by Scott Boyle
San Juan High dominated their own track invitational on April 3, winning both the girls and boys team titles.
The boys from San Juan dominated the meet, taking first in ten of 16 events, including triple titles by sophomore speedster Hunter Latham, who grabbed both the 100 and 200 meter races and participated in the winning 4 X 100 relay.
Senior Ammon Mitchell was on the victory stand three times as well, dominating his signature event, the 110 hurdles, while also winning the long jump and anchoring that 4 X 100 relay team.
Sophomore Max Morley won the 400, Brendon Pugh, just a freshman, won the 300 hurdles and sophomore Brittain Bowring won the high jump to give the Broncos 171 points to easily best second place Monticello, who scored 68 points.
The Monticello boys did win six events, highlighted by PJ Leiataua’s triple crown in the throwing events. Leiataua won the shot, discus and javelin events do go home heavy laden.
Fellow Buckaroo senior Collin Hatch won two events, the 1600 and the 3200 and freshman Tyler Bird won the 800 as Monticello dominated the throwing and distant events.
The girls competition was much closer, with San Juan leaning past Monticello, 133 to 122.
Seven titles went to Lady Bronco tracksters, including Sam Giddings, who won the shot put and discus and was on the winning 4 X 100 relay team. Brittany Bleak won the high jump, McKale Simpson won the long jump and was on that 4 X 100 team, and Jenny Sherrow triumphed in the javelin.
The Lady Buckaroos grabbed eight titles. Seniors Kaitlyn Clark and Brittany Keith and sophomore Shania DeAnda all won two individual titles.
Clark was first in 100 and 300 hurdle events, while Keith won the 800 and 1600 races while running on the winning 4 X 400 relay team. DeAnda was first in both the 100 and 200 events. Cambria Welch was the 400 meter champion.
Lots of Bucks and Broncos also took the medal stand for second and third place honors, too many to mention here. For complete results go to www.runnercard.com.
The Bucks and Broncs met again on the baseball diamond in region play in Blanding Tuesday, with the Broncos coming out on top 13-3 in six innings.
After Monticello scored three runs in the top of the first off starting Bronco pitcher Barkley Christensen, the Broncos came roaring back with 13 hits, including a home run by Logan Meyer, a Cole Einerson triple and doubles by Bogh Bayles, Bronz Eldredge, and Rye Nielson.
Christensen clamped down on the mound, too, allowing only three Buckaroo hits to get his second win of the season.
The Broncos kept to their winning ways with a double header region sweep of the Richfield Wildcats.
The boys from Blanding won the opener 12-2. Rye Nielson blasted two triples, Eldredge added another and Einerson, Meyer, and Mason Shumway all doubled in the lop-sided win. Meyer earned his third win of the season on the mound.
The 8-6 Broncos moved into second place in region (4-2) with the win in the nightcap, 6-2. Eldredge doubled to do most of the damage. Meyer upped his record to 4-1 with the win.
The boys from Monticello tried their hand against the Emery Spartans in the home opener. The Spartans jumped on the Bucks from the beginning, rounding the bases to an 11-0 lead after three innings on their way to a 14-3 win.
Austin Maloy smashed a home run for the Bucks and Austin Wilcox and Jake Giles both doubled.
The Bucks record is 3-6 on the year and 0-3 in region play.
The Lady Broncos, currently ranked second in 2A softball, probably will move into the top spot after a gritty 3-2 win over previous number one, Manti Lady Templars.
Tatianna Sue’Sue did much of the damage for the Broncos, picking up the win on the mound and hitting a two run home run. Brooke Lyman hit two doubles to help out.
The Broncos then went back to region play to beat the Richfield Lady Wildcats in a double header.
The opener was all Broncos as they slammed five homeruns, including two by Sue Sue, who also pitched a one hitter.
Justin Hutchins blasted two homeruns, while Brooke Lyman added another. Lexus Latham hit a double in the 10-0 win.
The Broncos won the second game, 12-3, pounding out 10 runs in the fifth inning. On the weekend, the Broncos beat Payson 10-2 and Gunnison 9-6 and had games against Westlake and Pine View. Justin Hutchins added to her homerun total with two, including a grand slam.
For the season, Sue Sue is first in 2A and third statewide in homeruns with six and third in wins with a 7-1 record. The Broncos continue the season at Emery on Friday.