2019 6A boys golf tournament finals 7

Lone Peak sophomore Preston Smithson celebrates making a birdie on the final hole during the 6A boys golf tournament at Meadowbrook golf course in Taylorsville on Oct. 1, 2019.

Preston Smithson

Sophomore golfer

Lone Peak

One of the best stories of the 2019 fall sports season was the one experienced by Knight sophomore golfer Preston Smithson. 

As the 6A state tournament neared, he wasn't even guaranteed a spot on the Lone Peak squad that would compete at Meadowbrook golf course in Taylorsville, although he did just enough in a qualifier the week before to get in.

Then he surged to the top, shooting a 1-under-par 71 on the first day and then finishing with a 3-under-par 69 on Day 2. That was enough to give Smithson the individual medalist honors and helped the Knights blast past the competition to earn another first-place finish.

6A state girls tennis championships 10

Lilly Craft of Pleasant Grove returns the ball during a doubles match against Skyridge's Jaya Cluff and Alyssa Muaina at Liberty Park Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Natalie Behring for the Daily Herald)

Lilly Craft

Senior tennis player

Pleasant Grove

The top Viking doubles team had its work cut out during the 6A state girls tennis tournament at Liberty Park last week but always seemed to find ways to get the big points.

Lilly Craft, a senior, worked with junior teammate Chloie Brinton to go all the way to the state championship, winning tight sets in the quarterfinals against a team from Herriman, in the semifinals against a team from Davis and in the finals against a team from Skyridge.

In the end, however, Craft kept making big shots and with Brinton secured the championship.

“Winning the state title means the world,” Craft said after winning state. “I never thought I would make it to this point, so I am so stoked.”

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