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February 2018

Exciting state finish for Red Devil swimmers

Submitted by carey.white on Tue, 2018-02-13 18:48
by Kimberly Green, Swim Coach
School record-breaking 200 free relay. On the far left Cougar Pope, Kaden Jepperson, Spencer McQueen, Cameron Green

The 5A State Championship Swim Meet was held this past weekend, February 9-10, at South Davis recreation center in Bountiful.  Overall, it was a successful meet for the SHS swimmers.

The girls took 9th overall and boys took 4th.  Two of the boys relays took 2nd with one race 7/100th's of a second behind 1st.  Cameron Green is a State Champion in the 100 meter backstroke.  He also won the overall Individual State Championship for most points, and he is only a Sophomore. 

The SHS State team was represented by the following swimmers:
Women’s team:
Junior Natalie Mertz - 200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 backstroke & 400 freestyle relay.
Senior Tanna Smallcomb - 200 medley relay, 100 Butterfly, 100 backstroke & 400 freestyle relay
Junior Nicole Pope - 200 medley relay & 400 Freestyle relay
(Nicole was also an alternate in both the individual 50 and 500 freestyle)
Senior Anna Brower - 200 medley relay
Junior Hanna Daines - 400 freestyle relay

The women’s team had great relay efforts with some fast splits that resulted in best times for both relays and a drop in placement compared to their initial seeding. 

Men’s team: (4th place overall)
Sophomore Jordan Pugmire - 200 Medley relay
Senior Kaden Jepperson - 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle & 200 freestyle relay
Senior Michael Armstrong - 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle & 100 butterfly
Sophomore Braxton Armstrong - 200 medley relay, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, & 400 freestyle relay
Senior Cougar Pope - 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 freestyle, & 400 freestyle relay
Senior Spencer McQueen - 200 Individual medley, 200 freestyle relay, 100 freestyle & 400 freestyle relay
Sophomore Cameron Green - 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke & 400 freestyle relay. 

Spencer McQueen earned a spot on the podium in both of his individual events in which he placed 5th in the 200 IM and 4th in the 100 freestyle. Cameron Green took 3rd place in the 200 freestyle. He also stood at the top of the podium as the 5A State Champion in the 100 backstroke with a time of :49.95.  That time not only lowered his own school record set earlier this season, but also claimed the 5A State record and was also an All-American consideration time.  His fast swims earned him the 2018 State high point award and was named the male swimmer of the meet. 

Congratulations to all the SHS swimmers who swam their best.  We had many great races with personal best times. It was an exciting meet but bitter sweet for all of our seniors who swam their last meet with a Red Devil cap.  They will be missed next year.  

Boys relay teams take home 2nd place state finish in 200 and 400 freestyle

Submitted by carey.white on Tue, 2018-02-13 18:43

Both the Red Devil men’s 200 and 400 freestyle relays just barely got touched out at the finish to claim 2nd place state finish for both relays, but those relays were exciting to watch.

The 200 freestyle relay with Spencer McQueen, Cougar Pope, Kaden Jepperson and Cameron Green set a new SHS school record.  The 400 freestyle relay as a whole narrowly missed the school record by only .23 seconds, but Cameron Green’s lead off relay split broke the 100 freestyle school record. 

Sophomore Cameron Green wins state champion in 100 meter backstroke

Submitted by carey.white on Tue, 2018-02-13 18:33
Cameron Green, State Champion in 100 meter backstroke
Cameron Green_wins State Champion in the 100 meter backstroke

Cameron Green is the 5A Boys Swimming State Champion in the 100 meter backstroke, and he also won the overall Individual State Championship for the most points.  Amazingly, he’s only a sophomore!

Red Devils defeat Bulldogs in close game

Submitted by carey.white on Tue, 2018-02-13 18:27

Red Devil Wrestlers compete at state

Submitted by carey.white on Tue, 2018-02-13 18:09
by Dave Valeti, SHS Wrestling Coach (photos by Mark Spencer)

Last weekend our Springville Red Devils wrestlers competed in 5A state competition at Utah Valley University.

Sophomore Jace Whitney finished 4th in the divisional tournament and 7th in state competition at 145 pounds.  Junior Aaron Mele placed 4th place in the state divisional tournament at 152 pounds.  Sophomore Cordon Nuttall qualified for state by placing 8th at the state divisional tournament at 170 pounds. Freshman Jakob Morrison from Spingville Junior High placed 8th at the state divisional tournament at 182 pounds.  Senior Enrique Quezada placed 8th at the state divisional tournament at 152 pounds. Junior Simote ILoa placed 3rd in the state divisional tournament and placed 5th in state in the 220 pound weight class.  

Announcements for the week of February 12th

Submitted by jamey.smith on Mon, 2018-02-12 11:37

 Please open the PDF for this week's announcements on: Sweetheart activities, Swim, Junior ACT, Scholarship info, Color guard, National Honor's Society, FFA service project and HOSA blood drive.

We will not be able to do Valentine’s deliveries during the school day to students. Any delivery will need to be picked up by the student at the end of the day.


