summer. Another returning player, Josh Harwood, plans to lead the team to victory as our goal scoring forward.

With many experienced players this year, the team has one goal in mind. One goal over all the others, to win region and state. With last years seniors leaving behind their legacy and yearn to win, the team is more determined then ever to make this years season one to remember.

 

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Track and Field Season Preview: the TEAM that runs together, stays together

With spring just around the corner students are getting excited about the warm weather, blooming flowers, and track season. That’s right, outdoor track is starting up again, and this is something you’re gonna want to get excited about. Coaches and athletes alike are all looking forward to getting back into it.

Their main goal this season is to win a championship. Last year, boys took first place at the region and state championships. This year they’re hoping to keep that streak going and get the girls up there too.

Here at Davis the coaches like to emphasis the team component of track. In fact, coach Hyde always capitalizes the word TEAM in every email and message.

“We want to emphasis that it’s a team sport. It’s not really a team sport at other schools, but it is here,” coach Agnello commented.

That’s for sure, the track team really is a TEAM. Coach Agnello noticed this a few years ago when they had a disabled kid on the TEAM. He really wanted to pole vault, but he couldn’t use his arms or legs very well, and Agnello knew it would be dangerous. So coach made him a deal: if he could jump the track, then he could touch the pit. He practiced for a few weeks, really worked at it, until he finally got it. When he did, the whole team celebrated with him, and the pole vaulters cheered him on as he got to join them at the pole vault pit. Agnello realized that, “doing your best is better than being the best.”

These moments of support are common. When asked about when she realized this was a TEAM, Lindsey Bouwhuis said, “The last relay race at Simplot or State. We’re all cheering on the racing athletes regardless of our own event groups, shouting until we’ve all lost our voices, chanting together so loudly you can’t even hear the announcer. We all share in the excitement and adrenaline of the race.”

Whether it be cheering each other on at meets, pushing each other at practice, or all coming together to honor and remember Thomas Hogan, this is a TEAM. This is a TEAM that you’re going to want to be a part of.

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Boys Basketball: Davis advances in overtime thriller

With 10 seconds remaining in overtime the Darts had the ball with tensions and tempers flaring. Finding the composure to score as a teenager seems a daunting task. As Jake Sampson drove the lane for a contested floater to give the Darts the lead.

“It felt really good when it left my hand, It is something that will stay in my memories forever.” Stated Sampson.

The shot was a silver lining finish considering a missed foul call where Jake Sampson was leveled to the floor in obvious pain just minutes before. As the Davis supporters erupted in outrage this clearly provided an added motivation to convert at the end of the game.

Westlake had one final chance with a corner three as time expired that ironically nested the ball between the backboard and rim to end their season.

Though Sampson got the last minute glory the Darts were primarily led by Senior Forward Tyson Garff with an outstanding 27 points.

“Tyson Garff is a really good basketball player and when he plays well our team usually plays well,” Coach Chad Sims said. “He’s a two-year starter for us. We’re counting on him to make plays, so I’m proud of him. He did a great job.”

Davis leading strong through the first quarter and into the beginning of the second quarter with a score of 14-4. But as the second quarter is played we slowly see Westlake wake up. By the third quarter both teams were on fire, Westlake caught up to almost a tie, 42-41 but Davis was determined to stay in the lead. This third quarter score brought us to a competitive fourth quarter which eventually led to overtime where the Darts capitalized.

Additionally, Brendan Redford added 16 points and Trevan Lienhardt with 6 points and 6 assists.

The Darts face off Wednesday February 27th at 4:10 P.M. against the Kearns Cougars who have a record of 19 wins and 4 losses on the year.

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Boys Basketball Preview: The Road to State

With the impressive record of 10-2 in the regular season, the boys’ basketball team is heading into the playoffs with the second seed from Region 1. The Darts will be facing the Westlake Thunder in their first playoff game on Monday February 24 at Weber State University.

The Thunder have a record of 4-4 in Region 4. Their region could be considered the toughest region in the state, with teams like Lone Peak, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, and Bingham. The Darts should match up against the Thunder very well, because both teams have a lot of talent and the same end goal: making it to the state championship.

The Darts’ starting center KO Fisher says: “We should match up very well with Westlake, but I know that if we play our best we will be able to beat them.”

This game won’t be easy for the Darts, but with their team chemistry and grit, they should be able to go very far into the playoffs.

“In order to beat them, we need to match their physicality, out-rebound them, and do the things that don’t take talent, like working harder” said Jack Rigby.

In order to make their goals of a state championship a reality, the team will need to take it one game at a time, and their main focus right now is beating Westlake in the first round. The Darts tip off Monday at the Dee Events Center at 4:10 P.M.

