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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs fall at nationals

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs fall at nationals

By ADRANNA BARRIENTEZ

The Pima Community College women’s soccer team held its own against the No. 2 team in the country on Nov. 19 but didn’t finish with a win.

At an awards ceremony Nov. 22, Pima received the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.

The seventh-seeded Aztecs lost 4-1 to No. 2 Monroe College (New Rochelle, N.Y.) in the final Pool B match of the NJCAA national tournament in Florida.

Monroe went on to win the tournament, defeating No. 1 Iowa Western 2-1 in the championship game.

After losing the first game of the tournament, Pima had to beat Monroe by four goals to force a playoff match or win by five goals to move on to the semifinal round.

“I’m really proud of the way we rallied and played today against the No. 2 seed,” head coach Kendra Veliz said in a press release.

Sophomore Angelica Gonzalez made 10 saves and the Pima defense held its own early in the first half, but Monroe led 1-0 at halftime. The Aztecs managed two shots on goal.

In the second half, Pima took a shot on goal within the first minute and tied the game 1-1 shortly after when freshman Devyn Hunley headed in a goal. The goal came off a corner kick by freshman Brandi Park.

Monroe kept the Aztecs on their heels and pulled away with three goals by the same player in the final minutes.

In the first game of the national tournament on Nov. 18, Pima took an early lead against No. 11 Owens Community College of Ohio but then played a game of catch-up.

The Aztecs tied the game near the end of the first half but surrendered three goals in the second half for a 5-2 loss.

Sophomore Shannon Shields gave the Aztecs a 1-0 lead when she recovered a ball and hit a shot in the early minutes. Owens CC tied the game 30 seconds later and took the lead at the midway mark.

Sophomore Rachel Ridlinghafer tied the game 2-2 when she scored on a header with minutes left in the first half. Park had the corner kick assist.

Owens CC scored three goals in the final minutes of the second half.

Pima outshot Owens 19-9 and Gonzalez finished the game with four saves.

Veliz said the final scores don’t reflect PCC’s quality of play in the tournament.

“I don’t think either scoreline is indicative of the way we played,” she said.

The Aztecs finished the season with a 16-6-2 overall record and were 11-0-1 at the Kino North Grandstand.

Shields was named ACCAC conference Player of the Year after finishing with 21 goals for the season. Veliz was named ACCAC conference Coach of the Year.

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MEN’S SOCCER: Season ends after playoff loss

MEN’S SOCCER: Season ends after playoff loss

By CALEB FOSTER

The season ended Nov. 20 for the Pima Community College men’s soccer team after a loss at the NJCAA national tournament in Prescott.

The No. 5 Aztecs advanced to the tournament quarterfinals before being eliminated. They fell 5-0 to a fourth-seeded Texas team, Tyler Junior College.

Pima finished the season at 21-5-1, with a 12-1-1 home record.

Their 21 wins were the most in a season under head coach David Cosgrove, who’s been with the program for 18 years. The previous record for wins was 19 in 2011.

“It was a terrific year for us,” Cosgrove said in a press release.

The Nov. 20 game was scoreless in the first half but went downhill for the Aztecs after play resumed.

“Tyler is very good and they were better or equal to us tonight,” Cosgrove said. “We didn’t score first and that hurt. We gave up some really bad goals.”

The Aztecs opened tournament play Nov. 19 with a 2-1 comeback victory against No. 9 Community College of Baltimore County-Essex.

CCBC-Essex scored in the fifth minute for an early lead.

Pima evened the score in the 24th minute when freshman Alejandro Gonzalez connected off an assist from freshman Hector Banegas.

Freshman Santiago Carrillo scored the go-ahead point in the 31st minute.

Carrillo’s goal turned out to be all that was needed for the win, as the second half turned into a defensive battle.

Freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas had three saves in the victory, including a game-winning save in the final seconds.

During the regular season, sophomore Arturo Vega was selected ACCAC Conference Player of the Year. Cosgrove also earned his 250th win.

Cosgrove called the season “a year to remember” and praised his team’s actions on and off the field.

“I couldn’t be happier with the numerous marks we set this year,” he said. “Our most wins in program history and our best home record ever. We also could have the best team GPA we’ve ever had.”

The team raised expectations for Pima soccer to another level, Cosgrove added.

“This group has changed the landscape,” he said.

