Arizona safety Patrick Onwuasor was arraigned Monday on illegal drugs and deadly weapon charges.
Onwuasor, who was known among the Arizona football team as “Peanut,” has been charged with four felonies since a home invasion incident in the 2500 block of W. Anklam Road that occurred in late April.
“We are aware of the situation with Patrick Onwuasor,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said in a press release. “He has been removed from the program.”
The sophomore safety is also linked to another incident under jurisdiction of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The Tucson Police Department served a search warrant on what is believed to be Onwuasor’s apartment in late June and found illegal substances including narcotic drugs, marijuana and a weapon. He was later charged with possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony drug offense, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
After a warrant was issued for Onwuasor’s arrest, he presented himself for arraignment and was released after the proceedings.
Onwuasor played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman last season and had 36 tackles on the year.
Naijiel Hale, the son of late rapper Nate Dogg committed to play for the Arizona football team on national TV Tuesday night.
Oh yeah, and Hale is ranked as a four-star recruit by scout.com.
Hale picked Arizona over ASU, Cal, Utah, Boise State and Nebraska among others according to Scout.
Hale, a cornerback, chose the UA on ESPNU during “The Opening,” an event for the top recruits held at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Commitments are not binding until a player signs a National Letter of Intent.
Hale is not the only child of a celebrity to pick Arizona.
Freshman receiver Trey Griffey, is the son of former Major League Baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. Trey’s sister, Taryn, a four star recruit according to ESPN, has committed to play basketball for Arizona.
Former UA women’s basketball star Davellyn Whyte is the daughter of former MLB star Devon Whyte.
Rich Rod love
Head coach Rich Rodriguez and Arizona football were featured on College Football Live on Tuesday.
Arizona softball first baseman/left fielder Hallie Wilson did not make the USA National team.
Wilson tried out for the USA’s World Cup of Softball team during a three day selection camp. Wilson led the UA in batting (.372) and on-base percentage (.476).
Though versatile — Wilson played first base for much of 2013 before switching to the outfield late in the season — she was not likely to make the team, which was mostly made up of juniors, seniors and former college players. Only two 2013 sophomores made the 18-player team.
Sophomore third baseman Lauren Young will play on the Junior National team this summer. The Yanks will compete in the ISF X Junior Women’s World Championship in July 1-7 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Sophomore pitcher Nancy Bowling is an alternate for the Junior National Team.
ASU coach leaves
Arizona State softball head coach Clint Meyers shockingly left the program to coach Auburn last Friday.
Meyers led the Sun Devils to two national championships, 2008 and 2011, both more recently than Arizona last won a national title. The Wildcats won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.
“This was a family decision … the reason being, my sons will be coaching with me at this new position,” Meyers said in a press release. “I am thrilled that in the final years of my coaching career that I will be able to mentor and help my sons to start their own college coaching careers. I can only hope that my sons will have the success and wonderful experiences and memories that my family has had while coaching at ASU for the past eight seasons.”
Meyers made it to the Women’s College World Series seven out of eight seasons. The Wildcats haven’t been since 2010, when they finished second.
“We wish coach and his family all the best on and off the field, and we expect to meet Auburn and coach Myers in Oklahoma City in late May in the near future,” ASU Vice President for athletics Steve Patterson said in a press release.
Meyers went 13-11 against the Wildcats, including sweeping the season series in 2011 and 2012, though Arizona won the series in 2013.
Wildcats finish season unranked
The UA was not ranked in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Until April, the Wildcats were ranked in everyone of the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls throughout the program’s history.
Arizona finished seventh in the “receiving votes” category, with 13.
Del Ponte starts for Akron Racers
Former Wildcat Brigette Del Ponte started the first four games, at shortstop, for the Akron Racers.
Del Ponte committed three errors in the rain against the Chicago Bandits in her first four National Pro Fastpitch games June 5-8.
She committed 11 the entire college season, despite changing from third base right before the season. Del Ponte batted .286 in the first weekend.
Del Ponte will make her professional television debut June 29 when the Racers host Chicago at 1 p.m. Central Time on ESPN2.
