Davis Soccer…It’s Time To Step Up Our Game!

Our girl’s soccer team has been on fire this year! With only one loss, due to a dumb PK situation with Layton, the players have been fighting hard, leaving everything on the field.

Today, our soccer warriors are up against Copper Hills High; the game will be at Angle Park at 4, so come and witness greatness unfold.

Shelby Steele, an incredible player on the defensive line says,

“My goal for today’s match is to keep working hard throughout the game, even when I make mistakes. I want to be smart and work alongside my teammates.”

The team is obviously hoping for a win; however, these girls don’t only want to triumph and destroy, but they want to do it as one. It’s a tight-knit group of friends; they have each other’s backs and if they win…they win together!

On a more technical note, overall, the team’s offense and defense are unquestionably strong. Passing with one another, adding pressure when needed, and using strategy and might to score, not much will get through these girls.

Fortunately, the team hasn’t been hit too hard by the whole Covid-19 situation. Players haven’t caught the virus or needed to be quarantined. Despite these wonderful results, a different monster has hurt the team; many have gotten injured.

Specifically, 2 powerful and important forwards, Ruth Wright and Liv Flint, tore their ACLs badly, leaving them out for the remainder of the season. Although Ruth and Liv have had to step down, it has shown just how strong and able the other players are to step up to the plate. They won’t let anything take away their power, ferocity, and drive to play. Through thick and thin…this team will prevail in the face of anything life decides to throw at them.

We can even see this motivation on the wrists of these girls: before games some of the players write down a reason for why they’re playing, on their wrist. Whether it’s for a person, a goal, a struggle, or even just for the rest of the team, they inspire themselves to be the best player they possibly can be. Not just for individual reasons, but for their team and for their school.

This is just one of the many things they do to stay focused and keep their head in the game. After all, the day of the state tournament is coming closer and closer. The mental and physical preparation for this trial is intense, they must keep up the training.

“There was a point when I realized…this is it…it’s beginning…it’s time to step up our game because state is coming and WE will be the victors.”

Said Shelby.

So come and cheer on our inspirational, extremely hard-working, and truly awesome Davis High Girls Soccer Team today at the Copper Hills game!

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Davis Cross Country! Running Through the Pandemic

We all know that the 2020 Covid Pandemic has altered lives all across the world. Here at Davis, we feel the after shock of it all, deeply. That being said, many of us have experienced one major change: sports, arts, and any extracurricular actives have been canceled, modified, and overall not the same as they used to be. Let’s be honest…it SUCKS! However, everyone (especially Davis) has been pushing through. One team in particular, Cross Country, composed of awesome, hard-working, and remarkable athletes has not let these difficult times slow them down!

The team has been holding strong; even at times when practice was cancelled these incredible runners kept their spirits high and continued to train. They attacked summer training and came into the season with energy and a drive to excel. Whether as a team or individually, they didn’t quit or give up.

Hope Stanley, who turns into a running beast when that gun goes off, tells us,

“We’ve been handling it like everyone else, we trust each other to work hard, even if it gets canceled we train on our own with the support of the team.”

Along with each other’s motivation, they have a great coach guiding them every step of the race. Coach Timothy has not let his athletes down and the team is looking forward to the upcoming weeks of training, ready to give it all they got at meets.

Hope, again an awesome athlete on the team, elaborated on what she does in those moments of weakness. What her and the team use to motivate themselves to just keep on going,

“Things like becoming the best you can be. Not letting your team down, helping the other athletes be faster while training your hardest and getting stronger and faster.”

She explained.

Although running is overall an individual sport, this teams looks out for one another. For them it’s not just winning for yourself, it’s winning for the team.

Davis’ Cross Country team will stop at nothing to succeed and they for sure won’t let us down. They will run through sun, rain, snow, and COVID, because “running is a source of athleticism, friendship, and so much fun.” Way to go Davis XC!

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Battle for Regionals

The fight to win Regionals is never an easy feat. It takes hard work and dedication in order to achieve this goal, something our girl’s tennis team has plenty of. It has paved the path to them making overall second in Regionals, which took place on September 28th and 29th.

The highlight of the first match, according to Mr. Frey, was, “Watching Ellie Cook, Brylie Sigg, and Esmae King upset their opponents, as they were seen as the underdogs in their matches.”

He also voiced his pride in the team by saying, “I’m very pleased about how the girls faced diversity this year and came together as a team to finish as the top two teams in Region One.” The girls not only displayed an outstanding example of teamwork in the first regional game, but the second as well. The girls encouraged one another to do their best, and they did exactly that.

One of the members, Kyra Spendlove, who did the 1st single, answered a couple questions concerning the topic of her matches. Kyra got into tennis in the sixth grade, needing something new to do after quitting soccer.

“I for sure can play this sport until I die. I love it so much and it is seriously my life.” Kyra responded. With a passion for tennis as fierce as that, it is no surprise that the team got as far as they did.

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Golf Region Champs!

The Davis High Varsity Boys Golf team is not one to be overlooked. With a legacy to live up to from past years, they successfully earned the title of Region Champions after a challenging tournament this past week. The real question is- can the Boys Golf team claim the State title next week?  

When asked if this match was a simple one to win “Our team didn’t play amazing, but we played well enough to win.”  said Jack Sargent a Senior on the Davis Golf Team.

With threatening winds during the second game, this match presented a challenge for Jack who is a valuable member to the team. Jack shot a 79/72 at this tournament compared to his personal best of 61. He believes that the Boys Golf team will succeed at State if they can all play well.  

However, Charlie Rhodes claimed that the Region win was less of a challenge. Charlie stated that, “We whooped. It was pretty dang easy.”  Charlie shot a 83/85 and is expecting for State to be a close match. When asked to describe his team in one word, he chose “Exquisite” because of the excellent coach and team members.  

The Boys Golf team has had an impressive record this year, with only losing one tournament. They are optimistic about their chances with winning the title but are already expecting a demanding game that will require them to perform at their absolute bestThe Boys varsity team consists of Mckay Cook, Jack Sargent, Preston Wallace, Cade Montgomery, Sebastian Fernandez, Charlie Rhodes, Cole Cipriano, and Drew Sampson. Individually, Mckay Cook consistently scores very low (which is good in golf-in case you didn’t know!) and is a valuable asset to the team.  

So, will the Boys Golf team be able to swing state? We’ll find out next week, but Davis High has full confidence in the team! 

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Davis Suffers in Late Region Loss

The Davis High football team suffered another devastating loss last Friday against Roy Highschool. With the final score of 32-26, Davis put up a good fight throughout the whole game. The game took place at our home field, which seemed to make the loss even worse.  

Although we lost, the game was certainly an interesting one to watch. Davis was behind in the first half of the game and winning the game seemed unlikely at that point. However, Davis made a huge comeback in the 3rd quarter and even managed to pull ahead of Weber! The possibility of a win seemed likely at this point and filled the whole stadium with hope. However, in the 4th quarter, Weber managed to gain a lead that enabled them to win the game. The loss of this game stung more because of how close we were to winning, and the fact that we were at our home stadium. 

Although Davis was not able to take the win, our team still played exceptionally well. Our Davis Highschool football team is ranked #12th in the state of Utah out of all the 6A schools! This is a good rank, and our team should be immensely proud of the way that they have performed this year. 

The theme that was chosen for the student section this past week was a “Pink out”. This was chosen to represent Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink flags were used by referees during the game for the same reason.  

Our last football game is on October 9th on our home field against Fremont! Davis Highschool is confident that our boys will be able to dominate and claim the win.  

 

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Davis Football Starts the Season on Fire

Despite schools being shut down just less than six months ago, we still get the pleasure of high school football, and our Darts have begun the season spicy hot. With a 3-0 start under their belts, Davis enters their next game against Clearfield like a train full of steam. Winning the first three games by a combined score of 116-26, the future of this season looks bright for Davis football.

The first game of the season, the only close game they’ve played, saw Davis beating Herriman in a defensive battle, 24-20. The following game against Viewmont was in a very lopsided fashion, and featured the Darts winning 48-6. The most recent game played saw Davis absolutely stomping on Northridge 44-0.

Following the three wins, Davis High Football’s next up and comer, Anthony Foy, was asked about the Darts flaming start to the season:

“We have preformed to the best of our ability and left everything out on the field in every game,” he responded.

With the three wins set in stone, Davis now looks ahead to the future, with the overall goal of a state championship in mind.

“We have a great shot, with amazing players and a great [coaching] staff to get us there [the state championship] and win,” said Foy.

With Davis looking ahead to Clearfield on August 4, and hopefully take this next step to the state championship.

 

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Girls Wrestling

Girls are finally allowed to compete in wrestling at Davis High. Women are able to wrestle in college, but Davis High girls (and most high school girls) have not been allowed to, until now. The Davis High Wrestling team will include girls in their first preseason competition of the season this coming Saturday, October 10th. This is exciting news for the girls, who previously would have had to wrestle boys, which was awkward for everyone and only allowed in Jr. High 

According to Bear River High School Athletic Director Van Park “It is the fastest growing girls sport right now.  There are many scholarships opportunities available to female wrestlers that until now could not be utilized. Coach Roundy is certainly excited for the girls to have this opportunity.  

