A Week in Review 10.20.15

What’s Good Wildcats,

We hope all of you are having an excellent week and enjoying the festivities of Homecoming so far! Arizona Athletics has been busy since going on the road and they have come home with their winning ways.

This past weekend, our football team traveled up north to the Rockies to take on our Pac-12 South rivals, Colorado Buffs. A battle back and forth, the Cats were down by 7 going into the 4th quarter with the altitude taking a toll on their bodies. Raising their hands, holding four fingers in the air, the Wildcats looked to seal up the victory and not look back. Looking for someone to charge up the boys and make an impact, Coach Rodriguez decided to put in Jerrard Randall, rolling the dice on the backup quarterback. Passing 3 for 3 for 42 yards and rushing for 81 yards on 11 carries adding a touchdown, Randall prevailed in the fourth quarter and preserved the 31-24 win for the Wildcats.

Also stepping up big  for the Wildcats was senior running back Jared Baker, who ran for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns filling in for the injured Nick Wilson who was injured earlier in the game.

After the win, the Wildcats now improve to 2-2 in the conference and 5-2 overall for the season. Coming into the town this weekend are the visiting Washington State Cougars, who come in with a 2 game winning streak and a 4-2 record overall. The game will start at 1pm, with the doors opening at 11:30am for the ZonaZoo.

With the football team on the road, another team started their quest for a 3rd straight conference championship. The basketball team, led by seniors Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York, opened up McKale Center for the 2015-2016 campaign with their annual Red & Blue, intrasquad game.  In front of a sold-out crowd of 14, 655 people, the team put on a show highlighted by the dunk contest and game. Newcomers Mark Tollefsen and Ryan Anderson, led the Blue team, while Dusan Ristic and Allonzo Trier carried the Red team to the 49-41 victory. Up next, the basketball team will tip-off the preseason in an exhibition game against Chico State on Nov. 8 in the McKale Center at 6pm.

 

Good luck you Wildcats on Midterms and we will see you on Saturday.

Happy Homecoming!

When in doubt,

Bear Down

Arizona Basketball Media Day 2015

Christmas arrived early this year when Coach Sean Miller approached the microphone for Arizona Basketball Media Day. With his first words during his press conference, everyone knew basketball season was back once again and ready to take the Pac-12 title again. Arizona is coming in full of force with key players returning this season including Gabe York and Kaleb Tarczewski, plus Boston College transfer, Ryan Anderson. With their combined experience of college basketball on and off the court, Miller believes these players will be this year's leaders. 

This season brings in some new players to look out for at McKale, including some dynamic freshman. Allonzo Trier, a 6'4" freshman, "is one of the easiest players to coach and is pure guard" said Miller, "He leans on the older players for support which is a necessary component in order to develop a leader". Justin Simon, a 6'5" freshman, "has a lot of potential and is here for the right reason" says Miller, "when he becomes a great defender, it’ll happen for him”.

Ray Smith, another freshman introduced by Miller this past Friday. Miller said "despite his previous injury, he is now back on track and will be a completely different player come Christmas"

Although we tend to focus on these athletes as purely athletes, they are also students who excel off the court as much as on the court. Kadeem Allen, a junior college transfer, will come out of Arizona not only a better basketball player, but also as a star student with a degree to match. Though some basketball players are criticized for staying through their senior season, they have to be commended for sticking to through to get a degree. Senior Kaleb Tarczewski is not only an athlete with undeniable professional basketball promise, but he is a remarkable student as well who chose to stay at Arizona to receive his bachelor’s degree. 

Academics is something that ties student athletes and our student fans together because at the end of the day we are all working towards a common goal. That is one of the reasons why student sections at universities throughout the country are so passionate about the game. The ZonaZoo in particular though, is one that is impossible to forget. Sean Miller even attested to this on Friday when he said "There aren't a lot of teams that want to play us in a home and away series...one of those reasons is our rabid student section in the ZonaZoo and fans that really know great basketball". This is no surprise to us though, as we know how insane the Zoo gets when the opposing teams steps into McKale. (i.e. that one time Gonzaga missed three free throws in a row while facing the Zoo, resulting in a loss to Arizona). 

But what can we say? We’re students who know great basketball and we’re loud and proud about it! 

So suit up ZonaZoo, it’s basketball season and THIS is Arizona

The Zoo in Review 10.13.15

What’s up Cats?

