It should be no surprise that Brighton, Timpview and Monticello easily defended their Deseret News All-Sports awards for the 1987-88 school year among 4A, 3A and 1A competitors, respectively, with the trio's domination just a carryover from previous years.

However, the new kid on the block is Wasatch, which used balanced scoring between the boys and girls to take over the 2A top spot from four-time winner Richfield.

Brighton claimed its eighth consecutive all-sports title as the Bengals won six state titles _ boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls tennis, wrestling and golf. Meanwhile, Timpview's five titles were won by boys' teams _ cross country, golf, basketball, tennis and track _ while the T-bird view girls finished third or better in three sports.

The Deseret News All-Sports competition recognizes the schools with the best success in state tournament play in both boys' and girls' athletic events. A state championship earns a school 10 points, with eight points awarded a second-place finish, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one for eighth.

Brighton bettered second-place Skyline by more than 25 points, with Eagles teams winning a volleyball crown and runners-up trophies in football, soccer and boys' and girls swimming.

Believe it or not, Timpview' impressive 94.5 total was still almost 10 shy of its record 104 points last year. The T-birds earned eighth-place-or-better finishes in all but four of the total 17 state tourneys.

The 3A competition has been a Timpview-Provo battle in recent years, with the T-birds winning five titles to Provo's three. Provo's last all-sports title came two years ago, with the Bulldogs having to settle for second place for a second straight time.

Nearly all of Richfield's points were the result of its boys' teams, with titles in cross country, golf and basketball and seconds in wrestling and track. And while Wasatch only won one state title _ in girls' track _ Wasp teams were second-best in three other sports and placed well in seven other state playoffs.

Monticello has now won five all-sports titles in the past six tries, with the string interrupted only once by four-time winner North Sevier. Monticello girls' finished first in cross country and volleyball, while the boys were runners-up in cross country. North Sevier had a state championship in girls track, with second-place honors in volleyball, wrestling and boys' track.

***** Admittedly, the 1987-88 All-Sports awards are being announced a bit late. They were ready for publication last summer, but the story and standings were inadvertantly erased from the computer system. Believed to have been published as scheduled, it was some time before they were missed and the standings could be retabulated.