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Identifying the Utah high school girls team of the year

The end of the school year brings a time to look back at the top high school sports stories and participants of the past nine months, and for us at Preps Utah, it is time to focus on selecting the top athletes, coaches and teams of the year, among other things.

We have ranked the top performers in these areas ourselves, but we also want to hear the voice of the people who follow high school sports all year long. It’s not an exact science, but about 50 percent of our weighted results will come from our rankings, and about 50 percent will come from the input we receive from those who participate in our online voting process.

Alandra McDowell and Joelle Hess of Park City celebrate finishing 1-2 in the 200-yard individual medley. (Photo by Ari Davis)

Park City girls swimming was the 2014-2015 girls team of the year. (Photo by Ari Davis)

Next on our list of awards, we are looking for input on our girls sports team of the year. We have narrowed our season-long watch list down to seven finalists, though you may also feel free to write someone in if you think we have missed the boat entirely.

We are looking for the team whose performance was most impressive. Does that mean it has to be a team that won a state championship? Not necessarily, but each of our seven finalists did just that and it certainly adds to the resume.

A year ago, the Park City girls swimming was our top girls team after thoroughly dominating the 3A state championships.

Here are our seven finalists for this year:

Bear River softball – Bear River’s 24-3 season ended with a 5-0 run through the 3A state tournament and an impressive state championship sweep of a very talented Juab team.

Davis soccer – Hard to argue with an undefeated state championship team that also earned the Darts a national championship designation from USA Today. Davis finished the season with a 20-0 record and in the process it outscored the competition 109-8.

Desert Hills golf – After graduating its top player from the past few years a year ago, Desert Hills did not miss a beat, winning its seventh straight 3A girls golf title by six points in the Stableford scoring system after trailing Park City heading into Day 2.

Layton basketball – The Lancers closed out a perfect 25-0 season with a 5A state championship victory over Sky View, but in order to get to that title game, Layton had to knock off previously unbeaten Copper Hills in a semifinal that went to overtime.tosh2 instoryad 012616

Lone Peak golf – The Knights ended a run of years in which they came up short at the state tournament with an impressive team win to claim the 5A title. Lone Peak placed four players between fifth and 10th place to knock off girls golf powers Bingham and Davis.

Morgan volleyball – Don’t look at Morgan’s volleyball team as a 3A team, even though its 32-0 record delivered the 3A state title. The Trojans non-region schedule included wins over many of the state’s top-ranked teams of any classification, including 5A state champion Lehi.

Spanish Fork softball – For the second consecutive season, Spanish Fork claimed the 4A state softball championship to close out a 30-3 season. When you consider that this team plays in the same region as the team it has faced in both state finales, it is equally impressive that the Lady Dons ran the table in Region 8 play.

 

Seven great choices that we have attempted to rank on our end. Vote in the poll below and let us know which one you would pick as the top girls sports team of this past school year.

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