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Aztecs finish top 10 at nationals

Aztecs finish top 10 at nationals



In college sports, the character of a team is showcased not by how a team manages its successes but through its resolve as it struggles with disappointment.

The 2014 season saw the women’s cross country team falling below the top ten positions for the first time in almost a decade.  Head coach Greg Wenneborg predicted that not only would the women’s team be in the top ten this season but for his 11th season as coach for the Aztecs, both the men’s and women’s teams would have runners placing in the top ten positions every race and would close out the season in the top ten.

PCC entered the NJCAA National Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 14. The women’s team ranked 6th and the men’s team ranked 11th.

In the women’s 5k, the Aztecs placed 6th out of 42 teams with a score of 271 points.

Sophomore Kelsey Montano finished first for Pima, coming in 17th place with a time of 19.09.08.

Freshman Katy Loyd placed in 45th  coming in at 19:55.3.

Sophomore Mariah Zavalah placed 47th finishing in 19:57.7. Freshman Samantha Felzien took 65th closing with a time 20:03.9, and sophomore Desire Montenegro placed 124th 21:03.9.

In the men’s 8k, Pima finished 9th out of 39 teams competing with 321 points overall.

Amanuel Logo received All-American honors for his 25:37.80 performance finishing the race in 11th place.

“It was my goal to get it before I transfer from Pima, but it was amazing and I’ve never seen my coach so proud of me,” Logo said.“It is a nice feeling standing on the podium.”

Sophomore Mark Bennett placed 35th with a final time of 26:27.4, while Ahmed Mohammed came in 63rd closing in at 27:12.7.

Freshman Anas Ali came in 92nd, clocking in at 27:28.4, with fellow freshman Armando Antonio closing the race for the Aztecs placing 142nd with a time of 28:42.0.

Pima ended the season boasting six All-Region athletes. Representing the men’s team, Bennett and Mohammed made the 3rd team All-Region. While Logo received 2nd team All-Regions and All-American honors at the NJCAA National Championship.

For the women’s team Felzien made 3rd team All-Region, Lloyd 2nd team All-Region and Montano received 1st team All-Region honors. Now that the season has come to an end, Montano shared her perspective throughout her last year as an Aztec. “I came back in this season with a goal and finished each race like it was my last.” Montano said.

Veliz receives Coach of the Year

Veliz receives Coach of the Year



The Pima Community College women’s soccer team (20-2-2) ended their season short of the NJCAA Division I National Title, falling against the No. 1 ranked Eastern Florida State College 4-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Eastern Florida took control of the game early, putting the Aztecs down 2-0 at the half.

The scoring continued for Eastern Florida as it began to look as though they would shut out Pima 4-0 in the second half. Fortunately freshman Maria Delgadillo saved the Aztecs from a shut out scoring late in the game in the 80th minute.

In Pima’s first game of the national tournament the Aztecs defeated Spartanburg Methodist College 3-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

After ending the first half 1-1, Pima came into the second half of the game looking better than ever taking control of the game and ultimately clinched the victory.

Sophomore Callen Shelton scored the first and only goal of the first half and came back to score the first goal of the second.

Sophomore Devyn Hunley would be the one to seal the deal scoring the final shot in the  69th minute.

The Aztecs outshot Spartanburg Methodist 10-4 on the game and freshman goalkeeper Daniela Sanchez finished the day with three saves.

Head coach Kendra Veliz was honored at the ACCAC being named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Hunley, sophomore Brandi Park and Sanchez were named to the All-ACCAC conference team.

“This last season as a whole was amazing, and we had a lot of success. We met all our preseason goals and even achieved more,” said Region I MVP Hunley.

“Nationals was another great experience and we were able to win one game and pave the way for next year’s team to reach a higher success when they make it next year.”

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Aztecs make soccer program history

Aztecs make soccer program history


The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (21-4-2) ended an incredible season in dramatic fashion losing in overtime to Louisburg College during the semifinals of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

Although the National Title was just out of reach for the Aztecs, third in the nation in the NJCAA is something to be proud of. It is also the best the Pima men’s soccer team has done sense winning the national title in 1999.

The first half of the game was scoreless thanks to three crucial saves from freshman goalkeeper Taylor Anderson.

Sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez would have the only point for the Aztecs as he scored late in the second half to put PCC into overtime 1-1. Louisburg would score another goal to seal the deal in overtime, 2-1 on Nov. 18.

In Pima’s last pool play game the men took out Lewis & Clark Community College 4-1 to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament semifinals.

This game marked the 21st win of the season for the Aztecs and the most single season wins in the program’s history.

