Weird weather leads to sports chaos

By Tom Zulewski

Among the givens in Utah life: Snow in the winter, monsoon rain in the summer, and competition disruptions delivered in a multitude of ways.

Our first exhibit in the gallery is Canyon View football. In two weeks, they endured nearly 90 minutes of lightning delays at Beaver and couldn’t complete a full game after a long road trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., to play Kingman Academy.

The end result was upbeat, though, as CV rolled past the host Tigers before the Aug. 25 game was called late in the third quarter because of the weather and probably the lengthy trip back home.

With all that happened, new head coach Chris Sawyers has the Falcons at 1-1 with one more non-region game at Timpanogos set for Friday. May the weather gods be on the lookout and keep the thunder and lightning away from the field.

Our second exhibit from last week is Region 9 soccer. Canyon View and Cedar were scheduled for a single game this week, but neither team could get their games in.

After being moved from Snow Canyon to Hurricane for its scheduled opener Aug. 21, Canyon View could only get as far as the midway point of the opening half before lightning sent everyone home.

The teams were scheduled to resume the matchup Monday, but it was too late for press deadline.

Cedar couldn’t get its match with Pine View on Aug. 23 started before the skies flashed and opened up, forcing a postponement that will be made up in September.

In the only girls soccer match of the week that was played, Parowan improved to 3-2-0 after beating North Sanpete at home by a 4-2 count Aug. 21. Laci Sissener, Lina Biasi, McKenna Murphy and Mia Townsend scored in the win for the Rams.

-From the baseball front: Mitch Talbot is more than doing his part for the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A team, the Columbus Clippers, as they make a push for the postseason. The right-handed pitcher from Canyon View High has allowed only one earned run in his last three starts and seen his ERA shrink to 2.61 over 16 starts and 96 2/3 innings.

Heading into the start of play Aug. 26, the Clippers were in a flat-footed tie with the Indianapolis Indians for first place in the International League’s West Division and had a one-game lead over Norfolk for the wild card playoff spot.

The regular season wraps up Sept. 3.

-With the calendar set to flip to September on Saturday, it means the PRCA cowboys will be heading to the Iron County Fairgrounds in Parowan for the third annual PRCA rodeo. Action starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday and at 2 p.m. for the Labor Day performance.

As the regular season hits the final month, spots among the top 15 who qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas are up for grabs.

Leading the charge is defending saddle bronc champion Ryder Wright. The cowboy who makes Beaver home has moved up to second in the money with $121,802, trailing only Jacobs Crawley. Milford’s Rusty Wright is seventh with $96,508, brother-in-law CoBurn Bradshaw is 10th with $82,394, and Cedar City saddle bronc winner Jake Wright is 12th with $73,811.

Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico is on the cutoff in 15th with $66,447.

The top 15 who advance to Las Vegas for the WNFR will be set Sept. 30.

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