DIVING: Kwan Ling Yu is Mountain West Conference women's diver of the week. Yu, a freshman from Yuen Long, Hong Kong, won both diving events, and the Utes went on to beat both the Aztecs and Broncos.
SWIMMING: The swimming and diving team has completed its early signing period with four women and two men set to join the team in 2008.The class: Whitney Lopus, Scottsdale, Ariz. (free/fly); Hannah Caron, Raleigh, N.C. (fly/breast/IM); Sarah Cox, Scottsdale, Ariz. (back/fly/IM); Lauren Hewson, Estes Park, Colo. (breast); Eric Bonicelli, Kansas City, Mo. (fly); Major Robinson, Missoula, Mont. (back, free).
BASEBALL: Coach Bill Kinneberg announced the signing of eight players to national letters-of-intent. Set to join the Utes for the 2009 season are outfielder Cooper Blanc (Lehi/Eastern Arizona), catcher C.J. Cron (Phoenix/Mountain Point), pitcher Chad Ellis (Farmington/SLCC), outfielder Gavin Green (Layton), pitcher Joe Pond (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial), catcher Jo Jo Sharrar (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Newberry Park), pitcher Jordan Whatcott (Gilbert, Ariz./South Mountain JC) and middle infielder Tyler Yagi (Sandy/Skyline)."First of all, we had some needs that had to be filled, and I truly feel we were able to fill those with the pitchers, catchers and outfielders that we signed," said Kinneberg. "With the eight guys that we signed, we met all of the goals that we set out to meet last summer."
WOMEN'S HOOPS: Robyn Fairbanks picked up right where she left off last season as she was named the season's first Division I Independent player of the week Wednesday. Fairbanks, the reigning independent player of the year, has now earned the award nine times in her career.Fairbanks scored 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Utah Valley started 4-0 for the first time at the Division I level with a 103-83 win over UC Irvine. Fairbanks averaged 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in two wins last week and has propelled Utah Valley to its first 4-0 start at the Division I level.
VOLLEYBALL: Four team members have been earned Big Sky all-conference honors, the league announced Tuesday. Sophomore Micah Lines was named to the all-conference first team and junior Brittney Bisaillon was named to the second team. Chelsea Bair and Kolbie Murphey each received honorable mention honors.
FOOTBALL: Twelve Southern Utah football players have been named to the All-Great West Football Conference squad.
Running back Johnny Sanchez and safety Jovan Jackson earned first-team honors, while six players were named to the second team and four more earned honorable mention.
Sanchez led the Thunderbirds in rushing for the second straight season. The senior from Los Lunas, N.M., averaged 4.4 yards per carry, with a total of 701 yards on 161 attempts.
Jackson, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., tallied 53 tackles, one interception, a tackle for loss and recovered two fumbles.Earning second-team recognition were senior offensive tackle Matt Roan , a second-team selection last year and an honorable mention honoree in 2005; sophomore linebacker Robert Takeno, a second-team selection as a freshman in 2006; senior defensive end Jimmy Judd; and true-freshmen defensive backs Chase Pendley and Collin Pretlow.
GYMNASTICS: Southern Utah women's gymnastics coach Scott Bauman announced the addition of Gabriela Grey (Long Beach, Calif.) and Lauren Jeffrey (Kingwood, Texas) after receiving national letters of intent for the 2008-09 season. "From top to bottom, this is the strongest recruiting class we have had in a while," Bauman said.SUU will begin the 2008 season at home against Seattle-Pacific Jan. 25.
VOLLEYBALL: After receiving the first-ever invite to the NAIA National Championships, the team is now receiving individual awards. Senior Angie Johnson (Salt Lake City) has been named the Region I and Frontier Conference Player of the Year. Johnson shares the conference award with Anile Clemente of Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho).
Bree Riet (Chester, Utah) was named the Frontier Conference libero of the year. Riet and Johnson were both named to the All-Region I and All-Frontier Conference first teams. Sophomore Ali Culp (Clearfield) was named to the Frontier Conference second team, while Ananda Lopes (Vila Velha, Brazil) was named honorable mention. Leigha Dangerfield (Sandy) is freshman of the year.