On the world’s largest mechanical moto quaterpipe, Colby Raha launched an unprecedented 45.2-feet into the air, setting a new world height record at the Nitro World Games in September at Utah Motorsports Campus.
On a third-quarter second down and one play in the University of Utah’s win over Arizona, the Utes executed a textbook reverse as quarterback Tyler Huntley handed off to running back Zack Moss, who pitched the ball backwards to wide receiver Britain Covey, who then threw a perfect spiral to Huntley who was streaking down the right sideline and hauled it in for a 58-yard touchdown.
Donovan’s monstrous signature slam dunk off his own missed shot in the Jazz’ victory over Houston in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals.
National Basketball Association
The Utah Jazz heightened the NBA excitement to Salt Lake City in 2018, finishing the season on a 28-6 run to make the NBA Playoffs for a second-straight season, selling out Vivint Arena for 26 consecutive games in the regular season then going on to oust the fourth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Playoffs.
Won 48 games during the regular season
Second in NBA in points allowed per game (99.8)
Team record for made three-pointers in a season (887)
Rudy Gobert named Defensive Player of the Year
Donovan Mitchell runner-up Rookie of the Year
Quin Snyder runner-up Coach of the Year
Donovan Mitchell crowned the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend
Donovan Mitchell named Western Conference Rookie of the Month five times
Wide Receiver – Utah Falconz
Hometown: Cottonwood Heights, UT
Utah Falconz wide receiver and defensive back Lexie Floor had another strong season leading her team to the Independent Women’s Football League championship game.
IWFL League All-Star
Utah Falconz Team MVP
Played in third straight National Championship Games
108 Yards After the Catch
Golfer – PGA TOUR
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Lehi golfer Tony Finau continued his rapid PGA TOUR ascent in 2018 with a debut spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team as well as rising to ninth in the World Golf Rankings.
Only PGA TOUR player to finish in the Top 10 in three majors in 2018
Finished 5th at the U.S. Open
Finished T10 at The Masters despite suffering an ankle injury less than 24 hours before Thursday’s competition round
Eleven Top-10 finishes in 2018
2nd place finish at Safeway Open
2nd Place finish at The Northern Trust
Finished sixth in the season-long FedEX Cup standings
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Just 150 days after Dell Loy Hansen announced he was bringing professional women’s soccer to Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah Royals FC played the club’s inaugural home match in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 19,203 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium and a national television audience.
With U.S. National Team stars like Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, and Amy Rodriguez, and international standouts like Rachel Corsie, Gunny Jonsdottir and more, Head Coach Laura Harvey and her staff gave Utah a team to be proud of throughout the season. However, nothing compares to the excitement of the inaugural home opener.
The robust attendance number was not only the highest of the four National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) matches over the weekend, but it exceeded that of seven of the weekend’s 11 MLS matches as well. The Royals finished second in the NWSL in total attendance.
Snowboard – U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Paralympian Brenna Huckaby (Salt Lake City, UT) lost a leg to Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at the age of 14. Snowboard star Huckaby swept double gold in PyeongChang and dominated the World Cup tour winning three season titles in 2018.
Olympic Gold Medal – Snowboard Cross (PyeongChang)
Olympic Gold Medal – Banked Slalom (PyeongChang)
1st Place – World Cup Overall Season Title
1st Place – World Cup Snowboard Cross Title
1st Place – World Cup Banked Slalom Title
1st Place – World Cup Banked Slalom (British Columbia)
Photo by Kusumoto
Snowboard – U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding
Hometown: Ogden, UT
Two-time Paralympian Keith Gabel, who lost his foot in an industrial accident in 2005, upped his 2014 Paralympic bronze to silver in 2018 finishing second in snowboard cross.
Silver Medal 2018 Winter Games- Snowboard cross (PyeongChang)
Sixth Place 2018 Winter Games – Banked Slalom (PyeongChang)
Fourth Place – World Cup Snowboard cross
Eleventh Place – World Cup Banked Slalom
Photo by Kusumoto
Long Track Speed Skater – US Speedskating
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Long track speed skater Brittany Bowe, a former inline skater from Florida who moved to Salt Lake City to pursue speed skating, had a breakout season in 2018 with an Olympic bronze and the strongest season of her career.
