The grind that is the high school sports season officially came to an end last week, a marathon that was bookended by a couple of baseball games.
The official kickoff to the 2013-14 prep sports season began last Aug. 6 with a 1A baseball game, and concluded last Friday when Jordan held off Pleasant Grove for the 5A baseball state championship.
In between, there were thousands and thousands of high school games, meets, matches, invitationals and duels across the state.
After 9 1/2 months of high school sports action and 89 state championships — the most ever factored in the 35-year history of the Deseret News All-Sports Awards — the newspaper is excited to announce the 2013-14 winners.
Desert Hills headlines all champions as it set a new all-time record regardless of classification with 116 all-sports points to win the 3A title.
Lone Peak is the top school in 5A for the first time since 2005. Skyline narrowly won the 4A title in a very competitive year. Emery won its first 2A All-Sports Award in school history, while Panguitch dethroned seven-time winner St. Joseph in 1A.
The Deseret News All-Sports Awards denote 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.
Only three schools didn’t receive any all-sports points in 5A through 2A combined.
Brighton, which finished fourth in 5A this year, holds the record for 11 consecutive awards from 1980-91.
Here’s a look at each classification.
Class 5A: A strong fall season vaulted Lone Peak High past Bingham for its first All-Sports Award since claiming the 4A title during the 2004-05 school year.
The Knights won the boys golf title in the fall, finished second in girls tennis and boys cross-country, and also had semifinal appearances in girls soccer and football.
Lone Peak’s sports teams tallied 44 all-sports points in the fall, and only 41 more the rest of the school year, but those 85 points were good enough this year. Bingham won last year with 92.5 points.
Lone Peak’s boys basketball team won the school’s only other championship — no small feat since it was a state-record fourth-straight state title.
Bingham, Davis, Brighton, Viewmont and American Fork rounded out the top six in 5A.
Second-place Bingham placed in the top eight in 17 of 19 sports, but football was the school’s only state championship.
Davis won the most state championships with three, while Lone Peak, Brighton, Pleasant Grove and Riverton all won two.
Lone Peak’s boys finished with the most all-sports points with 50.5, while Davis’ girls led the way with 43.
Twelve different schools won state titles this year.
Class 4A: Skyline’s boys soccer championship last week at Rio Tinto Stadium helped the Eagles claim the top honor in a very balanced 4A landscape. Thirteen different teams won state championships this past school year with all 29 4A schools earning all-sports points.
Skyline tallied 62 points to claim its second title in three years after dominating the 4A field in the 2011-12 school year.
Skyline’s boys and girls swimming teams won the school’s only other state titles, but the girls soccer and basketball teams racked up big points as well with runner-up finishes.
Maple Mountain finished second with 52 points, followed by Timpview with 48 points. Mountain View, Woods Cross and Bountiful rounded out the top six.
Timpview won the most state titles with four, while Skyline and Bountiful were the only other schools to win two championships.
Orem’s boys and Skyline’s girls were the top point earners with 30 and 34.5, respectively.
Class 3A: Desert Hills captured its fourth-straight 3A crown with the most dominant performance in state history.
The Thunder won five state championships (football, boys cross-country and track, girls basketball and golf), had five runner-up finishes, and finished third twice to rack up a new Deseret News All-Sports record with 116 points.
Juan Diego held the previous record with 112 points in the 2004-05 school year — its last year in 2A.
Park City finished second with an impressive haul of 93 points, the second most in any classification this year. The Miners’ six state championships were more than any school in any classification.
Cedar, Dixie, Juan Diego and Snow Canyon rounded out the top six.
Nine different 3A schools won state titles this year.
Class 2A: For the first time in school history, Emery is an All-Sports champion.
Emery finished sixth a year ago, but with the departure of two-time winner Richfield up to 3A, not to mention the UHSAA adding a 2A state swimming meet this year, the Spartans proved to be the most balanced team in 2A this year.
Emery’s lone title came in baseball, but it also scored big points with runner-up finishes in boys and girls swimming, to earn 67 points.
Delta and Manti tied for second with 61.5 points, followed closely by Rowland Hall in fourth. Grand and North Summit rounded out the top six.
Rowland Hall’s boys led all schools with 39 points, while Emery’s girls took the top honor with 36.5 points.
Eleven different schools won 2A titles, led by North Summit with three.
Class 1A: Panguitch won five state championships and added two runner-up finishes to dethrone seven-time 1A All-Sports winner St. Joseph.
The Bobcats did most of their damage in the running sports as the boys and girls swept the track and field state titles, while the girls won the cross-country state championship and the boys finished second.
Those combined 38 points helped Panguitch run away from the 1A field with 74 points. St. Joseph won it last year with 65 points.
Panguitch also won state championships in girls basketball and baseball.
Monticello, Rich, St. Joseph, Duchesne and Wayne rounded out the top six.
Monticello finished second with 59.5 points, buoyed by a strong school year from the boys. Anchored by state championships in wrestling, basketball and cross-country, Monticello’s boys led all 1A schools with 41.5 points. Panguitch's girls led all schools with 36 points.
Only five different schools won state championships in 1A.