In the early years of baseball in Morgan County almost all of the communities had teams. One such team was from North Morgan. I don’t think there is a parent who doesn’t like to watch their son or daughter play sports. Can you imagine an entire team comprised of 10 of your boys? The North Morgan team were all the sons of the LDS Stake President Daniel Heiner. His sons were Sylvester, Brent, Charlie, Henry, Roswell, Hamner, John, Moroni, George and Heber. Apparently none of his boys could throw hard or straight enough because they had to bring in Thomas Fry and Arthur Francis Jr. and another young man from Ogden to fill the position.
April 6 was a little relief from the snow and rain that has been plaguing spring sports at Morgan High, and was a pleasant break to have no bad weather other than a wind that seemed to blow continually, for the afternoon of track competition in a tri-meet at Bear River.
Baseball history in Morgan County is rich with history. With transportation sketchy and teams several hours away along the Wasatch front it was a great sacrifice for these men to leave the farms to go play a game they loved.
The Lady Trojans traveled to St George last Thursday and played a softball tournament over the weekend. The girls came out ready to play, but looked a little rusty due to weather conditions at home. The Trojans have been practicing every day, but have not been able to practice on their field due to the snow and rain.
As I mentioned in last weeks article baseball gradually made its way west in the late 1800’s. The Cincinnati Red Stockings went on a tour of the western United States and played exhibition games. As a result of these games many people were introduced to the sport of baseball.
Baseball in Morgan County has roots that go back to around the first of the 20th century. Before we look at that history lets take a look at the beginning of baseball in America. Baseball in the 19th century is loaded with interesting history and facts.
With winter finally releasing its grip on Morgan Valley, we will witness an amazing transformation. Many of us trade our snow shovels in for garden shovels. Some store their snowmobiles for the winter and load up four-wheelers for a trip to the dunes. Still others will trade snowboards and ski’s for their hiking boots and backpacks.
First of all, congratulations to all of you who have signed up for either the 5k, half-marathon or full marathon that will take place in our beautiful Morgan Valley this summer! For those of you who haven’t, it will be an exciting experience, a first for Morgan Valley and I definitely encourage you to participate. I’ve hoped one day there would be a marathon in this amazing place to run and it’s about to happen for the first time in less than five months!
It was an alumni reunion in the stands last Saturday night. Many Trojan fans made the trip to Salt Lake City to watch our Morgan boys basketball team play for the state 3A title. Everyone expected a close game but I don’t think anyone expected a 44 to 33 final score.
Wow, what a game! Morgan fans got their moneys worth last Friday night as the Trojans took on the Desert Hills Thunder in the state 3A semifinals. There was never a dull moment from tip off to final buzzer.
Round two, Morgan Trojans vs. Richfield Wildcats. Bright and early Thursday morning, February 24, 2011, and the Trojan Boys find themselves playing a big game in a big stadium.
A strong turn out of Morgan fans sat ready as the jump ball was tossed. Tip goes to the wildcats. A quick pass underneath to Richfield’s big man and the Wildcats are on the board. Morgan works for an open shot against a feisty defense.
The Morgan Lady Trojans entered the State playoffs last week riding a 13 game winning streak after winning their initial first round game vs. North Sanpete by a whopping 51 points. All signs pointed to a strong run to the 3A championship, or at least getting to the championship game and letting the chips fall where they may.
STANDINGS WINS LOSSES
1- Head Over Heels 28 4
2- Morgan Drug 19 13
3- Gordy’s Girls 17 15
4- Morgan County News 15 17
5- Eagle Rock Construction 15 17
6- Western Automatic Sprinkler 14 18
7- Rees Fur Farm 12 20
8- Crandall Ford 8 24
Becky Wilde 178-197- Misty Spendlove 160- Judy Judd 166-166- Gloria Marcellin 198-152- Pat Bird 150-160 Connie Rees 154-188- Lynette Bosworth 191-157-181- Lisa O’Brien 176- Connie Whiting 156-176-176- Margaret Bowman 153- Cleone Hortin 160- LeeAnn Rudd 165-160- Cathy Friery 168. High Game HCP goes to Rees Fur Farm with a 865 and they also took High HCP Series with 2475. Team members are LaVaun Vernon, Connie Rees and Lynette Bosworth. Great bowling ladies. Our fun game this week was low game and it was won by Karen Henri with a 79 but there were a lot of ladies who tried for this. We wanted to get the candy from the basket. Becky Wilde bowled 51 pins over average and Connie Rees bowled 64 pins over her average way to go ladies.
With basketball season done and the weather getting warmer it will be spring and will be having baseball games soon.
So here is a little history about Morgan High’s Baseball.
Trojans started baseball in 1948 !
This season will be 57 season for Trojan baseball!
They hold six region championships in baseball: 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1969, 2009!
Their only state baseball championship was sixty years ago! They record was 22 wins 0 losses!
Remember who they played when they won that game? The answer was South Sevier! Morgan ranks 43rd in all time wins for baseball, according to the Utah High School Activities Association
Their first baseball game will be at Roy High School on March 7 at 3:30 p.m.
