The Davis High Girls Volleyball team had a great season. They ended third in Region 1 with a league record of 9-5 and an overall record of 17-12. The team began the state playoffs by playing Taylorsville at Davis High. They beat Taylorsville in three short sets, sending them on the play the Syracuse Titans at Syracuse. They battled but sadly lost in four sets, ending their season.
“It was a heartbreaking loss. I know that we could have won. We just didn’t battle until the third set. It was a sad way to end the season but I guess everyone’s season, except for one team, ends in a loss. It sucks but it’s just how it is.” Said Lauryn Arnold, a senior middle blocker.
Overall, the girls had a good season. It took a little while for the team to get their “groove” and work together but once they did, they were unstoppable.
When asked about the season, Sophomore hitter, Leah Clark said,
“I think that the players were really good and it was a little bit of a struggle to get everyone to mix and play together well, but once that clicked it was perfect and they rocked it!”
The main thing that the girls struggled with was the mental part of the game. The girls tended to get in their heads and struggled with finishing their game strong.
“I feel like we were a great team and had a great season but I think we got in our heads and that’s a main reason why we couldn’t follow through in a few games,” said Junior hitter Savannah Coleman.
That was the one thing that really killed the girls in a lot of games. If they were struggling in a game, they had a hard time coming back and getting back into the groove of things. Once they were able to overcome the mental block, there was no stopping them.
The Davis High girls soccer team heads into their final region games on top of all the other schools in region 1, but with two must-win games, will they pull up and win or will there be two region champions this year?
After a major win against Layton last game, Davis is ready to storm into these two games and seize the region championship trophy. It was such a tight game with great opportunities for both teams, but better defense too. The game ended up going into double overtime, still scoreless, and on to penalty kicks. With weeks, even months, of practicing penalty kicks almost every single practice, the Davis High girls soccer team prevailed and made every single one of their shots. Goalkeeper Taygan Sill showed up and did more than her part, making an essential save during the shootout. Halle Lund then stepped up and put in the winning shot.
“It felt awesome. It was just a great experience to be a part of, and knowing I helped the team succeed was awesome.” (Halle Lund)
That win definitely gave the team a ton of momentum heading into the last two region games, but there’s always nerves when you have to play in big games. A lot of the girls were nervous because it’s always anyone’s game, but they had so much support from friends and family, they knew they could pull out the win.
They knew they would be heading into playoffs regardless of if they won or not, but they were unsure of which seed they’d get. It’s always nice to go into playoffs with a high seed, but the team is so grateful they could make it to the playoffs and are hopeful for the best outcome possible.
“I’m super excited and have a good feeling going into playoffs. I feel like we are going to peak at the right time.”
Says Grace Nicol, the captain the team.
With their record and the girls they have this year, it’s shaping up to be another great year to be a Dart.
Last week the Davis High girls’ volleyball team took on the Weber Warriors and the Northridge Knights. The girls won both games and played lights out against Northridge.
Despite being favored because of their previous win against Weber, playing the warriors was rough for the Darts. Although they won the first two sets, they fell apart in the third set and ended up losing. However, they came back during the fourth set with a change in the lineup and won the game. Weber was an expected win for the girls because they beat them in their home game earlier in the season.
“It was a rough set, there’s no sugar-coating it. We fell apart. Our passing was all over the place and we couldn’t put a ball down. We were a completely different team. Luckily we bounced back and won the fourth set.” said Haley Waters.
The girls played amazing against Northridge which resulted in a big win for the Darts. Katie Corelli, senior outside hitter says that Northridge was a big win for the team.
“Northridge was a big game for us because we won in three sets. Last time we played them, at Northridge, we lost in four.” said senior outside hitter Katie Corelli.
This win against Northridge for the Davis High volleyball team moved them up to 10th place in the state for all 6A teams giving them a solid spot in the state tournament. The girls have another big game this week. Tuesday the Syracuse Titans will be coming to Davis and the girls are hoping to bring home a win.
“I definitely think we can beat Syracuse, we are a really good team and if we play together and everything comes together, we will win. Sometimes we just get so in our heads that they are the better team that we come out playing scared. I am confident that if we work together and each do our part, we will win.” said Cierra Limb, senior libero/ defensive specialist.
Hopefully, the girls can beat Syracuse as they inch closer to the State Playoffs next weekend.
Last Friday, October 23, our Davis Darts girls soccer team defeated American Fork for the title of state champions in an overtime thriller 1-0. The Darts redeem themselves with their overtime victory, as they lost a heartbreaker to American Fork in last year’s state championship. After the rematch, Davis will no longer be haunted by the state championship loss last year.
Davis absolutely trounced their opponents this season, with a record of 19-1, and outscoring their opponents 12-1 in the state tournament. Davis has been a powerhouse the past couple of seasons, so no one else is more deserving of the state title than the Darts. It is truly amazing what our soccer team has been able to put together this season, and the people involved will never forget their amazing experiences.
Annie Haycock, an absolute sensation on the soccer field, described it as “The best feeling in the world.”
“This year’s team was all heart and no drama,” replied Annie when asked about what she was most proud of this season.
Despite Davis’s many accomplishments this season, their stars like Annie stay humble and give credit to their teammates, which is truly a testament to how championship teams are formed.
When asked what her favorite moment of this season was, Annie put it simply by saying, “playing with the girls.”
This simple phrase truly sums up the Darts season. Playing together is the way to win in soccer. The chemistry is evident on and off the field, and it is no wonder that the best thing about our girl’s team is that they have each other.
Deep down, every team’s goal is to win a championship. Whether it be the Utah Jazz, the New York Yankees, or even the U.S. Curling Team, everyone wants to be recognized as “the best.” We see high school, college, and pro teams pump thousands of dollars, hours of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears just to be known as the champions. Our Davis girls soccer team did accomplish the ultimate goal for an athletic team, and they deserve all the credit and respect in the world.
Davis High took on Fremont high in a Friday night showdown on October 9th for their senior night at Davis High. Davis was projected to sweep the Silver-wolves, but the outcome came unexpected to all.
Throughout the game, Davis was leading the game and it looked like they were going to finish Fremont off in the 4th quarter. It was obvious the darts were making several minor errors on the offensive side, that could be the reason for the outcome of the game. Players were frustrated on how poorly Davis couldn’t execute their play,
“Something has to flip on the offensive side as well as finish our drives and put points on the board to respond for how well our defense is playing.” – David Spjut, leading receiver at Davis
Although Davis came into the 4th quarter with being up by 9 points, the momentum of the game was changing and Fremont had the confidence to win the game. I asked David what his thoughts were after coming into the 4th quarter.
”I still had a feeling that we were going to win, we just needed to execute with making our blocks, running our routes and catching the ball.” – Davis Spjut
Davis still was confident they could pull it off. Fremont scored and made it a one touchdown difference and Davis had possession to finish the game. It came down to a 4th down and Davis decided to fake the punt and they put it in the hands of David Spjut.
Coming up short, Fremont was close to their touchdown and they scored and put the game away. I asked David what his thoughts were on the decision to fake the punt.
“Honestly I didn’t really think much of it, and I thought to myself hopefully we can get this and seal the game away.” -Davis Spjut
Fortunately for Davis, they still will advance to the playoffs and hopefully see Fremont later for the rematch!
Our girl’s soccer team has been on fire this year! With only one loss, due to a dumb PK situation with Layton, the players have been fighting hard, leaving everything on the field.
Today, our soccer warriors are up against Copper Hills High; the game will be at Angle Park at 4, so come and witness greatness unfold.
Shelby Steele, an incredible player on the defensive line says,
“My goal for today’s match is to keep working hard throughout the game, even when I make mistakes. I want to be smart and work alongside my teammates.”
The team is obviously hoping for a win; however, these girls don’t only want to triumph and destroy, but they want to do it as one. It’s a tight-knit group of friends; they have each other’s backs and if they win…they win together!
On a more technical note, overall, the team’s offense and defense are unquestionably strong. Passing with one another, adding pressure when needed, and using strategy and might to score, not much will get through these girls.
