Van Horne

James D. "Doc" Van Horne in 1968. Jack W. Sheaffer / Arizona Daily Star file photo

Jack W. Sheaffer / Arizona Daily Star file photo

The pre-1950s coaches at Tucson High had limited opposition in Tucson and statewide. But Van Horne was the most prolific and consistent, winning 13 state championships (and finishing second eight times) between 1927-53. True, he was blessed with the Batiste brothers — Joe, Frank and Fred, probably the top athletic family in Tucson history — but Van Horne won big before and after the Batistes.

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Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.