Archive for: May 2014

Arizona Black Label® Bacon Fest Returns Bigger and Better than Ever


AZ BaconFestThe Second Annual Bacon Fest returns to Tucson on Saturday, June 7, 2014 with new title sponsor Hormel and Black Label® Bacon. The event quickly outgrew its inaugural event space and will be held at the Kino Sports Complex from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. under the lights of the ballpark.  General admission starts at 6pm.

Joining title sponsor Hormel will be local sponsors Harley Davidson of Tucson, RideNow Power Sports, Rock 102.1, KLPX 96.1, NBC affiliate, KVOA 4 and KNST.

San-Diego-Bacon-Fest-520x347Festival goers will be treated with bacon-centric samplings from 30+ local restaurants and 20 breweries from Tucson, across Arizona and even Canada’s Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Chefs will compete with their bacon-filled creations submitted to a panel of celebrity judges from television and radio for the title of “ABF Best in Show.”

Attendees will also receive a 4-oz. tasting glass to taste the latest craft beer offerings and to learn about proper pairing of styles of beer with different types of food. Live music from Love Boat delivering “Yacht Rock” and Evolution bringing “Arena Anthem Rock” will provide the entertainment with DJs Super Mario and Michael “DJ Bignut” Lopez spinning party music in between sets.

This 21 and over event will also provide interactive games such as horseshoe toss, steer roping and much more.

Tickets start at $40 in advance from local merchants Brushfire BBQ, Plaza Liquors and Lindy’s on 4th Avenue. Online tickets can be purchased at for $45 with VIP packages at $100. The VIP package will allow you an hour early entrance, a separate gated entrance, t-shirt and a tented “trough” with a waitress to deliver the beer and bacon.

baFree parking will be available onsite as well as hotel accommodations at Fairfield Inn and Suites offering free shuttle service to and from the festival and a promo code for that Bacon Discount.

A portion of the proceeds will go to La Frontera of Arizona’s Rally Point. Rally Point is a service of military veterans helping veterans. Whether it be substance abuse, family violence, housing crises or medical issues, Rally Point is at the front line to fight the war at home.

NCAA Baseball Regional Preview – San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly to Host

ASU Anthem

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has had a charmed season in 2014. The Mustangs won the Big West Conference title for the first time in program history with a 19-5 conference record. The 45 total wins shattered the previous record of 38 wins in a season in 2009. Lastly, Cal Poly will host its first-ever regional at Baggett Stadium this weekend while conference mates Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Long Beach State must travel to play.

The first game of the regional will be on Friday at 1 p.m. PT and will pit No. 2 Arizona State against No. 3 seed Pepperdine. Cal Poly will face No. 4 seed Sacramento State at 6 p.m. PT.>>>Read more on College Baseball Central




Women and Wine Wednesday Returns to Tucson

Wine & WomenTUCSON, Ariz. — The professional women of Tucson will be descending upon the Viscount Suite Hotel at  4855 E. Broadway Blvd. on Wednesday night. Over 200 people have registered for a free wine tasting sponsored by one of the America’s finest vintners, Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

This will be the 14th meeting of Women + Wine Wednesday and it promises to be better than ever with Coppola Wines sponsoring the event.

Event promoter Rob Betancourt is excited for the event. “The women of Tucson prove their position in today’s business world with their products and services placed at the forefront, ready to deliver presentations and samplings of their goods on hand, ” said Betancourt.

“Guests will be able to celebrate business and network like a pro over wine tasting provided by Francis Ford Coppola Winery and indulge in gourmet appetizers. Music will also be provided by DJ Kasky and Super Mario.”

coppola-diamond-logo-bottlesAlong with the free, yes – free wine for ladies, there will be vendors, entertainment, prizes and giveaways! With so many Tucsonans already registered to attend, you don’t want to be left out in the heat – get into the Viscount Suite Hotel for Women + Wine Wednesday.

If wine isn’t your thing, there will also be Diva Del Bravo Tequila on hand for your sampling pleasure.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until approximately 8:30 p.m. When the tasting is over and you still feel the need to shake your groove thing, Wilbur’s Sports Bar, under the same roof will be the official after party. Fireball cinnamon whiskey will be on special all night long to keep the party going for after-hours networking.

