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Kadeem Allen\u2019s strong performance in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament earlier this month has paid off, earning the departing Arizona senior an invite to the NBA Combine next month in Chicago.

UA freshman Rawle Alkins has also been invited, while it\u2019s unknown if UA freshman Kobi Simmons and sophomore Chance Comanche were.

Only 70 players typically participate in front of key NBA scouts at the Combine, and some top international players do not play, so those without invitations face long odds to become one of the 60 NBA Draft picks.

Alkins and Comanche have declared for the draft without signing with an agent, meaning they have until May 24 to return to Arizona if they want. Simmons signed with agent Aaron Turner and thus has left the UA irrevocably.

Because Simmons signed with an agent and is rated among Draft Express\u2019 Top 60 prospects, he has been expected to be invited to the combine.

UA freshman Lauri Markkanen, meanwhile, is certain to be invited but it\u2019s unclear whether he will participate in any form. The Finnish forward is a projected lottery pick with little to gain from playing in the combine.

While Allen wasn\u2019t available for comment Friday, Allen\u2019s mother, Bernadette, said her son called to tell her that he had been invited. The NBA has not yet released its complete list of participants for the May 9-14 combine.

Allen was UA\u2019s veteran leader and top defender last season, averaging 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. But he further opened some eyes in the seniors-only Portsmouth tournament, averaging 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent and playing strong defense.

\u201cI thought he really helped himself,\u201d said Jonathan Givony, president of the Draft Express scouting site. \u201cI thought he played great.\u201d

The NBA has guaranteed that a minimum of five players from Portsmouth will be awarded spots in the NBA Combine.

Allen is not projected to be drafted but is ranked the No. 73 overall NBA prospect by Draft Express. The website lists Simmons at No. 55 in its 2017 Mock Draft and Alkins at No. 47 in the 2018 draft, while Comanche is not listed in either.

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\u00a0Washington beat the UA 4-1 on the second day of the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships at Bear Down Beach, ending the team portion of the Wildcats\u2019 season. Top-seeded USC eliminated Washington in Friday\u2019s semifinals 5-0, then took down UCLA 3-2 for the conference championship.

UA seniors Madison Witt and McKenna Witt are still alive in the single-elimination doubles tournament portion of the championships., The twins beat Washington\u2019s Cassie Strickland and Courtney Schwan, 5-0, on Friday. They\u2019ll face another UW duo, this one featuring Tia Scambray and Crissy Jones, at 9 a.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

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Arizona senior Kadeem Allen and freshman Rawle Alkins have been invited to the NBA Combine next month, indicating Allen's draft stock is rising while giving Alkins a better chance to decide whether to leave the Wildcats or not.

Allen put up a strong performance offensively and defensively at the seniors-only Portsmouth Invitational Tournament earlier this month, while Alkins is projected as a second-round pick whether he leaves for this year's draft or the 2018 draft.

Since there are 70 combine spots and only 60 draft spots, not getting a combine opportunity is a sign a player might not get drafted. It is not known yet if sophomore Chance Comanche, who is testing the draft, or freshman Kobi Simmons, who is leaving irrevocably, have received one of the invites that went out Friday.

Because Alkins and Comanche have both entered the draft without signing with an agent, they have the option to return to school by May 24.

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Collegiate, semipro, and professional ranks of local soccer will converge at Kino Sports Complex on Saturday evening, as FC Tucson hosts a scrimmage with Phoenix Rising FC and the University of Arizona men\u2019s club team.

FC Tucson and the UA team will split time on the turf, each playing one half against Phoenix Rising FC.

The scrimmage presents a homecoming of sorts for Phoenix Rising interim coach Rick Schantz, who was formerly led FC Tucson. Schantz took an assistant coaching position with Phoenix Rising back in January. Earlier this week, Phoenix head coach Frank Yallop unexpectedly resigned, bumping Schantz to the head position.

\u201cI\u2019m super happy for Rick,\u201d FC Tucson head coach Jon Pearlman said. \u201cHe meant so much for the franchise. As a peer working to build FC Tucson, it\u2019s a great opportunity for him.\u201d

Pearlman was named as Schantz\u2019s replacement in February. The former Sabino High School boys soccer coach had served as FC Tucson\u2019s general manager since the club\u2019s inception. The two remain close: Pearlman\u2019s son, Nate, is Phoenix Rising\u2019s equipment manager.

Both Pearlman and Schantz are intense, FC Tucson\u2019s Kyle Van Alstine said.

\u201cThey both get different responses out of the kids,\u201d Van Alstien said. \u201cThey\u2019re both great and I enjoy (playing for) both of them.\u201d

The pressure will be on Schantz and Phoenix Rising, who are using the scrimmage as a way to stay loose in the midst of their United Soccer League season.

Phoenix added international star Didier Drogba to its roster earlier this month as a player-owner. The former Chelsea FC striker will try to move the club into Major League Soccer, though Phoenix will have competition for an expansion franchise.

Drogba is expected to travel with the team to Tucson, but it\u2019s unclear whether he\u2019ll play. Phoenix also boasts Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips, both of whom are household names internationally.

\u201cDrogba is one of my childhood heroes,\u201d Van Alstine said. \u201cI grew up watching him and he got me into the sport a little bit.\u201d

FC Tucson\u2019s roster won\u2019t take shape for another month. Saturday\u2019s team will include a mix of regulars and trialists and, Pearlman said, some first-time jitters.

\u201cObviously, there\u2019s a lot more yelling and pointing and instructing than you would have midseason here,\u201d Pearlman said. \u201cWe\u2019re probably only going to have four or five signed players on the field, but it\u2019s a great opportunity.\u201d

The matchup provides a spotlight for local talent like Julian Gaona, a Pima College freshman who starred at Tucson High School. Gaona is among those auditioning for a spot on Pearlman\u2019s team.

\u201cI\u2019ve never had a coach who has yelled at me so much, but I like it,\u201d Gaona said. \u201cIt\u2019s not in a bad way. He does it to help you improve your speed of play and improve your quality.\u201d

FC Tucson originally planned to scrimmage just the UA club team until Phoenix reached out to the club, asking if they could be part of the event. Phoenix Rising will face FC Tucson in the first half and the UA club team in the second.

