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.
Mack Weaver, of Morgan, has been named a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Youth Coach of the Year for 2013. Weaver—who trains, shows and raises reining horses under the name Weaver Performance Horses—received an unprecedented number of votes for the award, which was announced earlier this year.
Last weekend, Morgan High School hosted its first-ever Air Force dual meet, featuring nine schools and up to eight wrestling matches taking place simultaneously. Visiting schools included Clearfield, Weber, Bear River, Davis, Duchesne, Skyview, Layton and Preston, Idaho. Overall, the Trojans took fourth place, with several varsity wrestlers placing in the top three, such as Carlos Nava (113-2nd), Jayden Pentz (120-1st), Owen Pentz (126-2nd), Tyson Spens (152-3rd), Wyatt Ekblad (220-3rd) and Kyle Stapley (HW-3rd).
Last year, we were treated to game after game of Jake Miles (3A most valuable player) flying over, around or through helpless and dazed defenders as he guided the Morgan Trojans to their first basketball state championship since…well…since a generation before Jake was born.
Coaches, parents, and supporters crowded around wrestling mats on November 9th for the 2nd annual USA sanctioned Little League Folkstyle Tournament held in Morgan as they shouted out wrestling techniques and praise for the young wrestlers. Dressed in singlets and headgear or t-shirts and shorts, approximately 340 wrestlers came from as far away as Pinedale, Magna, Bear River, Heber City, South Jordan, Evanston, and everywhere in between.
Saturday, Nov. 9, the Morgan MTB Race Team traveled to the revered mountain bike destination of Moab to compete in this year’s Utah High School Cycling League State Championships. The Morgan team fielded 21 racers to compete in what turned out to be an incredible finish to an already fantastic season.
On Oct. 23, Trojan runners climbed aboard the team bus for the last time this season en route to Sugarhouse Park. The venue is familiar among running enthusiasts as the cross country state championships have been held here for decades.
On Sunday, Nov. 3, cousins Matt Peterson and Cameron Jones, both Morgan natives, took fourth place in the #9 Shoot-Out at the CINCH United States Team Roping Championships National Finals of Team Roping in Oklahoma City, Okla.
In a crazy finish to the high school football regular season, the lights beamed a little bit bright in Salt Lake at Judge Memorial on Friday night.
The region title and playoff seeding was on the line as the Morgan Trojans put their undefeated region record on the line, hoping to stop a Judge team that had been on a roll after two early losses.