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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace Aspittle, a sophomore on the team expressed that,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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State wrestling preview

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

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

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

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

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

“mentally without doubting himself.”

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

said Blake about how it feels to win a match.

To describe what a typical match is like,

Blake said

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

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

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Dax Pew: the “Dewde”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Did the girls get the “Second Round Jitters”?

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

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

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

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

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

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Trevan Leonhardt represents Davis at State

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

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

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

“Basketball is hard.”

He says.

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

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

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

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

Trevan states.

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

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

Trevan explained.

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

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

Trevan says.

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

 

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Boys basketball brings books to local elementary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boys basketball brings books to local elementary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boys Basketball dominates Clearfield and Northridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Davis High girls basketball: road to state

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They also have a message to the school and community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Said senior guard Spencer Vernon.

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

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

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

“Very carefully,”

States Vernon.

Vernon continued to touch on this subject by saying,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Said senior guard Spencer Vernon.

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

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

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

“Very carefully,”

States Vernon.

Vernon continued to touch on this subject by saying,

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

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

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

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

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Girl’s Basketball: Clearfield and Northridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kelsey Leavitt: Varsity Basketball Superstar

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Girls basketball spanks Layton

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

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

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

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Swim team’s success at the region meet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ella Gatherum: All State Drill Competitor

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

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

Ella stated that,

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

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

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

Ella expressed that,

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

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

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

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

She loves that she has,

“38 Best Friends.”

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

 

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Davis High wrestling takes on state

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Davis and Layton rivalry flares up once again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis High swim diving into region

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

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

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

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

However, they aren’t taking anything for granted.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday’s blowout

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

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

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

 

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Davis High Winter Drumline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis Wrestling falls to Syracuse+Tournament preview

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis swim team at Surf’n Swim

The Davis high swim meet took place on December 17, 2019, at Layton Surf ‘n Swim. Clearfield, Northridge, and Davis all competed at this tournament. The swim meet was a great success! Davis High did a great job beating the other teams. There are many events that you can compete in at swim meets.

“It was fun because it was not a complicated meet. There weren’t many schools involved so it was fun to just swim and not have much pressure,” says Brayden Littlefield a junior on the Davis High swim team.

The swim team has been working extremely hard for their placings in the meet, the team has been practicing multiple times a week, and they have been achieving many of their goals as well as breaking many previous records.

The next meet is the Alumni Meet on December 27th, during the Christmas break. This meet is a very exciting meet because there are also shenanigans going on during the event as well. The swim team will continue to do their best to their abilities and improve themselves to beat their old personal records and keep trying until they can keep improving on their personal bests.

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Winter Color Guard: diverse, elegant, and extremely underrated

Color guard is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated sports at Davis High. They are so hardworking and as a result, are amazing at what they do. For those of you that don’t know much about color guard, I will give you a little bit of background. Color guards are teams of performers who perform choreographed dances and routines with various equipment to enhance and interpret the music of a show.

Davis High School’s color guard has two seasons of competitions and performing. There is one in the fall, and one in the winter. They usually perform with the marching band, but during the winter season, they separate from the band to build their own unique and stunning color guard show.

There are 14 members on the winter color guard team this year, and they are currently looking for more members! Whether you have experience or not, you can always learn and the team would be delighted to have you! There are three sections in the color guard that use different equipment. There is the saber section which includes Ben Clawson, Carmen Pectol, Kennedi Morris, Candee Derbridge and Jaden Sparrow. There is the flag section which includes Cara Smith, Christina Lopez, Reilly Pankoski and Cara Smith. The last section is the rifles which includes Lindsey Haderlie, Natalie Shunn, Bayley Warnick, Bayley Lemperle and Lexie Snell.

When I talked to some members, almost all of them said they wish that the students of Davis High knew that all the members of color guard are such an awesome and welcoming group. They are all very close friends and some said they even consider each other family. All the members said that if there is anyone out there who is even remotely interested in color guard to come and check it out. They will gladly teach anyone who wants to learn and will welcome anyone into their color guard family.

One last question that I asked the members was that if they could change one thing about Davis High and color guard what would it be? They all said that they wish that color guard would have some more recognition and representation from the school as an actual hardworking and competitive sports team. They still love what they do no matter what, but it would be so much better with the support of the students at Davis High. So, all the students of Davis High, get out there and show your support for this amazing, elegant and dedicated team!

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The D’ettes: mean, clean, dancing machines

“And now for the Davis D’ettes,” the announcer declairs. 

The energy is high as you and your team walk onto that floor, the team that has become your family. The music starts, the base pulsing through the speakers, through your body as you dance. The crowd goes crazy as you and your team leave it all on the dance floor. 

This Saturday, the 14, is the D’ettes first competition. The girls have been preparing for this since April. They have put in a lot of work, practicing every A-day and Saturday morning, as well as every Tuesday and Wednesday night.  

