WOODS CROSS – A trio of local state champions were crowned during the Fall high school sports season.
While all of that action was finishing up, local hockey players from Davis, Viewmont, and the teams that comprise Davis County Independent were lacing up the skates to get their first crack through the Winter sports season.
All eyes in the boys’ basketball world turned to Bountiful, which had a heartbreaking loss the year before but returned a bulk of players ready to make a run at the state title.
Meanwhile the Mandonelles drill team kept practicing and participating in their region competitions, consistently outperforming their opponents as the state competition drew near.
On the wrestling mats, local high schools began to hold their annual multi-team invitationals, starting with the Turkey Dart at Davis and ending with the perennially popular Viewmont Invitational.
The latter tournament grew so big this year that the venue had to be moved from Viewmont High School to the Legacy Events Center in Farmington, a sign that its success will only see bigger and better things in the future.
Early February saw the first state title nabbed by Bountiful High School as it captured the fifth straight 4A drill competition in sweeping fashion.
Two weeks later the Viewmont girls’ swim team, led by Mariah and McKenna Gassaway, won the 5A title. Steve Doman, who coached Woods Cross when it won a girls’ title a few years ago, was voted the coach of the year after leading the Lady Vikings to a girls’ title.
Late February turned all the attention to ice hockey, and both Viewmont and DCI were still in the running for a championship themselves.
DCI, which finished with a stellar regular season record, ripped through the playoffs to win their second Independent League title in four years.
The Vikings, coached by first year man Roger Barrus, were also able to claim the affiliated hockey title for the first time in 36 years after beating Park City.
That win earned the team a trip back to the national tournament, and the Vikings finished 1-2 in pool play.
By March the attention returned to Bountiful and Davis, which entered the 4A and 5A state boys’ basketball tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in their respective classifications.
Bountiful, which only lost one game before entering the playoffs, won the 4A state title after a pair of free throws were missed in the closing seconds of the game.
Davis fell short of making the 5A finals, playing a tough semi-final game against Lone Peak but losing to the eventual state champion.
The quintet of Winter sports state championships led to an exciting, and historic, Spring sports season.