Athletes put it in their own words

Reflecting on spring sports

Jarom Shumway competes in the hurdles earlier this season. The boys track and field team has had a season for the ages so far. File photo

Spring break is over. Before the final playoffs, awards ceremonies, and the pomp and circumstance of graduation, The Times-Independent spoke with a handful of Grand County High School senior athletes and coaches.

In their own words, here is what they had to say.

Girls Golf

Joopy Bamrungmuang: “I feel I have an advantage because I have played golf all four years. I really like playing golf and I really like all the girls. I feel watching myself grow from a freshman to a senior and seeing everyone else come up, makes me proud.”

Coach Matt Provart: “My seniors are really reliable and solid.”

Soccer

Forward Jose Tavares: “Being first in the region is what we worked for.”

Defensive Sweeper, Stacy Randall: “Being first in the region and seeing us get better than we were … we’ve made progress.”

Forward Juan Gonzalez: “We’ve progressed a lot as a team. There have been a lot of good things coming out of this team.”

Defender Bailey Shelton: “Coming from such a small, little team and having 30 people now, it’s so nice. I’m excited for the rest of the season. It’s going to be fun.”

Track and Field

Assistant Track Coach Randy Martin: “The seniors are all hard working and it’s been a wonderful experience working with these young adults. I’m sure they are going to be successful as they graduate from Grand County High School and move on to the next chapter in life. They will be missed.”

Baseball

Coach Jared Meador: “Trevin Packard has been a warrior this year behind the plate. He has taken a real beating and plays through the pain without a complaint. Brody Williams. Everybody loves Brody. He is easy going and incredibly resilient. Baseball is a game of failure, so having the ability to bounce back quickly is huge.”

Softball

Hannah Owen, catcher: “Softball has shaped my high school career. It’s definitely a huge part of who I became. It’s really a great community that I’m grateful to be a part of.”

Corteney Noyes, centerfielder: “I’m really glad I played because I started late and everybody welcomed me with open arms and I don’t have any regrets … and I really think we can go all the way this year.”

Hannah Tangren, second baseman: “Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without softball; it’s made me who I am today. Without them, I don’t know where I would be. It’s really helped me grow a lot as a person and as a softball player and I’m thankful for that.”

Coach Brook Shumway: “Hannah Owen is the best catcher in the state so far as I’m concerned. Corteney Noyes has had huge hits. Hannah Tangren has just been our inspirational leader all year. I just love those girls to death and I’m happy to be a part of something special with them.”