During 2016-17, schools from across Utah Valley and the surrounding area got to experience the thrill of hoisting championship trophies — or at least accepting trophies as the runner-up.
Local teams won 16 state championships and 16 second-place finishes, bringing a total of 32 state trophies back to the area.
While that was fewer than in some previous years, there were many stellar individual and team performances to remember from this past school year.
Here’s a look at the results for area teams in all UHSAA-sanctioned sports in the 2016 fall season. Winter sports will be detailed Wednesday, and the spring sports on Thursday.
FOOTBALL 5A best finish: For the second straight year, Lone Peak lost in the state 5A title game when Bingham held on for a 17-10 win. Lone Peak coach Mike Mower stepped down as head coach after four years as a head coach. He and was replaced by Offensive Coordinator Bart Brockbank.
4A best finish: In 4A, Springville was hoping to win its first state football title since 1986. In a battle of undefeated teams, East beat Springville 48-20 in the 4A championship game.
3AA/3A/2A/1A best finish: Juan Diego beat Delta 35-21 in the 3A championship game.
Player of the Year: Payton Kelepolo, Sr. RB, Springville
Kelepolo ran Springville to the state 4A championship game by racking up 1,633 yards rushing and scored 21 touchdowns. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry and finished the year second in all-time rushing yards for a season.
5A champion: In one of the greatest state finals ever, Lone Peak and Pleasant Grove battled back and forth for five thrilling sets. It wasn’t until the Knights finally capped the 17-15 win in the fifth set that the championship was decided.
4A best finish: Mountain View and Salem Hills both reached the semifinals but lost. The Bruins then defeated the Skyhawks in the third-place game.
3AA/3A/2A/1A best finish: Delta reached the semifinals in the 2A tournament and ended up in third place overall.
Player of the Year: Madelyn Robinson, Jr. OH, Lone Peak
Robinson stood out among a group of outstanding players for the 5A state champion Knights. In 2016, she had 265 kills while hitting a terrific .391. Robinson also totaled 48 aces, 52 total blocks and 142 digs. She’ll return next season but has already committed to play for BYU.
GIRLS SOCCER 5A best finish: American Fork saw a great season come to an end in the 5A semifinals when Fremont scored the only goal to eliminate the Cavemen.
4A champion: Sparked by a dramatic quarterfinal rally at Bonneville, Timpview surged into the 4A championship game and secured the first-ever title in the sport for the Thunderbirds as they defeated East, 2-0.
3AA/3A/2A/1A best finish: Maeser reached the 2A semifinals before losing to Waterford, who eventually won the state title.
Player of the Year: Ashton Brockbank, Jr. MF, Timpview
Versatile midfielder who did some of everything for the Thunderbirds, including scoring 11 goals and making four assists. Her presence on offense, defense and in transition was invaluable during the state-title run.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
5A champion: Thanks to three finishers in the Top 5, American Fork held off Lone Peak to get the title.
Top performers: Caveman senior Casey Clinger came in first, while McKay Johns was second and Patrick Parker was fifth overall. Lehi’s Ryan Raff was fourth, while three Knight runners (Seth Freckleton, Zach Erickson and Justin Hartsholm) were in the Top 10.
4A best finish: Timpanogos ended up second behind Olympus and Springville was third overall.
Top performers: Utah Valley had the top four finishers as Joe Benson of Timpanogos won the individual title with Grant Gardner of Springville second, Aidan Troutner of Timpview third and Brandon Garnica of Springville fourth.
3A/2A/1A best finish: Maeser finished fourth in the 2A competition.
Top performer: Maeser’s Logan Norris finished seventh overall in the 2A race.
Summary: Utah Valley again proved to be deep and talented in boys cross country with numerous top 10 finishes. Only an excellent team showing by Olympus prevented the area from getting another sweep of the top spots in the big classifications.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
5A champion: American Fork’s depth proved to be just enough to hold off Davis for the team title.
Top performers: Caveman senior Sara Musselman was the top area finisher as she came in third, while teammate Sammy Hollingsworth was ninth. Three Lone Peak runners (Amanda Erickson, Ali Bybee and Madison Hafen) were in the Top 10.
4A champion: In one of the closest finishes possible, Timpanogos edged Mountain View by a single point to secure first place.
Top performers: Eight of the Top 10 finishers were from the area with Springville’s Julie Sumsion holding off Provo’s Kate Hunter for the title.
3A/2A/1A best finish: Manti finished fourth in the 2A competition.
Top performer: Tintic senior Bailey Wall earned the individual title in the 1A race, winning by nearly a minute.
Summary: Utah Valley girls cross country again featured numerous top teams and elite performers. Six of the top seven teams at state in Class 4A were from Utah Valley.
5A best finish: Lone Peak battled but couldn’t quite get past Davis, finishing second as a team.
Top performers: The Knight doubles teams both win the championships in their divisions as Rachel Neeleman and Cami Gricius won No. 1 Doubles and Katie King and Ellie Slighting won No. 2 Doubles.
4A best finish: Orem and Timpview split the points and tied for second as Olympus won the championship.
Top performers: Ali Greer and Aspen Jones won a state title for Orem in No. 2 Doubles.
3A/2A/1A best finish: Manti finished fourth in the 2A competition.
Top performers: Templar duo Katherine Harmston and Aurionna Squire won the title in No. 2 Doubles.
5A champion: Lone Peak continued its golf dynasty by becoming the first team to win four straight 5A golf championships. All six of Lone Peak’s players were under par on the final day. Sky View finished a distant second at 581. On the final day of the state 5A golf tournament, the
Top performers: Elijah Turner (Lone Peak) finished second, Max Brenchley (Lone Peak) was third.
4A champion: Salem Hills won its first golf title in school history after the team fired a 297 on the final day to finish with a team score of 601, two strokes ahead of Bonneville and Box Elder, who tied for second.
Top performers: Brock Nielson (Salem Hills, tied for fourth)
3A/2A/1A best finish: Carbon (fifth)
Top performer: Joe Garlick (North Sanpete) finished seventh
Summary: Lone Peak’s team score of 269 on the final day was the best single-day score in Utah prep golf history. Their overall team score of 552 also set a state record for overall team score.
Elijah Turner, who was Lone Peak’s No.3 player based on Region 4 play, began the day as the tournament leader with a first-round score of 68. He shot another 68 and ended up tied with Weber’s Connor Howe for individual medalist honors but Howe won on individual medalist honors on a playoff hole.
Salem Hills was led by Brock Nielson, who finished in a tie for fourth overall.
Another key for Salem Hills was the turnaround of Steve Barton, who carded an 81 in the first round. He came back to shoot a 71.