The Utah prep sports season got off to a good start Monday as local boys golf teams gathered at Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Brigham City for the Northern Utah Challenge.
A couple of Region 1 teams battled atop the leaderboard on Monday, with Syracuse earning the title over Davis by seven shots.
Now the focus will shift to girls soccer, with nine schools in action today in non-league contests.
In the Northern Utah Challenge, 18 teams teed off for the season opener and showed they have been busy this summer gearing up for the fall sport.
The Titans tallied 295 with a balanced effort nd four scorers in the 70s, followed by Davis (302) and Bonneville (312).
Sky View's B team shot 314, followed by Weber (316), host Box Elder (318) and Sky View's A team at 319 to round out the top seven squads.
Davis' Shane Scott was the medalist with an even-par 71, just a stoke ahead of Fremont's Dylan Chugg at 72.
Five golfers were at 73 -- including the Syracuse trio of Chandler Thomas, Bralan Spencer and Trey Higgins -- along with Bonneville's Jadyn Wayment and Weber's Braydon Swapp.
Sky View's Riley Archibald was at 74, with Box Elder's Jacob Marx and Dane Nelson tied for ninth at 75.
Syracuse got its final scoring round from Josh Martinez with a 76.
The week ahead will include boys golf and girls tennis tournaments, along with a significant number of preseason girls soccer battles. St. Joseph will particpate in a pair of 1-A baseball tourneys as well.
The UHSAA football endowment games are set for Aug. 23.
A pair of Roy High athletes have commited to continue their playing careers in college through NCSA Athletic Recruiting.
The Royals' Jay Wayment will play college basketball at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
He plans to pursue a degree in agriculture or law at the private, liberal arts university.
Former Royals pitcher Garrett Bowman will continues his career at Mesa Community College. He plans to pursue a degree at the largest community college in the nation located in Mesa, Ariz.
Park City assistant dies of heart attack
PARK CITY -- Park City High assistant football coach Aaron Alford died of an apparent heart attack Monday morning.
Alford was a former coach at Southern Utah and the University of Utah as well.
Alford, who joined the Park City coaching staff in the offseason and was appointed as the new athletic director, suffered the heart attack at the district office.
Alford, 39, leaves behind his wife and three children. He also served as adirector at New Beginnings Behavioral Treatment Agency, a youth program.
Softball rules altered by NFHS
Two new rules regarding the use of electronic devices in high school softball were among the five changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations softball rules committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS board of directors.
With the addition of Rule 1-8-6, team personnel are permitted to use electronic devices to transmit or record information pertaining to their players or team's performances. This is to be done only in the team's bench or dugout areas, and the information obtained may be used for coaching purposes during the game.
In other changes, the committee established definitions for "team members" and "team personnel."
Team members are players listed on the team's roster and lineup as submitted to the umpire at the pregame meeting.
The committee also revised Rule 1-5-2c by eliminating "smooth" from the description of the taper.
Fast-pitch softball is the fifth-most popular sport for girls at the high school level, according to the 2011-12 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey, with 367,023 participants nationwide.
Baseball rules group eyes interference
Changes to high school baseball rules will include an additional example of how a batter can interfere with the catcher's ability to field or throw.
This year's rules changes were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations baseball rules committee at its June 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The committee voted to added "including backswing interference" to Rule 7-3-5c to address that specific type of batter interference. The rule now reads, "A batter shall not interfere with the catcher's fielding or throwing by making any other movement, including backswing interference, which hinders action at home plate or the catcher's attempt to play on a runner.
The committee also revised Rule 6-1-3 to state that the pitcher's entire pivot foot must be in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher's plate.
The committee also established several points of emphasis for the 2014 season, including malicious contact, coaching attire and umpire authority and enforcement.
Baseball is the fourth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level, according to the 2011-12 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey, with 474,219 participants nationwide.
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