The Utah High School Activities Association will wrap its official season this week with softball and boys soccer titles on Thursday, and the state 5-A and 4-A baseball championships on Friday.
The UHSAA Academic All-State teams for spring sports will be present in next Tuesday's Prep Insider page.
Rodeo stars can compete at Snow
Utah prep rodeo athletes recently received some good news as Snow athletic director Rob Nielson has announced that Snow College has begun assembling an Intercollegiate Rodeo Team which will begin competition this fall.
Nielson said the coeducational team will compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) competitions in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Kendra Sagers has been named as head coach and is currently looking nationwide to find student athletes to comprise the team. "We are so excited to have this team up and running," said Sagers who has 20 years' experience training and coaching rodeo athletes. Planning to find the best student athletes available right out of the chute, Sagers added, "We are looking forward to being competitive in NIRA competition this fall."
The Rocky Mountain Region of NIRA includes Utah schools UVU, USU, SUU and Weber State, along with Idaho State and Colorado Mesa, as well as regular Snow opponents Southern Idaho and Colorado Northwestern.
The Rocky Mountain is one of 11 regions nationally, and is highly respected with Southern Idaho currently leading the national men's team standings and Idaho State leading the women's team standings. Individual events include saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding, along with tie down, breakaway and team roping, as well as steer wrestling, barrel racing and goat tying.
Sagers competed as a student for Snow College when rodeo was a non-sanctioned sport.
USU signs several local athletes
Utah State soccer coach Heather Cairns recently announced that three more players have been added to the Aggies' roster for the 2013 season. They will join the eight that signed earlier this year.
The new group includes Clearfield High goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stratton, midfielder Kelsey Burke from Foster City, Calif.,and goalkeeper Sara Cobb, from Freehold, N.J.
Kaitlyn Stratton waas a four-year letterwinner, helping the Falcons to the second round of the state tournament for the first time in school history.
The Aggies had already signed five players from the Beehive State, including midfielder/forward Jessica Brooksby (Sky View High), defender Karlee Campbell (Mountain Crest), midfielders Lauren Harmon (Skyline), goalkeeper McKayla Johnstone (Jordan) and midfielder Jayne Robison (Layton).
Also, Utah State volleyball coach Grayson DuBose announced the addition of five players to the USU signing class.
DuBose and the Aggies inked Maddie Day (Sky View), Kayla DeCoursey (Viewmont), Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.), Carly Lenzen (Cave Creek, Ariz.), and Hannah Smith (Flemming Island, Fla.) who will all enroll in the fall of 2013 as freshmen and compete for the Aggies next season. They join Kaylie Kamalu and Erica Moscoso, who signed with USU in the fall, in the Aggies' 2013 signing class.
Snow signs pair of basketball preps
Snow College recently announced the signing of two more men's basketball players for the 2013-14 season.
The new players are Chandler Smith, a 6-foot-3 guard from Mountain Crest High, and 6-11 Nate Aland from Murray High.
After graduating from Mountain Crest in 2009, Smith signed to play basketball at Utah State University where his father, Kohn, was head coach from 1989 to 1993.
Smith went on a mission for the LDS church, however, after high school and has decided to play basketball at Snow upon his return home.
NFHS updates its coaching course
The National Federation of State High School Associations Coach Education Program has released an update to its flagship course -- "Fundamentals of Coaching" - which is now available at www.nfhslearn.com.
Continuing with the NFHS's desire to provide coaches with up-to-date resources and the opportunity to become better teacher-coaches, the NFHS has updated the "Fundamentals of Coaching" course originally produced in 2007.
Tim Flannery, director of coach education at the NFHS, said the new course content addresses topics such as social media.
The NFHS Coach Education Program offers 33 online courses, including the two core courses - "Fundamentals of Coaching" and "First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches." The NFHS also offers 14 sport-specific courses and 17 elective courses, including eight that are free.
All NFHS courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.
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