This spring has been extraordinary for high school students in the Tooele County School District with both athletic and academic achievements.
It all began on May 11 when the Grantsville High School softball team beat Manti for the Class 3A state championship. It was the local team’s third consecutive state title, which is a remarkable feat. But the players had to do something just as remarkable during the state tournament in Spanish Fork to retain the title.
After losing to Manti in the quarterfinals, the Cowboys had to win five consecutive games in less than 24 hours or go home empty handed. After beating Union, Grand and North Sanpete teams, Grantsville again played Manti for the championship. But to bring home the trophy, the Cowboys had to beat Manti twice in back-to-back games.
Then on May 18, the Tooele High School softball team beat Spanish Fork for the Class 4A state championship. Before the tournament began in Spanish Fork, the Buffs hadn’t lost a game against 4A teams all season, with a perfect 12-0 record in Region 11 and a 26-3 season overall.
But in the first game of the championship round, the Buffs lost to Spanish Fork. However, the team returned to its winning ways in the second game, bringing home its 10th state title. What makes that achievement even more stunning is the team is now tied with Manti for the most state titles in Utah history.
Also impressively, the softball field wasn’t the only arena this spring where state championships were achieved. On May 17, several athletes from Grantsville and Stansbury high schools won state championships during the state track and field meet at Brigham Young University. State titles were won in the 4A boys’ 3,200-meter run (Stansbury), the 4A boys’ sprint medley (Stansbury), the 3A boys’ sprint medley (Grantsville), and the 4A boys’ 1,600-meter run (Stansbury).
Congratulations to all of the athletes for their courage and determination throughout the season and for honoring themselves, their schools and the Tooele County community with state titles. Your victories are celebrated and acknowledged.
Such honor and celebration this spring also goes beyond athletic pursuits. Over the past 10 days, graduations have been held by the school district for Adult Education, Blue Peak High School, and Grantsville, Stansbury, Tooele, Dugway and Wendover high schools. With all seven institutions of learning combined, 1,051 graduates earned diplomas or certificates of completion and are now free to further make their mark on the world (see related front-page story).
Although we know many graduates are eager to see what’s on the other side of the horizon, it is our hope that more will choose to make their mark in Tooele County. And there’s good reason to. Local job prospects are looking brighter, along with a 3.1% unemployment rate. Also, the state’s overall economic health and job prospects continue at a brisk pace (See related front-page story.)
To every new graduate, congratulations on a job well done and creating greater value in yourself through education. Your accomplishment is deeply personal, yet its benefit is universal to Tooele County, the state and the nation. May you realize your hopes and dreams and experience life’s greatest joys.