By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team is currently averaging 83.2 points per game, an improvement from the previous seasons 72.6 points per game average.
The Aztecs have also improved their three-point accuracy, hitting 30.7 percent as opposed to 21.9 percent last season. Their overall field goal percentage has also seen a bump, an 8.3% percent increase from last season.
“We are right where we want to be, coming down the stretch in a good position,” head coach Todd Holthaus said. “In my ten years, this is probably the best offensive team I’ve ever had.”
Feb. 4: PCC 87, Eastern Arizona 92
After maintaining a slight lead for three quarters, the Aztecs ended up with a loss against the Gila Monsters.
Pima held a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Then Eastern Arizona outscored PCC 31-19 in the fourth. The Gila Monsters out rebounded the Aztecs, 51-36, and shot 25 for 30 at the free throw line.
Sophomore Denesia Smith, lead the team with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Fellow sophomore Sydni Stallworth had 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Feb. 8: PCC 83, South Mountain 53
After their second loss to Eastern Arizona, the Aztecs bounced back and beat the South Mountain Cougars.
PCC started out the second half with a 17-point lead and steamrolled it into a 30-point lead by the end of the game.
Stallworth led her team with 27 points and shot 62 percent from the field. Freshman Alliyah Bryant had 13 points, hitting half of her shots.
The win allowed for a sweep of the Cougars, with the Aztec’s having defeated South Mountain 68-54 earlier in the season.
Feb. 11: PCC 71, Scottsdale 58
The Aztecs took the win against the Artichokes after sophomore Bree Cates dropped 24 points.
The game began as a neck and neck affair, until the fourth quarter. The Aztecs stretched their lead to double digits in the fourth, and closed out the game with a 13-point lead.
Cates also shot for 44 percent and had six rebounds. Stallworth finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
“We got a tough part of our schedule coming up leading into playoffs,” Holthaus said. “That’ll be the focus leading into playoffs, tighten up the defence. Knowing that the old cliché ‘defense wins championships’ is true.”
Feb. 15: PCC vs. Cochise
The game took place after the Aztec Press went to press.
Feb. 18: at Phoenix College, 2p.m.
Feb. 22: Cetral Arizona, West Campus, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Mesa CC, 2p.m.
Feb. 28: Arizona Western, West Campus, 5:30 p.m.
By DAVID W. SKINNER
The Pima Community College golf teams took a swing in two opening invitational’s held in Mesa and Scottsdale.
Feb. 5-6: Mesa Invitational
The women’s team finished in second overall, with Desiree Hong tieing for first in.
The men’s team finished 10 strokes behind and placed sixth overall.
Feb. 13-14: Scottsdale
The Scottsdale Invitational saw Women’s golf take second place, for the second time in a row with.
Hong tied for second in individual standings. Sophomore Samantha Hacker took seventh.
Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale Community College Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m. start time both days
Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain Community College Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m. start time both days
By: Nicholas Trujillo
With a new coach at the helm for both Pima Community College tennis teams, Ian Esquer starts off his season 1-0, for the men’s and women’s teams.
Feb. 4: PCC 9, Imperial Valley 0
The men’s team earned a 9-0 sweep against Imperial Valley College. Fresman Francisco Sotelo swept his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.
Sophomores Jesus Lopez and Raj Singh Kaila also swept their opponents, No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively, 6-0, 6-0.
In the doubles competition Sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton won their No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-1.
Feb. 4: PCC 7, Imperial Valley 2
The Aztecs took their win against Imperial Valley, with a 7-2 take over.
In singles, freshman Elise Rodriguez defeated her No. 6 singles, 6-0, 61.
In doubles, Rodriguez and freshman Jayme Shafer swept their No. 3 doubles 8-0.
Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale CC, Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m.
Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain CC Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College softball team eased into the season with some key wins at the beginning of conference play. The Aztecs are striving for consistency in their pitching as well as trying to keep their bats healthy.
Jan. 31: PCC 0, Arizona Western 6 / PCC 5, Arizona Western 4
The Aztecs were able to split in their conference opener on the road against Arizona Western College.