This is what’s known as a qualifying competition. There are three qualifying competitions total, and their place at semi finals is based on how well they perform at these first three competitions. Then, of course, they advance on to the state competition.  

Last year at state they placed third overall, and sixth in the dance category. Pretty impressive considering they were up against 23 schools!  

This year they’re reaching even higher, hoping to place first at state. 

Our goal is to be state champions! We are working so hard to attain this goal!” commented Sage Bangeter, one of the captains on the team. 

In order to get there they have to start small, which means performing well at this competition. It will be held at Utah Valley University this Saturday. The D’ettes will be performing their military routine at 11:00 am, their dance routine at noon, and their character routine at 2:00 pm.  

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Swim Preview

The swim team has had a great season so far. Since the beginning of the season in October, they have had multiple wins, and are hoping to carry their astounding progress to the end of the season in February.

On Tuesday the 10th, they had a great meet against Weber, and won by 4 points.  The team is playing in an away meet at Bountiful on Friday. The team is very optimistic and confident that they will win.

The team practices really hard every day Monday through Friday after school. The nigh before meets, the team likes to have a pasta party to “carb up”.

Sophomore Ireland Dannehold said she likes to try not to think about a meet the days before so that when it comes shes not as nervous.

With 69 people on the team, it is pretty big. Teammates are very supportive, and are always cheering on other people on the team beside the pool.

“My favorite part about swim is all the friends I’ve made,” said Ireland Dannehold.

Overall, the Davis has a really amazing swim team and has been doing really great. There next swim meet is this Friday, the 13th, at Bountiful High School. Make sure to go to  some of their meets and cheer them on!

 

 

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8 D’ettes participate in Miss Drill UT solo drill competetion

November 25, 2019

8 D’ettes participated in the Miss Drill Utah drill competition on November 25. Basically, Miss Drill Utah is a solo drill competition in which dancers from different schools across the state perform their solo dance routines for judges, rather than their team routines. It is not part of their actual season and will have no affect on it, but it is a good showcase of some of the talent within the drill team.

A total of 8 D’ettes participated in Miss Drill UT. Unfortunately, none of them placed in the top 12 with their solos. Bummer. However one of their teammates Maddie Weiger, says they still did very well.

“They all did so amazing on their solos and they represented the D’ettes so good.” -Maddie Weiger (SR).

The D’ettes have very high hopes for the upcoming drill season. How high? Well according to many of them, state championship high. When asked if the D’ettes are going to be any good this year, Maddie Weiger said this…

“Heck yeah we are. State champs baby.”-Maddie Weiger.

The D’ettes seem very confident and excited for the upcoming drill season. They’ve practiced very hard in the off-season to achieve robot-like precision in their dances, and you can definitely see the results paying off. Will the talent showcased at Miss Drill UT be a foreshadowing of a championship season? Are the robotic D’ettes up to the task? They seem optimistic about it.

 

 

 

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The Davis Valley Classic

This past weekend the D’ettes hosted their second annual Davis Valley Classic. It is a drill competition organized and run by the girls and their coaches. It comes before the first qualifying drill competition of the season, so for many of the teams it was their first time performing their routines in front of a judge. Talk about pressure! 

The d’ettes host the Davis Valley Classic as a fundraiser. The money raised helps pay for their costumes, and other competition expenses. This proves to be a huge fundraiser, as 22 other schools showed up to compete! 

Here’s how the competition is run: 

The girls compete in three different categories: military, dance, and character. These are the routines the schools perform at every competition. The top five schools that place in each category place, and then an overall winner is picked based on school classification. Layton won for 6A and Bountiful won for 5A schools. 

While Davis didn’t compete, they did have a lot of fun performing. They gave the rest of the schools a sneak peak at what they would be up against and performed all three of their competition routines. 

“We hit our routine the best we’ve ever done and we were so happy!” commented Sage Bangeter, one of the team captains, on their dance routine. 

A fun weekend with friends, performing, and supporting their sister teams was just what the girls needed. Now they’re ready to jump into competition season. Good luck girls, we’re cheering for you! 

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Girls Basketball: a Great Start to the Season

It  is safe to say that the girls basketball team has started out their season with a bang. Undefeated so far, they have wins against Jordan, West, and Granger. This week, they beat Jordan and play Bountiful on Friday.

The game on Tuesday was against Jordan, and it was a really good game for the team. The final score was 65-31.

“We were struggling getting started in the game and our sophomore team was super supportive and kept cheering us on and it helped us to play better,” said Reagan Hansen, Senior.

They have an away game at Bountiful high tomorrow at 7, and the team has been working hard in preparation. To prepare for games, the girls look for possible threats and find ways to push at their opponents weaknesses, as well as working on their plays so they can run them well. Bountiful can sometimes be tough to beat, but the girls always try to have a mindset to win and practice hard so they can be ready.

