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Before Tucson Country Club’s Director of Pickleball Joey Farias had ever heard of pickleball, he was on his way to becoming a professional tennis player. From age 13 to 18, he was a top-10 tennis player in the country every year. He competed against Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro a…

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There are few sports that require more stamina and persistence than cross country, especially in the scorching summer months in Arizona. Dozens of young men and women compete through the fall for their respective schools in the sport, trying to hit their marks so they can qualify for the sta…

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A lone cumulus cloud billowed over the horizon as the Arizona Wildcats football team scurried its way through a late summer practice on Saturday night. The storm cloud never threatened the practice itself, but served as a proper allegory for a squad coming off a tumultuous offseason. 

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Addressing a crowd of Tucson locals (and a few journalists) Wednesday afternoon, Ali Farhang had plenty of news to share about the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. The event’s founder and former chair, Farhang spoke to more than two dozen men and women at the AC Marriott downtown.

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We’re less than a month away from the opening of the high school football season in Southern Arizona. There will be many can’t-miss performances in the months ahead, with all the pulse-pounding action we’ve come to expect from high school pigskin. 

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A few months ago, there was an editorial cartoon in the Arizona Daily Star in which a dad and mom were explaining to their teenage son, “We’re middle class. We’re just not club sports middle class.” That’s a brutal insight into a phenomenon that began a couple decades ago as a rather unwelco…

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A series of improvements to Oro Valley’s parks is on the way, with the venerable James D. Kreigh and Naranja Park both receiving support. 

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It’s been another week of preliminary games at the World Cup, and the matches have been full of excitement, surprise and heart wrenching moments.

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A scrum of white and red-clad teenagers race up and down the Bermuda grass at Oro Valley’s Naranja Park. The cadre of boisterous athletes are all high school age, but they’re not practicing for a high school team. They make up the Tucson Soccer Academy’s 18-and-under girls soccer squad, whic…

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Jeff Scurran tucks a full head of silver hair beneath his trademark white Nike visor on a blustery late May evening. The larger-than-life figure in Arizona high school football looks out over a practice field tucked between two softball diamonds at Catalina Foothills High School. 

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Local athletes from Canyon del Oro and Ironwood Ridge dotted the AIA’s All-Region teams for boys volleyball, with Dorado Jack Call winning Player of the Year in the 5A Kino region. Nighthawk athletes Justin Miller and Jrue Jantz were co-players of the year in the 5A Sonoran region.