Fortunately, the team hasn’t been hit too hard by the whole Covid-19 situation. Players haven’t caught the virus or needed to be quarantined. Despite these wonderful results, a different monster has hurt the team; many have gotten injured.
Specifically, 2 powerful and important forwards, Ruth Wright and Liv Flint, tore their ACLs badly, leaving them out for the remainder of the season. Although Ruth and Liv have had to step down, it has shown just how strong and able the other players are to step up to the plate. They won’t let anything take away their power, ferocity, and drive to play. Through thick and thin…this team will prevail in the face of anything life decides to throw at them.
We can even see this motivation on the wrists of these girls: before games some of the players write down a reason for why they’re playing, on their wrist. Whether it’s for a person, a goal, a struggle, or even just for the rest of the team, they inspire themselves to be the best player they possibly can be. Not just for individual reasons, but for their team and for their school.
This is just one of the many things they do to stay focused and keep their head in the game. After all, the day of the state tournament is coming closer and closer. The mental and physical preparation for this trial is intense, they must keep up the training.
“There was a point when I realized…this is it…it’s beginning…it’s time to step up our game because state is coming and WE will be the victors.”
So come and cheer on our inspirational, extremely hard-working, and truly awesome Davis High Girls Soccer Team today at the Copper Hills game!
We all know that the 2020 Covid Pandemic has altered lives all across the world. Here at Davis, we feel the after shock of it all, deeply. That being said, many of us have experienced one major change: sports, arts, and any extracurricular actives have been canceled, modified, and overall not the same as they used to be. Let’s be honest…it SUCKS! However, everyone (especially Davis) has been pushing through. One team in particular, Cross Country, composed of awesome, hard-working, and remarkable athletes has not let these difficult times slow them down!
The team has been holding strong; even at times when practice was cancelled these incredible runners kept their spirits high and continued to train. They attacked summer training and came into the season with energy and a drive to excel. Whether as a team or individually, they didn’t quit or give up.
Hope Stanley, who turns into a running beast when that gun goes off, tells us,
“We’ve been handling it like everyone else, we trust each other to work hard, even if it gets canceled we train on our own with the support of the team.”
Along with each other’s motivation, they have a great coach guiding them every step of the race. Coach Timothy has not let his athletes down and the team is looking forward to the upcoming weeks of training, ready to give it all they got at meets.
Hope, again an awesome athlete on the team, elaborated on what she does in those moments of weakness. What her and the team use to motivate themselves to just keep on going,
“Things like becoming the best you can be. Not letting your team down, helping the other athletes be faster while training your hardest and getting stronger and faster.”
Although running is overall an individual sport, this teams looks out for one another. For them it’s not just winning for yourself, it’s winning for the team.
Davis’ Cross Country team will stop at nothing to succeed and they for sure won’t let us down. They will run through sun, rain, snow, and COVID, because “running is a source of athleticism, friendship, and so much fun.” Way to go Davis XC!
The Davis High Varsity Boys Golf team is not one to be overlooked. With a legacy to live up to from past years, they successfully earned the title of Region Champions after a challenging tournament this past week. The real question is- can the Boys Golf team claim the State title next week?
When asked if this match was a simple one to win “Our team didn’t play amazing, but we played well enough to win.” said Jack Sargent a Senior on the Davis Golf Team.
With threatening winds during the second game, this match presented a challenge for Jack who is a valuable member to the team. Jack shot a 79/72 at this tournament compared to his personal best of 61. He believes that the Boys Golf team will succeed at State if they can all play well.
However, Charlie Rhodes claimed that the Region win was less of a challenge. Charlie stated that, “We whooped. It was pretty dang easy.” Charlie shot a 83/85 and is expecting for State to be a close match. When asked to describe his team in one word, he chose “Exquisite” because of the excellent coach and team members.
The Boys Golf team has had an impressive record this year, with only losing one tournament. They are optimistic about their chances with winning the title but are already expecting a demanding game that will require them to perform at their absolute best. The Boys varsity team consists of Mckay Cook, Jack Sargent, Preston Wallace, Cade Montgomery, Sebastian Fernandez, Charlie Rhodes, Cole Cipriano, and Drew Sampson. Individually, Mckay Cook consistently scores very low (which is good in golf-in case you didn’t know!) and is a valuable asset to the team.
So, will the Boys Golf team be able to swing state? We’ll find out next week, but Davis High has full confidence in the team!
The Davis High football team suffered another devastating loss last Friday against Roy Highschool. With the final score of 32-26, Davis put up a good fight throughout the whole game. The game took place at our home field, which seemed to make the loss even worse.
Although we lost, the game was certainly an interesting one to watch. Davis was behind in the first half of the game and winning the game seemed unlikely at that point. However, Davis made a huge comeback in the 3rd quarter and even managed to pull ahead of Weber! The possibility of a win seemed likely at this point and filled the whole stadium with hope. However, in the 4th quarter, Weber managed to gain a lead that enabled them to win the game. The loss of this game stung more because of how close we were to winning, and the fact that we were at our home stadium.
Although Davis was not able to take the win, our team still played exceptionally well. Our Davis Highschool football team is ranked #12th in the state of Utah out of all the 6A schools! This is a good rank, and our team should be immensely proud of the way that they have performed this year.
The theme that was chosen for the student section this past week was a “Pink out”. This was chosen to represent Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink flags were used by referees during the game for the same reason.
Our last football game is on October 9th on our home field against Fremont! Davis Highschool is confident that our boys will be able to dominate and claim the win.
Despite schools being shut down just less than six months ago, we still get the pleasure of high school football, and our Darts have begun the season spicy hot. With a 3-0 start under their belts, Davis enters their next game against Clearfield like a train full of steam. Winning the first three games by a combined score of 116-26, the future of this season looks bright for Davis football.
The first game of the season, the only close game they’ve played, saw Davis beating Herriman in a defensive battle, 24-20. The following game against Viewmont was in a very lopsided fashion, and featured the Darts winning 48-6. The most recent game played saw Davis absolutely stomping on Northridge 44-0.
Following the three wins, Davis High Football’s next up and comer, Anthony Foy, was asked about the Darts flaming start to the season:
“We have preformed to the best of our ability and left everything out on the field in every game,” he responded.
With the three wins set in stone, Davis now looks ahead to the future, with the overall goal of a state championship in mind.
“We have a great shot, with amazing players and a great [coaching] staff to get us there [the state championship] and win,” said Foy.
With Davis looking ahead to Clearfield on August 4, and hopefully take this next step to the state championship.
Girls are finally allowed to compete in wrestling at Davis High. Women are able to wrestle in college, but Davis High girls (and most high school girls) have not been allowed to, until now. The Davis High Wrestling team will include girls in their first preseason competition of the season this coming Saturday, October 10th. This is exciting news for the girls, who previously would have had to wrestle boys, which was awkward for everyone and only allowed in Jr. High.
According to Bear River High School Athletic Director Van Park “It is the fastest growing girls sport right now.” There are many scholarships opportunities available to female wrestlers that until now could not be utilized. Coach Roundy is certainly excited for the girls to have this opportunity.
“It’s about time that girls get their own platform to shine. Women’s wrestling is an Olympic sport, Utah is finally catching up with the rest of the country,” says Roundy.
According to Analise Womack it is an empowering feeling.
“I feel accomplished, as if there is something I am doing that may affect other girls and might help them find their path. It’s not about the competition it’s more about the way it makes you feel about yourself. It brings a sort of confidence and pride, it’s a sisterhood we are in. We are all going through it and learning together. There is no other sport I have played that is anywhere near the same type of energy. Wrestling is not only an individual sport but also a team sport the mindset is different,” claims Analise.
I am on the Davis wrestling team as well. We receive good coaching and tough critique, but we learn from it all. I enjoy the sport for many of the same reasons as Analise; I love to feel strong and powerful. Many people ask me if there is anything that bothers me about wrestling, and I don’t have any concerns. People have questioned the uniforms. We have the option of wearing singlets or fight gear, and I am personally a fan of the fight gear. I am glad to be a part of the Davis High Girls Wrestling team, and I’m excited to make friends and excel in the sport.
