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Can Scooby be placed among UA’s top 7 defensive players?

Can Scooby be placed among UA’s top 7 defensive players?

It will take at least another football season, maybe two, to put Scooby Wright’s prodigious 2014 season in proper context.

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Win over Cochise puts Aztecs back on map

Win over Cochise puts Aztecs back on map

I can’t recall many more impressive local victories in 2014 than a 94-91 Pima College’s men’s basketball triumph over undefeated and No. 16-ranked Cochise College last week in Douglas. Tucson High grad Murphy Gershman hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to win it, and scored 27 in the game. He…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Ex-Cat Johnson's decision to leave paying off

Ex-Cat Johnson's decision to leave paying off

Nick Johnson continues to get more playing time for the Houston Rockets; he played 103 minutes in six games between Nov. 29 and Dec. 11, but he shot just 5 for 24 from the field (20.8 percent). His decision to forego his final season of college eligibility seems like a very good one.

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Sean Miller takes page out of Lute's book

Sean Miller takes page out of Lute's book

The UA’s eye-popping new basketball locker room and kitchen at McKale Center didn’t entirely zoom forward into 21st century appointments. Sean Miller had the matchless Lute Olson era cactus-and-sunset logo remade (although much smaller) and placed on the locker room wall. Well done.

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Lute's former ace recruiter Burmeister gets huge win

Lute's former ace recruiter Burmeister gets huge win

Ken Burmeister, who was the ace recruiter during Olson’s formative years at McKale Center, registered his most important victory in eight years at San Antonio’s Incarnate Word University last week, beating 6-1 Nebraska in Lincoln, 74-73. Burmeister’s team, which was admitted to Division I a …

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
UA football's completion percentage subpar

UA football's completion percentage subpar

File this one under, “How did Rich Rodriguez win 10 games this season?” The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 56.8 passing completion percentage. It’s the lowest in the Pac-12 and lowest at Arizona since 2001, when the Wildcats completed 54.3percent.

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Tucson's Pothoff headed to Alabama

Tucson's Pothoff headed to Alabama

Tucson’s Maddie Pothoff, the leading age-group tennis player in Southern Arizona, has made a verbal commitment to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Pothoff, who is home-schooled, is ranked No. 17 overall in the girls class of 2016. Alabama finished No. 6 in the nation last season. Pothoff f…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Kerr's coaching philosophy working

Kerr's coaching philosophy working

Opening his first season 20-2 as coach of the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr isn’t in foreign basketball territory. Arizona opened 20-1 in Kerr’s senior season, 1987-88; the Chicago Bulls were 23-2 in 1995-96 and 17-1 in 1996-97 when he was the Bulls’ designated perimeter shooter. Kerr la…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Tucson High, PCC stars have reunion

Tucson High, PCC stars have reunion

Boise State director of basketball operations Jeremy Harden, a former Tucson High and Pima College standout, had a mini-reunion with ex-Tucson High and PCC star Shakir Smith last week in Boise. The Broncos beat Smith’s Adams State club 78-49; Smith scored 11. He leads Adams State with a 16.8…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Sahuaro grad Wiedenbauer earns huge award

Sahuaro grad Wiedenbauer earns huge award

Tom Wiedenbauer was a seventh-round draft pick, a quarterback-outfielder-pitcher from Sahuaro High School in 1977 who went on to play 636 minor-league baseball games and just four in MLB, with the Houston Astros in 1979. Wiedenbauer received (and earned) the award of his baseball life last w…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Tucson High grad Lewis interviews for Beavers football

Tucson High grad Lewis interviews for Beavers football

In Oregon State’s brief search for a football coach last week, it interviewed Tucson High grad Osia Lewis, who played linebacker for the Beavers from 1982-85. Lewis, now the defensive line coach at San Diego State, has also coached at Illinois, New Mexico and UTEP. He is the younger brother …

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Ex-Cat Barnes helps lead UW over old coach

Ex-Cat Barnes helps lead UW over old coach

Another reunion: Adia Barnes, who is probably the leading women’s basketball player in Arizona history, part of a long run of excellence under ex-UA coach Joan Bonvicini, coached against and helped to beat Bonvincini’s Seattle U. team 102-69 last week in Seattle. Barnes is now an assistant c…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Baseball expertise that can't be beat

Baseball expertise that can't be beat

How do you beat this camp for baseball expertise: Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale and ex-major leaguers Jack Howell and George Arias are among the instructors at the third Hills Pro Camp next Saturday and Sunday at Mehl Park for boys aged 8-17…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Byrne's commitment means brunch for Cats

