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DEDICATED LIFE of Officer Jon Richey By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Officer Jon Richey and Molly. (Unified Police Department)

Officer Jon Richey with wife Hannah Yun-Richey, their bloodhound Molly, and border collie Clara. (Hannah Yun-Richey)

n 1984 at the young age of 19, Officer Jon Richey was hired as a police officer for the West Jordan Police Department, making him the youngest officer in the state of Utah. In 1988 he helped start the K-9 program for the Salt Lake City Police Department, and served various communities throughout Salt Lake County for over 30 years. Richey passed away at home on Feb. 11, just a little over a year after surviving gunshot wounds in both legs during the same incident that took the life of Officer Doug Barney. Given the dedication Richey showed to work, as well as to family and friends, it is not surprising the auditorium of Olympus High School was filled with family, friends, colleagues and citizens on Saturday, Feb. 18 for his funeral service. “Besides his family, and being a police officer, I don’t think there was anything Jon loved more in the world than training dogs,” Sgt. Chad Reyes stated during the service. Richey was an accomplished K-9 trainer and officer, having received the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and two international police K-9 championships (Germany and Canada), to name a few. Accomplishments fitting for an officer of Richey’s dedication, as Reyes said: “(Jon) used to say you need to thin-slice everything — if you have a particular problem you have to dissect it in such fine slices that you and the dog understand how to overcome it.” Despite Reyes and Richey not being fast friends when Reyes initially became Richey’s superior, the bond they built after that initial hurdle is one Reyes said he would forever cherish. “He was a genuinely compassionate person, and cared about everyone … one of the most valuable things he taught me was to have that human perspective always,” Reyes said. In addition to Richey’s dedication to his work, he was well known for his sense of humor and love of education. As Richey’s widow, Hannah Yun-Richey,

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said, Richey earned his BA in business management while working full time, as well as attending specialized trainings through the FBI and West Point Academy. “(Jon) was so into education, and tried to learn everything he could from others. He was one of the best dog trainers in the country, but he was always willing to learn from other people … very open minded,” Yun-Richey said. For Richey, learning extended beyond classrooms into life experiences. As his youngest son Devin described during the funeral services, his father often took up hobbies from scratch, and enjoyed including his two sons in any of those hobbies they showed interest in — from tying flies, playing chess, brewing beer, or creating the perfect meatball, only to move on to something new once he had mastered what he set out to achieve. “I think more so than the activities themselves, Dad enjoyed the feeling of finding something he wasn’t good at and pushing past the limits and hesitation causing so many to shy away … earning (what) he became good at,” Devin said. When asked how Richey loved spending his time, Yun-Richey was quick to answer: “Cooking. We liked to cook different food …

his son Devin would often come around and cook and watch a movie.” Yun-Richey, a dog trainer from South Korea, first met Richey six years ago through an online K-9 forum when she was seeking recommendations in training her border collie, Clara, for search and rescue. Richey, who was the head K-9 trainer for Unified Police Department at the time, began answering Yun-Richey’s questions, and a friendship from halfway around the world blossomed. In December of 2011, Yun-Richey brought Clara for a snowy vacation to Salt Lake City and when she and Richey met in person there was a natural connection. Although their time together was short, Yun-Richey is grateful for the time they had. When asked what Richey brought to her life, Yun-Richey paused to hold back tears and said: “Love … unconditional love that he gave me, so much joy and happiness to my life.” Despite the difficulty in losing her husband, Yun-Richey expressed her gratitude in regards to the community support, with specific mention of letters she has received from citizens stating their appreciation for Richey’s commitment to service. l

Procession for Officer Jon Richey at his funeral services. K-9s howled as the casket of Richey, followed by his family, passed. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)



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irgitta Sayer has been creating art for the last 50 years, working in creative art, music, photography, painting and drawing. But in the summer of 2011, she went back to her native Sweden for a visit. She and her three sisters visited the island of Öland. There, she learned about Vedic art, something that has become a passion for her. “We were there for six days to paint together with a lot of other new beginners and artists. We were in old barns that had been made into art studios,” Sayer said. “I do Vedic art. This is what we all did on this island. The instructors don’t tell you how to paint, they only give classes about what Vedic art is all about. Acrylic paint is what is used for this kind of art.” Developed by Curt Kallman in the 1980s, Vedic art is an intuitive painting method based on the 17 principles of an ancient Indian teaching known as the Vedas. The process works through connecting with the creative process and letting the inner artist come out. Sayer said she is inspired by being out in nature or seeing another artists’ creativity. She enjoys Vedic art because it’s very relaxing since it doesn’t have to be perfect. “I mix colors, wipe off, add to it again and so on and then suddenly something shows up on the canvas, maybe like a bird I see or a flower, a face, and so on,” Sayer said. “Anybody can do Vedic art. I enjoy it.” Sayer has lived in Holladay for the past 30 years. She is currently retired and spends her time painting, composing music and doing photography. Lisa O’Bryan with the Holladay City Art Council described Sayer as a brilliant woman with artist talents that range from photography to crochet. “Using stones, nuts, leaves and other natural materials she creates one-of-a-kind art from everything she touches,” O’Bryan said. “Music is also her passion writing lyrics, composing and playing the piano, singing her songs in her angelic voice.” When talking with O’Bryan, Sayer said, “Art is a feeling everyone has inside of them; if you have feeling, you are capable of doing art.” Sayer said people should not be afraid to share their paintings so others might enjoy them as well.


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Birgitta Sayer with one of her paintings. Sayer was nominated as the Holladay Arts Council Artist of the Month. (Lisa O’Bryan/Holladay Arts Council)

“I have noticed the result of my efforts when I have done this with my art, my music and photography,” Sayer said. “It is very satisfying.” The Holladay Arts Council is always looking for more local artists to be recognized as the Artist of the Month. Residents are encouraged to nominate a local artist by filling out a nomination form at www.holladayarts.org or by contacting O’Bryan at ceobyran@aol.com. l

