Sept. 15, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: While Sean Romero was leading Canyon del Oro High School's football team past Amphitheater Sept. 10, someone close to the senior was making sure that he didn't get the entire spotlight.

Peter Romero wasn't going to be dwarfed by the 124-yard rushing performance of his older brother, Sean in the Dorado's 17-14 win. The younger Romero made the most of his three carries, finishing the evening with 61 yards, or roughly 20-yards per carry.

For the second straight week Peter Romero, a junior, scored a touchdown of 60-yards or more. Against Maryvale in the season opener he took back a kick 95-yards for six-points. At five-foot-nine-inches, 160-pounds, what the younger Romero lacks in size he makes up for in both strength and speed. A regular on offense and defense, his ultimate weapon is his legs, which allow him to handle the kicking duties for the Dorados as well.

Romero's football days at CDO almost weren't, however. The junior's true passion is soccer where he is considered one of the better high school players in the state. Despite his success on the gridiron, football will always be his second option to soccer.

"Sometimes you got to get on him to come out for football," said older brother Sean.

Peter says he plays football mostly because he likes being part of the team.

Tuggle at it again

Tucson native Alexandra Tuggle won a national Top Ten in 13-and-under Showmanship at the 12th annual Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show held from July 25 through 31 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Tuggle and her Arabian horse, Partzian BA, competed against more than 1,000 horses and 2,800 riders representing 44 states and Canadian provinces.

The national stage is where Tuggle thrives. In 2002 she represented Tucson and the Rocky Mountain Regional States at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Closer to home she was named the Young Explorer of the Year by the Northwest EXPLORER Newspapers, created "A Day with a Vet" where Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association youth can learn what it takes to be a veterinarian, and even has established a youth scholarship made possible through educational clinics. Not too bad for a girl who hasn't even graduated from high school yet.

Run, run, run

Canyon del Oro cross country has gotten off on the right foot this season winning two out of the three individual championships at the Marana High School Invitational Sept. 3. Jesse Ingraham and Armando Dominguez won their respective 5K races beating out runners from 10 local schools. Also medalling for CDO was Patty Montano in 10th place and Danielle Smerlinski who finished right behind Montano in 11th.

Are you ready for some football?

Adults interested in hitting the gridiron can sign up to play flag football every Tuesday night at Sportspark, 6901 N. Casa Grande Hwy. Games are five-on-five. League play will begin Oct. 4, deadline to register as a team or as an individual is Sept. 29. Call 744-9496 for more information.

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