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.
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.
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.”
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.
By JAMIE MAESE
The Pima Community College cross-country teams head to South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, on Nov. 8 for the NJCAA national cross-country championships.
During the regional championships in Glendale on Oct. 27, the men’s team placed second and the women’s team took third place.
The men finished with a team score of 72 points, their best finish at the region championships since 2003.
Central Arizona College took first place. The Aztecs beat Paradise Valley Community College, Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College.
Freshman Mark Bennett was Pima’s top finisher, taking eighth place among 40 runners with a time of 26 minutes, 44.3 seconds. He earned second team all-region honors.
Freshman Amanuel Logo was also named second team all-region after he took 10th place with a time of 26:57.
Sophomore Estevan Gomez finished 14th with a time of 27:08.4, and was awarded all-region honorable mention.
Other top finishers for the Aztecs were:
- Freshman Cruz Rodriguez took 19th place at 27:30.7.
- Sophomore Anthony Spendlove had a 21st place finish at 28:03.8.
The women had a team score of 67 points.
Central Arizona College took first and Paradise Valley finished in second place. The Aztecs beat Mesa, Glendale and Estrella Mountain.
Sophomore Shanice Alchesay was the top finisher for Pima, placing seventh of 38 competitors with a time of 19:47.6. She earned second-team all-region honors.
Freshman Mariah Zavala took 13th with a time of 20:36.9 and earned all-region honorable mention.
Sophomore Sarrah Boughan also earned honorable mention as she took 14th at 20:46.1.
Other top Pima finishers were:
- Freshman Desire Montenegro finished 16th with a time of 20:54.7.
- Freshman Elizabeth Deaton 17th place finish at 20:56.3.
On Oct. 17, Pima competed in Walnut, Calif., at the Mount SAC Community College Invitational.
The women finished in seventh place out of 14 teams with a team score of 196 points.
Alchesay was the top finisher for the Aztecs, taking 23rd place out of 140 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 35.2 seconds in the three-mile race.
Other top Pima finishers were:
- Boughan took 45th place with a time of 20:20.1.
- Montenegro finished 49th at 20:27.2.
- Deaton crossed the finish line in 55th with a time of 20:33.4.
- Freshman Col’Bi Nez was 61st with a time of 20:53.5.
The Aztec men finished seventh out of 19 teams with a score of 175.
Spendlove was the top Pima finisher in 19th place out of 183 runners with a time of 21:42.8 in the four-mile race.
Other top finishers were:
- Bennett finished 32nd in the race with a time of 22:04.9.
- Sophomore Peter Gonzales crossed the finish line in 37th at 22:13.5.
- Gomez took 42nd with a time of 22:20.9.
- Logo finished in 53rd after being clocked at 22:37.8.
By BETO HOYOS
The No. 8 seeded Pima Community College football team picked up a 27-10 victory on Oct. 25 against No. 9 Phoenix College in the quarterfinal round of the WSFL consolation bracket.
The Aztecs will play the semifinal round at No. 5 Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Pima beat Phoenix College for its only win of the regular season, and had their number again in the playoffs.
PCC fell behind 10-6 in the first half, but broke the game open in the second half, scoring the final 21 points of the game.
Freshman quarterback Kian Homme threw his first touchdown pass in the third quarter to freshman Jason Luna for a 60-yard find.
After tough defense forced Phoenix College to punt, Homme went back to work. He found Matthew Robertson on a 45-yard pass that set up a 16-yard touchdown pass to DeQuavan Brooks.
With 2:34 left in the game, Homme again connected with Brooks for a touchdown.
Sophomore kicker/punter Tanner Fanning, who was named TEP Aztec Power Player of the Week on Oct 21, finished with two field goals, one from 38 yards and another from 26 yards.
The Pima defense had eight sacks, with six coming in the second half. Freshman Cameron Bean led the team with four and a half sacks.
In the first half, freshman Ronald Dowdell had two fumble recoveries. Pima held Phoenix College to 19 yards of total offense in the second half.
On Oct. 18, Pima lost to No. 6 Snow College 73-6 in the final game of the regular season.
The Aztecs turned the ball over on their first three possessions, and found themselves down 24-0 in the first quarter.
Freshman Donovan Moore scored Pima’s only goal on an 81-yard quarterback keeper.
Snow College went on to score 49 unanswered points.