Bronze medal Team Pursuit – PyeongChang Olympics
Silver Overall – World Sprint Championships
1st – 1000 meters World Cup (Netherlands)
1st – 1000 meters World Cup (Poland)
1st – 1500 meters World Cup (Japan)
2nd – 1500 meters World Cup (Netherlands)
2nd – 1000 meters World Cup (Japan)
3rd – 500 meters (three times)
3rd – 1500 meters (two times)
1st – 500 & 1500 meters Olympic Qualifiers
2nd – 1500 meters Olympic Qualifiers
1st – 500 meters – US Championships (Salt Lake City)
1st – 1000 meters – US Championships (Salt Lake City)
Pusher – USA Bobsled
Hometown: Alpine, UT
Competing in his third Olympics, U.S. Army Captain Chris Fogt took on a leadership role with the U.S. Bobsled Team in the aftermath of the tragic death of teammate and Utah Steve Holcomb.
1st Place North American Cup 2-man (Park City)
1st Place North American Cup 4-man (Park City)
2nd Place Europe Cup 4-man (Austria)
6th Place World Cup 4-man (Switzerland)
9th Place World Cup 4-man (Germany)
Three time Olympian
2014 Olympic Silver Medal in 4-man
Military Intelligence officer, Captain in the US Army
Head Coach – BYU Volleyball
Hometown: Provo, UT
In her fourth year as BYU volleyball coach, Heather Olmstead led the Cougars to a #1 national ranking for 11 straight weeks – the first time hitting the top spot since 1986, finishing 31-2 for the best win percentage in program history.
Currently holds a record of 118-13 (.901), the highest winning percentage of any women’s volleyball coach in NCAA Division I history
Advanced to the NCAA Final Four
Won 27-straight matches to start the season
AVCA National Coach of the Year
Pacific South Region Coach of the Year
West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
West Coast Conference Champions
Coached a National Player of the Year finalist, the National Freshman of the Year, Six All-Americans, five All-Conference awardees, and three Academic All-District honorees in 2018
Head Coach – University of Utah
Hometown: Provo, UT
In his 14th season, University of Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham led the Utes to a 9-3 regular season record and the Pac-12 South title, earning spots in the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Holiday Bowl.
Won the Pac-12 South Division for the first time in school history
Led the Pac-12 with nine First Team All-Pac 12 selections, a school record
Led the Pac-12 in rushing defense (5th in the nation)
Second in the Pac-12 in total defense (14th in the nation)
Second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17th in the nation)
Three players named to All-American teams
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky became the first three-time Ray Guy Award finalist in NCAA history
Three players named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team
Running Back – Football
Hometown: Sandy, UT
Weber State University freshman running back Josh Davis led the Wildcats to their second straight Big Sky title while winning the Jerry Rice Award as National Freshman of the Year.
Named a National Freshman All-American
Earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors
Big Sky Freshman of the Year
Rushed for 1,362 yards
Totaled the sixth most rushing yards in a season in Weber State history
Finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in rushing at 133.5 yards per game
Finished with 1,779 all-purpose yards, the most ever by a Wildcat freshman and the seventh most in a season in WSU history
Finished the season 10th in the country in all-purpose yards
Outside Hitter – Volleyball
Hometown: West Jordan, UT
BYU volleyball captain Roni Jones-Perry had a star-studded senior year leading the Cougars to a 31-2 record, West Coast Conference title, and an NCAA Final Four appearance.
American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year finalist
Honda Award finalist
AVCA All-America First Team
Pacific South Region Player of the Year
West Coast Conference Player of the Year
All-WCC First Team
WCC All-Academic Team
4th in Kills Per Set in the nation
4th in Points Per Set in the nation
16th in Total Points in the nation
23rd in Total Kills in the nation
Helped BYU to top national rank in team hitting percentage
Wide Receiver – Orem High School Football
Hometown: Orem, UT
Orem High School football wide receiver Puka Nacua, the All American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year, walked away with a litany of state records and became a highly sought-after college recruit after leading the Golden Tigers to their second straight 4A state championship.
State record holder in: Single Season Receiving Yards, Career Yards, Career TD Receptions, Total Receiving Yards in a Game, Career Receptions, Reception Yards Per Game, and Season TD Receptions
All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year
Gatorade Player of the Year
Deseret News Mr. Football
Deseret Rewind Player of the Year
USA Maxpreps All-American Team
American Family Insurance All-USA First team
KSL Player MVP
Daily Herald Utah Player of the Year
2018 Region X MVP
Co-winner Polynesian Hall of Fame High School Player of the Year
Polynesian Hall of Fame MVP Player of the Game
President of Wasatch Property Management, Inc., Dell Loy Hansen, who has served on the Utah Sports Commission Board of Directors for the past 10 years, was named Partner of the Year. Hansen acquired full ownership of Real Salt Lake in 2013 and has since expanded into the United Soccer League with Real Monarchs SLC, and has built state-of-the-art training facilities in Herriman and North Logan. In 2017, he founded Utah Royals FC in the National Women’s Soccer League with seven of the Royals players represented their respective
countries at the FIFA Women’s World Cup
Caleb Bennett, a seven-time Wrangler NFR bareback rider, is the recipient of the 2019 Lewis Feild bareback riding award. Bennett was born and raised in Utah where he got involved in rodeo qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Finals all four years and winning the bareback title in 2007.
