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Both teams undefeated at home

Both teams undefeated at home


Men’s soccer:

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (9-1-2, 9-1-2) defeated South Mountain Community College, (5-1) in Scottsdale on Sept. 26. Officially sweeping the regular season series against them.

Sophomore Jason Romero had three of the five goals, totalling nine for the season.

Pima had their first loss of the season on Sept. 24 in Yuma against Arizona Western College.             The Aztecs lost 2-0 after trailing in the first half.

Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Anderson finished the game with four saves.

PCC continues to remain undefeated at home though, taking down Gateway Community College on Sept. 22, (7-1).

Sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez scored three goals, followed by goals from freshman Juan Pablo Segura and sophomore Angel Heredia, putting Pima at five goals in the first half.

Freshman Gustavo Ramirez-Gonzalez scored a goal off a penalty kick and fellow freshman Justin Stoermer scored a goal soon after.

Pima came out victorious against Mesa Community College (2-1) on Sept. 19, with sophomore Ryan Bristow and Segura scoring both Aztec goals in the first half.

The third ranked Pima Aztecs provided yet another exciting game on Sept. 15 against the fourth ranked Yavapai College.

Heredia put the Aztecs on the board ahead of the half at 1-0.

Yavapai came back in the second half to tie the game 1-1, leading to a double overtime where both teams failed to score.

Officially ending the game in a 1-1 tie.

Women’s soccer:

Pima Community College women’s soccer (10-1, 10-1) had their eighth shutout of the season on Sept. 24 against Arizona Western College.

The game ended 2-0 with sophomore Devyn Hunley scoring both of the Aztec’s goals.

Pima has been playing at a very competitive level this season, and head coach Kendra Veliz has high praises for the players.

“We have had strong leadership from our captains, Chloe Cox and Devyn Hunley,” Veliz said. “Now having been to Nationals, our sophomores have a stronger desire to return. I believe this has helped our team have a better first half of the season than last year.”

In Pima’s seventh shutout of the season, Gateway Community College didn’t stand a chance, losing 7-0 on Sept. 22.

The freshman represented well in this game, scoring six of the seven goals. Freshman Maury Urcadez scored three goals, Destiny Jones had two goals and Maria Delgadillo had one.

PCC twice again dominated on Sept. 15 and Sept. 19.

The game against Cochise College showed off the Aztec’s talent, with a final score of 7-1.

Freshman Gentry McPherson put four on the board for Pima with assists from Hunley, Urcadez and sophomore Callen Shelton, while freshman goalkeeper Daniela Sanchez finished the game with four saves.

In the game against Mesa Community College, the Aztecs earned their fifth shutout at their home stadium, 2-0. Out-shooting Mesa 19-2.

The Sept. 29 games will be reviewed next issue.


Sophomore Maria Mata out to score against South Mountain CC. (Photo Courtesy of PCC Athletics)

Athletic Voice: Bring it on: equal pay

Athletic Voice: Bring it on: equal pay


By Danyelle Khmara

The average worth of an NBA team is $1.1 billion, up 74 percent from last year, according to Forbes. The highest valued team is the Los Angeles Lakers at $2.6 billion, 93 percent more than 2014.

NBA salaries have also skyrocketed. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans is under a $145 million 5-year contract, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James is contracted to make $23 million this season alone, according to the New York Times.

The average NBA ticket price during the 2014/15 season was $53.98, but some games were pricier. New York Knicks tickets cost as high as $123.38. And one of the reasons these tickets were so pricey is because sport-goers get the privilege of being greeted at the door by a cheerleader.

The cheerleader. With their sex appeal, they excite and tantalize the audience. With their enthusiasm and talent, they remind the team that they’re the best—no matter how they’re playing. With their smiles, cheerleaders bring joy to young and elderly alike.

They are pristine-condition, trained athletes who earned their place on the team. But according to former Golden State Warriors cheerleader Lisa Murray, NBA cheerleaders work 30-40 hours a week, and make on average minimum wage and are not usually provided with health insurance.

NFL cheerleaders don’t seem to be valued either. According to the petition, “NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders a Living Wage” spearheaded by Paula Abdul, NFL cheerleaders get paid as little as $150 per game for which they train for countless, mostly unpaid, hours.

But the NFL teams have argued that because cheerleaders are independently contracted through third parties, the multi-billion dollar organizations these women pour their skill, time and money into are not required to pay them a wage even equal to state labor laws, according to Time.

