On Friday, October 7, the Springville Cross Country team traveled to Spanish Fork to participate in the Region 8 Championships. The boys owned the varsity race by placing its top 4 individuals in the first 6 places. Grant Gardner defended his region title by winning the meet with a time of 15:06.1 for 3 miles, followed by teammates Brandon Garnica (2nd), Haden Penrod (3rd), and Caleb Garnica (6th). This is the first time in school history that the boys team has ever won regions.
The Springville Red Devils remain undefeated on the season after a huge 49-6 win over Payson in region play at home on Friday, October 7. Jantsen Thorpe connected with Brennen Rymer for two touchdowns while Payton Kelepolo and Bradley Nicol added two rushing touchdowns a piece; Cole Bowers also added a touchdown in the win.
On Friday, September 30, Springville High’s Red Devils kept their undefeated season alive with a 48-7 home region win against the Wasatch Wasps.
Quarterback Jantsen Thorpe connected on two touchdown passes to Brennen Rymer with 84 total yards, while Payton Kelepolo rushed for two TDs, 12 carries, and 65 yards as Springville dominated from start to finish to improve to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in region play. Thorpe finished with 192 passing yards.
Cole Bowers added 3 carries, 75 yards, and 1 TD and Bennett Hullinger added two receptions and 68 yards in the win.
On Thursday, September 29, the Lady Red Devils matched up with the Lady Lions ending in an exciting Springville victory in which they shut out Payson 3-0. Payson and Springville stayed close in all 3 rounds, but Springville always pulled through and won scoring 25 points in each round. This was a great morale boost for our volleyball team.
“I think we have a chance to win region,” said senior Nicole Wheeler, who is looking forward to having fun and going out with a bang her last year of high school.
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.
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.”