COLUMN: Passionate fans begat successful teams
There’s a certain feeling an athlete gets before a big game. It’s a blend of nervousness and adrenaline-fueled anticipation, which too often goes misdiagnosed as simply “anxiety.” It begins when cleats are laced up and uniforms are donned, gradually building throughout pregame warmups and eventually peaking about halfway through the national anthem.
Aggies set individual and team records
In its inaugural year in the Mountain West Conference, the Utah State women’s tennis team has raised the bar. The Aggies have set a new school record for team wins in a season at 13. Coming off of a disappointing three-win season last year, USU has exceeded expectations set by many.
Like father, like son
Utah State hires younger Finkbeiner to serve as assistant to head coach
Utah State’s women’s basketball head coach Jerry Finkbeiner will be joined on the bench by his son, Ben Finkbeiner, in the 2014-15 basketball season. The announcement that Ben Finkbeiner would be hired as an assistant coach came on Thursday. Ben Finkbeiner spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Aggies’ in-conference opponent Boise State.
Players that helped themselves in spring ball
There were a lot of questions to be answered going into the spring football season and the spring game. Some players lived up to expectations for open positions and some simply came out of nowhere. “Performances by individuals in the spring game will go a long way in defining roles as we head into the summer,” said head coach Matt Wells before the spring game.
Conclusion of spring season
Offense wins scrimmage on last-second field goal
The Utah State football team concluded its spring season with the annual Blue and White spring game Saturday at Romney Stadium. The game was ultimately won by the offense, or blue team, with a last second, 39-yard field goal by senior placekicker Nick Diaz.
State your case: Which program had a more dominant decade? UCLA MBB or UConn WBB?
UCLA MBB We’re comparing apples to oranges here. But despite that, when you win nine national titles in 10 seasons — including seven consecutive — you can’t really argue against a “decade of dominance.” Include the 88-game winning streak and four undefeated seasons and it is case closed.
Football: Playing Sunday
Aggies announce 2014-15 schedule changes
The Utah State football team’s opening game has been delayed one day from Saturday Aug. 30 to Sunday Aug. 31. It will be the “first known” football game played for the Aggies on a Sunday, according to USU Athletics media relations. The game will be the first time the Aggies play in the iconic Neyland Stadium in Tennessee and the first ever meeting between USU and the University of Tennessee.
Tennis: How sweet it is
Matt and Katie Sweet compete in turnaround season for the Aggies
The Utah State men’s and women’s tennis teams have found a way to hit the sweet spot this year. Although many things have changed since last year, USU has found some consistency between the two teams. Both teams have first-year head coaches, Clancy Shields for the men’s team and Sean McInerney for the women.
A hurting Hurd? How USU students stack up
Some think they make the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum the best home-court in the Mountain West Conference, even ranking them among the top-five best student sections in the nation. Others believe they’re merely fair-weather fans who have lost their once-proud swagger.
Football, men's basketball set new marks
As of the 2013-14 season, both Utah State football and men’s basketball have left their mark on history. A surprising, record-setting year for Aggie fandom has led to a new high for attendance in both venues. According to usustats.com and the recently released 2013 USU football media guide, Romney Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum have both set records for the highest average percentage of attendance in USU history this year.
The best basketball game you won't watch, but should
The Cardinal Rule
76 wins, no losses. That is the combined record of the two teams playing in Tuesday’s NCAA women’s basketball national championship game. Connecticut has gone unblemished through 39 games and Notre Dame through 37. It’s a championship of titans — and it will have less viewership than your average second-round matchup in the men’s NCAA Tournament.
Dogs top 'Cats
It’s a dog eat cat world in Texas. Capping off an improbable NCAA tournament run, the University of Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 Monday in Arlington, Texas. “I said it in the beginning, 18 months ago. The last will be first,” said UConn head coach Kevin Ollie.
Marcel Davis to leave basketball team
Marcel Davis’ father, Rodney Davis, announced last week that his son will leave the Utah State men’s basketball team after this semester. He initially made the announcement on USUfans.com and later confirmed it to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Marcel just felt because he will be graduating a year early he wanted to start medical school as soon as possible and unfortunately USU wasn't an option,” Rodney Davis wrote on the website.
