As the calendar turned from April to May Tuesday night, it made me realize just how fast things have gone in the world of high school sports.
In the next four weeks, all of the spring sports ranging from baseball to lacrosse will be done. Seniors will matriculate to the college levels, and if they’re lucky, will also get an opportunity to play sports there.
It also means there will be swan songs for players and coaches who are either moving on from high school or retiring from the coaching ranks altogether.
Of course, this also means that those who cover high school sports as much as possible, such as yours truly, will have nothing but craziness over the next four weeks.
State tournaments are lined up in the most crucial way this season. Beginning on May 10 and running through the end of the month, at least one sport will be holding its State 4A or 5A tournament, meet, or whatever else you want to call it.
Next Friday, May 10, will be the start of the State 5A tennis tournament, in which Viewmont and Davis, both likely region champions, will enter into the tennis bracket full of talented tennis players.
Both are set up to go through Brighton, which has won the state title for the last seven years.
Neither Davis nor Viewmont are intimidated, however. Both have faced the Bengals in state competition before. Davis has come closer to Brighton than Viewmont, but the Vikings are on everyone’s radar heading into this week’s Region 2 tournament in Liberty Park.
The bracket for the tennis tournament this year will also be fun for fans of the Darts and the Vikings, as Region 1 and Region 2 kick things off against each other. A lot can happen at the state tournament, but the two rivals will get a chance to face each other in state competition.
The following two to three weeks will see track and field, baseball, softball, and all other sports С sanctioned and non-sanctioned alike С compete in their respective state tournaments.
The regular season for each of the aforementioned sports will wrap up with some excitement as region races come down to the final few games.
Some teams, such as Davis and Woods Cross baseball and Bountiful and Viewmont in softball, have already shown that they will likely lock up region titles.
Others are still fighting for their playoff lives. As of press time, the Vikings’ baseball and Woods Cross softball teams are very close to being left on the outside.
Defending soccer state champion Davis is also at risk of not getting the chance to defend its title. The Darts were 3-4 in Region 1 play as of press time.
Then there’s the big news coming from a pair of south Davis schools’ track and field teams: Woods Cross, which set the 4A state record at its own invitational, followed that triumph last weekend at the Davis Invitational by lowering the state record again.
The fearsome foursome of Sean Barton, Jacapo Spano, Derek Lord and Chandler Judd is sprinting out of their shoes at the right time, so heading into the state 4A meet they will likely try to gun for the overall state record of 41.64.
No one will avert his attention when it comes to Davis either. Either the boys’ or girls’ teams have won a state title in the past seven years, so look for one or both of them to perform well.
The next three weeks should provide for some exciting sporting events. After that, it will be like the end of spring break when it comes to high school sports.
All of the parties will be over, leaving the playing fields a desolate mess as the dust settles on yet another exciting season.