We hope your midterms aren’t completely killing you and that knowing homecoming is less than 2 weeks away is keeping you semi-sane. We also hope you have been keeping up to date on Arizona Athletics but if not, we got you covered. Women’s soccer ventured to Los Angeles for the weekend where they fought hard but it just wasn’t enough to beat USC and UCLA. The Cats play Washington State this Friday and we know the girls are going fight their hardest to pull a win. Volleyball also played Washington State this past Friday and won the match without any trouble. They have their next game on Friday against UCLA in Los Angeles and we are certain they’ll bring back a W. After a dry spell of two hard losses to UCLA and Stanford, our football team beat Oregon State 44-7 this past Saturday and with Anu Solomon back as starting QB, things are really looking up. Cats play Colorado in Boulder this week at 6:00 pm and will be aired on Fox Sports 1. But make sure to head over to Schrier's Sports Grill at 5:30 pm to grab your spot at our ZonaZoo Watch Party! It's sure to be a blast!

Most importantly to be highlighted this week is the fact that ZonaZoo is throwing a big event, Runderwear, where wearing clothing is optional, but donating it is not. Bring by clothing that you don’t need and then run in your underwear with us for our inaugural Runderwear (we know, so clever right?)! The run starts at 6:00 pm but be there at 5:00 pm for check-in! With your donation, you’ll also get a free pair of underwear or boxers while supplies last. Check out @ZonaZooOfficial on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. to see a preview of what they look like, because trust us, they’re awesome.

This Saturday is also a big day for Arizona Athletics due to the fact that we have the Red and Blue Game to look forward to! We hope you all got up and reserved on Sunday for your spot in the Zoo because the game is official sold out! The festivities start at 1:00 pm, but make sure to get there early as it is general admission for ALL 14,655 people attending. Come and see what to expect from 2015-2016 Basketball squad this year! Warm up your vocal chords for the upcoming season cause the boys love the support from the Zoo!

Until next week kiddos, Bear Down

 

 

The Zoo in Review 10.6.15

The Wildcats started the season off strong by winning all three of their preseason games, which led them to be ranked in the top 20 in the national polls. Although the team won the nonconference games, the Cats lost in their first and second conference games after playing UCLA (56-30) at home and Stanford (55-17). These losses caused the football team to drop out of the top 25 poll. Though the team can make a lot of improvements in many areas, injuries also have not helped, especially on defense.

The good news is that football will be returning to Tucson this Saturday on Oct. 10 against Oregon State during family weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., so head on over with your family to the stadium in time to watch the game. Key players that you will want to keep an eye on for this game consist of running back, Nick Wilson, who has scored six touchdowns and has a total of 605 rushing yards so far this season; quarterback, Jerrard Randall, who has filled in for Anu Solomon. Randall has racked up 178 passing yards and 67 rushing yards alone against Stanford. Also keep an eye on receivers, Johnny Jackson and David Richards. Both receivers have had more than 230 receiving yards combined and have both scored four touchdowns each. Lastly, another great asset to the team is safety, Will Parks. He is currently leading the team with 36 tackles, four pass deflections, and has forced two fumbles so far.

The women’s soccer team had an eventful weekend when they played No. 5 Stanford on Sunday at Mulcahy Stadium. Arizona fell short in the double overtime when Stanford scored a goal in the 103rd minute. Despite the fact that they lost, the Cats put up a good fight and took away some positives from the loss. The next home game will be on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. against University of Oregon. Make sure to come out and cheer on the team!

Get Up! It's GameDay!

We are built by tradition. Excellence is not just a goal set, it’s expected. The ZonaZoo is loud, proud and ready to rumble. From the explosion of fireworks before kick-off, to the symphony of “All Hail” at the end of the 4th quarter, The Zoo stays the entire game, rain or shine, and this week, we have something even bigger to look forward to than just the Saturday night lights. Arizona has not hosted ESPN’S College GameDay since 2009, but this Saturday, September 26th, we get to remind the country what it’s like to be wild about dem Cats. That’s right, ESPN is coming to Tucson and we have a lot to show them once they arrive. We aren’t only the only undefeated state school left in Arizona, but we have moved up 6 spots in the AP poll from a preseason rank of #22 to a 4th week rank of #16. This weekend we get the opportunity to play the #9 UCLA Bruins and with a mutual undefeated season, they are going to create for a nail biting event. Although the Cats have lost to UCLA in the last 3 encounters, it is a new year for Arizona Football and anything can happen. Any given day, any given team, no matter the odds stacked against them, can come out with a victory. Both teams have talent, both teams have the necessary credentials, but who comes out with a W at the end of Saturday’s battle will be determined by who brings the most hunger and leaves the most heart. Arizona Football has been bronzed as the underdog time and time again, but we all know what they say, “Let sleeping Bruins lie.”

ESPN GameDay broadcasting starts at 6am on Saturday morning on The Mall and will go on until 9am. We know it’s early, but a zonazoo member/barista has informed us that Starbucks opens at 4:30am on Saturday and if college hasn’t already taught you, we would like to show you that caffeine can do marvelous things. Tailgates start at 1pm, we’ll curb your appetite so all you have to worry about during the game is whether or not your game face is good enough for the big screen. Kick-off is at 5pm, wear all of the red clothing you own and wear it proud(It’s a red out for a reason).

