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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2005 12:00 am | Updated: 7:50 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Dec. 28, 2005 - Mt. View QB looking to catch on

If you've been around Mountain View High School lately you may have noticed two grown men tossing a football around - one of them has a canon for an arm, the other needs over-sized gloves to be able to catch what comes out of that firearm.

The arm belongs to James MacPherson. The 1998 Mountain View grad is keeping his arm fresh - throwing up to three times a week at his alma mater with his father Jim, aka, the man with the gloves.

The former all-state QB and punter is hoping to land a tryout with an arena league team early next month. Ideally, MacPherson would love a chance to vie for a position with a squad in NFL Europe.

After graduating from Mountain View with more than 2,500 yards passing, MacPherson went on to QB Wake Forest University. As a Demon Deacon, he split time with Anthony Young and C.J. Leak before emerging as the No. 1 QB his senior year. In his final campaign at Wake Forest, MacPherson threw for 1,837 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. The Demon Deacons finished the year 7-6.

Donate Blood, play Rugby

Estevan Park was the site for the manliest of games Dec. 17 as the Midtown field hosted the Warren Lee 7s, a rugby tournament with a heart of gold. Among the seven teams - five from Tucson, two from Phoenix - was the Tucson Barbarians, an under-19 team. The team consists of players from high schools around the Tucson metro area, including Canyon Del Oro and Catalina Foothills high schools. The Barbarians did not win the tourney but did take home the "Spirit of the Day" award. Other teams competing were the Tucson Magpies, Old Pueblo Rugby squad, Red Rock Roach, the University of Arizona club team, plus teams from Tempe and Red Mountain. The tourney was a chance for teams and spectators to collect donations for a local food bank. The Barbarians will begin their season early next year.

Ready to rumble, again

The Marana-based Boxing Inc. has opened its second location in the Tucson metro-area. The new gym can be found at 1240 N. Stone Ave., near Speedway Boulevard, in the old World Gym building. The new facility still offers the boxing classes that make it a popular Northwest haunt for exercisers of all ages and shapes, but also offers options for weight lifters. Boxing Inc. was able to secure about 95 percent of World Gym's equipment. The midtown gym has longer hours - 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. - and is open seven days a week. The original Boxing Inc. is located near Ina and Old Father roads.

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