From the time she was young, Morgan native Shantel Watkins loved to see rodeo royalty. She would stand to the side and watch as the beautiful queens and attendants would sign autographs and greet excited little girls. However, she was always too shy to approach the talented girls with crowns and sashes.
Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players. For the third year in a row, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
Despite weather conditions that were less than ideal, the Morgan High School track team returned from the 3A Track and Field State Championships at Brigham Young University with a number of excellent performances and an individual state champion—Chania Nagel in the discus. Nagel, who threw her winning toss of 123-03.5 on her third and final throw, claimed her first state championship and also garnered a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 37-04.50.
On Friday, May 8, the Morgan High Rodeo Club hosted a high school rodeo for over 200 participants who competed in 781 events. The fairgrounds were filled with trucks, trailers, cowgirls, cowboys, family, friends and supporters.
Every parent has reasons they want their children to participate in group sports, and many are ferociously competitive. But few have the longing to simply have their child enjoy being able to compete in a loving environment with their peers, just for the simple notion of belonging to a team.
On Saturday, April 17, the MHS track buzzed with activity as 17 high school teams gathered for the Morgan Pocket Change Invitational. The Trojan tracksters set 68 personal records (34 boys and 34 girls) and placed fifth as a team overall behind Weber, Springville, North Summit and Bear River.
Saturday, the Morgan High School freshman girls’ basketball team put an exclamation point on their perfect season by winning first place at the Ben Lomond Freshman Tournament. The Lady Trojans amassed a perfect 20-0 record, won their games by an average of 34 points and their Region 10 games by an average of 41 points.
The Morgan Stars Special Olympics Volleyball team was shining as it took to the court Monday evening at the Morgan Middle School gym. Fourteen players in addition to coaches and high school athletes entertained an appreciative audience with their skill, effort and joy of the game.
For the first time since 2010, Morgan High wrestling has an individual state champion. Senior wrestler Jayden Pentz won first place in the 132 pound division on Saturday night at Utah Valley University.
Who could have scripted a more perfect ending? Knowing that their coach was stepping down at the end of the cheer season, the Morgan varsity cheer team delivered its most compelling performance of the year and took home the state championship in front of an overflow crowd at Salt Lake Community College on Jan. 31, 2015.
Morgan’s 25 indoor track athletes competed in the State Indoor Track Championships at the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 31. Trojan senior Britten Duerden brought home state titles in high jump and triple jump and a fourth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. The girls’ team placed fourth and the combined team came in 18th overall. These achievements are even more remarkable because the Indoor Track Championships reach across all classifications from 5A to 1A. Over 50 high school teams competed and Morgan was one of only four 3A schools with the remainder of the teams representing 4A and 5A schools.
After preparing intensely for the past several months, the Morgan High School cheer team swept region honors in every event in which the team competed last weekend. In addition, cheerleader Paige Malan was named co-champion of the individual skills competition.
The Morgan High School wrestling team had a busy week with three tournaments:2015 Utah All-Star Duals on Tuesday, Jan. 6; an away Region 10 meet against Union on Thursday, Jan. 8; and the Richardson Memorial Tournament at Box Elder High School on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10.
The top honor for rodeo queen hopefuls in Utah has been awarded to Morgan High School graduate, Bailey Jo Woolsey. Woolsey won the coveted golden tiara on the final night of the 2014 Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, making her the only Morgan County resident ever to hold the title.
Bailey begins her reign as Miss Rodeo Utah 2015 after spending the last few months as “lady in waiting” to last year’s queen. Bailey is the daughter of Jared and Lisa Woolsey; her grandparents are Dennis and Sheila Woolsey and Dean and Karen House.
Along with her family, Bailey invites you all to attend her formal coronation and gala on Jan. 29, at the HUB 801 Events Center, 3525 Riverdale Road in Ogden. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served throughout the night and the actual coronation will take place at 6:30 p.m. There will be silent and live auctions that evening as well.
With seven first place individual champions, the Morgan High School wrestling team won the Varsity Team Championship at the Air Force Duals Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15. After two days of wrestling seven rounds against many 4A and 5A teams, Morgan took their 6-1 record head to head with Mountain Crest, also 6-1, and emerged victorious on criteria.
The Lady Trojans played four basketball games in five nights starting on Dec. 2., all of which were played against larger 4A and 5A schools. Morgan emerged with a 2-2 record to bring their season total to 3-3 overall.
In a re-match of the 2014 state title game, Morgan lost a close contest, 50-54, to Bear River at home on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Led by McKade Mitton’s 25 points, the Bears finished the tight game strongly while the young Trojans committed late turnovers and missed a last-minute three-pointer.
Strong second and fourth quarters led the Lady Trojans to a 59-52 victory Tuesday, Nov. 25, over 4A powerhouse Timpview.
Down 14-17 at the end of the first quarter, Morgan put in 18 points in the second quarter to lead 32-28 at the half. Going into the fourth quarter with tied at 39-39, Morgan outpaced the Thunderbirds 20-13 and came away with the win to level their season record at 1-1.