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ocal teen Alyssa Baer was given the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her volunteer work throughout the community. Baer, an 18-year-old senior at Olympus High School, has spent the last four years volunteering at hospitals and created a volunteer club at her school. “I took what I learned and applied it to the Be Strong group,” Baer said. The Be Strong group started out small as a group of students dedicated to being healthy and strong. It then grew into an extension group that focused on volunteering. They work with various groups in the community, including the elderly and people with disabilities. “We try to stay as close as we can to the community,” Baer said. “We try to find different groups that need help.” Baer’s love of service stemmed from her being diagnosed with scoliosis when she was in the ninth grade and having to have physical therapy. “I saw how important that work was,” Baer said. She began working as an aide in the physical therapy office. She helped mostly children who either were injured or were working through pain caused by illness such as cancer. After volunteering at a physical therapy office, she started an internship at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. “It opened up a lot of doors and I was able to branch out from there,” Baer said. “I worked with a variety of people and I learned so much.” The Prudential Spirit of Community Award honors two teens from each state with

an additional group of “distinguished finalists.” Baer was named a distinguished finalist. She will receive a medallion and will be honored not only by Prudential, but also by the Holladay City Council. “I’m really honored to get it. People have reached out have been very supportive and have shown how much they support what you do,” Baer said. “It’s been a huge learning experience and it has really opened doors.” Baer is graduating from Olympus High this year. She isn’t sure where she wants to go to college, but said it will probably be BYU where she will study public and global health. “I want to work with refugees and immigrants and help them make healthy and happy choices as they transition from their old life into their new one,” Baer said. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award program is the largest youth recognition program in the United States based exclusively on volunteer community service. Started in 1995 by the Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the program honors middle school and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national levels. The two Utah state honorees for 2017 were Kara Hughes of Bountiful and Rebekah Reno of Orem. The other Utah distinguished finalists for Utah were Jessica Cox from Fruit Heights, Emma Ebert from North Salt Lake City and Jensen Hughes from Elwood. To learn more about the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, visit https://spirit. prudential.com. l

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he Terraces at Holladay is a luxury three-story condo development to be built in the heart of Holladay Village at 2350 Phylden Dr. Condos should be move-in ready by fall 2017. “We’ve had a huge response. We did start pre-sales and are about 50 percent through the project at this point,” said Chris Ensign from Solstice Homes during a mid-March interview. Though there was some initial pushback from citizens residing in the neighborhoods around the new development, Ensign said since the start of the pre-sales they had received a great deal of positive feedback. “It’s been an amazing response; interestingly, most of the buyers are coming from the Holladay and Millcreek area,” Ensign said. Of the buyers thus far, Ensign described a good portion being current Holladay residents looking to downsize, but not wanting to leave Holladay. During a February planning commission meeting, the Terraces at Holladay development was met with neighbor concerns. They feared a lack of parking would result in visitors’ cars spilling out on the streets where they reside. John Pochnyok, from NCC Builders, attempted to address local resident concerns by explaining the plan to have an additional parking space for resident guests. Initially this was met with confusion, as residents thought the developer had only provided one parking space for condo guests. It was further clarified the space was in additional to the minimum number of spaces required by city code required for a development of this size, not a single parking space for all guests. For residents to get an example of what parking may be like, Matthew Snow, planning council chair, informed residents of the similar parking ratio at the Tara Gardens condos located directly north of Holladay City Hall. “If you want to see how density wise, or how they deal with guest parking, (Tara Gardens) would give a sense of how that is going to work, for good or bad,” Snow said.

Snow further addressed citizens’ inquiries regarding parking for those residing on Phylden. He said the concept of permit parking had come to the planning commission before, and the commission would welcome residents applying for this; however, it was not the role of the commission to make this decision for those residents. “It (works) better for the neighbors to get together, (decide) if they want permit parking, and then ask the city … and then we’ll support you 100 percent,” Snow said. During the mid-March discussion, in another effort to address concerns regarding parking overflow, Ensign said the Terrace condos added a valet/security to help with parking needs of condo residents and their guests. Another unique feature of the Terrace condos is the roof terrace patio lounge that will offer residents an outdoor place to relax and enjoy the momentous views of Mount Olympus to the east, or the Holladay Village bustle to the west. Terraces will be a gated community, which was another issue for some residents as they said during the Feb. meeting public commentary. The two properties Terrace condos will be built on do not appear to offer walkability, and having a gated development within the walkability area of Holladay Village was a disappointment for some residents. Ensign said the purpose for Terraces being a gated community was to offer security for residents, and was not intended to shut out the neighboring community. Though the aspect of being gated may have caused some contention, Ensign hopes both condo and neighboring residents enjoy the design of the development, which will include nice sidewalks and benches. “We tried to accessorize the walkability. We aren’t trying to exclude ourselves from the city, we’re trying to be part of the heart of Holladay … the people putting down reservations are very excited to be members of the community,” Ensign said. l

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lmost two decades have passed since Stephanie Carlson began working for Holladay City, initially as the deputy recorder then as the city recorder when she was promoted in 2004, giving her extensive knowledge that benefits both city employees and residents. “Her vast experience not only as a recorder, but as a recorder for our City, its an invaluable asset, I’m not sure all municipalities have this luxury,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. Carlson was working for the Utah League of Cities and Towns 17 years ago when she was approached to work for a brand new city. In that time she has worked with four mayors, which included the controversial election in 2003-04 changing the form of government. “I’ve seen a lot of changes, been through good and bad times, and watched the City grow,” Carlson said. City recorder is a position required by state law and those in the position are appointed by the city council. Though the role of a city recorder can vary depending on the city, for Carlson working for Holladay provides a variety of opportunities and challenges, in addition to maintaining city records, contracts, publications, and presiding over elections, to name just a handful of the main responsibilities Carlson carries out. In the role of city recorder, attention to detail paired with diligent commitment to understanding the inner workings of the city is essential and colleagues agree Carlson’s skills shine through. “She is very diligent in making sure the City is legal, transparent, ethical, and comprehensive, in its official and social communications with the community and compliant with rules and regulations that apply to local government… everyone is connected in some way to Stephanie,” said Paul Allred, community development director. Carlson said she really enjoys being involved in various capacities for the city. “I have had the opportunity to really be involved in what happens with the City and to learn about what each department does,” Carlson said. “I enjoy the people and relationships we have at city hall.” Carlson’s love of her work does not go unnoticed. “I love working with people that are both passionate and committed to their profession. This is true of Stephanie, and not just to her work, but to the City of Holladay, and the citizens she serves,” Dahle said. Colleagues also appreciate Carlson’s

Stephanie Carlson in her officer at Holladay City Hall. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).

willingness to tackle new projects and tasks, along with her other responsibilities. “She recently spearheaded an overhaul of the city’s website, bringing greater transparency about what the city is doing, and helping answer questions our residents may have,” said Gina Chamness, the Holladay city manager. “Stephanie is committed to the city and our community and brings that commitment to work with her everyday,” In addition to her work as city recorder, Carlson participates in several organizations including the Recorders Association, Greater Salt Lake Clerks and Recorders Association, International Institute of Municipal Clerks and the Utah Municipal Clerks Association where she held the position of treasurer before becoming president. Outside of city hall, Carlson enjoys spending time with her family. Not unlike the majority of households, finding family time can prove difficult with two daughters active in both school and outside activities. However, when schedules coincide, they enjoy riding bikes, watching movies or vacationing in San Diego. Even after almost two decades, Carlson still loves serving Holladay and is looking forward to being part of growth taking place, especially in the downtown Holladay Village area. When asked what Carlson loves about serving Holladay she answered, “I like the people I work with, we are a small group and we do a lot. The citizens, they are involved and always willing to come together for a cause.”l

