UVU Softball Adds Former Utah Star As An Assistant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Utah Valley University head softball coach TJ Hubbard announced the hiring of a new assistant coach Wednesday.Anissa Urtez, a former University of Utah standout and a current member of the Mexican national softball team was appointed to fill this position.Urtez will join the Wolverines’ staff officially as she finishes playing with the Mexican national squad.During her playing days with the Utes, Urtez was a three-time All-Pac-12 honoree and durably played in all games throughout her collegiate career.Last season, she had her best offensive output as a collegian, amassing a .405 batting average an was fourth in the Pac-12 with 50 RBI.Urtez is a native of Long Beach, Calif. and starred for the Downey High School Vikings of Downey, Calif.Urtez earned her bachelor’s degree from the U of U in family and consumer studies and human development and minored in health.While coaching at UVU, she plans to pursue a master’s of education with an emphasis in teacher leadership this fall. August 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU Softball Adds Former Utah Star As An Assistant Brad James Tags: Anissa Urtez/Downey High School Vikings/Mexican National Team/TJ Hubbard/Utah Softball/UVU Softball Written bylast_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Soccer Picked Fifth in RMAC

first_img Written by Brad James August 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Soccer Picked Fifth in RMAC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Per a Wednesday announcement, Dixie State men’s soccer was picked fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll.The Trailblazers, newcomers to the RMAC, return six starters and 12 letter-winners from last season’s 12-5 squad.This represents the third straight year Dixie State has won at least 10 straight matches.Defending RMAC champion Colorado School of Mines is the overwhelming choice to repeat as the Orediggers netted nine first-place votes with Colorado Mesa getting two more.The Trailblazers’ returning leading goal scorer is Mesquite, Nev. native Moises Medina, a junior forward.Medina is also the lone Dixie State representative on the RMAC all-preseason team.The Trailblazers do return 72 percent of their offensive output from 2017. Prolific returning scorers include junior midfielder Jandir Porta of West Valley City, Utah and Hunter High School, who posted six goals and six assists last season.Junior goalie Zach Nielson also provides stability in minding the net as the West Point, Utah native and Northridge High School product posted a 9-5 record last season. He earned Pac-West co-goalkeeper of the year award honors for his heroics. Tags: Colorado Mesa/Colorado School of Mines/Dixie State Men’s Soccer/Jandir Porta/Moises Medina/RMAC/Zach Nielsonlast_img read more

NCAA Utah Men’s Basketball Roundup: 11/1

first_img Brad James November 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Utah Men’s Basketball Roundup: 11/1 Tags: Brandon Warr/BYU/Chadron State/College of Idaho/Dee Events Center/Diontae Champion/Elijah Fuller/Evergreen State/Hanley Shu/Huntsman Center/Jerrick Harding/Keun Palu-Thompson/Montana State/Neemias Queta/Nevada Wolf Pack/Tauriawn Knight/The Associated Press/Timmy Allen/Utah State Aggies/Weber State/Westminster/Yoeli Childs Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Yoeli Childs netted 14 points and 14 rebounds as the BYU Cougars routed Westminster 72-43 in a men’s basketball exhibition at the Marriott Center Thursday. Brandon Warr had 12 points to lead the NCAA Division II Griffins in defeat. The Cougars commence their regular season November 6 at Reno, Nev. against the Nevada Wolf Pack who are ranked in the Top 10 in both The Associated Press and coaches polls.SALT LAKE CITY-Timmy Allen posted 18 points on 6 of 11 from the field as the Utah Utes downed the College of Idaho 96-76 Thursday in a men’s basketball exhibition at the Huntsman Center. Allen led five Utes who scored in double figures while Utah shot a torrid 55.6 percent (20-36) in the first half and 50 percent for the game. Keun Palu-Thompson’s 19 points led the NAIA Coyotes in the loss. The Utes begin regular season play November 8 at home against the Maine Black Bears of the America East Conference.OGDEN, Utah-Prolific scorer Jerrick Harding amassed 16 points and the Weber State Wildcats surged past NCAA Division II Chadron State 76-59 Thursday at Dee Events Center in a men’s basketball exhibition. Harding, a junior guard out of Wichita, Kan. averaged 22 points a game last season and scored a program-record 46 points in a win over Montana State. The Wildcats shot 51.1 percent for the game and 61.9 percent (13 of 21) in the second half. Diontae Champion’s 14 points and seven boards led the Eagles in defeat. Weber State commences the regular season November 6 at San Diego.LOGAN, Utah-Tauriawn Knight posted 16 points and the Utah State Aggies ran roughshod over NAIA Evergreen State 96-45 Thursday at the Spectrum in a men’s basketball exhibition. Portuguese national Neemias Queta added 15 points and 8 rebounds on 7-11 shooting. The Aggies shot 55 percent (22 of 40) in the first half and 53.9 percent (41 of 76) for the game. Elijah Fuller and Hanley Shu had 8 points apiece in defeat for the Geoducks, who only shot 25.8 percent for the game.last_img read more