Former UA stars Caitlin Lowe and Taryne Mowatt also play in the four team league — Lowe for the USSSA Pride and Mowatt for the NY/NJ Comets. Lowe, the Arizona softball team’s director of operations, was the NPF’s Mizuno Player of the Year.
Check here for the complete Pro Fastpitch schedule.
A — Aaron Gordon
The Wildcats newest freshman phenomenon, the 6-foot-8 power forward from San Jose, Calif., brings with him immense talent and immeasurable athleticism. While it might be a short stay in Tucson for ESPN’s No. 4 overall recruit in 2013, the high-flying Gordon should produce plenty of unforgettable moments in the upcoming season.
B — Butts, Niya
The women’s basketball coach has quite the job on her hands this season. The Wildcats finished 12-18 and lost guard Davellyn Whyte, who was one of Arizona’s best women’s basketball players ever. Whyte was the second-highest scorer in school history (2,059 points) and was drafted 16th overall in the WNBA draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars. Butts will be pressured to keep the team afloat.
C — Copper
Last year copper was introduced into the UA color scheme in honor of its important place in the state of Arizona’s history. But the new color wasn’t a one-hit wonder. The football team kept the copper helmet as part of an alternate uniform in 2013 and several other sports adopted the color as well. Copper helmets are here to stay.
D — Denker, B.J.
The spot for Arizona’s signal caller is still up in the air, but senior Denker holds the pole position entering fall camp. Even if the gregarious quarterback loses the starting gig, he’ll still have an important role as backup and a teacher for the Wildcats this season. Oh, and his self-branded nickname is Vanilla Vick — hard to beat that.
E — Estela Piñon
As a junior, Piñon posted a 12-8 record in her first regular season as a Wildcat. She threw eight complete games for Arizona’s softball team and struck out 98 while walking 59 in 116.1 innings pitched. She submitted the lowest earned run average (3.67) and opposing batting average (.234) out of all starters and will be key for Arizona this upcoming season.
F — Fowler, Kenzie
After having microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery last fall to repair a herniated disc in her back, ace softball pitcher Fowler decided to redshirt the 2012-13 season. The two-time NFCA All-American will join Shelby Babcock and Piñon to create a senior-laden rotation next season. Fowler should contribute offensively as well.
G — Gilbert (Trent) and Gibbons (Zach)
After winning the National Championship in 2012, the following baseball season was destined to be a let down. Still, two young hitters, second baseman Trent Gilbert and outfielder Zach Gibbons, developed into reliable options at the plate. The cavernous dimensions at Hi Corbett Field gives Gilbert, Gibbons and the rest of the Arizona offense a nice little boost as well as a fun atmosphere to catch a game.
H — Home Court Advantage
The historic McKale Center has been home to the men and women’s basketball team since 1973 and it packs quite a punch. McKale Center is the second largest stadium in the Pac-12 conference and is expected to receive a major face-lift in the near future. The basketball mecca helped lead the men’s team to a 14-2 record at home last year.
I — International
Ten of the 18 athletes on Arizona men’s and women’s tennis teams are international students from all across the globe. Unfortunately, the abundance of diversity didn’t equal wins as both teams finished below .500 and combined to go 19-28. But fear not tennis lovers, all 18 will return next season and better play is bound to come.
J — James Farris
Starting pitcher Farris, as well as the rest of the staff, didn’t live up to head baseball coach Andy Lopez’s expectations last season. But the rotation will return a lot of talent, including Farris and closer Mathew Troupe. Look for Farris to win the vaunted Friday night starter role.
K — Ka’Deem Carey
Junior Carey had the best season ever for an Arizona running back in 2012, becoming a consensus All-American after leading the nation in rushing (1,929 yards). The sophomore broke several school records, including yards, touchdowns (24) and single-game yardage (366). Of course, his offseason issues dampened the incredible season.
L — Lawi Lalang
The Kenyan cross country and track star has seen nothing but success in his time in Tucson. In his two seasons as a Wildcat, Lalang has been both an MPSF champion in the 3,000-meter race and the Pac-10/12 champion in the 1,500 meter race. In 2012, Lalang was also an NCAA Outdoor All-American in both the 5,000 meter and 1,500 meter races and was an Indoor Champion in the 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter races.
