FOOTBALL: Junior David Richards has been selected to participate in the second-annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. Some 370 student-athletes were selected from a field of more than 850 nominees. The conference will be held May 25-29 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Those selected will discuss issues important to their peers and learn leadership skills.
WRESTLING: Of four Cougars at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, only John Kelly advanced after the first day. Kelly, a senior from Sandy and WAC Champion at 126 pounds, pinned his Cal State-Fullerton opponent in the opening round, then lost round two. He competes again Friday.
Brett Gappmayer of Wallsburg, WAC champ at 158, lost twice and is out of the meet, as are heavyweight Chris Miller of Provo and 118-pounder Jose Enriquez.
SWIMMING: Junior Sarah McKeever was 39th in the 200-yard Individual Medley at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Champ-ion-ships in Minneapolis Thurs-day.
McKeever's 2:04.94 was her best of this season but well off her 1997 school-record pace of 2:01.88 and more than six seconds off that of SMU's Martina Moravcova, who had the fastest time in morning qualifying heats.
The top 16 advanced to championship and consolation races to determine the NCAA champion Thursday evening. The top eight receive First Team All-America honors, with the second eight being named to the second team.
FOOTBALL: Brian McKenzie and Ben Cook were the only multiple winners presented at Wednesday's BYU football awards banquet in the Cougar Room of the stadium.
Running back McKenzie was selected as the offensive MVP and the best-conditioned athlete, while Cook was chosen as the outstanding defensive back and had the highest GPA on the 1997 team.
Byron Frisch was selected the outstanding defensive lineman, Rob Morris the outstanding linebacker, Derik Stevenson the outstanding special teams player, Jaron Dabney rookie of the year and Ed Kehl won the John Farley Award.
Offensive guard Matt Cox won the Robbie Bosco Most Courageous Award.
BASEBALL: Ryan Pond and Troy McNaughton combined for three doubles and a pair of home runs Thursday to lead the Cougars to an 11-10 victory over Texas Christian.
BYU, now 14-9 overall and 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference, hosts TCU Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at noon. The Horned Frogs are 17-10 overall and 4-2 in the WAC.
BASKETBALL: The Lady Viking basketball team lost to Central Arizona Community College 75-65 in the second round of the NJCAA women's basketball tournament in Salina, Kan.
The loss ends a 21-game win streak for the Vikings. They next play Gulf Coast Community College of Panama City, Fla., in a loser-out game Friday. The best possible finish Ricks can achieve now is fifth place with two more wins.
The men's team faces Northern Oklahoma Friday in a consolation bracket, loser-out game. The best possible finish for the Vikes is seventh with two more wins.
BASKETBALL: Utah Valley State College has announced that Provo High basketball standout Hala Kaufusi has made a verbal commitment for next year to the Wolverines.
Kaufusi, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Provo to the 4A title two consecutive years. "Hala is the most athletic player in the state," said UVSC coach Jeff Reinert. "We are delighted to have him join our program. He is a proven winner who has a tremendous up side to his game. He is a perfect fit for our team and the way we play."