In the first game of the National Tournament, the Aztecs fell to Hill College 3-2. Tied 1-1 at the half, Pima couldn’t manage to dig themselves out of the hole fast enough after being down 3-1 in the second.

Head coach David Cosgrove had been a part of Pima athletics for 17 years now and had been a part of many successful seasons.

“I’ve been here a long time,” said Cosgrove. “…by far this is the best semester for Pima Athletics that I’ve been apart of.”

With a numerous amount of Pima athletes getting honors and recognition this season, it’s hard to walk away with a negative outlook as the year comes to a close.

“We accomplished everything we set out to accomplish, aside from the national title, but we were close so I think we leave the post season with a sense of pride,” Cosgrove added.

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Athletic Voice: Griffey Jr. makes case for the Hall

Athletic Voice: Griffey Jr. makes case for the Hall



Major League Baseball plans to announce the players who will be elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, on January 6, 2016. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) is conducting research on who should be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Suspected steroid user and Home Run King Barry Bonds and all-time home run record owner by a catcher Mike Piazza are on the ballot, several new players will also have their opportunity at immortality. New faces on the ballot are Seattle Mariners legend and outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and former all-time saves leader and University of Arizona alumni Trevor Hoffman.

After making his MLB debut at 19 in 1989 with the Seattle Mariners, Griffey otherwise known as the “The Kid” played in 22 seasons. The 13-time All-Star accumulated 2,781 hits and 630 home runs, good enough for sixth on the all-time home run list, in 2,671 games played. Griffey was a part of the magical 1995 season when the Mariners beat the New York Yankees to advance to the American League Championship Series. The 1995 MLB season was the first year the Mariners made a postseason appearance in their 18-year history.

After a trade to the Cincinnati Reds in 2000, Griffey enjoyed a few successful years but was slowed because of injuries. On Father’s Day 2005, Griffey hit his prestigious 500th home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. The home run against the Cardinals put him in a virtual lock in the Hall of Fame. If Griffey stayed healthy during the second half of his career, he could have been the greatest baseball player to ever live.

Former all-time saves leader Hoffman made his MLB debut with the then-Florida Marlins in 1993. Following a mid-season trade to the San Diego Padres, Hoffman, a man with two-career saves to his name, pitched in a Hall of Fame career. For the next 16 seasons, Hoffman remained a Padre leading them to the 1998 World Series appearance against the Yankees while being named to six All-Star appearances during his tenure. After being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2009 season, Hoffman spent two seasons there before stepping away from the beloved game owning a then-MLB record 601 saves. Following the conclusion of his playing career, Hoffman was inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame.

I advocate that Griffey and Hoffman are shoe-in Hall of Famers for reaching these historic milestones that so many others have rarely  even come close to touching.

Women’s squad starts 2-0 in conference

Women’s squad starts 2-0 in conference



The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (4-1, 2-0 in ACCAC) took down the defending region champs at West Campus on Nov. 22.

In a 61-46 victory over Phoenix College, the Aztecs avenged their nail-biting 53-55 loss from last years Region I, Division II semifinals.

It seemed as though the game might be another close one with a little more than five minutes left in the game Pima was only up 48-40. Exceeding under pressure, the Aztecs went on a 13-6 run to finish the game strong.

Freshman Denesia Smith finished with a game high 17 points followed by sophomore Gabby Banales with 14. Fellow sophomore had an impressive 10 rebounds on the night helping Pima control the boards.

“Great win today against the defending region champs. We played solid defense and crashed the offensive boards,” Pima coach Todd Holthaus said.

Pima opened their regular season conference play Nov. 18 at home with a victory over Chandler-Gilbert Community College 77-70.

It was a tight first half as both teams battled basket-for-basket, ending the first half with the Aztecs in the lead 39-36. But it wasn’t until the third quarter that Pima began to keep a strong, consistent lead, putting Chandler-Gilbert in an 11-point deficit 26-15.

Blue had the game high score of 23 points and eight rebounds. Smith and fellow freshman Sydni Stallworth scored double digits as well; Smith with 16 points and six steals while Stallworth had 13 points and two assists.

The Pima Aztecs opened their season playing the Arizona Western Classic tournament in Yuma.

Stallworth came out of the tournament with a total 40 points, 16 rebounds, 14 assists and six steals in the three games.

In the final game of the tournament Pima took down Brookdale Community College (NJ) in a 94-38 blowout to end the long weekend on Nov. 14.

Banales had 11 points and four rebounds on the game while Stallworth had an impressive 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Aztecs had a tough match-up against top 10, Division I school, New Mexico Junior College on Nov. 13.

