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By Kent Larsen

Sports: Back, Madsen is Hot But Not Playing Much

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Since returning from an injury, the Los Angeles Lakers' Mark Madsen has played 24 minutes over four different games, and has been hot on the court. In what totals to less than half a game, Madsen has scored 12 points and earned three rebounds and is playing at a rate that would give him 30 points if he played a full game. Other Mormons in professional sports aren't playing as strongly, but the basketball player who plays the most, Scot Pollard, played better last week, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Marcus Bell had a strong game and St. Louis Rams tight end Brandon Manumaleuna caught his first pass of the season.

Basketball's Shawn Bradley, meanwhile, had an off week scoring, but did well on rebounds, catching 19 in four games, playing for 63 minutes. The other Mormon players who don't play as often, Travis Knight and Mark Pope, managed to do well in spite of it, Knight managing a basket in just 12 minutes of play, while Pope scored 5 in 16 minutes of play over 3 games.

Among football coaches, every Mormon coach was with a winning team last week, with three of the teams, Philadelphia (Andy Reid), Tennessee (George Henshaw) and Green Bay (Darrell Bevell) racking up near 400 yards.

The Minnesota Wild's Aaron Gavey scored another goal last week, his third of the season, on just two shots on goal. Nashville Predators assistant coach Brent Peterson did better last week, as his team gave up fewer penalties (23 over 4 games for 46 minutes), but the team still lost all four games it played. In golf, all Mormon players were idle for the week.


Major League Baseball

The regular season has ended.
We have identified the following Mormon players:

Position Players

  • McKay Christensen CF Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jeff Kent 2B San Francisco Giants


  • * Brandon Duckworth SP Philadelphia Phillies
  • (MH) Shawn Estes SP San Francisco Giants
  • Kyle Farnsworth RP Chicago Cubs
  • Mike Fetters RP Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Roy Halladay SP Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jason M. Johnson SP Baltimore Orioles
  • * Omar Olivares RP Pittsburgh Pirates
  • (MH) Garret Stephenson SP St Louis Cardinals
  • (MH) Dave Veres RP St Louis Cardinals
  • (MH) Jaret Wright SP Cleveland Indians


  • Iorg, Garth 1st Base Coach Toronto Blue Jays

Please help us find out if the following are Mormon:

  • Scott Eyre RP Toronto Blue Jays
  • Ryan Jensen SP San Francisco Giants

Minor Leagues

All Minor League Seasons are now over. However, we are still interested in identifying Mormon players in the minors, especially those at the AAA level. Also of interest are those playing in foreign leagues, such as Japan and the Venezuela winter league. Here are the minor league players we know:


  • Banks, Brian Catcher Calgary Cannons (Florida Marlins)
  • Perez, Santiago CF Portland Beavers (San Diego Padres)
  • Secrist, Reed 1st Base Nashville Sounds (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Please help us find out if the following are Mormon:

  • Nate Tebbs SS Richmond Braves (Atlanta Braves)
  • Ron Wright 1B Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
  • John DeSilva SP Las Vegas 51s (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Jeremy Lambert SP Memphis Redbirds (St Louis Cardinals)


Bradley, ShawnCenterDallas Mavericks
  GMin FG/FGARebPtsppgpp60min
This Week463 5/ 1319143.513.3
YTD18359 37/ 78831055.817.6
Knight, TravisForward
  GMin FG/FGARebPtsppgpp60min
This Week212 2/ 2242.020.0
YTD953 8/ 1614182.020.4
Madsen, MarkCenter
  GMin FG/FGARebPtsppgpp60min
This Week318 5/ 93124.040.0
YTD424 5/ 103123.030.0
Pollard, ScotForward
  GMin FG/FGARebPtsppgpp60min
This Week493 10/ 2236225.514.2
YTD18499 43/ 931491086.013.0
Pope, MarkCenter
  GMin FG/FGARebPtsppgpp60min
This Week316 2/ 5351.718.8
YTD11124 11/ 2521242.211.6


The WNBA's season has ended for 2001.