As for the team, they have all bonded really well. Whenever someone who doesn’t get a lot of varsity times comes off the bench and makes an amazing play, the whole team gets so excited for them and they have a lot of team spirit.

“This team is special because not only are we pretty good but we are all basically sisters who have each others backs at all times!” said Kelsey Leavitt, senior.

Girls basketball is looking forward to a great season. Since they ended up 2nd last year to the best team in the state, they are hoping to take the top spot this year and are certainly working hard to get there. Make sure to show up to the game at Bountiful and the rest of their games this year and cheer on Davis!

 

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Davis beats Viewmont in rivalry game

The Davis High boy’s basketball team climbs the ladder as they dominated against Viewmont on Wednesday, 77-53. With excellent defensive plays and a stellar offense, Davis High continues an excellent run to their season. The team works hard and puts in hours of effort to make themselves the best they can. As they join together and unite their efforts, they battled through and came out on top.

Many players were thrilled to have this win under their belts. It brought much excitement and thrill to the locker room and the team meeting after the game. The crowd stepped it up and brought real team spirit to the bleachers.

“The best part of the game was winning,” stated Dax Pew, Senior.

“We prepared for the game by preparing the same way we did for Viewmont last year.”

Viewmont has been a great contender for the Darts and this year the team’s efforts proved worthwhile. Watching film, running plays and coming together as a team has really helped the team progress and improve in such a short amount of time.

Today, Friday, December 6, Davis goes up against Olympus in another battle for a win. Taking the time to prepare is a crucial element in getting ready for this game. Practice time is valuable time and will give the team another chance to work together and support each other for tonight.

It is also important that the fans make an appearance! Come one come all and see your very own Davis High Darts battle for triumph in this epic battle of the schools. The game begins tonight at 7. Now get ready for the Darts to show Olympus how it’s done!

 

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Discussing the Upcoming Girl’s Basketball Season

The Davis High girls basketball team was set in stone about a week ago when the coaches posted the final cut on the wall. Many familiar faces return, while a new batch of sophomores have joined in the chase for athletic success. All these girls have worked hard to earn their spots and will try to make the best of it. After interviewing Regan Hansen, one of the returning seniors this year, she provided some insightful information about the upcoming season.

“The team is super good this year because we have a lot of experience.” – Regan Hansen

Hopefully, Davis will live up to Regan’s expectations as last year they racked up 13 wins to 9 losses, and are certainly looking to improve this year.

Davis has a list of team goals to help them improve from their .591 win percentage last year. They have the goals that you would expect them to such as; “stay healthy” and “beat Layton”. But one of their goals is for the team to get above a 3.2 G.P.A. Not only is this goal important to follow because the girls need good grades to stay on the team, but it is also important that Davis has a “student, then athlete” mentality, and this goal helps sustain that.

“I love the girls, they feel like my sisters,” said Regan Hansen when asked why she plays basketball.
Not only do these athletes love and respect the game of basketball, but they also love each other. Regan’s comment is living proof of this as well as the chemistry you can see that they have with each other.

When you walk in the gym during a girls basketball practice you can hear laughter and encouragement. Hearing excitement like this can bring a smile to your face because that is what basketball is all about.

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Kicking off indoor track

Ready, set, *bang*, the gun goes off, you can feel the air fly past you as the crowd screams and you round the last turn in the race. The Davis High Indoor track team has just started the 2019-2020 season and is very excited about what is store.

Indoor track is actually a club not and actually team sanctioned sport. Most of its members belong to the track team and use it as an opportunity to stay in shape and help condition for the upcoming track season this spring. The Indoor track team size varies from season to season. This season’s team size is still being determined but it’s estimated to have anywhere from 50-75 team members.

While not all events are included in Indoor Track they do have some events from each category. In the sprints category, you will see the 60m, 200m, and 400m races. For distance, they have the 800m, 1600m and the 3200m races. The field category includes the high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, and shot put. They also have the 200m relay (4x), 400 (4x), and 800m (4x).

“This season is going to be full of excitement and close races. Davis will represent well as we always do. we have a lot of young athleticism, talent, and potential on this year’s team.” says Devan Gwynn a senior on the track team this year.

Indoor track is just around the corner if you want to join indoor track meet in the commons on November 25th at 2:45, or you can talk to coach Timothy in room 2512.

 

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Boys Basketball tryouts and preview

The audience is on their feet, as the players dribble the ball down the court. As the clock ticks down, the ball is thrown and arcs perfectly into the hoop. The crowd goes wild as the buzzer goes off and rushes onto the court. The excitement that courses through the air at a basketball game is contagious.

