MORGAN — Morgan High’s boys basketball team had a lot of time — a whole lot — to think and talk about the state championship the entire season.But of the many discussion topics basketball coaches present to basketball players, the state championship wasn’t one Brad Matthews wanted to bring up.Following a 2017-18 season in which Morgan easily could have won the state title, but didn’t, Matthews guided the Trojans to the 2019 3A state championship to go with a 63-54 win over Richfield, a second-straight unbeaten Region 13 title and a 20-win season.For that, he’s the 2019 Standard-Examiner All-Area Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. High School All-Area MVP: Fremont's Dallin Hall was in attack mode all season long By PATRICK CARR Standard-Examiner Matthews not bringing up the state championship may have made all the difference.“In years past, I brought that up quite often. I’d have them look at that state banner, imagine … [Read more...] about Coach of the Year: Brad Matthews eases pressure on Morgan, Trojans win state title
Links to 2018 girls soccer All-Area teams and stories are below this story.MORGAN — Morgan High girls soccer didn’t have many returning starters from 2017’s state championship team.So when one of them tore her ACL in tryouts and the other broke her ankle a week into the season, the Trojans’ outlook was foggy.The injuries forced them to tinker with their lineup.All. Season. Long.On the surface, a soccer team that’s still rotating its starting lineup and formation in the middle of a league campaign doesn’t have the look of a state champion. Especially when that same team regularly played eight or nine freshmen.As the old sports cliche goes, you want to be playing your best at the end of the season. You want to peak at the right time, ideally the postseason.Bryan Searle, a longtime soccer coach at the club level and the fifth-year coach of the Morgan Trojans, got his team to peak at the right time in 2018.The Trojans finished second in Region 13, losing … [Read more...] about Coach of the Year: Morgan’s Bryan Searle guided young team to another title
In the recorded history of high school volleyball in Utah, only five schools have gone on a streak of at least four straight state championships. Weber High did it from 1981-84, Rich High did it twice (1992-97, 1999-2006), Snow Canyon won five from 2006-10 and San Juan also won five from 2003-07.From 1999-2002, so did the Morgan Trojans. If they win the 3A state championship this year, they'll join the Rich Rebels as one of two schools to have multiple instances of four straight state titles.And at this point, Morgan is running out of records to set as a team.The 3A state volleyball tournament begins Wednesday at Utah Valley University in Orem when Morgan meets Richfield at 5:30 p.m. — and everyone is eyeing the three-time defending champion Trojans as the team to beat. Just like always.But is it really that cut-and-dry this year?The Trojans won yet another region title without losing a region match, but they had two good matches with South Summit, the second-place team in … [Read more...] about State volleyball preview: Can Morgan make it four in a row?
1 of 13 View 13 Items Buy photos Qiling Wang, Deseret News Morgan Trojans celebrate their win 1-0 against the Judge Memorial Catholic Bulldogs during the 4A girls soccer championship at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. SANDY — Losers to Judge Memorial twice during the regular season, the Morgan girls soccer team made certain the third try was the charm during Saturday's 3A state championship match at Rio Tinto Stadium. The result was a 1-0 win for a second-straight state title for a young team that could have some very good years ahead. Case in point would be the one goal scored on the afternoon. Among the several options to attempt a penalty kick with 13:10 left in the first half, coaches opted to give freshman Sadie McGreer the opportunity on the biggest stage available. "One coach called one player, another called another, and (McGreer) just went up," said Morgan coach Bryan Searle. "Any time we've had a PK we've had two or three … [Read more...] about 3A girls soccer: Morgan repeats as state champs with a 1-0 win over Judge (+video)
OGDEN — After a brief first-half scare, Morgan did the same thing it has it has done in all its football meetings with Ben Lomond since 1980.Only this time the Trojans beat the Scots like a drum.Morgan broke out of an early second-quarter tie with a pair of long touchdown passes and the carnage continued into the second half, as the Trojans trounced the Scots 49-14 on Friday evening. Close 1 of 24 Buy Now Morgan Trojans receiver Adam Buck, 22, breaks a tackle attempt by Ben Lomond's defensive back, Stephon Watson, 35, at Ben Lomond during Friday nights game on Aug. 31, 2018. BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Morgan Trojans running back Porter Giles (20) breaks a tackle attempt by Ben Lomond defensive back Stephon Watson at Ben Lomond during Friday night's game, Aug. 31, 2018. BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner Facebook Twitter Email Print Save … [Read more...] about Prep football: Morgan scores 35 unanswered points to beat Ben Lomond