The Lewis Feild Award is given annually to the bareback rider that performs the best at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo (Salt Lake City), the Fiesta Days Rodeo (Spanish Fork) and Ogden Pioneer Days. In 2018, Bennett won the bareback riding title in Spanish Fork and Ogden to capture the award.
He attended Weber State University in Ogden and graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in marketing. He qualified for the College National Finals as a freshman in 2008.
He first qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 2012 and has been there every year since. He has won over $1.2 million in the PRCA and won the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2014. He currently serves at the PRCA event representative for the bareback riding.
Mike Leavitt was one of the significant leaders of the 2002 Utah Olympic movement. A three-time elected governor, Leavitt’s terms in office covered the bidding, execution, and preservation of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. After taking over as Governor in 1993, Leavitt supported the Salt Lake Organizing Committee’s successful bid for the 2002 Games. Utah welcomed the world as host for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and, thanks in part to his steadying leadership, these games were among the most successful in history. With great foresight, Leavitt helped create the Utah Sports Commission to be a catalyst in extending its Olympic legacy efforts to help enhance Utah’s economy, image, and quality of life.
Mike Leavitt is the founder of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Leavitt served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Leavitt grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where his upbringing was rooted in the values of the American West, with its emphasis on hard work and common sense. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working in the insurance industry. In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second largest, privately held insurance brokerage.
Leavitt is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 90,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”
Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Leavitt’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.
Utah’s John Price is a remarkable story of an immigrant boy who came to America and forged a career as a global leader and a passionate fan of motorsports in his adopted state. Price possesses significant experience in entrepreneurship, foreign relations and political issues, the future of sub-Saharan Africa, terrorism concerns, as well as a love of sports and vintage race cars. With success in business, Price began to acquire vintage race cars, which spurned his interest in racing, and later other extreme sports activities such as running marathons, the Ironman Triathlon, off-road racing and high altitude trekking. Price’s mantra throughout his sports achievements has been, that just to finish was winning.
He was born Hans Joachim Praiss in 1933 in Spandau, Germany. In 1939, at the age of five, his family fled Nazi Germany, eventually settling in New York City in 1940. Price first visited Salt Lake City as a geology student in 1954. He quickly realized the Wasatch Mountains is where he wanted to be. Two years later, he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in geological engineering.
Price grew to become one of Utah’s most prominent businessmen. He enjoyed success in a variety of fields both throughout the Intermountain region and nationally, and served on numerous local, state, and national boards.
On February 8, 2002, the opening day of the Salt Lake City Olympics, John Price was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius, Seychelles, and Comoros. Price served as ambassador until June 17, 2005.
Price recently produced “Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt”, a documentary highlighting the story of David Abbott “Ab” Jenkins. With almost superhuman stamina and boyish charm, Ab set out to single-handedly break every existing land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. With the newly restored Jenkins’ iconic “Mormon Meteor III” the car was returned for ceremonial laps on the Salt Flats. “Boys of Bonneville” was selected at many film festivals, and won a number of awards.
Price preserves early car racing history at the Price Museum of Speed in Salt Lake City, featuring the Mormon Meteor III, which started the competitive endurance racing history on the ancient salt bed in Western Utah. The museum’s collection includes a rare display of early racing history. Many of the vintage racers either won or placed well in numerous events such as the Grand Prix, Le Mans, Morris Park, Briarcliff Cup, Daytona Beach, Gordon Bennett Cup, Empire Track at Yonkers, Sheepshead Bay, Indianapolis, and Mille Miglia. The mission of the museum is to display unique vintage racers and memorabilia for future generations of car enthusiasts to enjoy.
Outside Hitter – Volleyball
Hometown: Highland, UT
Lone Peak High School Prep Volleyball All-American Tasia Farmer had a stunning 2018 season, leading the Knights to a 26-6 record and the Class 6A state championship.
