Jay Johnson, the UofA’s Head Baseball Coach, is ready for his second season with the Wildcats after finishing 49-24 last year and making it all the way to the National College World Series Championship.

Johnson says there are a lot of good things about being the head coach of the Wildcats. 

“I get to wear a baseball uniform to work every day. I’ve grown up my whole life being a part of a team, and I get to be a part of the team every day,” he says. 

On Nov. 15, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Conchos Elementary Library to kickoff “Patrick’s Corner.” 

Patrick’s Corner is an area in the library that consists of 1,700 books and furniture donated by the Patrick Peterson Foundation in conjunction with Scholastic Inc. and Papa John’s Pizza.

A Scholastic Book Fair was also held during the celebration and a $7 coupon was donated by the foundation for each student in the school to select a book for their own.

In October, I got to meet the Voice of the Wildcats, Brian Jeffries. I asked him a lot about the team and what it’s like to be the Voice of the Wildcats. I also asked him about his favorite sport and what it was like to go to his first national championship.

He says it has always been his dream to be the Voice of the Wildcats and that it’s kind of challenging to travel with the team. In fact, he actually doesn’t get to see the team that much. He says he loves all sports and that it was the greatest feeling to go to his first national championship.

“Being able to put a smile on someone’s face and brighten their day, just by giving them a hug and taking a picture,” is what the one and only Wilbur the Wildcat says is the best part of being Wilbur. The University of Arizona’s mascot will be celebrating his 56th birthday this year.

Wilbur says, “After being chosen, we have three-times-a-week weight training sessions, cardio sessions and one-armed push-up training. I also had to learn all of Wilbur’s moves, plus practicing with Wilma.”

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