A simple dress code is requested – Men with collared shirts, women with heels or wedges. No denim, flip-flops, sandals or sneakers for ladies or gentlemen.

For those that prefer to stay the night, the hotel is offering discounted room rates of $79 a night and deluxe suites for only $89, both rates include breakfast.

Sponsors for the event include:

  • The Studio Hair Artistry
  • Sanchez Team – Nova Home Loans
  • Yellow Cab
  • AZ Weekly Magazine
  • Seacret – Minerals from the Dead Sea
  • Angie’s Pure Romance
  • L’Oreal Flowerbomb – Dillard’s Tucson Mall
  • Cashbox Jewelry & Pawn
  • Visi
  • Steve Gonzales – Watson Chevrolet
  • Lesco Optique
  • The Memory Box Photo Booth

For more information, contact Rob Betancourt at

Stanford, UCLA eliminated from men’s golf championships

STANFORDMenschampThe No. 1 seed Cardinal defeated the University of Illinois in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, 3-2, on the strength of Patrick Rodgers’ 3-and-2 win along with Cameron Wilson and Viraat Badwhar’s 1-up victories. Stanford would battle with Oklahoma State in the semifinals before dropping the match 3-2 on Badwhar’s missed putt on 18. The Bruins were not as fortunate, losing 4-1 with Lorens Chan the only victor on the UCLA squad.

Wilson was paired in the quarterfinals with Illinois’ Alex Burge and was met with a bigger challenge than expected. Wilson found himself 1-down on several occasions but was able to bounce back, taking the 1-up advantage on the 17th hole, the same hole on which he won the national championship on Monday.

Badwhar and his opponent, Charlie Danielson, took viewers on a roller coaster ride. Badwhar led by three strokes on two separate occasions before pulling out the 1-up victory. Rodgers dominated Jonathan Hauter 3-and-2 after dropping three of the first four holes.

Evert Wilson - NCAA photo

National Champion – Stanford’s Cameron Wilson Evan Wilson photo

In the semifinals against Oklahoma State, Wilson excelled over the Cowboys’ Ian David, winning 4-and-2. Rodgers battled with Jordan Niebrugge through 12 holes before winning the skin on 13 and 14 and maintaining the lead throughout the next three holes to win 2-and-1. The most intense match of the day was between Maverick McNealy and Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch.

The duo dueled back and forth with neither taking a lead larger than one stroke. Gooch’s birdie on 16 and McNealy’s bogey on 17 seemingly sealed the victory for Gooch until he followed up with a bogey on 18 to force a playoff. They battled for two more holes until Gooch finally pulled out the victory.

All the pressure of the match then rested on the shoulders of Viraat Badwhar, who had not won a hole throughout his match with Wyndham Clark. Badwhar battled back from 3-down after 13 holes and won the 14th and 15th holes. The pair tied on the 16th and 17th holes, and it came down to Badwhar needing a birdie on 18 to extend the match, which he pulled to the left, handing Oklahoma State the victory.


ucla-logoThe Bruins’ chances heading into the quarterfinals were shaky at best, but the squad finished up strong down the stretch to secure the No. 6 seed and would have to face No. 3 seed Louisiana State. Lorens Chan started strong with a 2-up lead through the first three holes over LSU’s Stewart Jolly. The pair started on the 10th hole and by the 17th hole, they were all square once again. Chan would pick up four strokes over the next three holes and would be declared the victor 4-and-3 after the pair both hit par on the sixth hole.

Preston Valder matched up nicely with LSU’s Curtis Thompson as the pair halved nine of the holes on the day. Valder fell in an early 2-down hole after three holes but would gain the strokes back on the 14th hole with a birdie putt while Thompson bogeyed. Valder would take a 1-up lead after the 16th hole but returned to all-square after 17.

The 2014 UCLA Men's Golf Team

The 2014 UCLA Men’s Golf Team

The two would remain so for the next three holes until Valder won the skin at the third hole. Thompson would square it up down the stretch on seven but Valder would take the 1-up lead heading into the final hole. The biggest disappointment came on the ninth hole where Valder settled for a double bogey to lose two strokes and the match to Thompson 1-up.

UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick played a similar match to Valder against LSU’s Smylie Kaufman. Garrick started off in a 2-down hole after the 10th hole and then went on to halve 13 holes with Kaufman. Garrick never led in the match although he did win the fourth and 12th holes.

The Bruins’ Matt Pinnizzotto took an early 2-up lead over the Tigers’ Zach Wright but found himself 2-down after the first ten holes. After winning the skin on the second hole, there was a glimmer of hope with the pair halving the next four holes. Dropping back to 2-down and halving the next hole closed the door on Pinnizzotto, losing 2-and-1.

The most consistent golfer on the Bruins, Anton Arboleda, had the poorest performance in match play against LSU’s Benjamin Taylor. Arboleda, like Pinnozzotto, had a 2-up lead after three holes and watched it slip away. Arboleda gave up skins on 13 and 15 before gaining one back on 16, then giving it right back on 17. Taylor took his first lead on the fourth hole and would go on to take the next two holes, sealing the 4-and-3 finish.

NCAA Baseball Regional Preview – Bloomington, Indiana to Host

card base

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University has flexed its baseball muscles in an otherwise unproductive Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers have won the regular season and conference tournament championships in back-to-back seasons with only Nebraska and Illinois providing any competition. Indiana is one of the few teams that benefits from a weak conference schedule and the 42 wins is hard to resist when doling out regional site invitations.

The first game of the regional will be on Friday at 2 p.m. ET and will pit No. 2 Indiana State against No. 3 seed Stanford. Indiana will face No. 4 seed Youngstown State at 7 p.m. ET. >>>Read more on College Baseball Central


NCAA Baseball Regional Preview – Nashville, Vanderbilt to Host


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt jumped out of the starting gates like a team possessed this season. The Commodores won their first seven games and 17 of their first 20 with an conference-opening series win over Louisiana State. A mainstay to the top 10 all season long, Vanderbilt fell on some difficult times in conference play yet managed to earn a regional host despite it all.

The first game of the regional will be on Friday at Noon ET and will pit No. 2 Oregon against No. 3 seed Clemson. Vanderbilt will face No. 4 seed Xavier at 7 p.m. ET. >>>Read more on College Baseball Central

NCAA Baseball Regional Preview: Oregon St. Host In Corvallis

Beavers Cover

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State had a great final regular season weekend. Despite losing two of three to USC, the Beavers were crowned Pac-12 Champion for the second consecutive year and was named the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA  Men’s Baseball Tournament.  This is the second straight year that the Beavers have hosted and the ninth time they have advanced to the postseason in the past 10 years.

The first game of the regional will be on Friday at 2 p.m. PT and will pit No. 2 UNLV against No. 3 seed UC Irvine. Oregon State will face No. 4 seed North Dakota State at 8 p.m. PT and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN U.>>>Read more on College Baseball Central



Stanford, UCLA advance to match play in NCAA men’s golf championships

Stan_UCLAA long yet productive day took place at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., on Monday. With the previous cancellation of the fourth round, teams played for over 12 hours on Memorial Day to determine the top eight spots.

Of the 30 teams competing, only the lowest eight team scores—including Stanford and UCLA—advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals in a match-style playoff, with the top two teams teeing off Wednesday in the title match. Five Pac-12 teams finished in the top 15 on Monday, with seven Pac-12 golfers finishing under par and in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard.

The Stanford Cardinal finished as the top team after the final round with a total of 13-under par, nine strokes ahead of its closest competitors, LSU and Alabama, who finished at 4-under. Despite top-ranked Patrick Rodgers’ stumble on the day at 3-over par and Cameron Wilson saving par on the day, David Boote kept the Card afloat with a stellar 5-under par performance to complement his 3-under play in the second round.

Evert Wilson - NCAA photo

Evert Wilson – NCAA photo

Wilson was tied for the individual lead at 6-under par with Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schneiderjans at the end of regulation. He would go on to win the three-hole playoff and be crowned national champion on the 17th hole after both golfers parred on the 18th and 10th holes. Boote finished tied for third place overall at 5-under.

