Tooele High School’s longstanding winning tradition in wrestling and boys and girls swimming helped it shave two points off Stansbury High School’s lead in the race to win the Transcript-Bulletin Cup at the end of the school year.
With winter sports completed Stansbury leads the race with 33 points followed by Tooele with 27 points and Grantsville with 18 points. The winter was extracold for Grantsville who lags behind in points after finishing third among Tooele County 3A schools in all six winters sports of boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, boys swimming, girls swimming and drill team.
The Buffaloes can tighten the gap further if they can finish ahead of the Stallions in the spring sports of baseball, softball, boys soccer, boys tennis, boys track and field, girls track and field, and girls golf.
Stansbury took a commanding lead after fall sports were completed finishing ahead of Tooele and Grantsville in football, girls soccer, boys golf, boys cross country, girls cross country and volleyball. The Stallions tallied 19 points followed by Grantsville with 12 points. The Cowboys were the top team in girls tennis and finished second in football, girls cross country and boys cross country. Tooele kept pace with the Cowboys with 11 points with secondplace finishes in girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf and volleyball. Tooele was only one point behind Grantsville after falls sports with second-place finishes in girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf and volleyball.
Tooele made a slight surge in winter sports with first-place finishes in wrestling, boys swimming, girls swimming and drill team. Stansbury kept it close, however, with first-place finishes in both boys basketball and girls basketball along with second-place finishes in wrestling, boys swimming, girls swimming and drill team.
Grantsville and Stansbury high schools are at a disadvantage in swimming because they are located in areas without an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool where they can practice and compete.
Spring sports should give Tooele Valley schools a chance to shine on the state level because of the valley’s strong tradition of winning in softball and baseball. Grantsville also carries a strong tradition in boys tennis.