M — Miller, Sean
Arizona men’s basketball head coach led the team to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 and his savvy recruiting snagged Arizona another top-five recruiting class. Miller remains a popular Tucson celebrity and has a large fan base, even though certain Pac-12 officials don’t appreciate his sideline behavior.
N — North end-zone
Arizona Stadium isn’t a top-tier football complex, but the north end-zone project brought some much needed improvements. In addition to turning the 83-year-old stadium into a bowl, the project also added top-of-the-line locker and weight rooms for the football team.
O — Olson, Lute
As the former Arizona men’s basketball head coach, Olson is like a godfather to the program. During his time in Tucson, Olson turned Arizona into an elite program by reaching four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1997. Olson retired from coaching in 2008 but still lives in Tucson and can be seen at most Wildcat basketball games.
P — Pac-12 Conference
Arizona was a proud member of the “Conference of Champions” since it was added in 1978 with rival ASU. As of late though, things have turned sour. Tensions rose between the UA athletic department and commissioner Larry Scott over an officiating controversy and the Pac-12 Network is still not available for DirecTV customers.
Q — Quarterbacks
UA football head coach Rich Rodriguez said he likes to collect quarterbacks and he has plenty to choose from to replace 2012 starter Matt Scott. Senior B.J. Denker, ex-USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins, and highly-touted true freshman Anu Solomon will battle it out for the starting gig.
R — Rich Rodriguez
After thriving in West Virginia and failing at Michigan, Arizona football head coach Rodriguez led the Wildcats to a surprising 8-5 record and New Mexico bowl victory. This success came in spite of the Wildcats fielding zero 2013 NFL draft picks and an olé defense in Rodriguez’ first season.
S — Swim
Arizona swim remains one of the top programs in the nation, even under the guidance of second-year coach Eric Hansen. Much of that credit goes to junior Kevin Cordes who was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year as a sophomore and won two individual national championships with record-breaking times in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.
T — Tarczewski, Kaleb
The 7-footer from Claremont, N.H., returns to the UA as the anchor of the Wildcats’ frontcourt and provides the Wildcats with a huge size advantage in the paint. As a freshman, Tarczewski averaged a team-high 6.1 rebounds and started every game. He’ll be joined by sophomore Brandon Ashley and freshman Aaron Gordon to produce one of the best frontcourts in the nation.
U — Unranked
For the first time in program history Arizona softball fell out of the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 rankings last season. The Wildcats rebounded to make regionals and have a talented pitching staff returning. Head coach Mike Candrea has won eight national championships at the UA and should have Arizona back to being a powerhouse.
V — Volleyball
Athletic Director Greg Byrne announced in January that the UA will add sand volleyball and will officially start competing in spring of 2014. Arizona also features an indoor team that went 16-15 last season and brings back some skillful players, including junior Madi Kingdon.
W — Wilbur and Wilma
Don’t be alarmed if you see a big furry creature wandering around football games in a hat, it’s just Wilbur Wildcat. He and his wife Wilma are the official mascots of Arizona.
X — Xenophobia
If you’re afraid of change or new faces, Arizona basketball is not for you. Miller has brought in Top-10 recruiting classes the past three seasons, but the program has also seen a lot of talent leave as well. After Grant Jerrett declared for the NBA and Angelo Chol decided to transfer to San Diego State, seven players have left as underclassmen during Miller’s four seasons in Tucson.
Y — York, Gabe
Part of the solid freshman class on the men’s basketball team, York averaged 2.4 PPG in his first season. So maybe he just stayed on the bench … but hey, there’s always next year. Also, York and fellow guard Nick Johnson love to jump and will throw down at least a few memorable dunks for the Wildcats.
Z — ZonaZoo
It’s not an Arizona football game unless ZonaZoo has been cut in half by the fourth quater. In fact, the ZonaZoo section for football had shrunk so much by the end of the season that the marching band was moved into the section to make it appear more full. It’s time for that tradition to change.
