Davis vs Herriman playoff preview

This week Davis will take on the Herriman Mustangs in the first round of the UHSAA football state tournament. The game will be played Friday afternoon at 5pm on the Davis high school football field.

Davis and Herriman should be an exciting matchup. The darts come into the contest as the 15 seed with a 5-5 overall record. With home field advantage, Davis should be slightly favored but anything can happen in the state tournament. Herriman comes in as the 18 seed with a 3-7 record overall.

A couple Davis players shared their thoughts on the keys to the game:

“The keys to the game are starting fast and finishing strong. If we can come out and jump on them quick and keep the juice through the whole game, we will win,” explains Eli Cullimore, Senior Offensive Lineman.

“Offensively we need to convert on 3rd down and start fast. Defensively we need to stop the run and overall, we need to win the turnover battle,” says Hunter Walsh, Senior Defensive Lineman.

Davis is coming off a 3-3 record in league play with their last game being a win at Clearfield, and the game before that being a rough loss to Weber. Herriman is coming off a 30-point win against Copper Hills and a 3-point overtime loss to Mountain Ridge, who is the 5th seed in the RPI rankings.

Herriman will be an exciting test for the darts in Scott Peery’s first playoff appearance since being named the Davis head coach. The winner of the contest will have Lone Peak (who earned the two seed and was awarded a first round bye) waiting for them in the next round.

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Davis High Football Team forced to sign into class through new rule

Nearing the end of the football season at Davis High School, coach Scott Peery mandates a rule among his football team. The rule consists of making his players ask for a teacher’s signature for every period of their school day. This regulation is being enforced in hopes of improving overall grades and attendance among the boys. 

The paper with all the teacher’s signatures is required by all players to be turned in at the end of the day regardless of whether the player’s grades were previously sufficient. This strikes the controversy, is it fair to make all of the players fill out the signatures. Not all of the players on the team have poor attendance.  

Defensive lineman for the Davis Darts, Hunter Walsh, is optimistic about the idea. He says, “There is a handful of guys who are not good at getting to class, but it’s all a team effort and it’s important that we listen to coach.” 

If certain players were free from this burden, it could cause tension among the group, regardless of grades.  

Onlinemasters.edu says, “High school athletes have the best chance at a future athletic career when they have a coach focused on improving team chemistry.”  

Coach Scott Perry could be killing two birds with one stone with his disciplinary action. The rule helps the players feel equal among their teammates, and helps them focus on their future. 

According to leagueside.com, “There are 1,093,234 high school football players in the United States, and 6.5% of those high school players (or 71,060) will play in college.” 

It’s fair to say that it is important for high school athletes to focus on education before their sport. Like the stat shows, the chances of students making it to the next level is very low, and the chance of making that sport their profession is even lower. 

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Bringing positivity to the community, a tale of how Mitch Jeppesen inspires others to be great

Being able to represent your school, family, teammates, and community in a positive light is something that athletes at Davis High are engrained with and nobody demonstrates this better than Davis high junior Mitch Jeppesen.

When asked about his hobbies, Mitch said:“Well (pause) my hobbies are basketball (pause) mutual every Wednesday I look forward to at 7 o’clock. So yea.”

Mitch represents the community by attending mutual every Wednesday and by being a part of the Davis basketball team. Being a member of a school sports team bring a lot of pressure to not only be a good player but an even better. Mitch tackles this challenge like a stud.

Being a good person starts in the classroom. When asked about his grades Mitch responded: “My grades right now are a 1.7 (pause) but they go up at the end of the term so I’m not worried bout’ it and I do not enjoy school.”

Student comes first in the term Student Athlete and Mitch demonstrates this in his school first mentality.

When Mitch isn’t representing Davis High, he is bringing positivity to his household by raising a trio of ducks. Mitch uses this to get away from his daily duties and relax.

“I have 3 ducks. Joey, Chandler, and Ross and I have a house for em’ and I let them swim in my pool, feed them, grains and corn and such.”

Overall, the way that Mitch Jeppeson balances his duties of being a representative of his community with the responsibilities it takes of being a high schooler, he is someone that people can really look up to and be inspired by.

When asked to describe himself using 3 words, Mitch said “Articulate, Big boned, caring.”

Mitch truly does bring a positive light to the Davis community and is someone that young kids should look up to.

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Aaron Lowe tragedy leaves the Utah Utes in heartbreak for second time

Utah Utes defensive back Aaron Lowe was fatally shot and killed Sunday morning following the team’s win against Washington State. The event occurred at a house party in the Sugarhouse neighborhood where a fight including weapons broke out shortly after midnight.

“I think that this is a very sad thing that happened to a good man, and this should not have to happen to anyone, but sadly it does happen and it’s terrible” Ashton Bond from Davis High states.

A second individual who has not been disclosed was also injured and is currently in the hospital. The shooter and reasoning behind the fight is unknown. All who were in attendance of the party are being asked about the events of the night.

Bond also says, “The effect it has on the local community is huge since this is the second time within a year. Once a community that may have felt safe is now checking their shoulders everywhere trying to stay out of trouble.”

Lowe’s passing occurred close to a year after close friend Ty Jordan from the Utes was also shot and killed at a Christmas party. Lowe switched to Jordan’s jersey number in honor of his late friend. Ute fans and Utahns across the state are once again heartbroken over tragedy less than a year apart. How to address the issue is a question needing an answer.

“Absolutely there should be something done to address the issue,” says Bond, “For instance honoring the life Aaron Lowe lost just last week to a shooting similar to his friend and former teammate Ty Jordan with a scholarship being awarded to someone who has honored them.”

Honoring and creating awareness of these issues leads to more thought of how these things can be avoided. The answer to prevent such occurrences is complex, and may never find a concrete result.

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Trey Talbot Darts up the Middle

Trey Talbot is a senior this year, and he always gives his all to defend the tradition. He is a two-sport athlete and an exceptional student of Davis High.

Trey is known as a great athlete and a strong competitor in both football and baseball. He’s already had a fantastic senior year in football, which will surely continue. He will be the catcher for the baseball team when the season rolls around. He loves to compete and works hard in everything he does.

Trey made it very clear that he does not have a favorite sport between football and baseball.

“I like whatever season it is better.”

Trey has had multiple game-winning touchdowns and crucial plays in his football games this year. He said that his favorite games he’s played in this year have been the Syracuse and Fremont games, both of which he had a big part of winning.

“I love the intensity of the close games, and especially love a good comeback.”

Many people know the athlete side of Trey, but don’t know what he’s like outside of sports. Although he stays very busy with sports through the school year, Trey always makes time to have some fun with his friends.

Trey explained that his typical day after practice usually consists mostly of homework. When he finishes his homework, he likes to watch friends. He usually watches this for a couple hours before going to bed. He also said that he often finds himself “scrolling through twitter” late at night before bed.

Trey made it clear that his hardest class is AP calculus. It’s his most challenging class and is where he gets most of his homework from. “Calculus sucks, but I’m doing very well.”

According to some of Trey’s friends, he is a good teammate, student, and friend. “Trey is a really good teammate. He just brings the juice all the time.” “I love hanging out with him and he’s a lot of fun.”

Trey does a great job of balancing his school, social, and sports life. He will be ready for anything after high school and will continue to have a great senior year.

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Davis D’ettes competition ready

The Davis High D’ettes work extremely hard every season to dominate in competition come December. The drill team is exceptional! Their work ethic is amazing, and each dancer has great self-discipline. Each team member is incredibly talented to help with their competition season coming up!

Currently, the D’ettes practice 6 days a week and are working on their competition routines. Each practice starts with a drill down and then the seniors warm up the rest of the team. Their tricks and skills are then worked on for the rest of the warmup. They then begin cleaning or learning choreography to their routines.

Right now, the team is learning and cleaning their routines including show routine, hip hop, dance routine, and military. Many team members are used to the competitive spirit leading up to the competition, but for the newbies it’s a new air space.

Although most of the girls on the team are returners, the new girls have been able to catch on and continue to work as hard as those who already know the rundown.

“The new girls are doing very well and catching on!” says Head Captain, Ella Gatherum.

All the captains as well as the coaches are impressed with the team’s work ethic this year.

“They are all really hard working, especially with the dance routine that is super exhausting; all the girls push through to the end!” Coach Kiera Mortenson says of the girls during practices.

All the girls love their coaches! They speak highly of the people they work so hard for.

“I’m so grateful for my coaches! I couldn’t have asked for better!” Ella exclaims.

The coaches help the team dynamic, and it seems to be amazing as well. It’s a fun and safe environment to learn and make mistakes. Everyone has a kind spirit, and the team feels like a sisterhood and a family! Being on such a team, it doesn’t surprise me that each dancer has tons of Davis Pride! They love cheering at the games and performing at halftime. Their football routines were so much fun to watch!

The D’ettes competition season starts in December, and as they begin to intensify their practices and become more competitive, their season is going to end up being exhilarating! The team is ready and prepared to work harder and harder to get to the top!

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The Davis High lady darts soccer stunned as the Lancers ruin their perfect season

On Thursday, the Davis High girls’ soccer team took on the Layton High soccer team. The Lancers put up two goals, one in each half. The game took place at Angel Street Park in Kaysville Utah.

Lead by the Davis’ scoring usual stellar ability, they struggled against the Lancers. Taylor Huffman, a senior on the team, shared her thoughts after the game.

“The game was very frustrating in all aspects, both the Layton team and the refereeing.”

The race for 6A region 1 title is starting heat up with only two region games left. With their lose to the Lancers the Darts have to win one of their last 2 games to clinch the region. If Davis doesn’t, then the Lancers could steal the region right out from under the Darts.

The most noticeable thing during the game was the absence of head coach, Soulyvanh Phongsavath. According to team reports, “He is on vacation this week but will be back next week.”

