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Swimming director of operations Michele Mitchell honored by World Acrobatics Society



The World Acrobatics Society announced that Arizona Director of Operations for Swimming and Diving Michele Mitchell will be inducted into its Gallery of Legends.

Mitchell is one of only two divers that will be honored. She will be inducted at the World Acrobatics Society Congress on Sept. 15 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Mitchell, who was inducted into the state of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame last year, oversees the logistics for the swimming and diving teams as director of operations. She was the Wildcats’ diving coach for 15 years.

Mitchell’s divers earned 27 All-American nods and 11 Pac-10 titles, and she was Pac-10 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year four times. Under her watch, Ben Grado became the first Wildcat diver to ever win an NCAA title in 2012.

Mitchell won medals on the 10-meter platform at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

As a Wildcat from 1979 to 1983, she was an All-American four times and won nine national championships. She holds the American record for platform diving with 479.40 points for an eight-dive list.

She was inducted into the UA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Arizona's Avery Mickens named Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Week



The No. 17 Arizona Wildcats’ men’s track and field jumper Avery Mickens was named the Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

It is the second-straight week a Wildcat has earned the honor. Last week senior Julie Labonté was named the women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

This past weekend Mickens, a freshman, competed in the high jump, long jump, ran the first leg of the men’s 4×100-meter relay race and also ran the third leg of the men’s 4×400-meter relay race at the Pepsi Oregon Dual in Eugene, Ore.

Out of all those events Mickens won the long jump with a mark of 24-feet-11.25. It’s the best jump by a Pac-12 athlete this year.

He took third place in the high jump with a jump of 6-feet-4. It was his first time competing in the high jump.

And he helped the Wildcats take second in the 4×400-meter relay race and win the 4×100-meter relay race.

“[The big long jump] felt amazing; it came out of nowhere and surprised me,” Mickens said in a press release. “I’m super happy with it and I’m hoping to go 25-0 at the next meet.”


Gleason named hockey captain



Wildcat hockey announced that Shane Gleason was voted the 2014-15 team captain on Tuesday.

This is the first unanimous captain vote in the history of Wildcat hockey. The senior-to-be was assistant captain last season.

“Shane encompasses everything we want Wildcat Hockey to be about,” head coach Sean Hogan said in a press release. “He brings a great attitude to the rink every day, out works his opponents, gives back to his community and is a strong performer in the classroom. I’m very pleased the team selected him captain.”

Gleason is a defenseman and has played in 104 games for Arizona, scored eight goals and dished 50 assists for 58 points. He was a Second Team All WCHL selection.

“It’s a great honor when your teammates have faith and trust in you to pick you as their captain,” Gleason said. “I’m excited to help lead this team to new heights.”

Arizona opens the 2014-15 season on Sept. 27 at NAU.

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Mauga sweeps softball national player of the week awards



The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball announced that Arizona softball freshman right-fielder Katiyana Mauga has been selected as the national player of the week for the ninth week of the 2014 season. Mauga became the first freshman to win both awards in the same week.

“I want to thank the NFCA and USA Softball for the recognition, I am incredibly honored,” Mauga said in a press release. “I am proud of the way my team competed this weekend against Stanford, and I am happy I was able to help us pick up the sweep in front of our amazing home crowd.”

The No. 9 Arizona Wildcats swept a three-game series against Stanford last weekend, and Mauga was a big reason why. She batted .625 (5-8), scored six runs, hit four home runs and compiled 11 RBIs. Not to mention she hit a walk-off home run to win the final game of the series on Sunday.

Her performance helped Arizona improve to 32-8 on the season and 7-5 in Pac-12 play. Arizona head coach Mike Candrea said Mauga has already made an impression, even though she is only a freshman.

“I am very excited for Katiyana to receive recognition as NFCA National Player of the Week,” Candrea said. “Kati has made an immediate impact as a freshman, and her honor is well deserved. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a great career at The University of Arizona.”

—Follow Roberto Payne @HouseOfPayne555


Rhoades and Lewis selected to USA Collegiate National Team



USA volleyball announced on Monday that Arizona middle blocker Rachel Rhoades and libero Ronni Lewis were selected to part of the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team program.

The Wildcats are two of 36 players participating in the training camp, which will be held from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis, Minn. along with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.

Lewis and Rhoades, who are both currently juniors for the sand volleyball team, will be seniors for the indoor team next season.

The 36 athletes will be divided in two three teams and compete in a round robin event. A fourth team, composed of international players may be added. The CNT program is considered a tryout for the national team.

