City council praises Corner Canyon volleyball team
Feb 22, 2017 03:36PM ● Published by Kelly Cannon
The Corner Canyon High School volleyball team stands with the Draper City Council. The council recognized the team after they took second at the state championship in November. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
Mayor Troy Walker and the Draper City Council recognized the Corner Canyon High School volleyball team for their second-place win at the state championship during the council’s Jan. 17 meeting. The team was presented with a certificate of recognition and had their pictures taken with the mayor and council.
“The Corner Canyon volleyball team had success this season both on and off the court. They became a family after practicing and participating in service projects, working together and putting forth 100 percent effort in all that they do,” Walker said. “Led by their coaches Mindy Wilder and Carrie Anderson, the varsity team had 21 wins and seven losses this season.”
Walker said the team’s trust in each other and dedication to the program led to both a region championship and a second place at the state tournament. Walker praised the team for their region win, saying winning at region is a difficult task in and of itself.
“If you’ve coached any athletics at the high school level, that’s a big accomplishment,” Walker said. “You can go your whole life through high school and not get one. In some respects, it’s harder than a state championship.”
The Corner Canyon team came in second against Bountiful High School during the 4A state championship on Nov. 5 at Utah Valley University. Senior Sydnee Peterson, who plays libero on the team, was named the most valuable player in region 7. Several players were named both all-state and all-region, including Peterson, Madison Brunatti, Zoey Tippetts, Autumn Spafford, Emma Mangum, Seville Likes, Katie Beelek and Mikayla Kimball.
Walker said he had a chance to go down to UVU and watch the state tournament and enjoyed watching the girls play.
“They were fun to watch. That was a good series. They’re some good players and they had some good spikes and some good plays,” Walker said. “There were a few they missed but it was fun to watch. You could tell they have a lot of fun playing together. It was really fun to watch.”
Walker then praised the high number of championships won by schools in the Draper boundaries.
“Between Corner Canyon, which hasn’t been around that long and they’re starting to win all kinds of things, and Juan Diego, Draper schools bring home the trophies,” Walker said. “It’s outstanding.”