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Wins and losses at state wrestling

The Davis Darts battled at the Utah state wrestling finals. With 3 placers and many matches won, our team did better than many years in the past. Parker Coffey and Heston Percival both took second, and Eli Knowlton took 6th, but many placed top 10 in the state, which is impressive enough.

When I asked Heston about how he felt about how the overall team performance he said, “I was impressed by the wrestlers heart, and that they left their everything on the mat”.

Heston’s performance impressed not only our team, but others too.

I was told by a former opponent of his that, “He really turned it on here, and made many of his matches look easy”.

Parker Coffey, easily the best wrestler on our team, also did very well, performing better than even he thought.

“My matches went better than I had hoped. I thought I was gonna have some really close matches going into the finals, but won all my matches by at least 6 points. I hoped to have a closer match in the finals, but I wrestled as hard as I could,” Parker said.

Yet what he doesn’t explain is his finalist match was against the 7th best wrestler of any weight class and school division in Utah. Parker was the only one he didn’t pin there at state.

Eli Knowlton, wrestled on a torn MCL, and though he didn’t do as well as he wanted, he did as best he could on the mat. Having 3 tough battles and losing to the same kid led to him taking 6th. Going to state in a knee brace is impressive enough. Placing on top of that is a total win.

Not placing in state and the fact that it’s over has made many wrestlers shed tears.

Andrew Shaner, another senior, said what he would miss most about wrestling is “the brotherhood between all of us. Knowing that we’re not just working for ourselves, but also working to better our entire team. The mental toughness it teaches you, one more sprint, one more take-down, one more stand up, even though you thought you couldn’t.”

The brotherhood especially is what us seniors felt. The fact that it’s over is saddening. Us brothers that have spent over 2 hours in matches alone, a year accumulative in high school, and many months in junior high together participating in a sport that we love. We will soon have to part ways in our lives.

Yet those hours together and the memories we made together were worth every second of pain and every loss on the mat or in practice. Though winning matches was great, the brotherhood was the greatest win of them all.

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Davis Indoor Track Club: Team unites to overcome adversity at Simplot Games

The Simplot games were held in Pocatello, Idaho and once again the Davis Indoor Track Club accepted the challenge. Athletes from all over the world attend the meet to run and compete in indoor track and field events. However, this year was different for Davis High School Indoor Track Club. Having to overcome an emotional trial this weekend. The athletes of Davis High came together and finished their races.

“When I first got up there I felt a lot of emotion when I looked at our students, they had been through a lot. Our athletes were able to dig down and stay focused throughout the trial they were facing. It was awesome to see our athletes come together and finish their races.” Stated Brad Chapple, one of Davis High’s Vice Principals.

Naturally, with any adversity in sports it causes teams to change and grow.

“At first, we were thinking..well what do we do? Do we just pack up and go home? It was very emotional. A lot of the other teams up there were there for support. Most people chose to stay and race. It was good to have us stay together as a team, and we were able to lean on each other and support one another. ” Explained Coach Paul Timothy.

“We learned that we can do tough things. We grew closer, but at the same time it was an eye opener for all of us.” Said Alicia Halverson, an athlete on the Indoor Track Club.

One of the most emotional moments of the meet was when Head Coach Markham Hyde finished the “The Coaches Mile”. On Friday night at a meeting Coach Hyde told his team that he too would finish the race (He had previously signed up for the coaches mile run).  On Saturday at 11:00am Markham and about 12 other coaches started the mile.  Davis student-athletes lined the track to cheer for their coach.

“Markham finished the last lap as the lone runner, but I would argue that he wasn’t alone.  As Coach Hyde rounded the last turn, he was met with cheers from his students and coaches. Then I looked around the arena, it seemed like everyone was rooting for coach.” According to Vice Principal Brad Chapple.

Chapple added: “The track coaching staff did an excellent job of being there for the students. You never expect a tragedy like this to happen, but when it did, we had the right people in the right place”

Despite this tragedy, the track team still placed. Trey Ferrin took 9th in the Boys 3200, Ellie Lundgreen placed 3rd in the Girls 3200, and Kale Thomas placed 4th in the Boys high jump. Davis also placed 1st in the Boys 4×800 relay, 2nd in the Girls 4×800 relay, and 3rd in the Girls medley relay.

At the end of the day, the Indoor Track Club turned to one another not only for support, but for a bonding experience that only comes through extreme adversity.

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Wrestling: State Championship Preview

The ultimate goal of any high school sport is placing or taking state, and 13 wrestlers are guaranteed and 4 alternates have a chance of being there too. Utah 5A/6A state tournament will be held on the 13th and 14th of this month at Utah Valley University, or UVU for short.