One argument for the reason cheerleaders get paid so little is that there are many others waiting to take their places. That may be, but what about the hundreds or maybe thousands of talented college athletes—on scholarship, going somewhere—who don’t make it into the world of professional sports?

Would they not happily take a place on any team in the NFL or the NBA, for a fraction of the going rate?

You can blame the teams, the team owners, law makers or even the cheerleaders themselves for accepting the price of living their dream, but the fact remains that the organizations the cheerleaders represent are multi-billion dollar corporations who can afford to pay all their athletes a decent wage.

Aztec’s winning streak ends in Mesa

Aztec’s winning streak ends in Mesa



A late rally came up short as the Pima Community College football team (4-1, 3-1 in ACCAC) suffered its first loss of the season, Sept. 19 against Mesa Community College.

The Aztecs surrendered 20 points in the first quarter and were unable to take the lead resulting in a 41-27 loss in Mesa.

Down 27-3 in the second quarter, the Aztecs scored 17 points to close the deficit going into the half. Freshman Sergeo Hoffman started off with a 14-yard run for a touchdown to make it 27-10. The Aztecs took advantage of two costly fumbles by Mesa and Sophomore running back Deontay Townsend scored on a 1-yard run to cut the lead to 27-17.

With 1:57 remaining in the half, freshman Nathan Farmer kicked a 37-yard field goal. Freshman Brandon Yamamoto and sophomore Lopeti Fonokalafi had fumble recoveries to set up the scores.

On Pima’s first possession of the second half, freshman quarterback Antonio Hinojosa threw a pick six that was returned by Mesa for an 85-yard touchdown bringing the score to 34-20.

Near the end of the third quarter, the Aztecs cut Mesa’s lead back to one possession with 1:28 left in the quarter after Townsend’s second rushing touchdown for 7 yards.

Mesa scored on their next possession early in the fourth quarter. The Aztecs had a turnover on downs and two turnovers on their possessions in the  finalquarter.

Hinojosa will be out indefinitely with a head injury after suffering a severe hit to the head according to Coach Jim Monaco.

With Hinojosa out, the Aztecs will turn to last year’s starter, Kian Homme.

The Aztecs will be back at Kino on Saturday, Oct. 3 against Arizona Western College at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics Red-shirt freshman Antonio Hinojosa goes for a deep pass against New Mexico Military Institute.

Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics
Red-shirt freshman Antonio Hinojosa goes for a deep pass against New Mexico Military Institute.

Aztecs break losing streak

Aztecs break losing streak



The Pima Community College volleyball team (13-9) spent the weekend in California, participating in the San Diego City College Tournament, Saturday Sept. 26.

The Aztecs made it all the way to the championship match after sweeping through pool play and taking the semifinals.

Unfortunately PCC would lose to Glendale Community College in the championship match, a team that the Aztecs lost to a week prior to the tournament.

Sophomore Jamie Holliday was honored for her outstanding skills being named to the All-Tournament team, finishing the tournament with 43 kills and 48 digs in four matches.

Sophomore Angel Chavez had six aces and an impressive 75 digs in five matches.

Chavez is currently in the top five of the division for digs (2nd with 437) and digs-per-set (5th, averaging 5.14)

“I credit my mom for my special skill,” said Chavez, on her notable athleticism. “She worked with me a lot with passing and digging ever since I was little…used to put a mattress down in our living room so I would dive and pass the ball to practice.”

Although Pima impressed in San Diego, they have dropped to seventh in the division rankings after a three game losing streak knocked them down.

“We need to put everything we’re capable of together to close out games,” Chavez said on their struggles. “We need to stay together as a team and maintain the amazing chemistry we have.”

Pima ended their three game losing streak with a win against Mesa Community College on Thursday, Sept. 24 in four sets.

Sophomore Miranda Bingham had a major hand in the victory with three aces, 13 digs and 45 assists alongside defender Chavez who had 20 digs.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23 the Aztecs lost their third straight match at Central Arizona College.

PCC was able to win the second set but couldn’t produce a win, losing the match in four sets (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20).

PCC lost another game at home to Glendale Community College on Friday, Sept. 18.

The Aztecs lost in just four sets (8-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15), unable to outscore Glendale after the second match.

Holliday finished the match with 16 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough had 13 kills and 13 digs with fellow sophomore Miranda Bingham adding 50 assists and 17 digs.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pima faced off against Scottsdale Community College in what would be a loss in five sets (23-25,25-23,23-25, 25-12, 15-10).

