There has been quite a storm of interest in the mountain biking and BMX industry in Morgan as of late. There is a new mountain biking team featuring students from Morgan High and local resident, Jason Johnson, has proposed a new bike track in the area. This may be a great idea for kids like Brewer Snedden.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, members of the Morgan Mountain Bike Race Team participated in the first-ever Utah High School Cycling League state championships. Seven team members and their coaches traveled to Soldier Hollow in Heber Valley to compete against 24 other Division 2 high school teams in what was the perfect ending to an incredible first year of high school mountain bike racing in Utah.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT OWLS Our high scores and series for this week go to Natalie Coleman 153, Cindy Coleman 173, Steve Michaelson 203, Shelly Betz 159, Misty Spendlove 162 and a 470 series, Kacie Chappell 153, Pat Olsen 195 and a 524 series, Mike Shope 181 and a 506 series, Teresa Shope 156, Lynsey Enlow 171, Craig Mahoskey 251 and a 630 series, Cathy Friery 160, Ruth Preece 162, Dillon Smith 181, Danny Kline 195 and a 503 series, Pat Scoville 170, and Chad Hayes 193 and a 516 series. Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Shooters, and team members are Mike Shope, Teresa Shope, Lynsey Enlow, and Craig Mahoskey. In 2nd place is Northrop Grumman, and team members are Ashton Hoopes, Pat Olsen, Pat Bird, and Randy Glanville. we also have a four-way tie for third place this week. Great Bowling!
MONDAY MORNING LADIES Our high scores and series for this week go to Cathy Friery 152, Susan Crandall 164 and a 458 series, Misty Spendlove 168, Pat Olson 151, Shawna Froerer 165, Cindy Matthews 172, Becky Wilde 170, Lynette Bosworth 183 and a 493 series, Pat Bird 159, and Berniece Warner 189 and a 502 series. Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Layton Leftovers and team members are Terrie Stephens, Cathie Layton, Shawna Froerer, and Pauline Maxwell. In 2nd place is Eagle Rock Construction and team members are Ethyl McQueen, Barbara Roemmich, Berniece Warner, and Gloria Marcellin. In 3rd place is LR Originals, and team members are Amy Lopez, Bonnie Jeffrey, Cathy Friery, and LeeAnn Rudd. Our bowler of the week is Lynette Bosworth. Great bowling ladies!
Mountain biking is a sport full of competition, smiling kids and self endurance. Plenty of all three were found at the second race in the Utah High School Cycling League race series last Saturday. Teams from high schools across the state came to compete and Morgan’s team again showed up ready to prove their toughness, skill and determination.
Our Wednesday Night Owls Bowling League has rolled into our new season. We have 8 full teams this year, and are very excited for that. We have several new bowlers this year we would like to welcome to our league. Shadd Straw, Kacie Chappell, Steve Michaelson, Cindy Coleman, Natalie Coleman, Cody Coleman, Danny Kline, Casie Carter, Heather Lombard, and Dillon Smith.
With their second straight Region 11 win, the Morgan High golfers have tied Bear River for the region lead in overall standings. Golfing under near-perfect conditions, the Trojans managed a tough Mt. Ogden course Thursday, Sept. 6, and came out in first place. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles. Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles. Sophomores - Jason Bledsow, Connor Wilson. Freshmen - Braxton Ovard.
This game should be mandatory.
The football coaches for the Class 3A Morgan Trojans and the Class 2A South Summit Wildcats need to get together and do whatever is necessary to make sure they play each other in football on a yearly basis because in recent years, the games haven’t lacked excitement.
The Trojans followed up last year’s six-point overtime victory over the Wildcats at South Summit with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire 34-27 win in Morgan Friday night.
Morgan junior defensive back Kade Carrigan’s interception on the 10-yard line with no time left on the clock preserved the Morgan win.
“That was wild. I feel like I played in that one,” said Morgan Coach Kovi Christiansen, who appeared physically and emotionally spent after this one. “They (the Wildcats) are fantastic. I don’t know if there is another 2A team to compare with them. They are awesome.”
It’s a huge target that’s placed firmly on the backs of the 2012 Morgan Lady Trojan Volleyball team. It comes with the territory of being the two-time defending state champs in 3A. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Morgan High golf team continued their Region 11 season Aug. 22, at Sky Way golf course in Tremonton. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt and Jake Miles; Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne and Garren Miles; Sophomore - Tanner Jensen and Freshmen - Russell North and Braxton Ovard.
