I love this time of year — if you don’t count the days that make me hate it.
Days like Monday? Perfect. Temperatures in the 60s made standing on the sideline at Stansbury’s boys soccer game against Hurricane downright pleasant. If the weather could just stay like that for the next two months, life would be great.
Except it won’t. For every day like Monday, there’s one like last Tuesday, when Tooele’s softball game against Lehi was played in frigid temperatures. Somehow, the players and coaches weren’t shivering afterward. I sure was, despite having the heater in the car turned up full blast on the way home.
But that’s enough complaining. I really do enjoy the spring sports season.
It’s one of the busiest times on the high school sports calendar, with track and field, boys soccer, boys tennis, girls golf, baseball and softball all on the docket. And while these sports tend to fly under the radar a bit when compared to the big crowds that come to football games in the fall and basketball games in the winter, they’re arguably the most successful sports in Tooele County.
Is there any question that Tooele County is Utah’s softball hotbed? Sure, Bear River and Juab earned the top two spots in the Salt Lake City media’s preseason Class 3A poll. But Nos. 3 through 5? Tooele, Stansbury and Grantsville. Three dominant programs separated by roughly a dozen miles in a largely rural county. When all is said and done, those three teams are going to have a major say in who brings home the state championship trophy in May. It very well could be coming back to Tooele County after a one-year trip to Bear River (after all, we’re taught that we should share from time to time).
Stansbury’s baseball, soccer and track teams all could make noise on the state level as well. So, too, could the perennially strong Grantsville tennis squad, and there’s some solid talent on the links that has a chance to make an impression.
I’m looking forward to watching it all unfold over the next couple months as we sprint toward the end of another school year.
I just hope I’m watching it while wearing a T-shirt and shorts more often than I’m bundled up for an Arctic expedition.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. He knows the only thing that is predictable about spring in Tooele County is its unpredictability. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.