There are a select few movies that really capture the spirit of the game, the determination, and the passion that goes behind sports. There are ones that make us cry, make us think, or make us want to get out there on the field. The Daily Wildcat sports desk has come together to discuss those movies that encompass our passion for the game, what we dedicate our job to.
Field of Dreams (1989)- Evan Rosenfeld, softball and swimming beat reporter. @EvanRosenfeld17
“This movie is a true classic. You can’t write a movie much better than that.”
Remember the Titans (2000)- Kendra Kautz, gymnastics and track and field beat reporter. @KendraKautz
“How could you not love Denzel Washington? His character is so real and hilarious but intense at the same time. The movie demonstrates how sport is powerful enough to bring people together that are different in so many ways.”
Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)- Megan Coghlan, online sports editor. @MeganCoghlan
“I love this movie not just because I love golf, but by the end of it I find my eyes are welled up and there is a lump in my throat, when I didn’t even know Shia LaBeouf could make me cry.”
Space Jam (1996)- Scarlett McCourt, track and field beat reporter. @scarlettnoelani
“Michael Jordan saves the world from an alien race. Hello, if this doesn’t prove that MJ is the greatest basketball player of all time…I don’t know what does.”
Miracle (2004)- James Kelley, hockey, softball beat reporter. @jameskelley520
“Miracle featured the biggest upset ever and it’s the best sports movie. It captured the lack of confidence in the USA after our losing streaks in the 1970’s and how improbable it was for the American college kids to beat the Soviet professionals in the 1980 Olympics.”
Rudy (1993)- Cameron Moon, sports editor. @MoonCameron20
“The story of Notre Dame’s Rudy Ruettiger is one I admire greatly for his perseverance and the movie just makes you feel good after watching it.”
Hoosiers (1986) -Kyle Johnson, basketball, baseball, and football beat reporter. @KyleJohnsonUA
“While there might be better movies involving sports (The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook for example), when I think of a sports movie Hoosiers immediately comes to mind. High school basketball in Indiana with a main character named Shooter? A true story? Drinking? What more could you ask for?”
Hoop Dreams (1994)- Luke Della, baseball, women’s basketball, and football beat reporter. @LukeDellaDW
“The 1994 documentary does a fantastic job of following the life of two Chicago inner-city boys from middle school till they graduate high school as they chase their dreams. I challenge any current college student, whether they are aware of the social issues that are in poorer communities or not, to watch this documentary and not look at their own situation with a different perspective.”
With a 28-22 record, 5-13 in the Pac-12 and an RPI of 32, Arizona softball is still on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats are 23-9 in non conference games, 18-6 at home, 3-8 on the road and 7-8 in neutral games.
Selection Sunday is on May 12, so Arizona has two series to solidify their resume, hosting ASU (42-7, 13-5) and at Stanford (32-16, 9-9).
The last time the UA missed the big dance was 1986.
Here is how the Wildcats have fared against the April 29 edition of the RPI:
1. Oklahoma LL
3. Florida L
4. LSU L
5. Oregon LLL
6. Nebraska W
8. ASU this week
9. Washington LWL
12. Michigan L
14. Cal LLW
20. Stanford next week
31. Virginia Tech L
33. Oregon State LLL
44. Notre Dame W
45. Northwestern W
49. SDSU W
54. Ohio State L
57. Long Beach State W
74. Utah WWL
76. NMSU LW
90. Purdue W
94. Drake W
119. Cal Poly W
124. UCSB WW
134. Penn State W
135. Boise State WWW
147. Bradley L
152. Loyola Marymount W
161. Portland State WW
184. Boston WW
210. UC Riverside W
229. S. Utah W
241. Utah State W
The seven rounds came and went — 254 picks, and 11 quarterbacks were chosen.
Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott was not one of them. Widely projected to be drafted anywhere from the second to the third rounds, Scott instead fell all the way out. Reasons for his drop might include size concerns (he is listed generously at 6-foot-2), concussion history (officially, had one last year) and inexperience (one season as a starter).
