By the end of the spring, a lot more than two points separated the cross-town rivals as Reed won the second annual Mayor‘s Cup by a 54-40 margin.
While the first year of the Mayor’s Cup was all Blue and Gold, Reed only held a slim 32-30 lead after the fall and winter seasons. It looked poised to go down to the wire with expected evenly matched baseball and softball squads.
The spring didn’t pan out that way.
While Spanish Springs did pick up three points in boys golf like everyone expected, and tied Reed in swimming with three points apiece, the rest of the varsity sports had a strong leaning toward the east Sparks school.
The Raiders swept both the varsity baseball and softball series, earning a total of eight points. A regional playoff win by Reed softball over Spanish Springs added another five points toward Reed’s score. The Raiders’ JV baseball squad earned two points to cancel out the two points claimed by the Cougars’ JV softball team.
Reed track took a 4-2 edge over Spanish Springs at regionals.
“It’s been a great year, two more regional championships. Softball and football again represented themselves very well at state,” Reed athletic director Ron Coombs said. “Across the board, I think almost every program we have, qualified for the playoffs or had individuals qualify for regionals. We had a state qualifier in boys golf with Trevor Wood. We had a lot of consistency in our programs across the board. And we had a good year against Spanish Springs.”
Athletic directors at both schools like how the interest in the Mayor’s Cup has grown in its second year.
“I think we’re publicizing it better. I had quite a few parents and other athletes, particularly in the spring because they knew how close it was after the winter, asking where we were at and what we needed to do to hang on,” Coombs said. “I think we publicize it better. It’s one of the things we touch on at our freshman parents’ night.
“I think any time you start something new, it takes a little while to get going. We definitely had a lot more inquiries about scores and how we were doing against Spanish Springs compared to last year. I think that’s definitely a positive.”
Coombs said there might be some minimal tweaks in the scoring, mainly in making teams sports that are heavily individualized like golf, swimming and track, more fair in the way they are scored for the competition.
Although Spanish Springs saw its chances of taking away the Mayor’s Cup from its rival go up in smoke, there was nothing to be ashamed of within its athletic program this year. The Cougars won two team state championships, an individual wrestling championship and qualified each team for the postseason.
“This was a very special class. We knew when they came in as freshmen that they were very athletic and culminated in two state championships this year,” SSHS athletic director Art Anderson said.
Still, there is a feeling of something missing that the Cougs will use as motivation.
“I think it definitely adds to the competitive edge of the Reed and Spanish Springs rivalries,“ Anderson said. “I definitely had way more conversations with coaches about it this year. They’re talking to their athletes about it. Parents are coming onboard more. Obviously there will be an article in the paper about it. Reed’s won it the last couple years, so it’s something that Spanish Springs will need to rise to the occasion in order to earn over here.”