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Hall of Fame honors Deanna Daniels

Hall of Fame honors Deanna Daniels

May 29 PCC press release
Aztec Press photo and video by JAMES KELLEY

TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College women’s basketball team closed out the 2010-11 season with a National Tournament runner up and an overall record of 28-7. Deanna Daniels was the Aztecs top performer all season long and the 5’10” forward has been summoned by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as they have requested her home jersey for display in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“D had what could possibly be the best individual year in school history,” said head coach Todd Holthaus. “This is an amazing honor and she really deserves it.”

The Las Vegas native (Centennial HS) averaged over 18 points and 14 rebounds and earned numerous honors for her play during the regular season, Region I Tournament and the NJCAA National Tournament. The sophomore-transfer attended PCC for one season where she maintained a 4.0 grade point average and she will continue her academic and basketball careers at NCAA DII powerhouse, Grand Canyon University.

Deanna Daniels

THE DANIELS FILE

All-ACCAC, 1st Team

ACCAC, Div. II, Player of the Year

All-Region I, Div. II, 1st Team

Region I Tournament, Most Valuable Player

NJCAA National Tournament, All Tournament Team

NJCAA National Tournament, CAT Power Player Award

NJCAA All-American, 1st Team

Big time player steps up

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POSTSEASON UPDATE: Women's track & field finishes 18th at Nationals, men 21st

POSTSEASON UPDATE: Women’s track & field finishes 18th at Nationals, men 21st

May 21 PCC press release
Aztec Press photos by ED ADAMS

HUTCHINSON, KS – The Pima Community College 2010-11 athletic year came to a close Saturday afternoon as the PCC men’s and women’s track teams competed in final day action at the 2011 NJCAA Outdoor Nationals. The Aztec women’s team picked up four points on the final day, finishing the championship in 18th place. The PCC men were unable to add to their points list and finished in 21st place overall.

Ashley Dorado (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS) was the top point earner on Saturday as she placed 6th in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.88 and picking up three points. The finish was a lifetime best for Dorado, and places her 2nd all time for Pima. Jaqi Bell (FR, Tombstone, AZ, Tombstone HS) earned the final PCC team point, as she threw 38.69 meters in the javelin, which was good enough for 8th place overall.

Ashley Dorado

Mary Cozby (FR, Anna, IL, Ann-Jonesboro HS) was just out of the points as she placed 10th in the 1500 meter run at 5:15.18. Julia Dittiger (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS) also came close as she placed 11th in the 5000 meter with a time of 20:36.05.

Chloe Nowell (SO, Phoenix, AZ, Millennium HS) was the final Aztec women’s competitor to have a quality performance as she placed 16th in the long jump with a leap of 4.88 meters.

Frederick Scarber (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS) just missed the points list in men’s competition as he jumped 2.06 meters in the high jump and placed 10th overall. Mario Portillo (SO, Tucson, AZ, Catalina HS) also competed in men’s action where he placed 26th in the 5000 meter with a time of 17:16.83

Moeykens finishes 4th in decathlon

May 20 PCC press release

HUTCHINSON, KS – The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams took part in day-two of competition at the 2011 NJCAA Outdoor Championships, on Friday. The two team combined to earn 15 total points, landing them in 15th place overall.

Dylan Moeykens (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) finished off the decathlon where he placed 4th with a lifetime best of 4764 points, just 271 points behind the top finisher from Iowa Central CC. In Friday’s five events, Moeykens took 11th in the 110 meter hurdles (602 points), 1st in the discus (559 points), 11th in the pole vault (439 points), 5th in the javelin (507 points) and 14th in the 1500 meter run (377 points). With the fourth place finish Moeykens earned five team points for the Aztecs.

The Aztec men picked up three more team points as Christian Tovar (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) and Chris Howard (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) finished 7th and 8th in the shot put. Tovar threw 15.28 meters while Howard threw 15.27 meters.

Zach Dunbar (SO, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Lake Havasu HS) continued the PCC points spree in field events as he earned three points and sixth place in the javelin with a throw of 54.64 meters.

The Aztecs’ women’s 4X800 relay team of Mary Cozby (FR, Anna, IL, Anna-Jonesoro HS), Brianna Fugere (SO, Tucson, AZ, Sabino HS), Elizabeth Romero (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sunnyside HS) and Janeen Yazzie (SO, Winslow, AZ, Winslow HS) earned four team points with a 5th place finish in their race.

Julia Dittiger (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS) just missed the points list in the 3000 meter steeplechase as she finished in 10th place, with a time of 12:35.20, while Alice Odu (FR, Tucson, AZ, Catalina Magnet HS) and Chloe Nowell (SO, Phoenix, AZ, Millennium HS) also came close to scoring as they finished 15th and 16th respectively in the triple jump. Odu leaped 11.01 meters, while Nowell jumped 10.93 meters.

PCC will take part in final day action tomorrow as they look to score with top eight finishes and move up in the team scoring.

Moeykens leads track & field on Nationals day one

May 19 PCC press release

HUTCHINSON, KS – The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up competition at the 2011 NJCAA Outdoor Championships, Thursday afternoon. PCC travelled twelve women’s competitors and twelve men who will take part in 17 individual events and four relays.