Aggies near conclusion of spring ball
The Utah State football team is entering its final week of spring football. The team held its final public scrimmage on April 4, about a week before the spring game. Five plays into the scrimmage, the offense showed some trickery. Junior receiver Bruce Natson took the ball to the sideline and launched a long touchdown pass.
Men's basketball: Looking back at the Aggies
A rundown of Utah State's tournament history
Utah State and basketball have been synonymous since the first men’s basketball club was formed in 1904. Since then, the Aggies have made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, college basketball’s biggest stage. Of the 20 times USU has been invited to the tournament, the Aggies have totaled six wins and 22 losses, with their deepest run being to the Elite Eight two times — the first in 1939 and second in 1970.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Softball avoids weekend sweep with offensive explosion
After sweeping Colorado State and getting swept by Fresno State in Mountain West play, the Aggies were pounded by San Jose State’s offense in all three games, but Utah State’s offense caught fire Sunday to avoid being swept. The series brought the Aggies to 4-5 in the Mountain West with a 15-20 overall record.
State your case: Who should the Houstan Texans take with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft?
The Houston Texans should draft Johnny Manziel. There are many reasons why this is a suitable choice for their franchise. First of all, the local Manziel will bring fans to a Houston franchise starving for attention. Jersey sales, ticket sales and media coverage will all increase with the drafting of Johnny Football.
Gymnasts conclude successful season under new coach
“Lucky.” That was the first word that came to the mind of Nadalie Walsh when she thought back about the success of her first season as head coach of the Utah State gymnastics team. Walsh came to USU with a vision of building a strong gymnastics program that the school could get behind and be proud of.
Chari Hawkins raises the bar for Aggies
The 2013-14 Utah State track and field team has posted some of the most impressive numbers in its indoor history. The team’s success has led to multiple new school records, but more impressively, nearly all of those record-setting times and jumps came from a single athlete.
NFL hopefuls make final impression
Utah State held its pro day on Tuesday in front of scouts representing 20 teams from the National Football League and one from the Canadian Football League. It was the last chance for the 18 former USU football players performing to make an impression on professional football teams before the NFL Draft.
Senior Paige Jones soars in final season
After four years competing on the Aggie gymnastics team, senior Paige Jones is graduating from USU with a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. “It’s tough,” Jones said. “It’s tough when you do a sport for so many years. I don’t remember my life before gymnastics basically, but it’s definitely time, and to have ended on this season is more than I could have asked for.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Softball swept by Fresno
Despite a strong performance on Sunday, the Utah State softball team was swept in its first Mountain West road series by conference power Fresno State. Game 1: FSU 6 USU 0 Fresno State’s Jill Compton silenced the Aggie bats Friday, throwing a three-hit complete game shutout.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Men's soccer falls to Idaho in first game of spring season
The Utah State men’s soccer team played its first game of the spring season Saturday against BYU-Idaho, suffering a 1-0 loss. “I think it served its purpose,” said senior captain Joseph Burt. “We were able to work in a lot of new guys that we haven’t played with before, and I think that we kind of got a better idea for what system best fits our team.
Taking a swing: staff MLB pre-season picks
There will be 2,430 games, at least 21,870 innings and at least 131,220 outs over the course of the summer. When all of that is done, MLB postseason play will ensue. There will be home runs, strikeouts, walk-offs and maybe even a perfect game or two over the course of the summer.
COLUMN: Billion-dollar B.S.
An aerial view
Throughout all the land, Sir Warren Buffett sought for the bracket that would survive 67 heated matches to perfection. Was there such a bracket to be found? Turmoil and upset during this battle, the Madness of March, left many dead and wounded along the wayside — brackets, that is — and alas, all hope was lost after merely 25 games.
Football: Continuing the tradition
Utah State's experienced group of linebackers looks to excel once again this season
Despite the graduation of a senior leader and a new coach, Utah State’s linebacking corp is reloaded for the 2014 campaign. The USU football team rode its defense past a multitude of injuries and a 1-3 out-of-conference record to an appearance in the inaugural Mountain West championship game and a Poinsettia Bowl victory last season.
State your case: Should MLB's opening day be a national holiday?
