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Sports Apps for Local Fans

It’s fall, which means many sports are taking off locally and nationwide. What are some of the best apps to help you keep up with your favorite teams and players? We asked a few Valley sports enthusiasts to find out.

VIKTRE

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VIKTRE is a up-and-coming global sports app that allows fans and top athletes to interact on a whole new level, according to its makers.

“As a Hall of Fame athlete for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, VIKTRE gives me something unique: the world’s first free and truly global sports app dedicated to discovering and revealing the personal, even private stories of the top Olympic, national team and professional athletes all over the world,” says Nick Lowery, who now calls Scottsdale home. “VICTRE has many of the most famous athletes across the world on our app, like Phoenix’s own Michael Phelps—the greatest Olympian Gold medalist of all time—the stars of the NFL, soccer, cricket, hockey, basketball, golf, baseball, wrestling, boxing, auto racing and more!”

UREPP

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If you love following amateur sports, this is the app for you.

“This app was created here in the Valley by local entrepreneurs Alex Enright and Paolo Hutchison,” sports fan Jennifer Hutchison says. “This is an app for amateur athletes to livestream their games and create and share their highlights through social media profiles. Along with the iPhone app is the Smart Box, which allows livestreaming of any amateur sporting event. Athletes can livestream their games and grab highlights from those live games as they’re happening and save to their profiles. These clips can be shared on social media and email.”

It’s the perfect app for local athletes, coaches, parents and recruiters. Look for UREPP’s official launch soon.

YAHOO Baseball and ESPN

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Scott Hanson, a north Scottsdale resident and Arizona native, has officiated high school football and baseball locally for more than 30 years. He’s also authored two books about local sports. “Who is Gym” and “What’s Your Number,” and notes that, for following his favorite national teams, he likes to keep it streamlined.

“For me, it’s pretty simple. I use Yahoo Baseball to keep track of my fantasy baseball team. It provides up-to-the-minute information on player injuries, their stats and matchups. It also keeps me updated on the smack-talk from the other teams in the league, as well as trade offers and roster moves,” he says. “ I also have the ESPN app, which goes beyond just baseball. I have it set up with my favorites, so I get alerted anytime there is news about the Diamondbacks, Cardinals or Packers. I can also use it to watch games in progress.”