As the basketball season approaches, it is now time to get a sneak peek at how Davis High’s boys basketball team will do. The boy’s team did extremely well last year and they have a lot to live up to this year. Last year the team took second in region and made it to semifinals during state. It will be a season to remember.

The Darts will return with some Varsity experience. They will look to their returning starters Trevan Leonhardt and Jake Sampson. Leonhardt started point guard last year averaging 9.8 points per game and 4.7 assists per game. And shooting sensation Jake Sampson who led the state with a 3 point percentage with a shocking 50%.

Tryouts were on November 11 and November 12. During tryouts they did defensive work, drills, and ran a lot to increase their endurance. As you can see from the tryout results, there is a ton of skilled players. We can expect many wins from this team.

The team puts in a lot of hard work and sacrifices a lot of their time for practice. They practice every day of the week, except Sundays.

Dax Pew, a senior on the team,  gave his input for the upcoming season.

“We have a really good chance at region and making a run at state.” he says.

” We all want to win the state championship.” he says when asked what their ultimate goal is this season.

The first game of the season is on November 26, 2019 against Bountiful high school. Come and support the boy’s basketball team at their first game!

The following athletes made the boy’s basketball team for 2019-2020: Trevan Leonhardt, Spencer Vernon, Nick Fisher, Sam Heath, Dylan Perrenoud, Dax Pew, Jax Pierce, Cameron Swapp, Jack Sampson, Ben Haggard, Austin Frasure, Spencer Ferguson, Chance Trujillo, Brock Sheehan, Rex Sunderland, Colby Sims, Tate Garff, Henry Ihrig, Sawyer Cottrell, Cole Mullen, Caden Swapp, Dallin Draper, Beck Jacobs, Alex Fisher, Crew Frost, Colby Whicker, Kaden Eggett, Mitch Jeppessen, and Isaac van Drimmelen.

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Are you ready for this years basketball team?

Davis High school boys basketball tryouts are coming and who knows what this team will be capable of with this coming season we have new sophomores who could make it and make the team who they are and seniors now who were juniors last year.

To be on the basketball team you have to have at least a 2.5 GPA and dedicate yourself and a lot of your time, because you don’t get a lot of free time with practice and games always going on and then the classes you have homework in.

Davis high boys basketball tryouts were held Monday, November 11th. The coach for the Davis high basketball team is Chad Sims, He has been the basketball coach for 5 years here at Davis High School.

“To be on the basketball team, you need to be able to make the shots you shoot and know the game of basketball.” – Chad Sims

in an interview with coach Sims he stated, “I love being the coach, I like the relationship I have with everyone who is on the team and can not wait to see who gets on this year’s team.”

Jake Sampson has been on the Davis basketball team since his sophomore year. When asked about his experience on the team Sampson stated, “For me personally, being on the team is really cool but it is crazy. There is always stuff going on with the team and my personal life.”

We hope to see the boys play well and communicate well as a team, and hope they put hard work into there games and practices to make this team the best it can be. If you want to support the team go to their basketball games get rowdy, cheer loud and enjoy the game, every student matters and always remember to #BRINGTHEMOB

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Davis High Swim Team: Preview

The Davis High swim team has had an impressive reputation for the past few years. There are some lightning fast swimmers on the team, and they just keep getting faster! As the new season begins, we are hoping to see some big wins from their upcoming meets.

The swim team started their practices at the beginning of October. This Saturday, November 2, the Davis swim team will travel to the Box Elder Invitational at Box Elder High School. This is their first meet of the season and they are expecting to see many people win first place.

Last year, the swim team set many new records, which was only possible through their teamwork and hard practice. Lauryn Hall, a sophomore on the swim team, said that the swim team’s greatest accomplishment was “winning region or setting new records.”

“Our boy’s team is super solid and they have a really good chance at getting first at region,” Lauryn said when asked how she thinks the swim team will do this season. Together, the team hopes to set more records and place first many times throughout this upcoming season.

Even though they practice hard, they have fun as a team and bond together. Lauryn talked about how much she loves the community and the people that come to support the team. “Everyone is so nice and welcoming.”

The Davis swim team has also set up many goals for the season. “We hope to have quite a few people get first at state and to win the region meet.” The Davis swim team will be one to watch!

As the swim team prepares for their first meet of the season, let’s all show some school pride. Go watch and support them at their first meet of the season at the Box Elder Invitational. They have a promising season ahead of them!

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Boys Basketball: Davis advances in overtime thriller

With 10 seconds remaining in overtime the Darts had the ball with tensions and tempers flaring. Finding the composure to score as a teenager seems a daunting task. As Jake Sampson drove the lane for a contested floater to give the Darts the lead.

“It felt really good when it left my hand, It is something that will stay in my memories forever.” Stated Sampson.

