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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Davis High School Girls Golf team has begun their season. Due to the late snowfall in the Winter season, tryouts and team practices were pushed back or substituted for the team until playable conditions were ready.
“We had to do some of our practices indoor,” Girl’s Golf player Brea Johnston said. “It was hard to not get out to do real golfing to start the season, but it did not affect us as much.”
With a sport such as golf, every opportunity to practice on real golf courses provide much needed practice to start a season. Whether or not these lack of practices due to weather affect the team is up to the players.
“We needed to work harder in our indoor practices,” Girl’s Golf player Caylyn Ponich said. “But we worked really hard and made up for the lost time.”
Now that the weather has officially moved on from snow to rain, the conditions have been fairly decent for the Girl’s Golf team practices and tournaments. The team worked hard to start their season despite the drawbacks at the start, and are all looking forward toward the rest of their playing time.
In a high school setting for a sport, the team’s ability to play can vary from year to year based on which students are participating on the team. This concept is especially evident in the Davis High School Soccer team.
“The team looks very different from last year, but that is not a bad thing,”Tyson Bailey said in an interview. “Our team looks good this year, maybe even better than last year’s team.”
The team has already played a few games and won all of them. With a perfect winning record starting out the season, the players are very excited to tackle the rest of the year. The main goal of the team is to make it past regionals and maybe into the state playoffs.
“A lot of people say that we are not good enough to make it into state playoffs,” Jeremy Sommer said when asked whether he was confident in the team’s state standings. “I think it’s because we have not got there before but this year I really think we have a chance.”
The team is looking good at the start of the season, and everyone is waiting to see how they will do down the road. With good coaching and great teamwork, the boys soccer team can achieve their goals.
Davis High School’s baseball season starts March 6. With tryouts just finishing up, the team is getting ready for their season. The team features many students that are on the younger side, and while many say this could bring them down, others say this is where the team shines.
“The team is looking really good from tryouts,” player Jake Wendt said during an interview. “We have a lot of good players who are ready to play their best for the team.”
Sport teams often form bonds between the players, this is what helps a team to succeed. Having a sense of unity can often transform the connection on and off the playing field
“My favorite part about being on the team would be the brotherhood and the friendships that come out of it,” Athlete Stockton Hall claims.
The goal for our baseball team would be to place in regions and eventually take on state.
“We are feeling good this year,” Athlete Parker Jensen starts, “We all have to buy in.”
With Farmington High School opening for the 2018-2019 school year, a new competition for sports will be born. Students from Davis High, Viewmont High and surrounding junior high schools will attend Farmington High creating a diverse population, and adding multiple levels of skill to the sports teams. Most, if not all, students from centennial Junior high will attend Farmington High School, Davis High will lose students as well.
“We are loosing about 800 total but then we are going to gain some from Layton Highschool so probably around 5-600,” assistant principal for Davis High, Mr harris said.
The first year Farmington high will be open, It will be in the 5A division and Davis will remain 6A. Due to the lack of seniors that will attend Farmington, the population will be much smaller, only occupying half of the building’s max capacity. The following year, Farmington will be 6A, and permitted to compete against Davis.
“They will open up as a 5A class the first year, so one division lower than us, but then the next year when they have a full senior class it will be a 6A,” Harris said.
Farmington high will open up new opportunities for students to be apart of a sports team. According to Edutopia, The Social and Academic Benefits of Team Sports, Team sports provide athletes with a natural community. Youth who play sports have higher levels of social support, and that the sense of community created with teammates, coaches, and family members incubates the perfect setting for critical self-esteem development.
“It is really fun, you meet a lot of new people with good coaches and it is fun to play,” soccer player at Davis, Tyson Bailey said.
There has been a lot of buzz about the new high school that will be opened in 2018 called Farmington High School. From the school’s mascot to school boundaries, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this new school. One of these controversies has been around the size of the school teams at Davis High School. Due to the small size of the school and the pool of students from other surrounding schools, there is a lot of speculation around the sports team sizes.
