It's easy to cheer for Pima College coach Pat Nugent, who didn't bail on the Aztecs after a 1-10 season. "You may see a little bit of Dad in me," says Nugent, who eulogized his father, John Nugent, a coaching legend in Rye, N.Y., who died last week in Oro Valley.
Davonté Neal was one of the state's best football players - and a star sprinter - at Chaparral High School. Neal left Notre Dame Wednesday.
Sisters Jennifer McCaig, left, and Melissa Shaner (now Tureaud), with some of the donated prom dresses they gave away at Cinderella's Closet in 2009.
Arizeder Urreiztieta reads Canto I during an all-night reading of Dante's "Inferno" held at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church on April 9, 2009.
Arizona Wildcats football
The former president and CEO of Critical Path Institute, Raymond Woosley, led a meeting three years ago at the organization's offices.
Retired head coach Lute Olson was on hand to greet Sean Miller
at the press conference introducing the new coach. Miller quickly
set about overcoming the chaos left after Olson's departure.
Diego Gadea, left, went 38-7 as a junior last season on
Salpointe Catholic's wrestling team. He liked to draw and loved
Brandon Burnett, center, was a senior at Cienega High School two years ago. Patience paid off after he took a year off to "get my grades together."
Abbey Blair works on sensors at Honeywell. A new Arizona effort seeks to integrate private-sector, military and academic work.
The booth of the Romance Writers of America's Tucson and Phoenix chapters was a big draw at the inaugural Tucson Festival of Books at the UA in 2009.
Senior Devonte Malcolm of Sierra Vista Buena has been one of the keys to a 15-5 overall record and a No. 1 5A-I state power ranking.
The Wildcats will need a top effort from defenders including Brooks Reed, tackling LaMichael James in the UA's game with Oregon last year.
Teammate Adam Grant hoists Juron Criner in celebration after Criner's touchdown catch that proved to be the game-winner in Arizona's 21-17 win at USC a year ago.
Ironwood Ridge High School's Chad Arechiga, center, gets surrounded by Phoenix North High School's Daniel Bejarano, left, and Robert Arvizu, right, in the fourth quarter during the 5A-II State Championship Finals on March 7, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. North won 42-39.
If left tackle Adam Grant (78) can protect QB Nick Foles like he hopes to, there could be more TD celebrations with Juron Criner (82) and others.
For Tucsonans, the Christmastime stroll through brightly lit Winterhaven is an enduring tradition. The neighborhood has attracted crowds for decades.
Despite finishing well in Class A, ex-Wildcat Preston Guilmet will not pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
22 UA Football-p19 dk : Photo of University of Arizona's Zona Zoo during the game against University of Oregon at Arizona Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Dean Knuth/Arizona Daily Star *NO MAGS/NO SALES/MANDATORY CREDIT* Ref # 146156
06 UA Football-p5 dk : University of Arizona's Trevin Wade (TREVIN WADE) celebrates after getting a interception during the game against University of Southern California in the first quarter on December 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Dean Knuth/Arizona Daily Star *NO MAGS/NO SAL…
06 UA Football-p11 dk : University of Arizona's Brooks Reed (BROOKS REED) throws Central Michigan University's Dan LeFevour (DAN LeFEVOUR) to the ground after he threw the ball in the fourth quarter at Arizona Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Dean Knuth/Arizona Daily …
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UA cornerback Trevin Wade has been selected one of 35 preseason candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back.
Tess Richardson, with client Tracy Froyland, right, says she got useful guidance from the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce. Richardson operates a massage and acupuncture business in Oro Valley
Tess Richardson, with client Tracy Froyland, got useful guidance from the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.
Earl Mitchell (49) was the Houston Texans' third-round (81st overall) pick in April's NFL draft.
Fans pack the ZonaZoo during a game against Oregon at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 21, 2009.
Arizona's Kyryl Natyazhko goes up for a shot against Louisiana Tech's Magnum Rolle at McKale Center on Dec. 9, 2009.
Earl Mitchell (49) will be back in his hometown. The Houston native and ex-Wildcat defensive tackle was drafted in the third round by the Texans.
University of Arizona's Vuna Tuihalamaka, left, deflects a ball intended for Arizona State University's Chris McGaha in the fourth quarter on Nov. 28, 2009 in Tempe.
Arizona's Jake Fischer participates in a drill during morning practice at Salpointe Catholic High School on Aug. 7, 2009.
Author David Eagleman signs copies of his book "Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives" at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers tent.
Point guard Lawrence Hampton, center, and Ironwood Ridge will host Laveen Betty Fairfax on Thursday in the first round of the 5A-II state tournament.
2009 Battle of the Bands winner Monterey will perform an opening set at this year's contest, but not all of the members will be able to make it.
Nikolas Dougall of Salpointe, left, and Rincon's Liam Hutchinson will be helping their teams in 5A state play.
Janelle Yee took a look at a Jane Lindskold book at the book festival last year.
Kara Kronemeyer, left, Kendra Quicke, and Laura Johnsen, share a laugh going through books at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers area.
UA quarterback Nick Foles talks with receivers coach Dave Nichol in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Oregon.