Class of 2013: Utah high school athletes with college scholarships

Published: Monday, June 24 2013 5:16 p.m. MDT

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Sean Barton
Kacie Anderson, girls soccer (Iowa Lakes CC)

Marissa Appiah, girls track/x-country (BYU)

Sean Barton, football (Stanford)

Makenzie Clark, girls track/x-country (Utah)

Chloe Hurst, volleyball (Idaho St.)

Derek Lord, boys track/x-country (BYU)

Aliyah Miller, girls soccer (Gonzaga)

Felipo Mokofisi, football (Utah)

Jill Richards, girls track/x-country (Utah State)

Sydney Townsend, gymnastics (SUU)

Junior Vailolo, football (SUU)
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Correction: Logan Stott will be at Utah, not Arizona. He enrolled in Tucson, and left.

Woods Cross, UT

The Desnews couldn't take the space to list the academic and other grants or scholarships, not because the kids aren't worthy of mention, but because the list is far too vast. Many high schools report that the total amount of scholarships offered to their graduates totals in the millions of dollars.

As much as we love athletics (and I am one) we should never loose sight of the fact that academic excellence is the best path to a scholarship or grant and an opportunity to further your education.

West Jordan, UT

A suggestion to Desnews-You should have an award of some type for the School that sends the most students with athletics scholarhsips. 1st 2nd 3rd deal. It would be interesting to see an award based system. I ALSO agree with OATMEAL, and there should be an award for the school that produces the most ACADEMIC scholarships. I understand that there are schools with more students than others-so it could be proportionate.

Lapoint, UT

Correction, Union High School: Kelsey Hartle, not Kelsey Hatch will be going to CNCC for a softball scholarship.


No mention of South Sevier High School? There were at least four athletes from SSHS with scholarships this year.
Race Parsons is going to SUU to play basketball and Austin Clark is heading to Western Nebraska CC for the same.
In football Patrick Baker is going to SUU and Alani Pututau has signed with Snow College.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Thank goodness for Title IX, Young women have a better chance of getting an Athletic Schloarship than young men. The parents of High school or better yet, Middle-school girls should do some due diligence research into this scholarship winning strategy. The sport of Lacrosse seems to offer alot of scholarships throughout the country. Prehaps the Des News could do some research for its readership on this topic. Who knows, prehaps in 10 years Utah will become a hot-bed for recruiting talented Lacrosse players for College teams nation wide

Highland, UT

@BYU Track Star

Why is it a good thing that young women have a better chance of getting an athletic scholarship than young men?

Title 9 is an abomination that deprives young men of opportunity while disproportionately awarding it to young women.

If Title 9 did what its supporters claim they want it to do then young women would not have a better chance at an athletic scholarship than young men do, they would have proportionately EQUAL opportunity. Sadly they do not and as colleges scramble to try to even hand out all of their scholarships to qualified females they also deny opportunity to deserving young men. Title 9 is simply more good intentions gone horribly bad. I'm glad young women now have more opportunity but your statment that

"Thank goodness for Title IX, Young women have a better chance of getting an Athletic Schloarship than young men."

shows a wharped desire to punish young men simply to benefit young women. It is wrong and people that feel like you do are a problem.

South Jordan, UT

Also Drake Miller from Bingham is going to Hawaii for football.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

@ Duckhunter

Your comments are apppropriately scatter gun at best. Do we value our son's education more than our daughters? To answer your original question, more young men participate in High School and College Sports than young women. Intercollegite Sport participation has value for both genders, would you agree with that premise? Title IX, trys to level the playing field in non-abominable terms. My original comment was directed at parents of smart and athletically talented young women to research to see if there are scholarship dollars available to them. If a 4-year college education costs $200k, a full-ride scholarship would be a strong incentive for young women to learn Sculling on Utah Lake or some other obscure sport if the payoff is landing an Athletic Scholarship. These are,sadly, the rules of the game. One needs to know how to play the game to suceed.

West Jordan, UT

Pelenaise Havili from West Jordan High has a scholarship to Western Texas College.

Saint George, UT

Jason Quinn from Dixie High School has a scholarship to SUU for Track/Cross Country.

Park City, UT

Please note: Cassidy Chester, a softball pitcher from Park City High School has accepted a scholarship to pitch for Dawson CC in Montana. She is the first player EVER from Park City to continue playing softball in college via scholarship.