BYU’s Austin Hoyt Accepts Invitation To East-West Shrine Game

first_imgNovember 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU’s Austin Hoyt Accepts Invitation To East-West Shrine Game Brad James Tags: Austin Hoyt/Brett Favre/BYU Football/East-West Shrine Game/Ione California/John Elway/Shriners Children Hospital/Tom Brady FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Tuesday, BYU senior offensive lineman Austin Hoyt accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game January 19 at Tropicana Field of St. Petersburg, Fla.This will be a 1:00 pm MST broadcast on the NFL Network.The reliable Hoyt has started each game the past two seasons for the Cougars, having netted 30 starts in that span while playing in 50 games overall during his collegiate career.The 6-8 315-pound native of Ione, Calif. has served the Cougars as both a tackle and a guard.He has primarily played right tackle for the Cougars during his career.Hoyt is a 2018 team captain and has been instrumental in this season’s squad averaging 230 rushing yards on the ground over the course of the last three games.Hoyt will be representing the West team during this annual All-Star game, which has seen such stars as John Elway, Tom Brady and Brett Favre play in it through the years.All the players in this game will come together in support of Shriners Hospital for Children while also bolstering their credentials before the gaze of NFL scouts and team personnel. Written bylast_img read more

Bees Fall To River Cats

first_img Tags: PCL/Sacramento River Cats/Salt Lake Bees Written by April 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Fall To River Cats The Bees play the final of a five-game series against the River Cats today in Sacramento. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Sacramento, CA)  —  The Bees couldn’t hang on to the lead late as they fell to the River Cats 3-2 in Sacramento.  Matt Ramsey gave up the losing two-run single in the eighth inning and took the loss for Salt Lake.  Jose Briceno and Luis Rengifo drove in runs in the seventh.  Robert Lovelllast_img read more

NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation

first_img Beau Lund July 19, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPeter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — An NFL player who was the subject of a domestic violence investigation involving his young son will not be suspended, the league announced Friday.Tyreek Hill, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, was cleared by the National Football League to attend training camp next week.The investigation stemmed from the release of a video in which Hill’s fiancé accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.The NFL released a statement confirming it will not be suspending Hill after conducting “a comprehensive investigation.” Authorities conducted a separate investigation, too.“Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries,” the statement reads.“Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities,” the statement continues.The NFL is keeping the case open, however.“If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time,” the statement reads.This was not the first time that Hill, 25, has faced accusations of abuse or assault. He pleaded guilty of battery in connection to a case involving his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in 2014 when he was a student at Oklahoma State University.He was sentenced to three years probation and anger management classes for that battery case, ESPN reported.On Friday, after the NFL released its statement in connection to the investigation involving Hill’s son, the star receiver posted a statement on Twitter, writing that “the last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father.”“The false allegations that were originally reported in March were highly publicized and involved the care of my son. I am grateful for so many things and grateful for so many people who have supported me during this challenging time. I fully respect and accept the NFL’s decision,” Hill wrote in his statement posted to Twitter.He went on to thank his coaches, teammates and fans before addressing his children.“To my children, my beautiful children: I love you all dearly and I promise you all that I will continue to strive to be the best father, the best friend, the best role model, and the best mentor that I can be,” he wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 11/7/19

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 108, Charlotte 87San Antonio 121, Oklahoma City 112Miami 124, Phoenix 108L.A. Clippers 107, Portland 101NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUENY Rangers 4, Carolina 2Washington 5, Florida 4 — OTPittsburgh 4, NY Islanders 3 — OTPhiladelphia 3, Montreal 2 — OTToronto 2, Vegas 1 — OTOttawa 3, Los Angeles 2 — OTChicago 5, Vancouver 2Calgary 5, New Jersey 2Colorado 9, Nashville 4Columbus 3, Arizona 2 San Jose 5, Minnesota 5NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEOakland 26, L.A. Chargers 24 Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img November 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/7/19last_img read more