It’s about time that girls get their own platform to shine.  Women’s wrestling is an Olympic sport, Utah is finally catching up with the rest of the country,” says Roundy.

According to Analise Womack it is an empowering feeling.  

I feel accomplished, as if there is something I am doing that may affect other girls and might help them find their path.  It’s not about the competition it’s more about the way it makes you feel about yourself. It brings a sort of confidence and pride, it’s a sisterhood we are in. We are all going through it and learning together. There is no other sport I have played that is anywhere near the same type of energy. Wrestling is not only an individual sport but also a team sport the mindset is different,” claims Analise.

I am on the Davis wrestling team as well. We receive good coaching and tough critique, but we learn from it all. I enjoy the sport for many of the same reasons as Analise; I love to feel strong and powerful. Many people ask me if there is anything that bothers me about wrestling, and I don’t have any concerns. People have questioned the uniforms. We have the option of wearing singlets or fight gear, and I am personally a fan of the fight gear. I am glad to be a part of the Davis High Girls Wrestling team, and I’m excited to make friends and excel in the sport.  

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Game Day Thoughts With the Davis Volleyball Team.

Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are always big days for the Davis High Volleyball team. This week, they faced off against the Weber Warriors and the Northridge Knights.

Tuesday evening, the girls dominated the visiting Warriors winning in only three short sets. As the season progresses, the girls continue to get better and better in every aspect of the game.

Lauryn Arnold, senior middle blocker on the team said “Both games I felt we were super hyped and had really good energy. We played so well as a team and came together and played our hearts out.”

Despite their efforts, the team lost their game on Thursday to Northridge in four extremely close sets.

“We started out pretty slow and by the time we got going and connecting we were pretty far behind. We ended up only losing by two in what is considered overtime. We came back stronger and were playing super well together, we just weren’t all doing our part,” said sophomore outside hitter, Aubrey Neilson.

It was a tough loss for the girls who are trying to take the region title this year. Even with their loss to Northridge, the region championship is still within sight for the team.

The girls are currently 11-9 in their overall standings and 4-3 in the league standings putting them at fourth place in the region. Next Tuesday, they will play against Roy, who they have beaten before at the beginning of the season. They will also play at Fremont on Thursday.

Senior outside hitter Katie Corelli says “It is a really big game for us, we lost to them the first time we played them this season. Fremont is good, but I definitely think we can beat them if we work together and play our hardest. I just think we need to get over the label that Fremont is the best because they clearly are not.”

It is a highly anticipated game for the girls and their coaches, if they win against Fremont, it will only boost their chances of taking the Region championship.

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Roy Upsets Davis for Region Title

Davis took on Roy high school last Friday, September 18, for their Homecoming game and unofficially for the region title. Both teams coming in undefeated, you could easily say it was going to be a great game.

Throughout the game, Davis and Roy kept a very close score and both answered each other with points on the board every series. Heading into the 4th quarter Davis was up by 9 points making it 40-33, to start out, Davis scored a touchdown to intentionally seal the game. With 3 minutes left, Roy had the ball and scored, making it a 7 point game. Roy went for the onside kick but overshot it and left Davis with the ball to finish the game. With 2 minutes left, Roy caused a turnover and they took it down and scored. With the score at 47-46, Roy went for the win and scored with a 2 point conversion to win the game, and ultimately take the region title. Roy advances at 6-0 win record and Davis falls to 5-1.

I had the chance to interview Chance Trujillo, Davis High’s starting quarterback, on his emotions in the 4th quarter of the game.
He answered with, “A lot goes through your mind when the game could slip through your hands at any given moment, so I got to make sure to keep my composure til the clock hits 0. You can’t let the pressure and anxiety affect you in a situation like that, or that’s when you lose confidence and focus. I don’t know if you would say that the pressure got to me, but I think you could say we thought the game was over with there only being 2 minutes left in the game and is being up by 2 scores.”

Both teams competed and matched so greatly and hopefully we get to see a rematch later in the playoffs to see a great game again!

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Girl’s Softball: Ridgeline and Kearns

The girls fought an amazing game with triumph over Ridgeline on Thursday, March 5that Davis and now go to put up a fight against Kearns March tenth.

The Ridgeline game was a very well played game and shockingly by the younger girls. Players, Sadie Hathaway (sophomore), Abby Olsen (freshman), Laney Tuft (freshman), Abby Clark (junior), Emily Dent (jurnior), and Keli Scadden (sophomore), all girls on the younger side, but just as amazing as the senior players. They had 7 home runs total, 6 of which were scored by juniors and sophomores and 1 run was made by Kya Wilmott (senior).

The team continues to grow together after their triumph. Most players on the team have been playing together for a while. when asked how the team spirit was at the game

The Kearns game was a game well fought. Although Davis was defeated it was close with the game ending Davis 8 and Kearns 9.  This game seniors really came to play making most of the runs. Seniors, Danielle Brklacich running once and Britney Brklacich and Kya Wilmott each making two runs. Other players that made runs were, Ellie Anderson (junior), Emily Dent (junior), and Keli Scadden (sophomore) each scoring one run to help Davis almost take the win over Kearns.

 

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If You Ain’t First, You’re Last: Davis High’s Amazing Track Team

Two weeks ago our very own track team kicked off what is expected to be an amazing season. There are a lot of great athletes on the team this year. This team shows lots of promise and it will be exciting to see what they accomplish in the future. The previous week they started out with an Alumni meet.

“We did a lot of events. My favorite part was seeing all the different people there, and because of Agnello. Agnello’s the coolest guy.” – David Spjut, who is a junior on the team.

There are high expectations for the track team this year. Before the first meet the team went into it with a lot of confidence. They should though, I have heard nothing but good things about the team.

“We are taking on Roy and Northridge. They are both pretty bad, so we’re gonna take all the podium spots,” predicted Spjut about the meet.

Spjut turned out to be exactly right. Someone from Davis took first in every event!

“We’re taking state, that’s always the final goal,” – Spjut

The Darts boys and girls teams won by a significant amount. Star members of the team, senior Cole Noriega and senior Bailey Kealamakia both took first place for the Darts in the hurdles. There were some great throws by Kale Thomas and some awesome clears in the pole vault by Parker Sagers.

“There were so many good marks it would take me too long to mention everybody. All in all I think it was a very successful meet.” – Cole Noriega

Unfortunately due to the current situation of the virus our track team cannot compete until May 1st. Hopefully we will get to see them soon back out on the track to show off all the hard work they have put in for this season.

 

 

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Boys Soccer Review

This last week the boy’s soccer team played Logan High School and Syracuse High School and achieved two wins. The Darts will also be facing Northridge High School next week and they anticipate another win for their season.

On Thursday March 5th, the boys soccer team played Logan. The game started off rough because they were down 0-2, but they made a come back and won 4-2! During the game, Logan High School’s defender got a red card, and the Davis High School team capitalized on, the fact that, they only had 10 player, so they scored 4 goals.

4 days later, on Tuesday March 10th, boys soccer team played Syracuse High School. They also won that game! The score was 3-0.

The team wasn’t too confident going into the game,

“[but] after Roderick scored the first goal, the whole team got hyped and we started playing much better and with more energy,” said Colby Cook, senior on the soccer team.

So far the boys soccer team is on fire!

This Thursday, March 12th, we are going to play Northridge High School. This team is going to be good, but Colby Cook predicts that they will win the game 2-0. It will be intense but the Davis High soccer team, believes they can win.

We have played a total of 3 games so far, and won all of them. The DHS boys soccer team is amazing and believes the rest of the season will go really good. The students have high hopes as well, and believe that we can make it to state if we keep playing how we have been!

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Does Practice Really Make Perfect When It Comes To DHS Baseball?

The Davis High Baseball team played Viewmont High last friday. Low scoring game, the Darts only winning 4-0.

“I mean we won but, we had a lot of things we need to work on,” said Brighton Cooper, a senior on the Darts Baseball team.

He could be reffering to the 5 out the 7 innings played where there wasn’t a new number shown on the board. Viewmont ended up not scoring any runs, but is that on our part as good team work or Viewmont’s for choking at the plate.

So the Darts win, but now it’s back to practice, preparing for the match-up against Logan only 4 days away. Another point Cooper made, gestured toward preparing for Logan was,” …really just focusing on getting our bats back to normal…” which seemed to pay of because the Logan game was better at exactly that.

Now we are here, Tuesday, March 10th. Logan knows how our last game went, and they think they know how to get us on it. But what they dont know is that we’ve been practicing. Overall game went alot better, final score coming to Davis winning 12-2. This time only 5 inings were played and we scored in 3 of them. Sure we let the get 2, but when we hit, we hit.

Now we are looking down the barrell of the gun we call Woods Cross, now how should we prepare for that. We got batting figured out, but what about the rest of the game. Cooper has the awnser for that as well.

“We need to focus on overall execution. We got away with some sloppy times throughout the game that will be crucial to fix for the others.” He also stated in a later interview,”…we really just need to carry over our hitting from Logan and fix the little things but overall pretty set going into Thursday.”

So far The Darts have had a good season, all 2 games of it, and looking to make it even better. But they need to figure out themselves before they realize that springs almost up.

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Softball tournament in St. George

What’s to come for Davis Highs girls softball team this weekend? Read here and find out!