The divisional tournaments were held on the first and second of February to see who would be qualified to go. Two divisional tournaments are held for each high school classification (i.e. 1A, 2A, 3A…), and the top 8 in both tournaments meet in state. Each bracket in state is a 16 man bracket, and there are 14 different weight classes to compete in.

All seniors are going to state, two taking first place, two winning third, myself (Max Barnett) at sixth, and one placing eighth. 13 over all placed 1st-8th and 4 placed 9th. those who placed 9th go to see if someone in their weight class is unable to wrestle, letting them in.

State is the tournament of the year, and the second hardest tournament, the Rockwell rumble being the first, in Utah. For many there this is their last chance to prove their skill in this sport, because after this stepping back on the mat wont mean the same thing.

Each match a battle and every one that is won is a step closer to the medal deserved. This tournament being a stage for the wrestlers from Davis high to fight like never before.

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Davis Boys Basketball: Darts look to take down Silverwolves for a spot at the top of Region 1

A Davis Basketball game is always an exciting and intense experience, but according to Brendon Redford (Shooting Guard , #12) and Tyson Garff, (Shooting Guard, #21) tomorrow’s game against Fremont will be the biggest and most intense game of the season. If Davis wins this game, they will be #1 in the region. The stakes are high, but Redford and Garff feel confident in a victory.

“Fremont has good players with a good coach,” says Redford, “but I think we’ve practiced more than any team in the region. We’re ready.”

The last time the Darts and the Silverwolves tipped off at Davis High School and the Silverwolves took down the Darts 68-55. When asked on the keys to winning tomorrow Garff said this:

“The chemistry between players is what makes or breaks a team,” Garff added, “and we’ve got great chemistry in spades.”

The Darts will have to prove they deserve the victory by containing the leading scorer in the state for 6A Basketball guard Dallin Hall who averages over 21 points a game. It’s not just his scoring but his passing as well as he adds an additional 5 assists per game.

The Darts will look to their Senior Leadership to lead the way.

When asked why people should come to the game, Garff had this to say:

“Our games are always fun, and the support of a good crowd really makes a difference.”

I then asked the most important question of all: Best Basketball Movie.

Garff was quick to give his answer: ‘Space Jam’. When asked, he says he does indeed  look up to Bugs Bunny. I imagine he spends his free-time studying the good bunny’s form. Redford was a bit more hesitant to pick a definitive best, (It’s a tall order.) but he ultimately went with the 2012 film ‘Thunderstruck’. He says that that particular movie speaks to him because of the “never give up” moral that it teaches.

The Darts are at Fremont tonight at 7:00.

 

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The girls basketball team gets a second chance to beat Fremont

On Friday, February 1, the Davis High girls’ basketball team will go up against Fremont. The game will take place at Fremont High School at 5:15. If they win this game, it’s a step forward to competing in region.  

The team is doing great this season, and the coaches are happy with the girl’s work ethic. “We’ve been doing awesome,” coach Stahle states. “They don’t quit. They just keep fighting every game. No matter what situation we’re in, they fight.” 

The pressure is high for this game. If they win, they’re tied for first place, and it’s a step towards region.  

To prepare they’re training like they always do: watching film and looking for ways to improve. They’re improving their skills and fixing their flaws. The coaches even said they’ve seen a focus in the team. 

While they might have gotten off to a bad start with Fremont, they’re feeling better about going up against them tomorrow. “The first game was a little rough,” coach Packer commented. “The first game we were scared,” coach Stahle agreed. “But I think now that we’ve got some confidence, we’ve won five in a row, and we’ve seen them, we’re not so scared.” 

They’re calling on all Davis Darts to come support. “We need the support,” coach Stahle encourages. “We need loud fans.”

So what do you say Davis High Mob? Will you show Fremont what the best student section on the planet looks like? 

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Davis Boys Basketball: Darts beat the Warriors with strong defense

Davis High boys basketball entered the second half of regions Tuesday against Weber with a huge target on their back. The Darts were 6-1 and looked to continue that pace on Tuesday.

“It felt really gratifying to know that all of our hard work from the off season had payed off,” said starting center, KO Fisher.

The Darts continued their defensive trend by holding the warriors to 38 points in 4 quarters of play. The Darts obliterated them by an outstanding 16 points. Their victory was led by Brendon Redford and Tyson Garff who both contributed 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Darts hung their hat on the defense of end by leading the region in lowest points scored against them by a fair margin.

“Our communication has been really good and helped us be on the same page. It has been key to our defensive energy all season.” says starting forward, Brendon Redford.