Despite Stallworth’s game-high 19 points, six rebounds and two assists, Pima lost 55-39 with a disappointing 24 percent shooting from the field.

Fortunately that would be Pima’s only loss and toughest match of the season so far.

In the opening game of the tournament the Aztecs had the opposite effect on the court, destroying Cetys University (Mexico) 86-29, Nov. 12.

Four Pima Aztecs scored double figures and outrebounded Cetys 41-27. Blue led PCC in scoring with 22 points, followed by sophomore Shalise Fernander with 15 points and seven rebounds. Banales had 10 points on the board as well as freshman Aubre Fortner.

Stallworth was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week for the week after leading the Aztecs to a 2-1 record in the Arizona Western Classic in Yuma. She totaled 40 points, 16 rebounds, 14 assists and six steals.

The Aztecs travel to Thatcher Nov. 27-28 where they will participate in the Thanksgiving Classic.

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Freshman Sydni Stallworth sets up the offense against Phoenix College at West Campus. (Deanna Sherman/Aztec Press)

Selfless player determined to succeed

Selfless player determined to succeed



Nineteen-year-old Deontay Townsend is one of the most determined athletes. Day-in and day-out, the Pima Community College sophomore running back has a simple mindset – to put everything in God’s hands, to be an everyday leader, to play smart.

Originally from Little Rock, Ark., Townsend moved to the greater Phoenix area when he was in sixth grade. At 10-years-old, his interest in football took off. He’d watch football and post-game highlights over and over on every available sports channel, including ESPN, when he had the opportunity. Townsend said that watching football was not enough for him and that he wanted to play it.

“My biggest influence is my mother. I just see how hard she works and takes care of her three children that she raised. That made me want to take care of her and I saw football was a way to do that because it’s something that I love and it’s something you can make a career out of,” Townsend said. “I want to work my hardest to keep my goals and meet them so I can make my family happy.

At 13, Townsend began his football career at Peoria High School. He later transferred to Mountain Pointe High School following the first semester of his freshman year.

“I always loved working out. I had descent speed and I decided to play,” Townsend said. “If I’m going to do this then I’m going to put my heart into it. And in the offseason, work out hard and be ready for the upcoming season.”

In his senior football season at Mountain Pointe, Townsend anchored his team’s offense by scoring five touchdowns on 36 carries for 279 yards. Mountain Pointe finished the 2013 season with an undefeated (14-0) record, including a state-title win over Hamilton High School. Townsend recalled that it was one of his most memorable highlights of his career thus far.

“That team there was such a great team. It was a great set of guys to be around. They were all about the football family. We all had team dinners and stuff like that,” Townsend said. “We took care of each other, helped each other with homework and made sure everyone had a ride home. You just got to love those guys.”

Quite a few teammates of Townsend’s have played for Mountain Pointe and Pima which include Antonio Hinojosa, Wesley Payne, Timmy Hernandez, Isaiah Jones, Keondre Churchwell, Natrelle Curtis, Markell Simmons and Zach Blohm.

Following graduation, Townsend was ready to start the next phase of his football career, playing running back for a junior college, Pima Community College under head coach Jim Monaco.

“Great work ethic. Deontay has made himself as good as he is. When he came out of high school, he was a very good running back,” Monaco said. “And he’s worked incredibly hard to make himself better, make himself faster, get himself stronger, learn more about the system and its paid off for him.”

In his first season as Pima’s running back, Townsend rushed 99 times for 436 yards while scoring five touchdowns in 10 games played. He was satisfied but was driven to improve even more. Following the conclusion of the season, Townsend went back to the training room to improve.

In 2015, Townsend was named WSFL Player of the Week twice. The first coming after Pima’s Sept. 5 game against Eastern Arizona College when rushed 36 times for 209 yards while scoring two touchdowns in a nail-biting 36-33 win. Townsend was named WSFL Player of the Week again for his performance in a 34-19 win over Glendale Community College when he rushed 25 times for 162 yards while scoring two touchdowns.

In response to his recent recognition, Townsend said, “My family was so proud. I have great fans and family. My teammates, they goof around and say, “Oh, hey, player of the week, you got any interviews that you got to do and stuff like that?” It’s good to see it but I don’t like to talk about it. I always want to be humble about situations, just going on to the next and try to be Player of the Week.”

In 11 games this season, Townsend has set career highs in every offensive category, nearly doubling it, in rushes (213), yards (1160), yardage per game (105.5), average yards per carry (5.4) and touchdowns (14).

“He’s in the top-5 in rushing and touchdowns in the country. He’s done a tremendous job,” Monaco said.

