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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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The Northwest High School teams had some great performances this year in track and field. There were a number of state champions and both individuals and teams who capped off great seasons at state. Last week, we profiled the boys all-stars and this week we focus on the Northwest’s top girl …

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The Northwest High School teams had some great performances this year in track and field. There were a number of state champions and both individuals and teams who capped off great seasons at state.

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The Canyon del Oro softball team has advanced to the state title game 12 times in their history and with a 4-2 win over Sunrise Mountain the Dorados, won their ninth state championship Tuesday, May 9.

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Canyon del Oro High School senior Mason Myhre racked up more than half a dozen strikeouts from the mound against No. 1 ranked Nogales High School when the two schools met in the 4A state semifinal last Wednesday. Though the Dorados kicked off a three-run rally in the fifth inning, it was not…

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The Pima Community College baseball program has its new coach and it is a familiar face.Rich Alday has agreed to come back to lead the Aztecs as their head coach. Alday started the Pima baseball program and racked up a record of 496-220 in his 16-year career from 1974-1989. He took the Aztec…

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The CDO baseball team fell 5-3 in the 4A state semi-finals. Nogales jumped out to a 5-0 lead but saw the Dorados climb back into the game in the sixth. Kiko Romero led off the inning with a triple and scored to batters later on a Derrick Calvillo single. With two on Brian Romero hit the team…

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The CDO softball team beat Sunrise Mountain 4-2 to win their ninth softball state title in school history.

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The Canyon Del Oro softball team is back in familiar ground, playing for a state title. The Dorados were set to play Sunrise Mountain on Tuesday for a chance to win their ninth state championship. 

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The Canyon Del Oro softball team is back in familiar ground, playing for a state title. The Dorados will play Sunrise Mountain on Tuesday for a chance to win their ninth state championship.

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The CDO baseball team advanced to the 4A semifinals with a 21-2 win over Coconino. The No. 4 Dorados will face No. 1 Nogales on Wednesday, May 10, for a spot in the championship game.

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The No. 4 Canyon Del Oro baseball team rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the final inning to beat No. 13 Apache Junction 6-5 in the first round of the 4A Baseball State Championships.

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The Pusch Ridge softball team saw their season come to an in in heartbreaking fashion, with a 4-3 walk-off loss in extra innings to Safford. 

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Northwest baseball and softball teams are having an excellent postseason. At press time four of the seven teams were still alive and all seven qualified for the state playoffs, either qualifying outright or winning a regional play-in game.

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All four Northwest teams advanced in their respective baseball and softball regional playoff games on Wednesday.

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Three individuals and three area teams are still alive in their respective state tennis tournaments after advancing to the quarterfinals. 

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The spring signing period for high school athletes to sign letters of intent to play sports in college began last week and on Wednesday, April 12, a number of Northwest athletes inked those documents to continue their athletic careers. 

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I was on Facebook when I saw the announcement of the passing of Golder Ranch Fire Fighter Jose Samaniego. I instantly recognized his face but it took me a second to realize where I knew him. Maybe it was the shock of learning that a 33-year old father was gone, but after a moment I realized,…

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Despite a slow start to the season the Marana softball team is in the thick of things in their section, and could find themselves in the postseason. The Tigers lost their first five regular season games and were 2-6 at one point but have won four of their next five games and are now 6-7 and …

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Among the scenic views of Tucson’s northern region are a variety of summer camp choices for children of all ages and interests; spanning the performance arts to sports and everything in between.

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This is always a great time of year for sports, but this particular weekend was a perfect confluence of athletics that made for an amazing weekend for sports viewing for the nation, as well as me personally. 

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The Marana Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating our 30-year anniversary along with our community partner, the Town of Marana’s 40-year anniversary. We are looking forward to advancing our mission as the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in ou…

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This year’s deadline to file your 2016 federal income tax returns is Tuesday, April 18. Yes, usually the annual tax scramble takes place on April 15, but this year, the 15th falls on a Saturday and Monday, April 17 is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. While it might be best just to keep A…

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Soccer standout Victoria Guitierrez is the latest Marana student to extend her athletic career at the collegiate level. Guitierrez signed with Friends University, an NAIA school in Wichita, Kansas.

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Marana Unified School District students, teachers and staffers were honored last week as the Marana 2340 Foundation held their annual Celebration of Excellence luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

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When Tim Cronk and Heather Webber retired from their careers as air traffic controllers, the exercise enthusiasts said they began looking for different outlets for their athletic inclinations. First the longtime couple turned to cycling, then skiing and snowboarding, though they would soon e…

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A late charge propelled Tom Lehman (-20) to the win at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. Leman used a third round 66 to edge Steve Stricker by a single stroke at the event held at the Omni National. 

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Although some may say it’s old news Tucson was recognized as a City of Gastronomy, others say food and drink in this desert town should always be celebrated along with its food-loving entrepreneurs.

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When I first interviewed Pat Connors more than a decade ago, I learned about the pairing of fried avocados and Irish whiskey.

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For the All-Northwest Basketball All-Star teams were worried less about positions and more about overall ability. Unlike some of our other teams, we did not have any set number of positions per team, though you will find both perimeter players and post players on each team. 

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When Kelly Fryer sat around a table of 12 men wearing overalls and seed-corn caps 25 years ago in rural Illinois, she was essentially performing to be chosen as their church’s pastor.  The meeting went well, she recalled, until the end when one man made a remark that in today’s society would…

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It is not everyday that you see a Monster truck at your school, so you can imagine the surprise as students at Roadrunner Elementary School ventured out to their basketball court to find a 10,000-pound truck, complete with spikes and a menacing face on the side. In reality, there was nothing…