BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – The high school sports season is only half over, but since the calendar year has now turned over to January, the Clipper takes a look back at some of the best story lines to come across its pages in the past year.
Listed are the top five story lines from the 2013 calendar year, in no specified order.
We will also mention one story as an honorable mention, simply because of its rarity.
Woods Cross boys’ basketball team drops 99 points in a win over West
In Kasey Walkenhurst’s first season as coach of the Wildcats boys basketball team, Woods Cross dropped 99 points on West High School in early January during preseason play.
More shocking, though, was they didn’t have the most points scored during that day.
Morgan, which played Tooele, scored 112 points in regulation.
Who knows what the outcome could have been had the Wildcats and Trojans played each other that day.
Kaysville youth football team goes unbeaten, then wins national title
A Kaysville youth football team, which went undefeated in the regular season of the Wasatch Front Football League, weren’t done playing football when they made a short trip to Las Vegas to compete in a national tournament.
The team won the entire tournament, and was crowned national champions.
Wildcats’ boys’ track, Davis girls cross country break records
The Davis girls’ cross country team won another state title this season, all while breaking records and being ranked nationally at the same time.
In the spring of 2013, the Woods Cross boys’ track team broke a state 4A record at a track meet, then broke their own record at the next meet, on their way to winning their first state title in 20 years.
Wildcats football has best season in decades, makes first semis appearance in 20 years
The Woods Cross Wildcats football team had one of its best seasons in the school’s history this past fall.
When the regular season ended, the Wildcats finished 9-1 and was second in Region 6. It’s lone loss at the time was against East.
Second year coach Justin Spencer pushed the football team to its first semi-finals appearance in 20 years, but fell short of a 4A title game berth after losing to eventual state champion Timpview.
Eight teams win state titles, some for the first time in school history
Other than the aforementioned Woods Cross and Davis track and cross country teams, respectively, six other teams took home state titles in 2013.
The Davis girls’ tennis team, coached by first-year man Andy Wahlstrom, broke through all of its top five finishes in previous state appearances and captured the title by two points over two-time defending champion Brighton.
The state girls’ tennis title was Davis’ first in 100 years of existence.
In cheer leading, both Davis and Woods Cross won the inaugural 5A and 4A state championships in the spring.
Davis rode that momentum to nationals, and the Lady Darts took home that title as well.
Keeping its streak of state championships going, the Bountiful Mandonelles drill team won its fifth straight title after placing first in two of the three categories this spring.
Rounding out the 2012-2013 high school sports season was a 4A title game win by the Bountiful boys’ soccer team, which shut out Orem 2-0.
Honorable mention: Bountiful’s Stoddard, Davis’ Fuller throw perfect game, no-hitter on the same day
A rare feat happened during the spring sports season in 2013.
So rare, that it can hardly be duplicated at any level.
Bountiful softball pitcher Belle Stoddard and Davis baseball pitcher Zac Fuller combined to pitch a perfect game and a no-hitter, respectively, on the same day, March 12.
Stoddard’s five-inning perfect game was against Highland in region play, a game that ended with Bountiful winning 14-0.
Fuller’s no-hitter came against Cyprus in a 4-0 win. A fielding error was the only difference between Fuller pitching a perfect game and the no-hitter.
*After the article in the Clipper was printed, it was noted by one of our readers that the Viewmont boys' tennis team also won the state title, beating seven-time champion Brighton. We regret not mentioning their great accomplishment.