And Townsend has done a tremendous job on the field.

“Honestly Townsend is probably one of the best backs I’ve played with,” red-shirt sophomore offensive lineman Alex Rios said. “When we get heated as a whole line, he keeps us cool and focused on the goal or winning the game. He’s just very focused in every game.”

At Pima, Townsend is working on a Liberal Arts Degree in Business where he has a particular interest in sports management. After he transfers, Townsend would like to play in the Big 12 or the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Townsend is determined to stick with sports and make a career out of it.

“I want to be a sports agent or I want to do something involved with sports because that’s what I love so much,” Townsend said. “And I just want to help anybody else out. I like to see other people become successful.”

Townsend’s ultimate goal in life is to be remembered as a great football player and an overall better person.

Townsend was named first-team All-ACCAC and second team All-WSFL.

Aztec Press photos by Steven Fowler Townsend was named first-team All-ACCAC and second team All-WSFL.

Sophomore running back Deontay Townsend scores his second touchdown against Snow College in the WSFL Title game. Townsend led the ACCAC and WSFL in carries(213), rushing yards (1,160), yards per game (105.5) and touchdowns (14).

Sophomore running back Deontay Townsend scores his second touchdown against Snow College in the WSFL Title game. Townsend led the ACCAC and WSFL in carries(213), rushing yards (1,160), yards per game (105.5) and touchdowns (14).



Aztecs lose in WSFL Title

Aztecs lose in WSFL Title



The Pima Community College football team (7-4) fell short in its bid to claim the program’s first Western States Football League championship on Saturday.

The No. 3 seeded Aztecs lost at No. 1 Snow College 26-16 in Ephraim, Utah. This was the second time in three games that the Aztecs traveled to play Snow.

Facing an early 13-0 deficit in the second quarter, freshman Nathan Farmer broke the shutout with a 36-yard field goal at the 7:07 mark.

Down 16-3, the Aztecs began a drive on their 24-yard line with 1:27 left in the half. Freshman Darrell Clark made a catch for 27 yards and another for 12 yards to put the Aztecs in the red zone. Sophomore Deontay Townsend scored a two-yard rushing touchdown to make it 16-10 at halftime.

After a defensive struggle in the third quarter, Snow struck first with a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 23-10. After a punt by Pima, Snow extended their lead to 26-10 after Vance “Moose” Bingham kicked a 50-yard field goal with 10:58 remaining in the game.

The Aztecs punted on their first five possessions of the second half until Townsend scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown, his second of the game with 1:36 left. The Aztecs failed to capitalize on a potential two-point conversion and tried an onside kick but Snow recovered. Townsend finished with 34 yards on 12 carries.

Sophomore Donovan Moore went 2-for-6 with 51 passing yards including an interception. Sophomore Kian Homme went 11-for-24 with 114 passing yards. The Pima quarterbacks were sacked nine times. Sophomore Wesley Payne led the Aztecs with eight tackles while freshman Paul Davies had six tackles.

Second-year head coach Jim Monaco was named ACCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Aztecs to a 7-4 overall record, the program’s best record since 2004 when they finished 9-3. Monaco was selected WSFL Co-Coach of the Year along with Snow College’s Britt Maughan.

“This is one of the best years of coaching that I’ve ever had. These kids have worked so hard, we’re so injured and yet they played this kind of game against the No. 3 team in the country,” Monaco said. “I have nothing but pride for my kids. This season has meant everything.”

Pima hopes to play in a bowl game, which is currently undecided. We will keep you updated.

“I love them and they’re awesome kids,” Monaco said.

Sophomore linebacker Wesley Payne was named WSFL and ACCAC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the NJCAA with 149 tackles. Payne led the ACCAC with 13.5 tackles per game and was second in the NJCAA. He was also named first team All-WSFL and All-ACCAC first team.

Aztec Press photos by Steven Fowler The Aztecs defense prepares to attack the opposing offense once the ball is snapped. Sophomore Wesley Payne led the Aztecs with eight tackles while freshman Paul Davis had six tackles.

Aztec Press photos by Steven Fowler
The Aztecs defense prepares to attack the opposing offense once the ball is snapped. Sophomore Wesley Payne led the Aztecs with eight tackles while freshman Paul Davis had six tackles.

Freshman linebacker Rozario Martinez reflects on his team’s performance during the first half against Snow College.

Freshman linebacker Rozario Martinez reflects on his team’s performance during the first half against Snow College.

