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Sports: Reid's Superbowl Effort Falls Short, Mormon Olympians Sought

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- LDS professional football coach Andy Reid's effort to make the Superbowl fell short Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the St. Louis Rams 29-24. The loss essentially ends the football season for all the remaining Mormon players, and leaves just basketball and hockey players in action as the 2002 Winter Olympic games approach. Mormon News is actively seeking to identify Mormons who will be competing in the games, and has so far identified one competitor.

With the loss, the Eagle's Chad Lewis also ended his season, managing to average better than 10 yards per pass during the season, and catching five passes for 53 yards during Sunday's game. In fact, one Mormon player, Brandon Manumaleuna of the St. Louis Rams, could see action in next Sunday's Super Bowl. But since he hasn't played during most of the regular season, it is unlikely that he will play on Sunday.

Mormon basketball players remained relatively idle. Doing best was Sacramento's Scot Pollard, who is still playing about 25 minutes of every game, but whose game was off a little last week. Shawn Bradley of the Dallas Mavericks has seen the biggest decline in playing time, making it on the court for just 15 minutes in two games last week, but he performed well during those few minutes. The Laker's Mark Madsen bucked the trend, getting more playing time than he's had in the past -- more than 15 minutes per game.

In hockey, the Minnesota Wild's Aaron Gavey earned an assist and six shots on goal during four games last week, better than Florida's Bill Lindsay, who didn't manage a single shot on goal or assist in three games last week. Brent Peterson, assistant coach for the Nashville Predators, saw his team lose three of four games, tying the other. Again offense was behind the losses, as the Predators' goalies gave up just five goals over four games.

Dan Forsman joined the action on the PGA tour last week, tieing for 40th place in the Phoenix Open, 20 spots ahead of fellow LDS golfer, Jay Don Blake.

[If the listings below aren't clear, try looking at them with a mono-spaced font, such as courier - Ed.]


Major League Baseball

The MLB 2002 season will begin April 1st. Preseason games may start as early as mid February.

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

Minor League Seasons generally begin about the same time as the Major League season or soon after. 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 Infield Oklahoma City Redhawks (Texas Rangers)
  • 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)


NCAA - Division I We plan limited coverage of NCAA Division I baseball players and coaches who are Mormon, and want to at least compile a reliable list. Please let us know about any Mormon players not listed below:

  • Adams, Ryan RHP Sr. BYU
  • Bills, Kevin 3B So. BYU
  • Birkeland, Lars C Sr. BYU
  • Boothe, Brandon RHP Jr. BYU
  • Dabo, Tyler RHP Jr. BYU
  • Itri, Rob RHP So. BYU
  • Jacinto, Paul RHP So. BYU
  • Jensen, Dave 1B So. BYU
  • Rodriguez, Curtis RHP So. BYU
  • Stone, Jeff LHP Sr. BYU
  • Stubblefield, Jake inf Jr. BYU
  • Thurgood, Ryan SS Fr. BYU
  • Weingarten, Mike C Jr. BYU
  • Wiens, Ranger inf So. BYU
  • Wilkes, Adam C So. BYU

Dean, Paul of Fr. Minnesota

  • Guthrie, Jeremy RHP Jr. Stanford
  • Topham, Andy inf Sr. Stanford


Bradley, ShawnCenterDallas Mavericks
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YTD28455 47/ 991051284.616.9
Knight, TravisForward
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Madsen, MarkCenter
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Pollard, ScotForward
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Pope, MarkCenter
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YTD30199 16/ 4034351.210.6


The WNBA's 2002 season should begin in May following an April 19th draft.

We know of the following players:

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

College NCAA - Division I We hope to begin limited coverage of NCAA Division I basketball players and coaches who are Mormon, and we would like to at least compile a reliable list. Please let us know who you can add to the following (quick list -- of the top of my head):


  • Balderson, Jimmy G BYU
  • Bigelow, Mark F/G BYU
  • Bobik, Daniel G BYU
  • Hansen, Travis G/F BYU
  • Howard, Daniel C BYU
  • Jepsen, Bart F BYU
  • Montague, Matt G BYU
  • Nashif, Terry G BYU
  • Nielsen, Eric F BYU
  • Opunui, Shawn G BYU

Christensen, Matt C Duke

  • Lindquist, Ben G Oregon
  • Michaelis, Mark F Oregon
  • Barnes, Julius G Stanford
  • Jacobsen, Casey G/F Stanford
  • Robinson, Nick G/F Stanford
  • Allred, Lance C/F So Utah
  • Burgess, Chris C/F Utah
  • Caton, Trace G/F Jr Utah
  • Johnsen, Britton F Utah
  • Johnsen, Jeff G/F Sr Utah
  • Koford, Cameron C Jr Utah
  • Eyre, Talmadge F/C Jr Weber
  • Sparrow, Nic F Jr Weber
  • Van Orden, Jared F Jr Weber


  • Chamberlain, Ashleigh C BYU
  • Cheesman, Danielle F BYU
  • Cheesman, Heather F BYU
  • Osguthorpe, Lisa F BYU
  • Rose, Chanell F BYU
  • Taylor, Kali G BYU
  • Thorn, Erin G BYU
  • Peterson, Jamie G Sr Weber




  • Ty Detmer Quarterback Detroit Lions
  • Joe Germaine Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs
  • Scott Mitchell Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals


  • Greg Clark Tight End San Francisco Forty-Niners
  • Todd Heap Tight End Baltimore Ravens
  • Itua Mili Tight End Seattle Seahawks
Chad LewisTight EndPhiladelphia Eagles
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Brandon ManumaleunaTight EndSt Louis
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Offensive Line

