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Defending Mountain West football champion Utah State holds first Spring practice Monday afternoon – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN, Utah – Defending Mountain West Football Champion Utah State held its initial spring practice Monday afternoon as second-year head coach Blake Anderson had 98 players suit up for the two-hour workout on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. Of the 98 players that were donning helmets, practice jerseys and shorts, 26 are seniors, 30 are juniors, 13 are sophomores and 29 are freshmen. “It’s good to get back out here. I thought the energy level and competitive nature was really good and it will be fun to watch some of these new guys get acclimated and see what they can do,” said Anderson. “We have obviously paid attention in the meeting rooms with our install and you could see that on both sides of the ball today. Guys were lining up quickly and communicating, and that is a big key.” This spring, Utah State returns 13 starters (O-8, D-5) as part of 36 letterwinners (O-17, D-15, S-4) from last year’s team that had its best season in program history as it tied the school record with 11 wins (11-3, 6-2 MW), won its first-ever Mountain West Championship with a 46-13 road win at No. 19 San Diego State, posted a

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Utah State football to begin Spring practice on Monday, March 21 – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State head coach Blake Anderson, left, tabs quarterback Logan Bonner (1) on the head after he threw a touchdown pass against San Jose State during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, San Jose, Calif. Utah State won 48-17. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) LOGAN, Utah – Under the direction of second-year head coach Blake Anderson, who is in his ninth year as a collegiate head coach, Utah State football will begin spring practice on Monday, March 21, at 4 p.m. All practices will be held on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium or at the Stan Laub Indoor Football Complex. All practices held in Maverik Stadium will be open to the public, while practices in the Laub Complex will be closed. During the five-week period, the Aggies will participate in 15 spring practice sessions, including their annual Blue vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. Media interviews will be available upon request following all practices. This spring, Utah State returns 13 starters (O-8, D-5) as part of 36 letterwinners (O-17, D-15, S-4) from last year’s team that had its best season in program history as it tied the school record

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Cache Valley Media Group announces boys basketball All-Region 11 team, coach and player awards – Cache Valley Daily

Ridgeline High School basketball coach Kyle Day cuts down the nets after his team wins Region 11. Photo by Tina Lerohl LOGAN – The 2021-22 boys basketball season featured high-level basketball and multiple teams performing well all year. It was a rebuilding year for some teams and others featured new coaches. Not only did this season of boys basketball feature live play-by-play on six local radio stations, but also featured live video of the games broadcast here on Cache Valley Daily for the first time ever. The broadcasts provided an opportunity for fans, friends and family to view the games from afar, check in on multiple games happening simultaneously and the ability to re-watch games after they concluded. For the second year in a row the staff of the Cache Valley Media Group chose Ridgeline’s Kyle Day as Region 11 Coach of the Year. The Riverhawks finished as Region 11 champions with an 8-1 region record and as the 3rd ranked team in 4A at the conclusion of the season, finishing the year with an 18-6 overall record. Ridgeline Riverhawks’ Kaden Cox dribbles the ball in a game against Sky View. Photo by Clint Allen. Ridgeline’s Kaden Cox was also

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Plans underway to make changes in the Aggie football stadium – Cache Valley Daily

An artist’s rendering of proposed stadium improvements at Utah State University’s football stadium. LOGAN – Plans for some additional east side seats and other renovations at Utah State University’s Maverik Stadium were received last week at the Radio Ranch from offices in the central administration. The proposed renovations and seating expansion appeared in the Fiscal Year 2023 Non-State Funded Capital Development Requests to the Utah Legislature. USU wants to expand its football stadium (https://t.co/17Ft81fWHB). Much of it has to do with ADA compliance issues with the existing arena, but also calls for more seats. — Eric Frandsen (@efrandsen) February 24, 2022 Appearing on the Full Court Press program last week on 106.9 The Fan, Director of Athletics John Hartwell said no one in athletics was aware those plans had been released. He added they are outdated. “We need to fill what we’ve got,” Hartwell declared. “Yes, I absolutely think that from a perception standpoint we need a facility that’s over 30,000 seats, from a national perception standpoint. But we’ve got to do a better job filling up what we’ve got. An artist’s rendering of proposed stadium improvements at Utah State University’s football stadium. “And a lot of that is back

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Utah State has 74 student-athletes receive Academic All-Mountain West honors from its fall sports – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN, Utah – The Mountain West announced its all-academic teams Wednesday and Utah State had 74 student-athletes recognized from the fall sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Overall, 56 of the 74 USU student-athletes recognized by the conference are being honored for at least the second time. Of its 74 academic all-MW selections, Utah State had 18 student-athletes from football and soccer honored, along with 17 student-athletes from women’s cross country, 11 from men’s cross country and 10 from volleyball. Furthermore, women’s cross country had the second-most honorees in its sport, while men’s cross country tied for the second-most and soccer tied for the fifth-most. New Mexico led the MW with 95 all-academic honorees, followed by Boise State (91), Wyoming (86), Fresno State (85), UNLV (85), Utah State (74), Colorado State (68), San José State (63), Nevada (61), San Diego State (47) and Air Force (44). Hawai’i, which is a football-only member, had 22 all-academic honorees, while Colorado College, which is a women’s soccer-only member, had 18 all-academic honorees. Nine of Utah State’s 74 student-athletes from its fall sports to earn academic all-MW honors carried a 4.00 grade point average, including five women’s cross country runners in senior Sammi

