Utah high school All-Sports Awards: Bingham, Mountain Crest among champion schools
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — After thousands of games, meets, invitationals and matches, and then 87 state tournaments, the 2010-2011 high school sports season is officially in the books.
Of the 87 titles, many were won by the usual suspects. There was, however, plenty of new blood atop the championship podiums, and the same goes for the 32nd annual Deseret News All-Sports awards.
Bingham is back on top in 5A after a one-year hiatus. Mountain Crest won its first 4A title in four years. Desert Hills is 3A's best in just its third year of existence, while San Juan is 2A's best for the first time in a decade.
Only St. Joseph, now a five-time winner in 1A, was a repeat winner.
The Deseret News All-Sports award denotes the top overall athletic programs in each of the five classifications. Schools earn All-Sports points for placing in the top eight at state. Ten points are awarded for first, eight for second, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one for eighth. Points are divided when teams tie.
Schools earn points in football, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track, soccer, tennis, volleyball and softball.
For the first time in over a decade, there wasn't one classification in which every school earned a point.
Brighton, which finished second in 5A, holds the record with 11 consecutive awards from 1980-1991. Juan Diego holds the record for most awards points in a season with 112.
Here's a look at each classification.
Class 5A: A year after missing out on a second consecutive All-Sports title by one point, Bingham is comfortably back on top in 2011.
Led by state titles in football, baseball and girls golf, the Miners racked up 87.5 points to easily beat Brighton with 68 points and last year's champ Davis with 66. Alta, Lone Peak and Skyline rounded out the top six.
Bingham placed in the top eight at state in 18 of 19 sports, with boys track the lone exclusion.
Bingham's fifth all-sports title in school history was a fitting way to cap a season in which the Miners' football team finished the season ranked fourth nationally, according to the USA Today super rankings.
Nine different 5A school won state titles, with Brighton leading the way with four (girls soccer, boys tennis, both swimming).
Bingham's boys finished with 48 All-Sports points, the second highest total in the entire state. Davis' girls were the top earner in 5A with 40 points led by track and cross country titles.
Class 4A: With two state titles and three runner-up finishes, it was a banner year for Mountain Crest as it claimed its first All-Sports title since the 2006-2007 school year.
The race wasn't even close. The Mustangs finished with 73.5 points, easily distancing itself from second-place Springville (50.5) and third-place Sky View (48.25). Bonneville and Highland rounded out the top five.
Mountain Crest's boys led 4A with 46 points while its girls did as well with 27.5 points.
Overall it was a balanced year in 4A with 13 different schools winning state titles. Bonneville led the way with three titles (boys golf, girls golf and girls soccer).
Perhaps the most noteworthy accomplishment in 4A though was the double pulled off by Highland winning football and boys basketball state championships.
Class 3A: It didn't take Desert Hills long to establish itself as one of the premier athletic schools in the state.
Just three years after opening its doors, the Thunder edged Park City 87-81 to claim the 3A All-Sports title — ending the Miners' two-year reign as 3A's best.
Desert Hills won state titles in boys tennis, girls tennis and girls golf, finished second in boys golf and boys swimming, and enjoyed top four finishes in five others sports.
Juan Diego, Wasatch and Cedar rounded out 3A's top five.
Desert Hills, Juan Diego and Wasatch all won three state championships.
Deseret Hills' boys teams finished with a statewide best 55 points, while Park City's girls were tops in 3A with 46 points.
Class 2A: Ten years after winning its first All-Sports title, San Juan finally sits atop the 2A perch again.
Buoyed by titles in football, volleyball and softball, and then second-place finishes in three other sports, San Juan finished with 79.5 points to win its first title since the 2000-2001 school year.
Last year's winner South Summit finished second with 58.5 points, followed by Rowland Hall, Enterprise and Parowan.
San Juan's girls dominated with 44.5 points, while South Sevier's boys led 2A with 37.5 points.
Rowland Hall led 2A with four state titles, winning in boys and girls tennis, boys cross country and girls golf.
Class 1A: For the fifth straight year, St. Joseph was the premier athletic school in 1A.
The Jayhawks won four state titles to finish with 77 points, narrowly holding off Rich which finished second with 71 points.
St. Joseph won titles in boys and girls cross country, boys golf and girls soccer. Rich, meanwhile, won titles in girls basketball and track, and finished second in two other sports and third in four others.
Panguitch, Monticello and Duchesne rounded out the top five.
Note: Please see the attached chart for full scoring and standings.