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Pima honors winter-spring athletics

Pima honors winter-spring athletics



Pima Community College honored the athletics program May 25 with a two-hour reception.

The evening started with Edgar Soto, Executive Director of Athletics, quickly acknowledging the successful sports season.

“One of the greatest years in Pima sports history,” Soto said.

The Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award 2016 recipients were announced next. The award not only recognizes student/athletes excellence in academics and athletics, but it also honors the man it is named after, PCC’s first athletic director.

The four recipients of this year’s award were Kristin Baldwin, Jamie Holliday, Kelsey Montano, and Deontay Townsend. The four have finished their Pima experiences and are continuing on to the next collegiate level.

The award was presented by Ann Toledo-Oyama, Toledo’s wife of 25 years, and their daughter Suzanna Minegishi.

One of the highlights was when Montano received her award and her daughter, on stage, jumped up and down in excitement.

A 7-minute video picture montage followed the award presentation. The video showed action photos that paid tribute to the athletes and coaches that made this past season so memorable.

After the video, the coaches took turns speaking. Each used the time to thank all those that have helped to make Pima athletics successful. The highlight was hearing the impressive list of accomplishments from the past season. Each sport had reasons to be proud and athletes to honor.

One common theme from each coach was the credit and thanks they gave to Soto.

“Edgar you are the glue. We hit bumps in our season, I am sure all coaches do. Our first phone call is to Edgar and he smooths out all the bumps for us,” softball head coach Armando Quiroz said. “We really appreciate you. Thank you very much, Edgar.”

Many of the coaches spoke of how Pima has the best collection of coaches that they have ever been around. Another credit they gave to Soto.

One of the benefits of having such a talented group of coaches is that they motivate each other.

“I aspire to be great because every coach here at Pima does such a great job,” women’s basketball head coach Todd Holthaus said. “Because of our competitive nature, you don’t want to be the one that let everyone down.”

Lawrence R. Toledo recipients

Pima Community College honored four athletes with the Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award on May 25.

Softball: Aztecs have score to settle

Softball: Aztecs have score to settle



The Pima Community College softball team finished second to Phoenix College in last year’s tournament.

They won the first two games, one against Phoenix, and needed only one more win for the title but lost two straight

games to the Phoenix Bears.

“Our sophomores and coaches still have a bitter taste,” head coach Armando Quiroz said. “I am hoping this will be a

motivating factor. Getting kicked in the gut is something you don’t forget.”

Maybe an even bigger factor will be the confidence the Aztecs have after they finished the season with four straight

run-rule victories.

They outscored their opponents 45-2 in those four games.

“I feel really confident about how we’re heading into the tournament,” freshman Bailey Critchlow said.

After a rough stretch where they went 2-4-1, the Aztecs finished the season 12-2 in their last 14 games.

“We are on a high right now and we are playing really relaxed and as a team,” Critchlow said. “It is a big change from

how we were in the middle (of the season). Everyone is picking each other up.”

Sophomore Odalis Orduno is also pleased with the team’s current play.

“We are on the right track and we’re ready for regionals,” Orduno said.

Orduno was named ACCAC Pitcher of the week for April 18-24. This is the fourth time she won the award this year.

“It feels like an accomplishment,” she said.

As much as PCC wants revenge against Phoenix, they will have to play Glendale Community College first when the

tourney starts May 5.

“Glendale is very tough, they’ve really improved,” Quiroz said. “We can’t look ahead to Phoenix or anyone else

because we have a tough first game.”

The Aztecs went 3-1 against the Gauchos this year, but split the last two games.

“They played us really tough the last time,” Critchlow said. “But because we are on such a roll right now I think we’re

good. We are in a really good place heading into the tournament.”

Phoenix will host South Mountain Community College in the double elimination tournament’s other game. The two

winners play each other with the winning team going to the finals, as Pima did last year.

Winning on the road is always a challenge.

“There are lots of factors and distractions playing there that we must overcome,” Quiroz said.

Sophomore Kalynn Martinez keeps it in perspective.

