Every year in October, hundreds of runners from all over the state of Utah assemble at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City for the Utah State Cross Country Championships. This year’s competition gave Springville High School a reason to celebrate as Joseph Christensen placed third in the 4A boy’s championship three mile race with a time of 16:05. Joseph’s finishing place was the highest for Springville since Spencer Gardner in 2006. His performance led the boy’s team to an eighth place finish out of the seventeen teams that participated. The top five runners for the Red Devils were: Joseph Christensen, Andy Shields clocking a 17:05, Riley White coming in right behind in 17:06, Matt Brown running a time of 17:48, and Mark Israelsen finishing in 17:49.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Red Devils were led by Hannah Lutz with her 21st place finish of 19:57. She was followed by Libby Jensen with a time of 22:06, Alyssa Payne with 22:19, Bri Barnes in 22:30, and Hannah Nelson finishing at 24:06. Team captain Libby Jensen said “I’m so proud of our team! We all worked crazy hard to get to state and do the best that we could do and thanks to our two amazing coaches our season was amazing!” Congratulations Red Devils!
In a thrilling football match between the Springville High Red Devils and Salem Hills Skyhawks, Springville took the Region 8 championship title with a score of 42-14. With 14 points scored in the first quarter, Salem Hills looked like they would come out on top, but Springville equally struck back with a force of their own. With a touchdown scored by Mitchell Paystrup in the first quarter, the Red Devils surged with enthusiasm and ignited the rocket that would launch them to victory.
In just two plays into the second quarter, Marcus Case scored another touchdown, tying up the game and putting the Red Devils and the Skyhawks neck to neck. Later, when the team blocked a Skyhawk punt, Case triumphed again adding another score to the board. Jordan Sumsion had his moment with forty eight seconds left and scored a fourth touchdown, ending the first half.
The second half started strong; Jordan Sumsion and Taylor Baker attaining two more touchdowns, making the final result 42 to 14, a stellar comeback with unanswered scores.
When asked about how they felt about winning the region championship, Coach Bills replied, “It was a goal we set early; and, to accomplish it makes it really sweet.”
“It just proves that if you believe in something and work hard, you can achieve it,” Scott Mitchell, head coach, said.
“It was exciting and felt really good,” Jeff Gueck reflected, “It felt like we deserved it, but we need to still work harder to win the next one.”
With all of these eager and motivated players, be sure to attend the first round of state playoffs at home this Friday, October 30, 2:30 pm. Come support your Springville football team to victory over Skyview.
On Friday, October 23, Springville High and Maple Mountain Choirs combined together to sing in a concert, “One Voice, One Heart.” This past summer Mrs. Leanna Crockett , SHS Choir Director, and Mr. Cory Mendenhall, MMHS Choir Director, traveled with some of their choir students to Venice, Italy. At this inspirational venue, the idea was created to combine Maple Mapleton and Springville choirs to sing Vivaldi’s Gloria. “It was a great opportunity to bring all the kids back together to sing once more,” said Crockett.
Congratulations to the Springville FFA Agricultural Communications team who just competed in a national competition at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team placed 12th in the nation! The team consisted of Sierra Henry, Kelsey Frampton, Carleigh Ballard, Brittany Bradford, and Chris Cook. Sierra Henry placed 4th overall high individual winning a cash scholarship!
“This event supports student development of sound communication principles to become strong assets to the agriculture industry in the future,” said Melissa Brown, CDE program manager.
The five-member team is challenged in all areas of the agricultural communications field. Participants attend a press conference, utilize information gathered in a team activity and complete individual practicums in web design, broadcasting, graphic design and writing. Students are also tested on their editing and other communications skills.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer sponsors the National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The event is one of 23 CDEs held annually at the national FFA convention. The team and the FFA would like to thank their sponsors, Utah FFA, Utah County Farm Bureau, the District CTE department, and the Spanish Fork Press, for their support and assistance as they prepared for this event,
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.