UCLA flirted with the cut line down the back stretch, dropping as low as 10th before finishing in the sixth spot at 4-over par through the final round. The Bruins rebounded from a 4-over performance in the second round with a 1-over 281.

Lorens Chan was the model of consistency with two straight even-par rounds and topped it off with a monster 3-under final round to move from a tie at 26th place to being tied for 10th place at 3-under with five others. Anton Arboleda struggled a bit in the final round, finishing 2-over par to finish at 1-over.

California rebounded from its abysmal 9-over par performance in the second round with a respectable 2-over par in the final round, finishing at 10-over and just missing the cut in 11th place. Joel Stalter shot 3-under in the final round to finish 1-under for the tournament, jumping from a tie for 50th to being tied at 20th overall. Brandon Hagy dropped two strokes in the final round to finish 2-over.

Washington had a nice 1-under par 279 in the opening round, but then the Huskies shot 7-over in both the second and third rounds to finish at 13-over with a 15th-place finish. Corey Pereira completed the final round with a respectable 1-under 69 to finish 1-under for the tournament in the logjam 19th place with nine other golfers.  and finish in a tie for 46th place.

John Vu - photo

John Vu – photo

Oregon’s 9-under performance on Monday was the second-lowest round of the tournament, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the second round score of 17-over—the second-highest round of the tournament. The Ducks finished in 14th place, one stroke ahead of regional rival Washington.

Zach Foushee redeemed himself, shooting 5-under par on Monday after his paltry 6-over performance in the second round. Foushee would finish tied for 19th place at 1-under par for the tournament. Brandon McIver finished 3-under par on Monday to bring him to 3-over par for the tournament.

Washington had a nice 1-under par 279 in the opening round, but then the Huskies shot 7-over in both the second and third rounds to finish at 13-over with a 15th-place finish. Corey Pereira completed the final round with a respectable 1-under 69 to finish 1-under for the tournament in the logjam 19th place with nine other golfers.

Southern California didn’t have its best outing over the long Memorial Day weekend. The Trojans just couldn’t find their groove at Prairie Dunes but showed signs of improvement in the final round, finishing 15-over. Rico Hoey, the Trojans’ lone bright spot, finished the tournament with a 2-under 68 in the first round and a 1-under 69 in the final round. Hoey’s 7-over in the second round dropped him to 4-over for the tournament in a tie for 55th place.


Stanford leads NCAA men’s golf championships after 36 holes

Stanford golf

Rain delays, threats of lightning and overall poor weather at Prairie Dunes Country Club have changed the format of the NCAA men’s golf championship in Huntington, Kan. The course, which has been suffering from one of the worst droughts in recent memory as well as one of the driest starts on record, has been anything but dry.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, the fourth round, originally scheduled for Monday, has been canceled and hopes that a full round can completed on Monday are still up in the air because the forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of scattered storms.

The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal led at the conclusion of Saturday’s suspended play. After all teams finally completed two full rounds earlier on Sunday afternoon, the Cardinal still remained on top of the leaderboard without ever stepping on the course.

The nation’s top two ranked amateurs in Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, both from Stanford, also sit atop the individual leaderboard, only juxtaposed ever so slightly with Wilson in first place at 6-under and Rodgers right behind at 5-under par.


california-b-logo-1The Cal Golden Bears, who were ranked No. 5 prior to the championships, excelled in the first round with a 1-under 279 but struggled in the second round finishing 9-over par. The Bears were able to start the third round prior to a final suspension due to lightning and shoot a 1-under on the day. Cal is now tied for 14th par with the Universities of Texas and Alabama-Birmingham at 7-over. Brandon Hagy is tied for 21st place at 1-under par while teammates Joel Stalter and Michael Weaver are tied for 41st at 1-over par.


No. 8 Washington mirrored the play of California, scoring 1-under par in the first round and struggling in the second round. The Huskies performed two strokes better than the Bears finishing 7-over in the round and 6-over par overall, good enough to be tied for 11th place. Cory Pereira led all Huskies golfers with an even par after shooting 69 in the first round and 71 in the second.



