After a couple of days off, and the Cats not playing until Sunday, there are a lot of happenings around the Wildcat community. This heavy dose of Quick Hits should get you ready for the latter half of the week:
Arizona junior pitcher Jason Stoffel has earned recognition by Baseball America as a preseason First Team All-American. He is tied with Mark Melancon for the all time save leader in Wildcat history. He is a cornerstone of our baseball team this year and I am expecting great things from him. Baseball season starts February 20, 2009 against Sacramento State.
The College Baseball Blog has picked Arizona's senior pitcher Preston Guilmet as their #14 player in the nation to watch this season. Let's hope re relives some of his 2007 days when he was 12-2.
Player of the Year. Jordan Hill. Number 9. Nuff Said.
Avery Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View, came in with his father to watch the UCLA vs. Arizona game last Saturday. The recruiting is not dead yet.
Three baseball stories in one post? It's about time. Get ready for the Cats. Fresh off a 40 win season last week, the Cats are coming back with a mix of vets and some young blood to spark up the 2009 season.
Spring football starts March 4, 2009. Matt Scott and redshirt sophomore Nick Foles will likely head the battle to replace Tuitama. That should be quite a battle this spring. We'll be sure to keep all Wildcat fans updated as the spring progresses. I watched Nick Foles play in high school at Austin Westlake and he was a badass. I think he had some trouble finding a place to play. He initially committed to Arizona State, only to leave and go to Michigan State. Well, now he has transferred to Arizona and will be a great addition to our squad and definitely will elevate Matt Scott's level of play.
Arizona Women's basketball is now 3-10 in Pac-10 play. They get to have a three game home stand in Tucson. Let's go Cats!
The Beardown has a great read on what the Cats still need to do to get in the Dance. We are not a lock for the tournament. I think that, the way we are playing right now, 3 wins should be a lock. Should be doesn't mean much in this league. It's going to be an exciting stretch run.
Check back in for a recap of the Pac-10 round of games on Thursday and a Preview of the Arizona State game later in the week.