The Transcript Bulletin Cup has a new home in 2018.
For the first time since the award’s inception, Grantsville High won the trophy awarded to the Tooele County school with the most successful athletic campaign. The trophy was presented to Grantsville High athletic director Shane Heath, as well as the school’s graduating senior student-athletes, during GHS’ annual Awards Night on Monday.
Stansbury had previously dominated the competition, winning the Cup in each year it had been awarded.
However, the 2017-18 school year presented new challenges in determining a winner, thanks to the Utah High School Activities Association’s latest realignment. Under the previous alignment, Tooele, Grantsville and Stansbury all competed in the same classification and region, guaranteeing them of head-to-head matchups in every sport. The results of those head-to-head matchups were used to determine the winner of the Cup in past years.
This year, Tooele and Stansbury made the jump to Class 4A, while Grantsville remained in Class 3A. That meant that there were some sports in which Grantsville no longer faced Tooele and/or Stansbury.
Thus, the Transcript Bulletin turned to the good, old-fashioned eye test when it came to determining a winner, with respect to the fact that the competition in Class 4A is often much tougher than it is in Class 3A. But, when looking at the schools’ body of work, it became a little easier to pick Grantsville.
The Cowboys won state championships in both baseball and softball. They finished second in girls tennis and third in boys tennis, boys basketball and girls basketball. The girls soccer team advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The football team came within a point of beating eventual state champion Juan Diego in the postseason. Connor Ware won an individual state title in the shot put, Maci Jackson won a tennis title and Hadlee Begay and Savannah Thomas each won multiple swimming titles.
Stansbury also had an impressive year, winning a team state title in boys cross country in addition to a win in the boys sprint medley relay at the state track and field meet and a state title for wrestler Anthony Herrera. The football team made its second-consecutive trip to the state semifinals at Rice Eccles Stadium, while the girls basketball team tied its single-season school record for victories.
Tooele’s Unified Soccer squad brought home its third state championship in a row. The Buffaloes’ boys and girls basketball teams each enjoyed strong seasons, while its softball team lost only three games all season and the baseball team ended a long postseason drought. The football team also advanced to the playoffs.