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FREE BINGHAM DEFENDS BOYS STATE VOLLEYBALL TITLE By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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he top 16 boys volleyball club teams descended on Corner Canyon High for the Utah Boys Volleyball Association state tournament May 11-12 and Bingham’s Gold 1 team took home the championship for the second year in a row.

“These boys did awesome,” assistant Glen Davis said. “Four of them have been playing together since the fifth grade and besides being great volleyball players, there’s a lot of camaraderie and team chemistry with this group.” The Miners were led by senior Parker Davis, the 2018 UBVA MVP, who recorded 87 kills – on a .639 hitting percentage – during the two-day event. “Parker, in my opinion, is the best high school player in the state,” Glen Davis said. “He can hit it from all over the court and it’s pretty hard to stop him.” Bingham had the first undefeated season in school history winning 25 matches in the regular season, all its region tournament matches and seven more at the state tournament. “These boys just love the game,” Glen Davis said. “They play year-round – in the summer on the grass and sand – and then in club before high school season again.” Senior Austin Storrs and sophomore Price Davis and junior Noah Davis, who are cousins – Glen is Noah’s dad – were also instrumental in the Miners’ success this season. “Austin’s an all-around great player,” Glen Davis said. “Price is a setter but has a very high vertical and Noah, who was our libero last year, hit really well as an outside this year and also dug some really hard balls to keep us playing.” Also on the 2018 squad

The Bingham High boys volleyball team successfully defended its Utah Boys Volleyball Association state title May 12 at Corner Canyon High School. (Photo courtesy Jill Davis)

coached by head coach JT Thomas and Glen Davis were senior Isaac Anderson, junior Noah Davis, sophomore Chris Kavapalu, freshman Brandon Malu and senior Garrett Swain. Boys volleyball has been played throughout the state the past 20 years, but the UBVA was formed just three years ago and is following the exponential growth the sport is enjoying nationwide. “Our goal was to work together to grow boys volleyball,” UBVA president Jill Davis, and Parker and Price’s mother, said. “We have been successful in bringing leadership, organization and growth to the existing boys volleyball community. We continually strive to help it be a more legitimate and formally recognized experience for the many boys here who love to play. We have seen incredible response and success since UBVA’s inception.” The sport has also been evolving into a year-round deal with a fall club season held and nine club options statewide for participants

to choose from. The numbers continue to grow each year which is also helping the high school spring season expand to more than 60 teams this season. Currently, the boys sport is not sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, but discussions with UHSAA have taken place and Jill Davis is “hopeful our local school administrators will begin to recognize the value of it as a viable athletic option for their students.” “Boys naturally take to volleyball because the game is aggressive, fast-paced and requires that everyone on the court contribute equally,” Herriman High volleyball administrator Mark Robins said. “It’s a consummate team sport. Boys pick it up very quickly and learn great skills like increased vertical, footwork and body control.” “Volleyball is just a great game,” Jill Davis said. “It is truly a team sport, truly a mental exercise, and truly a challenge to master. If you play competitively, you begin

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to appreciate many incredible technical nuances that are involved; for example, the slight angle of a hand will make or break a good pass, set, block or hit which can result in either you gaining a point or giving one away. And, of course, that all has to be decided and accomplished in a fraction of a second – sometimes while you are floating in mid-air.” Jill Davis said what lies ahead for boys volleyball in the state will be determined, in large part, to UBVA’s “ability to accommodate the current growth and interest.” “We truly hope the future sees all boys high school volleyball teams in Utah enjoying a healthy presence within their own schools – whether merely using the gyms for practices and games as a club sport or as a full-fledged sanctioned sport with total school support.” For more information on the UBVA, visit http://www.ubva.info or email ubva.info@gmail.com. l

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Putting a face on history: teenagers volunteer for senior citizens By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com The SJ Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout South Jordan. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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elsey Nevin and Kayla Leigh, along with other volunteers who help around Sagewood at Daybreak, are being honored by the retirement facility for their service efforts. “Originally, it started out that we were just coming here an hour at a time to get our service, but then we really enjoyed coming each time, so we came back again and again, even though we had our hours just because we built a relationship with the ladies,” said Leigh, a 15-year-old student at Copper Mountain Middle School. Leigh and Nevin are part of the National Junior Honor Society, a school program for sixththrough ninth-graders that requires a 3.5 GPA in honors classes as well as meeting requirements in service, meaning 10 hours per quarter. Leigh estimates they have closer to 50 hours since they started in September 2017 meeting the residents at the Thursday craft class run by Kelsey Meha the activities director. “It’s really helpful because I can have two other hands for oneon-one with other ladies,” said Meha. “I can’t get around to all of them sometimes, but also they tend to form friendships with the ladies, which is really sweet.” Nevin and Leigh said they have spent time at the community helping with painting, gluing and making candle holders and dreamcatchers. When they aren’t needed for crafting, they will often help with decorating for holidays or setting up other activities. “You’ll be having the worst day or a really hard week, and you come here, and you just forget about all the bad stuff that’s going

Kelsey Nevin and Kayla Leigh are recognized for their volunteer efforts with Sagewood residents. (Keyra Kristoffersen /City Journals)

on,” said Nevin, who also plays basketball and the piano. “These ladies are just so happy; they make you laugh and you just forget.” Leigh enjoys the feeling of serving and listening while helping the residents. “I think there’s something you get out of service,” said Leigh. “It gives you an opportunity to not think about yourself and really think about others and for you to reflect.” Nevin recalls the time her grandparents spent in assisted living and being at Sagewood brings back good memories while giving her an activity her parents are pleased about and an opportunity to hear interesting stories, learn about the changes over the last decades and gain new friends.

