By D.R. WILLIAMS
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.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
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),
April 25-26: @ Region I Multi-Events,
Mesa CC, Time TBA
By STEVEN FOWLER
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.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
and JASON WEIR
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
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.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
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
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
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.
By STEVEN FOWLER
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.
By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College men’s golf team closed out the regular season finishing in second place for the fourth
The Aztecs tied with Eastern Arizona College with a two-round total of 571 (286-285) at the Scottsdale Community
College Invitational. Eastern Arizona also took second with a score of 571 (279-292).
South Mountain Community College took first place with a total of 557 (282-275).
Sophomore Will Dennis had the best score for the Aztecs as he tied for fourth place in the individual tournament. He
shot a five under-par 139, shooting a one-under par 71 on in the first round and a four-under par 68 for the second
Sophomore David Rauer tied for 12th place with a one-under par 143. He shot a one-over par 73 in the first round and a
two-under par 70 for the second.
Sophomores Wilfred Tewawina and Frankie Wu each finished the tournament tied for 21st place. Tewawina shot a 147
(75-72) and Wu finished with a 147 (72-75).
The Aztecs will compete in the Region I championships April 28 to May 1 at the Gold Canyon Golf Course in Gold
April 28-May 1: @ ACCAC Region 1 Championship, Gold Canyon Golf Course, Gold Canyon, Ariz. Time TBA
By STEVEN FOWLER
No matter who you are and what you do, wage discrimination is wrong.
Unfortunately, you could be the best person in a professional occupation, including sports, and still be significantly
underpaid because of your gender.
Five members of the United States Women’s National Team filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on
Their complaint says they earn as little as 40 percent of what the U.S. Men’s National Team makes, even though the
women’s team won its third FIFA world championship in 2015.
The women sent their complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency designed to
protect workers and enforce civil liberties.
“Equal work deserves equal pay,” USWNT co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn tweeted on April 12. “It’s a simple concept.
Never stop asking why it’s not simply done. #EqualPayDay.”
Female national soccer players were paid $3,600 per game with a winning bonus of $1,350, according to the New
York Times. Male players were paid $5,000 per win with a bonus of $8,166.
When the women won the World Cup, the team earned $2 million in salary. By comparison, the 2014 men’s team
earned $9 million before advancing to the round of 16.
Bonus payments were also significantly less. Female players were scheduled to be paid $20,000 for a third-place
finish in the World Cup, compared to men’s earnings of $52,083. A second-place finish would earn women $32,500,
while the men would earn $260,417.
I was dumfounded when I saw how little money women made for reaching the ultimate goal – first place. Did you
know they are paid $75,000 compared to the men’s $390,625?
Women on the national team also receive smaller daily allowances while at training camp in both domestic and
international venues, according to the EEOC complaint.
The numbers are staggering all over the globe. The women are given a $60 daily allowance compared to men earning
$75. When making public appearances, women earn $3,000, which is $750 less than men.
USWNT players deserve more than they earn, considering they have been crowned Olympic champions four times
since 1996 and received numerous accolades.
I’d like to see both national teams compete against each other just to show how deserving the women’s team is.
If the U.S. Soccer Federation refuses to budge on equal pay, fans and players shouldn’t participate. This would
provide a wakeup call to the sports world, and to employers and businesses across the globe.
It’s a no-brainer: Eliminate wage inequality.
By STEVEN FOWLER
Pima Community College men’s basketball sophomore guard Yusuf Shehata has signed a national letter of intent to
continue his collegiate career at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif.
Shehata anchored Pima’s offense to a 17-14 overall record this season, its best ACCAC conference record since 2000-01.
The Aztecs made their third straight Region I, Division II tournament appearance.
He was named third team All-ACCAC and second team All-Region I, Division II after starting in all 31 games. He
averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while averaging 83.3 percent from the free throw line and
42.2 percent from the three-point range.
By Jason Weir
A season of honors for Pima Community College women’s basketball freshman point guard Sydni Stallworth continued
April 5 when she was selected first-team All-American.“It feels great to receive the award as a freshman,” Stallworth
said. “I want to thank my entire coaching staff and my teammates.”
Stallworth, the sixth PCC women’s basketball player to ever receive the honor, started all 36 games for the Aztecs on
their way to a record-tying 28-8 overall record. She was named ACCAC Player of the Week four times and NJCAA
Player of the Week once.
After helping lead the Aztecs to a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Tournament in March, she and teammate
sophomore Taylor Blue were named to the All-Tournament team.
