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ATHLETIC VOICE: Tucson: Bye-bye baseball

ATHLETIC VOICE: Tucson: Bye-bye baseball

By RENE ESCOBAR

Baseball has not been played in Tucson since April of 2012 the last baseball club to call Tucson home were the Tucson Padres, Triple-A affiliate for Major League Baseball club San Diego Padres.

But will Kino Stadium remain empty through the baseball season? Not for long I say.

Tucson has always had a love affair with baseball from the Sidewinders to the Padres, so Tucsonans say.

But low attendance plagued the Padres throughout their 3 seasons at Kino Sports Stadium. According to Baseballrefrences.com the Padres attendance record for the 2013 season was only 4000 people the stadium holds 11,500 people.

The padres were a decent team there last year in Tucson (2013) they were Division Champions with a 77-67 record and playing for a Triple-A championship. Yet had little support from the people of Tucson.

MLB also gave Tucson Baseball fans a gut punch by pulling The Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies and relocating them to Phoenix.

Due to logistic problems stating that the drive to Phoenix from Tucson was too long they want to be in the same general area.

These players and coaches don’t have an hour and a half bus ride segment in their multi-hundred million dollar contracts so they just moved to a city where they can walk to the stadiums. While leaving a city, who loves them behind with nothing but a newly renovated stadium.

None the less a baseball affiliate could see Tucson as legitimate location for their team with Major League Soccer preseason here and American Hockey League showcasing that Tucson has a love for sports.

Also, Tucson seems to be growing more and more companies are putting money into the economy making Tucson more likeable.

And when thinking about it what baseball club doesn’t want a newly renovated barley used stadium for their location of play.

To all baseball fans keep your heads high and keep the hope alive that one day we will have Tucson baseball alive again.

 

Aztecs to face Glendale in playoff game.

Aztecs to face Glendale in playoff game.

 By CASEY MUSE JR.

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Region I, Division II tournament.

PCC will host No. 3 seed Glendale Com munity College on March 8. During their final five games of the sea son, Pima won two games and lost three.

Feb. 15: PCC 110, Cochise 102

The Aztecs earned one of their best wins of the season at home against Cochise College. The game was back and forth to start until Pima took charge halfway through the first half. A 7-0 run gave the Aztecs their first double-digit lead of the game at 32-21  with just over eight minutes left in the half.

PCC strengthened its lead to as much as 14 before settling for a 50-39 halftime lead.  Cochise did all it could to close the gap in the second half and came as close as a seven-point deficit but it was never enough.

Sophomore Emilio Acedo had another good game as he tied for the team high in scoring with 26 points. He shot 4-for-7 from the 3-point line. Freshman Isiah Murphy had one of his best games of the year as he also scored 26 points. He shot 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the process.

Sophomore Damon Dubots contributed 19 points and seven rebounds. Fellow sophomore Deion James secured his 15th double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The result meant a split in the season head to head with Cochise.

The Aztecs fell 96-83 to the Apaches in Douglas in January. The win also meant Pima had won seven of its last eight games.

Feb. 18: PCC 67, Phoenix College 72

The Aztecs fell in a close game on the road against Phoenix College. The No. 20 Aztecs and No. 11 Bears went back and forth for the entire game. The first half produced nine lead changes and seven ties as the teams went in to halftime tied at 32.

The Aztecs came out strong in the second half, using an 8-0 run with about 12 minutes left in the game to take a 52-46 advantage.

Pima couldn’t maintain, however, and Phoenix College reclaimed the lead with just over five minutes left.

The Aztecs managed to tie the game two more times but could never take back the lead.

Acedo led the way with 20 points. He shot 3-for-6 from the 3-point line. James earned his 16th double-double on the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Dubots added 11 points.

Feb. 22: PCC 84, Central Arizona 79

Pima earned a close victory at home against Central Arizona College. The first half was closely contested and the teams entered halftime tied at 33-33. The Aztecs played a strong second half

but Central Arizona was able to keep things close.

