High school sports: Familiar schools at the top of All-Sports awards

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

Related list: Recap and gallery of all 85 state championship teams

Related list: Top 10 All Sports school in each classification

Related: Expanded chart showing how all teams finished in each classification

The 2011-2012 high school sports season was filled with drama both inside and outside the lines.

From Lone Peak's first-ever football title, to Skyline's first baseball title, to Orem's first boys basketball championship to Davis' first volleyball title in 37 years, it was an exciting year of firsts across the state.

It was also a year of familiarity with many of the usual suspects hoisting state championships trophies, like Bear River claiming its fifth straight softball championship.

Now that the dust has settled on a nine-and-a-half month grind that included thousands of meets, matches, games and invitationals, as well as 85 state championships, the Deseret News is excited to announce the winners of the 33rd annual All-Sports awards

Davis is back on top in 5A after a one-year hiatus. Skyline easily won the 4A title in its first year after dropping down from 5A. Desert Hills won its second straight 3A title. Richfield narrowly edged Manti for the 2A title after a two-year hiatus, while St. Joseph won for the sixth straight year in 1A.

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.

Class 2A was the only classification in which every school earned at least one point.

Brighton, which finished fifth in 5A this year, holds the record with 11 consecutive awards from 1980-1991. Juan Diego holds the record for most awards points in a season with 112.

Skyline was the top team this year with 83 points.

Here's a look at each classification.

Class 5A: Three state titles in the spring narrowly vaulted Davis High past Bingham for the 2011-12 All-Sports award in the state's largest classification. It was the school's third title all time.

On top of its volleyball and girls cross country titles in the fall, Davis added championships in boys soccer and boys and girls track in the spring to finish with 82 total points. Bingham was close behind with 77.5 points, while Alta was in third with 77.

Lone Peak, Brighton and Weber rounded out the top six.

A year after 5A winner Bingham placed in the top eight at state in 18 of 19 sports, Davis only placed in the top eight in 11 sports. The Darts' five state champions were the difference though, with Lone Peak, Alta and Brighton in second with three each —including Alta and Lone Peak's shared girls tennis title.

Davis' girls finished the most All-Sports points in 5A with 45, while Lone Peak and Brighton's boys led the way with 41 All-Sports points.

One of the most noteworthy accomplishments in 5A this year was the double pulled off by Lone Peak winning football and boys basketball state championships.

Nine different 5A schools won state titles this year.

Class 4A: A perennial All-Sports contender in 5A through the years — including winning four — Skyline dominated the 4A landscape in its first year in the classification since Utah added a fifth class beginning with the 1993-94 school year.