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Baseball season starts next month

Jan 18, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:22 pm | Updated: January 22, 2013 9:20 am | Permalink

A year ago four members of BYU’s current baseball team were serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They are Jacob Hannemann (Arkansas), Andy Isom (Brazil), Cody Shepherd (Brazil) and Derek Speigner  (Salt Lake City).

This year among the several BYU baseball players currently serving missions are Tanner Chauncey, Kolton Mahoney and Mason Marshall.  Recently contact was made with their parents, but before giving further details about their missions, return to the aforementioned Hannemann and Speigner.

DOUBLE DOUBLE: Hannemann, who was selected in the 48th round of the 2010 Major League draft by the Kansas City Royals, is penciled in as one of BYU’s starting outfielders this season.  Last month, Hannemann was with BYU’s football team in San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl where he was a defensive back with his brother Micah, also a Cougar DB. Jacob is now with BYU’s baseball team, but Micah is now preparing to serve a mission to Carlsbad, Calif., and will be wearing one of Jacob’s missionary suits.

RELAY FROM OUTFIELD: Outfielder Hannemann was one of four players from the baseball team to swim a promotional 50 freestyle relay at the BYU-Denver dual in the Richards Building Pool on Jan. 19 along with pitcher Matt Milke, first baseman Brock Whitney and third baseman Adam Law.  Milke was on his high school water polo team in California. Hannemann was a late sub for pitcher Mark Anderson, who had to leave when the event was delayed. Whitney teamed with Law, who was out-touched by Tom Holmoe, BYU Director of Athletics in a time of 28.21, compared to baseball's 28.96. Holmoe's teammate was Associate Director of Athletics Brian Santiago.

HONEYMOON OVER: Two BYU catchers got married on the same day last month, so their honeymoons are now over as Cougar baseball practices gear up.  Sophomore Jarrett Jarvis married Jenna Lewis and junior Dillon Robinson married Ashley Brawley Robinson, who plays third base for BYU softball. Speigner, who beat BYU before his mission as a reliever at UC Riverside, got engaged last month and is scheduled to become BYU’s 11th married player this April.  

OUTDOOR PRACTICES: Among these upcoming baseball practices are outdoor breaks from the BYU indoor practice facility. On Jan. 25-26, Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8-9, the Cougars will have outdoor baseball practices at St. George at 5 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. All practices in St. George will be at Bruce Hurst Stadium at Dixie State University except for the morning practice on Feb. 2, which will be at nearby Dixie High School because of a conflict.

MISSIONARY UPDATE: The parents of Chauncey, Mahoney and Marshall, give us a glimpse into their son’s missions based upon Christmas phone calls or Skype sessions. A common theme is these players took two baseball mitts in their luggage so they could play catch on P-days  (preparation day) with a companion.

Elder Tanner Chauncey, Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission:  It was a 40-minute Skype session from a Bishop’s home and Tanner demonstrated he could speak Portuguese to his family. The session was precisely 40 minutes because he did not want to lose his e-mail privileges for a month.

Chauncey’s mission president played baseball with him on Christmas Day and provided the bat and balls. Chauncey reported he is eating well and gets up early to do pushups, sit-ups and use the set of bands he took to Brazil. He did get to spend some time in the MTC last summer with Mason Marshall during Chauncey’s three-week wait in Provo awaiting a visa.

His request: “send me letters.”

Elder Kolton Mahoney, California Santa Rosa Mission: Has served in Santa Rosa, Crescent City, Eureka, Vacaville and most recently Kelseyville, California.

Once while walking with his missionary companion down a path, Mahoney spotted a baseball bat stuck in the mud of a creek.  He crawled down the bank to retrieve the bat so that he could use it to hit balls on P-days. He appreciated throwing a baseball back and forth with a local Bishop who used to be a catcher in the pros.

He reported on baptismal successes and of a recent calling to serve as assistant to the mission president.

His request: “send T-shirts, no more candy bars.”

Elder Mason Marshall, Philippines Cauayan Mission:  This Skype session came at 5 p.m., on Christmas Day to Utah, but it was the day after Christmas in The Philippines.  Randomly, native children would wave in the background of the computer screen.  The 5-foot-9 and one-half-inch tall Marshall was delighted to tell his family that he gets to play the center position in basketball games with the locals, who “foul a lot.”

Marshall does a lot of walking and gets to throw the football around on P-days when he is the quarterback because of his strong arm. He appreciates catching baseballs with Elder Devin Needs, a BYU lacrosse player, who lives in the missionary four-some with Marshall.

