Last Saturday, the MorganMTB Race Team competed in their fouth race of the season at Soldier Hollow in Heber valley. At a time of the year when colder weather, rain and even snow is expected the student racers were blessed with dry conditions and temperatures perfect for racing.
Each year 10 of the best horse trainers across the country are invited to participate in the Impact of the Horse Competition held in Heber City, Utah. This year Croydon resident Niki Wilde was chosen to be a part of this prestigious group who will show off their horse training skills Nov. 1 – 2, at the Wasatch Event Center.
While most of us were off enjoying the fantastic fall weather that was enjoyed state wide over UEA weekend, the Morgan High School Lady Trojan freshman volleyball team were hard at work playing for a tournament championship in the Bulldog Classic in Provo. The Classic was a chance for the team to show how far they’ve come this year, playing some strong freshman squads from around the state. Teams from Provo, Skyview, North Summit, Juan Diego, and Judge Memorial participated.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Northrop Grumman and team members are Bryan Chappell, Pay Olsen, Pat Bird, and Randy Glanville. In 2nd place is MVP Polaris and team members are Bill Skeen, Susan Skeen, Kasie Straw and Shadd Straw. Our high scores and series for this week go to Ruth Preece 199=473, Dave Preece 177=505, Bill Skeen 180=504, Susan Skeen 161, Kacie Straw 192, Dennis Vernon 208, Chad Hayes 190, Neal Betz 179=536, Misty Spendlove 175=494, Lynsey Enlow 153, Craig Mahoskey 258=709, Pat Olsen 168=465, Randy Glanville 235=647, Dillon Smith 241=580, and Danny Kline 203=581. Great bowling!
Park City hosted the Region 10 Cross Country meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in cold and windy conditions. Each team had been preparing all season for this all-important race, which serves as the qualifier for the state meet next Wednesday. The Trojans steadily progressed throughout the course of the season and even edged out teams that had bested them in earlier meets.
For the second time this season, the Cougars of Union High School opposed the Trojan volleyball team. The rich history of Morgan volleyball, their formidable record of 13 wins and 3 losses, and the home crowd cheering them on proved too much for Union and they fell again to Morgan. With the win, Morgan remains undefeated in region matches.
Brewer Snedden set a goal a year ago to become the state BMX champion in his division. Hard work, determination and an intense focus facilitated Brewer’s win at the state championship Sept. 13-14 at Rad Canyon in South Jordan.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Northrop Grumman and team members are Bryan Chappell, Pat bird, Pat Olsen, and Randy Glanville. In a tie for 2nd place is MVP Polaris and team members are Bill Skeen, Susan Skeen, Kacie Straw and Shadd Straw, and also team Split Happens and team members are Dillon Smith, Heather Lombard, Casie Kline and Danny Kline. Our high scores and series for this week go to Dillon Smith 217=587, Danny Kline 248=676, Bryan Chappell 221=602, Pat Olsen 216=554, Pat Bird 168, Dennis Vernon 188, Jo Peterson 162, Chad Hayes 211=533, Dave Preece 176, Lynsey Enlow 167=464, Craig Mahoskey 278=709, Bill Skeen 191=516, Kacie Straw 186=475, and Shadd Straw 179. Great bowling teams!!!
Mountain Green resident Rosy Lee was the first woman to cross the finish line at this year’s St. George marathon. Not only did she take home a first place win, but she was also inducted into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Team 3 and team members are Trina Pentz, Paula Harrington, Carolyn Hibler, and Jessica Jorgensen. In 2nd place is Team 5, and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. Our high scores and series for this week go to Cleo Stuart 175, Wendy Winn 157, Linda Clompton 155, Paula Harrington 164=454, Jessica Jorgensen 156, Melva Minster 178=499, Candice Johnson 175=485, and Carole Townsend 166. Nice bowling ladies.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the MorganMTB Race Team competed in their second race of the season on the Round Valley trails in Park City. Sixteen team members braved cold and muddy conditions to race in the second race of the season in the Utah High School Cycling League series.
Breanna M. Hurlbut grew up in western Oklahoma and moved to Utah in July 2009, prior to her eighth grade year. It was during that year that she was introduced to volleyball. In 2011, she and her family moved to Morgan, where she made the high school volleyball team. She now loves the game, her team and her coaches! A three-sport athlete, Brea also loves basketball and track, and will seek to give 100 percent into being an integral part of her teams’ competing for state titles this year.
On a soggy Wednesday afternoon the Morgan Trojans hosted Park City and Union in an exciting cross country meet. Morgan’s home course overlays the beautiful fairways of the Round Valley Golf Course with a magnificent mountain backdrop. A big thank you goes to the golf course caretakers, owners and personnel who so graciously offer their grounds for training and competition.
Friday night our spectacular Morgan High School football team took on the Carbon Dinos for a homecoming game to remember. The threat of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Morgan’s powerhouse players. They took the Dinos down in a landslide win of 61-0.
Our bowling leagues are back in full swing for the 2013-2014 season. We have three leagues going now, and we will be starting a Friday night league in October. If you, or anybody you know would like to bowl this year please call Parkside Lanes at 801-829-6012 for more details.
