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St. Mary's star shooting guard Courtney Ekmark, a Connecticut commit and the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, will be home-schooled and skip her senior season of basketball, athletic director Greg Fahrendorf said in an email.
A few hours after being named the new girls basketball coach at powerhouse St. Mary's on Wednesday, former WNBA veteran Coco Miller withdrew from the position.
For three consecutive seasons, St. Mary’s girls basketball was a team by itself: winning state championships, competing nationally against the best and facing little resistance from the rest of Arizona along the way. Through the school and club circles, former coach Curtis Ekmark assembled the most dominant teams the state has ever seen, and everyone else was left to compete for a distant second place. But after winning a third consecutive state championship last spring, graduations and Ekmark’s departure from the school to build a Nike program (his daughter, Courtney, is forgoing her senior season of high school hoops), the Knights are no longer a dreaded dynasty. After former WNBA standout Coco Miller was hired but suddenly resigned, former Tempe Prep standout Liberty Brittain was hired to lead the Knights as they embark on a new direction.
TWIN TUSSLE: Mystics guard Coco Miller, right, battles twin sister and Mercury guard Kelly Miller for a rebound during Tuesday’s game.
Of all the costly little mistakes the Mercury have repeatedly made en route to their 0-4 start, there is one that has become a big concern for coach Corey Gaines.
Westcor and Scottsdale Healthcare will be two of the largest beneficiaries of Scottsdale's new downtown plan under a proposal that would allow them to build towers approaching the height of the Scottsdale Waterfront condos.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - No heavyweight boxing bouts have taken place at The Palace, but a basketball version of jabs and counters resumed Thursday as the Mercury reassembled to review the wrongs of Wednesday’s 108-100 loss to Detroit in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
The tank was empty, in need of fuel. Diana Taurasi’s life has revolved around basketball for the past year (and many more years prior). Recently her ignition switches wouldn’t light. The All-Star is coming off an MVP-caliber season with the Mercury in 2006 and is a leading candidate again this year, but for about 10 days she wasn’t herself.
Paul Westhead was unhappy as a first-year WNBA coach while his tenure began with a two-month slump in 2006. At times he wore his unhappiness on his sleeve — as much as the reserved-natured coach does — but he had no problem preaching patience to the masses. Wait for Kelly Miller.
Fresh faces in previously unfamiliar places was a common sight at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday, as six high school wrestling classes concluded the season.