BASEBALL: League-leading BYU plays at pre-season favorite San Diego State in a three-game baseball series beginning Thursday. The Cougars, 10-9 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference, play games at 6 p.m. PST on Thursday, Friday and Saturday against San Diego State, 9-7 and 0-0.
WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: For the first time this season, the BYU women's gymnastics team will compete on back-to-back nights as they travel to Utah State on Friday, then host Stanford and Southern Utah on Saturday.
MEN'S TENNIS: After four consecutive home meets, the BYU men's tennis team will take to the road this week to head to Boise to compete with Southern Mississippi on Friday and Drake University on Saturday.
GYMNASTICS: Ute gymnasts Shannon Bowles and Theresa Kulikowski are tied for No. 1 in the nation on the balance beam in the latest rankings, released Monday. Bowles, No. 1 for the second straight week, shares the top spot this week with Kulikowski, each with a regional qualifying score of 9.930. Utah remained No. 3 in the national rankings as a team for a fifth straight week and is ranked No. 1 on the beam and No. 2 on bars and floor. Utah is ranked seventh on vault. Kulikowski is ranked No. 2 nationally on bars, Deidra Graham is No. 4 in the all-around and Veronique Leclerc is No. 5 on vault.
GYMNASTICS: Utah State University's gymnastics team, 5-8 and ranking 34th in the NCAA, hosts its final home meet of the 2001 season Friday when 21st-ranked Brigham Young (8-2, 194.890 RQS) travels to the Smith Spectrum at 7.
BYU's only losses of the season are to No. 3-ranked Utah and No. 4 Stanford. The Cougars hold a 43-36-1 all-time advantage over the Aggies. This is the first meeting of the two in-state rivals this season. During the 2000 season the teams split, Utah State defeating BYU 195.550-195.450 in Logan, and the Cougars handing USU a 195.600-194.250 loss in Provo.
The Cougars will host the Aggies next week on March 16 at the Marriott Center.
BASEBALL: Nationally ranked Nebraska hit nine home runs, including four by Dan Johnson, en route to a doubleheader sweep over Southern Utah's baseball team Tuesday afternoon in Cedar City. The Huskers outslugged the Thunderbirds 18-6 in the opener and rallied with a four-run ninth inning to take the finale 12-9.
TRACK & FIELD: Senior distance runner Curtis Moore will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this Friday to compete in the men's 5000-meters at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. The race will begin at 8:00 p.m. (CST), at the Tyson Track Center on the UA campus.
Moore (6-3, Riverton, Utah/Bingham HS) ran the 15th-fastest time in the nation in the 5,000-m with a school-record mark of 14:07.20 (altitude adjusted) at the Idaho State hosted Mountain State Games in Pocatello Feb. 2. Moore is also the two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference champion in that event.
FRONTIER CONFERENCE: Frontier Conference officials recently announced Westminster College's Mitch Montgomery as the Frontier Conference most valuable player along with coach Tommy Connor as coach of the year. Brad Willden also made the All-Conference first team and Matt Sparrow and Dave Nielsen were listed as honorable mention.
Montgomery led the Griffins averaging 22.7 points, 4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 82 percent from the line. Willden contributed with 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and averaged 51 percent from the field. Sparrow and Nielsen combined for 22 points and 10 rebounds per contest.
Westminster's women's team had players receiving accolades for their seasons. Rebekah Steenblik was name to the All-Conference first team and was the only freshman receiving all-conference honors. Senior Shari Kelsh also earned honorable mention recognition. Steenblik averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game and Kelsh averaged 10 points per game and led the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.