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Volleyball finishes season at 16-15

Volleyball finishes season at 16-15

By BETO HOYOS

Pima Community College’s volleyball season came to an end when they fell in three sets to Glendale Community College in the Region I Division II championship round on Nov. 8. The Aztecs took second place in the Region I Division II tournament for the first time in program history. Pima came within four points in the first set, but that would be as close as the Aztecs would get in the opening set. Glendale opened up their offense and at one point held a 20-13 lead. The Aztecs held a slim 7-5 advantage in the second set, but Glendale came back to take control. Late in the second set, Pima gave up six straight points and dropped the set. Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim finished the match with eight kills and four blocks, while sophomore Alexis Ammermen had 16 digs and six kills. Pima faced elimination twice on Nov. 7 but rallied to beat Scottsdale Community College in five sets. The Aztecs dropped the first two sets but came back to take three straight sets and pick up the victory. The match went down to the wire before Pima took the final set by two points. Pilgrim finished the game with 14 kills and seven blocks, while Ammermen finished with 12 digs, six blocks and three aces. Freshmen Brooklyn Scarborough contributed 12 kills, while sophomore Liz Mata had 55 assists and 18 digs. Earlier in the day, Pima defeated South Mountain Community College to stay alive in the tournament. The Aztecs held slim leads throughout the first and the second sets en route to a three-set sweep. Pima finished 16-15 for the season.

Angel Chavez makes a diving save.

Angel Chavez makes a diving save. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Aztecs test skills at tournament

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs test skills at tournament

By BETO HOYOS

The Pima Community College women’s basketball opened their season with a split in the Arizona Western Classic in Yuma. On Nov. 6, PCC defeated Spire Institute (OH) 88-54 in the first game of the tourney. The Aztecs came out ready to play and five players scored in double figures and out rebounded Spire 57-18 for the game. Pima took a 17-point lead into half time and outscored their opponent 41-24 after the break. The Aztecs shared the ball well and finished with 21 assists for the game. Freshmen Kristin Baldwin finished the game with a double-double and led Pima in scoring with 14 points. She also had 11 rebounds. Sophomore Melody McLaughlin and sophomore Alexa Arndt each finished with 12 points. McLaughlin also contributed seven assists. The team played Illinois Central College on Nov. 7 in the second day of the Arizona Western Classic. The Aztecs were in control for much of the first period and took a 31-24 lead into halftime. In the second half, Pima was out scored 47-33 and lost, 71-64. Sophomore Jayla Brown was on fire from beyond the arc and hit four three-point bombs. Brown finished with a team high 21 points. McLaughlin finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. “We won one and lost one, but we played really well together,” McLaughlin said. Pima begins conference play on Nov. 19 when they travel to take on Chandler-Gilbert Community College at 5:30 p.m.

Jahnae Martin sets up the offense during a scrimmage (Photo by Beto Hoyos)

Jahnae Martin sets up the offense during a scrimmage (Photo by Beto Hoyos)

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WOMEN'S SOCCER: Pima advances to Nationals

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Pima advances to Nationals

By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ

Players on the Pima Community College women’s soccer team waved little toy alligators after winning the regional championship Nov. 1, signifying they are going to Florida to compete in the NJCAA national tournament Nov. 17-22.

The Aztecs will be the No. 7 national seed in the tournament at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla.

In the Region I/District A championship game, No. 1 seeded Pima (16-4-2) rallied to defeat No. 2 Chandler-Gilbert Community College 3-1. Chandler-Gilbert was the team that knocked PCC from the semifinals last season.

In the Nov. 1 game, Chandler-Gilbert struck first with a goal in the 18th minute. The Aztecs responded in the 20th minute when sophomore forward Shannon Shields split two defenders and got past the Chandler-Gilbert goalkeeper for a goal. The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Shields put the Aztecs ahead for good with her second goal in the 60th minute. Freshman forward Devyn Hunley had the assist.

“I knew I was going to have to play big soccer to get the win and I think it was a matter of finding the goals,” Shields said.

Sophomore Kathy Fisher scored the final goal in the 81st minute, off a pass from Shields.

“Kathy has been working through an injury all season and for her to get that goal, especially in this game, was just icing on the cake,” Shields said.

Shields was named the Region I, Division I/District A Most Valuable Player.

Sophomore forward Rachel Ridlinghafer has also played a huge role for the Aztecs this season and said she feels great about the win.

“I’m so excited for our team to go to Florida and I couldn’t be happier,” she said.

On Oct. 29, the Aztecs won a hard-fought semifinal playoff game 2-1 against No. 4 Paradise Valley Community College. Paradise Valley won NJCAA national titles in 2010 and 2012.

Hunley scored Pima’s game-winning goal in the 85th minute.

Ridlinghafer scored first on a sliding goal in the 24th minute off an assist from Hunley. Paradise Valley tied the game with a goal in the 31st minute.

After Hunley scored Pima’s second goal, Paradise Valley fired a shot less than a minute later but sophomore goalkeeper Angelica Gonzalez made the save.

