San Juan High School teams get spring sports season underway
The San Juan High School spring sports season began with a flurry of action featuring five of six teams this past week. Only the Bronco softball team did not get underway.
The baseball team had the honor of opening the year, and they did so in convincing fashion with a 15-1 drubbing of the rival Monticello Buckaroos in Blanding Tuesday, March 9. The Broncos pounded out 14 hits in the game and Jace Palmer picked up the win on the mound.
Friday and Saturday, March 12-13 San Juan hit the road for an early-season trip to Bluffdale to take on the Summit Academy Bears. They returned home empty-handed with an 8-1 loss on Friday and a 14-3 loss Saturday.
Through the first three games of the season, Garett Young leads the way for the Broncos with five hits in ten plate appearances (.500), four runs scored, and an RBI. Easton Bethea is 4-for-8 (.500) on the year with four runs and two RBIs.
Bronson Snyder is batting .400 to start the season (2-for-5). Weston Laws is 3-for-11 with two runs scored and one RBI. Jace Palmer is 2-for-8 (.250) with three runs scored. Jeter Perkins has two hits in nine trips (.222) with a run scored and two RBIs.
Kaylan Perkins and Jerzy Nieves are both 1-for-3 (.333) so far. Perkins has driven in a couple runs; Nieves has scored one and driven in one. And Jace Johnson is 1-for-7 (.143) on the early season with two runs scored and an RBI.
Garett Young leads San Juan with three stolen bases so far. Jace Palmer and Easton Bethea have two each, and Weston Laws has swiped one.
The Broncos have this week to get set for matchups with Ben Lomond and Grand County at the Moab Invitational on Saturday, March 20.
It’s been a tough start for the San Juan boys soccer team, with three shutout losses in their opening week. The Broncos kicked it off against Grand on Wednesday, March 10 in a 7-0 final.
The boys played in a preseason tournament in St. George Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, suffering a 10-0 loss to Morgan on Friday and an 8-0 loss to American Leadership Academy Saturday.
The team is off for spring break and are next in action March 23 when they head to Monroe to take on the South Sevier Rams in a Region 12 showdown.
Track & Field
The San Juan track and field team joined fellow southeastern Utah foes Monticello, Grand, and Green River to take on Carbon, Emery, North Sevier, South Sevier, Pinnacle, and Maple Mountain at the 2021 Red Rocks Invitational in Moab to open their season on Friday, March 13.
It was a respectable showing for the Broncos, with sixth-place results for both the girls and boys teams, and a combined finish of seventh.
Shae Nielson paced the team with a 100-meter hurdles championship in 17.37 seconds. Alex Shumway came home fifth in that race in 19.83. Maycee Conway grabbed fourth place in the 100-meter in 14.71.
On the boys side, San Juan won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.43 seconds. Matt Saunders was the top individual finisher on the day, winning second place with an 18 foot, 7 inch long jump.
Tyler win got tenth in the long jump with a 15-07. Saunders was also impressive in the javelin with a third-place throw of 131-09.
Daniel Williams was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 32-08. Ethan Shumway was right behind in fifth with a 32-06. Jaden Baker got tenth with a 31-10.
Landon Black led the way for the Broncos in the 100-meter dash with a fifth-place finish in 12.28 seconds. Dallin Anderson came home eighth in 12.58 and Magnum Nielson was immediately behind in ninth with a time of 12.61.
In the 400, Dallin Anderson got a sixth-place result with a 59.78. And in the discus throw, Daniel Williams finished eighth with an 82-00 and Ethan Shumway got tenth with an 81-06.
This week the track team will once again join their fellow southeastern Utah teams to run in the Farm Bureau Invitational in Price Friday, March 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The San Juan softball team is set to open their season with a busy first week this week. They played a Region 12 doubleheader in Richfield on Tuesday, March 16.
This weekend they’ll host Carbon in another region doubleheader on Friday, March 19 before heading north for the Moab Invitational on Saturday, March 20.