Pima season cut short

Pima season cut short



The Pima Community College volleyball team (17-16, 7-9 in ACCAC) ended their season early with an elimination loss to South Mountain Community College in their second game of the Region I, Division II tournament in Glendale on Friday, Nov. 6. In just three sets, the No.4 ranked Aztecs fell to No.3 ranked South Mountain, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21.

Sophomore Miranda Bingham had 24 assists, 17 digs and three aces while fellow sophomore Angel Chavez had 18 digs of her own. Sophomore Jamie Holliday finished with 10 kills and one block.

Pima opened the tournament against the No.1 seed Glendale Community College on Thursday, Nov. 5, falling in straight sets 25-19, 25-17, 25-20. The Aztecs peaked in the second set with an 11-10 lead but couldn’t finish the set or the match strong as Glendale swept all three sets.

Holliday and sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough each had eight kills. Bingham had 22 assists and two aces with Chavez staying consistent with 21 digs.

“My first thought is unfortunately disappointment,” said Pima head coach Dan Bithell, as he reflected on the season. “…but overall we had a terrific season. We had more season wins than then the previous…the programs at a good place.”

The Aztecs finished their regular season play with an exciting five-set victory over Chandler-Gilbert on Friday, Oct. 30.

It took Pima a bit to get warmed up as it looked like Chandler-Gilbert was going to take the game after winning the first two sets. Ultimately that was all Chandler-Gilbert would get as the Aztecs rallied back and took the game in the last three sets to finish 21-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-17, 15-11.

Pima had three players in double figures for kills. Scarborough with 19, Davis produced 16 kills and sophomore Mariah Rodriguez had 11. Bingham had an impressive 60 assists, 23 digs and five aces. Chavez finished the match with 27 digs.

Sophomores Bingham and Chavez were honored by the ACCAC conference for their impressive skills and accomplishments this season.

Bingham was named second team All-ACCAC and to the All-Region I, Division II team. Bingham broke the single season school record in assists with 1,209 (9.37 average per set) and had 469 digs and 69 aces. She also finished first in the ACCAC in aces, averaging 0.53 a set.

The team’s libero, Chavez, was selected to the All-ACCAC honorable mention team. Chavez broke the Pima school record with 681 digs (5.32 per set). She also had 98 assists and 37 aces. She also finished first in the ACCAC with number of digs.

“Bingham and Chavez have been consistent all year,” said Bithell. “Defensively Holliday has also stood out this season…the strength was the whole team”

As for next year, Bithell is still “in the grieving process” but looks forward to “the terrific kids coming back…I’m excited to work with them again.”

The Aztecs finished the season with a 17-16 overall record and made their third straight appearance at the Region I, Division II tournament. The team will have seven returning including freshman standout, middle-blocker Kristen Baldwin who finished second in the ACCAC averaging 1.11 blocks per set.

Going to Iowa

Going to Iowa



The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2015 Region 1 Championships held at Villago Community Park in Casa Grande on Saturday, Oct. 31

The men’s 8K race began at 9 a.m. with Pima coming into the event ranked 13th in the country. The Aztecs placed third with a score of 80 points beating out conference rival Mesa Community College who placed fifth with 108.

“We struggled at the regional championships and came up short of our goals,” said head coach Greg Wenneborg. “We are planning on going after it at the national meet.”

Placing eighth overall out of 37 athletes Sophomore Amanuel Logo finished the race with a time of 26:01.6, earning him second team All Region honors.

Sophomore Mark Bennett came in 11th at 26:21.7 earning himself third team All-Region honors.

Sophomore Ahmed Mohamed placed 15th with a final time of 26:46.5, also earning himself third- team All Region Honors.

“It was a decent performance, my best one for the year,” said Mohamed.

The No. 5 ranked women’s team placed third with a combined score of 62 points.

Sophomore Kelsey Montano placed third out of 38 competitors with a final time of 19:05 earning her first team All Region honors.

Freshman Katy Loyd took 10th crossing the finish at 19:40.9 earning her second team All Region Honors.

Placing 12th and being named to the third All Region team Samantha Felzien came in at 19:42.8.

Sophomore Elizabeth Deaton and Mariah Zavala closed out the top five for the Aztecs with Deaton placing 17th and Zavala placing 20th.

Coach Wenneborg stated that both the 12th ranked men and the 6th ranked women will be ready for the National Championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Nov. 14.

“Every athlete is shooting for the best race of their life,” said Wenneborg. “We are very excited about the possibilities.”

Athletic Voice: Baseball summer bummer

Athletic Voice: Baseball summer bummer



The World Series was great for fans of the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets and the casual baseball watcher, but to those with strong allegiances to other teams, there are mixed feelings.

