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!

PC: earthtouchnews

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Davis vs. Fremont Boys Basketball Preview

Last year these to teams played each other to decide who would win region. So this year its even bigger game playing each other for the first region game. Fremont is coming in to the game with a 6-4 record with playing some tough teams and having some good wins. Davis comes in at 6-5 having played one of the toughest preseason schedules in Utah. They are playing some good ball and coming off a good win by 9 at Copper Hills on Wednesday.

Brendon Redford (Senior Guard for Davis) said

“It is going to be a great and fun game. We will be prepared and ready to go Friday night. This where everything starts, everything that happened up to this point was to get us ready for this and for region.”

Fremont won both meetings against Davis last year both very close games. The Davis players are really excited and excited for the great atmosphere around them for this game. Dallin Hall for Fremont has been very impressive this year leading Fremont. Baylor Harrop has also been big for Fremont in helping them to their 6 wins.

Davis has some really good talent on their team starting with their seniors Tyson Garff and Brendon Redford. It has been a good team effort this year and they rally around each other.

Friday night should be a really fun game with ups and downs and lots of points should be scored all around with great talents on both sides

 

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Wrestling Through the Week

Wrestling is one of the most grueling and hard sports you can do. It physically drains you very quickly. You have to be in very good shape to even try and compete against other wrestlers.The wrestlers of Davis high have three meets this week. A meet is where two or more teams go to a high school and and wrestlers from each school wrestle each other. They have matches against Fremont, West Jordan, and North Ridge. The boys have been doing well this season. Their heavy weights have been doing really well this season.

When Peter Taylor was asked what the wrestlers need to do to win these meets collectively he said

” our upper weights are good but our lower weights need to get more take downs”

In wrestling you get points for take downs, the lower weight classes need to get more take downs to get more points to win their matches. If they can get the points to win their matches, the team has a better chance of winning the meet.

Peter Taylor was asked how he thinks the team can do in the matches this week, he said

” We can win all three meets if everyone does their part to get match wins”.

We are looking forward to seeing how this week goes for our wrestlers. They are in good shape this week and look good to win their matches.

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