September 2011

2011 Powder Puff Champions

Attributions: 
Angel Benson and Matt Stevens
Powder Puff 2011 Champions, Better than the Best

After a week of preparation and practicing, the girl’s powder puff teams put their game faces on and got serious Tuesday night. Walking out to the field you could feel all the excitement and energy from the teams about to face off. Battling it out, team after team got eliminated, Better Than The Best and The Smart Athletes were always on top. When the final whistle blew to signal that we were down to the last two teams to face off for the title of winner, it was BTTB and Smart Athletes going head to head. Both teams players gave it their all, playing hard, smart, and to the death. It was a close game with both teams proving they could be the winner of this great competition. But in the end the BTTB pulled through and became the 2011 powder puff champions.

 

Spanish Fork XC Battles the Altitude of Soldier Hollow

Attributions: 
Andrew Masterson
Cross Country Team at Soldier Hollow
Cross Country Team at Soldier Hollow
Cross Country Team at Soldier Hollow

Spanish Fork High School Cross Country team traveled up to Soldier Hollow September 10th to run an amazing race on the Olympic cross country ski path. After some interviews, the team seemed excited but slightly nervous. The elevation was a major factor that could play against them. The course was also unfamiliar to some of the team which could cause some confusion as well. All in all the team did quite well.
Tanner Runolfson had these memories of running the race in years past, "All of the hills and switch backs were butt kickers."  After the race it seemed Tanner's attitude changed a bit. He remarked, "It was a good race, as a team we passed a lot of people and we all finished strong." Throughout the race the team did an amazing job representing Spanish Fork High School, proving they're all "Rock Solid" and able to commit and achieve what they push for no matter the elevation. Good job Spanish Fork Cross Country team!

Hope Squad Spreads Self-Esteem

Attributions: 
Maddie Farnes and Mariah Peterson
Hope Squad
Hope Squad

The Hope Squad recently visited Spanish Fork Jr. High and Diamond Fork Jr. High, they taught younger students that building self-esteem is essential.  The squad did a handful of activities with eighth graders to help them realize that they are unique in their own ways.  At the same time they tried to help them find similarities in each other to help create long-lasting friendships. 

During one activity students were asked to write three things they don’t like about themselves and tape it to their backs face down.  Next, students walked around the classroom and wrote compliments on one another’s papers.  Hopefully this taught the lesson that we are our own worst critic and no one else sees the negative things you see in yourself.  All in all it was a successful trip to help spread hope around our community.

 

Dons faced off with American Fork

Attributions: 
Logan Jensen
SF v. AF
SF v. AF

After coming off a very emotional victory against the Springville Red Devils, the Dons were looking forward to facing off with the American Fork Cavemen. The players were confident going into the game, having the opportunity watch film of Springville's game plans helped them realize that if they stopped the run they would win. 

 The Dons started off hot scoring 14 points on their first two drives. The Dons had AF down and ready to quit, but a little burst of life came after they ran a kick off back for a touchdown. Then the rest of the game was a dog fight. In the 3rd quarter SF scored two more touchdowns, but the Cavemen stayed right behind us. Even though their quarterback got injured and was out for the rest of the game, their backup QB proved himself to be reliable and quick. In the last two minutes of the game the Dons fell short a point and ended up with their first loss of the season. 28-27 for the Cavemen.

 

Softball 4A State Champions

Attributions: 
Brooke Jones and Kayla Larson
Softball 4A State Champions 2011
Softball 4A State Champions 2011

       On May 27, 2011 the Spanish Fork High School softball team started their summer off right by winning the 4A state championship. Not only did they win, but after losing their first game at the Valley Complex in Taylorsville, they battled back through the losers bracket.  That loss didn’t get the Lady Dons down.  Coming back the next day, they faced their rival, Salem Hills.  After beating the Skyhawks with a score of 9-4, and the Uintah Utes 4-1, Spanish Fork felt great about knocking out two of their region opponents. The girls didn’t stop there.  The next day, they set out seeking sweet revenge on Mountain Crest and Tooele.  With the girls coming out on fire with their unstoppable bats and spectacular defense, they sent the Mustangs home with a 7-2 victory, putting them in the championship game. After a heart breaker the year before, losing to Tooele in the Championship game, they weren’t going to let it happen again.  Spanish Fork came out on top in the first game with a score of 10-5, one game closer to winning the trophy.  Kailey Christensen, still going strong after pitching eight tournament games, was a key factor in avenging the Buffaloes.  The final game of the 4A State Tournament kept the fans on their toes with The Spanish Fork Lady Dons bringing home the trophy after a 6-5 game. The girls softball team is excited to start new in a different region as a 3A team this year.  Good luck Lady Dons!

Senior Sunrise

Senior Sunrise
Senior Sunrise

During the wee hours of the morning, the annual Senior Sunrise was an inspiring success.  Watching the dawn of the morning is a symbol of the dawn of Senior's last year together at Spanish Fork High School.  Donned in pajamas and blankets, students welcomed the sun peeking over the mountains with a cheery appaulse.  Treating themselves to a scrumptious breakfast  on the football field was an added plus to start the day--and year--out right.