Author: Nick Hefler

Identifying Intramurals

Ashley Jewell and the rest of the UVU intramural staff are dedicated to seeing that students can stay active and have a good time doing so with all of the activities that are planned for this upcoming school year.

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Local wrestling star pins down assistant coaching spot

The Utah Valley Wolverines have announced the hiring of Justin Ruiz, arguably the most decorated wrestler to come from the state of Utah. Ruiz brings much experience to a coaching staff that has already seen success. Last year the Wolverines were able to schedule matches against big-time opponents such as Penn State. He has recently retired from competing, will be able to show the team what it’s like to face major competition. “I think I bring a lot of experience to the table,” Ruiz said. “I’ve seen a lot of wrestling and been all over the world. As far as coaching, I’ve seen a lot of styles. I’ve recently stopped competing, so I feel I can relate to the athletes.” Ruiz is a significant hire for UVU. He is well known for his body of work as a wrestler. As a youth wrestling in the state of Utah, he was coached by current Wolverine head coach, Greg Williams, at the club level. The two have kept in contact over the years. Ruiz has even coached part-time on Williams’ staff in the past, during the 2007-08 season, but says he is looking forward to coaching full-time now. He credits that strong relationship with Williams, as well as having family living in the state of Utah, for being the reason he wanted to come coach for the Wolverines, and he has...

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Transfer student Mills shouldering pitching load

Head coach Todd Fairbourne said that pitching has kept the Wolverines’ softball team in games this season, and Tiffany Mills is at the head of the pitching staff.   Mills leads the team in almost every pitching category, including starts, appearances, wins, ERA, saves and innings pitched. Those numbers, among other things that can’t be measured with statistics, make her invaluable to her team.   “She’s ultra competitive and obviously a solid pitcher,” Fairbourne said. “She’s also one of the finest defensive pitchers I’ve ever seen – she makes plays. It’s not just the quality of pitcher that she...

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W. Basketball dominates Walla Walla 104-46

Utah Valley women’s basketball team did something they haven’t done since Dec. 29, 2008. They eclipsed the 100- point mark as they defeated Walla Walla University 104-46, Tuesday night. The Wolverines did so with six players scoring in double figures and they were paced by 14 points from Taylor Huber. The Wolverines did most of their damage around the basket as they finished with 58 points in the paint. Erika Newbold came out hot as she scored the first five points for UVU. She was a force to be reckoned with inside which forced the Walla Walla defenders to collapse, leaving players with open shots. The Wolverines had struggled with their shot this season as they were shooting 35.7 percent from the floor and 25.9 percent from behind the 3- point line coming into Tuesday’s game. They enjoyed a nice turnaround as the Walla Walla defense allowed them to shoot 42.9 percent from deep and 52.4 percent overall. Huber’s 14 points and 4 made 3-pointers were a huge boost tonight for the team. “ We have shoot around before our game, so I just get a lot of shots up then to try and get warm and get ready to shoot, ‘cause that’s what I like to do,” Huber said. Jenna Johnson shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor to help UVU along in the good shooting night andpoint...

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