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Amelia McFarland makes an acrobatic shot during recent action at the San Juan tennis courts. She and her first doubles partner Shayli Bake have teamed up to win three of their four matches this season.  Richard Kaer photo
by Rhett Sifford Sports Editor The San Juan High School girls tennis team won their opening match of the season three sets to two over Millard on their home courts Tuesday, August 15. In first singles play junior Madelyn Pugh defeated Riley Wilcox 6-3 and 6-3. In first doubles juniors Amelia...
San Juan players Brinley Jones (#5), Tekowa Hernandez (#33), and Esabell Buenaventura (#3) battle for a loose ball during recent action. The Lady Broncos are 0-3 on the season but continue to gain experience in each game they play. Richard Kaer photo
by Rhett Sifford Sports Editor Through the first three games of the season the San Juan High School girls soccer team is still looking for their first victory, but they’re battling hard and gaining experience as they go. In their season opener at Parowan on August 22 the Lady Broncos suffered an 11...
Tatum Begay and Logan Keith run in the Tiger Invitational. Courtesy photo
by Jessica Walker Contributing Writer With almost 20 hours of bus travel, two races, plus a regular school week, the San Juan High School harriers didn’t have much time to spare this past week. The Broncos first traveled to Redmond, UT to compete in the North Sevier Invitational. They represented...
Monument Valley gets ready to kick off the ball following a score in their 48-41 win over Shiprock last week. Courtesy photo
by David Boyle News Director The Monument Valley High School football team earned their first win of the season, defeating Shiprock, NM 48-41 in Monument Valley on Thursday, September 7. The Cougars wasted no time in the game when senior Josh Hicks received the opening kick at the 27-yard line....
by Rhett Sifford Sports Editor The Monument Valley High School volleyball team is the top-ranked team in the first release of the 2023 Utah High School Activities Association 1A RPI standings. Of course it’s still very early, but the Lady Cougars are the only undefeated team in the classification....
San Juan receiver Javin Montella (#22) gets open for a Parker Snyder (#9) pass in the first quarter of the Broncos’ game at Judge Memorial High School on September 8. Montella’s two acrobatic catches during this drive were instrumental in helping San Juan establish control of the game and secure their 30th win in a row.  Tayia Bennett photo
by Rhett Sifford Sports Editor It has been nearly 12 years since the San Juan High School football team lost to Millard in the 2011 2A Utah State Quarterfinals on the Pleasant Grove High School football field. That loss snapped a 30-game win streak that began on September 18, 2009 and included back...
Monticello's Jesse Pettit (foreground) finished 8th at the Loyds Lake Classic. Behind in the yellow is Whitehorse runner Elam Etsitty (13th), in the orange is Monticello's Curtis Bunker who finished 11th. Anna Fredericks photo
by Haley Burton Contributing Writer It was a practically perfect overcast day this past Friday, September 1 as the Monticello Buckaroos hosted the annual Loyds Lake Cross Country Classic. A sizable field of 291 runners stepped up to the starting line in six different races. For the boys, Samuel...
Whitehorse freshman Keiarra Martin took first overall at the Loyds Lake Classic in Monticello. Martin helped lead the lady Raiders to a 3rd place finish. Toni Martin photo
by Rhett Sifford Sports Editor The young athletes got it done for Whitehorse High School at the Loyds Lake Classic in Monticello on Friday, September 1. It was the Raiders’ first cross country meet of the season. Freshman Keiarra Martin won the girls race outright, pacing the field with an...
San Juan senior hitter Jaci Su’esu’e (#20) slips a shot past Monticello senior Shayla Pehrson (#4) on August 29 as (left to right) Madden Perkins, Keezie Flannery, and Averie Gilson (#10) cover for San Juan and Madi Adair (#3) and Hannah Barry (#22) cover for Monticello. The Lady Broncos defeated the Lady Buckaroos 3-1 in the first meeting between the rivals this season. They’ll face each other again on October 10 in Blanding. Anna Fredericks photo
by Rhett Sifford Sports Editor The San Juan and Monticello high school volleyball teams squared off for the first of two meetings this season on Tuesday, August 29 in the MHS gym. The Lady Buckaroos won the opening set in a tightly-contested affair 26-24, but the Lady Broncos stormed back to take...
Young San Juan runners (left to right) Logan Keith, Jack Kartchner, and Tatum Begay get a very brief reprieve as they crest a small hill during the Loyds Lake Classic in Monticello on September 1.  Holly Walker photo
by Jessica Walker Contributing Writer It isn’t often the San Juan High School cross country team has the chance to compete only 20 minutes from home, but this past Friday, September 1 that rarity was a reality at the Loyds Lake Classic in Monticello. As an added bonus, they were afforded an...

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