The shot was a silver lining finish considering a missed foul call where Jake Sampson was leveled to the floor in obvious pain just minutes before. As the Davis supporters erupted in outrage this clearly provided an added motivation to convert at the end of the game.

Westlake had one final chance with a corner three as time expired that ironically nested the ball between the backboard and rim to end their season.

Though Sampson got the last minute glory the Darts were primarily led by Senior Forward Tyson Garff with an outstanding 27 points.

“Tyson Garff is a really good basketball player and when he plays well our team usually plays well,” Coach Chad Sims said. “He’s a two-year starter for us. We’re counting on him to make plays, so I’m proud of him. He did a great job.”

Davis leading strong through the first quarter and into the beginning of the second quarter with a score of 14-4. But as the second quarter is played we slowly see Westlake wake up. By the third quarter both teams were on fire, Westlake caught up to almost a tie, 42-41 but Davis was determined to stay in the lead. This third quarter score brought us to a competitive fourth quarter which eventually led to overtime where the Darts capitalized.

Additionally, Brendan Redford added 16 points and Trevan Lienhardt with 6 points and 6 assists.

The Darts face off Wednesday February 27th at 4:10 P.M. against the Kearns Cougars who have a record of 19 wins and 4 losses on the year.

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Boys Basketball Preview: The Road to State

With the impressive record of 10-2 in the regular season, the boys’ basketball team is heading into the playoffs with the second seed from Region 1. The Darts will be facing the Westlake Thunder in their first playoff game on Monday February 24 at Weber State University.

The Thunder have a record of 4-4 in Region 4. Their region could be considered the toughest region in the state, with teams like Lone Peak, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, and Bingham. The Darts should match up against the Thunder very well, because both teams have a lot of talent and the same end goal: making it to the state championship.

The Darts’ starting center KO Fisher says: “We should match up very well with Westlake, but I know that if we play our best we will be able to beat them.”

This game won’t be easy for the Darts, but with their team chemistry and grit, they should be able to go very far into the playoffs.

“In order to beat them, we need to match their physicality, out-rebound them, and do the things that don’t take talent, like working harder” said Jack Rigby.

In order to make their goals of a state championship a reality, the team will need to take it one game at a time, and their main focus right now is beating Westlake in the first round. The Darts tip off Monday at the Dee Events Center at 4:10 P.M.

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Wins and losses at state wrestling

The Davis Darts battled at the Utah state wrestling finals. With 3 placers and many matches won, our team did better than many years in the past. Parker Coffey and Heston Percival both took second, and Eli Knowlton took 6th, but many placed top 10 in the state, which is impressive enough.

When I asked Heston about how he felt about how the overall team performance he said, “I was impressed by the wrestlers heart, and that they left their everything on the mat”.

Heston’s performance impressed not only our team, but others too.

I was told by a former opponent of his that, “He really turned it on here, and made many of his matches look easy”.

Parker Coffey, easily the best wrestler on our team, also did very well, performing better than even he thought.

“My matches went better than I had hoped. I thought I was gonna have some really close matches going into the finals, but won all my matches by at least 6 points. I hoped to have a closer match in the finals, but I wrestled as hard as I could,” Parker said.

Yet what he doesn’t explain is his finalist match was against the 7th best wrestler of any weight class and school division in Utah. Parker was the only one he didn’t pin there at state.

Eli Knowlton, wrestled on a torn MCL, and though he didn’t do as well as he wanted, he did as best he could on the mat. Having 3 tough battles and losing to the same kid led to him taking 6th. Going to state in a knee brace is impressive enough. Placing on top of that is a total win.

Not placing in state and the fact that it’s over has made many wrestlers shed tears.

Andrew Shaner, another senior, said what he would miss most about wrestling is “the brotherhood between all of us. Knowing that we’re not just working for ourselves, but also working to better our entire team. The mental toughness it teaches you, one more sprint, one more take-down, one more stand up, even though you thought you couldn’t.”

The brotherhood especially is what us seniors felt. The fact that it’s over is saddening. Us brothers that have spent over 2 hours in matches alone, a year accumulative in high school, and many months in junior high together participating in a sport that we love. We will soon have to part ways in our lives.

Yet those hours together and the memories we made together were worth every second of pain and every loss on the mat or in practice. Though winning matches was great, the brotherhood was the greatest win of them all.

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Davis Indoor Track Club: Team unites to overcome adversity at Simplot Games

The Simplot games were held in Pocatello, Idaho and once again the Davis Indoor Track Club accepted the challenge. Athletes from all over the world attend the meet to run and compete in indoor track and field events. However, this year was different for Davis High School Indoor Track Club. Having to overcome an emotional trial this weekend. The athletes of Davis High came together and finished their races.

“When I first got up there I felt a lot of emotion when I looked at our students, they had been through a lot. Our athletes were able to dig down and stay focused throughout the trial they were facing. It was awesome to see our athletes come together and finish their races.” Stated Brad Chapple, one of Davis High’s Vice Principals.