Pima was shutout in the first game as the team was unable to earn any runs off of their seven hits.
Freshman Edith Prieto went two-for-three from the plate but was unable to parlay anything into a score. Arizona Western scored three runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth to bust the game open.
Sophomore Baily Critchlow took the loss in the game as she pitched five innings. She finished with eight hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
The Aztecs fell behind in the second game 2-0, but finally found some offense in the fifth inning as sophomore Margarita Corona hit a two-run RBI single to give PCC a 3-2 lead. The Aztecs would strengthen their lead to 5-3 before the end of the inning.
Freshman pitcher Mandy Lorenson finished her complete game with a strikeout on the final batter as Arizona Western left the tying runner stranded on third. Lorenson finished with six hits, seven strikeouts and five walks.
Feb. 4: PCC 13, Glendale 1 / PCC 5, Glendale 4
Pima earned a sweep in a home doubleheader against Glendale Community College. The Aztecs dominated the first game early, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings.
Critchlow threw the three innings, and picked up a win giving up one hit and no runs. Pima was solid in all aspects as they finished with a 13-1 win.
The second game was much closer as it took a game winning RBI double from Corona to seal it. The Aztecs had another solid start in this game, scoring two runs in the first inning.
Glendale would battle back to obtain the lead and set things up for Corona’s heroic moment in the end.
Critchlow picked up another win in a relief effort. She gave up no hits and earned a strikeout in the final two innings. Freshman Mandy Lorenson started the game and finished with eight hits, four strikeouts and four walks.
Feb. 7: PCC 9, Mesa 5 / PCC 12, Mesa 5
The Aztecs picked up another big sweep on the road this, as Pima was sharp in this conference meeting at Mesa.
The offense was big during the mid-innings in the first game as Freshman Alyssa Smith hit an RBI double in the fifth inning and Sophomore Gabriela Trejo cracked a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Trejo finished the contest three-for-four two RBIs and two runs scored.
Critchlow earned the win after pitching a complete game, finishing with nine hits, four strikeouts, and two walks.
The Aztecs were able to take a big lead in the second game during the fifth inning. Pima was up 5-4 at this point in the game but scored seven runs in the fifth to put the game away.
Freshman Hannah Freer got the win in a relief appearance. She pitched the final three innings and ended with four hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
Feb. 11: PCC 4, Yavapai College 12 / PCC 2, Yavapai College 15
It was a tough day for the Aztecs at home against Yavapai College. PCC gave up a total of 27 runs between two games and were never able to get anything going.
Yavapai started the first game hot and never looked back. The roughriders were able to score two runs in five of the seven innings played.
Sophomore Courtney Brown provided a bright spot for the Aztecs as she hit a solo home run in the third inning. Brown finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Critchlow took the loss as she pitched two innings and gave up four runs. Critchlow finished with six hits, one strikeout, and two walks.
The second game did not go any better as Yavapai scored five runs in the first inning and another six runs in the fifth to finish the dominant performance.
Freshman Mandy Lorenson took the loss after pitching two-thirds of an inning giving up five runs on five walks.
Feb. 14: PCC 3, Gateway 5 / PCC 12, Gateway 0
Pima was able to split with Gateway Community College at home.
The Aztecs fell behind early in the first game and were never able to quite catch up in the end. Critchlow took the loss pitching a complete game with five earned runs, eight hits, four strikeouts and two walks.
The second game was much different as PCC was able to jump out to an early lead themselves scoring eight runs in the first inning. Gateway was not able to recover. Sophomore Luisa Silvain earned the win as she pitched the whole game with two hits, three strikeouts and two walks.
Feb. 18: Central Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Feb. 21: Eastern Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Feb. 25: Scottsdale CC, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Feb. 28: @Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, AZ, doubleheader 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College men’s basketball team has won five of their last six games and is finding consistency on both ends of the court as they inch closer to postseason play. The team is all about staying together and filling their roles.
