Record editorial: Congratulations, prep athletes in Summit County, on a season to remember
November 15, 2018
For Summit County's three high school athletic programs, it was an unforgettable fall season.
Four teams ended it hoisting championship trophies. Three others finished second in the state, while one more reached the semifinals. Few, if any, other counties in the state can boast of similar prosperity this fall.
Each of the teams deserves recognition. At Park City High School, which competes in Class 4A, the boys golf team added another milestone to its astounding dynasty with an 11th straight state title. The girls volleyball squad reached the championship game before falling in its bid for a second consecutive championship. Likewise, the girls tennis team was also the runner up, while the football team reached the penultimate round of the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
North Summit and South Summit, which compete in Class 2A, had plenty to cheer for, as well. The North Summit volleyball team won its third straight state title, while the boys cross country team won its second straight. The girls cross country team, meanwhile, finished second. At South Summit High School, the Wildcats' vaunted football program, which has played in the championship game six seasons in a row, flexed its muscle again by taking the first-place trophy for the second straight year.
That much success in one season in a county with a small population like ours is remarkable. The players and coaches who worked hard for it deserve our admiration. We congratulate them for what they've accomplished and for setting a mark that the schools' other teams this winter and spring will be hard pressed to match.
There is also something we can learn from them. Each of the teams encountered adversity, in one form or another, during their seasons, yet they didn't let that stop them. They all set goals and refused to back down from chasing them. Their tenacity is inspiring and will serve them well even after they don their schools' colors for the final time.
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And long after their playing days are over, the players — and the fans who cheered them on — will be able to return to the memories they created this fall. That, as much as the trophies they earned, will stand as the mark of what was an extraordinary season.
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