BASKETBALL: Desmond Penigar was named Utah State's Athlete of the Week on Monday by a media panel. Penigar, a senior from Upland, Calif., led 15th-seeded Utah State with 25 points and nine rebounds in its near upset of second-seeded Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He also led the Aggies with three steals and one block as the Jayhawks narrowly defeated the Aggies 64-61.
BASEBALL: BYU junior righthander Paul Jacinto and New Mexico senior infielder Dusty Young are the Mountain West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. This is the second weekly honor for Young and the first for Jacinto. Jacinto, from Encinitas, Calif., was victorious in his only appearance on the week, as the Cougars downed UNLV, 3-1. He took a perfect game into the fifth inning before walking a batter.
Young, from Albuquerque. (Manzano HS), went 7-for-13 from the plate last week as the Lobos won two of three at Utah.
TENNIS: The BYU men's tennis team was unable to handle No. 5 Cal-Berkeley on Monday, losing to the Bears 7-0. The loss dropped the Cougars to a 7-4 record on the season, while Cal improved to 12-1. The Cougars continue their road trip on Wednesday when they face No. 8 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
TRACK AND FIELD: The Utah outdoor track and field team kicked off the outdoor season Saturday at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
Leading the way for the women were Nellie Hammons in the 800 meters (2:10.81), Katie Decker, second in high jump, Jen Jackman in the 400 hurdles (1:01.36) and Elise Greenwood. third in the 5,000-meter run (17:50.76).
On the men's side, Jeff Davidson led the team by placing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9:13.42 was a personal record and ranks seventh on Utah's all-time list. Colby Frazier placed third in the 1,500-meter run and seventh in the 800-meter run.
BASEBALL: Southern Utah's Matt Shepherd was named Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after his performance in a win over Northwest Nazarene last week.
Shepherd (6-1, 190) of Taylorsville, threw seven innings of shutout ball in the second game of Friday's doubleheader, scattering five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He also induced nine groundball outs and three double-play balls in SUU's 12-1 victory.
SUU continued its 11-game homestand Tuesday with a doubleheader against in-state rival Brigham Young.