Slideshow: Married or engaged couples who were Arizona Wildcats athletes

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EDITOR NOTE: AllSportsTucson.com’s Andy Morales and Anthony Gimino contributed to this report.

McKale Center is a place where Arizona athletes bond to achieve a common goal of prosperity.

As this slideshow demonstrates, that bond includes husband and wife.

Before the football program moved to the Lowell-Stevens Facility and the baseball team went off campus to Hi Corbett Field, all of the athletes and coaches were under one roof at all times with the offices, locker rooms and weight training facility at McKale Center.

Athletes still spend time together at McKale Center because of school, workouts and sporting events.

To some of the Wildcats who met at the mecca of Arizona sports, the bond extended to an athlete of a different sport and became intimate. They became husband and wife or are engaged to be that way soon.

The marriage matches made at McKale are numerous.

The total could be at least one more if former Sabino High School standout J.J. Hardy remained committed to Arizona and did not turn pro after his second-round selection in 2001. On Dec. 7, 2013, Hardy, of the Baltimore Orioles, married former Marana High School and Arizona softball player Adrienne Acton. She played for the Wildcats from 2005-08.

The story goes that Hardy met Acton after watching her play on TV when the Wildcats were in the 2007 College World Series. Hardy called his connections at Arizona the following day and arranged a meeting with Acton. Their relationship blossomed from the start.

Another close Wildcat match: Former Arizona softball player Amy Chellevold married Michael Hillenbrand, the son of the late Bill Hillenbrand, who donated the money for the softball stadium at Arizona.

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