Feb. 4: PCC 111, Eastern Arizona 100
The Aztecs were able to pick up a conference win in Thatcher against Eastern Arizona.
Both teams were hot on offense in the first half as the game was tied 55-55 at the break.
Pima was able to tighten up its defense just enough in the second half and the offense didn’t falter down the stretch for the 111-100 result.
Sophomore Emilio Acedo was on fire from three-point range, making eight, on his way to a team high 36 points.
Sophomore Deion James came up with 26 points and nine rebounds and fellow sophomore Damon Dubots scored 23 points. Freshman Isaiah Murphy added 16 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.
The Aztecs swept Eastern Arizona this season as they won a home meeting with the Gila Monsters 94-88 in December.
Feb. 8: PCC 121, South Mountain CC 92
Pima was able to play a dominant first half in a home contest against South Mountain.
South Mountain used a 26-9 run in the second half to close the gap to eight points. That was as close as it got as the Aztecs responded with a 22-10 run of their own regaining control for good.
James accumulated his 14th double-double of the season with a team high 29 points and 12 rebounds. Acedo had another big night scoring 28 points on seven three-point shots.
Murphy and Dubots each added 16 points. The result was another season sweep for Pima as they took the previous meeting in Phoenix, 116-84.
Feb. 11: PCC 76, Scottsdale CC 73
Pima had a strong second half to come back against Scottsdale Community College on the road. It was a low scoring game throughout, as the Aztecs struggled to find consistent offense in the first half. The result was a 41-35 deficit for PCC at the break.
Freshmen Ilunga Moise and Alize Travis provided a much needed spark off of the bench in the second half as they combined for 29 points. Moise earned a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Travis contributed 15 points and four assists.
“The style of play has been working well.” Travis said. “We like to get out and run and we have some guys who can fill it up so I’ve just been trying to put them in the best position to get easy shots.”
Murphy led the team in scoring with 18 points as well as nine rebounds.
The win tallied another season sweep for the Aztecs as they won their home meeting with the Artichokes 108-83 last month.
“We have been playing well as a unit over the last three games.” Travis explained. “Executing the game plan has been our focus and as the season is coming to an end we are looking forward to keeping the momentum but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Feb. 18: at Phoenix College, 4 p.m.
Feb. 22: Central Arizona, West Cmapus, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Mesa CC, 4p.m.
Feb. 28: Arizona Western, West Campus, 7:30 p.m.
Afrikana performance set for Feb. 21
The Barbea Williams Performing Company will perform Feb. 21 at the East Campus center courtyard from 11-11:45 a.m. as part of Black History Month activities.
The “Brotha Sistah H.O.O.D. – Honoring Our Own Darkness” performance will include an arts in education component and audience participation.
For more information, call the Student Life Center, 206-7617
-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote
Apply for graduation by Feb. 22 deadline
All Pima Community College students who will finish a degree or certificate this semester are urged to apply for graduation.
Application deadline is Feb. 22. There is no cost to apply.
Students can visit the Service Center at any campus to check the status of their degree plan, to create an educational plan or for more information.
-By Melina Casillas
Northwest hosting Mardi Gras activity
Instructor Joanne Taylor and her sociology class will collaborate with Northwest Campus Student Life to present an informational activity about Mardi Gras on Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in NWC’s Student Life Center.
The activity will share how different countries and cultures celebrate Mardi Gras, and will include a charity collection.
For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-2121.
-By Elise Stahl
Submit SandScript entries by March 3
PCC’s award-winning literary magazine, SandScript, is accepting submissions from students for the 2017 edition. Deadline is March 3.
Students may submit visual art, poetry, prose or a combination of all three. Each entry requires a separate form.
Guidelines are specific and must be carefully followed. No previously published work will be accepted and hard copies will not be returned.
