SPORTS - "Bear River High Sports Fall 2022 Recap"

Updated: Nov 15


August 31, 2022 - Photo by Cari Doutre

August 31, 2022 - Photo by Cari Doutre

Pictured above: Coming in for a congratulatory hug just a little too early, Bear River High cross-country runner Jack Pedersen's little brother Josh was caught up in the race, literally. Don't worry, no little brothers were harmed in the August 31, race held at the Garland City Park.

Photo by Cari Doutre/BRVNEWS.com



BEAR RIVER HIGH - By Tate Atkin, Headliner Sports Editor, November 14, 2022


The fall 2022 sports season at Bear River High showed progress and promise this year along with plenty of excitement and competition. Here's a quick recap of the season including some of our favorite sports pictures published at BRVNEWS.com


Bear River High Football

Overall record: 3-8 (Region 1-4)


It was a rocky season for the Bears under first year head coach Trampis Waite. The team showed flashes at times but had difficulties putting everything together. A young team with many underclassmen, who played significant roles this year, will look to build on this year's success going forward.


They will have to do so without major contributions from this year's senior class which will graduate the following 10 players:

  • Ryker Jeppsen

  • Weston Ballard

  • Kase Avery

  • Gavyn Haws

  • Landon Russell

  • Braegger Richards

  • Fierce Miller

  • Grifin Wright

  • Kaden Zaugg

  • Jeshua Coch


After a last place region finish and a loss in the first round of the 4A state playoffs to Mountain Crest High, the Bears will regroup this off season and prepare for the 2023 season with many returning starters and a lot to prove.

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Owen Olsen, October 12, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Tyson Braegger, October 21, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Talon Marble, October 12, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Bear River High Volleyball

Overall record 6-23 (Region 2-8)


Looking at the win/loss record of the Bear River girls' volleyball team doesn't give this year's team the credit they deserve. Although they had a hard time compiling many wins, the team was very competitive in their matches and had some impressive performances.


The Bears finished 4th overall in Region 11 before their season ended with losses to Crimson Cliffs High and Dixie High in the 4A state playoffs.


Led by their three seniors; Kate Dahle, Megan Crandall and Mady Bird, the Lady Bears will miss their contributions on the court as well as their leadership. Returning to the court next year with varsity experience on the team will include juniors Jozelan McDougal, Jurni Capener, Carlie Christenson, Saydee Adams, Lexie Reese and Avery Cazzell.


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Kate Dahle, September 20, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Megan Crandall, September 13, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Carlie Christenson, September 20, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Bear River High Girls' Tennis

Overall record 3-13 (Region 0-10)


It was a tough season for the girls' tennis team at Bear River High. They had a little bit of success early in the season, but as the season wore on the losses started piling up. The Lady Bears as they lost every region match-up against Ridgeline High, Green Canyon High, Logan High and Sky View High and Mountain Crest High. The postseason was more of the same as Bear River finished 6th at the Region 11 tournament and 11th overall in the 4A state tournament.


This year's senior class included the following six seniors:

  • Katiejo Litchford

  • Reagan Walsh

  • Katie Hewlett

  • Kayla Halat

  • Halle Croney

  • Madison Kolste

Returning to the tennis court next year with varsity experience will include juniors Rachel Epling, Madelyn Mickelson and Shelbie Hinkle.


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2022 Bear River High girls' tennis team - Photo courtesy of Macfarlane Photography


Bear River High Girls' Soccer

Overall record 3-14 (Region 0-10)


After a promising start to the season going 3-1 in their first four games, the Bear River High girls' soccer team struggled offensively on the field losing the last 13 games of their season. The Bears finished last in Region 11 and lost their first game of the 4A state playoffs against Cedar City High.


Bear River will graduate the following eight seniors from this year's team:

  • Katrina Esquivel

  • Bentley Lorimer

  • Alyssa Cristan

  • Rylee Chapman

  • Gracie Riley

  • Crystal Park

  • Ada Bitner

  • Maria Bitancourt

Returning to the field next year with varsity experience will include juniors Chloe Woodward, Chloe Cammack, Mattie Winward and Sydney Cummins along with sophomores Brooklynn Pond, Livia Meeds, Gracie Meeds and Janessa Esquivel.

