Author: Rachel Anderson

Work hard, play hard

When it comes to the fundamental aspects of doing what we love, we’ll do whatever it takes to come out on top, standing as a champion. That dream and aspiration didn’t stop senior forward Sammie Jensen as she stood out the Utah Valley’s women’s basketball teams’ champion. With countless baskets shot, a plethora of games won and a number of Player awards named, Jensen has had a great career as she recently finished her last year playing college ball. After playing at Snow College her freshman year, Jensen received a full-ride scholarship to UVU where she continued. “The best decision I ever made was to go to smaller schools,” Jensen said. “I got to play every single game and got school done with my education paid for. I got to play the game I love and be successful at it.” Jensen was recently named the Great West Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while claiming the GWC regular season championship trophy. She not only took back-to-back POY awards, but grabbed a hold of nine GWC Player of the Week awards this year. Raking up a total of 19 double-doubles in 26 games this season stood out as a big accomplishment for Jensen. Overall, it was another successful season for Jensen, but better yet, a monumental career as she walks away from the UCCU...

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UVU Collegiate top dogs

It was quite the weekend for the Wolverines as UVU hosted its third Annual UVU Collegiate for the men’s and women’s track team. As foot stepped off and on the Hal and Wing Track and Field, there was no fear in the eyes of the Wolverines as they sprinted away with outstanding results. Although the Wolverines got a hold of eight first-place finishes last year at the UVU Collegiate event, it’s enough to say that they stayed motivated in hopes to repeat. They claimed seven first-place finishes and six second-place finishes this time around. Utah Valley was one of eight schools in the event, competing against BYU, Southern Utah, Utah State, Weber State, Boise State, Idaho State, Westminster and University of Colorado-Mesa. Warmed up with the sun shining, the competition began early Saturday morning and continued throughout the day. From the steeplechase and 4 x 100 to the discus and long jump, the Wolverines competed in several events placing with top finishes. Megan Burr had one of the top finishes of the day, winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 14:05. Mykah Heaton won the women’s long jump with a distance of 18-03, and McKell Camp-Nielsen finished with a first-place win in the women’s javelin, throwing a 155-11.75. In addition to three top finishes from the women’s side, the men’s team took on a big role on the...

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Hungry like a Wolverine

Utah Valley’s softball team hit the road again as they traveled all the way from the west coast back to the Beehive State, taking on three of their very own in-state rivals, hungry for more victories. The Wolverines began their latest journey to Moraga, Calif. where they took on Saint Mary’s, leaving the Sunshine State with a 2-2 game split. UVU fell 5-1 on the first day but striking back with a 3-1 win on their second attempt. The next day left UVU with the same results: falling to Saint Mary in the first game, 1-0 in 10 innings...

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On the road again

With half the season complete, standing 14-9 overall, it’s easy to say that it’s been quite the road trip for the women’s softball team this season, literally. With 34 game days scheduled, a majority of the games will be on the road, 23 to be exact, with three games on the Wolverines turf. Traveling to 11 different states during the season can take a real toll on the team but not enough to bring them down. “It gets tiring,” said Head Coach Rachel Hartgrove. “We just got back from an 11-day road trip and I think everyone wanted to kill each other by the end of it.” While UVU students took the week off for spring break, the lady Wolverines set quest on an 11-day road stretch to Arkansas and Florida where they went 8-3 overall. In Arkansas, the Wolverines lost 1-2. In Florida, they started strong with seven wins, but breaking the streak with a tough loss against Columbia as they left the Sunshine State.  “We had that tough loss against Columbia,” Hartgrove said. “But just winning those other games will lead us up to Conference this weekend. It’s great.” Utah Valley hooked its most recent win against the Marist Red Foxes Wednesday as they snatched a 4-3 victory. The Wolverines kept a consistent strong lead with pitcher Josi Summers heating up the game, allowing only one hit...

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How ‘bout a round of applause

The time has come, but the time has not passed. The men’s basketball team walked off the court with a 76-69 victory against Chicago State as they closed out the season with their last-ever Great West Conference game win. With only one non-conference game left, Utah Valley plans to use the Chicago State win as a force for good as they prepare for the GWC tournament for the last time before entering the Western Athletes Conference next season. Things got really heated as the Wolverines pulled out a 20-point lead from the Cougars, prowling it out for the keepsake. Jason Johnson led the way with 24 points and five rebounds, breaking away from the tight first half and coming back with a huge run in the second half. “It was very physical and played hard by both teams,” said Head Coach Dick Hunsaker. “I was very pleased with the intensity and a bit of desperation we played with in the second half.” The Wolverines stepped it up and took on the challenge one more time after a 62-54 loss against the Cougars back in January. Even though Utah Valley finished up their last conference game of the season and last conference game ever, the fight still isn’t over. One more non-conference game will be held, but this one’s a little different. Utah Valley will take on CSU Bakersfield in...

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