\u201cIt\u2019s a community event,\u201d Gaona said. \u201cThey way that all the levels are coming together to make this happen are amazing.\u201d

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At this weekend\u2019s NFL draft in Philadelphia, lives are being changed in an instant. For highly drafted college football players, the change happens in an instant.

Bobby Dalbec spent Thursday on a rickety bus traveling from Greenville, South Carolina, to Augusta, Georgia, wondering just when he\u2019ll hit the big time.

The life of a top baseball prospect is so unlike that of football and basketball rookies. Draft day is tantamount to a mirage. For a minute, maybe an hour \u2014 OK, give \u2019em a day \u2014 it is pure elation. Dalbec did indeed receive a $650,000 signing bonus from the Boston Red Sox, who took the Arizona Wildcats star in the fourth round of last year\u2019s draft. That\u2019s not chump change.

And you\u2019d be surprised how far half-a-mil will go in Greenville, South Carolina.

It will go very far.

Almost as far as the long road that currently sits in front of Dalbec.

Focus on the field

Dalbec knew what was coming.

Arizona coach Jay Johnson \u201cwould always say Arizona baseball is the closest you\u2019ll get to being treated like a big-leaguer in a while, because once you get to the minors, it\u2019s bad,\u201d Dalbec said. \u201cBut it\u2019s not as bad. It\u2019s not fun, travel days are bad \u2014 my first year in Lowell (Massachusetts), we had a 14-hour bus ride. We had a bus break down two hours before the hotel.\u201d

A half-year after breaking into professional baseball in a big way, when he hit .386 with 22 extra-base hits in 34 games with the short-season Lowell Spinners, Dalbec is back on the grind.

Dalbec entered Friday night\u2019s game hitting .270 with one home run and nine RBIs for the Single-A Greenville Drive. He has already experienced a little bit of everything.

Dalbec yawns into the phone.

\u201cWe had an 18-inning game last night, so sorry if I\u2019m a little spacey,\u201d he says, \u201cOne of our position players threw three innings.\u201d

Surprisingly, it wasn\u2019t Dalbec, who threw 5\u00ba innings in the College World Series championship game loss to Coastal Carolina. He allowed zero earned runs and struck out eight.

Dalbec\u2019s priorities have changed in pro ball. Blessed with a power swing that would make a Silver Slugger swoon and a growing aptitude for infield defense, Dalbec no longer toes the rubber. In an 18-inning game in Tucson, he may have been beckoned to pitch for five, maybe six of them, but in Greenville, the focus is solely on the future.

And that future is at third base, and, probably, in the middle of the lineup.

\u201cIt\u2019s nice to focus on just being a position player,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve made huge strides in my defense; my baseball IQ has gone up. The hitting has really taken off, being able to grind out at-bats better. I kind of found my swing more.\u201d

It\u2019s that swing that has scouts drooling, and the Red Sox coaches and managers wondering how much seasoning he\u2019ll need. It sure impresses his teammates.

\u201cEveryone knows what he can do at the plate, and he hits it further than anyone I\u2019ve ever seen, and he has a great approach at the plate,\u201d said Greenville teammate Nick Lovullo, who played against Dalbec in the Cape Cod League and remembers watching him in the CWS last year.

\u201cI do think his defense is underrated, and the thing about Bobby that impresses me the most is he\u2019s never satisfied with where he\u2019s at. He\u2019s doing really well right now, but day in, day out, he\u2019s in the cages for early work, working on his defense, doing whatever he can.

\u201cThe goal isn\u2019t to have success in Greenville,\u201d Lovullo continued. \u201cThe goal is to have success in the major leagues. We all know we have a long way to go.\u201d

\u201cNobody is great for five months straight\u201d

College baseball is hard work, but with so many other aspects of the college life going on \u2014 class, much more practice, a social life \u2014 it almost feels like a series of part-time jobs.

Professional baseball? That\u2019s full-time. More, really.

\u201cOn a normal day, I get to the field about 12:30 or 1 for a 7 p.m. start,\u201d Dalbec said. \u201cEarly hitting, early defense, batting practice, fundamentals, then you play the game and do it all over again the next day. Then after a four-game series you get on a bus for six hours.\u201d

For a player like Dalbec, who entered professional baseball with several question marks about his game, those five hours before the games are invaluable. That\u2019s when you turn question marks into exclamation points.

\u201cOur time as coaches is really from 2 to 7,\u201d said Greenville Drive manager Darren Fenster, who played five seasons of minor-league ball before a knee injury ended his playing career in 2005. \u201cThat\u2019s when we get our hands on them, get them to focus on some very small details of their individual games. Bobby, on the defensive side, it\u2019s something as small as slowing him down so he doesn\u2019t try to rush, getting his glove angle correct. That\u2019s what we can break down in a very simplistic way.\u201d

And so Dalbec goes to work. There\u2019s no lunch pail in hand \u2014 this isn\u2019t the 1950s, and the players often try to head to a mall food court for meals on the road \u2014 but at least in the batter\u2019s box, there is a hard hat.

Much of Dalbec\u2019s focus is on the defensive side, where he is trying to erase some of the impressions formed by as few as one viewing last season.

\u201cMost of the people who wrote that stuff only saw me play one time; I\u2019m not dogging them, but if they\u2019re going to base my whole abilities off seeing me one time, they can go for it,\u201d he said. \u201cI know the abilities I have, and I know I\u2019m only going to get better. All I can control is what I think of myself.\u201d

This is music to Fenster\u2019s ears.

In his sixth season in the Red Sox organization after a seven-year run with Rutgers, his alma mater, Fenster has seen all kinds.

\u201cWe get every single type of personality when guys come into pro ball, from the kid who was a star in high school or college and thinks he\u2019ll automatically make it to the big leagues, to the guys who understand they\u2019re here for a reason, and everyone in between,\u201d Fenster said. \u201cBobby is as knowledgeable about his own ability as anyone I\u2019ve seen at this level. That\u2019s a strength in many cases, but it can hold you back, because he does hold himself to a high standard.\u201d

When you\u2019re chasing the major-league dream, don\u2019t you have to?