-By Robyn Zelickson
Feb. 16, 21: Black History Month: Movie Series, West Campus Student Life Center, A-G20,
8 a.m.–5 p.m. “The Color Purple,” “Selma,” “Glory,” “13th” and “Barry,” light snacks provided. Details: 206-4500
Feb. 20: Presidents’ Day display, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by to learn about America’s presidential history through a display. Details: 206-2121
Feb. 21: Chili Dog Fundraiser, East Campus, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $4 chili dog meals, $3 hot dog meals, $2 chili dogs, $1 for single items. Details: 206-7616
Feb. 23–March 5: “In the Heights,” West Campus Proscenium Theatre. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $18, discounts available. Box office: 206-6986
Feb. 28: Mardi Gras activity, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Life will collaborate with Joanne Taylor’s sociology class to share the history and origin of the Mardi Gras holiday. Details: 206-2121
PIMA HOME SPORTS
Feb 16: Softball vs. Colorado Northwestern CC, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Feb 18: Softball vs. Central Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2 p.m.
Feb 18: Baseball vs. Mesa CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2:30 p.m.
Feb 21: Softball vs. Eastern Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Feb 22: Women’s basketball vs. Central Arizona College, West Campus gym, 5:30 p.m.
Feb 22: Men’s basketball vs. Central Arizona College, West Campus gym, 7:30 p.m.
Feb 24: Baseball vs. White Rock Tritons, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2:30 p.m.
Feb 25: Softball vs. Scottsdale CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2p.m.
Feb 28: Women’s tennis vs. Mesa CC, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.
Feb 28: Men’s tennis vs. Mesa CC, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.
Feb 28: Women’s basketball vs. Arizona Western College, West Campus gym, 5:30 p.m.
Feb 28: Men’s basketball vs. Arizona Western College, West Campus gym, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12-18: Arizona Beer Week in the Old Pueblo, daily at varying locations, ages 21 and older, $45. Details: arizonabeerweek.com
Feb. 18: Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival & Car Sow, Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road, 10 a.m. – 3p.m., $5, discounts available for veterans and active duty military with military ID. Details: saaca.org/classiccarshow
Feb. 16-April 19: Day for Night Exhibition at Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, daily, members and children under 5 free, $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students and active military with ID, $2 children under 12. Details: tohonochulpark.org
Feb. 23: Tucson Rodeo Parade, starts at Park Avenue-Ajo Way at 9 a.m. Grandstand seating $10 adults, $5 kids 13 and under. Street views free. Details: 294-1280, tucsonrodeo.com
Feb. 25: Jazz in the Desert VIII, Quail Creek Ballroom, 1090 N Eagle Hollow Rd., 1 p.m. matinee $10, 5 p.m. dinner show $35. Details: valleverderotary.org
Feb. 25-26: Spring Festival of the Arts, 12155 N. Oracle Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission. Details: saaca.org
Feb. 28: Mardi Gras – Carnival!, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 5p.m. – 2 a.m., Free. Details: hotelcongress.com
Feb 19: Atmosphere: Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. $25-$29. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 20: Adia Victoria, Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of. Details: hotelcongress.com
Feb 24: Jimmy Eat World, Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. $35-$45. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 24: Priests, 191 Toole, 191 E Toole Ave., 8 p.m. $12. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 25: Tucson Hip Hop Festival featuring Murs, 191 Toole, $10-$25. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 25: Attila, Rialto Theatre, 6 p.m. $19-$28. Details: rialtotheatre.com
TOP MOVIE OPENINGS
“Everybody Loves Somebody”
“The Great Wall”
“A Cure for Wellness”
“Bad Santa 2”
“Rules Don’t Apply”
By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College men’s basketball team opened the season with two decisive non-conference victories, a 127-68 win over Vegas Impact and a 138-63 win over Three Kings Prep Academy from Windsor Ontario, Canada.
Pima was scheduled to play Arizona Christian Academy Nov. 9. The game took place after the Aztec Press went to the printer.
The Aztecs were in control for the entire Nov. 6 game against Vegas Impact. They started the game on a 23-0 run and took a 64-25 lead into the halftime break. The second half was more of the same, behind 52 points from the bench unit.
