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Photo album from Relay for Life

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:47 am | Permalink

The BYU basketball coaching staff participated in Relay for Life 2012 at Provo High School last week. Relay for Life is the biggest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and is held in cities throughout the world. BYU Photo was there to capture some of the action. Check out the album on BYU basketball's facebook page.

College Sports Maddness - Preseason All-America List

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 8:58 am | Permalink

College Sports Madness (CSM), an online sports destination that recently added women's soccer to its repertoire, has released its 2012 Preseason All-Americans and included BYU senior Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall to its First Team. Cutshall was also added to CSM's Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team earlier this month. 

Ctushall netted four goals and took 20 shots last season while anchoring a BYU women's soccer defense that allowed just 16 goals all season.

Below is a full list of CSM's Preseason All-American winners. 

First Team Second Team
Christine Exeter, Louisville Becca Wann, Richmond
Maya Hayes, Penn State Colleen Williams, Dayton
Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford Nadia Link, Long Beach St.
Katie Stengel, Wake Forest Tiffany McCarty, Florida St.
Amber Brooks, North Carolina Morgan Brian, Virginia
Julie Johnston, Santa Clara Mallory Schaffer, William & Mary
Kristen Mewis, Boston College Christabel Oduro, Memphis
Kaitlyn Kerr, Duke Erika Tymrak, Florida
Alina Garciamendez, Stanford Michelle Pao, Pepperdine
Natasha Ansai, Duke Kassey Kallman, Florida State
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina Ines Jaurena, Florida State
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State Aubrey Bledsoe, Wake Forest
Third Team Fourth Team
Micaela Capelle, Portland Kelly Cobb, Duke
Caroline Miller, Virginia Natalia Ledezma, UC Irvine
Kelsey Haycock, La Salle Kate Schwindel, West Virginia
Tishia Jewell, UCF Kate Howart, Miami (FL)
Samantha Mewis, UCLA Domenica Hodak, Maryland
Christine Narin, Penn State Renee Washington, La Salle
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois Caitlin Alves, Hartford
Mandy Laddish, Notre Dame Jenna Richmond, UCLA
Cassie Dickerson, Kansas Bry McCarthy, West Virginia
Carson Michalowski, Oklahoma St. Marissa Diggs, UCF
Kathryn Williamson, Florida Alex Balcer, Long Beach State
Ally Miller, Marquette Rachel lenz, Texas A&M
Erin Quinlan, Hartford Emily Oliver, Stanford

Meet the No. 1's

Aug 14, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:49 pm | Updated: August 14, 2012 2:20 pm | Permalink

Here's the start of a series of Q&A's with players on the team. We'll start with the No. 1's and work our way down the roster throughout the season. 

No. 1 Joe Sampson, Sr., DB, Oakland, CA

Q: Why did you pick to come to BYU?
A: The environment, the fans, the people. It’s a great place.

Q: If you could have one talent what would it be?
A: Golf. Golfers make a lot of money. I’ve only golfed one time. My favorite golfer is Tiger Woods.

Q: Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
A: Kyle Van Noy is probably the funniest guy on the team. He’s the funniest talking, anyway. Just listening to him talk makes everybody laugh.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your position?
A: Knowing that I have control over the whole defense. Basically, I’m the quarterback on defense.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I’d play running back. That’s what I use to play in high school. They won’t let me go both ways now, but I’m still trying to get my carries.

No. 1 Ross Apo, So., WR, Arlington, TX

Q: One thing about coach Mendenhall that has influenced you?
A: The one thing about coach that has influenced me is how humble he is.

Q: What’s the most interest thing about yourself?
A: I’m super clean and neat.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I would play quarterback because they touch the ball on every play.

Q: What Olympic sport would you be good at and why?
A: I would do the long jump because I can jump pretty far and high.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your hometown?
A: My favorite part of Dallas is the food, specifically anything fried.

2012 BYU Football Almanac now online

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:05 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans can now check out the online version of the 2012 BYU Football Almanac. The online version features an index to pages with the most up to date information about the 2012 squad including bios on coaches and players, team facts and other interesting information on BYU football. Look for it on the BYU football page on under Football Quick Links, or under the Info tab on the menu at the top of the football home page.

Also available for download is the PDF version of the 2012 Football Almanac printed for BYU Football Media Day on June 27. Download the PDF here. You can also find the PDF version under the Info tab at the top of the football home page.

For the must up to date information on the 2012 team, visit the 2012 online BYU Football Almanac.

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall on Hermann Trophy Watch List

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 1:12 pm | Updated: August 15, 2012 8:33 am | Permalink

Forty-two men and 38 women have been identified as players to follow this season, as these individuals have been named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch Lists for 2012. Included on that list is BYU women's soccer defender Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall

The MAC Herman Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

This is the second-straight year Cuthshall has been named to the Watch List. 

Cutshall is a two-time NSCAA All-American as BYU's anchor defender that helped to allow just 16 goals from opponents last season. In 2011, Cutshall netted four goals and took 20 shots. 

Each list will be narrowed down by NSCAA members from Division I programs to 15 semifinalists by November 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices and the finalists will be announced December 6. The winners will be announced at the awards’ banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 11.

Fellow WCC opponent Julie Johnston from Santa Clara joins Cutshall on the 38-person women's list. 

