Springville takes state bas­ket­ball ti­tle

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Helmick

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Springville High School Red Devils boys bas­ket­ball team for win­ning the state cham­pi­onship game on March 4 in Og­den.

The game was a nail-biter that went to over­time twice, but the Red Devils never gave up. The game ended with an 81 to 79 vic­tory and the first state ti­tle for Springville High School boys bas­ket­ball since 1958.

When the team re­turned to Springville at about 9:30 p.m. and came off I-15 at the north Springville exit, they were met with a fire de­part­ment and po­lice de­part­ment es­cort back to the high school. Crowds of peo­ple lined the street and then joined the con­voy in their own ve­hi­cles. What a won­der­ful, clas­sic Amer­i­can sight this was, the demon­stra­tion of pride and joy by so many for a record book team achieve­ment.

What makes this game and the Springville High School Red Devils boys bas­ket­ball team even more in­ter­est­ing is the story be­hind the team. The boys were long-time res­i­dents of Springville and had played to­gether for years. Sev­eral of the team mem­bers come from fam­i­lies of bas­ket­ball play­ers. Ben­nett Hullinger’s dad played for Springville High in the 1980s and Jesse Hullinger’s dad was on the team in the 1990s. El­liot Jor­dan, the grand­fa­ther of sopho­more Jay­mon Jor­dan, played on the 1958 state cham­pi­onship team. What will the five se­niors on the team be do­ing af­ter grad­u­a­tion? All of them have sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions for two-year LDS mis­sion as­sign­ments. The se­ri­ous­ness and com­mit­ment with which th­ese young men live their lives is a re­ward­ing ex­am­ple of fam­ily and com­mu­nity val­ues in Springville. Now ju­niors and sopho­mores will move up to take on next year’s chal­lenge. Coach Justin Snell, you are do­ing a great job, and you have lot to look for­ward to.

Photo by Mark Spencer

The Springville High School boys bas­ket­ball team won the state cham­pi­onship game March 4.

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