He came into the 2017 season with his eyes wide open, ready to prove that his performance in Lowell last year was no fluke. He devoted the offseason to preparing himself for the physical tolls of a 140-game season, spending months in Tucson working out with the baseball team and trainers.

\u201cYou can\u2019t not lift and then play 130 games or so,\u201d he said.

More so, there is the mental grind that comes into play, usually around late May, when the rote behaviors of daily baseball start to have almost a numbing effect.

\u201cI\u2019m starting to figure out the little things mentally to get me through, but the biggest thing is, if it\u2019s a tough day, you have to reframe your mind,\u201d he said. \u201cInstead of saying \u2018I have to do this,\u2019 you say, \u2018I get to do this.\u2019\u2009\u201d

That tiny shift in perspective could be the difference between making it to The Show and a lifetime of regret.

\u201cOnce you get to your first full season, it\u2019s about getting the routine down for 140 games,\u201d Fenster said. \u201cStaying on an even keel through ups and down, finding a way to play at the best of your ability when you\u2019re dog-tired. When you get through your first full season, come the end of August, you have a good idea of what pro ball is truly about.\u201d

Those ebbs and flows, they\u2019d strangle a lesser man.

\u201cNobody is great for five months straight,\u201d Fenster said. \u201cThe game is too hard. It\u2019s about dealing with failure for a lot of guys, for the first time, and on the physical side, guys are in A-ball for a reason. If someone is ready for the big leagues, they\u2019re going to be in the big leagues.\u201d

Dalbec knows. He\u2019s not ready for the big leagues.

Where your feet are

OK, then, so what\u2019s it going to take?

\u201cYou have to do all the little things right, from what I\u2019ve seen,\u201d Dalbec said. \u201cYou have to have the talent, and the baseball IQ, but grinding out pitchers, making the easy plays, even making some of the hard plays. I don\u2019t know too many guys who get fast-tracked. (Red Sox rookie) Andrew Benintendi, maybe, and he\u2019s killing it. Some guys are like that, and some don\u2019t blossom until two, three years in a row.\u201d

Imagine that. Imagine being on the doorstep of destiny, and having to stand there for three years, just knocking. It would wear your knuckles down to the bone.

Luckily for Dalbec, he\u2019s not alone in this chase for greatness.

He\u2019s at home in Greenville, even if he had to find it himself.

\u201cWe had three days to find an apartment here,\u201d he said. \u201cMy dad and my grandpa drove my truck from Denver.\u201d

He\u2019s settled in nicely, though, made some good friends on the team. Stephen Nogosek, the closer for the Drive, played for Oregon, and, Dalbec said, \u201cI think I\u2019ve known someone on every team we\u2019ve played against this year.\u201d

Just the day before, Greenville squared up against the Rome (Georgia) Braves, whose catcher, Brett Cumberland, was the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year at Cal.

\u201cBaseball,\u201d Dalbec said, \u201cis a really small world.\u201d

\u201cOff the field, he\u2019s a really quality human being,\u201d said Lovullo, a Greenville second baseman and the son of Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo. \u201cHe\u2019s a guy who everyone respects, likes in the clubhouse, and he\u2019s helped create an atmosphere here. We\u2019re going to have some fun and make life enjoyable; we\u2019re around each other every day, and if you don\u2019t enjoy walking into that clubhouse, it\u2019s going to be a long season.\u201d

Either way, it\u2019s going to be a long season.

And, as Fenster says, you\u2019re either on board or you get left behind.

\u201cThe whole romance of this, like Bull Durham? Look, if you don\u2019t love baseball, minor-league baseball will chew you up,\u201d Dalbec said. \u201cThis is about being where your feet are, as I like to say, and that\u2019s the best way to go about it.\u201d

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American cyclist Chad Young has a severe head injury following a crash at the Tour of the Gila, and his Axeon Hagens Berman team said late Thursday he is not expected to recover.

The 21-year-old Young crashed along with teammate Edward Anderson on a high-speed descent during the final stage Sunday. He was taken by helicopter from New Mexico to a hospital in Tucson, where he was initially listed in stable condition with severe facial lacerations.

On Tuesday, Young's team announced that he was in critical condition.

The last American cyclist to die from injuries sustained in a prominent North American bike race was Nicole Reinhart, who crashed during a race in 2000 in Arlington, Massachusetts. Collegiate rider Randall Fox was killed last year during a race near Seattle.

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If it wasn't already, Las Vegas is fast becoming one of Arizona football's lead recruiting bases.

That continued on Friday when Desert Pines receiver\u00a0Jaden Mitchell announced his verbal commitment to Arizona's 2018 recruiting class.

\"They have an up and coming program and I feel that I can make a big impact when I come up there,\" Mitchell wrote on Twitter. \"I made this decision because it's a very comfortable place up in Arizona and I've already built great (relationships) with the coaches and players.\"

Mitchell is the second member of Arizona's class coming from Vegas, the other being Bishop Gorman defensive end\u00a0Adam Plant, who committed to the Wildcats on April 19.\u00a0

Mitchell, rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, picked the Wildcats over offers from Hawaii and UNLV. Mitchell becomes the fourth member of Arizona's 2018 class, joining Plant and two Tucsonans \u2014 Amphitheater offensive lineman\u00a0David Watson and Cienega quarterback\u00a0Jamarye Joiner.\u00a0

The 6-foot, 178-pounder is rated the No. 45 receiver in the West and No. 3 in Nevada.\u00a0

With Mitchell's verbal, the Wildcats will have secured commitments from four Desert Pines products in the last two years, as Arizona brought in cornerback\u00a0Tony Wallace\u00a0and linebacker\u00a0Tony Fields on scholarship in 2017, with\u00a0offensive lineman\u00a0Edgar Burrola joining as a blueshirt recruit.\u00a0

U N I V E R S I T Y O F A R I Z O N A #BearDown #LVtoAZ \ud83d\udc3b\u2b07\ufe0f\ud83d\udd34\ud83d\udd35 pic.twitter.com/3i2KqiDrlZ

\u2014 Jaden Mitchell \u303d\ufe0f (@iamJM3_) April 28, 2017
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Arizona has been in the running for Minnesota graduate transfer Gaelin Elmore for a few weeks now.

Friday, the Wildcats came closer to reeling him in.

