Region 18 tournament
No. 1 seed Wendover will host no. 5 seed West Desert Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Region 18 boys basketball tournament. In the same bracket, No. 3 seed Dugway will play at No. 2 seed West Ridge Academy also at 6 p.m. The tournament will continue on Friday and Saturday at West Ridge Academy. If Dugway and Wendover both win, they will play at 5 p.m. on Friday. In the top bracket on Thursday, No. 4 seed Telos plays at No. 1 seed St. Joseph, and No. 3 seed ICS plays at Tintic. Each team plays three games to determine seeding for the state tournament. The top three finishers are locks for the state tournament, which runs March 5-8 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. The fourth- through seventh-place teams would need to win play-in games to make it to the state tourney.
Umpires are needed for the Tooele County Girls Softball League. No experience needed. For more information please call Joe at 435-849-6184 or Erica 435-840-3369.
Seven Jazz players scored in double figures Wednesday night in a 109-86 thumping of the Phoenix Suns (33-24). Gordon Hayward and Richard Jefferson scored 17 points apiece with Alec Burks, Diante Garrett scoring 15 points each. Jeremy Evans scored 11 and Trey Burke added 10 points. Hayward cleaned the glass with 10 defensive rebounds. The Jazz (21-36) head out on a five-game eastern road trip that starts at Cleveland on Friday, at Indiana on Sunday and at Milwaukee on Monday.
The University of Utah (18-9, 7-8) closes out the regular season at home Saturday against the Colorado Buffaloes (20-8, 9-6). Utah has won 20 of its last 23 games at the Huntsman Center dating back to last season. The Utes have won 17 of their 19 games this season at home and are beating teams by an average of 21.6 points per contest — they have not lost a home game in regulation. Utah is sixth in the nation shooting 49.8 percent from the field and Delon Wright leads the Pac-12, and ranks 12th nationally, at 59.8 percent. Utah will honor Renan Lenz and Xan Ricketts prior to Saturday’s contest as they play in their final regular-season home game at the Huntsman Center. The Utes have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these two squads in Salt Lake City.
BYU (20-10, 12-5) plays at San Diego (16-14, 7-10) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale for both teams. A Cougar win would lock up the No. 2 seed in the WCC Tournament. BYU needs a win on Saturday and two Gonzaga losses this week to claim the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Saturday’s game will be televised live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain. BYU leads the series 7-2.
Utah State had No. 25 New Mexico on the ropes and on the verge of the possible upset, but the Lobos bounced back with a late run to overtake the Aggies 67-58 Tuesday night in a hard fought Mountain West men’s basketball battle at The Pit/Bob King Court. USU falls to 15-13 overall and 5-11 in Mountain West action. The Aggies play at San Jose State (7-20, 1-14) on Saturday at 6 p.m. on ROOT Sports.
Big game permits
Time is running out to submit your application to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. Applications to hunt big game — including deer — are due through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on March 6. Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, shares an important piece of advice: Apply before the last day of the application period. “Thousands of hunters wait until the last day to apply,” Tutorow says. “Receiving that much traffic — in such a short period of time — slows our website and the entire application process down.” Hunters can apply for a permit at wildlife.utah.gov. Everything you need to know to apply for a permit is available in the 2014 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook. You can get the free guidebook at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks, at DWR offices and from more than 300 hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.