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Two Carbon High gridders headed for Australia game


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

After helping the Carbon High football team to their best start in decades, two Carbon High athletes are looking to continue that success far beyond the football field in Price.

Carbon High seniors Nick Haycock and Kris Murdock were both invited to represent the state of Utah by participating in the Down Under Sports Tournament held in Australia in July. The event, put on by International Sports Specialists, Inc., brings together athletes from all 50 states down to Australia to participate in sports including football, basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country and wrestling. The main idea behind the event is to help bridge together countries and their respective athletes through the competition of sports, according to the Down Under Sports website.

Haycock and Murdock, both 17 and residents of Helper, said they first heard of being invited to the event when they received letters at the high school with information about the Down Under Bowl.

"Wow," Murdock said of his reaction to receiving the letter. "I'm really excited to get this opportunity to play football and represent Utah down in Australia."

Murdock and Haycock are two of the 35 high school athletes from Utah who were invited to attend the unique event. Just knowing that they are only a select number of athletes invited to take part in the week long event has sparked a little bit of jealously among their friends, Haycock said.

"I know a couple of our friends are jealous thinking we are lucky to be going down to Australia," Haycock admitted.

The trip should be interesting for both Haycock and Murdock for more than just being invited to take part in an international event. Neither of them has ever been on a plane for an extended period of time, let alone have they traveled outside of the country.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us," Haycock said. "We've both got a love for the game of football and not many people around here get the chance to do something like this."

"Some kids don't even get the chance to play sports, so getting an opportunity like this is a privilege," Murdock said.

Not only would the trip include going to Australia to play football and see the country, but the trip also includes a stop in Hawaii on the way back home.

While the opportunity to be a part of the event is exciting, both Haycock and Murdock know a lot of work remains to be done. First they must raise the money to go on the trip, which will cost each of them $4,500. In two weeks, each of them must have at least $1,000 raised to meet a requirement.

Currently they are looking into a variety of different ways of raising the money including getting sponsorships from businesses, donations from the community and finding ways to make a few bucks here and there.

With a love for the game that has grown ever since they first played organized football in grade school, both Haycock and Murdock would love for the chance to use the trip to Australia as a springboard into playing football in college. While neither one currently has an offer from a college to play football, the opportunity to play in front of scouts on a stage such as Down Under Bowl is very motivating.

"My goal would be to continue playing football in college if I was offered a chance," Murdock said.

Even if a career playing football may not be a possibility, both Haycock and Murdock said they would like to stay involved in sports by studying to become physical therapists.

The experience of playing football for Carbon High has helped with a lot of other things in life, Haycock said. The hard work as a team, with Haycock and Murdock serving as two of the team's senior leaders, paid off as the Dinos ran out to their best start in decades before faltering down the stretch in region play. During their football career at CHS, Haycock played wide receiver, safety and linebacker while Murdock played on the offensive line and at linebacker an opportunity like this is a privilege," Murdock said.

Not only would the trip include going to Australia to play football and see the country, but the trip also includes a stop in Hawaii on the way back home.

While the opportunity to be a part of the event is exciting, both Haycock and Murdock know a lot of work remains to be done. First they must raise the money to go on the trip, which will cost each of them $4,500. In two weeks, each of them must have at least $1,000 raised to meet a requirement. Fund-raising effort

Currently they are looking into a variety of different ways of raising the money including getting sponsorships from businesses, donations from the community and finding ways to make a few bucks here and there.

With a love for the game that has grown ever since they first played organized football in grade school, both Haycock and Murdock would love for the chance to use the trip to Australia as a springboard into playing football in college. While neither one currently has an offer from a college to play football, the opportunity to play in front of scouts on a stage such as Down Under Bowl is very motivating.

"My goal would be to continue playing football in college if I was offered a chance," Murdock said.

Even if a career playing football may not be a possibility, both Haycock and Murdock said they would like to stay involved in sports by studying to become physical therapists.

The experience of playing football for Carbon High has helped with a lot of other things in life, Haycock said. The hard work as a team, with Haycock and Murdock serving as two of the team's senior leaders, paid off as the Dinos ran out to their best start in decades before faltering down the stretch in region play. During their football career at CHS, Haycock played wide receiver, safety and linebacker while Murdock played on the offensive line and at linebacker.

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