San Juan golfer heads to state, tennis and track begin postseason, and softball concludes
San Juan High School senior Isabel Young is headed to the Mountain View Golf Course in West Jordan this Wednesday and Thursday, May 12-13 looking to bring home an individual 3A golf state championship.
She’ll have her work cut out for her against a bevy of strong golfers across the state, but she has definitely held her own this year. With a 92-shot 18-hole stroke average this season, she finished fifth in Region 12.
According to San Juan golf head coach John Young, Isabel is the first individual girl to qualify for the state tournament in the history of San Juan girls golf. She’ll begin her state title quest at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
The San Juan softball season came to a close this past weekend with tough losses to #3 Grantsville in the first round of the 3A state tournament and #11 Providence Hall in drop-down bracket play in Grantsville.
In game one Saturday, May 8, the host Lady Cowboys jumped on the Lady Broncos early, building an 11-0 lead through the first two innings, adding five more to close out the game 16-0 in four frames.
The loss dropped San Juan to the one-loss bracket for game two against Providence Hall. Early on, it looked like the Lady Patriots would run away with the game, but the Lady Broncos mustered a rally that made it exciting.
Providence Hall opened with a three-run first inning, where the score remained until they put another five runners across the plate in the top of the third to lead 8-0.
San Juan answered with a two-run bottom of the third, then two more in the fifth to cut the Lady Patriot lead in half.
Providence Hall put up a six-spot in the top of the sixth to stretch their lead to 14-4, but the Lady Broncos weren’t going away quietly. San Juan exploded for a seven-run bottom of the sixth to pull back to within three runs.
The Lady Broncos were unable to keep the Lady Patriots scoreless in the seventh inning, and though San Juan got four runs in their half of the inning, Providence Hall’s three were enough for a 17-15 win, ending San Juan’s season.
The Lady Broncos close out the year with a 4-16 record. They were a young team that gained experience throughout the year, and they’ll look to come out strong again next spring.
The San Juan boys tennis team concluded their regular season this past week with region matches in Richfield and Monroe Wednesday, May 5 and a non-region match against Gunnison Valley in Blanding on Thursday, May 6.
They’re set for a return trip to Richfield for the Region 12 Championships this Friday, May 14 with the state tournament approaching on May 21-22 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.
Track and field
The San Juan track and field team hit the road to compete in the very challenging annual two-day Mr. Mac/BYU Invitational at the Clarence Robison Track in Provo this past Friday and Saturday, May 14-15.
This year’s event featured 96 teams from Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming, and included athletes from all classifications 1A through 6A.
Among 1A-3A teams, the San Juan girls team tied for 20th position out of 34 with ten team points and the boys came home tied for the 35th spot out of 39 with one team point. Together they earned a tie for 31st out of 45 teams.
Among all classifications, the Lady Broncos were tied for a respectable 40th place out of 80 teams and the boys were tied for 72nd out of 78. Overall, the team tied for 62nd place among the impressive collection of 96 squads.
Shae Nielson scored all ten of the girls team’s points in the 1A-3A competition with an impressive fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.30, a fifth-place result in the 100-meter sprint in 12.75, and an eighth-place performance in the 100 hurdles in 16.39.
Magnum Nielson rounded out the Broncos’ team scoring when he registered one point in the javelin with a nice 144-foot, 4.25 inch toss for eighth place.
Other performances of note included Chance Hoggard’s 16th-place result in the shot put with a distance of 41-11.25. Jensen Grover tied for 17th in the high jump with a 5-06.00.
Ella Lyman got 50th place in the 800-meter, running a 2:44.32 and 52nd in the 1600 with a 6:09.97. Emily Jacobsen finished 62nd in the 800 with a 2:48.07 and Conner Black came home 70th in the boys 800 with a 2:18.28.
The challenge of competing against such a strong field of athletes this past week should prepare the Broncos track and field team well for the Region 12 Championships this Wednesday and Thursday, May 12-13 in Price.