According to Scott’s Twitter, he will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Frank Scelfo, a former Arizona quarterback coach, holds the same position in Jacksonville.
Scott tweeted: “Headed to Jacksonville!” and “Got a chip on my shoulder I’m coming for someone’s spot #yougonelearntoday #jaguars”.
Other Wildcats considered candidates to be drafted — receiver Dan Buckner, center Kyle Quinn and fullback Taimi Tutogi — didn’t hear their names called either, making this the first draft since 2005 without a single UA selection. It’s also the first draft sans a single Wildcat or ASU player since 1963.
Quinn tweeted that he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, reuniting him with former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.
Buckner is reportedly in discussions to join the Arizona Cardinals.
In a text message to the Daily Wildcat, Tutogi said, “no word yet” as for his NFL destination.
Arizona softball won national championships in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997 and UCLA pulled out all the stops to prevent five in a row.
From 1991 to 2001, Arizona and UCLA met six times in the national championship, with UA winning four, but officially the Bruins only won one of the other two as there is no national champion for 1995.
UCLA was led to the 1995 national championship by Australian pitcher Tanya Harding, which the New York Times called “U.C.L.A’s Ringer From Down Under.” Harding joined the Bruins in March and dominated.
“Twenty-six games into the season, here comes another player, and a great one at that,” UA head coach Mike Candrea said in a 1995 New York Times story.
Harding won 17 games, including all four of the Bruins’ Women’s College World Series contests and batted over .400. She won the WCWSMVP.
Harding did not earn any credits, arriving in March for UCLA’s spring quarter and leaving in the beginning of June before the quarter ended but after the Women’s College World Series. She took incompletes in all her classes and returned to Australia after winning the title.
“It’s difficult for me to comment,” Candrea said in the New York Times story. “But I have personal feelings. It’s not something I would do.”
Sports Illustrated wondered if Harding knew the full name of UCLA, bothered to buy any books or a notebook during her ten weeks as a Bruin.
UCLA was stripped of the championship, but not because of Harding. The NCAA found that the UCLA softball team had used soccer scholarships on softball players in 1993-94 and 1994-95.
The Bruins had to return the trophy and vacate the 1995 title.
“I am surprised, shocked and disappointed,” UCLA Athletic Director Peter Dalis said in a 1997 Daily Bruin article. “Once we discovered [the violations], [UCLA] took the appropriate action, severe action. For [the NCAA] to add on what was added on is a complete shock.”
UA and UCLA have combined to win 19 national championships. The most recent was in 2010, when the Bruins beat the Wildcats in the championship series.
Manon Gidali of the Arizona women’s golf team has been named the Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Month.
Gidali is a sophomore who comes all the way from Paris, France. She played a big role in bringing the Wildcats to their first win of the spring season at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on Wednesday, March 13. Gidali won the individual title and is ranked No. 36 by golfweek.com. She scored 71, 70 and 72 in the tournament, making this win her best tournament of the season, totaling a score of 213 (-3).
This is Arizona’s first team member to earn the golfer of the month award this season. Gidali is no stranger to this award, as it is her second time earning it in her career.
• The NCAA Elite Eight men’s basketball round was in full effect this weekend, leaving Ohio State out of the competition after falling to Wichita State 70-66. Syracuse blew away Marquette, putting themselves in position to play Michigan.
• UCLA hires a new head basketball coach, Steve Alford from New Mexico. Since Ben Howland was fired last week after UCLA’s loss to Minnesota, the search for a new head coach has been a rollercoaster.
• Andy Murray defeats David Ferrer in a dramatic tiebreaker at the Sony Open. Murray became the first men’s tennis champion of the Sony Open to save a championship point.
• Oregon men’s basketball may be out of the NCAA Tournament, but it was lead to a Sweet Sixteen appearance this year thanks to head coach Dana Altman. Altman has fit in well with the Oregon mentality and was named Pac-12 coach of the year, making a name for himself.
• Long-time Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant became the No. 4 all-time NBA scorer Saturday, passing Wilt Chamberlain on the list. Bryant now holds 31,421 points to his name.
