What a year for Summit County athletes
When the final buzzer sounded on Saturday night at Dozier Field and the scoreboard showed that the Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team had won a state title, it capped off an amazing day for Summit County sports.
Not one, not two, not three, but four Summit County teams earned championship trophies on Saturday, May 17. In addition to the Park City boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams making PCHS the first school in Utah history to win both LAX titles in one season, the Park City girls’ track team was down at BYU, literally running away with its second-consecutive 3A state championship.
Meanwhile, also at BYU, the North Summit girls’ track team was putting up a fight of its own, scoring 108 points to rout Millard en route to a 2A state title.
The four Saturday titles highlighted an unforgettable spring season for several local sports teams. Over at South Summit, the Wildcats’ softball team finished third in the state and will return enough key players next season that they should challenge for a championship of their own in 2015.
And, at PCHS, the boys’ track team cruised to a Region 10 title, the boys’ soccer squad turned in another impressive season and the baseball players set a team record with 22 wins.
Though the 2013-14 winter season didn’t produce as many state titles for Summit County, three swim teams the PCHS boys and girls and the North Summit girls made sure the season didn’t pass without at least one team ending up on top.
It’s also worth noting that the North Summit girls’ basketball team finished with an impressive 17-3 record after starting the year 14-0. The South Summit girls’ basketball team finished strong to claim sixth place in 2A and the South Summit boys’ basketball team at one point had a 15-game winning streak during a season that saw the Wildcats finish third in 2A.
The fall season got the year off to a roaring start as the PCHS boys’ golf team won its sixth-straight title. The Miner girls’ cross-country runners, girls’ tennis squad and mountain bike club also captured championships, while the girls’ soccer team ended another strong season with a semifinal loss.
At South Summit, the football team won a state title, losing only one game all season a hard-fought victory by a resurgent North Summit squad.
The Braves added a championship of their own in girls’ cross country, while the boys’ team took second place.
Overall, the 2013-14 school year resulted in an outstanding 13 state titles for Summit County teams. That will be a difficult number to top next year, but hey, the journey is what it’s all about. And with the caliber of athletes we’ve come to enjoy in a county that boasts more than its fair share of Olympic champions in addition to high school stars, anything is possible.
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