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Getting to Know: Kyleigh Greenlief and Emily Cannon

Mar 27, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:35 pm | Updated: March 27, 2017 1:58 pm | Permalink

Kyleigh Greenlief, redshirt junior

What is your favorite movie?
“The Help.”

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Alaska.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Party Up” by DMX.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Willow Shields.

What are you secretly good at?
Painting.

What is your favorite saying?
“You are enough.”


Emily Cannon, redshirt freshman

What is your favorite movie?
“The Princess Bride.”

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Rome.

What are two things you must have on a road trip?
A new playlist and travel snacks.

What are you secretly good at?
Cracking an egg with one hand.

What is your favorite/the most interesting class you’ve taken at BYU?
Foundations of Global Leadership from Greg Warnick.

What is your favorite saying?
“You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.”

March Baseball Blog

Mar 20, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:10 pm | Permalink

FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS:  Thanks to Tuckett Slade, director of BYU baseball operations, the Cougars have the ability to stream on Facebook Live when no other live video is available.  Consequently, Facebook audiences for BYU’s games at Georgia State, and at Stockton and Bakersfield, California have tuned in to watch from far away places.  Among those locales are New Zealand; Magrath, Alberta, Canada; Florida; Iowa; Cleveland and Las Vegas; Great Falls, Virginia; Whitehall, Arkansas; Tucson, Arizona; Barstow and Canyon Country, California; Beaver and Tooele, Utah; and Nederland, Texas.  That true Cougar fan in Texas was Michael Zimmerman, who had his TV tuned to BYUtv to watch the women’s basketball game against Washington State in the WNIT while viewing Facebook for BYU baseball’s 7-6 win over UConn.

CALLING ON COLUMBIA:  The parents of Keaton Cenatiempo were in Georgia for the Cougars’ games in the Atlanta Challenge.  During the Sunday break, Keaton drove with his parents to Columbia, South Carolina, where his father served years ago as a missionary.

MORE VISITORS:  While in Stockton, California for the games against San Jose State and Northern Colorado, Cougars Keaton Kringlen and Daniel Scheemann had a special visitor.  Their coach from Chico, California, where they played summer ball drove down to watch them play. When the Cougars had their first outdoor preseason practice of the year at St. George, several of Kringlen’s friends and family drove down from Cedar City.

FOOTBALL-BASEBALL CONNECTION:  Fans may remember Jacob Hannemann, now on the 40-man roster for the Chicago Cubs as is Jaycob Brugman with the Oakland A’s.  Hannemann was a defensive back, like his brother Micah, for BYU football.  Jacob Hannemann donated his Rawlings glove to the Cougars and it is now in use by another BYU gridder who doubles with the baseball team—Matt Bushman.  Bushman’s glove had yet to arrive, so he has been using Hannemann’s mitt on the diamond and does morning workouts with BYU football as a tight end.

ENGAGED COUGARS: Catcher Bronson Larsen is engaged with plans to be married this summer.  Last month outfielder Keaton Kringlen got engaged to former BYU volleyball player Makenna Santiago, daughter of former Cougar cager Mark, with plans also to be married this summer.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: Some summer ball assignments are known for Cougars: Kyle Dean to the Wareham Gatemen, the same club Colton Shaver played for last summer in the Cape Cod League and Daniel Schneemann and redshirt pitcher Kenny Saenz for the St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club in Minnesota.

PULLINS BACK IN ACTION:  Former BYU coach Gary Pullins, who moved from Port Orford, Oregon to Chappell Hill, Texas near Austin, made a brief stop in Provo en route to Idaho Falls for a family gathering.  While in Provo, Pullins was micside as a color analyst with Brent Norton.  Pullins is scheduled to be with Norton again the first part of May in Santa Clara, California, when he joins his former BYU baseball coach Glen Tuckett and Dr. Tom Fife, a former Cougar teammate, when the threesome convenes in a yearly gathering.