“It would be nice to be here for regionals, but at the end of the day it’s softball so you just go out and play,” she said.

“Whoever plays better is going to win.”

The confidence of the Aztecs may carry this team to a title.

Critchlow said the key is “staying confident throughout the whole thing. Every once in a while, especially against

Phoenix we can get down if they string a couple of hits together. We need to remember we are good. We can beat


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The ACCAC Division II Regional Tournament is on May 6-7.


Baseball finishes subpar season on winning note

Baseball finishes subpar season on winning note



The Pima Community College baseball team (30-26, 17-23 in ACCAC) saw its regular season come to a close on April 30 after a doubleheader series split against Chandler-Gilbert Community College at the West Campus.

Despite finishing above .500, it was a rough season for the Aztecs as they were unable to win doubleheaders.

In the first game, the Aztecs’ bats were inconsistent despite scoring three runs. Chandler-Gilbert capitalized early by scoring three runs in the first and third inning and one in the sixth.

PCC broke the shutout in the sixth when sophomore Hunter Green, who went 2-for-3, hit an RBI double. Freshman Manny Ramirez followed Green with another RBI double to score Green.

Freshman Andres Hackman went two and two-thirds allowing six runs.

In the second game against the Coyotes, Pima’s bats erupted in a 13-5 victory despite trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Green, who anchored the offense in the first game, and sophomore Francisco Rodriguez hit back-to-back RBI singles. Fellow sophomore David Oropeza hit an RBI single making it a 7-4 game. PCC scored nine runs in the next two innings to seal the victory.

In a doubleheader against Glendale Community College on April 26, the Aztecs were swept at the West Campus. In the first game, Glendale mercy-ruled Pima 13-2 in five innings as they were held to two runs on seven hits. Sophomore Ivan Estrella and Green each went 2-for-3.

In the second game, the Aztecs and Gauchos fought back-and-forth into extra innings. Sophomore Xander Carrilo blew the tied-game in the 12th and Pima failed to score in the bottom half of the inning and lost 9-8. Felix led the team with five hits in six at-bats.

On April 23, Pima hosted a doubleheader matchup against Phoenix College at the West Campus. In game one, the Aztecs surrendered three runs in the top of the seventh as Carrillo gave up a game-tying two-run shot to even things up at three apiece. Fellow freshman Jake Roberson blew the lead as he surrendered an RBI walk giving Phoenix a 4-3 lead, the final score.

The second game, a win for the Aztecs, didn’t come easy in a high scoring affair. Down 10-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Estrella began the PCC’s rally with a leadoff single. With a hit by Sophomore Ryan Ramsower and a later error, the game was tied at 10. Freshman Oscar Larranaga was the hero of the game as he hit a sac-fly to deep-right field that scored freshman Max Whitehead to win the game 11-10.

Freshman Kristian Samorano picked up his second win in relief as he pitched the ninth inning with one strikeout and one walk. Freshman starter Miguel Figueroa pitched five and two-third innings giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

As the season came to an end, Pima will need to go to the drawing board and find the best ball players that can win games.

Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics Freshman Oscar Larranaga swings at an incoming pitch during a game against Yavapai College.

Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics
Freshman Oscar Larranaga swings at an incoming pitch during a game against Yavapai College.

Athletic trainers ‘first line’ in emergency situations

Athletic trainers ‘first line’ in emergency situations



At Pima’s West Campus, within the fitness center, reside three employees who are in charge of the health and safety

of all 400 current Pima athletes.

These medical professionals see between 50 and 100 students daily and must attend to their needs on and off the

field. Their names are April Jessee, Akira Kondo and Chris Murphy.

These unsung heroes go by the title of athletic trainer, and are medical professionals trained to take care of those

involved in any sporting event Pima attends.

Football player Alex Rios said he visits the trainers before every game. The athletic taping on his wrists and ankles

ensures he stays safe during games.

When visiting the fitness center, several athletes like Rios can almost always be seen working with one of the three


From stretching exercises to rehabilitating after major surgeries, the fitness center provides a safe haven for trainer

and athletes to work together.

