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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)

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.

 

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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

Men’s team wins regional championship

Men’s team wins regional championship

By BRYAN OROZCO

Pima Community College men’s golf came back to the Old Pueblo with the NJCAA Region I, Division I Championship.

The Aztecs won their second straight championship with a total of 1,179 (295-294-296-294) in the four-day tournament and won by 39 strokes in the final standings.

“It was a great season,” head coach Clark Rustand said. “Our players stepped up this year in a big way, and we saw the program move forward because of it.”

Eastern Arizona College took second place with 1,218 (315-293-309-301).

Scottsdale Community College placed third with 1,236 (316-292-316-312). Estrella Mountain Community College was fourth with 1,325 (334-333-325-330).

Pima sophomore David Rauer was the individual champion as he posted a total score of 286 (72-71-71-72). He was six over par for the tournament and won by 10 strokes.

Last year, Rauer took second place in the region championship.

The Aztecs took half of the eight top golfers spots of the All-Region I, Division I teams.

Sophomore Will Dennis tied for second place in the standings with a score of 296 (75-75-75-71). Sophomore Frankie Wu struggled but managed to finish in fourth place with a 299 (71-74-76-78).  Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina tied for seventh place with a score of 305 (78-77-74-76).

Freshman Jonah Daniels struggled but was able to score a five-over par 75 in the final round. He tied for ninth place with a score of 309 (77-74-83-75).

The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA National Championship at the Duran Golf Course in Melbourne, Fla., from May 16-19.

Rustand believes the one thing the team must do in preparation for nationals is to eliminate mistakes.

“We really struggled at regionals with careless mistakes which lead to higher scores than we should have made,” he said. “If we can eliminate those mistakes, I think we can have a really good week.”

Women’s team heads to Florida May 16-19

By CASEY MUSE JR.

The Pima Community College Women’s golf team is getting ready to participate in the NJCAA Championship at the Daytona Beach Golf Course in Daytona, Fla., May 16-19.

Fans will look to see how freshman Desiree Hong fares. She took first place in four out of six regular season tournaments this season.

Golf: Women head to nationals;  2nd in ACCAC

Golf: Women head to nationals; 2nd in ACCAC

By CASEY MUSE JR.

The Pima Community College women’s golf team participated in their final tournament of the season April 18-19.

Freshman Desiree Hong had a solid outing winning her fourth individual tournament. She shot a three-over par 73 in

the first round and a two-under par 68. She finished with a two-day total of 141 (+1).

Hong was named ACCAC Conference Player of the Year and earned first team All-ACCAC Conference as well as

first-team All-Region.

Pima finished second overall as a team for the fifth time. The Aztecs finished with a score of 636 (328-308). Mesa

Community College won the tournament with a team score of 613 (308-305).

Freshman Samantha Hacker finished the tournament in fifth with a score of 157 (80-77). Hacker was named second

team All-ACCAC Conference and second-team All-Region I.

Sophomore Adriana Moreno finished with a two-day score of 166 (86-80). Moreno was also named second team

All-ACCAC Conference.

Pima took second place in the overall ACCAC Conference standings. The next stop for the Aztecs is the NJCAA National

Championship in Dayton Beach, Fla. May 16-19.

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Men's Golf: Men finish season in tie with EAC

Men’s Golf: Men finish season in tie with EAC

By BRYAN OROZCO

Pima Community College men’s golf team closed out the regular season finishing in second place for the fourth

consecutive time.

The Aztecs tied with Eastern Arizona College with a two-round total of 571 (286-285) at the Scottsdale Community

College Invitational. Eastern Arizona also took second with a score of 571 (279-292).

South Mountain Community College took first place with a total of 557 (282-275).

Sophomore Will Dennis had the best score for the Aztecs as he tied for fourth place in the individual tournament. He

shot a five under-par 139, shooting a one-under par 71 on in the first round and a four-under par 68 for the second

round.

Sophomore David Rauer tied for 12th place with a one-under par 143. He shot a one-over par 73 in the first round and a

two-under par 70 for the second.

Sophomores Wilfred Tewawina and Frankie Wu each finished the tournament tied for 21st place. Tewawina shot a 147

(75-72) and Wu finished with a 147 (72-75).

