Author: Gant Stokes

UVU Wellness Programs offers Health Risk Appraisals

Gant Stokes | Staff Writer UVU Wellness Programs are now offering Health Risk Appraisals (HRA) for students interested in taking control of their overall health. The Health Risk Appraisal is designed to give participants a measurement of their current health status.  It is a comprehensive test that allows students to document and track, over time, their overall fitness level. “There are so many benefits to knowing what your overall fitness is. We give you a sheet of all the test results to show you where you are at currently, and how you can improve, and what influences each test,”...

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Soccer scrimmages under new stadium lights to kick off season

The Wolverines soccer team showcased their new look Friday night at the annual Green and White game. Team Green won the exhibition game with a 2-1 score.   The Green team exploded into action early in the second half, scoring back-to-back goals, each coming in a single minute of each other.   Freshman Lexi Robison scored a header goal off a corner kick. Senior Ashlee Burdett scored immediately after on a shot caming off a pass from Jamie Lyons.   Burdett was excited to get out and play the first game.   “I thought it was really exciting, especially being out here at night,” Burdett said. “It’s a great opportunity to make each other better.”   Coach Brent Anderson was impressed with Green team’s performance.   “I think they had good dynamic attacks,” Anderson said. “They were more patient, in building it up.”   Action had started early with White team scoring a goal in the first two minutes of play. Freshman Maddie Adams found the back of the net off a pass from Haley Curtis.   The White team was mainly composed of defense players and the Green offensive players. Anderson was pleased with both team’s performances.   “Some of them have not played together before,” Anderson said. “They played very well together…we can still improve on communication and spacing.”   This was also the inaugural game under...

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Womens soccer looking forward after losing nine seniors

Even after losing nine seniors in the off-season and facing what coach Brent Anderson called “the most challenging schedule yet,” the Wolverine soccer team is confident going into the new season. Tough match ups against Miami (FL), Fordham, Baylor and Princeton will challenge the team throughout the season.“We have some big names on the schedule,” Anderson said. “The girls are excited about it. They know it’s going to be challenging.” With a higher level of competition the team will need to rise to a new skill level. Anderson feels leadership on the field will be key to this year’s...

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Q&A with Owlz pitcher Aaron Sookee

Minor league pitcher Aaron Sookee hails from Auburn, Australia. The right-hander is in his second season with the Angels’ farm system and has made appearances for both the Orem Owlz and Arizona league Angels this season. Sports writer Gant Stokes caught up with Sookee to dig up more about the hurler from Down Under. Aaron Sookee Q: How long have you been in Utah? A: One day. I got in from Arizona playing for Tempe and Australia before that, that’s where I grew up.   Q: What has been the biggest difference playing here instead of Australia? A: Playing every day, just getting ready for that.   Q: Who was your biggest influence in baseball? A: Several coaches and Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves   Q: What was your proudest baseball moment? A: “Playing in the national championship finals in Australia for New South Whales State.”   Q: On the flip side what has been your most embarrassing baseball moment? A: Getting hit in the face while playing third base   Q: What is your favorite warm up music? A: Techno, it’s pretty big back in Australia.   Q: What summer movie do you look forward to seeing most? A: Hangover 2, it looks really funny   Q: What your favorite victory food? A: A good pizza, I like Dominoes.   Q: Are you a Miami Heat hater...

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Bronc rider Brock Winn shows passion in 2nd-place showing at nationals

When Brock Winn was 14 years old, he bought a bronc saddle and has never looked back since. The Ferron, UT native put himself in the national spotlight placing second at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in saddle bronc riding. CNFR, often called the ‘Rose Bowl’ of college rodeo, is a grueling week-long proving ground for hundreds of the top schools in the nation, all looking to bring home a national title. Fans flock from all over and gather in Casper, WY to watch the action. The atmosphere can intimidate some. Not Winn. The sophomore in his second year of college competition rose to the occasion and took the Casper Arena by storm. Winn feels that the extra lights, fans, and excitement help him rise to the occasion and compete his best. “It’s the next level up,” Winn said. “It gets you going and makes you want to compete your best.” Winn did just that, putting together some of the best rides of the week while proving himself as one of the best in the nation. Winn had two solid rides to start the week, posting scores of 75 and 73 respectively. This put him in second place behind Texas A&M’s Jacobs Crawley going into his third go round. “He rode better back there than I have ever seen him ride. He was exceptional.” — UVU rodeo coach...

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