This is it — the final weekend of the 2017-18 high school sports season in Tooele County.
There has been a lot to cheer about since things got started back in August. We’ve seen the Stansbury boys cross-country team, the Grantsville baseball team and the Tooele Unified Soccer team bring home state championships. Stansbury wrestler Anthony Herrera and Grantsville swimmers Savannah Thomas and Hadlee Begay won individual titles. We’ve had impressive deep playoff runs from the Stansbury football team and the Grantsville boys and girls basketball teams.
But this weekend may take the cake.
Tooele’s softball team goes into today’s Class 4A quarterfinal game having lost just once all season — and that was to Class 6A Herriman. Depending on what happens in the Class 3A tournament (let’s just say Tooele’s probably rooting hard for Grantsville), the Buffaloes could tie Manti for the all-time lead with their 10th softball state title. It would also end an eight-year drought since the last time the Buffaloes won the big trophy.
Meanwhile, Grantsville has a shot at its third softball state title and second in a row in the Class 3A tournament. It would also give GHS its 60th team championship across all sports, according to the Utah High School Activities Association record book.
To say that the UHSAA’s realignment has been kind to the Cowboys would be a vast understatement. No longer matched up against schools twice its size, Grantsville has thrived this year. A second state championship in a week’s time to go along with that baseball title the Cowboys brought home frome Kearns last Saturday seems like a fitting end to an exciting year for fans of the red and black.
The state track meet is this weekend as well, and there are a lot of opportunities out there for local athletes to shine. Grantsville has Sabrina Allen, Porter Whitworth and Connor Ware all competing for podium spots. Ditto Stansbury’s Jared Brown and Jacob Medsker and Tooele’s Makenna McCloy and Angel Garcia.
Remember Tuesday’s edition, when I suggested that the Grantsville Fire Department should have its fire trucks ready for future success? I think that fire departments across the county ought to be on standby come Saturday night.
There might just be a state championship celebration or several to attend to.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. He is looking forward to seeing just how many state titles make their way back to Tooele County this weekend. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.