“Once you come, you’re family,” said Nevin. Both students have plans to continue volunteering throughout the summer and into high school because, they said, not only is it a bright spot to their week, but the stories they hear are incredible. There are stories of a now 93-yearold resident who would travel the world taking pictures and getting ideas for wedding dresses that she could recreate for friends and family members or brothers who helped transport the atomic bomb by plane to its destination before it was sent to Hiroshima, Japan. There are stories of growing up in World War II, when fathers and brothers left, and some didn’t return. “I think you don’t realize ‘oh

that’s in the history book; that’s in the past,’ but you put a face to the events,” said Leigh. “These people sacrificed so I can be here. I feel like we can learn so much about the past and about the future these ladies.” Leigh’s mother’s family were killed in concentration camps, and her grandparents live in the Netherlands. But helping at Sagewood has given her the opportunity to feel closer to them. “To hear stories like that, oh my husband fought or my brothers fought, it makes me grateful because they went and fought for people they didn’t know,” said Leigh. “I’m going to be here for you guys because you were there for my family.” l

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Bike monsters invade Daybreak

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he LiveDaybreak Community Arts Advisory Council has unveiled their latest project, a series of five “Bike Monsters” created by Fred Conlon of Sugar Post Metals. “We realized we can make it a kind of fun family interactive thing,” said Rachael Van Cleave, chair of LiveDaybreak CAAC. “We thought we could make this an activity-based art piece that people could go around the neighborhood and try to search out all of the monsters.” The LiveDaybreak CAAC was formed just over a year ago and uses a percentage of funds earmarked by the developer from the resale of commercial property to go toward art in the community. The committee was tasked with soliciting art submissions for things such as murals and sculptures and after posting a request for proposals with the Utah Arts Council, said Fred Conlon from Sugar Post Metals. Conlon started out in pottery but transitioned to metal because of his desire to have pieces made from recycled materials that could last. His first piece was a turtle from an old army helmet, then came ladybugs, spiders and army ants also from old helmets. “I thought, people put some stupid things in their garden; I want to put cool things in my garden,” said Conlon. “So, I came up with the character called ‘The Gnome Be Gone.’” His little monster characters are posed to carry gnomes above their head in the act of casting them from the garden and help control their population as well as that of the pink flamingos. Conlon is most interested in using re-

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cycled materials such as old Army helmets, drill bits, nuts, bolts and old tools, and this desire caught the idea of the arts council. “They were fun, edgy, and the recycled materials, that’s something that’s kind of a pillar of LiveDaybreak, said Van Cleave. “We do a lot of green living; all of the homes are energy efficient here, and quite a few people have solar panels. Conlon chose bicycle-riding monsters because of Daybreak’s extensive trail system, especially around the Oquirrh Lake and Founders Park where the five sculptures are located. He was able to get old bikes from Daybreak residents to take apart and include. The head of each piece measures approximately 20 to 24 inches in diameter and the sculpture’s total heights are between 4 and 8 feet tall. Conlon has a similar exhibit on a ski hill in Park City and hopes this project for Daybreak opens other opportunities, perhaps adding skateboarding, rollerblading or jogging monsters in the future. “I thought that was a neat concept because the Daybreak community was basically built on land once considered useless or uninhabitable,” said Conlon. “They had kind of a sense of whimsy and frivolity in an area that’s otherwise mysterious and stoic.” Conlon is glad that instead of simply adding a bicycle statue silhouette, they chose something a little more animated and engaging for viewers, and it took just a couple of months from acceptance to installation.

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Road to Ragnar: South Jordan team plans to bring it By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

Loleini Ta’ai, Ema Tualau, Ofa Tavake, Va Mo’unga and Trini Kinikini prepare to run their hearts out at the Utah Ragnar relay (Trini Kinikini)

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outh Jordan is home to the newest Ragnar race team, the Back Row Divas, a group of friends who started training at Vasa Fitness to lose weight and get healthy as a New Year’s resolution., Now, the group plans to take on one of the toughest races in Utah in June 2018. “I can’t even remember who came up with the idea; we were all just like ‘hey, yeah that’s on our bucket list’,” said Trini Kinikini, Daybreak resident and team captain. Kinikini used to run in college and before she was married. She recently began a healthier lifestyle with her friends who got their team name because they would always be in the back row of their fitness classes enjoying themselves and their own routines rather than following their instructor. After running the Gold Rush 5K as part of the SoJo Race Series, Kinikini felt it had gone over much easier than expected, and the team signed up for the Earth Day 10K. From there, they felt it was a natural progression to create a 12-person team for the Reebok Ragnar Wasatch Back relay. “We knew we wanted to do a 12-person race, so we started finding people who run who like to run,” said Kinikini. Some of these people were her nieces, who are runners and friends who recently began running again after a hiatus. “We have three different groups that have been running on their own, but we also do endurance together on the weekends,” said Kinikini, “We’re trying to dedicate at least two times a week for running in the morning, evening and next morning just to prepare.” They’ve also been working with Ngata Tavake, a team member’s husband who is a power lifting coach, and one of the other teammates is a nurse practitioner and has been helping with diet. The Ragnar Relay began in 2004 as an overnight 24-hour-plus relay over the 188 miles of mountains between Logan and Park City and is now the largest overnight relay race in the United States, stretching over 200 miles from

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Logan to Kamas. Each member of the team will run three legs of around 15 miles each. Since the terrain is so varied, each person’s training is individualized for going uphill or downhill as well as working on the sheer endurance for length of running time. “One of our friends actually lives down in Saratoga Springs, so she’s been running up the Y for her incline part,” said Kinikini. “We’ve been running up and down the hills to Oquirrh Mountain Temple, and some of the legs are declines, so their training is different.” Along with endurance training to complete the race, the Divas have been working hard to raise the money required to compete in the race. While the entrance fees were split 12 ways, a lot of being part of Ragnar is the logistics of running a team from Logan to Kamas. Each team must supply its own travel vans and safety equipment, in addition to hotel rooms, food and travel. Thanks to team member contacts, deals were struck for the vans, hotel rooms, headlamps and tail lights, but further costs necessitated that the team raise funds by holding a bake sale in the hopes of raising the $1,590 that the team estimated. “We decided to do a bake sale and see what we could raise to help cover the cost,” said Kinikini, “We actually got a lot the pre-orders already, which is exciting.” A friend in South Jordan offered her home as a base of operations where customers could come and pick up their baked goods on May 5. The team raised $790 at the end of the day, selling out all of the breads and cookies prepared. “I love that this started because a lot of us have lost a lot of weight at the beginning of the year,” Kinikini said. “I run, but I don’t have a fast pace; I try my best.” Kinikini also said several of the team members plan on participating in a half-marathon this summer once Ragnar is over.l