BYU Football Hosts Fellow Independent Liberty Saturday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Saturday, resurgent BYU football (4-4), fresh off of successive wins over Boise State and Utah State, returns to action at LaVell Edwards Stadium against fellow FBS independent program, Liberty (6-3).The Cougars rank 88th nationally in scoring offense (25.5 points per game).During his weekly press conference Monday, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said he is primarily concerned with the health of freshman signal-caller Jaren Hall, who suffered a concussion in the 42-14 win over Utah State Saturday.In his stead, freshman signal-caller Baylor Romney continued to excel, completing 10 of 16 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Aggies in the second half.Prior to his concussion, Hall had completed 12 of 16 passes for 214 yards for the Cougars, who amassed 639 yards of offense against Utah State.If called upon, Romney has proved his worth for BYU this season. He is completing 59.6 percent of his passes (31-52) for 485 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.Also emerging for the Cougars is sophomore tailback Lopini Katoa (45 car, 202 yards, 2 TD’s).The Cougars’ primary receiving target remains junior tight end Matt Bushman (28 rec, 398 yards, 3 TD’s).The leader among receivers for BYU in receiving targets is senior wide-out Aleva Hifo (28 rec, 344 yards, 2 TD’s).Sophomore kicker/punter Jake Oldroyd has made 13 of his 18 field goals on the season and 19 of his 20 PAT attempts for the Cougars.BYU’s defense is tied for 65th nationally (27.8 points per game) with Temple.Freshman linebacker Payton Wilgar has three interceptions to lead the squad. Sophomore defensive lineman Lorenzo Fauatea (2 sacks, forced fumble) leads the Cougars in sacks. Fauatea, junior linebacker Kavika Fonua, sophomore linebacker Chaz Ah You, freshman linebacker Tyler Allgeier, senior defensive lineman JJ Nwigwe and senior defensive back Austin Kafentzis all have a forced fumble for the Cougars.The Flames are coming off a 63-21 rout of Massachusetts which saw the Flames amass a school-record 730 yards against the Minutemen.Liberty ranks 38th nationally in scoring offense (33.8 points per game).Senior signal-caller Stephen Calvert completes 61.7 percent of his passes on the season (174-282) for 2,638 yards (6th nationally), 20 touchdowns (tied for 15th nationally) and three interceptions.Junior tailback Joshua Mack (94 car, 599 yards, 5 TD’s; a 16th best in the nation 6.4 yards per carry) and senior running mate Frankie Hickson (105 car, 558 yards, 7 TD’s; 5.3 yards per carry) bolster a strong running game.Calvert’s top receivers are senior wide-out Antonio Gandy-Golden (54 rec, 1,082 yards [2nd in the nation], 7 TD’s for 20 yards per catch [18th in the nation]) and junior wide-out DJ Stubbs (26 rec, 348 yards, 3 TD’s).Junior kicker Alex Probert has made 6 of his 9 field goal attempts and 38 of his 39 PAT’s on the season for the high-octane Flames.Liberty ranks 58th nationally (26.1 points per game) in scoring defense.The Flames are tied for 22nd nationally, with Navy and Charlotte, with 27 sacks. Liberty’s leading sacker is redshirt senior defensive lineman Jessie Lemonier (8.5 sacks) who ranks 11th nationally. Lemonier also has a forced fumble to his credit.Redshirt junior safety Ceneca Espinoza Jr. has two interceptions and a forced fumble to lead the Flames in interceptions.Sophomore defensive lineman Austin Lewis, freshman defensive lineman TreShaun Clark, freshman cornerback Tayvion Land, redshirt freshman linebacker Tyren Dupree and redshirt senior safety Rion Davis also have a forced fumble apiece for the Flames.The Cougars and Flames are meeting for the first time in their respective histories, making this a historic game. Written by Brad James November 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Football Hosts Fellow Independent Liberty Saturday Tags: BYU Football/Liberty Footballlast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 2/22