Springville High School has a tradition of having Regional Champions in Cross Country, and this year is no different. On Monday, at the Region 8 Cross Country Championships, junior Joseph Christensen, from Springville High School, pulled away from the competition and cruised to victory, covering the 3 mile course in 15:48.
Following him in 2nd place, also from Springville High, was senior Andy Shields, who ran the course in a time of 16:11. These two performances propelled the Red Devil Boys team to a second place finish in the region, which qualifies them for the Cross Country State Championships on Oct. 21. The top five scorers for the Devils included: region champion Joseph Christensen, runner-up Andy Shields, Riley White in 12th place, Mark Israelsen coming in 13th, and Ty Shields placing 15th.
In the JV boy’s race, Matt Brown from Springville ran a time of 17:53 to come in 1st overall and become the JV Region Champion.
The Girls also performed very well, with junior Hannah Lutz coming in 2nd place in a time of 19:17. This led the Lady Devils team to a third place finish, also qualifying them for the State Championships. The Red Devil girls’ top five included Hannah Lutz in 2nd place, Alyssa Payne coming in 15th place, Libby Jensen following closely behind in 16th, Bri Barnes in 29th, and Hannah Nelson finishing in 30th place.
Congratulations Joseph, Andy, Hannah, and Matt for your incredible performances!
The face-off between the two top volleyball teams in Region 8 happened last Tuesday, October 6. The match between the Lady Red Devils and the Spanish Fork Dons was fought hard by both sides and ended in a disappointing loss for Springville in four sets. The first set was highly contested, but the Dons pulled ahead toward the end of the set with the final score being 25-20. The second set was much different; the Lady Red Devils came out swinging and won by a large margin that would only be matched by the Dons in game three. Both games ended in a 25-16 score with the Red Devils taking the second set and the Dons the third.
After the hard loss of the third game Springville came back and finished with a valiant effort when they were down 23-17 and made 5 of the 7 points they needed to tie the score. The Lady Dons only scored one point during the 5 point streak, but then finished the match before the Red Devils could complete their comeback; the final score was 25-22. The Red Devils, however, still remain second in region and will have one more shot at the Dons on Tuesday, October 27; this time, the match will be fought on Red Devil territory with student body and community fans present to cheer our Lady Red Devils on to victory. We encourage all community members to be there to witness a hard fought match and support Springville Volleyball!
Last Thursday the Lady Red Devils caged the Payson Lions in a three game match in Red Devil territory. In the first set, the Lady Red Devils held Payson 25-14, and made quick work of them in the second set beating them 25-9. The third set ended quite the same with the Red Devils holding the Lions to only 11 points. Overall, the match was dominated by the Red Devils and shows how the Red Devil kept the Lions from passing the teens, keeping them from getting into the double digits in the second set.
Forty-five students at Springville High have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
At Springville High, 29 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are: Ryan Allred, Rachel Anderson, Amber Angell, Halie, Augustus, Beth Black, Drew Botcherby, Brittany Brown, Michelle Cronquist, Allyssa Elliott, Eric Evans, Michael Francis, Deson Haynie, Megan Long, Tyler Maingot, Erica Mehl, Emilye Messerly, Channing Miller, Logan Millsap, Justin Park, Shyrel Petersen, Hayden Roney, Michael Scutt, Sarah Singlton, Kelli Slade, John Sommerfeldt, Emily Sumsion, Trevor Swanson, Luke Wilding, and Emily Young.
Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Taylor Anderson, Tairsa Brown, Jacob Gibby, Jared Jay, Eileen Leavitt, Jesse Lewis, Denver Madsen, Sarah Mcqueen, and Nathan Richey.
Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are: Calvin Clark, Brent Dearden, Jacob Embley, Jessica Grosland, Diana James, Tyson Merrell, and Stuart Oldroyd.
Congratulations to all AP Scholars!