Naturally, with any adversity in sports it causes teams to change and grow.

“At first, we were thinking..well what do we do? Do we just pack up and go home? It was very emotional. A lot of the other teams up there were there for support. Most people chose to stay and race. It was good to have us stay together as a team, and we were able to lean on each other and support one another. ” Explained Coach Paul Timothy.

“We learned that we can do tough things. We grew closer, but at the same time it was an eye opener for all of us.” Said Alicia Halverson, an athlete on the Indoor Track Club.

One of the most emotional moments of the meet was when Head Coach Markham Hyde finished the “The Coaches Mile”. On Friday night at a meeting Coach Hyde told his team that he too would finish the race (He had previously signed up for the coaches mile run).  On Saturday at 11:00am Markham and about 12 other coaches started the mile.  Davis student-athletes lined the track to cheer for their coach.

“Markham finished the last lap as the lone runner, but I would argue that he wasn’t alone.  As Coach Hyde rounded the last turn, he was met with cheers from his students and coaches. Then I looked around the arena, it seemed like everyone was rooting for coach.” According to Vice Principal Brad Chapple.

Chapple added: “The track coaching staff did an excellent job of being there for the students. You never expect a tragedy like this to happen, but when it did, we had the right people in the right place”

Despite this tragedy, the track team still placed. Trey Ferrin took 9th in the Boys 3200, Ellie Lundgreen placed 3rd in the Girls 3200, and Kale Thomas placed 4th in the Boys high jump. Davis also placed 1st in the Boys 4×800 relay, 2nd in the Girls 4×800 relay, and 3rd in the Girls medley relay.

At the end of the day, the Indoor Track Club turned to one another not only for support, but for a bonding experience that only comes through extreme adversity.

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A Fan-taze-tic win

Davis takes another basketball victory vs. Clearfield High School. The team won 66 to 48. This game was extremely important for the Davis Team.

KO Fisher announced “With the win of this game, we have locked in our spot for second place in region.”

This game was not only eventful for the team, but also for the crowd and parents. In the middle of the game, a parent of one of the Clearfield players ran onto the court. The coach of Clearfield had taken out the parents son, which angered the parent.

Quickly the dad was onto the court fighting with the coach. Two Police men had to run over and try to break up the fight. The dad would not calm down and soon the cops pulled a taser and threatened to taze him if he didn’t calm down. He had to be pulled out of the gym in attempts to keep the situation clean.

While all this was going on, the two basketball teams were just standing there.

“I was playing basketball one second, and then the next i was just so confused on what all the commotion was.” says Jack Rigby.

Soon after the turn of events, the basketball game was up and running. Davis continued to win and stole the victory. On to Senior Night on Friday!

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Wrestling: State Championship Preview

The ultimate goal of any high school sport is placing or taking state, and 13 wrestlers are guaranteed and 4 alternates have a chance of being there too. Utah 5A/6A state tournament will be held on the 13th and 14th of this month at Utah Valley University, or UVU for short.

The divisional tournaments were held on the first and second of February to see who would be qualified to go. Two divisional tournaments are held for each high school classification (i.e. 1A, 2A, 3A…), and the top 8 in both tournaments meet in state. Each bracket in state is a 16 man bracket, and there are 14 different weight classes to compete in.

All seniors are going to state, two taking first place, two winning third, myself (Max Barnett) at sixth, and one placing eighth. 13 over all placed 1st-8th and 4 placed 9th. those who placed 9th go to see if someone in their weight class is unable to wrestle, letting them in.

State is the tournament of the year, and the second hardest tournament, the Rockwell rumble being the first, in Utah. For many there this is their last chance to prove their skill in this sport, because after this stepping back on the mat wont mean the same thing.

Each match a battle and every one that is won is a step closer to the medal deserved. This tournament being a stage for the wrestlers from Davis high to fight like never before.

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Davis Boys Basketball: Darts look to take down Silverwolves for a spot at the top of Region 1

A Davis Basketball game is always an exciting and intense experience, but according to Brendon Redford (Shooting Guard , #12) and Tyson Garff, (Shooting Guard, #21) tomorrow’s game against Fremont will be the biggest and most intense game of the season. If Davis wins this game, they will be #1 in the region. The stakes are high, but Redford and Garff feel confident in a victory.

“Fremont has good players with a good coach,” says Redford, “but I think we’ve practiced more than any team in the region. We’re ready.”

The last time the Darts and the Silverwolves tipped off at Davis High School and the Silverwolves took down the Darts 68-55. When asked on the keys to winning tomorrow Garff said this:

“The chemistry between players is what makes or breaks a team,” Garff added, “and we’ve got great chemistry in spades.”

