State soccer tourneys to go out with a bang

Oct 21 2013 - 11:52pm

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The Fremont girls soccer team announced its presence early in the Region 1 season with an exciting 1-0 win over defending state 5-A champion Viewmont early in the campaign.

The Silver Wolves later topped the Vikings 3-1, and claimed the region title.

The two schools could meet again on Friday, but both face tough state 5-A semifinal battles today at Juan Diego High School.

Fremont takes on Brighton at 3:45 p.m., with Viewmont tangling with Lone Peak at 6 p.m.

The winners meet on Friday at 7 p.m. for the state 5-A crown at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The Bengals stand in the way. Brighton defeated both Fremont and Viewmont in pre-region contests.

The 4-A, 3-A and 3-A tournaments wrap up this week as well.

State volleyball tourneys on horizon

The state volleyball tournaments will get under way next week with the 1-A, 2-A and 3-A events, on Oct. 30-Nov. 2, followed by the 4-A and 5-A tournaments on Nov. 7 and 9 at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center.

Biking finales

"We couldn't have asked for a nicer day or better conditions for racing," said Utah High School Cycling League director Lori Harward on Oct. 12 after the several hundred races had complete their runs at Snowbasin Resort. 

"The racing has been incredible this year, but beyond that we just keep hearing amazing stories of good sportsmanship from out on course ranging from kids from different schools stopping to help someone with a mechanical issue to varsity riders cheering on lower division athletes even when they're locked in a full-out race of their own."

The weather, and the camaraderie should continue as the season winds down.

The league's season continues on Saturday, when racing returns to the site of last year's state championship at Soldier Hollow in Midway.

The season concludes with a state championship race in the mountain bike mecca of Moab on Nov. 9.

Teams and individuals continue to battle for positioning in the newest prep sport. The UHSAA does not sanction high school cycling.

For more information about the league, visit www.utahmtb.org.

Charter school race

Syracuse Arts Academy competed in the State Charter School Cross Country meet, held on Oct. 15 at the Cottonwood Complex in Holladay.

The girls team finished third overall, led by Madalynn Wight, who was sixth individually.

Teacher awards

CenturyLink, Inc. is once again partnering with the Utah Jazz for the CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Award program, which recognizes and rewards five outstanding Utah K-12 teachers. CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz will select one teacher each month from November through March. 

Nominees will be evaluated on their excellence in teaching and inspiring students to succeed.

 Each monthly winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize for his or her school's general fund, four tickets for an upcoming Jazz game and an on-court award presentation during halftime. 

The person who nominated the winning teacher will also receive two tickets to a Jazz game.

Additionally, a grand prize winner, selected from among the five monthly winners, will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize for his or her school's general fund, a catered suite for 12 and an on-court award presentation during an upcoming Jazz game, as well as a pep rally for the school featuring Jazz Bear and the America First Jazz Dancers.

To enter, visit www.utahjazz.com/centurylink. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Academic All-State

The Academic All-State awards list for all sports will be presented one time toward the end of the state football playoffs. 

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