A Month in Pictures: February 2019

Jaxon Willard stretches his legs before working on choreographing a dance for his sister's upcoming wedding Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Pointe Academy in Highland. The 17-year old's dance career recently made national waves when he competed on TV's "World of Dance". 


Flexibility was key in February.

It's now that time of the year where sporting event after sporting event goes into the post-season. Having a few sporting events going on during any given day along with a constant need to populate the front page with news and features made planning ahead vital. The Herald's photo editor Evan and I often had to work odd shifts that felt a bit a la carte in terms of picking and choosing what stories we could realistically cover with so much happening at once. Figuring out how to keep momentum throughout the month and also optimizing the newsroom's editorial output during the lulls was a challenge.

Speaking of flexibility, I spent much of my February photographing talented athletes. Along with the wrestling, swimming, basketball and drill team high school state tournaments, I also had a chance to meet and photograph accomplished dancer (at only 17-years old) Jaxon Willard for my most recent Monday Close-Up. His story makes up the first seven images of this blog post, and more of it can be seen here: provodh.com/s512x

Non-sports assignments were few and far between this month. However, the few feature assignments I did get were wonderful. My favorite of them was the "Senior Prom" held at The Seville retirement community. Why? Let's just say an 84-year-old lady named Chrissie really, really wanted me to dance with me, and her persistence may have resulted in me ending my shift dancing with her to Dirty Dancing's "Time of my Life". (For the record, my girlfriend was just as tickled by the whole scenario as I was – Oh the things you can get into on assignment)

Jaxon Willard does an exercise with other dancers during a dance class held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Pointe Academy in Highland. “He danced from the time he could walk, when he was a year-and-a-half old,” said Jaxon's mother, Cindy Willard. “Movement is his thing.”

Jaxon Willard jokes around between Addie Brems, 15, left, and Brightyn Brems, 13, both of Lehi, during a dance class held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Pointe Academy in Highland. “There’s always way more girls than guys,” Jaxon said of competitions and the dance world in general. “A lot of guys is like 30-50 dancers, and a lot of girls is like 3,000."

American Fork junior Jaxon Willard laughs as he talks with junior Alexis Brynes during an art class Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at American Fork High School. “He would get out of school at 2:15, go to dance at 3 until 10, Monday through Friday," said Jaxon's mother, Cindy Willard, of his past routine. Recently, Jaxon has been spending more time with his studies and less on the dance floor to help strike a productive balance.

From left, American Fork juniors Ali Vickers, Jaxon Willard, Megan Taylor, Morgan Nicholson and Sierra Hall head out from American Fork High School for lunch Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Despite dance taking a bit of a backseat to studying, Jaxon still keeps on his feet and has several gigs coming up including an event that a former president will attend, a dance-off hosted by a band with Utah roots that has earned three platinum records, and even two gigs outside of the United States.

Jaxon Willard stretches and gets "into his zone" before performing at the reception for his sister's wedding Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Castle Park Weddings and Events Venue in Lindon. 

Jaxon Willard performs a dance he choreographed during the reception for his sister's wedding Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Castle Park Weddings and Events Venue in Lindon. Jaxon strives to make audiences feel as he does by channeling his emotions into often slow, dramatic sequences. Jaxon feels, “If your goal is to have other people feel something, you can’t expect people to feel something that you haven’t felt yourself."


Gordon Miner hugs his son, American Leadership Academy's Rhett Miner, after Rhett defeated Juab's Conner Ingram in the 126-pound weight class during the UHSAA 3A State Wrestling Championships held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

American Fork center Isaac Johnson (33) dunks the ball during a fast break in a quarterfinal game between the American Fork Cavemen and the Copper Hills Grizzlies in the UHSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Tournament held Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Olympus forward Jackson Frank (20) falls over Timpanogos guard Trey Anderson (5) after they both went for a rebound during a quarterfinal game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Olympus Titans in the UHSAA 5A Boys Basketball State Tournament held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Wasatch's Ashlyn Hicken competes in the women's 500-yard freestyle during the UHSAA 5A State Swimming Championships held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Brigham Young University's Richards Building pool in Provo.

