Utah breaks financial transaction value record for second year in a row
by Press Release on May 19, 2022 at 4:02 pm
For the second year in a row, Utah’s financial transaction value record hits new heights. Find the details here. The post Utah breaks financial transaction value record for second year in a row appeared first on Utah Business.
First hyperreality simulation in Bluffdale opens with JUMP
by Press Release on May 19, 2022 at 3:54 pm
JUMP announces it’s first expansion outside of Salt Lake City with a new hyperreality simulation in Bluffdale, Utah. The post First hyperreality simulation in Bluffdale opens with JUMP appeared first on Utah Business.
Significant housing collaboration in Park City announced
by Press Release on May 19, 2022 at 3:49 pm
Mountainlands Housing and Bridge 21 have announced a housing collaboration in Park City for those who are neurodiverse. The post Significant housing collaboration in Park City announced appeared first on Utah Business.
How James Thornton co-founded Tafi and expanded the metaverse
by James Thornton on May 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm
In this edition of the Founder Series, James Thornton shares how he co-founded Tafi to expand the metaverse with NFTs. The post How James Thornton co-founded Tafi and expanded the metaverse appeared first on Utah Business.
This professional martial artist makes her living as YouTuber
by Jacqueline Mumford on May 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Samery Moses, a professional martial artist based in Utah, makes her full income online. Here’s how she does it. The post This professional martial artist makes her living as YouTuber appeared first on Utah Business.
High school boys lacrosse: 6A/5A recap of Thursday’s second round
by James Edward on May 20, 2022 at 4:42 am
Westlake and Bingham compete in the playoff of the 6A boys lacrosse at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah on Thursday, May 19, 2022.Mengshin Lin, Deseret News 6A PlayoffsWestlake 6, Bingham 5Hunter Hernandez scored the tying goal late in the fourth quarter and then the winning goal in overtime as No. 9 Westlake rallied past No. 8 Bingham for the 6A second round victory. Hernandez finished with three goals to lead the Thunder.American Fork 17, Skyridge 6No. 3 seed American Fork rolled to the 6A second round win over Skyridge.Davis 19, Copper Hills 5Davis was led by Rhett Rice’s six goals and great defense from a stellar backline as the Darts knocked Copper Hills out of the playoffs.Fremont 19, Herriman 6No. 6 seed Fremont rolled past No. 11 seed Herriman to advance to the 6A quarterfinals.Weber 16, Riverton 10Corbin Alvord scored five goals to pace No. 4 seed Weber past No. 13 seed Riverton for the 6A second round victory.Lone Peak 11, Farmington 2Anders Neuenschwander and Logan Tucker each scored three goals as No. 7 seed Lone Peak pulled away from visiting Farmington for the 6A second round victory.Corner Canyon 22, Pleasant Grove 3Every Corner Canyon starter recorded a goal and assists as the Chargers took down Pleasant Grove in the second round of the 6A tournament.Mountain Ridge 13, Roy 6Mountain Ridge took down the Royals behind three-goal performances from Colby Roberts and Gavin Gann. Related 6A/5A/4A state tournament scores and schedules High school boys lacrosse: Westlake tops Bingham to advance to 6A quarterfinals 5A PlayoffsWasatch 11, Timpview 10Wasatch went on the road and pulled out the 5A second round victory over Timpview. The Wasps fell behind 4-0 early and then after coming back to tie they fell behind again 10-8 in the fourth quarter. Wasatch regrouped and scored the final three goals. Great face-off play from Sam Madsen and Spencer Bodily gave the Wasps momentum in the fourth quarter, with Caleb Taylor scoring the winning goal.Brighton 9, East 5Isaac Hanson made 16 saves while Donovan Wismer recorded two goals and two assists to lead visiting Brighton to the 5A second round win over East.Park City 19, Box Elder 3No. 2 seed Park City made quick work of Box Elder to easily punch its ticket into the 5A quarterfinals.Viewmont 9, Maple Mountain 8Abe Salmon scored five goals as Viewmont edged out Maple Mountain in overtime.Skyline 10, Northridge 5Freshman Julian Hodges scored three goals to lead Skyline over the visiting Knights.Alta 19, Spanish Fork 5Berkley Horoba scored three goals and tallied six assists as Alta knocked the Mighty Dons out of the state tournament.Olympus 22, Salem Hills 1Charlie Droitsch scored five goals, while Ethan Hartsfield added four goals and an assist and then Cole Cummings chipped in with four assists as top seed Olympus dominated Salem Hills for the 5A second round win.Bountiful 20, Lehi 3Hayden Hanson had eight goals and two assists to lead Bountiful to the win over Lehi in the 5A second round.