After initially planning to announce his commitment, Elmore, a defensive end, instead opted to list the final two schools he's considering \u2014 Arizona and East Carolina.\u00a0

My final two schools:
Arizona #BearDown
ECU #PIRATES

\u2014 Gaelin Elmore (@GIVE_87) April 28, 2017

The final list is somewhat surprising given all the schools that Elmore held offers from, including Oklahoma and South Carolina. He visited Arizona earlier this month.\u00a0

Elmore, listed at 6-6, 275 pounds,\u00a0amassed four sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in three years at Minnesota, and would eligible to play right away for Arizona.\u00a0

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The first round of the NFL draft came and went Thursday without an Arizona Wildcat being selected. This was not an unexpected development: Arizona hasn\u2019t had a first-rounder since Antoine Cason in 2008. They are typically the best of the best.

But no Arizona prospect is expected to be taken Friday either. That\u2019s when the second and third rounds take place. And the likely best-case scenario for Saturday \u2014 Rounds 4-7 \u2014 is two players. It could be none.

Even if two Wildcats get picked late \u2014 linebacker Paul Magloire Jr. and receiver Trey Griffey are their top-rated prospects \u2014 it won\u2019t be something to brag about in the media guide or in a recruit\u2019s living room. Arizona ranks in the bottom third in the Pac-12 in producing NFL draft picks in recent years and has been trending in the wrong direction.

Only eight Arizona players were picked in the five drafts preceding this one, the third-lowest total in the conference. Only one of those players went higher than the fourth round: third-round selection Nick Foles in 2012.

Over the previous five years, Arizona sent 15 players to NFL teams via the draft. That total tied for fourth-most in the Pac-12 and included six players taken in the top three rounds.

UA coach Rich Rodriguez, who\u2019s entering his sixth season, is well aware of his program\u2019s recent dearth of draft picks. He was asked if it concerns him.

\u201cWe\u2019re more concerned about our guys enjoying the experience and winning games,\u201d Rodriguez said. \u201cBut it\u2019s easier to win when you have a lot of draft picks. We\u2019ve got to recruit better. It starts with the head coach.\u201d

Recruiting missteps are the main reason that Arizona slumped the past two seasons, bottoming out at 3-9 in 2016. Rodriguez saw where his program was headed the previous year and retooled his staff, hiring younger coaches on defense and bringing Chris Singletary aboard as director of recruiting.

Typically, a program\u2019s win-loss record mirrors its output of pro players. It\u2019s no coincidence that Colorado, which was down for years until last season, was tied for the fewest picks produced (five) by Pac-12 schools over the past five drafts \u2014 while surging Stanford had the most (24).

The problem for Arizona is the causality loop this creates: Because the school isn\u2019t producing NFL draft picks, it\u2019s hard for UA coaches to sell that possibility to recruits with NFL aspirations. Which is to say just about every recruit.

\u201cThey all want to go to the NFL,\u201d Rodriguez said. \u201cIf that\u2019s not their dream, then we\u2019re recruiting the wrong guys, because that\u2019s who our competitors are recruiting.\u201d

The pitch from a college coach to a high school recruit is multilayered, but one of the top layers for Power Five schools is the opportunity to pursue a career in pro ball. Arizona\u2019s recent track record in that regard puts the school at a disadvantage compared to many of its direct competitors.

\u201cIt matters for sure,\u201d Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth said. \u201cEvery student-athlete who signs on signing day thinks they\u2019re going to the NFL, and they should.\u201d

Recruits want to know their path to starting and starring. They want to win games. They want opportunities to grow as players and people.

\u201cBut also,\u201d Roth said, \u201chow can you get me to a place where I can feed my family and change my life?\u201d

Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst for Fox Sports and Scout.com, said the NFL draft is \u201cone of the biggest selling points these college coaches have. But is it the ultimate deal breaker? No.\u201d

Biggins said other factors are just as important, perhaps more so: playing time, relationships with coaches, comfortability on campus. When informed of Arizona\u2019s lack of draft picks over the past five years, Biggins was surprised.

\u201cI don\u2019t feel like their recruiting has been that horrible,\u201d he said.

A lot goes into why a highly rated recruit doesn\u2019t develop into a legitimate pro prospect, including poor coaching, wrong scheme fits and injuries.

\u201cLuck, good and bad, definitely plays a role,\u201d Biggins said, \u201cwhether it be injuries to certain players or guys who were overrated when they came in.\u201d

Arizona has plenty of recent examples of touted recruits who didn\u2019t pan out for one reason or another.

Jamardre Cobb came to Tucson as a four-star linebacker and is currently a seldom-used fullback. Marquis Ware, his high school teammate, barely played before medically retiring. DaVonte\u2019 Neal, who transferred from Notre Dame, shifted from receiver to cornerback, lost his starting job last year and is a long shot to be drafted this weekend.

\u201cCobb and Ware, these were guys who had double-digit offers,\u201d Biggins said. \u201cDaVonte\u2019 Neal was a guy we thought would be three-and-out, a special talent.

\u201cIt goes in cycles. Right now, it\u2019s a down cycle for Arizona.\u201d

The question is whether Arizona can get out of it, and how quickly. The initial forecast isn\u2019t much sunnier for next year\u2019s draft, but Roth believes the past two recruiting classes feature NFL talent \u2014 which would validate Rodriguez\u2019s recent reforms. Roth cited class of 2016 offensive lineman Michael Eletise as a player with a pro body and pro potential.

\u201cTo say we\u2019re going to have as many draft choices as Alabama or Florida State or Clemson, it probably ain\u2019t gonna happen,\u201d Rodriguez said. \u201cWe don\u2019t have that brand name. But we can get more than what we\u2019re having now.\u201d

Rodriguez didn\u2019t mention USC, the flagship program of the Pac-12 South. Although they are a conference rival, it\u2019s unrealistic to think the Wildcats can become an NFL pipeline on par with the Trojans. USC tied for the second-most picks among league schools over the past five years \u2014 and from 2007-11 produced more selections (42) than any Pac-12 school over the past 10 years.

But experts believe Arizona should be able to produce as much NFL talent as Arizona State, Oregon State and Utah \u2014 all of which had more players picked in the five drafts leading up to this one. Arizona\u2019s current struggles, they said, do not preclude it from becoming a steady supplier of pros.

