Besides being a golfer, Michael Thompson was an Eagle Scout and played soccer at Rincon/University High School. "We lost in the state playoffs and it was brutal. It still stings," said Thompson, 27, whose mom, Beth, teaches high school English at Sabino.
Before Michael Thompson won the Honda Classic last weekend, earning $1.08 million, he planned to spend this weekend in Tampa, visiting his wife's brother.
No. 1: Andy Lopez restored the glory days to Arizona baseball.
No. 5: Kurt Heyer, the Pac-12's top pitcher at 13-2 with a 2.24 ERA, shares the No. 5 spot with four other UA teammates, all juniors.
No. 3: Sahuaro H.S. grad Caitlin Leverenz, a Cal junior, was the NCAA's female Swimmer of the Year, then won a bronze medal in London.
No. 2: Brigetta Barrett, then a UA junior, won the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships, then won a silver medal at the London Olympics.
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The 23 Olympic athletes with Southern Arizona ties produced nine medals by the time closing ceremonies ended the London Games on Sunday.
Left: Bernard Lagat, a Tucson resident, left, and Britain's Mohamed Farah competed in the men's 5,000-meter final at the London Olympics. Lagat finished fourth, just off the bronze, after he was tripped in the final stretch.
Matt Grevers, left, and USA teammate Nick Thoman, both with Tucson ties, finished first and second in the 100-meter backstroke final.
Above: Caitlin Leverenz, facing, embraces the United States' Arian Kukors after winning bronze in the 200-meter individual medley final. Leverenz is a Sahuaro High grad.
Georganne Moline, a UA senior, set a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles during track events at the London Games. She finished about a half-second off the bronze.
High-jumper Brigetta Barrett, a University of Arizona theater major, cleared 6 feet, 8 inches, winning an Olympic silver medal.
Caitlin Leverenz gets a kiss from her boyfriend, Collin Smith, after claiming the bronze medal in the 200 individual medley.
Frank Busch's named popped up on my cell phone Tuesday at 1:12 p.m. "I'm standing a few feet from Caitlin Leverenz at the medal ceremony," said USA Swimming's national team director. "She has a bronze medal hanging around her neck. Do you realize how far she had to come to get here?"
Tucson native Caitlin Leverenz earned a bronze medal this afternoon in the 200 individual swimming medley.
LONDON - Tucsonan Caitlin Leverenz had the third-fastest qualifying time in the women's 200-meter individual medley on Monday at the Aquatics Centre in London's Olympic Park.