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H olladay City Journal EDUCATION Creating a work of art in four hours Reading is a celebration at Driggs Elementary

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rt students from throughout the Granite School District (GSD) created works of art in under four hours. The annual Art Night Olympics Competition took place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Olympus High. Nearly 70 young artists (painters, sculptors and sketchers) participated in the timed competition. Artists participated from across eight high schools in the district. Each student was allowed to select the medium. In a span of four hours, students were instructed to “transform blank canvases and clumps of clay into works of art in the space of an afternoon,” said Ben Horsley, communications director for the district. “The time crunch means students will have to be thorough and quick in order to catch the attention of the judges — local artists and Granite art teachers,” said Steven Powell, publications specialist for GSD. The GSD website issued a press release, stating, “We have outstanding artists such as Al Rounds, who come and mentor the student artists.” Al Rounds is a Utah-native artist. He mostly paints landscapes in watercolor. His gallery is located in downtown Salt Lake City inside the World Trade Center in City Creek. Winners of the contest received cash awards. For additional photos, please visit the GSD news page online at http://www. graniteschools.org/granite-news/. The Winners from Art Night:

Best in Show (3D) Alexa Chandler, Taylorsville HS Best in Show (2D) Rachael Bos, Skyline HS Concept Art 1st – Emily Mortensen, Olympus HS 2nd – Jasmine Rhodes, Cyprus HS 3rd – Loreali Black, Cyprus HS Drawing (black and white) 1st – Emanuel Ortiz, Kearns HS 2nd – Connor Crandal, Olympus HS 3rd – Cheyenne Key, Hunter HS

70 of Granite School District’s finest artists compete in Art Night. (GSD Twitter)

Opaque Painting 1st – Christina Espinoza, Cottonwood HS 2nd – Brynleigh Rosier, Granger HS 3rd – Madi Grahm, Olympus HS Photography 1st – Vanessa Holt, Cyprus HS 2nd – Nelson Lotz, Granger HS 3rd – Julia Gaia, Olympus HS Sculpture 1st – Monique Chacon, Kearns HS 2nd – Jesus Urdaneta, Granger HS 3rd – Taylor Rauch, Hunter HS Watercolor 1st – Lilly Aiono, Kearns HS 2nd – Rowan Monson, Cyprus HS 3rd – Kassidy Burnside, Taylorsville HS Wheel Thrown Ceramics 1st – Zach Flitton, Cyprus HS 2nd – Emily Hall, Olympus HS 3rd – Jonathan Sanchez, Granger HS Working from Life 1st – Susannah Mecham, Skyline HS 2nd – Elizabeth Vanderniet, Skyline HS 3rd – Nawres Al Saud, Granger HS l

Drawing (color) 1st – Allison Sink, Olympus HS 2nd – Anthony Do, Taylorsville HS 3rd – Emily Neidman, Hunter HS Hand-Built Work 1st – Nicholas Roach, Kearns HS 2nd – Raiene Mitchell, Kearns HS 3rd – Sami Hills, Granger HS Mixed Media 1st – Malithi Gunawardena, Olympus HS 2nd – Kurt Bell, Granger HS 3rd – Kamryn Blackburn, Cottonwood HS

An artist reflects life through art. (GSD website)

Principal Michael Douglas wears bright pink socks for Crazy Sock Day. (Driggs Facebook)


hildren in schools across the country celebrated Read Across America Day on March 2. Many schools extended the recognition to a weeklong festivity. Students at Driggs Elementary celebrated from Feb. 27 to March 3 with special activities for each day. On Monday, students took pictures in a Dr. Seuss photo booth and signed a book banner. “Kids wrote the title of their favorite book and signed their name for a sweet to motivate and excite them to read more,” said Emily Burningham, the Driggs PTA president. Tuesday was Crazy Socks Day. Staff and students wore wild-patterned socks similar to the red-and-white-striped socks adorned by Dr. Seuss’s famous Cat in the Hat. The rest of the week’s activities included wearing favorite color to show individuality, a birthday party for Dr. Seuss and a books and bagels event on Friday to end the week. Burningham said cake was served for students and faculty for the birthday party. The PTA provided the cake through the Granite School District catering service. “The kids went crazy for this. It was our own little birthday party for Dr. Seuss with balloons and cake for all,” said Burningham. Parents were invited to the school on Friday morning to participate in the books and bagels event. Families read together over the special breakfast, provided by the PTA and Einstein’s Bagels. “Our principal greeted each family wearing a signature red and white Cat in the Hat top hat. We served approximately 400 at this breakfast event and it was a blast. Kids and parents enjoyed choosing from an assortment of bagel flavors and cream cheese and chose a book from a mobile book cart from our school library. It was packed with people and fun in our multipurpose room,” said Burningham. In 1998, the National Education Association (NEA) held its first Read Across America Day on the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. The NEA website states, “Dr. Seuss’s skill with rhyme and whimsical use of nonsense

Sixth-grade students get festive with Cat in the Hat. Back row (L-R): Ryan G., Josh C., Jonathan H., Jackson V., Evan P. Front row (L-R): Will C., Will R. (Emily Burningham/Driggs PTA)

makes his beloved books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful readers. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is fun and important.” At Driggs, teachers read Dr. Seuss’s books in class. Students also learned about his life and played word and trivia games in remembrance of the author. Cindy Long, senior writer/media specialist for the NEA, issued a press release for the NEA’s 20th anniversary. In it, she wrote, “March 2 marks the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America, the nation’s largest reading celebration, with more than 45 million students, parents, educators and others participating every year.” At the national level, LeVar Burton, host of the PBS Reading Rainbow program, spoke at an NEA roundtable about including more diverse literature in schools. Utah Education Association sponsored a special Read Across America Day celebration at the Utah State Capitol on Friday, March 3. They invited families to attend, meet with Cat in the Hat and Curious George, watch a magic show, listen to guest readers, make crafts and tour the capitol. They also provided a free school lunch. Reflecting on the week, Burningham said, “Our students enjoy this week and look forward to having a blast while celebrating reading along with the remarkable Dr. Seuss, whose books make us want to read them over and over no matter our age.” PTA co-presidents Kevin and Ginger Vilchinsky issued this statement in the March issue of the Driggs Elementary newsletter: “Reading is the foundation for all other learning.” They continued, “We have been asked to read a minimum of 20 minutes each night with our children.” They shared the challenge this may pose for some, but invited the school community to engage in Read Across America together. l

