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Dallen Smith Power Forward

Dallen Smith Power Forward at Layton Christian Academy  

My hunting and shooting has come to a stand still for a few months to make way for basketball season. I've been a little busy keeping up with our three boys playing basketball. I do plan on working up a 270 WSM, 150 gr Hornady SST load for my X-Bolt as soon as things settle down a little.

Dallen is a senior at Layton Christian Academy. Layton Christian Academy is the top rank team in the state of the 2A teams. It's been an exciting year for Dallen and the team. He is on a team with a lot of talented players and a wonderful head coach, Bobby Porter.

I have started to go through some of the video from Dallen's season and will post and update this playlist.

Update 3-2-16: Dallen had a fun season. His team did really well. It was a little disappointing that they lost they state championship game by one point.

On March 12th Dallen was one of ten players from the state selected to play in the 1A vs 2A All-Star game at South Sevier High School.

Here are a few of the highlights from Dallen's senior year.


This clip below shows only the minutes that Dallen is on the court for a full game. Dallen is #54 in white. The game is against Waterford, the second place team in our region. Waterford took 6th place at the state tournament this year.
 
In this game Dallen is assigned to guard #32 a 6’6” player that likes to shoot the 3 ball and post up.  #32 scored 20 points the game just before this. #32 doesn’t score a single point when Dallen is in the game and only takes two shots. #32 does finish the game with 9 points but none of them were with Dallen on the court.
 
Dallen has the ability to score a lot but given most of the players on his team this year are just as capable, he works hard on the boards and defense. When the ball does come his way he knows what to do with it.


Here's a few highlights from his junior year. Check out his footwork and the use of his left hand.

Dallen's Broken Finger

Dallen's broken finger.

When we are not out hunting and shooting, chasing kids to basketball games tends to be one of our family's common practices.

Dallen had a rough year this past year. He broke is finger midseason and dealt with some other things that necessitated us moving him to another school. Dallen is excited to be playing at Layton Christian Academy for his senior year of 2015-16.

In our cow elk hunts this past winter Dallen was hunting with a sock over the cast on his left hand.

Dallen loves basketball, is right hand dominant yet drives and shoots with his left hand more than his right. He reminds me of Charles Barkley with his size, strength and ability to shoot from the outside.  Although he doesn't shoot much from the outside his junior year he has a great shot from behind the arch and I expect he will be shooting the three-ball his senior season.

Dallen is built like a college football tight end, but basketball is what he loves. I know he is really hopeful that he can find a place on a college team. He's working hard to be a really strong power forward that can shoot the three-ball, drive and spin to the basket. I'm excited to watch him play his senior year at LCA.

Anyhow here's a few highlights from his junior year. Check out his footwork and the use of his left hand.

Here's a full game of him after he came back from having a broke finger. In this game against Union he played around 8-10 minutes and did quite well. It's the last regular-season game of the year and he gets the most minutes in a varsity game all year. Dallen checks into the game at 23:45, 39:24 in the video below. Dallen is number is 33 in the dark uniform.


Here's the highlights from the full game above from my camera.

(Last revised August 21, 2010)

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Hi, I'm Brady Smith, I grew up in Morgan, Utah. I am a graduate from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

As you can see from the website I am an avid big game hunter. I get my personal batteries recharged by hunting, usually alone, in rugged mountain country. Some people run marathons, I get much the same satisfaction hauling a boned out mule deer up 1600 vertical feet and five miles back to the truck.

I am a Web Guru, jack of all web trades, social media manager, video editor, web developer, content manager, web server administrator, database administrator, designer, search engine optimization (SEO) guru, flash developer, you name it, web guy. I have been employed at Browning since the fall of 2000 for my web specialties. Currently I am the Social Media Director for Browning. 

In 2013 I found a new passion for trail cameras. It's like Christmas morning every time I head to the mountain to check my trail cameras.

As you read through my journal entries you will see that I express my thoughts and opinions of different products that I come across and use. Being employed by Browning you will see that I use a lot of Browning products and Winchester Repeating Arms product, rifles and shotguns that Browning is licensed to produce (got to love that employee discount). The thoughts and opinions on this website are my personal opinions and do not reflect those of my employer or anyone else, unless I were to explicitly state otherwise in a journal entry. This is my personal website for my personal pleasure and enjoyment. My website has become a creative outlet for me to learn different web technologies that I would not get a chance to learn with the daily routines of my job at Browning.

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I have never been good at keeping a journal and really have never been good at writing, however, I do really enjoy hunting on one side and on the other I enjoy working on the Internet. What better place for me to keep my hunting journal than the Internet. This website is my Do-It-Yourself hunting and shooting journal.

A good friend of mine has a journal that he writes his hunting experiences in. He can flip back through it and give me the details of the rifle, who he was with and his thoughts at the time of a mule deer hunt that happened twenty years ago. How cool will it be for his children to read about their father's experiences back in the good old days?

Speaking of my writing abilities. I have never been good at writing so you are bound to find grammatical errors throughout the website. I'll keep the spell check on but it doesn't help much when you use the wrong wording. This is my journal and mistakes in grammar will abound.

I really enjoy and work hard at being a successful big game hunter and success doesn't always mean putting antlers on the wall. Enjoying the experience is what it is all about in my book. You will find that what I write in this journal are my straight from the hip experiences in the field and on the range, enjoying the experience and freedoms we have to spend time in the great outdoors.

I do take most of my kitchen passes to hunt mule deer and elk. I love backpacking into areas that require a little more effort to hunt than the average hunter cares to exert. I enjoy archery, muzzleloading and rifle hunting and try to hunt as much as I can on a limited budget, with very limited seasons lengths and in the limited public areas near where I live in Northern Utah. I have worked for Browning for 20 years in web and social media positions. If you would like to learn more about me check out my bio.

Often hunters have favorite calibers. Some of my favorites are the 243 WSSM, 270 WSM, 300 WSM, 28 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor and the 6.5 PRC and you will find my favorite hand loads and experiences on this website using these cartridges.

When the 243 WSSM was introduced in 2003 it piqued my interest. A few years later I purchased my first rifle chambered for this round and I just loved it. Since then I have acquired two more rifles chambered in 243 WSSM.

Although I do have three 243 WSSM rifles I also hunt with my other rifles, muzzleloaders, and just love archery elk hunting, so not every journal entry on my website will contain experiences with the 243 WSSM. This is my DIY hunting and shooting journal.

If you have stumbled on this site looking for information on the 243 WSSM you should know that I am by no means the all-knowing expert of the 243 WSSM or the other WSSM calibers. I do really enjoy my 243 WSSM rifles and the excellent performance I get from them. In the WSSM's short history I can't help but feel that they haven't been given their fair shake. Maybe, as I ramble along sharing my experiences, you may gain a greater understanding of why, in my book, the 243 WSSM is a winner. For more thoughts on the 243 WSSM you can read my journal entry titled: 243 WSSM and the 243 Win.

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