April 20, 2005 - Junior tennis

More than 100 junior tennis players competed in the 2005 Hilton El Conquistador Junior Spring Classic April 15 through 17 at the resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Boys and girls ranging in age from 10 to 18 took part in the three-day event. Local players included Joseph Goldstein, BreAnn Cheung and Samantha Huo of Catalina Foothills High School; Allison Jech and Rachel Brandt of Ironwood Ridge High School; Nolan Alexander of Mountain View High School; and Brent Wolff of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. Huo, along with doubles partner Cynthia Sands of Tucson, won the girls 16-year-old match play with an 8-2 win over Nicole Perez of Scottsdale and Tara Brinkman of Paradise Valley. Cheung's younger sister Brandee won the girls 12-year-old round robin, knocking off Megan Wittenberg of Rio Rico, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

We're No. 3

The University of Arizona men's Track and Field squad opened its outdoor season last week ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to the first edition of the Trackwire 25 Rankings. The Wildcats fall behind annual powerhouse Arkansas and Florida. Trackwire is considered the authority in track and field rankings dating back to 1997 when it was created. This year's Wildcat squad features two former Northwest standouts in freshman Eric Acuna, shot put, of Canyon Del Oro High School, and red-shirt freshman Chris Ogle, distance, of Mountain View High School.

Dance explosion

The West Coast Dance Explosion did just that April 16 and 17 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. More than 400 guests packed the resort to compete in the annual event that features dance genres such as ballet, tap and modern dance.

Double down

Canyon Del Oro High School's boys hoops squad will hit the hardwood in another state, May 6 through 8, when the Dorados travel to Las Vegas to participate a basketball clinic.

OV duo laces em' up

Dustin Holmes and Kevin Sahl took part in the Boston Marathon April 18, Patriots Day. The duo ran the 109-year old race to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The 2003 Arizona Cardinals fan of the year, Holmes, an avid runner, and Sahl have been raising money through their business endeavor, "It's a Grind Coffee Shop," 8260 Cortaro Road, and by running local road races. Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinal was killed almost a year to the day, April 22, while serving in Afghanistan.

Feeling bullish

The Tucson Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort welcomed a new member into its family Feb. 14 when Junior LT was born. Junior, the resort's new resident bull, arrived at its new home April 1. The baby bull has adapted well into his new home, which is equipped with a fan, misters, an automatic water dispenser and lighting. The new bull is named LT, for Last Territory, the resort's music hall and steakhouse. LT Sr., or Mr. T, passed away in February. When Junior is old enough he will compete at local shows.

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