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Ridgeline girls lone Region 11 basketball team to advance to state title game – Cache Valley Daily

Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News ST. GEORGE – A Region 11 school participated in each of the four games Tuesday at Dixie State University in the 4A basketball semifinals. However, only one advanced to a championship game. 4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS The girls semifinal games began with a Region 11 rematch between Ridgeline and Green Canyon. As in their previous two encounters, the Riverhawks prevailed, this time 53-41. With the win, the top-ranked Riverhawks advance to the 4A championship game Wednesday at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 104.5 The Ranch and streamed online here with Dave Simmons and “The Patriot” Nick Zollinger providing play-by-play. The second game of the day played out in a similar fashion, featuring Sky View and Desert Hills. The game was a rematch of a game played in mid-December in Smithfield. In that game, Desert Hills prevailed 47-43. On Tuesday, the Thunder won again, this time 55-43. The Bobcats made a run to make the game close with just a few minutes left, but ultimately Desert Hills pulled away to seal the game and a trip to the 4A girls championship. #1 Ridgeline and #2 Desert Hills will square off for

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Utah State football looks to defend league title as Mountain West announces conference schedule – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State running back Calvin Tyler Jr. (4) runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the LA Bowl NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s 2022 Mountain West football schedule was announced Wednesday by the conference office as the Aggies look to defend their league title from last year. Utah State, which is entering its 10th season in the MW, will play eight conference games over a 10-week period from Sept. 24 through Nov. 26. Wednesday’s release represents the first phase in the 2022 football schedule process. Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports and Fox Sports will now initiate a selection procedure, which will include the shifting of particular games to non-Saturday dates. That will be followed by the identification of network outlets and kick times. Utah State’s 2022 Mountain West schedule will include home games against UNLV (9/24), Air Force (10/8), New Mexico (11/5) and San José State (11/19), and road games against Colorado State (10/15), Wyoming (10/22), Hawai’i (11/12) and Boise State (11/26). USU will also have two byes during the season, the first on the third

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LaMarcus Hicks named cornerbacks coach at Utah State – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN, Utah – LaMarcus Hicks has been named Utah State’s cornerbacks coach, it was announced Wednesday by Aggie head football coach Blake Anderson. Hicks owns 10 years of coaching experience in the college ranks following a two-year stint as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions, appearing in 12 games from 2007-08. Hicks comes to Utah State after spending the past two seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Eastern Michigan, including serving as the team’s defensive recruiting coordinator this past year. During the 2021 season, Hicks helped the Eagles to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Lending Tree Bowl. EMU finished the season ranking third in the Mid-American Conference and 32nd in the nation with nine fumble recoveries, and was fifth in the MAC with eight interceptions. Hicks also mentored Alvinoski LaFleur, who played in the Tropical Bowl All-Star game. In 2020, Hicks was an integral part of the defensive staff that orchestrated one of the best red zone approaches in all of college football. EMU’s opponents left the red zone scoreless eight times in 28 attempts, making EMU the best red zone defense in the MAC and rank seventh nationally. The EMU defense was successful at forcing turnovers

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Utah State football announces 2022 signing class – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State head coach Blake Anderson, left, tabs quarterback Logan Bonner (1) on the head after he threw a touchdown pass against San Jose State during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, San Jose, Calif. Utah State won 48-17. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Blake Anderson announced his second signing class on Wednesday, as part of the NCAA National Signing Day. The class, which includes 33 total players, is comprised of 23 high school athletes, seven four-year transfers, two junior college transfers and one return missionary. Overall, Utah State’s 2022 recruiting class is ranked as the fourth-best in the Mountain West by 247Sports.com, as 26 of its signees are rated as at least three-star recruits with four of those players being rated as four-star recruits during their careers. Of the 33 players, 14 signed with Utah State in December and 16 are currently enrolled at Utah State for the 2022 spring semester. The state of Utah produced the most signees with 14, followed by five players each from California and Texas, two players each from Florida and Nevada, and one player each from Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and

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Sky View moves up to #2 in latest RPI rankings – Cache Valley Daily

Photo by Clint Allen SMITHFIELD – One week of Region 11 play is now in the books and some teams have seen some slight movement in the latest Utah High School Activities Association RPI rankings, while others remain the same. In girls basketball, Ridgeline remains as the top team in all of 4A with a 14-1 overall record and two wins in region play last week. Sky View (9-6, 1-1) and Green Canyon (7-5, 1-1) swapped places in the latest rankings with Mountain Crest (9-5, 2-0) moving up one spot after picking up two wins. Bear River (3-10, 0-2) and Logan (0-11, 0-2) remain unchanged. For the first time, the Cache Valley Media Group will be covering a Region 11 Girls Basketball Game of the Week on Tuesday. The matchup will feature Ridgeline vs Mountain Crest and full play-by-play coverage will be made available on Cache Valley Daily with Dave Simmons and Nick Zollinger on the call. Simmons and Zollinger have been calling games for the Ridgeline Riverhawks’ football and boys basketball teams for the last several seasons. For the boys in Region 11, Sky View (10-3, 2-0) moved up to #2 after picking up two road victories at Green

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