Compiled by Nicholas Trujillo
With the winter season ending and the spring seasons already well underway, Pima Community College has had many student-athletes earn awards for their efforts in the season. Others have accepted offers from universities.
Stallworth earns top rank for second time
This year marks the second year in a row that sophomore basketball star Sydni Stallworth was named first-team NJCAA Division II All-American. She is one of only three PCC women to receive the honor.
She also received, and accepted an offer to play at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
In the past two years, the university had win-loss records that mirrored PCC’s team. The 2014-’15 season was 29-2, and the 2015-’16 team had a 38-3 record.
Stallworth was a major player on the PCC court, leading the Aztecs to a second-place finish in the Region I Division II tournament. She averaged 17 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting 81 percent at the free throw line.
Additionally, she was also named the ACCAC Division II Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as ACCAC Division II player of the week seven times during the season. She ends her career at PCC with a record of 51-16.
James, Aztec MVP, first-team All-American
Men’s basketball sophomore standout Deion James also received his share of glory. He was named first-team NJCAA All-American. He is the fifth Pima player to earn the honor, and the second to receiving it under head coach Brian Peabody.
Jame was also named Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year and ACCAC Co-Player of the Year.
During the season, James was the powerhouse who got the Aztecs to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He was named Region I, Divison II Championship game MVP.
He also led the Aztecs to a 22-win season, PCC’s best since the 1989-90 team.
While averaging 20.6 points per game, James also picked up 20 double-doubles in points and rebounds.
In his first year of college basketball, James played at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As of now, James has not decided where he will go to continue his career.
Sophomore duo sign with Stephen F. Austin
Pima Community College women’s softball team sophomore duo Margarita Corona and Courtney Brown have signed to play at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The Lumberjacks are in Division I for the NCAA and are sporting a 15-26 record so far this season.
Corona, a 5-foot-3-inch catcher, played in all 51 games this season. She has a .487 batting average and has 14 home runs and 77 RBIs. She also leads the team with 76 hits and 20 doubles.
Brown, who plays outfielder and is a lead-off hitter, bats with a .426 batting average. She has hit four home runs and 25 RBIs.
Brown also leads the team with 20 stolen bases, eight triples and 63 runs scored.
The two signed their letters of intent to the university on April 13. They will also be honored at the celebration that PCC is holding at the West Campus.
Ruiz signs to West Texas A&M
Sophomore Mari Ruiz will mark PCC softball team’s third player to get signed to a university. The Aztec outfield will further her career at West Texas A&M, a NCAA Division II school in Canyon, Texas.
The school held the national title in 2014 when a former Pima player was on their roster. This season they also hold former PCC pitcher Alexis Alfonso.
Ruiz took part in 35 games this season, she has 11 RBIs, 29 runs scored while batting and a .258 batting average. She transferred to Pima after playing for Phoenix College for one year.
Hong takes ACCAC POTY for second year in a row
Sophomore Desiree Hong has earned herself the ACCAC Player of the Year title for her second year in a row. She was also select as first team All-ACCAC conference and first Team All-Region.
Hong averaged a 74.8 per round played, she also shot a 71 or under for seven of her 12 rounds played.
She also was able to finish at least second place in all tournaments she participated in. She has also verbally committed to the University of Arizona next fall.
Fellow Sophomore Samantha Hacker was named second team All-ACCAC for her second straight year. Freshman Abby Miller also took second team All-Region.
PCC to celebrate athletes at West Campus
PCC will celebrate its athletes, and many others, on May 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the West Campus Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road.
Both coaches and representatives from the winter and spring season teams will talk about team and individual accomplishments.
Basketball players Jacob Anastasi and Erin Peterson are set to receive the Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award.
To RSVP or for more info about the celebration, email April Jessee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Raymond Suarez at email@example.com by May 3.