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ONLINE EXTRA: PLAYOFF UPDATE: Women’s basketball hosts Regionals semifinals Tuesday

ONLINE EXTRA: PLAYOFF UPDATE: Women’s basketball hosts Regionals semifinals Tuesday

Editors note: on Feb. 28, Phoenix beat Clarendon 115-89

Photo by ED ADAMS

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team will open its defense of the Region championship Tuesday night at home after capturing the top seed in the tournament.

The No. 2 nationally ranked and top seeded Aztecs (24-6, 18-4 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) will open the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region 1 playoffs March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aztec Gymnasium on the West Campus against an opponent to be determined.

Pima will face the winner of a play-in game Monday night between four-seed Phoenix College (15-15, 8-14) and five-seed Clarendon (Texas) College (19-11) in the Valley of the Sun.

Clarendon is an independent and comes from Region 5, which covers New Mexico and west Texas. The top four seeds come from Region 1, which is Arizona.

Clarendon is 0-1 against Region 1, having lost 98-87 to Cochise College, which did not make the postseason. Pima swept Phoenix, winning 95-64 at home and 75-57 in the Bears’ den.

If Pima beats Clarendon or Phoenix College, it will also host the championship game on Thursday.

The winner of the Aztecs’ semifinal will face the winner of the game between two-seed Mesa Community College (19-11, 14-8) and three-seed South Mountain Community College (12-18, 9-13).

The winner of the Region tournament will also take home the District crown and a berth to Nationals. Pima has made it to Nationals the last two years, finishing fifth last year.

Daniels honored

Sophomore forward Deanna Daniels was named Region 1 Division II Player of the year. Daniels also was named first team All-ACCAC and All-Region 1.

Deanna Daniels

Sophomore guard Nadi Carey was named third team All-ACCAC and second team All-Region 1. Sophomore guard Sara Nicholson was named All-ACCAC third team.

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Tucson Rodeo: Cold morning, hot fun

Tucson Rodeo: Cold morning, hot fun

Bull riding. Aztec Press photo by Ana Ramirez.



The distinct aroma of horse manure filled the chilly South Tucson air on Feb. 24, which meant Tucson’s “La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros” was back in town.

Tucson’s rodeo, which includes the world’s longest non-motorized parade, dates to 1925.

The 86th annual parade started at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, ventured down South Irvington Road and ended on South Sixth Avenue.

Parade horses and flags. Aztec Press photo by D.J. Ochoa.

Chilly weather did not stop Tucsonans and winter visitors from flooding the sidewalks that line the parade route. More than 200,000 people showed up to enjoy a variety of floats, marching bands and horses.

Eve Stark, an Indiana native, was among those eagerly anticipating the parade.

“Me and my husband have been sitting on the bleachers since 6 a.m., to witness the rodeo,” Stark said, shivering under her cotton blanket. “This is our first time being at the parade, so we came early to not miss anything.”

Stark jokingly added that since the parade opened to the public at 6 a.m., she made sure to show up not a minute late.

“This is our first time visiting Tucson, and we happened to come right when the rodeo is in town,” she said. “We wanted to see everything that Tucson has to offer.”

Dancers. Aztec Press photo by D.J. Ochoa.

The parade did not begin until 9 a.m., but performances kept the audience entertained.

A Nogales High School mariachi group received enthusiastic responses. Dance numbers included folklorico, children doing the “hoedown” and cowboys twirling showgirls in midair.

Moments after the dance performances ended, a banner reading “Tucson Rodeo Parade” could be seen in the distance, kicking off the parade.

Banner. Aztec Press photo by D.J. Ochoa.

Ron Barber and Pam Simon, congressional staffers injured in the Jan. 8 shooting, wave to the crowd. Aztec Press photo by D.J. Ochoa.

The parade honored Tucson’s Jan. 8 shooting victims, with photos of the victims posted on riderless horses.

Multiple decorated floats moved slowly down the streets, while passengers aboard the floats waved to the crowd. High school marching bands from Santa Rita, Sunnyside, Tucson High, Pueblo and other high schools performed.

Gus Mckiebin rode with the Tucson Mountain Vaqueros for his second parade appearance.

“I have a lot of fun coming out in the parade, even though it’s still a little new to me,” Mckiebin said. “The Tucson Mountain Vaqueros is a riding group that rides all over the Arizona Mountains, and we have been doing it for four years.”

The cold morning turned into a blazing afternoon, with the sun beaming down on all the cowboys and cowgirls who crowded the rodeo grounds for pro competitions.

