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When Canyon Del Oro senior golfer Chris Meyers signed a national Letter of Intent to accept a golf scholarship from Stanford, he completed a lifelong dream to go to the school. Even a year ago signing with the Cardinal seemed unlikely.
The winner of this year's Gary P. Durrenberger Award for the Southern Arizona boys golfer with the lowest stroke average (all stroke play competition rounds weighted for course rating and slope) is Chris Meyers, Canyon del Oro senior. Chris is the first two-time winner of the award.
Storms affected every football game in Southern Arizona last Friday. There was not a single game in the area that was not delayed or postponed. Two games, CDO/Ironwood Ridge and Pusch Ridge/ Scottsdale Christian did not resume that night.
The CDO girls golf team opened the 2014 season with a win over a shorthanded Amphi squad. The Panthers had just two golfers, while the Dorados were able to field a full team despite one of their top players skipping the season to focus on academics.
The 2014 Boys and Girls State Junior Golf Championship will be held at The Gallery Golf Club, on July 8 and 9, 2014. For the sixth year in a row, the 2014 Arizona Boys & Girls State Junior Championships will be administered by the four state golf associations, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), Southwest Section PGA, Arizona Golf Association and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association.
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program will be hosting its annual Tucson City Junior Championship at The Randolph Golf Complex, competing on the Dell Urich Golf Course and the Randolph North Golf Course, on May 28 and 29. The tournament is sponsored by the Tucson Conquistadores, longtime supporters of the JGAA and youth sports. Over 200 of the finest junior golfers, ages 6-18 are expected to tee it up. Tee times begin at 6:30 AM on both days and the event is open for spectators.
Though many would have never pictured him going into the military, 19-year-old DJ Niichel looks back and has no regrets in his decision to attend the U.S. Military Academy of West Point.
It’s not too hard to miss Hannah Pearson practicing on the putting green. Among a group of adult golfers is a 5-year-old girl dressed in pink from head to toe – pink shoes, pink hat, to go along with her pink golf ball.
The Arizona men’s golf team wrapped up its first spring competition on Tuesday with a surge up to second place at the Arizona Intercollegiate.
United States Tennis Association hosts the Junior Winter National tennis tournament. Age divisions are 12s and 14s. Junior players have to qualify for this tournament. Multi courts will be in use at Reffkin Tennis Center
It was an emotional moment for 18-year-old Angie Jones, as she accepted the award for Southern Arizona Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Even with difficult course conditions, the Canyon Del Oro golf team rallied together to finish third in the Division II state championship on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, at Aguila Golf Course.
Junior Chris Meyers practices at the Oro Valley Country Club with the Canyon Del Oro golf team. Meyers placed third in individuals in the Division II state championships on Oct. 25-26 at Aguila Golf Course.
Chris Meyers, a junior, takes a swing at CDO's golf practice. The CDO golf team placed third at the Division II state championship.
Louisville, Colo. – The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and No. 1 women’s cross country team competed at the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday in Louisville, Colo. The University of Colorado hosted the meet in Louisville, which is a suburb of Boulder, at Coal Creek Golf Course. The men ran 8,000 meters and the women ran 6,000 meters. The women’s team claimed the first conference championship in program history.
The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and No. 5 women’s cross country teams will host the Dave Murray Invitational on Friday. The meet will be held at Del Urich Golf Course and is the only meet Arizona will host for the 2013 cross country season. The men will run 4.25 miles (just short of 7,000 meters) and the women will run 3 miles (just short of 5,000 meters). The men will run first and the gun will go off at 5 p.m. MST while the women will begin their race at 5:45 p.m. MST.
Arizona will compete against Arizona State, Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon University in the Division I section. While Estrella Mountain Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley, Pima Community College and Western New Mexico compete in the open section.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kayla Beattie, senior Meg Bellino, junior Stephanie Bulder, junior Daylee Burr, sophomore Molly Callahan, junior Nicci Corbin, junior Clea Formaz, freshmanMcKenna Gaffney, senior Elvin Kibet, freshman Maria Larsson, senior Erin Menefee, junior Kate Penney, junior Hanna Petersonand senior Amanda Russell will toe the line for Arizona.
For the men, freshman Matthew Beer, junior Kenji Bierig, freshman Michael Cox, freshman Jeff Gautreau, sophomore Dylan Hopper, freshman Collins Kibet, sophomore Jonas Legernes, junior Sam Macaluso, freshman Travis Thorne, junior Braden Timpe, freshman Brendan Tinoco, junior Thomas Valente and sophomore Sam Willis will don the cardinal and navy for the Wildcats.
In the week one USTFCCCA national poll, the Arizona women moved up two spots to No. 5 in the country. Four other Pac-12 schools are ranked in the national poll, Oregon is third, Washington is No. 7, Stanford is No. 8 and Colorado is No. 15. In the west regional poll, the UA women are ranked No. 3.
