Utah Valley University labeled its 2010 baseball season as "storybook." Finishing the season on a 14-game winning streak will do that.
The Wolverines finished with a 42-17 overall mark, capped by winning the Great West Conference tournament title in dramatic fashion, a 10th-inning walkoff hit to beat Northern Colorado.
UVU was led by former Weber High standout Sage Thorpe and former Bear River High multi-sport star Jason Zundel, two of the top hitters on the team.
Ed Greenhalgh, a former Roy High standout, played for Southern Virginia University (21-21 record) and helped them gain a spot in the USCAA national tourament.
The Salt Lake Nitro Jam is set for June 18-19 at Rocky Mountain Raceways. The Nitro Jam Tour features more than 20 nitro-powered dragsters and funny cars reaching speeds in excess of 320 miles per hour.
Fans can prepare for the first head-to-head showdown between jet semis as the Shockwave and Super Shockwave combine for over 60,000 horsepower and produce enough power to register on the Richter Scale. The event concludes with a massive fireworks display each night. For information, visit rmrracing.com.
BYU claimed the third annual Deseret First Duel title by a whopping margin this year, and received the trophy on Wednesday. The duel pits Utah and BYU in 12 sports during the school season. BYU won the title in 2008; Utah won in 2009. ... We not the passing of former Utah State runner and coach Darrell C. Gardner, who died this past week of an accident at age 51. ...
The Salt Lake Bees, in conjunction with Shriners Hospital for Children, will participate as "buddies" with patients in a Miracle League Baseball game at 9 a.m. today at the Gene Fullmer Recreation Center in West Jordan. Four Bees players will captain a team of 12 buddies who will assist the 12 wheelchair-bound patients in batting, running the bases and playing the field.
The "So You Wanna Fight Cuz Ya Think You're Tuff" mixed martial art competition is set for June 12 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. For ticket information to to sign up to fight, call (877) 215-1340 or visit soyouwannafight.com.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner.