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Runner pulled over for reward

by Camden Lower

Cross Country is something Casey Clinger does every morning while taking familiar routes around his American Fork home, but Wednesday started a little different when he was pulled over by a local police officer and filmed by an ESPN camera crew.

The officer told Clinger to step out of the vehicle while they search the trunk. Undoubtedly panicked, Clinger stepped out of the car, wondering what he did wrong. The officer removed a trophy from a bag, awarding Clinger with the Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year Award.

“It’s definitely been a special year,” said Clinger after recently committing to run for BYU in the fall while keeping a 4.0 GPA.

Clinger is honored to receive such a prestigious award.

“Just knowing all the people who’ve gotten it before me, they’re all studs,” Clinger said on the video honoring him. “And it’s just an honor.”

Clinger won the Nike Cross Nationals Race at just 15 minutes and 28.4 seconds. American Fork has built an outstanding cross country organization and Casey is a great example to prove it.

Rockwell Marshals basketball season wrap-up

by Dylan Beck

Both the girls and boys basketball teams had their senior nights on February 6 and 7.

In their final games of the season, the boys team went against the number one team in the region –  Layton Christian Academy (LCA). It was a game that turned out to be LCA’s from the beginning. Rockwell played American Preparatory Academy (APA) on Wednesday and were upset; now they are going to state and playing as the 4th seed against Emery – a number one seed.

The girls had a different senior night game, with a 20 point win against APA. They played LCA on Friday and JV lost by a meager 2 points, while Varsity had a more-than-20-point deficit to this team looking to seek first place with a coin flip.

The Rockwell girls varsity team was made up of 5 seniors – 4 of whom were starters, while the Rockwell boys varsity team was made up of 7 seniors – 3 of whom were starters.

“I’m going to miss playing with my girls,” said Lynsie, a senior point guard and girls varsity team captain, “It’s going to be weird not playing next year.”

Between wins and losses it has been a great season and these seniors will be missed.

“My favorite quote says ‘I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying,’” said Tanner, a senior point guard and captain of the boys Varsity team. “I loved playing with my brothers.”

Marshals tied for 2nd in region basketball standings

by Dylan Beck

The Marshals are sitting happily on the region standings, tied for 2nd with Waterford.

This past week the boys won 5 straight games from Frosh to Varsity. On the 17th, they played a non-region team, Pinnacle, and all 3 teams won! The next day they versed APA, a region game, and won JV and Varsity. Frosh didn’t play.

This past Monday, they played the region projected #1 team, LCA. All 3 teams suffered losses. They hope to bounce back today against Waterford.

Friday is a Home Game against Rowland Hall so make sure you come and cheer on your Marshals!

Next week Tuesday is a girls Home Game against Wasatch Academy. Make sure you wish them luck this Thursday and Friday for their away games.

Rockettes “piqued” their way to first

by Dylan Beck

The Lady Marshals “piqued” their way to first at their competition Jan. 14th at Corner Canyon High School.

They received first places for all of their dances as they competed against other 2A schools from the region. They also received awards for technique, excellence, and for their military dance. All the girls did a great job a danced like a team.

“I’m very proud of my team and the hard work they put into getting first in every routine,” said drill coach Maddie Beck. “I’m looking forward to see their success at Region and State.”

The girls are super pumped about tomorrow for the Regional competition (they might be a little nervous too). Hopefully they can use their last performances to push them all the way to the top!

“We were all very focused and determined walking into the competition,” said Mistress Tiny Madsen. “It was the best feeling to have all of our hard work pay off and get first place.”

This competition will be the true test of the year. Let’s Go Lady Marshals! Go Win State!

“I’m very proud of my team and the hard work they put into getting first in every routine. I’m looking forward to see their success at Region and State.”-Maddie Beckimg_5888


by Dylan Beck

This week for Marshals sports news, we had Boy’s Basketball Wednesday, Girl’s Basketball Yesterday, and another Boy’s Basketball game in SLC. Also the Drill Team is performing on Saturday at their competition.

Girl’s Basketball has continued to do well as they are 6-6 in their last 12 games. The last game before Thursday night was against Skyridge High School. A very big but new school that was the favorite to win. Rockwell ended up losing 64-17. They started region play this Thursday against the Rowland Hall- St.Marks, Winged Lions. They lost 61-34. They hope to bounce back next Tuesday against Waterford.

Boy’s Basketball went to their tournament last week in Enterprise, Utah. It was an 8-team tournament, 4 boy teams, 4 girl teams. Rockwell versed schools El Capitan, and Water Canyon. Both games were L’s but not by much. Wednesday the Marshal’s played against our neighboring school, Westlake. JV held their own in a one of the best games they have played but lost it in the second half and lost their 1 point lead and fell to the Thunder 35-74, Varsity didn’t have the same type of game as they lost 85-25

The Drill Team had their first competition Dec 10th at Juan Diego High School. They placed 2nd in Military, 3rd in Dance, 3rd in Kick. They hope to get better results at their next competition which is this Saturday at Salem Hills. Come support your Lady Marshals!

Marshal basketball team takes second win of the season


by Dylan Beck

The Rockwell Marshals boys basketball team played hard in an away, non-conference game against Maeser Prep. Academy Wednesday.

The first game was the Freshman/Sophomore game, which ended up being the best game of the night for the Marshals. They led from tip-off all the way to a 48-42 victory. Not the same case for JV or Varsity though, as both teams lost. The boys hope to bounce back this Friday when they play ALA at home.

Rockwell’s Varsity has one win on the season, JV has yet to win a game, and the Freshman/Sophomore team won their second game of the season last night. Come cheer on the Marshals at their next home game this Friday night as they play ALA.


Junior High boys basketball team works together in back-and-forth games

by Paige Alder

Rockwell Charter’s junior high boys basketball teams have started their season and are excited for what’s in store.