“I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today if it weren’t for my team pushing me,” Stallworth said.
By JASON WEIR
Pima Community College (33-14, 21-11 in ACCAC) split their third straight doubleheader April 2 against South Mountain Community College.
The Aztecs earned a run-rule victory in the first game. Their offense and defense were at their best in the 18-0 shutout. Freshmen Courtney Brown and Margaita Corona each hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Freshman Bailey Critchlow won her 16th game of the season. She pitched three shutout innings and allowed only one hit.
PCC lost the second game against SMCC 10-8. The Aztecs came from behind to take the lead 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth innings. The Cougars rallied with four runs in the sixth inning to get the win.
An April 5 doubleheader against Phoenix College took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
Pima played their third straight home matchup. They split the March 29 doubleheader against Arizona Western College.
The Aztecs won the first game 7-4. The Matadors took the lead early 3-0. PCC exploded with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by sophomore Christine Olivas.
Critchlow earned the win and pitched a complete game. She was also three for four from the plate.
PCC took the early lead in game two. Freshman Gabriella Gorosave hit a homer in the second inning to give Pima a 3-1 lead. The Matadors answered with five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth inning.
The Aztecs split their March 29 double header against Glendale Community College. PCC won the first game 10-8. Brown had four RBIs including a triple that scored three in the second inning.
Orduno pitched a complete game and shutout GCC in the final three innings.
Pima came up short in the second game 12-11. The Aztecs tied the game 9-9 in the seventh. The Gauchos gave up one in the ninth inning before they retired the final three Pima batters to get the win.
Pima swept their doubleheader matchup against Mesa Community College on March 26. The Aztecs exploded for 28 runs in the two home games.
PCC won the first game 11-5. Corona hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning putting Pima up 7-4. Orduno pitched a complete game with three earned runs and three strikeouts.
Pima won the second game 17-11. The Thunderbirds started strong in the second game. They scored seven runs in the second inning taking a 7-4 lead. Corona hit her second homer of the day in the bottom of the second. Her grand slam capped a five run inning and gave back the lead.
Critchlow got the win in relief. She pitched five and two-thirds innings. Critchlow retired the final six batters in order.
April 9: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
April 14: @ GateWay CC, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
April 16: @ Central Arizona College, noon, 2 p.m.
April 19: Easter Arizona College, West Campus, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College’s baseball team (24-16, 12-14 in ACCAC) returned to West Campus on April 2, where they hosted a doubleheader against the Cochise College Apaches.
Like they have in their two previous doubleheader series, Pima split the doubleheader matchup.
In game one, the Aztecs lost 7-2 after a rough first two innings allowing six runs.
Freshman Andrew Hackman (6-1) received his first loss of the season after three and two-third innings on the mound.
In the second game, Pima and Cochise were tied 1-1 in the seventh but the Aztecs scored three go-ahead runs.
Freshmen Myles Moran and Oscar Larranga each hit RBI singles. Freshman Miguel Figueroa picked up the win after pitching seven innings of two-run ball.
PCC traveled to Eastern Arizona College on March 29 where they split a doubleheader matchup in what were high scoring affairs.
In the first game, Pima lost 15-10. After holding on to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The Gila Monsters scored seven runs in the third, and eight total in the fifth and sixth inning.
However, Eastern Arizona was too much and Pima failed to come back. In five innings, sophomore
Daniel Tolano allowed an eye-popping 12 runs on nine hits and nine walks.
In the second game, the Aztecs avoided a sweep by winning 12-7. Pima struck in the fourth as they plated eight runs.
Sophomore Ryan Ramsower and freshman Manny Ramirez each hit two-run homers. Freshman Ernesto Romero (4-1) earned the win after pitching six and one-third innings.
The Aztecs hosted a doubleheader match up against South Mountain Community College on March 26.
In the first game, Pima’s bats erupted early to earn a 12-2 in a five inning mercy rule game.
Pima made its presence felt in the third inning with five runs scored.
Sophomore Al Cruz crushed two-run home runs in two at-bats, including one in the fourth.
Sophomore Jacob Northrup added to the hit parade as he also hit a towering two-run bomb.
After throwing a complete game, Hackman allowed two runs on four hits.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Pima dropped a sour one as they allowed 10 runs in a 10-4 loss.
Holding a 2-2 tie entering the eighth inning, South Mountain blew the game wide as they managed to plate eight runs in the eighth inning.
