CROSS COUNTRY: Sophomore Dustin Bybee was selected Wednesday as the Mountain West Conference men's cross country athlete of the week. Bybee paced the fourth-ranked Cougars with a first-place finish at the BYU Autumn Classic on Saturday at Cascade Golf Course in Orem. He crossed the finish line in 20:14.50 (four-mile course) as BYU claimed the team title.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Freshman forward Adele Letro has been named to the Soccer America Women's Team of the Week.
The Davis, Calif., native scored two goals to lift the Utes over Purdue and Denver last weekend. She scored the first goal in Utah's 2-1 victory over the Boilermakers on Friday night. She then scored the game-winner against Denver as she volleyed home a cross in the 79th minute to give Utah the 1-0 win.
FOOTBALL: Utah State and The SCOOTER Store are teaming up to offer The SCOOTER Store Mobility Section this season. Fans attending the games in powerchairs, scooters and wheelchairs will be able to watch all five home games in the shade. Seating is limited, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Contact the Utah State Ticket Office at 797-0305 or 1-888-U-STATE-1 for tickets.
SOCCER: Freshman Lacey Christenson and junior Charity Weston helped Utah State soccer break a 10-match winless streak with a 3-1 win against San Francisco on Thursday. The win was the first of the year for the Aggies as they improved to 1-4-2. San Francisco fell to 1-6 with the loss.
"It was nice to get a win today after we have been so close this year," said head coach Heather Cairns. "We had some very special performances today, especially by Lacey and Charity."
USU's three goals were just one shy of its season total (3) coming into Thursday match. The Dons drew first blood as they wasted little time getting on the board with a goal just over three minutes into the match. Lindsea Swisher took a pass from Stephanie Gray at the top of the 18-yard box, dribbled twice and was able to beat Kelli Allred.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The Wolverines will host the LaQuinta Utah Valley State Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday. Besides UVSC, participants will be Idaho State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UC Davis. On Friday, UC Davis and TAMCC will play at 5 p.m., with a UVSC-Idaho State matchup to follow at 7 p.m. On Saturday, matches will begin with Idaho State vs. UC Davis at 11 a.m., followed by UVSC vs. TAMCC, 1:30 p.m.; TAMCC vs. Idaho State, 5 p.m.; UVSC vs. UC Davis, 7:30 p.m.
SOCCER: The Utah Valley State soccer team is allowing all club teams to get into Saturday's home game against SUU for $10 if each team member wears a jersey and presents a roster at the ticket counter. The game starts at 2 p.m.
SOCCER: Linsey McFarland scored two goals and nearly had another as she led Weber State to a 2-1 win over the University of Idaho in the Wildcats' home opener on Thursday.
McFarland, a senior forward from Hooper, opened the scoring early as she deposited a pass from Shelli Gough into the Vandals' net at the 3:50 mark to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead. McFarland and Gough hooked up again 20 minutes and seven seconds later for the 'Cats second goal. Gough fired a perfect cross from the left wing, finding McFarland streaking at the far post. Linsey's header easily beat Idaho goalkeeper Lindsay Smith to put WSU up 2-0. Hayley McCoy also assisted on the goal.
SOCCER: Brooklyn Phillips scored her first goal of the season midway through the second double-overtime period to lift Southern Utah's women's soccer team to a 1-0 triumph over Idaho State Thursday afternoon at the Thunderbird Soccer Field. The victory, SUU's second-straight shutout win, moved the Thunderbirds to 2-1-1, the best start in the program's brief four-plus year history, while the Bengals fell to 2-5-0.
The two teams were locked in a fierce defensive battle through much of the match as the Thunderbirds defense held ISU to just eight shots through regulation. Meanwhile, SUU had its chances early, beginning in the 11th minute as freshman Shaley Ipson made a charge from the left wing and got free from a Bengal defender, but ISU netminder Esther Toronto made a diving stop on Ipson's left-footed shot to keep the Thunderbirds off the board. Overall, SUU had eight shots on goal through the first two periods but could not find the back of the net.
Big Sky Conference
WEB SITE: The Big Sky Conference will re-launch its official Web site — www.bigskyconf.com — on Friday.
Ralph Wallace of College Sporting News, the Big Sky's Web site provider, recently completed the redesign.
Fans will be able to submit questions to Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton, who will answer those questions on his new radio spot "Ask the Commish."
Fans will be able to listen to "Ask the Commish" as well as the 30-minute program "This Week in Big Sky Football." The show is hosted by Salt Lake City radio personality Ryan Hatch. This week's guests are Portland State football coach Tim Walsh, Northern Arizona linebacker Bruce Branch, and Executive Director of I-AA football for the Sports Network, Matt Dougherty.The new site will also feature a new sportsticker, which will allow Big Sky Conference fans to find recent scores quicker.