This consistent defense has been a trademark of the Darts region play and has clearly helped set them apart.

The Darts look to compete for a region championship with a 7-1 record this Friday night at Fremont.

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Football star, Alema Max Tupuola, gets an impressive offer

On Monday, February 28, Alema Tupuola got offered a scholarship to play football for the Navy. This is an incredible opportunity, and it is evidence of Alema’s incredible talent.

“He’s been talking about Navy for a while,” says his teammate Will Ferrin, “I know Navy has a 9% acceptance rate, so it’s pretty amazing that he got an offer for football.”

Alema has been offered a variety of scholarships from places such as Weber and Idaho, but it is a safe bet that he will be accepting this one.

Alema was a linebacker for the Davis High Football team, where he demonstrated his immense talent, hard work, and love for the game.

(For those of you who don’t know, linebackers are often regarded the most important defensive position, so it is even more impressive that Alema can fulfill this role with such expertise.)

Unfortunately, he broke his leg and couldn’t play for a large portion of this last football season. Fortunately, he obviously made an impression during the time that he did.

Alema met with Coaches Ken Niumatalolo and Joe DuPaix recently. He seems excited about how the deal will go.

Despite this amazing achievement, Alema remains humble and offers advice to other people seeking similar opportunities.

“Don’t give up, work hard, keep doing things when you think no one is watching.”

With such an accomplishment, Alema is boosting the prestige of the entire school. Don’t be surprised when you see the name Alema Max Tupuola on ESPN in five to ten years.

Way to go, Alema!

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Jack Rigby: Sports Person

In this spotlight we are gonna talk a little bit about Jack Rigby, a senior at Davis High School. He is both on the football and the basketball team,

“I can consider myself a sports person, but I enjoy more playing football than others”, he says.

When it was asked about how long he is involved with those sports, he said that since he was a child he enjoyed playing them:

“I play basketball since I was around five and football since I was 8”

Even though when it is season time he spends most of his time practicing with the team, he talked a little bit about his life when he is not doing sports:

“I enjoy hanging out with my friends and I play Fortnite sometimes”.

Since he seems to be very committed and dedicated with the teams along with representing the school in the games, when asked what he thinks of trying to take his talents to college, he says,

“Yeah, I’m interested in playing football at college”.

When it comes to family, Jack says that he also likes to spend time with them, and since he is really involved with sports it made sense his family had played as well.

“Both my brother and my dad joined their college’s baseball team, so they are also involved with sports but not the same sport”.

In his last year of high school and in the middle of the season, we wondered how the team was going and how far they could get this year, and he says

“Yeah… we are probably gonna make it to state”.

So, let’s cheer for Davis!

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Wins Keep Stacking Up

Friday night, the Darts traveled to Northridge to take on the Knights. Davis handled the Knights fairly easily on the road, beating them 70-53 to end the first round of region play.

Jake Sampson lead Davis with 18 points and Tyson Garff wasn’t far behind with 16.

Senior Center K.O. Fisher said after the game, “It sealed off the first half of region, was a a great win, and we are focused on entering the second half of region continuing our 5 game win streak.” Davis remains 2nd in region right behind Fremont. Looking forward, the Darts host Weber at home in hopes of staying alive for the region title.

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Davis High Rocks the Rockwell Rumble

The Rockwell Rumble is one of the biggest Wrestling Tournaments in the West. It boasts over 60 teams coming from several different locations in the west. Our Davis High wrestling team is one of many, but they strive to separate from the masses and rise to the top of this high-profile tournament.

Bo Roundy, the Davis High wrestling Coach, was very optimistic going into the tournament. “It’s a huge opportunity for us to compete against some of the toughest guys around,” Coach Roundy explained, “It doesn’t have any effect on our region or state ranking, but it’s a chance for our boys to get noticed.”

The Davis wrestlers did just that. Everyone did great, but Heston Percival and Parker Coffey were the Darts who stood out most. Percival (who has an impressive record of 20-5) made it to the second day of the tournament, which is quite the accomplishment. When asked about some of the talented competitors he faced, he reflected on something he learned a long time ago, “I don’t worry about the guy I’m facing. It doesn’t matter who he is or where he’s from. He’s trying to beat you, and you’ve got to beat him first.” This mindset has lead Percival to major success this season.

The Davis High Wrestling team gave it their all at the Rockwell Rumble. They look to continue this success as they go into the 6A Division and State tournaments.

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The Girls Basketball Team is Ready for State

The Davis High girls’ basketball team has started off their season strong. With their previous game at Northridge on Friday, January 25th, and region champs in February, the team is readily preparing for the next several games up until state tournaments in February. Could this season become a legacy for the Davis High girls’ basketball team, or will it just become a part of their history?  

