Springville’s undefeated Red Devils made their goal—to play at Rice Eccles stadium supported by bus loads of SHS students, faculty, staff, and fans. In an exciting race to the 4A state football championship, Springville knew getting past East wouldn’t be easy.
The Red Devils played with high-risk and high-intensity. In the first half, Springville opted to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal twice in the red zone and came away with zero points both times, which resulted in a halftime score of 14-0, in favor of East.
In the second half of the game, East scored 28 points. East had about a dozen big plays--four of which ended in touchdowns.
Springville was led by Devyn Tate, who rushed the ball nine times for 89 yards and Payton Kelepolo, who rushed for both of the Red Devils' touchdowns. Kelepolo, the junior running back, scored the Red Devils’ only other touchdown with 59 seconds left in the game--a 3-yard run.
East’s quarterback Jonnie Lang, danced around and through Springville's defense to rack up 280 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 rushes. He was also 3 of 5 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown.
photos by Mark Spencer
All week, Springville High students, faculty, and staff are celebrating and recognizing our Veterans. FFA club and Student Government have organized activities for the week starting with a poem contest won by Sarah Emmett. Tuesday morning the FFA club and student government hosted a Veteran’s breakfast and assembly “Honoring All Who Served.” SHS Marching Band performed at the assembly, including a moment of silence with a “Taps” solo. Aspen Lamber, Bailey Bird, and Elise Willmore wrote and performed an original Veterans Day song.
All week students can write thank you notes to Veterans which will be part of a “Flag of Remembrance.” On Friday students will have the opportunity to assemble care packages for soldiers.
On Friday, October 6, Springville High’s varsity football team took on Murray High in the state 4A quarterfinals. The game ended in defeat for Murray when they weren’t able to score a single point, ending in Springville shutting out Murray, 35-0. Springville advances to the semifinals. Springville kept their unchanged record and are still undefeated.
After a slow start, the Red Devils exploded for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a commanding lead, and didn't look back en route to the victory over Murray. Devyn Tate ran for a 70-yard TD, and Brennen Rymer contributed a pick 6 in the win.
Next week Springville will travel to Rice Eccles stadium to play East High’s football team in the state semifinal matchup. Springville (11-0) is paired with East (9-2), in the class 4A semifinals this Thursday, November 12. The question on everyone’s mind is will they come out on top.
On Thursday, October 1, Springville High’s Lady Red Devil varsity volleyball team hosted local rival Maple Mountain Golden Eagles ending in a Red Devil victory, 3-1.
Amanda Schultz had 17 kills and 14 digs while Cassidy Bowers added 19 digs as Springville knocked off Maple Mountain in four sets. Courtney Mackay also contributed 36 assists while Carmen Payne had 13 digs for the home team.
The cross country team traveled to Spanish Fork to participate in the first annual UIAAA (Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Invitational on September 18. The Lady Red Devils cross country team took second place, first in the 4A state division and region being led by Junior Julie Sumsion. The Red Devil boys team ended up winning the meet led by Freshman sensation Grant Gardner. This is the first time that the boys have won a meet in a long time and same goes for the girls. The team had eight individual medalists; at least one top finisher per race.
The Medalists are as follows:
JV Frosh/Soph (Boys)
Adam Krieger (Fr) 5th
Devin Pancake (So) 6th
JV Frosh/Soph (Girls)
Natalya Love (Fr) 6th
JV Jr/Sr (Boys)
Kaden Nissen (Jr) 10th
JV Jr/Sr (Girls)
Megan Skinner (Jr) 2nd
Julie Sumsion (Jr) 2nd
Grant Gardner (Fr) 2nd
Haden Penrod (Jr) 11th
The team has done exceptionally well this season and they are now ranked 1st in the region for boys and girls. The athletes are having fun and they are excited to see how the rest of the season plays out for them. The team’s next meet will be at the Nebo Invitational hosted by Maple Mountain High School which is going to be one of the biggest races Springville has run in this season. This year has been a great year and this season has been one of the most successful in school history. Keep it up Red Devils!
When Mr. Lou Crandall left Springville High School at the end of the 2014-2015 school year to teach photography at Saint George’s Desert Hills High School, administration found a replacement in a young teacher from Logan, Utah. Her name is Ms. Beth Hansen and this is her first year teaching at a high school. Previously, she taught photography at Utah State University, but moved here over the summer after three years of working with college students. According to Hansen, moving was something she grew accustomed to during her childhood.
“When I was a kid, my dad was in the Air Force, so we moved a lot,” she said.
Hansen graduated from Satellite High School in Florida and then attended BYU-Idaho and Utah State University. According to Hansen, she became a teacher because she likes helping students learn in a fun way. Her most rewarding teaching experience has been helping students to find creativity and improve.
While she is only a month into her first year of teaching at SHS, the school has already left an impression on her.
“It seems like a good school,” said Hansen, “There are a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities and everyone seems pretty friendly.”
Some of her hobbies include soccer, hiking, watching movies, and, of course, photography. Her students may also be interested to learn that she is allergic to both apples and mangoes.
Mr. Spencer Eaquinto is one of our many new teachers here at Springville High. Eaquinto teaches US Studies and Honors US History, Eaquinto said. What he wants most for his classroom is to foster an academic setting to prepare students.
“My most rewarding teaching experiences include seeing growth of the students and their learning relationships,” said Eaquinto.
“The most unusual job I had was when I used to fight forest fires for three years,” said Eaquinto.
“Yes, I’m married and I have two kids,” Eaquinto said about his personal life.
He also loves doing anything outdoors like gardening and hiking; just anything that will keep him outside. Knowing he loves outdoor activities, it’s no surprise he would be a fan of baseball.
“My favorite baseball team is the Oakland A’s, said Eaquinto.
Welcome Mr. Spencer Eaquinto to Springville High.
Dr. Everett Kelepolo is our new principal here at Springville High School. He has taught and has been a principal for the past 24 years at three different schools.
He has taught economics, accounting, marketing, physical education and weight training. His years of teaching included assignments at Lehi High and Spanish Fork High. He was also principal of Springville Jr. High. For the past eight years, he was in a supervisory position at Nebo District office. While he was with the district office, he worked in athletics and student services.
Kelepolo commented on what his focus will be as our new school principal.
Kelepolo said, “Our main focus is on student learning.”
He said that preparing students for college is also an emphasis.
Kelepolo reflected on his observations of Springville High in regard to academics and school spirit.
“We are working on the vision to have the discipline of West Point, the academic rigors of Harvard, and the fun of Disneyland,” said Kelepolo.
Kelepolo said that his most rewarding experience while being a principal and teaching is the interaction he has with the students.
Kelepolo also coached many sports during his 24 years of teaching. He has coached football, wrestling, and track at both Lehi and Spanish Fork High.