The Iowa Western Community College Reivers didn't steal a bunch of Utah soccer players, but they certainly knew what to do with them.
The robust junior college, located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, recently won a pair of NJCAA national soccer titles on the same night in November.
The IWCC women defeated Navarro (Texas) CC 3-1 in the final at Melbourne, Fla. The men's team won the national title in Tyler, Texas, defeating host Tyler CC 3-1 in penalty kicks (1-1).
What makes this story interesting is the 18 Utah soccer players who dot the rosters.
The IWCC women (20-2-1) are led by goalkeeper Kelsey East (Ogden High), as well as Kasandra Anderson (Mountain Crest), Danica Hansen (Sky View) and Emily Reeder (Box Elder).
The Iowa Western men's squad (24-0-2) has nine Utahns, most from southern Utah schools, and is coached by former Reiver Jordan Carver, himself a Utah native who played for the Ogden Outlaws before beginning his coaching career.
Incidentally, a reiver is a river pirate, the name originating in Scotland and applied to similar folks in the Midwest.
Real Salt Lake standouts Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and have been called up to the U.S. men's national team's January training camp.
While Beckerman and Rimando know the routine well, this is Gil's first call-up to the senior USMNT.
Due to their call-ups, the trio will miss the first leg of Real Salt Lake's 2014 preseason in late January.
Focused on good
Utah Grizzlies forward Rylan Galiardi is teaming up with the Granger Christian Church and Granger Pantry to collect cans of food at all Grizzlies home games during the month of January.
His goal is to collect 10,000 cans of food at the 10 Grizzlies games. Look for the collection bins at Maverik Center.
Eric Henning rolled a pair of 300 games in the Sunday Night Mixed League in December at Hill Air Force Base Lanes. ...
Park City Mountain Resort celebrated its 50th anniversary with a day-long celebration on Dec. 21, 50 years to the day since the resort opened in 1963. PCMR will host the Freeskiing Grand Prix on Jan. 17-18. ...
The world's top aerial and mogul skiers return to Deer Valley Resort next week to compete in the Freestyle International World Cup. ...
Snowbasin Resort, together with Burton Snowboards, recently celebrated the grand opening of the Burton Dinosaur Riglet Park, a new youth-focused snowboard learning park. The park was designed specifically for children as young as 3 years old to learn how to snowboard. It is located next to Snowbasin's Snowsports Learning Center. ...
Meanwhile, the University of Utah ski team opens the 2014 season hosting the Pat Miller Invitational today and Sunday at Park City Mountain Resort, with the nordic races being held in conjunction with U.S. Nationals at Soldier Hollow today and Jan. 8. ...
Utah Jazzmen Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are providing an assist to young Jazz fans. Each player has purchased 60 tickets to every home game as part of the "Favors' Friends" and "Kanter's Korner" ticket programs. The tickets will be donated to a variety of community organizations. For consideration, organizations may log on to www.utahjazz.com/playerticketdonations to submit an application.
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