University of Arizona sports facilities underwent a number of renovations last year, including upgrades to Arizona Stadium, Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, and Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, as well as the recently added Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center. The enhanced structures will surely appeal to players and fans alike, and improve the experience and atmosphere at sporting events.
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This year, Arizona women’s sports took home multiple national titles, making university history in the process.
In sports, injuries come with the territory. Athletes put their bodies on the line and test every limit to perform at the highest level. For many, that means overcoming maybe one or two major physical setbacks. For Arizona beach volleyball athlete Jordan Abalos, however, it means overcoming many more.
The University of Arizona men’s wheelchair basketball team won third place at the Toyota National Adult Division I Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Tallmadge, Ohio, on March 24. The Wildcats won 76-75 on a last-second shot over the MedStar NRH Punishers of Washington, D.C. The team is part of the University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics.
It’s not often that two siblings get to compete at the Division I level, let alone have the opportunity to play against each other. For Arizona’s Jessie Harper and Arizona State University’s MaKenna Harper, the matchup has been a long time coming. The sisters will play against each other for the first time when Arizona softball faces off against ASU March 29-31 in Tucson. Jessie Harper, a junior and Arizona’s starting shortstop, is eager to be back on the field with her younger sister.
Most student-athletes at Division I schools don’t generally end up competing for their hometown university, and they might not even stay within their home state. For two University of Arizona track and field sprinters, that is not the case.
The University of Arizona’s Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium is known for its remarkable history. It is the home of the Arizona Wildcats softball team, winners of eight Women’s College World Series titles, all led by legendary coach Mike Candrea. Now, it seems only appropriate for the team to see major upgrades to their home field.