Reed dominated the inaugural Mayor’s Cup competition en route to winning the competition that pits freshman, JV and varsity sports from the two schools against each other.
Heading into the springs sports season a year ago, the Raiders enjoyed a 41-33 lead. It was a large lead, but surely not insurmountable. However, the Blue and Gold turned that eight-point cushion into a 65-46 victory by the end of the spring.
This year’s installment of the Mayor’s Cup has all the makings of a down-to-the-wire finish.
Currently, Reed leads by a slim 32-30 margin, winning the fall and winter sports season by one point each.
In the winter, boys basketball was a push. Reed swept the freshman and JV ranks for three points, while Spanish Springs earned the three points from varsity.
Girls basketball went to Reed after combining for four points between the freshman and varsity levels. The Cougars claimed two points in JV action.
As expected though, Spanish Springs rolled on the wrestling mats, claiming five points in the standings.
However, Reed got five points back by having two top 10 finishers at the skiing regionals and by winning the rifle match between the two schools. Spanish Springs had one top 15 finisher in skiing, earning one point.
Neither school earned bonus points in the winter by securing a season sweep of the basketball games. And the two schools didn’t face each other in the playoffs for other possibilities at receiving bonus points, so Reed won the winter competition, 12-11.
That sets up the all important spring season. On paper, the Mayor’s Cup could be either schools to win. Spanish Springs likely has the edge in boys golf, but Reed track probably has the edge over its rivals. All other sports could go either way.
Tuesday marks the first High Desert League golf match and it happens to be hosted by Spanish Springs in the first matchup this spring between the Rail City rivals.