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Column: Likeable hikes, starting with Cedar Breaks and Buckskin Gulch

'Hiking Arizona'

What’s your favorite hike,” asked the young man as we walked down the trail. This is a common approach to identifying potentially likeable hikes, yet how can my favorite hike become your favorite hike?

Column: Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones at war with NFL

'Beyond the Lines'

Forget the Russian probe. Jerry Jones versus the NFL – and Commissioner Roger Goodell – is the most interesting legal matter in the country.

Column: How does your brain work best … when playing tennis?

'My Point'

It seems about 70 percent of the tennis player you become is a result of your learning of playing skills, the basic stroke-fundamentals added to sound strategy for singles and doubles.

Column: The best time of year for a bike ride is now

'Switchback'

This is the time of year I really feel our local trails become just about flawless. So much of the foliage is changing color… bringing shades of orange, yellow and red almost everywhere your appreciation might choose to find it.

Column: Republican tax bill targets national sports scene

'Beyond the Lines'

The long-awaited Republican tax plan unveiled last week contained proposals which would benefit some taxpayers and negatively impact others. The sports world is no exception.

Column: The spirit of competition and playing the best of the best

'My Point'

It seems the human race thrives to a large degree in the art of competition - who can do what - bigger and better than the next person, team, region, section, business, state or even nation.

Column: The unsung heroes of pickleball

'Paddle Up'

There were about 250 pickleball players in the Prescott Quad City area in 2011 and by early 2017 some 2,500 players by my estimates.

Column: Borderland hiking at Miller Peak

'Hiking Arizona'

Our borderlands offer some of the best hiking anywhere with rugged canyons and challenging peaks.

Column: Baseball managers are hired to be fired

'Beyond the Lines'

Baseball managers have never had much security, with the exception of Connie Mack who remained in the dugout for 53 years.

Column: Dennis Van der Meer, the coach of coaches

'My Point'

Who would ever guess the son of a couple missionaries living in a Southwest African village would produce one of the most well-known teaching professionals ever know?

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Column: It’s all on the line tonight for Badgers, Bears

'On the Ball'

Posting four victories in the last five weeks, the No. 15-ranked Prescott football team likely needs one more win Friday night to qualify for the 4A state playoffs.

Column: Finding the best trail for a great outdoor experience

'Switchback'

Sometimes all it takes to have a new outdoor experience here in Prescott is to choose a direction and see where the trail might lead you. One of my favorite places to explore is south of town into the Bradshaws.

Column: NCAA punts on North Carolina academic fraud

'Beyond the Lines'

One of the most recognizable sports acronyms is NCAA, which stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. After the governing body’s recent ruling on the University of North Carolina (UNC) academic fraud case, it might as well stand for “Not Concerned with Academic Accountability.”

Column: Finding your path and following it successfully

'My Point'

At certain times in our lives we take stock in how we’re doing, what we’ve done and where we still want to go and do with our limited time here on earth.

Column: Long distance hiking, the Black Canyon Trail

'Hiking Arizona'

In the book, “Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People” by Robert and Martha Manning, we find a wealth of information and encouragement to “hit the trail.”

Column: Derek Jeter’s success as MLB owner no sure thing

'Beyond the Lines'

Derek Jeter, Major League Baseball team owner. The title may not be as familiar as shortstop and captain of the New York Yankees, but after MLB owners approved his group’s offer to purchase the Miami Marlins, Jeter is now a part owner of the team.

Column: Subdivision pickleball and tennis problems, again

'My Point'

This last week there was a meeting held of tennis players (in general) in regard to the Prescott Lakes recreational area and a group of pickleball players, who have asked their board to consider taking one of their two tennis courts and convert it to a couple or more pickleball courts. Currently there are two tennis courts and five pickleball courts.

Column: Prescott Circle Trail, an incredible ride

'Switchback'

For those few that are not yet aware, the Prescott Circle Trail is a 55 or so mile loop that circumnavigates our town of Prescott.

Column: Bribery kickback scandal rocks college basketball world

'Beyond the Lines'

Last week a New York federal court handed up indictments charging a number of assistant coaches, agents, financial advisers and shoe company employees with corruption in recruiting amateur basketball players.

Column: I’m done talking....let’s play!

'My Point'

This last Saturday I finally got to go see the movie, “Battle of the Sexes,” where in 1973 the No. 2 woman tennis player in the world, Billie Jean King, played an exhibition match in the Houston Astrodome against Bobby Riggs in a winner take all $100,000 match.

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Column: Off the beaten path, ‘see the world in a grain of sand’

'Hiking Arizona'

She asked, “How do you decide where to hike next?” As Robert Frost wrote, “The path less traveled.”

Column: President Trump takes on NFL owners, players

'Beyond the Lines'

Leave it to President Donald Trump to stir up a controversy at a time when he should have been dealing with the myriad issues confronting the country. But as untimely as his actions to take on the NFL players and owners may have been, that doesn’t mean he was entirely wrong.

Column: New tennis inductees are very special people

'My Point'

On Sunday, Oct. 8, the third annual Park of Tennis Fame day will take place, beginning with a clinic taught by all the local tennis professionals from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and followed by our induction ceremony at noon for six outstanding local people for what they have done in and for the game of tennis.

Column: What’s the most embarrassing shot in pickleball?

'Paddle Up'

I’m willing to bet you may think the most embarrassing missed shot in pickleball is missing the serve.

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Column: Why it’s college basketball’s finest hour, not its darkest

'On the Ball'

Sports columnists, talk-show hosts, university presidents and their respective athletic directors have frequently used the phrase, “darkest moment,” when attempting to describe the past 48 hours in the college basketball world.

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