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eDebate app design wins Best of State in Verizon’s app challenge By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com


eventh-grade students from the debate team at Olympus Junior High School entered the Verizon App Challenge in fall of 2016. In Jan. 2017, the team won Best in State for their proposed app, “eDebate.” The app surpassed 800 entries from Utah. The eDebate team members were Ben, Tate, Ryan, Benj and Madi. For winning Best of State, the team “will receive a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school and tablets for each student team member,” said Verizon spokesperson Alix Spurgeon. The contest website posted video submissions from each Best of State entry across the U.S. The description for the Olympus entry states: “eDebate takes debating to the 21st century. Your entire case, along with timers, sharing, video and virtual debate cards, is right at your fingertips. The eDebate app would allow debaters to create a digital version of debate cards.” For a month-long voting period, the public was allowed to vote for their favorite app on the contest website. Although the team did not win, eDebate acquired 220 votes. The school’s entry competed against 1800 entries nationwide. “This is the fifth year for the app challenge,” Spurgeon said. “The Fan Favorite component is a new addition to the competition. Judges chose the Best in Region and Best in the Nation winners, but allowed this new Fan Favorite category for people across the country to select a winning entry as well.” Spurgeon explained the motivation behind the app challenge. “Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, created the annual app challenge in partnership with the Technology Student Association, and in

Team members presenting issues with debate cards. (eDebate Video/ Olympus)

collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, to spark greater student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and provide hands-on learning experiences,” said Spurgeon. She continued, “As the job market shifts due to the rapid progression of technological advances, it’s clear we need to do more to spark greater student interest and proficiency in technology, and give them project-based learning opportunities.” High school students from Jordan Applied Technology Center in West Jordan were also winners in the Best of State round for their entry, “Pocket Closet.” They, too, will be awarded the same prize. The proposed app would help people with visual impairments better manage their wardrobe. During the Fan Favorite round, Pocket Closet received 971 votes in the national round.

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Schools first hear about the app challenge from Verizon in early fall. “Verizon reaches out to the advisors of previous teams to remind them that the app challenge is opening again soon. They also send the media alert to public schools to increase awareness,” Spurgeon said. “Schools also find out on the web, word of mouth, through news coverage and social media, etc.” To participate in the app challenge, teams have to submit an 800-word essay stating the problem, proposed app solution, unique qualities and features of the design. A three-minute video is also required for submission. “The Best in Nation and Fan Favorite winners will receive additional prizes for their organizations and schools and will see their app ideas come to life to become real, working smartphone apps that will be made available for download,” Spurgeon said. Verizon works with the teams and MIT App Inventor Master Trainers to develop the product. The Fan Favorite and Best in Nation team will present their completed apps at the annual Technology Student Association Conference in June in Orlando, courtesy of Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation. The apps will also be available for download at the Google Play Store. “We’ve seen thousands of students use technology and work together to create app concepts that are addressing societal issues facing their schools and communities. By providing these kids with technology, role models and exposure to STEM-related careers, we can help them to achieve a brighter future,” said Spurgeon. To view the video presentations or learn more about the annual competition, visit https://appchallenge.tsaweb.org. l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E The Holladay Chamber of Commerce hosted a Town Hall Meeting last month to discuss various ongoing and pending developments in our city. Chris Gamvroulas, with the Ivory Companies (Ivory), agreed to address The Chamber regarding progress on a proposed new plan for the old Cottonwood Mall site. As expected, his presentation dominated the event. He began with a quick review of General Growth Partners approved plan from 2008, a plan Howard Hughes Corporation inherited in Chapter 11 reorganization and subsequently scuttled. He transitioned to the realities of their current agreement. Here a few of the highlights: • Ivory does not own the property; they have an option to purchase it from Howard Hughes Corporation if they can get an approved plan through the city. • Preliminary plans anticipate about 17 acres of commercial and 40 acres of various densities of residential. Market forces may alter these estimates as the plans move through the approval process. • Changes to the current zone must be approved by our Planning Commission and City Council, both will require public hearings.

• Once a petition is received by the city, we will work with the Ivory team to gather input from our residents. These presentations would include a combination of open houses and small neighborhood meetings. Attendees were very interested to hear what Mr. Gamvroulas had to say. As you can imagine, opinions were all over the board. As the process proceeds, I’m confident our residents will receive their proposals with an open mind. I’m sure you are all aware of the current downward trend in the brick and mortar retail market. The Internet continues to revolutionize the way we consume and how we live. This trend will certainly continue. It’s up to us to anticipate these changes and work together to develop a concept that is appropriate for the site, but also works for the developer. It will require vision and compromise on the part of both parties. Varying opinions notwithstanding, the majority of residents in attendance were thankful for an opportunity to consider and debate a new plan for this valuable asset in our community. Not least among them--Me! We are excited to finally work with a local developer on this new vision. –Rob Dahle, Mayor


Spring Lane Elementary – 5315 S. 1700 E. Thursday, April 20, 2017 • 6:00 pm The City Council is bringing their meeting to citizens. We encourage you to come out and participate. We now accept Select Value and University of Utah insurance plans!

Spring Cleaning and Potential Hazards By David Chisholm, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Do you know what the potential hazards are in your home, your yard, your neighborhood or city? Since we all should be taking part in the annual Great Utah Shake Out on Thursday, April 20, at 10:15 a.m. to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON, this is a great time to make changes that will make your home a safer place to live and prevent injuries. Look for items that may fall, like pictures, wall hanging and shelves with objects. Are there ways to make them more secure? Is there furniture that may fall over when children climb on it? Many items can be secured to the wall with straps that will prevent them from tipping over and make them safer around children. Has your water heater been secured to the wall? Do you have a flexible gas feed line to prevent it from leaking if it receives a little shake? Are there chemicals in your home that children can reach? In the yard and neighborhood, identify where overhead power lines are located. The lines may come down with a heavy snow or strong wind storm. A downed power line may look dead; however, the chances are it is not, so stay away from it. Are there trees that may need trimming? Waterways are always a potential danger to young children and even to our homes. We should make sure that all waterways, whether wet or dry, are kept clean. Clogged grates and culverts should be kept clear of debris and ditches should have all potential damming material removed. We never know when water may come through and flood our homes. These are just a few of the potential hazards that we may be living with. Salt Lake County and the City of Holladay go through a process every few years to identify potential hazards and find ways to mitigate them. This would be a good time for each family to do the same thing and if the hazard is beyond your control, notify the City.