Up two points with 27 seconds left, Acedo iced the game on a clutch 3-point shot. James scored a team-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds. Acedo finished the game with 13 points

and seven rebounds.

Pima also earned 34 bench points. The win earned head coach Brian Peabody the most wins he has ever had in a season at Pima, with 19. The win also offered revenge for a 103-97 loss the Aztecs took from Central Arizona in January.

Feb. 25: PCC 93, Mesa 94

The Aztecs played such a close game on the road against Mesa that regulation just was not enough.

Pima had a hot start to the game and broke out to an early 23-16 lead. The lead grew to as many as nine points but Mesa came back to regain the lead by halftime. Pima entered the second half down 41-40.

Mesa was in control for most of the second half until a late Aztec run forced overtime. Mesa owned the overtime period and scored the game’s final five points to win it. James earned his 17th double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Three other players scored 17 points

each.

Mesa earned its revenge as Pima defeated the Thunderbirds 115-78 at home in January.

Feb. 28: PCC 71, Arizona Western 98

It was a rough night for the Aztecs in their final home game of the season. Pima fell behind early to Division I opponent Arizona Western and could never chip their way back into it. James scored a team-high 15 points, while Acedo contributed 14 points.

All of the sophomores were honored during halftime.

 

New coach surprises at preseason tourney

New coach surprises at preseason tourney

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

After a sweep against Imperial College, the Pima Community College men’s and women’s teams played in a preseason tournament in Mesa.

“It went really well,” head coach Ian Esquer said.

Other schools such as Eastern Arizona and Arizona Christian University weren’t expecting the new coach and his team to get as far as they did, Esquer said.

“I was happy everyone played and had fun,” he said.

MEN’S TEAM

ACCAC preseason tournament

For doubles, the men’s team got to the finals of the main draw and the semifinals of the back draw.

“Arizona Christian University played and we beat them in the finals, so they were pretty impressed, as was I,” Esquer said.

WOMEN’S TEAM

ACCAC preseason tournament

In singles, freshman Emma Oropeza made her way to the semifinals of the main draw, while freshmen Janine Fernando and Lien Nguyen reached the back draw finals.

In doubles Oropeza and Nguyen made it to the semi’s of the back draw.

Feb. 23: Eastern 8, PCC 1

PCC’s game in Thatcher resulted in just one win, from freshman Elise Rodriguez. She won her No. 6 singles 7-6. The Aztecs lost every other match on the road.

GOLF: Men’s team seeks improvement, women’s team stays consistent

GOLF: Men’s team seeks improvement, women’s team stays consistent

By DAVID W. SKINNER

Both teams are keeping pace after the Pima Community College men’s golf team placed sixth in the Mesa Community College invitational on Feb. 6 and the women’s team placed second.

The women’s team took second place for the second time in a row while the men’s team improved to place fourth at Scottsdale.

MEN’S TEAM

The men’s team placed fourth at the Scottsdale Invitational at Hillcrest Golf Course, which took place on Feb. 20-21.

The Aztecs finished just two strokes behind third place Mesa Community College, with sophomore Colton Gage coming alive on the final day of the competition and earning a top-five finish.

Freshman Cooper Cordova continued an impressive start to his Aztec career by shooting one under par on the opening day. He finished the tournament with a top-20 finish overall.

Sophomores Noah St. Clair and Josh Daniels both tied for 30th to round out the weekend.

The men’s team will be teeing off next at the Estrella Mountain Invitational in Litchfield Park on March 7-8.

The team will be looking to secure its first top-three team finish of the season.

WOMEN’S TEAM

At the Estrella Mountain Invitational, the Aztecs were unable to score as they played with three of their four players.

Sophomore Desiree Hong was absent during the invitational, but it didn’t stop the Aztecs from finishing in the top half of the bracket.

