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Local Roundup: Orman impresses at Page meet

By Sun Sports Staff
Arizona Daily Sun
April 25, 2011

Tuba City's Billy Orman demonstrated yet again Saturday why he is the most impressive runner in northern Arizona.

Orman, who had already won the 1,600- and 800-meter runs in the Page Merchants Invitational, slowed his pace in the rain-pelted 3,200 to run with teammate Eddie Loughran. Orman reportedly wanted Loughran to qualify for the state meet.

Two weeks before, Orman clocked the fifth-fastest 3,200 time in the nation at 8 minutes, 55 seconds. As a thunderstorm was pelting Sand Devil Stadium, he ran just ahead of his freshman teammate to finish in 10:18. Loughran followed in a personal-best 10:19, not fast enough for the 10:03.54 standard in Division III. The meet was called after just six runners competed in the girls 3,200.

Coconino dominated the 10-team meet, rolling up 134 points to win the boys meet and 187 for the girls title.

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Hughes, Wall are two for the FSF Hall of Fame

By Jacob May, Sun Sports Reporter
Arizona Daily Sun
March 1, 2011

In the midst of his 14-year tenure as NAU's 12th president, Eugene Hughes jokingly said he grew weary of the Lumberjacks' motto of fostering upstanding student-athletes.

"I was tired of building character -- I wanted to win ballgames," he said to a laughing crowd Monday night at the Woodlands Radisson.

Then he became serious, saying that NAU was doing exactly what it was supposed to do -- building better people.

"That's what the university is about," he said.

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Lomong takes first at USA Outdoors

By The Associated Press and Daily Sun Staff
Arizona Daily Sun
June 28, 2010

Des Moines, Iowa - Last month, New Line Cinema announced plans for a full-length movie on Lopez Lomong's life.

On Sunday, Lomong, former NAU national champion, proved there's still a few chapters left in his remarkable story.

Lomong captured the 1,500-meter title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Drake University, outlasting Leo Manzano on the final stretch to earn his second straight title in the event.

Lomong, who also won the 1,500 in 2009, finished the race in a time of 3 minutes, 50.83 seconds, while Manazano finished right behind at 3:50.91.

"Leo is great, a great guy, great runner, great kicker. I just wanted to watch him," Lomong told USA Track and Field. "Everyone out there is a tough customer. I have to treat anyone that is tough and anyone can strike at anytime.

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Flag man father of sports legacy

By Daniel Berk
Arizona Daily Sun
June 27, 2010

When Kyle Lobstein signed his first professional contract with the Tampa Bay Rays after being drafted 47th overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, there was Louie Sandoval, with an ear-to-ear smile, looking over Lobstein's shoulder.

When Rhiannon Baca played in the softball College World Series in Oklahoma City for the Arizona State Sun Devils in '07 and '08, there was Sandoval again, in the stands, rooting like crazy.

When Rhiannon's sister, Jessica, who plays softball at Idaho State, came to play against ASU in Tempe, Louie was ther in Bengal orange.

And, when Brandon Macias, playing shortstop for the University of Kansas, was on national television in a game at famed Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., Louie was at Granny's Closet, watching intently every time Macias came to the plate.

Where else would he have been?

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Arizona Cardinals Release Training Camp Schedule

By Arizona Republic Staff
June 22, 2010

The Arizona Cardinals will report to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on July 30 to begin their 2010 training camp.

The first practice is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, and the team will break camp on August 21.  Training camp will consist of 25 practices during the three-week stay in Flagstaff.  The Cardinals will host a special "Red & White" outdoor practice from 9:15-11:15 a.m. on Aug. 7.  The practice will be preceded by a full-team autograph session (8:45-9:10 a.m.) and conclude with a live goal-line session. 

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In front of a packed house at the Radisson Woodlands hotel Tuesday night, the Flagstaff Sports Foundation inducted its second annual class into the Flagstaff Sports Hall of Fame with some laughs, tears and a slew of standing ovations.

The Hall of Fame class consisted of Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, Flagstaff's first professional football player Walter McDonald, former Daily Sun male citizen of the year Danny Neal Jr., the 1989 Coconino basketball team and the 1955 Flagstaff High basketball team. r.

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Don't set school fees too high




WASHINGTON -- I began paying annual Little League fees for my son Joe when he was 7. After that, the requests for checks from schools and organizations multiplied -- soccer league fees, tennis camp fees, field trip fees, lab equipment fees. Too many for me to remember.

Joe is 35 now, no longer a burden on my bank account, but to my surprise he has shed light recently on the fee issue that has upset so many local parents.....

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YMCA groundbreaking a cause to celebrate




With perfect fall weather and yellow, blue and red balloons waving in the air, the stage was set Wednesday morning for a grand celebration near the top of North Turquoise Avenue.

The occasion was the groundbreaking for the early construction stages for the Flagstaff Family YMCA....

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Community News: Allstate Foundation donates to local sports organization



Noah Stalvey, a Flagstaff Allstate agent, presented a check for $500 to the Flagstaff Sports Foundation on behalf of The Allstate Foundation. Stalvey received The Allstate Foundation's Agency Hands in the Community grant for his commitment to helping others in his area.

With this award comes a $500 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Flagstaff Sports Foundation where Stalvey volunteers....

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FIRST CLASS: Garcia inducted into Hall of Fame

Thanks to 35 years of service to the city’s youth, the late Adrian Garcia is at the head of Flagstaff Sports Foundation’s first Hall of Fame class




Adrian Garcia was the right man for the wrong side of the tracks.

The revered coach lived during an era when landmarks often served as racial barriers and found his calling south of the railroad tracks that segregated the haves and the have nots in Flagstaff. Armed with athletic know-how and an unflappable faith, Garcia helped transform the diabolic isolation into a recreational haven for his impoverished neighborhood.

On Wednesday, the city will reward Garcia for dedicating roughly 35 years to the Southside community by enshrining him into the inaugural Flagstaff Sports Hall of Fame....

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Flagstaff Sports Foundation's first fundraiser in the books




The Flagstaff Sports Foundation held its first major fundraiser last week at Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona and it went down in the books as a success.

Seventy two golfers were on hand for the first annual FSF golf tournament and co-founder John Birkett couldn't have been more pleased....

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Flagstaff Sports Foundation off to a good start




When John Birkett and Dave Brown started kicking around the idea of a Flagstaff Sports Foundation, neither of them was quite sure what to expect.

They were hopeful Flagstaff residents would be accepting of the idea and get behind it with full-force, but they weren't positive. It turns out the two former NAU basketball coaches were on to something....

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Flagstaff Sports Foundation set for lift off




As former coaches, John Birkett and Dave Brown know first hand how rewarding it is to help out young athletes.

As a result, the two former NAU basketball coaches have joined together along with Rob Lloyd, a former triathlon competitor from Flagstaff, to form the Flagstaff Sports Foundation. The foundation's main purpose will be to help athletes in the Flagstaff community be able to compete in organized sports by providing money....

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