WOODS CROSS – The Fall sports season started with a bang as girls’ soccer, football, volleyball, girls’ tennis and other sports kicked off in the daunting August heat.
By mid season the Woods Cross football team was well on its way to having its best season in decades, the Viewmont High School girls soccer team was making another run at a state championship, and the Davis High School cross country team was preparing to make its run at a state title as well.
Meanwhile on the tennis courts, the Lady Darts tennis team was quietly making its run at the first ever state title for the school in its century-long existence.
Then October came, and the first run of state championship finals began on the tennis courts of Liberty Park.
Davis, led by a trio of individual state champions, won its first ever girls’ tennis title by edging out two-time defending champion Lone Peak by two points to start the first of a number of deep state title runs for local teams.
In the latter part of the first week, Viewmont golfer Kelton Hirsch worked his way around the Alpine Country Club to capture the 5A boys’ golf individual title.
He also led the Vikings to a second place finish at the state tournament.
Weeks later Davis High School was crowned as state 5A title winners in cross country, and the Viewmont girls’ soccer team fell one goal short of repeating as a state champion itself.
For the Lady Vikings, it was their fourth trip in a row to the finals, but it ultimately ended in their third finals loss.
Mid-November saw the Woods Cross football and volleyball teams making a run at the state title for their respective sports, only to fall a game short of claiming those titles.
The football team, which ended the regular season with only one loss, made a trip to the semi-finals for the first time in 20 years.
They fell to eventual state champion Timpview, which beat East in the finals 33-28.
The volleyball team suffered the same fate, finishing one game short of a perfect season and placing third in the state tournament overall.
When Fall turned to Winter, all eyes were focused on Bountiful’s boys’ basketball and drill teams, the Viewmont hockey and swim teams and the Davis County Independent Hockey team.
All of them turned the cold winter weather into some exciting indoor action, with some of them claiming titles in their own sports.