The assistant coach stepped in as interim coach for the time being. Phongsavath will return next week in hopes to finish the season strong.

Leading the way for the Darts is the head coach and his hardware proves it. The domination of Soulyvanh Phongsavath has been felt throughout Utah since 2014.

Soulyvanh Phongsavath, “Souli” known by his player and students, is the head coach for both the girl’s and boys’ soccer team at Davis High School. In his time at Davis High school, he has won 2 region championships with boys and 4 region championships with the girls. He also won 4 state championships with the girls and won 0 state championships with the boys.

The lady darts are ranked 3rd in the state and look to defend their title as the playoffs approach. Davis looks to go to its 3rd straight state championship game appearance. Phongsavath is no stranger to the big game, if they go all the way it will be his 6th appearance in the last 8 years with the lady darts.

Lizzy Oldham, a senior on the team is still excited for the rest of the team. “This team is really good and we capable of beating anyone.”

Nevertheless, the lady darts look to bounce back going to the final week of region play and make a deep playoff run.

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Davis Volleyball comes in clutch with the win

The Davis volleyball team went up against Weber Tuesday after school and completely dominated. They played the best 3 out of 5 sets and Davis shut down Weber on the first 3 sets. With the final tip from Brynlee Bush, Davis won the game!

The 3rd set was so intense. For a lot of the set Weber and Davis were neck and neck. Many players made incredible hits including Brynlee Bush, Loryn Helgeson, and Aubrey Nielson. Throughout the game you could tell that the team became more and more focused on their end goal, taking the win.

Keeping the intense air, there were communication problems from both teams and outstanding blocks. I thought there were so many close calls between plays but in the end being on the edge of your seat through every play was exciting and exhilarating. Each hit took a compelling amount of skill and focus for each player on the court.

“We definitely played better as a team and had better focus on the court.” Coach Mckay Barker said.

As the set went on the scoreboard became a ticking time bomb. One point after the other after the other; getting more and more intense. Taking all the time needed for a last play, Davis came in clutch with a 26-24 set win! I couldn’t have had more adrenaline pumping through my body even from the bleachers.

“I felt we could totally beat them.” said confident Loryn Helgeson, Middle Blocker, after the game.

Loryn was in for most of the game and killed it. She did amazing! Block after block and hit after hit she was deemed an important asset for the Davis volleyball team. Talking to her after the game was so fun and seeing her outside the intensity of the game was amazing. She is so sweet.

Although Davis won the game there are always things the team could work on.

“I’m always happy with a win, but there are still some areas where we could do better.” Coach Barker and Loryn Helgeson both agree.

The volleyball team killed it! With improvement and hopefully many more wins in the future for the Davis High volleyball team, this season looks like it’s going to continue to be a great one!

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The first ever battle in rivalry cross-town war set for kickoff on Friday @ 7

The Davis Darts are set to play the Farmington Phoenix this week for the first time ever. Kickoff is scheduled to kick off in Farmington on Friday at 7. After the Phoenix opened their doors in 2019, Davis School District has kept the two school apart as much as possible in athletic matches.

 

“I’m not nervous at all, the team has shown some strong mental health, I mean composure in the final minutes of the game.” Sophomore quarterback Jackson Stevens

 

The two teams had been in different classifications with Davis being in 6A and Farmington being in 5A until this year the school district moved Farmington up into 6A and into the same region as Davis.

 

The schools have met in other sports, but this will be there first matchup. It set to be a good one with both teams locked at 4-3. There will be lots of bragging rights with the first win.

 

Davis High looks to take the lead early, with 3 of their last 4 games determined by the last playoff the game.

 

The Darts have struggled with injury this season losing: Mason Rigby, Rhett Rice, Easton Baggett, and Lucas Baird. All of these injuries ended these players season short. The only player that has returned is Baggett and he was playing limited reps last week.

 

“We’ve had some crucial injuries, but we are a program where everyone is challenging for spots. The backup guys are getting well prepared by getting snaps and were able to step up when the time came.” Head Coach Scott Peery

 

Senior linebacker, Caden Swapp had a few words about the injuries. “The underclass has done really well at stepping up and continue to make plays and help fill the voids of injuries. George Drakos and Cam Wilson especially have done a really good job filling these roles on defense.”

 

“We are super exciting, there is lots at stake, friendship, bragging rights, and pride. I have a saying, “Act like every game is the biggest game of the year.” Well, we’re here the biggest challenge for our guys.”

 

The dubbed “Backyard Battle” continues to heat up as the week progresses both teams wanting the first win in what will become a big rivalry.

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Davis stuns Syracuse in a contest that came down to the final play

The Darts lined up for their final snap of regulation with less than 2 seconds on the clock, game tied at 20. Being near mid field, the entire arena was preparing for an overtime duel that would decide the game.

Nobody expected this to be the last play of the game. Davis’ sophomore quarterback Jackson Stevens calls for the snap and drops back. Dodges a sack and airs the ball out high in the air towards the end zone.

Nobody can accurately recall what happened next. Multiple Davis and Syracuse players all went up for the jump ball. Nobody knew who came down with it or if anyone came down with it at all. With the entire crowd holding their breath, the referee put both his arms in the air signaling a touchdown.

The arena erupted in excitement. Parents cheered as everyone on the Davis sideline rushed to the endzone to celebrate. Shortly after the initial celebration, the team was joined by the student body. Being the homecoming game, there was extra people in attendance which made the celebration even more exciting.

Davis receiver Ty Hoagland was credited with the touchdown in the stat book, but Max Painter seemed to have the ball in his hands after the play. When asked about the play from his perspective, Painter said:

“I saw everyone jump for the ball and it seemed to be sitting in everyone’s hands for a second, so I grabbed it and pulled it down.”

Whereas Hoagland said:

“I went up and caught the ball but as I was falling down or maybe I was already down I’m not really sure, someone stripped it from me. I couldn’t tell if it was our team or theirs at first but once I realized Max had it I jumped on him and started celebrating.”

Either way the play resulted in a Davis touchdown and a huge win over a good Syracuse team. Davis jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter after a Dakoda Kempthorne run and a Gage Butler field goal. By halftime the score was 17-3 and looking very good for the Darts.

However, Syracuse was not about to roll over like many were thinking. Coming out of halftime they ran back the opening kickoff, forced Davis to punt, then drove the field resulting in a 42-yard field goal making the score 17-13 with 7:25 left in the 3rd quarter.

After another Syracuse touchdown and a Davis field goal, the score was tied at 20 heading into the 4th quarter. The period was back and forth, staying tied the entire time. Thus, until the 40 yard heave from Stevens that gave the Darts the win.

Coming into the contest Davis (3-3) was 2-3 on the year. This win against Syracuse (4-2) should provide the confidence needed to compete for the top spot in a region where it’s free game. The biggest games of the darts season are ahead of them with one of them being an away game at Fremont this Friday.

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Davis stuns Syracuse in a contest that came down to the final play

The Darts lined up for their final snap of regulation with less than 2 seconds on the clock, game tied at 20. Being near mid field, the entire arena was preparing for an overtime duel that would decide the game.

Nobody expected this to be the last play of the game. Davis’ sophomore quarterback Jackson Stevens calls for the snap and drops back. Dodges a sack and airs the ball out high in the air towards the end zone.

Nobody can accurately recall what happened next. Multiple Davis and Syracuse players all went up for the jump ball. Nobody knew who came down with it or if anyone came down with it at all. With the entire crowd holding their breath, the referee put both his arms in the air signaling a touchdown.

The arena erupted in excitement. Parents cheered as everyone on the Davis sideline rushed to the endzone to celebrate. Shortly after the initial celebration, the team was joined by the student body. Being the homecoming game, there was extra people in attendance which made the celebration even more exciting.

Davis receiver Ty Hoagland was credited with the touchdown in the stat book, but Max Painter seemed to have the ball in his hands after the play. When asked about the play from his perspective, Painter said:

“I saw everyone jump for the ball and it seemed to be sitting in everyone’s hands for a second, so I grabbed it and pulled it down.”

Whereas Hoagland said:

“I went up and caught the ball but as I was falling down or maybe I was already down I’m not really sure, someone stripped it from me. I couldn’t tell if it was our team or theirs at first but once I realized Max had it I jumped on him and started celebrating.”

Either way the play resulted in a Davis touchdown and a huge win over a good Syracuse team.

Davis jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter after a Dakoda Kempthorne run and a Gage Butler field goal. By halftime the score was 17-3 and looking very good for the Darts.

However, Syracuse was not about to roll over like many were thinking. Coming out of halftime they ran back the opening kickoff, forced Davis to punt, then drove the field resulting in a 42-yard field goal making the score 17-13 with 7:25 left in the 3rd quarter.

After another Syracuse touchdown and a Davis field goal, the score was tied at 20 heading into the 4th quarter. The period was back and forth, staying tied the entire time. Thus, until the 40 yard heave from Stevens that gave the Darts the win.

Coming into the contest Davis (3-3) was 2-3 on the year. This win against Syracuse (4-2) should provide the confidence needed to compete for the top spot in a region where it’s free game. The biggest games of the darts season are ahead of them with one of them being an away game at Fremont this Friday.

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Davis Lacrosse summary

Davis high’s lacrosse team saw a lot of success this year with an 89% win rate and they took region.

Davis high boys lacrosse took first in the 6A region 1 with an undefeated 14 and 0 record.

Overall Davis High boy’s record for the 20-21 season was 16-2, giving them an 89% win rate for the season.

Davis’s boy team had a 7-0 record on the road and a 9-2 record at home.

Davis’s boy’s lacrosse team’s biggest win this year was a 20-0 win against their rival Layton high school. It’s also nice to beat Layton especially when it’s a blowout like this one.

When Davis High lacrosse player and SBO Perry Sundstrom was asked about his favorite moment in the lacrosse season he said

” When we beat Layton by 20″ he also said, ” Layton team sucks”.