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Flood Prevention in Holladay Streams and Canals By Shay Smith, City Engineer The City of Holladay has been blessed with an extensive network of canals and streams. These facilities play an important storm water drainage role for Holladay. Some of our more significant waterways include Big Cottonwood Creek, Upper Canal, Jordan and Salt Lake City Canal, Spring Creek, and the Huegh’s Canyon drainage system. FLOOD PREVENTION is always a serious concern for the city and our residents, especially as we approach the snow-melt season. Holladay, Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City staff work hard to insure that potential flooding issues are addressed. None-the-less, flooding problems can and occasionally do happen. The support and involvement of our residents can be critical in identifying and preventing flooding problems before they occur. Below are three things that you can do to help in the prevention of flooding: Firstly, the city and county staffs, while diligent, are limited in number. Often our residents see potential flooding problems that might otherwise be missed. If you have question, concerns, or are experiencing flooding, we encourage you to call the appropriate entity. If you are unsure who that may be, please feel free to call the City of Holladay. City of Holladay: 801-272-9450 After Hours (Tosh Kano: 801-244-6103 Salt Lake City Canals: 801-483-6769 Salt Lake County Flood Control: 801-562-6418 After Hours: 385-468-6101

Secondly, please do not dump debris (limbs, garbage, grass clippings, etc.) in the waterways. It is not only against the law, but it is also costly to the taxpayer. We also ask that property owners also be aware of debris and stored materials accumulating along stream and canal banks. In the past this problem has resulted in serious flood damage to residents in Holladay as materials and debris within the waterways collect and have potential to plug trash grates and other drainage facilities. Thirdly, know when a permit is needed. The City of Holladay requires a permit to encroach on or modify any creeks or canals. Encroachments could include small structures, fences, or modifications to the banks. The protected area for perennial streams such as Big Cottonwood Creek and Spring Creek is 100 feet. For canals, it is 30 feet. Also, please note that irrigators have a prescriptive right to convey irrigation water through historic ditches. Even though a ditch may run through your property, a permit (along with irrigator approval) is required prior to modifying the ditch. The purpose of this permitting process is not only to prevent potential flooding, but also to protect these valuable community resources. We appreciate the help and involvement of our residents in the protection of our waterways and in flood prevention efforts in the Holladay.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS District Five | Wednesday, April 12 • 7:00 pm District Three | Thursday, April 27 • 6:30 pm Big Cottonwood Room Council Chambers Please join Council Member Mark Stewart – District 5, City Manager and staff for an update on issues affecting the city and your area and to ask any questions you may have.

Please join Council Member Pat Pignanelli – District 3, City Manager and staff for an update on issues affecting the city and your area and to ask any questions you may have.


Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 ppignanelli@cityofholladay.com 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

Candidates Needed For Boards, Commissions & Other Positions The City of Holladay regularly needs the talent of its residents to play important roles within City government. If you have interest in serving on the Planning Commission, Design Review Board or as an Appeals Officer contact your Council representative, Community Development Director or City Recorder to find out more about these opportunities and express your interest.


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Household hazardous waste is anything in and around your home that is poisonous, flammable, corrosive or toxic. These include cleaning supplies, yard chemicals, pesticides, paints, fuels, batteries, oil, and antifreeze. You may also bring your electronic waste (computers, tv’s..)

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The Annual Area Cleanup program begins soon. Holladay residents can expect to see Area Cleanup containers at the beginning of May. Residents will receive a postcard in the mail identifying the exact date that the containers will be in their neighborhoods. Residents can also use WFWRD’s Address Lookup Tool at https://slco.org/wfw/ to find their specific scheduled date. Additional information about the program can be found on WFWRD’s website at http://wasatchfrontwaste.org/area-cleanup. Containers are Dropped Off: Containers will be dropped off in your neighborhood sometime between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and will be picked up the following day between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. DO NOT park within 40 feet of the containers - please avoid parking on the street while containers are in place. The following items are allowed in the container: • Bulk household waste: chairs, couches, etc. • Appliances: refrigerators and freezers must be tagged by a professional showing Freon has been removed. • Yard waste: please call our office at (385) 468-6325 in advance to schedule pickup of yard waste piles up to 4x4x8 (about the size of a refrigerator).

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• Do not place your bulky items on the curb or street. All items must go directly to the containers. Please do not overload containers. • The containers are for residents only. No commercial or construction dumping is allowed. • Do not put tires, oil, paint, batteries, propane tanks, 50 gallon drums, or any toxic waste or materials in the containers. Call our office at (385) 468-6325 if you have any questions. Thank you.

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Fourth-graders get cookin’ for title of Future Chef By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

O Just A Reminder To Plan Your Commute Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

Highland Drive/Van Winkle Expressway Public HEaring – May 4, 2017

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a proposed Holladay Crossroads Small Area Master Plan (SAMP) for the Highland Drive/Van Winkle/6200 South area of Holladay. This plan has been recommended to the Council after numerous open houses and hearings. This SAMP addresses the future of traffic efficiency, circulation and safety, land use and economic development, design and aesthetics etc., in this area of Holladay.

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Public HEaring The 2017 Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K will take place on Saturday April 22nd beginning at 6:00am so plan your day accordingly. The race will come through the City of Holladay starting at 3900 S. and 2300 E. The route will follow 2300 E. southbound to 4600 S. then back northbound on Holladay Blvd to 4500 S. and then west through Highland Drive. At all major intersections there will be an “Intersection Traffic Officer” to facilitate cross-traffic flow whenever there are breaks in runners and safe to do so. The runners should be through Holladay by about 11:30 am. If anyone interested in creating a “Cheering and Entertainment Zone” along the route (compensated $100) contact Kira at communityslcm@gmail.com. For a detailed map of the race course go to www.saltlakecitymarathon.com or for more information call 801-810-4139

Thursday, May 4, 2017 6:00 p.m. Holladay City Hall 4580 South 2300 East

Seasonal Help Wanted The City of Holladay Parks Department is looking for motivated people to join our maintenance team for the up-coming summer season. If you enjoy the outdoors and working in the grounds maintenance field, we encourage you to apply. Applicants must be able to perform manual labor and work outdoors in spring and summer weather conditions. Work would include mowing, weeding, sweeping, trimming and other duties as directed. Positions could begin work in mid-April/ early May depending on the weather. Seasonal positions will work up to 35 hours per week from 9am -4pm, as needed, for up to five (5) months. Pay rate is $10-12 per hour. Must be 18 years or older, able to lift 50 lbs and possess the ability to communicate and learn.