The Aztecs’ top performer on day one of competition was Dylan Moeykens (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) who competed five of ten events in the men’s decathlon. After five events, Moeykens has accumulated 3603 points as he took 1st in the shot put, 2nd in the long jump, 3rd in the 100 meter, 5th in high jump and 7th in the 400 meter run. Moeykens will complete the other five events tomorrow as he attempts to claim Pima’s first title at the 2011 Championship.

Josue Saldivar (SO, Tucson, AZ, Desert View HS) had a quality finish in the men’s 10 000 meter run as his time of 34:28.25 was good enough for 14th place overall.

Christian Tovar (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) was a PCC favorite in the hammer throw, but he came up short of the points list as he placed 17th with a throw of 44.49 meters.

The 2011 Championship meet runs May 19-21 at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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Women’s basketball 2010-11 highlight reel

By JAMES KELLEY
Additional footage courtesy PCC

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POSTSEASON UPDATE: Men's golf finishes 20th at Nationals

POSTSEASON UPDATE: Men’s golf finishes 20th at Nationals

May 20 PCC press release
Aztec Press photo by LEFTRICK HERD

ODESSA, TX – The Pima Community College men’s golf team wrapped play at the 2011 NJCAA National Golf Tournament, Friday afternoon. As a team the Aztecs finished in 20th place overall as they had a four day total of 1220.

The Aztecs shot 307 on the tournament’s final day. Mark Ontiveros (SO, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) led the way as he played his best round shooting a 73. Ontiveros finished the tournament in a tie for 37th place overall, with a four day total of 300, which was third best amongst ACCAC competitors.

Robert Perrott (SO, Tucson, AZ, Salpointe HS) had the next best finish for PCC as he earned a tie for 63rd with a final round of 78, and a tournament total of 305.

Adam Ortiz (FR, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) shot his first round outside the 70’s as he shot a 82, finishing in tied for 75th with a total of 309. Anthony Grijalva (SO, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) was next on the list for PCC as he finished with a round of 77 and tied for 85th place, which was up seven spots from his day-three finish. Sean Mullen (FR, Tucson, AZ, Palo Verde HS) was the final Aztec competitor at the National Championship and he finished in 105th place with a round of 79.

Men’s golf improves but drops to 20th

May 19 PCC press release

ODESSA, TX – The Pima Community College men’s golf team showed a little improvement at the 2011 NJCAA National Golf Tournament, Thursday afternoon, as they bettered Wednesday’s team score by eight strokes, but the team dropped three spots to 20th place overall.

As a group, the Aztecs shot 302 on day three and were led by a trio of players that sit with a three-day total of 227 and a tie for 58th place overall. Robert Perrott (SO, Tucson, AZ, Salpointe HS) led the PCC top three with a round of 75, which was just ahead of Mark Ontiveros (SO, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) with 76. Adam Ortiz (FR, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) continued his steady play as he finished his third round at 77 strokes.

Anthony Grijalva 92nd (SO, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) and Sean Mullen T103 (FR, Tucson, AZ, Palo Verde HS) had their best rounds of the Championship Tournament as Grijalva shot a 75 and Mullen 76.

The Aztecs will be back in action tomorrow as they take part in the final day of play at the Odessa Country Club.

Robert Perrott III

Men’s golf drops to 17th after second day

May 18 PCC press release

ODESSA, TX – The Pima Community College men’s golf team took part in their second day of play on at the 2011 NJCAA National Golf Tournament where they dropped five spots as a team to a tie for 17th place overall.

As a group, the Aztecs shot 310 and were led by Mark Ontiveros (SO, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) who shot a 75 and has a two day total of 151. Adam Ortiz (FR, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) was just one shot behind Ontiveros with 76 but sits one shot ahead of his teammate after two days at 150.

Robert Perrott (SO, Tucson, AZ, Salpointe HS) sits with a two day total of 152 after he shot a 79 on the second day of the Championship. Sean Mullen (FR, Tucson, AZ, Palo Verde HS) hit an 80 (162) and Anthony Grijalva (SO, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) finished at 81 (159) to wrap up PCC’s day at the Odessa County Club.

All five golfers will be back in action tomorrow as the season ending tournament runs through May 20th.

Men’s golf in 12th after one day at Nationals

May 17 PCC press release

ODESSA, TX – The Pima Community College men’s golf team wrapped up day-one play on at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament with 12th place team finish after the opening round. The Aztecs sit in the middle of the pack, amongst the field of 23 teams at the Odessa Country Club.

Robert Perrott (SO, Tucson, AZ, Salpointe HS) was the top finisher for the Aztecs as he shot a 73 on day one. Adam Ortiz (FR, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) was just behind his teammate as he shot an opening round 74.

Three other Aztec golfers competed on day one as Mark Ontiveros (SO, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) scored a 76, while Anthony Grijalva (SO, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) finished at 78. Sean Mullen (FR, Tucson, AZ, Palo Verde HS) wrapped up the PCC day as he carded an 82 on the Championships opening day.

All five golfers will be back in action tomorrow as the season ending tournament runs through May 20th.

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POSTSEASON UPDATE: Women's golf duo finishes 40th and 64 at Nationals

POSTSEASON UPDATE: Women’s golf duo finishes 40th and 64 at Nationals

May 19 PCC press release
Aztec Press photo by MYLO ERICKSON

DAYTONA, FL – The Pima Community College women’s golf season came to an end Thursday, as Chloe Treece (FR, Mountlake Terrace, WA, Mountlake Terrace HS) and Alyssa Vega (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sabino HS) wrapped up play at the 2011 NJCAA Women’s Golf Championships, Thursday afternoon.