High school girls lacrosse: 6A/5A recap from Thursday’s second round
by James Edward on May 20, 2022 at 4:29 am
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News 6A PlayoffsDavis 15, Bingham 12Ava Bair’s four goals helped Davis defeat Bingham. The game was tied at six at halftime, but a strong start to the second half saw the Darts runaway with a five-goal lead and eventual victory.Lone Peak 18, Weber 4Eliza Agate had a great game controlling the draw for Lone Peak, which capitalized and repeatedly scored to pull away from visiting Weber for the 6A second round win. Maddie Potvin led Lone Peak with five goals and three assists. Agate had one goal and nine draw controls.Syracuse 13, Herriman 10Malea Hansen and Brooklyn Suttlemyre each scored four goals as Syracuse’s big first half led them over Herriman and into the quarterfinals. Kelsie Lambert and Morgan Eldridge both had strong games for the Mustangs in the loss with four goals.Riverton 12, Fremont 10No. 11 seed Riverton went on the road and upset No. 6 seed Fremont for the 6A second round win. Riverton had some great slides to slow down Fremont’s offense. Isabel Miller led Riverton with five goals while Kaitlyn Davenport caused three turnovers.Skyridge 17, American Fork 1Haven and River Buechner led Skyridge to a dominant win over American Fork in the second round of the 6A tournament.Corner Canyon 14, Farmington 7Trailing 4-3 at the half, Corner Canyon made some key adjustments and then dominated the second half on its way to the impressive 6A second round victory. Great defense in the first half by Allie Reading, Saige Talbot and our goalie Mila Christy kept the Chargers in the game until the offense got going. Simone Parker and Maura Henry each recorded four goals.Mountain Ridge 22, Westlake 4No. 2 seed Mountain Ridge jumped ll over No. 15 seed Westlake for the easy 6A second round victory. Paige Runia and Emmery Clark each recorded five goals and three assists to lead the Sentinels, while Morgan Mackey added four goals and two assists.West Jordan 13, Pleasant Grove 6Sydnee Brinton recorded five goals and two assists as West Jordan took care of business against Pleasant Grove for the 6A second round win. Related 6A/5A/4A state tournament scores and schedules 5A PlayoffsWasatch 11, Provo 10Wasatch got off to a slow start against a Provo team it beat comfortably last week, but eventually settled in to pull out the 5A second round win. Grace Erker scored the winning goal after a forced turnover and a quick transition up field.Payson 9, Maple Mountain 8After the two teams tied in each of the first two halves, Payson was able to pick up the tight win in the overtime period when Kate Yost assisted Chezney Ortega for a game-winning goal.Alta 12, Skyline 7Savanna Burnett played her best game of the season recording 12 saves as Alta beat visiting Skyline for the 5A second round victory. Autumn Engstrom led the Hawks attack with four goals on four shots with five draw controls.Jordan 18, Bountiful 6Jordan rolled past Bountiful for the 5A second round win.Olympus 19, Highland 3No. 2 seed Olympus rolled past Highland in a game that junior Eva Thorn scored her 100th career goal for the Titans.Brighton 17, Timpanogos 4Hunter Doyle scored six goals and Zoe Heffernan added four as Brighton rolled past Timapnogos for the 5A second round win. Seven different players scored for the Bengals.Woods Cross 12, Lehi 6Samantha Atwood scored goals and then Woods Cross goalie Kate Davis made eight saves as the Wildcats pulled away from Lehi for the 5A second round victory.Park City 25, Springville 0Lily Hunt recorded five goals and six assists, while Samantha Riely, Rogan Crawford and Charlie Iacobelli added added three goals as top seed Park City blanked Springville for the 5A second round win.