The Aztecs will compete in the Region I championships April 28 to May 1 at the Gold Canyon Golf Course in Gold

Canyon, Ariz.


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April 28-May 1: @ ACCAC Region 1 Championship, Gold Canyon Golf Course, Gold Canyon, Ariz. Time TBA

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MEN'S GOLF: Aztecs finishe second while hosting Invitational

MEN’S GOLF: Aztecs finishe second while hosting Invitational

By BRYAN OROZCO

The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished in second place when it hosted the PCC Invitational at Silverbell Golf Course on Feb. 28-29.

South Mountain Community College from Phoenix took first place.

The Aztecs finished the tournament with a two-day score of 563, earning a score of 281 in the first round and 282 in the second round.
Sophomore David Rauer was Pima’s top finisher and earned medalist honors after he tied for second place.

He finished with a score of 138, shooting a two-under par 68 in the first round and an even-par 70 in the second.

Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina finished at 143, with a one-over par 71 in the first round and a two-over par 72 in the second round.

Freshman Jonah Daniels finished with a score of 144.

He shot a two-under par 68 in the second round, an eight-stroke improvement from his first round score of 76.

Sophomore Will Dennis also finished at 144, shooting a two-over par 72 in both rounds.

Sophomore Frankie Wu finished at 145 after struggling in the second round.

The Aztecs will play their fourth tournament of the season on March 14-15 in the Mesa Community College Invitational at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa.

Teams will tee off at 7 a.m. on Monday and at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

WOMEN’S GOLF

The Pima Community College women’s golf team was scheduled to play in the Scottsdale Community College Invitational on March 7-8.

The tournament took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.


 

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MEN’S GOLF

March 14: @ Mesa Invitational, Mesa, 7 a.m.

March 15: @ Mesa Invitational, Mesa, 11 a.m.

Sophomore David Rauer tees off at the PCC Invitational Feb. 29 at Silverbell Golf Course. Rauer finished in a tie for second place. Steven Fowler/Aztec Press

Sophomore David Rauer tees off at the PCC Invitational Feb. 29 at Silverbell Golf Course. Rauer finished in a tie for second place.
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WOMEN’S GOLF

March 13-14: @ Estrella Mountain Invitational, Aguila Golf Course, noon.

March 15-16: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, noon.

 

 

MEN'S GOLF: Pima ties for sixth at tournament

MEN’S GOLF: Pima ties for sixth at tournament

By STEVEN FOWLER

Pima Community College men’s golf team tied for sixth at the Estrella Mountain Invitational on Feb. 15-16 at the Wigwam Golf Course in Litchfield.

The Aztecs recorded a two-day score of 599 (302-297) tied with Glendale Community College.

Sophomore David Rauer, who won the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational individual tournament on Feb. 8-9, finished tied for seventh place with a two-day total of 145. Rauer shot a two-over par 74 on Feb. 15 and a one-under par in his second round on Feb. 16.

Sophomore Will Dennis finished the individual tournament tied for 14th place with a 149 score. He shot a one-over par 73 on Feb. 16, and a four-over 76 on the first day of the tournament.

Sophomore Frankie Wu shot a 150 (75-75) and tied for 17th in the individual tournament. Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina tied for 32nd with a 155 (77-78).

PCC hosts the Pima Invitational at the Silverbell Golf Course on Feb. 29-March 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. on both days.

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Feb. 29-March 1: Pima Invitational at Silverbell Golf Course, 10:30 a.m.

 

WOMEN'S GOLF: Hong takes first at Mesa Invitational

WOMEN’S GOLF: Hong takes first at Mesa Invitational

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College women’s golf team was back in action Feb. 14-15 at the Mesa Community College Invitational at Dobson Ranch Golf Course.

Freshman Desiree Hong won the individual tournament with a two-day score of 151. She shot a three-over par 75 in the first round and finished with a four-over par 76.

Hong defeated her opponent by a margin of three stokes.

“Once she has another tournament or two under her belt, she will improve even more,” head coach Rick Price said. “She grew up playing golf and we know that she is capable of shooting under par consistently.”

PCC ended in second place with an overall team score of 658. Pima finished behind host Mesa Community College, which had a score of 628. South Mountain Community College finished third with a team score of 687.

Sophomore Adriana Moreno finished the tournament tied for eighth place. She had a two-day total of 168 (84-84).

