The Morgan High Basketball team started the season with three games last week. On Wednesday they traveled to Juan Diego to play the Soaring Eagles who moved to region 10 this year. It was Juan Diego’s second game of the year having beaten Bear River on the road by three points. The Trojans were off to a great start with Garrett Kuns hitting his first four baskets for eight points. The Trojan defense was strong, holding Juan Diego to two baskets and only seven points. The Trojans led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter and during the second quarter Boston Saunders scored all of Morgan’s 9 points putting the team in the lead by three at halftime. In the third quarter Juan Diego outscored the Trojans 19-8 taking an eight point lead, but the Trojans mounted a great comeback during the fourth quarter. Down by 10 with fewer than 3 minutes to go, Jake Miles caught fire and scored 10 points from the field to help gain the lead. Finishing it off, Colby Skinner hit a huge 3 and the team made 8 of 9 free throws to ice the 55-49 victory.
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES Our Tuesday morning Housewives standing for this week are in 1st place is 60’s Chics and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Janice Nielsen, and Melva Minster. In 2nd place is Gutterminds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy Carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is Thats How We Roll and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Valerie Johnson, Gloria Smith, and Veronice Stout. Our high games and series for this week go to Nichole Slate 162, Wendy Winn 177 and a 484 series, Misty Spendlove 183 and a 478 series, Jessica Jorgensen 152, Janet Bell 163, and Melva Minster 236 and a 612 series. Great bowling ladies!
Snowbasin Resort will be starting its 2011.2012 winter season this Thursday November 24th. We will begin the season with 12”+ of new snow since Friday night and with extensive snowmaking Snowbasin will be boasting a base averaging between 18-24 inches on top to bottom runs.
Snowbasin- UT The OVWSF and Snowbasin are proud to introduce the Snowbasin Freeski Team development program. The program, a partnership between the OVWSF and Snowbasin Snowsports Learning Center, is designed to take skiers into the realm of freeride skiing. Not only will students hone in on advanced skiing skills, they will also receive training in the terrain park, halfpipe, big mountain skiing, as well as mountain safety. Gordon Perry OVWSF Director said, “The foundation has had a demand for freeskiing for the past couple of years and with the addition of a new head coach Jake Seipel, he will bring the quality of coaching and guidance people have grown to expect of the OVWSF and Snowbasin.”
Kelsey Henry, a senior at Morgan High School received a four year scholarship from Western Oregon University and signed on with the Oregon State ‘Wolves’ Girls Basketball Team. Henry was an All-Region selection last season after helping MHS to it’s second consecutive Region Championship in the 3 A state tournament. Kelsey, standing at 6’1” tall will be a great asset to the new team.
Surrounded by friends, family, coaches and teammates Bailey Farris signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Division I volleyball powerhouse Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Farris received a full ride athletic scholarship and will begin her college career next fall as an outside hitter for the Wolverines. Farris was courted by several instate colleges including Utah State and University of Utah but says that her decision was pretty easy. She has great respect for the coaching staff and she has watched them (UVU) dominate college volleyball in the state of Utah for the last several years. Additionally, Farris feels right at home on the UVU courts after being a part of the Morgan Trojans for back to back state championships there.
JUNIORS. We would like to introduce you to our Junior bowlers for this year. They are in the age range between 6-14. Names and high scores for the week are Sheridan Bird 93, Riley Bird 135, Josie Hunt 121, Kaytlyn Comer 98, Preston Butikoffer 120, Garrett Matthews 102, and Wyatt Matthews 83.
Varsity football players Colby Skinner and Gabe Davis were selected to the UHSAA Academic All-State Football Team for this school year. The award is symbolic of the sacrifices which have been made by the family coaches and teammates. This honor is given to those who have excelled academically and in a curriculum sport.
Morgan High School student, Christian Wiscombe, was selected for the Wendy’s (Restaurant) High School Heisman Award program. Twenty of Utah’s top scholar-athletes were announced as State Finalists for the prestigious award.
Our Wednesday night Owls bowling league had some great bowling this week. Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Northrop Grumman and team members are: Ashton Hoopes, Pat Olsen, Pat Bird, and Randy Glanville.
This season has been the best I have seen these boys play with their hearts. As this season comes to an end, we see the tears of dedication and of sacrifice come to a halt. The last region game against the Spanish Fork Don’s was a hard loss at 20 to 35. However it was fought well and the Morgan Varsity football made some very strategic plays and grew together in trusting each other, trusting the coaches, and showing unity as a team. Spanish Fork commented that this game and playing against the Morgan Trojans, was the toughest game they have played against all year.