Six Aztecs scored double points. Sophomore Dakota Kordsiemon notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Deion James lead the team in scoring with 23 points. Freshman Ilunga Moise was a factor off of the bench, with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The Aztecs also controlled the game against Three Kings Prep Academy, posting a 83-26 lead at the half.
Freshman Isaiah Murphy led the way with 22 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the field. Three other players had 17 points each.
Pima continues home play with games scheduled Nov. 13-22 at the West Campus gym.
The Aztecs return six players from last season’s team, including one redshirt.
Sophomore guard Keven Biggs returns to the team looking to embrace a new leadership role. Biggs averaged 10.1 points and 1.7 assists per game in a 2015 season that saw the Aztecs make their third consecutive appearance in the Region I, Division II playoffs.
He will look to improve upon those numbers and lead the backcourt unit this season along with fellow sophomore Zach Evans.
Also look for sophomore big man Justice Bessard to evolve into a team leader. Bessard stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall and averaged 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 2015.
Head coach Brian Peabody will lead the team in his fourth season at Pima.
Peabody had more wins at the high school level (443) than any coach in Tucson history, and has worked each season to rebuild PCC’s program.
PCC had a 12-10 conference record in 2015, its best mark in 15 years. The Aztecs have not won an ACCAC championship since 1980.
Cochise College and Phoenix College tied for the best conference record last season at 16-6.
“It is all about execution this season,” assistant coach Joe Hickle said.
By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College football team played an extremely tight contest against Scottsdale Community College on Sept. 18, ultimately pulling out a one-point win.
Each team traded blows in the high-scoring 34-33 game.
The Aztecs (2-1, 1-1 in ACCAC) heavily utilized the passing game to stay competitive.
Freshman quarterback Justin Martin added another good stat line to his repertoire, throwing for 400 yards and four touchdowns.
Martin critiqued his performance as “good but it could have been better” during a post-game interview.
“Holding onto the ball is something that I’ll be focusing on this week when preparing for Eastern,” he said.
Martin threw one interception and the offense found it difficult to maintain possession at times, but the Aztecs still found a way.
“Tonight’s win feels good because we did it as a team,” Martin said. “We didn’t give up and we just kept fighting.”
Freshman Jalen Edwards was Martin’s favorite target, catching two deep touchdown passes for a total of 157 yards. Edwards’ second score ended up being the go-ahead game winner with just under six minutes to play.
Turnovers set the tone for the game, with Pima committing six. The Aztec defense forced Scottsdale into three turnovers in the second half to even things out.
Two Pima players stirred conversation by kneeling during the national anthem before the game, a move likely inspired by similar protests by professional athletes in recent weeks.
Neither player could be reached for comment but their message was loud and clear. Many will be watching to see if the protests continue during future games.
PCC will have some time off before returning to the field for a home game against Eastern Arizona College on Oct. 8.
The team will host a new family-friendly event, Aztecs Spirit Night. Admission to the game will be free for all PCC students and employees with a Pima ID. The first 100 attendees will receive a special gift.
Activities will include a jumping castle, halftime activities and a U.S. Marines pull-up challenge.
The game starts at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars and arrive early to get a head start participating in the extra activities.
Oct. 8: Eastern Arizona College, Kino North Stadium, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15: at Snow College, Ephraim, Utah, 1 p.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College football team hopes to build on a successful 2015 season despite facing a tough conference schedule for 2016.
The Aztecs committed five turnovers and were held scoreless Sept. 10 in a 20-0 loss to No. 5 Arizona Western College in Yuma.
AWC set the tone with a first-quarter interception of a tipped pass by freshman quarterback Justin Martin. The Matadors then blocked both a field goal and a punt attempt before scoring their first touchdown of the night.
The Aztecs finished the first half with 98 yards of total offense. They attempted to rally in the second half and had a chance to score in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs.
Pima started the season by defeating Air Force Prep Academy 42-24 on Sept. 2 in Colorado Springs.
The game was a dogfight in the first half, with the Aztecs only able to mount a one-touchdown lead at the break.
In the second half, Martin helped the Aztecs outscore their opponent 21-10. Martin totaled 400 yards and six touchdowns, throwing for five touchdowns and running for one.
