Originally Published: January 15, 2018 11:10 p.m.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Saturday that the 2018 spiritline state tournament is scheduled to take place at Chase Field on Saturday, Jan. 20, in downtown Phoenix. The is set to begin at 8 a.m. “The folks at Chase Field are really going out of their way to make this a first-class event for our student-athletes,” AIA executive director David Hines said in a statement released by the AIA.
Flight operations to observe Mexican wolf population begin Jan. 22
A multi-agency effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Service Inspection and the White Mountain Apache Tribe will begin low-flying helicopter operations beginning Monday, Jan. 22, as biologists conduct their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture in parts of eastern Arizona. Weather permitting, the aerial operation is scheduled to run through Saturday, Feb. 3, and survey the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, the Apache-Sitgreaves, Gila and Cibola National Forests in eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico. There were a minimum of 113 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2016, which represented a more than doubling of the population since 2009.
American Ninja Warrior Experience set for Feb. 10-11 in Phoenix
Do you have what it takes to complete one of the most difficult obstacle courses known to man? From NBC’s Emmy-Award-nominated series, the new American Ninja Warrior Experience is a touring obstacle course that will make a stop in Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11. The experience opens up the course to all that want to give it their best shot, or just want to watch the action in person. The even offers adult, amateur and youth courses where participants can both get on the obstacles and be coached by some of the best American Ninja Warriors. There’s also a top ninja competition, allowing fans to watch some of the best at work. For more information, or to purchase tickets, log online to anwexperience.com.
Rough Rider 100 coming to Prescott Valley Feb. 16
With $10,000 in cash prizes, a $4,000 bronze statue and ability to claim the U.S. Army Rough Rider Champion title on the line, dozens of off-road motorcycle racers from across the country are scheduled to attend the U.S. Army Rough Rider 100: The Race of Champions during President’s Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16 to 18, in Prescott Valley. World-class competitors Gary Sutherlin, Max Gerston, Mitch Carvolth and Taylor Robert are scheduled to attend along with Shelby Turner, a back-to-back AMA No. 1 Enduro Cross Champion and three-time Canadian Motocross Champion. The race will take place at the rocky, sandy ravines of Lynx Creek. For more information, go to roughrider100.com or contact Mike Johns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Leprechaun Charity Open at Antelope Hills set for March 17
The ninth annual Leprechaun Charity Open golf tournament is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 17, at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. The tournament is sponsored by the men’s golf club and benefits Prescott Area Shelter Services. Last year, 156 total golfers participated and raised $3,100. The club hopes to exceed that mark this spring. The event is a four-person scramble format at $55 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, range balls and a buffet lunch. There are $2,200 in total prizes for multiple categories and a hole-in-one contest for a new car and raffle prizes. Scheduled tee time March 17 is 9 a.m.
Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11. For more information go to leprechauncharityopen.ahmgc.com or contact Joe Gouveia at 928-830-0625.
D-backs to host race against cancer on March 31
The Arizona Diamondbacks are scheduled to host their sixth annual D-backs Race Against Cancer on Saturday, March 31, in Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The 5K/1-mile walk will head through downtown Phoenix streets and participants will be able to end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. The 5K is set to begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-mile Family Fund Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Partipants will receive a D-backs racing shirt, unique finisher medal, a drawstring bag and a ticket to a game. Cost is $40 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile race. To register, log online to dbacks.com/race.
D-backs spring training tickets now available
Individual tickets for all Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 spring training games at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale are scheduled to go on sale today at 10 a.m. online at dbacks.com/spring and at the box office at home plate gate. Tickets for all games at Salt River Fields are priced from $13 to $40. General admission to lawn seating starts at $13 and tickets for the 7,000 reserve seats within the bowl of the stadium start at $24. More than 300,000 fans are estimated to attend spring training games at Salt River Fields, which is also home to the Colorado Rockies.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for their first workout Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the first full-squad workout is set for Monday, Feb. 19. The D-backs open their 21st spring training Wednesday, Feb. 21, with an exhibition game against Arizona State at 1:10 p.m. Arizona official starts Cactus League play Friday, Feb. 23, with a road game against the Rockies and will host the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Game and Fish researching cormorants population
The Arizona Game and Fish Department continues to provide ample fishing opportunities for its legions of anglers and the state’s growing populations of cormorants have taken notice.
As part of the Terrestrial Research program, Game and Fish officials placed numbered, colored tags on the wings of birds near the Ocotillo and Sun Lakes communities in south Phoenix.
More birds will be safely trapped, tagged and released across the metro area and in other areas of the state in the future. Once collected, information can be entered at azgfd.gov/cormorantsurvey on any computer or mobile device. Those interested can also call with details at 623-236-7301.