MEN'S BASKETBALL: The team completed its 2011 signing class with the signing of two players, forward Wade Collie and guard Chris Nsenki, head coach Roger Reid has announced.
Collie, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev. (Silverado HS/Air Force Prep), spent one year at Wallace State College, in Hanceville, Ala., where he earned second-team all-Alabama Community College honors. Collie averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game last year for Coach John Meeks' Lions. He also averaged 22.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game his senior year for Coach Ron Childress at Silverado High, when he was runner-up as Nevada's Gatorade Player of the Year. While at SHS he was named MVP of three tournaments: at Moapa, Durango and San Antonio. He also spent one year at Air Force Prep, prior to attending Wallace State.
Nsenki is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound incoming freshman from Kansas City, Mo. (Park Hill HS). Last year he averaged 22.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game for Coach David Garrison's Trojans. A finalist for the Direnna Award, given to the most outstanding player in the Kansas City area last year, he was a first-team 5A all-state selection, the Suburban Big-6 Player of the Year and was named to the Kansas City Star's all-Metro Team. A player who scored over 30 points in a game six times in high school, Nsenki was selected to play in the HyVee Coaches Association all-star game, pitting the best players in Missouri versus the best in Kansas. An honor-roll student and academic letterman, Nsenki also lettered in football and soccer at PHHS.
"We think we've added two young men who are both talented athletes as well as good students, players who can help us now as well as in the future," Reid said.
"Wade gives us good size and versatility on the wing. He's an experienced young player who still has three seasons of eligibility with us, which is a big plus. He can shoot on the wing and get to the basket and we're excited to have him.
"Chris is a freshman who was not only a good high school player but also an outstanding student. He can play both off-guard and the point, and we're excited to bring in a freshman with his kind of credentials coming out of high school."
SOFTBALL: Head coach Kyle Magnusson has announced the signees for the 2011-12 season. The list includes a trio of Canadians, three players with ties to Utah and a pitcher from Las Vegas.
"We have a great group of players coming in next year," Magnusson said of the list. "We anticipate that a lot of the players coming will compete for spots in the starting line-up and will really provide a boost to our bullpen and bench."
Megan Gurski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Tessa Loewen (Abbotsford, British Columbia) were teammates on the women's junior national team (16U) for Canada, competing in the Czech Republic in 2009. The tournament included teams from Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Russia, South Africa, China, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. Gurski also found a wealth of success at the club level, leading the Saskatoon Lasers to a pair of Bantam Girls Western Canadian championships in 2009 and 2010.
A third Canadian, Kelsey Bryant (Surrey, British Columbia) will join the team after a two-year career at the College of Southern Idaho. She will be joined by teammate Mikkel Griffin (St. George) as the duo led the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 44-19 last year. Griffin was a two-time NJCAA all-American after setting school records with a career average of .478, 48 home runs and 175 RBI during her two years in Twin Falls. Bryant earned two all-conference citations and finished in the top three each year in batting average and RBI with career numbers of a .431 average and 129 RBI.
Mallory Hyland (Murray) will also join Southern Utah from the junior college ranks after playing the past two season at Snow College. Hyland will bring speed to the base paths for the T-Birds after finishing her career as a Badger with 36 stolen bases. Hyland also hit well at the plate with a career mark over .300 and a career-best nine triples as a freshman.
Amber Marlett (Las Vegas) and Dallas Vega (West Jordan, Utah) will enter as true freshmen after prepping at Rancho High School and Copper Hills High School, respectively. Marlett was a four-time first-team all-conference honoree for the Rams and helped RHS to the 2011 Northwest Conference championship. Vega earned first-team all-state honors this past season, playing catcher for the Grizzlies.