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Best friends to battle it out during rivalry game

Best friends to battle it out during rivalry game



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The battleground is set -- 3 p.m. Saturday in Provo, BYU takes on Utah. Sometimes this game causes a split among family and friends, but in this case, the divide is between best friends.

One wears red, the other blue. They are set to be back together on the sidelines to cheer on their teams.

Stevi Poulsen and Sara Burton are best friends. It all began when the two made the cheerleading squad at North Layton Junior High School.

Sara Burton
Sara Burton

"In eighth grade we made the cheer team and cheered through junior high and high school," says Sara.

Cheering brought them together to stay.

"We're really close. We've been best friends since seventh grade and on, so we are very close," says Stevi.

The two also cheered together at Northridge High School, but after graduation they moved on to rival schools. Stevi became a Cougar while Sara became a Ute.

"There's not a rivalry between us, but BYU is totally better," says Stevi. "I love BYU. I've been a fan through and through my whole life so, not a Ute fan."

We asked Sara if Stevi tried to get her to go to BYU too. "No. We know that's a no," she says.

Stevi Poulsen
Stevi Poulsen

Sara will be in Provo on Saturday -- cheering on her Utes to beat Stevi's Cougars.

Sara says if her team wins in Provo, she'll be sure to remind Stevi who's the best.

"I want to tell her she better come say hi to me and I'm sorry your team's going to lose," says Stevi.

No matter the outcome, the two freshmen promise to stay best friends -- at least we think.

"Hey Stevi, your Cougars are going down!" Sara says.

Stevi has a message too. "Hey Sara, you better watch out!"

We'll all know the outcome Saturday in Provo.

E-mail: kaiken@ksl.com

Kathy Aiken

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