Events included bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Bucking bronco. Aztec Press photo by D.J. Ochoa.

It’s an entertaining experience witnessing cowboys trying to ride bucking horses, as the crowd cheers them on.

The competition is a four-day event, testing to see who will be crowned as the best cowboy.

Ages 4 to 6 participate in mutton busting. Aztec Press photo by Ana Ramirez.

Bull riding. Aztec Press photo by Ana Ramirez.

Barrel racing. Aztec Press photo by Ana Ramirez.


Roping. Aztec Press photo by D.J. Ochoa.

Rodeo clowns come to distract the angered bull. Aztec Press photo by Ana Ramirez.

Aztec Press photo by Ana Ramirez


Rodeo Mutton Busting and Goat Roping by Ana Ramirez

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Steampunk culture spreads like clockwork

Steampunk culture spreads like clockwork



Steampunk is a growing fashion, art and lifestyle movement, but its definition varies among fans.

Enthusiasts combine Victorian-era clothing with such elements as goggles and steam-powered guns. Having trouble imagining? Picture the Will Smith film, “Wild Wild West.” 


Among other things, steampunk emphasizes industrialism, or anti-industrialism in some cases. Key elements include clockwork, steam power and fictional mechanisms such as a time machine, in a Victorian setting.

Catherine Draper, a Pima Community College general education student, defines steampunk as an aesthetic movement. 


“It’s very much about reliving the elegance of the old times,” she says. “For some people, it’s the elegance of technology and the details in that time period. Everything was beautifully detailed and had filigree on it.”

Other people enjoy the costuming, she adds. “It is Victorian costuming without the restriction of other historical societies. You can design whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be historically accurate.”


Dianna Diaz, a PCC theater major, calls steampunk difficult to describe.

“Steampunk is a fun style that not a lot of people know about,” she says. “It is a mix between Victorian and New Age.” 


Diaz was recently introduced to the steampunk movement through friends and fellow cast members in a shadowcast, “Repo! The Genetic Opera.” She attended a steampunk ball at last October’s RinCon Gaming Convention.

“I dressed up and that was about it, but I was not the only one,” Diaz says. “Everyone there was dressed in tiny top hats, had goggles and there were dresses galore.”


PCC liberal arts major Emma Waters describes steampunk as both a lifestyle and an art style.


“For some people, it’s kind of a lifestyle they live, in a more Victorian-themed style,” she says. “Some people like to make sculptures that look functional, some people like to paint people in Victorian style with various clockwork gadgets.”

Waters says she has seen online posts from engineering majors who design functioning gadgets that use only clockwork machinery.

She learned about steampunk during an online search. “I was on and I saw something that said ‘steampunk’ so I checked it out. I thought it looked cool. I know definitely what drew me in was women in corsets.”

The fashion aspect also attracted Draper. “I love Victorian costuming,” she says. “Through researching Victorian costuming, steampunk came up a lot.”


Steampunk has spawned a music genre as well. Artists include Abney Park, Doctor Steel, The Clockwork Quartet, Unextraordinary Gentlemen and The Cog is Dead. Some steampunk enthusiasts also consider artists such as Emilie Autumn and Voltaire to be in the genre.

Abney Park, Unextraordinary Gentlemen and Voltaire are among the musicians performing at Wild Wild West Con, a first-year steampunk convention taking place March 4-6 at Old Tucson Studios.

Autumn draws her musical influences from the same eras as steampunk, but labels her style of music as “Victoriandustrial” rather than steampunk.


Both Waters and Draper list Abney Park as a favorite artist. Draper likes Voltaire and Unextraordinary Gentlemen.


The steampunk culture is slowly working its way into mainstream culture. The television show “Castle” featured a steampunk episode last October, and steampunk conventions are held regularly throughout the United States.

One popular annual event, held in Hollywood, is the Labyrinth of Jareth. Revelers attend the two-day ball dressed in costumes inspired by steampunk and by the film “Labyrinth.”

Since many steampunk styles incorporate the Old West, it’s not surprising that Tucsonans are enthusiasts. A number of PCC students participate.

Draper offers advice to anyone thinking of exploring steampunk culture.


“Don’t be overwhelmed,” she says. “Most people are very welcoming. If you can’t sew, thrift store shopping and throwing something together is perfectly acceptable.”

She reminds newcomers that steampunk is alternate history. “Even if you don’t have something that is historically correct or you design something that is not Victorian, it’s OK.”