“The team has been doing really well,” said junior high boys basketball coach Seth Sadler. “We’ve played two games so far. Both were lost,  but both have been close, back-and-forth games.”

This season is Coach Sadler’s second year coaching and he loves working with the team.

“It’s a good experience,” he said. “It is only my second year coaching so I’m not super experienced, but it’s super fun”

Coach Sadler says the boys all enjoy basketball and get along great on the court. They work together as a team and that will bring success in-and-of itself.

“The team doesn’t have any ball hogs,” Sadler said. “They all share and work together as a team.”

Make sure to catch the team’s next home game tonight at 8 pm versus Mountainville.

Jared Ward: Father, professor, and Olympian

by Dylan Beck

Utah is known for its talented athletes, and several of these talented Utah residents competed at Rio 2016 for the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics. Some of these athletes who competed include rugby player Maka Unufe, rower Devery Karz, and beach volleyball player Jake Gibb. Paralympic competitors include Eagle Mountain resident David Blair, Syracuse High School student Hunter Woodhall, archer Michael Lukow, and Marybai Huking who played as the youngest member on the 2016 goal-ball team.

Jared Ward of Provo, Utah, says he never dreamed of competing in the Olympics, and didn’t begin his Olympic training until 2013. Despite this, he competed in the marathon, 20K, and 25K events at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and placed sixth overall in the marathon event. Jared Ward knew he had a knack for distance running when he ran his first marathon in just over two hours, but he never imagined that talent would turn him into an Olympian.

Ward is currently on the United States Track and Field Team. He has had many career highlight runs dating back to 2013, where he placed 13th overall in the Chicago Marathon, and has only improved from there. He placed first three other times, and has taken second and third place in various races over the past couple years.

Ward started running seriously during his sophomore year of high school.

“Running wasn’t even my number one sport – soccer was,” Ward said. “But I’ve always liked running. I ran in grade school in the fun-runs, or in the mile for P.E., and now I have been running for 12 years.”

Ward went to Brigham Young University, where he was a tough competitor on the University’s track and field team.

“I didn’t have eligibility for cross country, but I did have it for track,” Ward said. “My coach, Coach Eyestone, who is the coach for BYU but also my personal coach, wanted me to run a marathon.”

Ward ran his first marathon – the Chicago Marathon – in 2013, and ran it in two hours and 16 minutes flat. This time qualified him for the Olympic Trials.

Although Ward always considered himself more of a track runner, he started focusing on marathons and quickly knew that was what he would be doing competitively. He was shocked when his marathon times qualified him for the 2016 Olympics – he had never imagined being able to compete in such a prestigious event.

“I had fun in running, but competing in the Olympics was never a possibility to me,” Ward said. “I mean I always dreamed about making a national story or something but I never thought I would make it this far – it just happened.”

Preparing for the Olympics wasn’t easy, so Ward’s track coach increased his mileage at a rigorous pace.

“When I first started running marathons, Coach Eyestone had me run 40 miles per week,” Ward said. “Then he had me move to 90-95 miles a week, and now I run 120 miles every week.”

Ward loves running, but more importantly, he is a husband to his wife and a father to his children. Preparing to compete at Rio 2016 was tricky while balancing his family and career as a statistics professor at Brigham Young University, but his hard work paid off.

Eagle Mountain resident comes home from the paralympics games in Rio

by Dylan Beck

Rockwell students filled the sidewalk and grass in front of Rockwell Monday to cheer for David Blair as he arrived home from the paralympics in Rio.

Blair went to Rio to compete in the paralympic games. He is on the USA Track and Field team and he throws the discus and shot-put. He was born with a clubfoot and was told that he would never be able to play sports and wouldn’t be able to function normally as a child, but he didn’t give up. He had surgery after surgery, and later proved doctors wrong by competing in his athletic endeavors.

Blair was very good at throwing when he discovered the discus throw. He had no coaching so he learned from videos and taught himself. He later went on to win the high-school state championships, and received an athletic scholarship to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He broke many school records and earned two conference titles in hammer and weight throw. While at Weber State, Blair received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in technical sales and computer science.After graduating from Weber State, Blair picked up the discus and threw it 54.25 meters after not having thrown it for 16 years. He finished his season 6 months later with a silver in the world championships in Doha, Qatar.

Blair went to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center in 1993, and won the Male Adaptive Athlete of the year at the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards. This year he won gold for the discus and last year he received a bronze. He has 3 medals total at the world championships.As Blair walked up the street with his gold medal shining in the sunlight, high-fiving everyone close to the road, Rockwell students cheered and clapped as he reached the top of the street. Fire trucks were blaring the horns and lights as they drove off down the road. Journalists from many newspapers came out to photograph this event.

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VOLLEYBALL’S First Home Game

by Dylan Beck

The JV team started their game at 5:45 very s-l-o-w. In no time the visiting Wasatch Academy Tigers clawed their way to victory for the first set, 25-12.

The JV Lady Marshals shook off the loss and got ready for the next match but it was a 25-8 loss. 3rd match lady marshals won 15-12 with lots of improvement and spirit heading into the last match but the tigers were too strong and won the last match 15-9. All in all a good outing for the Lady Marshals.

Varsity’s first match was a very intense back and forth match but the Lady Marshals played hard and won 27-25. They came in looking like they were going to win again but fell early in the second set with a 25-12 loss. The Lady Marshals had a good start but they couldn’t hold off the tigers in their 2nd loss, 25-14. The last match of the game was high-intensity but the tigers were on their game and won the last match 25-12.
Overall they played a good game. Even though they lost hopefully they can bounce back against the Rowland Hall Winged Lions on Tuesday, September 20th. Their next home game is on the 27th against the Waterford Ravens.

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