by Scott Boyle
With the losses of both San Juan and Monticello football teams in the semifinals last week, fall sports have come to an end. Let’s recap for a moment.
In addition to the football teams making the semi-finals, the highlight of the fall was Monticello boys capturing their fourth 1A state cross country title in a row, with three seniors, Jens Brewer, Sheldon Black and Everett Hatch, being on all four teams.
Bailey Goodwine led the Lady Buckaroos to a fifth place finish with a fifth place finish, her fourth top ten finish at the state xc finals in four years.
Jessica Walker, with a top ten finish of her own (ninth), led the Lady Broncos to a third place finish in 2A girls XC.
Cole Chamberlain and Adam Ward helped the San Juan boys to a tenth place finish in 2A boys XC.
Finally, both MHS and San Juan girls captured third place at their respective state volleyball tournaments.
Bronco volleyball head coach Cassy Moon reports that six senior girls from San Juan County recently were named to 1A–2A Coaches Association all-star teams. The girls will play in a Coaches Association all-star game at Hunter High School on November 22.
The six are Desmarie Hanley from Monument Valley High School; San Juan’s Tatiana Su’e Su’e, Jade Palmer and Jessie Ivins; and Loren Nielson and Shania DeAnda from Monticello.
Hanley lead her Monument Valley Cougar team to a seventh place finish at the 1A state volleyball tournament last month at UVU. The Lady Cougars beat Milford and St. Josephs before losing a heartbreaker to Duchesne, 3-2 after leading 2-0.
The seventh place finish is the first time the Lady Cougars have placed at the state tournament since 2010, when they also finished seventh after losing to Monticello in the fifth-seventh place game.
Academic All-State honors were earned by five county seniors in three different sports this fall.
In girls cross country, San Juans’s Whitney Jacobsen and Jennifer Webb shone on the XC course and in the classroom.
Jesse Ivins and Jade Palmer of San Juan were stellar on the volleyball court and school, while Makade Maloy soared to a high grade point average while manning the quarterback and safety positions in football for the Buckaroos.
Juan to Juab
Former Buckaroo football coach and San Juan alumnus, Mike Bowring, got his Juab Wasps football team to the 3A finals last Friday against Judge Memorial.
With his team missing several starters out with injuries, Bowring’s team had an impossible time with JM, losing 63-14 after falling behind 49-0 by halftime.
Towards the end of the game, Bowring sent one of his injured players, Dedric Davidson, onto the field on crutches for one play so the senior co-captain could get into his final game. The Wasps took a knee on the play and Davidson left the field to an emotional reception.
The loss left the Wasps at 11-2 on the season. Bowring is in his 11th season at the helm at Juab after leaving Monticello in 2004.
He had a 46-30 record during his six years at MHS, making the playoffs all six years and going 1-1 in state championship games, winning the 1A title in 2001 and finishing second in 2003.
What many Monticello folks might not realize is that one of Bowring’s players this year is his son, Payton. Payton, who is a sophomore at Juab High, was just a little feller when the Mike and Kathryn Bowring left for Nephi.
Payton played running back and defensive back for his dad this season with some impact. He carried the ball 24 times during the year for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
He also had 25 catches for 329 yards and two more touchdowns, including the final score of the year in the 2A final, an 11-yard pass play. He also had 27 tackles on the season for the Juab defense and should figure well into Juab’s plans in the future.
Doug Pehrson of Monticello recently hit his fourth hole-in-one with an ace on hole #3 at the Hideout. Doug hit two previous aces on the old Monticello course hole #6 and also had a hole-in-one at the Moab Golf Club.
Next week we will start with previews for winter sports, basketball and wrestling.
Both the Buckaroo boys basketball and wrestling teams will be defending state titles this year.
We will consider the likelihood of repeating as state champions and look at the girls basketball team and their potential as well.