by Scott Boyle
Accolades are in for some Buckaroo student/athletes for fall sports.
Four Lady Buckaroos, all seniors, were named to all-state volleyball teams this past week. These four girls have been staples of the Buckaroo volleyball team for four years.
Atlanta Black, Buckaroo senior middle blocker, was named first team all-state for the second year in a row.
Izabel Slade and Allie Maughan both were named second team all-state. It was the third all-state award for both players, with Slade named second team in 2015 and third team in 2014. Maughan was third team in both 2015 and 2013.
Finally, senior Marci McDougall was named honorable mention all-state this year.
Earlier in cross country, both Adam Bunker and Kendal Harris were afforded all-state honors by virtue of their top ten finishes in the 1A cross country championships.
Bunker, a sophomore, gained all-state honors for the first time when he finished fifth, while Harris, a senior, who also was all-state her freshman year when she finished eighth, topped the charts in fifth place.
Football all-state awards are yet to be awarded.
A former Buckaroo, Sara Musselman, is continuing to have success in running.
Sara had a third place individual finish in 5A cross country state championships in October, leading her team, American Fork, to the team championship. She finished fifth individually at the state meet as a junior for AF while being named all-state for two years running.
Sara recently competed in the Foot Locker High School Cross Country National Championships in Los Angeles, finishing 19th in the highly touted race.
Musselman, who ran for the Buckaroo junior high team a few years ago before competing in Idaho for her freshman season and returning to Utah for her last three high school seasons, also recently signed a letter of intent to run collegiately for Brigham Young University.
Musselman qualified for the Foot Locker race after finishing ninth individually in the Nike Cross Country Southwest Regional Championships two weeks ago.
Her American Fork team finished fourth in the Regional but did not qualify for the nationals, so she competed as an individual in the Foot Locker Nationals based on her top ten finish.
All of these running accolades drew the attention of new BYU cross country coach, Diljeet Taylor, who contacted Musselman via email.
They scheduled a home visit where Taylor, whose BYU women’s cross country team finished fifth at nationals this past fall, expressed her intense interest in Sara joining the Cougars.
“She really wanted me to come to BYU,” she marvels.
At the same time, the University of Utah also contacted Musselman, and both schools, BYU and U of U, offered scholarships.
After taking official recruiting visits, Mussleman chose BYU.
“I just knew that’s where I should be,” she confirmed.
So, on November 9, in a park somewhere in Utah Valley, with her family surrounding her, Sara Mussleman signed a letter of intent to run for BYU.
In return, she gets a full tuition and fees scholarship and the opportunity to run for a national caliber team.
She will compete in indoor and outdoor track to finish her senior season at American Fork and will begin running for BYU in June.
Sara is the daughter of Ronnie and the late Tammie Musselman. Papa Ronnie, a former Buckaroo himself, was a two-time state wrestling champion back in 1981 and ‘82 at MHS.
SS noticed Cameron Franklin on the roster for the Valley High School boys basketball team. Franklin, a sophomore for the Buffaloes, is the son of former Buckaroo football player, Mike “White Shoes” Franklin.
The younger Franklin scored six points for the Buffaloes in their 63-47 loss to the Buckaroos at the 1A Preview last Saturday. He is averaging five points per game for the 3-2 Buffaloes after averaging 3.6 points as a freshman.
With the return of 40-degree weather, conditions are marvelous for a stroll around the Hideout Golf Course. No errant golf balls to lookout for or find, but lots of wildlife to see.
Just this afternoon, SS observed over 30 turkeys in two separate rafters. Turkeys, amazingly interesting birds to watch and to which to listen.
And 36 deer, including one lop-eared doe observed many times, and at least eight bucks, two of which I would take a shot at in deer season if I still hunted.
Try the walk…you’ll like it.