Winter in Park City can really kick you in the behind, and boy, it seems like I just barely caught my breath with the multitude of sporting events that seemed never-ending. The winter sports season brought the prep sports world a ton of different storylines, including the PCHS swimming team winning a state championship, the Park City basketball teams getting off to a hot start before fizzling. The South Summit boys’ basketball team made a valiant run through the middle-to-end of the season, winning the Region 14 title, which no one gave them fighting chance of competing for. The South Summit girls also made a deep run with a top-five finish, ditto for the North Summit girls’ squad, who surprised many 2A teams this year.
But, now that spring has arrived earlier — and let us rejoice March has been kind in terms of weather — nearly every spring sport is now in full swing.
Starting with Park City:
- The PCHS baseball team is off to an impressive start. As of Friday afternoon, the Miners were 5-1 — all on the road — and have taken upon a it-will-take-a-village mentality to its season. Park City has some serious talent in the likes of first baseman Brae Dilley, lefty Conner Lagnese and shortstop/right-handed pitcher Mark Trevino. But after that, it’s a bunch of role players and credit to second-year head coach Lou Green for making it work. Park City abused 4A East on the road Wednesday afternoon in an 18-4 victory. It’s still very early and the Miners’ Region 10 schedule will be a serious test to see if this team is for real or just part of a hot start, but credit to the Miners for replacing six holes in the starting lineup — four of them with freshmen or sophomores.
- The PCHS boys’ soccer team is off to a 5-2 start, most recently coming off a 4-1 loss at 4A Bountiful. Under first-year head coach Jesse Blais, the Miners have shot out of the gates. Question marks remain as the schedule will only get tougher with the likes of Wasatch, Judge Memorial and Juan Diego on the docket, but Park City has established a hard-working, possession-style mentality under Blais. Senior forward Keenan McCall has a team-high six goals in seven matches, while junior winger Alejandro Viejra has three and senior forward Ivan Gonzalez has two. If there is one area Park City must make sure is cemented, it is the backline. Rival Wasatch has scored 26 goals in its first six games and has allowed exactly zero.
- Other Park City programs back in the thick of things are the softball team, which is off to a 1-5 start under first-year head coach Alissa Smith, along with the PCHS lacrosse programs. The boys’ lacrosse team is off to a 3-3 start and has a plethora of talent. The Park City Track & Field team returns a plethora of talent and is looking to make some noise in class 3A with junior distance runners Ben Saarel, Ali Walker, Emily Schmitt and Aaron Green. Nationally-ranked thrower Megan Glasmann returns to defend her state titles in javelin and discus, as well.
All in all, there are upwards of 20 different spring prep sports going on right now in Summit County, and as always, I’ll be doing my best to bring you updates online at http://www.parkrecord.com, and Twitter: @ParkRecSports. I will also start posting small updates on teams, links to stories and photos from games we’re able to cover.