Familiar faces return to the hardwood at the BDAC
Familiar faces were in USU Eastern's Bunnell-Dmitrich Athletic Center last weekend, where basketball players donned the dark jerseys usually worn by opponents. These games saw USU Eastern men defeat the Salt Lake All Stars 111-86 and on Friday and 109-73 on Saturday.
Half of the players were alumni that played for the College of Eastern Utah, but were now playing as the Salt Lake All-Stars. Out of the 10-man team, five of the members were members of a Golden Eagle basketball team when they attended CEU. All five players sat down and answered questions about their time playing in Price, Utah.
Prescott played for the Golden Eagles from 1997-1999 wearing number 33. Playing under head coach Bryan Zollinger, Prescott was a first-team All-Conference player for the Golden Eagles. Playing for the All-Star team, he had five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes of play. Talking about his time as a Golden Eagle he said, "The support we got from the community was amazing."
Pitchforth, out of Emery High School, donned a CEU jersey during two separate seasons: 1998-99 and 2001-2002. Playing under Zollinger as well, Pitchforth helped the Golden Eagles play in a tough conference, which at the time consisted of the Scenic West Athletic Conference, plus Rick's College [BYU-Idaho], Treasure Valley Community College, Utah Valley State College and Dixie State College. During the alumni game Pitchforth had five points and five rebounds. Talking about what he learned from his time as a Golden Eagle he said, "I learned the value of cooperation and teamwork which have been valuable throughout life."
The younger of the Pitchforth brothers, played only one season as a Golden Eagle, from 1999-2000 wearing number 33. He had three rebounds and two blocks in Saturday's game. Reminiscing about his time as a Golden Eagle, he told a story about Coach Dave Paur looking for an individual to drive the bus. "He asked if I knew somebody with their CDL, my dad [Shane Pitchforth] has one, so I asked him if he would drive us." he said, "It was a fun trip, he drove us to play at Rick's and the 18-hour drive to North Idaho."
Crummell played for the Golden Eagles from 2006-2008, playing for two different coaches Zollinger in 2006-07 and Chris Craig in 2007-08. While suiting up as a Golden Eagle, Crummell wore number 21. In the two games that Crummell played over the weekend against the current team, he scored six points, eight blocks and 12 rebounds. "I loved the support of the crowd, especially during big games. Playing at CEU taught me to be a man."
The most recent of the alumnus to suit up for the Golden Eagles, playing from 2007-2009, England wore number 24. During the two games of the weekend, England had 43 points and seven rebounds. Thinking about his time at CEU the England had two significant memories, "We were playing at the College of Southern Idaho, we won in triple overtime. The second was against Snow and we were playing over there [Ephraim]. During the first half, I was seven for nine from behind the three-point line, it was awesome."
Many things have changed in Price Utah, from the name change going from CEU to Utah State University Eastern, the basketball court in the BDAC getting a facelift, but one thing has remained constant, once a Golden Eagle, always a Golden Eagle for life.