The Morgan High golf team continued their Region 11 season Aug. 15, at El Monte golf course in Ogden. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles, Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles, Sophomore -Jason Bledsoe, Freshmen - Russell North, Braxton Ovard.
With the start of school rapidly approaching for the students here in Morgan County, one thing is certain: football season is about to begin. During this early point of the season, optimism runs high as every team in the state believes they are championship contenders. As the games begin, some teams will step up, while others will fall out of playoff contention.
Under the direction of their coach, Dennis Peterson, the Morgan High golf team started their Region 11 season Aug. 9, at the Oquirrh Hills golf course in Tooele. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles, Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles, Sophmores -Jason Bledsoe, Freshmen - Russell North, Braxton Ovard.
Local organizing committees and host cities for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah are looking to fill 2,000 volunteer positions this year for the August 7-12, 2012 professional cycling event. Course marshals are still needed in Morgan County for stages 1 and 3 as well as course marshals for stage 4 at the finish area near the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Individuals can join by completing an application online at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com/volunteer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and are required to sign a waiver.
Kacee Waldron was crowned Morgan County Fair Queen Monday night at the rodeo. Reganne Hales Princess and Taylor Porter Jr. Princess. With a personality to light up the arena, as well as the backstage, Tiffany Chappell was voted as Miss Congeniality.
Our Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up Monday, July 30, 2012. This year we have 12 young ladies registered to participate. This is a great group of young ladies that have worked hard getting ready for this contest. The public is invited to come and watch these young ladies starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan Elementary School. Each girl will present a short speech, modeling, and answer impromptu questions. The contest will then move to the Morgan County Fairgrounds at 2 p.m. where the girls will compete in the horsemanship portion.
Snowbasin is proud to introduce the new Discovery Pass Program for the upcoming 2012/2013 Winter Season. The Discovery Pass program gives several options for skiers and riders to enjoy all that Snowbasin has to offer. For a limited time only, the Discovery Value Pass is available for $449. The pass does contain some restrictions including holiday blackout dates.
The second annual Livastride Home Run Derby and Summer Slam Tournament were hosted in Morgan last weekend. This tournament has drawn a crowd of nearly 3,000 people to Morgan City since its inception. There were 50 teams that competed in this year’s Summer Slam and Morgan’s own high school baseball team took second place in their division.
An inspiration to all the youth in Morgan who might try their hand at mutton busting, local resident Caleb Bennett currently holds the title of 7th in the World Bareback standings. Caleb is the son of Bob and Claudine Nance Caldwell and grandson of Connie Nance and the late Bernie Nance. Caleb started riding at the tender age of 4 years old. Starting out on calves and sheep, he later moved on to horses and Jr. Bulls as he competed in Jr. Rodeo.
The fifth-annual Marie McQuiddy Daley softball tournament was held last weekend. Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2006. She was a strong woman with a beautiful smile and a big heart, so the community was left with a void when she lost her battle with cancer on January 16, 2007. Marie fought hard against cancer and played hard during her softball career in high school and college.
Recently a group of 13-year-old girls boarded a plane and headed for sunny Florida. They were there to play but this was not a relaxation or sightseeing trip. Instead the preteens worked hard and competed. A group of seven girls from Morgan and one from Kaysville made their way to the National Volleyball Championship after winning a tournament qualifier.
Todd Stuart was the only Morgan County resident this year in the pro hillclimb. Stuart loved motorcycles from a very young age. He started racing motocross at age 14 and raced off and on for 20 years. In 2003, Stuart entered the Widowmaker for the first time. His first race was in the 250 stock class that year and he really enjoyed it, but made the decision to build his first hillclimber motorcycle, a Honda CR50, so he could join the pro-class. In 2005, Stuart joined the Western States Pro-Hillclimb Association and started to travel outside of Utah to climb.
This year marked the 10 year anniversary of the Widowmaker Event in Croydon. The event was started in 2002 with the help of Albert Wilde and his family. The Widowmaker Hillclimb and Adventure Expo is a three-day event that brings in riders from all over the U.S. and Canada to try to climb the 1000 foot hill.
