Pima to honor fall teams Dec. 12

The Pima Community College athletics department will host a Fall Sports Celebration on Monday, Dec. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

Six fall teams – men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, football and volleyball – will be recognized for their season accomplishments. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Coaches, players, family members, friends and community fans are welcome to attend. RSVP by Dec. 8 by emailing April Jessee at or Raymond Suarez at

-By Casey Muse Jr.


Dec. 15 fundraiser aids injury management

PCC’s sports injury management department will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to closing at Buffalo Wild Wings, 4329 N. Oracle Road, Suite 135.

When customers say they support the sports injury management department or present a fundraising ticket to their server, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of the bill to the department.

The sports injury management team is in charge of providing health and safety to all 16 teams that make up the athletic department.

-By Casey Muse Jr.


Hector Banegas (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

Banegas makes NJCAA All-American list

Soccer standout Hector Banegas won a variety of post-season awards, including being named a third-team NJCAA All-American.

In addition, he was named a first team National Soccer Coaches Associate of America All-American. He was runner-up for ACCAC/Region I Player of the Year and earned first team All-ACCAC/Region 1 honors. He was also named first team NSCAA Junior College Division I All-West Region.

The sophomore forward led the team in scoring with 17 goals, and provided seven assists.

Banegas played in 21 games this fall after returning from a string of injuries during the 2015 season that required multiple surgeries.

His final goal came in dramatic fashion when he scored a last-minute game winner on Oct. 27 in a semifinal match against Arizona Western College.

The Aztecs ended the season with an 18-3-1 record. They won their third consecutive Region I, Division I Championship against Phoenix College on Oct. 29.

-By Francisco Zapata

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