Now that the 1997-98 school year is over, the Deseret News is confirming what high school students at Mountain View, Mountain Crest, Timpview, Park City, Grantsville and Panguitch already knew.
Their schools' sports programs are the best in the state. Officially.The six schools are the recipients of the prestigious Deseret News All-Sports Award, signifying their all-around domination over the other athletic programs in their respective classifications.
The Deseret News All-Sports Award, now in its 20th year, goes to the school that had the overall best results in the boys and girls state tournaments.
The point system works like this: 10 points for a first-place finish, eight for second place, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one point goes to the eighth-place team. Teams split the points in case of a tie.
Only sports officially sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association were considered for the award. The boys sports included: football, cross country, wrestling, basketball, swimming, diving, track and field, tennis, golf, soccer and baseball. The girls sports included: volleyball, soccer, cross country, tennis, basketball, swimming, diving, track and field, and softball. Club sports were not considered.
As is tradition, all six schools were presented All-Sports Award banners from the Deseret News to proudly place in their gymnasiums.
CLASS 5A - MOUNTAIN VIEW
The Bruins reclaimed bragging rights in the state's largest classification after having been edged out by Brighton the past two years. Mountain View previously won the award in 1994-95 and 1992-93.
Mountain View won a school record six state championships this year, earning gold trophies with boy-girl sweeps in basketball, cross country and track and field.
However, the Bruins didn't clinch the All-Sports Award until their softball team took third place.
Brighton easily had the strongest boys program, finishing with 52.5 points compared with second-place Skyline's 33. Mountain View's girls nipped Bingham's 54-48.5.
CLASS 4A (tie) - MOUNTAIN CREST/TIMPVIEW
As proven by the tie, this classification was easily the most balanced of the state's five. The competitiveness resulted in the first tie in the entire state in a decade and the first-ever in a large classification. The last tie was Kanab and Monticello, which shared Class 1A honors in 1988-89.
As further proof of the 4A balance, the two winners only won three of the 20 state championships. No school in the class won more than two titles.
Timpview claimed the state football championship in the fall and the girls basketball title in the winter. Mountain Crest won its only state title early in the school year - boys cross country.
The Mountain Crest boys placed in 10 of 11 events for a high score of 53. The East girls, who won cross country and tennis, had the top female program with 34 points.
CLASS 3A - PARK CITY
The Miners returned atop the 3A ranks thanks to a 1.5-point advantage over second-place Cedar City (63-61.5).
Park City, which earned its fifth All-Sports Award, claimed championships in golf, girls swimming and girls soccer.
Uintah had the toughest boys program with 44 points, while Cedar City's girls edged Park City's 32.5-31.
CLASS 2A - GRANTSVILLE
The Cowboys boys and girls only placed in eight of the class' 14 sports, but the Grantsville streets were lined with gold trophies. They won six championships - football, boys basketball, tennis (boys and girls), girls cross country and softball - en route to their first All-Sports Award.
Juab, which finished 2.5 points behind Grantsville (67.5-65), had the best boys program with 48 points. The Cowgirls ruled the girls scene with 31.5 points.
CLASS 1A - PANGUITCH
If anyone knows what the Utah Jazz are going through now, it's the Bobcats. Panguitch had a very successful yet frustrating sports year for the most part, finishing in second place in six tournaments. It all added up at the end, though. The Bobcats crushed the rest of 1A, winning their first supremacy award 66-50.5 over Wayne.
Panguitch's boys basketball team earned the only gold trophy for the school, which finished second in boys cross country, wrestling, baseball, boys and girls track and field and girls basketball.