Growing up in Utah, my favorite memories included following the Utah Stars and Salt Lake Golden Eagles in pro sports action at the old Salt Palace.
"Big Z", Zelmo Beaty, was a personal favorite, leading the Stars to the ABA championship in 1971.
Later, I interviewed him briefly by telephone on the 25th anniversary of the championship. He was so cordial, and shared many fun moments of his time in Utah.
Last Saturday, Beaty passed away at the age of 73.
The L.A. Dodgers recently gave out their monthly Dodger Pride Awards for August. The winner "plays the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style."
The winners: AAA Albuquerque -- pitcher Red Patterson and outfielder Nick Buss; AA Chattanooga -- pitcher Ross Stripling and outfielder Joc Pederson; A Rancho Cucamonga -- pitcher Lindsey Caughel and infielder Chris Jacobs; A Great Lakes -- pitcher Ralston Cash; and Rookie Ogden -- pitcher Scott Barlow and catcher Kyle Farmer.
All are former Ogden Raptors.
The Xterra Trail Run National Championship come back to Ogden this next weekend, with the nationals set for Sunday, Sept. 22 at Snowbasin Resort. As many as 700 competitors from 30 states are expected.
Xterra organizers note Deanna McCurdy from Peachtree City, Georgia, will compete in the nationals for the first time.
McCurdy is the founder and coach of Team Miles for Smiles, a charity running team that raises funding for research through the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (F.A.S.T.).
She started the team after her youngest daughter was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome in 2009.
Her daughter Hayden Grace is now 5 years old. To see about the cause, visit www.milesforsmiles.org.
Utahns get a special invitation to participate in the Xterra Trail Run Nationals at Snowbasin.
While the championships are contested on the 21K course, runners of all levels can compete on the 10K and 5K courses.
There is no qualification process, so any runner of any age is eligible to enter. For information, visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/nationals.html.
Green on target
Montana golfer Tara Green was recently named Big Sky Conference golfer of the week. Green -- the former Weber High standout -- won the Grizzly Invitational tournament at home with a 1-under par.
We note the passing of AP sports writer Lynn DeBruin, who died on Sept. 7 of cancer. She was 51. ...
Correspondent Jon Oglesby presented a feature early this week on Layton's Mitchell Friess competing this week in the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City. Another skater, Matthew Graham of Shelley, Idaho, trains alongside Friess at The Ice Sheet in Ogden. We wish them well. ...
Kudos to Weber State basketball coach Randy Rahe, this week named 2013 Utah sportsperson of the year by the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho chapter. He'll be honored on Sept. 18 at La Caille Restaurant. Others receiving awards include Paul Kruger (Cleveland Browns) as professional of the year, Utah State's Chuckie Keeton, male collegiate athlete of the year, and the Lone Peak High boys basketball team as team of the year. ...
The Utah High School Cycling League begins its second season this morning with a race on the popular Corner Canyon trails in Draper. More than 450 cyclists are expected. The next races are Sept. 28 in Round Valley outside of Morgan, and Oct. 14 at Snowbasin. For information, visit http://www.utahmtb.org.
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