After losing the Mayor’s Cup the first three years of its existence, Spanish Springs has now won it back-to-back years.
The Cougars won this year’s competition with the Raiders, 274-229. They won their first Cup last year, 189-170.
“It’s just great competition between the two schools,” Spanish Springs Athletic Director Art Anderson said.
Anderson and now former Reed Athletic Director Ron Coombs established the Mayor’s Cup between the two large Rail City squads before the 2011-12 school year. Points are awarded based on head-to-head competitions between the two schools in everything from soccer to skiing to JROTC flag football. Additional points are also awarded for league titles, success in the postseason and academic state titles.
Spanish Springs won by 45 points, but that hardly means the Cup was put away earlier in the year. It came down to the last two days of the athletic season and was greatly influenced by the Cougars’ surprising run to the softball state title.
The Cougars were awarded eight points for the state semifinal win over the Raiders and another 16 points for the championship. If the Raiders had won the semifinal and gone on to win their second straight state title, they would have won the Cup 253-250.
Spanish Springs outscored Reed 108-27 in the winter, grabbing a commanding 168-65 lead.
The Cougars’ dominant wrestling program won its head-to-head competition 57-12. The Cougs also had a 21-3 edge in boys basketball—propelled by an academic state title (10 points).
“That (academic state title) was a huge bonus,” Anderson said. “(Coach Kyle Penney) was a very good academic student himself so he took a lot of pride in that accomplishment.”
Spanish Springs’ rifle team won a state title of its own (only Northern Nevada competes in rifle) this winter, earning a 24-0 edge over the Raiders.
Reed outscored Spanish Springs 164-106 in the spring.
The Raiders’ boys track team was the biggest difference for lopsided spring, outscoring the Cougars 70-1. Reed won its first DI North title since 1999.
The Cup, which made its way up to Spanish Springs for the first time last year, will be presented at the first assembly of the school year in August.
“I show the Cup and then we break, it’s a good time,” Anderson said. “The kids like it.”
Boys Cross Country: SS 6, Reed 2
Girls Cross Country: Reed 4, SS 0
Football: Reed 30, SS 3
Girls Golf: SS 3, Reed 0
Boys Soccer: SS 7, Reed 0
Girls Soccer: SS 15, Reed 0
Boys Tennis: SS 11, Reed 0
Girls Tennis: SS 4, Reed 0
Volleyball: SS 11, Reed 2
Fall total: SS 60, Reed 38
Boys Hoops: SS 21, Reed 3
Girls Hoops: Reed 12, SS 1
Rifle: SS 24, Reed 0
Boys Ski: Reed 0, SS 0
Girls Ski: SS 5, Reed 0
Wrestling: SS 57, Reed 12
Winter total: SS 108, Reed 27
Baseball: SS 15, Reed 0
Boys Golf: Reed 7, SS 0
Boys Lacrosse: SS 3, Reed 0
Girls Lacrosse: Reed 0, SS 0
JROTC Flag Football: SS 1, Reed 0
Softball: Reed 35, SS 29
Boys Swimming: SS 16, Reed 12
Girls Swimming: SS 14, Reed 7
Boys Track: Reed 70, SS 1
Girls Track: Reed 33, SS 27
Spring total: Reed 164, SS 106
2015-16 total: SS 274, Reed 229