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Arizona Desert Swarm 9 hours ago

Editor’s note: Thank you Arizona Baseball for the last four years

Thank you to everyone that has brought AZ Desert Swarm to this point *This is going to be long and kind of emotional and very self-indulgent so bare with me* Back in January of 2013, I was looking for something to do with my life. I had just completed a one year full-time zookeeper apprenticeship at Reid Park Zoo, was a year and a half removed from graduating from the University of Arizona, and was unsuccessfully interviewing at zoos around the country for my next job. In the meantime, I sent an email to SB Nation and Kevin Zimmerman asking if I could write about the Arizona club hockey...
Arizona Desert Swarm 10 hours ago

Tucson Restaurant Tournament: (3) Bison Witches vs. (14) Athen's on 4th Avenue

A battle of Fourth Ave. locales It's an all-Fourth Ave battle in the Santa Ritas Region as three-seed Bison Witches battles with 14-seed Athens on 4th Avenue. Be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom. You can also vote by tweeting the restaurant name with the hashtag #TRT. More: Full Tucson Restaurant Tournament Bracket Tale of the Tape (3) Bison Witches Jason Bartel Neighborhood: Fourth Ave Website Cuisine: Sandwiches Yelp rating: 4 stars Entertaining Yelp review: "I'm really not a fan of sandwiches at all. There are a few in the world that I'll pay for, but...
Arizona Desert Swarm 13 hours ago

College World Series recap: Coastal Carolina wins first National Championship with 4-3 win over Arizona

The Wildcats come up just short of their fifth National Championship For the first time in school history, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are your NCAA Baseball National Champions. The Chants did it by taking down four-time champ Arizona by a score of 4-3 on Thursday afternoon. This winner-take-all game was pushed back to Thursday after lightning in the area Wednesday night, which allowed Coastal to throw their ace pitcher Andrew Beckwith on almost normal rest. Jay Johnson and the Wildcats countered with Bobby Dalbec, who went toe-to-toe with the Big South’s pitcher of the year in the...
Arizona Desert Swarm 17 hours ago

College World Series: Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina Championship Game open thread, viewing info, streams and more

Come chat about the deciding game with us! Welcome to the longest college baseball season ever. The Arizona Wildcats and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will (hopefully) play for a National Championship on Thursday afternoon in Omaha. Come on down to the comments section to join our open thread! Thursday’s game is scheduled to start at 10 AM PT on ESPNU. You can also stream the game on Watch ESPN or the ESPN App. You can also stream the Arizona radio call on TuneIn radio here: Or, here’s the national feed on Westwood One, which I actually really enjoyed for the first half of Saturday’s...
Arizona Desert Swarm 18 hours ago

Terrance Ferguson will not attend Arizona, pursue professional opportunities

The highly-ranked recruit is heading overseas and not Tucson The highly-touted 2016 Arizona Wildcats recruiting class lost arguably its greatest asset this week when Terrance Ferguson informed Sean Miller that he will not attend college and pursue professional opportunities. "Terrance Ferguson informed me earlier this week that he has decided to pursue professional opportunities instead of attending the University of Arizona this fall," Miller said in a statement. "I hope this next chapter of his basketball career goes well, and his goal of one day becoming an NBA player is realized." Based...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago

Sonoran Hot Reads: 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis field revealed

We now know the entire field for the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis We knew over a year ago that the Arizona Wildcats were going to take part in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis, but now the rest of the field has been revealed. Arizona, Villanova, Purdue, NC State, SMU, Tennessee, W. Kentucky, and N. Iowa are in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis, sources told @CBSSports. — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 30, 2016 Originally, Mississippi State was on the list, but it appears they’ve been replaced with Tennessee. Either way, this should give Arizona two legit non-conference neutral site games at worst...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 29, 2016

College World Series: Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina Championship Game postponed until Thursday at 10 AM PT