The Royals are the 2015 World Series Champions as they were able to close up the series in five games against the Mets.

You can imagine the hysteria in Kansas City as their hometown team was able to bring the trophy with 30 flagpoles back home. In contrast, despondent Mets fans in Flushing and Queens were reminded they’re second place to the New York Yankees in NYC’s baseball hierarchy.

Gabe Nyrkkanen, Pima Community College program specialist for Access and Disability Resources is a Detroit Tigers fan.

“I am happy for the Royals,” he said. “They haven’t won a World Series since ’85 and the Mets since ’86 so I would have been happy for either team and their city’s and fans, but it’s bittersweet because my Tigers weren’t there.”

He also sees the Royals’ win as motivation for the Tigers, who are in the same division.

I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and I was pissed that the Dodgers did not win or even go to the Series.

The Dodgers spent a Major League Baseball record high $310 million on team payroll for new and current players in exchange for the promise of a championship.

The Dodgers haven’t been to the World Series since the 1988 film “Cocktail,” starring Tom Cruise, was in theaters. After that, it’s all just been failed attempts.

What hurts the most for Dodgers fans is that our rival to the north, the San Francisco Giants, have been winning World Series with what seems almost no effort. It’s a shame since we are able to dominate them during the regular season. I only watched one Series game, the last one, as I wished for the season to end.

There are both optimistic fans and cynical fans as the season comes to an end and all we can do now is talk about the upcoming season as we wait for the first pitch of Opening Day.

FOOTBALL: No. 3 Aztecs head to playoffs

FOOTBALL: No. 3 Aztecs head to playoffs



The Pima Community College football team (6-3, 5-3 in WSFL) played through a rough first half and held the lead at the break but was unable to maintain the lead in the second half against No. 8 Snow College.

The Aztecs surrendered 28 unanswered points in the third quarter in their 48-27 loss at Snow College on Saturday, Oct. 24 for the WSFL conference regular season title.

PCC went into the second half up 13-10,  when Snow College capitalized on the three Pima turnovers in the third quarter while holding onto a 38-13 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Aztecs made a comeback by cutting the deficit in half as sophomore quarterback Kian Homme, threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to freshman Timmy Hernandez. The Aztecs recovered the onside kick with 5:51 left in the game. Deontay Townsend then scored on a 25-yard run to make it 38-27. Snow College scored on a field goal and a pick-6 to seal the victory.

After a nearly three-hour rain delay, the Aztecs defeated Glendale Community College 34-19 at Tucson Magnet High School. The victory put the Aztecs one game behind Snow College and gave them an automatic bid in the WSFL winner’s bracket. Eastern Arizona College defeated Snow 37-27.

Glendale struck first as they returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to put the Aztecs behind early. Pima would find their groove as sophomore quarterback Donovan Moore scored two rushing touchdowns. His first came on a two-yard run to tie the game 7-7. Moore scored his second touchdown on a two-yard run to put the Aztecs ahead 31-10 with 13:07 left in the game.

Moore received plenty of help from fellow sophomore Deontay Townsend, who also ran for two touchdowns. He gave the Aztecs a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter after a two-yard run. The Aztecs marched 95 yards on the drive while sophomore Eric Dedrick made a 30-yard reception to set up the score. Up 17-7 with 1:01 left in the half, sophomore Landry Payne returned a punt to the Glendale 23-yardline. Townsend ran it in for the one-yard touchdown to make it 24-7. The Aztecs led 24-10 at halftime.

Nathan Farmer went 2-for-2 in field goal attempts kicking from the 40- and 31-yard line. Farmer also went 4 for 4 in extra point attempts.

The Aztecs have won six games for the first time since the 2004 season when they finished 9-3 and won the Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl.

The No. 3 seeded Aztecs will play its first WSFL playoff game at No. 2 Arizona Western College on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Ben Carbajal Freshman running back Sirgeo Hoffman evades Scottsdale Community College defenders.

Photo courtesy of Ben Carbajal
Freshman running back Sirgeo Hoffman evades Scottsdale Community College defenders.

VOLLEYBALL: Hopeful Aztecs break losing skid

VOLLEYBALL: Hopeful Aztecs break losing skid



The Pima Community College volleyball team (16-14, 6-9 in ACCAC) kept their No.4 rank in the ACCAC standings, despite a loss to Glendale Community College last Friday, Oct. 23.

In just three sets the Aztecs lost their road game 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. Sophomores Jamie Holliday and Brooklyn Scarborough had double digit kills while fellow sophomore Angel Chavez had 26 digs.