We know of the following players:

  • * Kristen Rasmussen Forward Miami Sol
  • (MH) Natalie Williams Forward Utah Starzz



Ty DetmerQuarterbackDetroit Lions
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This Week00 0/ 0000000
YTD22 60/ 3736118440
Joe GermaineQuarterbackKansas City Chiefs
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This Week00 0/ 0000000
YTD00 0/ 0000000
Scott MitchellQuarterbackCincinnati Bengals
  G GSAtt/CompYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week00 0/ 0000000
YTD01 12/ 43803000

Greg ClarkTight EndSan Francisco Forty-Niners
  G GSRecYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This WeekInjured - Hamstring0000000
Todd HeapTight EndBaltimore Ravens
  G GSRecYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week10190000
Chad LewisTight EndPhiladelphia Eagles
  G GSRecYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week111270000
Brandon ManumaleunaTight EndSt Louis
  G GSRecYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week10111000
Itua MiliTight EndSeattle Seahawks
  G GSRecYdsTDIntRushAttRushYdsRushTD
This Week10000000

Offensive Line
David DixonGuardMinnesota Vikings
  G GS
This Week00
Edwin MulitaloGuardBaltimore Ravens
  G GS
This Week11
John TaitTackleKansas City Chiefs
  G GS
This Week11
Kyle TurleyTackleNew Orleans Saints
  G GS
This Week11

Marcus BellLinebackerSeattle Seahawks
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week10421000
Brant BoyerLinebackerCleveland Browns
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week10320000
Byron FrischDefensive EndDallas Cowboys
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week10000000
Travis HallDefensive TackleAtlanta Falcons
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11210000
Chris HokeDefensive TacklePittsburgh Steelers
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week00000000
Junior IoaneDefensive EndOakland Raiders
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week00000000
Rob MorrisLinebackerIndianapolis Colts
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11624000
Derek M. SmithLinebackerSan Francisco Forty-Niners
  G GSTklsSoloAssistSacksIntFumb
This Week11222000

Special Teams

Lee JohnsonPunterNew England Patriots
  G GSPuntsYdsTB
This Week00000

Owen PochmanKickerNew York Giants
This Week00 0/ 0 0/ 0000
YTD76 0/ 1 0/ 02314542

Andy ReidHead CoachPhiladelphia Eagles
  W- LYdsPlaysPassPassYdsPassAttRushYdsRushAttTimePossPenYds
This Week 1- 037864251261273600:35:00535
YTD 7- 434146652067342134729305:20:5464464
George HenshawAsst Head Coach - OffenseTennessee Titans
  W- LYdsPlaysPassPassYdsPassAttRushYdsRushAttTimePossPenYds
This Week 1- 038358272191113900:33:27972
YTD 5- 634337002336358109731405:45:5577705
Dave CampoHead CoachDallas Cowboys
  W- LYdsPlaysPassPassYdsPassAttRushYdsRushAttTimePossPenYds
This Week 1- 033761122142154400:34:27745
YTD 3- 828686361359274150933605:25:1556433
Darrell BevellOffensive AsstGreen Bay Packers
  W- LYdsPlaysPassPassYdsPassAttRushYdsRushAttTimePossPenYds
This Week 1- 03896435242372100:29:07981
YTD 8- 339016532789358111228005:26:3463484


The CFL season began June 20th. We still have identified only two Mormon players!

Wide receiver Ben Cahoon of the Montreal Alouettes is LDS, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Linebacker Sefa O'Reilly is LDS.

While we are compiling a list of Mormon players in the CFL, that league doesn't make available player by player statistics.

We have also identified the following possible Mormon players, based on the 2001 Rosters:

  • Rob Hitchcock, Hamilton Tiger-Cats -- Weber State
  • Trevor Shaw, Hamilton Tiger-Cats -- Weber State
  • Kevin Alexander, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah State
  • Anthony Calvillo, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah State
  • Josh Cochran, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah
  • Neal Fort, Montreal Alouettes -- BYU
  • Chad Folk, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah
  • Profail Greer, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah State
  • Errol Martin, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah
  • Morgan Welch, Toronto Argonauts -- Weber State
  • Brandon Dyson, Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- Utah State


NCAA - Division I

We plan to begin limited coverage of NCAA Division I football players and coaches who are Mormon. Here is a list of the players OUTSIDE OF UTAH we have identified to date. Many of these come from H.B. Arnett's "Cougar Sportsline," with the assistance of Mormon News subscriber Brent Romney:

  • Brittain, Brad TE Arizona
  • Feula, Vince DL Arizona
  • Fraser, Keoki DL Arizona
  • Fraser, Keoni DL Arizona

  • Brittain, Grant TE Arizona State
  • Fulton, Skyler WR Arizona State
  • Miller, Matt WR Arizona State
  • Niko, Damien OL Arizona State
  • Pace, Tom RB Arizona State
  • Unck, Mason LB Arizona State
  • Wallin, Kurt DT Arizona State
  • Wolfgram, Jared DL Arizona State

