Archives for April 2017










Georgia Young


Georgia G. Skinner Young, 68, of Manti, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at her home. She was born on March 22, 1949 in Provo, to John Sheldon and Marjorie Dean Draper Skinner.

Georgia graduated from Orem High School where she was a proud member of the drill team.  She went on to attend Utah State University where she met her sweetheart Larry Lynn Young.

Georgia and Larry were married on Aug. 28, 1970 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They spent the next 46 and-a-half years raising a family together.

When her kids were young, Georgia went back to school and received her Registered Nursing degree.  She worked as a nurse at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, Mayfield Manor and other care centers, and was the community health nurse in Manti, Utah for many years.

Georgia enjoyed many fun and varied interests throughout her life.  To the delight of her family she was an accomplished cook and home canner, making the best pie cherry jam ever. She was an avid quilter, hand quilting temple quilts for many newlyweds as well as being very talented with crocheting.  Georgia enjoyed spending time with her husband and family in the mountains, including the occasional hunting trip. However, her idea of roughing it was a three-star hotel.

Georgia loved to travel and see the world.  She drove across country with her sister-in-law Barbara, when she was a teenager.  Her favorite trip was being able to pick up her daughter from her mission in Hungary and then visiting her husband’s ancestral home of Greece.

Georgia loved spending time with her grandkids, they enjoyed making crafts, playing Minecraft, and watching movies in grandma’s bed.  Georgia had a zest and love for life.  She was witty and fun with a bit of a sarcastic and rebel edge.  She loved to say things just to shock her family and friends.  Her spark and unique outlook on life will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; children: Shane (Janint) Young and Kimberly Young, both of Herriman; Kara Manwill, of Ephraim; Travis (Crystal) Young, of Santaquin. She is also survived by six grandchildren and siblings: Leonard (RuthAnn) Skinner, Darrel (Barbara, best friend who passed away later the same day) Skinner, Rex (Susan) Skinner and Evan (Marlys Jean) Skinner.

She is preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Steven Young.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Manti Stake Center, 555 East Union St, Manti. Friends may call on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. and also prior to services from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Manti City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at




Norma Sheril Muir


Norma Sheril Muir, 83, of Seneca, South Carolina, passed away April 1, 2017 at her home. She was born June 23, 1933 to Roland Grant Mower and Viola Hansen Mower of Fairview. She married Dale Eugene Muir on May 22, 1954 in Fairview, and they were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on June 19, 1959.

They had three children, Michael Alan, Barry Clinton, and Steven Philip Muir. Barry and Michael have passed away, and Steven is still living in Ohio. They also are survived by seven grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died on Aug. 12, 2016.

She is also survived by two sister and one brother; Lynne Jensen, Fairview; Emily Lillie, Salt Lake City; and R.D. Mower, Veteran’s home in Payson.

She grew up in Fairview, then moved to Salt Lake City and met her future husband, Dale, who was in the Air Force. They then moved to California, and when Dale retired, they went to Michigan where Dale had lived. Dale graduated from college, and worked for a pharmaceutical company in Seneca.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and her husband served in many callings. She very much loved photography. They went on two LDS missions with the Martin’s Cove Handcart Mission in Wyoming.

Funeral services were held on April 8, 2017 in Seneca, South Carolina. Burial was in the Heritage Memorial Gardens in Westminster, South Carolina.

The family thanks everyone from the community who brought flowers, food, and other expressions of condolence.

North Sanpete School District names Teachers of the Year



North Sanpete School District officials have chosen their Teachers of the Year. Superintendent Sam Ray presented the awards to the teachers at the April 18 board meeting. From left, Julie Miller, Spring City Elementary; Nicole Lamb, Moroni Elementary; Dana Lee Sorensen, Fairview Elementary; Hollee Anderson, Mt. Pleasant Elementary/District Teacher of the Year; Sharon Christensen, North Sanpete High School; and Preston Cox, North Sanpete Middle School. Not pictured, Shawn Ledingham, Pleasant Creek; and Nicole Hansen, Fountain Green Elementary. The schools’ staff chooses teachers. Ray and the school association chooses the District Teacher of the Year. Anderson, this year’s winner, will go on to compete in the state-level Teacher of the Year competition. All of the teachers received certificates and gift cards from the school district.

