In September, University of Utah senior running back Joe Williams decided to retire from the game of football and get on with his life. A few weeks into retirement he got a call from the coaching staff asking Williams to reconsider his decisions and return to the field after the Utes had lost three running backs to injuries the previous two weeks. At the time he left the team two weeks into the season, Williams explained to his coaches and teammates that all of it had become too much. The football, the stress, the physical ailments. All of it had taken its toll.
Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:57pm
McKenzie Paige Mott was born in Tucson, Ariz. and is a setter on this year’s USU Eastern’s women’s volleyball team. Who like so many of our student athletes has an interesting journey to Eastern, and ultimately almost didn’t come to USU Eastern. If it wasn’t for one coaching change Mott would have never known about the small town of Price.
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:35pm
After three long and intense months, the women’s soccer team retired their cleats for the rest of the year. The Eagles ended the season with a record of 13-3-3 overall and a 7-2-2 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. On Oct. 28, the Eagles made their way to Snow College to compete in the region tournament. Being second seat in the conference, the team had a fair chance of competing for first place. “We never reached our full potential and fell short,” assistant coach Cole Davis said.
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:29pm
Utah State University Eastern’s soccer season came to a close last weekend after both the men’s and women’s team lost in their region semi-final game. “Obviously we [wanted] to take our team to nationals,” said sophomore captain Chandler Fietkau, “but we’ll just have to try harder next year.”
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:24pm
With a big win and two tough home losses, the Eagles finish up their regular season in fourth place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. On Oct. 22, the Eagles traveled to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete against College of Southern Nevada. After losing a starting player, Kayla Newman, in the second game due to an injury, the Eagles had to fight through to pull out the win. Freshman, Sara Morley and sophomore Prim Felatoa stepped up to fill the gap and lead the Eagles to the 3-1 win.
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:18pm
Emily and Alyce Bender are one of two sister duos on the USUE women’s volleyball team this year. Emily and Alyce are both freshman at Eastern, but came her under different circumstances than most student athletes. They enjoy playing with each other and explain the pros and cons of playing a collegiate sport with family.
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:12pm
As I watched BYU lose another close game on Oct. 20, this time to Boise State, I couldn’t help but wonder, what if. What if is something you always seem to be thinking of as a BYU fan, but in this case I was wondering what if Tanner Mangum started all season instead of Taysom Hill. I immediately felt bad for thinking this because of how much Tayson means to not just me, but all BYU fans. But it’s a question that had to be brought up after BYU fell to 4-4 on the season and all their losses are by a combined eight points.
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:09pm
Utah State University Eastern has undergone extensive changes in its athletic department to better the university. A new logo, new colors and new gear are just some changes its made for the better. The coaching staff for the women’s volleyball is another change for the better; getting a new head and assistant coach is just the change that needed to be made to take Eastern’s volleyball team to the next level. Stacy Mortenson was named assistant coach for the Eagles. She is no rookie to the game of volleyball, or to USUE.
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:55pm
From Virginia, to Tennessee, to Arizona and finally Utah, Jaelyn Makenna Olsen hopes to help her volleyball team be the Scenic Western athletic Conference region champions. Olsen, was born Roanoke, Virginia, where she lived until she was 7 when her family moved to Tennessee for her father’s job. Olsen loves playing volleyball, but initially started playing when she was in the 8th grade because she didn’t make the soccer team.
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:46pm
For most of this decade, the Green Bay Packers have been like a tsunami-proof house. They could withstand anything. Even when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone early in the 2013 season, no Packer’s fan gave up. They still have that foundation. They can figure this out. We had the same attitude after Jordy Nelson tore his ACL in the preseason last year. They were able to figure it out and make the playoffs. That same attitude kicked in after the Packers struggled to start the 2016 season. Everyone says, “we’re going to be okay. They’ve been here before. They’ll figure it out.”
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:19pm