PCC student Catherine Draper models her steampunk attire. April George, Aztec Press


What: Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention and Festival

When: March 4-6

Where: Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road

Cost: Varies. Three membership levels and event tickets on sale.


Review: ‘Marvel vs Capcom 3’ plays it safe

Review: ‘Marvel vs Capcom 3’ plays it safe


Fans of the fighting series Marvel vs Capcom have waited more than 10 years for the newest installment.

“Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds” has finally hit store shelves, and gives gamers the right dose of intensity.

MVC3 is a fast paced, beautiful fighting game that offers a fine amount of re-playability.

Each character has unique quirks that are very entertaining to use. Veterans like Ryu and Wolverine return, joined by newcomers such as Dante and Viewtiful Joe. One of my favorites is X-23, an ultra badass female version of Wolverine.

However, the roster has been stripped to 36, while its predecessor offered 56 playable characters. This is the biggest change of the game, and it does take away from the game’s value.

When trying to pick my trio to do battle, I found myself missing favorites from the last MVC.  It’s a letdown not being able to use Gambit or Strider Hiryu.

Players might feel cheated by this, but Capcom plans to add characters to the roster through downloadable content.

The look of MVC3 has also changed. Unlike the arcade style used for MVC2, Capcom decided to use a comic book design.

This was an intelligent move on Capcom’s part. It brings the fighting mechanics alive, especially when the completed hyper combos show vibrant colors all over the screen (similar to an acid trip without the use of any narcotics.)

The most entertaining part of any MVC is the epic fighting mechanics. Not much has changed in the MVC3 fighting style, which is not horrible. The same fast paced, ultra high combos are here again, with the small addition of aerial combos and X-Factor.

Players perform the aerial combos during a fight, using a simple button to battle mid-air and tag a partner. It adds to fighting mechanics in an entertaining way and never seems to get old.

The addition of the X-Factor mechanic gives players an energy boost during battle that can potentially change the momentum.

Online fights are offered, but make sure you practice before entering that gauntlet. Otherwise, you’ll get destroyed every time.

This MVC diamond-in-the-rough has minor flaws. One major disappointment: few fighting modes to choose from.

Arcade mode is still present, but there’s not much left to do after beating it countless times. Sure players can master their skills in training mode, but it doesn’t offer much depth to the game. And where is survival mode? Plus, only four characters are simple to unlock.

The most entertaining part of the series was building up points after hours of playing, and purchasing the characters.

It’s understandable that Capcom didn’t want to change too much of the game’s core value, but additions should be met on the release (not months later in DLC, just to make few bucks.)

Despite its flaws, MVC3 offers well-rounded gameplay.

Capcom has added another fine installment to the series, but it could have been a much more dynamic experience.

Grade: B

Women's golf finishes fifth in first tournament

Women’s golf finishes fifth in first tournament


The Pima Community College women’s golf team kicked off the season Feb. 14-15 with a fifth-place finish in Scottsdale.

Two Aztecs finished in the top 10 at the Scottsdale Community College Invitational, which was held at Papago Golf Course.

Freshman Alyssa Vega was the top performer, finishing second overall. Freshman Chloe Treece finished sixth.

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ONLINE EXTRA: Women's basketball grabs postseason home court

ONLINE EXTRA: Women’s basketball grabs postseason home court

Photo by ED ADAMS

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team has secured the top seed and home court advantage in the playoffs.

The No. 2 Aztecs (25-5, 15-3 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) held off second place Mesa Community College to take the top seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region 1 tournament with four games to spare.

Winner of the tournament takes the Region’s sole bid to Nationals. Pima made it to the big dance in 2009 and 2010.

“I’m very proud of this group,” head coach Todd Holthaus said. “They’re a very tough group. Whatever challenge they had, they just chipped away at it.”

The Aztecs continued their winning ways after clinching, dominating South Mountain Community College on Feb. 16, 81-66, on the road.

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Pima will open with the winner of a play-in game between the five seed in Region 5, a New Mexico or west Texas team.

On Feb. 19, Pima used efforts from a slew of players to beat Eastern Arizona College, 65-57. Sophomore forward Deanna Daniels, sophomore forward Gaby Ayon, sophomore guard Patricia Ramos and freshman guard Nadi Carey led the way, combining for 44 of the team’s 65 points.

“We just took care of business,” Daniels said. “I just did my part to help my team win.”