Snow instructor Kyle Rowley demonstrates the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology he is teaching. The college is awarding its first four GIS certificates at the end of this semester.

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The Manti GreenPower race team’s signature red car going on a practice run at Snow College’s football stadium last Sunday.


Manti High Greenpower car, crew ready to head to national races


Matt Harris

Staff writer



MANTI—Manti GreenPower is going national!

The GreenPower team reported that they have reached their fundraising goal of 10,000 dollars, enough money to send their entire team and their prized electric-powered race car to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the national GreenPower tournament.

Raising the necessary funds took all of three months for the team, the bulk of which occurred in the last month.

“We just want to express our thanks to the entire community for helping reach this goal,” team leader Russ Steven said.

The team is headed out to Tooele to defend their title in the state competition today, and they will board their flight to Indy tomorrow. Nationals will take place on Monday, May 1.

Members of the Ephraim Youth City Council pose for a picture during their trip to Utah State Legislature session. The council is looking for new members.


Ephraim Youth City Council looking for members


Robert Stevens

Managing editor



EPHRAIM—The Ephraim Youth City Council is looking for sophomores and senior students to apply.

“This is a great opportunity to serve your community and learn to become leaders,” said Jill Nielson.

Nielson says the youth council meets monthly and is involved in many activities throughout the year.

“You will get to meet new people and have fun,” Nielson said. “We look forward to a great year.”

The youth council works with adult advisers that provide guidance for council activities, Nielson says. While serving the community, youth council members learn responsibility through specific assignments they carry out, both individually and as a group.

“Why join?” Nielson asked. “Being a part of the youth council is fun. It’s an opportunity for teenagers to spend time with others their age. The members learn leadership skills while making a difference in the community. It also looks great on a resume and applying for scholarships.”

For more information, contact Julie Arnoldsen 435-340-0967 or Jill Nielson 435-851-0689.

This hit by senior Drew Hill turned into a base hit for the Bulldogs in their second matchup against top-ranked Grand. The doubleheader split between the two teams, a good sign of things to come.

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Manti catcher, Jace Miller, just misses the tag on a Delta runner. The Templar’s loss to Delta was rife with near misses that allowed the Rabbits to take home a 12-9 upset over the Templars.


Templars beat Millard 3-1, then drop games to Beaver and Delta


Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer



MANTI—The Manti baseball team started the week off in a good way with a close 3-1 win over Millard, but ended with two disappointing losses.

Despite their victory over Millard, the Templars dropped a 10-8 non-region game to Beaver and then were shocked by the Delta Rabbits who defeated Manti, 12-9.

On Tuesday, April 18 the Templars traveled to Fillmore to take on the Millard Eagles. Manti took the early lead with a one-run first inning, but the Eagles tied things up in the bottom of the third. Manti responded with one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings and then held on for the two-run win.

Tristan Barnes earned winning pitcher honors, and Darron McClain had the only extra base hit, a double.

On Thursday, Beaver came to Manti. The Beavers are the second place team in a very close 2A South Region while the Templars are second in the 2A Central.

As would be expected, the game was close with the Templars going ahead 2-0 after two innings. Beaver scored once in the third and then brought four runners home in the top of the fifth.

Manti narrowed the Beaver lead to one with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Beaver added another in the sixth. Manti scored twice to tie the game in the seventh and force an extra inning. Beaver went ahead by four in the top of the eighth, and although the Templars made a run, they could only bring two home, not enough to catch the Beavers. McClain again had the only extra base hit, another double.

