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BYU Athletics Blog | April 2015

Cutshall begins third season for NWSL's Sky Blue FC

Apr 20, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 12:58 pm | Updated: April 21, 2015 11:38 am | Permalink

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – In the third year of the National Women’s Soccer League and in her third year as a professional soccer player, former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall is moving into an important position on the backline for Sky Blue FC.

Cutshall has made the transition from the college game to the professional ranks over the past two seasons, going from playing in seven games and starting one to playing in 14 games and starting 11 while scoring three goals on five shots, including two game-winners. So far this year she has started both games as Sky Blue has a win and a draw.

She will be counted on even more this season as fellow defender Christie Rampone and teammate Kelly O’Hara will be leaving for the early and middle part of the season to prepare and play in the Women’s World Cup this summer. Sky Blue FC may be without up to six players who will be on their national team rosters this summer.

While that isn’t uncommon across the league, the threat of losing Sky Blue’s momentum dating back to last season could be a concern.

“We’ve come a long ways,” Cutshall said. “I think we’re definitely progressing in the right direction.”

Sky Blue FC finished the 2014 season on a four-match win streak and are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak dating back to last year. Sky Blue missed the playoffs by one point behind Chicago and Washington.

With her time in the league, Cutshall is now helping along teammates in getting accustomed to the professional game. Sky Blue defender Kristin Grubka, member of Florida State’s national champions last season, credits Cutshall with helping her in getting up to pace and handling the change in moving from college.

Cutshall and Sky Blue FC hope to return to the playoffs, which they qualified for during the 2013 season going 10-6-6. Their next game is Sunday, April 26 at 6 p.m. EDT against the Washington Spirit. Every NWSL game will be streamed on YouTube this season and nationally-televised matches will be announced at a later date.

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Highlights

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Sky Blue FC 2015 Preview

April Baseball Blog

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:52 pm | Updated: April 17, 2015 12:22 pm | Permalink

FIRESIDE IN SAN DIEGO: Last month before upsetting No. 29 San Diego State the night before, BYU baseball held a fireside where coach Mike Littlewood, catchers Jarrett Jarvis and Grant Hodges and first baseman Cole Wilstead all spoke on the theme overcoming adversity.

Wilstead pointed out the story of the apostle Peter losing sight of his goal when he had been walking on the water, then started sinking. Jarvis spoke about his wife's bout with illness, and Hodges spoke on "why me?" as he told of having to come home early from a mission to Utah because of migraine headaches. Among the questions asked by youth in attendance was how BYU players felt about not playing on Sunday.

GRADUATION THIS MONTH: Jeff Barker (economics) and Dillon Robinson (finance) from this season's team are scheduled to graduate this month and Brandon Kinser (geography) is scheduled to graduate in August.  From last year's team, Kelton Caldwell (geography) and Brock Whitney (exercise science) are scheduled to graduate this month and Bret Lopez graduated last December (exercise science).

PRO ASSIGNMENTS: Adam Law, outfielder for the single A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (BYU) and coach Mike Littlewood's son Marcus Littlewood, catcher, Bakersfield Blaze are in the same league in California where the BYU mentor watched them play following the Cougars' games at LMU and Cal State Northridge.

Match the rest of the assignments for former Cougars playing in the pro ranks:

 
Jaycob Brugman, outfielder   AA Mobile Baybears
Matt Carson, outfielder
  A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Taylor Cole, pitcher   Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie, pitcher   AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Jacob Hannemann, outfielder   AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers
Adam Miller, pitcher   AA Midland RockHounds

Answer: Reverse the order of the columns

PROSPECTIVE FOOTBALL TEAM: The Cougar baseball team could field a partial football team with players who had the following positions for their high school teams:
Punters: Paxton Larson and Keaton Cenatiempo
Tight End: Cole Wilstead
Linebacker: Colton Shaver and Dallen Reber
Quarterback: Wyatt Padgett.

Speaking of Shaver, here's a link to an interesting story about him losing a rib in high school due to a blood clot.

MISSION CALLS: James Barker and Paxton Larson are processing mission papers, but have not yet received their calls. The two freshmen are the only Cougars residing in Helaman Halls dormitories.

SPOTLIGHT TRAINER ALEX DAVIS: The Cougar trainer has an extensive playing career as a prep baseball player at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah. An anonymous source says: Alex was the starting shortstop for Utah Hall of Fame coach Jon Hoover. He was also the starting shortstop for the Utah State University baseball club. While at USU he played against Coach Littlewood and his staff when they were at Dixie State. While he was getting his graduate degree at Weber State he was an athletic trainer intern for the Salt Lake Bees and worked on future major league players such as Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos.

TUCKETT TRAVELS: Former BYU athletic director/baseball coach Glen Tuckett continued his travels earlier this month when he attended the funeral of contemporary baseball coach “Bobo” Brayton, 89, of Washington State in Pullman. Tuckett’s record vs. Brayton was 6-5.

Collinsworth named to 2015 All-American #NoLoveTeam

Apr 08, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:33 pm | Permalink

ESPN's Sean Farnham gave love to five guys that he believes don't get enough love by naming a 2015 #NoLoveTeam. Headlining the list is BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth. See what Farnham had to say below:

Returning from a torn ACL suffered in March 2014 in the WCC championship game, Collinsworth came back to tie an NCAA career record in just one season with six -- yes, six -- triple-doubles (tied with Drexel's Michael Anderson and a guy named Shaquille O'Neal). He shot 47 percent from the field while averaging 13.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG and 6.0 APG. This aggressive 6-foot-6 guard did an outstanding job pushing it in the open floor and attacking to score, getting fouled (average of 5.5 free throw attempts per game), or assisting any one of the open shooters that BYU had this past season. This season he gets the #NoLoveTeam All-America nod; next season, he should be on the preseason lists of the top players in the country.

Also included on the list are Duke's Grayson Allen, Boise State's Derrick Marks, Vanderbilt's Damian Jones and Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski. Visit ESPN.com for the complete story.

Traveling to Northern California and ICYMI

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:13 pm | Updated: April 2, 2015 10:33 pm | Permalink

Traveling to Northern California

BYU softball departed Miller Park Thursday en route to Moraga, California, to face Saint Mary's in its first 2015 West Coast Conference series this weekend.

Prior to landing in Oakland, the Cougars flew on a plane that happened to be co-piloted by a former BYU football player.

The plane took off on time, avoiding the 5 p.m. no-fly zone before the President of the United States was set to land in Utah.

Before calling it a night, the team got some batting practice in ahead of tomorrow's game against the Gaels.

ICYMI

The WCC's network, TheW.tv, released a video about the Cougars on the eve of conference play. Watch it here.

Wednesday night the BYU Athletic Department held its annual Y Awards to honor and show appreciation for the athletes. Sydney Broderick was nominated for Female Rookie of the Year and Lacey Hofstedt was up for the Cougar Club Memorial Award.

Later in the evening's program, Hofstedt garnered the "Play of the Year" award for her inside-the-park grand slam against No. 2 Oregon in March 2014, helping to defeat the highest-ranked team to ever come to Provo 6-5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the spirit of April Fools Day, players took the liberty of redecorating head coach Gordon Eakin’s office.

 

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