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Welcome to your summer festival guide By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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ometh summer, cometh the festivals. Each year, cities across the Salt Lake Valley hold a summer celebration to commemorate the community, city or country. They do so with parades, contests, music and fireworks. This year’s slate of festivals starts after Memorial Day and will run into fall. Here’s a chronological guide to everything on tap for summer 2018. SoJo Summerfest | May 30–June 2 South Jordan kicks off the summer spectacles with its third annual SoJo Summerfest. This replaced its traditional Country Fest two years ago. The four-day festival features events all over the city from Mulligans Golf Course (10600 South 692 West) and City Park (11000 South Redwood Road) to the public works parking lot (10996 South Redwood Road) and fitness and aquatic center (10866 South Redwood Road). Events will feature family fun activities such as the carnival, 5K race, parade, car show, superhero party or swim with local performing group, Utah Mermaids. A skateboard competition, tennis tournament, chalk art contest and multi-category Battle of the Bands are also set to take place throughout the festival. A complete list of events and times can be found at sjc.utah.gov/sojo-summerfest/. Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 1–2 Held at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), Herriman’s annual rodeo features a family night on Friday and military night on Saturday. The rodeo will also include a special needs roundup on Saturday from 3–4:30 p.m. Visit herriman.org/prca-rodeo/ for more information. Music Stroll | June 9 The seventh annual Heart and Soul Music Stroll returns to Sugar House on June 9. Dozens of local performers will share their musical talents throughout the day (last year featured 44). Free to the community, the Music Stroll has 14 different locations spread throughout a two-block radius along Filmore and Glenmore streets between 2700 South and Zenith Avenue. Thirteen performing areas are arranged on front lawns with one stage set up at Imperial Park (1560 East Atkin Avenue). Heart and Soul is a nonprofit organization based out of Salt Lake City that aims to bring the “healing power of music” to people in isolation. Performers donate their time throughout the year performing at places like senior centers, prisons or hospitals. Streets are lined not only with hundreds of people but several food trucks as well. Visit heartsoul.org/music-stroll for more information. WestFest | June 14–17 What started in the late ’70s at Granger Park with a car show, pony rides and a few food booths has blossomed into one of West Valley City’s premier events. The annual celebration, which commemorates the establishment of West Valley City and the recognition of its residents’ various backgrounds, will take place at Centennial Park (5415 West 3100 South) from June 14–17. The 2018 version will feature a WestFest Sombrero Bowl Skate Competition, the 13th annual Dutch Oven Cook-off, a 5K and 10K and

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entertainment from No limits, This is YOUR Band, Chance McKinney and Channel Z. For more information and for those interested in volunteering, visit westfest.org. Fort Herriman Towne Days | June 18–23 The city’s weeklong celebration of everything Herriman begins on Monday, June 18, with a talent show and ends on Saturday June 23 with a carnival, parade and fireworks. Each day of the week features something different such as a disc golf tournament, home run derby, K9 and trampoline shows and a foam party. All events will take place at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), J. Lynn Crane Park (5355 West Main Street) and Rosecrest Park (13850 South Rosecrest Road), where the Herriman Hyzer Disc Golf Tournament will take place. Times and events can be found at herriman. org/fort-herriman-days/. Taylorsville Dayzz | June 28–30 Located at Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West), Taylorsville Dayzz holds a full slate for its city celebration on the west side of the valley. From Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the carnival begins to Saturday’s fireworks finale at 10 p.m., the festival is nonstop with entertainment. Tributes bands Imagine (Beatles) along with the West Valley Symphony & Cannons will perform Thursday night, Desperado (Eagles) takes the stage Friday night and Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees) with the Taylorsville Orchestra will close it out on Saturday. Every show is free to the public. Saturday also includes a 5K fun run, pony rides and a car show. A full list of events and times is available at taylorsvilledayzz.com. Riverton Town Days | June 28–July 4 Riverton starts its celebration one day early this year on June 28 with its Three-Man Arena Sorting Competition and the Riverton Rodeo and runs right through to July 4 with its full slate of activities on Independence Day. July 4 will feature the 11th annual ATV Rodeo (Riverton Rodeo Grounds, 12780 South 1300 West) where races will include pole bending, barrel racing, pantyhose race, a key hole race and a hide race. Independence Day will also see Riverton Country Mile 10K, 5K and one-mile races in addition to the Tour de Riverton Bike Race. The starting lines will begin on the south side of Riverton City Park at 12800 South. Food, hay dives and a July 3 evening parade are still on the docket for this tradition since the early 1900s. For more information, visit rivertoncity.com. Western Stampede | June 30–July 4 What starts with a fun run, children’s parade, carnival and family fun night on June 30 continues with the focus of West Jordan’s summer festival — its rodeo. July 2–4 features a PRCA rodeo at the city’s rodeo arena, 8035 South 2200 West. The rodeo also features the winner of the Western Stampede Queen Contest, which was scheduled for May 12. Visit westernstampede.com for more information.

Showing off some stunts in the parade with Rad Canyon BMX of South Jordan in 2017. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Murray Fun Days | July 4 Murray City carries a full slate of activities for Independence Day. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. will be the annual parade, which begins at Fashion Place Mall (6100 South State Street) and ends at the west end of Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue). Awards are given for the following parade entry categories: special interest/antique, business/commercial, equestrian/animal and civic/ royalty/political/float. The rest of the day takes place at Murray Park. It features a community breakfast, chalk art contest, talent show, a Ducky Derby along the creek in Murray Park, a coed volleyball tournament on the softball field and ends with fireworks. For exact times and events, visit murray. utah.gov/283/Fun-Days. July 4 Parade and Festivities | July 4 South Salt Lake will continue its festival tradition at Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East) on July 4. The day begins with a 5K fun run at 8 a.m. while the parade gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and the one-day celebration rounds out with a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 Sandy holds its Independence Day Celebration on the grassy promenade between Sandy City Hall and South Towne Mall at 10000 South Centennial Parkway. The Sandy Classic 5K race begins at 7 a.m. A youth arts festival commences at 10 a.m. where children ages 4–12 can participate in face painting, craft stations and sand sculpting. At 6 p.m. the parade begins with a concert at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks to close out the night at 10 p.m. Draper Days | July 5–7, 12–14 Draper’s festival will take place over two weekends in July. Culminating in the second weekend with fireworks and concerts, Draper Days will begin with various athletic contests the first weekend including a tennis tournament, pickleball tournament and 3 v. 3 basketball tournament. Other events include Splash Dogs, horse pull, pie contest, rodeo, Draper Idol and a children’s parade. Full event schedules and information can be found at draper.ut.us. Butlerville Days | July 23–24 Cottonwood Heights continues its traditional celebration this year on Monday and Tuesday, July 23–24. Planned by volunteers, city staff and the

Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, Butlerville Days takes place at Butler Park (7500 South 2700 East). The festival expects to have games, entertainment, a carnival, parade and fireworks show. A creative craft market and pickleball tournament are recent additions to the yearly commemoration to go along with the 5K fun run. Bluffdale Old West Days | July 27–28, August 6–11 While the rodeo will take place July 27–28, the city’s official Old West Days celebration goes all week long in August. Details for events are still to come, but if last year is anything to go by then this year can expect another monster truck competition. Last year also featured a 25-mile cycling ride and ATV rodeo. Check bluffdaleoldwestdays.com later this summer for more information. Harvest Days | August 6–11 1938 marked the first Harvest Days in Midvale, according to the Midvale Historical Society. It was sponsored by the Midvale Kiwanis club. Details are still being ironed out, but the weeklong celebration of Midvale, begins August 6. The week’s events generally feature an induction into the Midvale Arts Council’s Hall of Honors, a parade and a grand festival and Midvale’s City Park (between Center Street and 7500 South, at approximately 425 West). Check midvaleharvestdays.com later this summer for more information. Blue Moon Arts Festival | August 25 Holladay rounds out the summer season with its annual Blue Moon Arts Festival. The one-day celebration is different from other cities’ week-long engagements. Holladay will have its Concerts in the Commons series running from July 14 through Aug. 25. July will also feature Jim McGee’s ambitious art project combining storytelling and large-scale charcoal portraits. “It’s an opportunity for people to model and collaborate, to be seen and heard in a unique kind of way,” McGee told the Journals in February. Culminating in a festival for music and arts, the Blue Moon Arts Festival takes place at Holladay City Hall Park (4580 South 2300 East) from 3-10 p.m. on Aug. 25. This year’s musical attractions will include Motown group Changing Lanes Experience and Gypsy jazz group Red Rock Hot Club. For more information, visit holladayarts. org. l

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City clarifies code prohibiting camping on public property

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op those tents somewhere else. The South Jordan City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that prohibits camping on public property within the city. The change comes after months of work, according to Assistant City Manager Dustin Lewis, for a change in city code that provides definitions for “camp” and “public property,” while also ensuring specific exceptions can be made. Under the previous code, code and police officers did not have “sufficient parameters” to address the situations. In Lewis’ report to the city council, code and law enforcement officers were called to investigate campsites being created on public properties in 2017. They found that these areas “were deemed to pose a threat to the health and safety of community members,” according to the report. Lewis said problems persisted with these campsites where “significant debris and hazardous materials” were left behind. They even called in the Salt Lake County Health Department on several occasions for assistance. “Lately, the demand has been so high they’ve been unavailable to help clean up some of these areas, so we want to prevent those from happening in the first place,” he told the city council at their May 1 meeting. Lewis also identified safety as a reason for the code change. It’s not only for passersby of the affected areas but also the “people that call those home.” “That (area) can be a potential target for crime or be victims of crime themselves,” he said. A “camp” is now defined as “the use of public property as a temporary or permanent dwelling, lodging, residence, living accommodation or sleeping accommodation.” It also includes storing personal belongings or laying down bedding to sleep.

Under South Jordan’s new city code, unless approved with written permission from city officials, camping on public property is prohibited. (Stock photo)

“Public property” is defined in the code as “all real property owned, leased or occupied by the city” and any “governmental entity.” It also includes any “easements on property granted to the city” such as public streets, parks, alleys, sidewalks and flood control channels. This doesn’t only apply to homeless, Lewis explained, but also nomads traveling the country looking for a place to stay for a night. Though over the previous eight to nine months, Lewis said they’ve seen an increase in the homeless population, most likely due to surrounding cities enforcing changes in their code. “They (the homeless) have recently been the ones we mostly encountered,” he said. Under the new code and based on the situation, law enforce-

ment would direct people violating to appropriate resources, whether it be the homeless or travelers passing through. City officials were careful to include exceptions in the code that allows camping with written permission from property owners. If the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park wanted to hold a Scouting jamboree, or if vendors for a city function needed to set up tents overnight, those would be allowed, according to Lewis. “We tried to think through any of the contingencies that might arise in the future,” Lewis said. Mayor Dawn Ramsey and City Attorney Ryan Loose clarified that violators would first be educated of the new city code and possibly receive an infraction or fine. Loose said it would be “like a speeding ticket.” l

Remember these safety tips during fireworks season

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ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp. 5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. 6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much.

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12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. 13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. 16. Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles. l