This season so far has been very interesting and quite frankly, surprising. Since Farmington was built, many of the players on the DHS team had to transfer over to Farmington, leaving Davis at a disadvantage. They started their 2018-19 season with virtually a new team, with the majority being brand new players. While this sounds like a recipe for disaster, the team has risen and become one of the strongest and most successful teams in the region. Hannah Loveland, a point guard for the Davis High basketball team, gives some insight

“I think people expected us to be a young team and kind of inexperienced, but I think we’ve proven a lot of people wrong”. Said Loveland.

While winning games and succeeding are some of the most important aspects of a team, working together and cooperating on and off the court are still a very crucial part of being an effective basketball team. Team lunches, sleepovers, and dinners together are all a part of how this basketball team bonds to create a strong competitive advantage.  

With the season passing the halfway point, the team is confident that state will be no tough challenge.  In their division there is 6 teams, and they must make the top 4 to move onto state. Presently they sit on 2nd best in the region. The Davis High girls’ basketball team has surpassed all expectations and will set a high standard for the rest of Davis High School. Go team!

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Darts Take on Warriors: Boys Basketball

The Davis Darts have officially started region play. The Darts are .500 at 6-6 overall. They are looking to come back from a tough loss to Fremont High School. It was not a good game for the Darts but they will be going into this week ready to play and play hard.

The Weber warriors are 6-3 overall this season and have not played a region game yet. The Darts will be their first test. Hudson Schenk is the Warrior’s best player, he is averaging seventeen points a game. He is a shifty guard and will be looking to score.

Davis’s sharp shooter Jake Sampson is looking to have a break out game against the Warriors. The three point specialist is averaging sixteen points a game. He will tough for the warriors to stop. They will be looking to try and not let him get in rhythm beyond the ark.

When Jake Sampson was asked what they need to do to beat Weber he said

“We need to move the ball, good things happen when we move the ball”.

Davis has had great success when they pass the ball at least five times in a possession and they need to keep the ball moving if they want to put up points on the board.

Davis will be coming out fast and strong and will be ready to beat the Warriors.

 

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Davis High indoor track starts up

As winter really settles in, Davis high athletics either take a break or move indoors. Despite the weather the Davis track team continues to practice and compete throughout the winter.

Due to the weather, some athletes are forced the perform and practice indoors. For example sprinters and hurdlers on the team practice technique and drills in the halls and on the indoor track. Alongside them throwers and other field event athletes often join them drills and spend the rest of their practice time lifting and improving technique. As for long distance, the yearly practice doesn’t change. Despite the weather the Distance crew continues to battle the elements on their long outdoor runs. Long distance runner Carson Knight said:

“Yeah it’s usually pretty cold, but when you dress warm and work hard you tend to not notice it.”

Throughout this winter the team will compete it as many as 5 meets between now and the end of February, including a very large scale meet on a wooden track at Idaho State University. The head coach, Markham Hyde, is hope to lead the team into another successful indoor season, and to pave the way for another state title in the outdoor.

Make sure to wish your fellow darts good luck this weekend as they compete in their first meet at the Olympic Oval in Kearnes, UT

If you’re interested on joining the team, or need more information visit Markham Hyde at the end of the 14oo hallway

 

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Goatally Awesome

Mountain Goats are probably the most underrated creature of all time. They’re majestic, powerful, and graceful. Could you do all that jumping on high mountain ridges? I don’t think so!

The scientific name of the Mountain Goat is Oreamnos americanus. This regal creature does not actually belong to the goat family, but is classified as a goat-antelope. However, they do find a family of up to four goats in the summer. In the winter, these groups join together to form herds.

Mountain Goats are unique in their beautiful ability to look so stupid yet so wonderful. Look at their faces; they’re borderline ugly and they have a dead eye stare that gives the allusion they don’t know or care what’s going on. But they do, they do. The Mountain Goats know.

Found in the mountainous regions of Northern America and Canada, these wooly creatures feed on grass, lichen, moss, and twigs. What a yummy snack! It’s a blessing that they don’t eat long pig. Their black, curled horns are around 10 inches long, and can be up to 30 times larger on a male then on a female.

Mountain Goats have never been hunted or domesticated, but Native Peoples have used wool left behind by wild goats in textiles and clothing.

If I told  you that young Mountain Goat babies are called puppies, I’d be KIDding. They’re called kids. The females (or nannies) and males (billies) mate around October-December. The mating process involves a large amount of fighting and staring.

Now that you know so much about Mountain Goats you’re ready to go out into the world!

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