Don’t mess with the Parowan girls’ cross country team.
For the second year in a row, the Rams took home the Class 1A state title, thanks to a 12 point victory (36-48) over Panguitch. After a two-point win (46-48) last year, Parowan made sure they had some breathing room this year to beat the Bobcats at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City.
The 1A girls race kicked off the state tournament, where juniors Maria Calvario (21:05.2) and Aubrey Pickett (21:25.3) placed in the Top 10 for the Rams. After finishing 20th last year, Calvario responded with a fourth-place finish. The junior will be one of the favorites to win it all next year, especially with the graduation of this year’s winner, Bailey Wall (20:09.8).
Senior Emmy Evans (21:40.3), freshman Dakota Robinson (21:59.1) and senior Taylor Robb (22:37.1) all finished in the Top 20 to help lead the Rams to victory.
“It’s been a really fun year and the girls were excited to be able to repeat as state champions,” Parowan head coach Mike Robinson said. “We had another great group of girls and it helps to be in Region 20. It a competitive region and really helps us know what we have going into state.”
Fielding and managing a team hasn’t been easy for Robinson with six of the seven runners taking part in other school activities.
“We had five girls play soccer this year and one play volleyball,” said Robinson. “It definitely makes practices interesting for us. Thankfully, the other coaches have been great to work with and have been accommodating.”
When the final bell rings and students start heading home, the day is just getting started for the cross country team. After taking a quick run, the athletes make their return to school to take part in soccer or volleyball practice.
“They don’t have much of a break,” said Robinson. “But I think all that running really gives them an advantage with the other sports as well.”
In soccer, the Rams finished with one of the best seasons in school history with 11 wins and went 6-2 in region play while outscoring their opponents 59-27.
But with high school realignment taking place every two years, the Rams don’t know if they’ll be moving up to 2A or if they will stay in the 1A classification.
After comparing the times this year to the top teams in 2A, Parowan will likely be the favorites — no matter the classification — with the return of Calvario, Pickett, Robinson and Tavia Benson.
“We looked and compared the 2A times and after sorting it all out, we would have finished in second this year if we were in 2A,” Robinson added. “If we happen to move up, the girls will be ready for the challenge.”
• The high school volleyball season came to an end this past week with Morgan (27-3) coming away with another championship. The Trojans took down Desert Hills (22-8) in three sets (25-15, 28-26, 25-21) to win back-to-back titles after taking down Snow Canyon last year.
Despite the loss, the Thunder continue to make strides after topping last year’s third-place finish.
Charity Bradley had 61 kills and 61 digs to go with eight aces during the tournament. Fellow outside hitter Rachel Winters had 60 kills, 55 digs, and four aces. For the season, the twin towers combined for 736 kills and 632 digs. Hailee Harmer picked up 127 assists to give her a season total of 719 assists.
• For the first time since 2011, Enterprise (27-8) didn’t make an appearance in the 2A state championship game. The Wolves lost to eventual champion North Summit (31-3) in the semifinals to drop into the consolation bracket.
Senior Tori Phelps led the way with a team-high 89 assists to go with 26 digs during the tournament. Phelps finished the year with 944 assists. Junior outside hitter Jaslyn Gardner had a team-high 36 kills to go with 25 digs. Gardner led the way all season as she finished with 408 kills. Senior Lacy Drake pitched in with a team-high 49 digs during the tournament run and finished the season with 572 digs.
• The football Gods weren’t so kind, with Pine View being the lone Southern Utah team to pick up a playoff win. Dixie and Desert Hills had byes as the top two seeds in 3AA.
Despite falling to Juan Diego, 42-14, Canyon View’s Isaiah Shearer was a bright spot as he scored the only two touchdowns on the day for the Falcons with a 33-yard score and a 62-yard run.
Hurricane’s Adam Heyrend had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 20-13 loss to Bear River. Interceptions were a theme last week as Cedar’s Jade Bulloch also returned an interception for a touchdown with a 48-yard return for Cedar in a heartbreaking 28-21 loss to Park City.
And last, but certainly not least, Pine View’s Jacob Mpungi had a career day last week as the junior rushed for a career-high 233 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 58-21 victory over Ben Lomond. Next up for Pine View is a road game against Tooele on Friday.
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