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are always big days for the Davis High Volleyball team. This week, they faced off against the Weber Warriors and the Northridge Knights.
Tuesday evening, the girls dominated the visiting Warriors winning in only three short sets. As the season progresses, the girls continue to get better and better in every aspect of the game.
Lauryn Arnold, senior middle blocker on the team said “Both games I felt we were super hyped and had really good energy. We played so well as a team and came together and played our hearts out.”
Despite their efforts, the team lost their game on Thursday to Northridge in four extremely close sets.
“We started out pretty slow and by the time we got going and connecting we were pretty far behind. We ended up only losing by two in what is considered overtime. We came back stronger and were playing super well together, we just weren’t all doing our part,” said sophomore outside hitter, Aubrey Neilson.
It was a tough loss for the girls who are trying to take the region title this year. Even with their loss to Northridge, the region championship is still within sight for the team.
The girls are currently 11-9 in their overall standings and 4-3 in the league standings putting them at fourth place in the region. Next Tuesday, they will play against Roy, who they have beaten before at the beginning of the season. They will also play at Fremont on Thursday.
Senior outside hitter Katie Corelli says “It is a really big game for us, we lost to them the first time we played them this season. Fremont is good, but I definitely think we can beat them if we work together and play our hardest. I just think we need to get over the label that Fremont is the best because they clearly are not.”
It is a highly anticipated game for the girls and their coaches, if they win against Fremont, it will only boost their chances of taking the Region championship.
Davis took on Roy high school last Friday, September 18, for their Homecoming game and unofficially for the region title. Both teams coming in undefeated, you could easily say it was going to be a great game.
Throughout the game, Davis and Roy kept a very close score and both answered each other with points on the board every series. Heading into the 4th quarter Davis was up by 9 points making it 40-33, to start out, Davis scored a touchdown to intentionally seal the game. With 3 minutes left, Roy had the ball and scored, making it a 7 point game. Roy went for the onside kick but overshot it and left Davis with the ball to finish the game. With 2 minutes left, Roy caused a turnover and they took it down and scored. With the score at 47-46, Roy went for the win and scored with a 2 point conversion to win the game, and ultimately take the region title. Roy advances at 6-0 win record and Davis falls to 5-1.
I had the chance to interview Chance Trujillo, Davis High’s starting quarterback, on his emotions in the 4th quarter of the game.
He answered with, “A lot goes through your mind when the game could slip through your hands at any given moment, so I got to make sure to keep my composure til the clock hits 0. You can’t let the pressure and anxiety affect you in a situation like that, or that’s when you lose confidence and focus. I don’t know if you would say that the pressure got to me, but I think you could say we thought the game was over with there only being 2 minutes left in the game and is being up by 2 scores.”
Both teams competed and matched so greatly and hopefully we get to see a rematch later in the playoffs to see a great game again!
As the season approached a fast and soon close everyone knew that LSU was dominate and something special. Joe burrow led the dangerous offense to the number one ranking in college football as well as the number one seed in the college football playoff. LSU dominated Oklahoma with a baffling score of 63 to 28 with Joe Burrow having an insane 8 total touchdowns, and with this dominate win they earned their spot in the 2020 national championship. The rest was history.
On the other side was the reigning national champions at the time Clemson Tigers who went undefeated and won the ACC. Although they were dominate in their conference for the most part with one close game coming from North Carolina people were very skeptical of the Tigers. Were they the same team they were 10 months ago? Could they compete against the top teams and keep up? Regardless they earned the third seed in the college football playoff and went on to play Ohio State and upset them 29-23. Earing them the other spot in the national championship.
Both teams came into this game confident in their offenses on one side with LSU you had Joe Burrow reining Heisman winner Ja’Marr Chase the NCAA receiving leader and tight end Thaddeus Moss son of NFL legend Randy Moss. On the other side the Clemson Tigers have true sophomore Trevor Lawrence leading the team with his undefeated college record with running back Travis Etienne in the backfield with him and the dangerous Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross split out wide.
With those kinds of offenses people were expecting fireworks but the beginning of the game was anything but that LSU on the first two drives didn’t even get past there own thirty it was a defensive struggle. Finally, Clemson punched it in off a short touchdown run from Trevor Lawrence taking a seven zero lead.
As the game went on Clemson started to pull away as they went up 17-7 but the tigers finally settled in being able to take the lead right before half as Joe Burrow had a couple touchdown passes in the first half.
The second half started the way it ended with LSU on the gas and as the game came closer to the end, they could smell the blood as they scored to go up 17 with ten minutes left in the game. Clemson hadn’t been able to do anything all half and when LSU went up by 17 it was the last straw and Clemson was done. LSU rode out the last few minutes taking in that they had just won the 2020 national championship.
As the game clock hit zero people broke out in celebration some in tears of joy and the other Tigers had to go home with the loss. LSU was dominate all year with much thanks to Joe Burrow leading their offense. This might go down as one of the best college football teams ever and definitely one of the greatest offenses ever.
This year Davis high senior Kyle Roberts had the privilege of being named to the Desert News 6A All-State Team. Listed as a corner back on the list, this season Kyle Roberts had 80 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 of which were for 6. He had the most interceptions out of any corner back on this list. Kyle also had a very impressive 80 tackles over the course of the season which was the best out of all corners on this list as well. Kyle averaged 6.2 tackles per game and along with that he had to pass deflections over the season.
Kyles statistics are very impressive especially for a region as competitive as 6A. Another Davis high player who had the privilege of being mentioned on one of these lists is Peter Stevenson, star senior receiver for the Davis High Darts. Although he played very well at receiver he was not named for receiver. He was named for punter on the second 6A all state team. Although I do think he was snubbed for an all-state mention at receiver as he was dominate there to with 729 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns over the whole season, he averaged 72.9 yards a game and had 36 receptions over the course of his senior season.
This is a very high honor to earn, especially in the 6A division. It is one of the most competitive regions they are the best of the best of the best. They are very dominate players and will be missed as this was there last year of high school football. Congratulations to Kyle Allen and Peter Stevenson on being mentioned to the 6A All State team.
The Davis High swim team’s meet was Tuesday, November 12th, at Ogden High school. Davis High was competing against Weber, Roy, Layton, Fremont, Syracuse, Northridge, and Clearfield. The meet consisted of 14 events: 200 yard Medley, 250 yard free, 400 yard IM, 200 yard free, 400 yard medley, 8 by 25 yard free, 4 by 200 yard free, 200 yard butterfly, 200 yard backstroke, 200 yard breaststroke, 400 yard free, 8 by 25 mixed medley, 8 by 25 mixed kick, and finally 8 by 25 t-shirt which is just for the seniors.
The Davis High swim team was consistent with the support they gave their teammates while they raced. There were many people cheering on each other and getting together and bonding over their love for the sport.
“It’s just fun to be with friends and to compete with other schools. We had a ton of fun, and it made it even better when we won, I really appreciate my teammates and I love the environment I’m in when I am with them.” stated Brayden Littlefield a junior at Davis.
The Davis High swim team is very thankful for the coaches: Coach Kitt, varsity coach, Coach Jesse, intermediate, and Coach Tayleigh the beginner or first year swimmers coach.
“I like how they always encourage us to do better and they are proud of us when we do better.” said Holly Witherspoon a senior at Davis.
In the end of the meet girls and boys both placed first with 186 points for girls and boys with 174 points, which is very impressive. Davis dominated and out of the 11 scoring relays Davis girls placed 1st 8 times and 2nd 3 times, with Weber trailing behind with 144. The boys placed 1st 7 times, 2nd 3 times, and 3rd 1 time. Syracuse came in 2nd with 132. In conclusion, Davis did really well in this meet and will continue to perform to their best abilities.