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Chloe Cammack, September 20, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Lexi Winn, September 20, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Gracie Meeds, September 29, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Bear River High Boys' Golf

Region 11: 4th place (tie)


The Bears faced tough competition on the golf course in Region 11 this year against powerhouse schools Ridgeline High and Sky View High but stayed fairly consistent throughout the season in region tournaments. Bear River finished in fourth place (tie) overall in Region 11 with senior Ryker Bennett leading the pack.


Bennett finished in 7th place individually at the Region 11 championship tournament in September. At the 4A state tournament held October 12-13, at Sky Mountain Golf Course in Hurricane, Bennett finished in 37th place along with teammates freshman Brady Woodward finishing in 44th place and sophomore Maverick Sorensen in 64th place.


Bear River will graduate the following seniors:

  • Ryker Bennett

  • Calvin Carter

  • Dylan Munns

  • Jaxon Norton

  • Hutchin Udy

Returning to the golf course next year with varsity experience will include Woodward and Sorensen along with Briggs Jensen, Cutler Christensen, Jexton Bodrero and Spencer Cefalo.


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2022 Bear River High Boys Golf Team - Photo by Triston Hartfiel

Ryker Bennett, August 22, 2022 - Photo by Michelle Hartfiel

Brady Woodward, September 6, 2022 - Photo by Michelle Hartfiel

Bear River High Boys' Cross Country

Region 11: 1st place

Region 11 Championship - Results - Cross Country Meet (athletic.net)

4A State: 7th place

2022 Utah UHSAA State X/C Champs (runnercard.com)


It was a remarkable season for the Bear River High boys' cross-country team this year as they finished first overall in Region 11 while dominating throughout the season. Led by junior David Bourgeous on the course, he finished in 5th place individually in region and 29th in the 4A state championships on October 25, in Rose Park.


Bear River will graduate three seniors - Ryan Pace, Bryan Hamson and Reed Bourgeous. Returning next year on the course with varsity experience will include David Bourgeous, juniors Braxton Craven and Ren Hunter and freshman Kelson Hale.


Bear River High Girls' Cross Country

Region 11: 4th place

Region 11 Championship - Results - Cross Country Meet (athletic.net)

4A State: 8th place

2022 Utah UHSAA State X/C Champs (runnercard.com)


Leading the pack on the course this year for the Bear River High girls' cross-country team were a strong group of juniors led by Bethany Richards and Rebecca Curtis. Richards and Curtis finished in 4th and 5th place, respectively at the Region 11 championship on October 19, at Utah State University in Logan.


The team took 4th place overall in region and 8th place in 4A at the state championship meet on October 25. Richards finished the race in 13th place and Curtis took 36th place individually. This year the team will graduate just one senior, Savanna Sexton, who played a large part in the Bears' success this season.


Returning to the course next year with varsity experience will include Richards and Curtis along with junior Madison Auble, sophomores Livia Meeds and Katie Reid and freshman Cleo-Swain-Schmit.


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August 31, 2022 - Photo by Cari Doutre

August 31, 2022 - Photo by Cari Doutre

UHSAA Fall 2022 Academic All-State:

  • Football - Kase Avery

  • Girls' Soccer - Ada Bitner, Katrina Esquivel, Crystal Park and Gracie Riley

  • Girls' Tennis - Halle Croney, Katie Hewlett and Sarah Wilde

  • Cross Country - Bryan Hamson, Savana Marble, Ryan Pace and Savanna Sexton


UHSAA Fall 2022 Academic All-Region:

  • Volleyball - Madalyn Bird and Kate Dahle

  • Cross Country - Reed Bourgeous, Braxley Hale and Jack Pedersen

  • Football - Gavyn Haws and Kaden Zaugg

  • Girls' Tennis - Katie Jo Litchford