“It felt like it was a good match,” Gonzalez said. “They were not an easy opponent but the better team came out.”

The Aztecs outshot Paradise Valley 11-2.

Pima took top honors when the All-Conference/Region I teams were released on Oct. 27, with head coach Kendra Veliz named Coach of the Year and Shields selected as Player of the Year.

Shields scored 18 goals, had seven assists and led the team with 43 points during the regular season.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Shields said. “I really appreciate it but it’s really not an award without your team … couldn’t have done it without them.”

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Waving toy alligators to represent their upcoming trip to the national playoffs in Florida, players celebrate winning the regional championship. (Photo courtesy PCC)

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ATHLETIC VOICE: Suns showcase brotherly love

ATHLETIC VOICE: Suns showcase brotherly love

By BETO HOYOS

As a new NBA season gets underway, Arizona fans of run-and-gun basketball are looking forward to a Phoenix Suns team that will be a contender in the western conference.

The Suns organization has always made an effort to create a family-like environment.

Twin brothers on the Suns can be traced back to the 1976-77 season, when Tom and Dick Van Arsdale played for the team during their final season in the league.

In the past few seasons, the Suns have taken the family environment to another level.

Twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris made history in 2013 when they became the first twins to start an NBA game together.

The Morris twins have played together their entire lives, whether it was in their backyard in Philadelphia, at the University of Kansas or now professionally for one of the most exciting NBA franchises.

The Suns continually look for ways to improve chemistry on the court. Thanks to a mid-season trade last year, the Morris twins were finally able to make their biggest dream come true.

They agreed to similar terms and have expressed a desire to continue playing together throughout their career.

Having one pair of brothers on the team may be cool, but the Suns have another pair: Goran and Zoran Dragic.

Slovenian shooting guard Goran Dragic made his presence known a few seasons ago backing up Steve Nash. He was later traded to Houston, only to be re-acquired by the Suns a season later.

Fans familiar with Goran admire his furious fast-break scores and his no-fear mentality while driving to the basket.

Goran had a breakout season in 2013-14 and led the team in scoring. He also led his Slovenia national team in scoring during the FIBA world basketball classics.

His brother Zoran Dragic signed with the Suns before the 2014-15 season, and the brothers have made it clear they want to play together.

Zoran is not quite the scoring threat his brother is, but don’t sleep on him or he’ll haunt your dreams like Freddy. Zoran is slightly taller and bigger than Goran, so his on-court duties will be different. However, the mindset will be the same.

Phoenix is clearly in the running to be the new city of brotherly love, so watch out Philly.

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Melody finds basketball harmony

Melody finds basketball harmony

By BETO HOYOS

 Sophomore forward Melody McLaughlin began playing organized basketball in 7th grade. Most athletes who attend college on an athletic scholarship start sooner, but hard work and a love for the game allowed her to evolve into a talented player.

McLaughlin’s a lifelong Tucsonan who attended Mountain View High School. She realized during high school that basketball could take her places.

“My sophomore year of high school I got on a club team and I started to take basketball more serious,” she said. “I didn’t really expect to play in college but once I got serious about it I knew it was something I wanted to do.”

Spare time doesn’t come often, but she enjoys riding quads and partaking in outdoor recreation.

The time consuming schedule and demands of the student-athlete life is rigorous on the body and mind.

“To be a student-athlete, you have to have mental toughness and physical toughness,” McLaughlin said. “We’re working out every single day, we’re playing all the time, then you have to get rest.”

Head coach Todd Holthaus said he looks to McLaughlin for leadership.

“She’s a great girl, a smart girl,” he said.

McLaughlin can’t see her life without basketball. “If I don’t play for a day or two, it’s just weird to me,” she said. “I just love it.”

Basketball has allowed McLaughlin to grow off the court and become a better person.

“I’ve definitely become more of a leader and a role model, and it’s made me more assertive,” she said.

The sport has also taught McLaughlin to cope with both hard times and triumph.

“I use basketball every day,” she said. “Whether I’m having problems or it’s a good day, it’s just a part of my everyday life.”

After McLaughlin finishes her time at PCC, she wants to continue playing college basketball.

“I’m hoping to play somewhere else after this, I mean that’s the goal,” she said.

McLaughlin is still undecided about what career to pursue. She plans to continue her education and knows basketball will likely help pick up the tuition fee.

“Basketball will help me pay for my school, I hope, but besides that basketball has been what I’ve been looking forward to,” she said.

It also adds an extra touch of motivation in the classroom.

“I like school but basketball definitely motivates me to go to school and do well,” she said.

McLaughlin is the youngest of three half-siblings and says her supportive family has made her basketball experience even more memorable.

