Red Devil swimmers rise at state while school records fall

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by Ezra Hopoate and Jesus Beltran, SHS Staff Writers
State Swimming

On Saturday, February 9, our Springville High mighty Red Devil boys swim team secured the 2nd place state title narrowing losing the top spot to Mountain Crest by only 4 points. The Lady Red Devil swimmers got a little taste of redemption when they placed 7th overall ahead of Orem, who finished in 8th place. Orem previously took the region title by twenty points; however, in state swim the Lady Red Devils outscored the Tigers by 18 points, 156-138.5. Although Springville narrowly missed coming home with the state title, 5 of 6 lady swimmers and 7 of 13 boy swimmers broke school records.

School records are as follows: Nichole Mertz, 100 Free (54:47), she broke another of her own records set two-weeks earlier in region competition; Lauren Pilcher, Halle Acor, Rebekah McClain, and Nichole Mertz, 200 Free Relay (1:43.80); Lauren Pilcher, Payton Acor, Rebekah McClain, and Nichole Mertz, 400 Free Relay (3:47.30); Connor Anderson, 500 Free (4:37.11); John Morris, 100 Breast (1:00.54); Travis Pope, Nathan Marett, Matthew Vaughan, and Connor Anderson, 200 Free Relay (1:28.97); Travis Pope, Christopher McClain, John Morris, and Connor Anderson, 400 Free Relay (3:15.15).

Springville’s swimmers have been preparing a long time for state. Most prepared by getting plenty of rest and practicing hard, also by eating a lot of carbs and no sugar. The night before the big competition Nicole Mertz ate a baked potato and Travis Pope had pizza.

Most swimmers felt prepared, but still nervous. Springville’s swimmers thought they might break school records, however, John Morris thought differently although he broke the 100 breast record.

“I thought Matthew would win,” said Morris.

Parents were very supportive.

Sophomore Payton Acor said, “They always believe I can do better than my best which motivates me!”

Senior Lauren Pilcher said, “My dad always gets me pumped before I swim. My parents are always encouraging.”

Travis Pope’s mom did some cheering of her own, Pope sad, “After a close loss we all needed a little cheering up, especially since it would be the last time I swam as a Red Devil. Thank you Mom and Dad, and good job Red Devil swimmers!”

SHS Sterling Scholar Semi-Finalists

Attributions: 
Lanell Rabner, Sterling Scholar Adviser

The following SHS Sterling Scholars have been selected in their category from over 1,000 candidates as one of 15 semi-finalists:

Bradley Borget - Computer Technology
Julianna M. Sheffield – Dance
Jacob Simmons – English
Kristi Lyn Hatch – Music
Payton Elijah Seamons - Skilled and Technical Sciences Education
Kylie Emma Graves - Visual Arts

These scholars will continue on to the next level of competition; interviews will be next week.

Jantzen Dalley Crowned Mr. Springville 2013

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Red Devil Swimmers take 1st and 2nd at Region Championship

Attributions: 
by Ezra Hopoate and Jesus Beltran, SHS Staff Writers
SHS Boys Swim take 1st at Region
Lady Red Devil Swimmers take 2nd in Region Championship Meet
SHS Boys Swim take 1st at Region
Lady Red Devil Swimmers take 2nd in Region Championship Meet

When Springville swim opened up Friday, January 25, at the Region swim meet (that took place at the Orem Recreation Center) they started off with their “Unleash” cheer, and that is just what they did.

Senior Travis Pope says, “It is our drive for perfection in all aspects of swim that makes Springville such a good team. “

Connor Anderson said, “We win because we work hard and have fun doing it.”  

Senior John Morris claims, “It is because we’re passionate about our sport, our size, and dedication helps us achieve our goals.  Also, we’ve worked hard to gain skill and competence.”

“We have a lot of swimmers this season who have stepped it up and worked hard this season--even our first year swimmers. We are also close outside of practice which helps,” stated Senior Rebekah McClain.

This dominating Boys Springville Swim team won the Region Championship by more than 200 points outscoring 2nd place Orem (398-186). SHS boys continue a six year streak on region level, and making it 7 region victories in the last 10 years.   The boys will need to surge into the state swim meet with this winning momentum.

The girls swam awesome and did their best to win, but came up short by just 20 points to Orem due to a lack of depth in the 100 breast and back strokes.  Don’t hold your breath too much because the girls will be strong at state.

The Red Devils had a lot of good swims at region and need to continue to swim this good or better at state! Some of these swims include Niclole Mertz breaking a school record she set earlier this year at the Judge Memorial Invite with a time of 24.00 seconds. Others are Conner Anderson in the 200 and 500 free, Mckay Mertz-200 IM, Rebekah McClain – 500 free, Matthew Vaughan- 100 breast Halle Acor- 200 free and Travis Pope in the 50 and 100 free with a family record with a time of 50.3 seconds.

