The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will honor seven former high school coaches and two contributors from the Top of Utah March 19 at its Spring Honors and Awards Banquet at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy.
Honorees who will enter the USHOFF Coaches Hall of Honor include Brad Bevan of South Jordan; Ferril Heaton of Alton; Jon Hoover, formerly of Pleasant Grove; Linda Mayne of Salt Lake City; Phillip Robison of Fillmore; Philip Russell of South Ogden; and Jim Yerkovich of Salt Lake City.
Distinguished Service Awards will go to Ward J. Armstrong of Ogden and Paul C. Smith of Kaysville.
In addition, six Utah high school graduates, currently attending colleges in the state, will receive $2,000 Ream's Food Stores scholarships.
Reservations ($40 per person) can be sent to the USHOFF, P.O. Box 95982, South Jordan, UT, 84095. Credit card requests can be made by calling Chick Hislop (801-621-5806) or Dave Nordquist (801-430-3588).
The deadline for reservations is March 15.
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Four individuals who excelled as high school athletes, including former Washington Redskins' all-pro quarterback Joe Theismann and current Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chauncey Billups, headline the 2013 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.
Joining Theismann and Billups as athletes in the 2013 class are Harrison Dillard, who helped Cleveland (Ohio) East Technical High School to three state track championships before winning four gold medals at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games, and Kristin Folkl Kaburakis, who helped her St. Louis (Mo.) St. Joseph's Academy teams to four state volleyball championships and four state basketball titles in the early 1990s before an outstanding two-sport career at Stanford.
These four individuals, along with five high school coaches, two officials, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Denver in Colorado.
High school coaches slated for induction this year include Ed Aston, who retired in 2011 after 37 years as girls swimming coach and 33 years as boys swimming coach at Cheshire (Conn.) High School; Chuck Koeppen, cross country and track coach at Carmel (Ind.) High School for 37 years before retiring in 2008; Chuck Lenahan, who is in his 42nd year as football coach at Plymouth (N.H.) Regional High School; Mike Messere, lacrosse coach at Camillus (N.Y.) West Genesee High School for the past 37 years; and James Tate, who has coached cross country and track at Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal High School for the past 34 years.
Jerry Kimmel, a basketball official from Kentucky who recently retired after 56 years as an active official and assigner for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, and Haig Nighohossian, a soccer official from Granite City, Ill., who is in his 39th year as an active official with the Illinois High School Association, are this year's honorees in the officials category.
UWBCA girls senor all-star games set
The Utah Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games, boasting the top senior high school talent in the state, along with the top girls basketball coaches, will be held March 23 at Taylorsville High School.
This year's format will feature a 5-A North vs. 5-A South game at 10 a.m., followed by a 4-A vs. 3-A game at noon. Rosters will be announced prior to the games.
Soccer interaction rules altered
Clarifying when and how coaches can communicate with players highlighted the high school soccer rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations soccer rules committee at its Jan. 21-23 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Effective with the 2013-14 season, coaches and players can communicate during a stoppage of play for an injury. Rule 3-3-1c(1) still requires a coach or appropriate health-care professional to have the approval of the referee before entering the field; however, teams may now huddle and receive coaching instruction during the stoppage, which previously was prohibited.
Another change in regard to communication involves electronic devices. While using electronic communication devices to communicate with on-field players is still prohibited, the use of electronic devices on the sideline is allowed.
Koski said the previous rule banned all communication devices, including cell phones, from the sideline. If such devices were found, a caution could have been issued.
To see the full rules changes, visit www.nfhs.org.
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