A huge part of our school and our community is our sports. They are extra curricular events we participate in as students, and it is important to know about what sports we have and what they are doing at our school. One sport that I think puts in a lot of effort is our school’s drill and dance team. They spend hours every day all year practicing for the performances and for their competitions that help represent Logan High School in a positive way.
I interviewed Kaylee Nazer, a junior at Logan High School, and a senior at Logan High School, Jayda Abel. I asked them both the motto for the year and they both said it is “Do it for love.” Kaylee said they keep this motto up and show their moto by “dancing because we love to.”
The Hi-Lo’s had their first competition two weeks ago, and they placed second in hip hop, fourth in their military dance, second in jazz, and seventh in kick. They have a team of thirteen girls consisting of one senior, one junior, six sophomores, and five freshmen. They practice three hours everyday, which adds up to fifteen hours a week. I asked both how they liked their drill team. Jayda said, “It is much better for me this year than any other year in the past, personally.” Kaylee said, “I really enjoy having something to work hard towards and do everyday.” So generally, they both like it and are having a good, fun experience.
They both mentioned the close bond the team has with it being a smaller team than in years past and also with their many hours they spend with each other practicing, at school, and at competitions. The coaches are Maryn Lindley, and Katelyn Smith. Kaylee wrote “They take role of coaching by helping us get the tricks we need, critiquing us, and being there for us when we need them.
By talking to some members of the team, they have some good hopes for the year, are really enjoying the smaller, closer team, and expect to do well this year. They are just entering their competition season, so make sure to support!
On Friday October 26th, 2018 the Logan Grizzlies went head to head with the Pine View Panthers in the first round of the Utah state high school playoffs. Going into this game the Panthers were 6-3, and your very own Logan Grizzlies were headed into this very very confident with a beautiful record of 8-1. This head to head battle was a shootout, and the back and forth offense is what made this game incredible. Logan marched down the field to start the game with a 7-0 lead but it didn’t last long. Dallin Brown and company took care of the ball and were able to create their own touchdown, tying the game at 7. The touchdown by the Panthers did not bring any fear to the all star QB Jonny Parkinson as he threw a 65-yard bomb to Timm Van Leeuwen. This was only the start for the Jonny and Timm connection. Logan stole the lead 14-7 at the end of the first, but the Panthers didn’t show any quit. Early in the second quarter Tosh Wright was able to break some tackles and march into the end zone on a two yard carry to tie the game up 14-14. Moments later the Panthers grasped the lead for their first time this game with a 22 yard shot down field to Wright. The back and forth battle had the fans on their feet as Logan once again designed a beautiful drive to score. Jonny Parkinson kept working with his positive mindset and launched a 69-yard bomb to Kevin Nye to bring his team back to 21-21. Logan showed no sign of slowing down as they got the stop on defense and scoring on a 25-yard deep shot down field from Parkinson, giving him 3 TD’s on the night which gave his hometown team the lead 28-21. Moments after Jonny scored, the Panthers answered with a 59-yard rushing touchdown. 8 seconds before halftime Coach Van Leeuween was able to create a go ahead touchdown giving his team confidence headed into the locker room during halftime 35-28. The Panthers came back with even more fight after halftime, answering with another rushing touchdown from Brown for two yards. After Pine View’s defense put the clamps on Logan’s offense they were able to regain the lead with a 22-yard touchdown from Crowton, making it 41-35. Logan knew what had to be done, and Jonny Parkinson connected with Timm Van Leeuween once more on a 45-yard touchdown, making that Timm’s 3rd touchdown but most importantly giving Logan the one point lead 42-41. Pine View never lost their mentality and scored once more on a five-yard touchdown from Tosh Wright 47-42. Once more Jonny Football came out and tossed a touchdown to Kevin Nye to regain the lead 50-47, but there on out Pine View’s offense and defense took over and stomped all over Logan, winning the game 68-50. Although Logan lost it was a historic night for Jonny Parkinson as he threw for 508 yards and had 5 touchdowns. It was the most passing yards thrown by any Logan High QB.
The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to win the 2018 World Series. (Photo credit: NBC Sports)
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the 2018 World Series, capping off a franchise record 108-win season with their fourth championship in fifteen years. Boston went 11-3 in the postseason, defeating the 100-win New York Yankees and the 103-win Houston Astros before beating the Dodgers in the World Series.