Springville High School is sending 18 swimmers to state( 6 girls, 12 boys) these include Matthew Vaughan, Travis Pope, Connor Anderson, John Morris, Aleks Maccabee, Gabe Hargett,  Christopher McClain, Nathan Marret, Kyle Gashler, Josh Kid, Mckay Mertz, and Bryson Stoker.  The girls are Nicole Mertz, Rebekah Mclain, Lauren Pilsher, Halle Acor, and Payton Acor.

The Red Devil’s best competition at state will be against Skyline and Mountain Crest and while Mrs. Simmons thinks we will be competing for second.  If all swimmers swim hard and do their best, Springville has a great shot for a state title.  After all, the Orem girls team proved at region that anything is possible. 

*photos by Ezra Hopoate

Springville High Honors Lexi Eaton

Attributions: 
by Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser
Lexi Eaton honored at Girls Basketball Game
Lexi Eaton honored at Girls Basketball Game

Lexi Eaton is one of the best athletes to come out of Springville High School.  Lexi graduated from SHS in 2011 accepting a full ride scholarship to play women’s basketball for Brigham Young University. Upon arriving at BYU she made an immediate impact starting every game as a freshman and earning WCC’s newcomer of the year honor and a member of the All-Freshmen team. Prior to her injury earlier this season, she was the team’s leading scorer and well on her way to being very successful again in the WCC.

At SHS, Lexi was a star not only on the basketball court, but also on the soccer field, in track and field, and in the classroom. She led many teams to success winning several region titles and state championships. Lexi led Springville High to three state championship games, winning back to back state titles her junior and senior year. In addition, some of her individual accomplishments include:  Springville High’s all-time leading scorer with 1,697 points, Parade All-American, McDonald’s All-American nominee, ESPN’s All-America Team, 2-time Gatorade player of the year, 2-time Female Athlete of the year, and Utah’s Ms. Basketball.

Coach Warner said during halftime, “Lexi, it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to coach you and you will always have a special place in my heart, not just for what you’ve accomplished in terms of athletics, but more importantly for who you are as a person. You are a shining example of what every student-athlete should be; and so, in honoring you, we are retiring your jersey, #5.  We are grateful for the legacy you have left here at Springville High.”

Nebo Athletic Hall of Fame -- SHS 1990 3A State Championship Baseball Team

SHS 1990 Baseball Team -- Nebo District Athletic Hall of Fame

During halftime on Tuesday, January 28, Nebo School District and Springville High inducted the 1990 3A State Champion Baseball team into the Nebo Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 1990 Springville High School Baseball team was one of the most outstanding teams ever to represent Springville High School in any sport. This team not only had many outstanding athletes, they also had a chemistry with one another that set them apart from other teams. Many of these men served missions, attended college, are raising families, and are now enjoying very successful careers.

In the spring of 1990 this team had a final record of 23 and 3. They won the Region 8 Championship with a record of 9 and 1 and were undefeated in the 3A State Tournament play. During the State Tournament they defeated six teams in a row. During the tournament Springville scored 49 runs while only giving up 3 runs. In the last four games against Dixie, Spanish Fork, West, and Bountiful, Springville pitchers threw shutouts and the Championship game was a 17-0 rout over Bountiful. The coach of Alta High School who was the State 4A Champions told the Springville Coaches that they were glad they didn’t have to play the Red Devils! The newspaper wrote “never has a team dominated a state tournament in this fashion.”

This team went on to place three players on the All-State First Team, and two players tied for All-State MVP honors. One player was an Academic All-State selection. Seven players were selected for the All-Region 8 team. Another four players who were Juniors and Sophomores on this team were All-State selections during their Senior years. Six players went on to play college baseball while one player went onto play pro baseball.

Coach Clements would like to thank these players and coaches not only for their accomplishments on the diamond but for the way in which they have represented Springville High School. He is most proud of the good husbands, fathers, and citizens they have become and it is an honor to call them friends.

Springville High School 1990 3A State Baseball Champions include team members Pat Bird,
Craig Condie, Robert Ellis, Ryan Hall, Ryan Hamilton, Mike Nyman, Brian Oakey, Kerry Oman, Ryan Averett, Paul Creer, Chad Gottfredson, Shad Messick, Paul Miner, Jared Ollerton, Kevin Poulsen, Russell Stansfield, Jed Widdison, Danny Gillies, Scott Fraham, Todd Frischnecht, John Penrod, and Mark Roberts. Their coaches were Wave Miguel (deceased), Dan Money, Gary Miner, Brent Roberts, and Kelly Clements.

