There’s an amazing contingency of local sports athletes and teams that have been doing very well these past few weeks.
If there ever were a time to be proud to be a Davis County athlete, now is actually a very good choice.
As you’ll read in this issue, a lot of good things have been happening with some of our locals around the area. The Davis cheerleading squad, which took home its first-ever state title in cheerleading a few weeks ago, recently came back from the national competition in California, and brought home a national title to boot.
Tanner Luke, a two-time state placer in wrestling, finished a tournament in Colorado representing a Utah team that finished fourth in a national competition.
He finished second individually, earning All-American honors for the second consecutive year.
Then there’s the Davis track and field team, which just keeps contending for one state title after another. A team basically comprised of the cross country team in some aspects, it recently ran away with a national title after crossing the finish line first in the 4x100-meter relay event in New York.
The stories continue to pour in from there. Along with all the other spring sports that have kicked off, it’s fun too see every now and again how different sports keep popping up in the local area.
From an eighth-grader getting chosen for the Olympic Development Team in water polo, to the county having a water polo team, to the Vikings competing hard and representing Utah in the USA Nationals tournament, the best time to be a fan of Davis County sports is, well, now.
Sure there are other counties that can boast about an individual or a team having recent success, but how many can say on multiple occasions that they are consistently at the forefront of an athletic event going on in the area?
During every high school season, there’s at least one team from anywhere in the county that makes the state 4A or 5A playoffs in their respective sport, be it football, soccer, tennis, track and field, or even the non-UHSAA sanctioned sports such as hockey or lacrosse. Every time, some team from somewhere in the county is on the hunt for a championship trophy.
Maybe they don’t win the title all the time, but there’s such an eclectic mix of schools that get into the tournaments that chances are pretty good that a state title holder can come from somewhere the county.
It’s good to know that there’s such an increase in talent coming from the county, and it’s being seen in other areas of the country as well. Luke, who represented Utah with a few of his other teammates, said that the team’s overall finish of fourth at the national tournament means that other teams and coaches in the country are starting to take notice of how good wrestling is in the state of Utah.
Davis’ cross country team has also been noticed on a national stage, competing well in regional and national tournaments.
As the year continues, we can only hope to see more of these types of stories come across the news wire.
It will give residents of the county something to be proud of when it comes to being recognized for its athletic achievements, and in turn may lead to more and more participation among our local students in the near and foreseeable future.