Sophomore Casey Morinelli and freshman Samantha hacker tied each other for 11th place with scores of 170. Both teammates improved their score by four strokes, 87-84 during the second round of play.

Freshman Raquel Converse shot 171 (86-85) and sophomore Carley Nelson finished at 182 (93-89).

The Aztecs are anxious to quickly return to competitive play.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Price said. “Each event gets us one step closer to reaching our goal of nationals in May.”

Pima’s next opportunity will come March 7-8 at the Scottsdale Invitational.

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March 7-8: @ Scottsdale Invitational, Hillcrest
Golf Course, 11 a.m.
March 13-14: @ Estrella Mountain Invitational,
Aguila Golf Course, noon

GOLF: Women lose eligibility, men win opener

GOLF: Women lose eligibility, men win opener

By MICKEY RAY LAMB

The Pima Community College women’s golf team was unable to complete its first meet of the season.

“I’m not at liberty to disclose any information at the moment,” head coach Rick Price said, citing eligibility issues.

Although the Aztecs participated during the first day of competition, PCC was not permitted to participate in the contest for the second day of events.

The next meet of the season is at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa on Feb. 14 at noon.

The mens’s golf team had an outstanding season opener, winning the Chandler-Gilbert invitational.

Pima finished on top individually, with David Rauer taking first place with a 137, Wilfred Tewawina in second with 140 and Frankie Wu was tied for third with a 142 in the two-day event.

Golf: Teams hold steady

Golf: Teams hold steady

By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Men’s golf:

The Pima Community College men’s team placed third in the Pima Invitational which took place at Silverbell Golf Course from March 16-17.

“We stepped up in a big way, and took a step in the direction of realizing our potential,” head coach Clark Rustand said.

Scoring 565 the Aztecs trailed second place to Mesa Community College by two strokes.

Freshman David Raur took first place, shooting eight under par 64 during the first day and finishing with a final score of 132.

All conference player sophomore Anthony Moncada and freshman Will Dennis each shot for even-par 144. Freshman Frankie Wu and freshman Aaron Ramonett each shot 148.

Pima’s next match begins March 31 at the WigWam Golf Course in Litchfield Park with tee off at 12:45 p.m.

Women’s golf:

Pima Community College placed fifth in the Estrella Mountain Invitational scoring 753, nine strokes behind conference rival Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Mesa Community College took first scoring 615.

The meet took place at Aguila Golf Course in Phoenix beginning March 17 and closed out the following afternoon.

Freshman Jessica Nordby took eleventh place in individual play with a total of 174. Sophomore Paige Valles placed 14th with a score of 176.

Freshman Carley Nelson shot a 200 taking 19th, followed by freshman Casey Morinelli who took 20th scoring 203.

Pima took third at Scottsdale Invitational Pima on March 15-16 beating out Chandler-Gilbert in a close competition for that position, with a team score of 736.

Each Aztec golfer improved on the second day of competition.

Valles had the Aztec’s best game, taking ninth with a score of 170. Nelson placed 11th shooting a 175. Nordby placed 16th with a score of 193 and Morienelli shot a 198 taking 17th.

“We could have done better, had we not lost a few girls due to slipped grades,” head coach Rick Price said. “If we can secure another third place ranking before the season is over we’ll be eligible for the national tournament.”

Pima’s next meet will be the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational at Toka Sticks Golf Course from April 6-7. Tee off is at noon.

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MEN’S GOLF:
March 31: Estrella Mountain CC, Litchfield Park, Tucson, 12:45 p.m.

Pima golf teams keep swinging for wins

Pima golf teams keep swinging for wins

By MICKEY RAY LAMB

The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished fourth in the Lady Thunderbird Classic.

The tournament, hosted by Mesa Community College was held at Dobson Ranch Golf Course on March 4-5.

Mesa closed out the event with a low score of 606 (300-306) with the closest contender South Mountain Community College trailing far behind with a 640(327-313).

While the Aztecs placed only fourth in the event as a team, Sophomore Paige Valles found herself finishing in tenth place in individual play, hitting 87 in the first day of play and only 84 in the second, for a final total of 171.

Pima’s next match is from March 15-16 and will be hosted by Scottsdale Community College at Hillcrest Golf Course in Sun City.