The girls softball team is heading to St. George for a softball tournament. The team says they hope that this weekend holds nothing but great things! The girls team has done great so far. They have been training all year and are ready for what the season holds. You’ll find them conditioning every fourth period, just training for this upcoming season. The softball team said these tournaments usually are way fun and are a great experience before they start up on games. This tournament is usually an annual thing said Coach Street.

“I think the tournament will be good, we will just have some tough competition, but overall I think our team will really show up and give it our all,” commented Kya Willmot (Junior).

“The teams we will be playing are; Bingham, Toole, Phrumps Valley, Corner Canyon, And Arbor View,” added Coach Street.

Talking to the girls softball team a few days ago they seemed ready to take on all these teams. The coach talked about how he has just been motivating them so they can preform to their best abilities. The softball team said they were very prepared for what this tournament may bring and thought they were more than ready to take on these teams, out of district. The softball team said it was exciting playing these new teams, because they don’t normally get the chance to play out of district schools.

So, all you Softball fans make sure you support Davis Highs softball team throughout this season. They would love your support throughout the season. Bring the Mob!

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A Night to Remember: Feat. the Davis High Dette’s

On Tuesday, March 9, 2020 the Davis High D’ettes had the opportunity to perform their competition routines for the very last time at their, ‘Night to Remember,’ event.

This event gives these girls the final opportunity to perform as a team, say goodbye to the season, and for the seniors on the team say goodbye to being a D’ette. The 2019-2020 D’ettes team have had a very successful season, they earned both Region and State titles with their X-men themed routine.

The, “Night to Remember,’ event is the perfect opportunity for these girls to look back on their season and end on a high note. This is the last showcase for those who weren’t able to see the D’ettes perform, at State or Region, the opportunity watch this award winning routine. It’s also the last time the 2019-2020 team will be able to perform together. These girls are like sisters, their bonds go far beyond the typical teammate relationship.

Sage Bangerter, a senior and captain on the team, expresses her love for the D’ettes as she prepares to say farewell to the team she has been apart of for 3 years.

“I’m so sad to leave the D’ettes because of how loving and supportive the whole group is, so the, ‘Night to Remember,’ is a great way to finish dancing dancing together. I’ll miss spending so much time with all my best friends. After all the hours we spend together we have become so close and it’s fun spending time together.”

Grace Aspittle, a sophomore on the team expressed that,

“I really like getting to compete with all my teammates. We have  become so close during all our practices and it’s fun to be a part of such a big team. I like knowing that I have all these awesome girls that I can count on to be there for me or help me with anything!”

These girls have grown so close together and have created a family dynamic among teammates.

Grace also talks about how the, ‘Night to Remember,’ event is a great way to end the season by saying,

“The last time we danced was at the State Competition, so it’s nice to have just one more time performing with the team and all my friends.”

Sage is a senior and this will be her final performance as a D’ette. She reflects on the fact that she loves the team and has seen so much growth during this season.

“It’s been the best season yet! We achieved so much and did things that the D’ettes haven’t done in a really long time! I have loved this team so much and we came so far this year. It’s always fun to see hard work pay off.”

The 2019-2020 D’ettes were incredibly successful this season and have achieved greatness. Congratulations to these girls and the season they have had together. They represented Davis High in the best way possible and the, “Night to Remember,” was the perfect way to close the chapter.

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Tennis Season Preview

The tennis season has started! Davis Highs tennis team is working hard to win their way to the top. They just had their very first pre-season game yesterday and despite their loss, it is only the beginning of the season. The team has 2 more games next week.

The team consists of 16 players and some of which played on the team the previous year. Last years tennis team did very well and they have a Region Title, as well as, the fact that they placed higher in State than they ever have. They are looking to crush this season and win State!

Lexi Turley is the tennis coach for both girls and boys teams. She is very excited for the upcoming season and to work with the kids. She has been working with tennis team for about a year and a half, and she loves what she does. She is also an Sophomore English teacher here at Davis high.

“I am very excited for this upcoming season, and I am excited to work with the talent and great work ethic the boys bring to this team!”

Said Lexi Turley, Tennis Coach.

We are so excited for this tennis season and can’t wait to see what our tennis team is capable of.

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Girl’s Golf Preview

The girl’s golf team is looking better than ever this season. Coming off of a Region win from last year and being second in State, the girls are ready to get back on their game. The whole team is in agreement that they want to win both state and region.

Coach Salvo shares her hopes for this coming season,

“Be region and state champs! Be amazing as a team and come together to be one. Become a family!!”

All ten girls are working very hard to win, especially for their coach.

“I hope to win the state championship for Coach Salvo, she is the most supporting and influential figure on the team. It would be amazing to give her a 6A State Championship”

Said Victoria Castro.

The girls are very excited to improve this year. The team has changed a lot since last season, with the graduated seniors and the new sophomores.

“I think we have the same mindset as last season. We were really sad to see the seniors leave.”

Said Caylyn Ponich.

Coach Salvo also addressed this,

“We lost a lot of seniors and we are young, but we definitely have the potential.”

The girls realize they are going to have to work a lot harder to get their win at state.

“It’s going to be a lot harder, we don’t have as many girls as we have had in years past, but everyone has improved so much and I think we ahve a really good shot at winning state.”

Said Aubree Johnson.

Coach Salvo and the team plan to work harder everyday to get to that state championship and win. This is how they plan to achieve that goal.

“We’ll be working at the golf course every day after school to achieve our goals,”

Said Quinn Shupe,

“We’re working on getting better than we were yesterday or last week or even the hole previous. We’re also working on being mentally strong and being positive throughout our matches.”

All the girls have a great family and support aspect to the team. They want to make sure the whole team is doing everything they can to be the best they can be.

“Make sure every girl on the team is confident in what they do. Make sure they give it their all.”

Said Victoria Castro.

Coach Salvo’s plan to win state is,

“By working hard and being dedicated to becoming better every practice and every match. We are always trying to be the best. We took second in state last year and we want that #1 spot!”.

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Rookie of the Year: Zion or Ja?

This year’s Rookie of the Year Race looks to be one of the closest in recent history, but who will bring home the hardware, Zion Williamson or Ja Morant?

At the beginning of this NBA season, Ja Morant, of the Memphis Grizzlies, was the clear Rookie of the Year, largely due to Zion being sidelined due to a knee injury.  Ja seemed to be a walking highlight reel, turning in flashy passes, crazy crossovers, and monster dunks almost every night.

On January 23, Zion put a wrinkle in the race by scoring 22 points in his debut, he immediately brought his name back into the conversation. That following Sunday, Zion turned in his 7th straight game with at least 25 points as he dropped a career high 35 on none other than LeBron James and the Lakers, but with all of the games he missed, will it be enough to overtake all of Ja’s power performances?

Davis High seems split on the issue.

“Zion should win because right when he started playing he has pretty much carried his team,”

Said, Davis High Senior, Dax Pew.

“He outscored LeBron (Sunday) night. Without Zion the Pelicans would be losing pretty much every game.”

While this is true, one could make the same argument for Ja and his workload on the Grizzlies.

“He’s on pace to become the first rookie to average 17 points, 7 assists, and a steal this millennium and has raised the Grizzlies to playoff contending level of play.”

Dylan Perrenoud, another Davis High senior, said of Morant.

This is a very compelling argument because Memphis is currently 3 games ahead of New Orleans in the standings. While Zion has significantly helped the Pelicans’ record, they’re still not in playoff positioning while the Grizzlies are.

This award will probably come down to what the committee values more: individual success or team success. Zion has the stats in his favor, but Ja has the record to back his stats. We’ll have to wait until summer to see which way the scales tip.

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2020 Season Baseball Kickoff

The Davis High School baseball team, with the help of their coaches, will do amazing this year due to the amount of experience on the players and the returning starters from previous years.

Head Coach, Josh Godfrey, has high expectations for this upcoming season because of the amount of experienced players on the team this year. He says tryouts went smooth and easy, and ended up with a total of 39 players. The team consists of 10 seniors, 13 juniors, 10 sophomores, and 6 freshmen. With this amazing team, they are expecting to win Region and hopefully compete for a State Championship this year.

The Davis High baseball team will be lead by Bryson Hales, Garret Larson, Adam Hackmeister, Brighton Cooper, Phil Zahn, Mike Phearson, and Brock Holmes. Senior player, Bryson Hales says he is looking forward to playing his last high school baseball season, but is sad for it to end. He believes they will go far this season because of their great team cohesion and dynamic as a team.

“We have a really good team, we’ve been playing together probably since we were 12, so we have good chemistry.”

Senior Player, Brighton Cooper has high hopes this season because the team has returning starters from previous years. The team cohesion and dynamic,

“[will] be better than it ever has been. We’ve been playing together for 3 years now and most of us started playing varsity together our sophomore year.”

He believes the season will go really well and they will make it to State, if they keep playing and practicing how they have been.

This hard working team practices everyday for 2 1/2 hours and plays games 3 days a week. Their first game is tomorrow, March 5, and after that, games are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Davis High School students, parents, and teachers can’t wait to cheer their baseball team on as they compete in their games to make it to Region and State.

