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Bill Marcroft, Paul James and Kathy Taylor to be honored at Utah Sports Hall of Fame banquet

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Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 12:59 p.m. MDT

Portrait of Radio personality Bill Marcroft prior to the Texas A&M game Friday September 2, 2004 at Rice Eccles Stadium. Photo by Scott G. Winterton/Deseret Morning News September 2, 2004.

Scott G. Winterton, Dnews

Longtime sportscasters Bill Marcroft and Paul James and recreational sports advocate Kathy Taylor will receive Distinguished Service Awards during the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation's annual Spring Honors Banquet on April 1.

The USHFF also will honor former high school coaches Deb Bennett of Salt Lake City, Paul Clark of Orem, Jim Fuller of Brigham City, Marcus Garrett of West Point, Jerre Holmes of Coalville, Davie Swensen of Wellsville and Larry Shurtliff of Enterprise during the event at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

For reservations ($40), send checks to the USHFF, 3434 Bengal Blvd. No. 106, Salt Lake City, 84121.

Marcroft, of Salt Lake City, was the radio voice of University of Utah sports for 35 years, while also working as KUTV's sports director for most of that time.

James, of Salt Lake City, preceded Marcroft on Ute broadcasts and later became the radio voice of BYU athletics for 36 years, in addition to his KSL-TV duties.

Taylor, of Tooele, dedicated her life to developing youth sports programs and recreational opportunities for athletes of all ages in Tooele County.

Bennett's Skyline High girls basketball teams won two state championships and finished second twice, while qualifying for the state tournament in each of her 19 seasons.

Clark coached Orem High to a state championship in both football and girls basketball, while his team finished second twice in football and once each in basketball and softball.

Fuller won five softball state championships in a seven-year stretch as Box Elder High's coach, and four of his teams finished second during his 14-year tenure. He moved to Fremont High and claimed another state title.

Garrett won two basketball state championships in the 1950s as Juab High's coach and claimed another title with Clearfield High in 1967, in addition to a second-place finish. He also launched Juab's football program.

Holmes won three football state championships as Rich High's coach and two more titles with North Summit High, where he compiled a 28-game winning streak. He also won two basketball championships.

Shurtliff coached a variety of high school sports in Idaho, Nevada and Utah, including stops at Lehi, Spanish Fork and Enterprise. He then revived Southern Utah University's women's basketball program, posting two unbeaten seasons in American West Conference play.

Swensen followed his successful coaching stint in his native Idaho by serving as the head wrestling coach at Mountain Crest High for 26 years, earning National Coach of the Year honors in 2007. He produced 44 individual state champions with the Mustangs.

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