What was Roy’s record last season in baseball ? The Royals record was 11 wins 12 losses and 1 tie! Doug Johnston, the editor of The Morgan County News went to Roy High but likes Morgan more!
I think the Trojan Baseball record will be 22 wins 2 losses this season!
This is my pre season Baseball region 11 poll
2nd Juan Diego
3rd Bear river
6th Ben lomond
Also my preseason 3A state wide baseball poll
2nd Juan Diego
3rd Desert Hills
4th Canyon View
6th Park City
11th Bear River
15th North Sanpete
18th American Leadership
20th Ben Lomond
Local mom and fitness enthusiast, Karen Nelson will be starting a running club for kids of all ages. While helping with the initial planning of Morgan’s first Annual Marathon, Karen was inspired to fulfill her dream of working with kids in the fitness arena. She has always wanted to do some kind of running type activity that involved children and a running club seems to be the perfect fit.
Above, Boston Saunders leaps high against the Manti Templers. Below Ashley Garfield makes a left handed layup against North Sanpete in the first round of the playoffs.
Both the boys and the girls teams are currently in Salt Lake City playing in the 3A tournament.
It’s that time of year for high school hoops players, win or report to your spring sports coach. Last Friday our Trojan Boys showed they would like to keep it indoors for a few more games!
I had a chance to catch up with coach Jim Wiscombe on Thursday before the game. We discussed briefly the Region 11 champs season and how the team is feeling as they move into the state playoffs.
There was a slight but noticeable wind blowing in Morgan County Saturday evening, and there’s a good chance it was the collective sigh of relief coming from Morgan girls basketball coach Brad Matthews and his staff.
The Morgan Valley Marathon, half marathon and 5k are now less than 6 months away. It may seem impossible or out of reach for many but if you change your state of mind from “I can’t run a marathon” to “I will run a marathon” that will be your first step in accomplishing this goal.
The Morgan Lady Trojan basketball team began it’s 2nd round of Region 11 battles with two road games, the first against Ben Lomond on Thursday January 27 and the second against Grantsville on Tuesday Feb. 1. Both games were blow outs in favor of the visitors, with Morgan beating Ben Lomond 71-30, and then thumping Grantsville 76-16.
Last Thursday night, the senior wrestlers were honored before their final home dual of the season. The 11 seniors are: Preston Barnett, Brady Libby, Connor Jensen, Randon Prochnow, Jordan Mendoza, Cormick Breshears, Tyler Johnson, Nate Losee, Clint Young, Rylan Rowser, and Jackson Lake.
The Morgan Lady Trojan basketball team made it a clean sweep of their Region 11 opponents, going 5-0 to start off league play after polishing off the Lady Bears of Bear River by a score of 84-47. The Trojans will now begin their second trip around the league, starting Thursday Jan. 27th at Ben Lomond.
Morgan welcomed Grantsville to town last Thursday in their first home dual of the season. The Trojans won 11 of the 13 matches and easily defeated the Cowboys 56-12. Individual winners were: Easton Pentz, Rylan Rowser, Kade Carrigan, Shawn Francis, Cormick Breshears, Nate Losee, Randon Prochnow, Brady Libby, Preston Barnett, and Jackson Lake. Morgan also won 3 out of 4 JV matches. Those JV winners were: Christian Winn, Carter Richins, and Riley Hendershot.
The Lady Trojans basketball team played a Region 11 game at Juan Diego on Tuesday Jan. 18th. Last year, on their last trip to Draper to play the Soaring Eagles, the Morgan squad saw their 19 game winning streak come to a screeching halt, as Juan Diego won 54-51. This year would be different, as the Trojans pretty much had it their way, and won by a score of 84-28.
The Morgan girls Basketball team played the girls from Grantsville high on Tuesday Jan 11th. in Trojan gym. In a totally dominating performance from start to finish, the Lady Trojans destroyed the visitors by a score of 83-15.
I predict the Morgan Trojans boys basketball team will beat the Judge Memorial Catholic High Bulldogs on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Judge Memorial gym.
I think the score will be Morgan 58, Judge Memorial 48. I predict the halftime score will be Morgan 32, Judge Memorial 23.
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The last time Morgan won against Judge Memorial in boys basketball was 57 years ago and Morgan’s basketball coach was Kent Murdock.
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I’ve had the opportunity to interview Morgan High School Volleyball Coach, Liz Wiscombe many times before, so as I sat down on Wednesday to interview her about the volleyball team’s recent win of the 3A state championship, it seemed like old times.
The Morgan Lady Trojans played their second game of the 2A-3A preview on Saturday, December 18 against the Delta Rabbits. The Ladies would play without senior point guard and three year starter Becca Rees, who suffered a knee injury in the previous game against Richfield.
The number 1 ranked Morgan Lady Trojans played the returning State 3A champions from Richfield High School on Friday, December 17 at the Sevier Center during the 2A-3A preseason preview, and hammered the home team by a score of 50-27.