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Arizona Basketball offers 4-star 2023 wing, Cody Williams
Continuing to make progress on the recruiting trail for 2023, head coach Tommy Lloyd and Arizona Basketball have offered four-star wing, Cody Williams.It has been a busy couple of weeks for Arizona Basketball as Tommy Lloyd and the Wildcats have been hitting the recruiting trail hard, securing commitments from five-star point guard Kylan Boswell and four-star shooting guard KJ Lewis for 2023, as well as adding several pieces for 2022 as well.Luckily for us, the recruiting efforts haven’t stopped ...
Continuing to make progress on the recruiting trail for 2023, head coach Tommy Lloyd and Arizona Basketball have offered four-star wing, Cody Williams.
It has been a busy couple of weeks for Arizona Basketball as Tommy Lloyd and the Wildcats have been hitting the recruiting trail hard, securing commitments from five-star point guard Kylan Boswell and four-star shooting guard KJ Lewis for 2023, as well as adding several pieces for 2022 as well.
Luckily for us, the recruiting efforts haven’t stopped for the Wildcats as coach Lloyd and Co. were busy this weekend in attendance for the Section 7 Tournament in Glendale. And one player in attendance that the Wildcats were there scouting was four-star wing, Cody Williams.
A standout wing from Perry High School in Gilbert, AZ, Cody is ranked as the No. 45 player overall in the class and is the No. 8 overall player for his position. He is also the No. 3 overall player from the state of Arizona according to 247Sports.
At 6-feet-8-inches and weighing 180 pounds, Williams is a tall and lanky wing that is drawing a lot of early interest from several programs. And with offers from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Texas Tech among others, Arizona is just one of many potential suitors now vying for Cody.
Making news on Monday evening, it was announced that the Wildcats have finally jumped in on this recruitment.
And with Arizona Basketball now offering Cody Williams, the hope is that the Wildcats have an opportunity to make up a lot of ground in this recruitment.
We are still a whole year away from the 2023 recruits even signing their National Letters of Intent; however, the Wildcats are already off to a strong start as Kylan Boswell and KJ Lewis are currently committed.
Cody just seems to be the next major target for Lloyd and the Wildcats!
At 6-foot-8, Williams possesses the ideal size and length for a college wing. He also has tremendous athleticism and versatility to allow him to play several positions a the next level.
Right now, Cody will need a bit more development, and he will have to add more size and strength; however, based on his film, the raw potential and talent are there. Here’s a little taste of the Wildcats’ latest offer!
Why Arizona fireworks shows may be canceled this summer
As fires continue burning in the High Country, the question of how fireworks should be used in Fourth of July festivities takes on greater significance.PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- As fires continue to burn in the High Country, the question of how fireworks should be used in upcoming Fourth of July celebrations takes on greater significance.When the pandemic started, the sale of fireworks in Arizona took a hit. Demand has bounced back quickly, but supply still hasn’t caught up. “Production is trying to catch up, an...
As fires continue burning in the High Country, the question of how fireworks should be used in Fourth of July festivities takes on greater significance.
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- As fires continue to burn in the High Country, the question of how fireworks should be used in upcoming Fourth of July celebrations takes on greater significance.
When the pandemic started, the sale of fireworks in Arizona took a hit. Demand has bounced back quickly, but supply still hasn’t caught up. “Production is trying to catch up, and it’s not completely caught up,” San Tan Fireworks owner Jason Colt said. “And it probably won’t be for a year and a half.”
It’s forced Colt to be proactive, buying some of his current fireworks supply as far back as 2020. Because Colt says, the demand for these on-the-ground fireworks isn’t going anywhere. “I had record sales for the fourth straight season,” he said. “Americans are always guaranteed certain things in a bad economy: gambling, alcohol, fireworks.”
But when it comes to city-run fireworks shows, that guarantee doesn’t really exist anymore. Last week, the City of Phoenix announced that all of its Fourth of July fireworks events are canceled due to supply chain issues. Meanwhile, the City of Flagstaff has transitioned to a yearly laser light show, with city manager Greg Clifton saying “it was the responsible action to take due to extreme fire risk.”
Rural Metro Fire’s Shawn Gilleland says that same logic should apply to all Arizona residents. “If you can avoid doing it, don’t use fireworks this year,” he said. “Go to a professional show somewhere, go to the light show and enjoy it that way.”
