SOCCER: The Cougars ended their first away game with a disappointing 2-1 loss Friday against the Yakima Reds. "It was a really tough game," said BYU forward Zach Defrancis, who scoed BYU's only goal on a penalty kick. "We gave our all, but the luck just wasn't on our side tonight. We just weren't able to convert enough goals." Yakima got goals from Ceveriano Garcia in the 43rd minute and Alonso Rojas in stoppage time. The Cougars take on the Tacoma Tide tonight.
SKIING: Ute skier Tague Thorson has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII at-large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A second-team selection who is majoring in philosophy, Thorson was the top overall men's alpine NCAA Championships qualifier last year, finishing first in the slalom standings. He had two slalom wins during the year, at Western State and New Mexico. Thorson, who recently accepted an invitation to join the U.S. Ski Team, is ranked 89th in the world in the slalom in the latest International Skiing Federation points rankings.
Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. The Utah ski team finished the year third at the NCAA Championships.
GYMNASTICS: A month after placing second at the 2008 NCAA Women's Championships, the Ute gymnastics team has won numerous academic awards. Seven Ute gymnasts were named NACGC/W Scholastic All-Americans: Kristina Baskett, Daria Bijak, Jamie Deetscreek, Katie Kivisto, Gael Mackie, Stephanie Neff and Ashley Postell. They also made the Dean's List, which requires a 3.5 GPA. The team's combined GPA for the spring semester was a 3.5192, and all 13 Ute gymnasts recorded a 3.0 or better GPA to qualify for the Athletics Director's Honor Roll.
BASKETBALL: The Utah men's basketball program is accepting registration for a variety of summer camps, including Day Camp (June 9-12), Morning Junior Ute Camp (June 9-12), Team Camp (June 18-20), Father & Son Camp (June 27-28), Overnight Camp (Aug. 4-7) and Afternoon Junior Ute Camp (Aug. 4-7).
The camps are under the supervision of coach Jim Boylen, his staff and players, and will feature fundamental instruction in all phases of the game. All campers will receive a Utah basketball T-shirt.
BASEBALL: The Rebels had six players selected to the inaugural All-PacWest First Team announced Wednesday. Senior 2B Jordan Daley (Spanish Fork/Spanish Fork High), senior SS Kyle Pratt (Tooele/Tooele High), senior outfielder Klint Anderson (Richfield/Emery High) and sophomore outfielder Brett Adams (Sandy/Alta High), senior catcher Blake Mickelson (St. George/Snow Canyon) and junior pitcher Kris Cichoski (Las Vegas) were among 13 players chosen to receive All-PacWest first team honors. Dixie relief pitcher Nick Orgill was named to the second team.
SOFTBALL: Salt Lake Community College sophomore pitcher Lindsey Palmer was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association's First team All-American squad, and sophomore outfielder Tara Bendt was selected to the second team. Palmer finished with a 29-2 record, a 0.90 ERA and 309 strikeouts. She threw 11 shutouts and recorded four no-hitters during the 2008 season. Palmer was also named Scenic West Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. Bendt finished the season with a .420 batting average, 25 stolen bases and a .971 fielding percentage. Bendt was named SWAC Player of the Year.
Palmer and Bendt helped lead Salt Lake to a 43-10 record, a 19-game winning streak, a No. 5 ranking in the NJCAA polls and Salt Lake's second consecutive SWAC regular-season title. Palmer has committed to play for the University of Utah in the fall, and Bendt will play at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.