He was named WSFL/ACCAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 7.
Last year, the Aztecs boasted a 4-1 home record and were 7-4 overall. They finished as runners-up in the Western States Football League, falling in the championship game to Snow College of Utah.
PCC ranked 13th in the nation in scoring with 407 total points and 15th in total offense at 4,376 total yards. The team was also 12th in first downs per game at 21.6.
Head coach Jim Monaco returns to lead the team in 2016. Pima entered the season unranked but was the fifth and final team to receive votes and consideration for the top 20 NJCAA poll.
Sophomore running back Sirgeo Hoffman will play a big role on offense, jumping from productive backup to full-time starter. Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Cotton will also be asked to step up.
The Aztecs return one of the most intriguing defenses in the conference. Last year, they were eighth in the nation with 954 total tackles, second in the nation in fumble recoveries at 16 and seventh in the nation in defensive touchdowns with five.
“Our goal on defense this season is to get the ball back to the offense and, more specifically, stop the run,” defensive coordinator Pat Ryden said. “Our long-term goal is to win our conference and play in a bowl game.”
Look for sophomore linebacker Kana’l Picanco to be thrust into the limelight. Sophomore cornerback Paul Davis will anchor a secondary unit that plans to cause problems for opposing quarterbacks.
Ryden also offered “welcome back” to sophomore linebacker Tyson Otuafi, who is returning to the team from a two-year church mission.
“We just need to make sure that we are tough and physical in all aspects on our side of the ball,” Ryden said.
Sept. 17: Scottsdale CC, Kino North Stadium, 7 p.m.
Oct. 8: Eastern Arizona College, Kino North Stadium, 7 p.m.
By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College baseball team lost two games against Scottsdale Community College on March 22.
The Aztecs were behind 12-5 at the end of the fourth inning and ended up losing 13-8 after an attempted comeback.
Pima lost the second game 12-2 with the Artichokes taking another early lead in the second inning with five runs.
Pima won one of two games March 17 against South Mountain Community College and Seminole State College.
The Aztecs lost a tough matchup against South Mountain 5-2 after blowing an early 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Daniel Tolano, who pitched three and one-third innings, allowed four runs on five walks and two hits.
In game two, the Aztecs avenged their loss by defeating Seminole State 7-4. Despite falling behind in the fourth inning, PCC responded with six runs including a two-run double by sophomore Al Cruz.
The Aztecs lost 11-2 in a home game against Cochise College on March 15.
PCC’s bats were shut down through six innings. Entering the seventh, sophomore Hunter Green put Pima on the board with a RBI triple. In the eighth, sophomore Jacob Northrup drew a walk that loaded the bases but his team wasn’t able to capitalize.
On the mound in relief, freshman Ernesto Romero went three and two-third innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. Green finished 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI while freshman Frankie Ortiz went 1-for-1 with a run scored.
PCC split a doubleheader against Yavapai College in an ACCAC conference matchup at the West Campus on March 12.
The Aztecs took game one, winning 6-5. In the ninth inning, Pima held a 4-1 lead but Yavapai scored five runs to take a 5-4 lead. The Aztecs put the game behind them after scoring two runs.
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Sophomore Ryan Ramsower went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In game two, PCC lost to the Roughriders 8-4. The Aztecs took a 3-2 lead in the second inning and scored once in the eighth. Ramirez and Ramsower led the team with two hits apiece. Freshman Miguel Figueroa took the loss.
March 25: Monroe CC, West Campus, 2 p.m.
March 26: South Mountain CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
March 29: @ Eastern Arizona College, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
April 2: Cochise College, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
April 5: @ Central Arizona College, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished in second place March 15-16 at the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational.
The Aztecs finished with a two-day total of 667 (338-329). The results marked the fourth-straight time they’ve finished in second place this season. Mesa Community College finished first
PCC freshman Desiree Hong took first place in individual play with a two-day score of 151.
Freshmen Adriana Moreno and Samantha Hacker each shot a two-day score of 170.
