Russell earns honors
Philip Russell, former Tooele High School athlete and educator in the Ogden School District for 42 years, will be inducted into the Utah Sports Foundation Coaches Hall of Honor Tuesday, March 19 at South Towne Expo Center. Russell is being honored for outstanding success in athletics, and influencing for good the young people under his tutelage, and who led by example in promoting dedication, hard work, character developing and leadership. Russell worked 38 years as the coach of the Ogden High School girls basketball team. He won five state championships and 10 region championships. Russell compiled 500 career wins and coached five high school All-Americans. The new gym at Ogden High School was named after Coach Phil Russell on Feb. 11, 2011.
Bountiful defeated Grantsville 3-2 in tennis Thursday on the Grantsville courts. The Cowboys needed to come from behind to pick up two victories at third singles and first doubles. Dallin Dalton posted a victory at third singles winning 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Tanner Elsholz and Tyler Colson teamed up to win the first doubles match 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. Grantsville also was competitive at first and second singles. Top GHS singles player Braden Sandberg lost 3-6, 3-6, and No. 2 singles Devin Orgill lost 3-6, 1-6. Jacob May and Lane Sutton dropped the second doubles match 1-6, 2-6. Matthew Waldron won a junior varsity match 8-3 while Hunter Anderson and Tytan Thurgood battled to an 8-9 (5-7) loss in JV doubles.
TC Predators 12U baseball team has a couple openings on the team roster. Open tryouts will be held Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Predator Sports on the Industrial Depot. Those with questions call (435)496-0972
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: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Jazz sign Travis Leslie
The Utah Jazz announced Sunday that the team has signed guard Travis Leslie of the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors to a 10-day contract, marking the NBA’s 24th D-League Call-Up of the 2012-13 season. A 2013 NBA D-League All-Star selection, the 6-4, 205-pound guard averaged 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting .511 from the field through 28 games (24 starts) for Santa Cruz this season. Leslie was also named the D-League All-Star Game’s MVP after finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Prospect team during the February 14 event as part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston. Originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round (47th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft, Leslie appeared in 10 games as a reserve for the Clippers during the 2011-12 season, averaging 1.4 points in 4.5 minutes of play. Leslie was also twice assigned to the Clippers’ D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam, where he appeared in 10 games (three starts) and averaged 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes. Leslie attended 2012-13 training camp with the Clippers, but was waived prior to the start of the season. The 22-year-old native of Decatur, Ga., played three collegiate seasons at the University of Georgia (2008-11), averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 90 career games. Leslie was named Second Team All-SEC following a successful junior season (2010-11) that saw him average 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, ranking second in the SEC in offensive rebounding average (3.2). Leslie becomes the ninth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04), Louis Amundson (2006-07), Sundiata Gaines (2009-10), Othyus Jeffers (2009-10), Marcus Cousin (2010-11), Kyle Weaver (2010-11) and Blake Ahearn (2011-12).
The Utah Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak Monday night with a 103-90 victory over Detroit Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Mo Williams scored 20 points and Al Jefferson had 16. Jefferson grabbed 10 rebounds with Derrick Favors grabbing eight boards and Enes Kanter eight boards. Utah and the LA Lakers are tied for eighth place in the Western Conference each with 33-31 records. The Jazz (33-31) host OKC Thunder (47-17) Wednesday at 6 p.m.