PCC had the opposite game play Wednesday Oct. 21 when they pulled out a three-set victory against Mesa Community College 25-18, 25-22, 25-21. This win put Pima firmly in the No. 4 spot after Phoenix College lost to South Mountain Community College the same week.

Every Aztec on the team put up notable stats. Freshman Victoria Davis was a standout with 14 kills, 17 digs and a 2.4 pass rating, while sophomores Miranda Bingham, Arisa Chavez, Angel Chavez and Holliday all had at least 10 or more digs on the night as well.

Pima finally broke their four game losing streak at home against Yavapai College on Friday, Oct. 16.

In an exciting fifth-set tiebreaker the Aztecs managed to pull out the win after Yavapai came back to tie up the sets 2-2 (25-20, 6-25, 25-25-16, 16-25, 17-15.) Davis finished the match with 19 kills and 15 digs with Baldwin having 11 kills, five digs and three blocks.

In a major upset win the seventh ranked Pima team gave third ranked Yavapai only their second loss in ACCAC conference play. This is an important win for the Aztecs going into the playoffs.

Pima lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Host Arizona Western College took the win over Pima in four sets, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-11. It looked like the Aztecs were going to make a come-back in the third set, but failed to continue the stride in the fourth.  Bingham finished the game with 25 assists, 10 digs and two aces.

The Aztecs will play one last regular season game against Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Friday, Oct. 30 before playoffs.

Photo courtesy of Ben Carbajal Sophomore libero Angel Chavez attempts to serve an ace against Mesa CC, Oct. 21.

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Sophomore libero Angel Chavez attempts to serve an ace against Mesa CC, Oct. 21.

SOCCER: ACCAC recognizes PCC players and coach

SOCCER: ACCAC recognizes PCC players and coach



Women’s Soccer:

Pima Community College women’s soccer team (17-1-2, 17-1-2 in ACCAC) secured the number 1 seed for the Region I, Division I tournament after defeating Glendale Community College 5-0, on Oct. 24. This game also marked the Aztec’s twelfth shutout of the season.

In the game against Glendale, freshman Destiny Jones put the Aztecs on the board. She was followed by a goal from fellow freshman Shania Pablo.

Sophomore Brandi Park made a goal off of a penalty kick and fellow sophomore Devyn Hunley set the game at 4-0 with a goal soon after.

The final goal of the game was Jones’ second goal. Freshman goalkeeper Daniela Sanchez finished the game with four saves.

Several Pima players were recognized at the ACCAC awards. Hunley, Park and Sanchez, were selected First Team All-ACCAC/Region I. Freshman defender Sierra Heredia was named to the All-ACCAC/Region I Honorable Mention team.

Coach Kendra Veliz was named ACCAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Veliz boasts an impressive career, having led her teams to an undefeated record at home since they moved to the Kino Sports Complex.

The Aztecs had another shutout victory on Oct. 22, against GateWay Community College, 4-0.

Park pulled a hat trick, scoring three goals, two of them on penalty kicks and a third goal to secure the win.

The Aztecs defeated Cochise College 2-0 on Oct. 17, marking their 10th win in their last 12 games.

PCC earned their ninth shutout of the season against Cochise. Hunley put the Aztec’s on the board in the first half while sophomore Callen Shelton ensured the Aztec’s victory with a goal in the second.

While the Aztecs took 12 shots, Cochise  did not take a single attempt at a goal.

Because they are the top seeded team, the Aztecs receive a bye and will host the Region I, Division I semifinal game at Kino North stadium on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. They’ll play the winner of the game between No. 5 Arizona Western College and No. 4 Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Men’s Soccer:

On Oct. 26, Pima’s men’s soccer (17-2-2, 17-2-2 in ACCAC) won their quarterfinals match against Mesa Community College. The match was a 3-0 shutout game, with sophomore Jason Romero pulling yet another hat trick, scoring all three goals for the win.

Romero was also named ACCAC player of the year on Oct. 26. Throughout the season he scored 24 goals with eight assists and finished with 56 points during the regular season. Romero was second in the conference and fifth in the nation in goals scored.

This award marks the second consecutive year that the Pima men’s soccer team had a player named Player of the Year.

The team remains optimistic as they move into the playoffs. “We finished 9-0-1 at home and that’s never been done in the history of our program,” Pima coach David Cosgrove said. “The guys also locked up a home playoff game. These are great accomplishments but we talked about setting bigger goals for ourselves.”

The men finished the regular season undefeated at home, with five shutout games.

In their final regular season game, Pima secured their third straight shutout against Glendale Community College, 2-0, on Oct. 24.

Coming off a loss from Yavapai, the Aztecs recovered with a shutout win on Oct. 20 against Mesa Community College, 4-0.

