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Women’s Soccer

August 14, 2014
WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED #4 IN NATION

The PVCC Women’s Soccer team has garnered a fourth-place ranking in the preseason NJCAA National Poll. The 2014 Pumas hope to continue their success on the pitch. They open their season on August 28 at Glendale CC (Pioneer Park) and open at home on September 11 vs. Cochise.

In 2013, the Pumas finished their season 21-1-2. After winning their regional tournament, the Pumas made their third national tournament appearance in the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Tournament held in Florida.

Good luck on a great 2014 season ladies!


News

August 13, 2014
INTRODUCING THE PUMA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE PROGRAM

You’re a great Student AND a great Athlete!

The Puma Scholar-Athlete Program has been designed to recognize all Puma student-athletes who excel in their academics while involved in their sport. Student-athletes who, after a minimum of two full time semesters, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher will be designated as Puma Scholar-Athletes.

Every student-athlete who joins the Puma family has an incredible amount of potential for intellectual and personal growth, just as they do athletically. While we challenge our student-athletes to maximize their potential in ALL areas, we ardently strive to provide a framework of support that enables student-athletes to excel in the classroom. Our collaborative efforts build skills and confidence, shape character, and enhance opportunities for success.

PV athletics firmly believes that athletics and academics complement each other. There is a proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance. Utilizing the same traits and characteristics applied to achievement in their sport, these scholar-athletes have built their academic excellence during the 2013-2014 academic year.

While current success is of great value, success as a scholar-athlete at PV also prepares students to pursue their athletic and academic goals at the four-year college level. We look forward to seeing all of our student-athletes work to become scholar-athletes during their tenure with PVCC Athletics as well as continue their success once Puma alums.

BASEBALL
Roberto Martinez
Colton Motely
James Rimer
Josh Rojas
Nate Ruane
Jaraad Salas

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Roberto Contreras

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Billie Jo Dytrt
Sarah St. Amand

WOMEN’S GOLF
Sarah Hackenschmidt
Andria Welty

MEN’S SOCCER
Trevor Hardacker
Paul Paez

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Tia Blackwell
Brenna Lenihan

SOFTBALL
Sayaka Foley
Hannah Lackey
Candra Land
Olivia Lopez
Karina Ojeda
Stephanie Wells

WOMEN’S TENNIS
MaKenna George

MEN’S TRACK
Dustin Owsley
Justin Tobin

WOMEN’S TRACK
Anna Burrola
Morgan Chilson
Beth Krasuskki

Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!

Women’s Soccer

August 11, 2014
RANKED PRE-SEASON #4 BY NSCAA

There is room for speculation and debate regarding most pre-season polls, but it is generally considered better to be ranked than not. The PV women's soccer team has been ranked #4 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in their pre-season poll released earlier today.

The NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings are a week-to-week status of qualified programs and announced Tuesdays at noon CT on NSCAATV. The NSCAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.

The 2014 Pumas will look to establish their identity and accomplishments right out of the gate. The 2014 squad will be led by five returners who will be joined by 16 newcomers. PV opens conference play Thursday, August 28 against Glendale CC at the Pioneer Park at 7pm.

Go Pumas!


Softball

August 11, 2014
SOFTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETE RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM AZ SOFTBALL FOUNDATION

On Saturday, three PV Softball student-athletes received scholarships through the generous donations of the members of the Arizona Softball Foundation. Sophomore Olivia Lopez, incoming freshman Alicia Gil and Krista Keller were honored at a banquet held by the ASF. ASF grants scholarships each academic year to student-athletes around the state to assist with academic related expenses.

In attendance at the banquet was famed women’s professional baseball player Dottie Wilkinson. Dottie was a pioneer in women's baseball as a player in the All-American Women's Baseball League made famous by the movie "A League of Their Own.” Wilkinson was played by Geena Davis who is the main character of the movie.

Congratulations ladies!


Women’s Soccer

August 7, 2014
11th ANNUAL SARAH SHARPE ALUMNI GAME

Join us for the 11th annual Sarah Sharpe Women’s Soccer Alumni Game!

Date: Friday, August 22nd
Time: Kickoff at 7:00pm, warm up 6:30pm
Place: Reach 11 Sports Complex main field, Phoenix

For question, please contact PVCC Athletics
602-787-7173
christina.hundley@pvmail.maricopa.edu

See you there!

Track & Field

July 30, 2014
PUMAS HIRE NEW TRACK & FIELD CO-HEAD COACH

The Pumas are excited to announce the hiring of Brian Batliner as their new track & field co-head coach. Batliner will join Dave Barney in leading the Pumas during the 2015 track season. In addition to his track duties, Batliner will also assist the athletic department with its student-athlete academic success programs and initiatives on a year-round basis.

Batliner comes to PV from Johnson County CC in Overland Park, KS. He was with the Cavaliers for six seasons serving as an assistant coach for both cross country and track & field. His track & field coaching focus while at JCCC included long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, and multi-events.

Prior to joining the JCCC coaching staff Batliner was a student-athlete at University of Missouri Kansas City, Western State College and JCCC. He was a runner for the JCCC cross country and track teams from 2003-05. He was a five-time All-American, five-time All-Region VI performer, seven-time All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference performer, and two-time conference indoor champion in the mile. From JCCC Batliner transferred to WSC. He spent three semesters at WSC as a redshirt member of the squad. He enrolled at UMKC in fall 2007 and joined the Kangaroos track & field squad where he was one of the team’s leading runners among the distance corps.

Batliner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at UMKC in 2008. In 2010, he earned a Level 1 coaching certificate from USATF. He is currently completing an MS in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University.

Welcome to Puma country Brian!