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Boys Basketball State Championship: A war well fought

This past week the Davis High Boys Basketball team had the opportunity to compete in the quarter finals, semi-finals, and state championship games to compete for the state title. Although the Darts did not win the final battle, these players fought vigorously throughout the entire season to achieve greatness and ended the season with a record of 23-2.

On Wednesday, February 26 the Darts faced Thunder of West Lake High School in the Quarter Finals game with a score of 62-49 allowing the Darts to advance to the Semi-Finals. This game was a jersey out for the MOB and these students helped bring energy and support to the team with an Alumni student, Justin, who graduated in 2005 leading the MOB with the foul shot cheers, “Whoop there it is!”

On Friday, February 28 the Darts faced the Knights of Lone Peak taking the win in the Semi-Finals with a score of 63-61 and finally advancing to the final Championship game. The Darts were down during the first three quarters, but made the ultimate come back by scoring 26 points in the 4th quarter. This was a white out for the MOB, per request of the players, with even more students in attendance than the last game.

On Saturday, February 29 the Darts faced the toughest and most important battle of the entire season in the Championship game against the Fremont Silver Wolves. This game result in the 2nd loss for Darts with a score of 55-52 and concluded the 2019-2020 season for the Darts. This was a camo-out for the MOB with the ultimate turn out of students dominating two entire sections of the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

These players are loved by so many and led Davis High School to something far greater than a Championship. They put a group of guys together whose only common ground was their love for basketball, and created a brotherhood with their teammates and coaches that can never be replaced. These players were able to create memories for the students of Davis High and allow them the opportunity to put their differences aside and come together as one to support each other and the people that represent their school.

The 2019-2020 varsity basketball team worked and fought so hard for to get to the Championship, an amazing achievement for the team. They put their blood, sweat, and tears into this game and this season. These players only lost two games the entire season because each and everyone of those boys were committed to the game, their teammates, and their school.

The team that backs these players goes beyond teammates and coaches it extends to the parents, students, teachers, and a community that supported and cheered on these players through out the entire season. A big thank you to these players for offering such an amazing experience to the supporters of Davis High Basketball and congratulations 2nd in State and a phenomenal season that will go down in Davis High History.

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State wrestling preview

On February 12th and 13th, 12 wrestlers from Davis High took on other high school wrestling teams from around the state at Utah Valley University for the state championship. From Davis High, Maclaine Percival took 3rd in state, and Alex Schaefer took 6th.

Now that the wrestling season has come to an end, it’s a great time for team members to reflect on the past season.

Blake Ellis said that his favorite part of being on the wrestling team,

“the brotherhood that you get from being on the team.”

To prepare for each match, the wrestlers make sure they are warmed up, and Blake said that he trys to go in,

“mentally without doubting himself.”

“It feels really good, once you get your hand raised at the end you feel really accomplished,”

said Blake about how it feels to win a match.

To describe what a typical match is like,

Blake said

“It’s really really hard. You’re putting everything you’ve got into a six minute match so you’re pretty worn out by the end.”

The overall season has been awesome for the team and brought success to our school!

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Dax Pew: the “Dewde”

Varsity basketball player for Davis High School has played for the Darts since his sophomore year, but has played competitively since he was an 8 year old little dude.

Dax originally started playing basketball in third grade because his parents thought that it would be something fun for him to do. Basketball grew into something he became passionate about. He had the opportunity to travel for basketball to places such as California, North Carolina, and Oregon.

“Traveling is such a wonderful way to explore your passions, adding so much more to the original experience.” -Davis High Student

Starting at such a young age has lead him to playing at Centennial Junior High and then onto Davis High School and has always been a varsity starter. So much talent and hard work being put to use and could most definitely open up college opportunities. Not only is there the aspect of education, but the social aspect does come into play.

While in the present there is an open family-like community within the basketball team, at one point everyone has their own set “cliques.” This provided a lot of trial with the united aspect of the team as people and as players.

“Basketball has always been a sport worth while for me. I know that so many people don’t have the opportunity to have a team that is your second family. I always look forward to games and practices for the soul reason of being to spend time with them.” – Basketball Team Member

Not only does he adore his basketball career, but also adores Disney, in fact, he can quote the entire Lion King movie by heart. This is not the only TV related hobby of his. Last year alone he spent just about every moment of free time, whether it be in the car or doing chores, listening to Disney music.

Dax is a great basketball player and is loved by many for his efforts and personality on and off the basketball court.

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Did the girls get the “Second Round Jitters”?

Picture this: half time, second round of the finals, you look at the scoreboard, down by 15. You know the coach is talking but you can’t seem to connect the words. All you can think about are those fifteen points. Whistle blows, game’s on.

The starting 5 walk out on to the court; Kylee Mabry, Hannah Loveland, Kelsey Leavitt, Reagan Hansen, and Annie Pitcher. The Darts get the ball, pass to Loveland, she shoots from the corner, sinks it, first point of the half. A little too much excitement followed that shot, because immediatley following Davis fouls Herriman and gives them a chance to get some points on the board. First shot, nothing, second shot, sinks perfectly. The score is now Davis 19 Herriman 32.

The game goes pretty back and forth from this point, Loveland tries to pull a behind the back and gets called on a carry. Davis gets the ball back after a slip up in Herriman’s drive. Leavitt drives up the field, dipping and dodgeing through the opposing players, finds her pocket, puts it up, lands just short of the pot hitting the rim. Herriman goes for an attempt, such the same as Leavitt’s, only to get swatted in the paint for straight denial.

Fourth quarter starts, the amount of feelings amount to about that of atoms in the universe. Davis trails Herriman still 28-49. The girls are getting tired at this point, but just keeping going for the coach and because they’ve worked so hard to get to this point. They drive to open up pockets is definetly apparent now, there is more ball movement now than there is in the New York Subway. Time out called with 2 minutes left, Coach Jones takes this oppertunity to give a short pep talk.

Pep talk finished, girls pumped, something that Jones said must have turned on a switch. The Darts are happy to communicate on the court, calling for passes, making plays. Though we have the drive, the shots aren’t connecting as well as they’d hope. Down by 20, and the clock starts to count, you can hear the Herriaman Student Section counting down, you can physically see the drive slip out of the darts. Game ends, 60-40, Darts lose and as you gaze out onto the court, you realize one thing: the showers had already started before they even stepped into the locker room.

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Davis High Swim: The Reasons Behind Our Teams Success

This year the Davis high swim team has been working very hard to do good in competitions. Now their hard work has paid off. The team got ninth place for girls and sixth place for boys during the State competition.This is an impressive feat, but not exactly surprising considering the results of the Regional competition. For Regionals, girls got second place and boys got first this past competition. So how did the team do so well? Lauryn Hall shared some of her personal ways to keep herself motivated.

Lauryn Hall has been very dedicated to swimming. She got into the Davis high swimming team last year after some of her friends suggested it. However, she started swimming way before that, eight years ago. She has done very well, last year achieving the state record.

One of her personal ways to stay motivated in swimming is to switch sports. Whenever she kind of gets bored of swimming, she switches to work on a different sport and then goes back to swimming.

Being on the swim team is really hard work. They practice for two hours every weekday, and still have to keep up with their other school commitments. There is a lot of waiting as well during the swim meets, according to Lauryn. She said that it is so worth it, despite the long waits. Lauryn was super happy to win the state record last year, saying there’s no feeling quite like it. Imagine pushing yourself so hard and then accomplishing such a big goal. Not to mention, you get to be with a group with the same motivations and goals as you. You get to be together and be part of something bigger than yourself.

Lauryn suggests joining the team if you like swimming. She said that it’s really easy to get on the team and so worth it.

Remember to congratulate any of your friends who are on the swim team for putting in such a great effort!

 

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Trevan Leonhardt represents Davis at State

Trevan Leonhardt, a senior on the Davis High Varsity Basketball team loves the sport he plays and is a brother to his teammates on and off the court.

Trevan has been playing basketball since he was just 2 years old and still has the same enthusiasm for the sport today as he did the first time he dribbled the ball. When he was younger, he played on junior jazz teams and many other recreational and city league teams. As he’s gotten older, he has played on travel and competition teams as well as school teams including those at Centennial Jr. High and Davis High School where he currently plays on the varsity team.

Basketball has become a major part of the young athlete’s life and he has developed a strong love and respect for the sport.

“Basketball is hard.”

He says.

“It takes a lot of practice and work, but since it is hard, it makes it that much more fun and satisfying when you do well or achieve a goal.”

As with most clubs or sports, being a member of the basketball team ensures meeting new people and, hopefully, making new friends. Trevan explained that the dynamic and success of the team revolves particularly around the overall vibe of the team and the relationships among members. To ensure a successful season, it has been a goal for Trevan and his teammates to reach out to each other more and become better friends.

The seniors on the team, including Trevan, have really taken ownership of this goal.

“Our senior class for sure has been super welcoming to everyone, especially to the younger guys because they are still finding themselves. We have a few ninth graders on the team as well, so we really try to look out for those guys. The team is definitely a family culture-we all have each other’s backs.”

Trevan states.

This ongoing effort is not only reflected in the on-court success of the team, but also in their activities off court. Recently, the team went on a trip together where they bonded and developed even stronger friendships.

“The trip affected my relationships with the other guys in a really good way. Most of the time, in the season, you just practice with each other and you know each other on the basketball court. Of course, you become friends and you hang out, but when you go on a trip with your teammates, you get to room with some guys that you might not have known as well and you get to see how they act off court.”

