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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»

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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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Leavens leads Marana to 1st playoff win since 1983

Senior quarterback Connor Leavens passed for three touchdowns, and rushed for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute to give the Tigers a dramatic 28-21 win — Marana's first postseason victory since 1983.... Read more»

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Desert View, Marana collide with hopes of postseason

The clash is just one of three matchups in Tucson this week with significant playoff implications. No. 4 Ironwood Ridge host second-ranked Cienega in a big 5A Southern showdown while fourth-ranked Catalina Foothills travels to face No. 6 Salpointe Catholic with the 4A Kino regional title still up for grabs. But, given their history, just about all eyes should be on Desert View and Marana.... Read more»

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Marana QB Connor Leavens not letting up after father's sudden death

“Singlehandedly, I would say that my father was the most influential person in my life up to this point,” Connor said about his father, Todd, who died Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be the man, the athlete or the football player that I am without his guidance and his leadership.... Read more»

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Ironwood Ridge rolls past Marana, expects postseason rematch

Friday night’s season-opening clash between Marana and Ironwood Ridge featured two teams that had not met in four years. Now the expectation on both sides is that they’ll see each other once again in just a matter of months.... Read more»1