Treece struggled a little on the tournament’s final day as she shot an 89 and finished with a four day total of 350 (96, 86, 79, 89). Vega finished with a final round of 95 and a four day total of 376 (94, 90, 97,95).

For their efforts, Treece ends the Championship Tournament tied for 40th place overall and Vega finished in 64th.

Women’s golfer Treece shoots 79 on third day at Nationals

May 18 PCC press release

DAYTONA, FL – Pima Community College golfers, Chloe Treece (FR, Mountlake Terrace, WA, Mountlake Terrace HS) and Alyssa Vega (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sabino HS) continued play at the 2011 NJCAA Women’s Golf Championships, Wednesday afternoon.

Treece continues to improve with each round as she shot a 79 on Wednesday, which was seven strokes off of the day’s best at the LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona, Florida. Treece’s three day total now stands at 261 (96, 86, 79) which is good enough for a tie on the 35th place overall.

Alyssa Vega

Vega struggled a little on day three as she shot a 97 which is her highest one day total of the Championship. Vega has recorded a three day total of 281 (94, 90, 97) and currently sits in 60th place overall.

Both of the Aztec golfers will play their final rounds of the National Championship tomorrow afternoon as Treece tees off at noon, while Vega starts at 12:50 pm.

Women’s golfers improve at Nationals

May 17 PCC press release

DAYTONA, FL – The Pima Community College women’s golf team’s two members competing as individuals at the 2011 NJCAA Women’s Championships had better performances on day two at the LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona, Florida.

Chloe Treece (FR, Mountlake Terrace, WA, Mountlake Terrace HS) bettered her day one score by ten strokes as she finished at 86 and a two day total of 182. Treece also jumped up 19 spots to a tie at 48th overall.

Alyssa Vega (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sabino HS) also cut some strokes off of her tournament average as she shot a 90, giving her a two day total of 184. Vega also advanced four spots to 54th overall.

The two PCC golfers will be back on the course tomorrow afternoon as Treece tees off at noon, while Vega starts at 12:50 pm.

Vega leading women’s golf duo at Nationals

May 16 PCC press release

DAYTONA, FL – The Pima Community College women’s golf team has two members competing as individuals at the 2011 NJCAA Women’s Championships at the LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona, Florida.

Of the two Aztecs in competition, Alyssa Vega (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sabino HS) had the better day on the Par 72, 6139 yard course as she shot a total of 94 strokes (54-40). Vega is placed well back in the pack as she sits tied for 58th place overall. Chloe Treece (FR, Mountlake Terrace, WA, Mountlake Terrace HS) finished two strokes behind her teammate as she finished at 96 (47-49) and tied for 67th place overall.

The duo will be back in action tomorrow as Vega is scheduled to tee off at 1:00 pm and Treece at 1:10.

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PLAYOFF UPDATE: Men's tennis finishes 13th at Nationals

PLAYOFF UPDATE: Men’s tennis finishes 13th at Nationals

May 19 PCC press release
Aztec Press photo by HANNAH McLEOD

PLANO, TX – The Pima Community College men’s tennis team wrapped up play at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament, Thursday afternoon, with a couple of consolation bracket wins and a 13th place team finish.

#1 singles player, Alan Barrios (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) was defeated (7-5, 6-4) in his consolation final, but #5 player Jacob Nino (FR, Yuma, AZ, Cibola HS) won his consolation bracket with a (61, 6-3) win.

The #1 doubles team of Andrew Barnett (SO, Tucson, AZ, Tanque Verde HS) and Timothy Holten (FR, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) had to win twice on Thursday to take their consolation bracket and they did by defeating a pair of Illinois teams in the College of DuPage (6-4, 7-6) and McHenry College (7-6, 7-5).

Men’s tennis goes 3-1 on Nationals day 3

May 18 PCC press release

PLANO, TX – The Pima Community College men’s tennis team took part in day three action at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament and PCC put in solid performance as #1 singles player Alan Barrios (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) won a pair of matches advancing to his consolation bracket final; as did the Aztecs’ #5 singles player Jacob Nino (FR, Yuma, AZ, Cibola HS).

The doubles team of Andrew Barnett (SO, Tucson, AZ, Tanque Verde HS) and Timothy Holten (FR, Tucson, AZ, Ironwood Ridge HS) picked up a win and advanced to their consolation bracket semifinal, also to be played on Thursday.

The other Aztecs doubles team still in action on Wednesday, Alan Barrios (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) and Matt Bernard (FR, Saline, MI, Saline HS) made it through to their championship bracket’s quarter final where they were knocked off by the #1 seed (6-3, 6-0).

As a team, the Aztecs have earned 15 total points and sit in 14th place overall.

Alan Barrios

Wednesday Results

SINGLES

1. Alan Barrios won (6-1, 6-1) and (6-2, 7-5) next match in consolation bracket, Thu. 11:00 am
5. Jacob Nino won (6-2, 6-0) and (7-5, 6-30) next match in consolation bracket, Thu. 11:00 am

DOUBLES

1. Barnett/Holten won (6-4, 5-7, 10-8) next match in consolation bracket, Thu. 2:00 pm
2. Barrios/Bernard lost to #1 seed (6-3, 6-0) eliminated

Men’s tennis stumbles in singles

May 17 PCC press release

PLANO, TX – The Pima Community College men’s tennis team took part in day two action at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament with mixed results as the Aztecs were defeated by top seeded singles players in all of their championship brackets. The doubles team of Alan Barrios (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) and Matt Bernard (FR, Saline, MI, Saline HS) did advance in their championship bracket as did two singles and one doubles team in the consolation brackets.

