It’s Monday which means it’s time to recap another week of Arizona Wildcats athletics. Let us know in the comment section if we missed anything.
- Former UA catcher Chelsea Goodacre won another championship in NPF, though she was out with an injury. Still, Goodacre was named the All-NPF Team after hitting .346/.372/.531 with three homers and 21 RBI when healthy.
- Sophomore catcher Kobe Kato was named the Cal Ripken League Offensive Player of the Year.
M-V-P! M-V-P! Kobe Kato (Arizona) is the 2019 @CalRipkenLeague Offensive Player of the Year!— Bethesda Big Train (@GoBigTrain) August 13, 2019
He set new records in AVG, OBP and walks, and was a key part of Big Train's offense all season long. Congratulations, Kobe! pic.twitter.com/ngppgScoPR
- Arizona is ranked 24th to start the season and was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 by the conference’s coaches.
- Star setter Julia Patterson, the team’s most important player, hopes to lead Arizona to a top-three finish, then a deep run in the NCAA Tournament in her final season.
- Here’s the story of how middle blocker Devyn Cross went from an unknown recruit out of Edwards Air Force Base to an All-American honorable mention.
- Health and experience, two things the Wildcats didn’t have last year, are the keys to a successful 2019.
- The Wildcats were picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12, one spot below where they finished last year.
- Internal expectations are much higher, with head coach Tony Amato saying this is the fittest team he’s ever had. It might be the most talented too.
- Arizona unofficially kicked off the season Friday with a 3-0 road win over San Diego. Kelcey Cavarra, Samantha Falasco and Iyana Zimmerman were the goal scorers. For a recap plus video of the goals, check out our game story.
- Arizona opens the regular season Thursday at home against Long Beach State. Expect there to be some fireworks. Literally:
- The Wildcats released their non-conference schedule. The only Power-5 opponent is Texas. We will have a breakdown coming soon.
- Former Wildcat and Ring of Honor member Ify Ibekwe won AfroBasket with Nigeria:
- Wide receiver Thomas Marcus left the team, and is now at Montana State.
- Speaking of wideouts, UA legend Syndric Steptoe was hired in a player development role.
- Arizona Athletics produced the 41st-most revenue among public universities in 2017-18
- Theron Aych broke down Arizona’s inside receivers. Taylor Mazzone analyzed the inside guys.
- Pro Football Focus has a high opinion of Khalil Tate.
- First-time coach DeMarco Murray is fitting in nicely on the UA coaching staff. Probably even better than expected.
- Freshman running back Michael Wiley is in line to be immediate contributor, while Nathan Tilford is building confidence.
- Cody Creason, Scottie Young Jr. earned a spot on Pro Football Focus’ preseason All-Pac-12 team
- Are you tired of 3-man rushes? Well, there’s good news. Arizona plans to move to a four-man front this season. They finally have the depth and size to do it.
- JuCo products Trevon Mason, Myles Tapusoa are expected to bolster Arizona’s defensive line in 2019 — otherwise the Wildcats wouldn’t have recruited them.
- A “crazy story” brought ex-Richmond defensive back Samari Springs to Arizona, where he is expected to make an immediate impact.
- The “doldrums of camp” are over, and now Arizona is transitioning to Week 0’s opener at Hawaii.
- Two starting offensive line spots are up for grabs, but not because of a lack of options.
- Here are 5 breakout candidates for Arizona in 2019
- We made our final record predictions for the 2019 season.
- 5-star guard Nimari Burnett cut Arizona from consideration.
- 3-star forward Chibuzo Agbo committed to Texas Tech over Arizona, others
- Arizona is the only finalist that will not receive an official visit from 5-star guard Caleb Love which seems like a bad sign.
- After losing Brandon Williams, Adam Green wonders if Arizona is ever going to catch a break when it comes to injuries.
- Ryan Luther signed with BK Ventspils in Latvia.
- Both he and Justin Coleman received their master’s degrees in education this summer.
- Oregon made big headlines this week by landing two players for the 2019-20 season. The first was N’Faly Dante, a 6-foot-11 center who is ranked as the No. 14 player in the 2019 class. He reclassified from 2020.
- Same is true for Addison Patterson, a four-star shooting guard from Bella Vista Prep in Scottsdale. Oregon now has the top-ranked class in the Pac-12 and that doesn’t even include some of the highly-regarded transfers it added this offseason like UNLV’s Shakur Juiston and New Mexico’s Anthony Mathis.
- An Oregon writer explains why the Dante addition makes the Ducks the Pac-12 favorite. It certainly helps that Arizona will be without Williams.