The Tooele County Friends of NRA will hold their annual banquet and auction on April 19 at the Eagle’s Nest. Doors open at 5 p.m. Pre-event drawing tickets and gun table packages are available. Prime rib dinner will be served. Drawings, games, silent and live auctions raise funds to support national, state and local shooting sports and firearm safety programs. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Patty Bullock at 435-840-0760, Michael Harrison at 801-448-2549 or David Gumucio at 435-830-3337. You may also purchase tickets online at www.friendsofnra.org. We encourage advanced ticket purchase as seating is limited.
Grantsville youth baseball is looking for umpires for the 2013 season. Season starts April 13 and ends June 6. Ages involved are 6-12. The first game is a Saturday, and the rest of the games will be during the week. Email: email@example.com if interested.
The Grantsville softball team lost Tuesday to Copper Hills 4-2. Cowboys’ pitcher Teagan Critchlow was charged with the loss in the circle. The Cowboys had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Copper Hills picked up a run to even the score. Copper Hills then scored in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away for the win. Grantsville next plays Wednesday against Stansbury in a battle for first place in the region. That game starts at 3:30 p.m.
BYU loses to Baylor at NIT
The Cougars made things interesting near the end with three consecutive 3-pointers by Matt Carlino late, but the Baylor Bears won in the first game of the National Invitation Tournament semifinal. Carlino’s third 3-pointer came with 38 seconds remaining in the game that bounced on the rim a few times before finally going in. That made the score 71-68 in favor of the Bears. However, BYU couldn’t make enough shots to match Baylor’s free-throw shooting and were eliminated. Tyler Haws scored 25 points, and Carlino added 19 on 5-of-15 shooting from 3-point range. BYU finishes the season with a record of 24-12 after the loss to Baylor.
East Carolina defeated Weber State in the championship of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on a last-second shot 77-74. The Pirates’ Akeem Richmond nailed the 3-pointer as time expired to win the CIT Championship on the road in Ogden. Weber State’s Davion Berry hit a free throw with 21 seconds remaining to tie the game at 74. The Wildcats had a 71-65 lead with 2:55 to go in the game, but the Pirates chipped away to eventually take the lead in the final minute. Even with the loss, Weber State finished the year with 30 wins at 30-7. ECU’s Maurice Kemp earned the Most Valuable Player award for the CIT Tournament.
Playoff hockey comes to Utah, as the Grizzlies host Games 3 and 4 of their ECHL playoff series against the Ontario Reign of Ontario, Calif. The games take place Friday and Saturday with the Reign leading the series 2-0 after the first two games. The Reign picked up a 7-2 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday to extend the series lead. The Grizzlies have to win at least one game to force the series back to California. If they lose both games, then the season is over. Both games this weekend start at 7 p.m. and take place at the Maverik Center.
Rowdy Friends wins
There are upsets; and then there are upsets.The Rowdy Friends Racing team ran a superb race on Sunday to claim the first division crown of the 2013 Cutter and Chariot Racing World Championships at the Weber County Fairgrounds track. Guided by Brent Young, Rowdy Friends Racing, out of the Tooele Valley Association, ran in 22.62 seconds to edge Vane Race (22.73) and Don and Ryan (22.79) on a sun-splashed day at the race track. “The Rowdy Friends Racing team said they would have to run the best they possibly could, and they went out and did it,” said Ron Surrage, president of the WCC&CRA. “You just can’t make any mistakes on this stage.” The chariot racing team from Erda always has been a fierce competitor in Utah races, but this is their biggest win. They finished first in the third division once at the Utah State Championships and second place once in the third division at the World Championships.