Despite PCC taking two of the first three sets they couldn’t secure a win as Scottsdale took over the last two sets with ease.

Holliday had a good game with 16 kills and 15 digs while Baldwin had 10 kills with 6 blocks.

The Aztecs will return to Arizona and their conference play Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Chandler against Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Sophomore Jamie Holliday against South Mountain CC. (Photo Courtesy of PCC Athletics)


Phenomenal players’ lead defense

Phenomenal players’ lead defense



Everything is coming together for the (4-1) Pima Community College football team in what appears to be a Cinderella story.

A year ago, no one expected a team that ranked near the bottom of every category to be doing this well. In 2014, the Aztec’s defense finished far from satisfying. Following the season, the coaches regrouped and went back to the drawing board prior to recruiting.

“Last year we knew we had to get better in every position,” Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach Pat Ryder said.

“This year the recruiting has been phenomenal. We’ve got phenomenal players, especially out of Hawaii. You look at the size differential and speed. Recruiting has improved immensely,” Defensive Back Coach Dan Wickland added.

In an incredible season thus far, the Aztecs’ defense has been superb. With the addition of many newcomers behind the defensive line, the team welcomed back the committee of redshirt freshman and veteran sophomores.

Returning Sophomores Wesley Payne and Isaiah Birkel along with Thomas Warren and redshirt-freshman Paul Davis have propelled the Aztecs’ defense.

Payne, a top recruit from Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona, has dominated this season by leading the Aztecs with 50 tackles and averaging 12.5 tackles per game.

“Isaiah Birkel, our linebacker, really does a great job with communication, and he knows it. He’s kind of like a coach on the field,” Ryder said. “When guys aren’t lined up right, he does a great job at getting them where they’re supposed to be. Overall, we have a lot of great players on defense.”

Warren, on the other hand, ranks near Payne with 40 total tackles, good enough  to put him at second on the team in total sacks.

Through four games, the Aztecs have scored 231 points. Their opponents have scored 99 points, a difference of 132.

With an attack play during each snap, the coaches have not found much of a need to blitz. This is probably the least amount that we have blitzed this year according to Ryder.

When Pima’s defense blitzes, their goal is to rush after the opposing quarterback and disrupt the attempted play.

“I think by far you have to look at our front, our front three and front four depending on what defense we’re in. It all starts with those guys up front,” Ryder said. “In the secondary, we have a number of guys who are really good back there.”

Ryder is confident in his new players

“We have very few starters back from last year’s defense. In our front, we are totally new,” he said. “We have one linebacker who didn’t start for you last year but is starting for us this year. In secondary, we basically have all four new players. It’s a totally different team than it was last year.”

Ryder, his defensive coaches and players know that in order to be successful, they need to get to the opposing offense early in every game.

The Aztecs have an away game on Saturday where they will play Mesa Community College at 7 p.m.

In the words of Vince Lombardi, “there’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”

Pima takes third place at home

Pima takes third place at home



On Sept. 25 Pima Community College’s mens and womens cross country teams took third place in the ACCAC Conference Championship at El Rio Golf Course in Tucson.

In the womens 3.11-mile race, sophomore Kelsey Montano finished third of 37 at 19 minutes, 41.7 seconds and was named to the first team All-ACCAC conference.

Sophomores Elizabeth Deaton and Mariah Zavala made the second team All-ACCAC conference.

Amanuel Logo (sophomore)  finished fourth of 54 in the mens 4.97-mile race, with a time of  25 minutes, 52.0 seconds. Also earning first-team All-ACCAC conference.

Fellow sophomore Ahmed Mohamed was named second-team All-ACCAC conference after placing 13th.

Pima looks to have best start in program’s history

Pima looks to have best start in program’s history

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Sophomore Deontay Townsend attempts to break away while two defenders try to take him down during the Sept. 12 game against New Mexico Military Institute. Townsend rushed for 209 yards with 36 carries and the Aztecs went on to win 58-31. (Aztec Press photos by Nick Meyers)


The No. 12 ranked Pima Community College football team (4-0, 0-0 in ACCAC)  continues their winning streak and is on their way to having the best start in program history.

The Aztecs latest victory was an impressive 58-31 win over New Mexico Military Institute on Sept. 12.

