Great Clips of the Week: History made in Utah high school basketball (officiating)

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Mar 5th, 2018 @ 12:06pm

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ON THE HARDWOOD — Some of the biggest news from the weekend came from the basketball court.

But instead of showing you clips of the best game winners and automatic bids handed out to the upcoming NCAA Tournament, here are some moments you may have missed.

As always, click the video above for all of the Great Clips of the Week.

First female ref works Utah's top title game

If you watched the Class 6A state tournament this past week, you may have noticed something different.

It wasn’t just Lone Peak winning the championship or Olympus going undefeated through the 5A season, either.

Teresa Turner was one of the officials working the Knights’ big win over Pleasant Grove, and she made history in doing so.

Turner is the first female official to call a championship game in one of Utah’s top-two classifications in state history. Other female officials have called lower-division title games, but Turner was the first to do it at what is considered to be the state's highest level.

“I’m humbled. It’s been a long battle for female officials," she told KSL Sports. "We don’t want to be thought of as female officials; we just want to be referees like everybody else. We want to referee the best games, just like everybody else.”

Turner started officiating during Junior Jazz games, which also helped pay her way through college.

And if you haven’t seen many high school basketball games, you still might recognize her. Turner has also officiated in the Pac-12, Mountain West, Western Athletic and Big Sky conferences during her career.

Olympus' biggest Titan

One of Olympus' biggest supporters as they won their second title in four seasons came from the sideline.

Austin Frampton is one of the guys when it comes to Olympus' boys basketball team, but his uniform is a little different from the rest of the Titans. The senior is a Titan — literally, and he won’t let Down syndrome stop him from doing what he loves.

"To be able to watch Austin exceed and have the enthusiasm you see on the court, it does a mom’s heart good," said his mother, Shelley Frampton.

Combine report

The greatest story of the weekend came not from college basketball, but from college football and the NFL Combine.

Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin was born without the use of his left hand due to a prenatal condition. The UCF senior had the arm amputated below the wrist at 4 years old, but he didn’t let that stop him from leading the Knights to an undefeated season that included a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

And he didn’t let it stop him Sunday at the Combine.

Griffin ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, the fastest time among linebackers since 2006, while impressing dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers during his other drills and conditioning exercises.

The 2016 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, the 6-foot-1 Griffin is considered a fifth-round prospect at the moment by most NFL draft analysts. But those numbers are bound to go up.

His twin brother Shaquille was a third-round pick at cornerback by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.

Sean Walker

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