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.
By CALEB FOSTER
The Pima Community College men’s soccer team is on a roll, entering the second half of the season with a four-game win streak.
The Aztecs (9-2-1) defeated South Mountain Community College 4-1 in Phoenix on Sept. 27. The victory marked head coach David Cosgrove’s 250th win for Pima.
The Aztecs took a 3-0 lead at the half before tacking on one more in the second period.
Freshman Alex Rojo scored twice, and fellow freshmen Hector Banegas and Alejandro Gonzalez each had a goal. Freshman Sam Kavathas had three saves in the victory.
“It was a difficult game but a very mature and consistent performance from the team,” Cosgrove said.
Cosgrove said he was not aware that his 250th win was approaching until others began a countdown.
“I’ve gotten some unique calls and texts from coaches and alumni,” he said. “The kids congratulated me and that’s the best part. This is a great group to hit a milestone like that with.”
On Sept. 25, the Aztecs earned their sixth shutout of the season and third shutout in a row with a 3-0 victory against Arizona Western College. The Aztecs are undefeated at home.
Rojo scored first in the 18th minute off an assist from sophomore Christian Garcia-Cabello.
The Aztecs struggled with accuracy throughout the game but found their rhythm in the second half. Sophomore Arturo Vega stepped up and found the net in the 75th minute, and Rojo scored a second goal in the 84th minute.
“I thought we played well,” Cosgrove said. “We were solid defensively, we were good going forward. We just still have a real problem scoring goals when we play well.”
The Aztecs finished the first half of their season with a 3-0 win against GateWay Community College on Sept. 23.
Rojo, Banegas and freshman Osvaldo Varela all scored for the Aztecs. Pima outshot GateWay 14-2 and Kavathas ended the game with two saves.
Pima came ready to play against Mesa Community College on Sept. 20, and won 3-0.
Players had some trouble passing the ball to begin the game but soon got the offense to click. Freshman Santiago Carrillo scored first for the Aztecs off a penalty kick in the 24th minute.
Freshman Ryan Bristow and Rojo both scored in the second half to extend the Aztecs’ lead.
“I thought we could have been smarter in situations but we played hard and we played well,” Cosgrove said.
The Aztecs suffered a 2-1 loss Sept. 18 against No. 2-ranked Yavapai College in Prescott.
The Aztecs gave up a goal in the 10th minute. They were unable to find the net during the first half, despite controlling the ball and outshooting Yavapai 12-4.
Banegas scored off an assist from fellow freshman Sergio Anaya in the 62nd minute to tie the game at 1-1 but Yavapai answered within a minute to retake the lead.
Pima had an opportunity to tie the game in the 83rd minute on a shot that bounced off the top goal post, but it was saved by the goalkeeper.
The Aztecs were handed their second loss of the season despite outshooting Yavapai 23-11. Kavathas had two saves.
“This was our best game of the year but we need to reward ourselves when we play well,” Cosgrove said.
“I’m happy with the better quality of play and if we continue with that long term, good things will happen. In the short term, it’s a loss tonight.”
Cosgrove said the upcoming stretch of games would be brutal.
“We’ll find how deep we are,” he said. “It’s a good test for us.”
By BETO HOYOS
After a week off, the Pima Community College football team traveled to Yuma on Sept. 27 with hopes of picking up its second win of the season.
No. 10 Arizona Western College didn’t cooperate, defeating the Aztecs 49-13.
Throughout the first quarter and most of the second, the Aztecs’ offense was as dry as the desert they were playing in. They gave up 21 points in the first quarter, and faced a 28-0 deficit before scoring a touchdown.
That touchdown came with 2:19 left in the second quarter courtesy of a nine-yard run by freshman Deontay Townsend.
In the third quarter, the Aztecs began stringing together first downs. Freshman quarterback Kian Homme threw two first-down passes each to freshman receiver DeQuavan Brooks and sophomore wide receiver Angel Holmes.
The passes set up Townsend for a 16-yard touchdown pass that brought the score to 28-13.
Western responded with another touchdown on their next possession, and outscored Pima 21-6 in the second half.
‘Coaches for Charity’ game set Oct. 4 at Sahuarita High
The Pima Community College football team will take on Scottsdale Community College on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Sahuarita High School in a Coaches for Charity event.
Representatives will be on hand to raise awareness about the charitable organization, which promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for student athletes in high school and college.
The organization raises funds through athletic events to help provide scholarship opportunities to student athletes regardless of ability.
Coaches for Charity also partners with other organizations to organize tournaments, primarily in middle school and high school. Local tournaments include the MLK Basketball Classic and the Roskruge Cougar Basketball Classic.
For more information, visit CoachesForCharity.org.
-By Beto Hoyos
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College women’s soccer team jumped into the national polls when NJCAA Division I rankings were released Sept. 10. The Aztecs were ranked No. 12, after starting the preseason unranked.
Their season record stands at 4-2, with losses to Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix on Sept. 13 and to Arizona Western College in their opening game.
