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!

PC: earthtouchnews

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