A sports themed podcast from PinalCentral.com that tells the stories of Pinal County athletes and memorable events in local sports history.
Maria and David talk to former Santa Cruz Valley multi-sport athlete, Chris Zapata about playing football, basketball and baseball for the Dust Devils. Zapata spoke about being part of the state championship baseball team in 1976 and how growing up in the Eloy led him to wanting to be involved in the community and led to him becoming the City Manager.
Maria and David speak with former Casa Grande Union football player and wrestler Anthony Edwards about his time playing in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals. Edwards is now a pastor at the Greater Evangelist Temple and he was also in a dance group when he was a kid.
Maria and David speak with Grant Sugaski, the two-time state championship swimmer out of Casa Grande Union. Sugaski talked about being part of a club swim team and detailed how much training he did to be one of the top swimmers in the state.
Maria talks with Randy Youtsey about his impressive athletic career at Coolidge where he played quarterback, shooting guard and shortstop for the Bears. He was mostly known as the basketball guy but his first love was baseball as he went on to play for Central Arizona College.
Brian and Maria speak with Vista Grande head coach Jon Roberts about taking over the football program and what he's learned about being an assistant to many successful head coaches in Arizona. Roberts also spoke about what it was like growing up in the Robbins family and how his athletic pedigree is heavily influenced by his dad.
Brian and Maria talk to former Casa Grande Union distance runner Bill O'Neil about the influence some of Casa Grande's legendary coaches had on his life, specifically George Young. O'Neil also talks about a career ending injury and how he ended up getting a college education by singing and eventually becoming a judge in Pinal County.
Brian and Maria speak with long-time cross country and track coach Kurt Kieser about his high school running days at Flowing Wells and Casa Grande Union. Kieser also spoke about his coaching journey at Antelope, Maricopa and the many memorable athletes he's coached at CG Union.
Brian speaks with Freddie Enke about his grandfather's coaching legacy at the University of Arizona. Fred A. Enke coached men's basketball at U of A for 36 seasons and one year of football. He also coached two seasons of football and basketball at the University of Louisville.
Maria speaks with former Casa Grande Union softball player Kimberlee Myers about playing for the University of Washington and then transferring to Auburn University. Myers talks about her high school days and how her college athletic career wasn't what she expected.
Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union softball player Bailey Wigness about her softball journey from starting off at an early age to playing at Arizona State to eventually finding a career in coaching and becoming the head coach at the University of South Carolina - Beaufort.
Brian speaks with Miranda Moore, former Coolidge and CAC basketball player about her long-standing relationship with Coolidge boys basketball coach Dave Glasgow. Moore also spoke about her athletic background in track and is the marketing director for the Barca Academy soccer program.
Brian and Maria speak with Ben Gutierrez about the many hats he's worn from when he was a student at Casa Grande Union High School up to now that he's the equipment manager. Gutierrez reminisces about many memorable moments in the school's athletic programs as well as some well known coaches.
Brian and Maria speak with University of Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea about taking over the team in the late 80's and turning it into one of the most successful programs in the country. Candrea also spoke about softball in the Olympics and what it's been like coming back after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 season.
Brian and Maria speak with current University of Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea about the start of his coaching career at Central Arizona College, recruiting athletes in the 80's and how the sport has grown since he first started coaching.
Brian and Maria speaker with former Florence pitcher Mat Olsen about playing for Central Arizona College about what it was like to redshirt his first college season, the roller coaster of emotions he felt during the MLB draft and why he changed his decision of playing for the University of Arizona to Arizona State.
Brian and Maria speak with Poston Butte girls basketball coach Savannah Bix about the challenges of playing high school basketball during a pandemic and having a very young team this season. She also spoke about her experience of being a head coach in her early 20s and her overall thoughts on girls basketball in the state.
Brian and Maria speak with former Central Arizona College athletic director George Young about the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany and the terrorist attack in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed. He also spoke about become the CAC athletic director and recruiting legendary coaches Lin Laursen and Mike Candrea.
Brian and Maria speak with former Central Arizona College athletic director George Young about being a 4-time Olympian. He spoke about how he got into the steeplechase and his experience at the 1960 Rome Olympics, 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Brian and Maria speak with former Coolidge High School quarterback Vince Smith about playing in the high school state championship with the Bears, the injury that derailed his football playing career which led him down a dark path and how he turned his life around to become a Bishop.
Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union and Coolidge football coach John Kashner about moving from Pennsylvania to Casa Grande. He also talk about the challenges that came with changing the culture of the Cougars' football program and how welcoming the local community was.
Brian and Maria speak with former Central Arizona College catcher and current softball coach Shelby Davis about her high school playing days at Seton Catholic Prep, her road to coaching at CAC and recruiting local softball talent.
Brian and Maria talk with legendary coach Lin Laursen, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame who coached Central Arizona College to three national championships and 971 wins. Laursen reminisces about some of her top players and discusses the most meaningful aspects of her legacy.
Brain and Maria speak with former Central Arizona College women's basketball coach Lin Laursen about her move to Arizona, taking over as coach at CAC and coaching three different sports and becoming the winningest women's basketball coach in junior college history. This is Part 1 of 2 with Lin Laursen.