Region 5 champions
The Box Elder High School boys’ swimming team claimed the Region 5 swimming title at a meet last week.
By Caitlin Moellendorf
The Box Elder High School Boys’ and Girls’ swim teams put in powerful showings at the Region 5 championship, with the boys claiming first place and the girls coming in second.
The boys won soundly over second-place Woods Cross, beating the Wildcats by more than 50 points, 151-92. The girls were in a tight race with Highland, and came up 17 points shy, 121-138.
Of the 56 members of the Box Elder Team, 23 will be attending the 4A State Championships at Brigham Young University on Feb. 12-13.
Leading the Box Elder boys was Jaron Nelson, who placed first in the 100-free with a record-setting time of :47.38. The time broke the 16-year-old record of :48.09. Nelson currently holds the fastest time in the state in the 4A ranks in the 200- and 500-free.
In the relays, Nelson, along with swimmers Travis Lott, Jensen Hunsaker and Jaden Lerohl, placed second in the 400-free relay, and the 200-medley relay team of Jacob Walters (backstroke) Paxton Isom (breaststroke), Trey Raymond (butterfly), and Noah Knight (freestyle), also took second overall.
Eric Anderson and Kate Smith each took second place in their 200-individual medley races.
The girls’ relay team of Julie Heinig, Kate Smith, Megan Martin and Abby Frost also proved very strong with a first place finish in the 400-free relay and a third-place finish in the 200-medley relay.
Journey Thomas clinched a spot at the 4A state championships by placing fourth in the 200-IM and sixth in the 100-fly.
Box Elder coach Jerry Hodgkinson said that in the past two years the girls’ team has had only two individual competitors. This year, the Bees are taking five girls. He hopes it’s something they can build on as none of the girls are seniors.
Box Elder ties up second place at 4A divisional tourney
By Sean Hales
The Box Elder High School wrestling team took a big stand in consolation bracket of the 4A Divisional tournament in Heber last week to claim second place behind the not unexpected winners and a favorite for the state title this week, Wasatch.
The Bees had nine wrestlers make it to the consolation championship round for third place, six of whom—Koy Caldwell (113), Austin Bingham (120), Jace Tilley (132), Jackson Lancaster (170), Jackson Roubidoux (182), and Riley Taylor (285)—won their matches.
The points scored in consolation were key in propelling the Bees ahead of Uintah in the tournament, despite the fact that the Utes had five wrestlers in the championship finals compared to Box Elder’s three. Box Elder bested the Utes by 45 points, 380.5-335.5. The Utes only had three wrestlers in the consolation championships, out of which they only won one.
Box Elder advanced three wrestlers to the championship finals: Garret Ricks (106), Brock Hardy (145) and Briar Bunderson (152). Ricks and Hardy were crowned as individual champions in decisive victories, while Bunderson lost a close bout, 2-1, in a tough battle with an opponent from Wasatch, Jakob Discher.
Ricks won his first two rounds by fall and earned a berth on the championship mat with a major decision over Salem Hills’ Ryan Larsen. In the championship, Ricks was just one point shy of earning a major decision against Uintah’s Randy Merkley, 8-1.
Similarly, Hardy cruised through his first two matches with wins by fall, both in the second rounds. In the semifinal he scored a technical fall over Salem Hills’ Justin Martin, 18-3. In the championship, Hardy earned a second round fall against Wasatch’s Seth Gardner.
The Bees will compete in the 4A state tournament this week, which began today, Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Utah Valley University in Orem. The tournament will continue tomorrow.
The Bees qualified 19 wrestlers for the state tournament, but will likely only take 18. Maple Mountain and Wasatch are expected to battle for the state title, while Box Elder will be one of several teams looking to claim third place.
See complete results from the 4A Divisional tournament below.