During their four-game win streak, the Aztecs scored 13 goals while surrendering one.
In Pima’s 2-1 loss to Paradise Valley, the Aztecs were down 2-0 after the first half. Sophomore Shannon Shields scored in the second half with an assist from sophomore Nikki Reed.
The Aztecs outshot Paradise Valley 19-8 and 7-6 in shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelica Gonzalez finished the game with four saves.
On Sept. 11, the Aztecs earned their third straight shutout win when they defeated Scottsdale Community College 4-0 at the Kino North Grandstand. Four different players scored.
Sophomore Rachel Ridlinghafer scored in the third minute with a head shot after freshman Brandi Park delivered a corner kick.
Ridlinghafer assisted in the next goal, passing the ball to sophomore Shannon Shields for her goal in the 19th minute.
Freshman Devyn Hunley scored in the 39th minute, giving the Aztecs a 3-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore Larissa Adams added a goal in the 52nd minute with an assist from Shields.
Pima’s defense limited Scottsdale to four shots on goal. Gonzalez played in goal the first half and finished with three saves. Freshman Mason Howard was the goalkeeper in the second half and notched one save.
The Aztecs earned a 2-0 shutout on Sept. 6 against Chandler-Gilbert Community College at Kino.
It was the first time the two teams faced off since last year’s Region I, Division I semifinals match-up, which Pima lost 1-0.
Shields scored a goal in the 30th minute with a crossing-pass assist from Park.
“To come into this game and win is just amazing,” Shields said. “It’s a great feeling.”
The Aztecs grabbed their second goal during the second half, when Hunley scored in the 57th minute.
“Just getting it done, doing what we do best,” Hunley said.
Pima had 14 shots on goal. The defense limited Chandler-Gilbert to two shots on goal and Gonzalez finished with two saves.
“She did great,” Reed said of Gonzalez. “She’s always there and is always helping us.”
Pima’s Sept. 4 game at Glendale Community College was cancelled due to weather conditions. The game will be made up at a later date.
Sept. 18: @ Cochise College, Douglas, 3 p.m.
Sept. 20: Mesa CC, Kino North, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23: @ Gateway CC, Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25: Arizona Western College, Kino North, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: @ South Mountain CC, Phoenix, 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 2: @ Phoenix College, Phoenix, 7 p.m.
By JAMIE MAESE
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross-country teams jumped into the national top 10 when NJCAA Division I rankings were released Sept. 15.
The men’s team was ranked No. 8 with 84 points. Pima was one of two ACCAC conference teams listed, with Mesa Community College ranked No 10 with 67 points.
On the women’s side, the Aztecs were ranked No. 10 with 54 points. Central Arizona College was No. 2 with 132 points and Mesa was tied for 13th with 44 points.
“I feel like we have been training really hard as a team over the summer, and it has helped us improve in meets and build a better bond together,” sophomore Raelene Yocupicio said.
The women’s team took eighth place out of 20 teams when the Aztecs traveled to the University of California Riverside Invitational on Sept 13. The women earned 261 points in the 3.1-mile open race.
Sophomore Sarah Boughan was the top Aztec finisher, coming in at 51st place out of 247 competitors with a time of 19 minutes, 31.2 seconds.
Other top Aztecs included sophomore Shanice Alchesay in 63rd place with a time of 19:40.3 and Mariah Zavala in 86th place at 20:06.7. Yocupicio took the 115th spot at 20:38.1 and freshman Elizabeth Deaton finished in 116th place with a time of 20:38.7.
In the men’s race, the Aztecs finished 22nd out of 29 teams with a team score of 668 points.
Sophomore Anthony Spendlove was the top finisher for Pima as he took 142nd out of 239 runners with a time of 26:46.3.
Sophomore Peter Gonzales was 150th with a time of 26:52.2 while freshman Estevan Gomez crossed the finish line in 153rd place at 26:52.5.
Freshman Mark Bennett took 154th with a finishing time of 26:53.2 and freshman Amanuel Logo rounded out the top five scoring in 169th at 27:09.0.
The teams also competed at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff on Sept. 6.
The women’s team took third place out of eight teams with 79 points. The Aztecs defeated Mesa Community College and Estrella Community College from their conference.
Boughan was again the top finisher for the Aztecs. She took eighth place out of 75 competitors in the 2.67-mile race with a finishing time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds. Alchesay took ninth at 17:34.
Three freshmen rounded out Pima’s top finishers. Desire Montenegro was 21st at 18:10, Yocupicio was 23rd at 18:15 and Deaton took 33rd place at 18:33.
The men’s team finished in second place out of 11 teams with 79 points.
The Aztecs beat Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain from their conference.
Spendlove was the top finisher for Pima in the 4.5-mile race. He took 23rd out of 102 runners with a time of 24:51.
Other top finishers: Bennet was 24th at 24:54, Gomez was 27th at 25:02, freshman Ahmed Mohammed was 30th at 25:07 and Gonzales was 35th at 25:19.