“The challenges unique to our job are that every day is different and we have to be prepared for the worst,” Jessee

said. “We are the first line in emergency situations with our athletes and also the last person they see before returning

to play.”

All three of Pima’s athletic trainers boast years of experience.

In addition to having a master’s degree in athletic training, Jessee holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and

has worked at many colleges.

Murphy was an intern for the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Kondo is a certified CPR rescuer and a member of both

American and Japanese athletic trainer organizations.

Jessee is currently in her sixth year as an athletic trainer for Pima.

Murphy worked for the school from 2005-2006, and is now in his first year back.

This is Kondo’s first year working with the school full time, though he worked part time from 2003-2005.

There are also eight interns who work alongside Pima’s certified trainers.

One of the interns, Danielle Galvez, has put in more than 900 hours at the West Campus’ fitness center just during

this school year.

At any given moment, several athletes can be found in the fitness center waiting to be seen by the trainers. Student

athlete Kelsey Montana said that she visits the trainers every day, twice a day.

“My personal choice to become an athletic trainer came from my love of medicine and sports,” Jessee said.

She explained that she was amazed by the work done by then-Phoenix Suns athletic trainer Joe Proski and wanted to

help athletes like he did.

The athletic trainers at Pima are uniquely situated in a school that provides for their profession and respects the

importance of their presence at every game.

Some high schools have only one athletic trainer for 400 athletes, or have their athletic trainers working on a

teacher’s salary with only a small stipend designated for their athletic training work.

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association reported in 2009 that when an athlete goes down on the playing field, an

athletic trainer is the first responder to prevent or treat an injury; yet only 42 percent of high schools have access to

athletic trainers today.

Jessee pointed out that things have not improved since then. Many schools lack or have insufficient athletic trainers

to care for the students.

Raymond Suarez, Pima’s athletics assistant program coordinator and sports information provider, said the athletic

trainers are present at all major sporting events.

A student athletic trainer often accompanies them, so the student can learn the profession first-hand.

Jessee admitted this can make balancing personal life and work difficult, but the job is rewarding.

“Here at Pima Community College we are in a unique situation where we have the support and understanding of our

athletic director Edgar Soto and our coaches,” Jessee said.

“This is one of the places that I feel we are really taken care of in regards to our profession.”

Pg15-Trainer Chris Murphy-athlete Baylee Lakey

Trainer Chris Murphy treats student Baylee Lakey during post-surgery recuperation. Moe Irish/ Aztec Press

Pg15-Trainer intern Danielle Galvez

Athletic trainer intern Danielle Galvez tapes a football player’s ankle for support. Pima trainers see 500-100 athletes daily. Moe Irish/Aztec Press

Track and Field: PCC preparing for title

Track and Field: PCC preparing for title



The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in their final regular season events at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, CA on April 22-23.

Sophomore Kelsey Montano finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11 minutes, 12.65 seconds. She broke a Pima school record as well as earning No. 1 in the country with her time. She also improved her national qualifying time by 39 seconds.

Samantha Felzien earned a national qualifying time in the 5,000-meter race finishing at 19:28.93. Felzien also holds a national qualifier in the 10,000-meter race.

For the men’s team, Sophomore Ahmed Mohamed earned a national qualifier in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:05.64. Mohamed improved his time in the 1,500-meter race as well.

Sophomore Amanuel Logo set a new national qualifying time in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:54.78. He was also able to improve his 5,000-meter race by roughly 10 seconds.

Sophomore Jomari Collie finished the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.83 seconds earning a national qualifier in the process.

Sophomores Estevan Gomez and Mark Bennett improved their national qualifying times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter race respectively.

PCC ends the regular season with 36 national qualifying marks.

Pima is intensely preparing to participate in the NJCAA Outdoor National Championships May 17-19 at South Plains College Track in Levelland, Texas.

The Aztecs enter competition with 36 National qualifying marks. For full results, click here.