No. 21 UCLA also shot a 1-under par 279 in the first round but fared much better in the second round despite all the delays and distractions. The Bruins finished the second round with a respectable 4-over par to give the squad a composite score of 3-over par and sole possession of eighth place. Anton Arboleda, who had a masterful 2-under 68 in the first round, finished 1-over in the second dropping him from 18th place in the individual ranking to 21stLorens Chan and Preston Valder are both a stroke behind Arboleda at even par. 


The 22nd-ranked Trojans had a bad first round and an even worse second round. Finishing 16-over par in the first round was tough but being unable to rebound with an 18-over second round most likely signaled the end of the tournament for USC. Their third round score of 3-over par was not the worst showing of the round and their total score of 37-over is also not the highest of all schools, that honor belongs to Texas A&M at 38-over par. Rico Hoey, the lone bright spot for the Trojans with a 2-under 68 in the first round, finished the second round at 7-over par. Hoey’s teammates are all in double digits over par.


oregon-g-logoOne would think that the 27th ranked Oregon Ducks would excel in the inclement and rainy conditions but it has proved to be the opposite. They represent the biggest drop from the end of day one, which had Oregon on top, to the end of day three, where we find the Ducks at 17-over par and in 23rd place out of 30 schools. The 17-over second round hit the squad hard and they have rebounded in the third round with an impressive 4-under par to keep the Ducks at 17-over for the tournament.

Stanford on top at NCAA men’s golf championships after shortened second round


The No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal was only one of six teams to complete the second round of play due to inclement weather interrupting play for over eight hours on Thursday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Only the top eight teams will make the cut after 54 holes of play to qualify for a match-play style playoff. The final two teams will play on Wednesday for the title match.

stanford-logoThe Cardinal finished the first round 1-over par and came roaring back in the second round to shoot a 13-under 267 finishing their first two rounds at a combined 12-under. Stanford is in the lead by four strokes over top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama who has yet to begin its second round. The top two ranked individuals in Partick Rodgers (-5) and Cameron Wilson (-6) lived up to their hype by finishing in the top three at the end of the second day.

No. 5 ranked California was able to complete two full rounds but with much less success than their rival across the bay. At 8-over par, the Golden Bears are tied for 21st place with the Universities of Kentucky and Houston. Cal finished the first round with an admirable 1-under 279, yet fell apart in the second round finishing 9-over for the round. No. 6 individual Brandon Hagy dropped from being tied for 14th at 2-under par to being tied for 39th at even par.


The No. 8 ranked Washington Huskies finished the first round 1-under par and have struggled on the first three holes of the second round, finishing 6-over on holes 15-18. At 5-over par, the Huskies are currently tied for 16th place with four other schools. Cory Pereira finished round one at 1-under par but currently sits at 1-over while teammate Jonathan Sanders has improved on his first round 73, shooting 1-under so far in the second round placing him tied for 69th at 2-over par.

The UCLA Bruins, who were ranked at No. 21 entering the championships have yet to hit the course for the second round and are clinging to a tie for 10th place at 1-under par after the first round. Anton Arboleda is 2-under par and tied for 15th place in the individual standings. No. 25 Johnathan Garrick and No. 50 Lorens Chan are both tied for 39th after shooting an even par 70 in the first round.

oregon-g-logoThe No. 22 USC Trojans had a horrific first round, shooting 16-over par and look to rebound in the second round on Sunday morning. 15th ranked Rico Hoey finished the first round with a respectable 2-under 68 and is currently tied with several others for 15th place. Three SC players are 6-over par, including 30th ranked Anthony Paolucci.

The No. 27 ranked Oregon Ducks surprised the field after taking the lead at the end of the first day. The Ducks would return to Earth and finish with a 4-over 284 after completing the second round, good enough to be tied for 14th with the University of Illinois. Friday’s individual leader, Zach Foushee is holding on to a 15th place tie at 2-under par. Teammate Thomas Lim is also sporting a respectable 1-under par 69 at the completion of the first round.