We will wait yet another day for baseball’s national champion to be decided The winner-take-all final game of the College World Series between the Arizona Wildcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers has been postponed to Thursday thanks to lightning in the area, and the NCAA’s rule of not starting a game later than 11 PM local time. The game will be played at 10 AM PT, and will be broadcast somewhere. Right now, the game is scheduled to be on ESPNEWS, however that could change later tonight/tomorrow. We will keep you posted. — Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) June 30,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 29, 2016

College World Series: Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina Game Three open thread, viewing info, streams and more

Come chat about the final college baseball game of the year with us! A National Championship will be decided on Wednesday night. After splitting the first two games, the Arizona Wildcats and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers battle in a winner-take-all Championship Game in Omaha. Come down to the comments section to discuss the game with us! First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM PT, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. You can also stream the game on Watch ESPN. Or, you can stream the Arizona radio broadcast through TuneIn right here:
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 29, 2016

Tucson Restaurant Tournament: (6) El Corral vs. (11) Trident Grill

Which place will get your vote? We continue moving through the Santa Ritas Region with six-seed El Corral taking on 11-seed Trident Grill. Be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom. You can also vote by tweeting the restaurant name with the hashtag #TRT. More: Full Tucson Restaurant Tournament Bracket Tale of the Tape (6) El Corral Jason Bartel Neighborhood: Catalina Foothills Website Cuisine: Steakhouse Yelp rating: 3 stars Entertaining Yelp review: "Take a trip back into Tucson of yesteryear ..... Old Tucson when cowboys were manly men or were they??? haha. Old...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 29, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: Ranking updates, future commitments and powerhouse programs

Another recruiting roundup for a busy week ahead The Arizona Wildcats have a busy week ahead of them on the recruiting trail, with two commitment dates that both favor Arizona. The class currently has 19 commitments thus far, solidified at 12th in the nation according to 247Sports’ composite ranking, which was just recently updated, bumping up quite a few prospects. Ranking adjustments Tony Fields received a pretty decent bump after all four recruiting services finally ranked him and he’s pretty close to the top 500. Kurtis Brown received one of the largest updates. He was once ranked...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 29, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: ASU head coach Tracy Smith has jury duty during Arizona’s CWS run

At least the Wildcats are still playing baseball While Tuesday’s result may not have been what Arizona Wildcats fans wanted, at least the Cats are still playing baseball. Compare this to what ASU’s head coach was doing on Tuesday. Tracy Smith spent his day fulfilling his civic duties by doing some jury duty in Maricopa County. Give me a loss in the College World Series over jury duty every single time - Arizona is 6-0 in elimination games, but Coastal is 5-0, so something’s gotta give on Wednesday - It had been 30 years since two pitchers recorded ten strikeouts in a single CWS game...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 29, 2016

College World Series recap: Coastal Carolina forces third game with 5-4 win over Arizona in Championship Finals

There will be a decisive Game Three on Wednesday The end of the college baseball season will have to wait another day. On Tuesday night, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers took down the Arizona Wildcats by a score of 5-4, setting up a winner-take-all Game Three on Wednesday night. It is the first time ever that all the if necessary games will be played at a CWS. With a National Championship on the line, the Wildcats turned to flamethrower Kevin Ginkel to take the ball. He didn’t disappoint, going seven innings, scattering just five hits and did not walk a Chanticleer. Coastal Carolina...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

College World Series: Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina Game Two open thread, viewing info, stream, and more

Come chat about the Wildcats as they look to win a National Championship The Arizona Wildcats are now in a position where they will need to win one game over the next two days to win the 2016 National Championship. Come on down to the comments section to chat about Game Two of the College World Series final, as Arizona looks to take down the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Tuesday’s game is scheduled to start at 5 PM PT, and will be shown on ESPN. You can stream it on Watch ESPN, or you can stream the Arizona radio call on TuneIn right here: You can also find a ton of links from after...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

Former Arizona forward Ryan Anderson agrees to Summer League deal with Orlando Magic

