Author: Casey Hall

Wolverines amassing academic honors

Wolverines have been winning honors are year, not for what they have done on the court or field, but for what they have done in the classroom. Of the 15 sports programs at UVU, 13 of them had a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.  The two that didn’t make the 3.0 mark had a GPA over 2.5. Associate Director of Athletics Megan Kennedy doesn’t expect those two programs to stand pat, either. “We expect them to improve,” Kennedy said. UVU requires that all student athletes take 15 credit hours a semester.  The NCAA only requires 12. UVU Athletics emphasizes that all student athletes strive for a 3.0 gpa and must continually work towards their degree. “We make sure to keep them moving forward in their education,” Kennedy said. It isn’t something recent to happen to UVU athletics.  The university has a long tradition of preparing their student athletes for the future. In each of the last four semesters the athletic department  has combined for a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Earlier this summer the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Commissioner Ellen Moore announced the 2011 PCSC honor roll, with 14 softball players from UVU making the list.  Meghan Yocom led the team in with a 3.98 GPA. “The girls always shine,” Kennedy said. This has been especially true for the women’s basketball team. One year after finishing with the...

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Owlz rally to win after trailing 7-0

After falling behind early, the Orem Owlz beat Idaho Falls Chukars 10-9. The Owlz didn’t find their offensive spark until late in the game, when they rallied from behind to steal the victory. Down, but not out, the Owlz tried to rally back.  Chukars pitcher Nathan Johnson walked Owlz leadoff man Jerod Yakubik, then threw a wild pitch, which advanced Yakubik to second.  With a runner in scoring position, Brewer hit a one-hopper back to Johnson, who overthrew first base and Yakubik advanced to third. Trevor Hairgrove lined to left field. scoring Yakubik  to win the game. “Trevor’s parents where in the stands today” Kotchman said, “He got the game winning hit.” Aaron Meade had a rocky start to the game.  Leadoff hitter Tyler Chism bunted down the third baseline to reach first.  Michael Liberto was walked.  Chukars third baseman Daniel Mateo then drove the ball down the third base line to set up a potential double play,  but Owlz third base man Kaleb Cowart threw short to first. Cowart was charged with an error. “You can’t score seven runs in an inning. You have to chip away at the lead.” — Owlz manager Tom Kotchman After intentionally walking Dean Espy to load the bases, Meade was able to get Moreno to hit a short hopper to Meade, who completed the 1-2-3 double play. Idaho Falls got on the...

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Track athletes raise $10,000 for former coach

In early spring this year, UVU freshmen track and field runners Taylor Charles and Wendy Peterson heard the news no one wants to hear. One of their Orem High track coaches, Camie Jacobs, was diagnosed with cancer. “I remember walking into the room,”  Peterson said. “Our track team can be very noisy. When everyone found out, it was quiet. Everyone was holding hands.” “She was a second mom.” It was the coach’s upbeat personality, independent thinking, and great attitude that drew the kids in.  Jacobs, along with her husband Andy, have been a big part of the lives of both runners. “I really grew closer to the coaches my senior year,” Charles said. “I was more mature.” Over the last three years, the relationship between Charles, Peterson and Jacobs has grown. Jacob’s ability to reach the runners has had a resonating effect and through the seasons, the bond between the runners and coach grew even stronger. “She was a second mom,” Peterson said. “She was always there. You could talk to her about anything.” “We had to do something.” Within days of hearing the news, both runners started putting a plan in action.  Their goal was to raise $1,000 to $2,000.  After talking to several other coaches they decided to hold a 5k/1k run called Camie’s Run at Orem High. “We had to do something,” Charles said. “They have...

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Owlz win season opener in front of record-breaking crowd

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt7WHgwPfOY The Orem Owlz won their season opener 7-6 over the Casper Ghosts at home in front of a record crowd of 6,163 . Owlz ace Aaron Meade started the game with three strong innings. “Aaron’s tempo with the catcher was great.” Owlz manager Tom Kotchman said. “Much improved from last year.” After striking out six in just over three innings, Meade gave up a solo home run to left-center by Matt Argyropoulos, but was able to get out of the inning. The Owlz took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Frazier Hall hit a double to right field, scoring Andrew Ray. Hall followed with his second double of the night in the 4th inning, followed by Kaleb Cowart’s single which put the Owlz up 2-1. The fifth inning proved to be a struggle for Meade, as he would give up a two-run home run to Fransico Sosa. After the score, Meade was finished for the evening. Joe Melioris came in to relieve Meade but struggled early, hitting one batter and throwing a wild pitch. In the 4th inning Meade gave up a solo run home run to left center by Matt Argyropoulos, but was able to get out of the inning. The Owlz offense found its swagger in the bottom of the sixth inning . Hall reached first after three Ghost fielders overplayed a pop fly...

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New batting coach Evans hopes big league experience will help Owlz

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llQS0galdD4   New hitting coach Tom Evans hopes to spark the Owlz explosive offense. Although Evans is new to coaching, he has plenty of experience in the minor league system. Evans was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft as a third baseman. He broke into the league playing for the Medicine Hat Blue Jays of the Pioneer North Division, where he batted .217 and had an OPS of 601 in his rookie season. In 1993 Evans was able to work his way up from the Rookie League into Single-A baseball, playing for the Hagerstown Sun of the South Atlantic League where he batted .257 and had and on-base percentage of .347.After a successful 2-year run with the Suns, Evans again moved his way up, this time to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. While in Dunedin, Evans’ numbers improved batting .279 and an on base percentage of .359. In 1996 Evans was promoted to Knoxville, the Blue Jays Double-A affiliate. In Knoxville he batted .282 and had an OPS of 937. After a successful season for Knoxville, Evans was called up to Triple-A Syracuse at the beginning of the 1997 season – a place he wouldn’t stay for long. Towards the end of the 1997 Evans got the call from the Blue...

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