Results were similar at the Estrella Mountain Community College Invitational on March 13-14.
During team play, the Aztecs led into the final round but were unable to hang on. Pima finished with a two-day score of 659 (325-334), 10 strokes behind Mesa.
Hong captured first place with a score of 146 (72-74).
“She really has a lot of confidence,” head coach Rick Price said. “What’s really crazy is she is still not playing up to her full capability. She can be even better.”
Moreno finished eighth in the Estrella Invitational while sophomore Casey Morinelli took ninth.
Price let the team enjoy the rest of their spring break. “I believe we solidified our qualifying for nationals with our performance this week, so it will be nice to give them some time off to catch up with school work,” he said.
April 4-5: @ South Mountain Invitational, Legacy Golf Resort, Laveen, 12:30 p.m.
By D.R. WILLIAMS
Landon Trejo returned to Tucson last August after two years in Oregon where he talked to strangers about the gospel.
A sophomore at Pima Community College, he finished a two-year hiatus from the men’s tennis team to serve his Latter Day Saints mission. Head Coach Brian Ramirez says the experiance has helped “get him out of his shell.”
“You’re going up to people you’ve never met before and talking about one of the most difficult things there is to talk about,” Trejo said.
His mission helped him build a better perspective off the court and he thought it could help with adversity on the court. Knowing more about himself, the break would benefit his mental approach to the game and how he reacts in tough situations.
Physically, he kept in good shape while traveling over 500 miles through Oregon, from Eugene (the hometown of Nike) and the coastal area of Brookings to the highlands of Klamath Falls.
In some spots the missioners had a car to drive, but traveled on foot and rode bicycles as their main mode of transportation. Oregon offered a unique scene compared to Tucson.
Trejo found little time to get on the courts while in Oregon.
“I basically took a two year- break,” he said.
Returning to Tucson before the fall semester in August, Trejo had enough time to transition back to school life before the tennis season.
Teammate Jesus Lopez characterizes Trejo as a positive person to be around.
“Landon always has a smile on his face and is first with positive feedback,” Lopez said.
He highlights Trejo’s work ethic as he’s “eager to go early and stay late to get better.”
In his final semester at Pima, Trejo aims to finish strong but it won’t be the end of his academic career. In the fall, he will begin work on completing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University in Utah.
For those who know Trejo, his teamwork is always present and he is a dedicated athlete.
“Landon has all the best interest for his teammates and all he meets,” Lopez said.
By JASON WEIR
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (22-7, 16-5 in ACCAC) finished the regular season schedule and is ready for the Division II Playoffs.
The Aztecs went 1-2 since their Feb. 10 match up, losing the first two games.
The Aztecs rebounded from those losses with an impressive win against South Mountain Community College in their home finale.
Freshman Sydni Stallworth continued her impressive freshman campaign, leading the Aztecs in scoring in all three games.
Both freshman Denesia Smith and sophomore Gabby Banales put their injuries behind them as they each scored in double figures in the game against the Cougars.
The Aztecs hope to be at full strength for the regional playoffs starting March 1.
The Feb. 23 game at Scottsdale Community College took place after the Aztec Press went to print.
Pima honored its six sophomores, Shalise Fernander, Taylor Blue, Hayley Pryor, Samirah Miller, Kristin Baldwin and Banales, as they played their final regular-season home game on Feb. 20.
The Aztecs dominated the winless Cougars from start to finish.
After winning the first quarter 28-2, Pima finished the first half with a 40-13 lead.
Pima continued to play hard in the second half on their way to the 93-34 victory.
The win completed the Aztec’s season sweep over the Cougars.
Pima’s bench even extended playing time with the large lead and scored 48 points on their own.
Freshman Bailey Johnson led the bench in scoring with 11 points to make her one of four Aztecs to score in double digits in the game.
Stallworth continued to be the Aztecs leading scorer with 17 points to go with five steals.
Pima lost back-to-back games for the first time this season on Feb. 17 losing to Central Arizona College 88-76.
