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A heart-stopping day: Camden Gianni returns from cardiac arrest to lead GCU volleyball
PHOENIX – Three and a half years ago, Camden Gianni went into cardiac arrest at Grand Canyon during a volleyball practice. After open heart surgery and a lengthy recovery process, he is now back leading the Lopes, and making his name known throughout the conference.
How two sisters who never played baseball saved Tempe Prep from a forfeited season
TEMPE — When Tempe Prep was at risk of forfeiting games, two sisters stepped in to fill the roster and have become an integral part of the Knights team.
Trailblazing Jamie Boggs puts GCU athletics in national spotlight
PHOENIX – Phoenix native Jamie Boggs is using her unique experience to continue to build athletics, academics and her hometown community as vice president of athletics at Grand Canyon.
‘The Cardiac Cats’: 25 years later, memories of Arizona men’s championship run endures
PHOENIX – Twenty-five years ago today, the Arizona men’s basketball team won its only national title, capping off one of the most memorable title runs in NCAA Tournament history.
Miller time: Even though GCU women lost WAC title game, coach’s past success suggests future is bright
LAS VEGAS – For the second straight year, the GCU women lost in the WAC Tournament final. Although they still haven’t reached their goal of advancing to the NCAA Tournament, coach Molly Miller's past success suggests the future is bright
GCU men fall to rival New Mexico State in WAC Tournament semifinal
LAS VEGAS - After defeating New Mexico State in the 2021 WAC Tournament finals, the Aggies got the better of GCU in this year's semifinals, winning 75-70.
‘Weathered that storm’: Despite adversity, GCU women one win away from NCAA Tournament berth
LAS VEGAS – Despite losing some key players from last season, the Grand Canyon women's basketball team has put together 22 victories and now find themselves one victory away from an NCAA Tournament berth.
Showdown: After resilient win over Sam Houston, GCU set for rival New Mexico State
LAS VEGAS – After a resilient back-and-forth win against Sam Houston, GCU will now play New Mexico State for the fourth straight time in the WAC Tournament.
WM Phoenix Open shows its 2022 hand, and it’s a pair of aces
SCOTTSDALE – Holes-in-one by Sam Ryder and Carlos Ortiz at the 16th hole headline a wild WM Phoenix Open weekend. The atmosphere was a stark contrast to 2021, when COVID-19 restrictions limited how many fans could attend.
Reach for the sky: Embry-Riddle fields one of nation’s top collegiate flight teams
PRESCOTT – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s flight program continues to see growth, and its flight team continues to dominate regional and national competitions.
Pride of Navajo Nation: Diné College works to rebuild rodeo program amid the pandemic
TSAILE – In the heart of the Navajo Nation lies Diné College, home to a once-prominent rodeo program riddled with issues from COVID. Now the school is trying to return the program to the collegiate rodeo championships.
Kliff Kingsbury speculation, Don Brown departure: Football coaching carousel impacts Arizona
PHOENIX - Even though the regular season has just finished, college football coaches are already taking new jobs and leaving programs for greener pastures. And the move are having a ripple affect in Arizona.
‘The Replacements’ help lead Cardinals to a win in San Francisco, improve to 8-1
PHOENIX – The Cardinals came away from San Francisco on Sunday with a victory thanks to a few players who stepped up with key players out.
Former Marcos de Niza kicker keeps moving forward after car crash
PHOENIX – Former Marcos de Niza kicker Krysten Muir was paralyzed from the waist down after a roll-over accident near Payson in January. Since then, she has relearned how to walk and is inspiring others. And the Arizona Cardinals and Desert Financial Foundation have established a scholarship to honor her by helping other “determined, resilient and impactful student athletes.”
Carter twins bring family dynamic to coaching, teaching at Desert Edge High School
GOODYEAR - The Carter twins were determined to lead a football program together. They found the opportunity at Desert Edge, which is off to a strong 5-2 start.
From expansion team to World Series winner: How Diamondbacks secured championship in just 4 seasons
PHOENIX – The Diamondbacks won the World Series in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion team to win a championship in history. How they did it can be traced back to the 1976 NBA Finals, where Jerry Colangelo learned a valuable lesson.
He’s not 6-0 but Cardinals are: Quarterback Kyler Murray silences critics about stature
PHOENIX – Coming out of college, questions surround Kyler Murray’s height and how it would impact his game at the NFL level. Leading the team to a 6-0 start and looking like an MVP candidate, Murray has put any doubts to rest.
