The Utah High School Activities Association will hold a hearing this afternoon to determine whether American Leadership Academy violated the undue influence rules of the association.

Region 14 principals asked the UHSAA to hold the hearing after at least three players from Mexico moved to Utah to attend ALA and play basketball. Apparently an ALA coach went on a trip to Mexico during the summer, and officials want to know if there was any contact made between the coach and players while they were in Mexico.

The ruling could affect the 2A playoff situation because if ALA is found guilty of violating the undue influence rules, it could be required to forfeit games. The players could also lose their eligibility to play for ALA or any other Utah high school.

There was also some question about whether the students filled out first-entry paperwork before they played for ALA.

ALA finished Region 14 play tied for fourth place with South Summit at 4-6.

IN NEED OF A MATCH: Highland's boys soccer team is looking for a preseason match for the upcoming season. If interested, contact coach Eric Bliss at 801-484-4343.

A SENDING OFF: Retiring Taylorsville athletic director Dan Leatherwood — the school's basketball coach as well from 1982-93 — will be honored at halftime of Friday's Skyline-Taylorsville game. The school invites all former players and coaches to attend the game.

During his 12 years as basketball coach, Leatherwood won 136 games and qualified for the state tournament eight straight years. He's also served as Taylorsville's golf coach since 1982.

SPIKERS SIGN WITH SLCC: The nationally ranked Salt Lake Community College volleyball team is pleased to announce the signing of five top recruits to the 2008 freshman class. Outside hitter Brittny Lolohea (Highland HS), opposite hitter/setter Whitney Nilson (Skyline HS), outside hitter/setter Analaine Palaez (Fremont HS), middle hitter Annalisa Nostrant (Snow Canyon HS) and middle hitter Lakelle Havens (Dixie HS).

"This is a fantastic group of freshmen. Not only are they classy young ladies, but they are all very strong players with extensive athletic backgrounds and experience that will certainly contribute to the winning tradition here at SLCC," said coach Shay Goulding "I am very excited to call them Bruins and to add them to the talent of our returning sophomores."

Salt Lake Community College accepted the letters of intent from the five players on Feb. 2 at a signing party at Texas Roadhouse in Taylorsville.


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