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Spivey leads boys volleyball program at Mountain View to extreme heights

Since 2015, Lindsey Spivey has transformed Tucson’s Mountain View boys volleyball from a program that had suffered three straight losing seasons into one of the best boys volleyball teams in the state. ... Read more»

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Time of the season for hatred: Transgender kids are in Arizona's legislative crosshairs

Gov. Doug Ducey, apparently needing to keep his fortunes alive in what is increasingly a rage-a-holic Republican Party, signed two bills that basically tell transgender kids "you are freaks and we don't like you."... Read more»

State superintendent, activists condemn Arizona governor signing anti-trans legislation

State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, human rights activists and parents sharply criticized Arizona lawmakers after Gov. Doug Ducey signed bills that would restrict the treatment trans youth could receive and limit what sports teams they could join.... Read more»

Unlevel pitch: Path to pro soccer is tougher for girls than boys

Although boys of any age can sign to play professionally under Major League Soccer rules in the U.S., the National Women’s Soccer League requires players to be at least 17 before signing a contract - so for many youth players, the path to sign as a minor doesn’t exist yet.... Read more»

Punt, pass & teach social, emotional learning skills: Best coaches adjust priorities

From teamwork and leadership acumen, to work ethic and discipline, coaches teach as much about becoming a well-rounded adult as kicking a ball or swinging a golf club - and this is where the importance of training coaches in social and emotional learning skills comes into play.... Read more»

They ‘just want to play:’ The history of girls in the Little League World Series

Playing baseball is a beloved tradition across the Southwes, but at a young age, girls are steered toward softball, which has been deemed acceptable for women - and despite more than 30 years of barrier breakers, gender barriers still exist at the highest level of youth baseball. ... Read more»

Legislation to change Native American team names lacks momentum in Arizona

Indigenous iconography plays a role in Arizona scholastic sports, and there isn't a willingness to have difficult conversations about such topics as Native American mascots in the Legislature - and not all Native Americans agree the names and logos are racist.... Read more»

How will youth sports leagues, parents react now that COVID-19 vaccine available for adolescents?

With the CDC authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds coinciding with the start of many youth sporting events, parents and tournament organizers are faced with decisions, and complicating the issue are state and local jurisdictions’ varying restrictions.... Read more»

Desert Challenge Games afford athletes with disabilities a chance to compete again

Marana High School's Liberty “Libby” Freeman finished at the top of three events – the 100-meter individual medley, the 50 butterfly and 500 freestyle - and qualified for the junior nationals in Denver this July at the first large-scale in-person national athletic event for the disabled in Phoenix since its cancellation last year due to the pandemic.... Read more»

Proposed Arizona law would ban transgender female students from women’s sports

Female transgender students could be restricted from competing in Arizona sports under a new proposed bill. If voted in, the new state law would require interscholastic and intramural leagues to classify sports specifically.... Read more»

‘We would play on the moon’: Coaches OK with prep title games in Tucson

The last time Tucson hosted a state title game in high school football was 2009. On Dec. 2, the city takes center stage again. The 4A, 5A and 6A championships are set for Arizona Stadium, the home field for the UA Wildcats. Why?... Read more»

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Tucson's prep football season loaded with memories despite somber ending

The 2016 season featured two programs snapping longstanding losing streaks against neighborhood rivals, another earning its first playoff victory in 33 years and a certain local power returning to dominance with a perfect regular season. That’s just to name a few of the high notes, despite the lack of a championship.... Read more»

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State title hopes more than just a dream for Catalina Foothills & Sabino

The two programs are led by veteran coaches and a pair of Arizona Wildcats commits, hungry to go out as champions. Both programs are one win from achieving that mighty goal.... Read more»

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Cienega stalls in semifinals, reflects on memorable season

Cienega’s football team put together a perfect regular season and rolled through two playoff games to pull within one win of its second state championship appearance in program history. But for everything the Bobcats have to remember about their 2016 season, Friday night provided plenty to forget.... Read more»

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5 local football teams aim for state championship berths

Southern Arizona teams have historically taken a back seat to their Phoenix-area counterparts and others in the northern part of the state. Here's a chance to prove that theory wrong. Cienega, Salpointe and Foothills play Friday; Sabino and Benson on Saturday. Each is just one win away from playing in a championship game.... Read more»

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Sabino rolls past Winslow to reach 3A state semifinals

“There was really no doubt, from the minute we came out, who was going to win this football game,” Sabino coach Jay Campos said. “Our defense played great and when we got clicking on offense it was hard to stop us and we were scoring points left and right.” The Sabercats next take on top-seeded Show Low.... Read more»

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