Freshman Cameron Bean had a sack in the second quarter and sophomore Stokeley Session had an interception in the fourth quarter for Pima.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College softball and baseball teams are playing fall ball to prepare for spring conference games.
The softball team will take part in the University of Arizona’s Fall Classic tournament Oct. 17-19. The Aztecs are scheduled to play a rival from last season, Yavapai College, on Oct. 18.
Last season, the Aztecs made it to the championship series of the Region I Division II playoff tournament but lost to Arizona Western College.
On Oct. 28, head coach Armando Quiroz will take his Aztecs to Tempe to play Arizona State University at 6 p.m.
Baseball head coach Jason Hisley has also scheduled fall games.
The Aztecs will play at West Campus against the UA baseball club on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., then face South Mountain Community College on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.
Last year, the Aztecs’ season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of South Mountain.
They’ll travel to Douglas on Oct. 25 to play Cochise College at 11 a.m.
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College women’s soccer team (11-3-2) rebounded from a loss with two hard-fought victories.
The Aztecs won a defensive battle Oct. 14, defeating Cochise College 1-0 in Douglas.
Sophomore Rachel Ridlinghafer scored the game’s only goal in the 19th minute off an assist from freshman Precilla Gonzalez. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelica Gonzalez had five of her eight saves in the second half.
Pima mounted a rally on Oct. 11 to defeat Scottsdale Community College 2-1. Gonzalez finished the game with six saves.
The Aztecs trailed 1-0 after the first half but came back in the second half. After an own-goal tied the game, freshman Larissa Adams scored the game-winner with an assist from freshman midfielder Brandi Park.
Park was named ACCAC Conference Player of the Week for Oct. 6-12, after scoring one goal and registering two assists for the week. She also received player of the week honors earlier in the season, for Sept. 1-7.
The Aztecs lost 3-2 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Oct. 9. The loss marked just the second time this season that Pima gave up three goals in a game. The last time was the first game of the season.
Sophomore Sarah Dunbar scored off an assist from freshman Devyn Hunley in the first half. Hunley netted a goal in the second half with an assist from freshman Callen Shelton.
On Oct. 7, the Aztecs scored four goals in the first half for a 4-1 win over Glendale Community College at Kino North. Four different Aztecs netted goals.
Sophomore Kathy Fisher scored midway through the first half with an assist from Shelton
Ridlinghafer headed in a goal in the 31st minute after a cross-pass from Park. Three minutes later, Park scored on a free kick to make it 3-0.
Freshman Erin Gall scored just before halftime with an assist from Adams.
The Aztecs had seven of their eight shots on goal during the first half.
An Oct. 2 game at Phoenix College became a defensive struggle that finished in a 0-0 tie.
The Aztecs outshot Phoenix 8-0 in the first half and 18-5 for the game. Gonzalez finished the game with four saves, all in the second half. Sophomore Nikki Reed had eight shots on goal.
Oct. 16: Paradise Valley CC, Kino North, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Cochise College, Kino North, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23: @ Mesa CC, 8 p.m.
Oct. 25: GateWay CC, Kino North, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27: NJCAA Region 1 Quarter Finals, TBA
Oct. 29: NJCAA Region 1 Semi-Finals, TBA
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
Sophomore Shannon Shields, a starting forward for the Pima Community College women’s soccer team, says soccer became a main focus during her teenage years.
“I played softball and soccer competitively until I was 13,” she said. “I chose soccer because at the time I had more interest in it, and personally thought I was better at soccer.”
After graduating from Sabino High School in 2013, she attended a Division 1 university in Texas for one year.
“Things there didn’t work out due to injuries and other things,” Shields said. “I’m so glad I chose Pima for my sophomore year. I love the team and I love playing in town so my parents can see me play.”
Shields gives all the credit to her parents for helping her be the soccer player she is today. She said her parents are her biggest fans and that she is forever grateful.
“When I started playing, they drove me around to practices and games and have always supported me,” she said. “When it came time to narrow down a school, they gave me great input but left the choices up to me.”
Her philosophy is to make school her top priority.
“Eventually soccer is going to come to an end and what I’m doing first and foremost is going to school,” she said. “School is No. 1 and soccer is a privilege for having good grades.”
Shields chose a different route than her older sister, who was a gymnast and a cheerleader.