Red Devil Swimmers take 1st and 2nd at Region Championship while breaking school records

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Springville High’s Red Devil swimmers had an amazing region meet this year with the boys powering to a strong championship win beating their closest opponents, Orem Tigers, by 212 points. Springville’s boys swim team continues a now 6-year-streak of overwhelming dominance (including winning 7 of the last 10 region titles).

The girls took an extremely close second to the Tigers, only losing by 20 points. Springville’s swimmers were on their game winning most of the events at the meet. Nichole Mertz stole the show by setting two new school records in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. This meet sets the Red Devils up for another phenomenal state championship run.

The girls fought hard, but lacked the depth in the back and breast (where the Orem Tigers were led by senior McKenzie Wells); just missed out on 1st place by 20 points. The Lady Red Devils lost the first two relays by just fingertips to Orem, but Nichole Mertz had an outstanding swim along with the rest of the girls on the 400 free relay, and made up 6.5 seconds in the last 100 to out touch Orem for the victory. In total, of the 22 events swam at the meet, SHS won 12 of them.

The boys had some great swims. For the first time, Springville had too many swimmers qualify in both the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. Our boys dropped 4 seconds from their best time this season in the 400 free relay, which puts them now just 1 second behind Mountain Crest.

Nathan Marrett dropped big chunks of time to secure qualifying times for state in both the 50 and 100 free. Travis Pope is the Region Champ in both those events, and even achieved a family best time in the 100 free today, at ~50.3, besting his brother Garrett by about 1/10 of a second. The boys won every event except two. The boys were so dominant in the 200 free relay, that Springville’s B team finished in 2nd place only a few seconds behind the A team, though they were not credited points nor awarded medals as only one relay team is scored per school. The boys look to be a strong team at state and should have a chance at 2nd, but we'll have to wait to see the other region results this weekend to see where the Red Devils stand.

SHS 2013 Region 8 Championship Results:

Connor Anderson (So) - 200 and 500 free, McKay Mertz (Jr) - 200 IM, * Nicole Mertz (So) - 50 free *Travis Pope (Sr) - 50 and 100 free, Rebecca McClain (Sr) - 500 free, Matthew Vaughan (Sr) - 100 breast, Halle Acor (Fr) - 200 free, Boys 200 Medley Relay - Aleks Maccabee (Jr), Matthew Vaughan (Sr), Gabe Hargett (Jr), John Morris (Jr), Boys 200 Free Relay: Gabe Hargett (Jr), Nathan Marrett (Sr), Travis Pope (Sr), Connor Anderson (So), Girls 400 Free Relay: Lauren Pilcher (Sr), Payton Acor (So), Rebecca McClain (Sr), Nichole Mertz (So), Boys 400 Free Relay: Travis Pope (Sr), Christopher McClain (So), John Morris (Jr), Connor Anderson (So)
*New school record

Mr. Springville 2013

Attributions: 
Angie Meacham, Student Council Adviser
Mr. Springville Contestants 2013

Eleven young men will compete for the title of Mr. Springville on Saturday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the Springville High Auditorium.  The theme for the event is “Macho Man” the entire evening promises to be filled with laughter!  These dashing men will compete with creative talents, evening wear, dancing, and yes… swimwear.  Citizens are encouraged to come out and support these young men.  Tickets are $5.

The contestants are, back left to right: Bryce Carter, Cameran Bartholomew, Gentry Merideth, Mark Singleton, Jantzen Dalley, and Jayden Young.  Front L to R:  Payton Thorpe, Bryson Stoker, Erik Young and Landon Anderson. Missing; Dallin Penrod.

Senior Ball

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by Gage Karren, and Tyree Leavitt, SHS Staff Writers
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brooke caswell, stephen nelson
codie zamora, hummer frampton
haily hoffman, sebastian garcia
hanna packard, jordan skousen
Ashley Averett, Karson Kester
Jace Hartman, Cali Condie
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Springville High had its Senior Ball on Saturday, January 19. The night was filled with lots of friends dancing and good memories. Other than a few slips and falls, the night went very well. All who attended were served good food and danced to great music. A special thanks goes out to all those who helped with setting up and decorating.

*photos by Mark Spencer, Gage Karren, and Tyree Leavitt

Springville Red Devils Wrestle Timpview T-Birds

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By Tayli Smallcomb and Aaron Brown, SHS Staff Writers
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On Thursday, January 17, Springville High had a dual meet versus Timpview High at Springville. Timpview won 43-35. Aaron Brown, Zach Hansen, Bryce Wilson, and Tevin Nuttall won their matches by pin. Spencer Staheli won by forfeit and Nasili Peppers won by major decision. Coach Kip Spencer was happy that “a few controlled the match.”  Spencer also wants his team to work on keeping healthy and “getting more wrestlers.” 

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