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Schools offer Battle of the Books program for love of reading By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com n the weeks preceding Eastlake Elementary’s Lemoncello’s Library” Battle of the Books competition, third-grader for fifth- and sixth-gradHailee Morten had read five books but was hop- ers. Battle of the Books ing to read five more before the school’s tournais a reading incentive ment, slated for May 24–25. “I like reading,” she said, adding that she program for students who have created teams typically will read Dr. Seuss books. Fifth-grader Daxton Nelson admits he is to read books and come not “really a reader,” but as a class requirement, together to demonstrate he also is on a Battle of the Books team, Daxton their abilities and to test had just finished reading “Wonder,” quite dif- their knowledge of the Student teams read these and others on the Battle of the Books lists before battling ferent from the books about NBA player Leb- books they have read. While many schools each other. (Juile Slama/City Journals) ron James he typically reads. These two students may showcase some have different ways to in a battle,” Harbaugh said. reasons why America’s Battle of the Books or- set up their own tournaments, Daybreak’s comAt Daybreak, each class set up their own ganizers promote the program in schools, as it petition was double elimination, and teams teams and asked students to read four or five motivates students who typically read one type were assigned to even- or odd-numbered ques- books each, which were available in the school of book to expand to other genres, and it also tions for the round of 18 questions. Once a team library. encourages those who aren’t readers to read couldn’t answer the question posed to them, In the tournament, 40 fifth- and sixth-grade the other team had a chance to answer and earn teams battled each other, and likewise, 38 thirdmore for the joy of it. “There are so many benefits from encour- points. and fourth-grade teams challenged each other. The battle is presented to students to an- The inaugural year’s team winners were from aging kids to branch out of genres they typically read or hopping on board to get in more read- swer the question with the title of the book Nancy Kertamus’ fourth-grade class and the ing,” said Katherine Harbaugh, who coordinat- before receiving additional points with the au- Book Slayers from Ramsay O’Connor’s sixthed Daybreak Elementary’s first Battle of the thor’s name. For example, if students could cor- grade class. The teams were going to be added Books in late March. “We’ve had some students rectly name the title “Harry’s Mad” and author to a rotating school trophy. who are gung-ho and have read so many books, of the book, “Dick King-Smith,” to the quesHarbaugh said it wasn’t just about competion, “In what book was a house burglarized tition but also enjoyment as teams bonded and they have improved two reading levels.” Daybreak chose the 20 book lists for their of its china, silver and family pet?” The team worked together. teams, which included books such as “Mr. Pop- could receive 15 points. “Every team had a name they picked out “It tests the students’ comprehension skills and had a lot of fun with that,” she said. “They per’s Penguins,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” for the third- and fourth- as well as gives them good life lesson skills created posters too. It was good to see kids grade list, and “A Wrinkle in Time,” “On the working as a team and sportsmanship — how reading for the love of it, not the drudgery, but Banks of Plum Creek” and “Escape from Mr. to be good sports if they win or lose gracefully for fun.” l

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Students find challenges at Daybreak Elementary’s math tournament By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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eventy rows of students were hunched over tests for 4.5 hours, working out answers to problems. It wasn’t a college entrance exam but rather the Daybreak Elementary’s eighth annual math tournament that attracted 325 students from 27 schools. Katherine Harbaugh, who originated Daybreak’s tournament to give students a chance to excel in math, said the competition involves solving about 25 challenging math problems on a variety of math topics. “The tournament gives higher-level math kids, who want the challenge and have the skills to perform under pressure, a chance to put their mathematics to the test,” she said. Harbaugh, who follows the Math Olympiads for elementary and middle schools’ rules, invites public and charter schools within the southeastern part of the Salt Lake Valley to send teams of five students to the tournament. “These schools send us teams — 65 this year — of five fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students,” she said. Daybreak is the only Math Olympiad tournament in Utah, Harbaugh said, so often times, schools outside the area want to participate. “We have arranged it for our geographical location so when schools outside our area want to participate, we’re restricted to our boundaries,” she said. There are several rounds in the tournament, where students perform individually for

Students from 27 area schools challenged themselves at Daybreak Elementary’s 8th annual math tournament. (Katherine Harbaugh/Daybreak Elementary)

trophies as well as with their teammates for a school plaque and individual medals. All participants received a certificate. “These kinds are taking the tests timed, so they are under pressure,” Harbaugh said. “This experience will carry them forward as they take the ACT and other exams. It’s a life skill they’re learning now.”

This year’s individual round, fifth-grader Travis Ferrin, of Early Light Academy, scored a perfect 10 for first place. Five students scored nine points, so sudden-death tie-breakers were put in place, Harbaugh said. After two tie-breakers, Alex Lords from Blackridge Elementary emerged as the sec-

ond-place winner. Herriman Elementary’s Thyse Simons was third. Jordan Ridge’s Jared Young and Isaac Smith and Blackridge’s Dawson Jepson were awarded honorable mention. In the team event, first place went to Jordan Ridge (Isaac Smith, Ben Clark, Dillan Oar, Jared Young and Devin Butterfield), edging out Riverton (Zanna Bruening, Hayden Mortensen, Alex Turley, Isaac Turley and Justin Peterson). Third place was awarded to Blackridge (Alex Lords, Luke Eslinger, Austin Mair, Sarah Stoekle and Kaydence Taylor). The tournament involves several volunteers from each school grading and re-grading students’ tests for accuracy. In addition, Harbaugh thanked Daybreak sixth-grade teacher Wendy Babcock for being the emcee, keeping students in check, and the school’s custodial staff for setting up tables and chairs as well as cleaning up after the tournament. While Harbaugh has had years of experience, this year’s tournament provided a bit of a challenge. “We were the first tournament of the year, so there were some technical glitches and last-minute scrambling to have the tests come through the security link and make copies for the students,” she said. “Putting on the tournament is a major undertaking but so worthwhile for the students to have a chance to challenge themselves in an academic pursuit.” l

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Jordan District STEM night provides interactive activities for students By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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o, the pair went about designing a way to use two 9-inch charges with liquid electrical tape to create a duo charger prototype for their school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fair. Eastlake teacher Christina Madsen said the purpose of the fair was to take an everyday problem and try to come up with a solution. “Many of our students were able to create working prototypes and use their entrepreneurial skills to solve problems they defined,” she said. “Some students took it so seriously they looked at real issues and plan to apply for patents on their projects.” While students across the area completed projects for their school STEM fair earlier this year, in hopes of then advancing to the regional science fair and beyond, Jordan School District holds its own STEM community night with activities and challenges designed to engage students of all ages without a competition. “There is a lot of interactive activities that we hope sparks students’ interest in STEM,” District STEM Curriculum Consultant Jane Harwood said about the District’s third annual event held in late April in Elk Ridge Middle School’s gymnasium. “There are drones, a hovercraft, a catapult contest and other experiments students can try out.” Fifth-grader Jaycee Best, who was with his fourth-grade brother, Kyle, had just flown the drones. “I want to be a pilot, so I wanted to try flying a drone,” Jaycee said. “We just checked out the dry ice that bubbles in our hands.” His mom, Lauren, said both her boys are fascinated with science. “This is a really amazing event,” she said. “They want to do everything. It will give them ideas for their future careers.”