The Davis High swim meet took 2nd place in both boys and girls divisions at Box Elder High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The teams: Box Elder, Weber, Riverton, Ridgeline,Uintah, Morgan, and of course Davis High, competed that morning. Swimming as a sport has been around for centuries now since the early 1800’s. Competitive swimming started in Britain in 1830, mostly using breaststroke. Swimming has encouraged all to push themselves harder physically and mentally. Swimming builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness.
“I love swim because I have a lot of friends on the team, it’s fun to do, and it’s good exercise,” says sophomore Shandrey Allman.
Lauren Hall got the award for Best of Meet for Girls. The boys’ 200 and 400 relay also had a new record set aswell.
The team trained hard five days a week after school to get their well-deserved placement in the meet. We also talked to the swim captain, Kyle Lortz, for his opinion,
“My thoughts were how Davis did their best. I did notice that there were a group of swimmers at the edge of the pool cheering on their fellow darts. It wasn’t just one or two swimmers, but nine to ten. They were always being supportive. I was glad on how our team broke two records and one swimmer getting MVP. We may not have won the meet, but we won for ourselves. We accomplished something beyond just an individual swimmer, but a family.”
Davis High School has a great swim team this season, with alot of young talent and hear. There is no doubt there will be more and more records beat, so please come and supportyour fellwo darats at their next meet on Tuesday the 12th in Ogden!
This week our girls’ volleyball team is competing in the 6A state volleyball tournament. Our girls’ team has absolutely dominated this year with a total record of 18-9 on the year and a very good region record of 9-5 currently placing us at 4th in our region. We have won our last 4 games straight in the sets of those games we are 12-1. Three of our games have been region play the last one being against Cyprus in the state tournament.
On November 5th we had our first state tournament game and dominated Cyprus high in the first round winning all three sets with scores of 25-11, 25-6, and another set win of 25-6. This advanced our girls volleyball team into the next round of the playoffs where we are set to face off against American Fork.
American fork is 16-12 overall, and 5-5 in their region play. This game gives Davis High a chance to get some revenge against the cavemen after the girls’ soccer state championship loss. Statistically, these teams are very even. It should be a very competitive match as the whole season is riding on this one game.
“We are very excited to have this opportunity,” stated Liv Argyle. “We have worked very hard to get to where we are now.”
Davis high has been preparing all season for this game.
“Davis has had very tough competition this year, but I believe it will only help in the state tournament when we are in a close or tough game,” said Liv Argyle when asked about going further in the state tournament, and how the season has prepared them for this game.
The next girls’ volleyball game is tomorrow at 5pm they will be playing the American Fork cavemen at UVU. Make sure to go support the team!
The mountain bike season comes to a close right before the bitter cold front hit. The last race at the Wasatch Invitational was exciting and action packed and truely a sight to be seen. Davis placed 11th in state and Corner Canyon snagged the first place position.
Some of the top bikers at state were Colton Desmond, Kennedy Taintor, Ethan Call, Liam Peel, and Taylor Whitely. William Brown is somebody to look out for and will definitly place high in some of next years races, also look out for Sam Liffereth and Blake Jacobsen
Reporters spoke with Ethan Call and asked him a few question about how it was like to bike for davis and being a senior on the team. He took 34th in state racing as a varsity biker.
“Biking for davis wasn’t just a hobbie but fun, it felt super satisfying and fulfilling. It was also very sad since it was my last race. I was bummed but happy at the same time.”
The moutain biking team didn’t do as well as they wanted to but they are excited for next year and are aiming to improve their ranking with last years young talent!
Photo cred: Brooklynn Crowley
“Bang!” The gun goes off. The fun begins.The meet was intense with the Boys varsity race. The Davis High Cross Country team didn’t have anyone from Davis High pass the finish line until Hunter Kitchen in 4th place with a time of 15 minutes and 40.2 seconds. The next four people after him were also from Davis. Evidence of their prowess. The Darts may not have gotten first but the effort put fourth was outstanding.
As the rule goes, ladies first, Girls varsity began and only the first person to cross was from Davis high school. Hope Preston with a phenomenal time of 18 minutes and 7.9 seconds. The next Davis High girls varsity member was Kenedy Maudsley in 5th place with a time of 18 minutes and 49.9 seconds.
“It is really nice to have support whenever you do a sport – Seeing people out there cheering for you is like a mind set type thingy and it’s really nice to come out here and support.” Explained Winston Mi; Junior
It’s 3.1 miles and the first 3 people to cross the finish line were Lily Prisbrey with a time of 20 minutes and 54.8 seconds, Lauryn Hall with a time of 21 minutes and 18.7 seconds, and Laine Blaser with a time of 21 minutes and 33.1 seconds.
Following girls JV was the Boys JV team. They not only held the top 3 places but the top 4. First to cross the victory line was Luke wilde with a time of 16 minutes and 47.4 seconds, second was Colin Major with a time of 16 minutes and 47.4 seconds, third was Liam Baird with a time of 17 minutes and 6 seconds, and fourth was Josh Eldredge with a time of 17 minutes and 16.5 seconds.
“It’s just such a fun sport cause we get to go out and run with each other every day and we are all really close on the team – we get to be such good friends on and off the course.” – Luke Wilde; Senior
“I love cross Country because it’s one of those sports that people overlook and when they actually do it they are like oh crap, this is hard – cross country runners are the strongest of people.” Stated a member of the team.
It’s quite clear by going to a meet that the Head Coach Paul Timothy has done an excellent job creating a cohesive atmosphere for the team to compete.
“Competing and running with your friends makes it a lot more fun” As stated by one of the sophomores on the team.
“They are great student athletes who represent our school and our community extremely well.” The perfect quote from Principal Greg Wilkey.
The most important victory is a region victory. The Darts girls soccer proved that true in their victory over Fremont. The Darts won a 2-0 in an epic battle of defensive play and offensive runs creating many scoring opportunities.
The defense was key in pulling Davis through to the win.
“The defense did really well talking things out to play out of pressure and cover for one another. Just doing our part to mark up and stay on our man no matter what.” said Jaqui Tidwell, Senior.
The team has great cohesion as they work together and blend each individual’s talent and abilities. They rely on one another to communicate and interact well with each other.
The second half is where things kicked off. 2 goals were scored quickly and emphatically.
“Offense made some beautiful runs which created many scoring opportunities for us.” Jaqui Tidwell stated.
The key to making a team run smoothly is unity. Friendship and understanding one another makes it easier to trust one another as you play, as well as in and out of games and practice. You desire to protect and defend one another throughout the season.
“The friendship that we have with each other makes it easier to play and win for one another.”
The soccer team continues to work with one another and strive for success with each other on their side. The Darts continue with high hopes going into the State Tournament.
Yes! Less than two weeks ago we were sitting in 80 degree watching the Darts play on Fridays. And with the snap of Thanos’s fingers we are at the bitter and frigid end of the Darts unique road to their first state playoff game.
The Darts football team has had its ups, downs, highs and lows but we have overall been very successful. There have been many big and exciting moments from the season. One of the highlights from the season was when peter Stevenson caught a pass over the middle against crosstown rival The Viewmont Vikings and broke two tackles and scored a 50+ yard touchdown. Additionally it’s easy to recall David Spjut’s punt return for a touchdown which was the first score of the game and really helped get some momentum going. Moreover, Davis played Northridge and Clearfield back to back they were both blowout wins with scores of 44-14 and 48-14. Quite a resume of wins for the Darts.
Another standout this year has been the performance of the junior Quarterback Chance Trujillo was this year’s starter over 9 games he had 107 completions with a 56% completion rating to go along with 1,437 passing yards and 12 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 93.3 which is very impressive. The leading receiver was Peter Stevenson he led the team with receiving yards with 871 yards receiving and 7 receiving touchdowns he absolutely dominated.
The Darts look to host the Westlake Thunder. A team from one of the most dominant regions in the state.
“It’s a really fun challenge to be honest. They’ve played some tough opponents and their record certainly doesn’t match their ability.” Stated Davis’s star running back Carston Christensen.
