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Posted 24 Jun 2001   For week ended June 15, 2001
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Has Elder Iorg Given it All Away?
Elder Isaac Iorg, serving an LDS mission in East LA, got a birthday present last week. It was the answer to a childhood dream, a present that would allow him to be just like his dad, but no one told him about it for days. He finally discovered the present when his mission president told him several days later. And now, his family awaits his return home June 20th to see what he will do with the present.

Guthrie Puts Stanford In College World Series Final
Pitching brilliantly last night over seven-plus innings, returned missionary Jeremy Guthrie blew away top-seeded Cal State Fullerton to take his Stanford Cardinals baseball team into the final of the College World Series. Guthrie, who was still completing his mission in northern Spain just a year ago, gave up only one run and four hits before giving up the ball to closer Jeff Bruksch. Guthrie's LDS teammate, Andy Topham, who was 0 for 10 in the series, hit a single to drive in the game-winning run.

LDS Major League Pitcher Says Church Contributed to his Success
Most professional athletes go through a slump at one time or another during their careers. Most respond to a slump by working harder, re-focusing on the fundamentals, and spending some additional time on the field or court, practicing and honing their skills. Mired in a serious slump last season, Jason Johnson, a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, did all of the normal things that other athletes do to get back in the "groove" again. However, Johnson also did something else, something that is practically unheard of among professional athletes. He used religion to give him an edge.

Sports: Another LDS Pitcher Added, Christensen called up
An article in Sunday's Baltimore Sun indicates that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson is an LDS Church member, lading Mormon News to add him to our weekly compilation of statistics on Mormons playing in profession sports. He was joined this week on the listing by McKay Christensen, the Chicago White Sox outfielder who was called up from the minor leagues last week. Meanwhile, golfer Richard Zokol won the tour's Samsung Canadian PGA Championship, more than tripling his earnings to date, and making his plan to get back on the PGA tour much more credible.

BYU-Hawaii Men's Water Polo 2001 Season Preview
This coming fall Seasider fans will be treated to BYU-Hawaii's newest sport: Men's Water Polo. The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted via email with Men's Water Polo Coach Aukai Ferguson.

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