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A sports themed podcast from PinalCentral.com that tells the stories of Pinal County athletes and memorable events in local sports history.

Maria Vasquez, Brian Wright


    • Aug 18, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 34m AVG DURATION
    • 52 EPISODES


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    Chris Zapata: Diamond glory days

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 35:43

    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.

    Anthony Edwards: A man of many talents

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 37:31

    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.

    Grant Sugaski: There's no cooling down in the pool

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 33:11

    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.

    George Mosson: Karate Kid to Mr. Miyagi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 41:56

    Maria speaks to 9-time karate black belt George Mosson about the sport and how he went from being a student to a teacher and shared some of his favorite memories about teaching karate the Pinal County community.

    Randy Youtsey: Mr. Basketball had a strong love for baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 31:07

    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.  

    Jon Roberts: Football is the family business

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 36:20

    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.

    Rudy Valenzuela: Homegrown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 37:49

    Brian and Maria speak with recently retired Vista Grande softball coach Rudy Valenzuela about his military career and how he got into coaching. Valenzuela also spoke about this year's championship run for the Spartans.

    Russell Trejo: Gridiron success runs in the family

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 34:53

    Brian and Maria talk to former running back Russell Trejo about his time at Casa Grande Union and how he ended up at Brigham Young University.

    Bill O'Neil: Walking among giants

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 35:25

    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.

    Kurt Kieser: Running into coaching

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 35:05

    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.

    Gil Luna: Focus on the right now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 33:24

    Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union and current University of Arizona pitcher Gil Luna. Luna speaks about how he ended up playing for the Wildcats and how he dealt with the pandemic as a college athlete.

    Rodger Schenks: The road that led to Coolidge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 33:00

    Brian and Maria talk to Coolidge football coach Rodger Schenks about his time playing for the Madison Mad Dogs in the Indoor Football League and his football coaching background in Arizona and Pinal County.

    Freddie Enke (Part 2): Before Lute Olson there was Fred A. Enke

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 35:23

    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.

    Freddie Enke (Part 1): My dad: UA legend, NFL QB

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 36:05

    Freddie Enke speaks to Brian about the legacy of his father, Fred W. Enke, a member of the Arizona High School Sports Hall of Fame, a football legend at the University of Arizona and an NFL quarterback.

    Kimberlee Myers: Hindsight is 20/20

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 32:11

    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.

    Bailey Wigness: Small town girl with big dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 33:19

    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.

    Trevor Russell: The unconventional route

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 32:08

    Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union and current Louisiana Lafayette football player Trevor Russell about his long journey to become a Ragin' Cajun.

    Abel Ramos: Making it as a professional boxer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 32:02

    Brian and Maria speak with Abel Ramos about how he became a professional boxer and his upcoming fight.

    Miranda Moore: For the love of basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 31:05

    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.

    Margaret Leard: Tennis coaching legend

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 28:53

    Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union girls tennis coach Margaret Leard who coached the Cougars to six team state titles and had a 106-match win streak.

    Ben Gutierrez: The man of many hats

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 37:43

    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. 

    Mike Candrea (Part 2): God of softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 27:36

    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. 

    Mike Candrea (Part 1): How it all started

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 32:13

    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.

    Dave Glasgow: Running it back

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 36:31

    Brian and Maria speak with Coolidge boys basketball coach Dave Glasgow about his state championship teams during his first stint with the program and his return this season.

    John Batina: Still loving the game

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 34:50

    Brian and Maria speak with Casa Grande Union baseball coach John Batina about his long history at CG Union, dating back to his time as a student athlete. Batina also spoke about his college playing days at Brigham Young University.

    David Silvas: Lifelong Gopher

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 32:50

    Brian and Maria speak with Florence boys basketball coach David Silvas about this year's team and playing during a pandemic. Silvas also spoke about his long standing history with the basketball program and its rivalry with Coolidge.

    Hank Bias: The John Wooden connection

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 37:08


    Brian and Maria speak with Vista Grande boys basketball coach Hank Bias about his connection to legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and how he's managed to turnaround the Spartans program.


