ATHLETIC VOICE: A semester well done

Eddie Celaya


In a semester punctuated by a bench-clearing brouhaha, Pima Community College sports was never a bore to follow. The fall sports schedule, like the semester, is coming to an end. Let’s look back on how PCC teams and individuals performed.

There was the football team, led by unexpected starting quarterback Justin Martin. Martin, who was originally brought on as a receiver, ended up leading the team in both passing and rushing yards.

He finished the year with nearly 2,000 yards passing and almost 350 yards rushing.

Four other Aztecs were named to either first or second team all conference. Sophomore receiver Jeff Cotton, nominated for All-American consideration, led the conference in total receiving yards and in yards per game. Congrats gentlemen.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams also performed well.

The women’s squad compiled a 16-6-1 season and reached the conference championship game. Sophomore Destiny Jones and freshman Alexis Hernandez lead the team with 11 goals each.

This year’s men’s soccer team will be remembered for winning the conference championship, only to be accosted and ultimately denied a chance to participate at nationals. This was all due to Phoenix College rushing the field to attack PCC players.

The decision to bar the team from participating further was an embarrassment to the National Junior College Athletics Association in general and to NJCAA Executive Director Mary Ellen Leicht in particular.

No lesson was taught and no justice meted out. Shameful, really.

Of course it wasn’t all gloom and doom for the other PCC sports. Cross Country saw top performers for both the men’s and women’s teams compete at nationals.

On the men’s side, sophomores David Fernandez and Armando Antonio Jr. and freshman Alonso Sodari all placed at nationals. Fernandez placed 33rd out of 303 runners.

For the women, sophomore Samantha Felzien placed 45th out of 316 competitors.

Women’s volleyball wrapped up a tough year, but the team wasn’t without standout performers. Sophomore Aleksandra Palmer lead the team in kills and points, and freshman Kylee Ashment led in both solo and assisted blocks.

The Aztec Press would like to congratulate all of the fall sports teams and players, coaches and assistants. You personify the highest ideals of what a student athlete can be, and provide us with some great entertainment.

Thank you, and go Aztecs! See you in the spring.

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