Under Armor 2nd Team All-American
Gatorade Player of the Year
Deseret News Ms. Volleyball
Prep Volleyball All-American
Prep Volleyball Top 150 Senior Ace
16 time Player of the Match
3 time Player of the Week
Utah’s Player of the Year
Utah’s Player of the Year
319 kills (3.3 kills per set)… 101 blocks and 62 service aces… 6A State Champion… Under Armour All-America Game MVP & 1st Team All American… Utah Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year… Deseret News Miss Volleyball… Selected to the national ALL-USA First Team… FloVolleyball First Team All-American Honors… Signed with Brigham Young University
648 Passing Yards in a Game (State Record)… 4,276 Passing Yards in a Season (State Record)… 10 Touchdowns in a Game (State Record)… 58 Touchdowns in a Season (State Record)… 45 Passing Completions in a Game (State Record)… 331 Passing Completions in a Game (State Record)… 5A State Champion… Utah Football Gatorade Player of the Year… Deseret News Mr. Football & Rewind Player of the Year… Salt Lake Tribune MVP… USA Today’s MVP for Utah… Utah First Elite 11 Finalist… Signed with Washington State University
Led Weber State to its best season in school history… Set School Record for winning 11 games, finishing 11-3…Big Sky Conference Title with a 7-1 Conference Record…Won two games in the FCS Playoffs for the first time ever, falling to No. 1 James Madison in the quarterfinals… Finished the season ranked fifth in the nation, the highest national ranking in school history… 8 players earned All-American honors, the most ever in a season… Coached the Big Sky Defensive MVP… 17 players earned All-Big Sky honors
Ranked among the Top 10 in Pac-12 for Batting Average (1st), On-Base Percentage (1st), Slugging Percentage (3rd), Runs Batted In (4th) Triples (4th), Total Bases (5th), Doubles (6th), Runs Scored (7th) and Homers (9th)… U of U’s all-time leader in runs, hits, and batting average… NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist… All-American… Pac-12 Player of the Year… Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year… All Pac-12 Selection… Academic All-American… Pac-12 All-Academic Selection
Lou Groza Award Winner as Nation’s Top Kicker… Consensus All American—Named First Team All-American by Associated Press, FWAA, Sporting News, and Second Team by Walter Camp and AFCA… First Team All-Pac-12… Led the nation in field goals made (30), field goals made per game (2.31), 50+ yard field goals (5, tie) and field goals attempted (34)… Led the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.882, 30-of-34)… Vlade Award as Nation’s Most Accurate Kicker… Second in the Pac-12 in scoring with 10.0 points per game (tied for seventh nationally and second among kickers)… Set Utah Single Season Records for 130 points scored, 30 field goals made and 34 field goals… 130 points scored ranked ninth nationally and third among kickers.
NCAA National Champions, 1st Place Overall 541.5 points… RMISA Team Conference Standings 1st place 2482.5 pts… RMIS Nordic Team Champion… NCAA National Individual Champion, Martin Bergstroem – Men’s 10km Classic & Men’s 20km Skate… 6 NCAA Championship Podiums, Martin Bergstroem – Men’s 10km Classic -GOLDMartin Bergstroem – Men’s 20km Skate -GOLD, Sam DuPratt – Men’s Giant Slalom – SILVER, Merete Mryseth – Women’s 5km Classic – SILVER, Roni Remmi – Women’s Giant Slalom – BRONZE, Martin Mikkelsen – Men’s 10km Classic – BRONZE… 15 NCAA All-American Honors… RMISA Athlete of the Year, Martin Bergstroem —Men’s Nordic… RMISA MVP Athlete, Kevin Bolger — Men’s Nordic… RMISA Men’s Giant Slalom Point Leader, Sam DuPratt… RMISA Women’s Giant Slalom Point Leader, Ronni Remmi… U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association Nordic Skier of the Year, Martin Bergstroem…. RMISA Nordic Coach of the Year, Abi Holt… U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint Champion, Kevin Bolger… 14 Named to National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team… FIS Giant Slalom Winner 9pt Race, Sam Dupratt… FIS Giant Slalom 1st Place, Dominic Demschar… 2x FIS Giant Slalom Wins, Ronni Remmi
Alpine Skier Saylor O’Brien was born with Spina Bifida; however, her parents always taught her that there are no limitations, just adaptions.
At the age of 4, Saylor began her training with Wasatch Adaptive Sports before moving to the National Ability Center where she learned how to sit-ski. In 2017, not only did Saylor begin competing, she started winning.