American Leadership Academy's Rhett Miner celebrates after defeating Juab's Conner Ingram in the 126-pound weight class during the UHSAA 3A State Wrestling Championships held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Wasatch guard Kymbee Baird (12) watches as a play unfolds late in the fourth quarter during the quarterfinals of the UHSAA 5A Girls Basketball State Tournament in a game between the Wasatch Wasps and the Box Elder Bees held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville.

Layton's Gage Howard holds down Westlake's Calvin Bishop as they wrestle in the 132-pound weight class during a preliminary match in the 6A division of the UHSAA State Wrestling Tournament held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Timpanogos guard Colin Christensen (1) walks off the court with his teammates after the Timberwolves fell to the Olympus Titans 62-42 in a quarterfinal game during the UHSAA 5A Boys Basketball State Tournament held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Members of the Maple Mountain Dance Drill Team count off after performing during the UHSAA 5A State Drill Team Championships held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

East guard Margarita Satini (2) recovers the ball after losing control of it as Provo guard Charlee Barker (10) looms near her during the quarterfinals of the UHSAA 5A Girls Basketball State Tournament in a game between the Provo Bulldogs and the East Leopards held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville.

Spanish Fork head coach Alyssa Larsen reacts after an official's call during an inter-region game between the Spanish Fork Dons and the Dixie Flyers in the first round of the UHSAA 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Spanish Fork High School.

Spanish Fork's Brenda Jensen competes as the third leg in the men's 200-yard medley relay during the UHSAA 4A State Swimming Championships held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Brigham Young University's Richards Building pool in Provo.

Pleasant Grove players and fans celebrate after defeating the American Fork Cavemen on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Pleasant Grove High School.

The Wasatch women's swim team, including head coach Shawn Marsing, jump into the pool in celebration after winning the women's overall team championship in the UHSAA 5A State Swimming Championships held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Brigham Young University's Richards Building pool in Provo.

Greg Kelsey, center, and Wayne Gifford, both with the Utah Department of Public Safety's Dive Team, help fellow DPS divers Josh White and Colby Vanderbeek into the water during ice-diving exercises held Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Deer Creek State Park in Provo Canyon. The exercises were a collaboration between the Utah Department of Public Safety's Dive Team and California's Riverside County Sheriff's Office meant to share training practices, how different agencies approach different scenarios and get some divers ice certified. “It’s a very inhospitable environment," said Jeff Nigbur, a captain with the Utah Highway Patrol. "The more we can practice this, the better off we are in the long run when it’s really happening.”

A volunteer with the Utah County Crisis Line poses for a portrait Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Daily Herald in Provo. Because all volunteers at the crisis line are anonymous, this volunteer's face is obscured to protect her identity.

Brigham Young University freshman Fatwa Luka performs with the rest of Pretty Hurts during a celebration of Black History Month held Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Wilkinson Student Center on the campus of BYU in Provo.

Chrissie Malarkey, 87, dances with Brigham Young University student Brandon Passey during a "Senior Prom" held by the Lumen Scholar Institute on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at The Seville retirement community in Orem.

Vern and Amy Hart, a couple of 34 years, dance together during a "Senior Prom" held by the Lumen Scholar Institute on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at The Seville retirement community in Orem.

A Month in Pictures: January 2019

Julia Sumer, of Tampa, Florida, moves blocks of ice, which she will use to conceal a trash can, as the Midway Ice Castles are created Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Homestead Resort in Midway.


January is usually a slow month at newspapers, but this January kept me running.

Typically, January is a major lull period. Christmas and New Years is over, people are just getting back to work and school, and things tend to be a bit lethargic. Breaking news changed that lull for us at the Daily Herald this past month.