Trevan explained.

This team trip provided teammates the opportunity to learn more about each other and to interact with each other in a whole new situation. With state tournaments coming up just around the corner, Trevan reflected on the past season with enthusiasm and hopefulness.

“We’re having a really good season! We won region recently which was one of our biggest goals. Our other goal was to win state so hopefully soon we can say that about ourselves. We feel really proud about how we’ve played in the season so far, and we are feeling super confident going into state. As long as we stay focused and keep winning these games, we’ll get there.”

Trevan says.

Trevan feels at home on the court and him and his teammates have become a family. His influence on the team is undeniable and Davis High roots for him as he leads his teammates to state.

 

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Boys basketball brings books to local elementary

The Davis High boys basketball team took some time a few weeks ago to read books to students at a local elementary school.

The team makes an annual trip to Windridge Elementary School in Kaysville to read children’s books to the students.  Shelly Street, a first grade teacher at Windridge, helped organize this service for the team along with her husband, Davis High math teacher and coach Todd Street.

“This was a great experience for the kids and the team,” said Mr. Street

Street was very appreciative of the team’s willingness to go read to kids in the community.  He remarked on how excited the kids were to interact with high schoolers, especially those who like basketball or other sports.  He also appreciated how excited the team seemed to be to read with the kids, and said that they seemed to truly have joy as they read.

This also gave the team a good perspective.  Players who attended Windridge Elementary were commenting on how the hallways used to seem huge, and how they felt so old in fifth and sixth grade as Windridge Wolves.  It was also fun for some of them to get to interact with their former teachers, something that the teachers also enjoyed.

This was also a great opportunity for the players to grow and come together as a team.

“It was fun,” said Chance Trujillo, a junior on the team.  “I think it brings us together and it’s just cool to go and do service for the kids,” he continued.

Chance, like the rest of the team, liked the opportunity to go interact with kids that look up to them so much.  They enjoy spending time with the kids and helping them make memories that “they’ll remember for a long time,” according to Trujillo and that they’ll “talk about a lot,” according to Street.

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Boys basketball brings books to local elementary

The Davis High boys basketball team took some time a few weeks ago to read books to students at a local elementary school.

The team makes an annual trip to Windridge Elementary School in Kaysville to read children’s books to the students.  Shelly Street, a first grade teacher at Windridge, helped organize this service for the team along with her husband, Davis High math teacher and coach Todd Street.

“This was a great experience for the kids and the team,” said Mr. Street

Street was very appreciative of the team’s willingness to go read to kids in the community.  He remarked on how excited the kids were to interact with high schoolers, especially those who like basketball or other sports.  He also appreciated how excited the team seemed to be to read with the kids, and said that they seemed to truly have joy as they read.

This also gave the team a good perspective.  Players who attended Windridge Elementary were commenting on how the hallways used to seem huge, and how they felt so old in fifth and sixth grade as Windridge Wolves.  It was also fun for some of them to get to interact with their former teachers, something that the teachers also enjoyed.

This was also a great opportunity for the players to grow and come together as a team.

“It was fun,” said Chance Trujillo, a junior on the team.  “I think it brings us together and it’s just cool to go and do service for the kids,” he continued.

Chance, like the rest of the team, liked the opportunity to go interact with kids that look up to them so much.  They enjoy spending time with the kids and helping them make memories that “they’ll remember for a long time,” according to Trujillo and that they’ll “talk about a lot,” according to Street.

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Boys Basketball dominates Clearfield and Northridge

This past Tuesday, the 11th, the boys basketball team took on Clearfield and beat them 63-41. Then, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, they went head to head with Northridge on Thursday, the 13th. They killed them with an end score of 71-47.

It is no secret that our boys basketball team is doing amazing this season, so I went to senior Cameron Swapp to ask questions about the teams secrets to their success. All of the boys on the team have to feel so much pressure playing in front of a big crowd at every game, so I asked Cameron how he deals with all of the pressure, he said this:

“Just once you get into the game and kind of start playing you don’t notice the crowd as much and you get lost in the game and are just focused on playing.”

The next thing I asked Cameron was what he thinks the team does really well during games and what he thinks they could use a little work on. He said that the teams greatest strength is the way that they pass the ball. They can communicate with each other really well and they can get the ball from one side of the court to the other with the blink of an eye.

However, regardless of the teams success this season, there is always room for Improvement. Cam said what he thinks the team needs to work on is starting out strong. He said that sometimes they just start out really slow and it takes them a little bit to gain their momentum.

The last thing that I asked Cam was what he thinks the main reason behind the team’s victories are.

“I think that the way that we can pass is a major contributor to it, but the main reason is that we have all known each other for a long time, some even since kindergarten, so we know how each other play and are able to play really well with each other.”

So there you have it Davis. Make sure to go to all of the basketball games you can so that you can see our team dominate the court with your own eyes.

 

 

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Davis High girls basketball: road to state

With state playoffs just around the corner, we’re looking back at some of the teams best moments and hard work as they prepared to get where they are today.

Overall, the girls have had a great season. They have a record of 17-4 and are ranked 9th in the state, which can be attributed to their hard work and dedication to the team and the game. The season has been full of many great achievements, personal athlete improvements, and rewarding games.

“We’ve had a few games where we have just been in the ‘zone’ and everyone playing their best, playing together on both ends of the floor and all focused and working as a team,” said coach Jones, head coach of the Davis High girls’ basketball team.

The girls’ beat Layton twice this year, which is an amazing feat. While Layton’s team is good, our girls were better, and we were able to win 48 to 27 the first game, and 42 to 29 the second game. Considering they’re a rival, those two games were some of the best and most rewarding for the girls.

“Beating Layton twice, because they are a rival and always have good teams, was fun this season,” commented coach Jones.

With 17 wins under their belt, and the region games over, the girls now turn their focus to state. The team hopes to go deep into state playoffs this year, and their hard work and belief in themselves and each other is sure to get them far.

“We know we can and want to go deep into this year’s state playoffs. The players believe in themselves and each other. They have been putting in the time and playing a ton. Together they are an extremely strong and talented team.”

However, they aren’t leaving it all up to fate. These girls have been working for this moment since last years’ season ended. From conditioning, working on fundamentals, and gaining experience in Spring open gyms to playing in spring and summer tournaments, and more training when the season officially started again, these girls are well prepared for what’s to come.

With the first state game coming up, the coaches only have one message for their girls:

“As a coaching staff, we love this team and love spending time around them. They are fun and love each other, are good teammates, and really awesome basketball players.”

They also have a message to the school and community:

“Come out and support us! We need your support and need you to cheer loud for us! It’s a State game and will be a fun atmosphere! These Davis players are really great players and you will love watching them play!!”

The first state game is today, February 18, at 7:00 pm at Davis High School vs. Clearfield High School. Come out and support your team!

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Davis High boys basketball: can teamwork lead to a title?

Davis High’s boys basketball team has had a great season so far, but can their success carry into the state tournament?

With only one regular season loss, the Darts enter the state tournament as the top ranked team.  Their regular season success earned them a Region 1 championship, and while this was one of their goals for the season, they have even higher aspirations.

“The goals for this season were first of all to win region, which we did… and then we’re on to the state championship,”

Said senior guard Spencer Vernon.

He’s not satisfied with what the team has achieved thus far, and neither are his teammates.

The Darts’ run at the title will begin on Friday, February 21st.  They’ve earned a bye past the first round and will play their first game at home.  If they win this game, they advance to the quarterfinals, which take place the following Wednesday at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah.  The semifinals and championship game will be the following Friday and Saturday if the Darts keep their winning streak.

While some regular season momentum carries over into the state tournament, there’s a lot more on the line in the coming games.  How will the Darts deal with the pressure of state tournament games?

“Very carefully,”

States Vernon.

Vernon continued to touch on this subject by saying,

“You’ve just gotta realize that it’s just another basketball game. Forget about all the people and just go out and play.”

This is great advice, but it’s much easier said than done.  The state tournament has a completely different vibe and the team will still feel the pressure of the moment and from the fans.

Another thing that might help the Darts cope with the pressure is how they play as a team.  They are the best team in the state because of how they move the ball and find the open guy.  If the team can share the ball well in the tournament, it will take pressure off of any individual players to play well because they know that their teammates have their back.

It’s been a great year to be a Dart fan, but the true test still lies ahead for the team. We’ll see in the next couple of weeks if the Darts can reach their goals or if they will fold under the pressure of the tournament.

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Davis High boys basketball: can teamwork lead to a title?

Davis High’s boys basketball team has had a great season so far, but can their success carry into the state tournament?

With only one regular season loss, the Darts enter the state tournament as the top ranked team.  Their regular season success earned them a Region 1 championship, and while this was one of their goals for the season, they have even higher aspirations.

“The goals for this season were first of all to win region, which we did… and then we’re on to the state championship,”

Said senior guard Spencer Vernon.

He’s not satisfied with what the team has achieved thus far, and neither are his teammates.

The Darts’ run at the title will begin on Friday, February 21st.  They’ve earned a bye past the first round and will play their first game at home.  If they win this game, they advance to the quarterfinals, which take place the following Wednesday at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah.  The semifinals and championship game will be the following Friday and Saturday if the Darts keep their winning streak.