When Delta came to Manti on Friday, they were definite underdogs. With their 2-4 record, compared to Manti’s 5-1 regular season, the Rabbits should have been intimidated, but they came to play. Taking advantage of solid base hits that were just off the gloves of the Templar defense, Delta methodically built an insurmountable lead.

Ahead 2-1 going into the third, The Rabbits exploited some fielding errors to bring six runners across the plate in the top of the inning. Manti answered with three runs in the fourth but still trailed 12-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. With four runs in the final inning, the comeback bid came up short for the Templars who lost by three.

Kole Brailsford and Matt Nelson each connected for a double in the game for the Templars.

This week will be an important one for the Templars. They took on the region-leading South Sevier Rams on Tuesday (results were not available at press time), but the last time these teams met the Rams stole a one-run win in Manti.

Today will feature another road game for the Templars, this one in Kamas to take on South Summit. The Wildcats are one place behind the Templars in region play and would like nothing more than to steal a win and move up in the standings. The last time these teams met saw the Templars earning an easy 16-7 win.

Manti will wrap up league play on Monday, May 1 when they host American Leadership Academy. The Eagles are at the bottom of the standings with a 1-5 record.

The final game of the season will be on Tuesday when Manti hosts Summit Academy. The Bears are 11-4 on the year and second in the 2A North Region. The match will be a good test for the Templars as they prepare for state championship tournament play.



Reggie Johnson connects on a two-RBI single to start the scoring for Manti in their 12-2 victory over Delta. Johnson also hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to give Manti the ten-run win over the Rabbits.


Manti softball double wins keep them in contention for first place


Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer



MANTI—The Manti softball team put two more wins in the books last week to stay in the battle for first place in the 2A Central Region.

Their 13-8 win at Millard on Tuesday, April 18 and the 12-2 win on Friday over Delta have earned the Lady Templars an 8-1 record.

South Sevier is in first place with their 9-1 record, but their loss was a 7-5 game against Manti. South Summit is close behind at 8-2. Their 8-5 win over Manti is the only blemish on the Templars’ record.

This week is pivotal in region competition. The Templars will take on the best of 2A Central Region. Manti hosted South Sevier on Tuesday (results unavailable at press time). They played a non-league game at North Sanpete yesterday and will travel to face South Summit tomorrow.

South Sevier, Manti and South Summit are one, two and three in the region standings and are all in the top five of the state-wide rankings. Enterprise is ranked No. 1, followed by Manti, South Sevier and South Summit.

With Manti taking on both the Rams and the Wildcats, they will have a tougher final week than either South Sevier or South Summit. The Rams also have Millard on their schedule, but will likely win that game over the 3-5 Eagles. The Wildcats will take on Delta with their 0-7 record.

Manti will wrap up the season with a pair of non-league games next week when they host Taylorsville on Tuesday and Corner Canyon on Wednesday. These two tough matchups should help the Templars gear up for post-season play.





Snow College freshman Zach Hunsaker shot his way into top honors this season, being named to the NJCAA All-America First Team.


Snow basketball player named All-American, signs with Brown


Matt Harris

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—Anyone who has seen Zach Hunsaker play basketball won’t be too surprised by his most recent news.

Hunsaker, a freshman guard on Snow College’s men’s basketball this past season, got the top honors in the NJCAA last week, being named to the All-America First Team after a stellar season with the Badgers.

Hunsaker followed up the news with his commitment to play at the next level, heading to the Ivy League to play for Brown University.

“Thank you to my teammates and coaches for getting me to this point,” Hunsaker wrote on social media. “Love you guys. Also, thank you to Indiana State and Penn State for having me out to visit. It was a tough decision, but I’m excited for the years to come.”

The Orem High School product lit up the scoreboard in his only season with Snow, averaging 20.3 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game en route to leading the Scenic West Athletic Conference in scoring by a wide margin. His shooting percentage was 50.4 percent, with a 45-percent clip from three-point range. For the season, Hunsaker had 100 three-pointers, 17th in the nation. Hunsaker’s best game came against Southern Idaho early in the season when he hung 37 points on the Eagles en route to a 105-81 victory.

