The last few weeks of the high school sports season are always hectic.
This year, they’re even more so, thanks to weather that feels like early June one day and early January the next. Games have been rescheduled because of infields you’d need a kayak to navigate. Others have been played in spite of conditions that are suitable only for sitting in front of the fire with a mug of hot chocolate, not for sitting on the sidelines of a soccer game.
And I’m just the one with a notepad. I’m not the one out there having to actually play in it.
In any case, this is the time of year that prep athletes thrive on. Region championships are up for grabs. In the case of the Grantsville softball team, they’ve already won theirs — quite an accomplishment, considering GHS is by far the smallest school in Region 10, and the other schools are moving up to Class 4A next year while the Cowboys stay down.
The state soccer tournament got underway Thursday, and the Region 10 tennis tournament set the field for next week’s state tournament in Salt Lake City. The state softball and baseball tournaments start next week, and the state track meet and state girls golf tournament are the week after that.
(As an aside, can I tip my cap to the Utah High School Activities Association? While Utah County isn’t my favorite place, it sure is nice that every state tournament is being contested either in Orem, Provo or Spanish Fork. It makes it easier on us media types to get to everything.)
The past eight-plus months of high school sports have brought us to this — the final sprint to the finish. What will the next three weekends bring to Tooele County? A state championship or two, perhaps?
We’ll find out soon. Possibly later, if winter decides to make another appearance.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. He’s hoping for nothing but clear days between now and the end of the state softball tournament in a couple weeks. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.