The Ogden Raptors battled the Orem Owlz during the Raptors’ home opener Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Lindquist Field in Ogden. Orem won 16-5.
2017 Boys Soccer All-Area 1st Team Starters
About 500 fans enjoyed burgers, beer, baseball and the BassMint Pros to celebrate the open of the 2017 season during the Ogden Raptors FanFest on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.
Story by BRETT HEIN • Photos by MATT HERP
OGDEN — For the first time since the franchise’s inception in 1994, the Ogden Raptors are changing the wordmark on their jersey fronts as the team unveils a new set of threads for the 2017 season.
The set includes the standard white, blue and gray uniform tops. The white tops (worn at home) and blue alternate tops (worn home and away) both feature the new “Raptors” wordmark on the front that was unveiled as part of a new logo package in 2016.
Uniform color schemes were previously changed, but this is the first font change to the wordmark on jerseys in 24 seasons as a franchise.
“We just felt it was time for a change,” Raptors president Dave Baggott said. The team intended the change to coincide with last year’s logo change, but he said the timing for licensing and manufacturing didn’t work out.
The road grays feature an all-caps “OGDEN” font styled after the classic Brooklyn Dodgers “B” that franchise once wore on its hats.
All three sets feature the club’s new running raptor image on the right sleeve, while raptor footprints remain on the left sleeve.
The team has also ordered yet-to-arrive updates to its digital camouflage and Hawaiian uniform tops. The digital camo tops will be based on a blue color scheme instead of past green or brown sets.
Baggott said the new camo jerseys “might be my favorite look” and he expects them to be a fan favorite. Players will wear them every Friday home game as a nod to the military community and the importance of Hill Air Force Base to the area, he said.
Hawaiian jerseys will continue to be worn on Aloha Sundays, when fans are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and kids 12 and under get in free.
Previous white and gray uniform tops were a classic, heavier polyester, while alternate blues were more breathable and performance-friendly. The new sets will allow players the lighter fabric no matter which color they wear, Baggott said.
Skaters compete during the Ogden Arts Fest Skate Contest hosted by Mor Skateboards on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Ogden Amphitheater.
Others in the region recognized Saxton Morby’s impact because he was voted the Region 1 MVP for football and basketball. He’s also the 2016-17 Standard-Examiner All-Area Male Athlete of the Year
Livia Borges continued to play both soccer and basketball, and excelled at both. She was the leading scorer on both teams, and for all her success, she has been named the 2016-17 Standard-Examiner All-Area Female Athlete of the Year.
How Bountiful High School’s volleyball team stepped up to repeat as state champs — and earn the Standard-Examiner’s Team of the Year distinction.
Coaches and players from Weber State University’s football team put on a clinic Wednesday, June 7, 2017, for youth in custody at the Mill Creek Youth Center in Ogden.
The 3-A North All-Star team, featuring players from Bear River, Ben Lomond and Ridgeline High Schools, lost 15-13 to the 3-A South on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Lindquist Field in Ogden, during the 3-A Utah High School Baseball All-Star Game.
The 4-A North team — featuring players from Box Elder, Bountiful and Bonneville — lost 21-12 to the 4-A South team in the 4-A Utah High School Baseball All-Star Game on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.
The 5-A North team — with players from Roy, Fremont, Northridge, Weber, Davis, Layton and Syracuse — lost 15-2 to the South team in the 5-A Utah High School Baseball All-Star Game on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.