This season Davis Highs boys lacrosse roster had 39 players, 20 of whom were seniors, so this might affect the team next year because they will be losing over half of their total team.

Davis High school also has a girls lacrosse team that did very well this year as well with an 82% win rate.

“Lacrosse is fun to watch,” explains Jared Clark.

The girl’s team also took first in their region this year, their record in the region was 13-1 and their overall record was 14-3 great job Davis high girls lacrosse.

Just like the boy’s team, the girls were also 7-0 on the road looks like Davis takes care of business on the road, and their home record was 7-3.

lacrosse is a fairly new sport in the high school scene yet it is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting sports in high school and Davis is sure glad to have a team for both the boys and the girls at our school. We hope Davis lacrosse can perform just as well or even better next year.

 

 

 

 

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2021 NBA playoff standings

The national basketball league will head into the 2021 season playoffs on May 22nd. Some teams secured their spot early on and others are still battling it out.

The western conference had the Utah Jazz finish in the number one seed followed by the Suns in 2nd, the Denver Nuggets, Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers are playing the Warriors for the seventh seed while Memphis Grizzlies are playing the Spurs for the 8th seed and a potential spot to play the Utah Jazz.

The play in games take place tonight the 19th. The Lakers play the Warriors and the winner will move on to play the Suns. The loser will play the winner of the Grizzlies and the Spurs game to compete for a last chance and play the 1-seed Utah Jazz.

The east is a similar story. It shows the 76ers in the top spot followed by the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat in the last secured 6th seed.

The Celtics faced off against the Washington Wizards for a the 7th seed and Boston blew them away securing their spot against the Brooklyn Nets as the 7th seed. The Pacers now play the Hornets. Winner will compete against the Wizards in a match to play the east 1-seed 76ers.

It has been a long year with Covid, but it seems that things are finally getting back to normal and that includes a good NBA playoff set. People are looking forward to some good matches and a return to a more normal time.

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Utah Jazz claim best record in the NBA

Sunday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings was a must-win for the Utah Jazz. E’Twaun Moore of the Phoenix Suns put pressure on Utah with his game-winning shot against the San Antonio Spurs. If the Jazz had lost to the Kings, it would have secured the Suns the No. 1 seed and Utah the 2.

The Kings played the game with one of their starters, so the Jazz could have easily stenciled in a win which would seal the deal as the best record in the NBA. Many know, though, that teams are never promised a win since so much can happen during a game.

Wins are not guaranteed in the NBA, so Quin Snyder knew he could not mess up. The Jazz was able to stick with their game plan and lock the No. 1 seed right now. They routed the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 121-99 and were able to secure a home-court advantage in the playoffs with their win.

Utah Jazz fans and players were crossing their fingers that the San Antonio Spurs would triumph over the Phoenix Suns. With the Suns’ narrow win, the Jazz knew their mindset would have to be on beating Sacramento. That mindset would push Utah over the edge to victory.

This is the first time in franchise history that the Utah Jazz has had sole possession of the best record. Utah in the past has attained the No. 1 seed in the West, but not acquired the best record in the league. The Jazz finished best in the West during the 1996-97 season and the 1997-98 season as well. This is a huge accolade for Salt Lake City.

The Jazz can bask in the moment, as they should, but at the same time, they will be preparing for the Playoffs. A big part of this preparation is getting Donovan Mitchell back. Mitchell, unfortunately, missed the last 16 games of the season due to an ankle injury. Quin Snyder is crossing his fingers that his superstar will be as close to 100% healthy as possible.

Utah will face the No. 8 seed in the West in the first round of the playoffs. The Jazz’s opponent will be determined when the Play-In Tournament concludes. The Jazz will either match up against the Los Angeles Lakers or the Golden State Warriors. Early predictions sway in the favor of Golden State.

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Why I’m not qualified to write sports stories

Not gonna lie, I don’t love writing sports stories. Of all the categories, it is definitely my least favorite. Instead of talking about actual sports, I’m gonna talk about why I am not the one who should be writing sports stories.

First off, I’m new to this school. I moved here during the summer of last year, right before starting my senior year. Most kids here have attended since sophomore year and thus know the ropes a bit more than I do. I honestly have no idea what’s going on at school most of the time. I barely know what’s happening in my classes, so how can you expect me to be familiar with the sports that I’m not involved in? No, sir!

Secondly, this year is actually my first time attending public school ever. Why is this relevant? I have no clue how school sports work. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Davis football or track or any other school sport. Sounds like a lame excuse, and it kind of is. But still, I feel totally unprepared to write about something that I don’t know about.

I’ve also never been on a school sports team or had any siblings or friends on the sports team. I literally have zero experience or exposure to school sports. The little experience I have playing sports has been in clubs, which is a different dynamic for sure.

And I don’t know anyone on the teams. I could not tell you the name of a single athlete at this school. How am I supposed to interview someone about sports if I don’t even know anyone? Add that on top of my significant lack of knowledge regarding how any sport actually works, and we’ve got a recipe for an embarrassing disaster. I wish to spare us all the pain of witnessing such a debacle.

I also have no interest in school sports at this point. There are only two more weeks of school left for me. I have “Senioritis” something awful, and the apathy is taking over. How can I write about something that I don’t care about? My indifference would show through and make a terrible article. I don’t want to do a disservice to the people who put in so much effort into their teams’ success. They deserve better than that.

Okay, have I excused myself from writing sports stories yet? Do I have enough evidence to support my claim? If not, that’s a rip. Regardless of whether you think I should be let off the hook, here’s my sports story article; take it or leave it, this is all I have to offer. Shoutout to all the kids who are actually involved in sports—you rock!

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Soccer Senior Night

The Davis High Soccer team faced the Syracuse Titans on Monday night for Davis’s senior night.

The game was a huge success, ending in a win for the Darts with a score of 2-1.

This was a big game for both Davis and Syracuse because whoever won would secure 2nd place in our region.

Because it was senior night, we recognized our four senior players Simon Jenson, Wyatt Sanders, Stephen Seelos, and Jacob Veater.

A junior at Davis High, Jerick Sparrow, scored both the goals for Davis.

The highlight of the game was during the second half. Syracuse scored, tying up the score to 1-1 and in the very next play, Davis scored. It wasn’t even ten seconds after Syracuse’s score!

“When Jerick scored that second goal for us, it was so exciting and we all ran up to celebrate our soon to be victory.” says Talon Meyer, a sophomore on the team.

There were lots of fans who came to support the team and that really motivated the players to do their absolute best.

“We had a bigger crowd that really hyped us up and got us ready for the win. People posted on social media and it was super fun to have so many people there supporting us.” says Meyer.

There were a lot of soccer players from other teams in the crowd who were waiting with anticipation to see who would win the intense game.

As the team is heading into the playoffs it’s important for Davis students to support our team more than ever before.

The energy was high and after our victory everyone ran down to congratulate the team on their spectacular win.

“The game was perfect, this was the win we needed” says Meyer.

This win was the perfect step to push the team into playoffs, now as the 2nd place team in our region.

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The first week of Davis High boys tennis.

The week of March 14-20 was the first week of matches for the Davis High tennis team. The Davis tennis team played 3 matches and went 1-2.

The tennis team beat West 3 to 2 on Tuesday and lost to Olympus (Monday) and Bountiful (Thursday) both by a score of 1 to 4.

How a tennis match works is there are 5 varsity matches played. Each varsity match counts towards your team score, so winning 3 of the 5 varsity matches will get you an overall win.

The 5 varsity matches include 3 singles matches and 2 doubles matches. The best singles players on each team play each other and the best doubles teams play each other as well as second best singles against each other and so forth.

McKay Cook, one of the tennis players, he said. “We sucked the first match. Coach got after us and we came out and beat West. However, the day after the big win we lost again.” In response to a question about how the first week of tennis matches went.

The tennis team is getting better, and they are working hard to improve their game. McKay Cook said, “We have a lot of things to work on like, winners in singles and doubles strategy.” But undoubtedly, the tennis team is working hard in practice to become great behind the great leadership of head tennis coach Lexi Frey.

The tennis team practices hard every day to prepare for their matches, and as the defending region champs the Davis High tennis team has a large target on their backs. They will have some good competition for the Region 1 title this year, and they may have some potential for some state tournament victories.

The tennis team is off for spring break but they have a match the week after so you can catch some Davis boys tennis then.

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Davis High’s Ladies Lacrosse

Davis high school debuted their first official season this year and it is safe to say the ladies team is doing amazing. With an undefeated season so far, the women’s team leads their division and is currently 8th in Utah.

I had the opportunity to talk to a few of the key players on the team to catch their opinions on how they think their season is going, and it was awesome to hear what they had to say. I asked the captains what were some of the challenges with being the first women’s lacrosse team here at Davis, and Freshman Captain replied with, “I think getting the same recognition as the boys do is the hardest part. We work just as hard and in a lot of cases, even harder than the boys team, but we do not get the same credit.” States Tallulah Raser. Since the women’s team is so new it is hard getting the recognition they deserve, but it will only improve from here.

Another question that was brung up while I was interviewing the players was what was the captains main goals and what are they doing to motivate their players to get to where they want to be. Sam Wilkes; a senior, replied, “Our main goal is trusting each other and improving everyday on and off the field. As a captain I try and stay as positive as I can to help my team strive to be better.” They continue to say how they think they are projected to win region and do great in the deep playoffs.

If Davis continues on their path of success they will do great things for their team this season, and take home a well deserved championship. Winning and proving themselves will be huge for their team with kicking off their program this year!

 

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Journalists’ most loathed topic, sports

It is no surprise that many journalists at Davis High have a favorite subject to write about, but what is less well known is that many journalists have a single subject that they hate writing about the most: sports.

