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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
East's Johan Rodriguez, center, celebrates after scoring his team's second goal over Skyline in a Class 4A boys soccer semifinal game at Davis High School in Kaysville on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The end of the school year would not be complete without our high school student-athletes battling it out for the top spot.

In May's best photos, Deseret News photojournalists captured Utah's high school student-athletes fighting for the ball, pushing themselves to succeed and celebrating wins with their teammates.

See Herriman's Hayden Christensen gracefully struggle for the soccer ball in the Class 5A boys soccer semifinals against Bingham goalkeeper Zach Rothey. Or Syracuse High School's Hunter Woodhall give one last good sprint to win the Class 5A boys 400-meter race.

But it wasn't just the hard times that our photojournalists snapped. They also captured some of the good ones, too.

See Bingham's Carissa Graft spread her arms out in joy after finishing the second round in the Class 5A girls golf tournament. Or Alta midfielder Dylan Heaton pump his fists after winning the Class 4A championship game over East High.

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In addition to high school sports, our photojournalists also captured graduation ceremonies from around the state and local residents having fun at many of the state's great resources.

Students from Highmark Charter School in South Weber can be seen releasing trout they raised into Adams Reservoir.

Friends from after-school program Skate or Die are also captured skateboarding down a hill at Liberty Park, and grandparents feed geese at the park with their grandkids for the first time.

Click through the gallery above to see the best images of May 2017.