It's hard to believe another high school sports season has come and gone.
There were plenty of great stories to follow; myriad triumphs and heartaches to recount and photos to share.
Every Tuesday for the past 15 years, we have presented our Standard Stars. They represent boy and girl athletes from around the area, from big schools and small schools, across the range of sports.
It's fun to get to the know the kids, and read their responses. We've always had great candidates to choose from.
Here's a shout out to Dennis Larsen, our prep sports coordinator for the past 20-plus years; to Chad Pritchett, who estimates he has produced more than 1,250 Standard Star bios without missing a week; and to Kirt Freeland and Crown Trophy for preparing a cool plaque for each of the winners.
These guys are truly Ripkenesque supporters of Top of Utah high school sports.
There were plenty of winners at the Gary Crompton Classic, Weber State's popular golf tournament fundraiser held May 20 at Ogden Golf and Country Club.
The Wildcats' athletics department gained a good amount of scholarship funds. Also, golfer Clay Thomas won a new car, thanks to a hole in one on hole No. 6 in the tourney. Thomas cranked a 6-iron 175 yards and into the hole.
Friday, Scott Hipwell recorded a hole in one during a tournament derby at Soldier Hollow Golf Course. His ace was witnessed by son Tek and 15 others from the Ogden area.
And finally, the Golf For K9s tournament to benefit the Utah Canine Armor Fund, will be held June 13 at Schneiter's Bluff Golf Course. The cost is $70 per person in the four-person scramble. Entry forms are available at www.golf4K9s.com or call Ken Cromwell at 801-540-5148. The event is in memory of Koda, a Utah service dog who died Jan. 1, 2010, in the line of duty.
Updating the list
A couple of week ago, we listed the members of the Ogden Marathon 13-year club. Julie Pierce, then Julie Nelson, was on the prestigious list, but wrote to inform us she had missed the 2012 run.
She had picked up her packet ahead of time and was ready to run, but staying up all night with her infant triplets took its toll and she decided not to endanger anyone's life and sat the race out.
"I'll probably always be sad to have lost my streak at the marathon, but I still think it was the right choice," she wrote. "Thanks for covering the marathon, and thanks for noting the people who have finished most of its runnings. It was fun being part of that group of Ogden Marathon streakers for 11 years with them."
Pierce said this year's rain almost knocked her out of running, but she made it in a "hypothermic daze."
I'd suggest raising triplets and running marathons ought to count for something.
Pick up in the valley
Many organizations are participating this weekend in the Ogden/Ogden Valley Weed Days, National Trails Day and Adopt-A Trail kickoff.
The last big event runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eden Park, 2150 N. 500 East in Eden. Adopt-A-Trail packets and information will be available for the public to sign up to adopt their favorite trail.
One part of the project is to reduce and eradicate invasive weeds threatening the native plant community in the area. Target weeds include dyers woad, Dalmatian toadflax, myrtle spurge, leafy spurge, yellow starthistle, whitetop, burdock, and hounds tongue.
The Ogden Ranger District, Weber Pathways, Ogden Trail Network and Ogden Valley are working together.
We note the passing of Ted F. Seeholzer, who died May 23 at the age of 81. He was owner and operator of Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. ...
Kudos to players and coaches from the Utah Blaze, who spent their morning on Memorial Day volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity home being built by the Salt Lake Valley chapter in Salt Lake City. ...
Looking ahead, the 69th annual Utah High School All-Star Baseball Weekend will be next Friday and Saturday at Lindquist Field. New this year is an underclassmen game on Friday. ...
The Junior Jazz begin their annual summer road trips on Monday. During the three weeks, the Jazz organization will conduct 42 clinics for 2,000 youth and cover 4,000 miles and across four states. 2012 NBA Slam Dunk champ Jeremy Evans will be featured player during the first week of camps, which start Monday in Morgan and wind through Wyoming and Idaho, wrapping up Saturday afternoon in Logan. For details visit www.nba.com/jazz/community/jr-jazz.html. ...
"Cowboy" Kenny Bartrum will be visiting Rocky Mountain Raceways June 7-8 for a freestyle motocross exhibition. For details, visit www.rmrracing.com.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or email@example.com.