Shakir Smith during his days as a Tucson High star in 2011.
Pima Coach Todd Holthaus, center, saw his team fall just short of the NJCAA national tournament last year. The Aztecs return a strong group of players this year, led by sophomore Raja Moreno-Ross.
Mountain View's Corbin Gouby plays tight end and linebacker, where he was a first-team All-Southern Arizona player last year as a junior with 80 tackles.
Salpointe's Taylor Powell (44) made 117 total tackles and 11 tackles for losses as a sophomore. He also had three sacks and three forced fumbles.
GAME 1: Northern Arizona’s Zach Bauman is 3 for 3 in 1,000-yard rushing seasons. His quest for four in a row starts in the season opener, when Arizona hosts the Lumberjacks on Friday at Arizona Stadium.
Terrence Miller has only seven career starts at Arizona.
Former UA RB Keola Antolin still has the fever for football, so he's playing for Tri Cities (Wash.) in the IFL.
Jake Matthews helped Ironwood Ridge win a state title in football during his senior year.
Unusually cold weather in February 2011 caused sprinker pipes to freeze and burst at the Urban League's Project Yes Angel Family Center.
It's hard to miss. The imposing lumberjack statue at North Stone Avenue and Glenn Street has been a roadside fixture for years.
Eshed Ozeri was engulfed in Israeli flags during a small parade at a past festival celebrating Israel. The theme of the 2011 event was "Demonstrating Democracy."
"All the work we did in the past has laid the foundation for this," says Cindy Parseghian about a new drug being tested for Neimann-Pick Type C, which killed three of her four children.
This Oct. 4, 2011, dust storm caused a major pileup on Interstate 10 north of Picacho. I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson is a notorious dust corridor.
Sahuaro catcher Amanda Nicholas and her teammates have outscored opponents 35-1 in the past two games. The Cougars host Salpointe at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Seth Mejias-Brean was invited to the Cincinnati Reds major-league camp last week and doubled against the Rockies on Thursday.
Wedding vendors will feature dresses and formal wear at the Tucson Bridal Expo on Sunday at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador resort.
The Downtown Parade of Lights, in its 18th year, sets out in an entirely new direction Saturday. More than 70 entries - and about a bazillion lights - will be seen along the 3/4-mile route.
Francisco de la Cruz Zepuldueda (gets a copy of his paper work at the co-ordination center in the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector headquarters in August 2011.
Ex-UA soccer coach Lisa Oyen led the Cats to a 6-11-3 record this past season after only one win in 2011.
Drew Robinson, right, helped pave the way for Ka'Deem Carey's 366 rushing yards last week.
Taylor Powell (44), celebrating an interception last season, had 113 tackles and three forced fumbles this year for the Lancers.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats won their second game of the 2011 season.
Coach Lisa Oyen watched her UA soccer team go 1-9-1 in the Pac-12 last year. This year starts at 1-0.
Jamie Shrader, Pima's top returning female runner, has run well in workouts but "pulled up a little sore last week so we're really cautious," coach Greg Wenneborg said.
NAU running back Zach Bauman, who lost his helmet in a 41-10 loss at Arizona last year, returns for his junior season after leading the Big Sky with 1,434 rushing yards in 2011.
Lizzie Bell, now 18, receives transfusions every two weeks because of a rare anemia. The family announced Sunday that a donor has been found.
Salpointe Catholic senior Johnny Peña has 3,249 career rushing yards and a 4.0 grade-point average.
Salpointe junior Andrew Cota is a dual threat who is allowed to audible.
Mountain View's Corbin Gouby has put on 10 pounds and upped his bench press to 315 pounds.
Ironwood Ridge's Tyler Williams tries to turn the corner against oncoming Scottsdale Notre Dame defenders in a 2011 Division II quarterfinal.
The Horseshoe 2 Fire roared through this area near the Sugarloaf Trailhead in the Chiricahua National Monument last year.
Lyndsay Leikem, right, practicing with Flowing Wells teammate Mikaela Cook, says she'll play for Ole Miss.
It's time for the Ooooh! and Ahhh! There will be plenty of fireworks around the Tucson area in celebration of Independence Day.
Fran Tsingine uses a column at Ramada 5 to help her during her post run cool-down at the Crossroads at Silverbell District Park.
Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said, "I think all of us are giddy with what could be" at the new Pac-12 Network. Neuheisel, who also coached at Colorado and Washington, was named one of the network's analysts.
Ex-Duquesne point guard T.J. McConnell, left, Chose Arizona over Virginia.
Guard T.J. McConnell, left, battling with Arizona's Nick Johnson in November, has two years of eligibility left.
Some fans will have to pay to stream games involving the Arizona
Wildcats and other teams when the NCAA basketball tournament
starts, an effort to keep fans tuned in to cable and satellite
Despite the stress of games like this close one against Tucson
last season, Ironwood Ridge coach Brian Peabody wants his team to
see stiffer opposition. A soft schedule from the AIA has the 11-0
Nighthawks only 11th in power rankings.
Pasco Kitchen & Lounge's fried chicken breast and Belgian
waffle with orange citrus reduction, spinach greens, and strawberry
compote, served in August.