Mariners’ top 2 prospects Kelenic and Rodriguez unique in different ways

With the Mariners’ top two prospects both talented outfielders under the age of 21, it’s easy to want to compare them. Mariners add starting pitching depth with Nick Margevicius Jarred Kelenic dominated both levels of Single-A ball on his way to reaching Double-A less than two months after his 20th birthday last season, and in similar fashion Julio Rodriguez followed up a strong 67-game showing at Low-A West Virginia with an incredible 17-game debut at High-A Modesto, hitting .462 with a 1.252 OPS before the year ended. The defining characteristics of those two players that Mariners director of player development Andy McKay described at Thursday’s pre-spring training press conference are… Read More

Continue Reading

High school swimming: 3A region championship recaps

Judge’s girls claimed the Region 13 championship this week, while the boys finished second in Region 13. | Courtesy Judge Memorial Emery, Judge Memorial and Millard claim girls region titles, while Richfield, North Summit and Millard earn the boys titles Here’s a recap of the results from this week’s three region meets in Class 3A as the teams prepare for the state tournament at BYU in two weeks. The three region champions for the girls were Emery, Judge Memorial and Millard, while the three boys region champs were Richfield, North Summit and Millard. Region 12 championships At Carbon High School Boys team xcores 1. Richfield, 482 2. Emery, 401 3.… Read More

Continue Reading

How a career night by 5 Red Rocks lifted Utah gymnastics past Arizona State and why Utah still has significant room for growth

Utah’s Maile O’Keefe balances on the beam during her mount in the Arizona State and University of Utah gymnastics meet at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News Alexia Burch, Hunter Dula, Cristal Isa, Abby Paulson and Maile O’Keefe all had career-best performances in the Utes’ 197.050-194.300 win over the Sun Devils SALT LAKE CITY — Three vaults into Friday night’s Pac-12 opener against Arizona State, the usually stalwart Utah gymnastics team — ranked No. 5 in the nation — looked like significantly less than the sum of its parts. Back-to-back-to-back scores 9.75 or lower had the announced crowd of… Read More

Continue Reading

High school basketball: Wasatch Academy puts on a show in 100-62 rout over Juan Diego

Wasatch Academy coach Dave Evans talks to his team in the huddle during the Tigers’ game against Juan Diego in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. | Brandon Gurney, Deseret News Local teams are typically overmatched when taking on national powerhouse Wasatch Academy, with Thursday’s game proving no exception. MT. PLEASANT, Sanpete County — What Wasatch Academy has going is nothing short of remarkable, with Friday’s 100-62 win over Juan Diego showcasing a lot of it. Located in a town resembling a spot where someone stops to ask directions when completely lost and out of cellphone service range, Wasatch Academy houses one of the nation’s premier basketball programs. And… Read More

Continue Reading

High school boys basketball: Springville rolls past depleted Maple Mountain in rivalry showdown

Springville opened up a two-game lead in Region 8 by dominating Maple Mountain, which was playing without four seniors removed for violating district and team rules SPRINGVILLE — The packed atmosphere was everything you’d hope it would be in a matchup between ranked rivals Springville and Maple Mountain. The game, however, didn’t live up to the hype — but given the circumstances, few expected anything different. Earlier in the week, Maple Mountain had four seniors permanently removed from the team for violating unspecified district and team rules, and Springville took advantage of the shorthanded Golden Eagles from the outset, cruising to the easy 54-36 victory for the two-game cushion in… Read More

Continue Reading

Jordan Love, Bradlee Anae, Francis Bernard shine in Senior Bowl practices

Utah State’s Jordan Love throws a pass as the North squad runs drills during practice for the Senior Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. | Butch Dill, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — One interesting part about the college football postseason senior showcases is that practice can be as important as the actual game for the players. That could be a very good thing for Jordan Love, who is among a handful of Utah college players in Mobile, Alabama, for the 2020 Senior Bowl. Other Beehive State athletes on the Senior Bowl North and South rosters include Leki Fotu, Bradlee Anae, Francis Bernard and Terrell Burgess from Utah.… Read More

Continue Reading

Farmington head coach Van Price becomes state’s winningest girls basketball head coach with 501st win

Farmington’s Abigail Ferrell squirts her water bottle on head coach Van Price after their win over Viewmont secured his 501st career win, a new state record, at Viewmont High School in Bountiful on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. At right is Price’s wife, Jill. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News BOUNTIFUL — As the seconds counted down in Farmington’s 68-47 win against Viewmont, the Phoenix bench and fans were louder than usual for a regular-season game in January. They knew they were about to witness history. As the clock hit zero, the Farmington team swarmed head coach Van Price, who had just earned his 501st victory with the win — the most… Read More

Continue Reading

Farmington head coach Van Price becomes state’s winningest girls basketball head coach with 501st win

Farmington’s Abigail Ferrell squirts her water bottle on head coach Van Price after their win over Viewmont secured his 501st career win, a new state record, at Viewmont High School in Bountiful on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. At right is Price’s wife, Jill. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News BOUNTIFUL — As the seconds counted down in Farmington’s 68-47 win against Viewmont, the Phoenix bench and fans were louder than usual for a regular-season game in January. They knew they were about to witness history. As the clock hit zero, the Farmington team swarmed head coach Van Price, who had just earned his 501st victory with the win — the most… Read More

Continue Reading

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is already tired of the Tom Brady rumors

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr speaks after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Denver. | David Zalubowski, Associated Press Will Tom Brady join the Raiders? Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is already tired of the Tom Brady rumors. What’s going on: Rumors are floating around that Tom Brady, who is a free agent this offseason, might leave the New England Patriots and join the Las Vegas Raiders. Brady was spotted at the UFC fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone with Raiders owner Mark Davis, so the pot instantly stirred up, according to USA Today. But current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told… Read More

Continue Reading

The Utah Jazz’s schedule is about to get much more difficult

Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) celebrate a point near the end of game with the Portland Trail Blazers in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Utah won 121-115. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Much has been made during the Utah Jazz’s run of 18 wins in their last 20 games about how their schedule has been rather easy, as only two of those victories have come against teams above .500. Things are about to get significantly more difficult over the next month, not to mention more important from a… Read More

Continue Reading