Highland, UT

@BYU Track Star

You appear to value a girls chance at getting her education paid for more than a boys. Let me quote you again.

"Thank goodness for Title IX, Young women have a better chance of getting an Athletic Schloarship than young men."

And while more boys do participate in high school sports than do girls more boys actually want to participate in sports than girls. I'm not sure if your assertion about more boys participating in college is correct, and I frankly doubt it, as title 9 is designed to make sure that doesn't happen.

The fact is that a girl that wants a college athletic scholarship can get one much easier than a boy who wants one. This is because more boys actually do want one but title 9 limits their opportunity to get one in favor of giving them to girls who want them in much lower numbers.

It is a sad truth, one you appear to be happy about.

By the way I pay for more daughters college education, although she did get a partial academic scholarship. I don't wish she had an athletic scholarship at some boys expense just to get out of that.

salt lake, UT

First, congratulations to all these young athletes and all the parents. That is very cool! Interesting debate about Title IX. Title IX is simply the right thing to do. It is only right that public schools, which are subsidized with tax money, give equal opportunity to girls. The issue isn't these girls taking scholarships from boys. Rather, the issue is that 85 of the total boys scholarships in any given NCAA school go to football. This literally sucks boys scholarships from other sports, to the point of total elimination for many boys sports. It is absolutely unbelievable that the U of U doesn't have mens track, soccer, gymnastics, wrestling, etc. That isn't the girls fault, it is the disproportionate focus on football. Some will say that "football makes money." Well, it breaks even in only about a third of D1 schools, losing money in nearly two thirds of them. Don't blame Title IX and don't blame the girls.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA


Please read my 12:43 comment again. That being said. Yes, more young women are attending college than their male peers. Academic Scholarship money is a finite resource also. Do you feel that, in our own words, There are other Young men who want (Academic) Scholarships more, than say your putative daughter? Is it fair that your daughter got this scholarship while other more desirous males did without? Is that Fair? Of course not by your measure. The same thinking is why Title IX was created to insure more althletic equality between the genders.


Thanks for your input. It would be truly interesting to see a what sports gave out full-ride scholarships and how many academic scholorships were given out.

Fastpitch Fan
Bountiful, UT

This an interesting dialogue on Title IX. Originally it was designed to provide equality in athletic participation and increased scholarship opportunities for the female athlete, and that it has done in most cases.

It's exciting to see so many young ladies participate in and earn athletic scholarships. Congratulations!! I hope more will take the opportunity!

You said, "The fact is that a girl that wants a college athletic scholarship can get one much easier than a boy who wants one" Please back that up with facts, not opinion. Here's a fact: "In 2007-2008 1.6% of men received athletic scholarships in relation to the 1.1% of women who received them, compared to 2.4% of men and 1.0% of women who received them in 1992-1993. If the leveling of the distribution of athletic scholarships between males and females continues at its current rate, it will take up to 17 years before men and women are receiving athletic scholarships at the same rate." (Backgrounder: Athletic Scholarships; by Mark Kantrowitz written May 2011)
Put away your bitterness and don't cry "foul" or in your case "fowl," until you know the facts.

Highland, UT

@fastpitch fan

I said that more boys that actually want them cannot get them than girls that actually want them. You need to work on your comprehension.

Less girls actually want to play sports than do boys, that isn't just my "opinion" that is a fact. I have no problem at all with girls getting athletic scholarships, this isn't a boy vs girl issue to me so much as a good intentions gone wrong issue. The intention was to increase opportunity for girls that want to participate in sports, that is a GOOD thing, the unintended consequence has been that boys sports have been eliminated at many schools to comply with this false "equality".

In my opinion we have reached a point where title 9 can be done away with, or at least relaxed to some degree, to compensate for the fact that more boys wish to compete in athletics than girls. I don't think girls are going to lose any opportunities, nor do I want them to, what I want to see is the opportunities taken from the boys restored.

It would appear that several of you would prefer that boys lose their opportunities. Kinda punitive and sad.

Highland, UT


There is no "disproportionate focus on football", the fact is football is what the vast majority of people actually care about. Yes football generates the dollars, and to a lesser extent mens basketball. Now that does not mean I think other sports should be done away with or short changed but lets not let your bitterness towards the sport that actually funds the opportunities the athletes of the other sports enjoy get in the way of the discussion.

Highland, UT

@BYU track star

Your attempt to set up a strawman failed miserably. Most academic scholarships are not decided based on sex, the better student is the only deciding factor for them. Yes there are some race or sex based scholarships but they are the minority. Plus there is no law like title 9 stating that they have to be handed out equally even if less of one sex is interested in obtaining them.

To make your extremely weak strawman work it would have to be set up so that if vastly more girls want academic scholarships than did boys but just to make it fair an equal number had to be handed out to both ignoring their actual merits. It shouldn't matter that 70% of the girls want academic scholarship and only 30% of the boys want them, to make it like title 9 50% of those scholarships would need to be given to each sex simply because they are of different sexes.

Example, 100 scholarships available, 200 girls want them and 60 boys want them. 50 would be given to girls and 50 would be given to boys simply because of sex.

My guess is you'd howl about it.

salt lake, UT

Duckhunter: Please stop making statements with no fact to back them up. The reality is that very few football programs pay for themselves, let alone pay for other sports. Please go to the NCAA website and search for AND READ a document called revenues and expenses 2004-2009. There the NCAA presents the real numbers. The fact is that college football at almost all universities is sucking the life out of other sports. You are trying very hard to sound informed in your posts. Unfortunately, the numbers you throw around don't seem to be based in fact.

Highland, UT


Weak, you supplied us with nothing yet want to try to hold me to a standard you yourself haven't even considered complying with. Football generates far, far, far more revenue than any other sport. Even if it doesn't "pay for itself" as you are trying to claim it pays for far, far more than anything else.

Tell me this, how much revenue does the womens swim team generate? How about the mens cross country team? What about womens tennis?

I'll anser that for you, they don't bring in ANY revenue, they simply consume money, and I'm fine with that. So quit trying to pretend that you have some sort of knowledge when you obviously have none. And quit trying to pretend that I have something against other sports, mens or womens, I do not. What I have a problem with is that the men have been losing opportunities and I would like to see that fixed somehow. It would appear that you, and a few others on here have no interest in that, you simply enjoy the punitive effect title 9 has had on the boys and I think that is pathetic.

Fastpitch Fan
Bountiful, UT

@ Duckhunter

You have your opinion, and you're entitled to it. As others who post their comments on here have there opinion, to which they are entitled. You however have only stated your opinion, and not stated fact. It appears you have some sort of chip on your shoulder and are lashing out at women's sports to satisfy your pent up anger. If that is indeed the case, then you are (to use your term) "pathetic."

Title IX has done wonders to promote girls athletics and rewarding those who wish to compete beyond high school. I was an athletic scholarship recipient in my day (a men's sport), and I've seen the benefit for my daughter in her sport. What a shame it would be to relax the title IX standards. If that was to happen, you know schools would drop some women's sports and there is no guarantee that schools would add or reinstate any of the men's sports as most of the sports that were dropped are not revenue generating. Reducing or dropping title IX would not have the positive effect you're implying it will.

salt lake, UT

Duckhunter: Whatever. Just please start stating fact, quit making up numbers and please quit saying stupid things like "footbal pays for other sports." BTW: I have no daughters, only one son...who happens to be on the list of athletes in this article.

Highland, UT

@fastpitch fan

Defenders of title 9 have nothing to back them other than it "has done wonders to promote girls athletics and rewarding those who wish to compete beyond high school." ok, great. Women's opportunities have grown, I'm glad for that. You see the thing is I do not begrudge the increased opportunities for the girls, I am irritated at the decreased opportunities for the boys. I've stated that a couple of times but you are obviously either blind to it or are simply one of the punitive against the boys type.

I want a solution, one which preserves the girls opportunities while at the same time reinstates the ones the boys have lost. That cannot be done if title 9 is left intact as is, changes would have to be made to do that.

Tell me why is that prospect so distasteful to people like you, watchweather and byutrackstar? Why do you not want to see some changes made that would increase opportunities for boys? Why do you feel the need to be so punitive against the boys rather than just in support of increased opportunities for girls? I want both, I'd say I occupy the high ground here.

Me, Myself and I
The Promised Land, UT

San Juan has at least two athletes who received scholarships and will continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Barkley Christensen, football (Dixie State)
Ammon Mitchell, track (Weber State)

There maybe others but I noticed there was a complete omission for the entire school.

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