Author: Jake Partridge

Olympics in 140 characters

I often ponder the role and influence social media has on the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Whether good, bad, interesting or boring there has been a rather noticeable presence of social media thus far.

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Heaps looks to continue success

  Like any other student athlete, senior Chelsey Heaps of the UVU women’s volleyball team knows very well the importance of maintaining balance on the court and in the classroom. Take the fact she landed a spot on the Great West Conference All-Academic team in the fall of 2010 and the GWC All-Conference Second Team for volleyball. “It’s tough but you just have to learn how to balance your life,” Heaps said. “The life of a student athlete is very demanding. If you learn how to prioritize your time and make good priorities it’s very doable.” Heaps demonstrated early on in her life how “doable” it is to be successful as a student athlete. In high school she earned a 4.0 GPA and was the senior class valedictorian, she was also named the 3A Division MVP by the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, only a few of the many achievements she earned. Heaps is an exercise science major at UVU. Her plan after graduating is to earn another Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. Outside of school and volleyball, Heaps has another part of her life that drives and supports her. That support comes from her husband, UVU baseball player Austin Heaps, who knows the demanding and busy schedule student athletes deal with. “Both of us being athletes, we understand what it’s like and we can support each other,”...

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For Hall, on-field accomplishments come second

When it comes to humility, Orem Owlz first basemen Frazier Hall could write the book, though he never would. It’s not that he can’t write or tell a story, because he can. Hall just isn’t the kind of guy to toot his own horn, despite the numerous accomplishments he has achieved playing baseball. When asked about his accomplishments on the baseball field, Hall minimized those. Instead, he chose to express his gratitude to God for his physical talents that allow him to play a game he loves with some of the most talented guys he has ever met. “I feel that God has given me a talent and I want to use it in the right manner,” Hall said. For Hall, part of using that talent in the right manner takes him to youth baseball camps, where he volunteers his time teaching kids and speaking about baseball. “Doing anything I can to give back is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Hall said. Hall, who was raised a Christian, attended Southern University in Louisiana. During his time there, he saw that many of his fellow athletes were new to the area and hadn’t found a church to worship at. This motivated Hall to organize a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a non-profit interdenominational ministry. “I looked around for an FCA and couldn’t find one,” Hall...

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Kotchman continues to feel out pitching staff

With some much needed help from the bullpen, the Orem Owlz finished off their four game series sweep against the Idaho Falls Chukars with a 7-5 victory. In the top of the sixth inning, the Chukars took the lead with their second two-run homerun of the night, making the score 5-4. “I’m being very, very cautious with him. He’s got the chance to be something special.” — Kotchman on pitcher Junior Carlin Owlz manager Tom Kotchman decided to bring in Junior Carlin to take over for starting pitcher Daniel Vargas-Vila, who gave up five earned runs in five and one-thirds innings of work. Kotchman’s decision paid off. Carlin, who played outfield in college, finished his short performance in the sixth and seventh innings without giving up a run while earning three strikeouts.  He has yet to give up a run this season. Despite Carlin’s solid performance, Kotchman said that he cut his perfect outing short because he wants his transition from outfielder to pitcher to be slow so he can slowly work up to longer outings on the mound. “I’m being very, very cautious with him,” said Kotchman of Carlin’s short outing.  “He’s got the chance to be something special.” Danny Reynolds took over pitching duties in the eighth inning putting in 2 innings of work to finish out the game.  Reynolds didn’t allow a run and threw one...

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College to cable: former wrestler Ramsey Nijem stars in “Ultimate Fighter”

  From student wrestler to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, former Wolverine Ramsey Nijem has demonstrated his ability to adapt quickly to the world of mixed martial arts fighting. Nijem, a recent contestant and finalist on UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” television show, started his professional MMA career while he was attending classes at UVU. Without any formal MMA training, Nijem entered what he thought was going to be his first amateur fight. “That first fight was supposed to be an amateur fight and then it was a pro [fight],” Nijem said. Nijem didn’t disappoint in his unintentional professional debut, easily defeating his first opponent in front of a home crowd at the David O. McKay Events Center. “It was a rivalry of UVU versus BYU, so I went out there and beat the crap out of the guy,” Nijem said. After his first victory, Nijem went on to win three of his next four fights.  Initially, he didn’t plan on auditioning for the “The Ultimate Fighter,” a show that is broadcast on the Spike network. “It was kind of a weird process at first.  I wasn’t going to try out because I was like ‘Oh, I won’t make it.’  I was very inexperienced and they usually want someone with seven-plus fights,” said Nijem. Once in Vegas, Nijem decided he would try out for the show.  The audition process started with...

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