Author: Tyson Camp

Wolverines fall to Utes

The Utah Valley Wolverines looked to keep their bats hot on a chilly evening when the Utah Utes came to town last Tuesday. UVU, the nation’s fourth-best hitting team, ran into a buzz as the Utes used a fast start and stellar pitching to escape with a 5-3 victory over the Wolverines. UVU entered the game hitting .358 and had the nation’s leading hitter in Chris Benson riding a 24-game hitting streak, but Utah’s pitchers stifled Wolverine batters all night long, scattering eight hits while striking out 15. Orem native Andrew Wilding picked up the win for the Utes while whiffing seven UVU batters. Wilding got some help from the offense right from the beginning as C.J. Cron blasted a two-run shot over the centerfield wall in the top of the first. Utah would add another run in the inning to make it 3-0. In the top of the fifth, the Utes threatened to put some more runs on the board with three runners on base, but UVU reliever Kyle Beecher retired Cron to end their threat. The Wolverines then went on the offensive in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, UVU’s Sage Thorpe hit a hard grounder at the second baseman that bounced off his chest as two Wolverines scored, making the game 3-2. The Utes extended their lead again in the sixth when Nik...

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Wolverines snag two from Utah State

The UVU softball team played host to the Utah State Aggies for a doubleheader on a blustery Tuesday afternoon. But the high winds didn’t deter the Wolverines as they swept its neighbors to the north with scores of 3-1 and 13-4, while tying a couple of team records in the process. In the second game, UVU blasted four home runs to tie the school record for most in a game. Megan Gardner also wrote her name in the school record books by recording four hits, which also ties for most hits in a game. But it took a while for the Wolverine bats to wake up. In the first game, both teams managed just five hits each, but it proved to be enough for UVU as they picked up the 3-1 victory. Relief pitcher Jessica Martin picked up the win for the Wolverines. Gardner got things started early in the second game with a three-run shot in the first inning. Later in the same inning, Amanda Perez hit her team-leading fourth home run of the year to make it 5-0 for the Wolverines. After two Aggie runs, Meghan Woodworth blasted a three-run dinger in the fourth to extend UVU’s lead to 9-2. Utah State would cut into the lead again with two more runs before UVU’s Amber Sackett dialed up a grand slam that put the game out of...

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March Madness seizes workplace, campus

There are plenty of reasons to like March: Mother Nature starts to usher out Old Man Winter; a certain Irish-themed holiday provides an excuse to party on a Wednesday and college students are given leave to engage themselves in various forms of debauchery, the likes of which may result in an ill-advised tramp stamp or an upcoming paternity test. But there’s one thing that happens every year in March that slows America to a near-halt, literally. March Madness. It’s the time when a mix of tradition-rich basketball programs and over-achieving Cinderella lookalikes gather to take part in a 65-team whirlwind of a college basketball tournament. It’s an annual phenomenon that takes the country by storm and captivates even the most casual of sports fans. And now it also has many concerned with the productivity of employees, thanks to the Internet and the ever-popular office pools. With many of the first-round games taking place during business hours, millions of workers are drawn to their TVs, their computers and now their phones to catch the latest game, while it’s taking place. The consulting firm of Challenger, Gray & Christmas recently predicted that an estimated $1.8 billion will be spent on unproductive wages as a direct result of the tournament. And that’s just in the first week alone. The Chicago-based firm said the number is based on every employee wasting 20 minutes...

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Revenge is sweet for Wolverines

Looking to avenge an earlier loss to NJIT, the UVU men used an early second half run to notch a 65-57 victory over the Highlanders at the UVU Events Center. Jordan Swarbrick led the Wolverines (12-16, 5-7) with 13 points while Jheryl Wilson paced NJIT (9-18, 4-6) with a game-high 26 points. After falling behind by five in the early going, UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker subbed out all of his starters in an effort to spark his team. “We had a couple of breakdowns early, so we made an adjustment,” Hunsaker said about the hockey-style substitution. “I thought it helped get us settled down and gave us a chance to get the game under control.” The move worked as the Wolverines slowly clawed their way back before a Justin Baker layup gave them their first lead of the game, 16-14. Baker finished the game with eight points and six rebounds. With just under a minute remaining in the first half, Tyray Petty hauled in a nifty pass from Kevin Woods and laid the ball in as the Wolverines took their biggest lead of the half into the locker room up 25-18. UVU closed the half on a 16-4 run as the Highlanders went ice cold from the field in the last 4:30 of the half. In the second half, it was more of the same as the Wolverines...

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Wolverines remain winless on the road in GWC

Leading South Dakota, the UVU men’s basketball team looked to get its first conference road victory at North Dakota. But the Fighting Sioux torched the nets in the second half en route to a 74-58 victory over the Wolverines, despite 21 points and six rebounds from UVU’s Jordan Swarbrick. The Wolverines kept things tight in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field, while holding North Dakota to only 33 percent. Swarbrick scored 14 points in the first 20 minutes, and the game was deadlocked at 33-33 going into the half. After halftime, it was all North Dakota. With the game tied at 39-39 early in the second half, the Fighting Sioux used a 27-4 run to build a sizable lead, thanks in part to Travis Bledsoe, who led North Dakota with 20 points and five assists. A 3-pointer by UVU’s Tyray Petty with 6:51 to play trimmed the lead to 10. But that was as close as the Wolverines came to the Fighting Sioux, who shot 58 percent from the field in the second half. Petty scored all 15 of his points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Justin Baker also totaled 13 points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines. UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker said his team struggled to shut down North Dakota in the second half. “We couldn’t find enough defensive stops in...

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