Wild Wednesday – Happy New Year

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As we open our first Wildcat email Wednesday of 2022, I wish the Wildcat family a Happy New Year! Arizona Athletics achieved excellence in 2021 with a historically successful year in the classroom, in competition and in our Southern Arizona community. Our Wildcat Way mission has been accomplished as our student-athletes continue to proudly represent Block A as academic, athletic and lifelong champions.

A new year represents a new opportunity to continue living the Wildcat Way. Our Wildcat student-athletes will compete through their seasons, pursue their dreams of graduating from college, and represent the University of Arizona and Southern Arizona with distinction. We look forward to cheering them on this year. Shoot down and go cats!



The profile series, “Who We Are,” on ArizonaWildcats.com continues to tell the stories of our student-athletes and how they experience the Wildcat Way. Recent features include rookie Carolina Melgrati of Arizona Women’s Golf who overcame the adversity of the global pandemic in her home country of Italy to thrive on the course in her first half of the year. university. Click here to read Caroline’s story.



As we begin a new year, we would like to offer another reminder to fans regarding the McKale Center masking. We continue to increase our communication on the University of Arizona campus masking requirements for indoor installations. The sports department has stepped up these requirements by reminding fans through on-site signage, social media posts, email communications, public service announcements and messages broadcast on the video scoreboard of the McKale Center.

These requirements, in conjunction with the orientation of the campus, are that masks are required to enter the McKale Center and must be worn at all times inside the establishment. Fans and customers are only allowed to remove their masks if they eat or drink for them. While we cannot guarantee compliance for all fans and patrons of the facility, we continue to do our utmost to effectively communicate these requirements.

We understand that every fan should decide whether they are comfortable attending a sporting event, and we encourage those who have concerns about their personal health not to attend. As a resource, our ArizonaWildcats.com/GameDayHealth page has more health and safety information for fans.

Thank you for your collaboration. Shoot down and hide!



Coach Barnes and the Wildcats return to action when they host Washington State at 6 p.m. MST on Friday, Jan. 7 at the McKale Center. The team placed fourth in this week’s national poll and received multiple first-place votes for the first time in program history.

Friday’s game will be extra special as it will end with the official Ring of Honor ceremony for the all-time great Aari McDonald. It will be a special time for the entire Wildcat family to see Aari’s name officially join the other greats on the rafters of the legendary McKale Center.

You can purchase your tickets for Friday’s game by clicking here. We also have some great mini-plan options available for the rest of the season on sale as well.



Since our last Wildcat email Wednesday of 2021, Arizona Football has continued to build excitement around the program by signing one of its top recruiting classes. Ranked among the top 25 nationally and among the best in the Pac-12, Coach Fisch and the program have taken one step closer to a future of excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

The Pac-12 conference also recently released its 2022 baseline calendar, so the Wildcat family can open the calendars and plan for Bear Down with the Cats in the fall. Fans can deposit 2022 Arizona Football Season tickets today by clicking here.



It was another exciting and emphatic victory for Arizona men’s basketball on Monday night as the Wildcats beat Washington, 95-79, in a reel-filled highlight-filled victory. Bennedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa and Christian Koloko all scored over 20 points in the win over Washington, giving the Cats their first three-scorer 20-point game since the 2008-09 season.

Arizona entered the week in eighth place in the nation and improved to 12-1 with the victory over Washington. Our men’s hoops mini-plan ticket packages are still on sale and you can purchase your Bear Down tickets with Arizona Men’s Basketball in 2022.


Arizona sophomore softball students Janelle Meoño and Sharlize Palacios along with former student and Olympic silver medalist Dejah Mulipola compete in the selection trials for the 2022 U.S. Women’s National Softball Team this week in Florida. The Wildcats trio are vying for places on the 18-player roster to compete at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. Mulipola has been a member of the women’s national team for three years, while Meoño and Palacios hope to make the squad for the first time. Good luck to Janelle, Sharlize and Dejah at the Selection Trials as we cheer you on from Tucson.



Our athletics department’s NIL program, Arizona EDGE, continues to grow with our EDGE marketplace in conjunction with the local INFLCR exchange program. This is a great resource for student-athletes to use their name, image and likeness and connect with the business community while following NCAA, State, and American rules. ‘university.

Arizona Athletics has also partnered with DYME to create NIL opportunities for student-athletes through engaging content directly with student-athletes.

We are committed to providing a first-class student-athlete experience for the Wildcats and leading head-on in the new NIL space as part of our mission to provide student-athletes with opportunities to become athletic, academic champions. and life.


Congratulations to our men’s tennis program for ranking No. 15 nationally in the ITA Preseason Coaches Survey. Arizona men’s tennis has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past three seasons under the guidance of the head coach Shields of Clancy‘guardianship. After another record breaking season in 2020-21, the Wildcats have a solid core of decorated comebacks and talented newcomers to this year’s roster. The program returns to the field for its first game of 2022 on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. MST against the Grand Canyon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


As games are canceled and postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, it can be difficult to keep up with upcoming sporting events in Arizona. The ArizonaWildcats.com Composite Calendar is a great resource for up-to-date schedule changes for all of our programs. This is updated regularly with cancellation and postponement announcements and can be integrated with other calendar apps.


Send us your photos of you wearing the colors in complete safety!

Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! Be sure to take a pic the next time you wear the colors and send it to us, maybe we will include it in the Wildcat on Wednesday next week! And even if your photo submission doesn’t make next week’s edition, please check out our “Wear the Colors” album on facebook.com/ArizonaAthletics on Friday.

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to [email protected] using the subject line ‘Wildcat Wednesday photo.’ Please also ensure that all submissions are clear and properly informed. We also ask that you identify all of the people in the photo so that we can highlight them accordingly.

Stay safe, go for it and hide!

Dave heeke
Director of Athletics
University of Arizona
[email protected]

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