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Interview w/ Mark Stout
c/o BYU Lacrosse
This week's podcast is an interview with Mark Stout. Stout has been around the game in Utah since 1981, when he arrived at BYU. He was instrumental in the founding of the high school league in 1994. He has coached at every level and is frequently found on the BYU sidelines, where I first met him. I love this picture of him because there are few times you'll find him without a hood on.
While we were talking about the podcast, Stout sent me this picture:
This is from the very first Utah high school lacrosse championship in the fall of 1994 featuring teams from Alta, Park City, Provo (Orem/Timpview), Sunnyside (Brighton/East/Judge/Rowland Hall) and Waterford. Sunnyside beat Waterford to become the first champion. It was taken in Provo and Stout is in the very top right of the picture. Some of the people included in this picture: Brian Blogette, Chris Radar, Dave Allen, Mason Goodhand, Bob Capner, Brad Hawes, Scott Clarke, Clint Fjeldsted, Andy Stockman, Pete Stevenson. This picture represented the entire high school league at the time. It’s a testament to the many, many people who have helped grow the game in Utah over the years. If you’re stepping on a field this week, it’s because of the people in this picture. Sunnyside is the name of the street that Sunnyside Park is located on in Salt Lake City. Many lacrosse games and practices have taken place there since 1994.
While looking for pictures of Stout at BYU I found these gems from The Banyan which is the BYU yearbook. While Stout isn’t in them, I still feel they are worth sharing.
c/o The Banyan, 1982, 1983
2021 High School Coaches Poll
The 2021 High School Coaches Poll is presented by Vessel Kitchen. Stop by one of four locations for some yummy food made by lacrosse-loving friends.
Boys - Preseason Poll
It’s no surprise that Corner Canyon nabbed the top spot. They are certainly the favorite but the games still have to be played and anything could happen.
Rank, Team, Points, First Place Votes
Corner Canyon, 250, 18
Park City, 239, 6
Brighton, 181, 2
Lone Peak, 152
Mountain Ridge, 93
American Fork, 64
Juan Diego, 39
Teams receiving votes (alpha order): Alta, Bountiful, Box Elder, Copper Hills, Davis, East, Farmington, Green Canyon, Herriman, Jordan, Judge, Northridge, Pleasant Grove, Riverton, Sky View, Skyline, Skyridge, Timpview, Waterford, Weber, West, Westlake.
Girls - Preseason Poll
Park City led the way in the girls poll with Brighton, Herriman, Corner Canyon and Lone Peak in a close group right behind them.
Rank, Team, Points, First Place Votes
Park City, 75, 5
Herriman, 54, 2
Corner Canyon, 53
Lone Peak, 51
Alta, 31, 1
Teams receiving votes (alpha order): American Fork, Davis, Farmington, Jordan, Juan Diego, Layton, Mountain Ridge, Ridgeline, Riverton, Skyline, Skyridge, Viewmont, West Jordan, Westlake
There are no high school games scheduled for this week. Good luck to those who are trying out today! The next poll will be released on March 15 then will continue each week until the season ends.
The Utah Utes lost 20-8 to No. 12 Loyola on Saturday (Recap | Box Score). Park City native Connor Hollison saw his first action as a Ute after entering the game late in the fourth quarter. The Utes will host Jacksonville on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Fans are not allowed but there will be a live stream with a familiar voice on the call.
BYU took on Colorado Mesa on Saturday. After a bus accident, the Cougars led most of the game but fell to the Mavericks, 13-12. The Cougars will travel to Grand Canyon to face the Lopes on Thursday, then meet Minnesota on a neutral field on Saturday.
UVU faced Adams State and CSU-Pueblo this weekend, where they won both games. The Wolverines will also head to Arizona this weekend and will take on Minnesota on Friday, then Grand Canyon on Saturday.
On the Women’s side, Westminster beat BYU, 20-13, on Saturday. The Griffins will head to Colorado to take on the Colorado Springs on Friday and Regis on Saturday. The Cougars aren’t in action again until March 27, when they host Utah State.
Bubba Fairman (Brighton) took over the internet on Friday with this:
News & Notes
Stolen Trailer at Tribal West North
From the original post:
We've got a bad teammate in the area. The man shown in the picture here is stealing our trailer with 200+ sets of rental gear that was ready to be placed in the hands of some excited players in Northern Utah. We're doing our best to get more gear. We will NOT be brought down by a loser who can't keep his hands to his own stuff. Please keep an eye out for us. If you see something suspicious, please report it.
The vehicle in question is a black truck with a shell. It looks lifted with some premium wheels/tires. If you have any information, please call Tribal West North -> 385.552.8364
Field Painting Robot
Sometimes when I get bored I’ll search ‘lacrosse’ on Twitter to see what comes up. Well, to my pleasant surprise, this gem was one of the top results. It’s a field painting robot! I think I may need one for my backyard.
I think that’s it for this week. If you’ve made it this far, thank you! Please forward this to a friend who also loves lacrosse.
— Tim Haslam