The recently-completed high school volleyball season may not have seen any of Tooele County’s three squads bring home a trophy from the state tournament, but each showed improvement throughout the season.
Stansbury finished third in Region 10 under the guidance of first-year coach Erika Smith. The Stallions advanced to the second day of the state tournament before falling to Dixie in four sets in the consolation bracket. Stansbury will return the majority of this year’s squad in 2017, losing three seniors to graduation.
Tooele also advanced to the state tournament as the fourth-place team from Region 10. While it was a rebuilding season for the Buffaloes, they were competitive in region play and got stronger as the season went along.
Grantsville missed the postseason, finishing fifth in the region, but put up a fight in every match. The Cowboys took Stansbury to five sets both times they played the Stallions, and split a pair of region matches with Tooele.
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.
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