Journalists each week are assigned a topic to write about based on the categories that you see on this website and it is up to them to find a topic to write about. They are the let loose to write the story and interview people relevant to the story.

The most widely loathed topic to be assigned is Davis High sports.

“It is absolutely the worst subject to write about.”

said a journalist who proceeded to go into a rant when asked about if sports was their least favorite subject.

“I just don’t care, I hate Davis High sports and have no interest in sports in general. Why the heck would you waste your time?”

said the same journalist fired up about sports.

Many others shared the same sentiment, if a little less extreme.

“I enjoy sports in general, but writing about Davis sports is my least favorite topic.”

Calmly explained another journalist.

This was a common comment on the journalism team. Many of them liked sports in general but found writing about Davis sports boring.

“I just don’t care, there is not a lot going on.”

Explained another journalist.

It seems that the vast majority of journalists are fine with sports, but do not like writing about them.

“I understand your interest in the sport if you play on a Davis High team, but for everyone else it is kind of hard to relate to”

Said a journalist when asked about their final remarks on sports.

Covid-19 has also decreased interest in Davis Sports because now many sports tournaments that previously would have been held are now cancelled, meaning not a lot is going on in the Davis sports world.

In the end it is up to the audience on what is popular or not, and sports will continue to stay a category, even if loathed, for many years to come.

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She’s a runner, she’s a track star…

Whether it’s the 200m, 400m, hurdles or pole vault, there is no denying that track is an insane sport, encompassing some of the most impressive and top tier athletes around. Running is hard work, so anyone who can do it even half decently is a skilled athlete with insane control over their body and mind.

With State around the bend, and regions coming up even sooner this is how the Davis High Track team is preparing to place big.

“We are seeded really good this year; not that other years weren’t, but we are doing really well.” says senior Shelby Steele about upcoming meets.

The team is having everyone try events to score points more consistently as well as fine-tuning techniques to improve speed in each event, Parker Sagers, senior and captain on the team, explained giving a look into the team’s strategy going into upcoming meets.

“We have region coming up soon- I think we have a chance at it so there’s a lot of prep with finding the balance between hard work to get faster and staying healthy. Injuries are always a challenge, so finding that balance is important.” Melodee Waddoups on some challenges.

That has never been more true; obviously we want to push ourselves and teammates to do better and be faster, but too much of that and you’ll exhaust yourselves, and are then more injury prone. So in the long run it is more beneficial to find that happy medium: the sweet spot between pushing it to the limit and improving, and getting worn out and injured.

Every athlete faces injuries and has to find a way to push through them. The Davis track team is no exception.

“Some challenges I have faced is injury with shin splints and having to train through it. Lots of ibuprofen for meets and practice have gotten me through it all.” says Parker.

Davis High track athletes put so much time into making our school the best team possible. It’s the little things that prove to be crucial in being successful. The little points here and there that’ll allow us to pull ahead of other teams, and to come through with the win.

 

 

 

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Recreational sports according to Kallie Goodfellow

Kallie Goodfellow, a junior at Davis High School voices her opinions on recreational sports.

Kallie plays both soccer and volleyball as recreational sports. Kallie has been playing rec soccer for 8 years and rec volleyball for 3 years.

“I prefer rec sports to comp, I like to have more time on my hands and rec allows that.” Kallie says on whether she prefers rec or comp sports.

“It has helped me to get to know people, try new things, and live a life full of activities that I enjoy.” says Kallie on the opportunities recreational sports have provided.

“For soccer I hope to improve my endurance. For volleyball I want to improve my strength.” Kallie says on her goals in her sports.

These sports are an opportunity for people to stay active and have fun playing sports they enjoy. Kallie has taken advantage of this opportunity and is participating in her community’s sports.

“I will overcome my obstacles by training and pushing myself to improve as well as getting tips from those who have been playing longer than me.” says Kallie.

Kallie is very determined to do well and have fun in her sports, which shows by her goals to overcome the challenges in her sports.

“I started playing soccer because as a kid it was the sport I got into to get outside and be active. It was something new and different. I started playing volleyball because my mom has always loved volleyball and she introduced it to me and now I have grown a love for it as well.” says Kallie on her beginnings in her sports.

“Volleyball and soccer have become my break from life, a way to relax and just have fun. I have enjoyed learning volleyball and soccer over the years.” says Kallie.

Anyone who is interested in staying active and having fun, look into joining recreational sports.

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Tiger Woods left a gaping hole in our hearts

Augusta National Golf Course has been home to many sweet memories for Tiger Woods. From the surprising triumph in 2019 and the back-to-back wins in ’01 and ’02, this year’s Masters left us grasping for something. That thing was Eldrick Tont Woods.

Tiger Woods, unfortunately, could not participate in the Masters due to his recent injury. On February 23, Tiger Woods crashed his vehicle in Southern California. The incident left Tiger with some serious injuries to his right leg which required him to undergo multiple surgeries. This injury could easily jeopardize his future in the PGA and his future in general.

Tiger has been dominating the stage at the Masters since 1997 when he won it by 12 strokes at the age of 18. That tournament is what launched the most followed golf career. Tiger Woods has managed to change the course of golf from just being a “rich guy” sport to a national phenomenon. The “Tiger Woods effect” is real and still continues to grow.

Many predicted after the 1997 Masters, when 18-year-old Tiger Woods dominated, that he would steamroll Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors. But we need to remember that there is opposition in everything, so many believed Tiger would never reach that milestone. At the age of 43, Tiger Woods conquered the world at Augusta National and won his fifth Masters tournament. Woods has opened the door again for the discussion for the greatest golfer of all time.

When we watched Tom Brady triumph over Kansas City in the Super Bowl, we realized how much we love an old dog who uses new tricks. Athletes such as Woods and Brady, in terms of sports, are “old dogs” who are managing to beat the “new dogs”. At 45 years old now, Tiger Woods is still managing to compete on high levels. Even though he has not competed this year, some of his performances last year shocked the world.

The Masters Tournament at Augusta National in Georgia did not disappoint this year. Hideki Matsuyama managed to win the tournament, but Tiger Woods stole the show. Even without being there physically, Tiger’s presence was felt. We are all anxiously waiting for that next performance and possibly the next win for Mr. Woods.

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Everything you need to know about boy’s baseball so far!

Baseball season has been underway for the past few weeks and things are looking up for the team, despite a few set backs.

First off, we have boy’s baseball. Their first five games they have gone 3-2. They started off the season hot with a 3-game win streak, but had back-to-back losses to Riverton in their last two games.

The first game was a close win over Bountiful with a final score of 1-0. The first two innings were scoreless, until the third inning when Jake Maw got a hit to score the one and only run. Davis pitched a shutout to put their record to 1-0.

The second game was a high scoring win for the Darts against Woods Cross. The final score was 8-3. The first inning started off with a bang with both sides scoring two runs. Davis got the win with a 4-run inning in the 5th.

The third game was a blowout against the Copper Hills Grizzlies, the final score being 7-0. Mike Wendt had 3 hits with 2 RBI’s on only 4 plate appearances. Davis pitched a shutout to bring our record to 3-0.

In our fourth game of the season, the 3-game win streak came to an end with a heartbreaking loss to Riverton. The final score was 10-1. Riverton came out swinging and Davis could not keep up with Riverton’s offense.

In our latest game, we played Riverton again and, while it was closer than before, but we still ended up with the loss. The final score was 5-2. We held Riverton to less runs, but we just couldn’t get the bats going against Riverton’s pitching.

The boy’s baseball season started off hot with a 3-game win streak, but lost two in a row in back-to-back games against Riverton. If we play like we did at the first of the season, we have nothing but good things to look forward to this season.

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The chaos behind soccer’s new super league

On Sunday April 14th, 12 European soccer clubs announced a new “super league” that would act independent of the UEFA. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham are the clubs announced as founding members. Just after the announcement was made, the soccer community erupted.

Across the world, there are over 4 billion fans that share the love for the sport. After the announcement was made on Sunday it seemed as if the entire community did not approve. Many have said that the clubs involved forgot about the fans. Sport reporting companies such as ESPN wrote articles with headlines titled “Super league is only wanted by a cabal of Europe’s Elite club owners: Fans have been forgotten.”. This seems to be the overall opinion toward the super league announcement.

Put simply, the super league would be the equivalent to the top four teams from each NBA conference breaking off and creating a league in which only they got to play. As you can see, fans would be torn apart and it seems that is what is happening here.

The UEFA and FIFA have made threats, saying that if these clubs go ahead with the league, they could be removed from there current leagues and their players banned from international games. The opinions of most of the individual players on this announcement are unknown, so fans are waiting anxiously to hear their perspectives so that they can gain a full understanding of the issues at hand.

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Player Spotlight: Talon Meyer

Talon Meyer is a fun person to be around, and has an excellent sense of humor. Everyone around him loves him, and no one can deny his talent in soccer.

As a freshman, Talon played for Davis High’s Varsity soccer team, and played the full game. Covid-19 shut down the soccer season, but Talon still made a name for himself in the Davis High soccer world.

Now a sophomore, Talon still plays on the Varsity team. He is grateful for the chance to play soccer this season, even with the covid precautions.

Talon got his start playing soccer when his mom signed him up for rec soccer at a young age. Talon loved the game, and has been playing ever since.

Talon is always getting new soccer gear for Christmas and his birthday, because soccer is what he enjoys. Soccer is his passion.

“My cousin and I hang out all the time and we both play soccer, so we always play together which gives me a lot of my practice.”

Talon is found in the field behind his house all the time, kicking around a soccer ball and taking shots.

“I play on USA, for a team which was ranked 12th in the nation by Gotsoccer.com when I joined” says Talon about his current soccer team.

This is a huge sacrifice for him, because USA is an hour away. Every practice takes about four hours with drive time plus the time spent playing soccer.

