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.
Next on our list of awards, we are looking for input on our boys 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, and one of our seven finalists, Wasatch Academy boys basketball, plays as an independent so it did not play in the state tourney, but the other six all won state.
A year ago, the Pleasant Grove baseball team was our top boys team after an amazing season that led to the 5A state title.
Here are our seven finalists for this year:
Bingham basketball – Bingham closed out the season on an 18-game winning streak and was 24-2 for the season as the Miners lived up to every expectation in winning the Class 5A state championship. They lost just one game to an in-state foe, dropping the preseason Elite 8 tournament title game to a Copper Hills team they beat three times later in the year.
East football – After losing two games in the first few weeks of the season to out-of-state foes, East rolled through its in-state competition to finish at 11-2. The Leopards rolled through the 4A state tournament to earn the state title by knocking off perennial power Timpview 49-14.
Juan Diego Catholic soccer – With an 18-0 record for the season, Juan Diego won the 3A state soccer tournament to lock up its first-ever state soccer title. The Soaring Eagle outscored opponents 69-5 during an impressive championship run.
Lone Peak golf – It wasn’t as much of a runaway as in past years, but there was something special in the come-from-behind nature of the performance that earned Lone Peak its third straight 5A boys state golf championship.
Park City swimming – The Park City boys swimming team won 8-of-11 events at the 3A state swimming championships as it swept its way to the title, led by talented senior Jinwon Bailar.
Pleasant Grove wrestling – Pleasant Grove produced three individual champions at the 5A state wrestling tournament, and as usual, the Vikings had the depth to win not only the state tournament title (for the sixth straight year) but they also won the 5A Dual championship.
Wasatch Academy basketball – Playing an independent schedule that had it on the road against a national schedule for most of the season, the Wasatch Academy basketball team ran up a 28-3 record and earned an invitation to the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship tournament at the end of the season.
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 boys sports team of this past school year.