Her father was athletic growing up, and coached her a lot when she was younger. She has also always looked up to her grandfather.
“He’s such a strong man and has always supported all of his kids and grandkids,” she said. “He’s an amazing man.”
Shields has scored in almost every game in which she’s played this season, and even scored a three-goal ‘hat trick” on Sept. 20. She was named the ACCAC Player of the Week for Aug. 25-31.
She thinks her teammates have high expectations for her, and places equally high demands on herself.
Sophomore teammate Alexis Veney said Shields shows an eagerness to win.
“She’s very persistent and she always follows through,” she said.
Veney also said Shields is a very positive person who helps everyone look on the bright side when they are down.
Shields injured her dominant left foot during a game against Glendale Community College on Oct. 7, but is taking precautions.
“I have to be a lot more careful when I shoot so I don’t hurt it more,” she said.
Shields enjoys her success playing forward but jokes that she want to be a goalkeeper because she likes to goof off in the net and make crazy saves.
She admits to being pretty goofy once you get to know her and says she can be pretty sarcastic, but in a good way.
Spare time is hard to come by. When she gets a free minute, she likes to sleep and watch “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Her playlist of music before games is mostly dubstep but she loves country music as well.
Head coach Kendra Veliz appreciates Shields’ attitude.
“Shannon is a hard working, motivated student-athlete,” Veliz said. “There are several things that make her the player she is but most of all I appreciate her competitiveness.”
Veliz also likes Shields’ work ethic.
“She works hard and the players know they can depend on her to give it her all,” she said.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College football team (1-6) lost its sixth game of the season on Oct. 11, falling to Glendale Community College 61-28.
“It’s like Dick Tomey says, ‘your character is built in the valley,’ and right now we’re in the Grand Canyon,” head coach Jim Monaco said.
The Aztecs tried to stay close but were down 31-21 at halftime.
Freshman quarterback Kian Homme threw two touchdown passes to freshman Donovan Moore.
Sophomore Rasheed Parks also returned a fumble recovery for a score.
Freshman wide receiver Tristen Foley was named the TEP \Power Player of the Week on Oct. 13. He had 12 receptions for 96 yards and made diving catches during the Glendale game.
The Aztecs made their way down Highway 19 on Oct. 4 to play Scottsdale Community College at Sahuarita High School for a Coaches for Charity event. They lost to the Artichokes 56-20.
“We’re working hard with what we got, and it’s a coaches’ thing also,” Monaco said. “I’ve been pretty tough on my coaches too.”
The Aztecs allowed four touchdowns in the first quarter.
“Those four touchdowns came in four plays,” Monaco said. “It seems to be one thing after another.”
Homme threw two touchdown passes, one to Foley and another to sophomore Matthew Robertson.
With two seconds left, freshman running back Deontay Townsend scored a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Moore was named the TEP Power Player of the Week on Oct. 6 for the second time this season after he lead the team with 11 receptions for 122 yards. He also had three carries for 21 yards and two kick returns for 19 yards.
Moore’s first selection came after Pima’s game at the New Mexico Military Institute on Sept. 6, when he had 11 catches for 98 yards.
Pima will play its final home game of the regular season on Oct. 18.
Despite the losses, individual players have garnered acclaim.
Moore leads the NJCAA in receptions with 62. His 100.1 receiving yards per game top the WSFL conference and is 10th in the NJCAA.
Homme is fourth in the WSFL conference in passing yards with 219.4 per game.
Oct. 16: Snow College, Kino North, 1 p.m.
Oct. 25: @ football playoffs, round 1, TBA
By JAMIE MAESE
The Pima Community College men’s team claimed first place at the Mesa Thunderbird Classic at Mesa Community College on Oct. 11, and the women’s team placed third.
The men’s team topped the team standings with 43 points. The top five Pima runners placed in the top 20 in a field of 80 runners.
Ahmed Mohamed was the top Pima finisher in the 4.97-mile race with a 12th place finish and a time of 26 minutes, 27.7 seconds.
Other top Aztec finishers were:
- Sophomore Estevan Gomez in 13th place at 26:28.8.
- Freshman Mark Bennett was 16th at 26:42.3
- Sophomore Anthony Spendlove finished in 17th place at 26:53.6.
- Freshman Amanuel Logo in 18th place at 26:54.6.