Men’s team wins regional championship

Men’s team wins regional championship



Pima Community College men’s golf came back to the Old Pueblo with the NJCAA Region I, Division I Championship.

The Aztecs won their second straight championship with a total of 1,179 (295-294-296-294) in the four-day tournament and won by 39 strokes in the final standings.

“It was a great season,” head coach Clark Rustand said. “Our players stepped up this year in a big way, and we saw the program move forward because of it.”

Eastern Arizona College took second place with 1,218 (315-293-309-301).

Scottsdale Community College placed third with 1,236 (316-292-316-312). Estrella Mountain Community College was fourth with 1,325 (334-333-325-330).

Pima sophomore David Rauer was the individual champion as he posted a total score of 286 (72-71-71-72). He was six over par for the tournament and won by 10 strokes.

Last year, Rauer took second place in the region championship.

The Aztecs took half of the eight top golfers spots of the All-Region I, Division I teams.

Sophomore Will Dennis tied for second place in the standings with a score of 296 (75-75-75-71). Sophomore Frankie Wu struggled but managed to finish in fourth place with a 299 (71-74-76-78).  Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina tied for seventh place with a score of 305 (78-77-74-76).

Freshman Jonah Daniels struggled but was able to score a five-over par 75 in the final round. He tied for ninth place with a score of 309 (77-74-83-75).

The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA National Championship at the Duran Golf Course in Melbourne, Fla., from May 16-19.

Rustand believes the one thing the team must do in preparation for nationals is to eliminate mistakes.

“We really struggled at regionals with careless mistakes which lead to higher scores than we should have made,” he said. “If we can eliminate those mistakes, I think we can have a really good week.”

Women’s team heads to Florida May 16-19


The Pima Community College Women’s golf team is getting ready to participate in the NJCAA Championship at the Daytona Beach Golf Course in Daytona, Fla., May 16-19.

Fans will look to see how freshman Desiree Hong fares. She took first place in four out of six regular season tournaments this season.

Athletic Voice: My greatest of all time: Kobe Bryant

Athletic Voice: My greatest of all time: Kobe Bryant



When Kobe Bryant announced his retirement last year, a spectrum of emotions and thoughts flooded my mind.

Bryant is often referred to only by his first name. His father decided to name him Kobe after seeing the Japanese beef on a menu.

Throughout my life, Kobe bested both my beloved New York Knicks and my father’s Phoenix Suns time and time again. This naturally made him the bad guy. He was the guy we hated, which in turn made us hate the Los Angeles Lakers.

I watched as he won countless team and individual awards.

Let us not forget the three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002 and the two additional championships in 2009 and 2010.

I remember betting a dollar or two with my cousins and always losing. Kobe always won.

Not all that came to mind were memories I want to remember.

Kobe’s infamous “White Hot” photo shoot with the L.A Times Magazine in 2010 is a low point for me when it comes to his legacy. He dons an assortment of button-down shirt, hat and headband combo, deep v-necks, bow ties, cut off shorts, etc. All of them white, and all of it shot behind a white background.

It was nightmarish and evil when I first saw it at the tender age of 13 and it still is at the age of 20.

I also remember the friendless Kobe, the one with the mindset to win at any cost, teammates be damned.

During an interview, journalist Andrea Kramer listed words that Kobe’s teammates used to describe him. Words like loner, selfish, single-minded, arrogant and aloof.

Kobe just laughed, nodded and continued to sinisterly apply lip balm. At the end, he agreed that each description was true.

Even through all the hatred I had for him throughout his career, I still believe he is the greatest of all time.

We like to compare teams, individual players and even the sport in general to other teams, players and sports.

Kobe has always been compared to other basketball greats such as Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

Even though my grandfather and father can tell me about how great those two players were, I wasn’t around to see them. I was around for Kobe.

I was around for it and now I wish he never retired.

My hatred for Kobe has retired as well, replaced with respect. Somehow, I don’t think he would be too happy about it.

Men’s season comes to a close with loss

Men’s season comes to a close with loss



The Aztecs finished their season with a final record of 4-7 (2-4 in ACCAC) after losing in the first day of Region I Championships in singles and doubles.