At Jordan School District STEM night, a student tries out a robot as one of the interactive activities featured. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Sixth-grader Kaitlin Swank said she came to represent her school in the district catapult contest. “We had our own school catapult contest, and my partner and I were one of the winners who could compete here, only she couldn’t come,” Kaitlin said. “I’m wanting to become a mechanical engineer, so this STEM fair is really neat.” Jordan District’s middle and high school MESA (mathematics, engineering, science achievement) and STEM clubs sponsored booths as well as other local businesses, including IM Flash, Boeing, WSP USA Engineering, HawkWatch International, Ivanti and others. At Bingham High’s MESA booth, across from the hovercraft booth, senior Parker Price was conducting a reaction test with students. “I joined MESA my junior year, and one or twice each month, we’ve been doing activities that we typically wouldn’t do in class,” he said. “We’ve dissected a cow’s heart, made elephant toothpaste and even had a paper airplane contest. It’s been a lot of fun.” Price said that it’s a great way to get more involved in science, math and engineering outside of his classes, all which he sees will help him before he heads to Utah State to study engineering in the fall. Seventh-grader Melissa Oman, who had checked out the Shrinky Dinks, explained how they work. “Shrinky Dinks are plastic polymers that are made of long chains of repeating molecules,” Oman said. “The polymer used for Shrinky Dinks is stretched out when it cools. So, when it heats up in the oven, the molecules are actually being released and returned to their original size, so it appears that they are shrinking. Science has always interested me; it’s cool.” l

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Coding field trip gives girls confidence, eyes into future careers By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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lk Meadows sixth-grader Aspen Lindorff jumped at the chance to join the recently formed Girls who Code club at her school. “It’s cool to do coding,” she said. Girls who Code is a supportive club where girls can learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form basic programming languages as well as provide some service through technology that will help their community. Aspen thought of creating a learning program for her brother, who is in kindergarten. “It will help him learn his numbers, ABCs and get him reading through lessons we create,” she said. While other girls will be helping her on the project, another team of girls were planning to work on an adventure story that will have a safety element included. They all were on a field trip headed to Adobe to meet with technology leaders. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was really neat that there were leaders from several companies there who told us about careers and their paths, even that they were nerdy,” Aspen said. “They also told us to be confident and do what we like to do. They told us not to be discouraged or afraid, which is pretty cool.” The Girls who Code field trip, coordinated by the Utah STEM Action Center, had invited girls throughout the state to a conference in February that included Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, only to realize they had quickly maxed out on the 150 participants they planned for, said Tami Goetz, the Utah STEM Action Center executive director. So instead, a second set of field trips, which included substitutes for the teachers and transportation for the students, was set up April 25 for girls in the upper elementary grades. The field trip turned out to be similar to the club itself. “We want to show girls what it’s like to work together in a safe environment to teach the essentials more than word documents or slides but to get them to understand coding, software and to do projects that make our world a better place,” Elk Meadows adviser Becky Rendell said. At Adobe, female technology leaders from corporations such as Microsoft and Dell as well as college students gave messages to the girls in attendance from across the state as well as those from Elk Meadows, Welby and Daybreak elementaries in South Jordan. Jordan Ridge girls attended the afternoon session. It was Bayan’s CEO, Carine Clark, who lead the panel and discussion for the girls after a roaring cheer of “Girl Power” from about 300 girls. “Girls are super smart, but culturally, girls who are super smart aren’t cool, and that is a mistake,” Clark told the girls. “We all don’t have to be coders, but we can be problem-solvers, and that is what is needed in the STEM world. We’re smart, so we should be looking

Elk Meadows Girls who Code club attended a conference at Adobe. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

at opportunities in the STEM careers for better paying jobs. Money doesn’t solve problems, but it does give options.” Clark told the girls her story. “I was nothing special,” she said. “I was super nerdy, shy, had short hair and ate lunch by myself. I didn’t have the courage to talk to others. I didn’t have friends, but I knew how to code — and coding taught me how to think differently and solve problems. We all should learn how to code. It doesn’t mean we all will be coders. I cook; I drive; and I’m not a chef or a driver. It’s just a skill like many that will help you. Look at me now. I’m a CEO, no longer that girl who doesn’t have friends. You are confident, bright, capable and strong already — plus you’re digital natives.” Through a panel discussion, girls, such as Elk Meadow’s Aliyah Hunting, Ella Cowley and Sonny Linnebach learned the importance of math in coding, to overcome being afraid of making mistakes, to accept their interest in the technology field, to help others learn, and to believe in themselves. “I feel I will be a lot more confident in what I’m doing now,” Aliyah said. Her classmate, Sonny, added, “And I’ll keep trying again and again, if I don’t get it the first time.” Clark said believing in themselves was an important message for girls to understand. “Don’t let others make you feel bad, but stand up for yourself in what you want to do,” Clark said. “My mom wanted me to be a hairdresser. I wanted Legos for Christmas, and instead, I got a hairdryer, curling iron and wig. When I became successful, I was still told, ‘You can still learn to do a wash and set if you want to.’ She didn’t accept this is the career I wanted, but I did what I loved.” Elk Meadows sixth-grader Kailey Bevans said that learning stories of women in the career

made it “more real.” Her classmate, Teagan West, added: “These strong, amazing women are telling us we can do anything boys can do and can do it even better than them.” Goetz said that she hoped the several speakers helped to break the barrier for girls who may fear math and science or won’t excel because it’s “not cool. But coding is exciting and cool, and this was designed to help break those barriers in young girls because they are the pulse of what is going to happen.” Rendell also hopes this will help to break the stereotype where math and science is a boys’ world. “They told the girls that they can do anything and it’s their time,” she said. “Historically, girls wait their turn, while boys jump in or speak up. We want to give these opportunities to girls.” Elk Meadows’ sixth-grader Rylee Russell said she leaned there are more opportunities in coding than she realized before. “I think it’s something I’d enjoy doing as a job, because I enjoy learning, building things and helping people,” she said. At Daybreak, teacher Diane Holland came with members of her newly formed Girls who Code club. “I liked that they promoted the girls and gave them advice and role models,” she said. “It’s a great message.” Welby teachers Haley McCall and Rani Li, who also advise the school’s First Lego League robotics teams and coding club, said that this event was the kickoff for their Girls who Code club. “This gives our girls the confidence that they can code,” Li said. “It’s in everything they do, so it will be in their future in some manner.” l

