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After taking the weekend to review the data, the AIA announced new, revised Divisional placements for all team sports for the next three seasons, beginning next season. The placements are tentative as there is still an appeal process.
Less than a week after making some dramatic realignment decision, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has reviewed the data used and made some alterations to the initial placements after athletic directors complained about some curious decisions.
The Town of Marana believes that to have a town that runs well, citizens have to understand how the town operates. The Town of Marana has tried to streamline many of the things that they do and improve communication, with the newest project now aiming at educating local high school students.
As Marana continues to grow, the town has the challenge of keeping things working as smoothly as possible, to avoid the bureaucratic gridlock that hampers so many larger communities. They have looked at ways of making the experience of working with the town as easy as possible, streamlining things wherever they can. Some of these plans have been integrated into the latest edition of the strategic plan, where improved communication is a major theme. The town’s website is another key aspect to these goals.
Ironwood Ridge’s Danny Vega is the odds-on favorite to win the 113-pound state title next month, but the work he did over the summer is just as impressive, if not more so. Vega won the “triple crown” of wrestling by winning three distinctly different national championship tournaments.
Two area wrestlers won their weight classes at Flowing Wells Invitational, annually one of the one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state.
The Marana Police Department has received three grants they believe will help them make the streets safer. All three grants are from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) with the intent of lessening traffic accidents.
The Marana Police Department took an afternoon to honor their own. The department held its 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony on Jan. 14, at The Highlands at Dove Mountain Conference Room. Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema handed out 13 awards to 24 recipients.
Seven area athletes signed to play baseball or softball with Pima College on Thursday. They were part of a group of 25 athletes to at the Pima District Office on Thursday to formally sign their commitments for the 2016 season.
Arizona took advantage of two Colorado starters out with injury and beat the visiting Buffaloes 68-54 despite a career night from Askia Booker.
Casa Grande won a huge game against the Marana girls basketball team 67-56 and now control their own destiny in Division II, Section VI. The Cougars and Tucson High are both undefeated in sectional play. Marana and Mountain View are tied for second.
Two programs at Marana High School have made the school safer. A Marana High student was arrested last Thursday after allegedly talking about “shooting up the school” the day before.
On Friday night, Marana, without two starters and just eight players in uniform, edged Flowing Wells 32-30. The win was not easy, but nothing has been this year for the Tigers. The win boosted the Tigers’ record to 13-3, not bad for a team that did not have a coach in the middle of September.
Former CDO standout Shelley Duncan was named the manager of the Hillsboro Hops, the Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Duncan, who retired from baseball last year. He was set to be a volunteer assistant at the University of Arizona before taking the position within the Diamondbacks organization.
In what was seen as a surprise, the Marana Town Council failed to pass a proposal to change the zoning for the Lazy K Bar development.
In a recent meeting, the Marana Planning Commission approved a development plan and voted to recommend two rezoning requests, which will now go before the town council for final approval.
This week’s Marana Town Council meeting will have two main items, one controversial and one that, while very important, should be pass with little drama.
The Aymara Indians of South America may live thousands of miles from Arizona, but their struggles are relatable to those living in Southern Arizona. In fact, most of the indigenous peoples Oro Valley residents Amy Eisenberg and John Amato have worked with have unique cultures, but their struggles are relatable, if not familiar.
While student athletes don’t have many scholastic worries over the winter break, they hardly have time off. Most northwest teams competed in holiday tournaments.
I was reminded why my job is so cool, and what an interesting year it has been, while covering Marana’s Egg Nog Jog on New Years morning. While I was not thrilled to be working at 8:30 on New Year’s Day, there are a lot of things worse than shooting photographs on a brisk winter morning.
Two fortunate occurrences helped save Mary Jessie Herrera’s arm, and possibly her life, after being hit by two rounds from an AK-47 during an ambush in Iraq. Today, Herrera and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes organization try to come in to aid combat-wounded veterans when they need it most.