Mesa was second in the conference standings, and hot on Pima’s trail, but on Feb. 9 the Aztecs completed the season sweep, by winning at the West Campus 67-52.

Pima’s frontcourt led the way. Daniels and Ayon each had double-doubles, scoring 17 and 12 points and pulling down 13 and 12 rebounds respectively.

The Aztecs again relied heavily on the efforts of Daniels and Ayon on Feb. 12 to survive a 64-61 scare against Cochise College.

“For us it’s never about style points,” Holthaus said. “It’s just business as usual.”

The two sophomores produced double-doubles for the second straight game. Daniels had 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Ayon had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Gaby Ayon

The Aztecs have two games left in the regular season as of press time. They hosted Glendale Community College on Feb. 22, but results from the game were not available at press time.

Pima closes out the regular season with a chance to bolster its potential Nationals seeding with a trip to Yuma, to face conference front-runner and Division I No. 13 Arizona Western College on Feb. 25.

“We got to keep the intensity up,” Daniels said. “We’re not satisfied with where we are now. We want to play for an even higher seed for Nationals.”

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Softball makes it rain wins after bad loss

Softball makes it rain wins after bad loss

Story and photo by JAMES KELLEY

Since the Pima Community College softball team was blown out on Feb. 8, it seems like only the weather can rain on its parade.

After having their 10-game winning streak snapped by Eastern Arizona College and suffering a mercy rule 13-2 loss in the process, the No. 12 Aztecs (17-3, 9-1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) have won six in a row.

“I think, if there is such a thing, it was a good loss,” head coach Armando Quiroz said. “They brought reality to us that day and kind of opened our girls’ eyes. They felt like they were invincible, but it was good to find out they weren’t. We have played better since then.”

Pima’s most recent wins came at the Cathedral City Kickoff in California, but rain limited their stay to two games.

“Well it was a long trip for two games,” Quiroz said. “Unfortunately we were rained out to two games, but we were actually fortunate that there was teams there that had been there a day and a half and hadn’t played.”

On Feb. 18, Pima started a game against Citrus (Calif.) College. It went extra innings, to eight, then was suspended because of rain with the score at 2-2.

The Aztecs finished off Citrus, 3-2, on Feb. 19 when freshman utility Erika Tapia hit the game winning RBI with the bases juiced, 22 hours and 45 minutes after the game started.

Freshman third baseman Jessica Sipe went 3-3 with a walk and freshman pitcher Mari Contreras (10-0) threw a four-hitter and struck out nine Owls.

In Pima’s only other game in the Golden State, the Aztecs were victorious over Victor Valley (Calif.) College 2-0 on Feb. 19. Sophomore shortstop/third baseman Katie Asher went 2-3, including a home run.

PCC was scheduled to play three games on Feb. 18 and two on Feb. 19 and not play Victor Valley, but the rain wreaked havoc on the schedule.

“What happened was when it started raining and people started getting mad and teams left and they had to kind of get games as best they could,” Quiroz said.

PCC routed Glendale Community College twice on Feb. 15.

Contreras threw a three-hitter in game one, an 8-0 six-inning mercy rule win. Sophomore catcher Charissa Ballesteros hit two doubles and hit three RBIs, and Sipe hit a walk-off home run.

Freshman corner infielder Jessica Schneider hit a two-run homer in the second game.

On Feb. 12, the Aztecs swept a doubleheader against Central Arizona College, rebounding from the loss to Eastern.

Quiroz called on Contreras to pitch both games. The freshman threw a four-hit shutout in the first game for a 1-0 win. In the nightcap, she threw a six-hitter for a 4-2 win.

“I’m a little concerned with our hitting,” Quiroz said. “We have great pitching right now and our hitting is kind of lagging—I don’t think it is where it will be. Maybe I am being impatient, but we need to hit the ball better.”

Freshman outfielder Nicole Rascon went 2-3 in the second game, scoring a pair of runs.

Nicole Rascon

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ONLINE EXTRA: Baseball continues to pick up wins

ONLINE EXTRA: Baseball continues to pick up wins

Photo and video by JAMES KELLEY

The Pima Community College baseball team is rolling with a 7-4 record, 3-1 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.

Pima split a conference doubleheader with Eastern Arizona College on Feb. 19. The Gila Monsters won game one, 12-6, but PCC took the nightcap by winning 13-7.

Freshman Julio Felix (0-1) got the start in game one and picked up the loss giving up seven runs, one earned, through 3 2/3 innings.

