Grantsville High School has been awarded the Transcript Cup as Tooele County’s top sports school for the second consecutive year, capping another dominant season for the Cowboys.
As Stansbury, Tooele and Grantsville no longer play each other in every sport, the previous criteria of head-to-head competition between the three Tooele Valley rivals has been replaced by the eye test as to which school had the best year. And while it was a close battle in the 2018-19 school year, the Cowboys stood out.
Grantsville won its third consecutive Class 3A state softball championship this year in memorable fashion, and the girls basketball team enjoyed its best season ever en route to a second-place finish. The boys tennis and boys cross-country teams finished third in the state; the boys swim team was fourth and the girls tennis team finished fifth.
The Cowboys also had multiple individual state placers during the course of the school year. Junior Porter Whitworth won the Class 3A boys’ cross-country title in the fall and ran the anchor leg of the Cowboys’ winning sprint medley relay at the state track and field meet in the spring with Daltyn Peasnall, Darin Sandberg and Izaiah Sanders. Whitworth added second-place finishes in the 3,200-meter and 800-meter runs and a third-place finish in the 1,600.
Sophomore Hadlee Begay added two more state championships during the Class 3A swim meet, winning the girls’ 100-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Zane Thomas became the first male swimmer in Grantsville history to win a state title, finishing first in the 100 backstroke and second in the 200 individual medley. He joined Ben Smurthwaite, Ethan Smurthwaite and Seth Smurthwaite for a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Seth Smurthwaite finished fifth at state in the 200 IM.
The state wrestling meet saw senior Koby Johnson finish second in his weight class, while Logan Kuehn was third, Thomas Coates was fourth and Bodey Manzanares placed fifth. At the state tennis tournament in the spring, freshman Camdin Nelson was a second-place finisher while Seth Beckett and Whitworth reached the semifinals. The doubles team of Max Coon and Joey Kurtz also made it to the second day of the tournament.
Tooele Valley’s other two high schools also had successful seasons. Tooele saw its softball team win its first state championship in nine years, while junior Joseph Mecham won a state wrestling title. The Buffs also had successful seasons in boys and girls basketball, as well as baseball.
Stansbury had individual state championships from Carson Belnap and Josh Oblad at the state track meet to go with a medley relay title from Brenden VanCooney, Jet Richins, Xander Littlefield and Belnap. The Stallions won a Region 11 championship in football and advanced to the second week of the girls basketball state tournament.