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Three head coaches are in their first Pac-12 conference seasons, and four more are at the helm for just their second seasons. As we approach t…

  • JAMES S. WOOD / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 2006

Finley donned the Sandy the Sidewinder costume as part of his 2006 column on ballpark jobs that also included being a ticket-taker.

  • DAVID SANDERS / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 2011

Reporter Patrick Finley, right, carries equipment to the Tucson Padres dug-out while learning how busy the job of ballboy can be for a story in 2011.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

For eight years and two months, I've told other people's stories - 2,820 of them.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

When the Tucson Padres open their gates at 5:30 tonight - a half-hour earlier than any other game all year - they'll boast twice as many emplo…

Tucson Padres

  • COURTESY OF KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Mountain View grad Aaron Anderson averaged nine rebounds last season for Kennesaw (Ga.) State and got a call from the Suns last week.

  • Contact reporter Patrick Finley at 573-4658 or pfinley@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @PatrickFinley Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

Aaron Anderson's agent left a voice mail eight days ago while he was at the dentist.

  • JAMES GREGG / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 2010

Former UA coach Russ Pennell was dismissed as Grand Canyon University's coach despite a 42-16 record over the last two seasons.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

If karma exists, Russ Pennell will be somewhere on your television next year.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

Hang around sports enough, and you hear the word almost every day: Opportunity.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

In grade school, we played a game called “Jungle Ball.”

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The goal, as stated by coach Mike Candrea each year, goes something like this: Play on the last day of the softball season.

  • ROD AYDELOTTE / WACO TRIBUNE HERALD

Arizona played three sophomores and four freshmen, including pitcher Nancy Bowling (6). "We're young, but that's not really an excuse," UA sen…

  • 1980 TUCSON TOROS TRADING CARD

The Tucson Padres will take the field next month in Toros uniforms.

  • Contact reporter Patrick Finley at pfinley@azstarnet.com or 573-4658. On Twitter @PatrickFinley. Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

One day at the start of the Tucson Toros' 1980 season, the team's clubhouse manager ran into then-general manager Jack Donovan's office.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

Mike MacIntyre spent his first spring at Colorado teaching a new culture.

  • A.E. ARAIZA / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Arizona's Mandie Perez dives safely back to first base as ASU's Bethany Kemp grabs the throw.

  • Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats' latest pledge - to be the annoying, always-happy team - manifested itself both Friday and Saturday in the form of a 44-y…

  • Pat Finley Arizona Daily Star

Jarrod Thayer’s clothes dryer burst into flames in December, burning the hallway of the house north of Catalina from where he’d whack golf bal…