  • David Dixon Guard Minnesota Vikings
  • Edwin Mulitalo Guard Baltimore Ravens
  • John Tait Tackle Kansas City Chiefs
  • Kyle Turley Tackle New Orleans Saints


  • Marcus Bell Linebacker Seattle Seahawks
  • Brant Boyer Linebacker Cleveland Browns
  • Byron Frisch Defensive End Dallas Cowboys
  • Travis Hall Defensive Tackle Atlanta Falcons
  • Chris Hoke Defensive Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Junior Ioane Defensive End Oakland Raiders
  • Rob Morris Linebacker Indianapolis Colts
  • Derek M. Smith Linebacker San Francisco Forty-Niners

Special Teams
Lee Johnson Punter Minnesota Vikings

Owen Pochman Kicker New York Giants

Andy ReidHead CoachPhiladelphia Eagles
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This Week 0- 125655146301102200:24:30215
YTD13- 6584211593721617212149209:13:12114902

  • George Henshaw Asst Head Coach - Offense Tennessee Titans
  • Dave Campo Head Coach Dallas Cowboys
  • Darrell Bevell Offensive Asst Green Bay Packers


The CFL season will begin in June 20th. We have identified just two Mormon players, but suspect several others may be Mormon.

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

College NCAA - Division I We hoped to begin limited coverage of NCAA Division I football players and coaches who are Mormon, but were unable to start doing so this season. We still hope to do so next season. Here is a list of the players OUTSIDE OF UTAH we have identified to date. We would like also to include players INSIDE UTAH, including those at BYU, which often has non-Mormon players. Many of those listed come from H.B. Arnett's "Cougar Sportsline," with the assistance of Mormon News subscriber Brent Romney. Others come from the BYU Board and bulletin boards, courtesy of the work of Jeff Fuller:

  • Tippets, Jeff TE Alabama, Birmingham
  • Tuck, Jason(Kurt?) C Alabama, Birmingham
  • 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

Lundin, Trent WR Boise State

Magner, Cole QB Bowling Green

  • Gustaveson, Josh Cal
  • Jensen, Mark K Cal
  • Lupoi, Tosh DL Cal
  • Tuitama, Nofoaalii T 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
  • Togiai, Jerry DT Kansas State
  • Boone, Aaron WR Kentucky
  • Parker, Michael QB Kentucky
  • 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, Josh 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
  • Caylor, Drew DE Stanford
  • Chambers, Kirk OT Stanford
  • Giles, Scott OLB Stanford
  • Heitman, Eric OL Stanford
  • Leonard, Matt DL Stanford
  • Schindler, Greg OL Stanford
  • Coffin, Junior DL Washington
  • Kava, William OL Washington
  • McLaughlin, Derek P Washington
  • Stevens, Jerramy TE Washington

  • Cox, Alan P Washington State
  • 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
  • Sorensen, Trevan TE UNLV

Mailo, Faaesea OG USC


  • Afoa, Ulima Assistant Coach San Diego State
  • Anae, Robert Offensive Line Texas Tech
  • Borich, Mike Offensive Coordinator/ Wide Receivers BYU
  • Bosco, Robby Quarterbacks BYU
  • Chow, Norm Offensive Coordinator USC
  • Crowton, Gary Head Coach BYU
  • Empey, Mike Tight Ends BYU
  • Leach, Mike Head Coach Texas Tech
  • Mallory, Rick Offensive Line Memphis
  • Mendenhall, Bronco Defensive Coordinator New Mexico
  • Niumatalolo, Ken Tight Ends UNLV
  • Reynolds, Lance Offensive Line BYU
  • Schmidt, Ken Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers BYU
  • Tidwell, Paul Running Backs BYU
  • Uperesa, Keith Offensive Line USC


Gavey, AaronCMinnesota Wild
This Week40116
Konowalchuk, SteveLWWashington Capitals
This WeekInjured - Shoulder - Out 3-4 months0000
Lindsay, BillLWFlorida Panthers
This Week30000

Peterson, BrentAssistant CoachNashville Predators

Coach Peterson's responsibilities cover penalties and goalkeeping, and the statistics listed are team statistics that reflect his responsibilities.
This Week428014093588

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



The WUSA's season begins in April, following a February 11th draft.

We know of the following player:
Maren Hendershot Forward Carolina Courage


PGA Tour
Jay Don Blake
This WeekPhoenix OpenT6070-68-74-70$8,680.00
YTDEntered 3 events, made cut 3 times, earned $289,870.00, Ranked 13 on money list
Dan Forsman
This WeekPhoenix OpenT4070-70-70-69--$15,600.00
YTDEntered 1 events, made cut 1 times, earned $15,600.00, Ranked 108 on money list
* Richard Zokol
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 1 events, made cut 1 times, earned $8,520.00, Ranked T129 on money list

In addition, Mike Reid and Dean Wilson may have qualified for 2002 PGA Tour. Tour

The 2002 tour schedule is not yet available. Keith Clearwater, who did not qualify for the 2002 PGA Tour, may be on the tour this year.


The first JPGA Tour event begins the week of March 14th.

Dean Wilson was on the JPGA Tour last year, but may be on the PGA tour this year.

Senior PGA Tour
Billy Casper
This WeekIdle   
YTDEntered 0 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0.00, Ranked 0 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 0 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0.00, Ranked 0 on money list

Rugby Australian National Rugby League

The Australian National Rugby League season begins March 15th. John Hopoate is a Wing/Center with the Northern Eagles

  • * 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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