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Skydiving: The summertime thriller

Skydiving already isn’t for the weak-of-heart, but it takes a daredevil to jump from an airplane soaring 13,500 feet above the ground.

Jack Gunthrie, owner of Skydive Utah, has skydived for more than 45 years. “I started in the army, but one of my first memories when I was 4 or 5 years old was seeing a parachute and wanting to use it,” Gunthrie said. “I have always been intrigued by the sport.”

Gunthrie’s target market includes young singles, especially students. Skydive Utah hosts mor…

BYU baseball faces attendance challenges

 

The BYU baseball team faces many issues in Utah that indoor sports do not have to worry about, the biggest being the weather. A few other sports are played outside, but with indecisive Utah weather the baseball team can experience adverse weather conditions. The baseball team also plays many games in three- or four-round bursts, which makes it hard for their fans to make it to every game.

“It gets really cold here, but as it gets warmer we tend to get a bigger turnout,” said BYU…

Visitors to Utah ski resorts up despite below-average snowfall

Utah is home to “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and receives a staggering average of 500 inches of annual snowfall. This year was an exception. Alta reported only 324 inches of snowfall, representing a 36 percent deficit.

The numbers of skiers visiting Utah was high despite the unusually dry 2014-2015 ski season. “As everybody knows, the snowfall was below average, but that doesn’t mean that the skiing wasn’t great,” said Paul Marshall, Ski Utah director of communications.

The $1.3 billio…

BYU professor on the run in Animal Planet series

Matt Galland answers his phone, and it’s his wife asking him to pick up the kids. “Honey, I’m in a cave with a lion right now … can I call you back?” he says.  BYU adjunct professor Galland has always had a love of adventure and of running. Starring in the Animal Planet’s new series, “100 Miles From Nowhere,” Galland and friends Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson team up and explore some of the world’s most picturesque but precarious views while trail running.

The series follows the three fri…

BYU clinches 3 seed with walk-off home run

Jarrett Jarvis’ walk-off home run in the 10th inning helped BYU defeat St. Mary’s Monday night. The win propelled the Cougars to a No. 3 seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament.

St. Mary’s hit three straight singles to start the game and had a 2-0 lead by the fifth inning. BYU struggled early on and didn’t get a hit until Colton Shaver hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth.

“I was just trying to stay relaxed and see a good pitch, and I got one, and I hit it well,” said Sh…

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