SKIING: Utah freshman Casey Simons has made some noise outside of the collegiate world, winning the 1-km freestyle sprint event at the U.S. Cross Country Junior Olympic Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. The nordic skier qualified for the 18-19 age group sprint elimination round after a fourth-place finish (2:03.42) in the qualifying round.
BASEBALL: Rallying twice in the final two innings, BYU mounted a 5-4 comeback win over Portland on Friday at the Pepsi-Johnny Quik Classic. The Cougars (10-15) scored three runs in the eighth inning to pull ahead of the Pilots, 4-2. After Portland (3-12) tied the game in the top of the ninth, Kory Knell singled in Wade Vest for the walk-off win, BYU's season high sixth straight victory.
Knell finished the day 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. He also doubled to knock in Ryan Chambers in the eighth inning, tying the game at 2-2 and opening the door for the Cougars' comeback.
For the second time this week and third time this year, junior catcher Casey Cloward homered, giving BYU its first run in the fifth inning. Cloward finished 2-for-4. Chambers hit his third triple in as many days and also finished 2-for-4. Ranger Wiens led BYU with three hits, finishing 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
TENNIS: Southern Utah's Kim Beynon has been named this week's Mid-Continent Conference women's tennis athlete of the week. Beynon, a junior from Johannesburgh, South Africa, started her spring season off strong, winning all three of her singles matches last weekend and losing just one set along the way.
GYMNASTICS: Freshman Alex Martin has been named the Western Gymnastics Conference athlete of the week after scoring two solid all-around scores last week. Martin scored a 39.2 against California in Logan then added a 39.325 against Cal State Fullerton.
SOFTBALL: Utah State's softball team scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning en route to its first win of the season, a 3-2 decision against St. Mary's, in the first game of the Nevada Tournament Friday in Reno. The Aggies are 1-8 on the year, while St. Mary's fell to 5-11. Aggie pitcher Leslie Higley allowed just two hits through the first five innings and scattered five hits throughout the game in getting the victory.
MEN'S TENNIS: Hungsoon Park recorded the lone singles win for Utah State as the Aggies lost 6-1 at UC Santa Barbara on Friday. The Aggies fell to 7-8 and finished their California road trip 1-2 mark.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Weber State improved to 2-0 in Big Sky play with a 7-0 win over Montana State on Friday in Ogden. Weber State has won three straight matches and five of its last six to improve to 6-5 overall. The 'Cats won all six singles matches and two doubles matches.