This has been a very remarkable year from a dog running on the field and our game being mentioned on SportsCenter to our mob yelling and throwing tortillas, but it is not over yet on Friday the 25th The Darts play Westlake in their first state playoff game going into this game we are 4-5 and Westlake is 2-7 it is a home game at 4 this will be a very good game and have very high stakes whoever loses this game there season will be over and one will advance this will be a competitive game that will make a very big difference going forward not only for this seasons.
“I feel really confident in our team coming if this bye week. Our guys are healthy and our gameplan is sound. Should be alot of fun.” Added Christensen.
The Darts kickoff tomorrow at Davis High School at 4:00. Expect a packed crowd for what is predicted to be the most competitive of the first round as the number 15 and 16 seed face off.
Yesterday our lady darts played hard and upset their opponent, number one ranked Pleasant Grove. It was a close game with a score of 1-0 scored by Reagan Nuenswander. The team will advance to the finals and play American fork at Rio Tinto Staduim this friday! The game is at 11:00 and will have bus for students that would like to attend. But students will have to be checked out to attend since the game is during school hours.
Reports caught up with Reagan and she was kind enough to answer a few a questions about the game.
When asked what the team did well,
“We played hard through out the whole game.” She replied
We also asked what the team could have done better,
“we need to focus a little more on our communication.” She replied
You can be sure that this game be exciting and action packed, so don’t forget to grab your jacket on the way out the door. Cheer loud and come support your Davis Darts!
Friday, October 11, 2019
In their last regular-season game, Davis High football fell to Fremont High 34-10 on a freezing and disappointing night in the middle of nowhere. The game was played at Fremont High at 7 PM in plain city UT.
The darts struggled to move the ball on offense, and only managed to put 3 points on the board in the first half, and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Despite having marginally similar stats to Fremont, they had a difficult time executing in the red zone. They also turned the ball over multiple times.
On defense, the main struggle for Davis was the secondary. Fremont threw many deep passes over the defensive backs of Davis and moved the ball fairly easily. The darts also struggled with tackling, and both the QB and RB of Fremont had many yards after contact.
As far as attendance goes, Davis High had a pretty good turnout. Despite the fact that it was an away game, freezing cold, and this particular opponent is located way out in the farms west of Ogden, the Davis student section (mob) was still a decent size. In fact, there seemed to be more students there than the previous game at Weber High. They broke tradition, however, by abandoning the “farmer” theme usually displayed against Fremont (since they’re all farmers), and instead, the theme was a “ski-out”. This proved to be the better option since the ski clothes the students were wearing were far more comfortable for the low temperatures that night. The mob proved that they are still the best fans in the district.
The Davis High golf team went undefeated besides one match last year, can they pull it off this year? Davis was undefeated heading into state but took second at the state tournament. Davis has been working hard to be able to live up to last year’s performance by practicing 5 days a week for 2-3 hours. The whole team practices together putting or hitting the range.
Bradley Yu a valuable member of the team with an 18-hole average of 75 said:
“We have a solid team with depth, so the lineup changes a bunch.”
Last season Boys Golf finished 2nd at State after being undefeated. Lone Peak won with a score of 564 with Davis coming in second with 591. Jack Sargent and Preston Wallace had the best scores with 145 and 144 respectively. Bradley Yu also states:
“Spencer Vernon and Trev Leonhardt are solid players on and off the court.”
The golf season starts in the spring and there are high hopes for the team. The team hopes to take state again this year as they did back in 2017. With confidence and practice, Davis can take state this year.
The Davis High girl’s soccer team is a powerful bad-A force that cannot be contained within the white spray painted lines of the soccer field. When they’re not kicking grass during an action packed game, they’re spending their day training and preparing their bods to destroy the other cowardly adolescent girls who’s soccer skills can’t even compare.
The deep question I must find the answer to is how do they become united enough as a team family to work together and wreck all the other teams? In the seventeen games they’ve played, varsity has won thirteen and only lost two. Annie Haycock said the secret to this magic is “team bonding and lots of hard work.” Their soccer practice is held for two hours three days a week. Multiple sources have concluded that Sully is a very intense coach who uses tactics such as yelling very loud, and aggressive lecturing to whip the team into shape. Could his anger be the key to their success?
The teams biggest rival is Layton, whom they defeated this season! Annie said what makes someone a great soccer player is “lots of sneaky footwork”. Her favorite thing about being a part of the team is the friendships she’s made. This year the team had a sleepover at a cabin in Park City and spent the day at Jordanelle to get to know each other and bond.
According to Annie the funniest experience the team had this season was when Jackie Tidwell kicked the ball and accidentally hit her in the head and knocked her over. Annie also loves how competitive the games get because it motivates her to become a better athlete. On average they have at least one girl get injured every game. This season alone they’ve had someone get a concussion and a goalie that popped her hip out. That is some dedication! Annie feels like all her hard work and commitment is worth it every time she scores a goal and hears her team cheering her on!
This upcoming Wednesday, Davis High’s Cross Country team will be competing for region along with seven other schools. Davis will be defending the tradition at Layton park, which is right across the street from our bitter rivals. It has been around ten years since Davis hasn’t advanced, so the pressure will be on for them to continue their dominance.
A lot of the students that go to Davis High are running in Cross Country, and every week they talk about all of their positive running experiences. Each week you can hear their excited and nervous comments, but the hype has never been as real as it is now.
“It’s one of our last races. We have state in two and a half weeks and NXR in November, so it’s like my last chance to PR (personal record),” commented Colby Cox, cross country workhorse.
For many kids like Colby, it will be a final attempt at a personal record, and a last chance to make an impact with their team. Hopefully these kids do make a impact, continue the dominance of Davis High Cross Country, and defend the tradition.
Davis High Football Preview
Davis Vs. Fremont
This week the Davis Darts play the Fremont Silver wolves, going into this game both the Darts and Silver wolves have an overall record of 4-4 and are 4-2 in region play. This is also the last regular season game for both teams, it will make a big difference for the postseason for both teams. Both teams have the same records, so this will affect the seeding heading into the playoffs greatly. Both teams will make the playoffs due to the new rule instated this year that every team gets a playoff game, but your record affects your seeding. It is an away game for Davis. Last year Davis played Fremont for their homecoming game and lost 21-14 it was a very competitive game last year and that competitiveness should carry over into this game and be a competitive game once again.
Both teams are very good and have playmakers at their skill positions, but what will come down to who wins this game is who can win at the line of scrimmage. Who can open run lanes and dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, it will be very cold so running will be very important, although the skill positions are important for this game especially when it comes to securing the ball winning at the line of scrimmage will ultimately decide the fate of the game.
This will be a very good game and make a big difference for not only seeding but momentum heading into the post-season, everyone remember to go and support and go darts!
The 2019-2020 Davis High Cross Country team is a very dedicated and motivated team. The team works very hard and practices multiple times during the week after school.
Mr. Timothy, a coach for the cross country team, said, ” My favorite thing about it is pushing yourself physically, doing things you didn’t think was possible, achieving goals, and staying fit.”
Another student athlete on the team, Griffon Karras, says he has been running since freshman year and loves it because he gets to run with his friends.When asked what the team was working on, Lily Prisbey said, “We are working on mental toughness and working together as a team. Our team motto this year is ‘puntos’ which means together.” Lily Prisbey’s least favorite thing about cross country is, “the amount of time it takes up; it is time consuming.”
With regions approaching on October 9th, the team’s goal for regions is, “Boys being region state champs, and girls being top three,” says Coach Timothy.
The team together has been working hard on their practices, setting goals, challenging themselves, prevailing, and there is no doubt that they will perform to the best of their abilities with all of their hard work they put into it.
This past week the Davis Darts played their homecoming game against the Syracuse Titans. Davis lost with a score of 38-6. Bridger Hamblin, the quarter back for the Syracuse Titans, was a fearless player in the game against the Darts. He was practically the entire offense for the Titans, he truly was a Titan on the field. He had 149 yards in the air and 165 yards on the ground.
