Davis High tennis standout Alexis Turley is one of two top recruits to recently sign with the Utah State women's tennis program, announced by co-interim head coach Bryan Marchant.
Turley, a three-time Region 1 singles champion and state finisher, is ranked in the Top 10 in both singles and doubles in the Intermountain region winning 85 percent of her matches. She is a strong, versatile athlete who excels in both singles and doubles action.
Cassidy Branstine is a four-star recruit from Orange, Calif. She is ranked 41st among 18-year-old singles players in Southern California.
Wolves' Preator commits to BYU
Though his Fremont High team didn't enjoy a great season, college coaches kept an eye on all-arounder Jordan Preator.
Preator recently gave a verbal commitment to BYU to continue his football career.
Utah State and Utah reportedly had shown interest in Preator, along with Hawaii and other area schools, but Preator made his decision known in late November.
BYU cannot comment on potential recruits until signing day next spring.
Preator will likely play safety at BYU.
Local athletes earn college honors
The 2012 Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-conference football team included three players with Top of Utah ties, led by three-time honoree Cameron Greene.
The group includes Dixie State's Brock Johnson (Northridge High, 3.76 GPA), Cameron Greene (Box Elder High), 3.49 GPA), Jordan Curtis (Box Elder High, 3.33 GPA).
Also, the Pacific West Conference released the honorees from its 14 members school on the 2012 all-conference teams.
Five members of the Dixie State College women's soccer program were named, including defender Shelby Christensen (Woods Cross High) and midfielder Kristin Page (Viewmont High).
SUU inks three for gymnastics squad
Southern Utah University gymnastics has announced three additions to the team, beginning in the 2013-14 season.
The trio includes Danielle Ramirez (Corona, Calif.), Sydney Townsend (North Salt Lake) and Memory Shettles (Snellville, Ga.).
Townsend was an NIT qualifier in 2012 and came away with a pair of top-five finishes on vault and beam. She advanced to the NIT by way of an 8th-place all-around finish at the regional meet. Prior to her regional appearance, Townsend captured the 2012 Utah state level 10 all-around title.
Concussion course trains 700,000
The National Federation of State High School Associations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to address the issue of concussion in sports as more than 700,000 individuals have taken the "Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know" free online course through the NFHS Coach Education Program. The "Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know" course was developed by the NFHS and CDC in May 2010.
The course, which is available at www.nfhslearn.com, provides an overview of how a person can recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the appropriate action to take. The course includes each state's return-to-play guidelines required for high schools. All NFHS Coach Education Program courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.
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