Please go to www.cityofholladay.com/employment for more information and to download an application.

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n March 3, 24 fourth-grade students from throughout Granite School District filled the kitchens of the Granite Education Center (GEC) Café to compete for a chance to win the title of Sodexo Future Chef 2017. Sodexo Future Chefs is a national competition, which initially began with lunch managers and Sodexo chefs competing and then transitioned into kids cooking as a way to encourage healthy habits by incorporating the popular societal response to becoming a chef. “There was such a movement in society where people wanted to become chefs, and it was a career path choice … seems to bring out a lot of fun for the kids,” said Jeff Gratton, Sodexo executive chef for Granite School District. Granite School District contracts with Sodexo to manage the food program that feeds 66,000 students, according to Rich Prall, director of food services with Granite School District. For the Future Chef 2017 competition, more than 200 students submitted recipes based on the requirement of making comfort food healthy. From those 200 recipe submissions, 24 students were chosen to compete and were judged on the following criteria: healthy attribution, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, originality and taste with a winner in each category. The first-place winner will go on to compete in the regional championship, with the regional winner moving on to the national championship. In 2016, Elk Run Elementary student Madysun Christensen was the Sodexo Future Chef national winner with her ‘boil-in-a-bag omelet’ for the healthy breakfast challenge. When asked what Madysun most enjoyed about being a past winner, she responded, “Meeting all the good people that work here.”

Mara Keller makes her dish, “Grandma Elsie’s Stuffed Bell Peppers.” (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

The kitchens at GEC Café were a flurry of activity as each student prepped their meals and guided their sous chefs — cafeteria managers of their school, or Granite Technical Institute Culinary students for the competitors whose school cafeteria manager could not compete. Many future chefs prepared family recipes they had improved upon. “This is like my great-grandma’s recipe. My mom made it a lot when I was little,” said Mara Keller from Morningside. Mara named her dish “Grandma Elsie’s Stuffed Bell Peppers. When asked what she enjoyed most about cooking, Mara said, “(I) love doing this myself, and all the good smells.” Competitors and their sous chefs were required to prepare 50 samples of their dish, as well as a presentation plate for the three

judges to critique. Once the judges finished their critiques, families were allowed in for tasting. For some student chefs, the reaction of tasters was as much fun as cooking their dish, as Connor Campbell of Elk Run Elementary said of his “Swiss Chicken and Rice.” “My favorite part was when the judges came around; they were nice and liked my food.” When judging and tasting was complete, competitors and their family filled the announcement room, eager to hear the winners be announced. Toby Fairbanks of Oakwood was given the award of healthy attributes for his “Ninja Turtle Power Juice.” Mara Keller of Morningside was awarded the category of kid appeal for her great-grandma’s stuffed bell peppers. Kenzie Sheppick of Academy Park earned the award for ease of preparation for her jalapeño nachos. Janet Crane of Whittier was awarded best plate presentation for her apple pie rolls. Conner Campbell of Elk Run took the award for originality for his Swiss chicken and rice. Madelinn Peterson of Oakridge won the award for taste for her ground-turkey shepherd’s pie. The first-place title went to Rachel Adair of Monroe for her family recipe she named “Rachel’s Fantastic Mole Chili,” a dish that started as one of her favorite dinners her mother made. “It is her favorite meal, so she learned how to cook it on her own and took it over,” said Jeannie Adair, Rachel’s mother. Rachel beamed with pride as she accepted the first-place trophy. She will now cook in the regionals for a chance to enter the national competition. l


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By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


Head coach Madison White gives instruction to a batter during a game. (Travis Barton/City Journals

Marchant said. White said when the season starts, the onus is more on the coaching staff to create that energetic atmosphere, but “after a few games, they just kind of take over” and the coaches “sit back.” If that excitement elevates its play, the Titans could very well achieve its other goal of reaching the state tournament. Olympus qualified as the fourth seed from Region 6 a year ago. White — in her fourth year leading the program — said if the team reaches the playoffs, pitching and timely hitting will carry them. Marchant will lead from the mound having been an integral part of the rotation as a freshman. “She’s a beast,” White said of the star

sophomore. “She’s one of the reasons we do so well is we’ve got a good pitcher on the mound.” It’s her “perfect pitcher mentality” that separates her from the pack. “She never gets too overly excited or if someone hits a home run off of her, she doesn’t get flustered. She’s always the same and it makes her such a good pitcher because no one can really read her,” White said. Marchant, who started playing T-ball at 5 years old and hasn’t stopped playing since, said her demeanor can affect her team just as much as the opposing dugout. “I just know that the batters on the other team notice when the pitcher gets rattled and

I know that it’s my job as a pitcher to just stay calm and keep the team going,” she said. Marchant can also lead from the plate — she stroked a two-run homer against Payson. But to drive in runs, the Titans need base runners and that’s what lead-off hitter Maddy Ellis provides. “She gets on (base) almost every time and if you get runners on you score. She’s a great hitter, great asset to us for sure,” White said. Ellis, a senior, said she looks for a pitch to hit with the team in mind. “(It’s) just something that will benefit the team and a good way is getting on base so they can hit me in,” she said. For White, a former Bountiful Brave and Salt Lake Community College player, getting into coaching has been one of the best decisions she’s made. Her dad has been a coach her whole life and she decided to test the waters. “Did it one year and just fell in love with it, keeps me around the game. You get to teach the sport to a bunch of girls who have never played. I love this so much so now I’m going to teach you to love it,” she said. Marchant and Ellis both said they love playing for her and the rest of the coaching staff. “(Coach White) can see what we need to get better at and encourages us. She just really knows the game and gets us to our potential,” Marchant said. l


ric Morgan was the head baseball coach at Park City in July when he found out the same position was available at his high school alma mater — Skyline High School. “Right when it opened up I was (like), ‘that’s mine,’” said the 2005 graduate. Morgan took the reins of the baseball program at Skyline as head coach this season. For Morgan, who grew up in Holladay with Wasatch Jr. High basically his “backyard,” it’s been a sweet homecoming. “Yeah, I feel like just growing up here my whole life, I had brothers here, sisters, cousins and just kind of that whole pride thing of being an Eagle and wanting success for the program,” Morgan said of the significance of coaching his hometown team. It will be his third stint at Skyline — first as a player and then as an assistant coach in 2015 — after having served as head coach at Park City and a volunteer assistant at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas where he played in college.