35-year-old Steve Pearce, who Boston acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in June, was named World Series MVP after hitting three home runs and adding 7 RBIs in the final eleven innings of the series. Manager Alex Cora, a player on Boston’s 2007 championship team, became the 5th rookie manager to win a title and the first all time from Puerto Rico.
Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Nunez led the Red Sox to an 8-4 victory in game 1. Benintendi had four hits, including a 1st inning single that scored Mookie Betts. Neither of the starting pitchers lasted more than four innings, with Boston’s Chris Sale giving up 3 runs on 91 pitches and Los Angeles’s Clayton Kershaw allowing 7 hits and 5 runs. The game was tied at 3 after the top of the 5th, but Rafael Devers’ RBI single in the bottom of the inning made the score 5-3. Nunez put the game away with a pinch-hit 3-run home run in the 7th. Matt Kemp and Justin Turner each had 3 hits for the Dodgers, and Manny Machado had 3 RBIs.
Andrew Benintendi makes a leaping catch to rob Brian Dozier of a hit in game 2. (Photo credit: boston.com)
Game 2 was a strong outing for Red Sox pitcher David Price. After carrying an 0-9 record in 11 career postseason starts into the 2018 playoffs, Price won three straight games, the second of which was a 3-hit game 2. He only gave up 2 runs, both in the 4th inning, and struck out 5 in 6 innings. Mookie Betts collected 3 hits for Boston, and J.D. Martinez added 2 RBIs in the 5th inning. Boston scored all of their runs with two outs, and Price and the Red Sox bullpen retired LA’s last 16 batters. Boston won the game 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 was the longest World Series game in history, lasting for 7 hours and 20 minutes and resulting in a Dodgers victory after 18 innings. The game was 15 minutes longer than the entire 1939 World Series and featured 46 players, including 18 pitchers. Joc Pederson homered off of Rick Porcello in the 3rd inning, and Jackie Bradley Jr. tied it up with a solo shot in the 8th off of Kenley Jansen. Porcello allowed just one run in 4 2/3 innings. Rookie Walker Buehler threw 7 shutout innings, surrendering just 2 hits and recording 7 strikeouts. The Red Sox had the opportunity to score on Eduardo Nunez’s pop fly in the 10th, but Bellinger’s spectacular double play prevented Ian Kinsler from scoring at home, ending the inning. Boston took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 13th and were one out away from a 3-0 series lead, but Kinsler’s throwing error allowed Max Muncy to score after he tagged up to take second base on Bellinger’s pop out that sent Nunez tumbling into the stands. Muncy ended the game on his own terms with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning. The home run spoiled Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi’s six-inning relief outing where he allowed just three hits. The 3-2 win moved the Dodgers within a game of Boston, but it ended up being their last win of the season.
Max Muncy celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run in game 3, ending the longest World Series game ever. (Photo credit: boston.com)
The Red Sox scored all nine of their runs in the last three innings of game 4, winning 9-6 and taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez threw five strong innings of shutout ball, but the Dodgers scored in the 6th on a throwing error with the bases loaded. Yasiel Puig homered in the next at-bat, scoring Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger, ending Rodriguez’s night with Boston down 4-0. Rich Hill threw 6 1/3 innings for the Dodgers, giving up a hit and a run while striking out 7. LA’s bullpen let in all nine runs for Boston beginning with Mitch Moreland’s pinch-hit three-run home run off of Ryan Madson in the 7th. World Series hero Steve Pearce hit a game-tying homer the next inning. Boston scored 5 runs in the top of the ninth. Devers hit Brock Holt in, and Pearce hit a three-run double after Betts and Benintendi got on base. Pearce crossed the plate on a Xander Bogaerts single to center field. He joined Carl Yastrzemski and David Ortiz as the only Red Sox players to homer and have 4 RBIs in a World Series game. Los Angeles’s Kike Hernandez hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the ninth, but Craig Kimbrel retired the next three batters to end the game.
World Series MVP Steve Pearce runs the bases after hitting a game-tying home run in game 4. (Photo credit: boston.com)
The Red Sox led game 5 from start to finish en route to a series-clinching 5-1 victory. Andrew Benintendi’s 1-out single was immediately followed by a Steve Pearce home run, putting Boston up 2-0 early. David Freese drove the first pitch he saw out of the park, but it was the only run David Price gave up in his stellar 7-inning, 3-hit outing. Kershaw gave up three home runs to Boston, including Pearce’s in the 1st and solo shots from Betts and Martinez in the 6th and 7th. Pearce’s second home run of the game came off of Pedro Baez in the 8th inning. Joe Kelly and Chris Sale threw a combined 31 pitches to retire the last six batters. The Red Sox swarmed the mound after Sale struck out Manny Machado on a slider to end the game.
