April 6, 2005 - Golf was the name of the game March 24 and 25 at El Rio Golf Course as several Northwest and Foothills junior golfers excelled in the Tucson Spring Classic. More than 80 boys and girls took part in the two-day event. Mountain View High School senior Steffen Hartwig took home a third-place finish in the boys championship round, shooting a 71 on the second day to finish at 146. Kyle Werbylo, a junior at Canyon del Oro High School, also shot a 146 to finish second in the boys 15-18 regular division. On the girls' side of the tee box, Laura McHugh of Catalina Foothills High School won her field in the girls 15-18 regular division, edging out Geneva Mackey of MVHS by a single stroke and Foothills teammate Sage Suffecool by three.

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Fourteen of the nation's top collegiate men's golf programs squared off against one another at the National Invitational Tournament held March 27 through 29 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club, 2727 W. Club Drive. Competing against Pac-10 schools Arizona, Arizona State, Southern California and Washington was a host of programs from as far away as Minnesota and Arkansas. Arizona finished tied for third overall with UNLV at 843, 21 under par. Texas Christian University finished five strokes ahead of the Wildcats in first place, shooting a three-day total of 838.

CDO finds a stopper

If there is one thing that could impede the Canyon Del Oro baseball team in its quest for a state title this season, it may be the Dorados' lack of arms in relief. Head coach Len Anderson believes he has found his stopper in Evan Raley. Realizing a need for pitching, the power-hitting third baseman approached the coaching staff and offered his services. Through the end of March, Raley had hurled seven innings without yielding a run. Against Sahuarita, March 16, he struck out three straight Mustangs on just 10 pitches. CDO coaches rank Raley's arm strength as among the best on the team. The Dorados are 14-3 on the season. Their 3-0 conference record puts them atop the 5A Southern Region, ahead of Sahuaro.

Hall of a coach

Ironwood Ridge High School assistant volleyball coach Kathy Franklin will be inducted into the University of Hartford Hall of Fame later in the year. Franklin will join more than 80 athletes already enshrined among the school's best. This year's class of seven inductees is the 15th group inducted in school history. Originally from southern California, Franklin spent 13 seasons as head coach for the Hawks between 1986 and 1998. During her tenure at the Connecticut school, Franklin took great pride in turning second-tier athletes into solid volleyball players.

An original member of the IRHS program, Franklin has been a coach with the Nighthawks boys program since its first season in 2001. Joining her in the class of 2005 is Pat Sheehan of the PGA tour and Earl Snyder, an infielder with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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