In the first half Pima easily took a commanding 28 point lead. Finishing the half  38-10 and with an impressive 435 yards of total offense, accompanied with 27 first downs.

Quarterback and red-shirt freshman Antonio Hinojosa ended the game with four touchdowns and 205 passing yards.

Townsend scored a touchdown and rushed for 92 yards in the first half, finishing the game with a total of 104 yards rushing.

PCC made an incredible comeback on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.

Entering the fourth quarter down 33-17, the Aztecs scored 19 points to defeat Eastern 36-33 and remain undefeated.

Townsend had an outstanding game rushing for 209 yards on 36 carries while scoring two touchdowns. His display of pure athleticism earned Townsend  “Offensive Player of the Week” honors through the ACCAC.

Sophomore running back Deontay Townsend proved that his “Offensive Player of the Week” was no fluke.

Hinojosa went 15-29 for 172 yards passing and passed for a touchdown while fellow freshman, wide receiver/defensive back,Timmy Hernandez had nine catches for 120 yards including the game-winning touchdown.

Special Teams Spotlight

In football, special teams are compiled of players that are on the field during kicking plays. The special teams are on the field during kickoffs, kickoff, kick returns, punts, and punt returns.

Going into 2015, Pima has their sights set on a potential playoff run  and knew their team needed to improve in several areas.

Following a brief yet successful coaching stint at Scottsdale Community College, Pima hired Christian Vitale for a second stint as the special team’s coordinator.

“When I came to Pima, my special operations units made a huge impact with my play designs and the techniques that I use with one man focusing only on special teams…” said Vitale. “ My passion for it shows through in my meetings and on the field practice for the last five years in the NJCAA,”

“My special teams have been in the top five in the nation. I either put the teams in a winning position or we win the games.”

Last season, Pima’s special teams lacked in depth, Tanner Fanning, served as both the primary kicker and punter.

Now, in 2015, freshman punter Geovan Neuser and freshman kicker Nathan Farmer man the positions,


To begin the season, Farmer has gone 15-16 in extra point attempts including one field goal.

Neuser punted for 189 yards while averaging 31.5 yards per kick with his longest reaching 47 yards.

“Nathan brings long distance with us for kickoffs and good accuracy on field goals and PAT (Points After Touchdown),” Vitale said.

“Geo brings the threat of fake punts with him along with a good strong leg so we can run tons of

different fakes and formations with him back there because he is a run and pass threat.”

“They’re in a unique program throughout the year where they are training year round from December all the way through until the following season,” Vitale added.

Sophomore Landry Payne, the returner, has been a key piece to the Aztec’s special teams this season. In two games, Payne has scored two TD’s and ran for 290 yards while averaging 58 yards per carry. His height, his body thickness, his speed and vision make him a dangerous returner according to Vitale.

“Yamamoto is a fast speedy gunner down the field. Along with that, our leadership of #34 Birkel and our line gives more leadership on the line. Our kickoff unit right now is holding its own, all 10 men are doing their job of flying down there and disrupting our opponent’s return.”

With Coach Vitale consistently observing how his players do on the field whether in practice or in games, he wants his players to play like it’s the playoffs.

Vitale’s philosophy of special teams is strictly military style. He believes that everyone on the team has a job. This includes attending required meetings. If one person fails on the unit, then the whole unit fails.

On the field, the team keeps a chain that goes with their philosophy, “no weak links.”

“We can’t have one person be the weak link or else everything falls apart, and the chain breaks,” Vitale said.

The undefeated Aztecs will play their next game Saturday, Sept. 19 against Mesa Community College.

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Townsend goes down under pressure from two defenders during the Sept. 12 game against New Mexico Militray Institute. (Aztec Press photos by Nick Meyers)

PCC impresses in Scottsdale

PCC impresses in Scottsdale



Over the weekend of Sept. 11-12, The Pima Community College volleyball team (9-5, 2-1 in ACCAC) participated in the Scottsdale Community College Classic Tournament.

The Aztecs finished the tournament winning four out of five matches

In their first match of the day, Pima defeated Central Wyoming College in four sets. Only struggling in the first set, the Aztecs commanded most of the game.

Pima’s second match was an easy three set victory over Utah State University-Eastern.

The third and final match of the day would prove to be the most entertaining, against Spokane Falls Community College. The Aztecs eventually lost the game.

In day two of the tournament, the Aztecs started against Mesa Community College. The Aztecs started things off rough, but rallied for a fifth set win.

