By Tom Zulewski
She may be a coach’s daughter, but Cedar senior Tasha Kamachi knew her achievements were done all on her own. On May 9, Kamachi – a midfielder who scored five goals and added 14 assists in her senior season – signed a letter of intent to play college soccer for Utah State University-Eastern in Price.
Kamachi became the sixth player from the Lady Reds’ team that won the 3A state title in 2014 to receive a scholarship to play sports at the collegiate level, joining Nicole Jenkins, Makenna Clark, Rachael Hunt, Julia Hunt (all Snow College soccer) and Hannah Sobel. Sobel had received soccer offers, but chose to attend Utah Valley on a track and field scholarship.
With Kamachi heading to play in Price, she’ll become a Scenic West Conference rival to Rachael and Julia Hunt, who signed letters to play for Snow College on Feb. 22.
-From the “what were they thinking?” department: In anticipation of rainy weather in Northern Utah over last weekend, the UHSAA turned proactive and moved two of the four 4A baseball first-round pods for the 4A state tournament to our area.
Dixie had already won hosting rights as Region 9 champion, but pods that were scheduled for Spanish Fork and Sky View (Logan) were switched to the four remaining Washington County high schools – Hurricane, Pine View, Desert Hills and Snow Canyon. There was some rain at Juan Diego, but that pod was played even with delays that pushed the finish back to after 10 p.m.
On the softball side, no such move was made. Only Cedar’s pod was completed and the others at Spanish Fork, Bear River and Tooele were postponed to Monday and Tuesday this week.
It’s doubtful the delay will have much of an effect on the teams, but it only creates administrative headaches for coaches, athletic directors and teachers who have to make sure the athletes have their workload kept up to date.
Even on the 2A side, Parowan and Beaver have to wait until Friday to play their quarterfinal game at Spanish Fork because last Friday’s scheduled games were also rained out. The Rams got a clutch bases-clearing double from Lauren Logan with two outs in the top of the sixth inning as they rallied to beat Millard 7-5 on May 10. Their reward is a matchup with 2A South rival Beaver, who finished as the No. 2 seed. The Beavers beat 2A North champion Duchesne by a 12-6 count to advance to the rematch.
Beaver also swept both regular season meetings with Parowan, 8-4 on April 10 and 11-3 on April 13.
-The Region 9 track meet happened May 9 and 10 at Dixie High in St. George. While Desert Hills swept to the boys and girls team titles, Cedar’s girls team finished second with 147 points and the boys were fourth, while Canyon View’s boys were second (100 points) and the girls came in fifth As we did here last week for the BYU Invitational, these are the athletes who brought home top-5 finishes from Cedar and Canyon View high schools:
Girls 3,200 meters: Harley Taylor (Cedar), 2nd, 11:32.51.
Boys 3,200: Jensen Lambert (Cedar), 1st, 9:50.29.
Girls 800: Kaysie Klemic (Cedar), 5th, 2:26.23.
Boys 800: Easton Brandt (Canyon View, 2nd, 1:59.23.
Girls sprint medley relay: Cedar (Hayley Schoppmann, Maren Street, Rachael Hunt, Klemic), 1st, 4:20.00; Canyon View (Jessica Pace, Addison Newman, Larissa Dabb, Kaylee Hillyard), 4th, 4:22.91.
Boys sprint medley relay: Canyon View (Mitchell Wright, Nelson Douglas, Britt Dunnell, Korban Cook), 1st, 3:37.24; Cedar (Michael Coleman, Kolbe Meek, Eric Anderson, Jensen Lambert), 2nd; 3:45.76.
Girls 1,600: Mic Webster (Cedar), 1st, 5:06.41; Harley Taylor (Cedar), 3rd, 5:16.18.
Boys 1,600: Lambert (Cedar), 1st, 4:26.11; Brady Bettridge (Cedar), 3rd, 4:31.02; Brandt (CV), 4th, 4:32.51.
Boys 110 hurdles: Trent Maurer (Cedar), 2nd, 14.57; Brayden Cavallieri (CV), 3rd, 15.69.
Girls 100: Julia Hunt (Cedar), 1st, 12.53; Jasie York (Cedar), 2nd, 13.00.
Boys 100: Wright (CV), 3rd, 11.35.
Girls 4×100 relay: Canyon View (Jessica Pace, Shelby Brindley, Briley Bergener, Newman), 5th, 54.51.
Boys 4×100 relay: Canyon View (Justin Hillyard, Cavallieri, Jake Nelson, Douglas), 3rd, 44.31; Cedar (Maurer, Chet Higby, Hunter Mogensen, Meek), 4th, 44.81.
Girls 400: York (Cedar), 1st, 57.28; Dabb (CV), 2nd, 58.67; Rachael Hunt (Cedar), 5th, 59.43.
Boys 400: Dunnell (CV), 2nd, 51.12; Wright (CV), 5th, 51.59.
Girls 300 hurdles: Julia Hunt (Cedar), 2nd, 47.18.
Boys 300 hurdles: Trenton Stapley (CV), 5th, 42.90.
Girls 200: York (Cedar), 1st, 26.01; Julia Hunt (Cedar), 3rd, 26.95; Rachael Hunt (Cedar), 4th, 27.07.
Boys 200: Wright (CV), 1st, 23.00; Higby (Cedar), 4th, 23.76.
Girls 4×400 relay: Canyon View (Newman, Hillyard, Bryn Banks, Dabb), 2nd, 4:14.68.
Boys 4×400 relay: Canyon View (Dunnell, Hunter Jones, Brandt, Douglas), 1st, 3:28.65; Cedar (Higby, Caleb Weaver, Bettridge, Mogensen), 4th, 3:34.84.
Girls long jump: Julia Hunt (Cedar), 2nd, 16-6.5.
Girls shot put: Merce Tarrayo (Cedar), 2nd, 34-11.
Girls javelin: Cristal Elias (CV), 2nd, 115-11
Boys discus: Maurer (Cedar), 4th, 141-9.
Boys long jump: Cavallieri (CV), 2nd, 20-6; Nelson (CV), 5th, 19-5.5.
Boys shot put: Drake Fakahua (Cedar), 4th, 45-11; Drew Fakahua (Cedar), 5th, 44-7.
Boys javelin: Drake Fakahua (Cedar), 2nd, 164-10; Hillyard (CV), 3rd, 164-3.
Girls discus: Brooke Shoop (Cedar), 1st, 102-9.5; Tarrayo (Cedar), 3rd, 100-10.
Girls high jump: Sara Kovac (Cedar), 4th, 5-0.
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