Men’s Golf

The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished third at the Mesa Invitational on March 7-8 at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Chandler.

The Aztecs came away with a team score of 583 (293-290) tying with Eastern Arizona College.

Freshman David Rauer improved by five strokes on the second day of the tournament finishing with a two-day total of 143 (74-69). Sophomore Anthony Moncada also shot 143 (69-74) tying with Rauer for 10th place.

Freshman Aaron Ramonett finished in 15th place scoring 147 (75-72), freshman Frankie Wu finished in 21st with a score of 150 (75-75).

The team’s next match is The Pima Invitational on March 16-17.

 

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Women’s Golf

March 15-16: @ Hillcrest Golf Course, Sun City

Men’s Golf

March 16-17: Pima Community College, Silverbell Golf Course, 11 a.m. Mon., 8:30 a.m. Tues.

 

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Sophomore Paige Valles takes her approach shot during a recent match.

 

GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

By NICK MEYERS

The Pima Community College men’s and women’s golf teams finished their season at the NCJAA National Tournaments.

The men’s team took 19th place in Burlington, Iowa, on May 16 with sophomore Tyler Cooper and freshman Ben Bradford tying for 79th individually.

The women’s team took 11th place in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 15 with sophomore Josie Trapnell tying for 40th individually.

Men finish 19th of 22 teams

The men’s team wrapped up their last tournament with a score of 1,290 points. The Aztecs achieved their lowest total in the third round with 316 points.

Cooper and Bradford tied for 79th place individually with scores of 324. The two players matched each other’s total on the second and last day of play. Both shot 77 for their lowest round scores — Cooper in the third round and Bradford in the final.

The rest of the team’s scores followed closely. Sophomore Anthony Moncada came in with 325 points, shooting a 79 in the third round for his lowest. Freshman Gabe Borboa and sophomore David Chung came in at 326 and 328 respectively.

Borboa put up his lowest score in the first round with 78 and Chung in the third round with 79.

 Women place 11th of 15 teams

The women’s tournament was cut short due to weather conditions, resulting in three days of play ending on May 15. The Aztecs scored 377 points on their first and final days and 381 on the second day.

Trapnell closed the tournament with a final score of 259 and the team’s lowest individual round score of 85. She tied for 40th place individually in the tournament.

Freshman Martha Felix finished with 268 points, scoring a low of 88 on her two final days. Sophomore Brittney Makar shot a total of 300 points, with her lowest score happening in the first round at 94 points.

Freshman Paige Valles showed constant improvement throughout the tournament, shaving three points off her first-round score in her second day and four points off that score in her third round. She shot a total of 308, with a low of 99 on the third day.

Freshman Beth Mentjox shot a total of 343 for the Aztecs, with a low of 111 in the second round. Men take 19th place in Iowa

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s men’s golf team landed on the green with a third-place finish at the Division 1 regional tournament in Phoenix April 24-27.

The Aztecs took an early lead in the first round, with sophomore David Chung sitting at the No. 1 spot in individual rankings hitting par with a score of 71.

Freshman Gabe Borboa and sophomore Anthony Moncada followed in fifth and sixth place with scores of 73 and 74.

Chung maintained second place by the end of day two, shooting a 75 for the 70-par course, but dropped to sixth following a rough round of 85. He finished the tournament in fifth place after shooting another 75 for a total of 306, earning him a spot on the All-Region team.

Borboa nearly mimicked Chung with a final score of 308, which earned him a tie for eighth place but lost in the contest for the All-Region spot. He shot a 73, two-over par, on his best day.

Moncada ended the tournament with 311 points.

Sophomore Tyler Cooper finished with 316 points and a four-over par on his second day with 75 points. Freshman Ben Bradford totaled 317 points with a 75 on his last day.

The Aztecs totaled 304 points in the final round in contrast to 310 and 323 on days two and three and 294 in the opening round.

“The kids played better today,” coach Clark Rustand said on the last day of play. “But, it wasn’t enough to dig ourselves out of the hole we dug the previous two days.”

Moncada was named Second Team All-Conference on April 27 after averaging 73 points per round during the regular season.

The men’s team will compete in the NCJAA National Championships in Burlington, Iowa, on May 14-17.

