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Pick of the preps: Spring postseason approaching for high schools

Buckle your seat belts, the spring state tournament season is officially here and there is less than one month of action left in the 2013-14 high school sports season.

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Gaona: CDO runner back on track after controling eating disorder

Gaona: CDO runner back on track after controling eating disorder

After Bridgette Doucet essentially came out of nowhere her sophomore year and finished second at the Division II state cross-country meet, it looked as if she would have a smooth and clear path to winning a championship in no time.

April 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bryson Echols

Bryson Echols

Bryson Echols

April 17, 2014 12:00 am
Sabino's Echols caps perfect season by committing to Utah Valley

Sabino's Echols caps perfect season by committing to Utah Valley

Sabino wrestler Bryson Echols capped an undefeated season with a major decision in the Division III state finals two months ago to become the school’s first state champion in nearly 15 years.

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Pick of the preps: Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge battle in possible girls tennis state preview

Pick of the preps: Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge battle in possible girls tennis state preview

While the tennis team tournaments are still more than two weeks away, a pair of undefeated girls squads might be getting a practice round of next month’s state final.

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High school girls soccer: Sahuaro's Jasmine Simmons is the player of the year

Out of the five selections for player of the year from this winter sports season, Sahuaro senior forward Jasmine Simmons had to be one of the easiest picks.

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High school wrestling: Sunnyside's William Olivas is wrestler of the year

Southern Arizonans shined in wrestling this season. Four local wrestlers were crowned undefeated state champions and four schools earned second-place finishes.

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High school boys basketball: Catalina Foothills' Austin Nehls is the player of the year

When I was in Glendale covering the state tournament at Jobing.com Arena, AIA 365 reporter Jose Garcia told me he couldn’t remember the last time there was such an array of talent for boys basketball in Southern Arizona.

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High school girls basketball: Cienega's Treyanna Clay is the player of the year

In her first season at Cienega, junior Treyanna Clay didn’t have any trouble fitting in.

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High school boys soccer: Tucson High's Julian Gaona is the player of the year

Tucson High was arguably the most dominant boys soccer team in Arizona as it went 21-0-3 on its way to the Division II state title.

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Gaona: Orozco puts Salpointe baseball team on his shoulders using his right arm, competitiveness

Gaona: Orozco puts Salpointe baseball team on his shoulders using his right arm, competitiveness

Jio Orozco thinks back to last baseball season and winces.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ironwood Ridge trying to bounce back from loss to Empire

Ironwood Ridge trying to bounce back from loss to Empire

Ironwood Ridge’s softball team suffered its second loss in the last four games on Friday night but there’s no reason for the Nighthawks to panic.

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High school baseball: Desert Christian coping with sudden death of assistant coach

High school baseball: Desert Christian coping with sudden death of assistant coach

Desert Christian assistant baseball coach Ryan Hanson, an instrumental part in the team’s run to a state title last spring, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 34.

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Pick of the Preps: As calendar turns, spring playoffs are just around the corner

Pick of the Preps: As calendar turns, spring playoffs are just around the corner

April arrives this week, and believe it or not, the postseason is less than four weeks away.

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Gaona: Ex-Amphi star Medford sees glimpse of future

Gaona: Ex-Amphi star Medford sees glimpse of future

Like most college basketball fans across the country, Lester Medford spent Thursday night in front of a TV set, watching the Sweet 16 games of the NCAA tournament.

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High school football: TUSD athletic director says ex-NFL star Rison will not be Rincon/University's coach

Five-time Pro Bowl selection and former Super Bowl champion Andre Rison will not be the next football coach at Rincon/University High School, TUSD athletic director Herman House said Wednesday.

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Pima notebook: Surgery paying off for Aztec hurler

Having undergone Tommy John surgery just 14 months ago, Ethan Rosebeck didn’t know what to expect this season.

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Pick of the preps: Host Badgers aim to win Chris Moon Memorial Classic again

Pick of the preps: Host Badgers aim to win Chris Moon Memorial Classic again

Salpointe Catholic won its own baseball tournament last week, and now Tucson High will try to win its Chris Moon Memorial Classic for the second year in a row.

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Cienega's Poe sets personal high-jump record at Willie Williams Classic

Cienega's Poe sets personal high-jump record at Willie Williams Classic

Christian Poe had just one event to do Saturday at the University of Arizona-hosted Willie Williams Classic, so it gave him a chance to have a big day — a really big day.

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Seventh annual Lancer Baseball Classic

Seventh annual Lancer Baseball Classic

Blanchard's shortstop Blake Owen is waiting with the ball for Nogales' Jesus Solis as he tried to steal second to end the fifth inning during the Seventh annual Lancer Baseball Classic at the Reid Park annex baseball fields. The photo was taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. P…

March 21, 2014 12:00 am
Gaona: Cotton's trip from Palo Verde to NCAA tournament has been 'very surreal'

Gaona: Cotton's trip from Palo Verde to NCAA tournament has been 'very surreal'

A loss to Santa Rita in the 4A-II state semifinals four years ago wasn’t the end of Palo Verde star Bryce Cotton’s basketball career. He just didn’t know what lay ahead.

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(Most) Tucsonans thrilled by Cats locking down No. 1 seed

(Most) Tucsonans thrilled by Cats locking down No. 1 seed

Tucson natives Arlene and Dan Muniz have been married 23 years, and, naturally, have their occasional disagreements — especially when it comes to sports.

