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Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:00 pm | Updated: 7:50 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

August 3, 2005 - The Pima County Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2005, and among the nominees were a current and a former Northwest coaching icon, both of whom revolutionized their respective sports.

Mike Dyer and Bobby DeBerry were two of 10 candidates selected to be part of this year's hall-of-fame class. Dyer, 59, made a name for himself and girls basketball while coaching for Marana High School for 20 years. The coach successfully lobbied that the girls basketball season be moved from spring to winter, the same season as boys basketball. During his two-decade run, Dyer piloted the Tigers to four state titles (1982, '85, '88, and '89), three times as state runners-up, nine regional titles and 12 league championships. Last year, he was elected into the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.

Another 2005 Pima County hall of famer, Joan Bonvicini, can thank Dyer for his contribution and dedication to girls basketball. Bonvicini is the head coach for the University of Arizona's women's hoops team.

DeBerry, a former Canyon Del Oro High School wrestling coach, took over head coaching duties at Sunnyside High School in 1992. At Sunnyside, he continued the school's winning ways and is working on eight straight team state titles.

Dyer and DeBerry will be enshrined in the hall at the 16th Annual Induction Banquet on Oct. 16 at the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, 110 S. Church Ave., in the La Placita Village.

Pines new GM

Tim Sliger has been named the new general manager of The Pines Golf Club at Marana, 8480 N. Continental Links Drive. Sliger has been with The Pines since 2001, serving as the course's director of administration. He has been associated with the owners of Marana Golf for the past 12 years.

Hardt for football

Former Marana High School and University of Arizona football player Clay Hardt has completed his first season with the San Angelo Stampede of the National Indoor Football League. In nine of the team's games, Hardt carried the ball two times, gaining all of four yards, hauling in three catches for 24 yards. But anyone who knows Hardt knows he is all about defense. On D, Hardt snared two interceptions and recovered a fumble. The only scoring play of the former Tiger's season came via a two-point conversion. Although he didn't register any sacks, Hardt led the team with 39 solo tackles while assisting on 17 more. Despite his efforts, the Stampede finished the season 1-8.

Porter comes home

On July 26, Colin Porter showed up on the doorstep of Tucson Electric Park, his bags in tow. The former Canyon Del Oro High School baseball star, who started the year with the New York Yankees' Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, was signed by Tucson after the Yankees released him.

The 29-year-old outfielder, who has spent time in the St. Louis Cardinals organization as well as with the Yankees, will join a lineup already bolstered by another former CDO star, Scott Hairston. In the big leagues, Porter has appeared in 47 games, collecting 17 hits, a double, a home run and a .254 batting average.

Porter's first order of business: Secure jersey No. 16.

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