Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 3, 2021
Stansbury, Tooele prepare to compete in 5A classification

I’ve heard a lot of people possess the same malady I do — song lyrics will pop up in their minds prompted by a single word or two. Then all of a sudden you’re  singing a full song.

When I learned that Tooele and Stansbury high schools were headed up to the 5A ranks in sports this year and I would probably write about it sometime, the lyrics to a theme song from an old comedy sitcom “The Jeffersons” popped into my brain. Basically just the line “We’re movin’ on up.”

The show ran from 1975 to 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The Jefferson was one of the longest-running sitcoms, the second-longest-running American series with a primarily African cast, and the first to prominently feature a married interracial couple.

Anyway, I don’t know all the lyrics, but the song is titled “Movin’ on Up.”

The jingle goes like this:

“Well we’re movin’ on up – To the east side – To a deluxe apartment in the sky – Movin’ on up – To the east side – We finally got a piece of the pie – Fish don’t fry in the kitchen- Beans don’t burn on the grill – Took a whole lotta tryin’ – Just to get up that hill – Now we’re up in the big leagues – Gettin’ our turn at bat – As long as we live, it’s you and me baby – There ain’t nothin’ wrong with that – Well we’re movin’ on up – To the east side – To a deluxe apartment in the sky – Movin’ on up – To the east side – We finally got a piece of the pie.” Songwriters: Janet Dubois / Jeff Barry, Movin’ On Up lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

I don’t know how happy the schools are to be movin’ on up to the big leagues, but it should be a challenging and interesting year for Tooele and Stansbury high school athletics. However, a review of last year’s performances of these Region 7 teams should not prompt fear.

Region 7 football will include Cedar Valley, Hillcrest, Mountain View, Payson, Stanbury, Timpanogos, Tooele and Uintah. Cottonwood is in the region, but will not play football.

The good news is that all these Region 7 5A teams this year were in the 4A classification last year with the exception of Hillcrest and Timpanagos which did compete in 5A, but struggled mightily.

Here’s how these teams fared in football last year.

Cedar Valley 4-2 region, 6-5 overall.

Hillcrest 0-5 region, 2-9 overall.

Mountain View, 3-1 region, 6-4 overall.

Payson, 2-7 overall, only played one region game and lost 58-0 to Spanish Fork.

Stansbury, 4-1 region, 8-3 overall.

Timpanogos, 2-7 overall, only played one region game and lost 56-13 to Alta.

Tooele, 2-4 region, 2-8 overall.

Uintah, 0-6 region, 0-10 overall.


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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