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My sainted Italian mother spoke Italian and English in our house when I was growing up. When my friends came over, she spoke only Italian. One day, a bunch of guys stopped by to pick me up so we could go play some ball. They all said hi to her and then she said something in Italian.

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Elizabeth Thrausch thought her high school volleyball career would end this week. Her indoor volleyball season is wrapping up this week. Her senior night was Oct. 24, and the team closes out its season …

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The UA has given up 49 points in each of its last three games. Not basketball games—football games! That’s a sustained whuppin’ of biblical proportions. They gave up 49 points to Cal, which later scored…

Just a few days ago, I asked Marana High School senior Makayla Roebuck a question about her brothers. A multisport athlete herself (wrestling, beach volleyball, basketball), I figured that she would hav…

For reasons that are generally simple, the world of high-school golf in Southern Arizona has something of a natural caste system. Golfers who achieve at a high level almost certainly come from families …

This is a great time of year for sports. College and NFL football are in full swing, Major League Baseball is finally playing semi-meaningful playoff games, and beloved basketball is right around the co…

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After just two weeks into the high school football season, the six Northwest-area schools are an anemic combined 5-7 as teams look to enter conference play this week and next.

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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, definitive answer. Shortstop. Catcher. First base. Occasionally, but…

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One might think that at age 70 Tom McMillen can look back at a life well lived and be happy. But he’s not happy and may never be happy.

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In most quadrennial years that align with America’s midterm elections, the whole world would still be buzzing over the recently completed World Cup soccer championships.

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When one writes a column a few days in advance of publication, it’s usually pretty safe to assume there will not be any huge upheavals between the time of submission and the moment it reaches the public. 

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One of the many cool things about high-school sports is that things don’t always go according to the script. In a quote often attributed to early legendary sportswriter Damon Runyon (but that actually c…

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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 t…

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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 sc…

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A few years back, I was in Eagar, Arizona, which is technically a suburb or Springerville (if you can think in terms that tiny). I was coaching a high-school track team and we had made the nasty four-ho…

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With the arrival of the month of May comes two of our favorite things—Orange Dream eegee’s and State Tournament play in the various high-school spring sports. For reasons that no one has ever explained,…