While failing to make any sort of come back, the Aztecs scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Figueroa allowed three runs on five hits and three walks.
On March 25, Pima added to their win total with yet another shutout, a 10-0 mercy rule-win, this time against Monroe Community College of New York.
Freshman Jacob Roberson earned his first win of his Aztecs’ career after an electrifying three-hit shutout across five innings. Sophomore David Oropeza continued with a two-run single.
Ramsower contributed with an additional hit, a two-run double. Sophomore Ivan Estrella went 3-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored.
Two days later, PCC was back in action aiming to break a seven-game skid where they went 1-6.
The Aztecs faced the White Rock Tritons of Canada on March 23 at the West Campus.
The Aztecs dominated early and never looked back in a 17-0 win over the Tritons in seven innings.
On the mound, Romero threw a complete-game four-hit shutout and topped that off with an eye-popping eight strikeouts.
Behind Romero, sophomore Fransisco Rodriguez went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored. Ramirez had three hits in four plate appearances, including two doubles and two RBI.
Oropeza contributed to the hit parade as he went 3-for-4.
The Aztecs continue their home stand when rival Arizona Western College comes to the West Campus for a doubleheader at noon on April 9.
Following the series, Pima travels to Arizona Christian University on April 12.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
It’s that time of year again. Prepare for hot dogs, home run balls and mediocre renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
The Major League Baseball season is back, with opening day occurring April 3.
For many fans across the country, opening day is an unofficial holiday. Skipping obligations to spend a day at the ballpark could be considered tradition.
Each fan base senses a fresh start with new opportunities.
Yes, the beginning is always the best part but how many people actually hang in there the whole season?
In comparison to other professional leagues, MLB plays almost double the number of games. They also do it in the same, if not a shorter time span.
The MLB plays a 162-game regular season over approximately 183 calendar days.
The National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association both play 82-game regular seasons over roughly 180 calendar days.
The National Football League uses a different schedule, with 16 regular-season games over about 120 calendar days.
Many baseball fans believe there are too many games and the games are too long.
The average MLB game currently lasts two hours, 52 minutes. Granted, these are improved numbers thanks to recent rule changes.
Just two years ago, the average game lasted well over three hours. The small progress isn’t enough for some.
It seems most who pay attention have taken a side.
Many “old school” followers view baseball as more than just the game. They say the involvement and interaction builds the experience.
How could you not love the excessive concession foods or get excited at the thought of catching a home run ball?
The newer generation doesn’t exhibit the same kind of devotion. The MLB has suffered a steady decline in both television ratings and in-person attendance, according to numbers from businessjournalism.org and other sources.
There must be some kind of halfway meeting point. Quicken the game without sacrificing tradition. More experimentation with rule changes is a good start.
As everyone looks for the league to make more progress during another year, we are left with a familiar generational gap in one of the most popular sports in the country.
Baseball does not have the same appeal it once did. We are left wondering, will the game ever recapture its greatness?
By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College women’s golf took second place for the fourth straight time in regular season at the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational on March 16.
The Aztecs held off South Mountain Community College and had a nine-stroke improvement from the first round. They finished with a two-day score of 667 (338-329).
Freshman Desiree Hong took first place in the individual for the second straight time. She had a winning total of 151 as she shot a three-over 75 in the first round and a 76 in the second round.
Freshmen Adriana Moreno and Samantha Hacker each shot a total of 170. Moreno finished the final round with a six-stroke improvement from the first round with an 88-82.
Hacker was two shots better in the second round with an 86-84.
The Aztecs will compete in the South Mountain Community College Invitational at the Legacy Golf Resort in Laveen, Ariz., on April 4-5.
April 18-19: Pima Invitational, Silverbell Golf Course, TBA.
By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College men’s golf team took second for the third consecutive time at the Paradise Valley Community College Invitational.
Freshman Nick St. Clair finished third among the individual standings with a score of 144 shooting a two-over par 74 in the first round and a two-under par 70 in the second round.
Sophomore Frankie Wu shot a 74 in the first round and a three-stroke improvement in the second round with a one-under par 71. He placed in sixth place with a score of 145.
Sophomore David Rauer and freshman Jonah Daniels tied for seventh place at 146.
Rauer shot an even-par 72 in the first round and a two-over par 74 in the second round.
Daniels shot a 74-72 for the weekend.
The regular season comes to a close when the Aztecs travel to Glendale Community College on April 11- 12.
April 11-12: Glendale Invitational, Hillcrest Golf Course, Sun City, 11 a.m.