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LDS Preparations for Olympics Included Elder Hales' Trip to Nagano
An article in today's Salt Lake Tribune says that Elder Robert Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got "distinguished guest" accesss, provided by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, to the Nagano Olympic Games in 1998. The designation allowed Elder Hales access to all competition venues, Olympic family seating areas, lounges and transportation. The Tribune claims that this access, along with correspondence it recently obtained from the SLOC, shows that the Church was collaborating with the SLOC in many areas.

LDS-Dominated BYU Volleyball Team Developing Storied History
For many years, facing the UCLA men's volleyball team was about the most difficult task imaginable for many opponents. UCLA's team, perennial powerhouse and winner of 18 NCAA championships in the last 3 decades, is a formidable foe with a storied history. However, a team of volleyball upstarts from the mountains of Provo were able to overcome a very talented group of UCLA athletes at last weekend's NCAA championships held at The Pyramid in Long Beach, California. BYU successfully swept UCLA 3-0 in the championship match and, having won two out of the last three NCAA titles, are making a little history of their own.

Summerhays to Play LPGA U.S. Women's Open May 31
Everyone knows the old saying, "like father, like son." Well, here's a new one, "like father, like . . . daughter?" That may very well be the new catch phrase as Carrie Summerhays takes to the golf course to play in this year's LPGA U.S. Women's Open which tees off on May 31 at the Pine Needles Lodge &Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and award-winning golfer at Brigham Young University, Carrie is the daughter of professional golfer Bruce Summerhays. Along with her brothers Boyd and Daniel, Carrie has become yet another outstanding golfer in one of the most well-known golfing families in the state of Utah.

Newsweek Says LDS Church is Using Olympics as Marketing Tool
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is using the Olympics as a marketing tool says Newsweek in an article in its May 10th issue. But, it says that Church officials plan on using the Games as a public-relations opportunity and not a proselytizing mission. Michael Otterson, the church's chief spokesman and member of its Olympics coordination committee says the fundamental goals are to be good hosts and correct misperceptions about the church and people of Utah.

Rowe Leaves BYU to Star at Culver-Stockton College
Former standout pitcher, Michelle Rowe, who led the Lecanto High Panthers to the only fast-pitch softball state title in Citrus County history five years ago and lead Culver-Stockton to an NAIA regional tournament, was one of three Wildcats to recently be named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference team. Rowe and Culver-Stockton (Missouri) College coach Jim Webb will represent the third seed Wildcats in the NAIA Region V Tournament which starts on Monday.

Golden Ingle Will Join Father at Kennesaw State
Golden Ingle, a sophomore point guard at Western Kentucky University, is the latest LDS college basketball player to announce that he's changing addresses for the upcoming season. However, instead of transferring to BYU as some other recent transferees have done, Golden is leaving Western Kentucky to play at Kennesaw State, a NCAA Division II school located in Georgia.

Sports: Clearwater Finally Makes a Cut, Knight Out of Playoffs
After a dryspell that lasted four months, LDS golfer Keith Clearwater finally made a cut this past week, and earned his first PGA money of the season. Clearwater had entered eight events before finally making it into the money rounds in the COMPAQ Classic, ending this past weekend's match tied for 34th and earning nearly $19,000. Fellow PGA golfer's Jay Don Blake and Mike Weir, who had the best performances among Mormon golfers to date, both trailed Clearwater, Weir tieing for 61st, while Blake was cut.

Cougars Win National Championship
It has been a dream in the making all season long. Winning the National Championship was the goal of every BYU men's volleyball player from the first day of practice. A total of seven weeks at No. 1, 23 victories, an MPSF regular-season championship and four All-American's later, the dream finally became a reality. Today, at The Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif., the second-ranked Cougars knocked off 18-time National Champion and top-ranked UCLA to claim their second NCAA National Championship in the past three seasons. The Cougars (23-4) outdueled the Bruins (24-8) for the second time this season, this time in just three games, 30-26, 30-26, 32-30.

BYU-H Women Win NCAA Record 100th, Advance to Nationals
The Brigham Young University-Hawaii women's tennis team made NCAA history today, winning their 100th consecutive dual match by defeating UH-Hilo in the NCAA II West Regional Final, 5-0. The number-one-ranked Seasiders, 33-0 on the season, advance to the NCAA II National Tournament next week in Pensacola, Florida.

Cleveland Announces Additions to Coaching Staff
BYU Head Basketball Coach Steve Cleveland today announced that assistant coach Nathan Call has been named director of basketball operations and former Cougar player Andy Toolson and Pine View High School (St. George, Utah) coach John Wardenburg have been hired as assistant coaches.

Three Named All-Academic
Three Brigham Young University-Hawaii tennis players were named to the Pacific West Conference All-Academic Team for Spring sports recently. Making the squad were Eddie Merc and Logan Woolley from the men's team and Petra Gaspar from the women's team.

Cadiente Named MWC Player of the Week
Sophomore Brooke Cadiente was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Tuesday for her performance last weekend against the University of Utah. This is the first player of the week award for Cadiente and the third overall for the Cougars this season.

Wirrick, Mousser Region Honors
Junior Michael Wirrick and freshman right-handed pitcher Jeff Mousser of BYU received regional honors this week.

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