“We are losing about 800 total but then we are going to gain some next year,” Mr. Harris said when asked about how many kids are going to Farmington High School from Davis High School.
Due to what Mr. Harris has said, it seems like the sports teams at Davis will not be impacted due to size change. The sports teams at Farmington High School seem to be a different story. Due to the small number of students who will be attending this new school, the sports teams will be smallers sizes compared to Davis.
“I will be attending Farmington High next year, ” Tyson Bailey said. “It will be different to play on their soccer team because we will be playing others teams from small schools because of our size.”
Davis and Farmington High School will not be in the same class because of the school size, so they will not be facing each other. They might however when they get enough students to fill their senior class a couple years down the road. It will be interesting to see how the sports teams will be affected due to the size of Farmington High School next year.
The softball team has had a long tradition of excellence like many of the other sports here. This year the girls’ team took home the region championship along with a 17-2 game record.
“I played with older girls all growing up and so a lot of the girls played for Davis high and they loved it so I knew they had a good team,” pitcher Mia Cullimore said.
Most of the girls that are on the team have been playing softball since they were able to at a very young age. The sport is extremely competitive and has a high demand for quick and coordinated athletes.
“I have to do snaps every day and work on my spins to move the ball so that they can’t hit it,” said Cullimore.
Along with individual training the team must work as a whole to be able to play at an elite level. They have been able to have a very successful season and have beat both rivals and some of the highest ranked teams in Utah.
“Our biggest rival is probably Syracuse,” said Cullimore. “Because they like to try and cause beef on twitter and we know all the girls and so it’s always a good game when we play them. We beat them 8-0 last time we played them though.”
Along with a winning record they have also had multiple athletes highlighted and mentioned in both local and statewide papers. Sophomore Paige Elkins and senior Paige Reynolds were recently featured in an article in the Salt Lake Tribune.
“Me and paige Reynolds, who’s a senior,” said Elkins. “Were featured on the article as the ‘Power of the Paige’s.’ It talked about her job as a lead off to do whatever it takes. My job as the second batter is to execute and get her in.”
The softball team will be competing next week in the State tournament going in as the #1 seed from Region 2. For more information on their schedule and rankings visit the school website at www.davis.k12.ut.us/domain/7528 or www.maxpreps.com.
This year multiple athletes who have been stars of the Davis sports program have signed agreements to take their skills to the collegiate level. Senior Ben Rigby decided to play baseball for Brigham Young University (BYU) after receiving multiple baseball offers and a basketball offer from Weber State.
“My sophomore year I didn’t play baseball because I was getting exposure for basketball,” Rigby said, “But in basketball these last couple of years I’ve struggled a little bit and in baseball this last year I excelled more and I really loved playing.”
Much of the success he has seen has been a result of the opportunities he has been given on the Davis baseball team.
“We’re playing on a high level, so I think that we’ve gotten used to playing against good competition,” Rigby said.
Rigby also received baseball offers from the University of Hawai’i and Liberty University. While he obviously has had a love for both sports, BYU was the most appealing school and athletic program to him.
“I’ve always wanted to go to BYU and I like the environment down there,” Rigby said. “I like the coaches and I’ve known them for a couple years. I love it down there.”
Along with the benefit of knowing the coaches, BYU also has the promise of new facilities and a nationwide fanbase.
“I know they are getting a new field and it’s all turf in a heated system,” Rigby said. “I’m really excited to play for coach Littlewood and the environment of course; BYU fans are awesome.”
Rigby plans to serve a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Santiago, Chile, and he feels like the break from baseball is something he can use to his advantage.
“It’s going to be hard to come back and stuff,” Rigby said. “But I think that it will be a good rest on my arm for a couple of years and it will help me in the long run because I will be resting it and preparing it for two years.”
The Soccer team has a lot of raw talent, and with a lot of talent comes high expectations as the season gets underway. The team expects to make it to playoffs, and is aiming high for state.
