GOLF: Southern Utah University announced that Sadie Palmer, a senior at Tooele High, and McKayla Williamson, a senior at Rich High, have both signed to play golf for SUU next year.
BASEBALL: A pair of junior college pitchers join five prep signees for BYU baseball from the November signing period.
Utahns Bret Lopez, Daniel Sechrest and Brock Whitney join right- handers Jeremy Toole from Alvin Community College and David McKnight from Salt Lake Community College along with California prep pitchers Adam Miller and Nik Turley as Cougar signees.
VOLLEYBALL: Two Cougars were honored this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Senior outside hitter Chelsea Goodman was named to the All-America third team and junior middle blocker Rachel Dyer received All-America honorable mention. Goodman is the first Cougar named to an All-America Team since Nina Puikkonen earned first-team honors in 2000.
FOOTBALL: Weber State offensive lineman David Hale has been named to the 2007 Associated Press Championship Subdivision All-America second team. The 6-foot-6 305-pound senior was among 11 Big Sky Conference players to earn AP honors.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: At Ontario, Ore., Michelle Pace scored 20 points to lead the SLCC women's basketball team to a 77-42 victory over Treasure Valley College. Krista Farr added 17 points and Keshia Catten had 14 points. SLCC heads on the road for the holidays, taking on the College of Scottsdale on Dec. 27, Chandler-Gilbert College on Dec. 28 and Mesa College on Dec. 29.
SKIING: Kristina Casey, Utah's new assistant ski coach, has recently been named to the coaching staff for the U.S. Ski Team's trip to Poland in February. More than 30 coaches from around the country applied for a spot.
GYMNASTICS: Rachel Flessner and Rebecca Holliday have signed to compete for the Aggies gymnastics team beginning with the 2009 season, Utah State gymnastics head coach Ray Corn has announced. Flessner is a native of Katy, Texas. She is currently in her seventh year of competing at Level 10 and has qualified for the United States Challenge as a pre-elite junior. Holliday hails from Tustin, Calif. She also competes in track and field, using both sports to complement each other and improve her talent in both.
ROBINSON HONORED: Kevin Robinson added another All-America honor to his growing list of accolades after being named to the SportsIllustrated.com second-team list as a kick returner. This is the sixth All-American honor for Robinson, who was named to the Phil Steele fourth-team All-American team as a kick returner. Robinson was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation second- team All-American and the rivals.com third-team All-American lists earlier this month, as well as rivals.com all-WAC and first-team all-WAC.
Robinson, a native of Fresno, Calif. (Hoover HS), currently leads the NCAA with an 18.9 yards per punt return average. Robinson has one punt return for a TD, a 70-yarder against Nevada on Oct. 20. For his career, he had four punt returns for a TD.
He became the NCAA Career All-Purpose Yards Per Play record holder, with a 16.16 average on 6,479 career yards in 401 career plays.
Robinson also ranks ninth in the nation in kickoff return with a 29.3 ypr average and has three kick returns for TD, only one of two players in the country to do so. He also is the only player in the country with four combined returns (three kickoff and one punt).
NIELSON RECOGNIZED: Volleyball player Amanda Nielson received honorable mention All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday. Nielson, who earned first-team AVCA all-region honors last week, joins former Aggie greats Zuzana Cernianska (2002-05) and Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) as the only AVCA All-Americans in Utah State history. All three players earned honorable mention honors.
Overall, Nielson becomes the 10th player in Utah State history to earn All-America honors along with Annette Cottle (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979), Lucia Chudy (1978, 1979), Sandy Lynn (1978), Elaine Roque (1979), Jo Ellen Vrazel (1980), Lauren Goebel (1980, 1981), Karolyn Kirby (1980, 1981), Cartwright-Davis (2003) and Cernianska (2005).
HOOPS SIGNINGS: Men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Wednesday four players who have signed national letters of intent to compete for the Aggies. Among the group are junior college transfers Rich Sirju and Bryce Webster, and high school standouts Deremy Geiger and Sky View's Jordan Stone. Geiger, Sirju and Webster will all enroll at USU for the fall 2008 semester. Stone plans to serve a two-year LDS mission following high school.
"This group meets the needs that our program has coming up next season with the graduation of three seniors," said Morrill. "Deremy and Rich give us two quality guards that can shoot the ball to go along with our returning nucleus. Bryce gives us another quality post player with Division I experience, and we are excited about the progress Jordan has made in high school and we have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset to Utah State after returning from his mission."