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Posted 09 Jan 2002   For week ended January 4, 2002
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One Mormon Woman In, Another Out in Bobsled Shuffle
A shuffle during the week before the U.S. Olympic women's bobsled team trials put former BYU soccer star Shauna Rohbock out of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, but put Arizona native Gea Johnson on the team expected to win the gold. The shuffle started when US bobsled driver Jean Racine suddenly dropped her long-time partner, Ogden, Utah native Jen Davidson, for the faster Johnson. Competing driver Jill Bakken, of Salt Lake City, Utah, then dropped Rohbock for Vonnetta Flowers, who is faster and isn't suffering from injuries.

Duke's Mormon Monster
He's 6-foot-10, 265 lbs and when he comes off the bench at Duke basketball games, the Cameron Crazies (a Duke fan club) start chanting "The monster's out of the cage." And Matt Christensen then fills his role: to spark's Duke's team back into its game.

Sports: Another Mormon Hockey Player, College Players Identified
Mormon News subscriber Gina Paz reports that Florida Panther's Left Wing Bill Lindsay is Mormon, expanding our list of hockey players to three active players. And other subscribers helped greatly expand our list of NCAA Division 1 college football players, just as the season is ending. Now Mormon News is seeking to start and expand lists of college basketball players (both men and women) as well as lists in baseball, softball and other sports starting soon.

Bigelow Stays Hot as Cougars Down Thunderbirds
When BYU guard Travis Hansen got an emphatic dunk directly off the opening tip Saturday, the 10,266 fans in the Marriott Center got a pretty good idea of what would follow over the next 40 minutes. BYU stormed out to an 8-0 advantage and never looked back, leading by as many as 25 points before defeating Southern Utah 79-58.

Cougars Sign All-American Defensive Lineman
Even before the season has had a chance to end, the BYU coaching staff has already taken a giant step towards gearing up for the 2002 season and improving upon an impressive 12-1 campaign. Head coach Gary Crowton announced today Junior College All-American Scott Young had signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cougars.

BYU Players Visit Memphis Children's Hospital
On Friday, BYU players took time out from team meetings, practice and other social events to visit several children battling such diseases as cancer, pediatric AIDS and sickle cell at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas in 1962, St. Jude's is an internationally recognized pediatric research hospital that has treated thousands of children from all over the United States and 60 foreign countries.

BYU Baseball Season Begins in Three Weeks
Before the Olympics arrive, BYU's baseball team will be in action as its season begins on Jan. 24 with a three-game series at Texas Tech. One player can't replace the nation's winningest pitcher. Then again, third-year BYU Coach Vance Law has his other three first-team all-conference players returning to defend the Mountain West title.

Pilling Named Senior Associate Athletic Director
The Brigham Young University Athletic Department today announced the hiring of Peter Pilling as Senior Associate Athletic Director. Pilling comes to BYU from Villanova University, where he has been the Associate Athletics Director for External Operations since November 1997. In his new role at BYU, Pilling will oversee athletic operations of fundraising, development, corporate sponsorships, marketing, promotions, and the spirit groups.


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