first_imgFebruary 22, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/22 Written by Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball3-A State Championship GameTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Travis Thomson posted 19 points and 5 rebounds on 6-9 from the field and Grady Thompson added 18 points and 9 boards as the Manti Templars overpowered Richfield 60-54 Saturday at Salt Lake Community College, clinching the 3-A state title. Manti has now won six state titles (1966, 2003, 2008, 2015, 2018, 2020) and this is head coach Devin Shakespear’s third state title, setting a new school record. Joshua Thalman had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the loss for the Wildcats, who end the season at 19-5. Manti concludes the season at 25-1 and only lost to Class 4-A Dixie on the season.3-A Consolation Championship GameTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Tuhker Mulford posted 12 points on 4-4 from the field and Grantsville downed South Sevier 49-36 in the 3-A consolation championship game at Salt Lake Community College Saturday. Jackson Sandberg added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win for the Cowboys, who end the season at 15-10. Brennen Hunt had 15 points in defeat for the Rams, who end the campaign at 11-14.2-A State Championship GameRICHFIELD, Utah-Ky Brown’s 24 points led the Beaver Beavers to a 55-49 win over Enterprise in the 2-A state title game Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center. This was the Beavers’ sixth all-time state title (1983, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2018, 2020). Tyler Hiatt’s 13 points led the Wolves in the loss.2-A Consolation Championship GameRICHFIELD, Utah-Connor McKee stepped up with 14 points as the American Heritage Patriots pounded North Sevier 63-48 at the Sevier Valley Center Saturday in the 2-A consolation championship game. Burke Mickelsen’s 16 points led the Wolves in defeat.1-A State Tournament First RoundMILFORD, Utah-Zach Sherwood led the way with 24 points in victory as the No. 15 seed Milford Tigers smacked No. 18 seed Tintic 54-41 Saturday in the first round of the 1-A state tournament. Hayden Brunson had 13 points in the loss for the Miners. Milford next faces No. 2 seed Valley Wednesday at 4:00 pm at Richfield High School in the second round of the 1-A state tournament.PRICE, Utah-Tyrel Brian netted 23 points as the No. 17 Wayne Badgers smacked No. 16 seed  Pinnacle 70-56 in the first round of the 1-A state tournament Saturday. Mikey Vigil had 18 points in defeat for the Panthers. Wayne next faces No. 1 seed Manila at Richfield High School Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the second round of the 1-A state tournament.Girls Basketball3-A State Championship GameTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Cassie Johnson made the go-ahead mid-range jumper in the closing seconds and the South Sevier Rams overcame a 46-42 deficit with under a minute left to prevail 47-46 over Judge in the 3-A state championship game Saturday at Salt Lake Community College. The Rams have now won their sixth state title in girls basketball (1981, 1982, 2000, 2007, 2008), breaking a 12-year drought in the process. Presley Chappell (16 points, 14 rebounds, 8-12 shooting) was the heroine for the Rams all game long and stole a desperation inbounds pass from the Bulldogs after Johnson’s  heroics to seal the game. Teya Sidberry (13 points, 13 rebounds) led Judge in the loss.3-A 3rd-4th Place GameTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Nicole Willardson stepped up with 13 points and 6 rebounds on 4-5 from the field as Richfield bested Grantsville 48-42 Saturday to earn third place in the 3-A state tournament at Salt Lake Community College. Jarica Steck added 11 points and 7 boards for the Wildcats, who end the season at 20-6. Grantsville finished 21-5 on the season and was led by Ashlee Edwards’ 18 points and 8 rebounds.2-A Championship GameRICHFIELD, Utah-Kobree Penney posted 25 points and the Millard Eagles outlasted North Summit 77-75 Saturday in the 2-A Championship game at the Sevier Valley Center. The Eagles won their second all-time state title and second in three years. Kennady McQueen netted 20 points in the loss for the Braves.2-A 3rd-4th GameRICHFIELD, Utah-Brinley Cornell led the way with 17 points as Kanab earned third place in the 2-A state tournament by downing Wasatch Academy 45-40 Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center. Nataly Dunka had 16 points in the loss for the Tigers.1-A Tournament First RoundEUREKA, Utah-Kenzie Lyman posted 14 points as the No. 17 seed Escalante Moquis got past the No. 16 seed Tintic 37-33 in the first round of the 1-A state tournament. Kalynn Livingston had 10 points in the loss for the Miners. Escalante next draws No. 1 seed Rich Wednesday at the Sevier Valley Center. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Former SUU Men’s Basketball Standout Cameron Oluyitan Signs With Spanish Squad

first_imgOctober 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local Former SUU Men’s Basketball Standout Cameron Oluyitan Signs With Spanish Squad FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOVIEDO, Spain-Former Southern Utah University men’s basketball standout Cameron Oluyitan has reached an agreement to play professional basketball overseas per a statement released Wednesday.Oluyitan will play for Oviedo Club Baloncesto of Oviedo, Spain.Oluyitan, who played with the Thunderbirds for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, led the squad in scoring during each campaign.He averaged 13.1 points per game in 2018-19 and 13.3 points per contest in the 2019-20 campaign.Oluyitan scored 871 points for the Thunderbirds, ranking him 12th in program annals since SUU moved to Division I.The durable Oluyitan played in all 66 Thunderbirds games during his time at Cedar City and was named the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2018-19.Oluyitan was also named to the All-Big Sky Conference second team that season as well.Oluyitan started his collegiate career at Gillette College (Wyo.) after which he transferred to Boise State and then SUU.Oviedo Club Baloncesto, also referred to as Liberbank Oviedo Baloncesto, competes in the Spanish LEB Oro League. Tags: SUU Men’s Basketball Brad James Written bylast_img read more