Miners strike gold
May 29, 2009
From the blowout finish for the girls’ state cross-county title to the nerve-racking overtime in the boys’ soccer finals, it has been an exhilarating year for Park City High School (PCHS) sports fans. And for the first time in 11 years, the school has earned the Deseret News All-Sports award for its athletic achievements.
Each year, one school in each of Utah’s five size classifications receives the All-Sports award based on points earned in Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) state championships. Schools earn points for placing in the top eight positions in state (ten points for first place, eight for second, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one for eighth). Teams that tie split the points allotted for that position.
Only UHSAA-sanctioned teams football, cross-country, golf, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track, soccer, tennis, volleyball and softball receive points toward school totals. Club teams such as water polo, lacrosse and hockey are not included.
The Miners finished way ahead of their 3A competition this year with 99 total points, the highest in any classification. Park City came in a full 30 points ahead of the second-place finisher, Logan High School. Judge, Juan Diego and Ogden fell into the third, fourth and fifth spots.
"It seems like every year we score points in as many or more categories than a lot of schools, but we haven’t ever had this many state champions and runners-up in one year to really push that point total up," said PCHS activities director Doug Payne.
Park City captured four state titles boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ golf and boys’ soccer and four second-place finishes girls’ golf, girls’ soccer, girls’ tennis and girls’ swimming for a solid 72-point base. In fact, PCHS placed in the top eight in 15 of the 19 UHSAA sports, contributing to an unprecedented score for the high school.
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Boys’ teams brought in 51.5 points and girls’ teams garnered 47.5 points. "Overall, the highlight was that we had such balance of athletics, academics and gender in all the sports," said Payne.
The highlights of the year, said Payne, included making it to the final four in football, winning titles on both cross-country teams, and seeing the wrestling team, which he coaches, make it to the top 20 for the first time in years.
It’s also worth mentioning that, had club teams’ state finishes been included in the point total, Park City would likely have emerged even farther ahead of the pack. The boys’ water polo team took first in the state, girls’ water polo took third and girls’ lacrosse made it to the quarterfinals.
Payne said that he is looking forward to next year and hopes that Park City teams continue to dominate. "I think we’ll have good teams all-around next year," he said. He added that he wants to get all the coaches motivated to try to beat the statewide all-sport record set by Juan Diego at 112 points. "We’re certainly going to go for it," he said.
The point breakdown:
Cross Country 10
Cross Country 10