Jazz fans make nine-mile trek to see opener

Dec 30 2011 - 10:38pm


Twenty five Olympus High School students, all die-hard Jazz fans, planned to trek nine miles from their school to EnergySolutions Arena on Friday, and attend Utah's home opener against Philadelphia.

The group met with players and coaches for pregame autographs.

Hopefully, the millionaire Jazz players will work as hard as some of their young fans.


Southern Utah University gymnastics finished the 2011 season second in the nation in academics with 12 gymnasts earning NACGC/W Academic All-American citations.

The Thunderbirds finished the 2011 season with a team GPA of 3.8050, second only to Southeast Missouri State (3.9118). The Thunderbirds haven't finished lower than third during coach Scott Bauman's 21 years at SUU.

Southern Utah finished ahead of Utah (third, 3.7631), Utah State (19th, 3.4489) and BYU (60th, 3.0171).


Tremonton's Tyson Madson will compete in the national finals of the NFL's Punt Pass and Kick competition for 10-11 year old boys on Jan. 14-15. ...

Salt Lake Running Company has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of "The 50 Best Running Stores in America." ...

The Nationwide Tour Utah Classic is July 12-15, 2012, at Willow Creek Country Club. ... Great American Country's exclusive live coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas (Dec. 1-10) delivered a network record 9.8 million viewers. ...

Utah senior outfielder Shaun Cooper has been selected as a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Cooper was a third-team pick. Utah opens the season on Feb. 17 at UC Davis.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or cmiller@standard.net.

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