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Money bubbles up for Hawthorn fundraiser

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dding even more fun to its Fun Run on April 20, Hawthorn Academy flooded the field with bubbles. Five automatic bubble machines spewed bubbles at families as they took the first turn of the track. Both the South Jordan and West Jordan campuses participated in the fundraiser, which collected $16,000 for the two schools and 17 units of lifesaving blood for the Red Cross. “I think it was very successful—we made money, had fun and enjoyed family time together,” said event coordinator Stephanie Dykstra. “Mostly, it’s about getting out in the community, doing things and getting active.” In addition to the Fun Run and blood drive, the fundraiser hosted a silent auction and food trucks. Participants even received a souvenir shirt. A $15 donation covered the cost of registration and an event T-shirt. For each lap the runners completed, their shirts were stamped with a splash of color. “It’s fun they get a different color of star stamp for each lap,” said Amy Lifferth, parent of a fourth- and a sixth-grader. “It makes it a fun memory.” The stamped shirt became a unique keepsake of the event, one that students can wear on designated dress-down days. Dykstra, who has run the fundraiser for nine years, said the activities were aimed at younger students since, between the two loca-

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Families can’t resist running through the bubbles during the Fun Run. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

tions, there are two elementary schools and one middle school. There was a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals, karate and dance demonstrations, and plenty of prizes. The focus for older students and parents was on healthy lifestyles. They perused vendor booths for crafts, martial arts instruction, poison control, Winder Dairy, First Med Urgent Care, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy, Bik-

ers Against Child Abuse and more. “I like the focus on the healthy living and getting the kids active,” said Lifferth. Volunteers on the school’s Health and Wellness Committee planned the event. They solicited donations from the community, corporate sponsors, family businesses, academy employees and families. “We just reached out to them, and the community is so generous,” said Yvonne Ruiz-Diaz, president of the parent organization at the South Jordan campus and co-coordinator of the event. Community businesses provided items for the prize wheel, raffle and silent auction. The silent auction brought in $2,800. Families bid on high-value gift baskets that included a Park City hotel stay, family memberships to the Loveland Living Aquarium, Natural History Museum passes, tickets to Deer Valley Music Festival, Real Salt Lake soccer games, Hale Center Theater and Desert Star Theater. Other themed baskets included products from Home Depot, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef and ilovekickboxing.com. Shaunae Behunin, counselor at the South Jordan campus, bid on several baskets. She hoped to get theater tickets and to take home the most popular basket—Southwest Airlines tickets. Student donations and Fun Run registrations totaled more than half of the proceeds. Students were encouraged to earn the money

themselves. The committee created a calendar with daily suggestions: fold laundry, pull weeds, help neighbors or just appeal to grandma for cash. “I just had her do little odd jobs to earn the money,” said Marianne Anderson, grandma of a first-grader. Linda Lundgren asked her kids—a kindergartener, fourth-grader and seventh-grader—to clean the house to earn their donations. Marina Limbaugh’s 8-year-old asked if she could earn money for getting up in the morning without whining. The promise of a tablet for the top-earner was a huge incentive for students to collect money. “We had talked about if someone earned over $300, they would get a special prize,” said Dykstra. “Somehow, when they were announcing it in the classes, the word ‘tablet’ was thrown in.” Limbaugh, who serves on the wellness committee, was so impressed when a first-grader collected $510, she donated the tablet herself. All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to the two campuses. “Our donations to the school almost always go toward technology items, such as tablets and computer labs for the students,” said Dykstra.l

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Miners snag third seed in Region 4 boys soccer race By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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n a region as fiercely competitive as Region 4, qualifying for the Class 6A boys soccer state tournament is no easy feat. Thanks largely to some late-season success, Bingham picked up third place in the league standings, comfortably making into the playoffs. The Miners got off to a slow start during region play, losing their first three games. However, the team regrouped and went 4-2-2 the rest of the way. Bingham finished with a 5-4-3 mark, well ahead of fourth-place American Fork and just two points behind second-place Westlake. Head coach Leo Gonzalez said his team had loftier aspirations this season, but he was still pleased with the effort he saw on the field, especially toward the end of the season. “Our goal was to secure one of the top two spots in our region,” he said. “Even though we fell short of our goal, we feel that as the season went on, our team performed more consistent and made important improvements in all areas. A few adjustments have taken place by having new coaches and losing seniors last season. Overall, we are pleased with the improvements made by our team half way through the season up to the last game.” Bingham’s turnaround didn’t happen by chance. Gonzalez said his players had to learn to deal with adversity and make in-game tactical changes to overcome their challenges.

The Bingham boys soccer team placed third in the competitive Region 4. The Miners went 5-4-3 and played at Weber in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament. (Photo by Sydney Davis)

“We have a resilient group of young men that like to compete and are quick to adjust to game situations,” Gonzalez said. “These players don’t quit regardless of the challenges presented during games; that is a hard concept to teach, and I’m happy to say that our group

has it implanted in their DNA. The other areas that helped us get those results are being consistent, showing discipline with our team strategies and players taking ownership for the minutes they play and the way they performed.”

Gonzalez is happy with the efforts of everyone on the squad, but he highlighted the play of Taylor Davis, Maverick Badillo, Ronaldo Roesner, Brayden Davis, Spencer Tate, Kolin Neilson and goalkeeper Zach Rothey. The Miners have also bought into Gonzalez’s team concept, something not every school is able to do late in the season when the pressure is on. “Let’s transfer this experience learned to state competition,” Gonzalez said. Speaking of state, the Miners matched up with Weber in their first-round game in a difficult matchup with the second-place team from Region 1 where they prevailed 3-1. They followed that up with a 2-0 victory over neighboring Riverton. Even though the stakes are higher in the postseason, Gonzalez said he and his players take the same approach they do throughout the entire year. He prepared for the playoffs by watching film and trying to figure out his opponent’s game plan. “State brings everyone to their highest level,” he said. “We have to be ready to match the other team’s intensity. We’ll take one game at a time. We had the chance the play in a tough region, so we should be better prepared for the playoffs. We must play full games regarding our effort and game strategy. We must be quick to make game adjustments. If we can do these things, we’ll give ourselves the opportunity to compete.” l

