Every sports must start somewhere, and Utah high school cheerleading squads did just that on Saturday, staing their first state competition at Juan Diego High School.
While cheerleading is not set as a competition under the UHSAA umbrella, school cheer teams in Utah provide support at the events and also compete in regional and national competitions.
Saturday, Woods Cross captured first in the 4-A all girl show cheer competition, and Davis topped Syracuse and Fremont in the 5-A all girl show cheer division.
School fight song, 1-A—1. Piute; 4-A—1. Cyprus.
All girl show, non-tumbling, 5-A—1. Granger.
Coed show cheer, 3-A—1. Piute; 2. Panguitch; 3-A—1. Juan Diego; 2. Park City.
All girl show cheer, 4-A—1. Woods Cross; 2. Hillcrest; 3. Cyprus; 5-A—1. Davis; 2. Syracuse; 3. Fremont.
Coed show cheer, 4-A—1. Murray; 5-A—1. American Fork; 2. Hunter.
Davis girls relay team runs to glory
The Davis High girls 4X800-meter relay team won the national title last Saturday, posting the fastest time of the nation in 8:56 at the New Balance National Indoor Championships in New York.
Darts Ellie Child, Joanna Boyd, Taylor Cox and Shae Martinez ran away from the field for the title.
The Davis boys team — Brayden Cromar, Alex Hedquist, Jackson Sager and Skylar Williams — finished 11th in an elite field at the 4 X mile relay.
Clearfield AD Bruce Trimble passes away
Clearfield High athletic director Bruce Trimble died last Friday, following a long battle with colon cancer. He was 48 years old.
Trimble, was born in Bountiful, graduated from Woods Cross High School, and Utah State University. He was a coach and teacher Sand Ridge Junior High and Clearfield High.
For the past 12 years, Trimble seried as the athletic director at Clearfield, and was highly regarded for his leadership and the tenacious manner in which he battled his cancer.
His funeral is set for this Saturday. He will be missed.
Northridge High drill team opening
Northridge High School is currently taking applications for its drill team advisor.
For information or to apply, contact principal Luke Rasmussen at 801-402-8500.
Ex-Dart Nye leads SVU basketball
Former Davis High standout Casey Nye is wrapping up his senior basketball season at Southern Virginia University in style.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association recently announced its All-America and Academic All-America selections, honoring six members of the SVU men’s basketball team.
Nye and teammate Isaac Jacobson were named second team All-American, with Anders Jacobson earning honorable mention.
Also, Anders Jacobson, Andrew Bailey, Payton Brooks (Beaverton, Ore.), Dallas Lund earned Academic All-America honors.
Nye is nearing the end of one of the most decorated careers in Southern Virginia men’s basketball history. For the second straight season, Nye is leading the Knights in scoring with 15.8 points per game and he now ranks third on Southern Virginia’s all-time scoring list with 1,251 career points.
In 2011, he helped SVU win the program’s first national championship. During his time in Virginia, the Knights went 36-1 at home.
NFHS adopts new football helmet ruls
In an effort to continue minimizing the risk of injury in high school football, three additional rules will take effect next season to address helmets coming off players’ heads during games.
These three risk-minimization additions were among 10 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations Football Rules Committee at its Jan.18-20 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS board of directors.
As a follow-up to last year’s rules change that requires players to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live, the committee approved three additional rules that are extensions of last year’s change.
To see the rules changes and rationales, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.
XFactor AAU hoops
tourney this week
Utah XFactor Hoops, the premier youth AAU program in the state, will be hosting a big tournament on March 15-17 at its facility in Lehi, with 8th graders from aruond the nation participating in the event.
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