Archives for September 2016

Ronald Keller

Ronald Keller


Ronald Duane Keller, my dear husband and best friend, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 – a beautiful fall day filled with the promise of an upcoming deer hunt and fishing.

Ron is survived by his wife, Terrie; daughters, Caroline (Joe) and Misty (Kris); and seven cherished grandchildren, Dylan, Lillianna, Katelyn, Tayah, Maci-Jo, Quincy Duane and Rees.  Also survived by brother, Clyde (Nancy); sweet sister, Diane (Eric); nephew, Paul (and family); nieces, Brandy (and family), Tara (and family) and a large extended family.

Preceded in death by father and mother, Robert and Dorothy Keller; brother, Les Keller; brother-in-law, Paul Craddock and nephew, Bryan Craddock.

Ron tackled life with a twinkle in his blue eyes and a big smile.  He loved life and was always planning the next big hunt.   He will be profoundly missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of his life and adventures will be held at Tate Mortuary in Tooele on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Please join us for stories and laughter.

Visit for details and directions.

John Ludvigson

John Ludvigson


John Lee Ludvigson, 88, of Sterling, passed away on Sept. 20, 2016. He was born on Dec. 8, 1927 in Sterling, to Eric and Jennie Mary Peterson Ludvigson.

John spent his entire life in Sterling and graduated from Manti High School. John married Jennie Vee Jensen on Feb. 8, 1964 in the Manti Temple. She preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 2014.

John was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a Mission in Washington State, served as an ordinance worker in the Manti Temple and spent several years serving in the Sterling Ward. He loved his community and spent two terms as Mayor of Sterling.

John was a farmer at heart and loved his animals. He enjoyed the mountains, where he and his brother Lafe blazed the white cliff trail in 6-Mile canyon.

John is survived by a step daughter, two step grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Loraine Nielsen. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and siblings, Lafe Ludvigson and Aleen Larsen.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at noon in the Sterling Ward Chapel, with a viewing prior to services.

Interment was in the Sterling Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Singer sought for Christmas Spectacular


Robert Stevens

Managing editor




MT. PLEASANT— The Sanpete Valley Singers are looking for singers to participate in their 16th annual Sounds of Christmas Music Spectacular.

The director of the community choir is Dr. Roy Ellefsen, who was head of the choral music department at North Sanpete High School for years and the director of the annual Handel’s Messiah program at Snow College for several years. The founder of the Singers and current president of the organization is Steven J. Clark.

The choir typically performs up to five Christmas concerts during the Christmas season, including various community performances, two at Gunnison State Prison, and two at Temple Square.

This year’s music will include solo/duet opportunities for sopranos, altos, and baritones.

Rehearsals are Sundays at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Stake Center (the yellow church) at 300 S. State St.

Call Steve Clark at 436-9707 for further information.



Granary art exhibits open October 5


Robert Stevens

Managing editor




EPHRAIM—The Granary Art Center in Ephraim has announced three new exhibitions.

Beginning on Oct. 5 and running until Jan. 27, 2017, the art gallery will host “Tourists of the New Sublime,” the work of Trent Alvey and Andrew Rice, curated by Scotti Hill; “40 Moons,” the work of artist Elizabeth Stone; and “Interstices,” by artist Stephanie Leitch.

An opening reception for the new exhibitions will be held on Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at 86 N. Main Street, in Ephraim.

According to Amy Jorgensen, co-director of the Granary Art Center, Trent Alvey and Andrew Rice investigate themes of vastness, isolation and mankind’s mark on the landscape with their exhibition “Tourists of the New Sublime.”

Building upon a series of local exhibitions for each artist, “Tourists of the New

Sublime” marks the first time the artists have exhibited together.

Elizabeth Stone’s “40 Moons” is intended to be an artistic expression that relates to her mother’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease to the waxing and waning of the moon. The exhibit is designed to illustrate the last 40 months of her mother’s life.

“Interstices,” by artist Stephanie Leitch uses string to showcase light and abstract imagery, Jorgensen says.  Projected imagery, such as religious art, is intermingled with the suspended string in Leitch’s art installation.

Exhibitions are supported in part by Ephraim City and Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Snow College Board of Trustees approves stadium lighting for football field


Matt Harris

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—The Snow College Board of Trustees approved plans to install stadium lights on the Robert L. Stoddard Field at Badger Stadium during a meeting held Apr. 29 in Richfield.

