The Bonneville High girls tennis squad is off to a fast start to the 2012 season with an impressive 3-0 run at the Cache Valley Tournament.
In Saturday's tourney, Bonneville topped Maple Mountain 4-1, Mountain Crest 4-1 and Bear River 5-0 to win the gold division.
Many local teams are competing in the Ogden and Ben Lomond invitationals this Saturday, while some teams will travel to St. George for a big invitational.
The Utah Tennis Association recently selected the St. Joseph High girls tennis team as the program of the year. The award is for the 2011 season.
Each year, the UTA tabs a boys and girls program to honor. Manti won the boys award.
St. Joseph won the state 2-A/1-A girls championship last fall.
Bonneville High's Tucker Redd has won a National Athleadership Grant sponsored by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFLPA.
The award is only given to a select number of student athletes throughout the country in all sports. The Athleadership Grant is awarded to student athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student athlete.
The NCSA will work with Redd and his family throughout his high school career and assist him to find a collegiate institution that best matches his academic and athletic achievements.
Fifteen softball players from around the state participated in the Adidas Futures National Tournament.
With more than 700 girls participating, the Utah Wildfire worked to gain attention and potential college scholarships.
The group included Layton's Lauren Kirschner (3B), Roy's Jordynn Barrera (OF), Syracuse's Taylor Tann (P/1B), Tremonton's Jordan Theurer (P), Hooper's Payton Palmer (2b), Roy's Jaimi Aiken (3B), Kaysville's Autumn Woodfall (C), South Jordan's Keagan Hanny (P/1B), Riverton's Danika Gough (C), Murray's Lauren Bell (SS), West Jordan's Ashley Clayson (C), South Jordan's Paige Reimann (P/1B), Spanish Fork's Kylee Wolf (OF), Tooele's Katelyn Robinson (OF), and Salt Lake City,s Erica Li (SS).
Relay exchange rule tops track changes
New requirements for passing the baton in the exchange zone, and the penalty for wearing an illegal uniform highlight changes in high school track and field rules for next season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations track and field Rules committee approved 16 rules changes at its June 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS board of directors.
Rule 5-10-7 will now state that the baton shall be handed from the incoming runner to the outgoing runner within the exchange zone. In addition, a new note will state that "the incoming and outgoing runners shall not simultaneously touch the baton outside of the 20-meter exchange zone."
Beginning next season, a competitor wearing an illegal uniform will first be issued a warning and will be required the make the uniform legal prior to further competition. A subsequent violation during the competition would result in disqualification from the event. Previously, the competitor was automatically disqualified for an illegal uniform.
Among the changes in rules for field events, the most significant perhaps is a revision in the pole vault. The standards or uprights shall be set to position the crossbar from 18 inches beyond the vertical plane of the top of the stopboard, instead of the previous distance of 15.5 inches.
Two additional changes approved by the rules committee focus on reducing the risk of injury. Rules 3-19-2 and 6-2-16 will be revised to state that only legal implements used in throwing events will be allowed in warm-ups. Also, a new article in Rule 5-1 will recommend an obstacle-free zone on the inside and outside of the track at least 1 meter in width.
Five other changes in throwing events were approved:
* Rule 6-2-2 requires the three preliminary trials to be taken in fights of no less than five in the order in which the competitors are listed for competition.
* In Rule 6-2-3, with no action from the games committee, one more competitor than places scored will advance to the finals.
* In Rule 6-4-2, a range of 1/4-inch will be allowed in the rim thickness of the discus (.472 inches to .512 inches).
* In Rule 6-5-9j, it is a foul if the competitor uses the "cartwheel" technique in the shot put.
* In Rule 6-6-9, if the javelin breaks during the throw or in the air, it shall not count as a trial provided the throw is in accordance with the rules. A replacement throw shall be awarded.
A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
Outdoor track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys, with 579,302 participants, and most popular sport for girls, with 475,265 participants, at the high school level, according to the 2011-12 NFHS Participation Survey.
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