by Scott Boyle
Eighty-eight is this week’s number of the week. That’s the number of awards (all-state, academic all-state, and individual state championships, seconds, and thirds), won by students at San Juan and Monticello high schools in this just completed 2012-13 school year. San Juan High garnered 39 individual awards, while the Buckaroos earned 49.
The Broncos saw 17 athletes earn all-state accolades during the year. Logan Meyer and Barkley Christensen were each named all-state in three different sports.
Meyer was first team in football and baseball and honorable mention (HM) in basketball. Christensen was first team football, second team baseball and HM in basketball.
Six more Bronco gridironers were named all-state for the football runners-up in 2A; Bobby Bowring and Bogh Bayles, 1st team; Ammon Mitchell and Brett Laws, 2nd team; Justin Nielson and Mason Shumway, HM. Freshman Bronz Eldredge is HM in baseball.
For the Lady Broncos, Brooke Lyman made two all-state 2nd teams in basketball and volleyball. Tatianna Sue’Sue also made 2nd team in volleyball, while McKale Simpson was HM in volleyball.
All-state awards numbered 21 for the Buckaroos. Junior Austin Maloy made three teams, baseball (2nd), football (2nd), and basketball (HM).
Jake Duncan and Gunnar Hollingsworth played their way onto two teams each. Duncan was first team in basketball and second in football, while Hollingsworth was first team in football and 3rd team in basketball.
PJ Leiataua was a first teamer in football while Austin Wilcox and Jake Giles were 2nd team in football.
Tanner Eardley made the all-state golf team for the second year in a row.
Collin Hatch and Justin Wright were all-state in cross country, placing in the top ten at the state cross country meet.
Of note, the next five finishers, 11th through 15th were all Buckaroos, too, Easton Nielson, Jens Brewer, Sheldon Black, Tyler Bird, and Kyler LaRose. All five will be back for the 2013 cross-country season for the Buckaroos.
Three Lady Buckaroos were HM in basketball this past season, senior Brittany Keith and sophomores Zoe Chadwick and Shania DeAnda.
Devin Dalton, Shaylyn Black, Jessica Ewart and Stevee Wilcox all made all-state in volleyball for the state champion Lady Buckaroo team.
Sophomore Bailey Goodwine made all-state in cross country by finishing in the top ten at the state cross-country meet for the second year in a row
Twenty nine scholar athletes earned Academic All-State honors with 18 awards from SJH and 11 from MHS. Cole Einerson and Brooke Lyman of San Juan were both named to three teams, in basketball, golf and baseball for Einerson and volleyball, basketball and softball for Lyman.
Logan Meyer, Maverik Shumway, Lexus Latham and McKale Simpson all made two academic teams each, baseball and football for Meyer, football and track for Shumway, tennis and softball for Latham, and volleyball and track for Simpson.
Katrisa Ward was academic all-state in cross-country. So was Jonathan Pugh. Finally, Bree Hosler was named to the volleyball team and Erin Hurst the basketball team.
Four Buckaroos were named to two academic teams each. Zach Johnson made the track and football teams, Justin Wright was academic all-state in cross-country and track, Devin Dalton made the volleyball and track teams and Mikaela Hughes was named to the track and basketball teams.
Nash Freestone was named in cross-country and Toni Torres and Shaylyn Black made the drill team team.
Seven local athletes earned individual state championships in 2012-13, led by five Buckaroo wrestling state champions.
Brian Robinson became just the fifth Buckaroo to be a three time state champion with his championship this year. Junior Austin Wilcox became a two time state champion as did Cole Eldredge, just a sophomore.
Hunter Bowring, a junior, won his first state wrestling title after finishing second two years in a row and Nephi Barlow won his first state championship his senior year.
Brandon Mussleman finished second for the second year in a row and PJ Leiataua placed third for the Bucks.
Speaking of wrestling, Monticello’s junior high wrestling team took third in 1A, 2A, 3A with Shandon Bradford and Zac Mussleman both taking state, both for the second time in a row. Brayson Wilcox and McKayd LaRose were both third and Gage Wilcox was fourth.
The 2013 track season produced two state champions for SJH and MHS.
Ammon Mitchell captured the 110 meter hurdle championship for the third year in a row. Mitchell finished fourth in the 110 as a freshman.
This season, Mitchell also set the new 2A state record for the 110 hurdles, to break one of the older high school records on record. The Bronco senior, who has signed to run track for Weber State next year, also finished second in the long jump.
Monticello’s lone state champion is Kaitlin Clark, a recent graduate of MHS. Clark took top honors in the 100 hurdles this season, after finishing second as a junior and third as a sophomore.
Also in track, a trio of runners and jumpers placed second in state. Max Morley of San Juan was second in the 400 meter, Lady Bronco Samantha Giddings was second in the shot put, Buckaroo PJ Leiataua was second in the discus, and Buckaroo Arianna Reay was second in long jump.
Three Buckaroos were third in their events in track, Reay in the high jump, Makayla Leiataua in the shot put and Devin Dalton in discus.
Finally, two athletes were named MVP in their sports this past season.
Devin Dalton, a member of the two-time 1A state volleyball champ Buckaroos, was chosen MVP for her role in the Buckaroo’s championships.
And Barkley Christensen was named the MVP in 2A football, after leading the Broncos to the championship game, tying the game on a last second touchdown pass, only to see Manti win on a state record 54 yard field goal.
Congratulations to all these student athletes and thank you for representing us all wherever you go. Good luck in the future.