“My parents always try to make every game, and they always tell my friends to show up,” she said.

“I couldn’t do it without the support of my parents and my former high school coach.”

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Sophomore forward Melody McLaughlin drives the ball to the basket during a pre-season scrimmage at the West Campus gymnasium. (Aztec Press photo by Beto Hoyos)

 

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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Aztecs open season with two close wins

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs open season with two close wins

By CALEB FOSTER

 The Pima Community college men’s basketball team is hoping this is the year they return to winning ways. They opened the season with two close wins against non-conference teams.

The Aztecs had a 13-17 season record last year, and have gone 13 years without a winning record. The team has made one NJCAA championship, finishing seventh in 2010.

It also endured a string of head coaches before Brian Peabody returned last year to take the helm.

Peabody was originally hired as head coach 10 years ago, but was let go. At the high school level, he coached basketball at Salpointe Catholic and Ironwood Ridge. He has 443 wins and six state final appearances in his 25-year coaching career, the most of any Tucson coach.

He said last year that he can build a winning team, though he warned it could take a few seasons.

“I would love to play as up-tempo as we possibly can,” he said. “I need to be realistic, though.”

The Aztecs must replace Shakir Smith, who averaged 29.1 points per game last season. He is now playing at Division II Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.

Pima will expect returning sophomores to fill a leadership role, including center Ben Greshman forward Matt O’Boyle and guard/forward Bryan Cervantes.

Last season Gershman averaged 19 points per game and registered 20 double-doubles.

This season, the Aztecs jumped out to an early 2-0 record in pre-conference play. They won both games by a combined three points, and trailed at halftime each time.

Pima showed resilience and determination on Nov. 3 with an 82-81 win against Planet Athlete.

The Aztecs faced deficits of up to 14 points and were behind 37-44 at halftime. They got back on track with an 8-0 run in the second half.

After a few lead changes, Pima took the lead for good with a basket by freshman DeVaunte Paschal. Sophomore Andres Marquez hit two critical free throws to make it 82-78 with 29.3 seconds left. Planet Athlete hit a three-pointer with 21 seconds left.

Gershman and Cervantes both started this season with a double-double. Gershman scored 20 points and secured 11 rebounds, while Cervantes finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

O’Boyle scored a team-high 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Paschal finished with 13 points and Marquez contributed with 11 points.

On Nov. 8, the Aztecs again used a last-second put back to defeat West Wind Prep Academy 91-89.

Cervantes grabbed an offensive rebound off a Gershman miss, and scored the put-back. Cervantes also tipped the following inbounds play as the clock expired.

The Aztecs trailed for much of the first half and were down 42-37 at halftime.

Gershman was 1-for-8 with six points in the first half but scored 10 points in the first six minutes of the second half. He finished the game with 25 points.

O’Boyle scored 25 points, going 8-for-15 from the field and 6-for-10 from three-point range. Freshman Dorian Paige contributed 11 points, five assists and four rebounds off the bench.

Pima was scheduled to play Arizona Christian University at the West Campus on Nov. 12. The game took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.

The Aztecs open conference play Nov. 19 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler. Their first home conference game will be Nov. 22 against Phoenix College.

 

 ON DECK

Nov. 15: Phase 1 Academy,West Campus gym, 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 22: Phoenix College, West Campus gym, 5 p.m.

Nov. 25: @ Tohono O’Odham CC, Sells, 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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CROSS-COUNTRY: Men take sixth at Nationals

CROSS-COUNTRY: Men take sixth at Nationals

BY JAMIE MAESE

The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross-country teams closed out their season Nov. 8 at the NJCAA National Championships in Lubbock, Texas.

The men’s team took sixth place out of 33 teams with a team score of 243 points. It was the best finish for the Aztecs since 2004, when they placed fourth at the national tournament

Central Arizona was the only ACCAC team to have a better finish, placing second with 68 points.

Pima placed its top five runners in the top 60 in a field of 256 competitors.

Freshman Ahmed Mohamed was the top finisher for the Aztecs. He took 42nd place in the 4.97-mile race with a time of 26 minutes, 31 seconds.

Other top Pima finishers were:

  • Sophomore Anthony Spendlove finished 49th with time of 26:41.
  • Sophomore Estevan Gomez finished right behind in 50th place with a time of 26:41.
  • Freshman Mark Bennett finished in 52nd place, crossing the finish line at 26:42.
  • Freshman Amanuel Logo rounded out the top five in 60th place with a time of 26:53.

In the women’s 3.1-mile race, the Aztecs finished in 11th place out of 36 teams with a team score of 355 points.

Central Arizona took second place with 110 points and Paradise Valley Community College placed eighth with 277 points.