From 4-0 to 5-11: 2012 Cardinals nothing like superior 4-0 2021 team
PHOENIX – The Cardinals are 4-0 for the first time since 2012, but they are looking to avoid the downward spiral that followed that team. It’s clear from how the current version of the Cardinals have played, this is a team wired much differently.
Beat LA … maybe? Arizona’s frustrating rivalry with City of Angels extends to Rams-Cardinals
PHOENIX – The Cardinals beat the Jaguars to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2015. It only gets tougher from here, however, as they play the Rams next, a Super Bowl contender and a team they have not beaten since the 2016 season.
Kyler Murray vs. Patrick Mahomes? Cardinals quarterback in early MVP discussions
PHOENIX – Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, Kyler Murray has been one of the best players in the league and has led the Cardinals to a 2-0 record. The league is taking notice and some believe he is an MVP contender
‘I take full responsibility, man’: Rattlers’ Drew Powell remorseful after United Bowl loss
PHOENIX - After winning league MVP, Drew Powell’s season ended on a sour note with a loss in the United Bowl. Powell acknowledged that despite a great year, he wasn’t able to get the job done when it mattered most.
The Birds and the buzz: Cardinals spurring national chatter after dominating victory over Titans
PHOENIX – On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals dominated one of the top teams in the AFC, making a statement and surprising the entire league.
Snakes alive: Passionate fan base has Rattlers close to another championship
PHOENIX – Since 1992, the Arizona Rattlers have maintained a strong and loyal fan base through league changes and a pandemic. The “Snake Pit” gives the Rattlers a unique edge and excellent home-field advantage through playoffs.
Sandra Day O’Connor’s hands-on sports medicine program teaching athletic trainers of the future
PHOENIX – With over 700 athletes at Sandra Day O’Connor High School, the task of providing treatment to everyone can be demanding. But the school has three athletic trainers who double as teachers leading a hands-on program that provides treatment while preparing aspiring sports medicine professionals.
Making waves: Drag boat racing finds home at Buckeye’s Hidden Lake
BUCKEYE – Tucked south of Buckeye, Hidden Lake is home to Arizona Drag Boat Association races, where competitors from across Arizona and elsewhere the country come to compete at speeds up to 120 mph.
Diamondbacks grant helps Coronado High improve facilities, enhance safety
SCOTTSDALE – Before last season, Coronado High Athletic Director Anthony Miller reached out to the Arizona Diamondbacks about the organization’s grants, hoping to improve the Scottsdale school’s facilities. The Diamondbacks not only helped last year, they provided another grant to Coronado this year.
Rehab to rebound: Despite injury, Sandra Day O’Connor softball star continues to make impact
PHOENIX – Jocelyn Erickson is a top-ranked recruit in the class of 2022, and is committed to Oklahoma to play softball. After tearing her ACL and meniscus in a January basketball game, Erickson continues to leave a mark on her coaches and teammates during her rehab.
A player remembered, a community crushed: Friends mourn loss of GCU’s Oscar Frayer
PHOENIX – Just three days after playing in Grand Canyon's first NCAA Tournament, Oscar Frayer died in a car accident in California. Friends mourn the loss of the standout.
Despite NCAA Tournament loss, GCU finds itself in national spotlight
Even though it lost in its first NCAA Tournament game, Grand Canyon won, too, by appearing under a national spotlight.
Bryce Drew returns home, brings burgeoning GCU team to NCAA Tournament
PHOENIX – GCU, led by coach Bryce Drew, has made its first NCAA Tournament in school history. A look at what this means for the program, and the importance of being back in Indiana, where Drew has had many memorable moments.
After historic regular season, GCU turns attention to WAC Tournament
PHOENIX - After winning their first Division I conference title in a unique season, GCU is now trying to win its first conference tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
March 11, 2020: The day that sports stood still
PHOENIX - One year ago, Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID, leading to a national shutdown. Athletes, coaches and media reflect on the 24 hours that changed everyday life in the United States.
Surprise college baseball tournament provides sneak preview of spring training protocols
SURPRISE, AZ - The city of Surprise hosted eight college baseball games over the weekend, offering a glimpse of safety protocols that will be seen all around the Valley at stadiums this spring.
During pandemic, GCU works to balance high energy fan base with safety measures
PHOENIX – In a year where home-court advantage doesn’t mean as much as it used to, GCU works to balance high energy fan base with safety.