As a group the Aztecs earned 1.5 team points on the day, improving to 11.5 overall. Updated team scores are not currently available.

Tuesday Results

SINGLES

1. Alan Barrios won (7-5, 6-2) next match in consolation bracket, Wed. 10:30 am
2. Andrew Barnett lost to #7 seed (6-2, 6-0) eliminated
3. Matt Bernard lost to #3 seed (6-2, 6-0) eliminated
4. Tim Holten lost to #4 seed (6-4, 6-0) eliminated
5. Jacob Nino lost bye, next match in consolation bracket, Wed. 11:45 pm
6. Victor Cabada lost to #1 seed (6-1, 6-1) eliminated

DOUBLES

1. Barnett/Holten bye, next match in consolation bracket, Wed. 2:15 pm
2. Barrios/Bernard won (6-3, 6-0) next match, Wed. 1:00 pm
3. Cabada/Nino lost (6-0, 4-6, 6-1); lost in consolation bracket (6-1, 6-1) eliminated

Men’s tennis in 7th after one day at Nationals

May 16 PCC press release

PLANO, TX – The Pima Community College men’s tennis team opened up play at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament with a strong start as PCC won four of six singles matches and two doubles teams moved on in championship play. As a group, the Aztecs earned ten team points and sit in a tie for 7th place overall, after one day of competition.

Monday Results
SINGLES

1. Alan Barrios lost (6-4, 6-3) next match in consolation bracket, Tue. 3:30 pm
2. Andrew Barnett won (6-4, 6-4) next match, Tue. 8:00 am
3. Matt Bernard won (6-3, 5-7, 6-2) next match, Tue. 9:15 am
4. Tim Holten won Ben Vandergrift (6-2, 6-3) next match, Tue. 10:30 am
5. Jacob Nino lost (6-3, 6-0) next match in consolation bracket, Tue. 3:30 pm
6. Victor Cabada won (6-2, 6-3) next match, Tue. 11:45 am

DOUBLES

1. Barnett/Holten lost (7-6(3), 6-3) next match in consolation bracket, Tue. 4:00 pm
2. Barrios/Bernard won (6-3, 7-6(1)) next match, Tue. 1:00 pm
3. Cabada/Nino bye next match Tue. 2:15 pm

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POSTSEASON UPDATE: Track & field: women finish 3rd, men 4th at Regionals

POSTSEASON UPDATE: Track & field: women finish 3rd, men 4th at Regionals

May 13 PCC press release
Aztec Press photo by ED ADAMS

MESA, AZ – The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up final-day action at the Region 1 Championship Meet, late Thursday evening, with the Aztecs women placing third overall and the men fourth.

The PCC men’s 4×400 placed second at the championship meet, but team of Sergio Carillo (SO, Tucson, AZ, Salpointe HS), Derrick Coker (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS), Matthew Robertson (SO, San Diego, CA, BirminghamHS) and Antoine Thomas (SO, Tombstone, AZ, Tombstone HS) did set a new PCC record with a time of 3:12.97. The team’s time is five seconds better than their best time of the year and qualifies them for the NJCAA National Championships, in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The women’s 4×400 of Ashely Dorado (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS), Liz Romero (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sunnyside HS), Adrianna Thomas (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sunnyside HS) and Kathy Acosta Zavala (SO, Bolivia, Peru, Jose Saldivar HS) also qualified for the NJCC meet as they place third in their race with a time of 4:01.15.

Other top performers for PCC were Matthew Robertson who took third in the 400 meters with a time of 48.02. The finish is a national qualifying mark and the second best time Pima history for the event.

Dylan Moeykens (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) and Zion Harvey (FR, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) each earned runner up finishes at the Regional Championship as Moeykens took second in the men’s decathlon, while Harvey was second in the 100 meter.

Zach Dunbar (SO, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Lake Havasu HS) and Christian Tovar (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) earned second place finishes in field events as Dunbar was runner up in the Javelin and Tovar was second in both the hammer throw and the shot put.

On the women’s side, Julia Dittiger (SO, Tucson, AZ, Cienega HS) and Alice Odu (FR, Tucson, AZ, Catalina Magnet HS) each earned second place finishes as Dittiger was runner up in the 3000 meter steeplechase, while Odu was second in the triple jump.

Track & field wins two championships on first day of Regionals

May 11 PCC press release

MESA, AZ – The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up day one of the Region 1 Championship Meet, late Tuesday evening, with a pair of regional championships and numerous quality performances is Mesa.

The women’s 4×800 meter relay team earned the Aztecs first regional championship as Mary Cozby (FR, Anna, IL, Anna-Jonesboro HS), Brianna Fugere (SO, Tucson, AZ, Sabino HS), Annalisa Loevenguth (SO, Safford, AZ, Safford HS), and Janeen Yazzie (SO, Winslow, AZ, Winslow HS) won their race with a national championship qualifying mark of 9:53.

