Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Tooele quarterback Payton Sprouse runs in a home playoff game against Box Elder. The Buffaloes rebounded from a 2-8 season in 2020 to a 7-3 season in 2021.

January 5, 2022
Resurgence of Tooele football, one of several top sports stories from 2021

The Cowboys ruled the sports scene with three state championships in 2021. Stansbury football pounded teams and upset the competition all the way to 5A semifinals, and Stansbury boys soccer made history by advancing to the 4A championship game. Tooele softball excelled as usual.

All those stories were noted in the Transcript-Bulletin Top 5 Sports Stories of the year last week. 

But there were other top performances during 2021 worth mentioning.

Tooele High’s football team excelled  throughout the season, but missing some key players in the first round hurt them in a loss to Box Elder.

The Buffs finished the season 7-3 with losses to Stanbury, Timpanogas and Box Elder. The Buffaloes lost a heartbreaker against rival Stansbury, after leading the game 14-0 at intermission. The Stallions ended up advancing to the 5A semifinals. It was the best year for Tooele since finishing 9-2 in 2016 in 3AA and reaching the state quarterfinals where they lost to Pine View 38-36.

Tooele High swimmer Myra Miller finished first in the 200-yard individual medley at the 4A state championships in Bountiful. She entered the meet ranked No. 18 in her event.

Grantsville lady wrestlers Jade Garcia and Hannah Broderick became Tooele County’s first state champion girls wrestlers. Garcia at 132 pounds and Broderick at 170.

Nine Tooele High lady wrestlers placed at the state tournament last February. State champions included Lexee Branham and Veronica Andersen.

Grantsville basketball teams excelled last winter with both the girls and boys teams finishing third at the state tournament.

Last year, Tooele High School softball coach Marissa Lowry was named The National Federation of State High School Associations Utah State High School Coach of the Year.

It had been 25 years since Wendover High School last won a state championship in any sport before Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Wendover won its second state title in school history and its first since the baseball team won it all in 1996, as the boys golf team finished first in the Class 1A state tournament at Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City.

Grantsville’s Jade Garcia won the 3A championship in the girls javelin with a toss of 126 feet, 3 inches.

Last fall, the Stansbury boys golf team finished undefeated in Region 7, and Grantsville’s golf team finished second to Morgan at the 3A state meet at Oquirrh Hills in Tooele. The Grantsville girls tennis team finished second to Morgan at the 3A state meet.

Stansbury placed first in both girls and boys competition at the Region 7 cross country meet.


Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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