Wasatch High School hosted the Wasatch Invitational at Soldier Hollow on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Trojan Cross Country team faced one of the most challenging courses of the year on this high altitude mountain terrain originally designed as the Olympic cross country skiing venue. Athletes pushed themselves to the limit while tackling the steep hills and constantly changing running surfaces. To help mitigate crowding, race organizers divided the junior varsity races into underclassmen and upperclassmen categories for both the girls and boys, in addition to the varsity races.
The Trojan football team opened up region play just the way that many thought they would. From start to finish, they dominated the Emery High School Spartans, who had entered the game on a three-game losing streak. The Trojans continued those woes winning with a comfortable final score of 42-7.
If you happen to be a lover of Morgan High School, parades, volleyball and the color pink, then Oct. 3 is your lucky day. The Morgan Lady Trojan volley ball team will play their fourth annual “Pink Night” match, with proceeds going towards cancer research.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That was the case this past Friday night as the Granger High School Lancers traveled to the Trojan field. The Lancers are a 5A team, which means they have more students. But that didn’t help them put more points on the board. The Trojans were victorious with a score of 42-18.
The MorganMTB Race Team opened their season with an impressive showing last Saturday. Twenty-four students from Morgan High joined over 600 other students from around the state in the first race of the Utah High School Cycling League 2013 race series.
The Murray Invitational stands out as one of the largest races on the schedule with more than 50 high schools competing. On Friday, Sept. 6, the Morgan High Cross Country team participated in the competition. The race is characterized by large crowds and many false starts. Several times before each of the rookie, JV, and varsity races, the starting gun goes off only to be followed by a chorus of guns several seconds later indicating someone has fallen and the race needs to start again. This is emotionally and physically taxing on runners as they sprint start several times before a clean start allows them to settle into a race pace. Add to this temperatures in the high 90s and the event can be exhausting.
The Morgan High Trojans went on the road for the first time of the year and battled against the South Summit Wildcats. The game was not decided until the final moments where the Wildcats defense had enough energy in the end to stop the Trojans at the goal line resulting in a 13-12 victory. The loss brought the Trojans season record to 1-1.
The Morgan Storm U13 Girls competition soccer team won the Layton Strikers Cup held Aug. 13 to 17. The girls played hard against opponents from Layton and Ogden to reach the final game with two wins and a loss.
Last week the Morgan High School cross country team competed in two separate events. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the Trojans embarked on the long trek to Roosevelt to compete against five other schools in a traditional 5K format. It became a race to the starting line for the Morgan athletes. The school bus had broken down in Summit County, causing significant delays for the team and potentially jeopardizing their ability to compete. Runners from the other schools had been warming up on the course and were gathered at the starting line ready to race.
Our Morgan Trojan football team held nothing back in their blow-out season opening victory over Delta. The team used their incredible defensive efforts to block Delta out completely, which secured their 35-0 win. What a great start to what is sure to be a memorable and successful 2013-14 season.
The Morgan High School Cross Country Team started out with a bang at the Premiere Invite held Saturday, Aug. 17 in Tooele. With just a few weeks of practices under their belt, students loaded the bus ready to compete. Coming off a couple years of inconsistency having had multiple coaches, the cross country team has a new coach, Brennan Fuller, who is ready to help them succeed. Coach Fuller is a newer addition to Morgan High School and is excited to establish a program for the students that will help them make and achieve their goals.
The Utah State University Extension 4-H State Contests were held Monday, July 15, through Wednesday, July 17, on the USU campus. Nearly 300 Utah 4-Hers participated in a variety of competitions, and winners may receive an invitation to participate in the national competition at Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., Jan. 9 to 12, 2014. In addition to competing, 4-H youth engaged in educational, social and service opportunities as they learned such skills as proper nutrition, rocketry, animal science and family science.
Members of the Morgan Education Foundation are busy putting the final touches on the 5th annual “Classroom Caddie” golf tournament to be held August 6, 2013. Round Valley Golf Course will once again host this year’s tournament. Sign in and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A delicious lunch will be served and prizes awarded after the tournament.
100 degree temperatures do not draw crowds away from the Widowmaker Event in Croydon. However, the sanity of some riders who attempt this climb is often in question as they make their death-defying climbs, especially in this kind of heat on a rose colored hill.
The Ragnar relay starts at the Utah State University football stadium in Logan and ends at Park City High’s football field. Part of that 197 mile stretch came right through Morgan County. Over 1,100 runners came through Morgan on Thursday June 20 and Friday, June 21, either on foot or supporting their teammates in a decorated SUV. Teams of six to 12 people take turns running all day and through the night. There were several teams from Morgan valley this year. It is a tough race and not all teams finish, so congratulations to those who persevered!
The Morgan Valley Marathon has been a dream in the making for the past few years. The idea of a marathon in Morgan began among a group of friends who love to run the roads of the beautiful Morgan Valley.
Morgan Storm U-11 girls team, comprised of local Morgan county players, swept first place honors in the silver division of the Wasatch Classic played in Layton/Kaysville during the Memorial day weekend.