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Mountain Lion Carlie Crook is a multidisciplined, talented student athlete. (Carlie Crook/Submitted)

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Chloe Thome doesn’t really have a favorite cross-country course. They all fall in the narrow range between brutal and completely evil. She’s used to her home course around Canyon Del Oro High School and is familiar with others around Southern Arizona. But while she may not have a favorite, s…

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Isaiah Ramirez learned a hard lesson about inflation at the beginning of this school year. The senior two-way football player at Marana Mountain View High School actually lives in the old mining town of San Manuel. It’s a 45-mile drive each way; not a bad drive, really. Up Veterans Memorial …

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By the time this appears in print and online, the U.S. Open might well be over for Rafael Nadal. The limits to which he has pushed his body and his mind in pursuit of tennis excellence are taking their revenge. At the age of 36, he is both a living icon and something of an old man.

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Lute Olson, right, shown here with former player Jason Terry, led the Arizona Wildcats to their first Final Four in 1988. (Arizona Athletics/Courtesy)

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Grammy-nominated rapper B.o.B. is preparing to push chatter of a flat earth and moon landing conspiracies behind him and let his music do the talking once again.

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OK, all you Wildcat fans out there. The time has come. The Cats open the 2022 football season on Saturday, Sept. 3. There’s a feeling in the air. It’s certainly not confidence, but it isn’t dread either. It’s more dread-ish.

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Marana volleyballer and straight-A student Takaia Hicks, at left, has a smile contest with Tiger Coach Jen Ball. (Takaia Hicks/Submitted)

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Marana High School senior Takaia Hicks’ taste in sports ranges from volleyball to beach volleyball. “I don’t know,” she said with a laugh. “I just really like volleyball.”

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Pop star Andy Grammer is known for songs like “Keep Your Head Up” and “Honey I’m Good.” But during the COVID-19 quarantine, he wasn’t all that great. 

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Devyn Netz (34) --- Starkville, Mississippi -- Arizona softball vs. Mississippi State May 28, 2022. (Mike Mattina/Arizona Athletics)

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Allie Enright (3), Amber Toven (36), Sharlize Palacios (18) --- Starkville, Mississippi -- Arizona softball vs. Mississippi State May 28, 2022. (Mike Mattina/Arizona Athletics)

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Carlie Scupin (20) --- Starkville, Mississippi -- Arizona softball vs. Mississippi State May 28, 2022. (Mike Mattina/Arizona Athletics)

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Blaise Biringer (30) --- Starkville, Mississippi -- Arizona softball vs. Mississippi State May 28, 2022. (Mike Mattina/Arizona Athletics)

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He knew when it happened that that was that. It was one of those injuries that, technically, aren’t terribly serious and won’t require surgery or even seeing a doctor, but they also make it very clear that one’s time as an athlete is going to be on hold for a while.

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There was a time, not that long ago, when Arizona’s high school State track meets (plural) were must-see events. They would hold three different meets across the Valley (and sometimes in Tucson). The schools in the 5A (back then, it was the highest level, the biggest schools) would have its …

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Like Diogenes walking through the streets of ancient Greece, lantern in hand, searching for an honest man, I have spent time this spring season searching for a beach volleyball player who prefers the outdoor game to the version played indoors. As we near the end of the regular season, the sc…

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Every sport has unique virtues and drawbacks. Ice hockey is super-fast and graceful, but it’s unlikely that anyone has ever actually seen a goal scored. The players come flying down the ice, one of them draws his stick back and swings, the puck disappears in a blur and then a light goes on. …

Ask a former softball or baseball player, of any age, what position they played back in the day and you’ll almost always get a quick, definiti…