The Darts will have to prove they deserve the victory by containing the leading scorer in the state for 6A Basketball guard Dallin Hall who averages over 21 points a game. It’s not just his scoring but his passing as well as he adds an additional 5 assists per game.

The Darts will look to their Senior Leadership to lead the way.

When asked why people should come to the game, Garff had this to say:

“Our games are always fun, and the support of a good crowd really makes a difference.”

I then asked the most important question of all: Best Basketball Movie.

Garff was quick to give his answer: ‘Space Jam’. When asked, he says he does indeed  look up to Bugs Bunny. I imagine he spends his free-time studying the good bunny’s form. Redford was a bit more hesitant to pick a definitive best, (It’s a tall order.) but he ultimately went with the 2012 film ‘Thunderstruck’. He says that that particular movie speaks to him because of the “never give up” moral that it teaches.

The Darts are at Fremont tonight at 7:00.

 

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The girls basketball team gets a second chance to beat Fremont

On Friday, February 1, the Davis High girls’ basketball team will go up against Fremont. The game will take place at Fremont High School at 5:15. If they win this game, it’s a step forward to competing in region.  

The team is doing great this season, and the coaches are happy with the girl’s work ethic. “We’ve been doing awesome,” coach Stahle states. “They don’t quit. They just keep fighting every game. No matter what situation we’re in, they fight.” 

The pressure is high for this game. If they win, they’re tied for first place, and it’s a step towards region.  

To prepare they’re training like they always do: watching film and looking for ways to improve. They’re improving their skills and fixing their flaws. The coaches even said they’ve seen a focus in the team. 

While they might have gotten off to a bad start with Fremont, they’re feeling better about going up against them tomorrow. “The first game was a little rough,” coach Packer commented. “The first game we were scared,” coach Stahle agreed. “But I think now that we’ve got some confidence, we’ve won five in a row, and we’ve seen them, we’re not so scared.” 

They’re calling on all Davis Darts to come support. “We need the support,” coach Stahle encourages. “We need loud fans.”

So what do you say Davis High Mob? Will you show Fremont what the best student section on the planet looks like? 

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Davis Boys Basketball: Darts beat the Warriors with strong defense

Davis High boys basketball entered the second half of regions Tuesday against Weber with a huge target on their back. The Darts were 6-1 and looked to continue that pace on Tuesday.

“It felt really gratifying to know that all of our hard work from the off season had payed off,” said starting center, KO Fisher.

The Darts continued their defensive trend by holding the warriors to 38 points in 4 quarters of play. The Darts obliterated them by an outstanding 16 points. Their victory was led by Brendon Redford and Tyson Garff who both contributed 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Darts hung their hat on the defense of end by leading the region in lowest points scored against them by a fair margin.

“Our communication has been really good and helped us be on the same page. It has been key to our defensive energy all season.” says starting forward, Brendon Redford.

This consistent defense has been a trademark of the Darts region play and has clearly helped set them apart.

The Darts look to compete for a region championship with a 7-1 record this Friday night at Fremont.

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Wins Keep Stacking Up

Friday night, the Darts traveled to Northridge to take on the Knights. Davis handled the Knights fairly easily on the road, beating them 70-53 to end the first round of region play.

Jake Sampson lead Davis with 18 points and Tyson Garff wasn’t far behind with 16.

Senior Center K.O. Fisher said after the game, “It sealed off the first half of region, was a a great win, and we are focused on entering the second half of region continuing our 5 game win streak.” Davis remains 2nd in region right behind Fremont. Looking forward, the Darts host Weber at home in hopes of staying alive for the region title.

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Davis High Rocks the Rockwell Rumble

The Rockwell Rumble is one of the biggest Wrestling Tournaments in the West. It boasts over 60 teams coming from several different locations in the west. Our Davis High wrestling team is one of many, but they strive to separate from the masses and rise to the top of this high-profile tournament.

Bo Roundy, the Davis High wrestling Coach, was very optimistic going into the tournament. “It’s a huge opportunity for us to compete against some of the toughest guys around,” Coach Roundy explained, “It doesn’t have any effect on our region or state ranking, but it’s a chance for our boys to get noticed.”

The Davis wrestlers did just that. Everyone did great, but Heston Percival and Parker Coffey were the Darts who stood out most. Percival (who has an impressive record of 20-5) made it to the second day of the tournament, which is quite the accomplishment. When asked about some of the talented competitors he faced, he reflected on something he learned a long time ago, “I don’t worry about the guy I’m facing. It doesn’t matter who he is or where he’s from. He’s trying to beat you, and you’ve got to beat him first.” This mindset has lead Percival to major success this season.

The Davis High Wrestling team gave it their all at the Rockwell Rumble. They look to continue this success as they go into the 6A Division and State tournaments.

