Leveling the Playing Field: A look at campus resources given to student athletes

by Chelsea Hunter, photos by Jamie Duke  As a red-shirt senior, Taryn Rose knows what it takes to be a successful student athlete, and it’s no cakewalk. This defender balances classes, practice, studying, traveling and exams while working part-time.  “At the beginning … Continue reading Leveling the Playing Field: A look at campus resources given to student athletes

With professional (WNBA?) opportunities on horizon, soon-to-be bride Christensen struggles to balance basketball, faith

Devyn Christensen might just have it all. She is scheduled to get married in early April to Landon Petersen, a finance major expected to graduate after the summer. She will earn a degree from Utah State University in May. She’s also a major college basketball star—one of the best in the nation. Just weeks ago, she became her school’s all-time leading scorer, helping the Aggies in a march toward a possible NCAA Tournament bid. She’s good, in fact, that she may not just play professionally in Europe, but have a crack at the WNBA. The question, however, is if the … Continue reading With professional (WNBA?) opportunities on horizon, soon-to-be bride Christensen struggles to balance basketball, faith

Butterfield’s always been a Cache Valley type, but that doesn’t account for his outrageous energy

When the Utah State men’s basketball team’s season seemed certain to crumble, coaches didn’t ask it of him. His motivation was stirred in a Denver hotel room in mid-January, he could take center stage in salvaging his team’s season.  There was sufficient talent still within the Aggies’ eight-man rotation, after all, to make it worth it. Spencer Butterfield has since emerged from the Mile High City as an all-conference WAC player and a member of the conference’s all-newcomer team. He did it by increasing his scoring average by more than six points and five-and-a-half rebounds per game since then—the highest … Continue reading Butterfield’s always been a Cache Valley type, but that doesn’t account for his outrageous energy

Postseason play shorthanded is nothing new for Stew

Gene Wojciechowski of the Los Angeles Times called them “NCAA’s longest of longshots.” In the 1991 NCAA Tournament’s first round, Montana faced a UNLV team that went undefeated in an NCAA regular season for the first time in 12 seasons. The improbability of the Grizzlies beating the Rebels that year prompted Montana guard Roger Fasting to say that his team was “David’s younger brother,” with UNLV being “Goliath’s dad.” Montana freshman guard Gary Kane said the matchup caused him to see Rebel guard Anderson Hunt, the 1990 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, on pages of his Japanese economics book. On … Continue reading Postseason play shorthanded is nothing new for Stew

Davis expects to nab at least one pick against Louisiana Tech’s prolific Colby Cameron

You might say Willie Davis has been in the zone lately. The most recent example: two weeks ago, Texas State was threatening to tie their contest early against Utah State, on their first possession ever in Romney Stadium. Senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford had completed five passes—and rushed three more times—to bring the Bobcats within seven yards of pay-dirt. Rutherford’s hopes ended moments later, when a lob to the southwest corner of the end zone fell into the arms of USU cornerback Davis—his third interception in as many games. Rutherford and the Bobcats—or Tyler Arndt, who went just 2-of-8 after replacing … Continue reading Davis expects to nab at least one pick against Louisiana Tech’s prolific Colby Cameron