• SVHS Sports
It’s the first day of practice for the golf team today as the SVHS boys and girls teams officially start their season. Also 4A football teams begin practice today. Star Valley football, volleyball and cross-country will start practice a week from today on August 14.
The Braves finished as the 3A State Runner-up last year to Wheatland. The Lady Braves have a large returning contingent from a team that placed 5th.
•University of Wyoming
Former Wyoming Cowboy thrower Mason Finley put on the performance of a lifetime in the discus to win the bronze medal in the event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships on Saturday, recording a personal best mark of 68.03 meters (223 feet, 2.25 inches) on his second attempt of the day in London.
Finley outperformed the fourth-place finisher, Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres, by over two meters, and was just over a meter behind gold medalist Andrius Guǆius of Lithuania.
• BYU Football
Through a week of fall camp, the BYU football team was able to avoid any serious injuries ahead of the 2017 season. The first casualty came Friday. Austin McChesney, a sophomore cornerback who was projected to see plenty of time on the Cougars’ two-deep depth chart, will likely miss the 2017 season with a knee injury, KSL has learned.
Head coach Kalani Sitake would not confirm how long McChesney will be sidelined. But he admitted the prognosis doesn’t look good for the former all-region wide receiver from Lone Peak High.
• Utah Football
The University of Utah came in ranked #25 in the USA Today Pre-season coaches poll.
The NFL draft dug a deep hole into Utah’s roster, as the program had the fourth-most players selected in the country. A school record eight Utes were drafted into the NFL,. Overall, the Utes lost 13 starters from last season and are left with 12 returning starters — five on offense, six on defense and their punter.
Top 5 were Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC and Clemson. Just outside the top-25 was Boise State. BYU & Wyoming also were receiving votes.