Spring break has come and gone, but the athletic events and victories of our Bulldogs launched Provo High School into the lead for many spring sports..
Recapping our spring victories will follow the exciting announcement of Phil Olsen and Kirk Chambers being appointed Co-Athletic Directors at Provo High. Coach Olsen has been the Assistant Athletic Director for the past year and a member of the faculty for over a decade. Coach Chambers is a Provo High School graduate, former college football player, and a welcome new member of Provo High’s faculty.
“We’re looking forward to having Kirk join our staff and know that he and Phil will work together to continue the great traditions of PHS athletics,” said Provo High’s astounding principal, Karen Brown.
It may have been spring break, but that didn’t stop the baseball team from sweeping the competition. They had two games vs. Springville on Monday and Tuesday, winning both. The scores of the games were 5-2 and 10-7 respectively.
Trapper Denton proved to be a key player in the first game, capable of making “the critical pitch at the right time to get outs,” according to Deseret News columnist and Provo High teacher Brian Preece.
“‘It wasn’t exactly like he was painting the corners out there,’ said Moore. ‘It seemed like he had a lot of three-ball counts, but he battled out there. He threw a strike at the right time and our dudes made the plays.’”
The second game was much like the first. Although Denton may not have spent the entire game standing on the pitcher’s mound like he had the previous day, the Bulldogs still competed like a well oiled machine. According to Brian Preece, “Provo had plenty of heroes at the plate, on the mound and defensively.”
JROTC was busy over the break as well. “Eleven JROTC cadets spent their last Saturday of spring break evading zombies and winning 2nd place in the first annual JROTC ‘Escape Challenge’ at Camp Williams in Lehi,” Sgt. Sater related.
The challenge was momentous, placing the cadets in a scenario where their helicopter crashed in a zombie infested zone. They had to use skills such as orienteering, marksmanship, and teamwork to fight off zombies and overcome obstacles throughout the five5 hour challenge.
The team performed exceptionally well. “None of our PHS cadets were infected by zombies,” said Sgt. Sater. “Although we did suffer one casualty when a cadet stepped on a simulated mine and had to be carried by stretcher for the remainder of the adventure.”
The cadets who competed are as follows: Charice Beaumont (team commander), Jennifer Cruz, Michelle Granados, Lewis Castillo, Brayan Rodriguez, Jaden Stuver, Bryson Otto, Bryson Longson, Gage Morrill, Jhonny Carrillo, and Casey Herbert.
Chase Heiner, a track all-star, went to California over the break to compete in a national track meet. Admittance to the meet alone is a great honor; all athletes who wish to compete are required to submit their best times to the event organizers. Of those athletes, the top 18 are allowed to compete in the “elite” afternoon heats, while the next 36 athletes compete earlier that morning.
“Chase took second in the 400 in the morning races and would have placed top 8 if he had run in the afternoon,” declared Miles Killian, one of Provo High’s track coaches. “Chase also finished first place in the 200 [morning race, and he] would have placed in the top 8 in the afternoon section.”
Chase went on to compete last weekend, April 25th, at the Davis Invitational. Chase shattered the state record for the 200 meter with 21.35 seconds. Chase will join the rest of the PHS track team at the BYU Invitational this weekend (May 1-2), and we can’t wait to see what our team has in store.
And finally, let’s wrap up this article with a more recent story. Naomi Soifua, a Provo High sophomore, proved herself to be a true golfing prodigy at the 4A state golf tournament.
“[She] fired a 9-under-par round of 63 at East Bay Golf Course in Provo the other day,” said Dick Harmon, a writer for the Deseret News. “She made 11 birdies during her run. It may be the lowest competitive golf score by a female high school player in Utah.”
“She’s probably the hardest-working golfer I’ve ever seen,” Brett Watson, East Bay assistant professional, stated. “She’ll hit 300 to 400 range balls in the pouring rain. I’ve seen her putting on greens six to seven hours straight. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a female hit the ball that far.”
Provo High won the tournament with each golfer performing admirably. With so many young members on their team, we can’t wait until next year.
Congratulations to all the talented athletes competing on behalf of Provo High and to the new athletic directors. Our athletic programs are just one of the ways we celebrate our students and their achievements. We look forward to the greatness yet to come!
Written by Reece Robertson