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Being RichRod: Coach reveals versatile side

Being RichRod: Coach reveals versatile side

Hansen: UA coach Rich Rodriguez answers 20 questions about his private life.

August 18, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Hansen: From melting pot to fire, Cats 'all in'

Hansen: From melting pot to fire, Cats 'all in'

Arizona's football roster is a puzzle with parts from all over the country.

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UA swim coach DeMont has tough task ahead

UA swim coach DeMont has tough task ahead

UA swimming coach Rick DeMont was selected to the Team USA coaching staff for the Pan Pacific Championships this week in Gold Coast, Australia.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Former Badger Moore lands full ride at NMSU

Former Badger Moore lands full ride at NMSU

Rayvean Moore, who was a standout receiver at Tucson High School in 2011, chose to walk on without a scholarship at New Mexico State. After redshirting in 2012 and playing in nine games in 2013, the sophomore was awarded a full scholarship after the Aggies’ practice last Sunday. At 5-10, 168…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Hollowell leaves '24-7' UA softball job

Hollowell leaves '24-7' UA softball job

After two years as Arizona’s full-time pitching coach and another as Mike Candrea’s director of softball operations, Alicia Hollowell has decided to leave the Wildcats.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Ex-Lancer Brice tearing it up in college

Kevin Brice was a standout baseball player at Salpointe Catholic, later helping Tucson’s KFC American Legion team to the state championship. This year, he hit .308 in his sophomore season at Pomona-Pitzer College but had the summer of his life in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Bric…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Orozco is on the baseball radar now

Orozco is on the baseball radar now

The Southern Arizona recruiting Class of 2015 isn’t among the deepest of the last decade, but last week in Long Beach, Calif., Salpointe Catholic pitcher Jio Orozco rose to the top of the list.

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McMahon captures Arizona title

McMahon captures Arizona title

Ironwood Ridge High School grad Alex McMahon, a UA senior who has taken his game to a higher level in the last year, won the 90th Arizona Amateur on Saturday in Scottsdale. Talk about well-deserved: He was the medalist among 120 golfers and then won six consecutive matches. McMahon became th…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
UA swim coach DeMont has tough task ahead

UA swim coach DeMont has tough task ahead

UA swimming coach Rick DeMont was selected to the Team USA coaching staff for the Pan Pacific Championships this week in Gold Coast, Australia.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
3 daughters of Wildcats' '88 team playing Pac-12 volleyball

3 daughters of Wildcats' '88 team playing Pac-12 volleyball

When UA volleyball coach Dave Rubio started fall training camp this month, he began coaching freshman Jade Turner of Bakersfield, California. She is the daughter of 1988 Arizona Final Four center Joe Turner. That makes three daughters of the Wildcats’ ’88 team now playing Pac-12 volleyball: …

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat, 'Ball Hawk' Hall diagnosed with cancer

Ex-Cat, 'Ball Hawk' Hall diagnosed with cancer

From 1996-98, UA football special teams player Derek Hall won the school’s “Ball Hawk” award for spirited play in practice. He went from walk-on to three-year letterman. Hall then become an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan and Delaware State and then, using his UA degree in theatre arts, …

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Palo Verde grad Cotton signs as free agent with Spurs

Palo Verde grad Cotton signs as free agent with Spurs

Palo Verde High grad Bryce Cotton last week told me he signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs and will report to training camp in Texas in late September.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Former Badger Moore lands full ride at NMSU

Former Badger Moore lands full ride at NMSU

Rayvean Moore, who was a standout receiver at Tucson High School in 2011, chose to walk on without a scholarship at New Mexico State. After redshirting in 2012 and playing in nine games in 2013, the sophomore was awarded a full scholarship after the Aggies’ practice last Sunday. At 5-10, 168…

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Lancer Brice tearing it up in college

Ex-Lancer Brice tearing it up in college

Kevin Brice was a standout baseball player at Salpointe Catholic, later helping Tucson’s KFC American Legion team to the state championship. This year, he hit .308 in his sophomore season at Pomona-Pitzer College but had the summer of his life in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Bric…

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Salpointe pitcher Orozco on the baseball radar now

Salpointe pitcher Orozco on the baseball radar now

The Southern Arizona recruiting Class of 2015 isn’t among the deepest of the last decade, but last week in Long Beach, Calif., Salpointe Catholic pitcher Jio Orozco rose to the top of the list.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Hollowell leaves '24-7' UA softball job

Hollowell leaves '24-7' UA softball job

After two years as Arizona’s full-time pitching coach and another as Mike Candrea’s director of softball operations, Alicia Hollowell has decided to leave the Wildcats.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Former CDO soccer standout Korn to coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

Former CDO soccer standout Korn to coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

David Korn, a former soccer standout at CDO, has been named co-head coach for the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville men’s team. Korn’s promotion caps a well-deserved rise through the soccer coaching ranks that includes stints at Tucson Soccer Academy, an assistant’s post at Salpointe Catholic a…

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Rincon grad LaVetter joins Seattle U. coaching staff

