While high school sports are a big part of people's lives, what about all the club sports that aren’t associated with the school?
According to Gavin Held, a junior and a participant in club hockey, there are “not many positives” when your sport isn’t an official high school sport, but “at least we don’t have to get drug tested.” He was referring to the new policy the district put in place to test Logan High athletes.
Some of the positives Held listed for non-school sports was that the kids that are there want to be there. With standard high school sports, those who participate in one season receive a gym credit so some kids will participate in a sport but not really care about it. This bothers some athletes like Gavin Held, which is why he prefers hockey remain a club sport.
Yana Bogoev participates in competitive figure skating. This being a performance sport, the athletes greatly appreciate an audience, but there isn’t a pep rally for ice skating, so it’s hard to get her peers to come. As a result, she said, “It's hard for me to get into school spirit.”
Students can support the hockey team at their games Mondays, 7:45 p.m., at the Eccles Ice Arena, and keep your eyes open for the two annual figure skating performances at the same arena. Other sports not associated with high school that could use more support are ballet, water polo, diving, horseback riding and boxing.
The swim team just hired two new coaches after the head coach suddenly quit the day of the season starting. No one really knows right now why former coach Matthew Butler quit, but swimmers are respecting his choice and moving on with the season.
“I think Matthew quitting at the beginning of the season was a poor choice, but I also think the new coaches know what they’re doing,” said Britt Shunn-Mitchell, one of the captains this year.
The two new coaches will be Emily Monroe-Jones and Meghan O’Very. Monroe-Jones has a lot of coaching experience with triathletes, and she also swam for the University of Utah. O’very holds the 4A state record for the 100 breaststroke and swam for Brigham Young University.
Logan High’s speech and debate team has celebrated yet another weekend of victories at University of Utah’s annual Beehive Bonanza tournament held on October 9-10.
Matt Hogan received third place in the Open Congress division and the Head Chair title. Ethan Smith and Jaxon Seamons got second place in Open Public Forum debate, and Seamons received tenth best overall speaker in the event. Trenton Chang and Victoria Stafford were quarterfinalists in Open Policy debate, Chang receiving eighth best overall speaker and Stafford receiving third. Wesley Carter won first place in novice Lincoln-Douglas as well as first best overall speaker in his respected event. Daniel Anderson dominated the Dramatic Interpretation speech division, winning first place and a bid to the prestigious Tournament of Champions.
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