High school girls lacrosse: 6A/5A/4A state tournament scores and schedules
by James Edward on May 20, 2022 at 4:11 am
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Class 6A PlayoffsUHSAA BracketNote: Top 10 seeds receive a first-round bye, No. 1 Skyline, No. 2 Mountain Ridge, No. 3 Lone Peak, No. 4 Davis, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 6 Fremont, No. 7 Corner Canyon, No. 8 West Jordan, No. 9 Pleasant Grove, No. 10 Farmington.First round (May 17)No. 17 American Fork 11, No. 16 Roy 10No. 13 Bingham 21, No. 20 Clearfield 4No. 12 Herriman 12, No. 21 West 1No. 15 Westlake 16, No. 18 Layton 9No. 14 Weber 18, No. 19 Copper Hills 0Second round (May 19)No. 1 Skyridge 17, No. 17 American Fork 1No. 8 West Jordan 13, No. 9 Pleasant Grove 6No. 4 Davis 15, No. 13 Bingham 12No. 5 Syracuse 13, No. 12 Herriman 10No. 2 Mountain Ridge 22, No. 15 Westlake 4No. 7 Corner Canyon 14, No. 10 Farmington 7No. 3 Lone Peak 18, No. 14 Weber 4No. 11 Riverton 12, No. 6 Fremont 10Quarterfinals (May 21)No. 8 West Jordan at No. 1 Skyridge, 1 p.m.No. 5 Syracuse at No. 4 Davis, 1 p.m.No. 7 Corner Canyon at No. 2 Mountain Ridge, 1 p.m.No. 11 Riverton at No. 3 Lone Peak, 1 p.m.Class 5A PlayoffsUHSAA BracketNote: Top 6 seeds receive a first-round bye, No. 1 Park City, No. 2 Brighton, No. 3 Olympus, No. 4 Wasatch, No. 5 Jordan, No. 6 Payson.First round (May 17)No. 16 Springville 10, No. 17 Box Elder 7No. 9 Lehi 16, No. 24 Bonneville 0No. 8 Woods Cross 19, No. 25 Spanish Fork 2No. 13 Provo 22, No. 20 East 0No. 12 Bountiful 13, No. 21 Cedar Valley 6No. 15 Timpanogos 15, No. 18 Timpview 7No. 10 Skyline 16, No. 23 Salem Hills 5No. 7 Alta 32, No. 26 Orem 2No. 14 Highland 18, No. 19 Viewmont 5No. 11 Maple Mountain 14, No. 22 Mountain View 0Second round (May 19)No. 1 Park City 25, No. 16 Springville 0No. 8 Woods Cross 12, No. 9 Lehi 6No. 4 Wasatch 11, No. 13 Provo 10No. 5 Jordan 18, No. 12 Bountiful 6No. 2 Brighton 17, No. 15 Timpanogos 4No. 7 Alta 12, No. 10 Skyline 7No. 3 Olympus 19, No. 14 Highland 3No. 6 Payson 9, No. 11 Maple Mountain 8Quarterfinals (May 21)No. 8 Woods Cross at No. 1 Park City, 1 p.m.No. 5 Jordan at No. 4 Wasatch, 1 p.m.No. 7 Alta at No. 2 Brighton, 1 p.m.No. 6 Payson at No. 3 Olympus, 1 p.m.Class 4A PlayoffsUHSAA BracketPlay-in Game (May 19)No. 8 Judge Memorial 15, No. 9 Logan 7Quarterfinals (May 21)No. 8 Judge Memorial at No. 1 Bear River, 1 p.m.No. 5 Sky View at No. 4 Ridgeline, 1 p.m.No. 7 Waterford at No. 2 Mountain Crest, 1 p.m.No. 6 Green Canyon at No. 3 Juan Diego, 1 p.m.