The MOB was a big part of what made the game memorable. The student section really was, “MOB DEEP!” The game was a, “gold-out,” and the students really brought school spirit from chants and cheers to tortillas and water flying through the air. The intensity and energy of the MOB truly does make or break the football games at Davis High because even though we lost, the MOB makes it a good game and a good turn-out for all in attendance.
This upcoming week, the Darts will be playing against the Warriors of Weber. Weber has an overall ranking of 5-2 with 4-1 in Region and Davis has an overall ranking of 4-3 also with 4-1 in Region. This week’s game is an away game for the Davis Darts, and the student section will be decked out in, “pink-out,” attire in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Davis will need to work on their defense to win this week’s game and qualify for play-offs. Good Luck this week Davis!
The Davis High golf team has done it again, winning region and representing Davis well. The golf team has been tearing it up all season and punching their ticket into state.
The team got very high hopes for state after breezing through region play but fell just short to Lone Peak in State. After the first day it was anyone’s game. Davis was just six strokes behind the leader in Lone Peak. Unfortunately Davis took second falling twenty seven strokes behind Lone peak after the second day.
Jack Sargent is one of the best golfers in the state and showed it at the tournament. He was just four strokes out of having the best score in the whole tournament. As a Junior the sky is the limit.
“I feel like state went okay, none of us played our best but we played well enough to take 2nd,” Sargent stated.
The team did very well for not playing their best. Sargent has a whole other year as he is a junior this year. He told me what he thought they needed to do to get better for next year:
“I feel like if we continue to practice and become closer as a team we will be better on the course and more motivated to do well for our teammates.”
Sargent really enjoyed this season and was happy with being able to achieve some of the goals he set and making a run at state is always a great experience.
Sargent is a much better golfer than our beloved teacher Mr. Frey. He destroyed Frey the one time they played and Frey even contemplated quitting golf.
The golf team has been on the rise for the past two seasons and we are very excited to see where they end up next season.
This past week the Davis Darts played their Football game against Roy High School. This was the Homecoming game for Roy which brought a good energy to the game. Davis won the game with a score of 34-20. The game was a “neon-out” for the student section and even though our student section was small in numbers the game was full of school spirit and energy. Special shout out to the students who made it out to support the Darts.
This week the Darts are playing their Homecoming game against the Syracuse Titans. The Darts are leading in region and Syracuse is the main contender against Davis for Region Champions. Spencer Ferguson, touched on the fact that, the players need to clean up their mistakes and focus on the game in front of them. He also expressed that the game this week against Syracuse is going to be a tough one, but that if, “we want it more, we will win.”
The Homecoming Game will also feature Senior Night for the senior football players. This will also be the last home game of the Dart’s Season. This night allows the senior players to be recognized for all their hard work and accomplishments in their high school football careers. These seniors are recognized by announcing the players before kick-off and walking across the field with their parents.
This is going to be a game full of energy and excitement for the players, students, and parents. This week’s game will be a, “gold out” game for the student section to share their school spirit and support the Davis Darts. The MOB is a crucial part of the Davis High Experience because of the hype and intensity they bring to each game. Let’s bring that energy to this week’s game and continue to do so in the future season, toward Region Champs.
The girl’s tennis team took first place at region this past Thursday, September 26, and to say they were excited is an understatement.
“They were so ecstatic. They were euphoric. We had a five minute team hug,” reported Lexi Turley, head tennis coach.
The girls worked hard leading up to this. The only changes they made were with their doubles teams, ended up taking home a region title for both of their doubles teams. Other than that, it was all about practice, practice, practice. They had a great preseason, which carried over into region.
While tennis is an individual sport, the girls have great team moral. They support and cheer each other on through thick and thin, and, at they end of the day, they know they’ll always be friends.
“They are great team players. It’s an individual sport, and we win or lose as a team. They always play team. They have high energy, and their work ethic is unbelievable.”
Right now, they’re getting ready for state, and things are looking good for them.
“We are just focusing in on small changes. For the most part we’re building off of a season full of work. Now is not the time to make many changes. We’re just going to go in with a lot of energy and a lot of belief in each other.”
State is this Thursday and Saturday at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, so be sure to come out and support the fierce tennis team!
This year the Davis high girls’ soccer team is striving to make it to the finals. Davis High School is known for its success in sports and playing under pressure.
The trick for the team winning their soccer games and having fun playing is, the teamwork and relationships the team has; the Davis high Girls soccer team has a connection like no other team and bond like they have known each other for years.
When I talked to the team captain Reagan Neuenswander, she stated that the Davis High girls’ soccer team won their last soccer game which was Tuesday September 24, and we played Clearfield Davis won 3 to 0. The teams overall record is 6-2-3 but the team thinks they can pick it up and hopefully take it to finals.When I asked Neuenswander what the team can work on, she said
“We could improve finishing the ball when we get opportunities.”
When I asked how the team did last year compared to how they are doing this year, Neuenswander said,
“This team has more talent and more potential than last year’s team did, and she thinks they will make it to finals.”
The next girls soccer game will be this Thursday, October 3rd. Make sure to come and support your lady darts! #MOBDEEP
Its no secret that the Davis High girls’ soccer team has been a force to reckon with in the past, winning a handful of state championships and even being nationally ranked at number one and winning the national championship.
But the real topic is if they can keep their hunger for winning alive this year. Student-Athlete Ruth wright said that the girls’ soccer team started off strong with a few consecutive wins and were looking good but the last few games they have struggled a little bit more in region.
“We have a really tough region this year and everyone is competing.” Stated Ruth.
In 2019 UHSAA decided to introduce a new playoff system this year using RPI from the state rather than using top teams from each region it really shakes up the competition and provides everyone with a chance at a State Title.
The teams overall record is 5-2-2 but the girls are confident that they can pick it up and finish off the season well and grab a strong seed in the playoffs.
Aside from the team’s success on the field they also succeed in the relationships they make as teammates off the field. This Chemistry has been developing for some of them for over three years.
’We get along really well and all love being together and having fun.” Stated Ruth.
All in all, this soccer team is a tough bunch of girls and excited to play and is force to reckon with when everything is executed.
This year the boys golf team is looking to add another region championship to the trophy case. Some of the key components will be there top players including Preston Wallace, jack Sargent, McKay cook.
McKay Cook one of the top players on the Davis high school golf team and he had a few things to say about what they could work on going into this year. In reference to their performance Cook said that he leads very well but he doesn’t finish as well as he would want to, he also said the team can work on are there finishes.
When asked about what they execute well and things he likes about playing golf. Cook said:
“The thing I do the best is I can hit the ball pretty dang straight”
Cook went on to say that the team leads very well also. McKay also said that he likes to go and play away more than playing at home because he gets to play on different golf courses.
At the last boys golf game at Syracuse we won, and Jack Sargent played the best. We are still undefeated this season. If you want to watch the next boys golf game, you can catch them Monday the 16th playing against Roy playing at Roy.
Peter Stevenson a senior graduating in 2020, is a captain on the 2019 football team. It is anticipated that he will beat the record of receiving yards that was set previously last year by Trey Baggett. The darts have taken on four teams so far this season, Stevenson has 463 yards so far, Baggett had 735 yards for the entire season last year. If Stevenson stays on track keeping his average amount of yards per game, he is going to beat the record.
Stevenson’s has really enjoyed being a senior and a captain this year. “I really like making an impact on the players.” Stevenson tells reporters. Many of the younger players look up to him as a role model. He loves that atmosphere of being on a football team, being around friends, and FNL. That is what he is going to miss most about playing on the high school football team.
As the Darts take on the Royals this weekend, Stevenson claims that something they could improve on is not letting mistakes get to there head and being able to start of the game stronger. Before the game he will be an encouragement to the team.
When preparing to take on the team on Friday he will prepare for the game in a few ways. He usually gets taped first and then jams out to music. “It helps me not think as much and chill out.” Stevenson says. Right before the game he likes to say a prayer.
After graduation Stevenson plans on serving an LDS mission, then when returning he hopes that he will get to participate and play football at a college level.
The Darts fall to Lone Peak Knights on Friday November 2nd because of a surprise kick return right off the bat.