The Aztecs defeated Central Arizona College, Arizona Christian University, Mesa Community College, Grand Canyon University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Navajo Tech University and Estrella Mountain Community College.
The Pima women’s team took third place overall but was the top junior college in the team standings with a score of 64 points.
Arizona Christian took first place with 42 points and Grand Canyon finished second with 56. The Aztecs defeated Central Arizona, Mesa, Navajo Tech and Estrella Mountain.
Sophomore Shanice Alchesay was the top Pima finisher, placing 15th out of 67 competitors in the 3.1-mile race with a time of 19:29.2.
Other top finishers for the Aztecs were:
- Sophomore Sarrah Boughan was 19th with a time of 19:53.6
- Freshman Mariah Zavala placed 22nd at 20:08.
- Freshman Raelene Yocupicio took 25th with a time of 20:16.1.
- Freshman Elizabeth Deaton finished in 27th place at 20:22.1.
The Aztecs will compete in the Mount SAC Invitational in Walnut, Calif., on Oct. 17. The women’s race will be at 10 a.m. and the men’s race will follow at 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 17: @ Mount SAC Invitational, Walnut, Calif.
Oct. 27: @ NJCAA regional women’s championships, Avondale, Ariz.
By BETO HOYOS
For the second year in a row the Dodgers were fortunate and talented enough to play October baseball and Los Angelinos were proud.
Many don’t know that Latinos once had a beef with the Dodgers. It wasn’t until the late 1980s and early ‘90s that the Latino fan base began to forgive and forget.
In the late 1950s, the city of Los Angeles was seeking locations for a new baseball stadium after luring the Dodgers from Brooklyn, N.Y.
The city practically gave the Dodgers an old Mexican neighborhood known as Chavez Ravine. This forced families to move to different areas of a city that was still heavily segregated.
Mexican-American families had only a few choices for relocating, and every option was miles away from what they knew. East LA wasn’t always predominately Latino.
For the first 20 years after the Dodgers moved to LA, the fan base was mostly white working-class men. Latinos only began flocking to Dodger Stadium during the “Fernandomania” era of Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.
Today it’s a different story. As the Dodgers have continued to rise to prominence in the National League, the Latino community has continued a rise to prominence within the city.
Back in the day, the Brooklyn Dodgers were known for breaking the color barrier with the implementation of Jackie Robinson. The Los Angeles Dodgers did the same with Latinos when they introduced Valenzuela as the first big Latino star.
Today the Dodgers’ roster is a cornucopia of Latin talent.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who grew up in San Diego, is the son of two Mexican parents. His father was once played for a team in Tijuana.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez made his way to the big leagues from the Dominican Republic and has been a fan favorite, especially within the Latin community.
Another fan favorite is Cuban-born outfielder Yasiel Puig, the first Cuban on the Dodgers’ roster since pitcher Danys Baez took the mound in 2006.
The history of Latinos in Los Angeles is rich with culture and triumph. With the recent success of the Dodgers, fans in LA are looking to become even richer.
Dodger fans hope to one day again hold a World Series parade as Dodger-blue confetti rains down on the streets, but those hopes will have to be rekindled next season since LA was eliminated from the playoffs by the St. Louis Cardinals.
It’s safe to say that the Dodgers and the Latino community have come a long way. Together, they’ve come full circle.
By BETO HOYOS
After a rough stretch of losses, the Pima Community College volleyball team won the San Diego City College tournament Sept. 27.
“It was the first time this season that we really believed in each other even when we faltered a bit,” Pima head coach Dan Bithell said. “It was a great team effort all day.”
Pima first defeated two California teams, Alan Hancock College and Cerritos College, in three sets each. The wins earned Pima a No. 1 seed heading into the finals.
The Aztecs later faced tougher opponents but kept winning.
“Everyone worked their butts off and we stayed together as a team the whole time,” sophomore Alexis Ammerman said.
Pima defeated a California team, Cuestas College, and conference foe Chandler-Gilbert Community College to advance to the finals.
The Aztecs faced the host school in the final match, and defeated San Diego City College in four sets to win the tournament.
“Tremendously exciting and I am very proud of all the girls’ efforts,” Bithell said.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim was named to the All-Tournament team.
On Sept. 24, the Aztecs mounted rallies but lost in four sets to Central Arizona College at West Campus.
