North Summit wins 2A All-Sports award
The Braves earned the honor for the second year in a row
When North Summit High School took home the Deseret News 2A All-Sports award last year, it was the first time since 1993 the school had won the honor.
A year later, the Braves — who claimed three state titles in girls’ cross country, girls’ volleyball and girls’ track and field — used a plethora of solid team finishes throughout the 2016-17 school year to defend their title, capturing the Deseret News 2A All-Sports award for the second year in a row.
“It’s obviously a great feeling,” North Summit Athletic Director Devin Smith said. “[Winning the award is] something that our kids and our community are really proud of. It’s a reflection of our supportive community, especially what great kids we have. Also, we have great coaches, too.”
The award is based off of the UHSAA-sanctioned sports of football, cross-country, golf, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track, soccer, tennis, volleyball and softball.
If a team finishes in the top eight in a respective sport, it will receive a certain amount of points. The champion receives 10 points, while the runner-up receives eight. The remaining six spots are as follows: six points for third place, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one for eighth.
The Braves finished atop the 2A list with 73.5 points. Emery finished in second place with 61. Also helping North Summit to the top by earning major points were the wrestling (second place), boys’ swimming (second place), boys’ cross-country (third place), boys’ basketball (third place) and girls’ swimming (third place) teams.
“I heard several of our students throughout the year who would say, ‘Wrestling took second and volleyball won it and swim did well and girls cross-country won it.’ After they would do that, they would say, ‘Do you think we have a chance to win the All-Sport award again? It’s something that is definitely on their minds and I know they’ll be super proud of it.”
After winning the crystal plaque award last year, which sits in the main office at North Summit High School, Smith acknowledged the goal was to repeat this season, adding the goal remains the same for 2018.
But Smith doesn’t feel the need to constantly dangle this year’s award over the heads of the student athletes at North Summit.
“We’re just going to enjoy this one,” Smith said. “We always want to be competitive. We certainly don’t want to potentially put that pressure on our kids, but we always know that they’re going to go out there and give it their best [effort]. If we get in a position where we have a chance to win a third one next year, that would be great.
“And if we don’t, we’ll still be proud of what they do and know that they gave it their best.”
North Summit’s rival South Summit High School finished in eighth place for the 2A All-Sports award, while Park City High School finished in second place in the 3A classification with 78.5 points, trailing only Desert Hills, who won its seventh-straight All-Sports title.
The Youth Sports Alliance will host a team scramble golf tournament on June 3 at Victory Ranch in hopes of raising funds for its scholarships and youth programs.