As we all know The Darts were beaten by The Lone Peak Knights and that means they’re out of the playoffs. The Football team had an amazing year we won 4 of our 7 games and some were close and others were a blowout. Compared to our previous years this is one of the best years The Darts have had since 2012 which was the last time they made the playoffs.
Max Tupola said:
“The Darts performed very good this year, better then most people expected us too”
Max is a line backer on the team and he had played almost every game and he said:
“The teams biggest weakness in my opinion is staying focused and driven at the games, I just think we need to improve upon us getting closer and being better friends with the guys around us and staying motivated”
The Darts had exceeded expectations this season and they only lost 3 games which is very good. The game against Lone Peak was a blowout, the score was 34-6. The Darts couldn’t catch up after the surprise kick return right after the game started, this is what Max has to say about that:
“We started out really slow, our heads showed up a little late to the game and we just had bad stuff happen super early in the game.”
The Davis High Darts had one amazing football season this year, from a booming student section called The Mob, to the amazing D’ettes and Cheerleaders who work hard every week to make games fun and exciting, and our amazing football team who trained their hardest and got us to the playoffs. The student body is excited for more football games next year and everyone hopes it will be another good year for The Darts!
Davis High School’s Volleyball team has had their ups and downs this year. With many wins, and a few loses, we reflect back on this 2018-2019 Volleyball season. Davis played their best at every game they had. Going to state is always a goal. This year despite the Darts well fought games, we did not end up making it to state. This year Volleyballs team was fantastic, every year there is improvement, every year is different. I asked team members Emily Weeks and Eva Mecham about their experience on being a part of the team.
“I think we did really good. As a team we could have been better, but we were still really close to each other and worked well together. We started off the season rough but we got better and we became closer and better as the season continued. We improved the most on mental work, because all sports have the aspect of mentality. We got better at having the mind set in being more positive and wanting to be there and play volleyball really makes a difference on how you play. I improved the most on understanding the game better. I only played one position but our coach was really good at helping us learn all the positions. We all understand the game very well and I got good at noticing more things. My favorite thing about Volleyball has to be the friendships and just being able to know if I need help with anything they are there for me. Half the girls are math geniuses and I know if I need help they will be willing to help me.”- Eva Mecham
“I think we improved a lot on how we communicated with each other and how we worked together as a team. I improved a lot on serving and getting to know new people. I’m going to be a senior next year so I’ll have more responsibility which is fun, and I like to plan things so I’m excited for next year. Our goal next year is to make it to state.”-Emily Weeks
As we reflect back on this years volleyball team we have learned many new things and made new friendships that will last a life time. Other schools better watch out next year, Davis is gonna be one to put up a hard play.
This Friday, November 2nd, Davis will make the hour trip down to Lone Peak High School and face them in a state qualifying football game. This game is round 2 in the state finals, and this year is the first year in many that Davis has gotten this far.
Lone Peak High is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to football. They have had many victories and have records of impressive plays. One in particular is their record of sacks per game, averaging out at 5. This poses as a bit of a threat, but Davis is optimistic. Coach Carl Harry says for us to keep a strong offense against them:
“Our running backs just have to be efficient with pass protection. We gotta work hard and work as a unit.”
Davis has the skill and team ethic to pull it off. When it comes down to it, there are two keys to beating Lone Peak this week.
“Play a mistake free game and stay disciplined in our assignments.” Coach Harry says.
If we focus on these keys and keep up the amazing work that has been put in recently, Davis has a great chance of reigning victorious. We can be a match to Lone Peak.
Davis has been having a great amount of success over our past few games. One area of the team that has been growing in skill lately is the receivers. Davis’s receivers have attained this growth by going back to the fundamentals of their play. During practices recently, they focus on catching first, tucking away, and then running their play accurately. Precision has been a key proponent in the receivers’ practices lately.
Despite the teams’ recent successes, coaches still need to push the players to grow each practice. When it comes to who needs to step up this week for us to beat Lone Peak, Coach Harry says
“The whole team.”
Lone Peak has depended on a strong run game from Mason Wake who is already over 1,000 yards rushing. The Darts Senior Captain Max Tupuola to help stop the run. Tupuola was the leading tackler for the Darts until his injury.
The truth is, when a unit, or team, steps up and pushes themselves, victory is easily attainable. When our teams work together smoothly by practicing efficiently, we grow and bring home more wins. Davis’s football team has proven themselves time and time again. This Friday is another chance for them to prove that Davis is an outstanding team.
To start the third quarter of a tied football game flags fell from the sky like rain. Sidelines were erupting and players were losing their composure.
“Our coaches told us to play each play as if the game was zero to zero, regardless of penalties.”
This helped the Darts maintain their heads to avoid further penalties that clearly plagued the Wolverines with 6 personal foul penalties in the game including two on their coaching staff.
Davis hasn’t won a playoff game in 6 years and the curse has been broken. Davis beat Hunter last Friday 27-14 to move on to the next round. The game was all tied at 14 going into halftime and had very high tension for trying to win the game. Elijah Arkoudas said:
“At halftime the defense came in and we made changes and switched up positions so that we could guard their receivers better.”
The defense came out on those changes and didn’t allow any points in the 2nd half. The offense came out and scored 13 points to put the game away. Davis had the ball on 3rd down and inches up six and when everyone thought they would simply control the clock Clay Bayard made a gutsy call to go for the endzone which shocked the defense. Garrett Larson then threw a deep ball to Trey Baggett and he hauled in to give the darts a 13 point lead. Trey was asked about that play and he said:
“I was just so hyped and wanted to go celebrate with my teammates. Then once I got over to the sideline I started to realize that we had pretty much secured the game.”
“It was a great feeling. Especially since it has been a while since we’ve won a first round game. It’s been a goal ever since I was a little kid to win a high school playoff game.”
Carston Christensen said the the keys to the win were that the offense started to maintain drives in the 2nd half and got points on the board to put it away. There was a great vibe coming away from the game and them winning the first game in 9 years.
The last time the Darts behind The Wolverines in the playoffs they went on to play in the State Championship in 2009. The Darts hope to repeat that same success this year.
This was a landmark wins and the Darts plan to carry their momentum to the second round this Friday at 4:00 against the Lone Peak Knights who also have a season record of 7-3.
The Darts suffered a hard loss against Fremont last Tuesday as Wolves came on top with a score of 3-2. The Darts are currently in progress of trying to make state, and this game did not help them in any way. It was a heated set of games, as it came down to the winning game to break the tie of 2 and 2. The Darts barely lost with a score of 11-15. This has hardly affected the Darts, as they are back on their feet and ready to beat Syracuse on the 25th.
Davis High Women’s Volleyball has been doing well this season with a winning record of 15-12. This Thursday, we play Syracuse at their home court on the 25th. It will be an intense game as they are a power house with a record of 22 wins to 5 losses this season. As Davis is on the edge of going to state or not, this could be their chance to get in. The team has been practicing harder than ever and is ready to get the win. Katie Corelli (the powerhouse sophomore of the varsity team) is determined to win. Katie plays outside header and has a heavy spike. Katie will be doing her best on Thursday and keeping her team motivated with her high energy and potential.
“The games are always intense and nerve racking, but it’s always a fun environment and exciting to compete.” – Katie
Katie says that this game is their way into state, and she is confident that they are going to win. However, the odds are in the Titan’s favor as they have home court advantage and the crowd cheering them on. However, the Darts are determined to win and move on to compete in state.
The Davis High cross-country team as well as all the other cross country teams in Utah met at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City to compete for the state title.
Members of the Davis team agreed that Davis did well. Jacob Halverson, a member of the team said,
“We did good but not as well as we could of.”
Halverson also explained how the Cross-Country team trains for meets.
“We go on long runs and do speed workouts.”
Competitors meet at Sugar House Park and run the perimeter of the park as well as an additional 100 meters. Davis gave it their all and the Girls Cross Country team took 4th. Ellie Lundgreen took 1st. Although the season is over the team will compete at NXR or Nike Cross Region which will take place in Arizona on November 17th.
