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Buffaloes News · Where’s Utah’s Toughest Place to Play? – Presented by VNN


Last month we asked our network to share the places in their state that they thought were the toughest to visit. Nearly 500 stadiums, gyms, pools, and courses were nominated, and now it’s time to crown a winner.

Where’s Utah’s Toughest Place to Play?

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Where’s Utah’s Toughest Place to Play?

Judge Memorial HS Gym – Home of the Judge Memorial Bulldogs
Skyridge HS Field – Home of the Skyridge Falcons
Mountain View HS Field – Home of the Mountain View Bruins
Maple Mountain Stadium – Home of the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles
Springville HS Soccer Field – Home of the Springville Red Devils
Alta HS Soccer Field – Home of the Alta Hawks
Weber HS Soccer Field – Home of the Weber Warriors
Ron Thorne Stadium – Home of the Bingham Miners
Kearns HS Stadium – Home of the Kearns Cougars
Olympus HS Gym – Home of the Olympus Titans
Copper Hills HS Gym – Home of the Copper Hills Grizzlies
Herriman HS Field – Home of the Herriman Mustangs
Lehi HS Stadium – Home of the Lehi Pioneers
Fremont HS Field – Home of the Fremont Silverwolves
Box Elder HS Gym – Home of the Box Elder Bees
Dozier Field – Home of the Park City Miners
Ridgeline Stadium – Home of the Ridgeline Riverhawks
Soldier Hallow Olympic Park Cross Country Course – Home of the Wasatch High Wasps
Wright-Tree Stadium – Home of the Wasatch Wasps

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Winning locations will be entered into our Regional and National Contest to come at a later date!

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Buffaloes News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:


We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on VNNsports.net!

 

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Buffaloes News · Vote: Top Plays from the West – Presented by VNN x Rapid Replay


What State Delivered the Top Play?

California: Mira Mesa High School – Artoym Harr hauls in deep pass
Oregon: Lakeridge High School – Andre Martinez jukes defender for TD
Utah: Bingham High School – Dax Milne’s TD reception

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Special Congratulations to Mira Mesa (CA), Lakeridge (OR), and Bingham (UT) High Schools for representing their states in our weekly poll.

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Buffaloes News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Buffaloes News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Buffaloes News · UHSAA Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN


Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the UHSAA. Feel free to bookmark!

Jul 25: 1A Baseball Begin Practice/Team Selection
Jul 25: 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Boys Golf Begin Practice/Team Selection
Jul 25: 3A, 4A Girls Tennis Begin Practice/Team Selection
Jul 31: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Football Begin Practice/Team Selection (Subject to heat acclimitization rules)
Jul 31: 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Boys Golf First Contest Allowed
Jul 31: 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Girls Soccer Begin Practice/Team Selection
Jul 31: 5A, 6A Girls Tennis Begin Practice/Team Selection
Aug 1: 1A Baseball First Contest Allowed
Aug 1: 3A, 4A Girls Tennis First Contest Allowed
Aug 7: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Volleyball Begin Practice/Team Selection
Aug 7-Aug 20: 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Baseball Moratorium no practices, competitions, meetings or travel
Aug 8: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Cross Country First Contest Allowed
Aug 8: 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Girls Soccer First Contest Allowed
Aug 8: 5A, 6A Girls Tennis First Contest Allowed
Aug 15: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Volleyball First Contest Allowed
Aug 18-Aug 19: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Football Endowment Games
Aug 23: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Football First Contest Allowed Sub-Varsity
Aug 24: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Football First Contest Allowed Varsity

Sep 27-28: 2A Boys Golf State Tournament @ Cedar Ridge in Cedar City
Sep 28-29: 3A Girls Tennis State Championships @ Liberty Park
Sep 28-29: 4A Girls Tennis State Championships @ Liberty Park

