Coaches Heather Dutson and Katherine Hadley are excited to be working with six returning seniors on the tennis team this fall.
“We open against Ben Lomond on Wednesday,” Dutson shared. “It is a non-region match, and our first region match will be Thursday against American Preparatory Academy (APA).”
“We are still placing girls in positions, so we don’t have a definitely line up yet, but senior Sage Earl will be our number one singles with juniors Ashley McMillan and Erin Bartol in the mix for second and third singles,” Dutson explained.
“Senior Scout Curtis played third singles for us last year and will be a leader in our doubles and possibly play singles. Other girls who will be in our first, second and third doubles rotations will be seniors Taylor Polad, Emily Wilson, McCall Reid and Sierra Low,” Dutson elaborated.
The Lady Trojans will have tough Region 13 competition from Judge Memorial and Grantsville. Judge beat out Grantville by one point to win the state 3A title in 2017. Both teams will be strong again this year with Waterford also challenging for the state title.
In addition to the six seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen will make up the team. Juniors include McMillan and Bartol as well as Brinlee London and Tacey Durrant. Clara Winn, Katie Castro and Samantha Preslar represent the sophomore class with Emma Hadlock, Emma Poll, Hallie Martinsen and Alexa Plyer as the freshman class representatives.
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Coaches Brennen Fuller and Bryan Weir return “a decent amount of returning runners from our 3rd and 4th place finishes at State last year, but our region will have two of the toughest teams in the state,” Fuller shared. “Grantsville will be our boys biggest competition, and Judge Memorial will be our girls biggest competition.”
“We are definitely optimistic about our chances both at the region and state level,” Fuller continued. “Our top returning girls this year are Bella Porter, Elaina Halls, Adalynn Sheffield, and Kimberly Birt, and we have a load of new girls (both freshman and move ins) to our program that we are looking forward to being in that top Varsity group. The top returning boys are Carson Wilkins, Kaleb Bowles, Ford Porter, Max Dicou, and Gabe Sargent.”
Fuller remarked, “We also have a lot of first year and returning boys who have been training all summer fighting to be a part of this special year we are going to have.”
“The fun thing about Cross Country is on any given day anything can happen, and kids can race out of their minds,” he explained. “Both our boys and girls teams will be in the mix for the top couple spots at State again.
“We have set a new theme this year: ‘Whatever it takes,’” Fuller expounded. “We have been training harder than ever, and these kids are motivated and determined to find success together as a family, running not just for themselves, but for their family right next to them.”
Fuller and Weir work hard to build team unity, and Fuller commented, “The point when I know we will have a successful year is when the kids forget themselves and start running for their team. We will have a good competitive meet to start off the year in Salt Lake on Saturday August 11th. It will be nice to see where we are at to start the year.”