The women’s team closed out the regular season with a second-place finish on April 22 in the South Mountain Community College Invitational. They will compete in the NJCAA tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 12-15.

GOLF: Men take third place at regionals

By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s men’s golf team landed on the green with a third-place finish at the Division 1 regional tournament in Phoenix April 24-27.

The Aztecs took an early lead in the first round, with sophomore David Chung sitting at the No. 1 spot in individual rankings hitting par with a score of 71.

Freshman Gabe Borboa and sophomore Anthony Moncada followed in fifth and sixth place with scores of 73 and 74.

Chung maintained second place by the end of day two, shooting a 75 for the 70-par course, but dropped to sixth following a rough round of 85. He finished the tournament in fifth place after shooting another 75 for a total of 306, earning him a spot on the All-Region team.

Borboa nearly mimicked Chung with a final score of 308, which earned him a tie for eighth place but lost in the contest for the All-Region spot. He shot a 73, two-over par, on his best day.

Moncada ended the tournament with 311 points.

Sophomore Tyler Cooper finished with 316 points and a four-over par on his second day with 75 points. Freshman Ben Bradford totaled 317 points with a 75 on his last day.

The Aztecs totaled 304 points in the final round in contrast to 310 and 323 on days two and three and 294 in the opening round.

“The kids played better today,” coach Clark Rustand said on the last day of play. “But, it wasn’t enough to dig ourselves out of the hole we dug the previous two days.”

Moncada was named Second Team All-Conference on April 27 after averaging 73 points per round during the regular season.

The men’s team will compete in the NCJAA National Championships in Burlington, Iowa, on May 14-17.

The women’s team closed out the regular season with a second-place finish on April 22 in the South Mountain Community College Invitational. They will compete in the NJCAA tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 12-15.

GOLF: Aztec prepping for regional championships

GOLF: Aztec prepping for regional championships

By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s golf teams wrapped up regular season play April 15 and 22 with the men’s team finishing sixth overall and the women’s team finishing second.

 

Women finish season strong

The Aztecs finished a tournament in second place in Phoenix on April 9.

Sophomore Josie Trapnell finished in sixth place over all with a total of 161. This is her second individual placement this season.

Freshmen Martha Felix and Paige Valles shot for 177 and 178, respectively.

Sophomore Brittney Makar was the only Aztec to show an improved score between the two rounds shooting four strokes under her round one score for a total of 192.

The women’s golf team played their last tournament on April 22.

They took second place once again to secure a second place overall standing heading into the regional championships.

 

Men finish on par for the season

PCC’s men’s golf team finished on par tied for fifth place in its last regular season tournament on April 15.

Every member of the team improved upon their first round scores during second round play, the first time the team has done so this season.

Sophomore David Chung shot the best game on the team scoring one-under par and a four-stroke

improvement in the second round for an overall score of 146.

Freshman Gabe Borboa showed the biggest improvement on the team with five less points and also hitting one-under par in his second round for a final score of 147.

Freshman Ben Bradford shot one-over par in the second round and also had a four-stroke improvement and wrapped up the tournament with 150 points.

Sophomore Anthony Moncada finished with a total of 151 points and improved one stroke in his second round.

The Aztecs will move onto regional championship play on April 24 in Gold Canyon.

GOLF: Men’s team takes sixth place finish

GOLF: Men’s team takes sixth place finish

By NICK MEYERS

The Pima Community College men’s golf team wrapped up its fifth tournament of the season with a sixth-place finish on April 1 at the Paradise Valley Invitational in Scottsdale.

Sophomore David Chung tied for sixth place amongst individuals with a total of 146 points, improving two strokes in the second round.

Sophomores Anthony Moncada and Tyler Cooper both contributed seven-point improvements in their second rounds for respective totals of 151 and 153.

Freshman Ben Bradford finished closely behind Cooper with a score of 154. Bradford also had a two-point improvement on his second round score.

The players “struggled in the first round and then played much better the second round,” coach Clark Rustand said.

“We just need to figure out how to change that first round to be more competitive,” he said. “I’m confident in our guys and think they’ll get it by the end of the season when it matters.”

The Aztecs will play one more tournament, at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Invitational on April 14-15, before the Region I championships.

 

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Sophomore Tyler Cooper watches the ball take flight on March 3.