—Follow James Kelley @JamesKelley520


Labonté wins honor for second straight week



Arizona women’s track and field athlete Julie Labonté was named the Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week by the conference.

This is the Quebec native’s second-straight week being named to the honor.

On Saturday Labonté came in first place in the shot put at the ASU Invitational. She posted a season-best and national-best 17.24 meters in the shot put.

At the ASU Invitational she also came in first place with a person-best in the discus. Her toss of 56.84 meters is the fourth farthest in the country. She defeated defending NCAA Champion Anna Jelmini of ASU.

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Piñon picked fourth overall in pro softball draft



The Chicago Bandits picked Arizona softball senior pitcher Estela Piñon fourth overall in the National Pro Fast Pitch Draft on Monday.

Piñon is the UA’s highest draft pick since Jackie Coburn was selected second in the 2005 draft. Other Wildcats drafted by the NPF are Taryne Mowatt (2008), Kristie Fox (2007), current UA assistant coach Alicia Hollowell (2006), Mackenzie Vandergeest (2004) and Coburn.

Piñon (10-5) has a 1.51 ERA in 15 appearances this season. She has 76 strikeouts in 79 innings and has held opposing batters to a .178 average.

Piñon can join the Bandits after the Wildcats’ season ends. The NPF season is May to August.

The draft was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.

—Follow James Kelley @JamesKelley520


Arizona tennis freshman named Pac-12 Player of the Week



Arizona women’s tennis freshman Lauren Marker was named Pac-12 Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Marker had two singles vicories and three doubles victories in the Wildcats’ sweep over No. 40 Purdue, No. 50 Washington State and Oregon over the weekend.

“Lauren Marker has been instrumental in our success this year,” head tennis coach Vicky Maes said in a press release.

Marker won her two singles events in straight-sets. They came against Oregon and Purdue.

Over the weekend she and teammate Kim Stubbe continued their undefeated doubles streak with three straight victories.

“Her commitment to getting better every day is paying off,” Maes said. “I’m excited the conference has chosen to recongonize her this week.”

Arizona travels to No. 4 Stanford and No. 16 California this coming weekend.

–Follow Luke Della @LukeDella


Baseball: Maggi reinstated



Arizona outfielder Joseph Maggi was reinstated by the Wildcats’ head coach Andy Lopez on Thursday.

Maggi, who had been suspended indefinitely by the club for violating team rules, had missed the previous five games due to the suspension.

The junior will be dressed and ready to play if needed for Arizona’s upcoming game against Washington State on Friday.

Maggi is hitting .194 this season in 31 at bats. He had started nine games and played in 11 prior to being suspended.

The Wildcats open conference play with a three game series in Tucson against Washington State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

– Follow Luke Della @LukeDella


Wilson named Pac-12 softball Player of the Week



On Tuesday the Pac-12 Conference announced that Arizona softball junior first baseman Hallie Wilson was selected as the conference’s Player of the Week.

This is the second Pac-12 Player of the Week in a row for the Wildcats after Kelsey Rodriguez won it last week.

It is Wilson’s first Player of the Week Award and the UA’s 139th all-time, the most in the Pac-12.

Wilson batted .650 with seven extra-base hits, including three triples as Arizona went 5-2 last week.

One of those triples came in her 3-for-3 performance against Ball State where she almost hit for the cycle, not tallying a home run.

The junior from Santa Ana, Calif., had a slugging percentage of 1.150, 10 RBIs, drew seven walks and had a .750 on-base percentage last week.

This season, Wilson is third on the team with a .456 batting average, three home runs and 24 RBIs.

—Follow James Kelley @jameskelley520


Stubbe wins Pac-12 women's tennis Player of the Week



On Tuesday the Pac-12 Conference announced that Arizona senior women’s tennis’ Kim Stubbe was named conference Player of the Week.

Stubbe received the honor after winning both of her singles and doubles matches in straight-sets. This is her first Pac-12 Player of the Week Award and Arizona’s first of the year.

Stubbe won all three of her matches in straight sets last week.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Kim,” head coach Vicky Maes said in a press release. “She puts so much of herself in the team and her enthusiasm in practice and matches in incredibly contagious.”

In Arizona’s upset of No. 28 Washington in Seattle, she beat Grace Ysidora, 6-2, 6-2, and won her doubles match with freshman Lauren Marker 8-4.

Before that, she won her match against Seattle’s Anna Lambert, 6-1, 6-0.

“She has been a consistent force for the Cats,” Maes said. “I’m really happy the conference is recognizing her.”

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Kelsey Rodriguez wins Pac-12 softball player of the week



Arizona softball senior Kelsey Rodriguez was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday.