A good walk-up song is a baseball player’s secret weapon. They spend countless hours over their playing career trying to find that perfect 20-second snippet of a song.
Depending on the player, a walk up song is meant for motivation, relaxation, or intimidation. But whatever it is, baseball players take great pride in it.
“Oh it gets me going,” shortstop Kevin Newman said with a smile about his walk-up song “Till I Collapse” by Eminem. “I listen to it every time I go up to hit.”
Walk-up songs vary depending on the genre of music each player listens to and for the Arizona baseball team it’s pretty diverse. The Wildcats have everything from Brandon Dixon’s “Hillbilly Deluxe” walk-up song to Scott Kingery’s “Mambo Number 5”.
“I love country music,” Dixon said. “[Hillbilly Deluxe] just gets me going and sets a good mood for when I’m batting.”
Walk-up songs are also a form of personal expression for baseball players and are taken seriously throughout all locker rooms.
“A good walk up song is important,“ Newman said. “We’ll tease some of the guys if we think if they have a bad or funny one but it’s a cool way to say a little something about yourself before you go up to bat.”
Here is some of the variety of walk-up songs that is on the UA baseball team:
Johnny Field – “The Stroke” by Billy Squier
Kevin Newman – “Till I Collapse” by Eminem
Brandon Dixon – “Hillbilly Deluxe” by Brooks and Dunn
• This weekend was full of March Madness excitement, and Arizona learned its Sweet 16 fate Sunday when Ohio State defeated Iowa State on a last-second three pointer. The Wildcats will face Ohio State in the next round of NCAA Tournament play.
• Flagrant fouls have been an issue throughout March Madness, and coaches argue that referees have been inconsistent in their calling of the foul.
• The Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando is put on a hold, as well as Tiger Woods’ fight to retain No. 1 in the world due to heavy storms.
• Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil has agreed to a multiyear contract with the Baltimore Ravens. The agreement is for five seasons and $35 million.
• Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is not expected to play until April 6 because of his ankle injury. This means he will likely miss opening day.
Senior inside receiver, Terrence Miller, should learn his fate in the next few days of whether or not he will be able to return to the Wildcats in the fall as a redshirt senior.
Miller entered 2012 with plenty of game time experience, but only had a total of 42 receptions for 507 yards to his name. But early into the Rich Rodriguez era it became evident that Miller was a vital role to Arizona’s success before being sidelined with a severe sprained ankle.
“The good thing about Terrence is that he can play multiple positions, “Rodriguez said. “He’s a smart, tough guy and I think he’s going to be one of the real leaders on the team because he was last year [too].”
Miller played the first four games of 2012 before the injury. In those four games the senior had 13 receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Miller though, could never fully recover from the injury and missed the remainder of his senior season.
Expressed by his teammates as an all around good and fun guy, Miller was devastated by the injury and possibility of missing a majority of his final season.
However, due to the injury and its early timing, Miller has filed for a medical redshirt, which the NCAA must rule on in the next few weeks.
“I’m pretty confident,” Miller said about his chances of playing next season. “I’ve gone over the rules with the coaches and I fit the qualifications.”
If he is allowed to play for a fifth season, Miller would bring even more depth to an already deep, veteran receiving group.
If he does return, Rodriguez is not worried about catching up Miller to the new offense that he is less accustomed to.
“Terrence fortunately got enough time and enough reps that he learned what we were doing beforehand,” Rodriguez said. He’s very, very comfortable in everything we do offensively.”
While he waits for the NCAA’s decision, Miller is participating in spring practice and planning as if he will return for a fifth year in Tucson.
• For the first time in NCAA basketball history, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have reached the top of the AP Top 25 poll.
• Hard work pays off: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract that includes a guaranteed $52 million.
• LeBron James tweaked his knee Sunday against the Knicks, but he may play tonight against Minnesota despite slight injury.
• Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman named Pamela Y. Smith, who claims Jordan is the father to her 16-year-old son. Paternity tests have already determined in the past that Jordan is not the father.
• Lauren Silberman is the first woman to try out for the NFL at a regional combine Sunday. Injuries held her back from kicking the ball far enough, but didn’t stop her from showing up.
