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Posted 09 Apr 2002   For week ended January 18, 2002
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U Alaska Features Two LDS Basketball Players
The University of Alaska at Anchorage has two LDS players on its NCAA Division II basketball team, observes Meridian Magazine's Kelly Martinez. Martinez interviewed the teammates, Ty Shippen and Bryson Vaughn, about how they fit in with the team and how they integrate their religion in their lives in Alaska. Both are married, and Bryson is a returned missionary. Shippen once played for BYU, but didn't get much playing time. Bryson was on the Ricks College team, and transferred to the University of Alaska.

BYU Apparently Persuades Highly-Rated Defensive Lineman
Highly-rated defensive lineman Haloti Ngata has apparently committed to attend BYU after a confusing series of events which had him committed to attending Nebraska and later leaning toward Oregon. But his mother, Olga, had him call the Deseret News on Tuesday, January 15th to announce the decision and, hopefully, end the recruiting calls the family is getting.

Former BYU Coach Edwards Pushes Organ Donation
LaVell Edwards, former BYU football coach, is appearing in a public service announcement in Utah aimed at getting seniors to sign up for organ donation. Edwards' effort was sought by Intermountain Donor Services, a federally designated, non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissues.

Naihe Named PacWest Player of the Week
Brigham Young University-Hawaii senior forward Keli'i Naihe was named Pacific West Conference Player of the Week for his performance last week. Naihe averaged 21.5 points and 6 rebounds per game in leading the Seasiders to a split of their games against league-leading UH-Hilo. He also dished out seven assists in the two games and committed no turnovers.

FARMS hosts Book of Abraham symposium Jan. 26
The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) at Brigham Young University is hosting a symposium, "Traditions About the Early Life of Abraham," on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 9 a.m. in room 1080 of the Harold B. Lee Library.

BYU Fifth in the Nation in Sears Cup Standings
Led by a NCAA National Championship in Women's Cross County, BYU wrapped up the fall 2001 athletic season in fifth place (228 points) in the annual Sears Directors' Cup. Developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA TODAY, the Sears Cup was established to recognize institutions that maintain a broad-based program and achieve success in many sports, both men's and women's.

Cougars Ranked Among Nation's Top Teams
Both Volleyball Magazine and the American Volleyball Coaches' Association today released their first official polls of the season. Volleyball Magazine placed the Cougars fifth behind Penn State, UCLA, Hawaii and Stanford, while the AVCA Coaches' Top-15 poll lists BYU as the No. 6 team. Penn State also leads that list with 10 first-place votes, while UCLA, Stanford, Pepperdine and Hawai'i round out the top five.


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