Sophomore Shanice Alchesay was the top finisher for the Aztecs, placing 23rd out of 274 competitors with a time of 18:44.51.

Other top Pima finishers were:

  • Freshman Mariah Zavala took 70th with a time of 19:50.06.
  • Freshman Elizabeth Deaton placed 101st at 20:15.79.
  • Sophomore Sarrah Boughan took 106th with a time of 20:17.52.
  • Freshman Raelene Yocupicio placed 129th after crossing the line at 20:35.97.

 

Freshman Ahmed Mohamed, shown racing Sept. 19, was Pima's top finisher at nationals. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

Freshman Ahmed Mohamed, shown racing Sept. 19, was Pima’s top finisher at nationals. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

 

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Retooled team has 10 freshmen

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Retooled team has 10 freshmen

By BETO HOYOS

Last season, the Pima Community College women’s basketball team was a well-oiled machine and a tough matchup for many conference opponents.

The Aztecs made it to the Division II Region I championship game as the No. 2 seed, but lost to No. 1 Mesa Community College for the third straight year.

This season, they’ve revamped their roster and brought in 10 freshmen.

“We’re really inexperienced but with that being said, we have a lot of very talented freshmen,” head coach Todd Holthaus said. “I’m really excited to see what happens.”

Holthaus is proud of the hard work his team has exhibited early in the preseason and believes the diligence will pay off.

“They’re a hard working group, extremely hard working group, I love it,” he said.

Becoming comfortable with new teammates and developing good team chemistry can take a while to develop but with the regular season quickly approaching, the Aztecs must develop chemistry on the fly.

“We’re working on our chemistry but this has been one of the lowest maintenance teams I’ve ever had,” Holthaus said.

Returning sophomore Melody McLaughlin is confident in her team and optimistic about the freshmen.

“Our defense is going to win us games and overall we communicate well,” she said.

“Being able to talk on and off the floor keeps up our chemistry and that’s just something we have to keep working on, because we’re girls,” McLaughlin added jokingly.

Newcomers to the PCC basketball program have enjoyed getting to know their new teammates and are excited to join a team with winning traditions.

“I love Pima and I love all these girls,” freshman Ashley Mack said. “Even though sometimes we get on each other’s nerve, I still love them.”

Mack expects the Aztecs to continue their high-octane offense.

“We’re big and we’re really fast,” Mack said. “We also all play pretty smart and we all get along on the court.”

Holthaus expects returning sophomores McLaughlin, Adrianna Barrientez, Jayla Brown and Alexa Arndt to lead on and off the court.

“Our leaders are probably Mel, Adri and Jayla, so we’re really inexperienced,” he said.

On Deck:

Oct. 30: Tucson Sol scrimmage, West Campus, 7 p.m.

Nov. 6-7: @ Arizona Western Classic, Yuma, TBA.

Nov. 19: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 22: Phoenix College, West Campus, 2 p.m.

Current and former aztec players hudle prior to the annual Alumni game

Current and former Aztec players huddle prior to the annual alumni game. (Photo courtesy of PCC0

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WOMEN'S SOCCER: PCC headed to national tournament

WOMEN’S SOCCER: PCC headed to national tournament

By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ

Players on the Pima Community College women’s soccer team waved little toy alligators after winning the regional championship Nov. 1, signifying they are going to Florida to compete in the NJCAA national tournament.

The Aztecs will play in the national tournament in Melbourne, Fla., from Nov. 17-22.

No. 1 seeded Pima (16-4-2) rallied to defeat No. 2 Chandler-Gilbert Community College 3-1 to claim the Region I/District A championship. Chandler-Gilbert was the team that knocked PCC from the semifinals last season.

In the Nov. 1 game, Chandler-Gilbert struck first with a goal in the 18th minute. The Aztecs responded in the 20th minute when sophomore forward Shannon Shields split two defenders and got past the Chandler-Gilbert goalkeeper. The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Shields put the Aztecs ahead for good with her second goal in the 60th minute. Freshman forward Devyn Hunley had the assist.

“I knew I was going to have to play big soccer to get the win and I think it was a matter of finding the goals,” Shields said.

Sophomore Kathy Fisher scored the final goal in the 81st minute, off a pass from Shields.

“Kathy has been working through an injury all season and for her to get that goal, especially in this game, was just icing on the cake,” Shields said.

Shields was named the Region I, Division I/District A Most Valuable Player.

Sophomore forward Rachel Ridlinghafer has also played a huge role for the Aztecs this season and said she feels great about the win.

“I’m so excited for our team to go to Florida and I couldn’t be happier,” she said.

