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Cutshall begins third season for NWSL's Sky Blue FC

Apr 20, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 12:58 pm | Updated: April 21, 2015 11:38 am | Permalink

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – In the third year of the National Women’s Soccer League and in her third year as a professional soccer player, former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall is moving into an important position on the backline for Sky Blue FC.

Cutshall has made the transition from the college game to the professional ranks over the past two seasons, going from playing in seven games and starting one to playing in 14 games and starting 11 while scoring three goals on five shots, including two game-winners. So far this year she has started both games as Sky Blue has a win and a draw.

She will be counted on even more this season as fellow defender Christie Rampone and teammate Kelly O’Hara will be leaving for the early and middle part of the season to prepare and play in the Women’s World Cup this summer. Sky Blue FC may be without up to six players who will be on their national team rosters this summer.

While that isn’t uncommon across the league, the threat of losing Sky Blue’s momentum dating back to last season could be a concern.

“We’ve come a long ways,” Cutshall said. “I think we’re definitely progressing in the right direction.”

Sky Blue FC finished the 2014 season on a four-match win streak and are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak dating back to last year. Sky Blue missed the playoffs by one point behind Chicago and Washington.

With her time in the league, Cutshall is now helping along teammates in getting accustomed to the professional game. Sky Blue defender Kristin Grubka, member of Florida State’s national champions last season, credits Cutshall with helping her in getting up to pace and handling the change in moving from college.

Cutshall and Sky Blue FC hope to return to the playoffs, which they qualified for during the 2013 season going 10-6-6. Their next game is Sunday, April 26 at 6 p.m. EDT against the Washington Spirit. Every NWSL game will be streamed on YouTube this season and nationally-televised matches will be announced at a later date.

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Highlights

Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City Highlights

Sky Blue FC 2015 Preview

April Baseball Blog

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:52 pm | Updated: April 17, 2015 12:22 pm | Permalink

FIRESIDE IN SAN DIEGO: Last month before upsetting No. 29 San Diego State the night before, BYU baseball held a fireside where coach Mike Littlewood, catchers Jarrett Jarvis and Grant Hodges and first baseman Cole Wilstead all spoke on the theme overcoming adversity.

Wilstead pointed out the story of the apostle Peter losing sight of his goal when he had been walking on the water, then started sinking. Jarvis spoke about his wife's bout with illness, and Hodges spoke on "why me?" as he told of having to come home early from a mission to Utah because of migraine headaches. Among the questions asked by youth in attendance was how BYU players felt about not playing on Sunday.

GRADUATION THIS MONTH: Jeff Barker (economics) and Dillon Robinson (finance) from this season's team are scheduled to graduate this month and Brandon Kinser (geography) is scheduled to graduate in August.  From last year's team, Kelton Caldwell (geography) and Brock Whitney (exercise science) are scheduled to graduate this month and Bret Lopez graduated last December (exercise science).

PRO ASSIGNMENTS: Adam Law, outfielder for the single A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (BYU) and coach Mike Littlewood's son Marcus Littlewood, catcher, Bakersfield Blaze are in the same league in California where the BYU mentor watched them play following the Cougars' games at LMU and Cal State Northridge.

Match the rest of the assignments for former Cougars playing in the pro ranks:

 
Jaycob Brugman, outfielder   AA Mobile Baybears
Matt Carson, outfielder
  A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Taylor Cole, pitcher   Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie, pitcher   AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Jacob Hannemann, outfielder   AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers
Adam Miller, pitcher   AA Midland RockHounds

Answer: Reverse the order of the columns

PROSPECTIVE FOOTBALL TEAM: The Cougar baseball team could field a partial football team with players who had the following positions for their high school teams:
Punters: Paxton Larson and Keaton Cenatiempo
Tight End: Cole Wilstead
Linebacker: Colton Shaver and Dallen Reber
Quarterback: Wyatt Padgett.

Speaking of Shaver, here's a link to an interesting story about him losing a rib in high school due to a blood clot.

MISSION CALLS: James Barker and Paxton Larson are processing mission papers, but have not yet received their calls. The two freshmen are the only Cougars residing in Helaman Halls dormitories.

SPOTLIGHT TRAINER ALEX DAVIS: The Cougar trainer has an extensive playing career as a prep baseball player at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah. An anonymous source says: Alex was the starting shortstop for Utah Hall of Fame coach Jon Hoover. He was also the starting shortstop for the Utah State University baseball club. While at USU he played against Coach Littlewood and his staff when they were at Dixie State. While he was getting his graduate degree at Weber State he was an athletic trainer intern for the Salt Lake Bees and worked on future major league players such as Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos.

TUCKETT TRAVELS: Former BYU athletic director/baseball coach Glen Tuckett continued his travels earlier this month when he attended the funeral of contemporary baseball coach “Bobo” Brayton, 89, of Washington State in Pullman. Tuckett’s record vs. Brayton was 6-5.