While some regular season momentum carries over into the state tournament, there’s a lot more on the line in the coming games.  How will the Darts deal with the pressure of state tournament games?

“Very carefully,”

States Vernon.

Vernon continued to touch on this subject by saying,

“You’ve just gotta realize that it’s just another basketball game. Forget about all the people and just go out and play.”

This is great advice, but it’s much easier said than done.  The state tournament has a completely different vibe and the team will still feel the pressure of the moment and from the fans.

Another thing that might help the Darts cope with the pressure is how they play as a team.  They are the best team in the state because of how they move the ball and find the open guy.  If the team can share the ball well in the tournament, it will take pressure off of any individual players to play well because they know that their teammates have their back.

It’s been a great year to be a Dart fan, but the true test still lies ahead for the team. We’ll see in the next couple of weeks if the Darts can reach their goals or if they will fold under the pressure of the tournament.

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Girl’s Basketball: Clearfield and Northridge

This week the Girls basketball for Davis High School was successful with back to back triumph against Clearfield and Northridge.

The game on Tuesday, February 11th this week was a close one, but not close enough for the Falcons losing to the Darts. Lady Darts that stood out in this face off were Kylee Mabry (So),  Phoebe Arnold (Jr) and Callie Tolman (Jr) because they were the top scorers of the game.

When asked about the game and how she thought it would go Phoebe Arnold (Jr.) said,

“I knew it was going to be a tough game because we almost lost to them last time and they’ve got some really good players but, we also knew that we could beat them cause we had an off game last time.”

Phoebe was correct because they did end up winning and coming even closer together as a team.

The game on Thursday, February 13th this week was a total shut out against Northridge with the score being 51-27. Leaving Northridges wins far far far north. Kylee Mabry (So) scoring the highest points once again with 19 point 3 of which were 3 pointers. Regan Hansen (Sr) also scoring 10 points.

The game was not too anticipated because Northridge’s overall season win lose ratio is 4 win and 17 losses where as Davis is flipped with 17 wins and 4 losses. This was a great week for our Lady Darts!

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Kelsey Leavitt: Varsity Basketball Superstar

“She shoots… she scores!” the announcer booms over the erupting crowd. Kelsey Leavitt is tackled by her teammates in a supportive embrace as Davis High School’s student body chants and cheers excitedly in the stands.

Davis High School’s girls’ basketball team is undoubtedly beloved by all, but after diving deeper into varsity super-star Kelsey Leavitt, I realized more fully what it truly means to be on the girls’ basketball team. Kelsey is a senior at Davis High and a vital member of our varsity girls basketball team. In the past few years at Davis High, Kelsey has contributed significantly to the success of the team and her dedication to her friends and teammates is inspiring.

Kelsey has been playing for about 10 years and continues to love the sport more and more with every game she plays. While she does work consistently at improving her technical skills on the court, she also works just as hard at developing lasting friendships with her teammates. According to Kelsey, the girls on Davis High’s basketball team are incredibly supportive and encouraging of each other. She claims that the trust and friendship among team members is absolutely crucial to the overall success of the team. Kelsey recalls, “Our coach once told us that we won’t remember the scores of games but we will remember the relationships we formed! That just really stuck with me because these girls are my sisters and I love them more than anything!” Knowing each member’s strengths and weaknesses allows the team to provide an environment where everybody can be successful. “Everyone on the team has a role and we trust that each person will do their part and that’s really what makes us a great team!” states Kelsey.

Kelsey claims that being a part of the team ensures “automatic friends” who always strive to support and motivate each other. Kelsey and her teammates motivate each other after losing a game by figuring out what went wrong, fixing the problem, and quickly moving on. Not getting stuck on a bad game allows them to improve and become better. Besides her teammates, Kelsey draws inspiration and motivation to improve her basketball skills from her idol, Sabrina Lonescu, who plays for the University of Oregon and is considered the best collegiate women’s basketball player in the country right now. “She inspires me by the way she plays. She’s not just good at shooting or doing it all herself, she’s a real team player and shares the ball just as good as she shoots it! She has inspired me to improve my overall game and not just one thing!” says Kelsey.

Kelsey and her teammates and coaches often set goals together to keep themselves focused and driven. “One goal we have every year is to beat Layton!” expresses Kelsey. Another major goal they try to focus on every year is to emphasize the ‘student’ part of ‘student athlete’ by encouraging each other to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and to keep on top of their academic studies.

Kelsey and the rest of the girls basketball team have had enormous success in the past season and we wish them all the best in future events and games!

 

 

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Ready, Set, Coach!

A woman known for her leadership skills towards students in need of a mentor, as well as someone for other teachers to rely on in need, Coach Salvo is a beacon of responsibility and trust in her current position.

Right now Coach Salvo is the coach for golf as well as volleyball. She also teaches the fitness classes at Davis High, such as fit for life and lifetime activities. She has been proudly teaching at Davis High for ten years, however, she has been teaching at other locations for over 39 years.

When Coach Salvo is not teaching or working hard, she loves to play pickle ball. She loves teaching sports and encouraging the physical activity of the students under her tutelage.

”When students come in and work hard as well as doing what they are told, is my favorite part of the job,” says Coach Salvo. She loves to have fun and work with the kids here at Davis high.

“I want kids to work hard and learn, and take what they learn to get motivated and to learn more” says Coach Salvo.

Coach Salvo cares about the physical education of the students and wants them to take what they learn here at Davis High and apply it to their daily lives. She wants kids to know when it is right to be distracted by their phones, and when it is time to learn. Coach Salvo loves life everyday and tries to give back everyday.

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Girls basketball spanks Layton

Davis girls basketball had a fantastic game against rival Layton High last week on Friday, February 7. The game resulted in an epic win for Davis, the score being 42-29 in favor of the darts. The game was at Davis High so they had a huge home-field advantage. The Davis student section (The MOB) showed out big time and there was an awesome crowd.

Some players who stood out in this game were Kylee Mabry, who had 18 points (she’s a sophomore by the way), and Callie Tolman. Both girls were on fire and were shooting lights out all night. They pretty much crossed up the entire Layton team the whole game and hit them with the step-over at the end. To sum up the evening, Davis really flexed on Layton. With this win they improved to 15-4 on the season and 8-4 in the region. A great performance by the darts.

Next game is on tuesday against Clearfield high, who is 4-15 overall, 2-10 in the region. Of course, we can all expect that game to be pretty similar to the Layton game. Total domination by the darts. The game is at 5:15 PM on Tuesday night at the Davis High gym. Come watch the girls crush clearfield. Bring the mob!

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How to help the Baseball team

The Davis High Baseball Team needs your help, and you can benefit! As this year’s baseball season approaches, there is something that must be addressed: The yearly fundraiser.

Every sport in a school requires monetary funds in order to function properly, but where does this money come from? This year, the money will come from an auction night. On Monday, March 9th there will be a live and silent auction.

“There are a variety of things that are being auctioned off. Some of our biggest prizes include a Condo in Bear Lake for a weekend, orthodontic braces, and a Traeger Grill. One cool think about this auction is that everything has been donated by companies or independent donors.”

said Mr. Godfrey, the head coach of baseball.

Every year the baseball team typically takes an excursion out to another state for some sort of a tournament. This year though, they have opted not to do so in an attempt to save money for an even bigger trip in the upcoming year. The seniors of this year are not given the opportunity to go on a trip due to this though.

“I am both sad and not sad that I can’t go on a trip this year. I’m sad that I didn’t get to go out with my team and bond like we normally do every year. It’s also good though. Sometimes it’s good to just have a break from everything,”

said Bryson Hales, right fielder.

This fundraiser will go a long way to help the baseball team in their future years, but it can also benefit you! The auction will be kept at reasonable prices and in some cases, you could possibly get something for a lower price than if you were to conventionally purchase it from somewhere else. We hope to see you at Davis High School on Monday, March 9th from 6-8 pm.

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Swim team’s success at the region meet

Our magnificent swim team has developed, not only a personal passion, but has helpd to motivate others as well. With the intense rush of a race to get blood pumping throughout the freezing reality of today.

“Great determination on their part, I can hardly swim to begin with!” commented a Davis High Student.

Off with a grat start as always, Davis still finished region with flying colors. The men taking first place and the women taking second at their region game at the one and only davis Recreation Center.

An effectve sport given the effort put into each and every practice coming up to atleast 10 hours per week! Wow that’s a lot! Rumors tell me all of the effort is worth it. With all of the buzz of the Region competiotion, state is still just around the corner. The supporters adn swim team thmselves couldn’t be more hyped about the upcoming finale, Febuary 15th at the BYU facility.

Many from the team explain how they love their swim team’s collective community as well as the felings of welcome expressed to each and every member of the team. Of course the competition is challanging, but it makes the sport all the more feirce and thrilling.

“Obviously tired, but also on cloud 9. After swimming a race and if I get a best time it’s the greatest feeling ever. Especially when you are in a relay and the entire relay does something awesome for the team. It’s the best feeling when everyone cheers you on afterwards,” explained Lauryn Hall when asked about how she feels after each race.