For those who have never stepped out on the balance beam themselves or aren’t consistent gymnastic viewers, the rules of the game may be confusing.
So for those who plan on cheering on our Wildcats against ASU this weekend, here is some knowledge of the sport so you don’t feel so lost.
First of all, there are four events that women perform: vault, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise. For men’s gymnastics there are six events: vault, parallel bars, pommel horse, horizontal bar, still rings, and floor exercise.
Since Arizona only has a women’s team we will stick to those four events.
Vault is when the gymnast runs full force and hurdles onto a spring board then rotates around in the air, finishing in a straight standing position. Easy, right? Not so much.
Uneven parallel bars is where the gymnasts have to fly from low bar to high bar and vice versa while not touching the floor and keeping a straight body position. Then they must flip off the high bar, do some tricks and stand upright on the bars for a good score.
Moving onto balance beam, which may appear a little more manageable from a spectator’s point of view, but that’s not the case. These gymnasts have to do backwards flips and spins on a beam that is 10 centimeters wide while looking poised and “pretty”. Then once they give the judges a little flair, they dismount off of the beam while once again trying to stick a landing.
Last but not least is the floor exercise, where the gymnasts have 90 seconds of previously choreographed movement to wow the judges. This allows for gymnasts to show more of their personality. Artistry, difficulty and performance quality are accounted for with scoring.
The scoring goes like this. There are six girls chosen each meet to compete on the four separate events. It does not have to be the same six girls but some girls will be on more than one event or all events as an all-around gymnast. Six girls perform, but only the top five scores will be totaled with the other events for the teams overall score.
Scores for each individual are 1 to 10 and are broken down into five-tenths increments. For example you can’t score a 9.73 but you can score a 9.75.
The teams overall score is out of 200 points so if you added the five scores from the four events and everyone scored perfect 10s that’s what you would get, but that’s also impossible. Generally a very good score for a team is 196 and above.
Former Arizona quarterback Matt Scott had an impressive day at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, here’s what ESPNNFL Draft analyst Todd McShay wrote on ESPN.com about the former Wildcat:
“Other QB notables were Arizona’s Matt Scott, who ran a 4.69 40, which was third fastest for the QBs. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and 9-6 broad jump. There’s been a buzz about his potential development. He can continue to get bigger and stronger. He also needs to work on the consistency of his delivery and mechanics. He really came on in Rich Rodriguez’s offense and he can do some things athletically that other late-round prospects don’t have. He has helped himself during this pre-draft process.”
The future of the fan experience is making its entrance into the sports industry, and it is called Cisco StadiumVision Mobile. It is a multicast video solution that will bring high-quality video to mobile phones and tablets, and will allow attendees conveniences such as ordering food from their phones for pick-up at the concessions.
This new feature raises the question of whether fans will actually pay attention to the game if they have videos streaming on their phone. The solution is actually expected to improve the fan experience by providing instant replay, stats, trivia contests, and an alternate-view channel that can show a behind-the-scenes look at the dugout or the bench. With a constant increase in demand to be connected, fans can interact more than ever with this solution.
This system requires a venue that has a Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi network. So far, three stadiums have implemented this network: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, home to Real Madrid, Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets, and Sporting Park in Kansas City.
The solution has a high scalability, which avoids the issue of slow download speed due to a highly congested area of people competing over Wi-Fi. This means tens of thousands of fans could be watching the same video at the same high speed.
Basic Wi-Fi is not even a common luxury now in most stadiums. Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, is one of the few MLB stadiums that hosts internet access to its guests. It will take time before we will actually know how well this StadiumVision Mobile innovation works, but either way it accommodates the new generation of fans with higher demands.
Arizona softball’s Hillenbrand Stadium has a reputation for being tough on visitors, but this year road work will make it a little hard on fans too.
Construction of the modern street car project will continue outside of Hillenbrand for the whole season. Hillenbrand
is not accessible from the north side of Second Street or the west side of Warren Avenue and the Warren Underpass is closed.
There is a small parking lot next to the UAPD building. There is a bigger parking lot between First Street and Speedway Boulevard.