Rincon grad LaVetter joins Seattle U. coaching staff

For the last 12 seasons, Lance LaVetter has been Lorenzo Romar’s director of operations for the Washington Huskies basketball team. LaVetter, who is the son of Pueblo’s 1977 and 1978 state championship basketball coach Roland LaVetter, last week decided to get back into coaching. He joined t…

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
McMahon captures Arizona title

McMahon captures Arizona title

Ironwood Ridge High School grad Alex McMahon, a UA senior who has taken his game to a higher level in the last year, won the 90th Arizona Amateur on Saturday in Scottsdale. Talk about well-deserved: He was the medalist among 120 golfers and then won six consecutive matches. McMahon became th…

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Sabino grad Clausen dies of heart attack

Sabino grad Clausen dies of heart attack

Sad news: Sabino High School grad Clint Clausen, a former football/basketball standout for the Sabercats, died last week of a heart attack. He was only 44. Clausen famously earned a scholarship as a walk-on basketball player for Jerry Tarkanian’s 1990 NCAA champions at UNLV. Talk about good …

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Star's 2013-14 Player of the Year Nehls to begin college career

Star's 2013-14 Player of the Year Nehls to begin college career

Austin Nehls, the Star’s 2013-14 Southern Arizona basketball Player of the Year, will begin his college career at a Connecticut Prep School this week.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Foothills swimming coach Lundstrom won seven titles

Ex-Foothills swimming coach Lundstrom won seven titles

Last week I listed Tucson prep coaches to have won seven or more state championships, matching or exceeding retiring Catalina Foothills soccer coach Charlie Kendrick. I goofed and did not include ex-Foothills swimming coach R.J.   Lundstrom, who won seven state titles.

August 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: In football, the noise is part of the job

Hansen: In football, the noise is part of the job

Veterans like Baucus know tension comes with the territory. 

August 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen: Acosta's UA career ends for second time

Hansen: Acosta's UA career ends for second time

Leaving the UA a second time goes from cheers to tears for Randi Acosta.

August 13, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Hansen: College athletes get bread, and maybe butter, too

Hansen: College athletes get bread, and maybe butter, too

College athletes may finally get a piece of their school's money pie.

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NBA taking no chances with rookies

NBA taking no chances with rookies

Former UA Wildcats Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon and the other 58 NBA draft picks of 2014 attended the NBA’s four-day Rookie Transition Program last week in New York.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Hansen: Ayer is one of Tucson's super seven

After leaving Flowing Wells, basketball standout Chris Ayer has made a nice living in pro basketball

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Former Foothills coach Kendrick in select company

Former Foothills coach Kendrick in select company

When Catalina Foothills girls soccer coach Charlie Kendrick chose to leave high school coaching last week — he will spend more time at the Tucson Soccer Academy — he ended with seven state championships. That’s rare company. In the last 50 years only a handful of Tucson coaches have matched …

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Tomey keeping eye on former player's Pueblo debut

Tomey keeping eye on former player's Pueblo debut

On Saturday, before Dick Tomey spoke to about 300 high school football players and coaches at the Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic Luncheon, before he spoke with about 400 coaches of all manner at Pima College, he visited Pueblo High School, which hasn’t had a winning season in more than …

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Player stipends should start immediately

Player stipends should start immediately

The so-called Big 5 of college athletic conferences can’t start adding $2,000 stipends to each football player (and men’s basketball players) on scholarship soon enough. Why? Last week, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos announced he has raised defensive line coach Joe Salave’a’s s…

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Wright now fits mold as dominant Pac-12 defender

Wright now fits mold as dominant Pac-12 defender

One of the first things to catch my eye at an Arizona football practice last week was sophomore inside linebacker Scooby Wright, who has not only changed jersey numbers (he wears 33) but has gained 11 pounds. He now looks like a full-blown Pac-12 player at 6-1, 246 pounds. Somehow he survive…

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Ayer is one of Tucson's super seven

Ayer is one of Tucson's super seven

The All-Star team for the 2014 Tucson Summer Pro League included center Chris Ayer.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: Camp is a blur as Cats look to focus

Hansen: Camp is a blur as Cats look to focus

Arizona has just begun to find its way to the 2014 season.

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McKale makeover will add some theater

McKale makeover will add some theater

Work crews are burning midnight oil to finish $30 million McKale project

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
Salpointe's Orozco flips commitment from ASU to UA

Salpointe's Orozco flips commitment from ASU to UA

Salpointe Catholic right-hander Jio Orozco, who was 8-1 with a 1.40 ERA last season, has committed to play baseball for Andy Lopez at Arizona. Initially, Orozco decided to play at ASU, for Tim Esmay. But the Sun Devils forced Esmay to resign in June and Orozco changed his mind. Orozco will j…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
UA grad Prouty shoots 64 in Albertsons Boise Open