Snow College President Gary Carlston later confirmed the approval in a meeting held in June.

The lights are part of the first phase of a three-phase renovation project for Badger Stadium. Construction is scheduled to start in December of this year and is planned to be ready for the Badgers 2017 football season. “It’s been over 50 years since we have had a night football game in Ephraim,” Carlston said.

In addition to light installments, phase one of the renovations will involve replacement of the artificial field turf which, according to the report of a recent board meeting, is “nearing the end of its usefulness.”

Snow College Assistant to the President Marci Larsen said that the reason why it has been so long that Snow has gone without renovation, is that “it all comes down to funding.”

Larsen said, with the rapid growth of the college, they are now able to generate the funds necessary for the project.

“We are grateful to the fundraising steering committee for their great work,” Larsen said.

Larsen adds that the college plans to visit with neighboring community member to discuss the impact that the lights will have on them as well.

“In addition to football games,” Carlston said, “we envision that other student groups will be able to benefit from using the field and lights in the evenings.”

As yet, it is undetermined when the following two phases of renovation will be started or finished.

Evan McMullin, presidential hopeful

Evan McMullin, presidential hopeful


Presidential hopeful speaks at Snow through videoconference


Matt Harris

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin used videoconferencing  to attend a volunteer-organized rally held in the Noyes Building of Snow College last Friday.

McMullin, a former CIA operative and BYU graduate, declared his candidacy for president in August of this year.

He says he regularly faces the criticisms of those who believe he began his campaign too late, but his response has become the campaign slogan, “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

Roughly 70 local Sanpete residents came out for rally, which volunteers for the McMullin Campaign held in Ephraim to inform supporters and curious voters about McMullin’s political beliefs and ideology.

“There is no reason why this whole country shouldn’t be able to see that [McMullin]’s a viable option,” volunteer David Allred said. “If I tell ten new people, and each of them tells ten new people, and you go through that nine times, that’s a billion people.”

Allred was the volunteer who came up with the plan to bring the McMullin campaign to Ephraim. Upon contacting Brady Quinn, McMullin’s campaign advisor for the Utah area, plans were made and executed to host the rally.

The onset of the rally allowed attendees to voice open-ended questions on a variety of issues towards Quinn while waiting on the moment when McMullin himself would video call into the meeting through Skype. The time was delayed due to McMullin’s flight to Texas being delayed, but McMullin still managed to Skype in at 8 p.m. during the meeting.

The topics and inquiries discussed at the rally ranged from vaccinations to federal land grab to college tuition costs and more.

McMullin took the opportunity to answer questions on current issues from the crowd, and many of his answers generated positivity and agreement. “I think it’s vitally important that someone stand up in this election with [Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump],” McMullin said. “I think they’re both corrupt. We deserve leaders who reflect our values and who will stand up and fight. It is time for us to stand up.”

McMullin also disclosed to viewers much about his personal decision to run for president which, he says, was about a 10-day thought process. As of now, McMullin reports that he is on the ballot in 30 states, Utah included, having just added three prior to the rally.

For more information about the McMullin campaign, or to volunteer, voters can access






Dr. Armando Solorzano discussed the history of Latinos in Utah, a minority population shift in the nation and in Utah

Dr. Armando Solorzano discussed the history of Latinos in Utah, a minority population shift in the nation and in Utah – Photo courtesy Brian Vega


Convocation speaker discusses the past and future of Utah Latinos


Daniela Vazquez 

Staff writer



Ephraim—To celebrate Latino Heritage Month, Snow College invited Dr. Armando Solorzano to speak at a convocation about Latin culture and how and why Latinos in the Beehive State have chosen to make this land their home.

He presented a slideshow that illustrated a timeline of Latinos in the state and presented photos of petro glyphs found in Sego Canyon, Grand County, of the Aztec fertility goddess, which Solorzano says supports the theory that the Aztec Calendar began in Utah about 6,000 years ago during the Archaic Period.

“We have very strong roots here, and it’s important for that to be known,” he said. “They call out at us and say, ‘hey you, go back home;’ well, this is home. We don’t have any other place to go. This is the land of our ancestors.”

