August 25, 2004 - BORG TO BE WILD: The first snap hasn't been hiked yet on the 2004 high school football season but Daniel Borg of Ironwood Ridge High School already knows where he'll be lining up for the next five years.
Borg, a senior at Ironwood, has committed to take his game to the University of Arizona in 2005. At 6-feet, 6-inches, 285 pounds, Borg is considered one of the top recruits the Grand Canyon State has to offer. The addition of the bruising offensive lineman is expected to add depth to new UA head coach Mike Stoops' roster.
Borg is among the 14 recruits agreeing to join the Wildcats next summer and one of four players committing to the UA from the state of Arizona.
ONE WEEK TO REST DOR CDO: While the rest of Arizona is hitting the gridiron when the high school football season kicks off Aug. 27, Canyon del Oro won't be back to receive the kick.
CDO's season will begin a week later on Sept. 3 when the Dorados travel to Phoenix to take on Maryvale High School. The Dorados will take advantage of its first week bye and host its annual Green and Gold intra-squad scrimmage Aug. 26.
The 2004 season may very well be the last one that CDO competes in the 5A division. Every two years the Arizona Interscholastic Association determines which schools belong in what division, based on the number the students enrolled. With CDO's numbers steadily declining, down to about 1,800 this year, realignment is almost a sure thing when the AIA completes its census Oct. 1. To play in division 5A a school needs a minimum of 1,900 students.
Being reassigned to 4A would spell the end of long-standing rivalries with such schools as Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson High Magnet School, Flowing Wells and Mountain View.
According to CDO Athletic Director Ed Moody, it makes no difference to the athletes which division they play.
"To the kids, winning a championship in either 4A or 5A is the same," Moody said.
HALL OF FAME: With Olympic fever gripping the nation, the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, 110 S. Church Ave, is in the patriotic mood with its "Tucson Salute to the Olympics" exhibit. The non-profit organization celebrating its 15th anniversary this year is honoring its inductees that have made an impact at the Olympic Games.
Featured in the exhibit are displays of Hall of Famers such as gymnast Kerri Strug (Atlanta, 1996), UA softball head coach Mike Candrea, (Athens, 2004), baseball's Richard Griesser (Melbourne, 1956) and UA swimmer Amanda Beard (Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000 and Athens, 2004). In addition to the displays honoring the athletes is a real Olympic Torch, memorabilia and photos.
The Hall is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for children under 12 years old, $1 for seniors and $2 for adults. Call 296-3788 for more information.
TENNIS: It may not be the Olympics but the U.S. Open is just around the corner. Famed for being regarded as the highest drawing sporting event in the world, the U.S. Open always attracts a large interest in tennis communities through out the United States. To capitalize on that interest generated by the tournament, which will begin on Aug. 30 and continue through Sept. 12, the Unites States Tennis Association has launched a new Web site design to help players of all ages and abilities.
The new program, called the Tennis Welcome Center, works with neighborhood parks, commercial tennis centers, health clubs resorts, high schools and colleges to provide instruction for beginners to those just wishing to tighten up their game. The process is simple, log on to www.tenniswelcomecenter.com and enter your zip code. The nearest location in the Northwest can be found at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road.
EVER WONDER: Have you ever wondered how the term "southpaw" was created to characterize a left-handed person? The term can trace its origin back to baseball in the 1880s. It was back in the National Pastime's humble beginnings where fields were positioned to place the sun away from the batter's eyes looking east. That placed the pitching hand, or paw, of the left-handed pitcher facing south. The term "southpaw" stuck as many lefties can attest to to this day.