Hunsaker was one of only two freshmen to make the NCJAA’s First Team, and one of only two in the Scenic West to receive All-American honors.

Hunsaker is not the only one to have committed to play elsewhere. Sophomore forward Blake Truman announce via social media that he has committed to play for Idaho State next year. Truman averaged 12.7 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game last season.

Lady Hawks fall to Wasatch High but make up for it with win over Richfield


Matt Harris

Staff writer



MT.PLEASANT—Two games and two very different results for the Lady Hawks this past week.

Last Wednesday, North Sanpete softball went down in a heartbreaker to Wasatch High, 7-6, but made up for lost ground with a 12-2 dismantling of Richfield. The Lady Hawks now hold a 9-10 record, 4-3 region play.

“It was a good game,” head coach Sharon Christensen said of the loss to Wasatch High. “We just needed to be more aggressive with our bats.”

Against Richfield, the Lady Hawks had a slow start, down 1-0 after four innings. Everything changed at the bottom of the fourth inning when North Sanpete started rolling, first scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. The Lady Hawks then responded to Richfield scoring again by launching off eight runs in the fifth inning to seal the game early.

“We played well against Richfield,” Christensen said. “That was an important win for us.”

The Lady Hawks hosted Manti yesterday (score unavailable at press time). Coming up, North Sanpete rematches with Wasatch High today at 3:30 p.m. before a long road trip, making stops at Juab tomorrow, Millard next Tuesday, and Salem Hills next Wednesday.

Lady Bulldogs sweep Grand, now sport 12-4 region record


Matt Harris

Staff writer



GUNNISON—The Lady Bulldogs are on a roll after posting three straight wins last week.

Gunnison softball took a tough Grand team to town with a doubleheader sweep last Tuesday, 6-4 and 18-12, on the road before coming home and setting visiting Parowan ablaze in less than four innings in a 20-4 demolition.

“It was a great week for the Bulldog softball team,” head coach Tyson Brackett said.

Now sporting a 12-4 record, the Lady Bulldogs are struggling for respect, still unable to crack the top five by Deseret News, yet lists Gunnison as No. 4 in 2A softball, just ahead of rival Manti.

In the first game against Grand, the Lady Bulldogs grabbed an early 3-2 lead after the first inning and held on all game long, riding a great defensive effort and quality hitting.            Sophomore Emily Brackett went a perfect 4-4 at the plate, which included a double and a home run to lift the Gunnison offense over the top. In that game, sophomore Haley Bjerragaard pitched three strikeouts from the mound, and despite allowing 12 hits, only allowed four runs all game.

In the second game against Grand, Coach Brackett rested Bjerregaard by putting in freshman Gracy Christensen for the first two innings. In her first start, Christensen struggled some, allowing six runs in the first two innings, plus two home runs as Grand raced madly to establish a lead.

Gunnison was down early, 4-0 after the first inning, but kept pace with the Lady Devils thanks to strong offense. Seniors Jerusha Miner and Ashley Roberts both nailed homers to keep pace with Grand, evening the score in the second inning, 6-6.

In the third inning, Bjerregaard returned to the mound, and the Gunnison offense kept on rolling. The Lady Bulldogs ended the game with 21 hits. Miner’s grand slam made her the scoring leader of the game with five RBI. Every player except Bjerregaard crossed home plate at least once, and the team combined for six doubles.

“Grand is always a tough team to play,” Brackett said, “and to play them at their place is even tougher.”

Having dispatched the previously spotless region record of Grand, Gunnison’s momentum went right into their matchup with Parowan, and it quickly became a foregone conclusion which was the better team.

It only took Gunnison two innings to hang 20 scores on the outmatched Lady Rams, combining as a team for three doubles, two triples and four home runs. The game called on a mercy rule after the top of the third inning. Bjerregaard stayed hot on the mound with six strikeouts.