High school softball: Bear River, Ridgeline advance to face each other in 4A championship series
by Jeff Richards on May 20, 2022 at 4:06 am
Bear River’s Zoe Sorensen belts a two-run homer in the first inning vs. Snow Canyon in 4A playoffs, St. George, Utah, May 19, 2022. Jeff Richards, St. George News ST. GEORGE — Although northern Utah’s Region 11 had just two of the six teams that were still alive in the 4A softball playoffs heading into Thursday’s games, both of those teams – Ridgeline and Bear River – made it into the championship series undefeated. Meanwhile, southern Utah’s Region 10 saw all of its teams eliminated.No. 1 seeded Bear River, which had made it past Cedar and Hurricane on Wednesday, defeated the Snow Canyon Warriors 5-4 Thursday afternoon to earn a spot in the finals.In the other bracket, the Ridgeline RiverHawks started the tournament with a 10-0 shutout win over Dixie, after which they defeated the Crimson Cliffs Mustangs, 5-1.On Thursday, Crimson Cliffs had to first make it past Region 10 rival Desert Hills, which the Mustangs did by a score of 6-2. That earned Crimson Cliffs a rematch with the RiverHawks. Ridgeline got off to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back, powering its way to a 15-5 victory in seven innings.Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games were played at the Canyons Complex in St. George. For the best-of-three finals, which start at noon on Friday, the venue will shift to Dixie State University. Game 2 of the finals will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a third game, if necessary, to follow at 1:30 p.m. Click here to see the full bracket.With the win over Snow Canyon, Bear River improved its season record to 28-3 overall. Bear River defeated Region 11 rival Ridgeline (now 24-5 overall) both times they played them during the regular season, with the Bears winning 10-5 on April 19 and 7-4 on May 6.Recaps of Thursday’s games:Crimson Cliffs 6, Desert Hills 2The Mustangs defeated the Thunder for the second time in as many days, with third baseman Emma Shakespear knocking in four runs for Crimson Cliffs. Shakespear’s first hit was a bases-loaded double in the third inning that brought in two runners (another runner was thrown out at third base on the play). Then, in the fifth inning, Shakespear cranked a two-run homer that hit the top of the left field fence and went over, giving the Mustangs a 6-1 cushion. Pitcher Ashlyn Cowdell went the distance for the Mustangs, scattering seven hits over seven innings while walking one and striking out four.Snow Canyon 5, Hurricane 1Snow Canyon, which had been defeated by Hurricane in extra innings the previous day, avenged that loss with a 5-1 defeat of the Tigers on Thursday. The Warriors scored the game’s first run when Anyssa Montano stole home in the bottom of the first with two out. Hurricane quickly answered with a solo home run by Faith Fuller to lead off the top of the second, tying the score 1-1. That was all the offense the Tigers could muster, however, as the Warriors scored two runs in the third and two more in the fourth to pull away. Avery Thorkelson pitched the entire game for Snow Canyon, allowing just two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.Bear River 5, Snow Canyon 4Top-ranked Bear River stayed undefeated in the 4A playoffs with a one-run win over the Warriors. Zoe Sorensen started the Bears off with a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the first. Snow Canyon scored on an error in the third inning to make it 2-1, but the Bears added two more insurance runs in the fourth. Snow Canyon then tied the game up 4-4 in the top of the fifth, thanks two a two-run single by Kylie Hardy, followed by a successful steal of home by Emma Miller. The deciding run for the Bears came in the bottom of the fifth, when McCall Maxwell led off the inning with a solo homer. Kate Dahle went the distance in the circle and picked up the win for the Bears, while Snow Canyon’s Jenna Thorkelson took the loss.Ridgeline 15, Crimson Cliffs 5Ridgeline scored three or more runs in four different innings as the Hawks posted a decisive win over the Mustangs. Five different players had at least two hits for Ridgeline, with catcher Anne Wallace leading the way with two home runs and a double for a total of seven RBIs. Pitcher Markessa Jensen picked up the complete game victory for Ridgeline; she had a shutout going until the Mustangs’ Ellie Herd belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth.
