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Diamond Ranch Academy Athletic Programs

Athletics have long been deemed by professionals to be an important part of becoming a more well-rounded person; learning new skills, learning to be a team player, and building self-esteem through participation in athletics all contribute to becoming a better person. Diamond Ranch Academy encourages all students to take part in athletic events, regardless of a student’s skill level. Both individual and team sports are available for boys and girls, with certified, qualified coaches and athletic personnel overseeing all training and events. Life-long friendships are often forged through sports participation. Many Diamond Ranch Academy students go on to institutes of higher learning with athletic scholarships earned at the Academy.

The D-Back Fitness Center is well equipped with all the exercise machinery necessary to get and stay in shape.

For skaters, Rattleskate Park is a top-notch skating facility for all levels of skate boarding. Fun and safety go hand in hand as skaters learn new skills.

Nearby Sand Hollow Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole championship course containing many challenges for novice golfers. Ranked #1 in Utah and #47 in the nation, both girls and boys are taught by a PGA apprentice, along with an assistant Pro instructor, on learning the game and honing their skills.

Equine assisted therapy has been proven to be valuable to certain students who need a more one-on-one boost to their self-esteem.

Regardless of a student’s athletic interests, there is a team for it! Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and even wrestling teams are available. All of the athletic programs at Diamond Ranch Academy are sanctioned and competitive, playing in city leagues and beyond.

Diamond Ranch Academy is proud of its football team, who went undefeated in 2015 and earned the title of State Champions.

As well, the basketball team earned the 2016 1-A title of State Champion and consistently finish the season in the top 5 in Region 20. Post-season play is common. The ‘Snake Pit’ was voted the loudest gym in Utah as spectators cheered the team on to numerous victories.

Baseball is played at Venom Park, a state-of-the-art field complete with batting cages and the best all-turf infield and outfield anywhere around. Here, as with all team sports, leadership skills are learned along with the importance of playing together as a team.

The Diamondback Wrestling Team is active in tournaments against area high schools.

Girls, just like the males, are encouraged to check into and join one or more of the exciting athletic opportunities available to them:

Cheerleading and dance teams appear at all games, cheering on the home team, while Zumba classes get the blood pumping and help keep students in shape. Beginning skill levels aren’t important, striving to improve is.

Soccer and track are both popular sports, teaching both individual courage and team cooperation. Girls learn to cooperate, play by the rules, and build the self-esteem of other team members.

In its initial year, the girls volleyball team made an impression by appearing at the State Tournament and making it all the way into round three. Working together to build team spirit will take them far.

Girls Athletic Programs
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Diamond Ranch Academy Drama Wins State 1A title

Diamond Ranch Academy recently won its first drama state championship. The Utah High School Activities Association held its annual theatre festival Friday April 9 and Saturday April 10; the Diamondbacks taking home top honors among the schools in the 1A division. 

DRA’s one-act play, a rendition of Ian McWethy’s “Bad Audition by Bad Actors” placed second overall. The one-act play cast included Sarah B., Joey R.S., T.M., Dom L., Mary C., Melissa P, and Riley C. L.E. was the technician for the play.

Held at the Hurricane City Performing Arts building located at the Hurricane Recreation Center, the theatre festival also resulted in a number of individual and small group accolades for Diamond Ranch Academy students. The Diamondbacks’ one-act play, a rendition of Ian McWethy’s “Bad Audition by Bad Actors” placed second overall. 

Individual and small group awards included:

  • Mary C. received first place for her dramatic monologue and third place in the musical theater category
  • Joey R.S., T.M. and George M. placed second in the contemporary scene category
  • Leslie M. and Kate S. placed third in pantomime
  • Sarah B. placed third in the humorous monologue competition. She was also named “best supporting actress” for her role in “Bad Audition by Bad Actors”.
  • Jackson P. and Noah W. placed second in the classical scene category. 
  • Ryan B. and Anthony A. placed third in the classical scene competition.

The theater program is directed by Drew Durrant. Durrant was assisted by Dan Harvey, Stephen Michaud, and Ashley Riddle. Jordan Williams served as an honorary coach. While DRA serves a somewhat small student body of 155, a large percentage of students (25%) participate in the theatre program. Thanks to parent and faculty support, this small school is able to make waves at the state level.

Saint George News wrote about the state title.

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