Byrne's commitment means brunch for Cats

Since Greg Byrne committed about $600,000 annually to pay for a morning brunch for Arizona athletes, the school has served 18,300 brunches since school began. Byrne even included the cheerleaders in the plan (they consumed 1,327 meals). Here’s how to get a grip on what it costs to operate a …

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
UA freshman Werlinger honored for achievements

UA freshman Werlinger honored for achievements

Lost among the Scooby Wright Across America Awards Tour last week was the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet in New York City. Arizona freshman QB Zach Werlinger was honored for his scholar-athlete achievements at Chandler’s Basha High School. The banquet brought t…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Tucsonan Lalang a finalist for track's biggest award

Tucsonan Lalang a finalist for track's biggest award

Tucsonan Lawi Lalang will be in Phoenix on Wednesday, one of three finalists for the Bowerman Award, the Heisman Trophy for track and field. Lalang, who completed his UA eligibility in June, won the NCAA 5,000-meter championship and set the collegiate record in the indoor mile in March. He d…

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
New AIA rules mean Tucsonans will travel, suffer

New AIA rules mean Tucsonans will travel, suffer

The Arizona Interscholastic Association last week decreed that all future playoff games, in all sports, will be played on neutral fields to help lower costs.

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Colo., Boise have eyes on Salpointe’s Holt

Colo., Boise have eyes on Salpointe’s Holt

Salpointe Catholic defensive lineman Justin Holt, who is likely to be Southern Arizona’s leading football recruit in 2015, is now being recruited by Colorado assistant coach Gary Bernardi, who was an assistant coach at Arizona at the time Julius Holt, Justin’s father, was a starting lineman …

December 13, 2014 7:00 pm
Hansen: Pac-12 sent B-list refs for Gonzaga game

Hansen: Pac-12 sent B-list refs for Gonzaga game

Discussing officials, Anu Solomon, Fiesta Bowl history and … top hats? 

December 09, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Junior shortstop ranked 47th prospect

Junior shortstop ranked 47th prospect

UA junior shortstop Kevin Newman is ranked as the nation’s No. 47 draft-eligible prospect by MLB.com, in a poll released last week. The MLB analysts described Newman, a two-time Cape Cod League batting champ, as “a master of the strike zone’’ and “strong in leadership skills.’’ It also quest…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Pac-12 Networks would be wise to tap NBA talent

Pac-12 Networks would be wise to tap NBA talent

Over the summer, the Pac-12 hired retired coaches Ben Braun and Mike Montgomery to be part of its television network, analysts, but it needs to be more diverse. Former Oregon State guard Lamar Hurd is the only African-American currently among Pac-12 basketball analysts. The league would be w…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Basketball family

Basketball family

T.J. McConnell’s family will be in Tucson next weekend, in part to watch the Wildcats play Michigan on Saturday, but also to be part of basketball games Friday night at Sunnyside and Saturday morning (11 a.m.) at Salpointe. T.J’s father, Tim McConnell, is head coach of Pittsburgh-area hoops …

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Recruit Trier getting attention

Recruit Trier getting attention

Incoming UA basketball recruit Alonzo Trier, who plays at prep school juggernaut Findlay Prep of Las Vegas, scored 50 points last week against Phoenix-based Westwind Prep. Trier is averaging 34 points on a team that has six players who have committed to Division I schools. 

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Wildcats will bounce back once sting of loss blows over

Wildcats will bounce back once sting of loss blows over

The most joyful moment of any Arizona football game, any season, is the singing of “Bear Down’’ in the winner’s locker room. Even when it’s off key and the words get mangled, you can’t beat the feeling.

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Army-Navy game will have S. Arizona flair

Army-Navy game will have S. Arizona flair

At the classic Army-Navy football game on Sunday, two of the leading players are from Tucson. Navy sophomore linebacker Daniel Gonzales, a Cienega grad, is second at Navy with 73 tackles and two interceptions. At Army, sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf of Sabino is the Cadets’ leading tackle…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Ledesma is new assistant at Regis

Ledesma is new assistant at Regis

Salpointe Catholic grad Stevie Ledesma, who was a basketball star at Phoenix College and later Regis University in Denver, has become a full-time assistant coach for the Rangers. Ledesma spent two seasons as a graduate assistant before joining the Regis staff full-time this season. 