Not only does the sport have an incredible sense of feeling, but has a long list of health benifits. A few are as follows: Swimming keps your heartrate up without the ordeal of stress, builds endurance, allows you to maintain a healthy weight without going too much under or over, and can build your strength ad tone your muscles.

If you are looking for a well supported sport to goin that will also provide good healt benifits, than concider joining the swim team for the upcoming season!

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Ella Gatherum: All State Drill Competitor

Ella Gatherum had the opportunity to compete at All State Drill as a young Sophomore to represent Davis High School’s drill team, the Davis High D’ettes.

All State Drill is a two-round elimination process where the girls on the drill team compete with one another to compete at a state level on an individual level. They only take 3 girls from each school which adds up to be about 80 girls competing on the 6A level.

Ella stated that,

“The girls aren’t super competitive with each other while competing for All State.”

She further explained that it is not something that causes strain on the team because they are all really good friends and want to see each other succeed. She said that the other girls don’t get upset if they don’t make it, they just cheer each other on because they are not competitive with one another. Ella said that the hardest part about preparing for All State was not allowing her nerves to overcome her and effect her performance.

Ella has been dancing since she was 2 years old doing tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dancing. Her favorites are tap and hip hop, but she stopped dancing this year to focus on the drill season. Ella has been on the Davis High Drill team for two years and made the team as a freshman and loves it. She loves Drill because it fun and loves the people.

Ella expressed that,

“The girls are like my second family and it made going into high school a lot easier because I had a place to be.”

She also expressed that being on the drill team is fun, but requires a lot of hard work and effort. The drill team spends the majority of their time practicing at the school, which you think would not be fun, but she says

“It’s worth it because all the girls get along really well and are all really good friends.”

Ella’s least favorite part about Drill is waking up at 5:30 a.m. everyday to get to practice at 6:00 a.m., but she loves the friendships she has made through being on the drill team.

She loves that she has,

“38 Best Friends.”

Congratulations to Ella for making it this far into All State Drill as a sophomore and good luck to her on furthering her career in Drill at Davis High School!

 

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Davis High wrestling takes on state

Davis High wrestling competed at divisonals on Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1. Overall the team came in 6th. Although they would’ve prefered 1st, the teams that came in after them were originally ranked above them, so ranking higher was a victory in itself. However, it’s not over yet. 10 wrestlers are moving on to state.

Hunter Johanson, Jackson Price, MaClaine Percival, Ethan Sears, Alex Schefer, Davis Richardson, Liam Major, Mason Rigby, Kael Jenkins, and Tayden Roundy are all moving on to state. 

These guys have been working hard, training by duels in order to be ready to take on the competition. 

“So this year, I’ve been focusing on making sure we get a lot of matches and mat time, just to give them as much experience as we can,” explained Bo Roundy, coach of the Davis High wrestling team.

The team this year is a bit younger, which means they need more practice and experience in order to take on their competition. 

“Just throw them into the deep end of the pool and hope they can learn to swim fast.”

Well, these boys learned fast, and the fact that they made it this far just proves it, but they’re not letting up just yet.

“We need to be intense. I think we were lacking a little intensity at divisionals. I mean, overall we wrestled well, but I think we needed to have a little more intensity in our matches,” commented Roundy, offering a last piece of advice to his wrestlers. 

The competition will be tough, it will be intense, but overall they’re not worried about it.

“No. The cool thing about it is we’ve pretty much seen everybody. We know exactly what we’re going into, so there’s nothing that makes me worried. It’s tough, and we know it is, but we’re not worried about it.”

They’re excited to see if they can get a couple more wrestlers ranked at state, make sure you’re there to see it. Come support the team on Wednesday, February 12 at Utah Valley University.

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Davis High D’ettes: All their amazing wins this season

The Davis High D’ettes took 1st place at their 6A tournament at UVU. The D’ettes are the overall sweepstakes champions! This was a fantastic win especially because they beat Layton which is our team’s biggest competition. The D’ettes competed with 3 different routines. The 3 routines they have are dance, character, and military. The team got 1st in dance, 1st in character and 3rd in their military routine.

At the region tournament, the girls got 1st in their military routine, 2nd in their dance routine and 2nd in their character routine. At the region tournament, the D’ettes got 2nd overall!

At state, the D’ettes got 5th place overall. Their character routine got 2nd place, this is something to be extremely proud of considering how highly competitive the tournament was. The D’ettes compete against other 6A schools. The 6A school dance teams are very good competition. The 6A state tournament is a huge tournament that is very important to the team. They have been practicing for this tournament for months and their hard work does not go unnoticed.

There were 26 other teams competing at state yet only 9 of those teams make it to finals. Davis High School is excited we have a dance team as talented and impressive as our stunning D’ettes.

“It’s so rewarding to have all our hard work pay off while we have fun on the competition floor. It’s the best feeling ever!” stated Shelby Sanders, a senior on the Davis High D’ettes.

The girls have worked extremely hard for their wins. They have to go to early morning practices to perfect their routines. The D’ettes will work on their routines for at least 20 hours a week. The D’ettes have had an amazing season this year and Davis High School is proud to be represented by our D’ettes.

 

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The Davis and Layton rivalry flares up once again

We reach that point again, where two rival schools go head to head in a test of skill and agility. This Friday, February seventh, the Davis and Layton High Schools, currently ranked first and second respectively in Utah’s 6A range of high school teams, compete for the second time this season as the schools’ well-known rivalry goes head to head.

The two schools have had a friendly rivalry for 16 years now, as the teams tend to go up against each other multiple times a season, and are so close to each other geographically. The schools have rivaled in football, soccer, and of course basketball.

While the rivalry has gotten out of hand in the past, with vandalism or violence, both teams are committed to keeping this rivalry merely about the game.

“While we may compete recreationally, we both know what the game is about, and we all know that this rivalry is to keep both teams sharp and on their toes,” said Jake Sampson, a member of the Davis high basketball team.

Both teams have had a spectacular season this school year, with each of them having a winning total of 16 out of the 17 games played this season. Both Davis and Layton High are ecstatic to be playing against each other again this year, as the games bring out copious amounts of school pride and fervor on both sides.

“The first time we played, it was one of the most fun High School environments I’ve ever coached in, and I can’t wait until the next game we can play in together,” said Chad Sims, head coach of the Davis high basketball teams.

The games are starting on Friday, February 7th at 5:15 for the Girls Basketball team, and 7 o’clock sharp for the Boys Basketball teams. So whether you are a Lancer or a Dart, or any other school in the state, come down to the Davis High School this Friday to experience the game of the season, and watch as a long time rivalry between two schools goes head to head.

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Davis High swim diving into region

Last week, the Davis High swim team had another fun meet at Syracuse. Both the boys and girls teams beat Syracuse, with the boys winning by 22 and the girls winning by 38.They also celebrated their seniors, acknowledging their amazing seniors and all they’ve done for the team.

With the season coming to a close, they turn their focus to region. They’ve been putting in the work, practicing in the pool and out to make sure they’re prepared. They’ve really been working on technique, breathing, starts, turns, and just conditioning with hard sets. They’ve also been tapering, backing off a little to make sure their athletes will be well recovered by the time the meet comes around.

The odds look like they’re in their favor, with the boys team looking to win. Their girls team is looking good too, and they also have high hopes to win.

“We want the girls to win this year, and we have a couple more freshman to help us out,” commented Lauryn Hall, a member on the team.

However, they aren’t taking anything for granted.

“During a meet, anything can happen,” Hall acknowledges.

“But in the end the best team will win!” commented Kit Barker, one of the coaches.

Whether or not they will accomplish their goal of winning at region, they will do whatever it takes to accomplish their ultimate goal of the season, and it looks like they will do just that.

“The ultimate goal for this season is for each swimmer to come out a better person then they went in and I think we will accomplish that,” commented Barker.

Region is this Saturday at the South Davis Rec Center. The meet starts at 8 a.m., be sure to come out and support the Darts!

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Tuesday’s blowout

Anyone at the game on tuesday will know that it was nothing less than a BLOWOUT. With a final score of 75-39 agaisnt Fremont, our darts did not let them breathe in any element of the game. The team really showed off their teamwork skills with great player position and ball movement throughout the game. This great movement in turn allowed for lots of open shots and fast breaks.

Jake sampson ended the game with 16 with 4 other team mates also ending with double digit points. The Davis Darts definitely came ready to play last tuesday and played hard till the very end. With not much they could have done better, they are excited and ready to play the Layton Lancers tonight on their home court.

The game starts at 7:00 o’clock and is sure to have a good turnout. Make sure to get there early enough to find good seats! You will also want to pull out all the purple and gold you own, tonights game will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant, an icon not just in the basketball world, but to everyone recently passed in a helicopter crash just last week. Don’t forget to grab your purple, gold, 24’s and 8’s in remeberance of the one and true Mamba. Grab your friends and grab your gear it’s gonna be a good game!

 

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Britney and Danielle sign to Big Bend Community College

Britney and Danielle Brklacich have been playing softball since they were 5 years old, and they have no plans of stopping. In fact, they just signed to play for Big Bend Community College in Washington state. These girls have no shortage of skill or determination, and will go far in their softball career.

They both fell in love with the sport from an early age. The teammates and coaches they’ve had along the way, as well as the competitive aspect, have only further developed their love for the sport. They love the sport, and love to continue playing.