Sophomore Samantha Hacker tied for fourth with a two-day score of 173 (90-83). Freshman Abby Miller finished in tenth place with a two-day total of 191 (94-97). Freshman Juliana Perez shot a two-day score of 204 (108- 96), tying for 13 place.

Samantha Hacker takes a look at the field before she swings. (Photo Courtesy of PCC Athletics)

BASEBALL: Aztecs move above .500 for the season

BASEBALL: Aztecs move above .500 for the season

By RENE ESCOBAR

As the Pima Community College baseball team digs through the opening season schedule they face a 0.028 lower batting average than last year.

The Aztecs have 37 more games till their post season, after the Chandler-Gilbert game.

Sophomore Taylor Ferdinand throws a pitch against Phoenix College under the Kino Sports Complex lights.
Rene Escobar / Aztec Press

Feb. 18: PCC 5, Mesa 8

Manny Ramirez home runs as the Aztecs fall to No. 6 Mesa on Feb.18 at West Campus. In the first game, but weather permitted the second from being played and will be made up for a later date.

The Aztecs trailed 5-2 after the top of the third they cut into the deficit after a two-run RBI duble by Sophomore Erick Migueles. But could not capitalize with a runner on second with zero outs.

Feb. 21: PCC 0, Phoenix College 1 / PCC 2, Phoenix College 8

In the first double header of conference play, the Aztecs were swept by Phoenix at Kino Sports Complex.

Migueles started the Aztecs off strong in the second game of the double header with a solo home run.

Kino Sports Complex was the sight of the Tuesday night game “It’s awesome, great experience for the kids.” Assistant coach Ernie Durazo said.

Migueles finished the second game two for five along with a RBI and one scored run.

Sophomore Taylor Ferdinand had a dismal second game giving up five total runs, two of them earned he only pitched three and two thirds innings before being pulled.

He was replaced with sophomore Ernesto Romero, who allowed one earned run.

Feb. 24: PCC 7, Vancouver Island 0 / PCC 7, Vancouver Island 3

Aztecs get back on track posting back-to-back lucky sevens sweeping Vancouver Island University at West Campus.

Pitchers Jonathan Deeble and Andres Hackman combine for a shutout during the first game of the double header against Vancouver.

Migueles got the Aztecs on the board first in the first game with a RBI single. He would finish one for two at the plate.

In the second game the Aztecs were trailing by the third.

An offensive explosion rallied the team to the lead with a five run in the fourth inning to secure the win for the Aztecs.

Feb. 25: PCC 3, Paradise Valley 5 / PCC 3, Paradise Valley 1

Both games were tight contests as the Aztecs saw freshman pitcher Jose Contreras toss five strikeouts in a 3-1 win over Paradise Valley.

Freshman Isaac Lopez continued the pitching dominance earning the save with one strikeout.

In the first game the Aztecs cut the into the lead in the fourth inning, making the score 3-2. But Paradise Valley halted the come back by scoring two runs.

In the second game the Aztecs provided just enough offense to take the lead and pitching kept the lead for the Aztecs.

Sophomore Oscar Larranaga finished the second game with two RBIs going two for four at the plate.

Freshman Marcus Mendez went two for three at the plate with two runs scored.

Migueles finished the game one for four with an RBI along with a solo home run.

Freshman Gage O’Brien pitched for two innings with two strike outs and three walks.


ON DECK

March 4: Glendale CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

March 7: GateWay CC, Kino Memorial Stadium, doubleheader, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. March 11: at Yavapai College, Prescott, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

March 14: Monroe CC, Kino Memorial Stadium, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

March 17: Madison Area Technical College, West Campus, noon

March 21: at Scottsdale CC, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

March 23: Mexico, Kino Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.

Pima Briefs

Pima Briefs

Student veterans plan March 23 fundraiser

Pima Community College’s Student Veteran Organization will hold a hotdog fundraiser on March 23 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Free Speech area.

A hotdog, chips and drink costs $5. Proceeds provide funding for student veterans to attend conferences that help them reach full potential in civilian life.

