Falcons oust Bees from 4A state tournament for second year in a row
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder High School girls’ softball team was eliminated from the state tournament last Tuesday afternoon in a high-scoring affair against Clearfield that needed extra innings before the Falcons pulled out the win, 13-12.
The Falcons finished the regular season as the Region 6 No. 2 seed, just behind Woods Cross, and were confident their offense could carry them deep into the state tournament. They finished the year with an impressive 149 runs scored compared to only 32 allowed.
Before playing the Bees, the Falcons took on Region 5 foes Mountain Crest and came away with a narrow 4-3 win. The Falcons then took on Spanish Fork and lost 5-1 to set up the game against the Bees.
The Bees had some extra motivation coming into the game. Not only did they want to keep their season alive, but last year, it was the Falcons that dealt the Bees their second loss of the state tournament and ended their season.
As had been the case during much of the week, rain played a factor in the game. The game was scheduled for a 12 p.m. start, but a two-hour rain delay pushed the start time back to around 2 p.m.
Once the game did get underway, the Falcons started strong and drove in three runs in each of the first three innings to build a commanding lead and create an uphill battle for Box Elder.
The Bees remained confident and came alive offensively in the fifth inning, driving in five runs and cutting the lead down to 9-8.
Ashley Blacker, Sadie Blacker, and Taylor Sorenson all hit home runs during the Bees’ attempt at a comeback, but even that wasn’t enough to catch the Falcons and their high-powered offense.
The Bees were able to take a one-run lead going into both the bottom of the seventh and bottom of the eighth innings, but the Falcons were able to extend the game each time, finding a run of their own and sending the game further into extra frames.
The breakthrough finally came in the ninth inning when the Bees offense failed them and they weren’t able to find a run in the inning. With both seasons on the line, the Falcons were the ones to find the game winner in the bottom of the ninth and advance to play Murray in the next round.
The Falcons defeated the Spartans in their game later on Tuesday afternoon, then lost to Maple Mountain on Thursday. Maple Mountain eventually took on Spanish Fork for the championship last Friday.
With the season over, the Bees are both excited and nervous heading into next season. Five seniors are graduating from the team, so there will be some holes to fill and opportunities for younger girls to step up.
Pole vaulter earns boys’ only title at 4A state track meet
Jed Smith led a good set of individual performances for the Box Elder High School boys’ track and field team at the 4A state championships two weeks ago with a first-place finish in the pole vault.
Against some tough competition and circumstances, Smith took the title with a jump of 12 feet 6 inches.
Due to inclement weather, the pole vault was moved indoors, which may seem like a good thing, but not so, said coach Tom Davidson. Smith also competes in the high jump, which took place immediately after the pole vault.
“Jed had to compete as fast as he could so he could get back to the track for the high jump,” Davidson said. “One of these days Jed won’t have to do both jumps at the same time and I think he will break through the 13-0 barrier.”
Sprinter Riley Burt also placed well, taking third in the 200-meter and fifth in the 100-meter.
“It was good to see him finish off his track career strong,” Davidson said. “The weather was not very accommodating in Provo so his times were a little off, but his placing, especially in the 200, leave no doubt that he is one of Box Elder’s greatest sprinters.”
The Bees’ only other points came in the javelin, where senior Dallin Hoyt threw a career best distance of 156 feet 4 inches and took fifth overall.
“It was very good to see him throw so well at the state meet,” Davidson said. “He has worked hard all four years for us to I am glad he was able to medal.”
Girls’ comp league soccer tryouts announced
Tryouts for the girls’ U13 Lightning soccer club will be held will be held Friday, May 29, at Perry Park, 2450 South 900 West, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Any girls born on or after August 1, 2002, interested in playing for the club are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Kristen Oki at 801-791-9230.