\u201cThe reputation of RichRod is still ridiculously impressive,\u201d Roth said. \u201cPlayers still want to play for him.

\u201cTo think Arizona is going to get recruiting classes with bona fide NFL bodies like USC or Stanford, that\u2019s not accurate. They have to go find players that are really smart and really athletic.

\u201cBut I don\u2019t think that prohibits an NFL prospect from going there. I don\u2019t think you can say Arizona can\u2019t produce NFL talent. If you say that, you\u2019re clueless.\u201d

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Former Sabino High School standout Dan Tolzman earned a D-League title Thursday as the GM of the Raptors 905, which came back to win the final two games against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to capture a best-of-three series.

The Raptors 905 (named after the suburban Toronto area code where they play) beat the Vipers 122-96 in the third and final game Thursday in Mississauga, Ontario.

As a player, Tolzman was a first team all-Southern Arizona pick by the Star in 1999-00 when, coincidentally, Vipers head coach Matt Brase was a second-team pick. Former UA standout and staffer Joseph Blair is a Vipers assistant coach.


After Nikola Jovanovich and Julian Jacobs surprisingly took off for pro ball a year ago, USC is having better luck this spring: Forward Bennie Boatwright is the latest to say he's staying.

He'll rejoin Elijah Stewart and Chimezie Metu, who also said they're coming back, on a team that now might be the pick for second place in the Pac-12 next season.


Kameron Rooks, the 7-foot son of former UA standout Sean Rooks,\u00a0says he's leaving Cal\u00a0as a grad transfer.

Rooks' departure means new Bears coach Wyking Jones won't have the vast majority of Cal's 2016-17 rotation players... so even with highly regarded transfer in Marcus Lee, the Bears and Washington might be at the bottom of the 2017-18 race...

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TV FRIDAY

Golf LPGA Tour, second round 9 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, second round 12:30 p.m. Golf

MLB Cubs at Red Sox or Mets at Nationals 4 p.m. MLB

Rockies at D-backs 6:30 p.m. FSAZ

Padres at Giants 7 p.m. FSAZ Plus

NBA Playoffs Wizards at Hawks, Game 6 4:30 p.m. NBA

Bulls at Celtics, Game 6 5 p.m. ESPN

Clippers at Jazz, Game 6 7:30 p.m. ESPN

NCAA baseball Arizona at Stanford (JIP) 8 p.m. Pac-12A

NFL Draft, rounds 2-3 4 p.m. ESPN

Draft, rounds 2-3 4 p.m. NFL

Draft, round 2-3 5 p.m. ESPN2

NHL Playoffs Predators at Blues, Game 2 5 p.m. NBCS

Oilers at Ducks, Game 2 7:30 p.m. NBCS

Soccer Bund.: Leverkusen vs. Schalke 11:30 a.m. FS2

Softball Washington at California 4 p.m. Pac-12N

Arizona State at Arizona 6 p.m. Pac-12A

Track and field Penn Relays 2:30 p.m. NBCS

RADIO FRIDAY

MLB Rockies at D-backs 6:30 p.m. 1490-AM*

TV SATURDAY

Auto racing NASCAR Xfinity race 10 a.m. FS1

IndyCar race 6:30 p.m. NBCS

Football IFL: Green Bay at Arizona 6 p.m. FSAZ Plus

Golf European Tour, third round 3 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, third round 10 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, third round Noon Ch 13

LPGA Tour, third round Noon Golf

MLB Orioles at Yankees or Rays at Blue Jays 10 a.m. MLB

Cubs at Red Sox 1 p.m. FS1

Angels at Rangers 4 p.m. FS1

Rockies at D-backs 5 p.m. FSAZ

Phillies at Dodgers or Padres at Giants (JIP) 7 p.m.

NFL Draft, rounds 4-7 9 a.m. ESPN

Draft, rounds 4-7 9 a.m. NFL

NHL Playoffs Rangers at Senators, Game 2 Noon Ch 4

Penguins at Capitals, Game 2 5 p.m. Ch 4

Soccer Bund.: Dortmund vs. FC Koln 6:20 a.m. FS2

EPL: Leicester City at West Brom 7 a.m. CNBC

EPL: Hull City at Southampton 7 a.m. NBCS

Bund.: Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. Ch 11

EPL: Burnley at Crystal Palace 9:30 a.m. Ch 4

Softball Arizona State at Arizona 6 p.m. Pac-12A

Track and field Penn Relays 9:30 a.m. NBCS

Drake Relays Noon NBCS

TV SUNDAY

Auto racing Formula One race 4:30 a.m. NBCS

NASCAR Monster Energy race 11 a.m. Ch 11

Golf European Tour, final round 3 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, final round 10 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, final round Noon Ch 13

