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USU Softball signs pair of transfers who graduated from local high schools | Sports

LOGAN — Their path took the long way around, but a pair of former local high school softball stars, infielder Kenzee Hale and outfielder Olivia Marble, have made their way back home, signing as transfers with Utah State. Both were stars at their respective high schools, each winning a 4A state title and earning All-State honors. Hale made her name at Ridgeline, being named All-Valley Softball Player of the Year along with her All-State recognition in 2021 and in 2022 led the Riverhawks to their first-ever softball title as a school. Marble, formerly Olivia Taylor, prepped at Bear River and in her senior season in 2021 earned All-Region and All-State along with being named the state tournament MVP. Marble went viral during the tournament for a home run-denying catch she made in the 4A state championship game, leaping backward over the outfield fence to snag the ball out of the air on the fly. CATCH OF THE YEAR!!! Watch Bear River Center Fielder Olivia Taylor going airborne, clearing the fence to make this catch in the @UHSAAinfo State Championship game. @KSLSports l @BRHSinfo l @BearRiverCoach pic.twitter.com/9aw1f1Fhu5 — Sam Farnsworth (@Samsworth_TV) May 22, 2021 The play ended up being featured on

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Ridgeline boys soccer’s transformation from good to elite led to state title | Sports

MILLVILLE – Miguel Gustave set up a corner kick at America First Field on Thursday, May 23rd. Playing on that field for the 4A state boys soccer championship with his teammates of Ridgeline High School was the fulfillment of years-long dreams. Though this game was on the precipice of turning into a nightmare. A mere 18 minutes ago, the Riverhawks led the game 3-1 over Murray. Now, as Gustave raised his hand prior to sending in the corner cross, the score stood 3-3. Ridgeline had blown a two-goal lead in rather short order. The relatively giant scoreboard just above both teams gathered at the north end of the field was ticking down to under 90 seconds to play, enough time for one last game-winning play, but on its face this game looked far too familiar to a game Ridgeline took part in earlier this season. A contest that did not end well by any measure. Exactly five weeks prior, on April 18 in Millville, and with just over eight minutes on the second-half clock, Ridgeline could hardly be in a more comfortable position up 3-1 at home over Logan. It’d be pretty difficult to lose at this point. Well, right

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Arango has hat trick, Julio scores twice, Real Salt Lake routs Austin 5-1 as unbeaten run hits 13 | Sports

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Cristian Arango scored twice in the first half on the way to his second hat trick of the season, Anderson Julio added two goals with an assist from Arango on one of them and Western Conference-leading Real Salt Lake continued the best start in franchise history with a 5-1 rout of Austin FC on Saturday night, upping its unbeaten streak to 13. Arango used Chukwuemeka Eneli’s first career assist to score in the 16th minute and give Real Salt Lake (9-2-6) the lead. Julio followed with back-to-back goals — his fifth and sixth of the season — for a 3-0 advantage. He took a pass from Braian Ojeda and scored in the 24th minute and added another goal in the 31st with assists from Andrés Gómez and Arango. Defender Andrew Brody’s first assist of the season set up Arango’s second netter in the fifth minute of stoppage time to put Real Salt Lake up 4-0 at halftime. Arango polished off his second three-goal effort of the season when he scored unassisted in the 71st minute. The 29-year-old forward, in his fourth season in the league, took over the top spot in the race for the Golden

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Full Breakdown of Utah State’s wing transfer Dexter Akanno | Sports

One of the last few additions by head coach Jerrod Calhoun to Utah State’s roster (and likely to its nightly on-court rotation) is Oregon State transfer Dexter Akanno, a fifth-year senior who will be playing for his third school throughout his career. Akanno began his collegiate tenure at Marquette in 2019, redshirting one season and then appearing in just 12 games (coincidentally rubbing shoulders with former Aggie guard Koby McEwen). He then transferred to Oregon State where he became an immediate rotation staple, appearing in 91 of the Beavers’ 95 games (starting 68 of those) spanning three seasons from 2021-2024 with a per-game minutes average of barely under 25. A natural reaction to Akanno’s addition to Utah State is to presume he’s a Josh Uduje replacement since the latter left the Aggies and will play for San Jose State next season. Akanno will likely come in and take Uduje’s spot in the rotation — a sixth man who plays near starter-level minutes and may occasionally close a game if he’s playing particularly well that night. This is a fair assumption, though it overlooks some clear differences in these two players’ styles. Yes, both play the same position — that of

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Mountain West announces football TV schedule, USU with 8 nationally televised games | Sports

LOGAN — College football TV schedules were released today revealing, among many other things, which of Utah State’s games will be on national TV this year Six of Utah State’s games will be carried by either CBS or Fox, the Mountain West’s two broadcast partners. Currently, the channel that will carry the Aggies most is CBS Sports Network with four of USU’s games set to appear on that network — home games against Utah, UNLV and San Diego State along with the Aggies road contest at Wyoming. Fox will by carrying two Utah State games with one of those, the Oct. 5 matchup at Boise State, currently sitting in to-be-determined status as to which Fox channel the game will appear on. The one guarantee is USU’s regular season finale at Colorado State, which will be on FS1. At least two other networks will carry Aggie games. The Sept. 7 game at USC will be on the Big Ten Network as the Trojans enter their first year in the Big Ten. And the Nov. 9 game at Washington State will be on The CW as the Cougars have a partnership with that network. Four USU games do not yet have announced

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130 student athletes from throughout Northern Utah receive Academic All-State awards | Sports

The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) recently revealed its Academic All-State Teams for spring sports (boys tennis, girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys soccer, girls and boys track and field, boys volleyball, baseball, softball), as well as Instrumental Music, Speech and Debate, Vocal Music and Theatre. Hundreds of students were recognized from around the state for the accomplishments in the classroom and in competition. “Since 1927, the UHSAA has led the development of education-based interscholastic athletic and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives,” says UHSAA Executive Director Robert Cuff. “The belief is these activities are an essential part of the high school experience and go a long way to improving academic performance and producing better citizens.” Students are nominated based on their unweighted cumulative high school GPA, ACT/SAT score and are varsity contributors. Over 100,000 students participate in high school activities in Utah, making the Academic All-State award the most prestigious honor the UHSAA presents to senior students.  In Northern Utah, 130 students received the recognition, with the sport in which they were recognized listed in parentheses: Bear River High School Jessa Theurer (Girls Golf) Ashley Warren (Softball) Kaya Towne (Softball) Jared Jones (Boys

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USU women’s basketball newcomer breakdown: College of Southern Idaho transfer Jamisyn Heaton | Sports

Utah State’s first-year head coach Wesley Brooks has brought in a lot of guard talent this offseason, including four freshmen guards and JuCo transfer Mia Tarver. With the addition of the 5-foot-10 wing Jamisyn Heaton, there will be a bit more size and rebounding on the wing for the Aggies to complement the scoring potential many of the smaller guards are bringing to the roster. Heaton is making the jump into Division I, having spent one year in D2 as a freshman at Colorado Mesa and then a single season in the JuCo ranks at the College of Southern Idaho. At both stops she remained relatively close to her hometown of Lehi, Utah. Her time at CMU wasn’t her most fruitful stop, even though she started 29 games as a true freshman. Heaton’s offensive impact was limited by poor shooting percentages (31.5 overall) and the team had a sub-.500 record of 13-16. At CSI, Heaton made a jump in not only production, but efficiency, and was part of a highly successful squad that won 28 games, claimed the Region 18 tournament title and went to the NJCAA Tournament and won a game there. Heaton upped all three of her shooting

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