Latinos have participated in the industrialization of the state for over 100 years working on the railroads and mines, Solorzano explained. In addition to involvement in early industrial movements, they also helped Southern Utah flourish with cultural diversity, he said.

Solorzano says he believes that in order to help open the minds of society, Latino people must be educated well enough to extend their knowledge throughout communities to reverse societies’ misconceptions of the people and facts.

He suggested to convocation attendees that by 2040, the Caucasian population will be 49 percent, and will then be considered the minority. He asked if the nation is ready for such a population shift and, if not, what is being done to prepare for such a shift

Solorzano said the time to open our minds and look at a multi-cultural and diverse Utah and nation is upon us and that conceptualizations have forced perceptions to change.

He coined the phrase, “Without land, there is no culture; without culture, there is no identity; without identity, there is no people,” then said, “The future, I believe, is Latino. We want to contribute. We want to share with everybody. Please open a little window and look at the possibility of Utah being diverse.”

In closing he asked the audience to be sensitive to culture and live by true American values which are synonymous with love, openness, fairness, justice, and giving to the poor.

“Instead of creating walls, let’s create bridges so we can communicate with each other and make this country the best country that the human civilization has ever seen.”

Dr. Armando Solorzano, associate professor in family and consumer studies and ethnic studies at the University of Utah, has studied the contributions of Latino’s in Utah for over 28 years. His book “We remember, We Celebrate, We Believe; Recuerdo, Celebracion, y Esperanza: Latinos in Utah,” was awarded the Meritorious Book of the Year by the Utah Division of State History and the Utah Historical Society last year.

Solorzano created a photo-documentary exhibiting the 2006 Dignity March of Immigrants in Utah, which is still the largest march in Utah history, and the visual history of Latinos in the Beehive State, which has been visited by over 150,000 people during the exhibition around the state and nation.




Snow College Latino ladies danced the folklórico to the beat of authentic Mexican music in traditional Jalisco, Mexico dress to help celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

Snow College Latino ladies danced the folklórico to the beat of authentic Mexican music in traditional Jalisco, Mexico dress to help celebrate Latino Heritage Month. – Photo courtesy Brian Vega

Latinos in Action share culture at college


Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—The Snow College Latinos in Action (LIA) club wanted to showcase a piece of Latino culture by painting the stage of the Eccles Center with colorful wardrobes, music and Latino dancers.

Vice president of the LIA club Brian Vega said the dancers became invested in the opportunity to represent a part of Latino culture through a series of social dances performed on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Stefany Marquez is attending Snow from West Jordan and is a member of the LIA club with a desire to help promote the authentic Latin culture to society.

“I loved that I got to give Snow College a taste of my culture,” Marquez said . “It was a really neat experience for me to practice and perform because it was something I normally wouldn’t have done.”

This year the LIA created the motto “Encouraging Latino students to go to college,” and will continue working with autistic children in our schools under the Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research (STAR) program. The group visits elementary schools and helps kids learn to pronounce English words and then to read.



North Sanpete High Homecoming royalty photo


Representing North Sanpete High as the 2016 Homecoming Royalty are, (L-R): Queen Teya Smith, daughter of Justin and Melanie Smith of Fountain Green; junior attendant Rylee Dockins, daughter of Joe and Tiffany Fiedler of Mt. Pleasant and Taylor and Felecia Dockins of Idaho; sophomore attendant Aubree Ison, daughter of Dan and Angie Ison of Moroni; and freshman attendant Brylee Swapp, daughter of Spencer and Bonnie Swapp of Mt. Pleasant. Teya will be escorted by Jackson Blackhurst of Chester; Rylee’s escort will be Stetson Taylor of Moroni; Aubree will be escorted by James Christensen of Moroni; and Bylee’s escort will be Zane Tibbs of Mt. Pleasant.

Representing North Sanpete High as the 2016 Homecoming Royalty are, (L-R): Queen Teya Smith, daughter of Justin and Melanie Smith of Fountain Green; junior attendant Rylee Dockins, daughter of Joe and Tiffany Fiedler of Mt. Pleasant and Taylor and Felecia Dockins of Idaho; sophomore attendant Aubree Ison, daughter of Dan and Angie Ison of Moroni; and freshman attendant Brylee Swapp, daughter of Spencer and Bonnie Swapp of Mt. Pleasant. Teya will be escorted by Jackson Blackhurst of Chester; Rylee’s escort will be Stetson Taylor of Moroni; Aubree will be escorted by James Christensen of Moroni; and Bylee’s escort will be Zane Tibbs of Mt. Pleasant.