O’Brien brought home the bronze in her first ever Super-G race in Panorama, Canada early in the season; she followed that up with two more bronze medals and silvers in both slalom and giant slalom.
Fremont High School Elevate Rider, Caden Halverson loves sports; his favorite is mountain biking, which fuels his competitiveness and pushes him to keep up with the other riders.
Diagnosed with autism, Caden has never let that set him back. He strives to excel and physically push the boundaries of his disability
Caden participates regularly in the Special Olympics track and field events with the Weber State club team. In 2017, he competed in five races with the Fremont Mountain Biking Team, with a personal best of 1:23:08 at the Round Valley Series in Park City.
20-year-old rookie, Ethan Nell stepped onto the podium as the youngest competitor amongst 21 of the world’s greatest freeride mountain bikers at the 12th edition of Red Bull Rampage. Nell’s 3rd place run down Virgin, Utah’s otherworldly terrain, featured tons of speed, fluidity, landing two flat spins, a backflip, and a suicide-no-hander earning him a podium finish and awarding him as Rampage’s 2017 Rookie of the Year.
Led all rookies in scoring average at 18.2 points per game… Totaled a Jazz rookie-record 41 points against New Orleans on Dec. 1, the first 40-plus point game by a rookie since Blake Griffin in 2010-11… Only rookie to total over 600 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists… Made 76 three-pointers in 35 games played through December, which is tied for the 2nd most by a rookie in their first 35 games played in NBA history… His 636 points through December were the second most by a Jazz rookie in team history, only trailing Darrell Griffith (742 points)… NBA Rookie of the Month, December 2017… Drafted in the first round (13th overall) by the Denver Nuggets in the 2017 NBA Draft… Acquired by Utah on Draft Night in exchange for forward Trey Lyles and the draft rights to Tyler Lydon (24th overall pick)
Defensive Player of the Year… MVP in IWFL All-Star Game… Led her team to its second National Championship for the Independent Women’s Football League with 47 Tackles, 11 of which were for a loss, logged 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Jordan also stepped up when her team lost a running back and had 23 carries for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
4A State Champion in 1600M … 4th at Footlocker West Regionals …. 4th at Bob Firman Invitational … 7th at Nike Southwest Region … 7th at Nike Southwest Region … Currently ranked 4th in U.S. for 800m indoors … Signed to Brigham Young University Cross Country & Track.
3x Gatorade Cross Country National Runner of the Year … 2x Nike Cross Nationals Champion & Course Record Holder … 2x 5A State Champion & Record Holder … Simplot Games 3200m Champion & Meet Holder … 2x 5A 3200m & 1600m Champion & State Record Holder … Arcadia Invitational 3200m Champion … 3x Nike All-American … Boys National Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Tied for 3rd in nation 19 goals … 3rd in nation .95 goals per game … 5th in nation with 43 points .. Hat Tricks against defending Champs Penn State & San Francisco … Scored Goal in NCAA Tournament 2nd Round to Advance to 3rd Round … NSCAA First Team All-American … All-WCC First Team … Mac Hermann Trophy Award Semifinalist.
Named 2016 Big Sky Conference MVP & Defensive Player of the Year … Became Weber State & Big Sky Conference All-Time Leading Rebounder (1,321) … Averaged 17.1 Points & 12.6 Rebounds as a senior with 26 Double-Doubles … Helped lead Wildcats to Big Sky Regular Season & NCAA Championships .. Selected by the Utah Jazz in 2nd Round of 2016 NBA Draft.
1st overall in Women’s Amateur at the Rocky Mountain Raceway Moto Grand Prix … 1st overall Utah Desert Foxes Knolls Knockout Race … Became the only female brand ambassador for Click Medical and Adjustable Sockets … 3rd overall in USRA series points against all able-bodied in class … Featured Click Medical Magazine.
5A 400m Utah State Champion. 2016 All-State Boys’ 1st Team 400m & 2nd Team 200m. Named to 2016 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field High School All-Americans. Selected for 2016 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team for Rio Paralympics. Silver 200m & Bronze 400m Medalist at Rio Paralympic Games. Youngest sprinter at Paralympic Games. 2016 State of Sport Awards HS Male Athlete Winner
356 Career Wins with a .761 Career Winning % … Ranked 4th among NCAA Coaches … Became 12th NCAA Division I Coach in history to reach 350 career wins … Led BYU to its 5th straight West Coast Conference Championship & 5th trip to the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament … In 12 weeks of National Rankings, the Cougars spent 11 weeks in the top 10 & 6 weeks in the Top 5 … BYU beat the defending champs/No.5 Penn State … Cougars beat No. 19 Ohio State … Coached two National All-Americans, one National Scholar All-American and one Academic All-District Honoree … Took the Cougars to the NCAA for the 18th time in her career.
