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Posted 09 Apr 2002   For week ended January 11, 2002
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LDS B-Ball player Devoe Suits Up for UW Huskies
Two sportswriters in Western Washington have highlighted LDS basketball player Ben Devoe as a big player who shows promise for the University of Washington Huskies hoops program.

Top QB Prospect Expected to Sign with BYU February 6th
Considered by some the top High School quarterback prospect in the nation, Ben Olson is headed to BYU after BYU coach Gary Crowton won an intense recruiting battle. Olson is expected to sign a letter of intent to come to BYU on February 6th, the first day such letters are allowed under NCAA rules. He recently visited BYU on a recruiting visit, but isn't expected to change his mind. Olson is also an LDS Church member, and currently has an older brother and an older sister who attend the university. Currently, he is undecided about serving an LDS mission.

Two BYU Players Named Pre-Season All-Americans
A pair of BYU baseball players have been selected to pre-season All America honors as the season is set to start in two weeks. Juniors Matt Carson and Kainoa Obrey have been selected to All-America baseball teams by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball magazines, respectively.

Steve Kaufusi Named Defensive Line Coach
Brigham Young University Head Football Coach Gary Crowton announced today the hiring of Steve Kaufusi to replace retiring Tom Ramage as defensive line coach. Kaufusi, who has been a member of Ron McBride's coaching staff at Utah since 1994, is returning to coach at his alma mater, where he lettered as a defensive lineman in 1986 and 1987.

Hansen Named MWC Player of the Week
BYU junior forward Travis Hansen has been named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging a double-double last week in BYU's two games. Hansen, from Orem, Utah (Utah Valley State College) averaged 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while BYU defeated San Francisco and lost in overtime at Pepperdine. The Cougar guard shot 48 percent from the field (13-of-27) and was perfect from the free throw line (14-of-14).

Defending National Champions Set to Begin 2002 Season
The BYU men's volleyball team, winners of the 1999 and 2001 NCAA National Championship will kickoff the 2002 campaign on Friday and Saturday, taking on nationally-ranked Stanford in the Smith Fieldhouse. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (MST).

Three Cougars In Double Digit Scoring Help Team Beat SUU
All-American Erin Thorn was one of three Cougar women scoring in double digits as BYU's women's basketball team cruised to a 78-68 victory over SUU, Saturday. The Cougar women, who improved to 9-3 on the season, have a five-game winning streak and are 3-0 in the Marriott Center. SUU falls to 4-8 on the year.

Bloodlines for Current BYU Cougars
BYU's basketball team has sporting roots, and BYU roots in many cases. The university's athletic department has provided the following information about the current BYU basketball team. According to Mormon News' records, at least Balderson, Bigelow, Bobik, Hansen, Howard, Jepsen, Montague, Nashif, Nielsen and Opunui are Mormon, and several of the others are likely Mormon (if you have information to verify any of this, please let us know.).


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