Amy Eisenberg and John Amato spent several months with the Aymara Indians of South America and chronicled their struggles in Eisenberg’s book “Aymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes.”a
Arizona put on one of their most impressive offensive performances of the season in their 73-49 win over Arizona State on Sunday night.
Boise State jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead then had to hold on to beat Arizona 38-30 in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale.
The Marana Broncos won the Pee Wee national championships at the American Youth Football Championships in Kissimmee, Florida earlier this month. The win capped an undefeated season where the Broncos went undefeated and outscored their opponents 704-52.
Coronado Little League has become Oro Valley Little League. In early December, the executive board voted unanimously to make the name change to better reflect their demographics.
Many businesses do philanthropic work during the holiday season. It is common for a business to adopt a struggling family and many businesses will take on bigger challenges. Dove Mountain Long Realty is one such business. This holiday season the employees at Long provided a better Christmas for 28 students at Roadrunner Elementary in the Marana Unified School District.
There is a lot of wrestling talent in the northwest part of Tucson, with a number of teams that can make some noise at state.
Both Arizona and Boise State have had some of their best moments at the Fiesta Bowl and the two will meet on Dec. 31 in the game in Glendale.
On Dec. 16, prior to Marana’s Town Council Meeting, the council held a special study session to discuss the adoption of the Marana Strategic Plan III. For nearly an hour, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson went over the plan.
Last Tuesday’s Marana Town Council meeting saw the town make a proclamation declaring it a Purple Heart Town, as designated by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
With so many new building projects occurring in Marana, the Metropolitan Pima Alliance invited Town Manager Gilbert Davidson to speak at their December Membership breakfast, last week.
Having a veteran’s cemetery is one example of Marana’s salute to the military and its service men and women.
Town of Marana Mayor Ed Honea is proud of the direction the town is headed.
New movie releases for 1/19
Hopes are high around the Ironwood Ridge girls soccer program. The Nighthawk girls are coming off a playoff appearance and are off to a great start this season after winning the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic.
The Northwest Fire District has a new lifesaving device thanks to a grant. The fire district purchased a hydraulic extrication tool, which are used to free trapped motorists after a crash, thanks to a $20,868 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The Arizona School Administrators has selected Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent of the Marana Unified School District as the All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Large Size District.
Months of fundraising and planning are about to pay off for the Marana High School junior varsity and varsity cheer teams. The teams were invited to perform at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego later this month.
Ann Meaders was there when the Marana Utilities Department started in 1997 and has seen the department grow as the town has grown. Meaders retired last week after 20 years of service to the town. The brief history of the department is inextricably linked to Meaders.
Arizona jumped out to a 26-4 lead and never looked back in a 101-64 win over Oakland University on Tuesday night. The 101 points is the most by the Wildcats in regulation since Sean Miller became head coach. The Wildcats scored 107 in a multiple overtime game in 2011.
The Tortolita Middle School 7th grade girls soccer team won the Northwest League Championship against Wilson Middle school thanks to a 3-1 win.
Two Marana area youth football teams advanced to the AYF National Championship games on Friday. The Marana Broncos Pee Wee and Jr. Midget teams both won their games in Kissimmee, Florida on Wednesday morning.
A list of movies being released this week. All movies coming out on Friday, December 12 unless otherwise noted.
On Tuesday we got the fall finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and we got more questions than answers. Some characters are dead, others “dead” and a few more transformed.
It was obvious pretty early on that Arizona was vastly superior to Utah Valley on Tuesday night’s 87-56 win. The Wildcats won by 29 points and midway through the second half had doubled up the Wolverines 64-32. The lopsided nature of the game allowed Arizona to showcase their entire freshman class and it gave us glimpse of a bright future.
Ironwood Ridge returns nine seniors off of a 19-win team a year ago. With so much experience returning, the Nighthawks have a deep squad with good chemistry.
In the end the Marana Town Council voted 6-1 to move forward with the implementation of a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction of a new police station, but it wasn’t without a lot of debate, verbal jousting and some tense moments.