Many expected Alta’s girls soccer team to, once again, dominate Corner Canyon in another matchup at Charger Stadium last Friday night. But the girls’ performance didn’t match the expectations of the Alta High School student body. The competition was fierce on both sides of the field, with many failed attempts at a goal from both teams. After a hard-fought forty-five minutes, the score remained at 0-0. But coming into the second half, Corner Canyon came into it with a flare. This brought them to score two goals in the second half, which ultimately led them to defeat Alta 0-2 on Corner Canyon’s Senior Night. After the game, with much hype on the home team side, both team’s crowds rushed the field to meet in the center. Many expected punches to be thrown into opposing crowds, but only chants were exchanged. It ended with the announcement that they would meet in only a couple of weeks, in the most anticipated football game of the year: Corner Canyon’s visit to Alta on October 24, 2015.
The Alta Mountain Bike Club, in their fourth year in action, was confidant the team being successful coming into the 2015 season. After two races, one in Midway and another in Draper, they have been successful.
Starting the season off in Midway, Utah in the resort of Soldier Hollow, the team came out competitively. They came away with three first place finishes; Bryn Bingham for freshmen boys, Morgan Hales for freshmen girls, and Heather Horton for junior varsity girls. Other notable finishes by Ellise Shuman, fourth in varsity girls, and Adam Jolley who got second in freshmen boys. The team finished fourth overall in Division ! behind Corner Canyon, Lone Peak, and Park City High Schools.
A few weeks later, they competed on home trails and finished with similar results to the first race. Again, they finished fourth, but with less impressive finishes by key riders. Bryn Bingham, Morgan Hales, and Heather Horton remain point leaders in their categories heading into the next race in Moab, Utah
Corner Canyon High School, after being constructed over three years ago, has become a natural rival to nearby Alta High School. The students have always clashed with one another on the subject of superiority. Due to the difference in sports divisions, the two schools have never been able to compete against each other until last Tuesday (September 8, 2015) in girl’s soccer.
The game had quite the showing from both school’s student sections because of the fact that they’ve never competed at that level before. After 45 minutes into play, the score was 4-0 for Alta. The Corner Canyon High School student section had become nearly silent after watching their team be dominated. With a final score of 5-3 at the end of play, Alta had become victorious.
Still, after the completed game, Corner Canyon has become bitter and fights on social media websites have occurred. Students from both schools are anticipating the future of athletic competition to prove which high school is truly more dominant.
The Alta Mountain Bike Club competed in their first race in Solider Hollow Resort last Saturday, August 29th. They competed on a strenuous course that woundthrough the surrounding hills on public mountain bike trails, ranging from 5-6 miles per lap. Over 40 schools from around the state attended, including rivals Park City High School and Corner Canyon High School.
After hours of racing, Alta came away with three victories including Bryn Bingham (Freshmen Boys), Morgan Hales (Freshmen Girls), and Heather Horton (JV Girls). Thesewere the most victories taken by a single team out of all attending schools.
Alta came away with fourth overall; just behind third place, Park City. The team hopes to redeem themselves in a few weeks in their next race in Draper, where they will be racing where they practice on the Corner Canyon Trail System, just above the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center.
To start off the season, Alta Football destroyed Cyprus in a game on Friday, August 21, beating them 55-17. Trevaughn Hunkin was chosen as defensive player of the game with 4 tackles and one interception. Zach Engstrom was chosen as the offensive player of the game with 99 total receiving yards, 96 total rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.