For further information, call Downtown Campus Student Life at 206-7106.

-By Robyn Zelickson

 

Northwest Campus to celebrate Spirit Week

Northwest Campus will celebrate Spirit Week March 7-9.

Students can come dressed as a “twin” by wearing the same clothes as a friend on Tuesday, March 7. They can show their Pima pride by wearing school colors on Wednesday, March 8, and they can dress in the colors of their favorite sports teams on Thursday, March 9.

For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-2121.

-By Elise Stahl

 

Desert Vista hosts career café March 8

Desert Vista Campus will hold a free career café for all Pima Community College students on March 8 from noon-2 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Faculty and staff volunteers will share tips, information and handouts on job searching and career exploration skills. Free coffee will be available.

“Changing careers” is the special brew topic for March.

Another career café will be held April 12. Its special brew topic will be “Small Talk for a Big Career.”

For additional information, call program coordinator Gustavo Miranda at 206-5235.

-By Rene Escobar

 

“Up with People” at Downtown Campus

Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus wants students to get involved in its cultural fair ‘Up with People’ on March 15 in the Amethyst Room from 1-4 p.m.

High school and college students from throughout Tucson will have opportunities to attend workshops and to meet people from different cultural backgrounds.

Seminars, musical shows and other activities will be presented. The objective of this far is set positive changes.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited.

Check in time is at 12:45 p.m. Register at http://www.upwithpeople.org/UWPday.

For more information, call Student Life at 206-7258.

-By Dakota Fincher

  

Plarn Party for the homeless

Join Gabriella Encinas Monday, March 6 at the Amethyst Community room at Downtown Campus from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. to plarn.

“Plarn” stands for plastic yarn. The goal is to have 30 mats to give to the homeless at Corinne

Anderson’s RISE homeless event on April 22.

There will be pies and movies while you weave the plarn.

“I feel like I needed to be a part of something bigger.” Encinas said about her Honors Endeavor Project.

Plastic bag donations are appreciated, but not required.

For more information contact gabbersenc67@gmail.com

-By Dakota Fincher

 

Downtown hosts Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies Summit

Pima Community College’s Downtown campus invites everyone to learn about ethnic, gender and transborder studies, March 10 starting 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

The summit theme is ‘Promoting Excellence in Social Justice Education’ in morning panels.

Participants will help design a ‘Center of Excellence’ in afternoon workshops.

There will be speakers, workshops, art exhibits, book signings, university recruiters with transfer information and more.

Register online at tinyutl.com/EGTSSummit2017 for a provided lunch.

This event is free but space is limited.

For more information call 206-7046.

-By Dakota Fincher

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Pima to host Scottsdale in playoffs

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Pima to host Scottsdale in playoffs

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

Sophomore Denesia Smith muscles past a Cochise College defender for a layup. Smith finished the game with a team-high 26 points.
Nicholas Trujillo / Aztec Press

The Pima Community College women’s team will be the No. 2 seed for the NJCAA Region I, Division II tournament, and will host No. 3 Scottsdale Community College on March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Pima finished the regular season with a 22-7 overall record and a 17-5 record in conference play.

Feb. 15: PCC 80, Cochise 81

When the Aztecs faced Cochise College at home for their second game of the season, they met the same fate as in their previous meeting in Douglas.

After a strong first half, PCC fell behind in the second half. A last-second play by sophomore Sydni Stallworth forced overtime.

The Apaches won the game with a last-second layup.

Stallworth finished with 15 points, which she scored solely in the second half and in overtime. Sophomore Denesia Smith finished with a team-high 26 points and fellow sophomore Erin Peterson ended with seven points and seven rebounds.

Feb. 18: PCC 94, Phoenix 71

After recovering from the Apache loss, PCC bounced back to defeat Phoenix College by a double-digit margin.

PCC ended the first half with a 34-31 lead and opened the second half with a 15-6 run. The Aztecs used an 11-0 run to take a 74-50 lead with four minutes left.