“I feel that we are going to finish this season a lot better than last season because we have gained more runners,” sophomore Jeremy Yoyetewa said. “The freshman came in really strong this year while the returning runners have really improved their performance.”
The Aztecs will participate in the Dave Murray Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona on Sept. 19 at Dell Urich Golf Course. The women’s race will start at 5 p.m. and the men’s race will follow at 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 19: @ Dave Murray Invitational, Tucson
Sept. 26: @ ACCAC conference meet, Phoenix
By BETO HOYOS
After winning its first game of the season, the Pima Community College football team has lost three in a row.
The Aztecs tried to rally Sept. 13 while hosting Mesa Community College, but lost 36-20.
Pima had a tough time finding any kind of momentum, and was down 17-0 by the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the deficit had deepened to 23-0.
It was more of the same coming out of halftime. Mesa turned it first possession of the third quarter into a touchdown to put the Aztecs down 30-0.
Pima’s first touchdown came courtesy of freshman running back Deontay Townsend on a five-yard drive.
Late in the third, the Aztecs put together a three-play drive that ended with freshman quarterback Rasheem Parks finding sophomore wide receiver Angel Holmes for a 50-yard reception.
Mesa continued to grow its lead in the fourth quarter but the Aztecs did not go out without a fight.
With time winding down, Parks connected with freshman wide receiver Tristen Foley for a 25-yard touchdown. Pima followed with a two-point conversion.
On Sept. 6, the team traveled to Roswell to take on New Mexico Military Institute. The matchup was a back-and-forth affair as both teams tacked on points, but the Aztecs lost 45-38.
“We were two totally different teams,” head coach Jim Monaco said. “The old saying is true, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
The Aztecs scored early in the first quarter, and built a 31-10 halftime lead.
“We had an amazing first half,” Monaco said. “We were more lucky than good in that first half.”
Pima quickly learn that NMMI would not stay down. The team launched a third-quarter scoring run to tie the game, and outscored the Aztecs 35-7 in the second half
“It’s not offense and a defense and special teams that win championships,” Monaco said. “It’s teams, and until we find a way to put that team thing together, we’re going to be on the losing end of close ones.”
Freshman Markell Simmons finished with three interceptions and one touchdown. Townsend scored two touchdowns and freshman Donovan Moore scored one. Moore was named TEP Aztec Player of the week after the game.
Monaco was pleased with his team on the road trip, especially the freshmen.
“I’ll tell you, our freshman are carrying this team right now,” he said. “Our upperclassmen need to continue to get better, and I’ve told them that, but our freshmen are playing amazing.”
The team has a bye on Sept. 20, and next plays Arizona Western College in Yuma on Sept. 27.
Sept. 20: Bye week
Sept. 27: @ Arizona Western College, Yuma, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Scottsdale CC @ Sahuarita High School, 7 p.m.
By CALEB FOSTER
The Pima Community College men’s soccer team can be summed up in one word: aggressive.
The Aztecs have started the season with a 5-1-1 record, in large part by playing aggressively on both offense and defense.
With a 6-1 victory over Paradise Valley Community College on Sept. 13, the Aztecs showed they can be efficient on the road.
Pima took a 2-1 lead into halftime, but got things rolling in the second half.
The Aztecs had 13 shots on goal, and six different players scored. The goals came from sophomores Garrett Andreatta and Arturo Vega, and from freshmen Hector Banegas, Santiago Carrillo, Christian Chavira and Sadam Ali. Vega also had an assist.
Freshman goalkeeper Sam Kavathas ended the game with three saves.
On Sept. 11, the Aztecs beat Scottsdale Community College 3-0 at home to earn their third shutout of the season.
Sophomore Christian Garcia-Cabello scored in the fifth minute off a cross-pass from Vega to start a game that seemed all offense for the Aztecs.
Freshman Gabe Zepp netted a goal off a rebound in the 17th minute, and Carrillo scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute.
The Aztecs outshot Scottsdale 11-5 and didn’t surrender a shot on goal in the second half.
A first-half breakdown by Pima’s defense gave Scottsdale its best scoring opportunity.
“We don’t make many mistakes but when we do it’s a big one,” head coach Dave Cosgrove said.
Kavathas earned one his three saves on the play.
There was no shortage of collisions in a Sept. 6 game against Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The Aztecs were down 2-1 at halftime, but battled back to end the game in a 2-2 tie.
Vega scored the first Aztec goal in the 20th minute from a free kick. Freshman Ryan Bristow scored the tying goal in the 59th minute off a cross-pass from freshman Emilio Villatoro.
Kavathas made a crucial stop on a penalty kick that could have been a deciding factor. He finished the game with five saves.
Cosgrove said he was happy with how his team was able to battle back from its 2-1 halftime deficit.
The Aztecs were handed their first loss of the season by Glendale Community College on Sept. 4.
Freshman Alejandro Gonzalez tied the game at 1-1 just before the half. Glendale scored two unanswered goals to finish the game with a 3-1 win.