Red Devil runners traveled to Idaho on Friday, September 23, to compete in the Bob Firman Invitational. The last time Springville attended this meet was four years ago; so, some of the seniors on the team were freshman when they last competed in Idaho.
“The really cool thing to watch is how different things are this year compared to then. We have a mentally stronger and physically faster team than Springville has ever had, and it showed at this meet,” said Sam Smith, head coach.
The boys team placed 3rd right behind the top 4A team in Utah, but 4th overall school competing. The girls took 9th right behind one of the top teams in 4A as well.
Smith said, “I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has in store. All the credit for these successes needs to go to the athletes because they are the ones that are up at 7 in the morning every day in the summer working hard. Now, they are finally seeing some of the rewards which is cool.”
On Friday, September 16, Springville High’s Cross-Country team competed in the UIAAA (Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) meet in Spanish Fork. This was a great meet for Springville. The boys placed first and the girls took 3rd with many individuals medaling in their respective races.
“It was fun to see both the boys and the girls teams come together and run as a pack, because that is how you win meets, when they run together,” said Sam Smith, head coach.
On Thursday, September 22, Springville High band students and band director, Mr. Ben Major, had a huge surprise from Lana Hiskey, Nebo Education Foundation Director—a $10,000 anonymous cash donation to SHS band.
Major said, “All of the money will be spent for band related activities. Most of the funds will be used to purchase pit equipment.”
"We are all thankful for kind people in our community who care enough to help our band program succeed. Today in band class we were all very surprised to see people from the district come in with a huge check in their hands. It was completely unexpected, and we were all so excited. As a student, I know this is really going to be the boost our band needs to complete our goals and support other students in the school through our music at sporting events and assemblies. The students in the band work extremely hard and this is a reinforcement to them that people care about arts and music,” said band member Megan McConnell.
Band student Jonathan Young said, “The donation was a surprise for me. I saw Ms. Miley, Mr. Beardall and one other lady walk in with this huge check made out to the SHS Marching Band for $10,000, and I gawked at the enormity of the amount. I don't know how we're going to use the donation yet, but I know this will be extremely helpful in repairing instruments and purchasing replacement instruments. I’m very glad that we received this generous donation.”
“We are very grateful and excited. These funds will help out a lot. Over the past couple of years, the band has seen the most growth ever. Because of this, we were in desperate need for equipment and funding. This donation helped boost the morale of the band members,” said Major.
pictured from left to right: Tiffanie Miley (Assistant Principal), Ben Major (Band Director), Lana Hiskey (Nebo District), and Jason Beardall (Dean of Students)
Welcome to Red Devil Territory!
Springville High’s homecoming game was electrifying; the Red Devils lit the field up for homecoming with a booming start to the game. Bennet Hullinger sparked SHS with a 30 yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. A few minutes later, star quarterback Jantsen Thorpe threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to Hullinger to make the score 14-0 early on. Hullinger ended the night with 2 rushes for 30 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 reception for 75 yards. Shutting out Spanish Fork again, SHS got the ball back in Thorpe’s hands. The result was a 40 yard touchdown pass to Brennen Rymer making the score 21-0 in the first quarter of the game.
But, Springville’s win was all but certain with Spanish Fork out-scoring the Devils 27-6 over the course of the next 3 quarters tying the score at 27-27. Going into OT, Spanish Fork received the ball to start. The Don’s drive was short lived when it ended with a fumble turning the ball over to SHS. Thorpe going 5 for 12 for 128 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 interception drove the ball down the field, ending with Payton Kelepolo running in a 2 yard touchdown giving him 35 carries with 182 yards and two touchdowns to end the game with a Red Devil hard fought victory, 33-27.
photos by Mark Spencer
Springville's Red Devil varsity football team traveled to Lehi on Friday, September 7, to face new Lehi high school Skyridge continuing the Red Devil undefeated record, 28-21. The Red Devils poured on the heat during the third quarter to help them get the victory over Skyridge. Jantsen Thorpe threw two touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Red Devils in the win.
Many Red Devil student body members traveled to show their school spirit and support.