SKIING: The University of Utah finished the first day of alpine competition tied for third place with 128 points. Denver University leads all teams with 152 points at Steamboat Springs, Colo. "Today went pretty well," said head alpine coach Jaka Korencan. "It was promising for the rest of the season." In the men's GS, Kyle Kung paced the Utes with an eighth-place finish. Hermann Lager, a Utah freshman who joined the Utes five days before the competition, impressed with a 13th-place finish. Eva Huckova led the women's contingent with a sixth-place finish. Mikaela Grassl also skied well, posting an eighth-place finish. Kimberly Stephens placed ninth, while freshman Sofia Smith finished 11th. The slalom races will be held Sunday night in Steamboat Springs, which has experienced heavy snowfall this weekend.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: In the opening match of the 2008 campaign BYU's women's tennis team started out strong with a convincing 5-2 victory at Hawaii, Friday. The No. 26 ranked Cougar team was up 4-0 before the Rainbow Wahine scored a point in the match. BYU went up 1-0 easily winning all three doubles matches then picked up three singles victories to go ahead 4-0. BYU's Anastasia Surkova teamed up with Kristina Doerr at the no. one doubles position, winning their match, 8-3 over Sophie Kobuch and Chloe Bihag. Teammates Liza Ezhova and Dolly Chang also won at no. 2 doubles in similar fashion. At no. 3 doubles, Elle Carney along with Chie Hayasaka defeated Hawaii's Natasha Zorec and Jennifer Goldman 8-2.
In the singles competition, the Cougars Ezhova, Hayasaka, and Chang picked up straight sets wins at number three, four and six respectively.
WRESTLING: The Utah Valley wrestling team went 1-3 on Saturday at the Lone Star Duals at South Grand Prarie, Texas, and now sit at 5-5 in duals this season. Benjamin Kjar (125 pounds) and Sam Allen (149 pounds) both won three out of the four matches they wrestled on the day for the Wolverines Against No. 14 Wisconsin, the Wolverines fell 28-7 with Kjar and Marc Fenwick picking up wins for UV. Kjar defeated Drew Hammen by major decision, 13-4 and Fenwick topped Matt Maciag in a 6-3 decision. Despite losing eight of 10 matches against the Big 10 Badgers, Utah Valley lost four of those matches by four points or less, including Jeff Newby's 3-2 decision against Kyle Ruschell. In the second dual of the day, against Brown, Kjar pinned Mike Piccimilo (1:53) before Brown tied the team score at six with consecutive decision wins.
Next weekend Utah Valley will host the 1st Utah Valley Open in the Shurian Family Activity Center.
BASKETBALL: For much of the night it appeared that the Westminster Griffins were going to come away with a Frontier Conference opening win over Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho), but a late Warriors rallychanged that plan. L-C rallied from seven down with five minutes leftin regulation to force overtime. In the extra session, the teams exchanged the lead three times with L-C eventually taking an 85-84 victory. Danny Stosich finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Nate Sanchez went for 20 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Jacobs added16 points, including four from three-point land, and Reeder had six points and nine assists. Westminster will next face MSU-Northern on Thursday, January 10. Tip-off for that contest is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Behnken Field House.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Westminster Griffins women's team were expecting a tough game against 16th-ranked Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) on Saturday evening, what they didn't expect was how tough it was going to be. The Griffins shot just 17.4 percent from the field in the opening half and found themselves behind 41-18 at the intermission. The second half was a little more competitive, but L-C picked up the 80-52 win to drop the Griffins to 0-1 in Frontier Conference play.
Elisa Leader put up 16 points for the Griffins, but was just 4-of-11 from the floor. Alexis Tucker added 15 points and five rebounds. Westminster was out-rebounded 40-28 in the games and allowed 14 offensive boards to the Warriors.