On Oct. 29, the Aztecs won a hard-fought semifinal playoff game 2-1 against No. 4 Paradise Valley Community College. Paradise Valley won NJCAA national titles in 2010 and 2012.

Hunley scored Pima’s game-winning goal in the 85th minute.

Ridlinghafer scored first on a sliding goal in the 24th minute off an assist from Hunley. Paradise Valley tied the game with a goal in the 31st minute.

After Hunley scored Pima’s second goal, Paradise Valley fired a shot less than a minute later but sophomore goalkeeper Angelica Gonzalez made the save.

“It felt like it was a good match,” Gonzalez said. “They were not an easy opponent but the better team came out.”

The Aztecs outshot Paradise Valley 11-2.

Pima took top honors when the All-Conference/Region I teams were released on Oct. 27, with head coach Kendra Veliz named Coach of the Year and Shields selected as Player of the Year.

Shields scored 18 goals, had seven assists and led the team with 43 points during the regular season.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Shields said. “I really appreciate it but it’s really not an award without your team … couldn’t have done it without them.”

Hunley earned first-team honors after she scored 11 goals, had five assists and finished with 27 points.

Ridlinghafer was named to the second team. She finished with 13 goals, eight assists and 34 points.

Sophomore midfielder Sarah Dunbar was also named to the second team. She scored four goals during the season.

Freshman midfielder Brandi Park received honorable mention. Park led the team with 10 assists to go along with four goals.

Pima claimed the ACCAC conference title and secured the No. 1 seed in the regional tournament on Oct. 25 with a 6-1 victory over GateWay Community College. PCC finished the regular season with an undefeated 9-0-1 record at the Kino North Grandstand, outscoring their opponents 39-6 at home.

Ridlinghafer scored a three-goal hat trick in the first half, and notched two assists. Hunley scored two goals and Shields had one.

On Oct. 23, Pima lost at Mesa Community College 3-2 in overtime. After a scoreless first half, the Aztecs found themselves down 2-0 in the second half. Ridlinghafer and Shields scored goals to force overtime.

The Aztecs took control of the second half in an Oct. 18 game against Cochise College, winning 2-0. Shields scored both goals.

The Aztecs’ defense held Cochise to two shots on goal, and Gonzalez stopped both attempts.

Pima defeated Paradise Valley Community College 1-0 on Oct. 16, with Shields launching a shot from 25 feet in the final minutes of the game. Sophomore Alexis Veney earned an assist, and Gonzalez made four saves.

Player of the year Shannon Shields disrupts a play against Gateway

Player of the year Shannon Shields disrupts a play against GateWay Community College. (Beto Hoyos/Aztec Press)

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VOLLEYBALL: Aztecs secure No. 3 spot

VOLLEYBALL: Aztecs secure No. 3 spot

By BETO HOYOS

The Pima Community College volleyball team (13-13, 8-7 in ACCAC conference) secured the No. 3 seed for the Region I Division II playoffs when it defeated Glendale Community College in straight sets on Oct. 24.

In the final  home game of the season the Aztec sophomores were recognized prior to the game.

“It was bittersweet but we were all pumped, every single one of us,” sophomore Alexis Ammerman said.

In the first set, Pima scored five straight points at three different times to take a commanding lead.

The Aztecs found themselves down 19-13 in the second set but mounted a comeback with nine straight points.

Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim had three kills and freshman Jamie Holliday had two aces during that stretch to help Pima take a 22-19 lead.

Pima dominated the third set, and held a double-digit lead four times.

Pilgrim led the way with 14 kills for the match. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26.

Sophomores Nykole Adun had 10 kills and Alexis Ammerman had nine. Liz Mata had 39 assists.

Holliday finished with eight kills and 15 digs, while fellow freshman Angel Chavez had 20 digs.

After the match, the team recognized its sophomores: Adun, Ammerman, Andrea Burnett, Mata and Pilgrim.

PCC will close out the regular season Oct. 31 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 22, the Aztecs snapped a three-match losing streak by defeating Mesa Community College in three sets.

Pima lost to Yavapai College in four sets on Oct. 17, managing to win only the third set.

Head coach Dan Bithell said the team faced tough competition as the season wound down.

“I don’t think the schedule has been a factor, we’ve just run into some good teams,” he said.

Bithell has seen his team improve throughout the season.

“We believe in what we do a lot more now,” he said.

sophomores Nykole Adun, Alexis Ammerman, Andrea Burnett, Liz Mata and Kaysee Pilgrim are recognized at the final home game

Sophomores Nykole Adun, Alexis Ammerman, Andrea Burnett, Liz Mata and Kaysee Pilgrim are recognized at the final home game. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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ATHLETIC VOICE: Analyzing the games

ATHLETIC VOICE: Analyzing the games

By BETO HOYOS

Analytics in sports has increased in recent years. Many teams in different sports have adopted the analytics approach to gain a competitive edge and to enhance the fan experience.