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Prep picks: Spring break means more time for high school baseball, track

Prep picks: Spring break means more time for high school baseball, track

Several high schools around Southern Arizona are on spring break this week, but it will be anything but a breather in the prep sports scene.

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Gaona: Amphi finds right fit in coaching veteran Mendivil

Gaona: Amphi finds right fit in coaching veteran Mendivil

Finding a long-term replacement for legendary football coach Vern Friedli, the winner of a state-record 331 games, is no simple task for Amphitheater High School.

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High school football: Mendivil will coach at Amphi, is eager to lead ‘historic program’

Former Empire football coach Jorge Mendivil is Amphitheater’s new coach. The district’s Governing Board approved his appointment Tuesday night.

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Pick of the preps: Baseball, softball tournaments highlight week

Pick of the preps: Baseball, softball tournaments highlight week

The Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas will surely be the main attraction this week but there will also be plenty of tournament action to watch around Southern Arizona.

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Gaona: Former Badger Clark trying to close out college career with pair of wins

Gaona: Former Badger Clark trying to close out college career with pair of wins

Over the next two nights, Tucson High grad Christine Clark will play her final two home games with the Harvard women’s basketball team.

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High school football: Ex-NFL star Rison to coach Rincon/University football team

Five-time Pro Bowl selection and former Super Bowl champion Andre Rison has been named Rincon/University’s next football coach, TUSD athletic director Herman House told the Star Tuesday.

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High school football: Former NFL star Rison chosen as Rincon's next coach

Five-time Pro Bowl selection and former Super Bowl champion Andre Rison has been named Rincon/University’s next football coach, TUSD athletic director Herman House told the Star today.

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Spring sports take over spotlight

Spring sports take over spotlight

The winter sports season officially came to an end Saturday so now it’s time to take the action outdoors, for the most part.

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High school girls basketball: Cienega falls in state championship game

Cienega's first-ever trip to a basketball state championship game didn't go as planned.

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High school basketball: Bobcats' lengthy cold stretch leads to title-game loss

GLENDALE — Moments after Saturday’s Division II girls basketball state championship game ended, Cienega coach Paul Reed walked down his bench, shaking hands and giving high-fives to each player.

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Cienega advances to first-ever title game

Cienega advances to first-ever title game

GLENDALE — Even before the season started, Cienega’s girls basketball team believed it was one of the top contenders for a state championship and talked about being one of the last two teams standing.

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High school basketball: Bobcats' run ends in state semis

High school basketball: Bobcats' run ends in state semis

GLENDALE — When Cienega’s boys basketball team pulled within two points of Phoenix Shadow Mountain late in Thursday night’s Division II state semifinal, the Bobcats sensed they were going to pull out the win just as they had in several big games over the last three seasons.

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High school girls basketball: Cienega advances to first state championship game

At least one Cienega basketball team is headed to the state finals and the other will have a chance to get there tonight.

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High school softball: Dorado Classic gets underway this afternoon

While 22 baseball teams participate in the Cowboy Up Classic at Kino Sports Complex, 19 softball teams will be playing in another tournament roughly 15 miles up Interstate 10.

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High school basketball: Bibby's son, Shadow Mountain eliminates Salpointe

GLENDALE – Salpointe Catholic boys basketball coach Brian Holstrom saw plenty of film to prove Phoenix Shadow Mountain could come to life at any time.

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High school boys basketball: Cienega boys win, join girls team in state semifinals

High school boys basketball: Cienega boys win, join girls team in state semifinals

GLENDALE — Cienega High School might look like a ghost town this afternoon.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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High school boys basketball: Salpointe ousted in Div. II state quarterfinals

GLENDALE — Salpointe Catholic boys basketball coach Brian Holstrom saw plenty of film to prove Phoenix Shadow Mountain could come to life at any time.

February 26, 2014 10:32 pm

High school baseball: Cowboy Up Classic kicks off baseball season today

If the recent weather in Tucson hadn't already made it feel like spring, the fact that baseball is officially back should.

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Girls basketball: Cienega wins big in comeback

Girls basketball: Cienega wins big in comeback

GLENDALE — Facing a nine-point deficit early in Tuesday night’s Division II state quarterfinal, the Cienega girls basketball team found itself in unfamiliar territory.

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Sahuaro heavyweight caps off stellar run with another state title

Sahuaro heavyweight caps off stellar run with another state title

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After Sahuaro heavyweight Kyle Jividen won a state title last February to cap off a 40-0 season, he wanted to prove he was not just a one-hit wonder.

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Sunnyside crowns three champions but falls short of team title

Sunnyside crowns three champions but falls short of team title

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Heading into the championship round of the Division I state wrestling meet Saturday afternoon, Sunnyside already knew its 16th title in the last 17 years was out of reach. First-place Mesa Mountain View led by 52 points.

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Cienega High wrestler Ayala facing nemesis with trip to finals on the line

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Cienega junior Jason Ayala is one win away from reaching the 106-pound state championship finals for the second year in a row.

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Cholla avenges loss, never trails in home rout of Dorados

Cholla avenges loss, never trails in home rout of Dorados

Over the last two seasons, the Cholla boys basketball team has lost just two games on its home court.

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High school girls basketball: Palo Verde star Stallworth scores 42 but Titans fall in first round

Palo Verde junior Sydni Stallworth had a career night tonight scoring 42 points but the 19th-seeded Titans fell in first round of the Division III state tournament.

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29 Southern Arizona teams qualify for state hoops tourney

Tucson High’s boys soccer team brought Southern Arizona its first championship of 2014 when it won the Division II state title match Saturday afternoon.

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