This sacrifice shows Talon’s dedication to his sport and his determination in succeeding.

“College soccer would be fun, but I don’t have my heart set on one place.” says Talon on his college plans.

Talon has put hard work, time, and a lot of sweat into his dream, and we will see how it pays off in his bright future ahead.

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What it means for March Madness to be back after an off year

After a year taken away from basketball fans by Covid-19, March Madness is officially happening. The NCAA tournament is arguably the greatest annual sporting event in history, with thousands of basketball and non-basketball fans alike tuning in.

One of the many great things about March Madness that appeals to those who do not watch basketball is filling out brackets. Competing to see who can correctly predict all 63 games is fun in and of itself, but the fact that you need close to no college basketball knowledge to succeed makes it even better. Just take Gregg Nigl, a man who didn’t watch any college basketball but picked close to 50 games in a row correctly in 2019.

“Don’t overthink it,” said Nigl when asked about the keys to a good bracket.

Whether it’s in a family bracket group, or in the overall bracket pool, the person who has none to very little knowledge of basketball always wins. Experts never get their picks right, because the teams that are “supposed to win” never win.

Since March Madness is fun for those who don’t care about basketball, it is something close to heaven for those who thoroughly enjoy basketball. Something about the huge field of teams, the complete randomness of the teams that win, and the fact that games are always happening make March a month of basketball heaven.

“March Madness is super great because there are so many different teams that can make noise and win, which in my opinion is much better than the NBA,” explains Colby Cox, a March Madness fan.

“I love March Madness because of how it takes a great sport and creates a huge sporting event that brings tons of people together and creates a fun, competitive environment that everyone can participate in,” says Silas Williams, a March Madness fan.

“It’s fun to watch all the games because all the games matter. Plus it’s non-stop action,” exclaims Tyler Tynsky, a March Madness fan.

Even if your bracket is consistently busted every year, March Madness will always be something you can enjoy.

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Davis Soccer team in it to win it!

The Davis High boys soccer team officially started last week on Friday in a game against Weber High.

The varsity game ended in a loss with a score of 0-2. The JV game also ended in a loss of 0-2. The game against Roy yesterday ended in a win 3-2. The JV score also ended 3-2. Tomorrows game will be against Northridge High School.

Talon Meyer, a sophomore on the varsity soccer team says that the goal of the team this year is to win region.

“If we put in some hard work we can win” says Talon on whether or not the team can win region.

“Weber is the biggest competition for us this year so that is our biggest obstacle this season.” says Talon on the challenges of this season.

Even faced with challenges, the soccer team is prepared and ready to fight for their victories. Even though the first game against Weber was a loss, this will just push the soccer team harder to improve themselves.

“By putting forth more effort and practicing our formation changes.” Talon says on how the team is going to overcome the challenges of this season.

With this kind of determination the soccer team is going to crush everyone this soccer season!

Talon started playing soccer when he was really young because his mom wanted him to be involved. Talon thought soccer was fun, and has been playing ever since.

Talon says the best part about high school soccer is being able to mess around and have fun with “the boys.” The fun relationships on the team is what will push the team this year to victory.

Although the first game was a loss, the soccer team is still hungry and going to fight to win each game. Good luck on the rest of the season boy’s soccer team!

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Boys Lacrosse

Davis high lacrosse team has had a great season so far. Only 2 weeks in and they are already 3-0, winning by significant margins in each game.

This week, they play Fremont on Tuesday and Clearfield Thursday. The game against Fremont will be a good matchup because just like Davis, they are also 3-0. Clearfield should be an easy win for the boys, as long as they keep playing at their current level, seeing as they are only 2-4.

Erik Hansen, a sophomore on the team, has been playing for just over five years. He does faceoff, which is what starts the game.
It also is what they do every time someone scores a goal rather than just turning the ball over. He played for a club team called Oneida before Davis School District sanctioned lacrosse.

“I love being part of the lacrosse team. It really is one big family, which is my favorite thing about it. I also like being able to be aggressive on the field.” said Erik.

Jon Page, a Senior defender on the lacrosse team, has been playing for nearly ten years and has grown to love lacrosse.

“It’s a brotherhood really. Its different now that it is a sanctioned sport and not a club. We really are one big family.” explained Page.

According to multiple team members, the team has become a family. Much more than it was when it wasn’t sanctioned.
More and more people are starting to get involved and go to games. Lauryn Arnold, a senior at Davis, enjoys going to the games.

“Lacrosse is super fun to watch. Its kind of crazy because its literally like a mix of soccer, football and hockey. It moves really fast pace and it is just such a fun atmosphere.” She says.

Overall, lacrosse is a fun game to watch and Davis high students are all excited to see how far the team goes.

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E-Sports vs Sports which will succeed and which will be left in the dust?

As technology advances in this modern era and especially after the Covid-19 pandemic people are beginning to wonder whether E-sports will overtake sports in the future. Here at Davis High, the issue couldn’t be more dividing.

One argument goes that E-sports is a relatively unknown field that very few people attend and that sporting events like the super bowl will remain the supreme event.

The other argument is that our increasingly technological society will give way to more people watching technology-based sports and videogames(aka E-sports).

Here at Davis, both points of view are shared, unsurprisingly many people who play sports believe that regular sports will be able to continue to surpass e-sports, while people participating in e-sports think the opposite.

“One day it could happen, these E-sports events get millions of vies, more people are becoming interested in E-sports, ” said a student when asked about E-sports overtaking physical sports.

“E-sports will take hold because of technological advancement, especially with us moving more and more into virtual reality,” exclaimed another student who was asked about E-sports overtaking physical sports.

While this society is nowhere near the virtual reality world presented in “Ready Player One”, it could get close with enough technological advancement to cause physical sports to take a backseat to e-sports.

We all know that E-sports were not a thing prior to the 21st century and did not have enough time to grow to the proportion that physical sports have. Because of this, E-sports ultimately taking over regular sports is a whole new reality, and for some a pipe dream.

“No the super bowl will remain more popular. While younger people can relate to both sports and E-sports, older people will continue to only relate to one of the two,” said an athlete here at Davis High.

“No, physical sports will remain the dominant entertainment form,” explained a student when asked whether E-sports would close the gap of participation on sports.

Our first student is quite right, older generations cannot relate to E-sports while younger generations can. This begs the question if 100 years in the future E-sports will be the supreme sport. Surprisingly the E-sports coach at Davis High doesn’t think so.

“I don’t think so, there is a huge presence in kinetic sports…the majority of people do not even know about E-sports”

“E-sports won’t become more popular than regular sports tournaments, but the numbers of people interested will grow,” explained Mr. Stanley, the E-sports coach.

This shows a lack of belief that E-sports will surpass regular sports from the coach of the team which is quite surprising. While the numbers will grow, it will not be enough to upset regular sport’s dominance over the entertainment industry, or so the argument goes.

So, who will take up the mantle of the most popular sport? Will it stay with regular sports, or will we see a shift to E-sports? Only time will tell.

 

 

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Recap of boy’s baseball so far through the season.

Baseball season has been underway for the past few weeks the things are looking up for the team, despite a few set backs.

First off, we have boy’s baseball. Through their first five games they have gone 3-2, with back-to-back loses to Riverton in their last two games. They started the season hot with a 3-game win streak.

The first game was a close win over Bountiful, final score was 1-0. The first two innings were scoreless, until the third inning when Jake Maw got a hit to score the one and only run. Davis pitched a shutout to put their record to 1-0.

The second game was a high scoring win for the Darts against Woods Cross. The final score was 8-3. The first inning started off with a bang with both sides scoring two runs. Davis got the win with a 4-run inning in the 5th.

The third game was a blowout against the Copper Hills Grizzlies, the final score was 7-0. Mike Wendt had 3 hits with 2 RBI’s on only 4 plate appearances. Davis pitched a shutout to bring our record to 3-0.

In our fourth game of the season the 3-game win streak came to end with a heartbreaking loss to Riverton. The final score was 10-1. Riverton came out swinging and Davis could not keep up with Riverton’s offense.

In our latest game we played Riverton again and it was closer than before, but we still ended up with the loss. The final score was 5-2. We held Riverton to less runs but we just couldn’t get the bats going against Riverton’s pitching.

The boy’s baseball season started off hot with a 3 game win streak, but lost two in a row in back-to-back games against Riverton. If we play like we did at the first of the season we have nothing but good things to look forward to this season.

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Upset After Upset: March Madness

March madness was able to begin play this year after an unfortunate leave due to Covid last year. With the absence of the tournament last year it seems as if all the attention from then has been thrown at this years tournament. March Madness wouldn’t be madness without its signature upsets. Millions of people have posted there brackets with some betting thousands of dollars and now according to ESPN there are no longer any perfect brackets out there.

This year has been different than previous years not just because of the way the players are heading into the games but the number of upsets we have had has been much more than previous years.

For starters eleven seed UCLA took on six seed BYU to throw apart many peoples first round, UCLA won 73-62, this was just the beginning. 14 seed ACU threw apart brackets left and right when they defeated Texas who were ranked with a 3 seed.

upsets continued to rain down with a more memorable one being 15 seed Oral Roberts defeating 2nd seed Ohio state, only the second time in history of the tournament that a 15 seed has defeated a 2nd seed. as more and more upsets came peoples brackets were beginning to fall apart.

As the tournament continued into the second round there was no relief from the upsets. Loyola an 8 seed moved on to defeat number 1 seed Illinois whom many had going much further and for some they had them winning the entire thing.

the more the upsets happened the more people started to blame the rankings. “To many teams have been ranked to high”, “To many teams have been over looked because they were ranked lower” are just a few of the quotes I’ve heard around the school and online.

with second round currently going underway the tournament is just getting better. Although the upsets might not be the best for peoples brackets it definitely makes its an interesting subject to talk about.