Getting to Know: Briana Pearson

Mar 17, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 12:04 pm | Updated: March 17, 2017 12:09 pm | Permalink

Briana Pearson, freshman

What is your favorite app?
Instragram.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Hawaii.

What are you secretly good at?
Memorizing song lyrics (rapping).

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer.

What are two things you must have on road trips?
My best friends and the aux.

Mavericks defeat Cougars 105-89 in first round of NIT

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 11:13 pm | Permalink

UT Arlington opened the second half with two scores to extend the lead to 12 and BYU trailed 67-56. TJ Haws sank a 3-pointer at the 18:02 mark for the Cougars' first score of the half to cut the lead down to nine. The Mavericks went on a 7-1 run before Eric Mika sank a pair of free throws and the Mavericks held a 76-65 lead at the 13:32 mark. On the following UTA possesion, Nick Emery came up with a steal and knocked down a three in transition, cutting UTA's lead to eight and bringing fans to their feet.

The Mavericks pushed the lead back out to 13 after a 7-2 run and led 83-70 with 11:08 remaining. After another basket by UTA, Emery knocked down a 3-pointer and hit a free-throw to complete a four-point play and BYU trailed 85-74 at the 8:44 mark. A pair of free throws from Yoeli Childs cut the lead to nine but the Mavericks answered with two baskets to pull ahead 89-76. The Mavericks then went on a 13-3 run and hit the century mark to take a 102-79 lead. 

With 2:26 left in the contest, Colby Leifson knocked down a 3-point basket. On the next posession, Leifson converted the first of two free throws before knocking down another long ball and the Cougars trailed 102-86. After the Mavericks responded with a deep ball of their own, Leifson made another 3-point shot for his tenth point in the final two and a half minutes and the Cougars fell 105-89. 

Mavericks lead Cougars 62-55 in high-scoring NIT first half

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 10:05 pm | Permalink

After UT Arlington opened the game with a 5-0 run, Eric Mika knocked down a jumper to start the scoring for BYU. A jumper by Davin Guinn and two baskets from Yoeli Childs kept the Cougars within striking distance and UTA built a 13-8 lead with 17:16 remaining in the half. Nick Emery beat his man to score his first basket of the night and added a 3-pointer a few possesions later and BYU cut the lead to two. The teams traded baskets before Mika threw down a fast break dunk and added a pair of free throws to tie the score at 19 at the 12:54 mark. 

The Mavericks knocked down a basket from behind the arc, but TJ Haws answered for BYU with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 22. The Mavericks scored once more to retake the lead but Mika drew a foul on the following possesion and knocked down a pair of free throws to even the game once again. A quick 8-0 run put UTA ahead 32-24 with 10:10 remaining in the half. 

The Cougars fought back with a 9-2 run that included made free throws from Mika and Emery and BYU trailed 34-33 at the nine minute mark. Emery continued the scoring to keep BYU close and hit a long ball to tie the game at 38 with 7:31 left in the half. The Mavericks answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and a 6-4 run despite a pair of layups from Mika to take a 44-42 lead. TJ Haws scored next for BYU with a 3-point basket from long range and a pair of free throws from Mika tied the score at 47 with 4:16 to go before half time. 

The Mavericks knocked down two 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the half to put together a 14-7 run and the teams headed into the break with UT Arlington leading 62-55. 

Getting to Know: Brittni Hawes and assistant coach Brogan Evanson

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 10:53 am | Updated: March 15, 2017 11:06 am | Permalink

Brittni Hawes, redshirt junior

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Shailene Woodley.

What are two things you must have on road trips?
Water and music.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Obstetrician.

What is your favorite/the most interesting class you’ve taken at BYU?
Mind, Body, Health from Professor Cougar Hall.


Brogan Evanson, assistant coach

Who is your celebrity alike?
I’ve been told … Tea Leoni but everyone tells me I look like someone they know.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I don’t think any of my music is embarrassing but the gymnasts would say my 80s collection.

What do you like to do?
I love to bake desserts and cook breakfast.