    Mat Olsen: Change of plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 34:52

    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.

    Savannah Bix: Youthful

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 32:06

    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.

    Tom Shope: Voice of the Bears

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 34:40

    Brian and Maria speak with current Coolidge Bears PA announcer Tom Shope about his time as a radio broadcaster. Shope also spoke about calling some historic football and basketball games during the Bears' championship runs.

    Rishard Davis: Small town love affair

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 37:10

    Brian and Maria speak with Santa Cruz Valley football coach and athletic director Rishard Davis about growing up in Alabama and his coaching journey in Arizona high school football.

    Jake Barro (Part 2): The Pinal County awakening

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 37:25

    Brian and Maria speak with Casa Grande Union football coach Jake Barro about the 2020 pandemic season and the growth of football in Pinal County.

    Jake Barro (Part 1): Living the dream

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 33:42

    Brian and Maria speak with Casa Grande Union football coach Jake Barro about his coaching journey and turning the Cougars into a playoff contending team.

    Jesus Ramos: Knock out punch

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 35:09

    Brian and Maria speak with Casa Grande boxer Jesus Ramos before his next fight on Dec. 26.

    Shane Dale: The Territorial Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 41:02

    Brian and Maria speak with CG Union alum and former ABC 15 sports reporter Shane Dale about writing a book about the Territorial Cup and the rivalry between former Arizona State coach Todd Graham and former U of A coach Rich Rodriguez.

    Stephen Trejo (Part 2): Motor City

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 34:35

    Brian and Maria speak with former Arizona State and NFL player Stephen Trejo about going undrafted and making it onto the Detroit Lions roster. Trejo also spoke about being in the NFL during the September 11 terrorist attacks.

    Stephen Trejo (Part 1): CG Union football in the 90's

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 38:07

    Brian and Maria speak with former Arizona State and NFL player Stephen Trejo about playing with former Sun Devil legends like Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman, and playing for Casa Grande Union in the 90's.

    Skylar Redd: Going for the kill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2020 37:20

    Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union volleyball standout Skylar Redd about her experience coaching junior varsity, her ACL injury and her advice to high school athletes.

    Jacob Cowing: Former Ram, leading the way at UTEP

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2020 31:26

    Brian and Maria speak with former Maricopa Rams wide receiver Jacob Cowing about how he ended up at University of Texas, El Paso and what it's like to play college football during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Scott McEuen: The only season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2020 37:48

    Brian And Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union football coach Scott McEuen about his only season coaching the varsity team and how he led them to the playoffs during an 11-game regular season.

    George Young (Part 2): Final Olympics and CAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 36:17

    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.

    George Young (Part 1): Steeplechase racing to the Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2020 33:21

    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.

    Vince Smith: Falling from grace to saving grace

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2020 36:21

    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.

    John Kashner (Part 2): Future of Pinal County football

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2020 34:09

    Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union and Coolidge football coach John Kashner about the current state of Pinal County football and the sport. 

    John Kashner (Part 1): Welcome to Arizona

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 34:57

    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.

    Shelby Davis: From behind the plate to the helm of CAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2020 32:04

    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.

    Randy Robbins (Part 2): Preparing the next generation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2020 34:26

    Brian speaks with Randy Robbins about being the athletic director at Casa Grande Union and working with today's youth and the future of high school sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Randy Robbins (Part 1): Journey to the NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2020 28:39

    Brian and Maria speak with former University of Arizona and NFL player Randy Robbins about how he ended up in the NFL and playing against some legendary athletes during his collegiate football career.

    Lin Laursen (Part 2): A championship legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2020 34:11

    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.

    Lin Laursen (Part 1): Iowa farm girl takes over CAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2020 32:13

    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.

    Kevin White: All He Does is Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2020 34:29


    Brian and Maria speak with former Casa Grande Union High School quarterback Kevin White about playing some of the biggest games of his football career for West Virginia University.


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