Not the first Ryan Anderson or Wildcat to play for the Magic After going undrafted, Ryan Anderson, who spent his senior year with the Arizona Wildcats, will have a chance to make the Orlando Magic roster this summer. Former #arizonawildcats Gabe York (Charlotte) and Ryan Anderson (Orlando) receive NBA summer-league invitations: https://t.co/HKLsGD5WRH — Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) June 27, 2016 Anderson, a transfer from Boston College, led the Wildcats in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (10.1 rpg) in the 2015-16 season. He was also able to shoot 74.5% from the free throw line. In his...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

Tucson Restaurant Tournament: (4) Bobo's vs. (13) Rosa's Mexican Food

Bobo's vs. Rosa's In a first round matchup in the Santa Ritas Region, four-seed Bobo's is taking on 13-seed Rosa's Mexican Food. Be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom. You can also vote by tweeting the restaurant name with the hashtag #TRT. More: Full Tucson Restaurant Tournament Bracket Tale of the Tape (4) Bobo's Jason Bartel Neighborhood: Blenman-Elm Website Cuisine: Diner Yelp rating: 4 stars Entertaining Yelp review: "With the first bite you will realize that this pancake doesn't even need syrup--a bold claim for a sugar fiend like me." (13) Rosa's...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: 3-star defensive end Odua Isibor eyeing in-state Wildcats

Arizona has been hitting up the local talent in this recruiting cycle The talent pool of Arizona high school recruits this year is massive compared to years past. The Arizona Wildcats have already secured three in-state commitments, and there will likely be more to come, despite a rapidly-filling 2017 class. The need for defensive linemen is clear, and it seems as if the staff could be working their way down the list to help bolster that area. To address those issues, Arizona is going in on Odua Isibor, 3-star defensive end out of Saint Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ). He checks in at 6-foot-6,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

Arizona basketball: Gabe York agrees to Summer League deal with Charlotte Hornets

York will get a chance to impress MJ After going undrafted, Arizona Wildcats four-year guard Gabe York has agreed to join the Charlotte Hornets franchise on a Summer League deal. Former #arizonawildcats Gabe York (Charlotte) and Ryan Anderson (Orlando) receive NBA summer-league invitations: https://t.co/HKLsGD5WRH — Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) June 27, 2016 For the first time in his career, York averaged double-figures in his senior season with the Wildcats, and he went well beyond that. He ended up second on the team in scoring with 15 points per game, trailing only Ryan Anderson in...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: JC Cloney throws first shutout in CWS Final since 1993

A historic night for the Arizona lefty For the first time since 1993, and the first time ever since the College World Series championship round went to a best-of-three format, a pitcher threw a shutout, and that pitcher was Arizona’s JC Cloney. In typical Cloney fashion after the game, he showed essentially no emotion despite the position he pitched the Wildcats into on Monday. One more year of this guy? Yes please - Why did Cloney come to Arizona? Because Jay Johnson turned down Mrs. Cloney’s cookies - He was also helped by Cesar Salazar and the freshman’s ability to turn balls into...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 28, 2016

College World Series news: Coastal Carolina will not throw Andrew Beckwith on Tuesday

It doesn’t appear either top pitcher will see the mound in the second game of the CWS Final As the Arizona Wildcats look to wrap up a National Championship, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers try to keep their season alive, it seems like we will not see the aces of either pitching staff. Arizona’s Nathan Bannister is still dealing with forearm tightness, and Coastal’s Andrew Beckwith, who threw 137 pitches on Friday against TCU, will not be coming back on three days’ rest. "Absolutely not," Chanticleer head coach Gary Gilmore said flatly when asked if Beckwith would pitch his ace...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jun 27, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: 3-star wide receiver Warren Jackson commits to Wildcats

Yet another deadly weapon on offense for Arizona Yep. The Arizona Wildcats have landed yet another commitment for the 2017 class. This now gives the class 19 commitments, ten in the month of June. The newest commit is Warren Jackson, 3-star wide receiver out of Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, CA). Proud to announce that I will be continuing my education and football career at The University of Arizona #beardown pic.twitter.com/66c4vQhOZ6 — Warren Jackson (@WideOutNation18) June 28, 2016 Jackson is an extremely nice piece for the offense, checking in at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds. This is a...

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