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Posted 20 Jun 2001   For week ended June 8, 2001
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Guthrie Wins and Topham Homers to Put Stanford in College World Series
LDS college baseball standout Jeremy Guthrie pitched a complete game Friday night to help his team win two of its three games against South Carolina over the weekend. Guthrie held South Carolina to just one unearned run in the first game of the series Friday, while his teammates racked up 11 runs and 17 hits in the game. Meanwhile, fellow LDS Church member Andy Topham was 5 for 12 with 5 RBIs and a 2-run homer in the final game to help the Cardinals win 3-2.

Stanford Wins After Guthrie 2nd-inning Disaster
Just days after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round of the Major League Baseball draft, Stanford's Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Guthrie fell apart in the second round of his team's first College World Series game, giving up 5 runs and 7 hits to Tulane's Green Wave in the inning, while getting just a single out before he was replaced. But Guthrie's teammates stormed back to win the game 13-11, and went on to beat Cal State Fullerton 5-2.

LDS High School Quarterback Rated #1
Ben Olsen will start his senior year at Thousand Oaks High School this fall, and as he leads the Lancers in their 11-game season, scouts and recruiters from college football powerhouses will be in the stands watching. Student Sports Magazine ranks Olsen in its Top 100, and, according to an article in the Provo Daily Herald, he is the best of the 10 quarterbacks on the list.

Brinton Convinced He's Better Than Before Mission
Very few highly skilled athletes would propose taking a two-year hiatus from a sport like football in order to improve their ability to perform and excel at that sport. However, very few athletes are Spencer Brinton. To say that Brinton's journey from San Diego State University to South Africa to the campus of Michigan has been a little unusual is an understatement of significant proportions. Brinton, a recently returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just completed a two-year mission in South Africa and is convinced that he is a better football player now than he was before he left on his mission.

Sports: Revamped Sports Stats Gives More Information
Mormon News has made some changes to our weekly Sports Statistics, hoping that it will clear up questions we get about the Mormon affiliation of the athletes we include. In addition, Mormon News' subscribers have helped identify two WNBA players, and we are looking for information about players in the Canadian Football League, which begins play this month. Except for baseball, last week was a slow week for most Mormon pro athletes.

McGown Named National Coach of the Year
BYU head coach Carl McGown was today named the American Volleyball Coaches' Association National Coach of the Year. McGown, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year, led the Cougars to their second NCAA national men's volleyball title with a 3-0 win over UCLA in the championship match. BYU finished the season 23-4 (.852) and was ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches' Top-15 Poll eight times throughout the season.

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