High school golf season nears exciting conclusion

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:41 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

The finishing stretch of the Utah high school boys golf season is upon us, and the best teams in the Top of Utah are gearing up for the biggest tournaments of the season.

Regions 1, 5, 6 and 11 have been battling all fall long, with a few spots locked up.

In Region 1, Viewmont jumped back into the always-tough league and has won nearly every tournament with impressive depth.

Viewmont began the week with a significant lead on Syracuse, Davis and Layton, which are virtually tied for the next three spots in the season chase with a couple of tournaments to go.

Fremont’s Dylan Chugg has been the steadiest golfer in the region, and holds a solid lead on the medalists standings, although Viewmont’s Kelton Hirsch and Boston Watt, and the Syracuse duo of Josh Martinez and Chandler also also in the mix.

The Region 1 tournament is set for next Monday at Eagle Mountain, followed by a second round Tuesday at Hill Air Force Base’s Hubbard Golf Course.

In Region 5, Bonneville has a chance to lock up the league title later this week in the regular-season finale at Logan River Golf Club.

The Lakers have been perrenial league champs, but have been pushed by Roy, Logan and Sky View at every tournament.

Bonneville’s Carson Park trails Logan’s Justin Kim in the medalist chase, with Roy’s Ryder Velasquez and Bonneville’s Kaige Schuler also in the mix. The Lakers have had strong individual tournaments from Ridge Stephens, Malosi Togisala and Jadyn Wayment, while Roy’s Carson Roy and Box Elder’s Dallin Wheatley have had strong seasons for their teams as well.

The Region 5 tournament is set for Monday at Hill Air Force Base’s Hubbard Golf Course.

In Region 6, Woods Cross, Highland, East and Clearfield have taken turns leading the pack with the individual and team standings too close to call.

Woods Cross is led by Kyle Beard, Brady Childs and Austin Creer, while Clearfield is led by Braydon Pesnell and Nick Angelico.

They will battle Highland’s Matt loosle and East’s Hayden Banz to the final hole.

In Region 11, Bear River has turned back Stansbury’s bid to unseat the Bears, and look like a lock for the league crown.

Led by Bridger Layton, Conner Anderson and Triston Hartfiel, the Bear River squad looks prepared to advance to the state tournament with a little momentum.

The state 5-A tournament is set for Oct. 7-8 at Alpine Country Club in Highland.

The state 4-A tournament is set for Oct. 7-8 at Ogden Golf and Country Club.

The state 3-A tournament is set for Oct. 9-10 at Mountain Golf Course in Salt Lake City.

The state 2-A tournament is set for Palisades Golf Course in central Utah.

Fencing stars

Two Top of Utah fencers are enjoying impressive performances this fall.

Wesley Johnson, a junior at Weber High School, and Dakota Nollner, a senior at Bonneville High, competed in the Nick Toch Open on Sept. 21 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Johnson competed in the junior (ages 20-under) event, finishing first overall. Nollner finished sixth.

In the senior (all ages) event, Nollner finished third out of 62 fencers.

Johnson is currently ranked ninth in the nation in his age group and will compete in the Cadet World Cup competition in October at Klagenfurt, Germany.

Nollner is currently considering fencing schools to continue his career in college. Both are coached by Kenny Nopens and fence for Schoolhouse Fencing.

Milestone mark

Davis High tied West as the winningest high school football school in Utah, all-time, tied with 555 victories.

The Darts topped Fremont 28-14 on Friday night, while West had the week off.

According to Utah prep historian Dick Felt, West High has been playing football for 22 more seasons than Davis.

The Darts play host to Viewmont on Friday, while West plays at Hillcrest.

Bouncing back

St. Joseph High’s baseball squad bounced back from its first league loss to pound West Ridge 17-4 on Monday in Region 18 baseball action.

The Jayhawks are now 9-1 in league play, 10-5 overall.

“The kids responded to that loss with great effort,” coach Steve Mendez said.

“They proved they want to win region and finish this season well. They came ready to play.”

Nick Gruet pitched the five-inning victory for St. Joseph, allowing six hits but no earned runs.

He struck out seven West Ridge batters with no walks.

Gruet also went 4 for 4 at the plate, scoring four runs. David Donlevy had a pair of hits, including a double, while Mike O’Briend also doubled as part of the 12-hit attack.

St. Joseph has two more games this week, including a key battle with second-place Wendover on the road on Friday.

Soccer at Rio

Real Salt Lake will welcome Juan Diego, Alta, Jordan and sky View to the second annual Real Cup girls soccer tournament on Friday and Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alta and Juan Diego will play Friday at 3 p.m, with the other two teams meeting at 6 p.m. First day losers meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship match at 4 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, online at www.RealSaltLake.com/tickets or over the phone at 801-727-2700.

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