Pima finished the tournament with a breezy win over Victoria College in three sets.

Sophomore Jamie Holliday had 45 kills and 28 digs along with fellow sophomore Angel Chavez, who had 73 digs and seven aces during five matches.

Miranda Bingham, sophomore, finished the tournament with 17 aces, 67 digs and 173 assists.

Freshman middle-blocker Kristin Baldwin had 24 blocks and 19 kills for the tournament.

Baldwin is currently ranked second in blocks-per-set in the division.

The freshman credits her high school coach for her good habits and skills as a blocker. “He saw potential in me at a young age and had me watch videos on how to block when I was in elementary school,” Baldwin said.

Pima is currently ranked 4th and only wanting to move up from there.

“We need to keep practicing and increasing our skills every day and keep growing as a team. And overall: win,” Baldwin said

PCC had a tough match against Benedictine University on Sept 9.  In four sets Pima found themselves struggling to get the lead, ultimately losing the non-conference match.

On Sept. 4, the Aztecs pulled a win at home against Eastern Arizona College. In four very close sets, but Pima finished the game strong in the final set.

Sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough had 14 kills while Holliday finished with 15 kills and 14 digs.

The PCC volleyball team played their first regular season game at home against Phoenix College taking to five sets.

Whitney Nesbitt, sophomore, finished the match with 12 kills and five blocks while Baldwin contributed with 13 blocks.

The Aztecs got back to conference play Wednesday Sept. 16 at the West Campus against Scottsdale Community College after the Aztec Press went to print.

A Pima volleyball player sends the ball over the net against Benedictine University on Sept. 9. (Photo: Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)

Both teams maintain strength on field

Both teams maintain strength on field



Men’s Soccer

The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (6-0-1, 6-0-1 in ACCAC) is now ranked no.1 in the conference.

Coach Dave Cosgrove said that this is the best ranking the Aztecs have had since 2002.

Pima held onto their top rank on Tuesday, Sept. 15 against Yavapai College with a tie of 1-1.

Last season Pima lost both meetings to Yavapai last year but the scores were 1-0 (OT) and 2-1. You can bet the Aztecs were driven to turn the tide this season.

The rivalry was renewed on Sept. 15, and with rankings where they stand now this is the first time Pima has had the better ranking heading into a match-up with Yavapai.

Pima continued their winning streak against Paradise Valley Community College on Sept. 12, shutting them out 5-0.

Sept. 10 the Aztecs took down Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Sophomore Jason Romero scored two goals and had an assist in Pima’s 4-2 win. Sophomore Angel Heredia and freshman Juan Pablo Segura also netted a goal for the Aztecs.

The first shutout game of the season occurred Sept. 5 when PCC defeated Glendale Community College, 2-0.

Women’s Soccer

Pima Community College women’s soccer continued their strong season Tuesday, Sept. 12 taking down Cochise College 7-1 at Kino Stadium. Their score matches their new league standing of 7-1.

Freshman Gentry McPherson scored a game high of four goals.

Pima beat Paradise Valley Community College on Sept. 12, giving Paradise Valley CC their first loss of the season.

Freshman Destiny Jones put PCC on the board early on in the game with an assist from freshman Aracely Romero. But it wasn’t until the second half that Pima was able to pull ahead of Paradise Valley.

With the game tied 1-1, sophomore Devyn Hunley put the Aztecs ahead of Paradise Valley in the second half with her goal off of an assist from fellow sophomore Callen Shelton. Park added an insurance goal to secure Pima the win.

The talented Aztecs were well rewarded at the ACCAC Players of the Week awards, with sophomore defender Sierra Heredia being named Player of the Week and freshman goalie Daniela Sanchez selected Goalkeeper of the Week for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6.

They got back on track at the Kino North Grandstand on Sept. 10 against Scottsdale Community College. Pima’s Gentry McPherson, freshman, scored two goals against SCC and sophomore Brandi Park had two assists.

Pima experienced their only loss against Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Sept. 7, losing by 3-2.

Freshman Sierra Heredia defends against Paradise Valley on Sept. 12. (Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics)




Sports Analysis- This decade: the evolution of sports

Sports Analysis- This decade: the evolution of sports



Now I know 2005 doesn’t seem like that long ago, but in the world of sports much has changed and some things have stayed the same. Players and teams have had their fair share of triumphs and tribulations.

In February of 2005 the New England Patriots won the Superbowl when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.