College Sports Madness Honors BYU

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:30 am | Updated: August 15, 2012 8:32 am | Permalink

College Sports Madness (CSM), an online sports destination that recently added women's soccer to its repertoire, has awarded three members of the BYU women's soccer team with preseason awards.

In their West Coast Conference preview, CSM named seniors Carlee Payne Holmoe and Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall as a part of their Preseason All-WCC First Team. On their Second Team, they included junior Rachel Manning. Below is a full list of the award winners.

College Sports Madness Preseason All-WCC Teams
First Team Second Team
Micaela Capelle, Portland Kaila Cameli, Portland
Sofia Huera, Santa Clara Emily Dillon, San Diego
Lynn Williams, Pepperdine Emma Dolcetti, Gonzaga
Carlee Payne Holmoe, BYU Anisa Guajardo, Pepperdine
Christina Moberg, San Francisco Danielle Weatherholt, Santa Clara
Mariah Butera, San Diego Caroline Kruez, Saint Mary's
Julie Johnston, Santa Clara Rachel Manning, BYU
Ellie Rice, Santa Clara Meleana Shim, Santa Clara
Michelle Pao, Pepperdine Meghan O'Rourke, San Diego
Kelsea Smith, Pepperdine Kendall Johnson, Portland
Etajha Gilmer, Loyola Marymount Dani Russell, San Diego
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU Kristin DeGrandmont, Pepperdine
Roxanne Barker, Pepperdine Molly Mettler, Santa Clara
Offensive Player of the Year Julie Johnston, Santa Clara
Freshman of the Year Danielle Weatherholt, Santa Clara
Defensive Player of the Year Roxanne Barker, Pepperdine
Coach of the Year Tim Ward, Pepperdine

LaVell Edwards Stadium video display coming along

Aug 10, 2012 - Posted by at 7:47 am | Updated: August 10, 2012 7:51 am | Permalink

Fans attending the BYU fall football scrimmage Thursday got a sneak peak of the new video display system at LaVell Edwards Stadium. 

The state-of-the-art ANC Sports Enterprises video display system includes 16mm surface mount LED video screens, each measuring 35 feet high by 50 feet wide. In addition, approximately 210 feet of LED ribbon flank both sides of each scoreboard, running across the top of the north and south end zones.

ANC is spearheading the engineering, manufacturing and installation of the LED display system. Driven by the VisionSOFT™ operating system, the new display system will be capable of synchronizing together as one theme or segmenting into different elements to provide fans with various information and entertainment content.

The video system will be in place for the 2012 season kickoff versus Washington State on Aug. 30 at 8:15 p.m.

Links to LaVell Edwards Stadium scoreboard webcams

Aug 09, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:52 pm | Updated: August 13, 2012 5:48 pm | Permalink

BYU recently set up a couple of webcams in LaVell Edwards Stadium to help in monitoring the installation progress of the new high-definition video wall displays. We thought Cougar Nation might be interested in a sneak peek. Here are the links… (south scoreboard) (north scoreboard)

A special thanks to ANC Sports Enterprises for its technical expertise and to Nu Skin Enterprises for it generous sponsorship of the new LED screens.

The host site has a limited viewer capacity, so if the feed doesn't load, please check back later. Also, please don't leave the page open for long periods of time, as this jams the system and prevents others from viewing.

For more information on the new displays, read the official release.

Thursday's Heroes, football team enjoy reunion

Aug 08, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:42 pm | Updated: August 8, 2012 5:45 pm | Permalink

Fifty-one different Thursday's Heroes gathered with their families and the BYU football team on Tuesday night for a reunion on the football practice fields. The approximately 500 people in attendance enjoyed a nice dinner and entertainment while catching up with each other. 

Every week during the football season, an individual or a family with special needs is identified and invited to attend a team practice. At the conclusion of the practice, “Thursday’s Hero” is introduced to Bronco Mendenhall and recognized by the team members in an informal ceremony that is always emotional and fulfilling; indeed Coach Mendenhall and the players are as strengthened and encouraged as the people they honor on a weekly basis. 

Check out below several photos from the reunion.

US Men's Volleyball Falls in Olympic Quarterfinals

Aug 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:32 pm | Permalink

After clinching the top seed in the tournament at the London Olympics, the defending champion U.S. men’s volleyball fell to Italy in straight sets in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Former Cougars Rich Lambourne and Russell Holmes are members of the U.S. team. Lambourne and Holmes started at their respective positions of libero and middle blocker throughout their team's tournament run. 

Team USA reached the quarterfinals after topping Tunisia 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 Monday.

The fifth-ranked U.S. men weren’t considered among the medal favorites at the London Games, but they claimed silver in the recent World League tournament before opening the Olympics with dominate straight-set victories over Serbia and Germany.

The U.S. was in control for most of the first set and earned three set points at 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25. But Italy saved all three times as the Americans failed to dig out the Italian kills, then served an ace directly on the back line to claim the set 28-26.

Team USA never seemed to recover, falling behind by four-plus points in both subsequent sets and failing to seriously challenge down the stretch of either.

Since winning back-to-back golds in 1984 and 1988 and a bronze in 1992, Team USA will now go home without a medal for the fourth time in five Olympics.