Nov. 17, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: Whether it's pulling down rebounds or saddling up in the rodeo, Erin Parsons has been one of the top athletes ever to come out of Marana High School. Now, as her high school career draws to an end, Parsons is already making plans for the next four years of her life.

The senior signed a national letter of intent Nov. 17 to bring her basketball game, and 3.8 grade point average from her Marana ranch to the campus of New Mexico State University. Parsons chose New Mexico State over schools such as Northern Arizona and Gonzaga which also offered her full scholarships to play basketball. All told, the senior received letters and offers from 41 NCAA Division I schools and 52 colleges overall. Her signing comes less than two weeks before the basketball season gets underway so she can concentrate on her game, said Parsons.

New Mexico State is renowned for its rodeo team, but Parsons, who has competed on the national high school level, will be relegated to just a spectator due to her basketball scholarship.


The Marana Broncos Midget cheerleading squad took first place in last week's city championships. In doing so, Don Carbiener became the first male coach and director to guide a Tucson cheer team to a first place finish in the city. Many of the girls on this year's midget squad also were members of the first ever city championship junior midget cheer team from last season. The Broncos had success in the past when it comes to either its cheerleading programs or its dance squads. Its dance squad won, at the national championships, two years in a row from 1999 to 2000.


Before loading up on turkey and falling a sleepy victim to tryptophan, former Marana grads from 1991 and 1994 are encouraging all to come out to watch the 2004 Marana High School Turkey Bowl. Although not affiliated with the school, the Turkey Bowl will take place Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving at Marana High School, 12000 W. Emigh Road. Bowl coordinator Toby Bourget has taken the game from a simple Thanksgiving Day flag football scrimmage between the two classes back in 1995 and turned it into a community event for more than 90 former players and their families. This year's events will include an appearance by country singer and Marana grad Troy Olson who will raffle off an autographed guitar. Other raffled items will be a car from Jim Click Automotive and tickets to an upcoming Arizona Cardinals game. Proceeds will benefit Marana High School athletics and go toward two Turkey Bowl scholarships. Cost to attend is $5 and gates open at 5 p.m. Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m.


Chris Dompier has been named as the new head golf professional at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. Saint Andrews Drive. The 27-year-old's resumé includes 2002 Tucson Player-of-the-Year honors, which was followed up by being named the 2003 Apprentice of the Year. After graduating from the University of Washington, Dompier spent some time in the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. He takes over as head golf pro at Skyline Country Club after serving as an assistant at the club for three years.


The Canyon del Oro High School boys basketball team will take a break from wind sprints and left-handed lay-up drills to host an evening of scrimmage games Nov. 18. New head varsity coach Nainesh Desai is hoping for a strong turnout to the annual event, in support of the Dorado basketball squad while showcasing this year's team.

Highlighting the evening will be a varsity scrimmage, which will follow up the freshman versus junior varsity game and the faculty vs. faculty match up. Games start at 4:30 p.m. with the freshman game and conclude at 6 p.m. with the tip-off of the varsity scrimmage. Cost for the event is $4, $2 for students. A barbeque featuring hot dogs, burgers and drinks will be served.


Athletic Director Mike Brown took time to address the parents of winter sports athletes at Ironwood Ridge High School Nov. 10 at the school's Victory With Honor Night. In the meeting held in the school's volleyball venue, Brown addressed concerns of parents and laid out the framework of communication that needs to be committed between parents, athletes and coaches and outlined what he believes is proper etiquette for Nighthawk athletes.

The Victory With Honor Night is held before the start of every season by Ironwood Ridge athletics to allow parents to meet their children's coaches and get an understanding about the direction of the athletic program.


Sportspark, 6901 N. Casa Grande Hwy, will host its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Adult Softball Tournament, Nov. 20. The tourney will be open to men's and coed softball teams. Cost per team is $130. For more information call 744-9496.


The Pima County Sports Hall-of-Fame has received a $4,200 grant from the Southern Arizona Sports Foundation. The nonprofit sports museum will use the funds to create a website with the aid of La Paloma Family Services.

The Hall will develop a training program for clients of La Paloma, who will then develop from the website for the Hall of Fame. The museum and its 211 inductees, spanning more than 90 years and 23 different sports, can be found in the Hall in the La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave.

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