The Vaqueras came into the game riding an 11-game win streak.
After a close first half, the Vaqueras showed why they were meant to win their 12th game in a row when they had an 18-2 run early in the third quarter and outscored the Aztecs 29-12 in the quarter.
This loss came a month after the Aztecs won at Central Arizona for the first time since 1982.
Stallworth led the team with 21 points to go with four steals.
Both Fernander and Smith scored in double figures. Fernander grabbed 12 rebounds on her way to a double-double.
The No. 6 Aztecs lost a close game at Arizona Western College on Feb. 13.
The two teams battled back and forth all night.
After falling behind in the third period, the Aztecs went on an 11-0 run and took a 50-44 lead.
Stallworth and Banales each hit a three pointer during the run.
Pima held a five point lead with 2:10 left to play.
The Matadors held Pima scoreless the remainder of the game outscoring them 9-0 as they won 67-63.
Stallworth was the leading scorer for Pima with 19 points to go along with her 13 rebounds. Both Stallworth and Blue had double-doubles. Blue with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
March 1: at Region I, Division II Playoffs (semifinals), TBA
March 3: at Region I, Division II Playoffs finals), TBA
By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College baseball team (12-3, 3-3 in ACCAC) has gone 3-3 since Feb. 9 and remains toward the top of the standings in community college play behind (15-0) Central Arizona College and (14-2) Mesa Community College.
“We like to take the positive and build on that,” sophomore Al Cruz said. “We definitely have the bats and pitching to get the job done.”
A Feb. 23 doubleheader at Phoenix College took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
On Feb. 9, the streaking Aztecs ball club, backed by its offense, beat the University of Arizona Club team 11-1 at the West Campus.
Freshman pitcher Trevelle Hill earned his second win of the season after throwing five innings of shutout ball. Freshman Jake Robertson closed out the 8th and final inning to beat UA.
Cruz finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI while fellow sophomore Marcus Catalano drove in three additional runs.
In a doubleheader on Feb. 13 against Scottsdale Community College, the Aztecs won their 10th consecutive game 3-0 behind a four-hit complete-game shutout by sophomore pitcher Daniel Tolano. He was named ACCAC Division II Pitcher of the Week.
In the second game, however, the Aztecs’ pitching was bombarded by Scottsdale’s bats and Pima lost 11-1. Freshman pitcher Ernesto Romero received the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
PCC split a heavily contested doubleheader against GateWay Community College on Feb. 16.
In the first game, sophomore Jacob Northrup hit a leadoff single, which began a short rally that would eventually put the Aztecs up 2-1 in the third inning. The Aztecs blew the lead after a two-run double by the Geckos in the fourth inning.
In the second game, the Aztecs mercy-ruled GateWay. Pima’s offense exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning. Catalano went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
“I was glad to come through with that two-out bases-clearing double,” Catalano said. “I think that opened the game up and helped everyone loosen up and just have fun.”
Sophomore Ivan Estrella had two hits. Freshman Hunter Green pitched a seven-inning complete game for his third win of the season.
“I was seeing the ball well all day,” Estrella said. “We knew we were facing two lefties in both games, so during batting practice we hit off of a left hander to get dialed in.”
Pima split the doubleheader against No. 10 Mesa Community College on Feb. 20.
In the first game, freshman Miguel Figueroa received the loss after replacing Tolano. Estrella drove in two runs while Green went 2-for-3 with a run.
After trailing 6-0 through four innings in the second game, the Aztecs rallied for five runs in the fifth inning and later padded their lead with four runs in the ninth.
Freshman Anthony Felix went 2-for-4 with three RBI while sophomore Ryan Ramsower hit a two-run blast in the fifth inning.
“We responded in the second game after being down by six, and that really showed how we never give up and we just rallied to come back and win,” Cruz said.
Feb. 27: Paradise Valley CC doubleheader, West Campus, noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 1: doubleheader @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 5: doubleheader @ Glendale CC,
noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 8: doubleheader @ GateWay CC,
noon and 2:30 p.m.