They fell behind early in the first set, giving up five straight points. On Central’s game point, they rallied with four straight points of their own but fell 25-19.
They also trailed early in the second set, but rallied to win 25-15 with the help of freshman Angelina Chavez and sophomores Nykole Adun and Liz Mata.
The Aztecs tried to ride the second set momentum in the third set but an early lead did not last long. After being tied 10-10, Central outscored the Aztecs 10-3 to take the lead for good.
In the final set, the Aztecs allowed seven straight points in opening play. They got as close as four points but ultimately dropped the final set and the game.
Pilgrim finished the match with 10 kills and eight blocks. Freshmen Andrea Burnett and Jamie Holliday each had eight kills.
On Sept. 17, the Aztecs lost to Scottsdale Community College in three sets.
By ANDREW PAXTON
When the video of Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée went viral in August, the National Football League was forced to reconsider its initial punishment of the star running back. They suspended Rice indefinitely after the Baltimore Ravens cut him from the team.
The league’s mishandling of this now-infamous event should force all of us to take a closer look at the abuse prevalent not only in professional sports, but in other parts of society such as within our military, on colleges and universities, and other places throughout the country.
Many have been quick to lash out against Rice and against Minnesota running back Adrian Petersen after allegations of child abuse led to his suspension from the team. But all of us, in some way, have a degree of culpability.
We see violence and aggression against others all around us, from boyfriends and husbands yelling at their partners to parents using corporal punishment on their children, all the way up to stronger countries imposing their will on smaller nations through force.
We live in a violent, dangerous world, and football serves as our gladiator sport, quenching the thirst for blood that many of us crave. We cheer the wrecks in auto racing. Horrific injuries are shown ad nauseam on instant replay and the videos go viral on YouTube.
When we as a society applaud the gory and gruesome, while vilifying traits such as compassion or empathy as “weakness,” how do we expect our gladiators, to behave when the cameras are no longer on them?
But there was a camera in the elevator when Rice struck his now-wife Janay, and that scene caused everyone to take a fresh look not only at their sports idols but at their own lives.
The webite nomore.org, which recently launched an anti-violence campaign featuring dozens of celebrities and athletes, says 12.7 million people are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners every year.
That’s 24 every minute being subjected to violence.
An article on the website dated Sept. 18 says, “Last week, more people Googled ‘domestic violence hotline’ than any week in the past year.” That drives home the point that this issue is all around us.
Only when we stop tolerating violence from our athletes, our politicians, our partners and, most importantly, ourselves will we truly be able to stop the tragedy.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
By CALEB FOSTER
The Carrillo name is well recognized when it comes to Aztec soccer.
With two older brothers who have already gone though the program, freshman Santiago Carrillo, 19, has also joined the team as a defender.
Born and raised in Tucson, Carrillo has been playing soccer since he was 8.
That isn’t a surprise, considering his family’s history with the game. What is surprising, though, is that Carrillo never played for a high school team. He played instead with Tucson Soccer Academy.
Carrillo is an important member of the Pima Community College team, and is well liked by teammates and coaches alike.
“Santi is the backbone,” head coach David Cosgrove said.
Cosgrove has known Carrillo since he was 9, and attributed his long relationship to the Carrillo family for being able to get him to play for the team.
“Santi’s a class player, he was being recruited to major colleges across the country,” Cosgrove said. “The thing I like about him is he’s very composed, very confident.
Cosgrove is very thankful to have Carrillo on the team and believes that he can make it to the next level.
His teammates offer compliments as well.
“He’s very reliable,” freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas said.
“His personality, it’s kind of out there, it’s real calm,” Kavathas added. “When he’s on the field is when you see his personality the most.”
Carrillo has had to overcome multiple injuries during his soccer career, including a broken jaw.
Three years ago, he underwent knee surgery and had his meniscus removed.
He’s recently faced other major life changes. His son was born three months ago.
“Soccer has really gotten my head out of a hole I got myself in and has helped me get through it,” he said.
Carrillo hopes to move on with his soccer career and play in the Seattle area. He has already had opportunities to play across the country but is waiting for the one that fits him the best.
Carrillo is majoring in criminal justice at Pima but his main focus is the game of soccer.
He believes soccer has been a learning experience. “It has taught me how to count on other people, how to communicate and how to work hard in a group,” he said.