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Top 10 BYU sports stories on UtahValley360 in 2016

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BYU sports were new this year. BYU football had a new coaching staff. The BYU basketball team began its season with a young squad. Here are the top viewed BYU sports stories on UtahValley360 in 2016.

10. Will the Lone Peak three deliver on the hype?

BYU basketball players Nick Emery, Eric Mika and TJ Haws are known as the Lone Peak Three. (Photo courtesy TJ Haws' Twitter)

BYU basketball players Nick Emery, Eric Mika and TJ Haws are known as the Lone Peak Three. (Photo courtesy TJ Haws’ Twitter)

With the return of Eric Mika and TJ Haws from their LDS missions, the Lone Peak three (which includes Nick Emery)were reunited at BYU. The long-anticipated BYU basketball season finally became a reality, but we looked at the hype before the season began. Read the story here.

9. Jamaal Williams aims to finish what he started at BYU

BYU senior Jamaal Williams said he never considered transferring from BYU for his senior season. (Photo by BYU Photo)

BYU senior Jamaal Williams said he never considered transferring from BYU for his senior season. (Photo by BYU Photo)

After an injury plagued junior season, Jamaal Williams sat out one season. He returned to finish what he started in the 2016 season. Read the story here.

8. Accidental alliance between BYU and Gonzaga

Gonzaga basketball managers tweeted, "Safety first! The game ball that sent the Zags to the Sweet Sixteen is making its way back to Spokane #NotDoneYet"

Gonzaga basketball managers tweeted, “Safety first! The game ball that sent the Zags to the Sweet Sixteen is making its way back to Spokane #NotDoneYet”

After Gonzaga defeated BYU foe Utah in the NCAA tournament and tweeted a “safety first” image, the BYU in-conference rival had a few new temporary fans. Read the story here.

7. 5 things learned at BYU’s spring scrimmage

BYU football fans had their first look at new head coach Kalani Sitake's team in the Spring scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by BYU Photo)

BYU football fans had their first look at new head coach Kalani Sitake’s team in the Spring scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by BYU Photo)

Following our first look at the BYU football team, we evaluated what we learned. Read the story here.

6. #Uteauditfindings: The imagine Utah expenditures by BYU fans

BYU guard Nick Emery dribbles the ball while Utah's Brandon Taylor defends him. Emery received a flagrant two foul after punching Taylor in the gut in Wednesday's night game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU guard Nick Emery dribbles the ball while Utah’s Brandon Taylor defends him. Emery received a flagrant two foul after punching Taylor in the gut in Wednesday’s night game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

After the University of Utah cancelled its game with BYU basketball for safety concerns, the state audited to athletics department to make sure the school could pay the $80,000 fine for not fulfilling its contract. Read the story here.

5. Rise and route: Fan-Player-Coach journey leads Kalani and Timberly Sitake to first-and-10

Kalani and Timberly Sitake met at a Sub for Santa dance at BYU, and now they are raising Skye (12), Sadie (9) and KK (5) in the town Kalani considers home. “I remember driving down I-15 when I was younger and knowing where we were by how the air smelled,” Kalani says. “Even with my eyes closed, I could tell if we were passing Geneva or if we were close to the Point of the Mountain. I love this valley.” (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Kalani and Timberly Sitake met at a Sub for Santa dance at BYU, and now they are raising Skye (12), Sadie (9) and KK (5) in the town Kalani considers home. “I remember driving down I-15 when I was younger and knowing where we were by how the air smelled,” Kalani says. “Even with my eyes closed, I could tell if we were passing Geneva or if we were close to the Point of the Mountain. I love this valley.” (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

BYU football got a new coach for the 2016 football season. Kalani and Timberly Sitake graced the cover of Utah Valley Magazine to share his love for BYU football, his family and growing up in Provo, Utah. Read the story here.

4. BYU football players share the funniest thing a fan has ever said to them

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At the beginning of the season, we asked a few BYU football players what the funniest thing a fan has ever told them. These nine are-you-serious statements from BYU fans are the result. Read the story here.

3. #SafetyFirst: BYU fans snarky hashtag commentary on the BYU-Utah game cancellation

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When Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak cancelled the 2016–17 BYU-Utah matchup because of safety concerns for his team, BYU fans responded with an onslaught of snarky comments on social media. Read the story here.

2. Tom Holmoe sheds more light on BYU’s final push for Big 12 inclusion

Tom Holmoe lines up with the three BYU football jerseys for 2014. (Photos by Marylyn Linge)

Tom Holmoe lines up with the three BYU football jerseys for 2014. (Photos by Marylyn Linge)

For a brief moment in 2016, BYU fans had a glance at a possibility of becoming part of the Big 12. That didn’t work out, but BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe provided insight on the situation on multiple occasions. Read the story here.

1. BYU’s new offense already a hit with the team

Jamaal Williams carries the ball up the field in a 2014 game against Virginia. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Jamaal Williams carries the ball up the field in a 2014 game against Virginia. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

With a new offense BYU coaching staff for the 2016 season, BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer was teaching a more pro style game — and the team dug it. Read the story here.

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