Lady Red Devils Swim team race to state

Submitted by carey.white on Thu, 2018-02-08 14:27
by Colin Coughanour, and Zach Hjorth

Don’t miss all the excitement this Friday and Saturday as our girls and boys Red Devil Swim teams attend state swimming finals at the Davis Recreation Center.  Here’s some Lady Red Devil team member highlights:

Ella Holden, Junior, says her best event is the 50 freestyle. This is her first season swimming competitively. Holden says that started swimming because her friends convinced her to.  Holden’s advice to anyone who wants to get into swimming is, “Just go for it, it’s a lot of fun.”  According to Holden, the swim team has been doing very well this year.

Kourtney Lamb, Senior, says her best event is the 50 freestyle. Lamb has been swimming for eight years. She started swimming because her father swam in High School, so she decided to try it out. Lamb’s encouragement to those who want to try the swim team is, “Do it, you will make great friendships.”  According to Lamb, the team has done very well this year, specifically in region.

Courtney Holt, Senior, says her best event is the 50 freestyle. Holt has been swimming for less than a year. Holt was convinced to try out for the team by her parents and her friend Amanda. Holt’s advice to those who want to try out for the swim team is, “Go for it, it’s really fun with lots of great teammates; and, it’s a good skill to have,” When asked how the team did this year, Holt responded, “We did AWESOME!  People worked hard and it really paid off.”

Nicole Pope, Junior, has been swimming competitively for nine years; her best event is the 50 freestyle. Nicole started swimming because her siblings swam, she trains five days a week for an hour and a half.  Pope does five claps and listens to music before she goes swimming. She wants to go to state and not have any regrets. She wants to pursue swimming beyond high school. Pope’s advice for somebody who wants to swim, “It can be hard or intimidating, but it’s fun and there’s a lot of support.”

Natalie Mertz, Junior, has been swimming for 9 year, and her best event is the 100 backstroke. She began swimming because her siblings swam.  She trains Monday – Friday, occasionally Saturday, for about an hour and a half. Mertz relaxes and listens to music before she swims. Mertz wants to always be improving in swimming, and she wants to swim in college. Mertz’s advice for somebody who wants to swim is, “Swimming is difficult, but rewarding.”

Lady Red Devil Swim Team Members:
Senior Girls:
Amanda Brimhall, Anna Brower, Courtney Holt, Kourtney Lamb, and Tanna Smallcomb.
Junior Girls: Hannah Daines, Jane Dwiggins, Alice Giatras, Ella Holden, Natalie Mertz, Nicole Pope, and Isabel Sanders.
Sophomore Girls: Sophia Barson, Olivia Collings, Carsen Poole, Jade Poulson, and Sara Shumway.
Freshman Girls: Janelle Mammen, Amelia Oberg, Brianna Stoker, and Jeri Strong.

photos by Jeff Porcaro ©

Devon Maupin, a published poet

Submitted by carey.white on Thu, 2018-02-08 11:27
by Carlos Reina, SHS News Writer

Later this month, Springville High Sophomore Devon Maupin will have his poem "Commonality" published by Appelley Publishing in their 2017 Rising Stars collection.

“Mrs. Susan Anderson, my middle school English teacher, pushed me to submit this poem into a poetry contest.  She is an amazing teacher!” said Maupin.

Red Devil Basketball on Fire

Submitted by carey.white on Thu, 2018-02-08 11:11
by Noah Brimhall and Nicole Powell, SHS News Writers

On Friday, February 2, Springville High’s varsity boys basketball team traveled to Lehi to face the Skyridge Falcons ending in a huge region road win for the Red Devils, 52-47.  Here are some player highlights and fun facts:

Dallin Packer is a Senior who plays post and will be in the home game this Friday against Provo.  As a team they prep by watching plays that can be effective against the team they are playing and then practice them.  Packer enjoys playing with his teammates and wants to continue to play hard and build his confidence.

Murdock Gunther is a Junior and plays guard.  Murdock preps for games like the one coming this Friday by going through his shot routine to warm up his throw and stretching.  He loves basketball and being on the team helps him to bond with other people.  Gunther wants to go as far as possible in his basketball career.

Cooper Riggs is a Sophomore.  He will also be playing guard for team in this Friday’s home game.  Riggs preps by getting as many shots in before the game as possible.  Riggs’ favorite part about basketball is the competition and overcoming it with his team.  Riggs hopes to continue playing basketball through high school.

Josh Ireland is a Junior and plays guard or wing.  Ireland preps by listening to his music. Ireland really enjoys basketball.

Nicholas Wheeler is a Junior who plays forward. Next game is this Friday, home game.  Wheeler likes to prep for games by going to practices, keep improving, and eat a PB&J. Wheeler really enjoys basketball for the competition and having the whole team as  friends.

All Red Devil fans are invited to come support our girls and boys Red Devil teams as they take on Provo this Friday at home.  Varsity girls play at 5:15 pm and the varsity boys play at 7 pm.

Varsity Players:
Seniors:  Aidan Erickson, Mark Gallagher, Jesse Hullinger, Spencer Livsey, Dallin Packer, and Ben Schreiner
Juniors:  Murdock Gunther, Joshua Ireland, Clayton Johnson, Jaymon Jordan, and Nicholas Wheeler
Sophomores:  Austin Mortensen, Payton Murphy, and Cooper Riggs

photos by Mark Spencer


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