The utility player had six hits in nine at bats this past week in the Wildcat Invitational, the most on the team. Five of her six hits were doubles. She drove in two runs and scored five times over the span of five games, which Arizona went a perfect 5-0.

This is Rodriguez’s first ever conference Player of the Week award and the first for the Wildcats this season.

Coming up for Arizona the team travels to Fullerton, Calif., on Friday to play Michigan in the Judi Garman Classic. Next weekend the Wildcats will play a total of five games before starting conference play on March 15 at UCLA.

—Follow Luke Della @LukeDella


Kelsey Rodriguez wins Pac-12 softball player of the week



Arizona softball senior Kelsey Rodriguez was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday.

The utility player had six hits in nine at bats this past week in the Wildcat Invitational, the most on the team. Five of her six hits were doubles. She drove in two runs and scored five times over the span of five games, which Arizona went a perfect 5-0.

This is Rodriguez’s first ever conference Player of the Week award and the first for the Wildcats this season.

Coming up for Arizona the team travels to Fullerton, Calif., on Friday to play Michigan in the Judi Garman Classic. Next weekend the Wildcats will play a total of five games before starting conference play on March 15 at UCLA.

—Follow Luke Della @LukeDella


Selynna Felix-Terrazas named Pac-12 Gymnastics Freshman/Newcomer of the Week



Arizona gymnastics’ Selynna Felix-Terrazas was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week for the week of Feb. 24-March 3.

“She has grown so much as a gymnast since she has been here,” head coach Bill Ryden said in a press release. “She’s definitely one of the better freshman in the conference, no doubt about it. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

In the meet against No. 8 UCLA, Felix-Terrazas earned a score of 9.900 on bars, her career-high score. She has also earned 10 scores of 9.700 or above, including six scores over a 9.800.

The honor is the first for the Gymcats this season and the first career honor for Felix-Terrazas.

“I feel very honored and blessed to have this team and be apart of the University of Arizona,” Felix-Terrazas said.

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Lalang earns national honor



For the second time this season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association named a Wildcat the Men’s National Athlete of the Week.

Wildcat senior Lawi Lalang’s collegiate record-setting Wannamaker Mile time of 3:52.88 on Saturday earned him that title. Lalang’s record setting time beat his previous school record Wannamaker Mile time of 3:54.56, which he set last year.

Lalang now owns three of the five fastest indoor mile times in collegiate history.

“Amongst all those great and accomplished runners, he was able to do that,” said associate head coach James Li in a press release. “This is a big step forward for him. To be able to go in there and take charge, it was great; it was a great day.”

Lalang currently has the top collegiate times in the mile and 3K for this season.

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Soccer signs eight new players



On Wednesday, Arizona soccer signed eight players to National Letters of Intent.

The new Wildcats hail from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada or Washington. Here’s the list:

Sierra “CeCe” Bilginer
Redmond, Wash., Redmond Senior HS
Club Soccer: Crossfire ECNL
ECNL Pacific Div. Champions

Charlotte Brascia
Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman HS
Club Soccer: Heat FC 96 ECNL
US u15 National Team Camp
ECNL All-Tournament Team

Amanda Burke
Colorado Springs, Colo., Cheyenne Mountain HS
Club Soccer: Pride Predators SC 97
Colorado HS State Champions 2013
First-Team All-State 2013

Calisse Crisler
Everett, Wash., Archbishop Murphy HS
Club Soccer: Crossfire ECNL
All-State Player of the Year
Washington ODP

Sara Harelson
Carlsbad, Calif., Carlsbad HS
Club Soccer: San Diego Surf SC 97 ECNL
Cal South ODP
CIF Champion 2012

Sierra Nager
El Cajon, Calif., Steele Canyon HS
Club Soccer: San Diego United 96
CIF League Champions Semi-finalists

Jasmine Simmons
Tucson, Sahuaro HS
Club Soccer: Tucson Soccer Academy 96
First Team All-State
Arizona State Champion 2013

Gabriela Stoian
Scottsdale, Ariz., Pinnacle HS
Club Soccer: Sereno SC 96 ECNL
Sereno Soccer Club Female Player of the Year
US Youth National Team Camp
ECNL ID2 Camps

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UA sweeps Pac-12 men's swimmer and diver of the month awards



On Wednesday it was announced that Arizona junior breaststroker Kevin Cordes and sophomore diver Rafael Quintero were selected as the Pac-12 men’s swimmer and diver of the month for January.

It’s the second time this season that the UA men have swept the monthly awards. In November Quintero’s won his first diver of the month award, and Cordes has won swimmer of the month six times, a Pac-12 record.

