By DEANNA SHERMAN
As we say goodbye to the scholastic 2014-15 year at Pima Community College, let’s not forget about the athletes who made this year special and also introduce the student athletes we have to look forward to next year.
Pima men’s basketball players Matt O’Boyle and Esteban Lopez are continuing their collegiate careers after signing national letters of intent to four-year institutions.
O’Boyle was a star guard and forward for the Aztecs this season, playing and starting 29 of 31 games. He averaged 14.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
He was recognized for his outstanding season as he was selected Third Team All-ACCAC and Second Team All-Region I, Division II. He was also named ACCAC Division II Player of the week for Feb. 9-15.
O’Boyle committed to Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., on April 21.
Lopez, signed with Hastings College in Hastings, Neb.
After an exciting season, the PCC’s women’s soccer team is saying goodbye to three outstanding players. Shannon Shields, Sarah Dunbar and Kathy Fisher all signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at a four-year institution.
Star forward Shields signed to play at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Shields was named a NJCAA and NSCAA First Team All-American and was honored as the ACCAC Conference Player of the Year this season.
Dunbar, a midfielder, will move on to Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore. She was selected Second Team All-ACCAC and scored four goals for the Aztecs this season.
Fisher, who was not only a forward for the Aztecs soccer team but also a hurdler on the track and field squad, signed with Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
The women’s soccer season will start in August.
Incoming talent abounds
Next year’s basketball season will show a lot of change as a high number of incoming freshmen venture to Pima to prove their talents at the collegiate level.
Men’s basketball will bring in nine freshmen, all Arizona natives. The Aztecs will have quite a variety at the guard positions with Jorge Carrasco, Brandon Burke, Jake Anastasi, Kale Abbot, Dakota Kordsiemon and Leonard Moody.
DJ Luan and Blake Staggs have played both the guard and forward position while Daren Biggs is a strong-set forward.
The women’s basketball team will also be stacked with incoming freshmen as the Aztecs bring in seven players.
Tucson natives Bailey Johnson, Sydni Stallworth, Piper Mali, Alondra Leon and Erin Peterson will become Aztecs next season. Taylor Blue from Peoria and Nevada resident Aubre Fortner will also be added to the roster.