The Ragnar relay starts at the Utah State University football stadium in Logan and ends at Park City High’s football field. Part of that 197 mile stretch came right through Morgan County. Over 1,100 runners came through Morgan on Friday, June 15, either on foot or supporting their teammates in a decorated SUV. Teams of six to 12 people take turns running
As formidable rivals on both the slopes and soccer field, Stacie Palmer and Erika Beckstrom never fathomed that one day they would not only be best friends, but working together to bring Utah’s premier cycling event, the Wildflower Pedalfest, to Morgan County.
Shane Wilkinson topped 33 other drivers to win the 2012 Rabbit Rumble Demolition Derby in Delta on Saturday, May 26. Although he won $4,000, Wilkinson said that only barely covers the expenses he put into his 1957 Lincoln painted black with a number 72 on the doors.
May 18-19, 2012, was the weekend for the State Championships in Track and Field at the BYU Track Complex in Provo. With the strength shown by the Morgan girls at the Region 11 meet a week earlier, there was great anticipation for some good things to happen for many different girls at the state meet. It didn’t take long for those results to start coming.
Due to several recent fatal off-highway vehicle (OHV) accidents, Utah State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) managers stress the importance of safe and responsible riding this season. Riders should be properly trained and prepared, and ride in a responsible manner.
MHS’s varsity baseball team went 1-1 in playoff action on May 12 to advance to the next round. In the first game, the team battled nationally ranked Spanish Fork and was down 4-1 after four innings. Finally, the Dons’ bats exploded, and the Trojans ended up losing 9-0. In the second game, Braden Daniel threw a two-hitter against Cedar City and Cameron Skinner went 3 for 5 (single, double, triple) and 6 RBIs to lead the team to a 7-0 thumping of the Redmen. Playoff Game was May 17 vs. Payson.
The Morgan High Boy’s Tennis Team ACED at Region. Swish Wiscombe and Ben Holland took first place in 1st Doubles, Nate Johnson and Miles Mecham took fourth place in 2nd Doubles, Ryan Lynch took fourth place in 1st Singles and Taylor Clark took third place in 2nd Singles.
The Trojan track team will be represented at the state meet by 10 girls and 9 boys. Many of these athletes made the state qualifying marks (SQ)and others placed in the top four at the region meet to be eligible for the State Championships in Provo May 18-19. Listed below are the athletes and the events in which they will be participating this weekend at state.
Last week it was announced that our local Morgan AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) was the winner of the national ‘HerbaLife Wellness Challenge’. This means that one lucky AYSO team gets to pack their bags, shine up their shin-guards, and get ready for the soccer adventure of a lifetime in Honolulu, HI for seven days and six nights.
Another beautiful weather day greeted the track athletes as they unloaded the buses at Stansbury High School to compete for the Region XI Track and Field Championship. The two day meet is always exciting as it brings to a close the months of hard work and training that the athletes have extended to be ready to battle for the region trophy. The first day of running events are all trials except for the 1600m. The top 8 times in each event are brought back on the second day for a one heat final. Field events are competed on both days with finals taking place on each day in each event. Athletes work very hard to qualify the first day for the finals on the second day. The top four places in each event qualify for the state meet including relays.
The first ever AAU Utah District Volleyball Championships were held this past weekend, May 11-12, 2012 at nine different locations from Ogden to Draper. 114 teams from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana entered this historic event.
A clear, calm, warm morning welcomed over 500 athletes to the Morgan High School track April 21, 2012, for the fifth annual Morgan “Pocket Change” Invitational. The athletes represented fifteen schools from Utah and Wyoming in classification from 1A to 5A. Competition began at 9:00 am and ran until 3:30 pm. The stands were filled with spectators, athletes and parents. Team tents were scattered around the grass outside the track fence providing shade for the day-long event.
Morgan’s Varsity baseball team won two critical games last week to all but assure the team a playoff berth. Braden Daniel struck out ten batters over seven innings to help Morgan defeat Tooele, 4-2 on April 24th. Daniel also helped out his cause with an RBI single in the first inning. Lantzen Toomer was 2-3 with a triple and an RBI single. Cameron Jarrett also reached base twice, including an RBI double in the third inning.
The Morgan High Men’s Tennis Team is off to a great start. The Varsity team is undefeated in Region so far. They recently participated in the Logan Tournament, playing several 4A and 5A schools. On Monday, April 23, they played against Ben Lomond.
Going on their 2nd Annual Alumni Basketball game, coach Jim Wiscombe pulled together the generations from as far back as 1980 to the current graduating class of 2012 to play together on the home court.