Josue Saldivar (SO, Tucson, AZ, Desert View HS) won the regional championship title in the men’s 10,000 meter run with a time of 34:28. Both Region Champions automatically qualify for the national championships in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Four other Aztecs individuals, and one relay team, had second place finishes on Tuesday. Zach Dunbar (SO, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Lake Havasu HS) threw the Javelin 192’9″; Christian Tovar (SO, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater HS) threw the hammer 168’11″; Mario Portillo (SO, Tucson, AZ, Catalina HS) finished strong in the 10,000 meters at 35:09; while Jaqi Bell () was a top female finisher in the Javelin with a throw of 125’0″.

Mario Portillo

The men’s 4×800 meter relay team of Wilburt Barton (SO, Winslow, AZ, Winslow HS), Sergio Carillo (SO, Tucson, AZ, Salpointe HS), Demitri Hayes (FR, Tucson, AZ, Tucson HS) and Joshua Wills (FR, Tombstone, AZ, Tombstone HS) finished second at 8:49.6.

The final day of the Region 1 Championships is scheduled for Thursday with finals in the sprints, hurdles, distances, and throws.

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PLAYOFF UPDATE: Women's tennis earns their best ever division 1 finish at Nationals

PLAYOFF UPDATE: Women’s tennis earns their best ever division 1 finish at Nationals

May 13 PCC press release
Aztec Press photos by Hannah McLeod

TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament with a 15th place showing at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson. As a team the Aztecs accumulated 16.5 points which is their best total since making the jump to NJCAA Div. 1 in 2004.

#1 singles player, Tatum Rochin (FR, San Angelo, TX, Bridgeway Academy) won her consolation bracket final as she defeated Lindy Winter (Florida State College at Jacksonville) 8-2. Gabriela Rodriguez (SO, Hermosillo, Mex., Tech. de Monterrey) was defeated 8-3 in her consolation final as she was bested by Adalyn Hazelman (New Mexico Military Institute).

Two of the Aztecs’ doubles teams reached Thursday’s consolation finals. The #1 doubles team of Rochin and Victoria Bravo (SO, Tucson, AZ, Rincon HS) lost 8-6 Florida State College at Jacksonville, while the #3 doubles team of Lydia Carlson (SO, Tucson, AZ, Rincon HS) and Olivia Cole-Encinas (FR, Marana, AZ, Mountain View HS) dropped their match, 8-4, to Seminole State College (Oklahoma).

Women’s tennis goes undefeated on day 4 at Nationals

May 11 PCC press release

TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College women’s tennis team had another undefeated day at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament as both individual competitors won their consolation draw matches, as did the two remaining doubles teams. All Aztecs will compete in Thursday’s consolation finals at the Reffkin Tennis Center.

With the four wins the Aztecs pick up two team pints, pushing their total to 16 points and jumping up one spot to 15th overall. If the Aztecs can hold onto the 15th place position, it will be the program’s best finish since making the jump to NJCAA Div. 1 in 2004.

Tatum Rochin

Wednesday Scores
SINGLES

1. Tatum Rochin def. Collin County CC (8-2) next match, Thur. 7:30 am
3. Gabriela Rodriguez def. Muskegon CC (8-4) next match, Thur. 7:30 am

DOUBLES

1. Rochin/Bravo def. Harford CC (8-2) next match, Thur. 9:30 am
3. Carlson/Cole-Encinas def. Rend Lake CC (8-4) next match, Thur. 8:30 am

Aztecs in 16th after Day 3

May 10 PCC press release

TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College women’s tennis team had a successful day three at the

2011 NJCAA National Tournament as both individual competitors still in the consolation draw

won their matches, as did the two remaining doubles teams.

The Aztecs still sit in 16th place as a team as they have accumulated 14 total team points. All matches in the 2011 Championship Tournament will be played at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson.

SINGLES

1. Tatum Rochin def. Sinclair CC (8-2) next match, Wed. 7:30 am
3. Gabriela Rodriguez def. Seminole State College (8-3) next match, Wed. 7:30 am

DOUBLES

1. Rochin/Bravo def. Rend Lake College (8-3) next match, Wed. 10:30 am
3. Carlson/Cole-Encinas def. Kalamazoo Valley CC (8-4) next match, Wed. 10:30 am

Rodriguez wins awards

May 9 PCC press release

TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College women’s tennis team competed in day-two action at the NJCAA National Tournament with mixed results as all singles and doubles players that made it to the second round of the main draws were defeated, while two singles competitors and two doubles teams advanced in their consolation brackets.

With a two day total of 11 points, the Aztecs currently sit in 16 place overall.

Also on the plus side at the tournament, Aztec #3 singles player, Gabriela Rodriguez, received a special honor as she received the International Tennis Association/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. In August the national winners are honored during a special ceremony hosted by the USTA during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day inside Ashe Stadium. This award which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JuCo men’s and women’s players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

Monday Scores
SINGLES

1. Tatum Rochin defeated Central Alabama CC (8-1) next match, Tue. 7:30 am (consolation bracket)
2. Victoria Bravo lost to #2 seed Tyler JC (6-2, 6-4)
3. Gabriela Rodriguez bye next match, Tue. 7:30 am (consolation bracket)
4. Lydia Carlson lost to #6 seed Eastern Arizona College (6-4, 6-2)
5. Lucy Gaynor lost to #3 seed Florida State College at Jacksonville (6-0, 6-0)
6. Olivia Cole-Encinas lost to #2 seed Lee College (6-2, 6-0)

DOUBLES

1. Rochim/Bravo def. Sinclair CC (8-0) next match, Tue. 11:30 am (consolation bracket)
2. Rodriguez/Gaynor lost to #3 seed Florida State College at Jacksonville (6-1, 6-2)
3. Carlson/Cole-Encinas bye next match, Tue. 12:30 am (consolation bracket)

Aztecs 11th after one day at Nationals

May 8 PCC press release

TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College women’s tennis team opened up play at the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament with a solid performance at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson. On the day, the Aztecs won five of the nine matches they competed in and earned ten team points. As a group, PCC sits in 11th place overall after one day of competition.