North Sanpete schools have visions of a green future


Matt Harris

Staff writer




MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete School District, under the direction of Superintendent Sam Ray, has partnered with Siemens, an energy company, to make North Sanpete schools more energy efficient, and also provide students opportunities to learn about green energy.

“The heating systems, the lighting systems, they’re aging out to the point where we can’t even buy the replacements,” Ray says. The heating systems in many of the schools are comprised of air pressure based systems that, Ray says, had become obsolete back in the late 1980’s.

Ray discovered Siemens, a German-based company, at a conference in Salt Lake over the summer when the district was seeking ways to improve the degrading energy components of local schools. Rather than borrow the money from the school board and, in effect, taxpayers, Ray sought to outsource the project to an energy efficient company, where the savings on energy spending could eventually outweigh the project costs.

“We’ve tried to say, ‘what other ways could we generate funding to try to resolve our problems,” Ray said.

Currently, Ray says, the district’s energy spending equates to roughly $400,000 per year between electricity and Questar gas. By decreasing the energy spending to as low as possibly $250,000, Ray hopes to use the savings to pay off the project loan.

“Once that loan is paid off, 100% of the savings are ours,” Ray said.

One of Siemens’ service claims as an energy company is to guarantee a certain amount of energy savings per year to their clients. If the figure that they propose is exceeded, Siemens will write a check for the difference to the district.

As of now, Siemens is currently working on an “energy audit” of all schools in the district to determine what they can do to improve the energy efficiency of the school buildings and the cost of what it would take to fix all that is necessary. The audit lasts about 90 days, of which Ray says about two-thirds of it has completed.

Once the audit has been completed, which Ray says will likely be on Oct. 29, Siemens will report to the district with a prioritization of what the schools need most and what financing to pursue to meet those needs.

Ray and the district started turning their attention towards energy efficiency last year by installing LED lights in North Sanpete Middle School and North Sanpete High School. They then installed LED lights in Fairview Elementary last summer.

As a former technology teacher, Ray says he has seen the industry of green energy, particularly solar energy, as a thriving future job market, and is looking to involve students where he can. In cooperation with Ray’s vision, Siemens has proposed a solar farm to be built in the empty field next to the district office in Mt. Pleasant, and Ray is looking to involve students in the process.

The process of constructing the farm would take place in sections over the course of about 20 years. This is where the opportunities come.

Because the systems built in to the farm each year will incorporate the latest in solar energy technology, students will be educated on a variety of systems. The best part is that under professional supervision, the students, Ray says, will be the ones to install the panels and everything in the system. In essence, student hands can build North Sanpete’s access to more efficient energy usage.

Ray has contacted Snow College about providing teachers to give this important vocational training to interested students as North Sanpete’s designated technical college. Ray plans on an introductory class provided to freshmen to teach about green energy that will lead into a class taught by Snow to 11th and 12th graders about installing the solar farm components.

“This is an industry that is growing exponentially fast,” Ray says. “This is an opportunity to get our students in a front-row seat.”

The farm has the potential to power North Sanpete High School, as well as the district offices. Other smaller farms will be installed to smaller schools.

No timetable for the project has been currently established. The board hopes to make more plans following Oct. 29.



Snow Spanish Professor Bill Jensen stands outside the classroom which he has been teaching in for years. Jensen is leaving Snow College on Oct. 1 to pursue a new career.

Snow Spanish Professor Bill Jensen stands outside the classroom which he has been teaching in for years. Jensen is leaving Snow College on Oct. 1 to pursue a new career.

Spanish professor departs Snow for private sector after 15 years


Matt Harris

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—After 15 years at Snow College, Professor Bill Jensen has made the decision to depart from Snow for new ventures, effective Oct. 1.

Jensen has been teaching Spanish at Snow since 2001, but will begin a new career with the Goldman-Sachs investment company at the beginning of October.

“It’s a whole adventure,” Jensen said. “It’s a big challenge to do something completely different, but change is good and challenge is good.”

Jensen began teaching at Snow when he took a one-year contract to teach in replacement for a professor who had left the college a month prior to the start of the Fall 2001 semester.