Hope Preston a member of the Davis Cross Country team said,
“NXR is a fun race, but its also really competitive”
She explained that after NXR, “The top four from NXR will go on to compete at NXN,”
NXN or Nike Cross Nationals will take place in Oregon.
All can agree that the team had an excellent season. Good luck at NXR!
Last Friday, the 12th our team fought tooth and nail for a really close win of 13-12. Towards the end Ethan Earnshaw, blocked a field goal securing the team a spot in the playoffs. When Parker Last was asked what was going through his head in that moment he stated:
“The whole team was ecstatic, we were yelling and screaming. I was so happy!” They were really prepared for the game and knew that both them and the coaches put a lot of time and practice into it all to prepare the team for any situation they’d be in.
This game was not won without much effort. Every day the team practices for at least 2 hours, on Mondays they install things they need to do for the game. Tuesdays they go through everything, Wednesdays they clean everything up and make it look nice. And Thursday, the day before the game they do a walk through and make sure they are completely ready for the game.
When asked what their greatest strength is as a team, most players agreed with Last when he said:
“We really function as a team. We’re all there for each other, and there’s no one person trying to take the spotlight. We’re all in it for each other.” One of their main goals for the season is to “make a good run in the playoffs.” Last states. “I feel like we lost a couple of games in region that we should have won. And we’re going to see how far we can get in the playoffs, we are going to get to the University of Utah and win championships.
Although this was an amazing win, the team isn’t done yet, they plan on winning clear through championships. Things are looking up for the Davis High football team as long as they stay functioning as a team.
The Girls tennis team recently had a very successful state tournament this last weekend, taking 2ndoverall. The Girls Had high hopes to take first this year, but with the earlier mess up of the lineup, getting first turned to be a much more difficult task than it seemed. The Girls put up a considerable fight and should be incredibly proud of what they accomplished this year. Each of the girls had their own struggles that they fought hard to overcome. When asked about some specific struggles they endured during their matches, a few of the girls had some inspiring answers.
Sarah Major and Abbie Dana took the first place spot in the First singles position, seemingly with ease, but it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for them either.
“Some of our sets were close, we had two matches where the set scores were 7-5. A way to make sure we were the ones to win was our teamwork. We had to be there for each other and work as a team to win.”
Abbie Dana said in regards to her doubles partner, Sarah Major.
“Doubles is a team effort and we had/have been working hard on making our playing styles work together.”
When asked about individual struggles, Sarah’s response provoked some interesting insight into to the mind of a tennis player.
“A challenge for me was frustration with myself and me not meeting my own high expectations when it really mattered, even if they were little mistakes that didn’t drastically affect the outcome of the match.”
Though the mental aspect can be difficult to overcome, Major also gave some insight as to how she overcame the frustration.
“I think I overcame it by remembering that I didn’t want this state win to be branded with frustration like it was last year. I was there to have a good time and play my best tennis.”
Juliana Cooksey, the first singles player, also put up an incredible fight, she played to the best of her ability and should take pride in what she accomplished. The second Singles player, Autumn Eaton, also fought hard to overcome some challenges.
“A challenge was probably playing different types of players each round. I overcame it because of all the practice I’ve had and realizing that not everyone is the same player”
Mikaela Laws, The 3rdsingles player, also had challenges to overcome, though her struggles were much different than the other players. After her very first match that lasted 3 hours, her energy level was completely drained, both mentally and physically. To add to this amount of fatigue, as she walked off the court she noticed a sharp pain in her left quad. A few weeks before, she had partially torn her left Quadriceps and though she thought it had healed by now, it seemed that it had not healed as quickly as she hoped. After some examination it was said that she had re-injured her leg, to the point where lifting her leg was excruciating. Yet she had to quickly wrap it, take some ibuprofen, and she was off to her next match.
“She had a painful injury that happened unexpectedly, she could have given up and not even tried but she killed it. She pushed past the pain obstacle over and over and gave it her all.” (Kierstin Laws)
Though Laws was visibly in pain and was struggling to sprint, the fire inside of her did not cease. She fell several times because of the injury but didn’t fail to get back up time and time again. The line judge on the court constantly told her she had the option to forfeit, take a medical break, and just to give the other girl the win. She refused to let this happen.
“I didn’t want to walk off that court knowing that I didn’t even continue to try, that I just said to myself ‘well, I’m injured, I know I’m not going to win because I cant run to the ball, I might as well give up now’ I knew that I would regret it, It wouldn’t be like me to not use every ounce of myself that I had left. What ended up happening was that I just kept telling myself that one day I wanted to look back on this and say ‘ I fought through pain and tears to play that match, I did the absolute best that I possibly could and I regret nothing”
As for the 2nddoubles players, their teamwork and compatibility is constantly surprising us. Elle Ferguson and Elle Dunyon are both sophomores that are new to the team this year, and being on varsity your first year isn’t an easy feat. From the first time they practiced together it was obvious they would make the perfect pair, and that they did. The girls were constantly supporting and cheering each other on. They seamlessly claimed, revived, and hit incredible shots. “Our support for each other and our strong team relationship helped us to work together as a team and get far in state. WE played some girls who played differently then we are used to so we had to adjust to their style of playing to overcome it.” (Elle Dunyon)
Tennis is an incredibly challenging sport, both mentally and physically. The physical demands that come with being able to constantly and quickly change directions are extremely high. You must also be able to spring into action to get to short balls, and perfect the ability to quickly have perfect technique, as one tiny mistake could drastically change the outcome of a shot. The girl’s tennis team was phenomenal and the things they accomplished and overcame have made this a year to remember.
The girls’ volleyball team won their game against Clearfield on Tuesday, October 16. This was a good game for Davis, they started out strong in all three matches. It was also extra celebratory, because it was senior’s night at Clearfield. All the Davis seniors were given a rose before the game.
In the first match, Davis went on a 6-point run right at the start. It was mainly back and forth throughout the game. Davis went on a 4-point run towards the end of the game, and Clearfield went on a 4-point run right after. Davis ultimately won the match because Clearfield made net violation, 25-15.
Liv Watts scored the first point in the second match. After that it was back and forth until Clearfield got ahead with a 6-point lead. Davis made a comeback at 11-20 by going on an 11-point run and won the match, 25-23.
The third match started out back and forth until Clearfield pulled ahead. Davis stayed behind for most of it, but the girls caught up with a 4-point run and a 5-point run later in the game. Davis won the match, 25-19.
With the away win against American Fork last Thursday, Davis has cemented itself as not only a contender in the coming games, but a contender to win it all by the end of the season. This win has came on the heels of an extremely successful season for Davis; a team that has come to be feared by many in the Utah girls soccer circuit. But how did Davis come out on top, and how will they continue to dominate the game?
In order to understand how our girls have continuously won games and taken names we need to look at their fast scoring strategies. In the majority of winning games, Davis has scored an equal or greater amount of points in the first half when compared to the second half. This has two main benefits that allow the team to continue to win, first it allows the team to score while their are in peak physical condition. A long soccer gain can have massive negative physical and physiological effects on players, and due to this it makes sense that Davis has been so successful.
By outscoring their opponents in the first half, it makes it so that the opposing team has to try and fight through their fatigue in order to catch up to Davis, something that often proves too difficult for even the most experienced teams. The second benefit is that it allows Davis to relax during the second half, so that players are better rested physically and mentally for the games ahead.
But lets move specifically into last Thursdays game where Zoe Jacobs and Allie Heath both scored in the first half to give Davis the 2-1 lead. Then, the defense kept the advantage in the second half as the Darts upset top-ranked American Fork to advance to the 6A semifinals.
Davis’ strategy, worked perfectly to their advantage in this game, as it proved too much to hand for the top ranked team. An upset like this means that Davis is officially on the radar for all remaining teams in the playoffs, but if they can continue to perform like this, then we should all expect a brand new trophy at Davis in a matter of no time.
The Darts play again Tuesday October 16th at Juan Diego against Layton at 6:00 in the State Semi-Finals