However, Reed also earned itself a new piece of hardware this year.
In the inaugural year of the Mayor’s Cup competition, pitting all of Reed and Spanish Springs’ sports teams against each other, the Raiders ran away with the Rail City bragging rights with a 65-46 victory.
“It’s been an outstanding year for us,” Reed athletic director Ron Coombs said. “Anytime you can win championships, that’s obviously important. With the volleyball team winning regionals and the football team winning regionals, and both those teams advancing to the state championship games, and then the girls basketball team winning regional and state titles, it’s just been a phenomenal year. All of our sports have really had outstanding years.”
Reed entered the spring season with an eight-point lead and the Cougars had high hopes of closing the gap. There was little doubt boys golf would be a sweep for the Purple and Silver, but all the other sports were up in the air.
However, the spring didn’t play out as a tight battle in the Mayor’s Cup standings.
Reed simply dominated the points total, winning the spring by a 24-13 score to more than double its cushion heading into the final season.
All five points for baseball went to the east Sparks school. There was a big gap in the softball ranks as well. While the Cougars dominated the JV action, Reed’s varsity swept the regular season for four points and then secured five more points with its playoff win over the cross-town rival.
“First of all I want to give them congratulations,“ SSHS athletic director Art Anderson said. “Their senior class has been completely outstanding. We had a sense when these guys were freshmen that they were going to be very talented, and they exceeded what we had expected for them. This year was fun, and I think as word gets out about the Mayor’s Cup, it will become more exciting, and we’re looking forward to it next year.”
Coombs said he would like to start a tradition where the senior athletes are photographed with all the trophies and banners the Raiders had won during that school year. The senior athletes from all the sports will be photographed with the Mayor’s Cup and the photo will be framed and displayed in the school each year the Blue and Gold wins it.
Once paperwork season ends for the athletic directors, Coombs and Anderson expect to chat this summer about changes that can be made to the competition. One idea that will get a lot of consideration is the addition of state academic championships as both schools won one this year.
“I think the academic state championship is definitely something we should look at. It’s not a direct competition between us. I know they won it in volleyball and we won it in baseball,” Coombs said. “In my opinion, those are things that should be recognized. We’re trying to produce student-athletes. To win that, it’s as or more difficult than to win an actual state championship on the field because you’re competing against every school in the 4A. That’s everyone on your team doing what they’re supposed to be doing in the classroom. I think we definitely want to recognize those things in the future.”