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The Girls Basketball Team is Ready for State

The Davis High girls’ basketball team has started off their season strong. With their previous game at Northridge on Friday, January 25th, and region champs in February, the team is readily preparing for the next several games up until state tournaments in February. Could this season become a legacy for the Davis High girls’ basketball team, or will it just become a part of their history?  

This season so far has been very interesting and quite frankly, surprising. Since Farmington was built, many of the players on the DHS team had to transfer over to Farmington, leaving Davis at a disadvantage. They started their 2018-19 season with virtually a new team, with the majority being brand new players. While this sounds like a recipe for disaster, the team has risen and become one of the strongest and most successful teams in the region. Hannah Loveland, a point guard for the Davis High basketball team, gives some insight

“I think people expected us to be a young team and kind of inexperienced, but I think we’ve proven a lot of people wrong”. Said Loveland.

While winning games and succeeding are some of the most important aspects of a team, working together and cooperating on and off the court are still a very crucial part of being an effective basketball team. Team lunches, sleepovers, and dinners together are all a part of how this basketball team bonds to create a strong competitive advantage.  

With the season passing the halfway point, the team is confident that state will be no tough challenge.  In their division there is 6 teams, and they must make the top 4 to move onto state. Presently they sit on 2nd best in the region. The Davis High girls’ basketball team has surpassed all expectations and will set a high standard for the rest of Davis High School. Go team!

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Darts Take on Warriors: Boys Basketball

The Davis Darts have officially started region play. The Darts are .500 at 6-6 overall. They are looking to come back from a tough loss to Fremont High School. It was not a good game for the Darts but they will be going into this week ready to play and play hard.

The Weber warriors are 6-3 overall this season and have not played a region game yet. The Darts will be their first test. Hudson Schenk is the Warrior’s best player, he is averaging seventeen points a game. He is a shifty guard and will be looking to score.

Davis’s sharp shooter Jake Sampson is looking to have a break out game against the Warriors. The three point specialist is averaging sixteen points a game. He will tough for the warriors to stop. They will be looking to try and not let him get in rhythm beyond the ark.

When Jake Sampson was asked what they need to do to beat Weber he said

“We need to move the ball, good things happen when we move the ball”.

Davis has had great success when they pass the ball at least five times in a possession and they need to keep the ball moving if they want to put up points on the board.

Davis will be coming out fast and strong and will be ready to beat the Warriors.

 

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Davis High indoor track starts up

As winter really settles in, Davis high athletics either take a break or move indoors. Despite the weather the Davis track team continues to practice and compete throughout the winter.

Due to the weather, some athletes are forced the perform and practice indoors. For example sprinters and hurdlers on the team practice technique and drills in the halls and on the indoor track. Alongside them throwers and other field event athletes often join them drills and spend the rest of their practice time lifting and improving technique. As for long distance, the yearly practice doesn’t change. Despite the weather the Distance crew continues to battle the elements on their long outdoor runs. Long distance runner Carson Knight said:

“Yeah it’s usually pretty cold, but when you dress warm and work hard you tend to not notice it.”

Throughout this winter the team will compete it as many as 5 meets between now and the end of February, including a very large scale meet on a wooden track at Idaho State University. The head coach, Markham Hyde, is hope to lead the team into another successful indoor season, and to pave the way for another state title in the outdoor.

Make sure to wish your fellow darts good luck this weekend as they compete in their first meet at the Olympic Oval in Kearnes, UT

If you’re interested on joining the team, or need more information visit Markham Hyde at the end of the 14oo hallway

 

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Goatally Awesome

Mountain Goats are probably the most underrated creature of all time. They’re majestic, powerful, and graceful. Could you do all that jumping on high mountain ridges? I don’t think so!

The scientific name of the Mountain Goat is Oreamnos americanus. This regal creature does not actually belong to the goat family, but is classified as a goat-antelope. However, they do find a family of up to four goats in the summer. In the winter, these groups join together to form herds.

Mountain Goats are unique in their beautiful ability to look so stupid yet so wonderful. Look at their faces; they’re borderline ugly and they have a dead eye stare that gives the allusion they don’t know or care what’s going on. But they do, they do. The Mountain Goats know.

Found in the mountainous regions of Northern America and Canada, these wooly creatures feed on grass, lichen, moss, and twigs. What a yummy snack! It’s a blessing that they don’t eat long pig. Their black, curled horns are around 10 inches long, and can be up to 30 times larger on a male then on a female.

Mountain Goats have never been hunted or domesticated, but Native Peoples have used wool left behind by wild goats in textiles and clothing.

If I told  you that young Mountain Goat babies are called puppies, I’d be KIDding. They’re called kids. The females (or nannies) and males (billies) mate around October-December. The mating process involves a large amount of fighting and staring.

Now that you know so much about Mountain Goats you’re ready to go out into the world!

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