Prior to Snow, Jensen was working as a graduate teacher at Pennsylvania State University.

Jensen says that when he took the small contract, he did not see himself staying at Snow College, but his family quickly fell in love with the town and the community of Ephraim. Jensen eventually became an influential figure in Sanpete, particularly with the Latin-American community, and was instrumental in the inclusion of many intercultural events at Snow, as well as the inaugural Snow College soccer program.

While excited for the new opportunity, Jensen has used this time as an chance to reflect on his time at the college. “I would hope that students knew that I cared about what I did, and that’s why I always was trying to improve,” Jensen said. “Therefore, I hope the students know how important they are.”

Jensen’s impending absence leaves big shoes to fill in Snow’s Spanish department, a void that Foreign Languages Department Chair Professor Travis Schiffman is looking to fill as soon as possible.

“[Jensen]’s contributions in teaching, as a citizen of the College, and his contributions to the city have been enormous,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Steve Hood said. “We will miss him and wish him well in this exciting new phase of his life.  Snow College is a better place because of Bill.”



Haden Poulson (No. 35) got most of his 44 yards in heavy traffic. Poulson had the only rushing touchdown for the Hawks in their loss to the Templars.

Haden Poulson (No. 35) got most of his 44 yards in heavy traffic. Poulson had the only rushing touchdown for the Hawks in their loss to the Templars. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo


Templars overpower rival Hawks 27-17


Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer



MANTI—Going in to last Friday’s football game at Manti, North Sanpete coach Rhett Bird noted that the Hawks hadn’t beaten the Templars on the football field since the early 1990s.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve beaten Manti.” he said. “We’re ready to make that change.”

With less than a minute left to play in drizzly wet weather, it looked like the Hawks would put an end to that loosing streak with their 17-14 lead.

The Templars had different ideas. Facing a third and four with time running out, Manti quarterback Marshall Dotson found Kaden Kirkman open down the middle for a 43-yard touchdown pass that gave Manti the lead and ultimately the win. The final score was Manti 27, North Sanpete 17.

Both Manti and North Sanpete were coming off tough losses the previous week, and Bird was looking for renewed energy from his players. “We’ve been a little down,” he said. “We want to start with a lot of energy tonight. We’re ready for this game.”

The Hawks started off well, but the momentum was short lived. North Sanpete picked up a first down on their second play of the game. A holding penalty backed them up and quarterback Chance Clawson dropped back for a pass. Manti’s Eli Butler had Clawson scrambling and Tanner Rasmussen stepped into the passing lane for an interception.

The Templars moved the ball to the Hawk 6-yard line for a first and goal, but the North Sanpete defense held. Penalties again hurt the Hawks who punted the ball away.

A Manti pass to Cooper Parry converted a third and long. Solid running by Lance Fowles, Mac Stevens and Austin Robinson once again had the Templars looking at a first and goal from the six. Fowles carried it through heavy traffic into the end zone for the first score of the game.

Facing a fourth and short on their own 22, the Hawks lined up as if to punt, but snapped the ball short to Waylen Atkinson who connected with Jake Wright for an 18-yard pass and a first down.

The Hawks were looking at third  and 11, and it looked like the Templars would be able to stop the North Sanpete drive. But Clawson saw Atkinson had a step on the Templar defensive secondary and threw a perfect strike to allow Atkinson to pull in the pass in stride for a 61-yard TD that tied the game at seven.

Manti’s final drive of the first half stalled when Hawk defenders Jaxon Jensen and Samuel Sevy caught Dotson in the backfield to force a Manti punt. Again facing a fourth and 11, the Hawks lined up to punt. Remembering the fake punt that led to a North Sanpete score, the Templars showed some confusion and were flagged for having too many players on the field.

A defensive holding penalty again hurt the Templars and allowed the Hawks to move the ball to the Manti 11 where they spiked the ball to stop the clock with three seconds left in the half. Kelton Christensen booted the 27-yard field goal to give North Sanpete a tenuous 10-7 lead at the half.

It appeared that the Hawks came out of the locker room with the energy Coach Bird had been looking for. North Sanpete held Manti to a three and out and then marched down field on runs by Atkinson and Haden Poulson. A 22-yard run by Atkinson set up a 2-yard plunge by Poulson for a TD and a 10-point North Sanpete lead.