Snowbasin Resort opened on Wednesday, Nov. 26. This will be Snowbasin Resort’s first time opening prior to Thanksgiving Day. With recent snowfall combined with extensive snowmaking, Snowbasin Resort will be offering a base averaging between 18 to 24 inches on seven runs serviced by three lifts.
Record numbers of young wrestlers attended Morgan’s tournament on Saturday, Nov. 8. By opening more mats the tournament had an amazing 404 young wrestlers competing for medals. Last year the tournament allowed only 320 wrestlers to register for the chance to wrestle in Morgan, but they had to turn away many wrestlers who would have liked to come.
Morgan High School Mountain Bike Race Team pedaled their way through a difficult state competition course on Oct. 25, in St. George. As the scores were tabulated Morgan took fourth place with steep competition.
Thursday night, Oct. 30, the Morgan High School volleyball team played a championship match against Snow Canyon High School for the Utah State 3A volleyball title. Although the team walked away with a second place trophy, they showed the heart and grit of true champions in a match that Morgan Coach Liz Wiscombe called “one of the hardest fought games I’ve seen in all of my years of coaching.”’
Six Morgan High School varsity golfers traveled down south with Coach Dennis Peterson to compete in the state tournament at Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George. Jason Bledsoe, Jacob Ross, Chase Dearden, Russell North, Braxton Ovard and Tyler Crowther represented Morgan High School with their skills on the course.
Round Valley Golf Course opened its lush green fairways to a different kind of athlete this week. Schools from all over the region brought their fastest runners to compete against Morgan High School at region Cross Country on Oct. 14, 2014.
On Sept. 24, the Morgan High School volleyball team set off for an exciting trip playing the sport they love. As in years past, MHS volleyball competed at the Beach City Invitational along with 48 other highly competitive teams from California and Arizona. Morgan was the only team from Utah to compete in the five-day event held in sunny California- the mecca of volleyball.
The Morgan Stars showed their strength and endurance at the region Special Olympics swim meet this weekend. The competition was held at Utah State University and seven Morgan Olympians swam their hearts out.
Katie Carter, Maddie Francis, Katie Kearsley, Chiara Johnson, Matt Allen and Jackson Sommers dove right in and came out ahead of most of the competition.
The Morgan High School cheerleaders would like to thank everyone who supported them in their community flag program this year. It was a great success and is so nice to see all the flags out on the various holidays.
On Wednesday, July 30, the skilled and the brave took their turn at the Morgan County Fair ATV Rodeo. This annual event drew crowds to the arena at the fairgrounds in spite of earlier rainstorms. The skies were clear; however, after several days of rain the arena brought a whole new challenge. Now the contestants didn’t just have to beat the clock, they also had to contend with MUD!
The U11 Morgan FC boys’ competition soccer team took first place at the La Roca Cup in Layton that was held July 16-19. The championship game went into overtime, but Morgan FC came away with a 3-1 win. The team is coached by Bob Grow, Brant Hayward and Jacki Cameron. Special thanks to Bryan Garay for helping train the team this summer and coming out to the final game to support the boys.
Jeremy Evans was welcomed to the Trojan Center with big cheers. Youth watched with wide eyes as this 6’9” Utah Jazz forward walked into the building. Evans was all smiles and gave incredibly high fives to all the mini basketball fans.
The 2014 fair was up and running with an early start on Saturday, July 26, with the fourth annual Morgan Valley Marathon. Ninety-nine marathon, 252 half marathon and 86 10K runners, along with a sea of 5K runners, tested their endurance on the courses around Morgan County.
Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players. For the second year in a row, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans on Monday, Aug. 4.
Now in its 11th year, Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back presented by Maverik is right around the corner with runners preparing costumes, finalizing van decorations and getting in the last of their training mileage. With more than 11,000 runners on the course this year, Ragnar Relay has provided detailed course information to minimize the impact the race will have on daily routines and commutes.
After extensive mathematical inquiry --including some inconsequential guessing-- I deduced that only .0000000017 percent of the world’s population (the statistical equivalent of 12 people) will be spreading Christmas cheer on June 27. Wait… What?
On Saturday, May 17, over 7,000 runners were laced up and ready to run at the Ogden Marathon. 2,500 runners lined up 26.2 miles away from Ogden’s Historic 25th Street, eight miles east of Huntsville on Highway 39.
As the season comes to an end for the Morgan High School Track and Field team, the athletes are gearing up for an exciting state race. State will be held this weekend on the Brigham Young University campus, allowing some of the fastest runners and premier athletes in the state to compete for the State 3A title.
Many people heading to the Easter egg hunts on Saturday probably wondered what giant event was going on at the high school. Morgan had been preparing all week to host track and field athletes from 17 different schools in the 2014 Morgan Pocket Change Invitational. The preparation paid off in what turned out to be a very well organized, well run meet.
The Wildflower Pedalfest is grateful for the support it has received from Morgan County residents the last two years and this year is fortunate to be able to give back. It will be donating $15 dollars per registration back to the Morgan County Schools.