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  • Nick Scala, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Based on the Town of Oro Valley special event calendar there is an overwhelming trend throughout the year: Oro Valley likes to race. 5ks, 10ks, marathons, triathlons, swim meets, hiking challenges; you name it, we have a race for it. This is not too surprising, given Oro Valley’s active cult…

  • Christopher Boan, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Players from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and Empire High School knelt in prayer as Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” blared on the stadium PA system on Friday night.

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  • Brad Allis, Special to Tucson Local Media
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For two high schools that are not close in proximity, Mountain View and Tucson High Magnet School  have formed quite the rivalry. Mountain View won the most recent iteration of that gridiron faceoff last Friday when they downed the Badgers 42-20 at home.

  • Brad Allis, Special to Tucson Local Media
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The Canyon Del Oro High School volleyball team swept the competition and won the Cougar Invitational last Saturday. They beat host Sahuaro 25-20, 25-23 in the title game. 

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Canyon del Oro High School’s home football game scheduled for tonight against Shadow Mountain High School has been moved, and will take place at Amphitheater High School at 7:00 p.m. The location has been moved due to electrical issues being experienced in Dorado stadium as a result of a lig…

  • Brad Allis
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The Ironwood Ridge High School community was treated to a special event last Tuesday, Aug. 15, when the University of Arizona volleyball team ventured away from the friendly confines of the McKale Center to conduct an open practice at Ironwood Ridge High School. 

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  • Christopher Boan
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A player not listed on either team’s roster turned the tide of last Friday’s shoot out on the sun-scorched turf at Marana High School’s football field. 

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  • Christopher Boan, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Thousands of teenagers are flocking to dew-stained practice fields this month in preparation for the 10-week-long gamut that is the high school football season. 

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  • Christopher Boan
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Thousands of teenagers are flocking to dew-stained practice fields this month in preparation for the 10-week-long gamut that is the high school football season. 

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A patch of parched earth that makes up a flood plain on the southern tip of the El Rio Preserve may soon spring to life as the town’s newest disc golf course.

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A memorial service to celebrate the life of legendary Amphitheater High School football coach Vern Friedli will take place this Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Amphitheater High School Gym, 125 W. Yavapai Road.

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  • Tom Danehy, Special to the Explorer
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Early last Friday morning, one of the greatest Tucsonans of all time passed away. Long-time Amphi High School football coach Vern Friedli died from complications from a series of strokes at the age of 80. For those who would turn a nose up at the accomplishments of a football coach, I ask ho…

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  • Brad Allis
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Despite hosting the Arizona State 9-11 Softball Tournament, Thornydale Little League mustered a 2-2 record to finish fourth in the event. The District 5 champions played all four games on their home fields at Arthur Pack Regional Park, but it was not enough to get past some of Arizona’s best…

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  • Michael Peel
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Local First Arizona and our many members and supporters are committed to strengthening Tucson’s economy through our dynamic efforts as a growing movement in the state. But how can residents connect to our movement as a first step or participate at greater levels to ensure larger return on in…

  • Brad Allis
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Although the 2017-18 school year starts in about a month, we are still wrapping up our coverage of the 2016-17 with the All-Northwest Boys Volleyball All-Stars. 

  • Brad Allis
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Continental Ranch Little League was the lone area little league baseball team to win a District 5 championship. The league’s Junior All-Stars swept a best of three series with Tucson Mountain to win the title and advance to the state tournament on July 17.

  • Brad Allis
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While nationally some are painting the Tucson Turn 7v7 team’s national title as a huge upset, those who have been paying attention to the team know it is built to win flag and passing league football games. After all, the core of this team has played together since they were children.

  • Brad Allis
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It was a clean sweep for Thornydale Little League, as three of their softball teams won their respective District 5 titles and will now advance to state or regional tournaments. 

  • Brad Allis
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It has been a big weekend for recent Canyon Del Oro graduate Turner Washington. The state champion thrower was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Arizona Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year—the first Dorado to claim award.

  • Brad Allis
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There was good tennis played on the Northwest side this season, a fact evidenced by deep postseason runs and even a state championship. 

  • Brad Allis
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A former Mountain View pitcher was drafted in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. Graham Spraker completed his collegiate career at Illinois’ Quincy University, and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st round, the 939th overall pick in the draft. 

  • Brad Allis
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Area All-Star teams began play in the District 5 Little League All-Star Tournaments on Monday. Here are results from the games involving teams from Oro Valley and Marana and when they will play next.

  • Brad Allis
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For kids who love sports, there is plenty to do in Marana this summer. Last week, Marana Parks and Rec held the first summer sports clinic with a flag football session. The five-day clinic taught the basics of playing flag football in a fun and engaging way. Girls and boys ages 6-9 learned t…

  • Brad Allis
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Putting together All-Star teams is never easy, but it is particularly tough when all five teams in the area make the postseason and one wins a state title. With so much talent to go around, it is tricky to make sure everyone gets recognized. It is even tougher because several teams have real…

  • Brad Allis
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We continue with our look at the best athletes on the Northwest side and this week it is our baseball all-star teams. 

  • Brad Allis
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The Marana football team won the Rich Rodriguez Passing League Tournament on the campus of the University of Arizona. The Tigers went 8-0 in the event that featured more than 20 teams from all over Arizona and New Mexico.