Sophomore Bree Cates and Smith both ended with 16 points.

Stallworth finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Moana Hala’ufia had 15 rebounds and four points.

Feb. 22: PCC 93, CAC 90

A 93-90 home victory gave the Aztecs their first-ever regularseason sweep of Central Arizona College. In a previous road match, the Aztecs beat the Vaqueras 96-85.

The Aztecs fell behind during the game but continued chipping away. The game was tied at 90-90 with 13.3 seconds left when Cates hit a 3-pointer to secure the win.

“We stayed together and kept fighting,” Cates said in a press release. “It was our time and we were due for sure.” Cates led the team with 23 points, and Stallworth scored 17 points.

Feb. 25: PCC 58, Mesa 60

PCC had a strong first half but quickly derailed. After multiple lead changes in the second half, Mesa used a 6-0 run to take and maintain the lead.

Cates finished the game with 22 points and six rebounds. Smith had 14 points.

Feb. 28: PCC 79, AWC 73 

Head coach Todd Holthaus talks to his team as assistant coaches Jim Rosborough and Chris Klassen look on.
Nicholas Trujillo / Aztec Press

The Aztecs finished the regular season with a victory over the Arizona Western College Matadors on Sophomore Night.

PCC opened the first half with a 12-0 run and ended the first quarter 10 points ahead, 26-16. The second quarter saw a revamped Arizona Western College score seven points ahead of the Aztecs.

The teams went into halftime with PCC still in the lead, 37-34.

The second half of the game was no different.

The Aztecs were up in the third quarter, only to see the Matadors come back in the fourth. The game ended with AWC falling short of the win.

Stallworth was just short of a triple-double with 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Cates finished with 17 points, and Smith finished with 13.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Pima riding wave to postseason

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Pima riding wave to postseason

Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics Sophomore Sydni Stallworth goes in for a layup against South Mountain.

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.

ON DECK

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.

GOLF: Hong ties for first

GOLF: Hong ties for first

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

Invitational

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.

 

ON DECK

MEN’S TEAM

Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale Community College Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m. start time both days

WOMEN’S TEAM

Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain Community College Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m. start time both days

TENNIS: Team's sweep openers

TENNIS: Team’s sweep openers

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.

MEN’S

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.

WOMEN’S

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.

 

ON DECK

MEN’s TEAM

Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale CC, Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m.

WOMEN’S TEAM

Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain CC Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m.

SOFTBALL: Aztecs looking for consistency during season start

SOFTBALL: Aztecs looking for consistency during season start

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.

 

ON DECK

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.

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Aztecs catching fire at right time

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs catching fire at right time

Casey Muse Jr./Aztec Press Sophomore guard Zach Evans dribbles past a South Mountain defender.

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.”

ON DECK

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.

PIMA BRIEFS

PIMA BRIEFS

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.

For more information, email sandscript@pima.edu. For complete submission criteria, visit facebook.com/sandscriptmag or aztecpressonline.com/sandscript.

-By Robyn Zelickson

AZTEC CALENDAR: Feb. 16-March 1

AZTEC CALENDAR: Feb. 16-March 1

CAMPUS EVENTS

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.

 

TUCSON EVENTS

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

 

LIVE MUSIC 

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

Theater releases 

Feb. 17

“Everybody Loves Somebody”

“The Great Wall”

“Fist Fight”

“A Cure for Wellness”

“XX”

Feb. 24

“Get Out”

 

DVD releases

Feb. 21

“Bad Santa 2”

“Nocturnal Animals”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

Feb. 28

“Rules Don’t Apply”

“Doctor Strange”

“Allied”

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL: PCC opens season with blowout wins

MEN’S BASKETBALL: PCC opens season with blowout wins

Freshman guard Isaiah Murphy drives to the basket in a 127-68 victory over Vegas Impact on Nov. 6.

Freshman guard Isaiah Murphy drives to the basket in a 127-68 victory over Vegas Impact on Nov. 6.

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.