The junior varsity (JV) and varsity softball teams at Bonneville High School have had great success this year. JV played their first ever away game against Blackfoot, which they unfortunately lost, but this loss did not prevent the girls from making long-lasting memories. Hailey Mecham, a member of the JV team, expressed the enjoyment she gets from spending time with her teammates, stating, “The funniest thing that has happened this season was in St. George. (At the beginning of the season we always have a tournament down there). I was in a room with Miah Jacobson, Kylee Olaveson, and Erica Haynes. We had the best time, we were up for hours just talking and laughing. It was awesome, one of them put on a facemask and laid in bed and it was hilarious! They made the trip so fun!” Softball has helped some students attending BHS become closer and learn more about one another. Lifelong memories like these are what make highschool softball such an excellent experience.
Tryouts for varsity were split into two days. The first day included timed running to determine how fast the girls could make it from home base to first. The second day was primarily focused on hitting and recording how fast the ball comes off the bats. The varsity played and won their first game in St. George. The varsity team has had six wins and 15 losses this season so far.
Similar to JV, varsity has also had great memories. Faith Arteaga mentioned her favorite memories thus far, expressing, “The season has been so good! We had new coaching staff and they are so helpful with us. They push us to try our hardest everyday. My teammates are the best. We are a family and all get along so well and play together really good.” In addition to Arteaga’s statement, Saydee Howell added, “The funnest memory I had this year and I think I could say this for a lot of our team, was beating Skyline, not once but twice.” It is evident that this year's BHS Softball team have built strong bonds with each other that have helped them come out on top. In the end, this softball season has been a remarkable opportunity for these girls to become closer as one.
It is that time of year again, and the Bonneville ballroom team hosting tryouts once more. The tryouts were held in the auxiliary gym at 4 p.m. going until 6 p.m. for two days. These days are April 25th through the 26th, each day being a new step for future performers. April 25th is the clinic where they teach two routines. April 26th was the actual tryouts where the students reviewed the dances that were taught the previous day as well as getting judged. They auditioner dance with expertend partner, and get judged on how they do. A few days later the results will be posted.
Bonneville's ballroom dances during basketball games, football games, and competitions. The times for practice are four days a week from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. during the first trimester, and also from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. during the second and third trimesters; there may be extended or extra practices during the competition season. Missing practice can be difficult to make up for. There are videos online showing what was learned the previous day. Missing practice will set everything back. Terri Guymon, the ballroom team manager, said: “Anyone can join ballroom. We have three different groups on the team: beginning, intermediate, and advanced, so all are welcome.” The ballroom team encourages anyone to join no matter their dance skill level. Ballrooms perform from October to March once every couple of weeks but depending on when football or basketball games and competitions are happening. New dancers are taught dances such as Cha-Cha, Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot and Samba. As they progress and improve, they learn other styles such as Rumba, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Jive, and more. The team has different types of competitions: Team, Syllabus, and, Open.
There is a middle school team now as well, led by Coach Javie Guthrie. Green team, the most beginner, is coached by McKinley Christiansen this year. Silver, intermediate, is coached by Sara Guthrie, and Gold, the most advanced, is coached by Javie Guthrie and Tiffani Bailey. Having a middle school team will give the dancers a head start as well as know what to expect when transferring to the high school team. The extra time gives them six years instead of four years to dance with the school.
Bonneville ballroom is glad to have new members join the team. The auditioners skill level does not matter, since they teach everything that a student needs to know to make the team. Tryouts are held each year, always giving a chance to those who want to dance their hearts out. They are needing performers for next season because the numbers on the team are plummeting. If anyone wants to join or even just try, please do. Contact Terri, any of the coaches, the BHS ballroom Instagram page, or any of the current performers.
Every year, many unconventional sports are played at Bonneville High School; brawleyball is one such sport. Following the same rules as volleyball, brawleyball allows male athletes to participate in the fun of the sport; its only difference is the name. Although most practices and games occur at Bonneville, the district championships take place at Hillcrest High School. The sport’s season is contained to April, since it has very few events and practices. Ashley Yorgason, Student Council Advisor and English teacher, claims that brawleyball promotes school spirit and “creates a safe space for teens to get together.” Because of a lack of boy’s volleyball in District 93, brawleyball allows high school boys to play the game and have fun.
The students playing the sport say that brawleyball definitely makes up for the absence of boys’ volleyball at BHS. Mateo Medrano, a junior and brawleyball player at BHS, claims that although he would be tempted to play volleyball, it might be too serious as a professional sport. In a low-stakes, high-energy game such as brawleyball, players are able to shake the loss off and still have fun through losses.
Only two brawleyball games and four practices are held before the district championships, which is hosted by Hillcrest High School. Teams were decided by grade levels and each team would play against another grade. Medrano believes that while there are enough games, the practices are too few in number, since there are only four of them. He also claims that compared to the girls’ volleyball team, the boys’ brawleyball players are “pretty basic” as far as skills go. Medrano explains that while the games are fun, the stands are packed with more parents than students; school spirit and support from peers would be appreciated by the athletes. Even though there is a lack of audience at games, the brawleyball team is very close and, according to Medrano, do not have any problems with each other as far as getting along and playing fairly. Most of these boys participate in football or basketball together and decide to play brawleyball together. Football players who do not play spring sports during the third trimester often find themselves bored without a game to play. Having brawleyball during the spring gives these players something to do. This keeps them active as well as in shape during the spring season. The last event was on April 24th at Hillcrest, so that wraps up a great season!