Kearns High has found success in water polo that would be hard to match by any school.

On May 17 in Bountiful, the Kearns teams swept both the boys and girls 5A state championships, with the boys defeating Skyline 12-8 and the girls beating Hunter 16-4.

Both Kearns teams capped undefeated seasons and are repeat champions, with the boys winning for the fourth year in a row and girls their third year in a row.

Back in April, both Kearns teams were crowned champions at the Utah Summer Games, which were held in April to accommodate prep water polo schedules.

Over the years, a December tournament in Reno has seen Kearns take on out-of-state competition, and the boys team has claimed five first-place trophies and the girls team has won two tourney titles.

In early May of this year, a state junior varsity tournament was held in Park City, and, yes, the Kearns boys and girls teams walked away with first-place trophies there.

The architect of this domination is longtime coach Brad Peercy, who coaches both teams. He said if his players want to continue playing after high school, they pretty much have to go out of state. After garnering his third consecutive MVP trophy, Adam Huff will do exactly that by accepting a scholarship from the University of Pacific.

Junior goalkeeper Christian Hayes, who averaged 10 blocks per game, will be back next year.

On the girls side, Annika Bergesen claimed MVP honors, and she will be back next year as a senior. Natalie Stapley is a senior who wants to continue to play and will try out for the University of Utah's team.

The 4A and 3A state championships were held on May 10, with Murray sweeping both the girls' and the boys' titles in 4A, while Bear River claimed the 3A boys crown and Canyon View captured the 3A girls championship.


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