Starting off with a bang
Paige Stevens, seen here in a 2013 file photo, scored three goals for Box Elder in blowout wins over Ben Lomond and Bear River last week. Stevens opened last year with seven goals in the Bees’ first two games.
By Sean Hales
The Box Elder High School girls’ soccer team opened their 2014 campaign with 10 goals scored in two games against Ben Lomond and Bear River last week, while not allowing a single ball inside their own net.
The Bees beat the Scots from Ogden, 10-0, on Tuesday and followed that up with a 3-0 victory over their cross-county rivals two days later.
While some might find the gaudy offensive output exciting for a successful season, coach Ryan Stevens said it was his team’s defense that was really impressive in the two games, while the offense has some work to do.
“Lizzie [Durans] has not had to do much at keeper so far,” said Stevens, while touting the defensive play of Josie Ball, Beth Davies and Lindsey McCormick. Tori Hepworth also made significant contributions in the games, but suffered a concussion against Bear River and will be out for a while.
Inexperienced football team will need to learn, adjust quickly to find success
On Monday night, Box Elder football coach Robbie Gunter probably got a good night’s sleep.
But by Tuesday, the looming start to his team’s season would begin to have effects.
“I’m excited,” Gunter said. “I’m like a kid at Christmas.”
And, perhaps like a kid at Christmas, part of the excitement is not knowing what he might get; whether or not a cherished prize is lying under the tree, or in this case, at the end of a long playoff run.
“For me every year is going to be the best year we’ve ever had,” Gunter said.
However, to produce such a year, the Bees are going to have to quickly overcome a glaring lack of varsity experience.
Eagle Mountain Golf Course club champion shoots gaudy nine-hole score to claim title
Ryan Pugsley claimed the 2014 Eagle Mountain Men’s Association Club championship for his second time with a remarkable nine-hole performance on the second day of the two-day event.
Pugsley shot an 8-under 27 on the front nine on the second day of the two-day event. Pugsley carded birdies on all but the par-four seventh.
“That’s unheard of. I’ve never seen that,” said two-time Utah state senior amateur champion, and Eagle Mountain association member, Craig Woodward, about Pugsley’s nine hole run.
Pugsley finished the 36-hole tournament with a score of 126 (64, 62), which is 16 under on the par 71 course.
“I could have been at the top of my game and not shot 16-under,” Woodward said. “He just didn’t make any mistakes.”
Puglsey, Woodward, and eventual Eagle Mountain senior champion, Rod Goodliffe, entered the second day separated by just three strokes. With a handful of others within five strokes of Pugsley, the championship trophy was still anyone’s to claim on Saturday.