Freshman Marc Avalos lost his No. 1 singles match in a tough three-setter 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Freshman Dalton Reisig went down 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles spot. Together they lost the No. 1 doubles match 6-4, 6-2.

Freshman Raj Singh Kaila lost his No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Jesus Lopez was shut out in his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.

Together Singh Kaila and Lopez lost their No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-3.

Sophomore Landon Trejo was on the losing end of another three set match, 7-6(7-3), 1-6, 6-2 at the No 5 spot.

Freshman Curtis Jeffery was also shut out in his No. 6 match 6-0,   6-0.

Together Trejo and Jeffery were shut out in their No. 3 doubles match 6-0, 6-0.

Nationals await women’s team May 7-13

Nationals await women’s team May 7-13



The Pima Community College women’s tennis team closed out the Region I Championships at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale on April 20.

“I’m very proud of our runner-up finish at regionals this year,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.

The Aztecs advanced to eight of nine championship matches and finished in second place behind Mesa Community College.

“Every player competed well and has come a long way since the fall,” Schantz said.

In the singles competition, the Aztecs dropped all five single championship matches to Mesa players.

Sophomore Stephanie Nickles won the first set in her No. 4 singles match and rallied in the second set after trailing 1-4 to tie it at 4-4.

In the end, she fell 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Naa Ankrah.

Sophomore Kelsey Brown lost at No. 1 singles match to Emily Chang 6-1, 6-1 while freshman Samantha Ruth fell to Khanh Huynh 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Sophomore Ema Hernandez dropped her No. 5 singles match to Hanna Nelson 6-1, 6-0 and freshman Fernanda Miller lost to Maria Garduno at No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-0.

All three of Pima’s doubles teams also advanced to the championship round but fell to the Thunderbirds in the end.

Brown and Ruth led the first set 3-1 but surrendered five straight set points. They fell to Chang and Huynh at No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-2.

Hernandez and sophomore Noelle Karp took a 3-0 lead in their first set but lost to Yolena Carlon and Garduno 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

The Aztecs compete in the NJCAA National tournament in Tyler, Texas, on May 7-13.

“We are training hard to be ready for the high level of competition and for very humid conditions.”

“I’m hopeful for a strong finish at nationals to wrap up a solid season,” she added.

Aztecs finish with victory

Aztecs finish with victory



The Aztecs finished the regular season on a high note with a victory against Paradise Valley Community College bringing their season record to 4-7 (2-4 in conference play.)

Freshman Dalton Reisig was the difference in the 5-4 win, taking the No. 2 singles match in two long sets 7-5, 6-4. Freshman Marc Avalos won his No. 1 singles match handedly 6-1, 6-1. The duo won their doubles match at the No. 1 spot 8-2.

Freshman Raj Singh Kaila dropped the No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Jesus Lopez was shut out in his No. 4 match 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomore Landon Trejo was defeated 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles match while freshman Curtis Jefferey was victorious in the No. 6 match, winning 6-0, 7-5.

The Aztecs played a close match against the New Mexico Military Institute on April 9 but lost 6-3. Avalos lost the No. 1 singles match 6-2, 7-5 in a tough effort.

Singh Kaila lost his match at the No. 3 singles spot 6-3, 7-5. Lopez won his second set at No. 4 singles but couldn’t come out on top losing 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 10-7.

Trejo beat his opponent 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 5 singles spot while Jeffery won his match at No. 6 singles by default as the other team did not have enough players. Avalos lost at No. 1 singles .

PCC will compete at the Region I championships at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, Ariz., on April 19-20.

Freshman Dalton Reisig deflects the ball during a match.

Freshman Dalton Reisig deflects the ball during a match.

Aztecs set qualifiers at Mesa meet

Aztecs set qualifiers at Mesa meet



The Pima Community College track and field teams set seven new national qualifiers and improved in six others in the Mesa Classic on April 8.

In women’s competition, freshman Hannah Bartz earned her third national qualifying mark with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 36-feet, 2 inches (11.02 meters).