Became 10x National Bouldering Champion … 6th place at IFSC Vail Bouldering World Cup with herniated disk C5-C6 (Spinal fusion 5 days later) … Won first Pro Bouldering Competition at Portland Boulder Rally three months after spinal fusion … Winner of all 10 pro competitions she entered post surgery, including— Yank-N-Yard Open Finals National Cup, 2016 Mesa Rim ProAM Open Finals, Vulcan Cup Open Finals … Climbed up to the grade V13 Boulder in Hueco Tanks, Texas five months after surgery.
One of five players in the NBA to average at least nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game in 2015-16. Competed for France at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. NBA leader in blocked shots with multiple streaks of 24-or-more games with a block. Set franchise record with 31 consecutive games of 10-plus rebounds. Joined Karl Malone, John Stockton and Carlos Boozer as only Jazzmen to record at least 38 double-doubles in the first 56 games.
14-0 … 2nd consecutive 4A State Title—18th overall at East … 229 points in playoffs—most ever in state history … Averaged 57.3 pats per game in state playoffs—most in state history … 7,438 yards of offense, 6,900 on the ground—most in state history … 694 total points scored—most in state history …
Averaged 49.6 points per game with a 32.4 margin of victory … Current 23 game win streak … Finished ranked #23 in MaxPreps … Finished ranked #1 in the nation for medium sized schools in MaxPreps.
Utah Freshman Haylee Cacciacarne scored her first collegiate goal by netting a long-distance header in the 87th minute to upset No. 10 Florida State and send the Utes to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament for the first time in program history.
The list of awards won by Whittni Orton last year is amazing. A four-time Individual State Cross Country State Champion, Orton was also the 1A Girls Basketball MVP, Volleyball First Team All-State, and a Gatorade Women’s Cross Country Athlete Nominee. In basketball, Whittni led all Utah high school classifications in assists and steals. She was a member of state championship teams in basketball, volleyball, and track.
Named to the 2015 US Paralympics Track & Field Team and a high school All-American, Hunter Woodhall set the U.S. Paralympic American Record in the Men’s 400m T44 classification. At the World Championships held in Qatar, he won Silver in the 400m and Bronze in the 200m, setting personal bests in both races. Hunter has qualified for both the Parapan Am Games in Toronto and for the US Paralympics Track & Field World Championships Team. Woodhall finished first in the 400m at the Davis Invitational.
In her senior season at the University of Utah, Georgia Dabritz won the NCAA Championship for uneven bars and was recognized as Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Pac-12 All-Around Champion, was a six-time All-American, and led Utah to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship.
The reigning West Coast Conference player of the year Kyle Collinsworth concluded his career as the Cougar’s all-time leader in assists and rebounds. He also sits atop the school record books 1st in assists per game, 1st in offensive rebounds, 2nd in steals, and 2nd in games started. Collinsworth set the NCAA record for triple-doubles in a single season with six and in a career with twelve. A team captain, he was recognized as an AP Honorable Mention All-American.
Kiley McKinnon began 2015 on her first aerial World Cup podium in Beijing. Her success continued throughout the year, as she landed on the winner’s podium four more times, finishing 3rd in the Russia World Cup, 2nd in the Belgium World Cup, 2nd in the World Championships in Austria, and 2nd place in the USA World Cup held at Deer Valley. Because of these consistently high rankings, McKinnon was named the Overall Aerial World Cup Winner for 2015.
A finalist for the United States Olympic men’s basketball team, Gordon Hayward was one of only 34 players selected to participate in the 2015 USA National Team Minicamp. As a member of the Utah Jazz, Hayward finished the season averaging 19.2 ppg, 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 steals. He scored more than 20 points 38 times and more than 30 points four times. Among NBA small forwards, Hayward ranked 2nd in total points and 3rd in points per game, assists, and minutes per game.
In 2006, she became the first above-knee amputee, male or female, to compete in adaptive snowboarding. Her accomplishments spearheaded global demand for prosthetic knee technology and played a fundamental role in the introduction of snowboard to the Paralympic roster. Nicole represented the U.S. in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and is and 17x World Cup Medalist. Nicole is currently ranked as one of the best adaptive snowboarders in the world.
