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The Arizona baseball team finally knows when they'll be playing the Florida State Seminoles to start off the 2012 College World Series.
Who: Arizona Wildcats vs. Florida St. Seminoles
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
When: Friday, June 14, 6 p.m. Tucson time
Steve Rivera writes about head coach Andy Lopez's CWS win as the Pepperdine head coach 20 years ago and how, just as it was then, the Wildcats' skipper isn't going about his business any differently this time around.
Veteran high school reporter Richard Obert ranks the top 30 most influential Arizona high school sports stars, and you can be sure there are plenty of Wildcats in the mix. If you're short on time, just jump to the top 10, where there's the obvious connection to Lute Olson scooping up the best of the best from this fine state's high school basketball crop. Number 1 is none other than Mike Bibby.
Rich Rodriguez earned two commitments of 2013 wide receivers from the Phoenix area. Basha's Nate Phillipsand Marcos de Niza's Paul Elvira committed to Arizona on Monday. Anthony Gimino has the down-low on these two guys, who aren't ranked by Scout.com.
Arizona basketball recruit Jaron Hopkins, who could work his way to McDonald's All-American status according to some, is weighing his options for where he'll attend school next year. Hopkins apparently left Chandler's Basha High School and enrolled at Mesa Dobson last week, but Findlay Prep and even local basketball-factory Westwind Prep could be options for the 2013 guard.
- Arizona ace Kurt Heyer will return to the mound after going 9.1 innings this past weekend in a 7-6, come-from-behind victory against St. John's in the Super Regional. Ryan Finley writes that Heyer will be trying not to "leave anything down the middle" in facing a team that put up 17 and 18 runs respectively in two Super Regional games against Stanford.