It was common for the Pats to be on NFL Live every night, but in 2007 the Pats made headlines for allegedly spying on opposing defensive coaches. The incident would go on to be dubbed “spygate”.

By 2015 the biggest story surrounding the Patriots was not the last minute interception in the 2015 Superbowl against the Seattle Seahawks, but another controversy involving footballs being underinflated prior to a playoff game which was dubbed “deflategate”.

All in all, the last decade gave the Patriots some success and some controversy.

Of course there was more to the NFL in the last decade then just the Patriots. In 2005 the NFL was hiding real issues such as concussions and the long term effects they have.

In 2006 a forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who had cut open the brain of a former NFL center, came forward stating that brain trauma in football players has long term consequences.

The NFL being the billion-dollar entity it is had no problem finding journalist to help discredit the findings. By 2015 more sports doctors have endorsed the comments that brain trauma related to football players is consequential.

A movie called “Concussion” staring Will Smith is set for release this fall and the biopic depicts the life of the pathologist who changed the NFL forever.

One NBA team that has stayed well preserved in the last decade is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs won the 2005 NBA title when they defeated the now irrelevant Detroit Pistons.

The Spurs also won the 2014 championship with the help of starters Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili and father time himself Tim Duncan, who all started the 2005 finals.

Head coach Greg Popavich didn’t like to talk to the media after games back then, and well, some things never change.

We’ve seen the power rankings and power ratings shift from Western conference to Eastern conference and back again.

In 2005 the Phoenix Suns were one of favorites to win the title. Their fast paced “7 seconds or less” style of play has been adopted by teams across the league. The influence of the run and gun Suns could be seen in the 2015 NBA champions Golden State Warriors.

Back then, MVP Steve Nash was the NBA’s best point guard and young Amar’e Stoudemire was coming off the pick for explosive finishes.

As we approach the 2015-16 season, Nash is retired and on opening night will go into the Suns Ring of Honor, while Stoudemire, still in pursuit of a title, has returned home to south Florida to be a role player for the Miami Heat.

In the tennis world Serena Williams is still a force to be reckoned with and Williams proved it after she improved her grand slam record to 24-0 in 2015. It’s funny to think that after a 2005 injury critics were ready to write her off.

The Chicago White Sox won the world series in 2005 and now it looks like the Cubs might make a trip to the World Series before the Chi-Sox ever make it back.

Major League Baseball has seen ticket sales decrease and cable companies become harder to deal with because less people tune into baseball games.

For the first part of the 2015 season Dodger games were not broadcasted in the LA area because of a dispute the organization had with Turner sports.

More teams have turned to the power of nostalgia to help bring people back to the park. For example, teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have 80’s night or throwback Thursday when the team wears the Classic uniform. For the Diamondbacks it’s the teal and purple they were still wearing in 2005.

Regardless of the changing times, sports will always find a way to make us think back to what it used to be like. As fans we can’t help but reminisce on the great teams we grew up watching. Weather it’s talking about a favorite player, team, or sport chances are you’ll start the conversation by saying “remember when…”.


Athletic Voice: Defying the odds

Athletic Voice: Defying the odds



If you watched the 2014 NFL season, then you must be familiar with the name Odell Beckham Jr., 22, wide receiver for the New York Giants. He was the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 draft and soon became the top rookie in the NFL.

At the end of the season, Beckham’s stats were 91 receptions for a total of 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and won Best Play at the 2015 ESPYs.

Beckham was absent the first couple games of the 2014 season due to a hamstring injury and missed all of training camp, but that didn’t stop him.

When a rookie player is out with an injury at the beginning of his NFL career, it’s possible that he will not last long in the NFL, but Beckham defied all odds.

“I fought through so much adversity,” he said. He doesn’t give up.

He is the first wide receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards after missing the season’s first three games. Beckham set the record for most receptions and receiving yards in a player’s first 12 games.

Beckham joined Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as one of the only players with 90-plus receiving yards in nine consecutive games.

The highlight of Beckham’s 2014 season is what some in the NFL call the greatest catch in NFL history.

November 23, 2014 marked a highlight Beckham’s career. After being fouled against the Dallas Cowboys, he caught a one-handed 43-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning.

Commentator Chris Collinsworth “That may be the greatest catch I’ve ever seen,” said one commentator. “That is absolutely impossible what he just did.”