On their next possession, the Hawks were stopped at the Manti nine, where a field goal attempt went wide right.

The fourth quarter would belong to the Templars. Facing another third and long, Dotson couldn’t find an open receiver and was forced to scramble, gaining 18 for the first down. A pair of Hawk penalties helped Manti move into scoring position where Fowles carried it in from the two.

Still trailing by three, Manti’s defense stepped up to hold the Hawks. Stevens and Seni Latu caught Hawk runners in the backfield twice to force another North Sanpete punt.

With just over 2 minutes left in the game the Templars were 74 yards away from a game-tying field goal or a go-ahead TD. Mixing it up on offense, Manti crept closer to pay dirt, but looked like they might stall out as the clock wound down.

Facing another third down, Dotson dropped back to pass and found Kirkman wide open down the middle for the go-ahead TD. The ensuing kickoff was a squib that bounced and tumbled across the wet grass to about the North Sanpete five where it was mishandled and squirted into the end zone to be pounced on by Cort Olson to give Manti the 27-17 victory.

North Sanpete carried the ball 41 times for 223 yards, nearly five and a half yards per carry. Atkinson had 156 yards on 23 runs. Poulson carried 10 times for 44 yards. Clawson connected with five different receivers, and the Hawks completed six of 12 passes for 122 yards, a total offensive output of 345 yards.

Manti rushed 43 times for 193 yards. Stevens had 85 yards on 16 carries, Fowles had 40 on 11 runs, Rasmussen carried for 34 yards, Dotson rushed for 22 and Robinson added 14.

Dotson completed seven of 10 passes for 94 yards. Stevens caught four for 20 yards, Parry had two receptions for 31 yards and Kirkman had the 43-yard TD catch. Manti had a total of 287 yards in offense. Rasmussen and Robinson each had an interception.

Both Manti and North Sanpete will have key region matchups this week. North Sanpete will host Richfield. The Wildcats have yet to win a game in 2016 and have lost their last seven games by an average of 22 points per game. Still, the Hawks can’t afford to look past Richfield. With their 0-2 region record they need this win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Manti will be hosting Delta. The Rabbits are 1-1 in league play with a 32-12 win over North Sanpete and a 29-7 loss to Juab. A win over Delta would go a long way toward earning the Templars another trip to the post season.

Senior wide receiver Kyler White returns a kickoff during Friday night’s game at South Summit.  The Wildcats destroyed Gunnison, 58-7.

Senior wide receiver Kyler White returns a kickoff during Friday night’s game at South Summit. The Wildcats destroyed Gunnison, 58-7. – Tiffani Jackson / Messenger photo


Top ranked South Summit demolishes Bulldogs 58-7


Matt Harris

Staff writer



KAMAS, UT—The Gunnison Bulldogs met a likely doom in facing the unbeaten South Summit Wildcats, losing on the road, 58-7.

Surprisingly, the Bulldogs were the first to find the end zone when junior quarterback Kris Edwards connected with senior receiver Canyon Caldwell for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

After that, the Wildcats flipped the switch, and began in a downpour, amassing four touchdowns for 28 points by the end of the first quarter. To make matters worse, the latter two were scored in back-to-back interception returns by Wildcats defender Parker Grajek. Grajek also scored South Summit’s fifth touchdown in the second quarter, this time on offense, when he caught hold of a 23-yard pass from quarterback Nick Beasley.

Gunnison got nowhere for the rest of the night as the Wildcats scored another 16 points in the third before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth.

“I am pleased with how we came out ready to play,” Bulldogs’ head coach Jack Pay says, “but as we face adversity in the game we need to be able to overcome that adversity.”

Next up, Gunnison will travel to Spanish Fork next Friday to take on American Leadership Academy. Their next home game will be on Friday, Oct. 7 against Summit Academy.

Shaquille Delli (No. 28) blasts through a hole opened by the Badger offensive line. Delli led all rushers with 112 yards.

Shaquille Delli (No. 28) blasts through a hole opened by the Badger offensive line. Delli led all rushers with 112 yards. – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo


Badgers bully Air Force Prep into 41-24 victory


Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—Snow College came away with a 41-24 victory over Air Force Prep Last Saturday in a game that can only be described as an an emotional rollercoaster .