BELOW ARE THE FOLLOWING DO’s and DON’TS:

DO: MAKE APPROPRIATE SIGNS

One GameDay tradition is that fans have the chance to show their spirit by making signs that will be behind the broadcaster’s stage. The signs are supposed to be distracting and catch people’s eyes with references to social media, shows, movies, etc., but we also want to keep the signs appropriate. Posters also cannot be attached to sticks. Signs that are inappropriate will be confiscated by security.

DON’T: BRING ALCOHOL

Just don’t do it. Do whatever you need to do to get ready for the game, before the game. We want all the fans to get crazy, but the only liquids we want our zoo to have during the game is water. It’s more hydrating than the other stuff; we’re just looking out for you.

DON’T: BRING TOO MUCH

Since gameday is open to the public, we want to make sure that we maintain a safe environment for everyone. No bikes, carts, or skateboards will be permitted on the mall and no bags, backpacks, or bottles will be permitted in the pit.

DO: ARRIVE EARLY

Remember that only the first 10,000 students will be admitted to the game, so come early with your friends and get a good seat.

BearDown, get hyped, and #RuinTheBruins! College GameDay is coming to Tucson! See you Saturday!

 

The Zoo in Review 9.16

What’s up ZonaZoo? We hope you are finally settling into your classes and are loving the school year so far! A lot has happened with Arizona Athletics since our last article and we can’t wait to fill you in!

Women’s Soccer hosted the Women’s Cat Classic this weekend that included your Wildcats, Pepperdine, ASU, and Texas Tech. On Friday the Cats played Texas Tech in a nail biting game that went into overtime and ended in a tie of 1-1. On Sunday the Cats fell to Pepperdine unfortunately ending their undefeated start. Women’s Soccer has some firecracker players that will be sure to continue bringing victory for Arizona. Soccer plays their next game on Friday, September 18th at UC Riverside.

Women’s Volleyball also played this weekend where they attended a tournament in Brooklyn and made even more of a name for themselves when they won their first game bringing them to a win streak of 8-0 until their last game of the weekend when they lost to Ohio State. Though their last game was a somewhat disappointment, we can’t help but give credit to the women for bringing Arizona to its best consecutive winning stretch since the 2009 season where they began with 12 wins in a row. Volleyball plays their next game on Friday against Texas at 8:00pm.

Last, but certainly not least Arizona Football kicked off their season (pun intended) at in Tucson two weekends ago against UTSA. Even though the weather was nasty with rain and an absurd amount of humidity, ZonaZoo was loyal to their cats and stayed the entire game. Our school spirit, along with our extremely talented athletes, help lead UA to their first victory of the season with a score of 42-32. This past weekend Football went to Nevada not to take a whirl with the slot machines but to play against the Wolf Pack. We know what you’re thinking, no not the wolf pack like the dudes from the Hangover, but the football team. Junior Cayleb Jones caught six passes for 103 yards and Sophomore Nick Wilson rushed 194 yards bringing the cats 3 touchdowns leading the Wildcats to another victory with a score of 44-20. Football’s next game is at home against fellow state school NAU this Saturday at 8pm! Also be sure to go to Bear Down Friday at 5:30 to get pumped up for the game!

Peace. Love. Zoo.

 

Welcome to the ZonaZoo 2015-2016

Welcome back ZonaZoo! Whether you’re a freshman or a senior this year we hope your summer was filled with lots of fun activities, relaxation, and time well spent with family and friends. Most of all, we hope you’re as excited as we are for an amazing year of Wildcat Athletics! The 2015-2016 athletic year will be a force to be reckoned with and there are many reasons for that.

Our women’s soccer team is already off to a trailblazing start with an undefeated record of 3-0. The first game women’s soccer played this season was on August 21st against Abilene Christian with a 4-0 win. Sophomore Gabi Stoian was declared Pac-12’s offensive player of the week on the 23rd when she brought the cats to victory against Santa Clara after she tied the game with a penalty kick that led the team to be able to win the game 2-1. Most recently the Cats played fellow Arizona school NAU and dominated the game with a 4-0 score. Volleyball also dominated at the SMU invite this past weekend, finishing their tournament with a clean 3-0 record. Junior Kalei Mau was named PAC-12’s defensive player of the week due to incredible performance this weekend with 28 digs in 49 sets.