Marshall is serving in farmland villages and has gained some weight as he enjoys eating local fruits. He uses a bucket to wash his clothes or shower. From an Internet Café, he sends his e-mail, which arrives at 2 o-clock on Sunday mornings to his family in Utah.

His request: “send sunflower seeds.”

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 1/15

Jan 16, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:33 am | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, head coach Dave Rose began his Coach's Show by previewing the other West Coast Conference teams, their upcoming opponents and how BYU feels about being 4-0 in league play so far. 

"Our team has been really good at being able to focus one week at a time and be consistent for 40 minutes. This week's games are now getting familiar - we've played these teams before - so we have to work hard."

Continuining to talk about the WCC, Coach Rose went through a lot of the outstanding players in the league and discussed how BYU will begin to prepare for each one. 

Coach Rose also talked about BYU's most recent two wins over Pepperdine and Santa Clara. 

"We ended up causing a lot of problems for Pepperdine in the second half when we were able to implement our zone. The guys worked hard. And hopefully we can play as effectively as we did against Pepperdine in our upcoming games."

Towards the end of the show, BYU junior Raul Delgado joined coach Rose to talk about being at BYU and answer questions from fans. 

Coach Rose finished the show by also answering questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on and don't miss Coach Rose every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST live from Legends Grille. 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 1/14

Jan 14, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 8:50 pm | Permalink

In the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose kicked off his weekly Coach’s Show with a recap of the team’s second-straight two-win week this season and their 4-0 start in West Coast Conference play.

“It was a great week. I thought our guys were really prepared – it felt similar to the week before, as far as the teams we played and it was nice we were able to come away with two wins.”

The Cougars defeated the Waves at home 76-51, and on the road against Santa Clara 82-64. Tyler Haws led the team with 24 points in both wins and has now scored 20 or more points in five-straight games.

Later in the show Coach Rose highlighted the team’s defensive efforts in the last few games and how the team is working on its defense to help augment the offense.

To finish the show, Rose previewed the upcoming week with games on Wednesday and Saturday, and talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference is shaping up.

“It’s nice to be at the top of the standings with our 4-0 record. We’ve had some great wins and are looking forward to the rest of the schedule.”

Watch the full show on and don’t miss Coach Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.



Where to watch BYU at Santa Clara

Jan 12, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:56 am | Permalink

BYU takes on Santa Clara at the Leavey Event Center today at 2:30 p.m. MST in the WCC Game of the Week. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports, Root Sports Rocky Mountain and Root Sports Northwest. Tune in for the pregame show at 2 p.m. MST.

TWC Sports is available to DIRECTV customers in Southern California as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Las Vegas and Hawaii on channel 691.

Root Sports is available on DIRECTV in Utah on channel 683 and on DISH on channel 414. Visit to find the channel in other areas.

The game is also available via the Santa Clara website for a $9.95 subscription fee. Live stats are available for free via the same link.

As always, Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant will call the action on KSL 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and online at Tune in to the pregame show at 1:30 p.m. MST.

Haws and Davies named to Midseason Top 50

Jan 11, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:11 pm | Permalink released its midseason top 50 today and Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies were ranked No. 37 and 44.


37. Tyler Haws, 6-5, SG, SOPH., BYU: The new Jimmer out in Provo, Haws is averaging 21.1 points and shooting 41.9 percent from 3. Had 42 against Va. Tech this season.

44. Brandon Davies, 6-9, PF, SR., BYU: Overshadowed by more high-profile players in the WCC, Davies has been arguably the most consistent player in the league.

Haws highlights

  • Averages: 21.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals
  • Shooting percentages: 47.9 FG%, 41.9 3FG%, 92.2 FT%
  • 16 double figure games
  • 11 games with 20-plus points
  • 42 points vs. Virginia Tech, most in NCAA Division I basketball this season
  • 1st in the WCC in scoring and free throw percentage
  • 10th in the nation in scoring and 7th in free throw percentage

Davies highlights

  • Averages: 18.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 55.4 FG%, 70.6 FT%
  • 16 double figure games
  • 7 games with 20-plus points
  • 4 double-doubles
  • 6 games with 2-plus blocks
  • 8 games with 2-plus steals

Lance Reynolds, seniors honored at football banquet

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:00 am | Updated: January 21, 2013 8:15 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team held its annual banquet following the conclusion of the 2012 season on Wednesday night.

KSL Radio's Greg Wrubell served as master of ceremonies for the event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Wrubell introduced the evening with various statistics and honors earned from the 2012 campaign.