Boston is now tied for the third most World Series titles with nine. Manager Alex Cora won back-to-back rings over the Dodgers, as he was the bench coach for the Houston Astros team that beat Los Angeles last year in seven games. After the game, Red Sox owner John Henry said, “This is the greatest Red Sox team in history."
The Boston Red Sox celebrate after Chris Sale (#41) strikes out Manny Machado for the last out of the World Series. (Photo credit: boston.com)
The cross country meet was held on September 7th. The boys ran at 3:45 and the girls ran at 4:35pm in Murray, Utah. It was Logan High’s third meet of the season. Many different schools attended the meet.
I was glad that the boys ran first because I wasn’t so ready to run yet, but as I watched and cheered on our boys team I felt ready then. The boys did really well. They all beat their time from the last race. That’s good because it shows we’re improving and doing well as a team. When it was almost time for the girls to start, we screamed our cheers, did our drills, and we all looked and felt pretty ready by then. It was a lot of girls running, so it was pretty crowded. The course we ran, in my experience, felt really long and hard because of the hills we ran up. My only motivation while I was running was to do it for the team and also there was this little forest-like trail that we ran through and it smelled really bad so I ran hard as I was passing through there. There were a lot of times where I wanted to stop but didn’t because I knew I would fall back behind. What also gave me some motivation to keep moving forward was my coaches, my boyfriend who was cheering for me on the sidelines, and my team cheering us on and to keep going. I feel that when you cheer someone on and tell them that they’re doing well and to keep going that it gets them going and motivated and to not give up.
My goal this race was to at least beat my time from before. As I saw the finish line from a distance I ran as hard as I could. As soon as I hit that finish line I tried to calm myself down and walk but I couldn’t because my legs felt so cramped up where I couldn’t walk anymore. I also was very dehydrated so I ended up passing out minutes after and my boyfriend was there to help me and my two coaches and some of my teammates. They laid me down on the grass and put ice bags all over my body to cool me down and waited until I could function again. When I was talking again and cooled down my two coaches carried me to a building with air conditioning and waited there until the bus arrived and was loaded with everyone. Green Canyon’s school ended up carpooling with us because their driver didn’t show up, so we shared our bus and took them home. On our way home we stopped in Centerville and ate.
In my experience even though I didn’t feel so great at the end of the race I had fun. Also to find out I actually beat my time from the last race, and my team was very supportive and that’s what also matters most is that we’re here cheering each other on and supporting each other when someone isn’t doing so good.
The Grizzlies played their first true home games of the season against Green Canyon on
September 14 and Woods Cross on September 7. Logan’s offense prevailed in both games, and
clutch defensive stops secured wins for the Grizzlies, who are 3-2 heading into Friday’s game at
Ridgeline (4-1, 1-0). After defeating Woods Cross 35-28 two weeks ago, Logan’s offense
remained strong heading into last week’s matchup. The Grizzlies took down the Wolves 34-28
in the first region matchup of the season, ending Logan’s homecoming week on a high note.
Here are recaps from the past two weeks.
Friday, September 7: Grizzlies hold off Woods Cross to remain undefeated
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The Logan Grizzlies and Woods Cross Wildcats were all tied up at the end of the third
quarter on Friday, September 7, but a long touchdown pass from Jonny Parkinson to Timm Van
Leeuwen put the Grizzlies ahead for good late in the game. Logan’s defense stopped Woods
Cross in the red zone as time expired to earn the victory 35-28 and move to 4-0 on the season.
Sophomore Isaac Larsen set the tone for Logan with an early interception. Parkinson’s
48 yard pass to Charlie Jensen set up the first of three touchdowns for Van Leeuwen, who
helped give the Grizzlies the 7-0 lead with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter. Simione Pauni
helped extend the lead with a rushing touchdown early in the second quarter.
Woods Cross got on the board when Tucker Goodfellow scored off of a pass from
Carston Naegle, but the Grizzlies immediately responded with a Van Leeuwen kickoff return
from one end zone to the other. Woods Cross senior Jordan Johnson scored just before
halftime to keep the Wildcats within striking distance, but the Grizzlies remained ahead 21-14.