“The catch” wasa big reason that fans voted for Beckham to be on the 2016 cover of Madden.

He believes he can offer more and hopes this isn’t his greatest accomplishment just yet.

“I’m just getting started,” he said.

Beckham missed the Giant’s 2015 offseason program due to a bad hamstring, but he did return for training camp.

“I’d rather be healthy than anything else, I just don’t wanna go through what I had to go through last year,” he said. Currently, Beckham says he is as “healthy as I can be.”

Manning is working closely with Beckham to make the playoffs. They made it to the Super Bowl and defeated the New England Patriots in 2011.

“I’m gonna follow that guy every single day because he knows what it takes to get there,” Beckham said. “He’s been there twice, super bowl MVP twice…”

All fans can do is wait and see.

Initial matches show promising season

Initial matches show promising season



Men’s soccer

After a terrific year last year, the men of the Pima Community College soccer program certainly wanted to start the new season on a great note with hopes of repeating a trip to the NJCAA national tournament.

The seventh-seeded Aztecs are currently 1-0, (1-0 in ACCAC conference), and after a weather cancellation on Aug. 22, they played their first match on Aug. 27 against South Mountain Community College.

At halftime, the Aztecs were trailing 1-0, but they made their comeback and ended up winning the game 4-2. The first goal was made by freshman Willy Villaman off of a cross-pass from fellow freshman Diego Morales. Less than 30 seconds later, Villaman scored the second goal with a cross-pass from sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez. Sophomore Jason Romero netted two insurance goals, with Villaman and freshman Lorenzo Rodriguez assisting.

Pima out-shot South Mountain 21-2 in the game, with freshman goalkeeper Taylor Anderson making one save. The team played their makeup game against Arizona Western College on Sept. 3, after Aztec Press went to the printer.

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Sophomore Alejando Gonzales protects the ball. (Photo Courtesy of PCC)


Women’s soccer

The ladies of the Pima Community College women’s soccer team have kicked off the 2015-16 season. Though their first game was scheduled for Aug. 22, it was cancelled due to weather. Pima had to wait until Aug. 25 to see their Aztecs in action, but the team made the wait worthwhile.

The team is currently 1-0, (1-0 and seeded seventh in the ACCAC conference), thanks to their victory against South Mountain Community College in the opening match of the season. The game ended at 2-0, and the Aztec’s defense represented strongly to ensure the opposing team only got to take two shots of their own, in contrast to the 17 shots Pima took. Freshman Daniela Sanchez was the starting goalie and blocked the first shot South Mountain Community College took. In the second half, sophomore Mason Howard took over and made the second save.

In addition to a strong defense, the team also excelled on the offensive side of the game. Sophomore Devyn Hunley put the Aztecs on the board in the 18th minute with an assist from fellow sophomore Brandi Park. Freshman Gentry McPherson made the second goal in the 25th minute with an assist from sophomore Priscilla Gonzalez.

Pima played their makeup game against Arizona Western College at the Kino North Stadium on Sept. 3, after the Aztec Press went to print.

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Freshman Alexis Aguirre dribbles down field. (Photo Courtesy of PCC)

VOLLEYBALL: Team faces struggles

VOLLEYBALL: Team faces struggles



The Pima Community College volleyball team (2-3, 0-1 in ACCAC) played their first official conference match of the season on Aug. 28.

The Aztecs were on the road playing in Phoenix against South Mountain Community College where they played a back and forth match, but ultimately fell to South Mountain in four games.

Sophomore Miranda Bingham finished with 39 assists and 12 digs for the Aztecs. Freshman Kristin Baldwin and sophomore Jamie Holliday both contributed 10 kills, while sophomore Angel Chavez finished with 35 digs and two aces.

The loss was salt on a fresh wound, as just a week prior the Aztecs lost a tough match to South Mountain in a non-conference match during the New Mexico Military Classic.

The New Mexico Military Institute Classic is a two-day volleyball tournament in Roswell, NM Aug. 21-22. Pima came out an even 2-2 from the tournament, never giving a dull performance, with forced fifth sets and close-out matches.

On Aug. 21, the tournament began and opened the Aztecs regular season play. Their first match would end up being the toughest, as they forced a fifth set out of South Mountain, but couldn’t find victory.

The loss only prepared Pima for their second match of the day against Seward Count Community College. Although Seward County fired back in the third and fourth sets, the Aztecs finished strong, holding Seward County off to win in five sets.