While areas in the High Country generate the most headlines regarding fires, Gilleland says it doesn’t take much for someone using fireworks anywhere in Arizona to start one. “Many people think well I’ll just use my garden hose and I’ll just put it out real quick,” Gilleland said. “But I’ve seen where it starts from a small spark just grinding to the next thing you know you’ve got acres of fire running. Especially in windy conditions in dry, low humidity like we have now.”
Gilleland and Colt’s advice? Wait overnight, and ideally, 24 hours before putting any fireworks into the trash. “It’s the same thing, somebody throwing hot fireworks in a garbage can, and then sticking the garbage can in their garage,” Colt said.
“We really want to just encourage people to be as safe as possible,” Gilleland added.
Any fireworks that go into the air are illegal for Arizonans to use, and even those on-the-ground ones like sparklers can only be used from June 24th through July 6th. However, for those looking for city-run fireworks shows, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, and Glendale are among the cities that will still be putting them on.
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Mariners vs. Angels: Picks, predictions, how to watch Saturday’s game
The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels square off on Saturday, June 25 with first pitch set for 10:07 p.m. The game takes place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and will be available to watch on FS1. The Mariners are going with Logan Gilbert (7-3, 2.28 ERA) while the Angels back Patrick Sandoval (3-2...
The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels square off on Saturday, June 25 with first pitch set for 10:07 p.m. The game takes place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and will be available to watch on FS1. The Mariners are going with Logan Gilbert (7-3, 2.28 ERA) while the Angels back Patrick Sandoval (3-2, 2.70 ERA).
The Mariners are on a four-game winning streak after sweeping the Athletics and taking the first game of this series Friday. Seattle lost four out of five in the previous series against the Angels, so this is a bit of a revenge series. Gilbert lost his last start against LA.
The Angels made a massive move in firing Joe Maddon after losing 12 in a row to drop below .500. Los Angeles hasn’t fared much better since the decision, going 7-10. Sandoval didn’t get the decision, but pitched spectacularly in his last start against the Mariners.
Mariners vs. Angels
Odds, picks & predictions
Run Line: Angels -1.5Run total: 8Moneyline odds: Mariners +115, Angels -135
Moneyline pick: Mariners +115
Gilbert got tagged with a loss in the last game against LA, but he only gave up four runs and got no run support his own offense. The Mariners are on a winning streak and took the first game of this series. They’re looking for a bit of payback for losing four out of five last time to the Angels, so take the Mariners again Saturday.
Player prop pick: Eugenio Suarez over 0.5 hits (-135)
Suarez had three hits in Friday’s game and has five hits in the last four games. Back him to get at least one hit Saturday, even with a tough matchup against Sandoval.
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This new Scottsdale bar is all about Arizona wines. What to expect at The Wine Collective
There are 130 wineries in Arizona and Zoya Vora-Shah, a wine connoisseur and the previous owner of My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee, plans to showcase many of the ones you might not have heard of before at her new Scottsdale tasting room.The Wine Collective of Scottsdale will offer guests the chance to taste wines from both established Arizona wineries and emerging wine makers who don’t yet have tasting rooms of their own. The shop almost exclusively sells Arizona wines, with the only exception being a few acclaimed sp...
There are 130 wineries in Arizona and Zoya Vora-Shah, a wine connoisseur and the previous owner of My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee, plans to showcase many of the ones you might not have heard of before at her new Scottsdale tasting room.
The Wine Collective of Scottsdale will offer guests the chance to taste wines from both established Arizona wineries and emerging wine makers who don’t yet have tasting rooms of their own. The shop almost exclusively sells Arizona wines, with the only exception being a few acclaimed sparkling wines from Gruet in New Mexico.
"If you don’t have time to travel to Willcox, Sonoita or the Verde Valley, you can come here and try the wines in one sitting," said Vora-Shah.
And she wants you to spend a while with her. "This is a place where you hang out. Nobody is going to hurry you."
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Vora-Shah was an unlikely wine connoisseur
Originally from Mumbai, Vora-Shah was not exposed to wine until she moved to the United States at the age of 18.
And the exposure did not come from her family. "My family doesn’t drink wine because of religious reasons and they are not very supportive of me with this business."
As with many families, hers had expectations. She could become a doctor or a lawyer or "be pretty, get married and have children," she said.
Vora-Shah tried nursing school for a brief stint, but realized it was not the field for her. "My best job was working as a hostess at Red Lobster," she said. That’s when she knew her interest lied in hospitality.
Around age 28, she was working at Crawdaddy’s in Florida. The restaurant offered Cajun food and an extensive wine list. "People kept talking about wine and I had no idea what they were talking about," said Vora-Shah. "Wine was so intimidating."
Then a wine rep did a training for the staff. "He really broke down wine with a sensory tasting," she said, adding that in that moment, she fell in love with wine.
In sensory tasting, one immerses all the senses to experience a new way of tasting wine. And that's how she hopes to help others fall in love with Arizona wine at The Wine Collective.
"I’m just very happy talking about wine every day. My goal is to make wine accessible to people."
From wine rep to Arizona wine advocate
Vora-Shah became a wine representative in Florida, then Washington D.C. and New Mexico before moving to Arizona in 2006.
Five years later she purchased My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee in 2011 and opened MWC bistro in Gilbert in 2013. By the time she sold both businesses in 2016, her wine club membership had grown from 12 to 200.
That year she set off to travel extensively through wine regions around the world.
"My goal is to go to every single wine country in the world." So far, she's been to 22.
After her travels, she returned to Arizona and started working for Carlson wine to get to know Arizona wines.
Her favorites change "based on weather, mood and food," but currently, she's a fan of 1764 picpoul blanc and "The Proper" orange wine from Vino Stache in Sonoita.
“As I tasted the wines, I was so impressed that I decided to open my own tasting room and started my business plan in 2021.”
She opened The Wine Collective in late April 2022.
"I have loved it. It allows me to combine hospitality and wine and own my own business, which I have always wanted to do since I was a little girl."
What to expect at The Wine Collective
"In America we are so used to the 'designer name brand varietals' like chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio. What about chenin blanc or tempranillo?" she said. "So, I designed an 'Us vs. Them' blind tasting to showcase the many other available options."
Vora-Shah has chosen 40 different types of wine to showcase, with the goal of expanding as Arizona wine production expands.
Guests can order flights to taste four different wines from around the state and learn more about varietal, terroir and the winemaker.
She's kept the prices reasonable. Flights range between $18 to $24, and she plans to offer discounts for residents. For the month of June, Arizona residents can order a flight for $15. In July, she's offering 20% off food.
Wines by the glass start at $8 and most bottles are in the $30 range.
The tasting room, which also includes a retail space featuring local products, has seating for 30 people inside and around 30 more seats on the dog-friendly patio.
Food pairings, like charcuterie, cheeses and local Carolina’s Chocolate are also available.
Each month, The Wine Collective will feature a Meet the Wine Maker event and classes, like a two-hour sensory tasting. She hopes to launch a wine club by fall 2022.
Details: The Wine Collective, 4020 N. Scottsdale Road, No. 104, Scottsdale. 480-912-1746, the-wine-collective.com.
Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday; noon to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; closed Monday.
Southwest Airlines gets its own concourse in Phoenix. Here's what's new for passengers
Southwest Airlines will expand its service when a new, eight-gate concourse opens in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4.The 275,000-square-foot concourse opens on Monday, June 20.At first, fliers will have limited dining and shopping options. But openings in the coming months will include Arizona's first airport Chick-fil-A, a burger restaurant concept from celebrity chef Bobby Flay and local favorites such as Eegee's.A Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club is also coming soon."A...
Southwest Airlines will expand its service when a new, eight-gate concourse opens in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4.
The 275,000-square-foot concourse opens on Monday, June 20.
At first, fliers will have limited dining and shopping options. But openings in the coming months will include Arizona's first airport Chick-fil-A, a burger restaurant concept from celebrity chef Bobby Flay and local favorites such as Eegee's.
A Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club is also coming soon.
"A place like this helps the traveler experience with more seats and more concessions," Southwest Airlines spokesman Dan Landson told the Arizona Republic. "It helps make it a smoother, more enjoyable experience when traveling to and from Phoenix. It starts it off on the right path."
Southwest Airlines adds capacity at Sky Harbor Airport
The new concourse adds eight gates for Southwest Airlines flights. This gives the airline a flight capacity of 32 gates at Sky Harbor, up from 24, Southwest CEO Bob Jordan said Friday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new concourse.
It's Southwest's fourth Sky Harbor concourse, all of which are in Terminal 4.