Most notably, Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a suspect on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. A death of any first responder can be heartbreaking for a community, and the Provo community was particularly shocked due to Utah County generally being known as one of the "safest places in America". The events that followed his death kept my boss, Evan Cobb, and I on our toes and balancing daily assignments and coverage of the slain local police officer. Evan and I tag-teamed coverage of Shinners' funeral. Funerals always choke me up, but it was a powerful experience photographing the funeral of Utah County's first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in roughly the last 100 years. An edit of the events following Shinners' death comprise the last seven images of this blog post.

Besides breaking news the Sundance Film Festival kept both Evan and I busy. The annual internationally-recognized film festival always tasks me with spending an entire day or two photographing street features and premieres. The film festival isn't the most photogenic event to cover (especially from a daily newspaper perspective that doesn't have opportunities for more in-depth feature or portraiture), but it's always an exciting atmosphere in which to be a part of the madness.

Otherwise, sporting events, general news events and a few weather-related features rounded out my first month in 2019. Winter is a wonderful time in Utah, and I look forward to (a hopefully not slow) February and shredding the slopes on my skis in my free time.

Deputy Chief Andrew Engemann demonstrates how to use the fire pole during an open house for the newly-built Pleasant Grove Fire Department held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The Pleasant Grove Fire Department, formed in 1906, toured community members throughout their new five-bay facility on Friday, and also handed out Station 71 commemorative coins. Another open house was held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Attendees begin making their way toward the Wilkinson Student Center during the Martin Luther King Jr. Walk of Life and Commemoration held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo. More than 300 students and community members came out for the annual event. "There's a special feeling at events like this where people come out for a meaningful purpose," said Hayley Aiono, cultural programs coordinator of BYU's Multicultural Student Services. "It's a unifying thing."

Actress Amy Ryan responds to a question as she's interviewed by a member of the media before the premiere of "Late Night" held Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Eccles Theatre in Park City.

Christine Wright, of Provo, holds up her sign along with other attendees as they cheer during the Women's Wave Rally held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, outside the Historic Utah County Courthouse in Provo.

Hannah Hughes, of Orem, listens as a speaker talks about her own experience with rape during the Women's Wave Rally held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, outside the Historic Utah County Courthouse in Provo.

Utah Valley University President Astrid Tuminez speaks as she gives her first State of the University address on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at UVU in Orem.

Carly Pigxton, 5, compares her height to that of a fire truck wheel as her mother, Erika, holds her brother, Colton, 2, all of Pleasant Grove, during an open house for the newly-built Pleasant Grove Fire Department held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

Kit Norris shovels snow on the driveway of his Vivian Park home Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Provo Canyon.

Chloe Winget, 10, of Provo, packs snow into a snowball as she and her siblings play at South Fork Park on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Provo Canyon.

Brigham Young University players celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga University Bulldogs 70-68 on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Utah Valley University center Va'e Malufau (33) reaches for a loose ball beside Chicago State University forward Alexandria Cliff (4) during a game between the Utah Valley University Wolverines and the Chicago State University Cougars held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Maple Mountain's Brock Morris wrestles with American Leadership Academy's Lukus Carrillo in the 106-pound weight class during the Dollamur Utah All-Star Dual held Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Pleasant Grove forward Sydney Valgardson (2) reaches out for a loose ball beside Westlake guard Ashley Parrry (4) while they and others scramble for the ball during a game between the Pleasant Grove Vikings and the Westlake Thunder held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Pleasant Grove High School.

Brigham Young University libero Zach Hendrickson (6) celebrates a point during the Cougars' season opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.

Brigham Young University forward Babalu Ugwu (14) takes a shot while contested by Gonzaga University forward LeeAnne Wirth (4) during a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the Gonzaga University Bulldogs held Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Brigham Young University opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez (5) bumps the ball during the Cougars' season opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.

Westlake guard Drake Allen (4) reacts after an official's call against the Thunder during a game between the Pleasant Grove Vikings and the Westlake Thunder held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Pleasant Grove High School.


