High jump winner
Grantsville’s Jennifer Christensen won the high jump event at the Juab Invitational in a jump-off with teammate Hailey Stevens. The pair were deadlocked at 5-feet-3-inches after completing their jumps. In the jump-off Christensen equalled her personal best by clearing the bar at 5-feet-5-inches while Stevens was unable to top 5-feet-5-inches. Last year, Stevens won the 3A state championship in the high jump at 5-feet-5-inches, and Christensen finished third at 5-feet-3-inches. At the Deseret Peak Invitational Wednesday at Stansbury High School, Christensen won the high jump at 5-feet-4-inches. Stevens did not compete in the high jump. None of the other competitors hit higher than 4-feet-6-inches.
Cowboys beat Scots
The Grantsville baseball team handled Ben Lomond 13-2 on Tuesday. Wyatt Barrus scattered five hits, and knocked a pair of triples in the game. Dallin Williams, Dillon Hutchins and Nick Arbon also had triples in the game as the Cowboys pounded 16 hits. Grantsville will host Delta on Thursday and travel to Ben Lomond Friday.
Bears edge GHS
Bear River came through with a goal in the second half to nip Grantsville 1-0 in soccer on Tuesday at Bear River. The Cowboys (2-2) play at Tooele (0-4) on Friday.
Stansbury downs THS
The Stallions committed zero errors in a 6-1 baseball victory at Tooele on Tuesday. Salt Lake Community College bound Trenton Griffin ran his record to 6-0 on the season for the Stallions. Stansbury had eight hits in the game compared to seven for Tooele, but runs were hard to come by for the Buffaloes. Jacob Petersen belted the only extra-base hit with a double. Stansbury will host Murray Thursday and Tooele on Friday.
Scots edge THS
Tooele picked up a pair of singles victories Wednesday against Ben Lomond, but was unable to pull out a team victory, losing 3-2 to the Scots. Ivan Gonzales won 7-5, 7-5 at first singles and Spencer Hahne won 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 at second singles. Tooele’s third singles and two doubles teams lost their matches.
Four games remaining
The Utah Jazz (24-54) will host Portland (51-28) Friday, play at Denver (34-44) Sunday, host the Lakers (25-53) on Monday and play at Minnesota (39-39) on Wednesday to close out the season.
The Utah Grizzlies wrap up the season this Friday and Saturday with home games against Idaho. The Grizzlies essentially need two wins this week to secure the third spot and control their own destiny in that situation. Utah’s final two games with Idaho will decide the third seed in head-to-head action Friday and Saturday with the other almost assuredly being in the fourth spot in the conference. Utah’s next win will give them 37 wins and their most wins in a season since the 2002-2003 season. If the Grizzlies are able to go unbeaten in three straight games this week, they will tie the fewest home losses in team history.
Love for college football
College football attracted its highest attendance total ever with 50.3 million turning out to watch a home, neutral-site or postseason game in 2013 at the 657 NCAA schools, according to the NCAA. The number represents a 3 percent increase from last year and breaks the mark of 49.7 million set in 2011. The numbers symbolize a phenomenal increase of 163 percent from the 19.1 million fans that the NCAA reported when they first started collecting attendance figures in 1948. The SEC set an all-time record across all conferences of 7.6 million fans in 2013, leading all FBS conferences in average attendance for the 16th consecutive year with 75,674 fans per game.
Watch sage grouse strut
You’ll have to get up early, but if you do, you’ll see something few people have ever seen — male sage grouse strutting and vocalizing on a historic breeding ground.The Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild About Birds Nature Center will sponsor the free field trip on April 19. If you’d like to participate, meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Wild About Birds Nature Center in Layton. From the center, you’ll caravan with other participants to an area near East Canyon Reservoir. “Dress for cool weather and bring your binoculars,” said Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. The Wild About Birds Nature Center is at 1986 N. Hill Field Road.