The Mayor’s Cup was created in order to add intensity to the rivalry by honoring the school with the most success within the Rail City rivalry. Eighteen sports programs compete in hopes of earning points for their schools.
Freshman, JV and varsity squads all earn points based on how well they perform against their cross-town rival.
“I feel like it was what we envisioned when we first starting talking about it,” Reed athletic director Ron Coombs said. “We wanted something that wasn’t just one sport specific but allowed not only all of our sports to compete, but all of our athletes from freshmen all the way up to the seniors.”
The Raiders took a 26-20 lead after the fall season.
Spanish Springs actually had more success in head-to-head matchups in the regular season, but Reed earned 12 extra points thanks to a pair of postseason victories.
Reed’s varsity football squad secured the school eight points with back-to-back wins over Spanish Springs in the regular-season finale and in the first round of he playoffs.
The big bonus came in varsity volleyball. The Raiders erased the five points the Cougars claimed by sweeping the two regular-season meetings and the one point the SSHS freshman team earned when the RHS spikers pulled off a shocker in the Northern 4A Region championship match that featured both Sparks schools. The regional championship win over Spanish Springs was worth seven points. Reed’s playoff football win over the Purple and White was worth five points.
In the winter, Reed increased its lead to eight points by earning 15 points compared to Spanish Springs’ 13.
Spanish Springs once again won one more matchup than Reed, taking five of nine. However, the Raiders earned two bonus points from their dominance in varsity boys and girls basketball as they swept the season series. That accounted for over half of Reed’s Mayor’s Cup points during the winter season.
The Blue and Gold also enjoyed a 4-2 edge at the regional skiing championships.
Spanish Springs picked up eight points in wrestling and rifle.
With over 20 points possibly up for grabs in the spring sports season, the trophy could belong to either school.
The softball doubleheader will be at Spanish Springs on April 21. Boys golf concludes its competition with Reed hosting its weekly tournament on April 25. Baseball will face off on April 27 and 28 with the varsity series opener played at Aces Ballpark.
The Cougars have a clear edge in boys golf, but softball and baseball could go either way at the varsity level. The Mayor’s Cup could truly go down to the postseason in individual sports like track and field and swimming, which historically don’t feel the intensity of the rivalry as much.
“I feel like spring sports will come on a little stronger for Spanish Springs. We have a very young track team, so I don’t know if we will be able to gain any ground in track,” SSHS athletic director Art Anderson said. “In baseball and softball, hopefully we’ll be able to make it a little tighter of a race than it is right now.
“I think we’re starting something that is going to be a long-lasting tradition. I know the feeling here at least among the coaches is they’re very excited about it. It brought more intensity to the rivalry with Reed. Especially including individual sports like track and swimming, it gives them a buy-in to the rivalry that already exists with the team sports.”
Neither school has done a lot to promote the Mayor’s Cup outside of the athletes and parents of athletes. Since it’s the first year, both administrators are just seeing how it goes and will make any adjustments necessary for next year. One idea is to include academic awards as part of the equation since Spanish Springs volleyball won the 4A State Academic Championship.
Part of the appeal of starting the Mayor’s Cup was to increase crowd size for teams that normally don’t draw many fans and allow those athletes to experience a new atmosphere. So promoting this competition within the halls of these schools will also be a priority next school year.
“For the regular students, it hasn’t been in the announcements probably as much as it should have been,“ Anderson said. “For me it’s the first year, and it’s just something we’re getting used to. I’d imagine in the fall of next year, we’ll have a better idea of how to promote it better with the average students. The athletes are aware of it, but it’s the regular students who are not as aware of it.”