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Sonoran Hot Reads: Two Arizona players named USA Softball's Female Athletes of the Year

Just Arizona softball doing Arizona softball things

Jason Bartel

We all know the Arizona Wildcats are among the gold standards in the softball world, but Tuesday reaffirmed that as USA Softball named two Cats as their Female Athletes of the Year. Former Wildcat Kellie Fox earned Femaie Athlete of the Year, while star freshman Alyssa Palomino was named Junior Femaie Athlete of the Year. Unfortunately for Arizona fans, Palomino is out with an ACL injury she suffered during fall practice. Fox hit .348 for Team USA in 14 games, while Palomino broke many Junior Women's World Cup records at the dish

- This year's softball team is up to 9th in the rankings ahead of a big weekend in Palm Springs


- It's Rivalry Day in the Old Pueblo as ASU makes their way down for a game on Wednesday night. If you're going to the game, we have some suggestions for Bobby Hurley-themed signs that you're more than welcome to use


- Chantel Jennings gives an update from spring practice, which is mostly just info from us. Thanks for the love Chantel!

- We also checked in with the defense, where Marcus Griffin says there's a new vibe


- I started our season previews with the outfield, which is pretty much set in stone

- Four-year outfielder Zach Gibbons has rediscovered his love for baseball under this new coaching staff

- Bobby Dalbec picked up one last preseason honor, and it's the Golden Spikes watch list

Other sports

- Arizona received a grant to study how to enhance student-athletes' mental health

Men's golf is in Hawaii this week. Rough life

- No surprise that Arizona is well represented on the Pac-12 All-Century Women's Swimming and Diving team

Tucson news

- A naked man was in a storm drain near Tucson High for "several days"

- In totally opposite news, Downtown is going to get some new murals to make it look even nicer

- It's warm out, so snakes are out to get people earlier than ever

- Sky Island Charter HS got a grant to research water harvesting

- Saguaro National Park East is creating a handicap accessible trail