Last year was a banner year for Canyon View athletics. During the 2015-16 season, the Falcons made themselves at home in Region 12 by winning ten Region 12 championships. Three of those titles came in the fall season as girls soccer and both the boys and girls cross country teams claimed region crowns.
Year two in the new region should help show if last year was a fluke or if the Falcons are a true Region 12 power.
“Do I expect us to be at least as competitive across all our sports? Yeah,” Canyon View athletic director Jim Langford said. “Do I foresee us not allowing a single goal in girls soccer? No.”
The Falcons are coming off a season where they not only won every region game, but they never allowed a goal in region competition. Canyon View was relatively young, too, started six sophomores a season ago. So hopes are high for another successful campaign.
“I’m always optimistic about what we can do,” head coach Mark Comstock said. “I’m anticipating a good season, especially in region.”
Comstock is looking to seniors Allie Lloyd and Makayla Mechem to be the leaders of this year’s Falcons.
“They give us a lot of leadership, a lot of skill,” Comstock said. “They do a lot of good things.”
Canyon View made the playoffs for the first time in years last season but was knocked out by a close loss to Pine View in the first round. With a tough non-region schedule, the Falcons are hoping they can learn to not just compete against the best in the state but beat them.
“Playing the region 9 schools will prepare us a little better for the opportunities in the fall,” Comstock said. “And you never know, if we can win those close games, we might surprise a few people.”
A year after sneaking into the state tournament last year by beating Juab in a play-in game, the Falcons are expecting to be much closer to the top of the region.
“This year, we put a lot of time in the summer, and I think we are going to be right there,” volleyball coach Cristy Crane said.
Crane said that over the offseason, her team played in a number of tournaments and got to the point where they were medaling in almost every one of them.
“In the summer, at our team camps, we saw some of those teams that typically beat us and they actually beat them,” Crane said. “So that’s where the confidence started.”
That confidence has carried over to the regular season. Canyon View opened up its season by defeating Hurricane and Beaver.
Look for outside hitter Kassidy Ashdown to lead the team.
The boys and girls cross country teams will have their work cut out for them to repeat last year’s successes.
On the girls’ side, the Falcons will have to replace 10 seniors and their top four finishers at state.
“We have a lot of young girls, a lot of young freshmen,” girls cross country coach Mariam Steffensen said. “It’s been really good and positive. Everyone’s friends and happy to be there.”
Steffenson is counting on senior Sara Fish to help filled the void left by the seniors.
The boys will no longer have McKade Steffensen, who finished second in state last year. But the Falcons do return a number of their top finishers from last year, including Adam Covington, Kordell Baker and Korban Cook.
There are reasons to be optimistic about the Canyon View boys golf team this season, and the biggest one is Jamis Benson.
Benson won the St. George Junior Association of Golf tournament at Sunbrook this summer, and the Falcons are expecting some big things from him this season.
“He’s a hard-working kid,” Langston said. “He lives at the golf course. … He just puts in an incredible amount of time. You look at what he can accomplish this year, versus last year’s golfers. He should be competing to be in the top three of the region. That’s something we didn’t have last year.”
The Falcons return both double pairs that made it to state last season, first double tandem of Ashley Wagner and Bailey Sorensen and second double duo Karissa Ashdown and Jennifer Munford.