It’s a tough week coming for the Lady Bulldogs, who look to defend their 4-0 region record. Having hosted Emery yesterday (score unavailable at press time), Gunnison hosts a doubleheader against San Juan today at 2 p.m. They then face Millard at home tomorrow at 3:30 p.m and are on the road against Emery tomorrow. Next week, the Lady Bulldogs play at Piute on Tuesday.

Lady Badgers still looking for wins, record now 8-23


Matt Harris

Staff writer



SALT LAKE— The Snow College Lady Badgers are now the reluctant owners of a 13-game losing streak.

The team got swept for their third consecutive series last weekend, losing all four at No. 2 Salt Lake, 10-2, 10-2, 8-0, and 8-2.

The losses move the Lady Badgers’ record to 14-27-1 on the season and 8-23 in conference play.

Except for the final contest, Snow trailed from beginning to end in every single game of the series, vastly outmatched against an exceptionally talented Lady Bruins squad.

In the final matchup, Snow held toe-to-toe with Salt Lake for the first three innings, fighting to a 2-2 tie after three. The first score came when freshman Dakota Gee got caught stealing, allowing for sophomore Alyssa Arslanian to score. Then at the top of the third, Arslanian reached for second base, and sophomore Makensie Simons scored.

That was the best luck the Lady Badgers could muster, and it only lasted so long. Salt Lake found their bats at the bottom of the fifth inning and raced to the finish line, stifling what was left in Snow’s offensive arsenal.

For the series, freshman Madison Parrish led the Lady Badgers in RBI with two of the three that the team was able to muster.

The schedule looks to lighten up towards the finish as the Lady Badgers will be on the road for a four-game set against Colorado Northwestern this weekend.

Sophomore McCall Stoddard just barely gets on base in the Lady Badgers’ third game against Southern Idaho on Saturday, April 15, during a weekend series. The Lady Badgers dropped this game, 11-2, in six innings as part of a four-game sweep by the Lady Eagles.

Sophomore McCall Stoddard just barely gets on base in the Lady Badgers’ third game against Southern Idaho on Saturday, April 15, during a weekend series. The Lady Badgers dropped this game, 11-2, in six innings as part of a four-game sweep by the Lady Eagles.


Lady Badgers suffer four more losses, record only 8-20 in Scenic Conference


Matt Harris

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—The Lady Badgers saw their season slipping a little further downward last weekend with four straight losses.

Snow softball got swept yet again by Southern Idaho, their second straight time getting swept, and the second time the Lady Eagles having done it to them.

In a two-game Friday and two-game Saturday series on April 12-13, Snow lost to the Lady Eagles by scores of 11-8, 8-0, 11-2, 10-0, bringing Snow’s record on the season to 14-23-1 with a paltry 8-20 record in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

Perhaps the most telling statistic of Snow’s troubles is that the Lady Badgers went all four games without a single homerun, a long stretch for a team sporting hitters like sophomores Alyssa Arslanian and Sarah Sandberg.

The first game saw the Lady Badgers with an early lead, 3-2, after the first inning, thanks due to a dropped fly in right field that allowed all three scores. After the two traded leads the next few innings, Southern Idaho made their statement in the top of the seventh inning by scoring three runs and then cracking one out of the park to get three more. The Lady Badgers couldn’t make up the difference, and Southern Idaho got the win.

That first game proved to be the best result Snow could for the rest of the weekend. Snow got shut out of the second Friday game, committing five fielding errors.

On Saturday, Southern Idaho showed no mercy, riding a five-score effort in the fourth inning of the first game of the day to beat the Lady Badgers in five innings. Then, Snow got shut out yet again, the third time in the last nine contests. Snow only got two hits in the shutout loss.

For the series, sophomore Carley Guymon proved herself the best pitcher, pitching 11 strikeouts, but she also allowed 24 hits between the two games she pitched for.