“Hannah is number one in the conference,” associate head coach Chad Harrison said. “She is extremely talented.”

Sophomore Baylee Lakey set a new national qualifier in the hammer throw with a ninth place attempt of 147-4 (44.90 meters).

Sophomore McKenna McGrath placed first in the high jump and set a new national qualifier in the process. Freshman Melissa Cotsanas finished 15th in the 400-meter race, earning a national qualifying time of 1:06.87.

The 4×100 relay team of Bartz, McGrath, sophomore Jamie Holliday and freshman Amber McCroskey placed second with a time of 47.50 and improved their qualifying time for the second straight week.

Holliday improved her qualifying mark in the triple jump with a jump of 37-50 (11.29 meters).

In men’s competition, sophomore Amanuel Logo earned a national qualifying time with an eighth place finish in 15:15.88 in the 5,000-meter race.

Estevan Gomez earned a national qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing fifth with a time of 10:09.28. Freshman Devonte Rodriguez improved his javelin mark with a throw of 157-8 (48.05 meters).


April 22-23: @ Triton Invitational, University of California (San Diego),

4 p.m.

April 25-26: @ Region I Multi-Events,

Mesa CC, Time TBA

Freshman Hannah Bartz  continues to set national qualifiers with her third on April 8.

Freshman Hannah Bartz continues to set national qualifiers with her third on April 8.

Pima avoids series sweeps

Pima avoids series sweeps



The Pima Community College baseball squad (28-20, 15-17 in ACCAC) earned a series split against the No. 8 ranked Mesa Community College at home on April 16.

In the first game against the Thunderbirds, PCC was shutout despite a lone hit by freshman Anthony Felix who hit an infield single in the first inning. Freshman Andres Hackman (7-2) went the distance on the mound in a complete-game loss while allowing four runs.

In the second game, PCC responded by putting up an eight spot in the third inning and scoring four more in the fourth, Felix and sophomore Frankie Ortiz each hit two-run RBI singles. PCC split another doubleheader, this time against Arizona Christian University (JV) on April 12. In a pitching duel, the Aztecs faltered in game one as pitcher Daniel Tolano did not receive run support. Sophomore David Oropeza reached base on an error that scored sophomore Hunter Green who went 1-for-3 at the plate.

In a 14-4 mercy rule win in the second game, PCC erupted early and scored in all six innings except for the third. Ortiz homered and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI.

In a doubleheader split against Arizona Western on April 9, Hackman threw a complete-game while giving up two runs and four strikeouts. Oropeza went 2-for-3 with a run scored. In the second game, Pima blew a 3-0 lead in the fourth as the Matadors scored the go-ahead run.

In a doubleheader split at Central Arizona College, the Aztecs were held to one run on four hits in a 6-1 loss. Freshman Manny Ramirez broke the shutout with a homerun in the seventh. In game two, PCC won 14-13 in 11 innings. Sophomore Francisco Rodriguez finished 4 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Freshman Andrew Hackman delivers the pitch against Arizona Western College on April 9.

Freshman Andrew Hackman delivers the pitch against Arizona Western College on April 9.

Athletic Voice: Which NBA team was best ever?

Athletic Voice: Which NBA team was best ever?



We could write all day about the greatest team in NBA history, but let’s get right to the point.

CM: As a fan, I never thought a team would look as dominant as the Golden State Warriors this season. It has to be

the greatest team of all time.

JW: Maybe the greatest team in the last 20 years. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are the best team ever with the best

player ever. Don’t forget they beat the mark before them by three games. Nobody had ever won 70 until them.

CM: I was very young when the Bulls were in the midst of their own dominance and had that magical 1995-96 season.

I have as much respect for Michael Jordan as anyone, but the way the Warriors were able to tyrannize the league at

this level of competition has to be unmatched.

JW: I would argue the level of competition is not as strong now. With the exception of the Spurs, this year’s Western

Conference is inferior to the 1995-96 Eastern Conference. The majority of games were inter-conference. Look at the

records of the teams in each year.