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Miners win region softball title, go deep in playoffs By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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n non-region games, the Bingham softball team came up on the short end more times than they won, but it was a completely different story in Region 4 play. The Miners went undefeated in 12 league games, finishing first, three games ahead of Pleasant Grove. Of course, unblemished region finishes are nothing foreign to the Miners. Bingham has now completed three consecutive undefeated region seasons and hasn’t lost a region contest since April 2015. This season, Bingham didn’t just win all its region games, but blew away the competition. Amazingly, the Miners allowed just eight runs in league contests and never gave up more than two runs in those games. Overall, the Miners were 14-6 and surrendered a mere 38 runs, by far the least amount in the entire state. Bingham put plenty of runs on the board too, racking up 149 in region games and 177 overall. The Miners’ closest game against Region 4 opponents was an 8-0 victory over Pleasant Grove. The team posted huge victories of 16-0, 16-1, 14-0, 13-2, 15-0 and 12-0 during the season. Few of Bingham’s games went a full seven innings. By winning Region 4, the Miners grabbed the top seed in the region and host-

ed their first-round Class 6A state tournament game against Davis, the fourth seed from Region 1. Like it had done so many times during the regular season, Bingham put this one away early. The Miners scored seven runs in the third inning, breaking open a 3-0 game to a 10-0 rout. That’s the way things stayed in the game, as the mercy rule ended it after the fifth inning. It was Bingham’s seventh shutout victory of the season. Bingham’s lopsided first-round win advanced the team to the second round where it defeated Taylorsville, the second-place team from Region 3, 6-1. After the second round, the rest of the tournament moves from the home sites of higher-seeded teams to the Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. The double-elimination tournament ended May 24. Plenty of Bingham players have contributed to the successful season. Pitcher Nicole Wall has earned eight victories on the mound. The senior was a factor from the plate as well, picking up five doubles on the year. Aubree Hogan hit five home runs and seven doubles, Sidnee Hogan, Kenadee Moore and Sophia Badell each added doubles. The Miners were hoping to avenge a heartbreaking loss to West in last season’s Class 5A state championship game. l

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Blair takes top spot as Miners notch third place at state tournament By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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he Bingham High School girls golf team went through the rigors of region matches all season long, not to mention some tournaments against top teams. So, it was fitting the Miners would face similar competition at state. And the Miners more than held their own. Bingham was neck and neck with Class 6A’s best teams and finished third overall at the state tournament, held May 14–15 at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Taylorsville. The Miners scored a 622, 17 strokes behind second-place Davis and 30 strokes behind fellow Region 4 foe Lone Peak. Bingham’s top golfer was Tess Blair, whose two-day total was 134. She hit a 65 on the first day and 65 on the second. The junior was the top overall medalist in all of 6A. Junior Carissa Graft tied for fifth overall in the tournament, shooting a pair of 72s for 144 strokes total. Jenique Jacobs, Caeley Horton, Gabby Langi and Morgan Bangerter also participated in the tournament and helped the team’s cause. Jacobs improved nine strokes from day one to day two, while Horton went from shooting a 99 to a shooting an 86. “A couple of our players struggled the first day, but we played better the second day,” said head coach Brett Boberg. The Miners shot 315 the first day and 307 on day two.

Bingham firmly grabbed third place, shooting 60 strokes better than fourth-place Pleasant Grove. Boberg was pleased with the season overall and said the girls had a positive experience. He pointed out that the Miners competed in the most talented region in the state. “A lot of girls say this was their favorite year in the past three,” he said. “We had a great St. George trip, and we had crazy competition week in and week out in our region. This was by far the most competitive region in the state. Four of the five top teams in the state came from our region.” Because every match featured excellent golfers, it would have been easy for the Miners to get discouraged. Yet, Boberg said everyone had a positive attitude throughout the season. “Watching these girls get mentally tougher and stronger and to be able to fight through adversity is what I enjoy most,” he said. Boberg bids farewell to seniors Jacobs and Langi. Jacobs has already signed to play at Dixie State, and Langi will attend a military academy in New Mexico. However, the team welcomes back experience and skills, so the coming years appear bright at Bingham. “We’re still fairly young so we look to the future with hope,” Boberg said. l

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Region champion Miners advance in state tournament By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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anked No. 1 much of the year by some local publications, the Bingham High School baseball team got off to a good start at the Class 6A state tournament. In the double-elimination playoffs, Bingham, the top-seeded team from Region 4, opened up with a pair of victories. The good start to the postseason shouldn’t be surprising considering Bingham lost just four games to Utah foes all season long. The Miners opened the state tournament on May 15 with a dominant 11-1 victory over Weber, the fourth seed from Region 1. Bingham accumulated 12 hits and allowed just five in the win. The Miners used a big fifth inning to pull away from Weber, turning a slim 2-1 advantage into a comfortable 7-1 lead. The Miners scored three runs in the sixth inning to go up by 10 runs, ending the game. Noah Wallick hit a double and a triple, while teammate Nick Stevens also hit a triple. Nick Daynes and Nick Burdette hit doubles as well. Senior Ethan Fowlks was the winning pitcher. It was his third victory of the season. The following day, Bingham stayed in the winner’s bracket with another convincing win. This one came over former region rival Copper Hills by the count of 15-1. This one was extra special because Copper Hills defeated Bingham 8-6 back on March 20. It was also over in a hurry. The Miners wasted little time jumping all over the Grizzlies. Bingham was hot from the start, amassing an eye-popping 11 runs in the first inning. The Miners added four more in the second inning, which was far more than they’d need the rest of the way. Because of the mercy rule, the game was in the books by the end of the fifth inning. Bingham had 13 hits to Copper Hills’ three. Senior Derek Soffe was big from the plate and the mound. He hit a double and also got credit for the victory as pitcher. Camden Snarr and Brandon Thomas also hit doubles. With the second-round win, Bingham moved on to face Region 1 champion Davis in the quarterfinals on May 21. Results were unavailable at press time. The Miners didn’t go up against slouches in Region 4, but they still went an impressive 10-2 in league play, good enough for first place. They were a game ahead of second-place American Fork, which gave Bingham one of its two league losses (Lone Peak was the other). Bingham had success in the field and at the plate in region games. The Miners allowed just 42 runs in 12 region contests

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