On Friday, November 1, Springville’s varsity football team was in the first round of state finals. The students were ready for the win and so was the team to go and fight for the Championship. But, throughout the game, Springville and Olympus were neck and neck, play by play. Within the last few seconds of the game, Olympus pulled the old “hook and ladder play” and caught Springville players off-guard.
A hook and ladder play is when the quarterback pretends to throw the football, but starts running instead; then, behind him, to his right or left, he throws the football to his running back. From the running backs’ left or right, he throws it back to the wide receiver running into the end zone. Olympus pulled the play off with precision, scoring the final touchdown and keeping Springville from taking them into overtime.
Chase Manning, quarterback for Olympus ,was surprised that it worked so well in a game, outside of practice; but, it’s the play that worked and launched them into the next round for the state championship. Despite Springville’s loss, Jessi Noll completed three touchdowns and a total of about 80 passing yards from Dylan Slavens. It was an exciting game with lots of energy on the field and in the stands; Springville’s student body is proud of their team and the end to a great season.
photos by Howard Hutchings
Caitlin Dinkel sang in the national choir at the National FFA Convention which was held in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 30 – November 3. The National FFA Chorus performed several times during the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo, adding excitement and motivation to the sessions through their music. Approximately 80 students were selected to be a part of this prestigious chorus.
Dinkel’s favorite part was “staring out and seeing a sea of blue jackets.” She was a little nervous but the experience was amazing.
Dinkel joined fellow chorus members in Louisville three days before convention for rehearsals. Her parents were very proud.
In the State of Utah, Springville FFA is well known for having a lot of success in building leaders and being involved in their community.
Currently, Springville has about 125 FFA members, who are all busy will the activities. Leslie Lifferth manages thirty-six laying hens and sells fresh eggs to the public, Medina Dore has been taking care of 200 poinsettias and will be selling them the first week of December, and Brinley Case has been growing and selling beautiful perennial plants all summer long.
In addition, thirty-seven students just returned from participating in the Snow College judging competition.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education
This year Springville High’s Marching Band has 34 members with about 26 of them being rookies (beginners). Instruments include: 4 flutes, 5 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 baritones, 2 tubas , 4 bass drums, 3 snare drums, 1 tenor drum, 1 drum major, and 6 color guard members. On Tuesday, October 14, the Red Devil Marching Band traveled to the BYU Invitational Competition and they finished a mere two points from 3rd place.
In addition, the band just returned from a California tour in which they competed at the Lodi Grape Bowl, where they took 1st Place in their division. Band members also had a chance to perform in Disneyland while they were in California.
To most people, marching band is just playing random songs while you move around on a field, but it’s so much more than that. Mrs. Jamie Blake, the marching band instructor, said, “It’s the art of playing and moving in sync on a football field, you get stronger musically and physically.”
Camilla Dunn, bass line section leader, described it as a “cross between a fine art and a sport; like a story.”
Jacob Ridge, who plays the trumpet, said, “It’s a lot harder than you think. It takes lots of skill and is just as demanding as other sports.”
Many reasons exist to join marching band and color guard. For example, you make lots of new friends, you get some awesome experiences, you get to go on tour, and it’s very rewarding.
Alana Richings, a member of the band’s bass line, said, “The reason why I joined marching band was because it’s really fun. I would recommend it to anyone with interest in it.”
“I joined because my brother forced me to, and I’m really glad he did. Others should join because you learn how to interact with others and how to work as a team,” said Crystal Johnson, a member of color guard.
“Join! It’s the best thing in the world. You don’t only learn musically, you learn life lessons,” said Jake Empey, the drum major.
On November 13, the Lady Red Devils finished the 4A state tournament in fourth place with a win over the Judge Memorial Bulldogs, 3-1. Springville had a fantastic season losing only three games, two to the Timpview T-birds who won the state championship without losing a single match or set and one to the Sky View Bobcats who finished second in state to Timpview.
photos by Mark Spencer
On November 1 in the first round of state playoffs, the Olympus Titans scored a game-winning touchdown with 1.8 seconds left on the clock defeating the Springville Red Devils in an electrifying game 43-37.
Olympus led the game throughout, but could never quite put Springville away. On a 4-yard touchdown run by Jarom Hendricks, the Red Devils fought their way back and tied the game at 37-37 with 1:10 remaining. On a 3-yard run, Jessi Noll converted the succeeding two-point conversion.
Just when the crowd was sure the game would launch into overtime, the Olympus Titans ran their "ace flipper option" play with precision and sealed the win against the Red Devils on Springville’s home field.
photos by Howard Hutchings, SHS Staff Photographer
Springville High is welcoming Chad Shepherd to our staff, our new lead night custodian. When Chad is not working as our lead custodian, he is a part-time farmer. His favorite part about his job is helping students and staff by making SHS a safer place. The least favorite part about his job is cleaning up after the basketball games.
Chad graduated from Spanish Fork High School. He is married and has three chidlren. His hobbies consist of hunting, horseback riding, coaching basketball, and spending time with his family on vacation. He loves to play softball and occasionally basketball. The most unusual job he has ever had to do at SHS was when he had to remove a bat from the walls of a building.