Days later and coach Liz Wiscombe still cannot believe the outcome of the 3A State Volleyball match, “We were expecting to win but not that easily”, said Wiscombe about the sweep against Snow Canyon. Snow Canyons team had taken state for the last five years in the 4A class division and expected to do the same in 3A.
In a show-case match featuring two tall and talented volleyball squads, the defending 3A champs from Morgan (21-4) came from behind to defeat the reigning 5A champs from Lone Peak 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, and 27-25.
Our Wednesday Night Owls bowling league had some great bowling this week. We are also still looking for two more teams to fill our league up. If you are interested please contact Keith at 801-829-6012, or MIsty at 801-786-9133.
I am proud to say that our Trojans have been playing like true warriors this year! Last week’s game was hands down amazing with a win to Ogden Tigers at 34 to 0, it qualified them for the Region playoff’s! It is stuff like this that makes me proud to be part of this school, and also brings school spirit and unity! I have come to know most of these boys and WOW! These guys are amazing! They know what it means to be a team, to have each other’s backs, and to be brothers.
The OVWSF and Snowbasin are proud to welcome the newest Team Utah chapter to its slopes this season as well as Head Coach Jon Clark. Team Utah Program Director Lane Clegg said, “We are not only excited to expand to Snowbasin, but after a long search and many interviews Jon Clark was a perfect fit for our newest mountain chapter”.
The Morgan Varsity Girl’s Tennis Team all did amazing at State! Sydney Creager in 1st singles - played an excellent game against Spanish Fork but lost. Kilee Earl in 2nd singles played Spanish fork and lost. Ashlee Earl in 3rd singles won against North Sampete then lost in a hard fight against Dixie in the quarter finals. Morgan Schmid and Sarah Rolan in 1st doubles lost against North San Pete. Whitney Morgan and Seanna Thornton 2nd doubles won against Payson then in quarter finals lost against Snow Canyon.
At the St. George Marathon, on October 1st, Rosy Lee, Morgan High School Cross Country/Track Coach finished first in the Women’s Division with the winning time: 2:43:59 (2 hrs,43 mins,59 secs), beating her previous record from 1999 of time: 2:44:52 by 53 seconds.
The Morgan Trojans varsity football team basked in their big victory against their biggest rivals The Bear River Bears. It was a very intense game with a lot of stir from both sides, the Morgan Trojans pulled off an amazing win with two touch downs in the last minute of the game. Our boys bring home another win from Bear River showing their dominance.
On Thursday, September 15, the Lady Trojan’s volleyball team battled Bear River on the court. Ashlee Gallen led the team to a 3-0 win with 19 points (3 aces) and 13 digs while teammate Casidee Lish contributed 12 kills and 7 digs. The Trojan”s found themselves down 4-7 in the first game when Gallen served seven straight, the team held the lead for the remainder of the game. Serving 10 straight in the second game Gallen gave the ladies a comfortable lead at 17-5 setting them up for a 25-17 win. The team played hard throughout the match and the scores showed it, the final scores were 25-18, 25-17, and 25-16.
For the first time this season, our freshmen football team brought home a win! The offensive team was fantastic, and that defense sure did put up a fight! I have never seen so much yellow on that field, but our boys pulled through. Way to go Freshmen Trojans!
The ladies played their season opener against Grantsville on September 6. Taking the match in 3 games, 25-16, 25-14, and 25-17, Lady Trojan volleyball got a solid win. Senior, Bailey Farris lead both teams in kills (16) and passing (17).
On Monday night Sept. 12, 2011, there was a bear sighting in the Mountain Green Neighborhood of Monte Verde. It was around 10:30 P.M. when the sighting of the black bear occurred. One of the home owner’s goats was killed by the bear. The homeowner went out and shot at the bear as the bear was trying to go for his other goat. The bullet hit the bear, but the bear wandered off, wounded up into the hills. Wildlife management is still in search of the bear as it’s still on the loose. If you see any sightings of the bear please report to the local authorities.
Even though we didn’t bring home a fourth win, the Trojans varsity football still put forth their best effort in this game. From the defensive line to the offense, they still showed their burning passion for this sport.
Suzanna Curtis, a seventeen year old Morgan High senior from Enterprise, recently won reserve Training champion at the area nine event championships in Greeley Colorado. Suzi rides a seventeen year old thoroughbred mare named Amazing Grace (Gracie).