“This team has enough talent to take state this year, for sure,” said forward Jared Hatch.
The team is excited to get the season going so that they can get into a rhythm. This is a tight knit group of individuals, who are very close and friendly, which is a real asset as they begin the season and are beginning to play tougher and tougher teams in the region and soccer powerhouses outside of the region.
“We are all super tight, and we all hang out, so the guys are comfortable with each other for sure,” said midfielder Luke Merril.
The team is also excited to strike back at some of their division rivals, who have dealt them severe blows in the past when playing them. Teams like Viewmont, Lone Peak, and Layton High School which has been an exceptionally good competitor for the last few years. Layton returns a lot of talent and senior leadership this year, and will create an interesting matchup for the Darts.
“Layton isn’t as good as everyone thinks they are,” Hatch Says. “We shouldn’t have lost to them last time”.
The team is hoping to try to make it far in the playoffs, and they encourage the student body to come and to participate in the games, since soccer is such a crowd influenced sport. The chants of the crowd often help the team perform better, especially at home.
“I think it’s a great sport, and it’s so much fun to watch” said forward Matt Fairy.
The track team competed at the BYU Invite May 5 and 6. They have trained and prepared for months and will be a part of one of the largest and most competitive meets in Utah.
“You have to qualify to get there,” track member Miah Weaver said. “So only those with the fastest times is who you’re going to be competing against. So big competition, fast times.”
Members of the track team not only train for their own events, but there are also many events that they take part in that involves teams such as the relay races. These include the 4×100, the 4×400 and the Medley.
“I run the 800, the mile and the two mile,” Weaver said.
Many of the athletes competing have been running, jumping and throwing their whole lives. Often they are influenced by friends or family and again the team aspect of the sport in reinforced.
“[I became interested] when my oldest brother and oldest sister were running for Woods Cross,” track athlete Xakai Harry said. “Watching them run got me into it.”
Harry is one of the many successful athletes on the team this year. Competing in four different events, he is busy training almost every day. His team has had a very successful season thus far and they are hoping for that to continue in both the BYU Invite and State at the end of May.
“Right now we are feeling pretty confident,” Harry said. “I really believe we could win state for the 4×100.”
Congratulations to all the athletes that participated in the track meet. For more information on joining the track or the cross country summer team see Coach Talley or visit www.davisxc.blogspot.com for more information.
The boys tennis team is currently working very hard to prepare for the upcoming matches and tournaments that will be taking place towards the end of April and through the middle of May. There was a tournament at the end of March in St. George, and now the team is focusing on getting ready for Regions and State.
“Season started first week of April and it ends May 18th, when State is,” Tennis Team Captain Sam Hafen said.
In past years, the tennis team has been very successful, but they are still working hard to improve and beat Viewmont. The Viewmont team has had a very successful history and season so far.
“We’re pretty good. We’ve won regions quite a bit but we haven’t won recently, because of Viewmont,” Tennis Player Danny Zlotnick said.
The team has experienced many new changes this season with eleven new players and a new assistant coach. Despite all of the obstacles they have had to overcome, they are continuing to have success and so far have an almost undefeated streak.
“The past few matches, we were undefeated until we played Viewmont, they took third in states last year, and they had two seniors on varsity so they’re still doing pretty well,” Hafen said.
With all of the changes that have taken place this season, the team is excited about their potential success. Like most sports teams, there is a lot of room to grow with a new group of athletes. Practice is the main focus of the team as they prepare for their events, and many of them spend more than ten hours every week practicing.
“I put in about two hours every day, except for Fridays and Saturdays,” Zlotnick said.
Tennis has been a part of most of the boys lives for as long as they can remember, and the time and effort that they put into tennis in order to have success is beyond comprehension for most people. In the end, the time that is put into practicing in past years pays off and they are hoping to see similar results this season.
“I’ve played Tennis my whole life. I can’t remember not playing,” Hafen said. “It used to be almost four and half hours a day, growing up, and that was a lot. In high school I probably play an hour and a half a day.”