BY MICHAEL CRESSLER Well, that’s a first. The Utah Lions, the state all-star high school rugby program, became the only American team to win the high school division of the Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend. Opening up in pool play, Utah defeated Bermuda HS All-Star team 22-5 in their opening match and then quickly putting away Bingham United 60-0 with Tance Alsup scoring 4 tries in … Continue reading»

Here we are at the holiday break, just a bit past the halfway point, of the state’s top hockey clubs. While the Utah Grizzlies are in a transition year, with a new coach and affiliation, other clubs in the Beehive State are showing their strength. For example, the highest level of junior hockey in Utah continues to see steady improvement. Three years ago the Ogden Mustangs and the … Continue reading»

Utah’s United Rugby Club and Herriman Mustangs RFC were both represented well when USA Rugby invited 113 players to its upcoming Boys High School All Americans Winter Camp. United, the 2013 national club champion, had four players named to the roster: Jesus Arias (6-foot-2, 220-pound prop), Darian Power (5-11, 165 flyhalf), Ben Webber (5-11, 173 center) and Calvin Whiting (6-2, 198 center). Herriman, who defeated United in the … Continue reading»

BYU rugby releases 2014 schedule

PROVO — Today the BYU men’s rugby team released its 2014 schedule, and there is a lot to like. First off, there is the Las Vegas Invitational from Jan. 23-25 that runs concurrent with IRB’s Seven’s World Series. Then there’s the first annual West Coast Cup which feature a home-and-away series with St. Mary’s. The Cougars also mix local battles (Utah Valley, Utah State and the glorious return … Continue reading»

Park City Haggis finish fall season undefeated

BY HUGH BROWN Park City Haggis completed their fall season undefeated in Men’s Club Division II play, finishing 7-0 overall and 5-0 in league play. The latest victory came on Nov. 4 in a home game against the Denver Highlanders. Park City played a sloppy first half filled with poor passes and turnovers, but still led 10-5 at the mid-point. In the second half the Haggis began asserting … Continue reading»

Prep mountain bikers heading to Moab for championship race

MOAB — More than 400 riders are expected here to race on Saturday in the Utah High School Cycling League’s fifth and final race of its second season. The number of mountain bikers has been fairly consistent throughout the season, which started in Corner Canyon in September. They have raced along the Wasatch Front and Back and now it’s time to conquer the Utah mountain biking’s Mecca: Moab. In … Continue reading»

Utah’s top men’s rugby players are making a name for themselves. Four players with local ties were named to the USA Rugby Eagles’ November tour, which will include a match against rugby powerhouse New Zealand on Nov. 9 in Philadelphia. Former Utah football and rugby star — and former Copper Hills assistant football coach — John Cullen was named to the team after joining last month’s Americas Rugby … Continue reading»

MIDWAY — They were the monsters of Midway. Justin Griffin, of Olympus High, and Hayley Batten, of Park City High, each won the boys’ and girls’ Utah High School Cycling League race at Soldier Hollow on Saturday. It was Griffin’s third straight victory, while Batten has won all four UHSCL races. “I was feeling really steady and going as hard as I could on the climbs and made … Continue reading»

MIDWAY — Soldier Hollow will host the fourth of five races of the Utah High School Cycling League on Saturday. Racing starts at 10 a.m. with the varsity girls and ends with the varsity boys at 1:05 p.m. A map of the 5.7 course can be found here. The season concludes with a state championship race in the mountain bike mecca of Moab on Nov. 9.

New cricket club KMA defeats Utah Beehives in 3-game series

The Intermountain Cricket League season may be over, but the cricket continued as new club Khlabali Machaenge Aryans, or KMA for short, defeated the Utah Beehives in a three-game series 2-1. KMA won the first match by catching the Beehives’ impressive 196 score in 19.5 overs in the 20-over match. Kiran led KMA with a 119 in 59 balls while Umesh (from Layton Bashers, playing for the Beehives … Continue reading»