Having more stats and information to analyze couldn’t hurt, but some fans may worry that the traditional ways of enjoying the game might be overtaken by spreadsheets and calculators.

Analytics is not meant to take over sports or see the future but to help teams further understand the game and to increase individual performance.

If analytics ensured wins, all teams in every sport would jump on the analytic train.

Teams hire people to analyze up a storm. They look at everything from a player’s stats, such as hitting percentage in baseball and shooting percentage in basketball, to tendencies and superstitions.

Analytics also allows teams to gain a closer relationship with fans and to enhance the enjoyment of the game-day experience.

Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek, a self-proclaimed math guy, embraced the use of analytics last season. The Suns have been analyzing variables such as matchups, motivation and subsequent intensity in 2014 preseason matchups.

Last season, Hornacek was notorious for switching his starting lineup and tinkering with his rotations. Perhaps analytics played a big part in that. If so, look for the Suns to constantly switch things up again this season.

Teams and leagues have also begun to study fan interaction via social media.

For instance, the NFL has turned to data analytics to make connections with fans and to keep season ticket holders engaged and in their seats.

Mobile ticket purchasing and team-based apps have made the game-day experience more convenient for fans.

TD Garden in Boston has been throwing around the idea of using iBeacon, a Bluetooth technology app.

It would allow Boston teams like the Bruins or Celtics to track fan movement through the arena. It would also send information to fans, such as merchandise availability and how long the wait is at a concession stand.

Of course, fans might worry about being tracked and having their privacy be invaded so iBeacon still has some things to figure out.

Sports has taken a new approach to competition. If we as fans enjoy going to games more than a few years ago, we can thank analytics for that.

Whether we like it or not, this is the direction sports are taking. We are all witnessing an evolution.

Athlectic Voice

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Runner juggles a crowded schedule

Runner juggles a crowded schedule

By JAMIE MAESE

Most student-athletes are sucked into a world of nonstop practices, conditioning, games, interviews, homework and spending time in the learning center.

Pima Community College sophomore cross-country runner Sarrah Boughan juggles all that while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, managing an internship and having a social life.

“It gets kind of crazy trying to balance everything, I definitely have to prioritize at times,” Boughan said. “The stress gets to me but as long as I still have some time to have fun, I think balancing work, school and athletics builds me into a stronger individual.”

Boughan works in a paid internship at an engineering company, has a full school schedule and has placed at almost every cross-country meet.

Her major is mechanical engineering and she would like to find a career in an engineering firm. She chose mechanical because it will allow her to work at many different places.

When she isn’t so busy, she enjoys hanging out with friends and playing basketball or any other active pursuit. She sometimes draws, and enjoys eating one of her favorite foods — ice cream.

She also has a secret talent for hula hooping.

“I sucked at it when I was a kid, then in high school I picked it up again,” she said. “I would mess around with it and learned some cool tricks.”

Many of her teammates speak very highly of Boughan, calling her a team player.

“She is a devoted runner and always trying to improve after every meet,” freshman Raelene Yocuppicio said. “Somehow she manages to juggle everything going on.”

Boughan wasn’t always a top runner.

“I wasn’t great at running in middle school but because my coach made me feel like I was, I continued to work hard,” she said. “I have improved tremendously over the years.”

She wants to continue improving as an athlete and as an individual.

The women’s team placed third in the NJCAA Region I Championships in Glendale on Oct. 27. Boughan earned all-region honorable mention after finishing 14th with a time of 20 minutes, 46.1 seconds.

The next race will the NJCAA national cross-country championship on Nov. 8 in Lubbock, Texas.

“I really want this team to perform as one of the best at nationals,” Boughan said. “To do that, I have to step my game up as an individual or my teammates need to push past me.”

Her teammates sometimes seem to find a comfortable position racing behind her, she said, and she knows they can do better.

“I don’t have any superstitions that I believe in, like lucky underwear,” Boughan said, “but I do like to eat pasta the night before and drink a lot of water to prepare myself.”

Once the season finishes, Boughan wants to transfer to a four-year college and continue running in her future.

She advises incoming runners to put in the work and always look for ways to improve.

“Every little thing adds up, whether it’s choosing to bike to work or saying ‘no’ to a doughnut being offered to you,” she said. “All choices have consequences, including laziness.”

Sarah Boughan finishes strong

Sarrah Boughan finishes strong. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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MEN'S SOCCER: Pima wins regional championship

MEN’S SOCCER: Pima wins regional championship

Compiled from a press release

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (18-4-1) won the Region I, Division I championship on Nov. 1 as the No. 3 seeded Aztecs held off No. 4 Phoenix College 2-1 at the Kino North Grandstand.