With our women’s sports teams setting a high standard so far this season, we're more than positive that Wildcat Football will go above and beyond the expectations set for them. Coach Rodriguez will be starting his third season at Arizona and his 10 win season last year is one of three in UA history. Rich Rod is retaining his starting quarterback this season, sophomore Anu Solomon who passed 3,793 yards last year. Junior Scooby Wright will be returning this season and as the reigning Pac-12 defensive player of the year, is on most all of the pre-season watch lists for defensive player of the year honors. Also returning is kicker Casey Skowron, return man DaVonte Neal, and Punter Drew Riggleman. The season opener is against UTSA and though the Wildcats have defeated the Roadrunners in their last two encounters, it is not to be overlooked that the Roadrunners will be coming into Tucson this week hungry.

Kick-off is tonight, Thursday September 3rd at 7 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. Last night we held our weekly Bear Down Friday pep rally (we called it Bear Down Wednesday this week due to the day of the football game). Be sure to come to the upcoming Bear Down Friday festivities the evening before each home football game. Make sure to come support the Tucson community with a canned food item at the Bear Down Food Drive! All donations go to Tucson’s Community Food Bank. Do some good, show your spirit and most of all have fun! 

Bear Down, ZonaZoo

 

ZonaZoo 101

Alright Wildcats, it’s time for possibly the most important class you will take in your undergrad career: ZonaZoo 101. This course is designed to answer all of the questions you may have about being a part of the best student section in the country, the ZonaZoo! And the best part is…it only takes about 10 minutes!

 

What is the difference between a Red and Blue ZonaZoo pass? Is the $25 extra for Student Wildcat Club worth it?

Red Pass: Costs $150 and includes all home games for the following sports: Football, Men’s Basketball (excluding Holiday games), Women’s Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Track and Field, Soccer, and Baseball. 
Blue Pass: Costs $110 and includes all of the above sports with the exception of Men’s basketball.
Student Wildcat Club: Although the Student Wildcat Club is separate from the ZonaZoo, it allows its members to reserve tickets for home basketball games a day earlier than the rest of the ZonaZoo. Additionally, it provides its members with an optional seating section exclusive to the club.

 

Do I get anything else with the purchase of a ZonaZoo pass?

By purchasing a ZonaZoo pass, you also receive: A ZonaZoo t-shirt, ZonaZoo newsletters, priority for Men’s Basketball student holiday packs, and priority for Men’s Basketball student post-season tournament tickets.

 

How do I get my ZonaZoo shirt?

There will be several t-shirt distribution days early on in the semester, prior to the first home football game. Keep a lookout for emails from ZonaZoo and follow us on social media for specific times and location!

 

Is there an actual pass that I will receive?

Nope! Your CatCard is your ticket into all games!

 

Do I have to go to every game?

When you purchase a ZonaZoo pass, you are eligible to go to every game; however, it does not mean that you’re committing to attend every game!

 

Do I have to reserve tickets for games?

Different sports have different ticket distribution policies. Women’s basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Track and Field, Soccer, and Baseball do not require reservations, meaning all you have to do to support these teams is show up with your CatCard.

Football: For the most part, home football games are on a first come, first serve basis. This means that once all of the seats in the Zoo are filled, no one else will be admitted into the student section. The exception to this is bigger games with a higher anticipated attendance such as a rivalry game against ASU. In these cases, you may have to reserve a ticket, so be sure to keep an eye out for announcements from ZonaZoo regarding ticket reservations.

Basketball: It’s no secret that our Men’s Basketball team has had a pretty successful history! With that in mind, it is necessary to reserve tickets for all home Men’s Basketball games. The Sunday before each home basketball game (Saturdayif you are a member of the Student Wildcat Club), ticket reservations begin online at10am. Try to reserve as early as possible, because spots run out quickly! Admission is not guaranteed.

 

What happens if I can’t go to a game that I reserved a ticket for?

We understand that sometimes things come up! If you need to, you can cancel your ticket reservation! You must cancel your ticket for a game by 11 a.m. on game days UNLESS the game is before 3 p.m., you must cancel by 9 a.m. Due to the popularity of our basketball games, we want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to experience a game in McKale Center. With that in mind, if you do not cancel your reservation and miss the game, there is a penalty system in place.

 

Does ZonaZoo have any pep rallies or tailgates before games?

Every Friday before each home football game, ZonaZoo puts on an event in Main Gate Square (on University Blvd.) called Bear Down Friday. Bear Down Friday is basically a pep rally for the community to come and get pumped for the following day's game. It is open to anyone and is full of games, performances, and more! ZonaZoo also hosts a student tailgate on the mall before each home football game. Tailgates include food and drinks, and are open to all U of A students!

 

Is there any way that I can get more involved with ZonaZoo other than sporting events?

ZonaZoo puts on many non-sporting events throughout the year, including opportunities to give back to the community such as the ZonaZoo Blood Drive and Junior Cats. Make sure to be on the lookout for these events as they come up!