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GYMNASTICS: Elise Wheeler and Melissa Johnson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast and Specialist of the Week for the second consecutive week after their performances at Sacramento State and San Jose State over the weekend. The award is the second for Wheeler and third consecutive award for Johnson on the season.

Wheeler continued her streak of all-around titles this year, claiming her third and fourth consecutive title of the season, as the senior scored a 39.200 at Sacramento State and a season-high 39.275 at San Jose State. Wheeler also added an individual title on the floor (9.875) at SJSU and individual titles on bars (9.850) and floor (9.800) at Sacramento State.

Johnson continued her streak of consecutive vault titles as the senior scored matching meet-highs of 9.900 on vault at Sacramento State and San Jose State. The marks tied her career high on the event and are tied for the sixth-best marks in school history. The St. Charles, IIl. native has won the vault in each of the four meets for the Thunderbirds this season. Johnson also scored season-highs of 9.775 on bars and matched a career-best 9.825 on beam at Sacramento State to finish tied for fourth and tied for second in each event, respectively.

Southern Utah gymnastics will be back in action on Saturday night when the Thunderbirds host the Kent State Golden Flashes. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

FOOTBALL: The coaching staff will host a signing party Wednesday night to announce its spring 2010 signing class. The first announcement of SUU's class will be made at that time.

SUU signed five junior college players during the early signing period and anticipates adding another 15-to-20 Wednesday on the first day of the official signing period, Thunderbird Coach Ed Lamb said.

The signing party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the Starlight Room, which is located in the Sharwan Smith Center on the SUU campus.