Related list: Recap and gallery of all 86 state championship teams
The 2012-13 high school sports season was filled with drama both inside the lines, and outside as the UHSAA dealt with some significant eligibility issues.
From Lone Peak’s march to a MaxPreps No. 1 national ranking in basketball, to Morgan’s first boys basketball state title in 39 years, to Jordan’s dominant run through the 5A football season, the 2012-13 season has certainly been a great one to follow.
Now that the dust has settled on the 9 1/2 month grind that included thousands of meets, matches, games and invitationals, as well as 86 state championships, the Deseret News is excited to announce the winners of the 34th-annual All-Sports awards.
Bingham is back on top in 5A after a one-year hiatus. Timpview narrowly won the 4A title in a very balanced year. Desert Hills won its third-straight 3A title. Richfield won its second-straight 2A title, while St. Joseph won for the seventh-straight year in 1A.
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 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.
Class 4A and Class 2A were the only classifications in which every school earned at least one point.
Brighton, which finished fifth in 5A this year, holds the record for 11 consecutive awards from 1980-91. Juan Diego holds the record for most awards points in a season with 112.
Bingham was the top team this year finishing with 94.5 points.
Here’s a look at each classification.
A fantastic spring narrowly vaulted Bingham High past Davis for the 2012-13 All-Sports award in the state’s largest classification.
It was the fifth-straight year the schools have alternated winning the title.
After winning zero state championships through the fall and winter, Bingham won baseball and girls golf titles in the spring, in addition to runner-up finishes in boys soccer, softball and girls track.
Bingham’s 92.5 points helped it edge second-place Davis, which finished with 88 points after sweeping the track titles and finishing first in girls cross country.
Bingham placed in the top eight in 16 of 19 sports, up significant from last year’s 5A winner Davis, which placed in the top eight in 11 sports.
Brighton and Davis each won three state titles, while Bingham, Lone Peak, Viewmont and Pleasant Grove finished with two each.
Bingham’s girls finished with the most All-Sports points with 56, while Brighton’s boys led the way with 39.
Eleven different schools won state titles this year.
A year after Skyline dominated the 4A All-Sports award, Mountain Crest claimed the top honor in a very balanced 4A landscape as it edged Timpview by less than a point.
Mountain Crest finished with 55.5 points, followed closely by Timpview with 55 points.
Thirteen different teams won state championships this past school year, with only 12 points separating the top six teams. By comparison, 50 points separated the top six teams in 5A.
The All-Sports title was Mountain Crest's first since claiming the award in 2010-2011, and its fourth in school history. The Mustangs won state titles in boys swimming and girls cross country, including runner-up finishes in football, boys basketball and girls swimming.
Bonneville finished third, with Orem, Bountiful and Skyline rounding out the top six.
All 26 teams in 4A earned All-Sports points.
Editor's note: Since publication, an calculation error was discovered in 4A wrestling, which changed the overall winner from Timpview to Mountain Crest.
There’s really no debate anymore about the most dominant 3A high school in Utah.
Desert Hills placed in the top eight in 16 of 19 sports and won three state championships to easily win the 3A All-Sports award for the third-straight year.
In addition to state titles in boys track, volleyball and girls golf, the Thunder also added runner-up finishes in baseball, girls basketball and boys tennis.
Wasatch finished second with an impressive 81 points behind three state titles, while Park City was close behind with 79 points thanks to its three state titles.
Snow Canyon, Spanish Fork and Dixie rounded out the top six.
Desert Hills’ boys finished with a 3A-best 53 points, while Park City’s girls led the way with 44 points.
Ten different 3A schools won state titles this year.
Richfield won an impressive five state championships this season on its way to a dominant 2012-2013 sports season.
Spurred on by a fantastic season from the girls, the Wildcats easily won the 2A All-Sports title by racking up 86 team points, well ahead of second-place Manti’s 63.5 points.
Richfield won state titles in boys cross country, boys track, volleyball, girls basketball and girls golf. The girls finished with 53.5 points, more than 20 points ahead of Enterprise’s girls, which tallied 30 points.
A year after winning four state titles, Manti won just one individual title, but it was certainly a dramatic one with an overtime victory in the 2A football championship. Manti’s boys led all boys teams with 40 points.
Rowland Hall finished third with 55 points, with Beaver, San Juan and Emery rounding out the top six.
Ten different schools won state titles in 2A this year.
With a seventh-straight All-Sports title, St. Joseph continues to inch closer to the all-time record of 11 straight set by Brighton from 1980-91.
This year’s 1A honor was up for grabs until the final week of the season. A year finishingafter winning the All-Sports award with 94.5, an 18-point cushion, St. Joseph tallied 65 points to narrowly hold off second-place Panguitch, which finished with 62 points.
The Jayhawks won state titles in girls basketball and girls golf, with Panguitch winning titles in baseball, boys track, girls cross country and girls track.
Monticello, Rich, Layton Christian and Duchesne rounded out the top six.
St. Joseph’s girls were dominant again finishing with 47 points and recording a top-eight finish in every sport it participated in.
Seven different schools won state championships in 1A.