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tian Stewart (second nationally with 37 touchdown passes) was named to the WSFL Second Team and will be heading to play next season at BYU. Head coach Tyler Hughes announced in January that he will also be moving on, heading to the Ohio State University to pursue a graduate degree. Replacing Hughes at the helm for the Badgers this fall will be defensive coordinator Britt Maughan. The 2013 season is already off to a great start, with the Badgers ranking second in the NJCAA preseason poll. Men’s Basketball With the resignation of Michael Ostlund in late July, the men’s basketball team was looking for a smooth transition on short notice. Athletic Director Rob Nielson stepped in to lead the men’s team through the season. They finished with a 22-10 overall record and an 8-7 conference record, finishing third in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season. The Badgers started the 22 season 12-1, earning a selection as high as 20th in the NJCAA national poll. will give Coach Nielson a solid core to build around this coming year. During the Region 18 tournament, Snow College made its way to the championship game against conference rival Salt Lake Community College, but fell short, 86-75, ending their competitive season. Three sophomores are continuing on, signing to play at four-year institutions. “I am proud of the sophomores and the way they worked to improve this season,” Nielson said. Cheikh Sane has signed on to play at Division I school Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Point guard Nick Gruninger committed to the University of California-Riverside, and Connor Van Brocklin will be staying in-state and playing for the University of Utah. Nielson concludes that he is “going to miss all three of them … they’re good kids and they worked very hard to earn these opportunities.” Casey Taylor, Brock Smith, Roberts Baltruns, London Simonsen, and Haudrick Hilaire all got significant playing time as freshmen and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Natalie Visger and the women’s basketball program accentuated the “student” side of the student-athlete last season, as the Lady Badgers were ranked with the highest team GPA (3.58) in the nation by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). On the court, the program had a pendulum swing of change in 2013 after ending the 2011-12 season on a record high, at the national tournament. With only one returning starter, Jordi Willden, the Lady Badgers had a tough rebuilding season. Despite their overall record of 10-21, the ladies held their ground at the Region 18 tournament, defeating USU Eastern in the first round by a 13-point margin (62-49). After being swept by the Golden Eagles during regular conference play, it was definitely a high-note finish. The ladies 20 1 3 | S N O W CO L L EG E M AG A ZI N E

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