The 2007-08 high school sports season was filled with excitement from the first girls soccer games back in August until the final out of the baseball season last Saturday. Surprisingly though, there wasn't much drama in the 29th annual Deseret News All-Sports awards.
A year after the all-sports winners in all five classifications were decided by less than 10 points, four of the five winners this school year enjoyed a double-digit cushion over their classification runner-ups.
Skyline, Timpview, Judge and St. Joseph all rolled to their respective classification all-sports titles, while in Class 2A Rowland Hall won for the first time in school history by edging Millard by 1 1/2 points.
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 positions 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.
Teams earn points in football, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track, soccer, tennis, volleyball and softball. This year girls golf was added to the list.
Every school but one earned a point in Class 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A. (For a complete breakdown of points, see Wednesday's Deseret News print edition.)
Brighton, which finished third this year 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: The Skyline Eagles are the king of 5A for the fourth time this decade finishing with 77 points, and it's thanks in large part to a dominant season by the girls.
Skyline's girls captured state championships in basketball and swimming, finished second in volleyball, cross country and tennis, and third in golf. The girls' 49 points topped every classification. Skyline's boys finished with 28 points, including third-place finishes in cross country, swimming and track.
Last year's 5A champ, Bingham, finished second in 5A with 66 points while Brighton came in third with 59.
Bingham enjoyed the highest score among the boys finishing with 47.5 points despite not winning one state title. The Miner boys finished in the top eight in nine of 10 sports, including runner-up finishes in football, basketball and baseball. Bingham's only state title this year was in softball.Fourth-place Davis and fifth-place Alta led 5A with three state titles apiece. Davis was champs in boys and girls cross country and boys track, whereas Alta prevailed in football, girls soccer and girls tennis.
CLASS 4A: Timpview won state titles in football, boys cross country and tennis to finish with 69 points for a comfortable winning margin over second-place Springville's 57.5 points.
Mountain View completed the Utah County sweep by finishing third, with Dixie last year's 3A winner finishing fourth followed by last year's 4A winner Mountain Crest.
Timpview's boys finished with 49.5 points to lead all 4A schools, while Orem's girls led the way with 29 points to Murray's 27.Of the 19 overall state championships handed out in 4A, 15 different high schools tasted glory at least once. In addition to Timpview, only Mountain View and Dixie won multiple state titles this school year.
CLASS 3A: The Judge Memorial Bulldogs dominated the 3A landscape all year finishing with five state titles and four runner-up finishes. They placed in the top eight in 15 of 19 sports to finish with an incredible 111.5 points, just a half a point shy of Juan Diego's state record of 112 points set during the 2004-2005 season.
Judge had won the 3A All-Sports title four straight years before Dixie dethroned the perennial 3A champs last season.
Judge's boys finished with 63.5 points including titles in basketball, baseball and tennis. The girls finished with 48 points behind titles in soccer and track.Park City finished second with 72 points followed by Cedar (68), Wasatch (62) and Logan (59.5)
CLASS 2A: Rowland Hall won five state titles, including two in the spring, to finish with 57.5 points for its first All-Sports title.
The Winged Lions narrowly edged three schools, including last year's runner-up Millard (56), along with Parowan (55) and Richfield (55).Richfield's boys led all 2A schools with 43.5 points, while North Sevier's girls led the way with 34.5 points.
CLASS 1A: A year after sharing the 1A All-Sports title with Panguitch, St. Joseph was the runaway winner this year finishing with 66 points. The Jayhawks won titles in boys and girls cross country along with girls track and tennis.Rich finished second with 53 points followed by Panguitch with 50.5 points.
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