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Holladay native: Morgan comes home to guide Eagle baseball

By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com very team says it wants to have fun. The Olympus Titans softball team manifests that fun during every inning of every game. Unleashing a steady stream of cheers and personal chants for teammates, there never appears to be a quiet moment from the dugout. “They teach each other those (chants),” said head coach Madison White. “I don’t know where those come from.” White said this minutes after the Titans’ walk-off victory against Payson in their home opener, during which you could see touch his ear after one loud chant. Right after the roster had been selected, the team sat down in the classroom to identify its goals for the year. At the top of the list is to “outfun” the other team. “Which kinda sounds cheesy, but we’ve been having a great time doing that,” White said. Having a goal to enjoy themselves might be just what the young and inexperienced team needs to be successful on the field. Sophomore pitcher Emma Marchant said no matter how they’re playing, the dugout’s cheers keep their spirits up. “When we get down a little bit and we hear the dugout just going crazy — that’s when we start doing a lot better. That’s what makes it fun is just cheering each other on. Not focusing on your own errors, but focusing on your teammates,”


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But his desire for coaching came long before that. “It’s just one thing that I’ve always known,” Morgan said. “I always knew that was kind of my calling in life. I wasn’t really good at anything else to be honest — math, science — I knew baseball and always knew I wanted to be a coach.” The manager blood runs in his family with Morgan’s dad coaching him from the time he could remember to his sophomore year in high school. While Morgan’s had plenty of important coaches in his life, the biggest influence may have been his college coach, Bob Penders, for whom Morgan played and coached with. “He helped me a ton; he knew the game and it was awesome spending that time with him just learning and eating it all up,” Morgan said. Coming into a team with players he already knows, Morgan

said it’s been a smooth transition. Possibly made more so by his coaching style to gain friendship and trust first. “If I have that personal relationship, they’ll listen and again if they trust me and they know that they’re in my best interests I can get on them a little bit,” he said. “If they don’t have that trust and I scream and yell at them all the time — it’ll go in one ear and out the other.” With Morgan’s age and experience, he may be the perfect person for this group. “He’s a little bit younger,” Kaelin said of his new coach. “And he played in college and stuff so he has some of the similar experiences so he can kind of relate to us, which is good cause he knows what we’re going through and the things he liked or disliked about baseball as a player as well.” Morgan’s debut season has started strong with opening weekend victories in the Tiger Classic defeating Orem 16-8 and Wasatch 7-2. With a team returning six starters and plenty of senior leadership, the crucial cog will be pitching after losing its ace to graduation last year. “That’s the key. I think we’re going to score runs, it all comes down to throwing strikes,” Morgan said. He described the current rotation as being “filled with throwers,” who will need work and experience to turn into pitchers. “Only a few of them have a lot of experience on the mound so it’s working with the pitching coach, throwing bullpens, getting comfortable with their pitches. That’s huge just being comfortable holding that ball — if it’s a fastball, change-up, curveball — they just have to be comfortable.” The most important component of the seasoned team may be the team’s leadership. With one of Morgan’s main goals being to build a family atmosphere, he decided to not have any assigned captains, instead wanting “34 leaders on the field every single day instead of three to four captains.” Kaelin said it’s a perfect way to achieve team unity. “Anyone and everyone should be a leader and should lead the team and be an example,” said the senior shortstop. Having team-wide leadership style is something Morgan has studied and considered. He has nothing against captains, but prefers this method. “In my mind being a captain is a title maybe in some minds being bigger and better than some teammates. We are all equal, fighting for the same goal,” Morgan wrote in an email. Kaelin added everyone brings different skillsets to the table with some players being more vocal while others lead by example. It is a vibe that has Morgan excited about the season. “With the senior group that we have and the role players, I feel we can do something great here,” Morgan said of his high expectations for the team. “They’re buying into what the coaches are teaching, which is awesome. I feel like if we can get better every day, we got a good shot at doing great things in state.” And though it’s his first year, that attitude is already filtering to his players. “We’re focused on winning the day-to-day stuff. If we practice better than we did yesterday then it’s a win, and if we accomplish those things then winning championships or playoff games or taking region and stuff like that will fall into place,” Kaelin said. The Eagles began region play at home to neighboring Olympus High School on March 28. l

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Skyline High School girls basketball team holds the 4A state championship trophy at Salt Lake Community College after defeating Judge Memorial in overtime 60-57. It was the Eagles’ third championship appearance in four years. (jorgiabarryphoto)


or the third time in four years, the Skyline Eagles girls basketball team returned to the 4A state championship game. But this time, they came away victorious, beating region foe Judge Memorial 60-57 in overtime. “It’s just really satisfying,” said junior Barrett Jessop, who nailed four 3-pointers in the final. “Because we talk about it all season long and where we want to be and to get there and achieve what we wanted to was great.” Despite the celebrations continuing long after the buzzer sounded, players still weren’t sure if it was a dream or not. “The dream kind of still feels unreal, like it didn’t happen,” said junior Madison Grange. Her fellow captain, senior Hannah Anderl, added it was hard to believe. “Looking back on it and looking at pictures I’m like ‘was that really us?’ It just kind of feels like it all didn’t happen, but it’s just awesome to have finally done it,” Anderl said. Head coach Lynette Schroeder said she was proud of her players and the hard work they put in. “(It’s) something that we’ve been so close to getting before and as a coach, it’s kind of just relief,” she said. In her five years as the Eagles head coach, Schroeder’s been to three championship games. “I was so happy for her cause she’s such an unbelievable coach … that she could finally do it and we could give it to her,” Anderl said. Having come close in 2014 — losing to Springville — and again in 2015 — losing

to Sky View — Schroeder said the third time proved to be charmed. Anderl experienced both of those losses as well, but gained vital experience in the process. “Getting there two years before, you see what it takes to get there and just not being able to quite reach it is so disappointing,” the two-year captain said. “We wanted to get back there again and when we did, we thought ‘we can’t lose this and have that same feeling we had before.’” Teamwork + defense = 2017 4A state champions For a team who finished second in 4A scoring 62 points a game, coaches and players identified teamwork and defense as the formula to its state championship run. Schroeder said she had five players who could score double digits any night (Anderl, Grange and junior Cameron Mooney all averaged double figures), but the biggest factor to a state championship was playing as a team. “We had so much individual talent and if it didn’t come together then we wouldn’t be in this situation. I think that they really bought into the aspect that we need to play as a team to win,” Schroeder said. This group only lost three seniors from last year’s team, allowing for a building nucleus to remain intact. “By spending time together, you’re not going to love each other at every minute — it takes a while to get used to each other — but continued on next page…

