After two years of not winning a game, the Grantsville girls basketball team bounced back last season and picked up five victories.
The Grantsville girls soccer team will strive to make similar improvements this season.
The GHS kickers’ drought parallels the girls basketball team. Grantsville girls soccer could not muster a victory last year, and won three matches the previous year.
“Last year we didn’t even have enough players to scrimmage, and we haven’t had a JV team the past two years,” said coach Travis Lowry. “We had a lot of young players come out this year, so finally we will be able to have JV games.”
Lowry said he feels the GHS soccer program is finally turning the corner. He and his brother Tyler, who is the assistant coach, decided they want to stick it out through the lean years and attempt to build stronger soccer programs for the girls and the boys at Grantsville.
“We just finished our sixth year as coaches for the boys, and last year we had our best year yet,” the head coach said.
Grantsville’s boys team finished 9-6 overall and third in Region 11 behind first-place Stansbury and second-place Ben Lomond.
“Our boys team should be strong again this season with several players coming back,” Lowry said.
“Last year we had injuries and some girls with grade problems which cut our numbers. We were down to about 12 players,” the coach said.
The Grantsville girls started with conditioning back in June, and Lowry was elated when 18-20 girls showed up. The squad will include several freshmen players this season.
“I’m excited because I think the word is out that my assistant coach and I are in this for the long run. Before we took over two years ago, the girls progam had several coaches over the years,” Lowry said. “Now, we feel that both the boys and girls programs are headed in the right direction.”
Grantsville does have a pair of seniors returning who should help the team in its quest to win a few games. Chelsea Simpson returns as an outside midfielder.
“Chelsea is a good leader and one of our players who is solely dedicated to playing soccer,” Lowry said.
The coach will welcome back senior forward Marie Isom, who did not play last season.
“Marie is a very skilled soccer player, and will help out immensely this season,” the coach said.
Sophomore Bryton Degelbeck will be the quarterback for the team from her center midfielder position.
“We have high hopes for Bryton who played a lot as a freshman last year.
Another top freshman is Ashley Wingsgard. She will be a strong leader in the middle of the field for Grantsville.
Another top player this season will be junior center defender Madison Mander.
Grantsville opens with a game at South Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 26; and then hosts Juab on Thursday, Aug. 28.
Grantsville’s first Region 11 game is at home Sept. 9 against Stansbury.