Oct 2: 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Swimming Begin Practice/Team Selection
Oct 2-Oct 3: 5A, 6A Boys Golf State Tournament @ 6A at Valley View in Layton | 5A at TalonsCove in Saratoga Springs
Oct 3: 1A Baseball State Tournament Quarterfinals @ Dixie HS
Oct 4-Oct 5: 3A, 4A Boys Golf State Tournament @ 4A at Sky Mountain in Hurricane | 3A at Cove View in Richfield
Oct 4 & Oct 6: 6A Girls Tennis State Tournament @ Liberty Park
Oct 5-Oct 6: 5A Girls Tennis State Tournament @ Liberty Park
Oct 6-Oct 7: 1A Baseball State Tournament @ Utah Valley University
Oct 10: 5A, 6A Girls Soccer State Tournament First Round @ Home Sites
Oct 11: 3A, 4A Girls Soccer State Tournament First Round @ Home Sites
Oct 12: 5A, 6A Girls Soccer State Tournament Quarterfinals @ Home Sites
Oct 13: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Cross Country State Entry Deadline
Oct 14: 2A, 3A, 4A Girls Soccer State Tournament Quarterfinals @ Home Sites
Oct 17: 5A, 6A Girls Soccer State Tournament Semifinals @ Juan Diego HS
Oct 18: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Cross Country State Meet @ Sugar House Park & Highland HS
Oct 20: 5A, 6A Girls Soccer State Tournament Finals @ Rio Tinto Stadium
Oct 20: 2A, 3A, 4A Girls Soccer State Tournament Semifinals @ 2A, 3A at Jordan, 4A at Hillcrest
Oct 21: 2A, 3A, 4A Girls Soccer State Tournament Finals @ Rio Tinto Stadium
Oct 25-Oct 26: 3A, 4A Volleyball State Tournament @ Utah Valley University
Oct 27-Oct 28: 1A, 2A, 3A Football State Tournament Quarterfinals @ Home Sites
Oct 27-Oct 28: 4A, 5A, 6A Football State Tournament First Round @ Home Sites
Oct 27-Oct 28: 1A, 2A Volleyball State Tournament @ Utah Valley University

Nov 2-Nov 4: 5A, 6A Volleyball State Tournament @ Utah Valley University (6A on Thurs, Sat; 5A on Fri, Sat)
Nov 3: 1A Football State Tournament Semifinals @ Weber State University
Nov 3: 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Swimming First Contest Allowed
Nov 3-4: 3A Football State Tournament Semifinals @ Weber State University
Nov 3-Nov 4: 4A, 5A, 6A Football State Tournament Quarterfinals @ Home Sites
Nov 4: 2A Football State Tournament Semifinals @ Weber State University
Nov 9: 5A Football State Tournament Semifinals @ University of Utah
Nov 9-Nov 10: 4A Football State Tournament Semifinals @ TBA
Nov 10: 6A Football State Tournament Semifinals @ University of Utah
Nov 11: 1A, 2A, 3A Football State Tournament Finals @ Southern Utah University
Nov 13-Nov 26: 1A, 2A, 3A Football Moratorium no practices, competitions, meetings or travel
Nov 17: 4A, 5A, 6A Football State Tournament Finals @ University of Utah

 

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Buffaloes News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Buffaloes News · Vote for Utah’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN


Caylyn Ponich – Davis High School: Caylyn shot a 64 at Glen Eagle and set new red tee course record.  Read the full story below:

Davis freshman golfer Caylyn Ponich sets new course record at Glen Eagle in Syracuse

It might feel like the round of a lifetime, but if her family is any indication, there could very well be more to come from Davis High ‘s Caylyn Ponich. The freshman golfer, 15, set a women’s course record by firing an 8-under 64 at Glen Eagle Golf Club in Syracuse during a Region 2 match Wednesday.

 


1b296a55875f0ccc-Heston-Anderson-UVU-pic-600x338Heston Andersen – Spanish Fork High School: Heston Andersen set a new 4A state record at the UVU Invite.  He ran 1:50.26 in the 800 meters to beat the previous record set in 1982 of 1:52.55. He crushed the 35-year-old record by 2 seconds!

Watch the record breaking run here.


Naya Tillitt – Ridgeline High School: Naya is the first boys or girls single’s tennis player from Cache Valley to capture the 3A state title.  After dropping the first set 4-6, she rallied to win the next 12 games 6-0, 6-0.  Read full story below:

Ridgeline’s Tillitt captures 3A title at No. 1 singles

It had been nearly 23 years since a high school tennis player from Cache Valley – girl or boy – had captured a state title in No. 1 singles. That streak came to an end Friday afternoon at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, and it was a freshman who earned a victory for the ages.


Hunter Woodhall – Syracuse High School: Hunter is a double amputee who broke 3 records in the 200, 400, and 4×400 who nearly came from last place to win 5A boys 4×400 even though the baton had been dropped on 2nd leg and would be “DQ”ed. He’s the first double amputee to sign a D1 track scholarship.

4×400 split time 45.64

200m 21.17

400m 46.24


 

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Caylyn Ponich
Heston Andersen
Naya Tillitt
Hunter Woodhall

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Buffaloes News · From the Gym to the Street: Conor McGregor – Presented by Finish Line


Beyond being members of a team as athletes, we’re all individuals. And with that in mind, we’ve partnered with our friends at Finish Line to present a series of videos that show how decorated athletes in sports express their individuality through the clothes they wear.

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Buffaloes News · Event Recap: Week of May 20 – May 26


Saturday, May 20th

Boys Varsity Baseball
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Sunday, May 21st

No event results

Monday, May 22nd

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Tuesday, May 23rd

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Wednesday, May 24th

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Thursday, May 25th

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Friday, May 26th

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