Born with a severe clubfoot, David Blair underwent several surgeries and years of braces. Although the foot remained immobile, David excelled in many athletic endeavors. At the age of 13, David was given a VHS tape on discus throwing. Using this as his sole source of coaching, he won the high school state championship in 1993. David attended Weber State University where he set many school records and won Big Sky Conference championship titles in the Hammer and Weight throw. At the age of 40, David discovered he was eligible to complete as a Paralympic athlete. Six months later at the IPC World Championships he finished 3rd in the shot put and 2nd in the discus.
Liz Wiscombe led Morgan High to an undefeated 32-0 season and her 18th State Volleyball Championship. The Trojans finished the season ranked #1 in Utah and 10th in the nation, and were voted Small School Team of the Year.
The reigning 1A state champions, the Panguitch High School Girls Basketball Team set the All-Time UHSAA scoring record with 1859 points, averaging 71.5 points per game. The Bobcats finished 26-0, placing 3rd All-time in the state record book with 54 consecutive wins. The team featured the 1A Girls Basketball MVP of the year, Whittni Orton. This was the 10th State Championship for Panguitch High School, 3rd most in the state of Utah.
Facing a one-point deficit on fourth down with :01 remaining on the game clock, the BYU offense took the field for one final play. Freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum had only made his collegiate debut earlier in the third quarter. Mangum took the last snap of the game, rolled out, and launched a 42-yard Hail Mary to the end zone. Senior wide receiver Mitch Mathews found the goal line, hauled in the pass, and came down into the end zone for the game winning touchdown, stunning the Nebraska crowd and winning the game 33-28. The win snapped the Cornhuskers’ 29-game win streak in home openers, which had been the longest in the nation.
An accomplished three-sport athlete, Riley put herself in the Utah State Record Book during the 2014 calendar year. In Volleyball, she holds the number 1 spot for blocks in a season and blocks in a career and 2nd in both kills and digs in a career. She was the UHSAA 2A MVP in Volleyball for the 2nd year in a row, the 2A MVP in Basketball and was Academic All-State in Volleyball. In 2014, Riley was the 2A State Champion in 300m Hurdles and also holds the 2A record. In 2014, She earned State championships in 3 sports: Basketball, volleyball, and 300m hurdles.
In 2014, Britain won his 3rd State Championship, his 2nd 4A MVP. He rushed for 26 Touchdowns and 1,640 yards on 10 yards per carry. He passed for 30 Touchdowns and 2,602 yards with 72% completion. For the second season in a row, Britain went 13-0 as starting Quarterback. He was awarded Utah’s 2014 Mr. Football and was the 2014 award recipient of the Governor’s State of Sport Awards High School Male Athlete.
Mary Beth competed in all three events for Utah’s PAC 12 Championship Team. She was part of the first PAC 12 Team Title in school history, in any sport. Mary Beth is the recipient of the Tom Hansen PAC 12 Conference Medal, and is the PAC 12 Post Graduate Scholarship Winner. She is also the 1st Team PAC 12 All-Academic and the NACGC Scholar All-American.
Tyler was 1st in WCC & 6th in nation in scoring at 23.2 points per game. He scored a career-high 48 points at Portland. Awards for his 2014 year included AP Honorable Mention All-American, WCC Player of the Year, All-WCC Team, All-WCC Tournament Team, USBWA All-District VIII First Team, NABC All-District First Team & Basketball Times All-District Team (Rockies). Tyler finished 2013-14 with 1,944 career points, which was a BYU record for total points in 3 seasons and is BYU’s All-time leader in career free throws with 88.7 percentage.
Coming out of retirement at the encouragement of her husband, Noelle set her sights once again on her Olympic dream. In the two years leading up to the Olympics, she dominated the national and international competitions finishing on the podium 29 of 32 times. In February 2014, with her husband and children waiting for her at the finish line, Noelle won the Silver Medal in skeleton at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with a four-run time of 3:53.86.
During his 8th year as RSL captain, Kyle led the team to the playoffs for the 7th consecutive season with 15 wins, and 50 points, setting a league record for the 5th consecutive season. Individually he scored 3 goals and had 3 assists, including 1 goal in the regular season finale. His 2014 performance not only led to him being named to the MLS All-Star team for the 9th consecutive season but a member of the U.S. National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he started 3 matches. He played all 90-minutes in all three Group Stage matches as the U.S. went 1-1-1 to advance to the Round of 16.
Coach Well’s demonstrates his ability with a 10-4 Season, which is the second most season wins in school history. Under his watch, Utah State recorded its fourth straight winning season and won the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Utah State’s Senior Class won a record of 37 games. He mentored 15 players who earned 16 All-Mountain West honors, which were the most in the league. Coach Wells ranks the 11th winningest coach in school history with 10 wins.