The Lady Badgers have now lost nine straight for the second time this season, and at the worst time. On Friday and Saturday of this week, Snow will be on the road for a four-game series against Salt Lake, now ranked No. 2 nationally.

Senior Ashley Roberts cracks off a homerun in the Lady Bulldogs’ first win of a doubleheader sweep against the Lady Wolves on Tuesday, April 11.

Senior Ashley Roberts cracks off a homerun in the Lady Bulldogs’ first win of a doubleheader sweep against the Lady Wolves on Tuesday, April 11.


Robert leads out to help Gunnison softball win two doubleheaders


Matt Harris

Staff writer



GUNNISON—Ashley. Roberts. Remember her.

Roberts, a senior, was the top dog last Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11-12, when the Gunnison softball team pulled out a pair of wins in a doubleheader against North Sevier, 18-5 and 11-10, respectively.

Over the course of both games, Roberts got two homeruns and a combined eight RBIs.

The Lady Bulldogs are now 9-4 and have a 2-0 region record, putting them currently in first place in Region 15, though Gunnison was the last team to start region play.

Senior day came early for the Lady Bulldogs last Tuesday when they romped over the Lady Wolves in the first game. Gunnison’s only seniors, Roberts and Jerusha Miner, had a day with a home run each. Miner also had a double. Overall, North Sevier simply couldn’t keep Gunnison off the plate as the Lady Bulldogs combined for 24 hits on the game.

Despite the high output offensively, the game had a slower pace at the beginning with Gunnison holding an edge after the second inning, 2-1. But Gunnison blew it away in the third with five scores. In the fifth inning, Gunnison scored two runs to increase the lead to 9-2, but North Sevier would not be kept down, scoring three to trim the lead.

Finally, the Lady Bulldogs put a final nail in the coffin by getting a huge scoring run to get the game called to an end in the sixth inning.

Every player scored for Gunnison, with all players but sophomore Tayler Brackett notching at least one RBI. Brackett made up the difference with two runs. The Lady Bulldogs combined for seven doubles.

“The team had good team spirit as they went into the game,” head coach Tyson Brackett said. “Our hitting and defense was great.”

In the second game, North Sevier came far readier to play, giving Gunnison everything they could handle. The Lady Wolves were first on the board with a run in the top of the first inning, and Gunnison responded in the second with a run.

At the end of three innings, North Sevier held a 4-3 advantage, and the Lady Bulldogs got going. They scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. Then the Lady Wolves threw a haymaker in the top of the sixth inning by scoring five runs for the largest lead of the game, 9-6.

Gunnison was not done. They would answer back with four runs and retake the lead 10-9. The Lady Wolves squeaked one in at the top of the seventh to tie it up in the final inning, but the Lady Bulldogs had the last word, scoring one last run at the bottom of the seventh to take the game in a thriller.

Roberts had yet another home run in that game. She combined for eight RBI in the series. Sophomore Emily Brackett also hit a homer on another great hitting day for Gunnison, combining for 15 hits, five doubles, and no strikeouts.

“I stressed to the girls the importance of softball not having a letdown a day after run-ruling them the day before,” Brackett said. “North Sevier brought it a little more and we were kind of on our heels. Our defense and pitching wasn’t as great as it was the day before, but we battled through and did what we needed to do to get the win.”

Coming up, the Lady Bulldogs face a tough test in a road doubleheader against Grand County. Those games were on Tuesday (score unavailable at press time), and the Lady Bulldogs had another game yesterday at home against Parowan.

Their next game is at home against Emery next Tuesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m.

Bulldogs’ senior Drew Hill pitches against North Sevier during a game this week. Hill pitched in the first game of the doubleheader and struck out eight batters in the win.

Bulldogs’ senior Drew Hill pitches against North Sevier during a game this week. Hill pitched in the first game of the doubleheader and struck out eight batters in the win.

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