The second day of the tournament had a faster pace, but was just as bittersweet as the first.

In their first match, Pima lost in three matches against Hutchinson County Community College.

But the day was not over. The Aztecs pulled themselves together and finished the tourney strong, closing out with a split record 2-2, and defeating their final opponent, Garden City Community College, in three sets.

Pima played their regular season home opener at the West Campus Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 3, after the Aztec Press went to print.


A Pima volleyball player spikes the ball during a recent scrimmage. (Deanna Sherman/Aztec Press)

Runners face tough season

Runners face tough season



Pima Community College cross country head coach Greg Wenneborg has left no doubts in his runner’s minds as to what he expects of them for the upcoming 2015 season.

“I love to see top ten finishes, “Wenneborg said. “We have some good returning athletes, this is an achievable goal.”

The men’s team had its best finish since 2003 with a sixth place standing in the NCJAA National Championship, with the top five runners for the college placing in the top 60 of 256 participants, also earning them Division 1 Regional runner-up for the season.

Looking to build off that success, returning sophomores Ahmed Mohamed, Estevan Gomez, Hugo Nieves and Chris Leach will be accompanied by freshman Anas Ali, Armando Antonio, Nick Hald, Fernando Molina, Rj Schlagel and incoming sophomore Jeremy Yoyetowa.

“The challenge for these incoming freshmen is that they need to nearly double their load from a 5K race to an 8K race.” Wenneborg said. “Most of these men have never raced this distance before.”

The  2014 season also marked the first time in almost a decade that the women’s team did not finish in the top ten, placing 11th to end the season.

“I was a little disappointed with how the season ended,” Wenneborg said. ”We had some chemistry issues, but sometimes these things happen.”

Returning for the women’s team are sophomores Edith Arvizu, Elizabeth Deaton, Desire Montenegro and Mariah Zavala, with freshmen Samantha Felzien, Katy Loyd, Hannah Painter, Valeria Rascon, Hajael Zacarias, and incoming sophomore Kelsey Montano rounding out the team.

“Top ten finishes are attainable,” Wenneborg said “ But with runners, you never know. It’s easy of them to get these nagging injuries.”

The 2015 cross country season officially starts with the George Kyte Invitational on Sept. 5 at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. The men’s races start at 1:30 p.m., and the women’s events begin at 2:15 p.m.

Athletic Voice: You can bet on it

Athletic Voice: You can bet on it



Should Pete Rose, the all-time hits king for Major League Baseball, be reinstated after nearly four decades of banishment?

Pete Rose, 74,  the legendary ball player from Cincinnati, Ohio, played a lengthy 24 seasons where he compiled an MLB record 4,256 hits, in 3,562 games played, another record.

Toward the end of Rose’s playing career, he served as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Suspicion arose that he was betting on his team’s games, although he continuously denied allegations.

On August 24, 1989, Rose admitted betting on his team to then-commissioner Bart Giamatti. Rose voluntarily accepted banishment from baseball for life. Under the rules of baseball, he would be eligible for reinstatement one year later.

Unfortunately, commissioner Giamatti died eight days after the banishment of Rose, leaving the former baseball great at a cross roads.

A number of reinstatement efforts began, the first in 1992 under Fay Vincent, the successor to Giamatti.

His answer to the disgraced star, “no”.

On three separate occasions, one in 1999, 2003 and then lastly in 2009, Rose applied for reinstatement when Commissioner Bud Selig was in office. Bud Selig never acted on his request.

Last season, Selig’s last as commissioner, Rose told ESPN that he had not given up on him. Selig never granted him his wish of reinstatement.

Now MLB has a new commissioner in Robert D. Manfred Jr., who took office on Jan. 25, 2015.

Nearly two months later, Rose has requested for reinstatement. Manfred announced that he had received the application and will consider it.

Knowing that he can no longer contribute to baseball as he once could, Rose is up for ‘almost’ anything to get back into baseball.

“I want to hear what Pete has to say,” Manfred said.

Rose and Commissioner Manfred announced that sometime, after the MLB All-Star Game in July, they would get together to discuss a possible resolution to end the ban.

Today, as an avid gambler who lives in Las Vegas, Rose connects with fans making appearances around the country while selling his autographs.

Those who saw “Charlie Hustle” take the field will often say that he brought passion and provided a spark in the lineup every day.

It’s time to give Pete Rose another shot at redemption.

Isn’t America the land of second chances?