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JJ Blue and Bradey Wilde receive academic all-state honors at the 3A state baseball finals on May 19

During the 3A state championship baseball finals on May 19 two Carbon High seniors were presented with the highest of student athlete honors. JJ Blue and Bradey Wilde were both honored by the Utah High School Athletic Activities Association for Academic All-State. Blue and Wilde are the first Carbon High baseball players to be chosen in recent school history and the first time Carbon has placed two players on the same baseball team. Both players had a 3.96 grade point average, batted over .400 percent and lead the team in total hits.

Blue has been accepted to the University of Utah in electrical engineering and is the recipient of the top ten scholarship award from the U of U, Price Elks Scholarship, CHS football boosters scholarship award and the Bob Haley Memorial Scholarship.

Wilde plans to attend the College of Eastern Utah in civil engineering and is the recipient of a full tuition academic scholarship from CEU. He is also the recipient of the top ten scholarship award.

Both players have been invited to play in the state 3A all-star baseball game in Ogden at Linquist Field.

A courtside view of new CEU mens basketball coach Chris Craig. The college will host an open house for citizens to meet the coach and for civic organizations to recruit him on May 30 in the BDAC from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Desert Thunder motor speedway roars to life with weekend summer racing.

Kenna Hepworth with an 11 pound Splake at Joes Valley Reservoir.

DWR hatcheries try to stock all popular lakes and reservoirs before Memorial Day. Even if your luck hasn't been that great so far this year--that will probably change soon. If you've made other plans or haven't picked up a fishing license this year, mark your calendar for Free Fishing Day on June 9. On that day, you don't need a license to fish.

•Benches Pond. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen reported slow fishing last weekend.

•Boulger Reservoir. Fishing was slow a week ago.

•Cleveland Reservoir. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen described fishing as fair to good for 14-15 inch rainbow trout. He named nightcrawlers as the best bait, and a black Jake's with yellow spots as the top spinner. Dedicated Hunter Michael Van Wagoner reported fair fishing last weekend. Worms and salmon eggs were the best baits.

•Electric Lake. Last week, the catch rate was fair from a boat but slow from shore. Silver-colored spoons were the ticket. The best natural bait was and will be a redside shiner. They can be caught in nets or minnow traps along the shoreline. Wooly buggers and leeches were Number One for fly fishermen.

•Fairview Lakes. The ice is off. No report on fishing success.

•Gigliotti Pond. Gerald Lloyd of Price reported excellent fishing success with an olive wooly bugger attached to a clear bubble with three feet of leader. Lloyd recommends fishing before 8 a.m. or after sundown. On his last trip, he caught and released 15 trout after casting only 20 times. Tom Hatt of Helper fishes Gigliotti a lot. He said the most popular bait has been a salmon egg; the most popular spinner gas been a Panther Martin; and the most commonly used fly has been a black ant.

•Gooseberry Reservoir. The reservoir is now accessible. No report on fishing success.

•Huntington Creek. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen said that angling success below the fly-only zone has been good with artificial flies or worms with salmon eggs. The fly-only zone had slowed down a bit and was rated as fair. Best fly patterns have been nymphs, phantoms and mosquitoes. A number 10 beadhead Montana is Tom Ogden's favorite fly this time of year on this creek.

•Huntington North State Park. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen portrayed the reservoir as not much bigger than a puddle of water. Kids are catching chubs with nightcrawlers from the bank. Not much is happening in terms of serious bass or trout fishing.

•Mammoth Reservoir. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen said that fishing has been fair to good for 16-17 inch tiger trout. Casey indicated that the best bait has been a straight nightcrawler separated from a full bubble by three feet of leader. Anglers should "swim" the crawler on the retrieve. Dedicated Hunter Michael Van Wagoner described fishing as very good on Saturday. He remarked that a lot of different baits were effective. These included worms, salmon eggs and dead minnows. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. As of June 7, using motorboats with 10 horsepower or more will be prohibited.

•Joes Valley Reservoir. Wildlife Biologist Brad Crompton fished last week and reported slow daytime fishing but fast fishing in the evening. He hooked a lot of trout under and inside the slot limit. The 8 year-old daughter of DWR Fisheries Biologist Dale Hepworth landed an 11-pound splake on Mother's Day weekend using chub meat. Another eight to10 pound splake was reeled in the same weekend by the daughter of Mike Slater. The whopper broke the line, after she pulled it to the bank. Special regulations apply at this reservoir. The limit is two fish. Only one may be over 22 inches. All trout from 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

•Lasal Mountains. No recent report. Hidden and Dons lakes are accessible. Conservation Officer Casey McVay reports that the gates to Oowah and Warner will remain locked until the Memorial Day weekend.

•Lower Fish Creek. Below the dam, a number 10 beadhead Montana nymph or Roostertail spinner have been good performers. In that section, brown trout range from eight to 12 inches. The road from Highway 6 to lower Fish Creek is open, but may be muddy, depending on recent storms. Biologist Brad Crompton traveled the access road last week and found good fishing on the DWR access property. He used size 14 nymphs and caught brown trout ranging from 12-16 inches.

•Miller Flat. The reservoir is now accessible. No report on fishing success.

•Potters Ponds. Now accessible. No report on angling success.

•Scofield Reservoir. Last weekend, fishing was slow from shore and fair from a boat. Because of recent midge hatches at the reservoir, Tom Ogden indicates that fishing will slow down due to the abundance of natural food in the water. Some of the best baits include egg sacs, dead minnows and chartreuse PowerBait. Redside shiners have come into shore to spawn and can be easily caught with a net. Fly fishermen have had good luck with size eight wooly buggers or leeches. "Matching the hatch" will also be productive. Rainbow and cutthroat trout range from 12-20 inches. Tiger trout get up to 18 inches. Once in a while, a few rainbows are hooked that tip the scale at three to five pounds.

•Wrigley Springs Reservoir. The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. Fishing has been slow to fair. PowerBait or Jake's Spin-a-Lures have been the most popular fish-getters.

•Willow Reservoir. As of last weekend, the USFS gate was closed, leaving Willow Reservoir inaccessible. The gate will likely be opened this coming weekend.

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