  • Gustaveson, Josh Cal
  • Jensen, Mark K Cal
  • Lupoi, Tosh DL Cal

  • Hoover, Adam QB Cincinnati

  • Flores, Jeremy P/PK Colorado

  • Kay, Russell LB Colorado State
  • Porter, Guy DB Colorado State

  • Findlay, Garren OL Georgia Tech

  • Ilaoa, Nate WR Hawaii
  • Peters, Hyrum DB Hawaii
  • Peters, Leonard DB Hawaii
  • Tafuna, Sione OL Hawaii

  • Ross, Ethan WR Houston

  • Dunn, Marc QB Kansas State

  • Brinton, Spencer QB Michigan
  • Probst, Jake DL Michigan

  • Weathers, Brad OL Mississippi State

  • Bowen, Jake LB Navy

  • Bingham, Ryon DL Nebraska
  • Brown, Manaia DL Nebraska
  • Fonoti, Toniu OL Nebraska

  • Johnson, Cody OL Nevada
  • Kretschmer, Chance RB Nevada

  • Fife, Jason QB Oregon
  • Line, Scott LB Oregon
  • Loftin, Ryan LB Oregon

  • Casper, Cameron OL San Diego State
  • Thompson, Tyson TE San Diego State

  • Hunter, Tommy TE South Florida

  • Blackhurst, Cooper DE Stanford
  • Chambers, Kirk OT Stanford
  • Giles, Scott OLB Stanford
  • Heitman, Eric OL Stanford
  • Leonard, Matt DL Stanford
  • Schindler, Greg Stanford

  • Coffin, Junior DL Washington
  • Kava, William OL Washington
  • McLaughlin, Derek P Washington
  • Stevens, Jerramy TE Washington

  • Ena, Tali QB Washington State

  • Belshe, Matt QB Wyoming
  • Gough, David OL Wyoming
  • Merrill, Peter, DB Wyoming
  • Ralph, Brock WR Wyoming
  • Rollins, Josh DL Wyoming

  • Stansbury-Ieremia, Ed UCLA

  • Bair, Brandon OL UNLV
  • Palepoi, Anton DL UNLV
  • Parkhurst, Matt OL UNLV
  • Parkhurst, Scott LB UNLV

  • Mailo, Faaesea OG USC


  • Afoa, Ulima Assistant Coach San Diego State
  • Chow, Norm Offensive Coordinator USC
  • Crowton, Gary Head Coach BYU
  • Holmoe, Tom Head Coach CalState
  • Leach, Mike Head Coach Texas Tech
  • Mallory, Rick Offensive Line Memphis
  • Uperesa, Keith Offensive Line USC


Gavey, AaronCMinnesota Wild
This Week 3 1 0 1 2
YTD 24 3 6 9 28
Konowalchuk, SteveLWWashington Capitals
This WeekInjured - Shoulder - Out 3-4 months
YTD 50336

Peterson, BrentAssistant CoachNashville Predators

Coach Peterson's responsibilities cover penalties and goalkeeping, and the statistics listed are team statistics that reflect his responsibilities.
This Week44602301111299

Len Barrie, formerly of the Florida Panthers, is now an unrestricted free agent.



The WUSA's season has ended.

We know of the following player:

  • Maren Hendershot Forward Carolina Courage


PGA Tour
Jay Don Blake
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 31 events, made cut 21 times, earned $436,576.39, Ranked 118 on money list
Keith Clearwater
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 24 events, made cut 7 times, earned $66,178.33, Ranked 208 on money list
Dan Forsman
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 25 events, made cut 16 times, earned $456,194.03, Ranked 114 on money list
Mike Reid
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 13 events, made cut 5 times, earned $47,607.66, Ranked 216 on money list Tour
* Richard Zokol
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 22 events, made cut 18 times, earned $194,617.75, Ranked 13 on money list

(MH) Dean Wilson
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 20 events, made cut 16 times, earned 115,114,750 Yen, Ranked 2 on money list

Playing on Exemption
Jeff Quinney
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 3 events, made cut 1 times, earned $11,400.00, Ranked 0 on money list

Senior PGA Tour
Billy Casper
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 3 events, made cut 2 times, earned $6,568.50, Ranked T234 on money list
Johnny Miller
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 0 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0.00, Ranked 0 on money list
Bruce Summerhays
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 34 events, made cut 34 times, earned $904,616.57, Ranked 20 on money list

* Mormon News has enough information to make it likely that this athlete is either Mormon or has Mormon heritage. But we have so far been unable to confirm this suspicion.
(MH) - Mormon Heritage - This athlete is either an inactive LDS Church member, or has Mormon heritage.


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