LPGA Tour, final round Noon Golf

MLB Mets at Nationals or Mariners at Indians 10 a.m. MLB

Rockies at D-backs 1 p.m. FSAZ

Padres at Giants 1 p.m. FSAZ Plus

Cubs at Red Sox 5 p.m. ESPN

NBA Playoffs TBA

NHL Playoffs Blues at Predators, Game 3 Noon Ch 4

Ducks at Oilers, Game 3 4 p.m. NBCS

Soccer EPL: Swansea City at Manchester United 4 a.m. CNBC

EPL: Chelsea at Everton 6 a.m. CNBC

Bund.: Augsberg vs. Hamburg 6:30 a.m. FS1

Bund.: Hoffenheim vs. Eintracht Frankfurt 8:20 a.m. FS2

EPL: Arsenal at Tottenham 8:30 a.m. NBCS

MLS: DC United at Atlanta United Noon FS1

Softball Oregon State at Oregon 3 p.m. Pac-12N

Arizona State at Arizona 5 p.m. Pac-12A

* 1490-AM is broadcast simultaneously on 104.9-FM

Legend: (JIP) Joined in progress

Channel guide: Ch 13 (Ch 7 on Comcast) CNBC (Ch 35 on Cox, Ch 27 on Comcast, Ch 355 on DirecTV, Ch 208 on Dish) ESPN (Ch 24 on Cox, Ch 2 on Comcast, Ch 206 on DirecTV, Ch 140 on Dish) ESPN2 (Ch 25 on Cox, Ch 30 on Comcast, Ch 209 on DirecTV, Ch 143 on Dish) FS1 is Fox Sports 1 (Ch 27 on Cox, Ch 32 on Comcast, Ch 219 on DirecTV, Ch 150 on Dish) FS2 is Fox Sports 2 (Ch. 341 on Cox, not available on Comcast, Ch. 618 on DirecTV, Ch. 397 on Dish) FSAZ (Ch 26 on Cox, Ch 31 on Comcast, Ch 686 on DirecTV, Ch 415 on Dish) FSAZ Plus (Ch 73 on Cox, Ch 686.1 on DirecTV, Comcast and Dish subscribers, please check your cable guide, channel number may change daily) Golf (Ch 65 on Cox, Ch 28 on Comcast, Ch 218 on DirecTV, Ch 401 on Dish) MLB is MLB Network (Ch 305 on Cox, Ch 271 on Comcast, Ch 213 on DirecTV, Ch 152 on Dish) NBA is NBA TV (Ch 308 on Cox, Ch 273 on Comcast, Ch 216 on DirecTV, Ch 156 on Dish) NBCS is NBC Sports Network (Ch 59 on Cox, Ch 29 on Comcast, Ch 220 on DirecTV, Ch 159 on Dish) NFL is NFL Network (Ch 301 on Cox, Ch 275 on Comcast, Ch 212 on DirecTV, Ch 154 on Dish) Pac-12A is Pac-12 Arizona (Ch 75 on Cox, Ch 103 on Comcast, not available on DirecTV, Ch 409, Ch 406 on Dish Hopper) Pac-12N is Pac-12 Network (Ch 70 on Cox, Ch. 283 on Comcast, not available on DirecTV, Ch 409 on Dish, Ch 406 on Dish Hopper)

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Softball 6A State Championship:

No. 13 Rincon/University vs. No. 4 Cibola, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 10 Sunnyside vs. No. 7 Hamilton, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 14 Desert Mountain vs. No. 3 Tucson, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

Baseball 6A State Championship:

No. 15 Tucson High vs. No. 2 Horizon, Saturday, 11 a.m.

No. 10 Hamilton vs. No. 7 Sunnyside, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Softball 5A State Championship:

No. 16 Campo Verde vs. No. 1 Cienega, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 12 Marana vs. No 5 Chaparral, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 11 Desert Edge vs. No. 6 Ironwood Ridge, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 14 Centennial vs. No. 3 Sahuaro, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

Baseball 5A State Championship:

No. 16 Buena vs. No. 1 Liberty, Saturday, 11 a.m.

No. 9 Cienega vs. No. 8 McClintock, Saturday, 11 a.m.

No. 15 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 2 Chaparral, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Softball 4A State Championship:

No. 16 Gila Ridge vs. No. 1 Canyon del Oro, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 12 Mingus Union vs. No. 5 Salpointe Catholic, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 14 Rio Rico, vs. No. 3 Sunrise Mountain, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 11 Coconino vs. No. 6 Pueblo Magnet, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

No. 15 Douglas vs. No. 2 Cactus, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

Baseball 4A State Championship:

No. 16 Combs vs. No. 1 Nogales, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Apache Junction vs. No. 4 Canyon del Oro, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

No. 15 Rio Rico vs. No. 2 Salpointe Catholic, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

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Arizona defeated Stanford 3-2 Thursday night in a thrilling sudden death set to help the Wildcats advance in the contenders bracket of the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Tournament, held at Bear Down Beach.\u00a0

Arizona and Stanford were knotted up at two sets each as the final pairs match was wrapping up. Mia Mason and Brooke Burling sealed the victory for Arizona in a third set that had Bear Down Beach in a frenzy.

\u201cWe had a really gutsy performance against Stanford,\u201d UA coach Steve Walker said. \u201cTo really suck up our guts and get the job done was a testament to the character of our team.\u201d

Added Mason: \u201cIt was just us taking care of business. We were keeping our serves aggressive.\u201d

Arizona opened the tournament's first day of competition with a 5-0 sweep of Cal. Twins McKenna Witt and Madison Witt shined in the opening round, winning 24-22 in the first set and then dominating the Bears in the second set, 21-8.

UCLA beat the Wildcats 4-1 in the second round. The team of Natalie Anselmo and Halli Amaro was the only pair to win a point for Arizona against the Bruins, 21-16 and 25-23. The team of Olivia McDonald and Olivia Hallaran pushed the Bruins to three sets eventually falling 15-13.

Walker was impressed with Amaro and Anselmo, who were the only pair to win all of their matches for the day.\u00a0

The Wildcats will play the winner of Washington and Arizona State Friday at 10 a.m. in what could be a renewal of the Territorial Cup rivalry.\u00a0Walker wants his team to be well rested and ready to compete on a high level for the second day of the Pac-12 tournament.

\u201cRight now its about recovery,\u201d he said. \u201cBeing ready for either team that we play tomorrow morning\u2026its going to be a Pac-12 foe that will be ready for us, really its about our preparation that starts tonight.\u201d

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Louis Boyd made the final out of the game while trying to steal second base, as thrown out trying to steal second base for the final out of the game, and No. 18 Stanford topped the 13th-ranked Arizona Wildcats 3-2 Thursday night at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, California.

The loss dropped the UA to 27-13 overall and 9-10 in Pac-12 play. Stanford improved to 24-12, 9-7.

Stanford trailed 2-1 the seventh inning when the Cardinal scored the decisive two runs. Brandon Wulff reached on a scoring error by Nick Quintana, then scored when Maverick Handley doubled to center field. Matt Winnaker then doubled in Handley, making it 3-2.

The Wildcats put a runner on in the ninth. Cesar Salazar reached on an error, then was erased at second on a fielder\u2019s choice from Boyd. Matt Fraizer flew out to left, bringing up Cal Stevenson. Boyd was thrown out at second before Stevenson could make contact, however, ending the game. UA starter Cameron Ming allowed three runs, two earned in 6 \u00aa innings before he was lifted. He took the loss.

The teams will play again Friday.

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Tommy D\u2019Amore estimated that his father\u2019s coaching record was 2,500 wins and 100 losses.