HolladayJournal .com once you do, you’re like family pretty much, you become best friends off the court, which is great,” Anderl said. Team chemistry flourished off the court with bonding experiences like a team sleepover, translating onto the court. It even helped for efficient communication on defense. “Defense is what got us to state in my eyes and what kept us going in the state tournament,” Jessop said. Coaching an offensive-minded team can be scary, Schroeder said, because teams will have poor shooting nights, “whereas a team that’s defensively minded and can make stops, if you can’t score, the other team’s still not scoring so it’s still a game.” Grange said it’s why they finished the season 23-4. “We only lost four times and teamwork and defense are the reasons why,” Grange said. Special season from the start While Schroeder begins each season believing it will be special, for this year’s version, she knew from the first game. Sky View had beaten the Eagles in their previous three outings, including the 2015 state title game. But this season was different. In the season’s opening game, Skyline dominated Sky View from start to finish to win 70-56. “We shared the ball, we played defense and I thought, ‘Wow, we have something special here,’” Schroeder said. Grange, who finished the game with 23 points, six rebounds and four steals, said it was a momentum builder that let them know what they were capable of. “This is our year to go through and succeed as best we can and that’s what we did. I’m proud of our girls,” Grange said. Personality puzzle pieces Every roster of every team carries a different dynamic of characters. The Eagles roster had the proper personality pieces to complete the championship puzzle. “They meshed so well together,” Schroeder said. Whether it was senior captain Sarah TrelaHoskins and her permanent smile (“Everyone rides off of her positivity,” Anderl said), Mooney saying what the team needed to hear — be it a joke or rebuke — Jessop’s steadiness

SPORTS at point guard, Grange’s swagger or Anderl’s calm as a leader, the Eagles had all the pieces they needed. “It’s just part of my personality; I guess I’ve never been one to freak out or be really excited about stuff,” Anderl said of her ability to remain level-headed. That plays into her basketball IQ as well. Anderl is known for her vision and court savvy, whether it’s in steals, blocks or assists. She grew up watching basketball with her dad. “I’ve just been around basketball my whole life so I got my smarts from that I guess,” she said. Grange said her self-assurance comes from putting in the time. “If you know you’ve worked on it long enough that you’re able to do it in a game then I think that’s going to build your confidence immensely,” she said. Cool heads An important component to the Eagles’ success was their poise down the stretch. Skyline drained 24 free throws in the fourth quarter of their quarterfinal victory over Alta, overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Timpview and had to withstand a furious rally from Judge Memorial to prevail in the final. Jessop said it’s because of the “trust and belief they have in each other.” It was a focus of Schroeder’s all season. “I definitely think that their poise is a reflection of our coaching staff as well. We try to be as in control of our emotions as possible. Especially when it gets down to the (playoff) games,” she said. The fifth-year head coach practices scenarios all season in what’s called “mini state tournaments” where they’re down three with 10 seconds left or up two. “When it finally came time for the state tournament this year we just kind of knew how to handle ourselves in games and pressure situations,” Anderl said. With the state tournament complete and victory theirs, Grange said it’s a year she’ll never forget. “One of the biggest things I’ll remember is holding up the trophy and cutting down the net with some of my best friends,” she said. l

The Skyline Eagles celebrate winning the 4A state championship. (jorgiabarryphoto)

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Murray-based Utah Falconz women’s football team opens season as defending champions By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


he best Utah sports team you’ve likely never heard of is about to launch its fourth season. In the previous three seasons they lost just one time, a championship game, by four points. “I’ll never forget that game,” Keeshya Cox said. “Sure, we’ve won all the rest …but that one still hurts. I never want that feeling again.” Cox is the star running back for the 31-1 Utah Falconz of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL). With league names like the Yellow Jackets, PhantomZ and Lady Crushers, IWFL teams compete coast to coast, from Maine to Montreal and Tampa Bay to Tennessee. The Murray-based Utah Falconz play their home games at Cottonwood High School. Last season Cox rushed for 1,364 yards in 12 games (113.7 ypg), guiding the Falconz to a blowout win in the 2016 IWFL World Championship in Charlotte, NC Utah beat the Minnesota Vixens 49-6. It was sweet revenge for the Utah women, whose only loss in three seasons came in the championship game the year before. The Falconz begin defense of their title April 8 in Phoenix. Their home opener is April 15 against the Sacramento Sirens. “I grew up watching football with my family and always wanted to be a part of it,” said team founder and owner Hiroko Jolley. “This is not a profit-making venture. I spend five to sometimes 10 hours a day coordinating team activities. But I

Since their creation three years ago, this Utah Falconz team has lost only one game. (Utah Falconz)

love the game, so it’s worth it.” In this pay-to-play league, each team member is charged $800 to cover uniforms, equipment, travel expenses and referees. Coaches volunteer their time. Nearly every road game involves a long bus ride, though the trek to North Carolina was by air. “These women are all former athletes and come from all walks of life,” Jolley said. “We have former rugby and soccer players, track runners, basketball and softball players, you name it.” The 52-woman Falconz roster has an 18-yearold, all the way up to a 45-year-old. “No grandmothers on the team,” Jolley said. “But lots of moms.” Cox became acquainted with the team while

playing flag football at Sugarhouse Park. The former Dixie State University basketball player was approached after the non-contact football game by Louise Bean, the Falconz quarterback. “She told me about a brand new team that was just being formed and asked me to join her at one of their tryout clinics,” Cox said. “I loved it right away. This is not a rec league. It’s very, very competitive. It’s great for former collegiate athletes because many of us need something to replace that level of competition.” In addition to her nearly 1,400 yards rushing last season, the Missouri native Cox also scored 29 touchdowns. “Sure, I love carrying the ball, but it’s even more fun for me to assist and mentor my teammates, and watch them succeed,” she said.

Another of those former college athletes is Elisa Salazar, who played softball for McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. She’s now a wide receiver and defensive back for the Falconz. “What I love about the team is the effort our coaches make to get everyone into the games,” Salazar said. “In the championship game last summer, everyone had gotten in by the second quarter. I love playing myself, but it’s also amazing to see my teammates do well.” The Falconz normally deploy a veer tripleoption offense, primarily to offset their smaller size. Air Force Academy graduate Rick Rasmussen is their head coach. “He’s amazing,” Salazar said. “He doesn’t smile a lot, but he has a big heart. When he calls us out once in a while, it’s only because he wants what’s best for us.” Something must be working. Last season the Falconz outscored their opponents 621 to 40. Utah outgained the opposition in total offensive yardage 4,299 to 962. Tickets to their April 15 home opener at Cottonwood High School are $10 for ages 11 and up, $8 for seniors and members of the military. Kids 10 and under are free. “If people come out to see one game, I think they’ll like it,” Jolley said. “Our players take it seriously and work hard.” With 31 wins and only one loss, it seems to be working. l

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