Tony and Amanda Turecki, friends of the Shinners family from New Hampshire, stand together as they listen to a speaker during a candlelight vigil for recently-slain Provo Police officer Joseph Shinners held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, outside the Provo Police Department. Officer Shinners was shot and killed during a shootout that occurred when he tried to apprehend a suspect last Saturday night at a Bed Bath & Beyond in Orem.

John Sullivan, a friend of the Shinners family from Massachusetts, wipes tears from his eyes as he listens to a speaker during a candlelight vigil for recently-slain Provo Police officer Joseph Shinners held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, outside the Provo Police Department. Shinners died due to his injuries that he sustained in the shootout and the suspect was also wounded, but survived his injuries.

Lights shine from Y Mountain in Provo on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, the night before the funeral for recently-slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners. 

Marta Burgess, of Orem, places a flag along 1200 West in Orem while a fellow volunteer gestures to lend a helping hand Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, as volunteers place flags and blue ribbons along the road as part of funeral preparations for recently-slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners.

Honor guard members walk away from the casket of recently-slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners after trading their posts with other officers during Shinners' funeral Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Kaylyn Shinners, wife of recently-slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners, holds their one-year-old son, Logan, as she looks at her husband's casket in the hearse after Officer Shinners' funeral Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

The casket of recently-slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners is put into the hearse after Shinners' funeral Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

A Month in Pictures: December 2018

Mason Clements stretches just behind the chutes before the Young Living Farms Rodeo held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Mona, Utah. A relative newcomer to rodeo, Mason competes in the bareback-riding event and last year placed 10th at the world's top rodeo, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.


December is oftentimes thought of as a month of reflection and finality to the year, and those things held especially true for me this last month of 2018 as a rodeo project I had been working on since May published in the Daily Herald. (That project is shown as the photo above and the 15 following below.)

I began my photo essay on local professional bareback rider Mason Clements when I approached a local rodeo with a story pitch on any up-and-coming cowboys living in our coverage area. I had been wanting to photograph more rodeos since beginning work in Utah, and saw the opprotunity to get my fix through focusing one of the newspaper's Monday Close-Ups on the subject. Mason fell in the among the middle of a list given to me of rodeo athletes ranging from multi-time world champions to absolute no-names. What I thought would be a two-or-three-day shoot profiling Mason to be published about two weeks later gradually grew into a much longer-term project.

After photographing Mason working out and competing at a single rodeo, I thought, "Hey, let's just keep shooting this and see where it goes." Rodeos are "sexy" (as we say in the photo world), and I wanted to really dig into the rodeo lifestyle. So, I began juggling at times up to three Monday Close-Up photo stories to cover my monthly requirements in addition to my daily assignments as I chipped away at photographing Mason.

When time would allow, I would pop into Mason's life roughly once or twice a month as he'd compete in the rodeo circuit. I infrequently get to photograph subjects for more than a month, so it was quite nice to really settle into Mason's life and become a part of his routine. Each month I'd feel like the story needed some more "umph", so I'd find another shorter-term project to run for that month's Monday Close-Up and I'd keep shooting Mason. After a bit of time with Mason, I toyed with the idea of following him all the way to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas in December. What started as a general inquiry to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association at the start of August began a back-and-forth battle for access that eventually resulted in me being granted a limited-access credential to the WNFR in late November. After covering Mason for a few months, I made the six-hour drive from Provo to Las Vegas this December to follow Mason on his last day competing at the world's top rodeo.

I followed Mason around for most of the day on December 15th as he went about the last day at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The WNFR being an extremely taxing 10-day back-to-back gauntlet, Mason slept in and spent most of his time before the rodeo working out, eating right and soothing his injuries. At the rodeo itself, I only had access to photograph the bareback-riding event from one stationary position and had no access to anything within the arena or backstage besides that. Despite limited access, photographing the world's top rodeo was quite a spectacle (in which I even donned a cowboy hat to "blend in"). 