This is the first time that a male swimmer has gotten three-consecutive Pac-12 swimmer of the month awards. Arizona has won 11 swimmer of the month and five diver of the month titles overall.

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Football signs 25 players



On Wednesday, Arizona football signed 14 offensive and 11 defensive players to National Letters of Intent. Here they are:

Devon Brewer
Cornerback | 6-foot, 170
Fresno, Calif. | Central High School

Head Coach: Justin Garza
No. 47 cornerback (Scout.com)
Blue-Grey All-American, Defensive MVP
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Rodney Carr
Defensive Back | 6-foot, 183
Los Angeles, Calif. | Bishop Mora Salesian HS

Head Coach: Roddy Hiatt
Blue-Grey All-American
Semper Fidelis All-American
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Darrell Cloy
Tight End | 6-foot-3, 220
Pico Rivera, Calif. | La Habra HS

Head Coach: Frank Mazzotta
No. 37 tight end (Scout.com)
Second-Team All-Conference
West Coast Bowl
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Jamardre Cobb
Linebacker | 6-foot-2, 215
Harbor City, Calif. | Bishop Mora Salesian HS

Head Coach: Roddy Hiatt
No. 9 middle linebacker (Scout.com)
No. 207 player (Rivals.com)
No. 183 in Scout.com 300
Blue-Grey All-American
Semper Fidelis All-American
Second-Team All-USA (2013, USA Today)
Four-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Jerod Cody
Defensive Line | 6-foot-2, 280
Las Vegas, Nev. | Glendale Community College/Centennial HS

Head Coach: Mickey Bell
Defensive MVP (Centennial HS)
Lineman of the Year (2011)
First-Team All-Conference (2011)
Second-Team All-Conference (2010)
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com

Brandon Dawkins
Quarterback | 6-foot-4, 205
Oxnard, Calif. | Oaks Christian HS

Head Coach: Jeff Woodruff
No. 39 quarterback (Scout.com)
Blue-Grey All-American
First-Team All-State
First-Team All-Conference
Single-Game Passing Record (389 yards, replacing Jimmy Clausen’s previous record)
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Cam Denson
Receiver | 6-foot-1, 170
Tucson, Ariz. | Salpointe Catholic HS

Head Coach: Dennis Bene
No. 71 on Scout.com 300 List
Arizona Player of the Year
Varsity Football Player of the Year
Top 100 Recruits 247sports.com (2014)
First-Team All-State
First-Team Defense (Medium Schools All-America Team, Maxpreps)
Four-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Tony Ellison
Receiver | 5-foot-11, 158
Granite Bay, Calif. | Granite Bay HS

Head Coach: Ernie Cooper
First-Team All-Conference
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com

Layth Friekh
Offensive Line | 6-foot-6, 260
Glendale, Ariz. | Centennial HS

Head Coach: Richard Taylor
First-Team All-State
West Coast Bowl
Four-Star Recruit – 247sports.com

Patrick Glover
Cornerback | 6-foot-2, 212
New Orleans, La. | Scottsdale C.C./Mountain View HS (Ariz.)

Head Coach: Doug Madoski
2013 Season Stats: 45 tackles, three interceptions, three touchdowns, one forced fumble, 7 pass breakups
Second-Team All-Region
Second-Team All-Conference
Three-Star Recruit – Rivals.com

Marcus Griffin
Defensive Line | 6-foot-3, 296
Bellevue, Wash. | Bellevue HS

Head Coach: Butch Goncharoff
Semper Fidelis All-American
First-Team Offense (Medium Schools All-America Team, Maxpreps)
First-Team All-Area
First-Team All-State
KingCo Linemen of the Year

Jonathan Haden
Running Back | 5-foot-8, 190
Upper Marlboro, Md. | Friendship Collegiate Academy

Head Coach: Aazaar Rahim
No. 90 running back (Scout.com)
All-Conference Honorable Mention (2013)
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

T.J. Johnson
Receiver | 5- foot-8, 165
Cape Coral, Fla. | Milford Academy/Island Coast HS

Head Coach: Bill Chaplick
2013 Season Stats: 561 rushing yards, 80 rushing attempts, four touchdowns
2012 Season Stats: 545 rushing yards, 53 rushing attempts, 13 touchdowns
Lemming Top Player RB/TB selection (2012)
PrepStar All-Southeast Region (2012)
Offensive Player of the Year (Milford Academy)
Four-Star Recruit – Scout.com

Kaige Lawrence
Offensive Line | 6-foot-4, 280
Victorville, Calif. | Chaffey College/Chadron State/Silverado HS