Freshman Kyle VanAlstine put Pima on the board early on an assist from freshman Lorenzo Rodriguez, who then scored a goal of his own. Romero scored two goals of his own.

The Aztec’s defense held Mesa without a single shot on goal. This game marked Pima’s regular season sweep over Mesa after beating them 2-1 last month at Kino North Stadium.

In their game against GateWay Community College, Pima swept the board to earn a shutout victory. Romero had four goals in the game while sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez made a goal off of an assist from fellow sophomore Angel Heredia. Heredia made his goal with an assist from Rodriguez. Putting Pima up 5-0.

Sophomores Sergio Anaya and Rene Huerta both netted goals and freshman Gustavo Gonzalez-Ramirez had the final goal of the game. The Aztecs beat Gateway 9-0.

Though Pima had their winning streak snapped by Yavapai College 6-2 on Oct. 17, the team maintains an impressive standing and went into the first round of playoffs as the No.3 seed.

The Aztecs will continue their playoff run in the Region 1, Div. 1 Semifinals against Arizona Western College in Yuma,  Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Photo courtesy of Ben Carbajal First Team All-ACCAC/Region I selected Sophomore Brandi Park controls the Mid-field.

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First Team All-ACCAC/Region I selected Sophomore Brandi Park controls the Mid-field.

CROSS-COUNTRY: Finishing in fashion

CROSS-COUNTRY: Finishing in fashion



Coming off an impressive first place finish at the Mesa Community College Thunderbird Classic, the Pima Community College Aztecs looked to carry the momentum.

The Pima men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in the Mount San Antonio College Invitational on Friday Oct.16 in Walnut, California.

The No. 4 ranked Aztecs women’s team took fourth out of 18 teams in the invitational. Samantha Felzien finished 18th out of 143 runners in the 3.0-mile race with 19 minutes, 43 seconds. Sophomore Elizabeth Deaton finished behind her for 19th place at 19:45.

The No. 13 ranked Aztecs men’s team were also successful receiving fifth place out of 18 teams. Sophomore Amanuel Logo finished fourth in the 4.0-mile 20:55. Fellow sophomore Mark Bennett finished with a time of 21:17. Logo and Bennett received medals for their finishes.

The Aztecs have a bye week and will compete in the NJCAA Region I Championship on Friday, Oct. 30 at Villago Park in Casa Grande. The men’s race will be at 9 a.m. followed by the women’s race at 9:45.

Athletic Voice: Kerr is a role model

Athletic Voice: Kerr is a role model



It’s basketball season. So it’s time to remember Wildcat Steve Kerr, a legendary name and one of Arizona’s fan favorites. Kerr became such a popular athlete due to his leadership and long range shooting.

Kerr received a scholarship to attend the University of Arizona and started his freshman year in the fall of 1983 and graduated in 1988.

Kerr’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was the president at the American University in Beirut. In 1984, an Islamic terrorist shot the back of his head in the hallway outside his office.

Two days after Kerr’s father died, the Wildcats played against Arizona State University. He decided to play to honor his commitment to the game even after the huge loss of his father. Kerr helped the university reach the 1988 NCAA Final Four, playing along with Sean Elliott, Tom Tolbert and Kenny Lofton.

After graduating from college, Kerr played for NBA teams, including the Chicago Bulls, with Michael Jordan as a teammate, and also the San Antonio Spurs.

It was proven that Kerr rose above the tragedy he experienced in life. He worked as team president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and partnered with Marv Albert, broadcasting NBA games for Turner Network Television.

At the age of 50, Steve Kerr coached the Golden State Warriors playing for the NBA title against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Learning from his past coaches, he understood that coaching is 90 percent working on creating a team environment and 10 percent strategy.

Immediately after winning his first NBA title as coach, he thanked his former University of Arizona coach Lute Olson and other coaches Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.

As the new season begins, Kerr is taking a leave of absence. Kerr underwent surgery on his back in July and had another follow up surgery in September. He decided to focus more on rehabilitation before resuming his role as the head coach.

My family has been an avid fan of Kerr. Charlene, my eldest, was only one year old when we started watching Kerr play in 1983. When the Chicago Bulls played against the Cleveland Cavaliers in San Francisco, Charlene, now 33, bought a ticket. She was ecstatic watching the game and the reaction of Kerr after winning.

Kerr taught us that in spite of adversities, we need to focus on the positive and move forward. He valued his training from mentors and coaches, including his experiences with people from diverse backgrounds. He didn’t forget where he came from. Arizona will always remember Steve Kerr, a true leader. Bear down!