The Juan Diego and Judge Memorial girls soccer teams agreed to postpone their game from last Wednesday until Sept. 30 in order to help a worthy cause.
The teams will play on Sept. 30 in conjunction with a fundraiser organized by the charitable group Soccer Unites. They are joining forces to raise money for Marcia Williams, the wife of Real Salt Lake player Andy Williams. She needs a bone-marrow transplant to help her battle a rare form of leukemia.
"The soccer community in Utah is pretty small, and when one of our own needs it we try to help out how we can," said Juan Diego coach Jamie Schock. "At the end of the day, it's about trying to help a young mother be able to stick around for her kids."
Williams is the mother of two girls, and the cost of her medical care will likely reach six figures.
The Juan Diego-Judge game on Sept. 30 will be just a portion of a big fundraising event for Williams. Schock said the game will include celebrities, adding that RSL coach Jason Kreis and some of his players will be involved. Tickets will cost $5, and all money raised through the gate, concessions and an auction will be donated to the Williams family.
The event will be held at Juan Diego.
"It will be quite a fun deal," Schock said. "It's a great, great opportunity for the girls to come together for a common good."
VIEWMONT HOSTS FOOD DRIVE: The Viewmont football team is sponsoring a food drive at its home game against Bountiful on Friday. Fans of both teams are asked to bring food to be donated to the Bountiful Food Bank.
"With gas and food prices the way they are, the food bank is low on the priority scale for people at this time of the year," said Cindy Downs, a member of the booster club for Viewmont's football team. "One of our goals is to get other schools to do something like this."
Viewmont"s football players have taken on a key role in the project. They will take all the food donated on Friday night and deliver it to the Bountiful Food Bank on Saturday morning.
"We"re hoping to take a good portion," Downs said.
NEW BRUINS BASEBALL COACH: Mountain View High School has hired former Orem High prep star Jon Clark as its new baseball coach. He replaces Chris Cooper, who decided to take a break from coaching following last season's Region 7 championship year.
"I hope to maintain the strong athletic tradition they have here at Mountain View and hopefully win a few more region titles and compete for the state championship as well," Clark said.
Clark was also hired to work full-time at the school as a permanent substitute and as an assistant to the school's administrators.
"That will be a good situation for me because it puts me right here in the school and in the halls with the kids," Clark said.
After leading Orem High to state titles in football and baseball in 1995, Clark went on to play at Southern Utah. For the past few years he's been umpiring baseball at both the prep and collegiate level.
"My hat's going to change from that of an umpire to that of a coach," he said.
Clark is the son of former Orem High football coach Paul Clark, who is now teaching and coaching at Salem Hills High."I've always wanted to coach and teach. I guess it's a little bit in my blood and in my genes," he said.