GCHS FALL SPORTS RETROSPECTIVES

By Anthony Militano • The Times-Independent

Arbon had huge season on gridiron

If greatness is measured in numbers, Red Devil wingback Corbin Arbon found his glory in the 2018 Red Devils football season. Arbon had 100 carries for 810 rushing yards. He scored 8 touchdowns. He carried the ball for at least 100 yards in three games.

His season average was 7.4 yards per carry. Arbon was well above the national average for his position and he was a solid, reliable teammate. By the numbers, Arbon was a great player, but the stats don’t fully reflect his contributions to the team.

Arbon was there even when he didn’t get the ball. There were a remarkable number of fake handoffs to Arbon. The double-handoff to Arbon was common. The fake to Arbon with the quarterback sneak is another play the Red Devils used effectively this season.

From a defensive point of view, the question has to be asked: What was more dangerous: Arbon with the ball or Arbon pretending to have the ball? In the regional semi-final with South Sevier, Arbon was hit hard just before the end of the first half.

He spent the third quarter on the bench doing leg exercises and stretches in an effort to get back in the game. Arbon returned in the final quarter and set up the winning touchdown.

A similar story occurred in the state championship with the South Summit Wildcats: Arbon was rocked by a helmet hit and was carried off the field on a stretcher. He returned, much to the delight of the crowd, which shouted: “Corbin, Corbin, Corbin…”

“Playing football with Corbin, it was very nice because he watched out for everyone.

He just knew what to do. If you needed help, you could just ask him. He was very good at that,” tight-end Trea Meyer said. “He’s really nice. If people were sad, he always picked people up,” remarked corner/free safety Ryelan Jones.

The Times-Independent asked Arbon to reflect on his high school football career: “I didn’t really play that much my freshman and sophomore year. In junior year I started playing a little more because one of our starting running backs got hurt and senior year, I played all year. We had a pretty successful year, my senior year … which is pretty good,” Arbon said.

The Red Devils did have a pretty successful year; they were regional champs and they went to the state final for the first time since 2013.

It should be no surprise that Arbon, the player with the great numbers, will pursue a business degree at the University of Utah after high school.

Q&A with runner Sadie Farnsworth

By Anthony Militano

The Times-Independent

You don’t have to come in first to be a winner. Yes, it is an old sports cliché, but Sadie Farnsworth proved it true with sincere inspiration at a cross-country meet in October.

The Times-Independent: I want to bring you back to the meet on Oct. 9 in Moab. You looked at your watch. You looked at the clock. You crossed the finish line with your hand over your mouth. I wasn’t sure if you were happy or going to be ill. Did you earn a ticket to Salt Lake City (the state championship}? What was that all about?

Farnsworth: (looking down with a bashful smile) “That was mostly just a P.R. (personal record) and I got into the 22s. It was a significant time drop and I wasn’t expecting it, but it was also a ticket to state.”

The Times-Independent: Sports writers and photographers catch action and plays. It was inspirational when you crossed the finish line. It was real emotion.

Farnsworth: “I ended up taking 24th and I dropped into the 22s – 22:53 – and I was not expecting that at all. It was a huge thing for me.”

The Times-Independent: Was that your best time ever?

Farnsworth: “Yeah, yep.”

The Times-Independent: Did you run cross-country all four years of high school?

Farnsworth: “I started freshman year with track and then sophomore, junior, and senior, I did cross-country.”

The Times-Independent: Where are you headed after high school?

Farnsworth: “I’m planning on going to USU in Logan for interior design.”

The Times-Independent: Will you be running?

Farnsworth: “Probably not for a team.”

For Noyes, volleyball is all about face time

By Anthony Militano

The Times-Independent

It’s been said the eyes provide a window to the soul.

Corteney Noyes plays volleyball with her eyes.

Correction: Noyes plays volleyball with her eyes and her face and her hands. Noyes is a fierce competitor.

Defensively, she employs a million facial contortions designed to confuse and frighten the opposing team.

Offensively, the deception game is constantly in play. She’ll leap into the air with an angry face, but she doesn’t boot the ball. Instead, she gently pokes it over the net. Noyes plays volleyball with 100 percent physical and emotional intensity, but as fierce as she is, Noyes is a nurturer.

She is always there with a high five or a congratulatory fist bump. Up or down, she offers positive advice.

The Times-Independent recently talked to Noyes about her style and how she, ahem, faces opponents.

The Times-Independent: Ordinarily you are the person who supports everyone with your facial expressions and your actions. On Senior Day, you got a (signed) ball. How did you feel when you received that ball and you received the support of your teammates?

Noyes: “Grateful … and filled with gratitude … it just shows if you’re there for them, they’ll be there for you.”

The Times-Independent: The fact that you are willing to take responsibility when [your] plays go bad, that shows leadership. It’s not all about you. It’s about you pulling it together with the rest of the team. Where does that come from?

Noyes: “I think it just comes from experience, because earlier in my high school career, I was considered the weak link. The team is young and they have to believe in themselves.”

Brittney Melton coached Noyes. Said Melton, “I’ve seen Corteney come a long way in the last four years. She stepped into different roles on the team and so this year she really came along in her leadership … it was a super strong point in her,” Melton said.

Noyes plans to play club volleyball in Grand Junction and perhaps play college ball after high school.