What are you secretly good at?
I am not good yet, but I took a year of beginning piano lessons when I was 23. Someday I will get good at playing an instrument.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Maui, Hawaii, and I love to cruise the world.

What is your favorite thing about working with BYU gymnastics?
The relationships I get to build with the gymnasts and recruits.

Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Wrap-up of day one at NCAA Indoor Championships

Mar 10, 2017 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:43 pm | Updated: March 10, 2017 10:13 pm | Permalink

Day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books for the BYU men's and women's teams. 

Perhaps Friday's most impressive performance came from the BYU women's DMR squad who took fourth place overall. They finished with a combined time of 11:03.43. Ashleigh Warner started things off for the Cougars, running the 1200 meters in 3:24, followed by Brenna Porter in the 400 meters who finished in 55.0. Filling in for Shea Collinsworth was Kristi Rush in the 800 meters, running her leg in 2:06, and Erica Birk finished things with the anchor leg for BYU, completing the mile with a time of 4:36. 

2017 Mountain Region Athlete of the Year Shea Collinsworth ran in the 800-meter preliminaries on Friday, taking sixth place overall in 2:05.37. She advances to the final, which will take place on Saturday.  

Men's distance runner Rory Linkletter took 11th overall in the final of the 5000 meters with a time of 13:57.62. He placed four slots ahead of his projected placement of 15th, representing the Cougars well. 

Women's high jumper Andrea Stapleton competed in the finals of the high jump on Friday and took 13th place overall. She logged her highest jump of the weekend at 1.76m (5'9.25"). 

Abraham Alvarado represented BYU in the preliminary round of the men's 800 meters. Alvarado finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall; he will not be advancing to Saturday's final. 

Friday was also the opening day of the men's heptathlon. Kevin Nielsen finished the day with a total of 3095 points. He sits 499 points out of first place and hopes to catch the front-runners during Saturday's events. For complete stats of the men's heptathlon, click here

Track and field events continue on Saturday, when men's distance runner Clayton Young will represent BYU in the men's 3000 meters at 6:15 p.m. CST, and Shea Collinworth will be in the women's 800-meter final at 5:20 p.m. CST. The heptathlon will also conclude on Saturday.

For a full list of events, times and results as they are forthcoming, click here

Bull named Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week

Mar 07, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:21 am | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:29 am | Permalink

Picking up another honor this week, McKenna Bull was named the Madness West Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the San Diego Classic I last week.

On Monday, Bull was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. This is her first Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week nod. She is the second Cougar to be recognized by College Sports Madness after Libby Sugg was the Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week following the first week of the season.

Bull won all three games she started at the San Diego Classic I, picking up victories over San Diego State, Miami (Ohio) and Boston University. In the 6-2 win over Miami, she broke the BYU record for strikeouts in a career, surpassing Paige Affleck's 803 after notching a season-high 11 strikeouts. By the end of the weekend, Bull upped her total to 808. She also picked up another shutout victory, leading the Cougars to a 9-0 win in five innings over Boston U. In over 21.0 innings pitched, she had a 0.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run.

A full list of College Sports Madness' players of the week from different conferences can be seen on its website.

Williams and Langi to participate in NFL Scouting Combine

Mar 02, 2017 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:09 am | Updated: March 3, 2017 9:58 am | Permalink

Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi are both participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 NFL Combine in their quest to get drafted and continue their football careers at the next level.

Workouts for Williams, will begin Friday, March 3. The NFL Network's live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and continues each day through Monday's conclusion of the event.

Williams finished his BYU career as the school's career leader in rushing with 726 carries and 3,901 yards. He capped off his career with 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016. His average of 137.5 rushing yards per game ranked No. 5 nationally.

Langi is scheduled to workout with the defensive linemen and linebackers beginning on Sunday, March 5. The versatile Langi played several different positions for the Cougars over the years, including middle and outside linebacker, defensive end and running back. 

Fans can view live coverage on the NFL Network and track results online at NFL.com/combine.

The 2017 NFL Draft is April 27-29.




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