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There is hardly an aspect of baseball in Marana that Allen Gillespie has not had his hand in. Gillespie has taken his love for the game and literally made it his life. He is truly Marana’s “Mr. Baseball.”
In a season marked by injuries and the loss of a key player to suspension, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has preached “next man up” as the team has raced to an 8-1 start.
Little League softball usually takes a back seat to Little League baseball, but it is hard to argue with the track record of success at Thornydale Little League. The league based out of Arthur Pack Park has been dominant.
When former Marana High School teammates Toby Bourguet and Sean Roebuck agreed to play on a competitive flag football team, little did they know it was going to drastically changed their lives. More importantly, it changed their children’s lives.
Aaron Vaughn may be a professional baseball player, but his life is a little less than glamorous. The former Pusch Ridge hurler is currently playing in the Gulf Coast League, one of the lowest levels of minor league baseball.
The statistics said Mountain View High School graduate Jessica Sipe should not have been there. She had a better chance of being pregnant than playing in a national championship game. She had a better chance of being in jail than being the potential go-ahead run. The statistics said she was far more likely to be in rehab than crossing home plate. However, Sipe decided at a young age that she was going to defy the odds.
District 5 All-Star tournaments begin on Monday. Here are the Thornydale LL rosters:
It’s been said that a bad apple can have a malignant effect on a sports team, and that an infected appendage must be removed. This is why talk of Indiana Pacer guard Lance Stephenson possibly being denied a contract extension has begun to surface. The former second round draft pick has drawn much criticism, as various sources have hinted at a possible lack of chemistry between the player and his teammates. The speculation regarding Stephenson’s internal antics reached a boiling point at the beginning of the playoffs when reports surfaced that the guard had come to physical blows with teammate Evan Turner during a practice. Yet despite the negative allegations surrounding Stephenson, the young prospect also serves a critical role in the Pacer body: the heel.
I have a 7-year-old son. My 7-year-old son seems to have an endless supply of energy bound up somewhere in his core. A couple of years ago, my husband and I learned that if we didn’t want to spend significant time dodging Nerf darts and maneuvering through jury-rigged obstacle courses in the comfort of our own living room, it was in our best interest to find active outlets for our son. These days, I spend a lot of time on one ball field or another, snapping photos or cheering from the sidelines. I’m a solo sideline sitter; my husband has always played an active role, helping out where the coach needs it.
The Xpress Baseball Club, a team that consists of players who live on the northwest side, has recently adopted the Cañada Del Oro Wash. The team will serve the community by removing trash from the wash a couple times a year.
Being one of three baseball players to represent the Tucson area, Canyon Del Oro junior Nate Soriano competed in the 2014 Under Armour Pre-Season All American Tournament for three days in January.
Play hard, whether you get the results or not, because the harder you play the more successful you will be. Under this simple philosophy and the leadership of first-year head coach, Alex Rangel, the Canyon Del Oro girls’ soccer team has had a turn around game-winning season with a 9-4 record.
(NBA) While the vast majority of the Suns are young, the team's two rookies have brought the biggest reason for optimism, along with the greatest need for patience.
The Tucson Padres have partnered with the University of Arizona and Western Refining for Bear Down Friday with the Padres. It’s Friday, August 23rd at 7:05 pm against the Tacoma Rainiers at Kino Stadium. Any fan who wears U. of A. attire in the spirit of Bear Down Friday will receive an exclusive $5 box seat offer. The regular price is $10. There will also be an alumni softball game prior to the Padres game from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Former U. of A. athletes like Amanda Beard, Joseph Blair, Corey Williams, Matt Muehlebach, John Fina, David Adams, George Arias, Annie Chandler Grevers, Darian Townsend and more will participate. Head baseball coach Andy Lopez will throw out the ceremonial “first pitch.” The Wildcats ticket staff will be on hand to give out football posters and answer any questions. Bear Down Friday is also presented by KGUN-9 and 1290 AM The Source.
If the NBA offseason is the ideal time for teams to glue themselves to their office desks and cell phones in attempts of enticing new and exciting talent to their organization, a handful of teams did not receive the memo. In fact, only about one-third of NBA teams have a legitimate chance of surviving deep into the playoffs during the upcoming 2013-2014 season. What is worse is that a handful of ball clubs have abandoned all discretion in order to throw a team on the court that knowingly has little to no chance of winning more than a quarter of their matchups. The Philadelphia 76ers signed away their franchise player, Jrue Holiday, in exchange for a future draft pick and an unproven center with no offensive game and a bum knee in Nerlens Noel. The Utah Jazz seemingly locked up their bank accounts and turned off their phone lines when it came time to negotiate the contracts of their two best players, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, letting both all-stars sign with different teams. The Boston Celtics traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, both future hall of famers who have brought the Larry O’brien Trophy to Beantown, in exchange for a slew of expiring contracts. So what powerful force has brought about basketball’s Diaspora of talent from cities such as these? The answer is a skinny 18-year-old kid from Toronto.
As Oro Valley Safeway Manager Mike Hennings prepares for retirement after 42 years with the company, he says the career is all he’s ever known.
Although we are only in the NBA conference semi-finals, it already feels like the finals with tempers flaring, elbows swinging and fines being dished out. Each matchup is different and there is little consistency of play, however there is a pattern emerging in this round of the playoffs.
Coming off winning a state championship in football this last year, Jake Matthews, a senior baseball player on the Ironwood Ridge High School team is determined to add another state championship to the list.
LAS VEGAS -- The Pac-12 Conference tournament's online stat feed appropriately had fourth-seeded Arizona labeled as the home team Thursday afternoon for its second-round meeting with No. 5 Colorado.
Well, it cannot get much worse for Arizona now, right?
Amphitheater Governing Board Member Jeff Grant resigned.
The solution was simple Saturday afternoon for seventh-ranked Arizona: Eliminate Arizona State's best player and pounce.
Tim Corkery, Tortolita Middle School eighth grade social studies teacher, is a finalist for the state-level Veterans of Foreign Wars Middle School Teacher of the Year award. The award is presented annually to an educator who demonstrates outstanding teaching skills, patriotism, and dedication to the well-being of learners, colleagues, and veterans in the community.
Mountain View High School was rocking last on Dec. 6, as the Mountain Lions (11-4) defeated the (15-2) Tucson Badgers, 56-50.