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.
The Morgan High School Trojans Track and Field team has suddenly become a state contender with over 100 students participating. Many athletes are receiving great attention not only locally, but by state and nationwide colleges and universities.
After loading up against top 3A, 4A and 5A teams in pre-season, the Trojans varsity baseball team started region play with a 2-1 record, including a dramatic 6-5 win against last year’s region champs and baseball powerhouse Park City, on April 14.
When Morgan High School moved from Region 11 to Region 10 beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, their local sports ticket revenues dropped almost $3,000 while tickets to region and state events more than doubled.
Morgan High School had five representatives to compete at this esteemed competition. All five of them had to earn their way to the competition by placing in the top six at the state tournament the previous week. All five of them proved they deserved to be there by placing in the top six and taking their spot on the podium.
For the first time in Trojan history both the girls and the boys earned the rare opportunity to compete for the basketball championship trophy in the state tournament. In a special treat for fans, this opportunity would play out in back-to-back games.
Morgan entered the first round of the state boys basketball tournament last Saturday as the number one seed, earning the privilege to play at home against the Hawks of North Sanpete, a number four seed from Region 12. The game was closer than it ever should have been even though the Morgan boys eventually pulled away from North Sanpete.
Morgan has had a strong legacy of outstanding wrestlers. Throughout the last five decades, Morgan has produced its share of state champions. One particular family has wrestling success running through their blood. The Pentz family has earned its way onto the podium throughout generations and this last weekend, five cousins wrestled their way to the top.
The Morgan High School Wrestling Team has been traveling the state since the beginning of the school year to compete with outstanding competitors. As the season is coming to a close, it is apparent Morgan wrestlers are among the best in the state.
The Morgan Trojans just claimed their third region championship. It is unusual for a team to be able to make such a claim, but what is even more astonishing is this Morgan team has never lost a region game, winning 32 straight. This varsity team is the result of talent, friendship, heart and determination.
Standings for week 20: First place, Eagle Rock Construction; Second place, Denice’s Home Plate; Third place, Morgan Drug; Fourth place, Valley Girls; Fifth place tie between Bell Oil and Head Over Heels.
The Morgan Trojans boys’ basketball team defeated Uintah last Friday in another commanding performance. The 94-70 victory extends Morgan’s winning streak to eight games—the Trojans are yet to lose in 2014.
The U10 Morgan Valley Rapids competition soccer team won the UYSA President’s Cup in Mesquite, Nev., that was held Jan. 24-25. The team was undefeated during the tournament and came from behind to win the championship game against Utah Glory. All team members are from the Morgan Valley. The team is coached by Bob Grow and Brant Hayward. Team members include: Cohen Blackett; Robby Cameron; Wyatt Grow; Luke Fackrell; Jamin Hayward; Luke Lowe; Nixan Ordyna; Tanner Stanley; Gavin Turner; Porter Wilkins; and Jackson Winn.
The Morgan Indoor Track and Field Club competed at its second event of the season last Friday and Saturday at Weber State University. Although the club is only in its first official year, these young Morgan athletes are proving that they warrant attention and respect even among the bigger schools in the 4A and 5A divisions.
The Morgan High School Troyettes went into Friday night’s Region 10 3A drill team competition ready to show off their impressive skills as well as hoping to prove they are a serious contender. With the MHS gymnasium filled with people and palpable enthusiasm, the Troyettes went head to head with dancers from Juan Diego, Uintah and Union.
The Morgan High School cheerleading stunt group of Paige Malan, Lexus Toomer, Shayli Kilmer and Rachel Hendershot participated in the state-wide stunt competition held on Jan. 11 at Roy High School. This stand-out foursome competed against 5A schools and was honored as the fourth best stunt group in the state.
Young sluggers got the chance to rub shoulders with Morgan High School baseball coaches and players last weekend at the Trojan Century Center as part of a youth baseball skills clinic. The coaches organized the clinic for players ages 8 to 14. Approximately 30 current and former players were enlisted to keep the ratio of players to instructors low and to provide more one-on-one feedback.
For the second time this season, the Morgan Trojans boys basketball team took on the Wolverines of Hunter High School and came away victorious. In an exciting finish, Morgan ended the contest on top with a score of 66-64, the second closest finish for the Trojans this season.
Another home game, another slow start for the Trojans basketball team as they took on Box Elder High School this past Friday night. After falling behind by 11 points by the end of the first quarter, the Trojans gathered themselves and outscored the Bees by 22 points in the final three quarters as they earned their sixth win of the year. The 81-70 final score brought the team back to .500 on the season, and they have won six of their last seven games.