Tooele turned it on in the final two sets to dispatch Bear River 3-1 in volleyball at home Tuesday night. The victory gives the Buffaloes a 1-0 start in region with a game at home Thursday night against Stansbury. After a tight battle through the first two sets the teams were deadlocked at one set apiece. Tooele won the first set 25-22 and Bear River the second set 25-23. Tooele turned up the heat in the final two sets with 25-18 and 25-13 victories. Shaundra Olson came through with seven kills and five aces in the match. Sydnee Simmons recorded eight kills and four blocks. Annie Dalton had five kills and two blocks. Amber Haskell belted six kills and two aces while Kassidie Russell recorded three kills and 28 assists. After Thursday’s home match against the Stallions, Tooele travels to Grantsville for a match against the Cowboys on Tuesday. Tooele coach Kristi Brown said her team had trouble finding its rhythm in the first two sets against the Bears. “In the third and fourth sets we began serving more aggressively and implementing more of our middle hitters with Annie Dalton and Sydnee Simmons. Shaundra Olson contributed with her serving and power on the outside. We have had a couple of injuries the past couple of weeks that made us switch our lineup, and I think we are adjusting to that very well.”
Utah high school football stat keeper-historian George Felt includes Grantsville High School in a list of schools who have jumped out to 5-0 starts this year for the first time in several years. Brighton’s resurgence continues. The Bengals also opened 2012 at 5-0 but haven’t won six to start the season since 2004 when they roared to a 12-0 record before falling in the state semifinals. As a recap, other schools that have not been 5-0 for at least three seasons: Bingham (13-0 in 2010), Davis (started 7-0 in 2010), Grantsville (8-0 in 1992), Pleasant Grove (7-0 in 2009), Richfield (6-0 in 2010) and South Summit (5-0 in 2009). Speaking of South Summit, the Wildcats have won their first five games several times in their 76 seasons. But their best-ever start was 6-0 in 1951 with victories over Wasatch, Morgan, Murray, Judge, Park City and North Summit. South Summit then lost to Tooele, ending its season with a 6-1 region record as every contest was also a league game. Desert Hills, of course, enjoys its best-ever start. Grantsville has posted three shutouts in five games, the most for the Cowboys since 2000 when they whitewashed four during the season. Duchesne has also held three opponents scoreless and allowed just a touchdown to each of the other two. Tooele will play Juan Diego for the first time on Friday in Draper.
The University of Utah will not play on Saturday after beating BYU for the fourth-consecutive time on Sept. 21. BYU and Utah State will both play games Friday night instead of Saturday. The Aggies return to Mountain West Conference action when they play at San Jose State. The game will be televised on ESPN with kickoff at 7 p.m. Utah State has won seven straight conference games dating back to the 2011 season, which is a school record. BYU will host Middle Tennessee State also at 7 p.m. in a game televised on ESPNU. Friday’s game is the first meeting between BYU and Middle Tennessee. Cody Hoffman needs three touchdowns, 367 yards and nine receptions to become the BYU all-time record holder in each of those categories. Weber State will host Sacramento State Saturday at 6 p.m. in a homecoming game.
In preparation for the 2013-14 season, the Utah Jazz will open its training camp on Tuesday at Zion’s Bank Basketball Center, marking the fifth straight season the Jazz will hold camp in Salt Lake City. Training camp will culminate with the Jazz’s annual open scrimmage on Saturday at 4 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena. The free event is open to the public.
Utah’s general water fowl hunt starts on Saturday, Oct. 5. Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says this past spring was a good one for waterfowl in the western United States and Canada. That includes waterfowl in Utah. “In addition to the birds that will migrate through the state, plenty of birds were produced locally,” he said.