Freshman Hector Banegas scored the first goal for the Aztecs in the 34th minute on a back-header. Sophomore Garrett Andreatta had the throw-in assist.

The Aztecs tacked on a second goal early in the second half when freshman Alejandro Gonzalez hit a shot into the right side of the net. Sophomore Christian Garcia-Cabello had the corner kick assist in the 47th minute.

Phoenix College scored on a penalty kick goal in the 55th minute. The Pima defense held off a couple of surges and freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas made two saves in the 79th and 87th minutes. Kavathas had four saves for the game.

The Aztecs will host No. 2 seed Otero Junior College, the Region 9 runner-up from La Junta, Colo., on Nov. 7 in the West District A semifinals. The game will be at the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium at 7 p.m.

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Compiled from a press release

The No. 3 seeded Pima Community College men’s soccer team defeated No. 2 Glendale Community College 4-1 in the Region I, Division I semifinals matchup in Peoria on Oct. 30.

The Aztecs will host No. 4 Phoenix College on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Kino North Grandstand in the Region I, Division I finals.

Phoenix College advanced to the championship game after upsetting No. 1 Yavapai College 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 30.

In Pima’s semifinal game, Glendale scored first on a free kick in the 24th minute. PCC responded with a goal by freshman Alex Rojo off an assist by freshman Alejandro Gonzalez in the 37th minute to make it 1-1 at halftime.

The Aztecs took the lead in the second half when freshman Santiago Carrillo scored on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.

Rojo scored a second goal in the 63rd minute when Gonzalez found him on a cross-pass. Rojo then set up sophomore Arturo Vega for a goal in the 79th minute.

Pima outshot Glendale 10-5 for the game. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas finished with four saves.

By CALEB FOSTER

The No. 3 seeded Pima Community College men’s soccer team (16-4-1) defeated No. 6 Mesa Community College 4-1 in the Region I, Division I quarterfinals on Oct. 28 at the Kino North Grandstand.

Pima will play in the semifinals against No. 2 Glendale Community College at Pioneer Park in Peoria on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Results will be posted online at aztecpressonline.com.

In the quarterfinal game, sophomore midfielder Arturo Vega had a corner kick assist to freshman Santiago Carrillo in the 32nd minute to give Pima a 1-0 lead.

Freshman Alejandro Gonzalez made it 2-0 early in the second half when he netted a goal off an assist from freshman Hector Banegas.

Mesa scored to cut Pima’s lead in half but Vega quickly brought the Aztecs back. He took a back-heel pass from sophomore midfielder Christian Garcia-Cabello and fired a shot that hit the right post and went in.

Sophomore defender Garrett Andreatta scored Pima’s fourth goal in the 78th minute.

The Aztecs outshot Mesa 10-6 and freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas finished with five saves.

Vega entered the game as ACCAC/Region I Player of the Year. He led the team with 20 points for the season, scoring seven goals and recording six assists.

Garcia-Cabello and Andreatta were selected to the second team. Garcia-Cabello finished with three goals and two assists. Andreatta helped the Aztecs defense post nine shutouts.

The Aztecs capped off the regular season with a 7-0 win against GateWay Community College on Oct. 25.

Freshman Robert Gorman scored in the third minute, followed by freshman Alex Rojo in the 27th minute. A penalty kick by freshman Santiago Carrillo in the 32nd minute gave Pima a 3-0 lead at halftime.

The floodgates opened in the second half, with scores by Garcia-Cabello and freshman Christian Chavira. Sophomore Alberto Rivera added two goals in the 69th and 81st minutes.

Kavathas finished the game with two saves as the Aztecs allowed just three shots on goal.

On Oct. 23, the Aztecs beat Mesa Community College 4-1 in Mesa. Banegas scored two goals, while Rojo and Gorman added one each.

The Aztecs fell to No. 2 Yavapai College 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 18 at home. The game marked the first home loss for the Aztecs this season.

Regulation ended scoreless in a game dominated by defense on both sides. Yavapai scored in the 96th minute to win the game.

The Aztecs outshot Yavapai 3-2 in the loss. Kavathas had one save.

On Oct. 16, a dominant first half helped Pima defeat Paradise Valley Community College 5-1 at home.

Carrillo scored a goal in the first minute on a penalty kick. Andreatta netted two goals and Gonzalez scored one before halftime. Vega scored in the second half off an assist from freshman Osvaldo Varela in the 56th minute.

Arturo Vega displays his aggressiveness

Arturo Vega displays his aggressiveness. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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