by Scott Boyle
The Monticello Buckaroos finished second in 1A in the annual All-Sports Awards recently announced by the Deseret News.
Schools earn all-sports points by placing in the top eight in the various state tournaments held throughout the year. The Bucks scored 59.5 points to finish second to Panguitch, who scored 74 points.
Monticello boys had an amazing year, scoring 41.5 points, more than any other schoolboy teams total except for 5A Lone Peak. The Bucks boy medal haul included three state championships in cross-country, basketball and wrestling. They also were third in golf and sixth in football and track.
Monticello girls’ 18 points included second in cross country, fourth in track, fifth in volleyball, and eighth in basketball.
Panguitch won the 1A All-Sports Award mostly on the backs of five state championships, boys and girls track, girls basketball and cross country and boys baseball, as well as two seconds in boys cross country and basketball.
San Juan scored 34.5 points in 2A. Emery was first with 67 points.
San Juan girls had two seconds in volleyball and softball with a fifth in tennis for 20 points.
SJ boys had 14.5 points, with a fourth in track, fifth in cross-country, and sixth in football and tennis.
With a state championship in basketball this year, just the second basketball title for the Buckaroo boys in school history, Monticello High captured its 50th state title.
The San Juan Broncos are closing in on 50 state titles as well, with the 2013 state championship in softball being the Broncos’ 41st.
In 1970, the Bronco boys won San Juan High’s first state title in track with Terry Taylor as the coach. Taylor was also at the helm when the Broncos won their second state championship the very next year, the famous undefeated 25-0 boys basketball championship.
Volleyball, as everyone knows, enjoys the most Bronco championships with 11, the first in 1993 under Mary Thornton and the most recent in 2010 under Cassy Moon.
Boys track has the second most championships for SJ, with seven. Dennis Jones coached the first one in 1972. JL Thornton coached the Broncos to three track tiles before Brent Flavel was the coach for three more titles in the early 90s.
Football is next with six titles, three under Art Burtenshaw, the first in 1989, and three more with current Bronco head coach, Monty Lee, the most recent in 2010.
Five state championships were earned by the Bronco girls in track, with four different head coaches, Kayla Walker the first two, JL Thornton, Diane Lagoon, and Janet Elkington, the last three, with the last one coming in 1989.
Bronco baseballers have four titles, with JL Thornton in 1990, Monty Lee in 2001 and Mike Bowers in 2006 and 2010 doing the head coaching duties.
Softball has three, all coached by Craig Swenson.
Boys basketball has two, with the second coming in 1992 when Dennis Jones was coaching the Broncos.
Kimberly Hiatt coached the girls cross-country team to two titles, too.
By decades the Broncos won six state championships in the 70s, six in the 80s, ten in the 90s, 14 in the 2000s and five already in the current decade.
Cassy Moon has the most coaching state championships with eight. JL Thornton has five in three different sports. Interestingly, his wife has one, too, in a fourth different sport for the versatile Thornton coaching crew.
Monty Lee has four in two sports, football and baseball and still counting. Art Burtenshaw, Brent Flavel and Craig Swenson all have three, with Tracy Johnson, Terry Taylor, Dennis Jones, Kim Hiatt, Mike Bowers and Kayla Walker all with two each.
Last week, Sportshorts reported that Austin Maloy was named to the 2A All-State Baseball team and wrote, “Maloy becomes perhaps the first all-stater in baseball ever for Monticello, at least in my memory. If Sportshorts (SS) is off on this one, someone will let us know, I’m sure, and please do.”
Thankfully, someone did because another Buckaroo was once named first team all-state in baseball. That would be Jeremy Jones, who was selected first team in 1998 for the Buckaroos. Jones was also named defensive MVP of the 1A&2A vs 3A all star game that same year before pitching two years for Snow College.
Interestingly, that same year, Doug Garner, also a senior for the Buckaroos, was named to the second team all-state.
Tyler Ivins, PGA Pro at the Hideout Golf Course is holding a free golf clinic for youngsters. Reports Ivins, “It will be June 26, from 9 to 12, for juniors six and up. We will cover putting, chipping, and full swing.
“It will be free of charge, and we will provide some clubs if kids don’t have any. Also, lunch will be served. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m.”