On Monday, May 2, the Springville High track team will host the Brandon Curtis Memorial Invitational track meet. The event starts at 1 pm at Maple Mountain High School, another demonstration of the cooperative effort in the community. Brandon was a student at Springville High; but, in order for this meet to be a state qualifying meet it must be held on an 8-lane track and Maple Mountain is the only one in the region that meets that qualification.
This will be the last time this year that Springville students will be able to participate in raising money for the Forever Strong scholarship that has been established in Brandon's name. All proceeds from the track meet will go to the fund the scholarship in the memory of Brandon Curtis. The cost for this event is $2.00 per spectator 12 years and up.
The Forever Strong Scholarship was established in the memory of Brandon Curtis, the son of Jesse and Dianne Curtis of Springville, Utah. Brandon Curtis was killed in a tragic accident July 28, 2010, at the age of 18 years. Brandon was a blessing to his parents and his six brothers and sisters. He was a kind and loving kid with a "forever strong" attitude that helped him to excel in all sports. His favorite sports were football, wrestling and track. Donations have come from many generous people in support of Brandon Curtis and his family.
Last week Timpanogos High invited over 20 schools to compete in track and field events. Orem High’s girls track team and American Fork’s boys track team each took first place; second place went the Springville Red Devils boys and girls track teams.
Photos by Morgan Adams, SHS Staff Photographer
The Springville girls golf team is doing well. They are currently third in region and well ahead of fourth place Maple Mountain. Kelsi Jensen is now tied for third place in individual region standings. The Lady Red Devils girls golf team continue to improve and are enjoying themselves.
DyeStat ranks Springville’s Lexi Eaton number one in the nation in high jump. DyeStat is the top website for running high school athletics in the nation. She jumped 5’10.5 at the UHSTCA Invite held at Timpanogos on the 9th of April. Eaton had already won high jump at the meet at 5’6 then they decided to move it up for practice, and she jumped 5’8 on her first try. Then they moved it to the school record of 5’9.5. She then jumped 5’10.5 on her second try. Eaton beat her previous record 5’8 by 2.5 inches.
“It did surprise me, I had no idea I could jump that high. Hopefully I can keep that number one spot later in the season,” said Eaton.
After she jumped that high, she decided, “Let’s go until I miss,” said Eaton. So the coaches raised it to the next level 5’11.5 the state record, attacking one record at a time. But, the officials had to measure the height of the bar before she jumped which caused Eaton to get out of her rhythm.
In high jump the jumpers have three chances to jump until the competition for the jumper is over. Eaton misses but is close and her coach Greg Shields tells her to make a couple of adjustments and try again. Eaton, on her second attempt, runs up and jumps with perfect form clears the bar but barely clips it with her calves and knocks it off. On her third try she was out of juice and bumped the bar with her shoulder. Eaton barely missed setting the state record. Eaton’s coaches have high hopes for her this year and think she can jump much higher and so does Eaton.
Eaton currently has jumped the highest in the nation so far this year and is ranked one in 4A high school track high jump. Experts of DyeStat say that usually by the end of the year some girl has jumped 6’1.
Photo by Morgan Adams, SHS Staff Photographer
Springville Red Devils varsity baseball had an exciting home game on Tuesday, April 19, against the Uintah Utes. The teams were tied 4 to 4 when Springville’s Jordan McCann hits a walk off single helping the Red Devils take the 5-4 win. Steve Bate and Jake Bills both had triples. Steve Bate and Jake Bills both tripled for the Red DevilsSteve Bate and Jake Bills both tripled for the Red DevilsSteve Bate and Jake Bills both tripled for the Red Devils.
Photos by Mark Spencer
The cross town rivalry between Maple Mountain and Springville was renewed when the Red Devils traveled into Golden Eagle territory to face off in a single edged soccer game. Jared Chichia and Trevor Garn, the two goalies for Springville had extreme satisfaction as they stopped every single goal the Golden Eagles attempted.
The defense was amazing, as it led for a bored Chichia to say, “I only blocked one shot.”
The game ended in a 3-0 shutout in favor of Springville. Recognition goes out to Isaac Kreiger, Jake Miles and Ryan Murray who all scored amazing goals, two of which Landon Schulzke assisted.
On Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19, Springville High’s sports marketing class organized a dodgeball tournament with giant success. Each team had the chance to compete for the chance to win the title of dodgeball champions. Full of excitement, the participating students “duked it out” on the floor of the main gym. A few close calls were made and many fantastic moves were demonstrated by the players; overall, great games were fun for all observers.
A total of six teams competed against one another. The winning team consisted of Jaylon Miyasaki, Alex Duncan, Mckay Murphy, Brody Swanson, Bradly Kitchen, Perry Davis and Alex Sisk. A total of $100 profit was made in concessions. This was purely a learning experience for the sports marketing class; but, someday when they can make enough profit they would like to put it towards a good cause.
This is only the second year dodgeball has been sponsored by the sports marketing class and they wish to continue the tradition in the future.
“I really enjoyed watching it and really hope they do continue; I can’t wait for next year,” said Jason Averett.
Picture 1: Champions from left to right: Jaylon Miyasaki, Alex Duncan, Mckay Murphy, Brody Swanson, Bradley Kitchen, Perry Davis and Alex Sisk
Prom Royalty from left to right: Sophomores Derek Boyer and Marie Terry; Juniors Josh Buhler and Shanae Curtis; Seniors Steven Brown (King) and Lexi Eaton(Queen)
Springville’s softball team has won 8 out of 13 games in the month of March. Sydnie Swenson is the shining star of the team with a total of two home runs. One of Springville’s past games was against Payson High and the Red Devils burned the Lions with a score of 13-3.
The next game is at Salem Hills High school this Saturday at 3:30 pm. Come out and support your Lady Red Devils.
Photos by Mark Spencer