Pima freshmen Kyle Kilgore and Hayden Cota-Robles both had good games at the plate as they drove in two RBIs a piece.

In game two, sophomore Erick Fredrick (2-1) earned the win as he pitched 5 2/3 innings while giving up five earned runs.

The offense was led by freshman Mario Sanchez as he drove in five RBIs going 2-for-5.

On Feb. 15, the Aztecs swept Arizona Western College 5-0 and 5-4.

Freshman Keith Zuniga (1-0) earned the win in game one and also struck out eight batters.

Kilgore again led the way at the plate as he chipped in three RBIs.

In game two, sophomore Torry Mowatt (2-0) got the win after throwing three innings of relief.

Cota-Robles drove in all five of the Aztecs’ runs as he went 3-for-5, scored a run and hit a home run.

Pima won one of three games during its first home series of the season on Feb. 11-12.

Juan Vega

The Aztecs played No. 4 Paradise Valley Community College at Kino Stadium, formerly Tucson Electric Park.

The Aztecs lost the first matchup, 7-2, on Feb. 11. They split a doubleheader against PVCC on Feb. 12, with Pima winning the first game 6-4 and losing the second 7-0.

In the Feb. 11 game, Fredrick (1-1) got the loss out of the bullpen. He threw two innings, giving up five runs on three hits. The offense collected five hits in the nonconference loss.

In game one, on Feb. 12, freshman Jose Gomez (2-0) earned the win. He pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief.  Mowatt picked up his first save of the season, pitching 1 1/3 flawless innings to shut the door on the Pumas.

Kilgore and sophomore Cameron Blazevich led the batting. Kilgore went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Blazevich was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

In game two, freshman Juan Vega (1-1) picked up the loss. He gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings.

PCC totaled four hits in the game. Freshman Matt Gavre provided half the Aztec offense, going 2-for-2 at the plate.

Freshman Jose Gomez (2-0) earned the win. He pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief.  Mowatt picked up his first save of the season, pitching 1 1/3 flawless innings to shut the door on the Pumas.

Kilgore and sophomore Cameron Blazevich led the batting. Kilgore went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Blazevich was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

In game two, freshman Juan Vega (1-1) picked up the loss. He gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings.

PCC totaled four hits in the game. Freshman Matt Gavre provided half the Aztec offense, going 2-for-2 at the plate.

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Men’s basketball's losing streak hits 14 games

Men’s basketball’s losing streak hits 14 games


The Pima Community College men’s basketball squad’s woes continue as its losing streak reached 14-games.

During the slide, the Aztecs (5-21, 2-18 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) lost each game by an average of nearly 25 points. Each loss has been against ACCAC opponents.

Eastern Arizona College pulled off a close victory over Pima on Feb. 19, 86-82.

“We played hard until the end. It didn’t come out the way we wanted,” freshman guard Stefan Oropeza said.

Oropeza said the game was a learning experience, and the team needs to move on.

Sophomore forward Justin Chambers had another double-double for the Aztecs, scoring 22 points and snatching nine rebounds.

Justin Chambers

At halftime, EAC had a 46-40 lead, and at the end of the game, it was tied at 82 before EAC ultimately went up by four after a late foul by Pima.

“Tough game. Tough loss. We played well but it didn’t work out,” head coach Roderick Gary said. “I’m not disappointed. We played hard.”

On Feb. 16, No. 4 South Mountain Community College wacked Pima 94-64.

On Feb. 12, Cochise College defended its home court with ease as it hammered Pima by 30 points, 105-75.

Freshman guard Juan Favela led the Aztecs with 19 points, while Chambers contributed 18 points.

Mesa Community College ran over the Aztecs at West Campus on Feb. 9, winning 91-56.

Chambers scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Aztecs.

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Track & field sends 15 to indoor Nationals

Track & field sends 15 to indoor Nationals


After two more successful meets, the Pima Community College track and field teams will send 15 athletes to the indoor Nationals and got a jump on qualifying for outdoor Nationals.

The Aztecs will send a party to the National Junior College Athletic Association on March 4-5 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The track and field squads traveled to Coolidge for the Arizona Relays on Feb. 18-19, where they placed first in nine events despite poor weather.

“We had a good meet but terrible weather, so some of the running events didn’t go as well as we had hoped,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said.

The relays were hosted by Central Arizona College and were the last opportunity for the Aztecs to qualify for indoor Nationals.

Although conditions were not ideal, two Aztecs qualifed for the NJCAA indoor championships. One athlete qualified for the more difficult outdoor championships in two events.

