Over 650 Utah high school seniors earned scholarships to play college athletics

Each of the 668 high school athletes from the 2017 graduating class who earned a scholarship to move on and play college athletics has a unique story to tell about their journey.

For some, like Bingham football player Jay Tufele, his entire high school career and the resulting recruiting process was well-documented throughout. It culminated with throngs of media members showing up at Bingham High School on National Letter of Intent Day to document the announcement of his final decision — which was ultimately USC.

For over 400 other athletes heading to small colleges throughout the country, their final choice was met with virtually zero fanfare outside of their own families — but it doesn’t make the achievement any less noteworthy.

Regardless of the interest behind their college choices, the countless hours those 668 athletes put in the past decade has paid off as they get to continue their athletic pursuits for another two to four years, if not longer.

Of those 667 athletes, 239 signed with major universities. Of the bunch, 404 are staying in-state, while 264 are heading out of state. Last year, 710 seniors received some type of athletic scholarship, the most in the seven years the Deseret News has been tracking the data.

The annual list is compiled after contacting coaches and athletic directors from every high school in Utah, in addition to sports information departments at each of the in-state colleges.

The payout isn’t huge for some — books might be their only compensation. For blue chippers though like Tufele and Brighton’s Sione Lund (Stanford), their educations will be paid in full.

American Fork led the state with an impressive 29 scholarship recipients, followed by Lone Peak with 24, Bingham with 22, Maple Mountain with 19 and Springville and East with 17.

A total of 100 schools had student-athletes earn scholarships, up from …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

Barreto comes up big again as A’s rally past White Sox

CHICAGO — Rookie Franklin Barreto went 2-for-5 and scored a game-tying run in his second big league start as the A’s rallied for a 5-3 victory and a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

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Barreto, called up Friday from Triple-A Nashville, led off the eighth inning with a single to left off Chicago reliever Tommy Kahnle and tied the game at 2-2 when he scored on Khris Davis’ base hit to left.

Yonder Alonso then lined reliever David Robertson’s first pitch into the left-field corner to drive in Healy for the go-ahead run.

The A’s added two ninth innings runs on solo homers from Adam Rosales (fourth) and Matt Joyce (10th), the fourth time this season the A’s have hit back-to-back home runs.

Barreto is now 4-for-10 with a homer and two RBIs in two games.

Chicago left fielder Melky Cabrera clubbed his eighth homer with none out in the ninth off A’s reliever Santiago Casilla, who picked up his 13th save.

Starter Sonny Gray (3-3) allowed two runs on four hits in a seven-inning outing. He struck out seven and walked just one.

The A’s …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Blue Jays beat Royals with crucial stretch awaiting

KANSAS CITY — With the schedule soft spot of the last three weeks behind them, and a disappointing 8-10 record over that stretch now on the register, the true test of this Toronto Blue Jays season finally begins in earnest on Tuesday.

Sunday’s 8-2 thumping of the Royals capped off a 3-4 road trip through Texas and Kansas City. That brings the team’s June record to 10-12, a discouraging follow-up to the Blue Jays’ torrid 18-10 May. Toronto’s run differential, plus-29 in May, has swung right around and is minus-30 this month, and now sits at minus-22 on the season.

The up-and-down nature of Toronto’s play has left it right in the soft centre of the American League, with no true indication as to whether this club has what it takes to push for a third consecutive post-season appearance or if the front office should begin considering a late-July sell-off.

But we may be about to find out. Toronto’s final four series before the mid-July all-star break will be played against the Baltimore Orioles (37-38), Boston Red Sox (41-34), New York Yankees (40-33), and Houston Astros (51-25). Baltimore is by far the least intimidating of those opponents, but the Orioles have played the Blue Jays stubbornly over the last several years, and have already beaten Toronto seven of the nine times they’ve played in 2017. Boston, New York and Houston? That’s the class of the American League.

So, a lot will be learned as the Blue Jays attempt to steer their way through that stretch — for fans, observers, and the club’s front office, which will begin making decisions right around that all-star break as to what this team will do come the July …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca