The second full week of the 2011-12 school year was a victorious one for the Buckaroos from Monticello High School, as they grabbed impressive victories in three sports.
Showcasing volleyball at its best, perhaps the most impressive win of the week was the convincing victory by the Buckaroo volleyball team over the defending 2A volleyball champs, the San Juan Broncos. In Blanding, no less.
Led by four-year starter Swayzi Slade, the otherwise inexperienced Buck squad swept the Broncos in three games, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18. With four new starters alongside her, Slade, along with Martha Beh, Robin Randall, Jessica Ewart, and Shaylyn Black, all contributed in the kill department, while Jaime Keyes and Allyson Anderson were tremendous defensively and servingly.
Devin Dalton was nearly flawless as the setter. San Juan played gamely, with long time starter Simone Shumway consistently setting up the Bronco hitters Teal Palmer, Lindsey Christensen, Samantha Giddings, Brooklyn DeWitt and McKale Simpson for big hits. But they just couldn’t match the Buckaroo firepower on this night.
Either way, the Bronco gym was hopping, particularly from the Buckaroo section, with the impetus and voice power of the Buckaroo football team lending a hand.
All made for a festive atmosphere, only matched by the sublime volleyball on both sides.
For two weeks in a row, the Buck harriers have been impressive.
Says Coach Jeff Hunt, “We did well against some really tough competition at the Southern Utah University meet two weeks ago. Cambria Welch and Bailey Goodwine finished fifth and sixth respectively, leading the girls to a third place finish in the JV race.
“The important thing is that the small schools also put their teams in the JV race and Monticello beat all of them, including Parowan and Richfield.
“For the boys, Collin Hatch led the boys to a ninth place varsity finish in a really tough field that included the defending 4A and 3A champions. We even knocked off a few of the big schools.
“The most impressive thing for the boys is that all seven boys finished within a minute and a half of each other.”
In a recent update, Hunt continues, “The boys and girls XC teams had a very good week this past week. The boys dominated the Aztec Tiger Invitational, coming home with a first place finish. The boys were led by Collin Hatch, who finish in second, followed closely by Kelland Brewer.
A host of Buckaroos followed as there were a total of five boys in the top ten. Once again, the varsiry boys finished within 40 seconds of each other. The JV boys were led by Sheldon Black, who also finished in second.
“The girls finished a close second to a more experienced Aztec team. Cambria Welch was fifth to lead the girls, followed by Brittany Keith. Freshman Ashley Hoggard made the JV field stand up and notice by finishing in second, leading the girls to a first place finish.
“The great thing about this year’s teams is that week after week, they continue to surprise much larger schools. To consistently beat larger schools bodes well for the teams looking forward to October.
“Right now however, the focus for the harriers is the Loyd’s Lake classic on Wednesday starting at 3:30. If you have never been to a Cross-Country meet, this would be a great time to come as see what it is all about and how exciting it can be. Hope to see you there.”
Bucks win another
Monticello ran their football record to 2-1 after a 45-24 win over Layton Christian. Their seventh win over LCA was not as easy as the final score might indicate, but the young Buckaroo team might have learned some good lessons.
It was the Austin Powered Show for Monticello, with both Austin Wilcox and Austin Maloy each scoring three touchdowns and rushing for over 200 yards in the contest. Maloy had 260 yards rushing and Wilcox had 211, as the Bucks amassed 454 yards rushing.
The Bucks scored their first drive on a ten-play drive that included nine rushes. Wilcox found paydirt from six yards out and the Bucks led 7-0 when Jonah Cafferty kicked the extra point.
After the Bucks tackled the LCA kick returner on his own six yard line, it looked like a big Buckaroo night. But LCA rebounded quickly with a 94-yard touchdown pass on their first offensive play and it was 7-7.
The Bucks drove right down the field on nine more rushes, with Maloy scoring from the one. Maloy then executed a perfect fake kick on the extra point, finding Dillon Maughan in the endzone for two points; 15-7.
The Bucks then scored again on a 49-yard Wilcox gallop one play after Brian Robinson intercepted LCA on their second offensive play.
Then, after taking over on downs near midfield, Robinson hit a streaking Maloy down the left sideline for a perfect 30-yard TD strike. Suddenly, the Bucks were up 29-7 at the of the first quarter.
A safety in the second quarter by Cafferty gave the Bucks their only score in that stanza and the Bucks led convincingly at halftime 31-7.
But the athletic LVAers came charging back in the second half, intercepting Robinson twice and recovering a fumble, whch led to two unanswered touchdowns. When the Lions kicked a field goal with 9:05 left, the Lions had the momemtum and trailed only 31-24.
Another interception by the Lions made the Bucks gloomy, but the Buck defense rose up and forced an LCA punt. Then Austin Wilcox took things into his own capable hands, scoring on a 54 yard refuse-to-be-tackled run with 5:08 left and then intercepting a Lion pass on the next possession at the LCA 18 yard line. This led to a Maloy 11-yard touchdown run, making the final score 45-24. The Bucks remain at home this week against Monument Valley.
Broncos now 3-0
San Juan is 6-0 vs. Parowan after five different Broncos scored touchdowns in an easy 42-3 victory in faraway Parowan Friday night.
Barkley Christensen was an effective 7-12 in the passing department with three TD passes to Logan Meyer, Bobby Bowring, and Ammon Mitchell to lead the Broncos to a 27-3 halftime lead.
Maverick Shumway scored on a 45-yard run and Mitchell and Dylan Richmond added short TD runs in the second half.
The Broncos are 3-0 on the year and own the state’s longest winning streak at 23, now that Bingham High got beat in California. Next up, Kanab in Blanding.