His brother, Doug D\u2019Amore, disagreed. \u201cHe didn\u2019t lose 100 games,\u201d he said. \u201cMore like 10.\u201d

To which their youngest brother, Tyler D\u2019Amore, further stirred the debate. \u201cI lost two games in my whole career with him,\u201d he said. \u201cI remember both of \u2019em.\u201d

The D\u2019Amore brothers are a force of energy and personality, a cross between a Billy Crystal dialogue and an episode of \u201cCheers.\u201d They are the product of their father, \u201cBig Doug,\u201d who was like a character from a 1970s sitcom wearing old Bike brand shorts, high socks with his wallet tucked inside, and big glasses that covered the square footage of his face.

If you grew up north of Ina Road, you (and your kids) surely crossed paths with Big Doug D\u2019Amore. He coached softball at Sports Park, baseball at Arthur Pack, basketball at Tortolita Junior High and every sport in every conceivable league in Oro Valley.

\u201cAt every game, he was the first to arrive,\u201d says Tyler, an all-city quarterback at Ironwood Ridge High School. \u201cWhen the lights went off at Arthur Pack, he\u2019d be the last to leave.\u201d

When Big Doug died last week of a heart attack, 66 years young, the D\u2019Amore brothers got hundreds of text messages and phone calls from those whose lives Big Doug touched: Ka\u2019Deem Carey of the Chicago Bears, former White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, ex-Nevada Wolfpack shooting guard Michael Perez and on and on.

Every call had the same message: Your dad changed my life.

Over the years, the D\u2019Amore siblings became widely known in Tucson for their athletic careers. Tyler played football at Nebraska-Kearney and basketball at Pima College. Doug, the boys basketball coach at Catalina Foothills High School, played at Idaho State and in Europe. Tommy was a 3-point shooting machine at Montana-Billings. Their sister, Sheri, is married to former Stanford wide receiver Jon Pinckney.

\u201cWith all that we accomplished in sports, it doesn\u2019t compare to what my dad accomplished,\u201d Doug says. \u201cWhen I run into someone around town, it\u2019s not \u2018how are you doing or how\u2019s your team doing,\u2019 it\u2019s \u2018how\u2019s your dad?\u2019 \u201d

After moving to Tucson from Milwaukee in the early 1970s, Douglas John D\u2019Amore, a pool hustler of note, spent more time playing basketball at Bear Down Gym than he did in his UA classrooms. He chose to influence lives rather than work the 9 to 5 shift.

For 35 years, he ran a boys group home near Canyon del Oro High School. Every day was fourth-and-goal with young boys placed into foster care through the state\u2019s welfare and juvenile system.

\u201cAlthough my dad coached basketball and everything else, he coached kids first,\u201d says Tommy. \u201cHis life was like a tornado all around him, but he was perpetually optimistic. He was always saying \u2018take the shot,\u2019 rather than give in.\u201d

At Christmas last year, 68 of Big Doug\u2019s closest friends showed up. The door was always open.

When the D\u2019Amore brothers began the process of going through their father\u2019s possessions, they discovered a letter written 22 years ago by Rene Dulaney, father of former Mountain View High School all-state basketball standout Regan Dulaney.

Tears fell.

Mr. Dulaney\u2019s letter to Big Doug began this way: \u201cYour calling in life is definitely to work with the young. You have a rapport, a strength, a softness and a sense of what to say and what to do to aid young people during their formative years.

\u201cThey all love you and are secure that you love them regardless of their shortcomings. What a blessing you are to so many.\u201d

Tyler played basketball at Ironwood Ridge, stepping into a significant role after the Nighthawks won the 2008 state championship. Big Doug was at all the games. Sometimes he\u2019d get there at 3:30 p.m. for a game that didn\u2019t tip until 7.

\u201cI\u2019d say, \u2018Dad, the game doesn\u2019t start for three hours,\u2019\u201d Tyler remembers. \u201cHe\u2019d always have some of the kids from the group home with him. On the way home we\u2019d talk about how I could\u2019ve done things differently. He\u2019d say, \u2018I agree with 60 percent of what you did, but the coach is in charge; never humiliate the coach.\u2019\u201d

Brian Peabody, who coached Tyler D\u2019Amore at Ironwood Ridge, says that he saw Big Doug at every game. \u201cBut not once did he talk to me about changing Tyler\u2019s role or doing something this way or that way. He was a good man.\u201d

As Foothills reached the Class 4A state semifinals in February, Big Doug was always in the bleachers. He\u2019d get restless, nervous, like all fathers. \u201cHe\u2019d say, \u2018tell Dougie to press,\u2019 or, \u2018I can fix that kid\u2019s shot,\u2019\u201d Tommy says. \u201cBut that was just him. He could negotiate anything with anybody. His heart was in a good place; he quoted John Wooden about doing things the right way.\u201d

The D\u2019Amore boys had difficulty choosing a facility at which to hold their father\u2019s celebration of life Saturday at 3:30 p.m. How many seats will they need? Is 350 enough? Or maybe 500?

Ultimately, they chose Vistoso Funeral Home.

\u201cHe has 150 kids who call him dad,\u201d Tyler says. \u201cI hope he can look down from heaven and see how many lives he touched.\u201d

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Ashleigh Hughes stood beside her teammates, staring at her feet, as last Friday\u2019s ceremonial first pitch was set to begin at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Her mind wandered a bit as the ceremony commenced. She thought back to her struggles at Utah the previous week, and focused on ways to improve heading into a key series with Oregon.

Which is why Hughes was confused when the public address announcer said her name, and why she was floored when she saw her brother walking toward the pitcher\u2019s circle.

Ian Hughes, a senior airman on leave from the Air Force, made a trip to Tucson to surprise his sister.

\u201cIt was shock,\u201d she said. \u201cComplete shock.\u201d

Ashleigh hadn\u2019t seen her brother in two years, and didn\u2019t know when she was going to see him again. The reunion was the highlight of arguably Arizona\u2019s best week of the season. The Wildcats took two of three games from Oregon. The UA, now ranked No. 3 in the nation, will open a series against No. 23 Arizona State on Friday.