Woods Cross scored twice in the third quarter to take a 28-21 lead, but Kade Thornley’s
rushing touchdown tied it up with 12 seconds to go in the third quarter. Thornley finished with
91 rushing yards on 22 carries.
Woods Cross and Logan remained tied for the majority of the fourth quarter, but Chris
Shopbell’s interception with just under five minutes to go set up the game-winning drive for the
Grizzlies. Parkinson targeted Van Leeuwen for a 36-yard touchdown pass with four minutes
remaining, capping off Van Leeuwen’s three touchdown outing. He led the Grizzlies with 282
total yards and 121 passing yards, topping both categories. Parkinson completed 25 of 37 pass
attempts for 256 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception.
Woods Cross converted twice on fourth down and reached the red zone with under a
minute to play. The Grizzly defense managed to get multiple stops within ten yards of the end
zone, and an incomplete pass out of bounds ended the game, moving the Grizzlies to 4-0 and
the Wildcats to 2-2 on the year.
Friday, September 14: Parkinson, Jensen shine as Logan beats Green Canyon in homecoming game
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Logan High’s football game against Green Canyon helped cap off homecoming week on
a high note as seniors Jonny Parkinson and Charlie Jensen led the Grizzlies to a 34-28 win
against the Wolves on Friday night. Three of Parkinson’s four passing touchdowns were to
Jensen, who finished with 154 passing yards on the night.
The Grizzlies trailed the Wolves 21-14 as the end of the first half approached, but a 40-
yard touchdown pass from Parkinson to Jensen with under ten seconds remaining left the game
tied at halftime. Logan’s momentum carried into the second half as Kevin Nye caught a pass in
the end zone to give the Grizzlies the lead. Green Canyon responded with a rushing touchdown
midway through the fourth quarter to leave the game all tied up with 5:50 to go.
The Grizzlies made their advance down the field, and a 45-yard run by Kade Thornley set
up Jensen’s third touchdown catch. The extra point was blocked, but Green Canyon had just
two and a half minutes to score. Tyson Sauer secured the win for Logan with an interception
with just over a minute remaining.
With the win, Logan moved to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in Region 12 play while Green
Canyon dropped to 1-4 on the year. Logan’s first two preseason games against Bonneville and
Park City were forfeited due to the use of an academically ineligible player.
Logan’s next game is on Friday, September 21, against Ridgeline High School. The
Riverhawks (4-1, 1-0) pose a tough challenge for the Grizzlies, as they defeated Mountain Crest
29-28 in overtime on September 14. The game will be in Millville at 7 PM.
Girl’s soccer season has started and the team looks strong this year. Last
week, Friday, September 7 th , the Logan girls played Sky View’s team. Both teams,
JV and Varsity, played well during the game. The first half of the game seemed to
go pretty well. The girls talked to each other when passing and there appeared to
be a feeling of teamwork.
The second half of both games the intensity dropped a little but the girls
were able to keep their energy until the very end. Logan’s defensive mid, Lexi
Pintor, noticed this drop in team strength and says how they could have, “Kept
the intensity up and just played the simple passes to get the speed of play faster.”
Overall there were good moments. The Grizzlies played a fair game,
beating the Bobcats 2-1 in both JV and Varsity games. Ayrion Covington and
Laikyn Broadhurst scored for JV, while Elizabeth Oldham and Gisselle Tena scored
for Varsity. With Friday’s game, the Grizzlies kept their winning streak for the
season at 3-0.
The last golf match for our Grizzlies was hosted by Mountain Crest at Logan River Golf Course. The Logan team did not do as well as they wanted, placing fifth of six teams. Sky View won the match with the medalist of the tourney, Ryan Seamons, who shot a even par. Logan High’s four varsity scores were shot by Jake Anderson, and Max Lieshman who each shot an 81, followed by Paul Miller and Hayden Woolley who shot an 84 and 87. The team didn’t perform as wanted, but they have the team goal to make it to state and win the next couple of matches. Logan’s next match is at the country club. Coach Zentner and company are preparing to take a better place this upcoming match.
All countries fighting for a chance to play at the World Cup, being held this time in Russia, started their qualifying rounds in 2016. For qualifiers 209 teams played for the 32 spots that would be competing in the World Cup and for the first time in 32 years, the US will not be one of those teams.
