The grind that is the high school sports season officially came to an end last week, a marathon that was bookended by a couple of baseball games.
The official kickoff to the 2013-14 prep sports season began last Aug. 6 with a 1A baseball game, and concluded last Friday when Jordan held off Pleasant Grove for the 5A baseball state championship.
In between, there were thousands and thousands of high school games, meets, matches, invitationals and duels across the state.
After 9 1/2 months of high school sports action and 89 state championships — the most ever factored in the 35-year history of the Deseret News All-Sports Awards — the newspaper is excited to announce the 2013-14 winners.
Desert Hills headlines all champions as it set a new all-time record regardless of classification with 116 all-sports points to win the 3A title.
Lone Peak is the top school in 5A for the first time since 2005. Skyline narrowly won the 4A title in a very competitive year. Emery won its first 2A All-Sports Award in school history, while Panguitch dethroned seven-time winner St. Joseph in 1A.
The Deseret News All-Sports Awards denote 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.
Only three schools didn’t receive any all-sports points in 5A through 2A combined.
Brighton, which finished fourth in 5A this year, holds the record for 11 consecutive awards from 1980-91.
Here’s a look at each classification.
Class 5A: A strong fall season vaulted Lone Peak High past Bingham for its first All-Sports Award since claiming the 4A title during the 2004-05 school year.
The Knights won the boys golf title in the fall, finished second in girls tennis and boys cross-country, and also had semifinal appearances in girls soccer and football.
Lone Peak’s sports teams tallied 44 all-sports points in the fall, and only 41 more the rest of the school year, but those 85 points were good enough this year. Bingham won last year with 92.5 points.
Lone Peak’s boys basketball team won the school’s only other championship — no small feat since it was a state-record fourth-straight state title.
Bingham, Davis, Brighton, Viewmont and American Fork rounded out the top six in 5A.
Second-place Bingham placed in the top eight in 17 of 19 sports, but football was the school’s only state championship.
Davis won the most state championships with three, while Lone Peak, Brighton, Pleasant Grove and Riverton all won two.
Lone Peak’s boys finished with the most all-sports points with 50.5, while Davis’ girls led the way with 43.
Twelve different schools won state titles this year.
Class 4A: Skyline’s boys soccer championship last week at Rio Tinto Stadium helped the Eagles claim the top honor in a very balanced 4A landscape. Thirteen different teams won state championships this past school year with all 29 4A schools earning all-sports points.
Skyline tallied 58 points to claim its second title in three years after dominating the 4A field in the 2011-12 school year.