BEAR RIVER HIGH - By Tate Atkin, Headliner Sports Editor, May 14, 2022
For the girl's lacrosse team at Bear River High, dominant isn't a strong enough word to describe the way their season has gone so far. The Bears have clearly been the superior team in every game they have played, not only winning each game, but absolutely destroying each team they have faced. This team has figured out the winning formula and will use that as they are now headed to the state tournament undefeated on the season.
After a week off for spring break, the Bears were excited to get back on the field and continue destroying the competition. They didn't waste any time getting back to their dominant ways by destroying Logan High at home, 25-1, on April 15. On April 20, the Bears again protected their home turf this time beating Green Canyon High, 18-1.
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Watch the Bears dominant performance against Green Canyon, courtesy of Bear River Live, on the link below.
After an excellent two-game home stand, the Bears visited Cache Valley for the next three games of the season. On April 22, Bear River visited Mountain Crest and left with another big win by a score of 15-4. Next on the schedule was a game at Ridgeline on April 25, where the Bears again humbled their opponent beating them 19-5. The Bears finished the trip beating Sky View 17-3 on April 27.
View the Bears exciting game against Sky View, courtesy of Bear River Live, on the link below.
After cruising through their three-game road streak, the Bears came back home with a record of 11-0. They welcomed Ridgeline High to Bear Field on April 30, just five days after their previous win against the Riverhawks. It was more of the same for the Bears as they again ran away with the game beating Ridgeline, 22-4. After a quick home game, Bear River again traveled to Cache Valley to take on Logan High again. It was a matchup of the undefeated Bears versus the winless Grizzlies. As expected, Bear River shutout Logan, this time holding them scoreless, 30-0.
The Bears followed up their blowout win against Logan with another outstanding performance, this time while visiting Green Canyon High on May 6. Junior Marley Kierstead led the scoring for Bear River as she scored 10 goals. Fellow Junior Jenna LaCroix had a great game as well scoring two goals, assisting on five and fielding sixteen ground balls.
On May 11, Mountain Crest High came to Bear Field hoping to hand the Bears their first loss of the season and leave town with a share of the region title. The Bears had different plans however and controlled the Mustangs sending them home with a loss as the Bears won, 14-3.
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The win not only kept the hopes of an undefeated season alive for the Bears, but it also clenched sole possession of the Region 11 championship, the second straight for the girls' lacrosse team at Bear River High.
Upon being asked how it feels and what it means to be back-to-back region champions, Bear River High's girls' lacrosse coach Jeremy Webb said, "Winning back-to-back championships seems almost surreal. I feel so happy for our student-athletes who have come in and are fully committed to the process."
In the final game of the regular season, the Bears hosted Sky View High on May 13. Although they had already secured the region championship, they still had a lot to play for. Once again, the Bears put on a show for the home fans, this time on senior night, beating the Bobcats, 16-2.
Watch the Bear River and Sky View game from May 13, courtesy of Bear River Live, on the link below.
With the win they completed the regular season undefeated for the second time in five years as well as secured the number one seed going into the state tournament. They finished with an overall record of 16-0.
"They are two-time undefeated region champions heading into the playoffs with the number one seed in the tournament. You can see that things are heading in the right direction," Webb said when asked how he feels about the team going into the playoffs.
After a perfect regular season, the Bear River High girls' lacrosse team is set up for a deep run in the tournament with hopes of bringing home a state championship. That championship quest starts on May 21, as the Bears will host the quarterfinal round against the winner of the play-in game, either Logan High or Judge Memorial High.
Bear River vs. Mountain Crest, May 11, 2022 - Photos by John Fronk
Bear River vs. Green Canyon, April 20, 2022 - Photos by John Fronk