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Oral Roberts basketball is stealing everyone’s heart this March

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma is managing to steal everyone’s heart this March Madness season. A University that glorifies God is stoked to be stealing the show. Oral Roberts is a university many have not heard of, but one that is sticking out in many hearts recently with their showing in March Madness.

Coming into March Madness, Oral Roberts was the 15- seed. Their first matchup would entail the ever-dangerous Ohio State Buckeyes who were the 2 -seed. The Golden Eagles were able to overlook these standings and put the pedal to the medal. Kevin Obanor led the way with 30 points and was followed by the nation’s leading scorer Max Abmas who had 29.

“A big key to this game for Oral Roberts was not going to their bench. A lot of teams will go to their bench early into games, but Oral Roberts only had 2 guys come off the bench which is huge.”

Stated Sharon Brown when asked about her thoughts on the game.

Overcoming Ohio State meant that the Golden Eagles would have to face the 7-seed Florida Gators. Florida was just coming off a testy match against Virginia Tech where they only won by 5. Florida had no idea what they would be getting themselves into when they went up against Oral Roberts.

Oral Roberts was able to overcome multiple double-digit deficits with an aggressive last five minutes. They were able to claw their way back into the game and stun the Gators. This was a different brand of basketball as well for the Golden Eagles as the Gators hail from the SEC. The SEC is known for its gritty and well-rounded basketball teams. The biggest weapons for Oral Roberts were, once again, Kevin Obanor and Max Abmas. They combined for 54 points and 13 rebounds.

Managing to score 14 of the last 20 points of the game, the Golden Eagles were able to punch their ticket into the Sweet 16. This is a massive accomplishment for the school as they don’t see that kind of stage often. The stage is set and we now all wait to see what Oral Roberts does next.

“How do you not cheer for Oral Roberts? This is a Cinderella story in its purest form. A small school from Oklahoma is dethroning the schools that have reigned forever. I think everyone at home and out there is rooting for the Golden Eagles.”

Exclaimed Tara Nish.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will face the Arkansas Razorbacks next. They will look to continue their phenomenal run and triumph over the Razorbacks.

Oral Roberts is stealing the hearts of many and will forever stick in our hearts. May we never forget the school that shocked the NCAA world this March.

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A Promising Upcoming Soccer Team

Jordan Ferre, a Davis High School Senior and 4th year Davis High Soccer player, says this spring season will be one to remember.

“We are shaping up to be a pretty strong team. We have some rock solid seniors as well as our Juniors.”

Said Jordan Ferre when asked how the team is looking this year.

Throughout the years, Weber High School has been one of, if not the toughest competition for our Davis High’s boys soccer.  Who will be the toughest opponent?

“Weber! Weber is gonna be damn good this year.”

Replied Jordan Ferre.

Some students were concerned about another season ending early due to Covid-19, however, they have been told not to worry. This year, they have stated that the situation is under control. Players are being tested every 2 weeks along with a mask requirement everywhere to ensure safety for all the athletes.

Sadly, star forward Jordan Ferre has been banned from competing in the first two games of the season. When asked how he will improve himself during his cleansing period, Jordan Ferre replied confidently,

“I will watch my teammates and their tendencies, come back for the 3rd game of the season and score a Hattrick.”

Cheers to a successful season for our Davis High School Boys Soccer Team. Go Darts!

 

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Swim Team Takes the Lead

The 2021 swim team has worked as hard as possible to ensure their success. Throughout 2020 and 2021, they have had to endure the struggles of Covid-19. However, even still, they work hard and thrive.

While many people have been taken by surprise, Davis High sports continue to progress the same, if not more than before. “I work my butt off for these sports, but in the end, I know it’s worth it,” Marcus William says.

At Davis High students try to push their limits and excel past what everyone expected, even when they are in the toughest of times. The swim team is ready for their challenges and won’t let anything stand in their way.” If I keep working, in the future I’ll have more options and probably succeed,” Marcus said.

After the recent games in February, Davis High’s swim team is thrilled to face yet another challenge. In last month’s regional, they made their success known as they passed with flying colors. “I wasn’t even surprised, after all we have worked our tail ends off,” Marcus says.

The swim teams offers no mercy as they plan to continue this amazing streak and show other schools that through hard work and dedication, they can make it.

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How COVID-19 has changed school sports at Davis

The global pandemic has shifted schools online, cancelled dances, and postponed almost all large celebrations. But how have school sports teams been affected?

Last year, when the first shutdown began, all in-person classes and school activities were cancelled until further notice. Athletes went from having practice every day to none at all. If athletes wanted to keep up their skills, they had to do so alone and at home.

But that was all last school year. In August of 2020, schools started back up again, and sports were back. Each school district handled things differently, taking varying degrees of caution in order to keep athletes safe and healthy.

Here at Davis High, our school administration has been rigorous in creating a safe environment for sports to continue. Before joining any sports team at Davis, students must sign and turn in the “COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Consent Form.”

By signing this document, athletes and parents give their consent to the school that allows them to administer COVID tests on all sports participants. These tests are taken by all sports participants every two weeks, as well as before each game.

In addition to testing athletes, tickets to Davis High football games have been limited to a set number of attendees. Tickets are distributed in a lottery-like manner, with attendees entering their names and student ID numbers in an online form.

An email is sent to students whose names were drawn at 12:30am before the game. While at the game itself, students are expected to stay six feet apart from others when possible and face masks are to be worn at all times.

These modifications to how we approach sports keep the health and safety of our athletes as a top priority. Above all else, Davis High is committed to the health and success of its students.

 

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Boys Basketball clinches berth into state quarterfinals

There are going to be games where the Davis Darts make some noise and magic. Well Friday night, the Davis Darts created some serious last-minute magic and noise to stun the Layton Lancers and the boisterous crowd. 

After watching Layton defeat West, the Darts knew this was not going to be easy. The playoffs are win or go home, and Davis was going to make sure they did not go home. 

“The hardest thing about the playoffs is winning that first game,” Chance Trujillo said when inquired about the playoffs. “We knew even before the game that we would have to play hard offensively and play lockdown defense. 

The Darts went on to beat the Lancers, 41-39, but it was clear early on that they were going to have to dig deep down to win this one. At the end of the first quarter, they were down by 9 and only had 2 points. 

“We knew that we had to come out strong after the 1st Quarter and not back down,” senior Ben Haggard said. “That mindset is one we would adopt for the rest of the game and would lead to victory.” 

Davis stayed mentally tough and staunch in their effort to play lockdown defense. They were able to limit arguably the most dominant player in the 6A region, Ethan Potter, to just 13 points. Davis also shut down Layton on the boards by limiting them to 20 rebounds. 

The Darts also limited Layton’s shots by taking the ball out of Potter’s hands and making others shoot the rock. This strategy worked effectively as the second-leading scorer for the Lancers, Preston Squire, only had 10 points. By limiting shots and taking the ball out of Ethan Potter’s hands, Davis was able to fight back. 

Coach Sims promised us if we played lockdown defense and limited their shots that things would work out,” stated Spencer Ferguson after the game. 

The Davis Darts only held a lead for 43 seconds the entire night, but Rex Sunderland’s buzzer-beater is what propelled Davis into the state quarterfinals. The Darts used a team effort to secure the win and maintained their mental toughness all night. 

“It was a great way to end our last matchup with our rivals and send ourselves into the quarterfinals,” exclaimed Ben Haggard when asked about the emotions he experienced after the game. 

Davis learned some valuable lessons from this game. They will take the lessons learned with them into the Corner Canyon game as they work towards securing a 6A State Championship trophy. 

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Could there be a bowling club at Davis?

Has anything ever been appealing to you but seems just out of reach? Something like bowling, maybe? Here at Davis High School, Bowling is something that most students see as a pastime. Could Bowling possibly be integrated into Davis High as a club or competitive sport? Stick around to see if the general opinion of the students says so.

In a poll of 20 random students at Davis High, 45% of the students said they were interested in bowling, 10% could see DHS creating a team of talented Bowlers, and that same 10% said they could see it being successful. Then, once again, the same 10% said they would join the team/club. All of a sudden, it’s not looking so good for a Bowling team at DHS.

As the final question on the poll, the students were asked if they thought the idea was waste of time, good enough to be a club, or should be made into a school sport. 60% of the students thought it would be a waste of time, 25% thought it should be a club, and 15% thought it should be made into a school sport.

What can be said from these polls is that DHS doesn’t seem to be too interested in competitive bowling as a school team. To me personally, I just see bowling as a fun pastime activity to partake in with your family, friends, or a date. I’m not sure if I can speak for other students by saying this, but to me it seems like they feel the same way.

Although Bowling at DHS isn’t exactly a bad idea, to a general audience, it isn’t a great one. With enough students and faculty supporting the idea, it could become a reality, but until then, bowling looks like it’s just gonna have to stay one of those activities you do with grandma.

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Shocking poll shows that only 25% of students care about Davis sports

A new poll at Davis High interviewing 20 students of different genders, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds found that only 5 in 20 keep up with Davis sports in any way.

With the Covid-19 pandemic raging throughout Utah, many Davis High recipients found themselves not going to sports games which they traditionally traveled to. However, this new poll shows that the majority of students never cared in the first place.

“I just don’t care” is the answer we got from many students when asking them why they don’t keep up with the sports world at Davis.

Surprisingly, the majority of people who do care about sports participate in them, simply saying: “I play them” when asked about why they keep up with the Davis sports scene.

About 3 out of the 5 who keep up with Davis sports played in them, showing that the majority of people who don’t play sports never bothered with them in the first place.

“It’s boring” is another characteristic response from students who were asked why they don’t care about sports.

In the age of information, it seems that people just have more fun things to do, or they just don’t have the time.

With the advent of new recreational activities such as videogames, Netflix, YouTube, etc., it seems people just cannot find a reason to go to the sports stadium.