The Wildcat men are No. 10 in the west regional poll. In the national poll, the Pac-12 has five teams among the top 30. Colorado is third, Oregon is 12th, UCLA is 14th, Stanford is 21st and Arizona State is 28th.
A complete recap and results will be available at ArizonaWildcats.com after the races. You can also follow @ArizonaTrack on twitter for coverage of the track and field and cross country program.
The Pima Community College cross country teams kicked off their seasons on Saturday at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.
Summer may be coming to a close, but the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department still has plenty of programming available! Two upcoming events include the Late Night Dive-In Movie and the Oro Valley Junior Golf Program. Details are below.For more information on Oro Valley Parks and Recreation events and programming, please visit us online at orovalleyaz.gov or call 229-5050.
This Optimist Oro Valley Junior Championship is the Arizona qualifier for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Players will have their entry fee, accommodations (room and board) and, possibly, their transportation paid into the International event if they win their bracket.
Whether it's a bicycle collision or difficulty breathing, the UA community can count on quick help from students trained and certified as EMTs.
The University of Arizona Student Emergency Medical Services, or UASEMS, group has been operational for three semesters and provides assistance in medical emergencies. Its leaders emphasize thorough training and certification.
"We're students at the UA who happen to be EMTs. We're not student EMTs," says Derek Smith, manager of UA Student Emergency Medical Services and a non-degree-seeking graduate student.
When Brandon Murphy arrived at the UA three years ago, he didn't find any options for students to work in EMS on campus. He met up with two other students – who've since graduated – to begin brainstorming a program that students could run. They looked at other universities that have student EMS programs and modeled a club after the best practices they found around the country. It took two years to work through the administration and risk management officials, but they were able to start as a club with ASUA funding and began responding in spring 2012.
UASEMS switched to funding from the student service fee and began expanding hours in fall 2012. As the fall progressed, the group did too, taking on additional days until they were operating from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week.
UASEMS this year was the sole EMS provider at the Tucson Festival of Books, saving the festival $4,000 by not using the Tucson Fire Department. UASEMS also works stand-by at Spring Fling, football games and tailgating and when requested for special events, like the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.
"Anything that occurs on campus, we can be there," Murphy says. "Our members do get put into emergencies where they're the only person there, so we make sure they're held to the same certification. We weren't going to settle for a CPR certification or anything else. We make sure everyone has state certification."
UASEMS finished the semester with 32 student members, most of whom are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, with the same Arizona training and certification as a Southwest Basic Life Support Ambulance. Two EMTs staff each 12-hour shift, sometimes along with an additional Certified First Responder, and typically respond to at least two calls for service. On its busiest day, UASEMS responded to 12 calls in a 24-hour period.
Common calls for service deal with fall victims, injuries from pedestrian, bicycle or vehicle collisions and respiratory distress.
"It's part of our emergency mission to provide a quick, rapid response and be the first to provide care until further medical care arrives," Murphy says.
By checking vital signs and reporting to paramedics, the student EMTs can eliminate a step and save valuable time if a patient needs to be taken to a hospital.
"There are calls where we take the blood pressure while waiting for TFD and give the information right to them so they can load and go. They appreciate it," Murphy says.
Many students join out of an interest in a future medical career, some have even gone on to medical school already, while others are considering EMT as a career. Interest is growing; the group has received 80 applications since the fall that they haven't been able to accept. They're hoping to take on as many as 10 in the fall and hope to expand to providing EMS service around the clock, seven days as week.
UASEMS has a golf cart and two bicycles, all equipped with emergency gear. UAPD ride-alongs are a mandatory part of the orientation, which includes 20 hours of vigorous bike training and instruction on bloodborne pathogens and health privacy laws. The members participate in monthly continuing education courses and perform mock drills during the week.
"It's real-life, in-the-field experience they can't get shadowing somebody in a hospital," says Murphy, a junior in communications from New Jersey. "Here, you're set to a standard and you have a responsibility. That is your patient until further medical attention arrives."
A 50-cent set of plastic golf clubs and a couple of swings from a little girl is all it took for Carl and Avivi Pearson to realize that their daughter, Hannah, was no ordinary 1-year-old.
The Canyon Del Oro Dorados are a big favorite to win Division II at the state golf tournament, and the talented senior golfer Jaime Waltmire is a big reason for that.
Twenty teams from eight states and Canada competed in the Antigua National High School Invitational on Sept. 7-8 at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.
The Canyon Del Oro boys’ golf team looks to have another promising year ahead. The talent-packed team, led by Jaime Waltmire, has started the season out strong, commencing with a solid showing in Division II play at the Alta Mesa Golf Cup, which ran from Aug. 24-25.