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S OUTH JORDAN CITY JOURNAL

Bingham boys soccer relying on focus, teamwork By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

By Shelley Potts, Business Manager southjordanchamber.org / 801-253-5200

The South Jordan Chamber of Commerce welcomed the following new and returning members in the last month: CenturyLink 10384 River Heights Dr South Jordan, UT 84095

GT Automotive 919 W. Baxter Drive South Jordan, UT 84095

McDermott Company & Asso. 883 Baxter Dr. South Jordan, UT 84009

Tide Dry Cleaners 11514 S 4000 West, Suite 101 South Jordan, UT 84009

Chick-fil-A 11494 S District Drive South Jordan, UT 84095

Jordan River Family Medicine 1868 W 9800 South South Jordan, UT 84095

Mountain America Credit Union 753 W. South Jordan Pkwy South Jordan, UT 84095

Treasure Tower (NEW) 2569 W 9545 South South Jordan, UT 84095

Daybreak Communities (NEW) 4700 Daybreak Pkwy South Jordan, UT 84009

Jordan Valley Church 3671 Old Bingham Hwy. West Jordan, UT 84088

Mountain America Credit Union 3451 W. South Jordan Pkwy South Jordan, UT 84095

Zions Bank 1622 S Jordan Pkwy South Jordan, UT 84095

Eliza Rose Gifts (NEW) 3654 W Dusty Sky Lane South Jordan, UT 84009

Les Schwab Warehouse Center, Inc. South Valley OrthoMed (NEW) 10623 S Redwood R #101 10532 S. Redwood Road South Jordan, UT 84095 South Jordan, UT 84095

LunchBox (NEW) First Med Urgent Care 8822 S Redwood Rd, Ste E133 11463 S. District Drive, Ste 200 South Jordan, UT 84095 West Jordan, UT 84088

Zions Bank 4753 Daybreak View Pkwy South Jordan, UT 84009

The Egg & I 10555 S Redwood Rd South Jordan, UT 84095

Bingham soccer coaches, of the past and present sit at the table of honor during the team’s first banquet (Billy Swartzfager/City Journals)

UPCOMING EVENTS 2nd Annual South Jordan Economic Summit

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:45am-2:00pm, Gail Miller Conference Center at Salt Lake Community College, 9750 S 300 West in Sandy. Register and get more information at www.southjordanchamber.org/summit

First Fridays – Speed Networking

8:00am-10:00am, Miller Free Enterprise Center Showroom, 9750 S 300 West in Sandy

Let’s Do Lunch

April 11, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Egg and I in South Jordan.

Women In Business Luncheon

April 18, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm at Club 90 9065 S Monroe Street in Sandy

Thirsty Thursday Networking Event

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 4:30pm-6:30pm, The Break Sports Grill, 11274 Kestrel Rise Rd in South Jordan

Ribbon Cutting Godfather’s Pizza 10949 S. 1175 W South Jordan, UT 84095

big THANK YOU goes out to Merit Medical for hosting the event this year. Vision Dinner ACongratulations to our award winners:

Outstanding Community Hero Outstanding Chamber Partner Outstanding Large Business Brian Synan, Gordmans Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Homes Sam’s Club

Outstanding Small Business Tide Dry Cleaners

We have a new website coming in February with many added features for our members – watch for it!

T

he Bingham boys soccer team has been gearing up for the 2017 campaign since tryouts in late February. The returning players have likely been gearing up since last season’s early exit from the Utah 5A State Tournament. The 2016 Miners took first in Region 3 with a stellar 12-3-1 record. They then went on to suffer a close loss to Mountain Crest, 3-2, which went on to lose to Viewmont, the state champions, in the first round of the postseason. This season, the team looks to play just as well and hopes the results will be similar to last year’s. The team’s goals include playing at its best and competing for a state title. The players have a long season ahead of them still but have begun the process under second-year head coach Ahmed Bakrim. Bakrim has been coaching club teams for 15 years and spent time playing professionally in Morocco, so the team is learning from a person with a lot of experience and a passion for the game. The team hopes it will be able to achieve its goals through daily dedication, whether it be at practice or on the field during a game. Each of the team’s practices focus on areas of needed improvement. If the coaches see something during a game, a weakness, the following practice will address what the coaches observed. Bingham channels a lot of its energy toward playing as a team and supporting one another. The team takes part in a weekly team dinner, where all of the players get together for a meal, which is great for team camaraderie according to assistant coach Trevor Ott. “This is great for team chemistry,” Ott said. “You can’t just put the 11 most talented players on the field; they have to learn to play together.” The 2017 Bingham soccer team is led on the field by a few returning players who are expected to contribute big minutes and big plays. Corbin Lowrance, a sophomore, Nate

Devenberg, a junior, and Isaiah Cardosa, a senior, are all hard workers who support their teammates on and off of the field. They all exhibit sportsmanship and are great examples for those around them, which all falls in line with the team’s focus, according to coaches. “The message is to work as a team and support one another—teamwork and staying humble,” Bakrim said. The Miners approach each day the same way, in practice or in a game. They aren’t concerned with the opponent; players and coaches are more focused on the tasks at hand. “We don’t get caught up in who we are playing,” Bakrim said. “We just try to stay focused on how we want to play our game and do our best. Focus is a big key, as well as playing until the whistle.” The team began region play March 17 against West Jordan and will continue playing against region foes throughout April and into May. The Miners believe they have a good strategy for staying on top of their game and achieving some goals. 

This year’s soccer team at Bingham enjoys the first team banquet of the season (Billy Swartzfager/City Journals)

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