Utah Sports Teams Made 2019 A Year To Remember; Look Back At The Best Moments

Dec 30, 2019, 4:08 PM | Updated: 4:10 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With only a few more days left in 2019, it’s a perfect time to look back at the best sports moments in the state of Utah from this year.

The theme of the year for the Jazz was change while the theme for Utah football was winning. The Cougars showcased some brilliant overtime wins and Utah Gymnastics continued to dominate.

Here’s a look at the very best of 2019 from SportsBeat.

Salt Lake All-Star Announcement

In October NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the trip to Salt Lake City to announce that the 2023 NBA All-Star Game would be hosted by the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

“Big-time events in sports are part of the DNA of this state and in this city,” Silver said during the announcement.

Utah State’s NCAA Tournament Run

From being picked ninth in the Mountain West preseason poll to earning an eight-seed in the NCAA tournament, the 2018-19 basketball season was the most fun five months an Aggie fan could ask for.

The program had just parted ways with head coach Tim Duryea and Craig Smith was a relative unknown to most Aggie fans, coming to the school from South Dakota.

It didn’t take long for Smith to put his stamp on the program. The team went on to win the conference tournament and earn an 8-seed in the NCAA tournament, the highest in school history.

Real Salt Lake Playoff Run

Real Salt Lake went on an unexpected playoff run in 2019 beating the Portland Timbers in the first round and then losing to Seattle in the semifinal match.

The run helped RSL put a positive end on a turbulent season.

Joe Ingles Promotes Autism Awareness After Son’s Diagnosis

Back in February Joe Ingles wrote a letter announcing that his son had been diagnosed with Autism. The diagnosis spurred the Ingles family to spread awareness and raise money for Autism awareness.

The Jazz hosted an autism awareness night and Vivint Gives Back teamed up with the Ingles family to build a sensory room at the arena for children is autism spectrum disorders.

Jazz Get Conley, Bogdanovic

The 2019 offseason was active for the Utah Jazz. The team traded for Mike Conley and signed Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year deal.

Bogdanovic has made a huge impact for the Jazz during the first half of the season. Conley has been plagued by a hamstring injury but is looking to find his place with the team.

BYU Football Overtime Win At Tennessee

The Cougars seemed down and out for the season when they traveled to Knoxville but they came away with one of the most impressive wins of the Kalani Sitake era.

Getting a big win in a huge SEC stadium was a spectacular moment for the Cougars this season and they followed it up another overtime win later in the season at LaVell Edwards Stadium against USC.

Utah’s 11-2 Football Season

It was a magical season up on the hill for Kyle Whittingham’s Utes before losing in the Pac-12 Championship game to Oregon, they were serious contenders for the College Football Playoff.

Senior quarterback Tyler Huntley played an incredible season alongside his high school teammates Zack Moss and Demari Simpkins. That dynamic gave Utah fans a special season to witness.

Zack Moss Breaks Record

Speaking of Moss – he broke Utah’s all-time rushing record this season. The record was previously held by Eddie Johnson.

The magic moment came at Rice Eccles Stadium when the Utes beat Arizona State, 21-3.

Utah Royals Help USWNT To World Championship

The U.S Women’s National Team was the major sports headline of 2019 and the Utah Royals played a vital role.

Kellie O’Hara, Christen Press and  Becky Sauerbraunn, all members of the Utah Royals, were also part of the World Championship team.

Utah Men’s Basketball Gets Overtime Win Over BYU

After being down by 16 in the first half, the Utes came back to beat BYU 102-95 at the Huntsman Center.

This win cemented true freshman Rylan Jones as a difference-maker for the Utah basketball team. His next years with the Utes will be fun to watch.

Real Monarchs Bring USL Championship Home

The Real Monarchs defeated the two-time defending champion Louisville City to earn their first USL Championship title.

They had never won a postseason match until this season.

Donovan Mitchell Becomes The Star Utah Needs

Donovan Mitchell stole the hearts of Utah Jazz fans during his first two seasons with the Jazz, but his third year has cemented him as THE leader, THE jazzman and THE face of the organization.

So far this season Mitchell has led the team to multiple wins with 45.8 FG percentage and is averaging 25.3 points per game.

Weber State: Started From The Bottom, Now They Here

Jay Hill lead the Weber State Wildcats to the FCS Playoff Semifinals for the first time in program history this year. When he took over the program in 2014, they went 2-10. It is easy to say Hill has turned the program around.

Runningback Josh Davis put up a historic season for the Cats with 1,136 yards on the season.

Happy New Year, Utah sports fans. We can’t wait to bring you all of the moments and action 2020 has to offer.

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