Top 5 sports stories on UtahValley360 in 2015

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Out with the old and in with the new. But before moving on to the promise of the future of Utah Valley sports, we are taking a look back at some of our top 2015 stories.

We were surprised by some of the top visited stories, especially since none of them had to do with a specific game. Here are the top five sports stories visited on UtahValley360 in 2015:

5. “Kalani Sitake sets plan in motion after finally fulfilling his BYU coaching dream”

Kalani Sitake, BYU's new head football coach, stands in the center of former teammates next to LaVell Edwards following a press conference on Monday afternoon. (Photo by John Coon)

Kalani Sitake, BYU’s new head football coach, stands in the center of former teammates next to LaVell Edwards following a press conference on Monday afternoon. (Photo by John Coon)

BYU football fans were shocked when BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall announced he would be leaving to coach at Virginia in 2016. However, Cougar fans were elated to hear Kalani Sitake was taking over as head coach, especially when he added Ty Detmer as the offensive coordinator.

4. “Kyle Van Noy accidentally switches laptops with Traverse Mountain Elementary’s principal

Ilene Strong, Traverse Mountain Elementary's principal, switch back laptops with former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy. (Photo courtesy Alpine School District)

Ilene Strong, Traverse Mountain Elementary’s principal, switches back laptops with former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy. (Photo courtesy Alpine School District)

When Detroit Lions’ Kyle Van Noy accidentally switched lap tops with Ilene Strong, Traverse Mountain Elementary’s principal, he visited the school to switch back laptops and visited with students while he was there.

3. “Lone Peak’s Frank Jackson: ‘Definite interest’ in BYU

Lone Peak's Frank Jackson dribbles the ball in the 5A State Tournament last year. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Lone Peak’s Frank Jackson dribbles the ball in the 5A State Tournament. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Before officially signing with Duke basketball in September, Lone Peak standout Frank Jackson said he had “definite interest” in BYU. However, Duke came calling and the Utah Valley resident will now play across the country. Game over.

2. “Who’s next?: Projecting the future of BYU basketball

While players like T.J. Haws, Braiden Shaw, Payton Dastrup and Eric Mika won't be available until the 2016 season, players like Nick Emery (center) will start contributing this coming fall.

While players like T.J. Haws, Braiden Shaw, Payton Dastrup and Eric Mika won’t be available until the 2016 season, players like Nick Emery (center) will start contributing this coming fall.

After a disappointing NCAA tournament loss in March, we looked at the future of BYU basketball and made some of our own guesses for what the future holds.

1. “24 awkward Kiss Cam moments at the Marriott Center

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This is barely a sports story, but since it takes place at the Marriott Center for the BYU basketball games we included it. We had to watch nearly 30 minutes of Kiss Cam footage to find the best (and, for some, the most humiliating) footage. We shrunk it down to 24 animated gifs for your laughing pleasure.

Also read our “Top 10 feature stories in 2015” and “Top 10 LDS stories in 2015.”

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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