\u201cHonestly, I just am really happy I got the time with him,\u201d Hughes said, \u201cbecause who knows when I\u2019ll get the time again.\u201d

A family connection

Ian Hughes chose to enlist a few years ago, in part because of a family connection.

Johnny Grizzle, Ian and Ashleigh\u2019s grandfather, fought in the Korean War in the 1950s. It\u2019s something the grandchildren didn\u2019t learn until he died a few years ago.

Raynard Hughes, Ian and Ashley\u2019s father, had long admired the Armed Forces. It was a place, Raynard told his son, where he could train and learn discipline. The son initially resisted. But Ian, a wrestler at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, found college to be a bad fit.

\u201cHe\u2019d say, \u2018I\u2019m not serving in the military,\u2019\u201d Raynard Hughes said. \u201cThen one day he came home and said, \u2018I enlisted into the Air Force.\u2019\u201d

Ian took the ASVAB test, which places enlistees in the branch of the military that best fits their skills. The Air Force is the most challenging branch to test into.

He passed with flying colors.

Ian stood out in boot camp, and fitness and agility exercises, as a unit leader. He went to technical school to study aerospace propulsion, and graduated with double honors.

He has been stationed in Dover, Delaware, for the last few years as a propulsion technician.

\u201cI wanted something that impacted the mission the most heavily, getting to make the aircraft take off and drop troops where they need to go for supplies,\u201d he said. \u201cI love it.\u201d

Ian said joining the Air Force was about \u201cbeing a part of something\u201d and \u201cthe competitiveness of it.\u201d

\u201cI tested for all the branches,\u201d he said, \u201cand the Air Force was the most competitive.\u201d

\u2018Put a glove on\u2019

Ashleigh Hughes was just 5 years old when she showed the first signs of softball talent while playing baseball with her brother.

\u201cI was the fastest one on my team, and she was the second fastest,\u201d said Ian, who is two years older. \u201cShe was the only girl, and I hit it the farthest, but she would hit it almost as far as me.\u201d

Ashleigh was always following Ian around, playing sports with him and his friends as the only girl.

She beat them in races and out-played them in basketball.

\u201cI remember somebody said to her \u2018You throw like a girl,\u2019\u201d Raynard Hughes recalled. \u201cShe said, \u2018put a glove on.\u2019\u201d

Hughes committed to play at Alabama when she was just a freshman at Antelope High School, just outside Sacramento. By her senior year, she had flipped to Arizona.

Hughes platooned in the outfield as a freshman, then hit .271 as the Wildcats\u2019 starting second baseman as a sophomore.

The Wildcats carry a 45-4 record this season, and Hughes is having the best year of her career. She\u2019s hitting a career-high .384, the third-best mark on the team, and is tied for the team lead with five stolen bases.

\u201cI had a lot of pride watching her get what I already knew she deserved the whole time,\u201d Ian said. \u201cIt was just like an I told you. I already knew.\u201d

Ashleigh says her brother played a big part in her success. The two are best friends, attached to the hip when they\u2019re together, talking on the phone when they\u2019re not.

\u201cWhen I was little, I started off playing baseball because I wanted to be just like him,\u201d she said. \u201cI was mad at my parents for making me play softball because I didn\u2019t want to. I thought the girls were dumb, I thought they were just going to stand there and pick flowers.\u201d

\u2018A hell of a lot bigger than this game\u2019

As Ian Hughes walked to the pitcher\u2019s circle at Hillenbrand, his eyes focused directly on his sister.

Ashleigh, with tears in her eyes, ran out to hug him.

The 2,746 fans, the players, coaches and television cameras all melted away.

\u201cI was walking out there, and everything else was me and her,\u201d he said. \u201cI didn\u2019t see all the other details until I watched the video.\u201d

The reunion was a long time coming. Ashleigh missed Ian\u2019s wedding two years ago because the Wildcats were holding fall drills. Because of their conflicting schedules \u2014 Ian works the night shift on the East Coast, and Ashleigh has schoolwork and softball practice \u2014 the two often have to plan their conversations well in advance.

It was during one of those conversations that Ashleigh told her brother a secret: Every time a serviceman throws out a first pitch, she imagines that it\u2019s him.

Ian had an idea. He contacted Hughes\u2019 roommate, pitcher Taylor McQuillin, and got enthusiastic approval from UA coach Mike Candrea.

The coach admits he\u2019s \u201ca softy\u201d when it comes to the military.

\u201cI don\u2019t think we do enough for them. To me, it\u2019s a hell of a lot bigger than this game,\u201d he said. \u201cThere was never a doubt in my mind that I would do that.\u201d

Ian returned to the Hughes\u2019 Sacramento, California, home two weeks ago, and swore his family to secrecy. Ashleigh didn\u2019t know Ian was back; his social media accounts went dark.

\u201cI had no idea,\u201d she said.

It still didn\u2019t seem real last Friday, when Ashleigh made an impressive jumping catch and ripped a single in a UA win. Ashleigh kept popping her head out of the Wildcats\u2019 dugout and scanning the crowd for her brother.

\u201cI was just like, OK, it did happen,\u201d she said. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t a dream.\u201d

Ashleigh ripped a game-tying single in the second inning of Saturday\u2019s 10-7 win over the Ducks. She pointed to Ian from first base. He was going crazy, jumping and screaming.

\u201cEmbarrassing,\u201d she said, laughing.

The siblings spent the rest of the weekend eating their way through Tucson and hiking Mount Lemmon. Ashleigh convinced Ian to push his departure from Sunday to Monday.

\u201cIt was absolutely amazing,\u201d their father said. \u201cWatching them, watching my son and daughter and their mother interact over the course of the weekend was priceless to me. \u2026 To see the look on her face made all the work that we had to go through worthwhile.\u201d

Ian will deploy to Turkey this summer for a 15-month stint, and will spend the four years after that in Okinawa, Japan. Neither Ian nor Ashleigh know the next time they will see each other, but they\u2019re already making plans. Ian left Ashleigh a note when he left Tucson. It read, in part: \u201cI know that one weekend won\u2019t make up for years of missed memories.\u201d

He also left a piggy bank, and instructions to start saving money so Ashleigh can visit him.

\u201cIt\u2019s been hard because I haven\u2019t had time to go see him,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s no time. No time feels like it\u2019s enough time.\u201d

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