UA grad Prouty shoots 64 in Albertsons Boise Open

Salpointe and UA grad Brian Prouty, who often has to qualify on Monday in advance of Web.com golf tournaments, not only shot a 64 in last week’s Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho, he made the cut again this week at the ongoing Stonebrae Classic by opening with successive rounds of 68-68 in Hayw…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucsonan Mike Lude to be inducted into Kent State HOF

Tucsonan Mike Lude to be inducted into Kent State HOF

Tucsonan Mike Lude, a Hall of Fame athletic director at Washington during the Huskies’ football glory days, will be inducted into the Kent State Sports Hall of Fame in September. It is long overdue. Lude, who is on the executive panel of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of At…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
UA's Zeus heads to Adidas camp as counselor

UA's Zeus heads to Adidas camp as counselor

I bumped into UA junior center Kaleb Tarczewski at McKale Center last week. He was en route to Long Beach City College for the annual Adidas Nation showcase that will feature most of the country’s top high school prospects. Zeus, who will remain in summer school until Aug. 14 and then take a…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: Old-school Brunenkant will be missed

My two cents: Old-school Brunenkant will be missed

Ten years ago, Carl Brunenkant was inducted into the Salpointe Catholic and Sunnyside High School halls of fame in a three-week period. Eight years earlier, he was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Lagat living good life as elite distance runner

Lagat living good life as elite distance runner

When I grow up, I want to be a world-class distance runner like Tucsonan Bernard Lagat.

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-UA golfer Brenna Cepelak married with kids

Ex-UA golfer Brenna Cepelak married with kids

From the where-are-they-now file: 20 years ago, 1994, Brenna Cepelak was one of the most highly recruited golfers in UA history, a three-time New Mexican prep champion. At the ’95 Tucson Open, she met golf star Nick Faldo. He was 38. She quit the UA golf team to be with him. They began a rel…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Campos adds veteran coaches to Sabino staff

Campos adds veteran coaches to Sabino staff

After losing lineman Andrew Mike to Florida and tight end Matt Bushman to BYU, and after earning his 100th career victory, Sabino High football coach Jay Campos pursued reinforcements. When the Sabercats, 30-6 the last three seasons, open Aug. 29 against defending state champion Salpointe Ca…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
11 million subscribe to Pac-12, 57 million to Big Ten

11 million subscribe to Pac-12, 57 million to Big Ten

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the Pac-12 network has only 11 million subscribers as compared with 57 million for the Big Ten, according to SNL Kagan, an industry consulting and research firm. That makes the Pac-12’s recent declaration that its network is now available in 60 m…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Stoudamire ruled out of 'Oregon's Greatest Athlete'

Ex-Cat Stoudamire ruled out of 'Oregon's Greatest Athlete'

The Oregonian newspaper is in the process of selecting “Oregon’s Greatest Athlete,” and using a 64-person bracket a la the NCAA basketball tournament to do so. It seeded former Wilson High School point guard Damon Stoudamire, a 1995 consensus All-American at Arizona, No. 7, and then eliminat…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucson's KVET becomes part of Sun Devil Network

Tucson's KVET becomes part of Sun Devil Network

Tucson radio station KEVT (1210-AM) has become part of the Sun Devil Network. It is the first time a Tucson radio station has agreed to broadcast ASU games since 2008. The Sun Devils also were successful in signing radio stations from Safford and Douglas to carry ASU football. But when the S…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Cordes figures to challenge world record

Cordes figures to challenge world record

UA senior Kevin Cordes will be among the marquee performers this week at the USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, California. Cordes is favored to win the 100 and 200 breast stroke events and challenge world records in both. Cordes has clocked a 59.78 in the 100 breast; the world r…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucsonan Grevers seeded No. 1, Sahuaro grad Leverenz ranked No. 1

Tucsonan Grevers seeded No. 1, Sahuaro grad Leverenz ranked No. 1

Tucsonan Matt Grevers, a gold medalist at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is seeded No. 1 in the 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke. Sahuaro grad Caitlin Leverenz is ranked No. 1 in the 200 IM.

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Former Wildcat Geer expected to challenge for national title

Former Wildcat Geer expected to challenge for national title

With two more years of training before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, UA grad Margo Geer is expected to challenge for the national title this week in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. She is ranked in the top six in both after winning NCAA championships in 2013 and 2014.

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Salpointe, UA grad Mermuys to speak at NAU Basketball Coaches Clinic

Salpointe, UA grad Mermuys to speak at NAU Basketball Coaches Clinic

After coaching the Toronto Raptors team in the NBA Summer League, Salpointe and UA grad Jesse Mermuys flew to Flagstaff to be the keynote speaker in the ongoing Lumberjack Basketball Coaches Clinic. Mermuys, who was the operations director for Lute Olson in 2008, joined ex-UCLA coach Ben How…

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Makeover turning McKale into cushy, intimate arena

Makeover turning McKale into cushy, intimate arena

Construction workers at McKale Center are working double shifts until 3 a.m., seven days a week, in an attempt to have a $30 million remodeling project complete for Arizona’s Nov. 9 exhibition opener against Cal Poly Pomona.

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm

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