Four singles competitors advanced in their championship brackets along with one doubles team. All PCC players will be back in action tomorrow either in the championship brackets or in the consolation brackets.

SINGLES

1. Tatum Rochim lost to Lee College CC (6-2, 6-3) next match, Mon. 7:30 am
2. Victoria Bravo def. Meridian CC (6-2, 6-3) next match, Mon. 10:30 am
3. Gabriela Rodriguez lost to Collin County CC (6-2, 6-2) next match, Mon. TBA
4. Lydia Carlson def. Muskegon CC (3-2, retired ill) next match, Mon. 11:00 am
5. Lucy Gaynor def. Central Alabama CC (3-6, 6-0, 6-1) next match, Mon. 11:30 am
6. Olivia Cole-Encinas def. Kalamazoo Valley CC (6-2, 6-1) next match, Mon. 12:00 pm

DOUBLES

1. Rochim/Bravo lost to Seward County CC (6-2, 3-6, 7-5(5)) next match, Mon. 1:30 pm
2. Rodriguez/Gaynor def. Snead State CC (6-0, 6-2) next match, Mon. 2:00 pm
3. Carlson/Cole-Encinas lost to Cowley County CC (6-0, 6-4) next match, Mon. TBA

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Radiology student wins essay contest

Radiology student wins essay contest

By LYNDAJOE ECHERIVEL

aztecpress@pima.edu

Pima Community College radiology student Aimee Peck has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2011 Student Initiative Program.

Peck will receive an all-expenses paid trip to an ASRT educational symposium June 16-19 in Albuquerque, N.M. She will attend a student program and be assigned a professional mentor.

“This is an amazing opportunity to advance my future as a radiology tech,” Peck said. “There will be opportunities to meet other students, to talk to them to see what they’re going through.”

ASRT members perform medical imaging procedures and deliver radiation therapy treatments.

Peck was one of 62 students chosen from more than 180 entries submitted by radiologic science students nationwide in a “Welcome to Your Future” essay competition.

“The Student Initiative Program is a great way to get radiologic science students involved in the ASRT early in their careers,” ASRT President James Temme said in a press release.

Peck said she chose to enroll in Pima’s radiology technology program because she was feeling unsatisfied in her job as the director of service excellence at a veterinary hospital.

Having a sister who is an emergency room nurse was another factor. She liked the idea of interacting with people.

Peck is currently performing the 1,800-hour clinical portion of her training at Tucson Medical Center.

After passing the radiology test at the end of next semester, Peck hopes to specialize in radiation for cancer patients. That will take an additional two years of training.

 

Aimee Peck during clinical rounds. Photo by Lyndajoe Echerivel.

 

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Americans need to overcome apathy

Americans need to overcome apathy

By CHRIS HOLLOWAY

aztecpress@pima.edu

Americans face a multitude of problems and issues that must be addressed, including war, economy, immigration and health care.

It is difficult to weigh a specific problem as being more important than another. The United States Census Bureau estimates the total U.S. population to be approximately 310 million.

Despite the problems, there is one overlying problem: apathy.

The United States prides itself on being the freest nation in the world. In 1788, this nation adopted a constitution along with the first 10 amendments. To this day, the constitution protects the freedoms and the way of life enjoyed by Americans.

So what needs to change? Americans have forgotten who we are and what sets us apart from the rest of the world. For this republic to accurately represent its citizens, there are two areas crucial for Americans to understand.

Foremost is citizen participation, followed by historical understanding of why and how our primary institutions exist.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the 2008 presidential election yielded a 56.8 percent voter turnout, up 1.5 percent from 2004. Presidential elections have ranged in the mid 50s since dropping below the 60 percent mark in 1972.

Non-presidential elections see even meeker results, fluctuating in the mid 30s since it dropped below 40 percent in 1970. It is safe to say the majority of Americans remain unrepresented.

To clarify, let’s make an example of the 2008 presidential election. Barack Obama received 53 percent of votes cast. John McCain took in 46 percent, with the remaining 1 percent divided among third parties.

Obama’s 53 percent translates into just under 67 million votes. Interestingly enough, the hit TV series “American Idol” once had 65 million votes to choose a winner in a singing competition.

The total presidential votes cast by eligible voters was a little over 130 million, while the number of eligible voters was approximately 230 million.

This means Obama was elected by 29 percent of the eligible population. In one way or another, roughly 71 percent of the eligible population did not vote for him.

This is a typical presidential election, with most previous presidents (Republican and Democrat) being elected with similar statistics.

A typical European country experiences voter turnout ranging from the mid 70s to the high 80s, with an exceptional few surpassing the 90 percent mark. Belgium, for example, boasts an incredible 93 percent turnout.