The infield seats have been sold out since the early 1990s, but outfield seating, Candrea’s Corner, is available. Day of game ticket prices are slightly more expensive.
UA sells Print at Home tickets, which allow you to by pass the line as the stadium fills up quickly, especially during Pac-12 play.
Acting too slow could mean standing room only tickets by the bullpens.
Red and Blue ZonaZoo membership gets you into games but it is on a first come, first serve basis.
UA has led the nation in attendance nine times and set an NCAA record in 2011 with 77,129 fans. The Wildcats have averaged over 2,000 fans a game for the last four years, 2,328 per game last year.
Arizona has gone 563-61 at Hillenbrand Stadium since it opened in 1993.
Many fans are dropped off at the stadium, but the street is closed right in front of the ticket office, so a new drop-off spot is designated on Warren Avenue, the first base side. There is no parking there and it can be accessed from Cherry Avenue by turning east onto Hawthorne Street and north onto Warren.
Softball season runs from February to May. Bring your mittens to non conference games and be sure to hydrate for late season day games.
Don’t empty your pockets though, “pocket litter” has been a Hillenbrand staple for years. The opening day pocket litter was a receipt for something from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
The Arizona baseball season opens its doors to the 2013 season Friday night at Hi Corbett field against Coppin State University.
Even though Wildcats’ head coach Andy Lopez has made it clear that the team needs to move on from 2012 and doesn’t want to compare this year’s squad to last year’s NCAA champions, the comparisons are inevitable.
Unfortunately for Lopez he will have to deal with the comparisons for at least one game. Before Friday’s season opener the 2012 team will be honored with a speech and a banner that will be placed on the outfield wall.
Five former Wildcats from the 2012 team, Robert Refsnyder, Kurt Heyer, Joey Rickard, Seth Mejias-Brean, and Bobby Brown will throw out the honorary opening pitch. The five guys will also be underneath the stands on the third base side prior to the game signing autographs and taking photos.
With a new stadium, Arizona drew large crowds to its games last season, an average of 2,460, but now with the recent national championship Hi Corbett field, which has a capacity of 9,500, is expected to fill up even more in 2013.
In case you’ve never been, Hi Corbett field is the former spring training home of the Colorado Rockies (1993-2010) and Cleveland Indians (1945-1992). The stadium is located in between Reid Park and Randolph Municipal Golf Course. It sits roughly three miles southeast of the university just off Country Club Rd. Parking for the games are free and is directly next to or behind the stadium.
If you are a student of the University of Arizona and you have purchased any kind of Zona Zoo pass you can go to the games for free. The Zona Zoo section is down the first baseline in section F. Entrance for the Zona Zoo is behind home plate just left of the ticket office.
Food at Hi-Corbett is your typical sporting event food. However, one of the advantages of Hi Corbett is that it is located off campus. Therefore if you of the age and obtain a proper wristband you can buy beer at a fairly reasonable price.
First pitch for Friday’s game against Coppin State is scheduled for 6:00 PM. This is a three game series, with a mid afternoon game on Saturday and a 12:00 PM start on Sunday. Though it is subject to change, Friday’s weather should be decent. The Wildcats can expect partly cloudy skies during the day with a high of 72 degrees. That being said, we can expect a usual desert cold night so definitely bring a jacket.
In its inaugural season, Hi Corbett immediately became a tough place to play for visitors as Arizona fans packed the stadium. Lopez appreciated the home support the Wildcats got last season and hopes this season is no different.
“I think it’s great for the older guys on the team to come back and see the support,” Lopez said. “And I think it’s also great for the young guys to see how it feels to play in front of a big crowd and see how much support this community gives the program. But I definitely hope we have it again this year.”
One thing is clear, Arizona hockey had a long win streak against Arizona State in the 1980s and 1990s.
While No. 2 ASU has won 29 straight against No. 18 UA, the Icecats (as Arizona was then known) didn’t lose to the Ice Devils (as they were known) for 12 years, far overshadowing Arizona State’s current four year streak.
What isn’t clear, is how many games the Icecats’ win streak lasted.