SOFTBALL: BYU sophomore catcher/outfielder Lauren Watson has been named Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week.
Watson hit .625 (10-for-16) from the plate to lead all players at the New Mexico State Invitational, which the Cougars won with a 5-0 record. She also hit a home run, three doubles and scored six runs, while knocking in four runs.
BEAN HONORED: University of Utah Director of Sports Medicine Bill Bean has been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame. Bean has headed Utah's athletic training program for the past 26 years.
SOFTBALL: Utah State softball (5-17) was to open its home season with a doubleheader against Southern Utah (11-13) today. The first game started at 2 p.m. at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field.
Southern Utah leads the season series against Utah State, 2-0.
Utah State is off to its best start since the 2000 season and is hitting .222 as a team. Freshman Quela Henderson leads USU at the plate, with a .349 average, the sixth-best in the Big West. She has a five-game hitting streak and has had a hit in 14 of the last 15 games.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Utah State forward Desmond Penigar was named Utah State's Athlete of the Week by a local 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.
CONDITIONING HONORS: Utah State football player Ade Jimoh and heptathlete Katie Farner were recently named to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-America teams.
Jimoh, a senior from Woodland, Calif., started three years for the Aggie football team. In 2002, he recorded 53 total tackles and 1 interception.
TRACK & FIELD: Weber State's Jim Blaisdell was named a Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year after leading his team to a conference title. Weber State's women scored 164.5 points to secure their second-straight title, garnering three gold, five silver and two bronze medals at the conference Championship.