Others seem to have better things to do on a Tuesday/Thursday night saying: “They(sports) don’t matter”.

With mountains of homework and virtual learning becoming more common, many decide to fulfill their responsibilities rather than engage in this recreational activity. Covid-19 effected how many people could come to sports games, so we’ve seen a large decline in the attendance.

As lockdowns and mask mandates begin to lift, it calls into question: will anybody show up to the sports games? Will we see an increasing interest in sports at Davis? Or will we continue to lose interest in these recreational activities?

It’s hard to say, but for now the majority of Davis will just move on with their life despite any sports events.

 

 

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The Year Ahead for the Davis High Boys Soccer Team

The Davis High boys soccer team has finished their tryouts and is heading into the 2021-2022 season. With a global pandemic and the previous season being cut short, the season ahead has been a big mystery- until now. Although last year’s seniors got an unfortunate exit, they passed the torch on to some new prospects on the team. And they think this season will be a good one.

“I think we will be strong compared to last year, especially with the season being cut short” replied mid-field Elliot Pehrson on being asked how the season will be now that tryouts are over.

Star senior Simon Jensen had a similar opinion, saying, “I think this year will between us and Weber; we will be one of the top dogs.”

As last year’s seniors left, it seemed to concern Simon Jensen. He said, “We lost our star forward and one of the best goalies I’ve ever gotten to play with, but I have confidence in this year’s team and look forward to playing at Rio Tinto.”

When asked what will be different this season compared to last, Junior Cooper Barnes said, “With last year being cut short, our team chemistry needs to be put in priority. We haven’t had the previous experience to see how each other play, and I look forward to seeing how it goes.”

Coming in after Covid, the new team and players have less experience than previous seasons. But Elliot viewed this as a positive: “We have a pretty young team that I can grow with. Last year we had a lot of seniors, so it will be interesting to see how we do on our own, especially in our senior year “.

All three replied that they wanted more student appearance at the games. Simon said, “I want a mob, from the beginning to the end. I want support from everyone.”

Cooper and Elliot had similar responses, saying “We need more students to come to the games. It would be cool to see a mob like the football games have.”

Davis heads into their first of two pre-season games against Weber this week, and then it’s off to the races as the season starts.

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A look into the future for DHS boys soccer

With the recent start up of the DHS boys soccer season, we get an inside look at some goals and aspirations of the team and players.

With the season just starting, the hopes of the boys soccer team are high, and their drive is strong. They are motivated and excited to play they very best they can this season.

“A big team goal is just learning to work together as a team and becoming comfortable and familiar with each-others skills.” said sophomore Xander Burt about the teams goals.

As you can imagine it’s hard enough to work with others, especially if you aren’t familiar with them; that’s why developing that bond of friendship and teamwork is so important, and will be crucial for the team to succeed this season.

“Some obstacles with making the team were that there were a lot of boys that wanted it just as much as me, so I had to push myself to the limit.” says Burt about his experience in tryouts.

Being one of the few Sophomores on the team is quite an impressive feat. It can be a cut-throat world out there, and even the smallest amount of skill can give you a step up on your competitors… and soon to be team-mates.

With the majority of the Junior Varsity team being Juniors, it will be critical they practice together and become comfortable working together to be successful as a team.

“My solution is to just always work hard no matter how your day went, and to think of the bigger picture rather than simply not participating.” says Xander on how he plans to be successful this season.

That is the kind of attitude all coaches and team-mates would like to see in every single player. If everyone had this mindset, we can’t help but wonder what great things could be accomplished.

“It’s super cool being on the team as a sophomore and I look forward to every minute of it.” says Burt.

With 2 games already played and many more on the horizon we all look forward to this season, and to all the things it will bring.

 

 

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Less practices, people and fun: How Covid has affected the Davis Mountain-Bike team

Last year looked quite different for the members of the Davis High Mountain-Bike team. Unable to hold as many practices as previous years, and with less coaches and teammates, some riders were left in the dust.

“We had to wear masks, have less people, and didn’t have as many practices as before,” said Charlie Zaugg about how Covid affected the team.

But they’ve dealt with it the same way we all have in these strange times: by social distancing, wearing masks, and following the rules/guidelines from the state and CDC. It’s been hard, but it’s the only thing we can really do.

Riders are eager for a change of scenery this upcoming 2021 season, and with it right around the bend, now is a prime time for those changes to be made.

“I’d like to have more practices at Snowbasin and less Farmington Canyon rides,” says Charlie Zaugg, hopeful for the upcoming season.

Since things have been so different this year already, it may be the year to alter these things and make the changes that the riders want.

“I would also like to see more riders go to state,” says Zaugg about his personal and team goals for this upcoming season.

While mountain biking is more of an individual sport, there is still so much teamwork and comradery among the riders, always pushing each other to become better riders and to do their best.

“Encourage others on more, and stay more unified, cause Covid makes it hard,” says Ethan McKay about what he’d like to see more of this season.

I don’t think anyone could have said it better. During times like these, we all need to think more of our communities, family, friends, and loved ones. Sacrificing things we love and care about can be challenging, but sometimes you just have to keep pedaling and moving forward.

 

 

 

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Player Spotlight – Ben Haggard

Ben Haggard is a quiet kid, but being 6’3”, you always notice when he comes in the room. And yes of course he plays basketball.

Ben is a Senior captain on the Davis High Basketball Team. He is 17 years old and plans on serving a mission after this year of school.

“I’m planning on going on a mission for two years, so I think not playing for two years straight and I won’t have a lot of time to adjust when I get back, too. There’s a lot of good players out there,” Ben said of possible recruiting challenges.

Although he may not be the state’s number one prospect, Ben still hopes to play basketball in his future. Whether he walks on or is offered to somewhere, his passion for the game could lead him onto the roster at some of Utah’s top colleges.

“I’ve been accepted to Utah State, Utah, SUU, and Westminster. It just depends on whether I want to go to a smaller school and play or go to a bigger school and maybe not play,” said Ben of making his college choice.

Ben began playing basketball when he was six years old and he was taken with it from the start. Not just because he is big or talented, but for the joy of the game.

“In first grade my dad signed me up for rec basketball and I just loved it; it was like my favorite thing ever. I was obsessed with it,” said Ben of the start of his love for basketball.

Basketball may not be what fills the fridge for Ben Haggard in the future, but it does fill him. Whether it is his potential on the court or his potential in the workforce, potential is a great word to go with Ben Haggard.

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Girls Wrestling: Trailblazers at Davis High

This year, Davis High added girls wrestling to their athletics program. They started their conditioning in September, and finished up their season up February 15 with the state tournament. Most of the girls on the team ended up placing in the top 6 in the entire state in their respective weight class. Overall, Davis High Girls Wrestling placed 8th out of 21 schools in the state.
There were four seniors who placed in the state tournament. Jessica Nowers placed second, Cece Putnam placed 5th as well as AnaLise Womack and Mary Reid. Amayah Flores, a freshman from Kaysville Junior High placed 6th.
Cece Putnam, a senior on the team, says she loves the sport and loved being on the team.
“The best part about girls wrestling was finding a sport I could be aggressive in and not be judged by my weight. You feel equal to the other girls and you rely on yourself to do well rather than teammates. It’s all or nothing, if you lose, you lose. It is up to you, not your team. Eveyone is wanted no matter how much you weigh or know about wrestling, and that’s a beauty of the sport”
Setting goals is a big part of any sport, it is a way to hold yourself to something and to better yourself in every aspect of the sport. Cece Putnam talked about her goals for state.
“My last goal was to beat a girl from Riverton who had beaten me twice before. I beat her at the state tournament placing me in fifth in my weight class. I was so proud of myself for following through with that goal and being able to accomplish it.”
Talking about her teammates and all they accomplished this year, Cece says
“I am so proud of the girls and their hard work and the coaches who pushed us. All of the girls pushed themselves to be better and work harder and I think that was so important and I am really proud of them for that.”
The girls on the wrestling team were lucky enough to make history at Davis High being apart of something so progressive. Congratulations to the girls wrestling team and all they have done this year.

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What The Super Bowl is like for people who don’t like Football

As everyone knows, this previous Sunday was the Super Bowl, the biggest Football event of the year (for everyone in America). People tend to gather with family and friends to have a party and celebrate like its a holiday. There’s food, good company, and of course Football. What’s not to like? In my case, it’s the Football. You’re probably wondering, “What do people who don’t like Football do during the Super Bowl?”. Well here is my firsthand account on an anti-Football celebration.

To give you some background, my family has a close bond to our neighbors down the street because they moved in shortly after us. Our family has lived in the same house for 15 years, so our families have been friends for over a decade. As a result, every year we celebrate the Super Bowl at their house. Everyone gets excited for the game except for me and my friend Briana, as we don’t care about sports. We celebrate the Super Bowl together instead as a really long hangout as opposed to a Football party.

Our Super Bowl starts off with everyone; we eat a nice meal with typical party favorites; pizza rolls, chips, soda…you know how it goes. As we eat, the game kicks off so we absentmindedly watch for a few minutes. Most of that time is filled with strange commercials, which we question a lot. For example, what the heck was that Mountain Dew Watermelon Commercial? They have a whole obnoxious city, John Cena is there for literally no reason, and it goes on for way too long. We spend our mealtime conversation discussing opinions like this while we enjoy the food. After eating, we head up to her room to do something else while our families enjoy the game.

In previous years, we have done activities such as playing music from Alexa and hosting our own dance party, laughing at funny YouTube videos until our eyes water, and a variety of board games. This year, I decided to bring my jewelry making supplies so we could create our own accessories. Over the course of the night I made two necklaces, five rings, and two ear cuffs. Briana, on the other hand, made around ten keychains and three necklaces. Of course we still included music, this time just from my phone instead of Alexa.