I haven't worked on a long-term project (which I consider to be more than two months) since college, and I re-learned a lot from dipping back into longer-form storytelling. Mason's story ran as a two-part series on the front page of the Daily Herald on the last Saturday and Sunday of the year. 

To read more about Mason, you can read the two stories I wrote to accompany the photo essay: Part 1 – provodh.com/ypz64, Part 2 – provodh.com/f05wk.


Mason Clements laces up his boots before the Strawberry Days Rodeo held Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo Grounds in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Mason is currently a resident of Springville, which holds the 801 area code, but he was born in Henderson, Nevada.

Kaycee Feild gestures to his mentee, Mason Clements, as they joke around while preparing for the Days of '47 Rodeo held Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. Feild, of Genola, is a four-time world champion bareback rider, and helps coach Clements. “We’re competitive with each other no matter what we do,” said Clements. “Then we add making money, the physicality of rodeo, the crowds and it makes it that much more fun and makes us more competitive.”

Mason Clements dons his cowboy hat as he prepares to head to the chutes before the Strawberry Days Rodeo held Friday, June 22, 2018, at the PRCA Rodeo Grounds in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Clements competed in roughly 85 rodeos this year, riding in as many as four to five rodeos a week during the peak summer season.

Mason Clements and his horse burst out of the chutes as he competes during the Strawberry Days Rodeo held Friday, June 22, 2018, at the PRCA Rodeo Grounds in Pleasant Grove, Utah. “Bareback riding has been compared to riding a jackhammer with one hand,” according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Mason Clements holds out his hand for his nephew, Jax Clements, 3, of Salt Lake City, to high-five him as some of Mason's family surrounds him after he was injured during the Days of '47 Rodeo held Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mason would soon thereafter find that he had torn his ACL, but he continued to compete through the season.

Mason Clements exits the media room after being interviewed by a member of the media during the Days of '47 Rodeo held Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bareback riding generally ranks as the second most injury-prone event in rodeo, according to Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Mason Clements rides a stationary bike during a workout  Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Anytime Fitness in Payson, Utah. Mason tries to hit the gym when he's not either competing in rodeos or training for them. He tries to meet with a personal trainer at least once every month or two.

Mason Clements holds the wheels steady as Kaycee Feild rides atop a bucking machine Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Feild's home in Genola, Utah. When they have time, the two bareback riders train together.

Mason Clements is interviewed by a member of the media after competing in the Days of '47 Rodeo held Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mason Clements kisses Brianna Winn, his girlfriend, as he leaves his hotel room at the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Considered the world's top rodeo, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo begins Dec. 6 and takes place on ten consecutive nights in "Sin City".

Mason Clements signs a bill for room-service food as he lies in a compression bag in his hotel room at the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Back to back rodeos for ten nights can test a cowboy's body, and Mason spent as much time as he could prepping his body in the mornings and afternoons before competing each evening.

Mason Clements makes his way to his truck after leaving the Palms Casino Resort to head to the final night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During previous performances at this year's WNFR, Mason also injured his right hand, which is his riding hand. Pictured here at a previous rodeo, Mason Clements tapes up his arms as he prepares before the Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the arena next to W&M Butterfield Park in Herriman, Utah.

Mason Clements bursts out of the chutes atop Frontier Rodeo's Gunfire as he competes in the bareback-riding event during the final night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the ten nights of the rodeo, Mason competed against 15 world-class bareback riders and placed as high as second twice.

Mason Clements finished in ninth place overall within the bareback-riding division at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, one spot better than the previous year. Pictured here at a previous rodeo, Mason Clements hugs Brianna Winn, his girlfriend, after competing in the Young Living Farms Rodeo held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Mona, Utah. Clements underwent ACL surgery at the end of 2018, and looks forward to next rodeo season.