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Dick King honored

Dick King honored

Rincon/University basketball coach Rich Utter last week helped to honor legendary Rincon coach Dick King at the Rincon-Walden Grove game. King coached Rincon to its only state championship 50 years ago, 1964-65. At 89, King looked fully back at home in the gymnasium in which the Rangers were…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Roessler with Mets

Roessler with Mets

Pat Roessler, part of Jerry Kindall’s incredible coaching tree of Arizona baseball – he left the Wildcats in 1982 – last week was hired as assistant hitting coach for the New York Mets. His boss will be ex-UA outfielder Kevin Long, the Mets’ top hitting instructor. Roessler spent the last ni…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Golf writers playing the game

Golf writers playing the game

About 70 golf writers from the U.S. and Canada will be in Tucson this week for the second Tucson Media Golf Classic. It’s almost ironic that during a time of unprecedented turbulence in the Southern Arizona golf industry – the takeover of financially strapped Arizona National and Golf Club o…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
UA president: Student fees for athletics 'might be appropriate'

UA president: Student fees for athletics 'might be appropriate'

To help keep the UA athletic department’s budget balanced, UA president Ann Weaver Hart  is apt to tack a yearly student fee of $150 or so onto the cost of admission, a fee that would result in about $5 million annually for Greg Byrne’s department. ASU last year implemented a similar fee, wh…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Big TV ratings

Big TV ratings

The Territorial Cup game produced a 14.8 TV rating in the Phoenix market, the top audience since ratings were metered dating to 1996. It means that 266,784 Phoenix households watched. Because Tucson isn’t an overnight market in the Nielsen ratings, it’s uncertain how many watched here. One s…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Campus Rec Center gets noticed

Campus Rec Center gets noticed

During a heady period for UA basketball and football, the school’s Campus Recreation Center received well-deserved attention as the nation’s No. 1 college recreation center/gymnasium last week. University Primetime, a fitness firm in Palo Alto, Calif., ranked the top 20 college Rec centers i…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Christine Clark's pro debut

Christine Clark's pro debut

Tucson High and Harvard grad Christine Clark has made a robust professional debut. She leads her Lavezzini Italian pro team with an 11.5 scoring average through nine games, which includes a 31-point game against Venezia on Nov. 16. 

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Benefit

Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Benefit

The first “big event’’ of the new Arizona National will be the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Benefit on Jan. 17. Tucson pros Don Pooley and Ronnie Black, as well as Masters runnerup Dan Pohl and Tucson Open champion Andrew Magee will stage a clinic before that day’s shotgun start and lunch. Entry…

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Small world department: Pepper reconnects with old friend

Small world department: Pepper reconnects with old friend

Tucsonan Seth Pepper, an NCAA champion swimmer and UA sports Hall of Famer, was part of Team USA in the 1993 Pan Pacific Games in Hong Kong, where he became friends with teammate Brice Kopas, a Michigan grad.

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: Oregon win underscores importance of QBs

My two cents: Oregon win underscores importance of QBs

One of the reasons Arizona hasn’t gone to the Rose Bowl (or its modern equivalent) continues to be that it has almost unfathomably never had the All-Pac-12 quarterback.

December 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: Zona, Zags prove they're West's best

Hansen: Zona, Zags prove they're West's best

Wesley's late misses shouldn't overshadow classic game.

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Hansen: Wildcats fumble chance to make program history

Hansen: Wildcats fumble chance to make program history

Loss on biggest stage reminiscent of 1999 defeat at Penn State.

December 06, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Territorial Cup testament to RichRod, staff

Territorial Cup testament to RichRod, staff

At game’s end, when Arizona fans rushed the field and fireworks shot overhead, a security patrol quickly lowered the goal-posts to eliminate the type of rowdy and dangerous behavior Arizona Stadium saw after Territorial Cup celebrations of the 1980s and '90s.

November 29, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: Wildcats warmed up to Utah's challenge

Hansen: Wildcats warmed up to Utah's challenge

UA refused to be intimidated by Utah's defense, cold weather — and the enormity of the moment.

November 22, 2014 10:40 pm Photos

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Former Wildcat Constand accused Cosby of sexual assault

Former Wildcat Constand accused Cosby of sexual assault

Among those who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault is former UA women’s basketball player Andrea Constand. She sued Cosby in 2005 while she was the women’s basketball operations manager at Temple. The civil suit was settled out of court in 2006. Constand, who started for Ariz…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm

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