Eleven Canyons students have been chosen by the Utah High School Activities Association to receive Academic All-State Awards for excelling in athletics and the classroom. Winners of the prestigious award were selected from a pool of 85,000 athletes statewide and have an average GPA of 3.993. 

Each of the District's high schools are represented. These exemplary students are proof that it's possible to successfully balance the demands of athletics and academics—and come out a winner.

Boys Basketball

Thomas Dickey, Jordan High

Girls Basketball

Abigail T. Anderson, Alta High

Jessica L. Anderson, Alta High

Avery M. Hoopes, Alta High

Girls Swimming

Rachel M. Madsen, Corner Canyon High

Caroline Young, Hillcrest High

Boys Swimming

Luke M. Brockbank, Jordan High

Jacob Elias DeBry, Alta High

Drill Team

Riley Anne Hanson, Brighton High

Wrestling

Rhett Olson Bonner, Jordan High

Chandler S. Pond, Jordan High

Canyons School District is home to four five-star schools — with five-star fans.

Brighton, Hillcrest, Jordan and Alta high schools have received FIVE STAR Sportsmanship honors as part of the Utah High School Activities Association’s “Raise-the-Bar: Sportsmanship Matters” program. The program recognizes schools’ continued successful efforts to exhibit sportsmanship in the stands by embracing the values of personal responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership, respect and teamwork when cheering for the home team.

CSD schools have made a concerted effort to promote sportsmanship among spectators as part of the districtwide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle, who oversees CSD schools.

“Canyons District holds the UHSAA’s FIVE STAR award in high esteem, and we thank the UHSAA for recognizing sportsmanship efforts in the Brighton, Jordan and Hillcrest communities,” Dr. Dowdle said. “We’re proud of the schools for their continued focus on positive behaviors in all aspects of the educational experience, and are especially proud of the students for choosing to be positive spectators and supporters of the home team. Their behavior truly helps to create a safe and welcoming place for peers and all those who visit our campuses.”

Under the program, schools apply to earn one star each year for exemplary sportsmanship. Applications are reviewed by the UHSAA’s Sportsmanship Committee, which determines whether schools meet specific sportsmanship criteria. Earned stars are placed on the school’s sportsmanship banner, which is displayed in the school.

The program, now in its fifth year, is part of the UHSAA’s efforts to focus on new ways to improve sportsmanship at competitive events statewide, including the Dare2Lead Student Leadership Conference and the policy, “’Do Rowdy Right’ — Cheer for Your Team and NOT Against Your Opponent.”
Canyons School District is launching a soccer league for ninth- and 10th-graders in efforts to give students more opportunities to get involved in athletics.  The league includes teams from every CSD high school – Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan – and teams from Granite District’s Granger, Kearns and Hunter high schools.

League play kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 with the 2015 Girls Soccer Tournament. Games are held Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. The tournament runs through Oct. 7. Home CSD games will be held at the fields adjacent to Butler Middle School, 7530 S. 2700 East, and at the temporary home of Midvale Middle School, 11150 S. 300 East.

“The opportunity to kick off a new soccer league for freshman and sophomore students is exciting,” said Jordan High Assistant Principal Roberto Jimenez, who oversees the CSD league. “We think of the league as a developmental program. You don’t need to be an experienced player; you only need the desire to participate.”

The Canyons Board of Education last year voted to provide additional competitive sports opportunities for freshmen and sophomores. Freshman volleyball was offered last year.

The boys soccer league will begin in the spring.
Three phenomenal Canyons District athletes and one record-breaking football game have been nominated by the State Sports Commission for top honors in the Governor's State of Sport Awards. Winners are determined by an online vote.

The epic, triple-overtime Jordan 'Diggers vs. Brighton Bengals football game, which resulted in a high-as-a-basketball-game score of 78-76, has been nominated by the State Sports Commission as the Athletic Event of the Year. Last year’s winner was the University of Utah’s football team for its winning play against No. 5 Stanford.

Click here to vote for the game as the state's athletic event highlight of the year.

In the category of High School Male Athlete, Colton Shaver, Jordan's High standout baseball player; Jordan Kafentzis, the Diggers' record-setting quarterback and state javelin champion; and Osa Masina, Brighton's five-star gridiron star who also makes big plays on the hoops court, are three of the six nominees.

Click here to vote for one of these outstanding student athletes.

The 7-9 p.m. awards ceremony is Tuesday, April 21 at EnergySolutions Arena.
Jordan High School wrestling Coach Christian Babinski is used to helping his students win matches and titles.

But this year, as his team took fourth place at the 5A State Championships, Babinski’s peers decided the beloved coach should receive a title of his own: 5A Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Babinski’s methods help his students succeed both on and off the mat, with wrestlers from his team going on to compete in college.

Babinski developed Utah’s first 5A dual state championship tournament and has served as the Utah representative in the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

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