SALT LAKE CITY — Each spring for the past 30-plus years, the Deseret News has published all-state teams for baseball, softball and boys soccer. A year ago a total 699 players were recognized as all-staters. That number was expected to swell by at least 100 this spring as the Deseret News planned on selecting all-state teams for boys and girls lacrosse in their first season as a sanctioned UHSAA sport.
The cancellation of the spring sports season back on April 14 because of COVID-19 created a dilemma about how to continue the all-state tradition. The Deseret News reached out to numerous coaches to gauge their opinions, and while there was obvious interest in honoring the players, the majority agreed there just wasn’t an objective and fair way to do so.
Murray baseball coach Marce Wilson had a brilliant alternate idea. Instead of a traditional all-state team, he suggested publishing head shots of all the seniors for their lost season. So after weeks and weeks of gathering head shots from around the state, the Deseret News bypassed its traditional all-state teams for 2020 and instead made 2,440 total seniors honorary all-staters this spring.