Besides wrapping up my rodeo project, last month was a more exciting December than some. The Brigham Young University women's volleyball team advanced all the way to the NCAA's Final Four in Minneapolis, but was sadly swept in the first match by Stanford. BYU's football team also earned a bowl game in Idaho, but sadly no photographers were sent to either the out-of-state volleyball or football games despite sending reporters.

Besides the usually splattering of sports assignments, December predictably saw many holiday-themed stories including light displays, volunteer efforts, Santa sightings, Christmas concerts and other general festivities. 

As I wrap up another calendar year at the Daily Herald, I've really learned to appreciate the communities I cover. From providing breaking news coverage on two wildfires burning more than 100,000 acres which threatened to destroy two south-county communities, to watching local sports teams go for state and national titles and getting to see local athletes develop from year to year, this past 365 days working at the Daily Herald as solidified the thought in my mind that there is no job I can love more than being a newspaper photojournalist at a daily publication. I hope to continue to foster that love in 2019, and to also see more of my growing knowledge of the community I cover to be more visible in my photographs.


Brigham Young University players celebrate after sweeping the University of Texas in an NCAA regional final match  Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo. The win allowed the Cougars to advance to the NCAA women's volleyball Final Four held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team was later swept by Stanford in the national semifinals.

Brigham Young University guard TJ Haws (30) is wrapped up by Utah State University forward Dwayne Brown Jr. (2) on a play during a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the Utah State University Aggies held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Marriott Center in Provo. An offensive foul was called on Haws during the play.

Brigham Young University libero Mary Lake (18) bumps the ball back toward the net during an NCAA regional final match between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the University of Texas Longhorns held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.

Brigham Young University guard TJ Haws (30) is helped up by forward Yoeli Childs (23) and guard Zac Seljaas (2) after Haws was fouled while making a three-pointer during a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the University of Utah Utes as part of the Beehive Classic held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Brigham Young University guard Zac Seljaas (2) dunks the ball during a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the University of Utah Utes as part of the Beehive Classic held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Brigham Young University fans cheer at the start of an NCAA regional final match between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the University of Texas Longhorns held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.

Brigham Young University guard TJ Haws (30) lays the ball up after driving the baseline and past Utah State University center Neemias Queta (23) during a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the Utah State University Aggies held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Westlake senior shooting guards Samantha Hester, right, and Marissa Scoresby pose for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs. The duo has coined the nickname "the splash sisters" and is hoping to help lead their team to the state finals once again this season.

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth plays a large handbell as she jokes around during the opening night of Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Lydia Wiscombe, of Highland, throws a toy snowball at Santa Claus as she's accompanied by Heather Lott, a student volunteer from Utah Valley University, during a Quiet Santa session Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at University Place in Orem. Lydia lives with CDKL5, a disorder that has symptoms similar to Rett Syndrome, including seizures, loss of language skills, hand wringing and developmental problems. 

Shelia Adams, of Park City, reacts as Rose, a northern saw-whet owl, looks her way after Adams and her daughter, Gabby, 11, had a photo taken of them with the owl during the night-owling program held Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at the Sundance Nordic Center.

Andrew Honey, 14, right, and his brother, Anthony, 12, play a video game together as their brother, Joshua, 15, wheels about in the hallway Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at the Honey family's home in American Fork. The boys all have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that fatally deteriorates muscles in primarily male victims and has confined these brothers to wheelchairs.

Rebecca Dewey hugs her husband, Dylan, during a brief recess in Dylan Dewey's sentencing held at the 4th Judicial District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Provo. Dylan Dewey was sentenced to 90 days in the Utah County Jail for a class A misdemeanor of unlawful sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old.

Kelsie Whitaker, of Provo, looks through bags of gifts for different families before then delivering those bags to families as part of the United Way of Utah County's Sub for Santa program Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo.

Author and U.S. Army veteran Leslie Zimmerman helps her daughter Kennedy, 10, build a graham-cracker house as Zimmerman and her extended family all create graham-cracker houses together Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at the author's mother's home in Orem.