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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Davis' Hayden Grange tries to keep the ball away from Pleasant Grove's Ethan Coombs as he dives for it as they play in high school boys basketball 5A first round in the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.

In 2017, Deseret News photojournalists captured the emotion and drama as the sports year unfolded in the state of Utah.

They were on hand for NCAA tournament games played in Salt Lake City. They were there as dozens of high school championships were awarded. They followed the ups and downs of professional and college sports in Utah — the Jazz, Utes, Cougars, Aggies, Real Salt Lake and more.

Scroll down or click through the gallery to see the best of the best from 2017.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Davis' Hayden Grange tries to keep the ball away from Pleasant Grove's Ethan Coombs as he dives for it as they play in high school boys basketball 5A first round in the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Dallin Ewart, of Delta, wins over Troy Jones, of Millard, in the 2A 170 match at the UHSAA Wrestling State Championships at the UCCU Center in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Timpview's Adam Santiago passes to a teammate after recovering the ball in a scramble during the game against Corner Canyon in Draper on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Toronto FC midfielder Victor Vazquez (7) kicks up just as Real Salt Lake midfielder Luke Mulholland (19) tries to head the ball as Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The game ended 0-0.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Utah Utes guard Lorenzo Bonam (15) gets hit in the eyes by California Golden Bears center Kingsley Okoroh (22) in the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) is knocked over by St. Mary's Gaels forward Dane Pineau (22), with no foul called, during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A BYU fan plays around as Joseph Grosh prepares to serve in volleyball action at the Smith Field House in Provo. BYU beat Hawaii in straight sets 3-0 on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
A young Northwestern Wildcats fan reacts to a call against his team during the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14) celebrates after scoring RSL's second goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, April 08, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) dunks after a breakaway in the first half of Game 5 of the first round NBA playoffs series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Bingham's Hayden Howard heads the ball away from Copper Hills' Gianmarko Robles as they compete in high school soccer action at Bingham in South Jordan on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Bingham and Copper Hills in high school soccer action at Bingham in South Jordan on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) stands on the court before game 7 of the first round NBA playoffs series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kanab's Kadin McDonald still reaches for third base after being tagged out by Grand County's Christian Wilson during the 2A baseball winners bracket playoffs at Kearns High School in Kearns on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Grand won 6-2.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Snow Canyon and Dixie compete in 3A state baseball tournament action at Brent Brown Ballpark at UVU on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Herriman and West compete in 5A second round softball action at Herriman on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Riders compete in stage 7 of the Tour of Utah cycling race in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Alta's Donovan Spillers makes a catch on the sideline as Alta and Lehi battle in Utah High School football action at Alta on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
BYU fans react as BYU and LSU play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Jared Jimmerson paddles through a rapid during the Ogden GNARrows Down River Race in Ogden Canyon on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Officials released water from the Pineview Reservoir to increase flows in the canyon and facilitate the event.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake celebrates a touchdown as BYU and USU play at Maverik Stadium in Logan Utah on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah State Aggies wide receiver Braelon Roberts (88) just misses an acrobatic catch over Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Troy Warner (1) as USU goes on to defeat BYU 40-24 at Maverik Stadium in Logan Utah on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Julien Canales is helped after his race by teammate Caroline Clements as high school cross-country runners compete in the state championships at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Skyridge's Josh Anderegg makes a circus catch at the goal line behind Skyline defender Mosese Tauteoli as they play in 5A high school football first round action Lehi in on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Skyridge won 55-0.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Off a corner kick both teams are up in the air attempting to gain the header as REAL Salt Lake takes on Sporting Kansas City at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Real Salt Lake wins the match against Sporting Kansas City 2-1.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder yells at referee Mark Lindsay (29) as the Utah Jazz and the L.A. Lakers play at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Box Elder's Shayna Baugh lays on the ground while her team celebrates after their win over Bountiful in the 5A volleyball state championship at the UCCU Center in Orem on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs and guard TJ Haws celebrate after Haws is fouled by a Mississippi Valley State player during NCAA basketball in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Utes defensive back Kenric Young (24) makes an interception over Washington State Cougars wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. (8) as Utah and Washington State play a College football game at Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts to being whistled for a foul as the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets play at Vivint arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
A referee is hit by players as Juan Diego Catholic High School faces Morgan High School in the 3A state championship football game in Ogden on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Orem's Head Coach Jeremy Hill gets dowsed by Orem's Puka Nacua (12) as Orem and Mountain Crest play for the 4A football championship at Rice Eccles Stadium at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Orem won 26-0.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Valley Wolverines guard Brandon Randolph (3) and Brigham Young Cougars guard McKay Cannon (24) eye each other after a foul by Randolph as UVU and BYU play a College basketball game in the UCCU center at UVU in Orem Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. BYU won 85-58.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Western Illinois Leathernecks defensive back Xavier Rowe (6) reacts to their 21-19 loss to Weber State at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) attempts to dunk over New Orleans Pelicans guard Tony Allen (24) as Utah hosts New Orleans at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Weber State Wildcats head coach Jay Hill hugs his wife Sara as his daughter Ashtyn cheers after the Wildcats defeat the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in NCAA football in Cedar City on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
University of Utah football offensive coordinator Troy Taylor in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Lone Peak's Seth Corry is player of the year in Highland on June 6, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Phoenix Suns center Alex Len lands on Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors during NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Emily Malouf of Judge Memorial grabs a loose ball with Emily Isaacson of Box Elder reaching in during the girls 4A high school basketball state tournament in Taylorsville on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Rhyan White of Cottonwood competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the 5A state high school swimming championships in Provo on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks the shot by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second round of the NBA playoffs and Game 3 in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Connor Griffith, 13, rides bareback in the Young Guns competition during the Days of '47 rodeo in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars QB Tanner Mangum fumbles the ball against Portland State in Provo on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) is short of the goal line after trying to convert a two-point conversion against USC in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. USC won 28-27.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes defensive back Casey Hughes (25) seals Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
The Morgan High School volleyball team celebrates after defeating North Sanpete in the girls 3A high school volleyball state championship game in Orem, Utah, on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Wasatch's DJ Cohen beats Uintah's Alek Shope in the 220 lbs. during of 4A state wrestling championships in Orem on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes guard Jake Connor (10) cheers a 3-pointer in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Utah won 76-60.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Boxer Whitney Gomez gets a rest during her workout on the heavy bag at Fullmer Brothers Boxing gym in South Jordan on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.