CM: There were some good team records back then but we can’t brush today’s teams aside. What about this

generation’s guys with their own legacy in San Antonio?

JW: The Spurs were the only other team that won more than 60 regular-season games this year. There are only two

other teams in the Western Conference that won more than 45 games. In 1995-96, the Eastern Conference had

another 60-game winner in the Magic and five other teams that won more than 45 games.

CM: OK the records were a little better back then. What about the actual players and the level of competition? From

Lebron James to Kevin Durant to Kawhi Leonard, the guys are more athletic these days. That’s not even mentioning

the Warriors players themselves: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green.

JW: I will put Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Karl Malone and all the players

of the 1995-96 season against any era.

James may be the exception, but he is in the opposite conference and may still have something to say about the

Warriors’ greatness. The Cavaliers almost beat the Warriors last year.

Golden State may not even have the best player in the league right now. The Bulls not only had the greatest player

ever, Jordan, but also had another all-time great. Scottie Pippen was named to the 50 greatest players list by the NBA

in 1996.

The Bulls also had one of the best rebounders in the history of the game. A team that had two of the greatest scorers

needed someone to do the dirty work and Dennis Rodman was more than happy to fill that role.

CM: We’ll have to just agree to disagree, but I think we can agree on one thing: This is what makes basketball and

sports in general so great.

Two individuals can have a respectful debate about those who made our generations so special. It doesn’t matter

which was the “best team of all time.” Appreciate all of those who make the game great.


Golf: Women head to nationals;  2nd in ACCAC

Golf: Women head to nationals; 2nd in ACCAC



The Pima Community College women’s golf team participated in their final tournament of the season April 18-19.

Freshman Desiree Hong had a solid outing winning her fourth individual tournament. She shot a three-over par 73 in

the first round and a two-under par 68. She finished with a two-day total of 141 (+1).

Hong was named ACCAC Conference Player of the Year and earned first team All-ACCAC Conference as well as

first-team All-Region.

Pima finished second overall as a team for the fifth time. The Aztecs finished with a score of 636 (328-308). Mesa

Community College won the tournament with a team score of 613 (308-305).

Freshman Samantha Hacker finished the tournament in fifth with a score of 157 (80-77). Hacker was named second

team All-ACCAC Conference and second-team All-Region I.

Sophomore Adriana Moreno finished with a two-day score of 166 (86-80). Moreno was also named second team

All-ACCAC Conference.

Pima took second place in the overall ACCAC Conference standings. The next stop for the Aztecs is the NJCAA National

Championship in Dayton Beach, Fla. May 16-19.


Women's Tennis: PCC women looking ahead to postseason

Women’s Tennis: PCC women looking ahead to postseason



The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (11-5, 6-2 in ACCAC) closed out the regular season in dominating

fashion as it earned a shutout win at Paradise Valley Community College on April 12.

Freshman Kelsey Brown shutout her opponent at No. 1 singles winning 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Samantha Ruth defeated

her opponent at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles duo of Brown and Ruth trounced the opposition 8-1.

At No. 3 singles, freshman Dana Pineda won her match 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Stephanie Nickles shut down her

opponent in the first set and won her No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-2. Nickles and freshman Fernanda Miller won their

No. 3 doubles match 8-3.

In the April 8 match against New Mexico Military Institute, women’s tennis was unable to rally in singles

competition. Brown rallied from behind in her No. 1 singles match to force a third set tiebreaker after winning the

second set and held on to win 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Miller earned the other win for the Aztecs in singles competition as she earned a shut out at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0.

Miller and No. 3 doubles partner Nickles won their match 8-3.

Brown and No. 1 doubles partner Ruth rallied to force a tiebreaker but fell 9-8 (7-5).

PCC won its match in the April 7 contest against Glendale Community College. No. 3 doubles team sophomore

Nickles and Miller earned a shutout, 8-0. Pineda played at No. 3 singles but fell 6-2, 6-1.

With the regular season over, postseason play begins the Region I Tournament at Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale,

Ariz. on April 19-20.