Collinsworth named to 2015 All-American #NoLoveTeam

Apr 08, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:33 pm | Permalink

ESPN's Sean Farnham gave love to five guys that he believes don't get enough love by naming a 2015 #NoLoveTeam. Headlining the list is BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth. See what Farnham had to say below:

Returning from a torn ACL suffered in March 2014 in the WCC championship game, Collinsworth came back to tie an NCAA career record in just one season with six -- yes, six -- triple-doubles (tied with Drexel's Michael Anderson and a guy named Shaquille O'Neal). He shot 47 percent from the field while averaging 13.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG and 6.0 APG. This aggressive 6-foot-6 guard did an outstanding job pushing it in the open floor and attacking to score, getting fouled (average of 5.5 free throw attempts per game), or assisting any one of the open shooters that BYU had this past season. This season he gets the #NoLoveTeam All-America nod; next season, he should be on the preseason lists of the top players in the country.

Also included on the list are Duke's Grayson Allen, Boise State's Derrick Marks, Vanderbilt's Damian Jones and Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski. Visit ESPN.com for the complete story.

Traveling to Northern California and ICYMI

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:13 pm | Updated: April 2, 2015 10:33 pm | Permalink

Traveling to Northern California

BYU softball departed Miller Park Thursday en route to Moraga, California, to face Saint Mary's in its first 2015 West Coast Conference series this weekend.

Prior to landing in Oakland, the Cougars flew on a plane that happened to be co-piloted by a former BYU football player.

The plane took off on time, avoiding the 5 p.m. no-fly zone before the President of the United States was set to land in Utah.

Before calling it a night, the team got some batting practice in ahead of tomorrow's game against the Gaels.

ICYMI

The WCC's network, TheW.tv, released a video about the Cougars on the eve of conference play. Watch it here.

Wednesday night the BYU Athletic Department held its annual Y Awards to honor and show appreciation for the athletes. Sydney Broderick was nominated for Female Rookie of the Year and Lacey Hofstedt was up for the Cougar Club Memorial Award.

Later in the evening's program, Hofstedt garnered the "Play of the Year" award for her inside-the-park grand slam against No. 2 Oregon in March 2014, helping to defeat the highest-ranked team to ever come to Provo 6-5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the spirit of April Fools Day, players took the liberty of redecorating head coach Gordon Eakin’s office.

Getting to know Anginae Monteverde

Mar 24, 2015 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 4:27 pm | Updated: March 24, 2015 5:02 pm | Permalink

Anginae’s career best indoor mark of 4.27m/14-00 is second all-time for a BYU women’s pole vaulter

 

Major:

Exercise and Wellness

When did you know you were good at track?

It was my junior year. I finally started bending the pole and jumping higher than 10 feet. I ended up jumping 12-2.00 my junior year and coaches started calling me.

How long have you been involved with track and field?

I’ve done track since third grade. I started out sprinting, high jumping and long jumping. High jump didn’t last. I did long jump all the way up until college. I did all the relays. I also got in to hurdles my sophomore year of high school. Hurdles and pole vault were my main events.

Why did you transfer to BYU?

I had a good experience with the people at Oregon. It wasn’t about the coaches, and it wasn’t about the team. It was about lifestyle. I knew I could be happier here. I would go to meets where BYU was at, and I wished I was wearing a BYU uniform. I never thought I would ever think that. There would be moments where I’d see them saying a prayer right before the competition and I would think, ‘oh can I join you guys?’ I really felt like I was missing out on stuff.

Who is one person you’d like to meet?

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

What is your hobby outside track and field?

I love playing volleyball and anything sports related.

If you could visit anywhere, where would you choose to go?

I’ve always wanted to go to Paris.

What is something few people know about you?

I was a cheerleader for six years.

What is you favorite sport besides pole vaulting?

Volleyball

What is your favorite part of pole vaulting?

Pole vaulting is very exciting and I love how the crowd gets so involved. It’s nothing like any other sport! You don't have to wait to see what the mark is. Either you make the bar or you don't and everyone can get excited right away.

What are your pre-meet rituals?

I listen to certain songs before every meet.

I also do my hair the same every meet. I have two braids. My hair always stays out of my face and it never falls down so it’s perfect.

What is your favorite class taken at BYU?

Positive psychology

Who has had an influence on your athletic career?

My twin sister Alyssa. I look up to her with how competitive she is and how much work she puts into everything she does. No matter what she has been through, she will never give up.

What is your best track memory?

About a month ago when I cleared 14-0.00 for the first time. I went through transferring here from Oregon, which was hard. Then I got injured right away. And I had a rough year trying to get back into it. So, coming into this indoor season and clearing 14-0.00 so fast and qualifying for nationals was very rewarding.

Who is your favorite musical artist?

Rascal Flatts

What is your favorite movie?

Remember the Titans

What is your favorite quote?