Head Coach: Robert Hadaway
First-Team All-Conference

Kwesi Mashack
Cornerback | 5-foot-10, 185
Corona, Calif. | Vista Murrieta HS

Head Coach: Coley Candaele
No. 52 cornerback (Scout.com)
West Coast Bowl
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Jordan Poland
Offensive Line | 6-foot-8, 340
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. | La Jolla Country Day

Head Coach: Jeff Hutzler
All-American (247Sports.com)
U.S. Army All-America Bowl
First-Team All-State
Small School All-American
U.S. Air Force Sophomore All-American Team (2010)
Four-Star Recruit – Rivals.com

Jerrard Randall
Quarterback | 6-foot-1, 190
Hollywood, Fla. | Northeast Mississippi C.C./LSU/Chaminade-Madonna HS

Head Coach: Ricky Smither
Second-Team All-State
First-Team All-County
Four-Star Recruit – Rivals.com, Scout.com

Antonio Smothers
Linebacker | 6-foot-2, 237
Chicago, Ill. | Scottsdale C.C./West HS (Gary, Ind.)

Head Coach: Doug Madoski
ESPN JC 50
First-Team All-Conference
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com

Freddie Tagaloa
Offensive Lineman | 6-foot-8, 330
Richmond, Calif. | California/Salesian HS

Played in 23 career games with seven starts
U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American
International Bowl All-American
Small School All-American
Division III All-State
Four-Star Recruit – Rivals.com

Levi Walton
Offensive Line | 6-foot-3, 270
North Fort Myers, Fla. | Ida S. Baker HS

Head Coach: Brian Conn
First-Team All-State
First-Team All-Conference
FACA All Star Game
Three-Star Recruit – 247Sports.com

Marquis Ware
Linebacker | 6-foot-2, 210
Bellflower, Calif. | Bishop Mora Salesian HS

Head Coach: Roddy Hiatt
No. 23 outside linebacker (Scout.com)
No. 163 player (Rivals.com)
No. 252 player (Scout.com)
Blue-Grey All-American
Semper Fidelis All-American
Four-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Jace Whittaker
Defensive Back | 6-foot, 170
Oceanside, Calif. | Oceanside HS

Head Coach: John Carroll
Defensive Player of the Year
First-Team All-Conference
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Nick Wilson
Running back | 5-foot-10, 195
Fresno, Calif. | Central HS

Head Coach: Justin Garza
No. 29 running back (Scout.com)
No. 236 player (ESPN.com)
Second-Team All-State
First-Team All-Conference
All-Star Team (Fresno Bee)
Four-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Trevor Wood
Tight End | 6-foot-6, 240
Scottsdale, Ariz. | Chaparral HS

Head Coach: Dave Huffine
No. 16 tight end (Scout.com)
24-7Football.com 2013 All-D2 Team
No. 1 tight end (Arizona Republic)
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

Jeff Worthy
Defensive Lineman | 6-foot-3, 290
La Mirada, Calif. | Santa Ana College/Boise State/Whittier Christian HS

Head Coach: Geoff Jones
2013 stats: nine sacks, 70 tackles, two forced fumbles
First-Team All-State
Second-Team All-Conference
Three-Star Recruit – Scout.com, Rivals.com

—Follow James Kelley @jameskelley520


Watch Arizona's National Signing Day live online Wednesday



Arizona football will stream a live National Signing Day show on Wednesday.

The UA will announce the new Wildcats on ArizonaWildcats.com, from 7-11 a.m. There will be interviews with signees and features on them.

Around 20 recruits are expected to sign with Arizona.

—Follow James Kelley @jameskelley520


Baseball America honors three Wildcats



Baseball America recognized three Arizona Baseball players, senior James Farris, sophomore Kevin Newman and freshman Bobby Dalbec, as top-50 prospects in their class.

Farris was a 15th-round draft pick by the Houston Astros and is returning for his senior year as the 14th-best prospect in his class. Farris went 5-5 with a 4.18 earned run average, including 73 strikeouts with over 99.0 innings pitched during the previous season.

Farris is expected to be the Friday night pitcher for UA baseball this season.

Newman is ranked 27th-overall in the sophomore class. He hit .336, scored 40 runs and finished with 42 runs batted in. Newman was named All-Pac-12 and was named as a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Dalbec is a corner infielder and right-handed pitcher who is rated as the 43rd-best prospect for freshmen. During his senior year at Legend High School last spring, Dalbec finished hitting .390 with nine home runs and was named to the All-Colorado baseball team by the Denver Post.

—Follow Rose Aly Valenzuela @RoseAlyVal