Golfers claim region crown
The Box Elder High School boys’ golf team members hoist the first place Region 5 trophy after claiming it at the region tournament at Eagle Mountain Golf Course Monday. It is the first region title for boys’ golf since 2007.
By Sean Hales
As has been the case all year, it was the depth of the Box Elder High School boys’ golf team that made the difference in a highly competitive Region 5 tournament on Monday, where the Bees claimed their first region title since 2007. At the region tournament—which was moved to Eagle Mountain Golf Course due to a tornado that made the original venue, Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base, unplayable—three teams finished within a point of each other, with Box Elder and Woods Cross posting a four-man score of 297, and Bonneville scoring 298. In a tie break, it was Brigham City’s sixth-best score, an 81 from David Rossberg, that made the difference and gave the Bees the tournament win and the region title. In the final region standings, Bonneville finished second behind Box Elder, with Woods Cross and East rounding out the top four. There was little doubt that Box Elder would claim the Region 5 crown; while it was numerically possible for Bonneville to take the title, it was highly unlikely. In the final regular season meet, at Wolf Creek on Monday, Sept. 19, Bonneville, took first with a score of 306, ahead of Box Elder’s 313. With the six points from the win, Bonneville pulled within nine points of the Bees in the region race, 41-50. Points earned toward team standings are doubled in the region meet, so with a win, Bonneville could gain as many as 12 points. However, Box Elder would have needed to finish sixth—the Bees have never finished lower than second this year—to lose the title. “They won region by a landslide,” said Eagle Mountain Golf Course professional and assistant coach Chris Marx. Despite the win, the Bees’ top players were a little frustrated with their rounds on their home course. Jacob Marx, who finished second in the individual standings behind East High School’s Hayden Banz, wasn’t feeling 100 percent on Monday. Regardless of that, Marx was able to shoot 5-under through 11 holes on a course with a difficult championship set up. Eventually, however, it caught up with him, and he shot 3-over on the last few holes for a round of 69. Camron Saunders, the Bees’ consistent No. 2 player, struggled on the greens, according to Chris Marx, and had an up-and-down round to finish with a 3-over, 74. Brandon Whitaker and Zach Hansen both scored 77s to round out the Bees’ top four. Chase Hansen’s 79 tied with Woods Cross’s fifth player, forcing the consideration of a sixth score to break the tie between the Bees and Woods Cross. The Bees’ young players have had a significant impact on the team’s success this year, according to Chris Marx, as indicated by Monday’s results; no Box Elder player scored higher than 82. The team will have a good five days of relaxation and practice heading into the 4A state tournament, which will be good for the team, following the regular season grind of tournaments, school work and other obligations, Marx said. The state tournament will be held on Monday and Tuesday at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Heber Valley.
Wildcats spoil homecoming for Bees
By Jeremy Jones
It was a dreary outcome on a drizzly night for the Box Elder High School football team as they played host to Woods Cross last Friday for the Bees’ homecoming game. Both teams struggled to find their footing on the soggy turf and offense was tough to come by as neither team gained 300 total yards on the night, but the Wildcats were able to overcome the elements and the efforts of the Box Elder defense to score a touchdown with just a little more than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter to come away with a 21-14 win. An early miscue from the Wildcats set up the Bees’ first score of the game after the Bees had been held to a three-and-out and forced to punt. One of the Wildcats blocking for the punt return ended up touching the ball and the Bees recovered it at the 24-yard line. Three plays later, running back Kole Evans took a handoff 13 yards for the score and a 7-0 lead. Evans finished the game with a team-leading 116 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. The Bees were looking to extend their lead in the second quarter and threatening inside the red zone, but a fumble by Evans stalled out the drive as the Wildcats took over on the 10 yard line. The Wildcats were able to turn that turnover into seven points with the help of some very untimely penalties by the Bees defense that gave the Wildcats 45 yards. On three different occasions during the drive, it looked like the Bees had forced a fourth down and a punt, but personal foul penalties gave the Wildcats a new set of downs and renewed life. Following the penalties, running back Jeremy Sperry was able to cap the drive with an 11 yard scamper to tie the game at seven. Sperry ended the night as the leading rusher for the Wildcats with 81 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. The Bees regained the lead at the end of the third quarter when wide out Traycer Wilson came up with a circus catch in the back of the end zone after the ball was tipped by a defender. Wilson finished the game as the leading receiver for the Bees as he finished with two receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown. The weather and the physical style of play didn’t lend itself to much passing as Box Elder quarterback Dylan Rodriguez finished the night going 5-for-11 for 68 yards and one touchdown. The Wildcats responded to Wilson’s catch with some fireworks of their own as speedster Caden Brewster fielded the ensuing kickoff at full sprint on the 15 yard line, made one man miss, and was off to the races for an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to tie the game at 14 all heading into the fourth quarter. The Bees looked to regain the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but a missed field goal attempt kept the game knotted. The Wildcats were able to find some success running the ball on the following drive, which set up a play-action pass situation on third down that allowed quarterback Ashton Fornelius to find Jake Watkins open in the flat for a five yard touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining in the game. The Bees had one last chance to send the game to overtime. A long completion from Rodriguez to Wilson set the Bees up on the 15-yard line with a chance to tie it, but the Wildcat defense held strong and forced two straight incompletions in the end zone to end the game. Bees’ head coach Robbie Gunter said he like the effort from the team, but recognized the need to clean up the penalties. “The kids played hard and we played with better urgency than I’ve seen the last couple of weeks. But we didn’t finish,” Gunter said. “We didn’t finish drives and we didn’t finish plays sometimes. [The Wildcats] didn’t really drive the ball on us penalty-free. It was our penalties giving them the drives and that proved costly.” The loss drops the Bees to 0-2 in the region while the win keeps the Wildcats undefeated at 3-0. This Friday, the Bees will hit the road in a non-region game to take on Ogden. The Tigers will be looking for their first win of the season and are coming off a 47-21 loss to Payson last week. The game against the Tigers is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
Tennis team finds success at tournament
The Box Elder High School girls’ tennis team won three of their five matches at the Duel in the Desert tournament in St. George last weekend. The Bees were paced by varsity singles players Kaylee Whiting and Marilyn Cannon, who both won four of their five matches. “Overall, I think St. George was a great success and a lot of fun for these kids,” said coach Jeremy Johnson. On the JV side, two doubles teams came home with trophies, as Chelsea Rose and Carolyn Ferguson, and Jaylie Reeder and Lindsay Ahlstrom, won their divisions. In JV singles, after losing the first set to an undefeated opponent from Stansbury, Emily Haynie battled to a hard-fought victory with a 6-3 win in the second set and claiming a tiebreaker, 10-7 in the third. “JV singles and doubles played really hard in St. George,” Johnson said. “It was a very emotional win for Haynie. It was great to see her fight for that win. The Region 5 tournament will be played week on Thursday and Friday in Ogden.