Corey Morrison knows firsthand that it is possible to achieve success in football at Richfield High.
As a player, he helped the Wildcats reach a state championship game in 1988. He also attained individual success, earning a first-team all-state award for his play at running back.
Morrison will now take a second shot at leading Richfield's football program to prominence as the Wildcats' head coach.
Morrison, 35, was named Richfield's new head football coach last week. It will be Morrison's second stint with the Wildcats, as he coached the team for five seasons from 1995-99. He replaces Seth Giddings, who resigned about a month ago to pursue some coaching opportunities in Florida.
Morrison has been a mainstay at Richfield. Following an outstanding career in football and wrestling at the school, he became a teacher there. He continued to coach wrestling and track at Richfield after he resigned as the school's head football coach. He is in his 14th year of teaching at Richfield.
"I want to help the school out, help the kids out," Morrison said. "I'm just excited to give it a shot."
The Wildcats had suffered through several down years before turning the corner in 2007. Richfield finished with a winning record for the first time since 1993, and won a postseason contest for the first time since 1991.
Morrison expects to build off of last season's success for the next several years.
"There's some good talent there," Morrison said. "If the kids are dedicated, pumping weights and buying into our system, I think we can be a power."
JUAN DIEGO PLAYERS COMMIT: Four Juan Diego baseball players announced their college choices last week. Patrick Fratto, Bryan James and Michael Lipsey will play at Taft College (Calif.). Jordan Cox, a left-handed pitcher, will play at California Lutheran University, a Division III school.
Fratto, a middle-infielder and pitcher, hit .516 last season. Cox, who has a 3.6 grade-point average, earned an academic scholarship. James will probably play in the outfield at Taft, while Lipsey has been a four-year letterman for the Soaring Eagle. Another Juan Diego player, Devin Thomas, is also likely to play at Taft.
"They will all compete, and they'll do fine," said Soaring Eagle coach Steve Cramblitt.
HAWS INVITED: Lone Peak's Tyler Haws, the 2008 Deseret News Mr. Basketball, has been selected to participate in the NBA Players Association Top 100 player camp. The camp is in its 12th year, and is held June 18-21 at the University of Virginia. The camp is considered to be one of most prestigious in the nation.
LACROSSE SEMIFINALS SET: The Division A and Division B lacrosse championships are close to being determined. In Division A, top-seeded Bountiful, Bingham, Jordan and Alta advanced to the semifinals with victories on Saturday. Bountiful crushed Waterford 16-2, Bingham beat Park City 17-10, Jordan edged Judge Memorial 9-8 and Alta upset Bonneville 7-5.
Bountiful plays Bingham in the first semifinal on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Juan Diego. Jordan-Alta follows at 7 p.m.
In Division B, Skyline, Woods Cross and Sky View have advanced to the semifinals. Skyline defeated two higher-seeded teams to get there, and will face Woods Cross at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Mountain View High. In the second semifinal, Sky View will play the Lone Peak-Highland winner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Lone Peak plays Highland today at Mountain Ridge Junior High School at 5 p.m. to determine which team will face the Bobcats.
The two championship games are scheduled for Saturday at Park City High. The Division B title game is at 1 p.m. and the Division A title game is at 7 p.m.
GARDNER WRESTLING CAMP: Rulon Gardner is bringing his summer wrestling camp to Utah. The four-day event is scheduled for June 25-28 at American Fork High School. For more information go to www.rockymountainwrestling.com or contact Cole Kelley at [email protected].JORDAN HOSTING CAMP: Jordan High boys basketball coach Rob Geertsen will be running basketball camps May 27-29 and June 3-5 for next year's seventh-12th grade players. For information on specific times and age groups visit www.jordanbasketball.net or contact Geertsen at Jordan High at 256-5500. The cost of the camp is $65.
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