"This is one of the very few airports where we're on a flight level back to and beyond where we were pre-COVID," Jordan said. "That's not true most places."
City leaders in Phoenix approved a plan for the new concourse in October 2016. Jim Bennett, who was the aviation services director at Sky Harbor at the time, said the new gates were part of a plan to upgrade the Terminal 4 to handle larger airplanes and more passengers.
"The most telling story of the airport's evolution is we have over 100 fewer takeoffs and landings than years ago, because there are now more passengers on each plane," he told The Arizona Republic on Friday.
The new concourse cost $310 million to build and was paid for through airport revenue.
Passenger amenities in the new Southwest concourse
Southwest Airlines passengers waiting for flights will notice innovative amenities in the new concourse, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said.
"Phoenix is showcasing its future-forward progress in a way that matches its status as one of the world's busiest airports for passenger traffic," she said in a press statement.
For instance, every seat will be equipped with charging stations that allow them to charge their phones and other electronics.
An animal relief area is available for people traveling with pets or service animals.
A hearing loop system will allow people who use hearing devices to connect to hear airport announcements on the PA system.
Airport staff also highlighted efficiency improvements customers may not immediately notice that positively affect the customer experience. These include baggage system upgrades and a connector bridge that helps passengers get between the north and south concourses post-security in Terminal 4.
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3 dining and shopping kiosks open Monday
While the concourse's upcoming restaurants and shops remain under construction, fliers can check out three kiosks to dine and shop while waiting for their flights:
Sip Coffee and Beer: Sip will feature locally sourced food and drinks, including small batch craft coffee from Native Ground Coffee and scratch made empanadas from Half Moon Empanadas. Sip's temporary kiosk will be open until its permanent storefront is ready.
Fresh Market on the Go/Bar@PHX: The Grove Inc., which will operate a number of the concourse's upcoming restaurants, will serve a temporary menu at this kiosk before the restaurants open. The Fresh Market side will feature breakfast sandwiches, pizza and bakery items, plus grab-and-go coolers with sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, protein boxes and soft drinks. The Bar@PHX side will serve beer, wine and cocktails.
Uptown Phoenix: This shop will sell small electronics, travel-size toiletries, snacks, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads and bottled drinks. Uptown Phoenix also will operate a permanent storefront at the concourse; when it opens, it will feature items from local retailers including Changing Hands Bookstore and Made Art Boutique.
New restaurants in Terminal 4: Chick-fil-A and local favorites
Right now, fliers will see closed storefronts with "coming soon" signs as they walk through the eighth concourse.
But when these open, the food will include a mix of beloved national brands, local favorites and a new restaurant from a celebrity chef.
Five of the restaurants will be in a food hall called The Crystals at Sky Harbor. The food hall will feature:
Pedal Haus Brewery: Described as the center of the food hall, Pedal Haus is beloved locally for its Belgian and German style beers. A winner of numerous beer competitions, Pedal Haus has locations in Tempe, Chandler and Phoenix. The Sky Harbor location will serve the beer, wine and spirits it's known for, plus Bavarian pretzels and rustic pizzas.
Chick-fil-A: Airport staff describe the popular restaurant chain known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries as a "sought after top selling brand." Chick-fil-A operates more than 40 restaurants in Arizona; its location in the Southwest Airlines concourse will be its first Arizona airport location.
Bobby's Burgers: This fast-casual restaurant from celebrity chef Bobby Flay is a burger restaurant featuring various combinations of premium quality ingredients inspired by burgers from different regions of the country. This will be the first Arizona location for Bobby's Burgers, which currently has four locations: three in Las Vegas and one at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
Eegee's: The regional chain with more than 30 locations in Tucson and the East Valley is named for its signature drink, a frozen fruit beverage that comes in flavors such as lemon, strawberry and piña colada. The food menu includes subs, salads and ranch fries.
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Berry Devine: Known for its acai bowls, Berry Devine offers soft serve treats made from 100% organic frozen acai berry pulp and organic juices. Although the soft serve is dairy free and vegan. Berry Devine has locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, Tucson and Sedona.
Also opening soon is a new Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. The 3,500-square-foot lounge is said to include "many local elements" and feature a menu with a focus on local items.
Passenger from all airlines will be able to use the lounge. Access will be available to Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders, members of the Priority Pass airport lounge program and people who purchase day passes.
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