Regardless of class, race or creed, it is the citizen’s duty to participate. A 90 percent voter turnout should be a reality for us and all other freedom-loving people on this planet.

In order to preserve this country as a free nation, it is necessary to understand it in full context. To right the problems Americans face, citizens must talk about them. More importantly, it is necessary for people to heed the call of civic duty.

That duty is to fully participate in government and hence in the decisions that affect them. The civic duty of every freedom-loving individual, American or not, is to put apathy to death.

 

Check out these links:

http://www.fec.gov/

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=19031


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PLAYOFF UPDATE: Softball ends season one run from Nationals

PLAYOFF UPDATE: Softball ends season one run from Nationals

Stories and photo by JAMES KELLEY

The Pima Community College softball team suffered a heart-breaking loss to the hometown Region 1 championship favorites, and then Yavapai College ripped the Aztecs’ hearts out.

Second-seeded Pima (51-14) could not take advantage of a one-game cushion as it lost both Regional championship games in Prescott, Ariz.

The Aztecs lost the first game 3-2 in extra innings, as the top-seeded Roughriders (62-4) scored in the bottom of the ninth to break the tie.

Freshman Mari Contreras (30-3) suffered the loss despite throwing a seven-hitter and striking out eight in her third start in two days.

Freshman utility Jessica Schneider went 2-3 with a home run.

In the second championship game, sophomore Adriana Garcia (15-6) started her first game of the tournament. She gave up seven runs before Contreras returned to give up five runs in the 12-3 loss.

Sophomore infielder Katie Asher went 2-3 with a double.

It was the third year in a row that Yavapai knocked out Pima in the Region championship game and claimed the sole Nationals spot. It happened in Prescott in 2009 and 2011, and in Tucson in 2010.

Yavapai is headed to Nationals for the fourth year in a row.

Softball advances to championship

It took a full seven innings this time, but Pima Community College earned another blowout win and a spot in the Region 1 championship game.

The second-seeded Aztecs (51-12) beat fourth-seed Arizona Western College (35-25) in Prescott, Ariz., 11-3 on May 7 thanks to 16 hits, including five home runs. Pima scored five runs in the seventh, while AWC scored two.

Sophomore infielder Mercedes Garcia went 3-4, hitting homers in three straight at-bats and driving in five RBIs.

Freshman utility Erika Tapia went 3-4 also, with two dingers. Sophomore catcher Charissa Ballesteros went 3-4 with two RBIs. Sophomore infielder Jacqueline Deen went 4-4 with a double and two runs.

Freshman Mari Contreras (30-2) struck out 10 Matadors.

PCC will await the winner of AWC and top seed Yavapai College (59-4), the hosts, in the championship game Saturday afternoon. AWC or Yavapai must beat Pima twice, but the Aztecs need only one win to go to Nationals.

Softball dominates Regionals opener

The Pima Community College softball team is sitting pretty after a pretty-much perfect day.

The second-seeded Aztecs (50-12) opened play in the Region 1 tournament with an 11-1 five-inning mercy rule over third-seeded Central Arizona College 46-17) on May 6 in Prescott.

Mari Contreras

Freshman Mari Contreras gave up one run on three hits and struck out seven Vaquera batters. Injured sophomore infielder Katie Asher hit a home run and two RBIs, and scored three times against No. 19 Central.

Freshman leadoff hitter and outfielder Nicole Rascon went 3-3, with a double and four RBIs.

Freshman utility Jessica Schneider went 3-3 and scored three runs. Freshman utility Erika Tapia went 2-3 with a triple.

In other action in Prescott, top seeded and No. 1 ranked Yavapai College (58-4), the host, was upset by bottom-seed Arizona Western College (35-24).

On May 7, Pima faces Western in the semifinals at 9 a.m., needing only two wins Saturday to advance to Nationals. Yavapai will need to win three times Saturday.

The championship game will be 1 p.m., with a rematch at 3 p.m. if necessary.

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PLAYOFF UPDATE: Baseball swept by Central

PLAYOFF UPDATE: Baseball swept by Central

By JAMES KELLEY
Photo by LEFTRICK HERD

The Pima Community College baseball team was swept by Central Arizona College in the Region 1 semifinals.

Top-seeded Central (46-12) finished off fourth-seeded Pima (29-27) 8-0 in Game 2 of the three-game series in Coolidge, Ariz.

Freshman pitcher Jose Gomez started but was unable to record any outs. He gave up five runs on six hits.

The Aztecs’ offense didn’t fare much better, managing only four hits off the Vaqueros.

Central wins Game 1

The top-seeded Central Arizona College baseball team opened the Region 1 semifinals with a 4-1 win over visiting Pima Community College.

Freshman Keith Zuniga (7-4) suffered the loss for Pima after giving up four runs on six hits in six innings of work. He gave up just one extra base hit.

Jovony Valenzuela

Sophomore Torry Mowatt pitched in relief. He threw two scoreless innings and surrendered one hit.

The Aztecs’ only hits came from freshmen infielders Joseph Haskell, who had a triple, and Mario Sanchez.

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Symposium introduces Tucsonans to alliance ideals

Symposium introduces Tucsonans to alliance ideals

By ANA RAMIREZ

aztecpress@pima.edu

A Tucson mother and her 6-year-old son ventured out to sell organic eggs to their neighbors. The mother met a woman with a friendly aura who told them about an alliance that shares their idealistic beliefs.

