September 21, 2005 - During spring, her squad took command of Arizona. Now, Catalina Foothills High School girls tennis coach Kristie Stevens has conquered the United States. The National High School Association has named Stevens the Girls Tennis Coach of the year for 2005. In May, Stevens' squad earned its fifth consecutive state title. The previous school to win at least five straight tennis state championships was Canyon Del Oro High School, which won six from 1975 through 1980. Founded in 1988, the Easton, Pa.-based association provides support and leadership programs for more than 500,000 of the nation's high school coaches.

Tour opener

More than 330 runners hit the streets of Continental Reserve on Sept. 18 to compete in the Diamond Ventures 8th Annual El Tour 10K and 5K Run-Walk. The event is part of the kickoff for the 60-day season of the Charter Funding 23rd El Tour de Tucson, Pima County's preeminent bike race. A pair of Tucson runners, Mike Salkowski and Robert Seaman, set course records with first place finishes in the 10K and 5K runs respectively. Glen Sampson of Oro Valley, 17th, was the top finisher from the Northwest in the 10K, while Jean Brown, 74, of Marana, won in the 70-79 5K age group with a time of 52 minutes, 28 seconds.

Volley-kids

Club Cactus Volleyball has announced the formation of a program for boys and girls ages 7 through 13, Cactus Kids. Starting on Sept. 25 at Amphitheater High School, 125 W. Yavapai Road, the program will run for eight weeks on Sundays and will include skills, drills, fun and scrimmages. The best part is that no prior volleyball experience is necessary. Club Cactus is one of Pima County's top volleyball clubs, and it is the starting point and home for many of today's top high school volleyball players. For more information, visit clubcactusvolleyball.com.

Hike AZ

Those looking to blaze a trail through Arizona now have the opportunity. This fall, Pima Community College's Community Education Program will offer a variety of day hikes led by experienced guides. Hikes range from moderate to difficult and cost $29 a month. The first one will take place Oct. 8 and will go from Oracle Ridge to Dan Saddle in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Hikes will continue through early December. For more information, call 206-6579.

Renew Orleans

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Pima County Charter School KatWalk walkathon Oct. 1 at Rillito Park, which will benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sponsored by the Sonoran Science Academy, the event will raise money for the American Red Cross. For more information, call 797-9836.

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