Author: Nate Gray

Breakfast at the ballpark

For all those UVU students or faculty who may only attend one sporting event during their time as a Wolverine, this Saturday’s should be that event. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and UVU Athletics will be hosting Breakfast at the Ballpark on April 23 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Brent Brown Ballpark. Adults can purchase breakfast for five dollars per person and four dollars for children under 12. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association in Clay Anderson’s name, who passed away due to heart complications earlier this year. On Thursday, Jan. 20, Anderson was playing basketball at an LDS stake center when he collapsed with a massive heart attack. For those who knew Anderson, this was shocking since he was a very healthy and active 55 year-old. In fact, Anderson had been the fitness for life professor at UVU for several years and had also coached UVSC, Southern Utah University and Timpanogos High School basketball teams during his career. Anderson was taken by ambulance to Timpanogos Hospital, where doctors administered an angiogram in order to diagnose the problem. They found that his heart was not only missing an artery, but also that he had three blocked arteries. “When Clay Anderson passed earlier this year, it really affected a lot of people on campus,” said Cory Judd of UVU’s Athletics Compliance and Academic Advising. “Our Student-Athlete Advisory...

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Men’s golf ready for conference championship

Golf is a sport of precision, patience, and preparation. More than any of those, golf is a sport of consistency. In most, if not all sports, athletes can get away with making a few mistakes here and there and still exceed. When a quarterback completes 15 of 18 passes, it’s more than likely he’ll have a few touchdowns and help set his team up for victory. Any time a shooting guard goes 15 of 18 from the floor in basketball, he’s guaranteed to make the highlights with at least 30 points in the game. Baseball players don’t even think about going 15 of 18 hitting. In fact, if they can go 6 of 18, they’ll be hitting .333, which, if maintained through a season, could find the player in a batting title race. Now, playing up to “par” on 15 of 18 holes of golf, not quite the same. In fact, any avid golfer knows that not only could one hole destroy a round, but just one shot could be the difference in a great round and an average to poor round. UVU’s men’s golf team has all witnessed this at some time during the 2011 spring season. “We worked hard this off-season on course management and playing high percentage golf,” said Coach Chris Curran. “We have been trying to control and execute the game plan.” That game plan...

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Assistant Athletic Director hopitalized

Assistant Athletic Director Nate Mathis was involved in a serious ski accident on March 26 at Park City Ski Resort. Mathis was life-flighted immediately to the University of Utah Hospital. A spokesperson representing the family has verified several broken bones to the face, as well as a cracked skull. “Nate is an integral member of our department and we look forward to his full recovery,” said Director of Athletics Michael V. Jacobsen. “Our number one concern is his health and wellness and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.” Medical indications are positive thus far, as the swelling in his face has decreased each day, but only time will tell on the overall injuries sustained. The family spokesperson verified that Mathis never lost consciousness and is still currently in the Intensive Care Unit and has been able to speak with his family at times. Those who wish to send their thoughts and concerns to Mathis are being asked to do so through his Facebook page or through the athletic department’s media relations office. Only immediate family members are allowed in the ICU at this time. “The Mathis family is so thankful for the continuous love and support for Nate and are passing forward all comments on to him. The best thing we all can do to support Nate is to pray,” said the family spokesperson....

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Going the distance

McCabe and Rowberry both set new school records Students living in the Orem/Provo area who complain about parking issues on campus might want to consider running to school and avoid parking altogether. Think about it – most students either live close to campus or may even live by the neighboring university four miles down the road. Now, some would say four miles is a long way to run. Unless that someone is one of the members of the UVU distance track and field team. Junior Tim Rowberry and sophomore Josh McCabe might laugh at those who claim four miles is too far. In fact, they might go on to say that they could go from their apartment to class faster than most students in a car. McCabe ran the 5,000m (approx. 3.1 miles) in a time of 14 minutes, 24.71 seconds at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in the San Francisco’s Bay Area on March 25. That is under the average amount of time it takes for a student to walk to their car in the morning and drive to campus. Now, that time doesn’t even include parking, which on a good day may take five to 10 minutes. While looking for that parking spot, Rowberry just ran the mile. Twice. In UVU’s first outdoor meet this season at UNLV, Rowberry ran the 1,500m (.932 miles) with a...

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Against all odds

It didn’t take long for the Wolverines’ new women’s golf coach Sue Nyphus to get up to par and get the team up and swinging as well. Any time a team announces a new head coach it’s only normal for fans to be concerned about how the team will react and develop. With this being Nyphus’ first year coaching at UVU, she would face the same issues any new coach would. New coaches face athletes that they personally didn’t recruit, and most of the time has hardly even seen them play. It’s not uncommon for team unity to take time to build, and a trusting relationship could take even longer to grow. All of which were valid concerns for most programs and new coaches, except Nyphus. “I absolutely love it,” Nyphus said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to coach and work with these young ladies from UVU every day. Being around this great team who cares about each other in a genuine way, and are always willing to help each other out has made this year so amazing so far.” The team has played well so far this year, and has had some highlights most golfers may never experience in a lifetime, much less a season. Sophomore Monica Fox shot two hole-in-ones within a week of each other, while on the same day and same round as Fox,...

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