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  • ‘Pay to Play’ an increasing burden for parents of Arizona high school athletes September 22, 2017
    Slug: Pay to Play, 1,400 words Photo available By BRITTANY BOWYER Cronkite News PHOENIX – When Denise Wilson’s children first approached her about participating in high school sports, she had no idea how much it would cost. She knew she would have to supply them with the proper shoes and attire, but she never imagined […]
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  • Suns celebrate 50 years in Phoenix by renovating 50 Arizona basketball courts September 21, 2017
    Slug: Sports: Suns courts, 470 words. Photo available By ERIC NEWMAN Cronkite News PHOENIX — A group of excited kids at Neighborhood Ministries, clad in black Phoenix Suns shirts and sitting on basketballs distributed by the team, awaited the chance to play on their new basketball court. The full-size court, with new rims, purple and […]
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  • Challenger Space Center exhibit to highlight Diamondbacks STEM Showcase September 21, 2017
    Slug: Diamondbacks STEM, 700 words Photo available By EDDIE POE Cronkite News PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks will welcome more than 5,000 Arizona K-12 students and their families to Chase Field on Friday as part of their fourth annual Science of Baseball STEM Showcase. Throughout the ballpark, fans will have the opportunity to visit interactive […]
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  • In record time, Queen Creek’s Casteel High becomes dominant football program September 20, 2017
    Rafael AlvarezWednesday, Sept. 20, 2017In record time, Queen Creek’s Casteel High becomes dominant football programQUEEN CREEK — Three years. That’s how quickly Casteel High School developed a dominant football program. The school opened its doors in 2015 and is already making its presence felt in Division 3A. Still a year away from graduating its first […]
  • After Montana outcry derailed career, Phoenix College’s Pflugrad looks for second chance September 20, 2017
    Eric NewmanWednesday, Sept. 20, 2017After Montana outcry derailed career, Phoenix College coach Pflugrad looks for second chancePHOENIX — Though the Phoenix College football staff resists the name “Last Chance U,” it feels that way at times for Robin Pflugrad. Five-plus years ago, he was one of the hottest coaching names in the country, a candidate […]
  • Despite national title, ASU women’s golf ‘has own story to write’ September 20, 2017
    Slug: ASU women’s golf, 470 words Photo available By JAMIE NISH Cronkite News TEMPE — The ASU women’s golf team left nothing on the greens last season as it carried the NCAA national championship trophy off the course. But along with success comes expectation. Coach Missy Farr-Kaye is determined to keep her team focused on […]
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  • Virtual reality could be Diamondbacks’ next preparation tool September 19, 2017
    Slug: Diamondbacks VR, 1,000 words Photo available By EDDIE POE Cronkite News Since the turn of the century, virtual technology has increasingly become the new reality. From gamers to journalists to healthcare workers, the real-world uses of VR technology are endless. Looking toward the near future, the Arizona Diamondbacks could implement virtual reality technology in […]
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  • Taurasi reflects on season, says this could be last year playing in Russia September 18, 2017
    Slug: Mercury Taurasi, 620 words Photo available By OMAR SOUSSI Cronkite News PHOENIX — Her locker was empty but her memories were full. Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi said Monday it was a bittersweet moment for her as she thought about the good and bad her team did in a season that was ended a […]
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  • Cool it: From slushy ice to high utility bills, sports in desert can be costly September 18, 2017
    Slug: Heat expense, 1,300 words Photo available By TAYLOR CLARK Cronkite News PHOENIX — Going to the rink in shorts and flip flops is a perk that comes with playing hockey in Arizona. Behind the scenes, however, the heat is a strain on the state’s professional teams, especially from a financial standpoint. Even though only the […]
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  • Culture change helps ASU volleyball start strong September 15, 2017
    Slug: ASU volleyball, 853 words Photo available By ERIC NEWMAN Cronkite News TEMPE — Arizona State has seen an overhaul of its volleyball program recently, and players and coaches say the culture is the best it has been in years. Following a 12-20 season, which saw a streak of six straight conference losses near the […]
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