As much as we don’t like to admit it, there aren’t many things that are truly “American.” Hot dogs, cowboys, cars, even apple pie did not actually originate in America. One thing that did, however, is baseball. Although the sport’s popularity has diminished because of football, 50 percent of people consider themselves baseball fans.
Gymnastics: Flipping awesome
Aggies headed to Arkansas for regionals
The Utah State gymnastics team will compete at the NCAA Regional Championship for the first time since 2007, the NCAA announced Monday. USU was awarded a No. 5 seed and will compete at the regional championships at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Men's club soccer gears up for first-ever spring season
For the first time in the Utah State men’s soccer team’s history, the group is gearing up for a spring season. The team usually plays strictly in the fall, but it has assembled a five-game spring schedule. “It should be a little different. We have a couple of players leaving and a couple of players coming out just to try it out,” said Matt Cannon, a junior striker on the team and a co-captain.
Men's basketball: Another one
Kyle Davis becomes the latest Aggie basketball player to transfer
Kyle Davis is leaving the Utah State men’s basketball team. The announcement came on Tuesday from head coach Stew Morrill after rumors involving Davis leaving surfaced last Thursday. “Kyle did a good job in his year at Utah State," Morrill said. "We will work hard to fill the opening created by his departure.
Aggie tennis escapes Wildcats' claws
Men record 5-2 over Weber State
The Utah State men's tennis team butted heads with the Weber State Wildcats for the second time this year, duplicating the result on the road with a 5-2 win on Tuesday. “Today wasn’t the best match for us, but we found a way to fight through it,” said Sven Poslusny, first-year assistant coach under head coach Clancy Shields.
Online exclusive: Aggie tennis splits road series
The Utah State men’s tennis team split its weekend road series, winning 4-3 over the nationally ranked Marquette Golden Eagles but falling to Montana 7-0. “I think we were better prepared on Sunday,” said freshman captain Dennis Baumgartner. “We went into the match with a different mentality.
Softball: Johnson spurs Aggie sweep of Colorado State in MWC opener
It was a weekend to remember for the Utah State softball team as the Aggies notched a sweep of Colorado State in their first ever Mountain West Conference series. Game 1: USU 1 CSU 0 (9 innings) Sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson tossed nine scoreless innings and cleanup hitter Paxton Provost hit a walk-off single to give the Aggies a 1-0 win in USU’s inaugural Mountain West Conference game.
Aggies search for female members and prepare for tournament play
Utah State’s racquetball team is looking for new recruits. “We’re trying to get a lot of the recreational players together,” said Josh Greenwell, captain of the Aggie racquetball team. “We want to make them aware that there is a racquetball club here on campus that they can potentially become involved with.
COLUMN: March Madness is beautiful
Livin' the Dream
There were 52 games which resulted in 16 teams remaining in the hunt for a national title and 52 others left mourning what could have been. More than 20 million total brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, CBS Sports Tournament and the Yahoo Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.
COLUMN: The sky is not falling
The Cardinal Rule
Rumor has it that Kyle Davis is leaving the men’s basketball program. If he does, he will be the eighth player from the 2013-14 season who will not be on the roster come next winter. The program announced last week that Jordan Stone and Danny Berger have left, and coupled with the departure of five seniors — Jarred Shaw, Spencer Butterfield, Preston Medlin, Tenale Roland and Sean Harris — the Aggies will have a very different look next season.
Football: The long road back
Keeton nears return
Spring is always eagerly awaited in Logan for the passing of snow and the re-emergence of the sun. This year, however, there is a buzz around the beginning of spring football for the Aggies. The Aggies have won two-straight bowl games for the first time in program history and did so without star quarterback Chuckie Keeton last season.
Cabrera: Baseball ace bringing the heat
Just as Canada is synonymous with hockey, the Dominican Republic is with baseball. Luckily for the Utah State club baseball team, it has a Dominican on its side and his name is Sixto Cabrera. Growing up in the Dominican Republic — or the D.R., as some call it — kids all over the country live and breathe baseball.
Counting K's: Softball's Johnson mowing down opponents
Ace. Workhorse. Stellar. Those are just some of the words used to describe Utah State softball pitcher Noelle Johnson this season. Although she is just a sophomore, the Aggie softball team has leaned on her like a seasoned veteran throughout the year.