Author: Kyle Jellings

Baseball prepares for GWC opener

UVU baseball starts its first year of Great West Conference play with a three-game series against the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota beginning April 9.” As of March 30, the Wolverines are 8-10, which is good considering the teams they have faced in its non-conference schedule. UVU has faced the likes of Arizona, Florida International, pre-season top 25 Oregon State, UC Riverside, Cal Poly, Portland, Gonzaga, Southern Utah and the University of Utah. The Wolverines are led by its play at the plate, with the team hitting .331 and averaging just over eight runs a game. Utah Valley has five players hitting over .300 and three of the five are hitting over .400. Junior center fielder Chris Benson leads the way, batting an unbelievable .494 with three home runs and 23 runs batted in. Senior catcher Sage Thorpe is right behind, hitting .406 and senior third baseman Jace Brinkerhoff, who is hitting .402, leads the team with four home runs. The pitching staff for the Wolverines has been the weak point, posting an earned run average of 7.50; however, the Fighting Sioux may be just what they needed. North Dakota, as of March 30, is a dismal 1-13. The Fighting Sioux are hitting .200 as a team and have scored just over three runs a game. Much like the Wolverines, North Dakota’s pitching staff has struggled with a team earned run...

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Back in full swing

Thanks to the somewhat warmer weather, UVU students are now able to walk outside on a more regular basis. While the student body is out walking in the late afternoon, they might notice the clang of aluminum which can mean only one thing: It’s time for Wolverine baseball. The Wolverines bring back eight of the 10 starters from last year, including its top seven in the ferocious lineup that batted a school record .329 in the 2009 crusade. Senior third baseman/relief pitcher Jace Brinkerhoff will be the biggest bat returning in 2010. In his record-breaking 2009 season Brinkerhoff was named to the First Team Division I All-Independent. He led the Wolverines in hitting, .433, last season; broke a school record with 94 hits in a single season and is now Utah Valley’s all-time hits leader and career average leader. “We know he’ll hit. Having him everyday in your lineup is awesome to have. He can do so many things; he’s got all the tools,” said UVU’s manager Eric Madsen. “Jace is our cornerstone and he’s proven that over the past four years.” Leading the cast of underclassman will be sophomore outfielder Billy Burgess, who, last season, played in only 38 games but made his presence felt hitting .381 with eight home runs and 42 runs batted in. The real question for the Wolverines in 2010 will be the pitching...

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Alumna to compete in Winter Olympics

While all eyes this week have been on alumnus and former Utah Valley basketball star Ronnie Price, there is another former student that will be competing on the biggest stage in the sports world. Noelle Pikus-Pace, former Utah Valley track star and current American skeleton racer will be competing in this year’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver Canada. Skeleton, or tobogganing, probably causes more adrenaline to flow through an athlete’s veins than any other sport that is showcased in the Winter Olympics. Skeleton is a fast downhill sledding sport much like bobsledding or the luge, but the difference...

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Men’s B-ball grabs victory on HOF night

There hadn’t been so many people the Events Center since the debacle with the Utah Flash telling everyone in Utah County that Michael Jordan was going to be there. However on that night, the star showed up and so did the Wolverines. The Wolverines showed the Utah Valley record crowd what they were made of with a 67-53 victory over the Broncs of the University of Texas-Pan American. The Wolverines got off to a slow start in the first half, posting only 24 points and shooting 25 percent from the floor. The crowd in the first half seemed to...

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Deciphering love language

We are all at that special age where we are beginning to socialize more intimately with the opposite sex. Within the dynamics of these relationships communication can be difficult and signals hard to read. The old adage “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” is probably as true today as it has ever been, especially around Valentine’s Day. However, there may be a way for women to learn some Martian and men to learn some Venutian. Ladies always come first, so here is the lowdown on male communication. For the most part, men say what they mean. Nevertheless there are occasions in which men tiptoe around their true feelings. Let me illustrate this situation with a classic example. There’s one minute left in the big game and the woman walks into the room requesting to watch her favorite show. The man says “Sure, we can watch ‘America’s Next Top Model.’” But what he really means is “Please, Lord above, let her realize the importance of what is happening right now and let me finish this last minute!” In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, when a guy says, “You don’t need to do anything for me this Valentine’s Day,” he really means “Some sweet loving will do just fine.” Now, some may argue that decoding the female mind is like trying to defuse a bomb, but here are a few examples of...

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