Perseverance is paying off for Ben Lomond alumnus Colter Smith.
Smith, starting quarterback at the University of Central Missouri, recently was named MIAA player of the week for his performance in a big 47-17 win over Central Oklahoma.
Smith was 21 of 35 for 329 yards and three touchdowns as the Mules beat Central Oklahoma 47-17 to improve to 5-2 on the season.
The 6-foot-5 junior QB didn't see much success with the Scots, and was the sixth-string quarterback when he walked on at Snow College.
But after seeing success at the end of last season with the Badgers at the JC level, he got the opportunity to play for NCAA Division II Central Missouri.
The Mules close out their season on Saturday at Fort Hays State in Kansas.
State 5-A, 4-A volleyball tournaments begin Friday
Defending state 5-A champion Davis will steam into the state tournament beginning Friday morning at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center.
The Darts take on Kearns at 9 a.m. Teams play two games on Friday, and two on Saturday leading up to the 5:30 p.m. championship.
Layton, Fremont and Northridge will join the Darts in the tournament, along with Viewmont out of Region 2.
In the state 4-A tournament, to be staged at the same time, Region 5 champion Sky View will open tourney play at 3:30 p.m. versus Springville.
Mountain Crest and Bonneville will join the Bobcats in the tournament, along with Region 6 champion Woods Cross and runner-up Bountiful.
The 4-A championship is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Mountain biking season wraps up first year in style
After nearly 23 miles of racing on Oct. 22 at Soldier Hollow, the varsity boys state championship in the first-year Utah High School Cycling League came down to a close finish.
Series points leader Zach Peterson of the South Davis team led his chief rival Justin Griffin through a winding set of switchbacks over the course's last mile. Griffin, however, made the most of his final sprint and claimed the invidual title.
Peterson said he had a lot of fun with the new league this season and credited consistent racing as the key to his series points title.
Park City High rider Brenna Egan completed a season sweep in the varsity girls division.
In the junior varsity girls division, Ogden's Kylie Osguthorpe won the title, while Weber's Anders Johnson was just edged out for first in the Division 1 junior varsity boys title.
In the season-long team standings, Park City maintained its iron grip on the top spot in Division 1.
In Division 2 -- defined as a school with less than 12 riders on the team -- Ogden bested Lone Peak for the championship. Morgan was just 13 points behind in third.
"This season has exceeded all of our expectations," said league Director Lori Harward. The Utah High School Cycling League will kick off its second season on Sept. 14, 2013 and will add a race to make a five-event season.
For more information, visit www.utahmtb.org.
NFHS responds to cheerleading injuries study
The American Association of Pediatrics released a statement on Oct. 22 with guidelines to help prevent cheerleading injuries.
Many of the recommendations -- including qualified coaches and injury surveillance -- are worthwhile and important to minimizing risk for the nearly 400,000 high school cheerleaders.
The National Federation of State High School Associations agrees with many of the recommendations and, in fact, has worked for more than 20 years to minimize risk for high school cheerleaders. In 1988, the NFHS published its first guidelines for sideline cheerleading. Those guidelines became the basis for the NFHS Spirit Rules Book, which was first published in 1992.
For more on th NFHS response, visit www.nfhslearn.com.
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