On Snow’s opening drive, leading rusher Josh Labrador was noticeably missing from the Badger backfield. Justin Miller completed a nice pass to Alex Croyle for 13 yards and then scrambled 43 yards to get to the Air Force 11.

The Badgers ran seven plays in the next three and a half minutes but couldn’t punch the football in. Finally, Snow settled for a 28-yard Austin Pulver field goal to go ahead by three.

Air Force returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD and the seesaw battle was in full swing.  Ultimately, the Badger defense held the Huskies scoreless in the final 27 minutes of the game, sealing the 41-24 victory for Snow.

Snow dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage, defensively allowing the Huskies only 97 yards of total offense. On offense, Snow amassed a quiet 479 yards, 140 rushing and 339 in the air.

All three of the Air Force touchdowns were the result of special-team miscues. Twice the Huskies returned kickoffs for scores. Their third touchdown came after a squib kick by Air Force was mishandled by the Badgers giving the Huskies the ball at the Badger 10.

Trailing 24-20, the Badgers punted away. Air Force was on the move when Alani Pututua made a spectacular one-handed interception that gave Snow the ball on the Husky 13. On the next play, Miller found Croyle on a crossing pattern for a TD, and from that point on, it was all Snow College.

Miller had his best game as a Badger, completing 26 of 39 passes for 339 yards. Croyle caught eight for 112 yards and a pair of TDs. Brandon Jones had five receptions for 105 yards and two TDs. Arlonzo Simpson had five catches as well for 38 yards.

Shaquille Delli led the Badger rushing attack with 112 yards on eight carries, an impressive 14 yards per touch. Brandon Jones averaged 21 yards per carry, getting 105 yards on five runs.

Connor Taylor led the Badger defense with nine tackles, Ione Leilua had five, while Braxton Winterton, Kayden Conner and Sione Vehikite had four each.

Snow will have this week off, but will travel to Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8 to face Arizona Western. The Matadors are currently undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Snow soccer women get ties, but men fall against SLCC


Matt Harris

Staff writer




EPHRAIM— The Snow College Badger Soccer teams struggled unlike ever before during their back-to-back matchup against the rival Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Bruins last Friday and Saturday in Ephraim.

While the Lady Badgers fought both of their matches with SLCC to a tie, the men lost both of their games against the Bruins in heartbreaking fashion.

Snow women drew in a scoreless game against the Lady Bruins on Friday when neither team could manage to establish their offense. In Saturday’s game, Snow defender Kassidy Barker nailed a goal to give the Lady Badgers a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute. That lead held until halftime.

In the second half, the SLCC attack was relentless, and although the Snow defense held almost the entire game, the 10 shots on goal from the Lady Bruins finally gave way to a single goal from SLCC defender Kenzie Van Buren, which evened the score, and resulted in another draw for the Lady Badgers.

Snow’s men’s team was not so fortunate. Although executing a bold offense and getting great looks at the net, the Badgers could never manage to score in their Friday match and eventually fell victim to a goal off a block by SLCC centerfielder Kanon Heaton, resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Bruins.

Saturday’s matchup was a different story as both offenses were firing on all cylinders in a shootout game. Snow forward Ueslei Silva had a great game, scoring two goals in less than five minutes of action. It couldn’t prove the difference, however, as a slightly more potent Bruin offense scored four goals to take a 4-3 victory and sweep the Badgers on the road.

“I felt we played very well against a top team,” Snow head coach Nuno Gourgel said. “We should be proud, hold our heads high and use this as a learning opportunity.”

Snow Soccer will travel to Price this Friday and Saturday to play back-to-back games against Utah State University-Eastern. USU-Eastern women are currently ranked No. 16 nationally.




Lady Templars continue winning streak


Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer



SALINA—The Manti girl’s soccer team earned another dominant win last Thursday Sept. 22 when they shut out the North Sevier Wolves, 6-0.

Goalie Gentry Young earned the easy shut-out while never having to touch the ball the entire game.

Although the game was close at the half with Manti ahead 1-0, the Templars controlled the second half, getting five goals for the win. Jamie Bawden had a three-goal hat trick. Amy Lund, Lexie Alder and Morganne Stevens also found the net for Manti.

Midway through the regular season the Templars are 5-0 in region competition, but are not ranked in the top five in the state.

Looking at the remainder of the regular season, the biggest challenge for the Templars may be keeping their focus and preparing for tournament play.