Patti Edwards, wife of legendary former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, introduced a special video tribute in honor of Lance Reynolds. After over 30 years involved with BYU football as a player and a coach, Reynolds is stepping aside from football. The video used footage of current and former players looking back on the tremendous impact Reynolds had on them both on and off the field.

Reynolds was also honored with an award from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and later Reynolds spoke briefly about his time with BYU.

The senior captains of the team were able to deliver a message to the team, though David Foote and Brandon Ogletree were unable to attend to due to prior commitments. Senior Riley Nelson spoke of the memories with the team and the great opportunity it was to be a teammate. Coach Mendenhall read a message he received from Ogletree while playing at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game. Ogletree told the team how much of a privilege it was to play at BYU and the special place the the school is and to not take it for granted.

Mendenhall and members of the university and athletics administrations then honored the Cougar seniors departing the program with their senior blankets.

Check out some of the photos from the BYU football banquet.

Van Noy, Stephenson named to 2012-13 All-Bowl Team

Jan 09, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:11 pm | Permalink

Following their dominant performances in BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and punter Riley Stephenson were named to the 2012-13 All-Bowl Team.

Here is what had to say about each of their performances . . .

LB Kyle Van Noy
"In what was probably the best defensive performance of the bowl season, Van Noy single-handedly won the Poinsettia Bowl for the Cougars. Van Noy had eight tackles, including five solo, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and scored two touchdowns. He recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned an interception 17 yards for a score as BYU beat San Diego State 23-6."

P Riley Stephenson
"There was a big reason why San Diego State had trouble moving the ball down the field in the Poinsettia Bowl, and it can thank the punter. Stephenson had eight punts, including six inside the 20 and three inside the 5-yard line. Stephenson had punts downed at the 5, 16, 1, 2, 9 and 1.

The complete 2012-13 All-Bowl team.

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 1/8

Jan 08, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:33 pm | Permalink

On his weekly KSL radio coach's show, head coach Dave Rose started the program talking about being 2-0 to start WCC play and BYU's upcoming opponents this week in Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

Rose continued to preview the WCC, how the other teams are shaping up and how tough this conference competition is.

"There's a lot of ball to be played still but everyone's very competitive. Teams play well at home and we'll have to work for a win every game."

Matt Carlino and BYU's other point guards were highlighted as a large part of BYU's winning strategy. Rose said this week's practice the team worked hard through its point guards and they're excited for the rest of the year. 

"It really goes to show the character of our players - that we can be looking for a good rotation and still finding a win. These guys are really here to win."

BYU sophomore Tyler Haws joined the show to talk about his experience of coming to BYU and answer questions from fans. 

Rose finished the show also answering questions from fans. 

Listen to the full show on and don't miss head coach Dave Rose live at Legends Grille on BYU campus every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 1/6

Jan 07, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:41 pm | Permalink

In the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose began his weekly coach's show with a recap of last week's action, starting West Coast Conference play with back-to-back wins. Rose gave a full recap of both games.

The Cougars defeated LMU 92-51 behind 21 points from Matt Carlino and USF 80-76 behind 22 points from Carlino and Tyler Haws.

"There's a lot of ways to win games and last week we found two very different ways to win. This is a big step forward for our team because we didn't get the big points out of our usual scorers - it's really growing our team and has been great for us."

Rose highlighted the performance of Carlino in the first two WCC games, leading the team with a combined 43 points, and talked about newcomer Bronson Kaufusi and how Brock Zylstra has stepped up in the last couple games. 

BYU's rebounding scheme was talked about by Rose and how the team is using better rebounding to defeat their opponents.

And to finish the show, Rose talked about how the rest of the WCC teams are shaping up and previewed the upcoming week for BYU with WCC games against Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

Watch the full show on and don't miss Coach Rose every Sunday at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.





BYU Coach's Show: Wednesday 1/2

Jan 02, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:06 pm | Updated: January 2, 2013 10:57 pm | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, BYU men's basketball head coach Dave Rose started his weekly radio show with an evaluation of where he thinks the team is at this point in the season, where they're headed and the things they've accomplished. 

"I believe that we've made some really good progress and learned a lot about our team. Now we're ready for league play. Defensively, I think we're really starting to understand each other and work our zone to our advantage."

Coach Rose previewed BYU's upcoming games with LMU at home on Thursday and San Francisco on the road this Saturday while also taking some time to talk about the team's last two wins over Northern Arizona and Virginia Tech. 

Sophomore Josh Sharp joined the show to talk a little about how he decided to transfer to BYU, how he thinks he's grown as a player and answer some questions from fans.

Coach Rose finished up the show answering questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on and don't miss Coach Rose at Legends Grille Tuesdays at 7 p.m. MST.