“I can’t really see myself giving it up. It’s something I’ve always done, and always grown up with, and not doing it again is kind of weird. I just love it,” explained Danielle.

They have both seen much success with the sport. Britney played varsity for Davis her sophomore year, and won first team all region her junior year. Danielle was a runner for Davis her sophomore year, but quickly moved up to varsity for her junior year. On her competition team, Danielle had a batting average of 400. They will continue to play on varsity this year, as well as step into the role team captains, with Britney playing shortstop and Danielle playing center field.

While these achievements are great, the type of players they are are even better. Todd Street, the softball coach here at Davis High, commented that they are amazing, in the class and on the field.

“They are hard working, talented fielders and great hitters. Both have been great teammates and examples.”

They will continue to work hard and achieve new goals at the collegiate level. They’re looking forward to improving as players, but also growing into independent individuals.

“You always want to hit good, feel good, have a good batting average, but maybe just be able to be on our own and be able to grow like that. And grow closer to our teammates while we’re there, because they’ll be kind of like our family,” explained Britney.

“Grow and get better at the game. Kind of have a different perspective with being out-of-state, far away with new teammates,” added Danielle.

They think they’ll accomplish just that, especially having their sister by their side to push them.

“We’re really competitive with each other, so we push ourselves and push each other. We always want to beat each other.”

As a final piece of advice to help the girls on their new journey, coach Street tells them to just enjoy the game.

“Don’t let softball become a job. It’s a blast to play softball.”

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Davis High Winter Drumline

The Davis high drumline is an elite group of individuals that both dedicate their time and money to the marching program. The Davis high drumline is a regular finalist of the Intermountain Percussion Championships. The drumline practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

But what is an indoor drumline? The indoor drumline is just like a marching band but only a drumline. A mat is rolled out onto the floor and a grid is used to march on and play the show. This year’s show is called The Road Less Traveled, it is a show about breaking off from society norms. The drums involved for the show are Quads/Tenors, the five different bass drums with different pitches, Snare drums, and Single Toms.

The music consists of multiple rhythms that are confusing as well as hard to learn. Conditioning is a huge chunk of drumline because carrying a drum and marching while playing is hard without muscle strength. The way that drumline plays is with three-inch high taps and double the height for accents.

Many people ask about how percussionists play rolls, the answer is diddles. diddles are when percussionists play two notes in one stroke by letting the stick bounce off the drum and allowing rapid notes to be played.

The other part of the winter drumline is the pit. The pit also is known as the front ensemble consists of the vibes, bass drum, guitarists, synths, bells, and marimbas.

This is the show for the year and the overview of this year’s winter drumline. The drumline hopes to make the finals this year and bring Davis home another drumline title. Overall this year will be a great one for the drumline. And I don’t want to jinx anything so I will knock on wood for drumline this year, but we will see you in finals.

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2020 National championship

As the season approached a fast and soon close everyone knew that LSU was dominate and something special. Joe burrow led the dangerous offense to the number one ranking in college football as well as the number one seed in the college football playoff. LSU dominated Oklahoma with a baffling score of 63 to 28 with Joe Burrow having an insane 8 total touchdowns, and with this dominate win they earned their spot in the 2020 national championship. The rest was history.

On the other side was the reigning national champions at the time Clemson Tigers who went undefeated and won the ACC. Although they were dominate in their conference for the most part with one close game coming from North Carolina people were very skeptical of the Tigers. Were they the same team they were 10 months ago? Could they compete against the top teams and keep up? Regardless they earned the third seed in the college football playoff and went on to play Ohio State and upset them 29-23. Earing them the other spot in the national championship.

Both teams came into this game confident in their offenses on one side with LSU you had Joe Burrow reining Heisman winner Ja’Marr Chase the NCAA receiving leader and tight end Thaddeus Moss son of NFL legend Randy Moss. On the other side the Clemson Tigers have true sophomore Trevor Lawrence leading the team with his undefeated college record with running back Travis Etienne in the backfield with him and the dangerous Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross split out wide.

With those kinds of offenses people were expecting fireworks but the beginning of the game was anything but that LSU on the first two drives didn’t even get past there own thirty it was a defensive struggle. Finally, Clemson punched it in off a short touchdown run from Trevor Lawrence taking a seven zero lead.

As the game went on Clemson started to pull away as they went up 17-7 but the tigers finally settled in being able to take the lead right before half as Joe Burrow had a couple touchdown passes in the first half.

The second half started the way it ended with LSU on the gas and as the game came closer to the end, they could smell the blood as they scored to go up 17 with ten minutes left in the game. Clemson hadn’t been able to do anything all half and when LSU went up by 17 it was the last straw and Clemson was done. LSU rode out the last few minutes taking in that they had just won the 2020 national championship.

As the game clock hit zero people broke out in celebration some in tears of joy and the other Tigers had to go home with the loss. LSU was dominate all year with much thanks to Joe Burrow leading their offense. This might go down as one of the best college football teams ever and definitely one of the greatest offenses ever.

 

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Davis High Girl’s Basketball, Getcha’ Head in the Game

The Girl’s basketball team has had an eventful season filled with blood, sweat, tears, and Gatorade. The girls have intense training Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and have games Tuesday and Friday. Each practice is approximately 2 1/2 hours long. They have won 8 games and lost only one to the dirty rascals at Freemont.

Here’s an exclusive interview with a senior on the team this year, Mrs. Annie Pitcher. “My parents signed me up for rec when I was little and I loved it so much I just kept playing.” she shared. “My favorite part of the season so far has been the team lunches and just hanging out with the team. I think it would be super fun to play in college but it’s a lot to balance so I’m still figuring out if I want to pursue playing further.” she explained.

The seniors playing this year are Annie Pitcher, Kelsey Leavitt, Regan Hansen, Hannah Loveland, Julia Nettleton, Kylee Evans, and Annie Fuller. The girls on the team are very close and hang out often which strengthens their relationship as a team family. These dedicated women are talented fox’s who will destroy any team that questions their basketball playing abilities. And that’s a fact.

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D’ettes reign in a big win!

This last Saturday, January 4, 2020, the D’ettes competed at UVU, bringing in an impressive amount of wins and achievements. The drill team got 3rd in military, 1st in dance, 1st in character, 1st for 6A. The team had the highest scores out of all the schools, so they also received the sweepstakes award.

Students are always excited to see the drill team perform at sporting events. With their straight formations and smooth transitions, the routine is always flawless. One only has to see the team to know the team has a strong relationship with each other and have built lasting friendships.

Ella Gatherum, a sophomore on the team, has been on the team for two years. She feels that the team will do well and continue placing high at the rest of their competitions. She has high confidence in the team even taking state.

“What I love about the team is the loving and supportive atmosphere as well as the friendships I’ve built while on the drill team.”

Ella said that she felt the competition over the weekend gave the team more confidence and motivation to keep working hard towards their goals. The team’s biggest goal this season is to become state champions, and they are well on their way to achieving that dream.

When asked what the greatest moment at the competition was, Ella replied that it was finally taking first place at a competition because it had been years since the Davis drill team had taken first overall.

The team has always focused on hard work and they practice countless hours every week. Their determination and hard work is just starting to pay off, and it will for sure bring in many more wins and achievements for the team.

The D’ettes will next compete on January 11, 2020 at Corner Canyon. Come show your school spirit and come cheer the girls on as they travel on the road to state.

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Davis High 6A All State Players

This year Davis high senior Kyle Roberts had the privilege of being named to the Desert News 6A All-State Team. Listed as a corner back on the list, this season Kyle Roberts had 80 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 of which were for 6. He had the most interceptions out of any corner back on this list. Kyle also had a very impressive 80 tackles over the course of the season which was the best out of all corners on this list as well. Kyle averaged 6.2 tackles per game and along with that he had to pass deflections over the season.

Kyles statistics are very impressive especially for a region as competitive as 6A. Another Davis high player who had the privilege of being mentioned on one of these lists is Peter Stevenson, star senior receiver for the Davis High Darts. Although he played very well at receiver he was not named for receiver. He was named for punter on the second 6A all state team. Although I do think he was snubbed for an all-state mention at receiver as he was dominate there to with 729 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns over the whole season, he averaged 72.9 yards a game and had 36 receptions over the course of his senior season.

This is a very high honor to earn, especially in the 6A division. It is one of the most competitive regions they are the best of the best of the best. They are very dominate players and will be missed as this was there last year of high school football. Congratulations to Kyle Allen and Peter Stevenson on being mentioned to the 6A All State team.

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Davis Wrestling falls to Syracuse+Tournament preview

The Davis High wrestling team had a meet against Syracuse High on Tuesday, December 17. Unfortunately, the darts took a tough loss to them, with the final score being 14-48.

The wrestlers were unhappy about the loss, and are hoping to do better this weekend at the tournament they will be competing in this Friday and Saturday.

“Lol we got our butts handed to us,” Connor McCall, a junior on the team, explained.

“I think we will do pretty well even though the team is pretty tired. We have all been working really hard recently and we’re pissed about the loss to Syracuse,” he further commented.

The tournament is on Friday December 20th, and Saturday the 21st. The wrestlers are determined to do well and will probably kick trash this weekend. Let’s go Davis!

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