The University of Utah Football team, coached by tenth year head coach Kyle Whittingham, finished the 2014 season ranked No.21. Their 9-4 overall record gave them an invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl, where they defeated Colorado State 45-10. They were 5-4 against Pac-12 teams, beating UCLA, USC and Stanford, a first in school history. They also toppled non-conference powerhouse Michigan on the road. The team was the 2014 NCAA FBS football statistical champion for pass sacks.
BYU Heisman Trophy candidate Taysom Hill gave BYU a 13-0 lead over Texas in the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown that ended in a Superman leap into the end zone. The Cougars defeated the Longhorns 41-7 at Texas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 6, 2014.
Deseret News: Ms Softball (2013)
State record for most home runs in one season with 15 (2013)
38-7-1 Record.90 Winning Average (tied for 1st in state),1.60 ERA, 215 Strikeouts, (2012, 2013).
Salt Lake Tribune: UHSAA 2A MVP for Softball (2013)
UHSAA 1st team All-State for Volleyball and Softball (2012, 2013)
73 kills, 416 assists, 295 digs, 68 aces (2012, 2013).
FOOTBALL: Led team to state championship and 13-1 record
49 total touchdowns (26 passing, 18 rushing, 3 receiving, and 2 kickoff returns)
Passing: 1,890 yards passing on 148 completions in 213 attempts (69.5% completion percentage) with 26 TDs and only 6 interceptions
Rushing: 1,264 yards rushing on 136 carries (9.3 yards per carry) for 18 TDs
Receiving: 8 catches for 200 yards (25 yards per catch) and 3 TDs
BASKETBALL: Led team to region championship
Averaging 9.7 points and 4.1 assists per game
Ran an 11.16 100 meters to finish in the top 10 in the state
4 All-American awards.
2nd place at NCAA Championships in Bar
Regional Bar & Vault Champion
1st Team All-Pac-12
Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
Named to six All-American teams: Walter Camp Second Team, Athlon Sports Third Team, CBSSports.com Third Team, Lindy’s Third Team, Phil Steele Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention,
Named to five midseason All-America teams: Yahoo! Sports Midseason First Team, Phil Steele Midseason First Team, SI.com Midseason First Team, NFL.com Midseason First Team, CBSSports.com Midseason First Team
Named to four preseason All-America teams: Phil Steele Preseason, USA Today Preseason, SI.com Preseason, Sporting News Preseason
FBS All-Independent First Team and Defensive Player of the Year
Semifinalist for Chuck Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Lombardi Award, as well as finalist for Senior CLASS Award
Received four player of the week awards in 2013
Had 70 tackles (42 solo) and led the team with 17.5 tackles for loss for 70 yards in 2013
2013 World Ski Champion
2nd Place Overall in the World, World Cup Circuit
8 Podiums on World Cup Circuit – 3 Wins
Won 1st Large Hill (120 meter) Event Ever Held for Women on World Cup Circuit
US National Champion Large Hill Ambassador for Right To Play
Overcame Devastating Knee Injury to Secure spot on the US Olympic Team
Started 26 of 26 regular season games
Scored 4 goals, 2 of them game-winning,6 assists
Took 46 shots, 17 shots on goal
Started 5 of 5 playoff games
Took 9 shots, 3 shots on goal, 1 assist
Helped team to MLS Championship Finals
Won every varsity tournament her team competed in; University of Utah Team Camp, Lone Peak Rocky Mountain Champions Classic, Bingham Claim Jumper Tournament
Region 8 Champions – Undefeated 12-0 with no sets dropped
4A State Champions (no sets dropped at state)
Coach of the Gatorade Player of the Year and 4A MVP – Jessie Jorgensen & All-Valley Players of the Year – Lauryn Dela Cruz
Coach of the Year – Daily Herald
Reached the MLS Cup Title Game
RSL set a club record for goals scored with 57
Western Conference Champions
26 players started a regular season match; deepest squad in MLS
RSL had 6 players with 5 or more goals in regular season
Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando gets down the field with blazing speed to stop Jaime Castrillon’s snap header, then sprawls the other way to tip the rebound away from danger just as it looked like it was about to go in off an RSL player.
Utah stuns #5 Stanford with a last-minute goal-line stand.
Biggest upset at home in school history
Most significant win since joining Pac-12
1st time Utes have beaten a top-5 program at home