Sophomore throwing star Christian Tovar had a hammer throw that measured 50.69 meters. His winning mark was more than four meters farther than the second place throw, and qualified him for the NJCAA outdoor championships.

Tovar also qualified for the outdoor National in the shot put with a second place mark of 15.22 meters.

Sophomore Zach Dunbar took first place in the men’s javelin throw with a mark of 54.11 meters.

Sophomore Devin Phillips qualified for the indoor championships with a long jump of 7.15 meters.

Aztec runners went one-two in the men’s 600-meter run. Freshman Stephan Bullard qualified for the indoor championships with a winning time of 1:20.98. Sophomore Sergio Carrillo took second place with a time of 1:25.18.

Sophomore Matthew Robertson won first place in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.95. In the men’s 400-meter, Robertson qualified for the indoor championships with a time 49.24 seconds, which was also good enough for second place at the meet.

Freshman Zion Goode-Harvey received first place for the third time in two weeks when he ran an 11.39 in the men’s 100-meter dash.

The woman’s team did well at the meet also, lead by sophomore Chloe’ Nowell. She won the woman’s triple jump with an indoor championship qualifying leap of 11.15 meters.

“Chloe’ Nowell wins just about every time she goes to a meet,” Wenneborg said.

Sophomore Ashley Dorado won first place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.01. She also took second place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.68 seconds.

Sophomore Brianna Fugere won the woman’s 1000-meter run with a time of 3:14.11.

In the women’s 1000-meter dash, freshman Ariel Moeser took first place with a time of 13.65.

The Aztecs also were successful at the Glendale Community College Invitational on Feb. 12, qualifying for the indoor championships in seven separate events.

Nowell continued to soar. When she cleared 5 feet 3 inches in the high jump, she took first place in the meet and qualified for the indoor championships. Nowell also took second place in the long jump with a distance of 16-11.

Freshman Adrianna Thomas placed second in the 600 meters with a time of 1:42.6.

In the women’s distance medley, freshmen Anaiz Zamorano and Josine Steemers teamed with sophomores Fugere and Julia Dittiger to take second place at the meet. Their time of 13:32 qualified them for the indoor championships.

On the men’s side, freshmen Humberto Bravo and Bullard both qualified for the indoor championships in the 1000-meter race. Bullard took first place with a time of 2:34. Bravo made it the Aztec’s event when he took second place with a time of 2:36.

In short distance, Thomas won first place in the men’s 400 meter-dash. His time of 50.45 qualified for the indoor national championships

Chloe' Nowell

Goode-Harvey took first place in two events. Goode-Harvey’s time of 6.88 in the 60 meter-dash qualified him for the indoor championships. In the 200-meter, his time of 21.72 also qualified for the indoor championships.

Tovar continued to prove he is one of the best throwers in the country. His throw of 15.62 meters was second only to Olympian Dan Taylor and qualified Tovar for the indoor national championships.

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Women's tennis opens with win

Women’s tennis opens with win


The Pima Community College women’s tennis team opened the season with a 5-4 win over University of the Southwest on Feb. 12.

“Overall, my team played very well for their first match,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.

Freshman Tatum Rochin won every game in both singles and doubles while playing in the No. 1 position.

In the No. 2 position, sophomore Gabriela Rodriguez added a win to the team’s tally with a 6-2, 6-2 finish.

The Aztecs went on to split singles play 3-3. No. 6 Rosa Ahumada won, 6-1, 6-2.

The powerhouse duo of Rochin and sophomore Victoria Bravo opened the afternoon with a 8-0 match win in doubles. Sophomores Gabriela Rodriguez and Lucy Gaynor followed with an 8-3 match win.

“I was expecting a competitive match to help my players warm up for the upcoming conference season,” Schantz said.

The team finished second overall during pre-season play at the Jamboree in Mesa on Feb. 4. Schantz believed the event was a great warm-up.

“Improvement is always something that can be done,” she said. “I always think the team can serve bigger and better. Also, we need to practice playing more aggressively in doubles.”

Last season, the Aztecs went 4-6 and finished 19th at Nationals, which were held in Tucson.

On Feb. 20, Pima played in the Haggy Cup, a fundraiser for leukemia.

“It’s a win-win for us,” Schantz said. “We get more practice matches and we get to contribute to a great cause. We improve every match we play.”

The team’s top goal this year is to qualify for Nationals. Players must finish in the top three at the Regional tournament in April to qualify.

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