At about half time, we took a break to join the group for dessert, which is essential to any party. We got to discuss more random commercials while we ate, but the actual dessert was the highlight. This year’s variety included an ice cream bar, brownie bites, and chocolate cheesecake, just to start. In fact, we enjoyed dessert so much that we ended up coming back about 20 minutes later for a second dessert. After all, it was a party so we had to take the opportunity to enjoy the junk food.

Just like anyone’s Super Bowl, however, ours flew by. The next thing we knew, it was time to pack up so my family could head home. While the adults were mourning the loss of their favorite team, me and Briana were feeling accomplished with our art and getting excited to wear and share our new designs. We had so much fun, this might’ve been the best Super Bowl yet! Even though our celebration doesn’t include Football, it’s still one of the best parties of the year in its own unique way, and shows that even those who don’t care for sports can still enjoy the Super Bowl.

 

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Lacrosse Class: Is it Worth it?

With the lacrosse season approaching, and lacrosse coming in swinging at full speed, the question of the day is do they deserve a lacrosse class period during school. As some may not know lacrosse is finally becoming a sanctioned sport in the Davis School District, and it deserves to be treated just like every other sport that has a class period at this school.

Members of the lacrosse team has been trying to convince the vice principal, Mark Jolley, to put together a class for them before the next semester starts. I have asked numerous players about what they would use the class for and all of them responded passionately with great ideas.

“It would be super beneficial to have a class period because we could use it to lift on our non-game days. On the days where we would have a game the same day we had the class period, we would use it to watch film on the opponent we play that day or we can use it to get a real good stretch in.” – Kache Allen, Lacrosse Captain

All points seem very valid to these boys who would use the period.

Every sanctioned sport at Davis High school has a class period during the day to train, workout, and even to use as a study hall period. I think it would be fair to have that since Lacrosse will be a sanctioned sport this upcoming semester, it definitely deserves a period as well as every other sport at the school. With the semester starting along with the season starting, the lacrosse team waits impatiently for the class to be created and started for them before the season and semester starts.

Eventually the class period has to be started for the sport, and the players insist the sooner the period is created the better!

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Lacrosse Returns to Davis High

With the winter approaching the season for the 2021 lacrosse team is kicking it off. Davis Highs’ previous lacrosse year was cut off short due to covid-19 and hopefully will not get canceled again this year. I got the chance to interview the class of 2021 and ask a few questions about this upcoming season and what their opinions are.

With extra precautions this year to make sure the lacrosse season doesn’t get canceled, there will be extra things to keep the team safe and healthy to keep the team playing. I asked Senior, Justin Lundskog what snuggles covid will bring this 2021 season.

“I think the biggest struggle we will face is the constant worry of not having a season. it will be especially hard for the seniors because we want to graduate with having a fun and successful season, which we might not get.”

Every lacrosse season is fun and something to definitely look forward to, says Lundskog. The players seem to love every second they get to spend together playing this sport.

Jordan Phelps, Senior says, “I am most excited for this season is to spend time with my teammates and win games and build memories together. With this being our first year being sanctioned, it will be fun playing good competition and getting to travel and win games in our region, and hopefully, go far into the playoffs.”

This season will be surely unique and exciting to see how it plays out. Hopefully, covid won’t stop the seniors last year from playing together as a team. Davis High is projected to have their first game in March and play a team in Region 1 (Davis School District).

Dillion Yocom, Head coach says, “I am excited to get started and start training my players to be ready to perform and compete for this march and hopefully we will get the opportunity to play into the playoffs.”

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Logan Paul to fight Floyd Mayweather in boxing match

On December 6th YouTuber Logan Paul and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather took to Instgram and other social media platforms to announce that on February 20th, 2021 they will be competing against each other in a boxing match. After days of both fighters firing shots at each other over social media, bashing each others integrity and Paul calling Mayweather out to accept the fight contract they made the fight official.

Last month Floyd responded to Logan’s persistent social media call-outs on twitter telling Logan to “find some Barbie dolls to play with” and that Mayweather could “put a muzzle on him”.

Logan Paul is a social media influencer and YouTuber with 19.9 million subscribers on YouTube and 18 million followers on Instagram, who has recently taken up boxing. Last fall Logan boxed fellow YouTuber, KSI. KSI eventually won the match after 6 rounds.

Floyd Mayweather has been boxing professionally since 1996, and since then has not lost a single fight. He has been 50-0 for nearly 30 years!

With Mayweather’s experience and track record many people think Floyd is gonna have an easy win. Weighing in at 150 pounds and standing at 5’8″, Floyd has fought in the Super Featherweight-Light Middleweight class. While Logan Paul is 6’2″ and weighs 200 pounds, landing him in the Cruiserweight class.

Both height and weight have their advantages and disadvantages in the ring. Logan is a lot bigger than Floyd, packing more of a punch, but Floyd is smaller and faster than Logan.

With a perfect record Floyd would have more determination to win. Imagine a professional boxer losing for the first time in his career to a YouTuber, thus ruining his perfect record. With Mayweather having his career and respect on the line, Paul has nothing to lose, with this being only his second fight in his boxing career. If he loses he will just come back harder and stronger.

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Playing Sports During a Global Pandemic

2020 has been a crazy year full of uncertainty and madness. It seems as though nothing has been consistent. In an attempt to try and make things resemble life before Covid-19, Davis High School has kept their sports programs open with extra measures and safety precautions to keep their student athletes safe and healthy.
Volleyball was the only indoor fall sport at Davis High. They were able to make it through their whole season without having to quarantine the whole team. According to Sophomore Leah Clark,
“The sophomore team had to quarantine early in the season after one of the girls tested positive. Because of the precautions being taken, and the fact that the sophomore team practices on a different court than JV and Varsity, only the sophomores had to quarantine.”
Some of the safety precautions that the volleyball team had to follow included having a temperature check each day before practice for athletes and coaches. Each athlete and coach also had to fill out an online survey each day regarding any Covid-19 symptoms and if they had been in contact with anyone who had tested positive. Tristin Wallwork, Junior on the volleyball team said
“I definitely think that the precautions worked and were worth it. We had one girl test positive at the beginning of the season but only the Sophomore team had to quarantine. After that it was smooth sailing. At practice, we had to keep masks on until we were on the court ready to play and then put them on as soon as we were off the court. Then at games we would have to wear our masks on the bench but then if we subbed in, we took them off. We didn’t have to wear them on the court but everywhere else we did. We were also pretty diligent at keeping our distance at practices and in school.”
Senior Lauryn Arnold said the girls were all grateful to have a season.
“There were a lot of states that didn’t even get to play High School sports so we were really lucky to have been able to play. It was such a weird season but I am sure I can speak for us all when I say we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to play. Especially the seniors, it wasn’t the senior season we had hoped for but we got to have one just the same.”
In a time when nothing seems to be normal and it seems as though nothing is a constant in daily lives. The one thing that has been able to stay relatively the same is sports. Although there are several changes that have been made to keep student athletes and coaches safe and healthy, the game has stayed the same.

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It’s Time To Hit The Slopes!

As the cold slowly seeps in and winter progresses, we have hit the SKI SEASON! Resorts are opening up (with Covid-19 precautions) and with luck, we’ll get some more snowfall. Major resorts such as Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are up and running, however with the pandemic situation, there have been some setbacks. Before we get into that, lets talk about the snow sport excitement.

Most can agree that this year has hit us all hard. It can be difficult to find motivation, encouragement, joy, and fun at times and that is why it’s so extremely important to find an outlet. Some kind of happiness. For many, with the coming of winter, that happiness is found on the mountain, shredding some snow.

“Its the best feeling in the world! The cold air rushing into your lungs, the feeling of the frost on your face, and the adrenaline flowing through your blood. It’s the most exhilarating natural high ever and I can’t wait for it to snow some more so I can go up and ski!”

Says Samantha Siddoway, an experienced skier, ready for the ski season to really get going.

At the popular Snowbasin resort, the lines due to social distancing are quite long and it is definitely different from previous years. Other resorts have a similar situation going on, however we have to make do with what we have. At least resorts are opening, and, so far, we have hope that they’ll stay that way through winter and into spring.

So everyone get your skis and snowboards ready, it’s ski season!

 

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Runners UNITE…It’s Indoor Season!

Runners to your marks…get set…GO!

Thats right baby! Its indoor track season and it’s time for everyone to strap on their spikes, whip out the mileage watches, and get ready to run. For most people and students at Davis High, running is not a very pleasurable activity, however for those of us who thrive on that adrenaline rush from running a 400 meter sprint or a quality 10K, it’s time to hit the track. So for all you trackies, this is the article for you.

As the cold continues to set in, runners must stay inside and stay warm, but maintain rigorous training and get physically and mentally ready for the spring track season. Indoor track started on the 1st of December and will continue for the next several weeks before and after winter break.

Runners meet after school and split up into their groups, sprinters, long distance runners, hurdlers, throwers, and jumpers are all focusing on their individual strengths and weaknesses. We have an incredible set of coaches that are here to help every step of the way. They are committed to pushing us to be the best runners we can possibly be. With encouraging motivation and a strict set of mind, Davis runners are in great hands.

Obviously, our situation in much different than from what it was last year. The masks, the cases, the precautions, and so on are all a major and significant part of our lives now. We’re extremely hopeful to keep cases down, for if we exceed the limit we will be forced to postpone practice and run on our own.

“I have been a runner for 5 years now. Running, track, and cross country have made a big impact on my life and I am so freaking thankful to have been able to run track as I have in years past. Indoor track is honestly such a party, you make great friends, get fit, and overall its just a fun vibe. So come run with us!”

Says Brooke Faucet, a beast runner on the team.

All of us runners are excited for indoor track! We are ready to get into shape and see some awesome performances in the spring when meets and outdoor season begins. So come run with us or cheer us on as we run into 2021!

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