BYU animated shorts: Where to watch them online
by Tad Walch on May 20, 2022 at 4:01 am
I’ve been writing for 18 years about BYU students winning awards for fun and funny animated short films, but I haven’t been able to share the actual videos with readers.Now the wait is over.BYU’s first award-winner was 2003’s “Lemmings,” which is a delightful little film. In early 2004, the school gave me a DVD with the five-minute video on it so I could review it. More than 20 film festivals invited BYU to screen it at their events but alas, there was no way for Deseret News readers to see the university’s first film to win a College Television Award, colloquially known as a student Emmy. Related BYU’s ‘Lemmings’ a reel winner I recently wrote about the latest batch of BYU student animators to win an award. This time, I received a link from the College Television Awards so I could review “Stowaway,” a fabulously cute and funny short about an innocent baby Kraken terrorizing a pirate ship.I also asked Kelly Loosli for permission to stream “Stowaway” on Deseret.com. The co-creator of the BYU Animation program wasn’t immediately sure if that was possible, because film festivals want exclusivity when screening films.But then Loosli talked with his team and emailed me a Vimeo link with all of the program’s animated videos, and even some of the games created by students. So let’s all thank Kelly!The BYU Vimeo account has a mere 434 followers. That’s a shame, because these films, as proven by the awards, are a hoot.At 19 years old, “Lemmings” definitely shows its age. The video remains pixellated and rudimentary compared to “Stowaway,” which has the benefit of 19 years of technical advancements.But show “Lemmings” to your kids and grandkids. They’ll laugh. And adults will get a kick out of the Steven R. Covey reference. You also can use it to teach a lesson or two about mob mentality.In fact, rewatching it reminded me of Elder Clark G. Gilbert’s presentation with President Dallin H. Oaks on Tuesday at an Ensign College devotional. Elder Gilbert, the commissioner of the Church Education System and a General Authority Seventy, showed an old Candid Camera elevator experiment on social influence to illustrate his points about some of the negative uses and effects of social media and bandwagon thinking. Related President Dallin H. Oaks shares 5 ways Latter-day Saints can proclaim truth with love Pro tip: Watch the water in both “Lemmings” and “Stowaway.” Each film includes lots of animated water. Back in 2003, the students were really proud of reproducing the wet stuff as well as they did. It’s just about the hardest thing to do in animation, and “Lemmings” proved the students had talent.The student team that produced the latest video, “Stowaway,” wasn’t shy about showing off their water-rendering skills. The pirate ship sails confidently on the open ocean, and water expertly slops out of a bucket when the baby Kraken emerges.How to watch: Click here to find all of the videos. The first four are video games. Skip down and watch “Stowaway” and you’ll want to watch more. Further down, click on the blue “Load more” link a few times until you reach the very bottom to find “Lemmings.”Enjoy!My recent storiesPresident Dallin H. Oaks shares 5 ways Latter-day Saints can proclaim truth with love (May 17)Senior Latter-day Saint leader to speak at National Press Club near White House (May 17)President Nelson tells young adults to focus on three fundamental truths, including ‘who you are’ (May 15)How a unique student housing project at the U. could generate $1B in student aid over 99 years (May 13)See how much was spent on charity in 2021 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (May 13) 2 men face hate crime charges for separately setting fire to a Latter-day Saint mission car, church (May 13)About the churchElders Gary E. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund and their wives filmed a virtual tour of the Washington D.C. Temple: Watch.The Church News video team created an excellent piece about the creation of a new monument to Joseph Smith’s ancestors. It features President M. Russell Ballard and shows a great collaboration between the church and members of the town of Topsfield, Massachusetts. Watch. Read more here.BYU Museum of Art’s Old Testament art exhibit arrives at the perfect moment for “Come, Follow Me” students. Read.See the latest on the Salt Lake Temple renovation here.I didn’t know there was a Latter-day Saint playing in the National Hockey League. There is, and in fact he is playing in the NHL playoffs right now. Read about his spiritual pregame routine and more.The church released interior photos of Cape Verde’s first temple as a public open house is about to begin. See the photos here.What I’m readingNeed to read something about humanity that’s of good report and praiseworthy? I promise, this story will lift your spirits and remind you there are the good neighbors all around us: The boy who lost his baseball autographs.A Deseret News exclusive, and a real beaut: A colleague became the first to publish the reaction of Brenda Wright Lafferty’s family to Hulu’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” series, which a sister characterized as “absolute fiction.”Thumbs down to Cinemablend for publishing a headline saying that the creator of the “Under the Banner of Heaven” series “is ready for backlash and death threats from the Mormon Church.” There’s a lot wrong with that headline, not least that it misrepresents what the creator said. (He said that when you challenge the status quo, people will push back and you get death threats.) For the record, the church hasn’t responded to the show’s existence at all.Behind Scenes A girl in Senegal tired of long days harvesting salt with her mother from the pink Lake Retba notices the music in the work in “Salt,” a short animated film by students in the BYU Animation program.BYU Animation In a short film by BYU Animation students called “Death and Delilah,” a grim reaper is assigned a stubborn target.BYU Animation