It all started with three games on October 10, 2017. The US would be playing the small nation of Trinidad and Tobago while Honduras played Mexico and Panama played Costa Rica. The US needed to either tie or win against Trinidad to secure their spot in the World Cup. Even with a loss the American team had a shot if Panama and Honduras were not able to win their respective matches. The perfect storm against the US ensued.
The game against Trinidad was believed to be an easy win by many Americans but the world soon realized that this would not be the case. In the 17 minute the US is stunned and the pace of the game is set when the ball ricochets off of Trinidad forward Shahdon Winchester, hits the shins US defender Omar Gonzalez and is thrown into the American’s goal. The first goal of the game.
The second goal comes in minute 37 when Trinidad player Alvin Jones scores a long range goal from across the field, putting Trinidad and Tobago at a comfortable 2-0 lead over team USA.
Team USA comes out of halftime energized and are able to score a goal in the 47 minute when US player Christian Pulisic is able to put one in the net for the Americans making the score 2-1. Many believed this to be a turn around for the American team but as the game progresses and the Americans are unable to make another goal to tie the game.
With this loss and victories for both Panama, beating Costa Rica 2-1, and Honduras, beating Mexico 3-2, team USA was bumped from the World Cup running. The United State’s road to the World Cup has come to an end.
The football team faced more than a few losses this season, but none of that mattered
on Senior Night. The Grizzlies ended their season perfectly by winning their first home game in
two years against Payson. Although this wasn’t the first win of the season, the Grizzly students
decked out in pink in the student section were here to witness and support the team making it
that much more memorable.
The game started off slow, with the first four drives ending in turnovers, but the
Grizzlies were still able to end halftime with a one-point lead. After halftime, the Grizzlies began
to pick up the pace with defense and offense both playing determined to win. Payson was able
to sneak in another touchdown, bringing them up to fourteen points, but the Grizzlies were still
in the lead and didn’t shut down. With just a few minutes left in the game, the Grizzlies got
another touchdown and ended their season with the final score being 28-14.
The United States is so modern, that we don’t have the same issues other countries do, issues we have probably already gotten past. In many countries around the world, girls and women do not have access to sports or don’t have the same access as boys and men. For those women who do want to practice a sport, it can be a risky thing to attempt. Hajar Abulfazl, a 24-year-old medical doctor who had played for the Afghanistan women’s national soccer team for nearly a decade, also went through these struggles.
When she was younger, she would sneak out through an open window to play soccer. Her uncle had come over and was blocking the front door. He was there a lot of the time to tell her to stop playing sports. “He’d say, ‘Hajar, it’s against Islam for a girl to do that, you can’t do that.’ ” ‘Hajar said she could not find anything in Islam that said girls play sports.In most families in Afghanistan, girls and women were expected to stay home to clean, cook, get married and have children, while sports were for men. “I wanted to use the power of sport to show the power of women to people,” she said in an interview last month in her office in downtown Washington. She said it’s important for her that girls understand how strong they can be. When she was younger, she often heard the opposite and it bothered her. “I just wouldn’t accept that girls were weak,” she said.
When Abulfazl was 14, she saw the members of Afghanistan’s first women’s national soccer team rise above. In 2007, Khalida Popal became captain of that team. By playing soccer, Popal could prove to men that women were their equals, she said. The country wasn’t quite ready for women to play soccer at the time. Garbage was thrown at her and she and other players were called prostitutes. But soccer was too important to her and she would not quit. She considered it more than a game. “I used football to prove and say that women and men are equal and women can take an active power in society. She had to flee the country in 2011 because she and her family had received death threats. “I wanted to encourage other women to join us and stand with us.” Popal now lives in Denmark, where she was granted asylum and is the program and event director for the Afghanistan women’s national team.
Another female athlete, Kiran Khan from Pakistan, grew up training for swimming. She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after years of posing as a boy so she could swim in a local club that barred girls who had reached puberty. To pass as male, she would wear her hair short and wore a full-length swimsuit. She said that swimming gave her the confidence to feel like a powerful woman and that more girls should have that opportunity. These women faced a lot of backlash for pursuing what they were passionate about and still succeeded. Representation matters, and the next time a young girl sees a woman being a leader, they’ll know they can have an impact too. Just like Hajar Abulfazl when she saw the members of Afghanistan’s first women’s national soccer team.
Images: The Afghan Football Federation
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