"Success isn't how far you go, but the distance you traveled from where you started." -Steve Prefontaine

Advice for other athletes:

“Have fun, enjoy what you’re doing. In the end it’s all about doing ordinary things extraordinary well.”-Vince Gagliardi, Anginae’s high school coach at Clovis West High School

March Baseball Blog

Mar 17, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:55 pm | Updated: March 20, 2015 9:12 pm | Permalink

TWITTER TWEET: "Another Colton, Cole Wilstead this time with a 2-out homer past 388 mark in right center for a 2-0 Cougar lead in 2nd." That's what we tweeted after Wilstead followed Colton Shaver with a home run at Utah Valley University earlier this month.  That tweet prompted fellow St. Georgian Dallin Reber to quip to Wilstead, "Hey, Ralph thinks your first name is Colton," to which Wilstead informed him, "It is."  Wilstead chooses to go by the shorter version Cole instead of his official first name Colton, not to be confused with Kolton Mahoney.

LITTLEWOOD BIG LEAGUE: Coach Mike Littlewood's son Marcus was called up last month to the big league squad of the Seattle Mariners, at least for the duration of Spring Training. In addition to bullpen duties as a catcher, he got a stint as a pinch-runner and had one at-bat in another game.  He joined the big league club the week BYU played Nebraska at the Peoria facility.

"HOG HEAVEN": Former BYU coach Glen Tuckett has a rendezvous this week at Spring Training in Arizona with his former players Gary Pullins, Jeff Bills, Dr. Tom Fife, Dennis Lamb (BYU's first baseball All-American) and Larry Romney.  Some of the group will also dine with former Cougars Vance and Adam Law and Jaycob Brugman while in Arizona. Some also got to rub shoulders with Dodger great Tommy LaSorda at a White Sox-Mariner game. The White Sox played the Angels in another game viewed by the former Cougars, who also met with former Major League pitcher Bruce Hurst from St. George.

EAGLE LANDS: James Barker officially became the 11th Eagle Scout on the team last December when he returned home for Christmas vacation.  A delay in his Eagle project made the official presentation occur after his 18th birthday last October.  He earned over 40 merit badges, but that delay did not leave time for official presentation of Eagle Palms.  His Eagle Project was laying brick and mortar for a pad at an elementary school near his home.

THAT'LL LEAVE A MARK: Colton Shaver was twice hit by a pitch in the finale against the University of Hartford in Provo earlier this month. Following the Saturday game when he was asked if the ball left any marks on him.  The muscular Shaver replied, "No, I left some marks on the ball."

MEASURE UP: How tall is Mason Marshall?  He says he is 5-foot-10, having "grown" a couple inches while on his mission to the Philippines (he was listed as 5-foot-8 as a freshman).  Pitching coach Jeremy Thomas stands 5-foot-10 (he was listed as 6-foot-0 as a Cougar senior in 1999) and says he is taller than Marshall and also threw a couple miles per hour faster than the Mantis.

TWITTER TWEET, TOO (TWO): Twitter dialog during the UVU game from former players was interesting.  We tweeted: "Ditto Marshall for the 7th like the 6th after BYU set down in order; 1-3, 1-3, KS x2 for the Mantis; BYU 3-2 top of order."  For a fun dialogue regarding this tweet between former Cougars Ryan Bernal, Adam and Andrew Law and Alex Wolfe, log on to: https://twitter.com/BYUBaseball/status/575475205411201027

Long snapper Matt Foley coming to BYU

Mar 02, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:21 pm | Updated: March 2, 2015 5:37 pm | Permalink

Matt Foley, a long snapper out of Temecula Valley High School, has signed an offer of admission to BYU and will join the football program for the 2015 season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Temecula, California, is a three-year starter at Temecula Valley HIgh School, where he helped his team advance to the CIF playoffs. A three-time National Camp Series (NCS) camp champion, Foley also earned recognition for his long-snapping talents as one of 12 invitees to the exclusive Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 camp in 2014. In addition to earning three letters in football, Foley has lettered twice in wrestling and once in track and field during his prep career. 

Coached by Rick Mey in 2014, Foley was also recruited by Washington, San Diego State and New Mexico. 

Media recap of BYU's upset of No. 3 Gonzaga

Mar 02, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 1:11 pm | Updated: March 3, 2015 9:42 am | Permalink

Here's plenty of video and audio from the weekend's big upset of No. 3/2 Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington. Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 3 assists on Saturday and was named WCC Player of the Week for his efforts in the victory.

 

ESPN

ESPNU College Basketball Podcast w/ BYU head coach Dave Rose

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=12408593

 

3-point Shot: Team of the Week

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12406852

 

BYU Upsets No. 3 Gonzaga

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12402836

 

Coach Rose on SportsCenter

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12402620

 

Does win get BYU win into the NCAA tournament?

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12402843

 

Campus Insiders/TheW.tv

BYU snaps Gonzaga's 41-game win streak at the Kennel

http://thew.tv/videos/byu_snaps_gonzagas_41_game_win_streak_at_the_kennel_2015_03_01_05_59

 

Collinsworth named WCC Player of the Week

http://thew.tv/videos/wcc_mens_basketball_player_of_the_week_march_2_2015_2015_03_02_19_15




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