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From the sidelines: Just like that ... high school sports is back
Aug 13, 2014 | 2059 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shane Gillet
Shane Gillet

On Friday, May 23, the Bountiful Braves baseball team closed out the spring sports season with a 4A baseball state championship.

It was one of the last spring sports games to be played, and it left a lot of Bountiful players, students and the like with a lasting memory they’ll keep with them for the rest of their lives.

That was just over 11 weeks ago, and now that high school sports are back, there is yet another chance for more memories to be created.

And what a year it was for sports across the seasons, too. Starting with Bountiful High School, the Braves took home a state 4A title in at least one sport in the winter and spring sports seasons (boys’ basketball, baseball).

Viewmont’s girls’ soccer team once again made it back to the 5A finals to defend its own title, only to fall short of victory in a 1-0 loss to Brighton, which has been a constant thorn on the side of Viewmont in the sport for the past four years.

Two of the Vikings’ losses in the finals have come at the hands of the Bengals, who beat Viewmont 1-0 in overtime in 2010.

The story lines will continue to follow the Lady Vikings and their trail of success as another trip to Rio Tinto likely awaits them once again.

Another story that will follow Viewmont this season is its new head football coach Scott Ditty. Ditty, a defensive mind from Alta, will look to return Viewmont to its winning ways after back-to-back disappointing seasons in Region 1 and 2.

The Vikings have won three games the last two years on the football field.

At Davis the story will likely start with its new football coach, a familiar face in Tyler Gladwell. 

He served as a coordinator for many years for the recently-departed Ryan Bishop, who became the second coach over the summer from Davis High School to step down in order to take a position elsewhere and away from coaching.

Others will be looking at the cross-country and volleyball teams, which have only gotten more successful with each passing season.

I hear the girls’ golf team is pretty good too, seeing as how they will be defending a state championship in the spring.

The football season will start with a bang for Woods Cross fans, who finally had their prayers answered by having one of the best seasons in school history last year.

They suffered only one loss (to region champion East) during the season and made a semi-final appearance for the first time in two decades, so they’ll be ones to watch as the season rolls along.

There are still plenty of other stories lined up and ready to be read, typed, and seen across the county, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field of play.

With the girls’ soccer season already underway, I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for all our local teams.


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