The friendly woman was Pamela Jay, who introduced many other Tucsonans to the Pachamama Alliance during a symposium, “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream,” at Circle Tree Ranch Amity Foundation on April 8.

The southern-style room was filled with conversations of students and other concerned citizens discussing environmental issues affecting them and the rest of the world.

The symposium’s purpose was to bring participants into “that state of blessed unrest where people realize that there is a lot more possibility and a lot more hope and a lot more creative action being taken around the world,” Jay said with a smile.

She would like to be part of the largest social movement in the history of human kind, Jay said, “bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time.”

The Pachamama Alliance started in 1995 when the Archuar people, an indigenous tribe in Ecuador, reached out to the industrial world for help in saving the rainforest and their traditional way of life.

“The movement is humanity’s immune response to resist and to heal political disease, economic infection and ecological corruption caused by ideologies,” said Rob Hopkins, a speaker in a film that was shown during the event.

“This is fundamentally a civil rights movement, a human rights movement,” Hopkins said. “This is a democracy movement, it is the coming world.”

Points made in the film included:

  • Poverty is increasing the gap between poor and rich.
  • Thirty percent of the world’s arable land has been destroyed in the past 30 years.
  • More and more animals are becoming extinct.
  • The rate of cancer is increasing.

 

The day after Easter, Tucson’s Reid Park is filled with trash, marring an otherwise beautiful landscape. Photo by Ana Ramirez.

 

People who are consciously aware of their surroundings and environmental enthusiasts are become increasingly concerned, and forming together to make a difference.

Volunteers around the world conduct Pachamama Alliance symposiums to inform their communities.

“I think oftentimes, people are motivated and they are seeing some things and hearing some things in a way that they didn’t think about before,” Jay said.

“I think it plants a seed of some kind in everyone that is thought-provoking, motivating and inspiring,” she added. “At some point, perhaps today or tomorrow, that seed will germinate.”

Jessica West-Paul, an environmental science major at the University of Arizona, said she enjoyed finding out about the diverse communities involved. She also appreciated “all the hope there is for the things I believe and feel are the most important part of life.”

People don’t realize “their impact on the world, their wastefulness,” she added, noting that people often buy things because they think it will make them happy, but it doesn’t.

Members of the Pachamama Alliance seek to spread the word, and let others know they are not alone. There are thousands of groups around the world fighting for the same cause.

“Our team would very much like to make ourselves available to present this to your schools, your communities, your churches, your clubs, your organizations,” Jay said. “We make ourselves available to present this particular symposium to help waken people to another possibility.”

For more information, contact Pamela Jay at 749-5980, ext. 252, or e-mail her at pjay@amityfdn.org. To learn more about the Pachamama Alliance, visit pachamama.org.

FYI

  • If everyone in the world lived like the United States, we’d need five earths to survive.
  • In 50 years, there is a good chance that half of all species will be extinct.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour.
  • Five patches of plastic in the ocean are double the size of Texas.

Source: Pachamama Alliance

Check out this link: http://www.pachamama.org/

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Men’s basketball: Gary resigns after one rough season

Men’s basketball: Gary resigns after one rough season

By NARCISO THOMAS VILLARREAL
Photo by ED ADAMS

Pima Community College will need a new men’s basketball head coach after Roderick Gary resigned after just one season because he was too busy in his other PCC job.

Gary, who is also a program manager of the Information and Outreach team at Pima, said he resigned for personal reasons. Gary is Pima’s second men’s basketball head coach to resign in as many seasons.

“It’s a full-time job, and I have a full-time job at the college. And there’s just not enough time in the day to do two full-time jobs,” Gary said in a telephone interview. “You have to balance your time, and you have to be able to do both jobs well.”

The team finished the season at 5-23 overall and 2-20 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. The Aztecs also ended the season on a 16-game losing streak.

The losing season came one year after the team placed seventh at the 2010 National Junior College Athletic Association men’s Division II national basketball tournament under Karl Pieroway.

Pieroway stepped down in April, was briefly rehired, then resigned a second time last May.

Gary said the losing streak did wear on him.

Roderick Gary

“Sure. Sure. You know it’s hard losing all those games,” Gary said. “It’s hard on your emotions. It’s hard on you mentally.”

Pima has hired three coaches in the last three years and four in the last six.

“We have a lot of positive things going on in athletics that reflect well on the school,” Edgar Soto, executive director of athletics, said via e-mail.

He said the position will be advertised through May 11. Once the position closes, the candidate selection process begins.

“I’m confident that we will find a basketball coach who will impart to our student-athletes the positive attributes needed to win on the court and to be productive citizens off it,” Soto said in the e-mail.

He and the athletic department hope to have a candidate ready to recommend to the Board of Governors for approval in June, Soto said. Last year, Gary was not hired until July.

Coaching carousel
Sept. 2003: Brian Peabody hired
May 2004: Peabody resigns
Oct. 2004: Mario Ramirez hired
March 2008: Ramirez fired
June 2008: Karl Pieroway hired
April 2010: Pieroway resigns
May 2010: Pieroway rehired
May 2010: Pieroway resigns
July 2010: Roderick Gary hired
April 2011: Gary resigns

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Softball star Mercedes Garcia video

By JAMES KELLEY

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