News

June 24, 2014
NJCAA HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AND TEAMS WITH ACADEMIC AWARDS

The NJCAA officially released the names of the 2013-2014 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners as well as the NJCAA All-Academic Team Award winners. This academic year PVCC posted the most Student-Athletes and Teams for NJCAA academic awards in department history. Previous records for both categories were set in 2012-2013

Eleven PVCC teams were honored as 2013-2014 All-Academic Teams. The previous record was 9.

Women's Golf - 3.585
Men's Tennis - 3.437
Softball - 3.369
Women's Soccer - 3.283
Women's Indoor Track - 3.213
Men's Cross Country - 3.212
Women's Outdoor Track - 3.174
Men's Indoor Track - 3.107
Men's Outdoor Track - 3.091
Women's Cross Country - 3.084
Women's Tennis - 3.048

The Pumas also represented well with 21 individuals garnering 2013-2014 Academic Student-Athlete Awards. The previous record was 14.

Pinnacle Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Matthew Otis - Tennis
Brandon Wheat - XC/Track

Superior Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
MaKenna George - Soccer/Tennis
Jennafer Ingram - Track
Kenneth McGinley - Golf
Amanda McLean - Soccer
Alisha Ramirez - Softball
Ashley Stein - Soccer
Rochelle Talamantes - Softball
Callie Willcox - XC

Exemplary Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Jorge Carazo Diaz - Tennis
Halie Claiborne - Soccer
Michael Fallon - Soccer
Marissa Jauregui - Softball
Danielle Leon-Estrada - Soccer
Leah Marlow - Golf
Caleb McKinnon - Baseball
Dustin Owsley - Track
Erica Peck - Soccer
Emily Wakeford - Golf
Christopher Webb - XC/Track

Academic Student-Athlete Awards are awarded as follows:
NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

All-Academic Team Awards are awarded to teams that post a 3.0 GPA or higher.

To see a list of all NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award honorees and All-Academic Team Award honorees, please click below.

To read the complete release CLICK HERE

2013-2014 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards

2013-2014 NJCAA All-Academic Teams

WELL DONE PUMAS!


News

June 4, 2014
PASKIEWICZ WINS RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE AWARD

It was announced today that Puma outfielder Brick Paskiewicz is a winner of the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award®. This award is given annually by Rawlings in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Nine players at the Division II level were so honored for their outstanding defensive play during the 2014 season. Of the nine awardees at the DII level, Paskiewicz is one of only two freshmen to receive the award this season. He is one of three awardees that hail from the ACCAC (Thomas, GWCC; Peterson, CGCC).

In 2014 Paskiewicz posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in 53 games for the Pumas. He was errorless and led all Puma outfielders with eight assists. He also posted 82 putouts on the season.

Nominations for the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards® are determined by each division’s respective committee. Student-Athletes must be nominated by their respective district to be eligible for the awards.

Paskiewicz is the second Puma in program history to receive this award. Shortstop Shaun McCarty received the award in 2012.

To see the complete list of 2014 NJCAA winners, CLICK HERE

Congratulations Brick!


News

May 27, 2014
TEAMS EXCEL IN ACADEMICS

As we have said before, the Pumas are as competitive in the classroom as they are on the field/court/track/green. Eleven PVCC teams have been nominated for NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. The previous record, set in 2012-2013, was nine teams. The NJCAA Academic Team of the Year distinction goes to teams that have completed the academic year with a 3.0 gpa or above..

While official designation for these awards will be announced by the NJCAA in mid-June, we wish to highlight these superstar Puma teams sooner rather than later.

Women's Golf - 3.585
Men's Tennis - 3.437
Softball - 3.369
Women's Soccer - 3.283
Women's Indoor Track - 3.213
Men's Cross Country - 3.212
Women's Outdoor Track - 3.174
Men's Indoor Track - 3.107
Men's Outdoor Track - 3.091
Women's Cross Country - 3.084
Women's Tennis - 3.048

More information will be released in the near future.

Well done Pumas!


Track & Field

May 22, 2014
PUMAS COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY AT NATIONAL TRACK MEET

The PVCC Track and Field teams wrapped up their seasons at the NJCAA Track and Field Championships, held May 15-17 at Mesa CC. Both teams competed hard with the Men finishing in 11th place while the Women finished in 18th place. Individually, three Pumas earned NJCAA All-American status and while setting 1 new school record.

On the track, Billie Jo Dytrt led the Pumas placing in two events. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Billie finished in 3rd place winning a bronze medal with a time of 11:26.37, earning her NJCAA All-American honors. She also came back and ran the 5,000 meters placing 5th with a time of 18:15.83.

In the Men's Pole Vault, Bo Haddock overcame illness to win a silver medal and NJCAA All-American acolades, jumping a season best 4.85 meters (15'9"). This excellent effort came 1 week after winning the Region 1 Championship in the same event. Haddock also anchored the Men's 4x100 meter relay at the national meet.

Back on the track, Brandon Wheat earned All-American status in the 800 meter run. Brandon, the current school record holder placed 3rd and won a bronze with a time of 1:52.07. After this summer, Brandon will be taking his talents to Ames, Iowa to compete for the Iowa State University Cyclones.

In the Women's Javelin, Rylie Matthews placed 4th with a massive lifetime best of 39.56 meters. In the process her throw set a new PVCC school record. Matthews ranked 12th entering the meet, really stepped up big, scoring 5 big points for the team. Matthews will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall and will continue to throw there.
Craig Mattox competed in the Men's Long Jump, placing 5th with a jump of 7.38 meters. Mattox is the current school record holder.
In the Men's Decathlon Logan Morris finished in 6th place with a lifetime best of 5685 points. During the two-day, 10 event competition, Morris set new personal bests in the 100m, shot put, 110 hurdles, discus throw, and javelin.
Also scoring for the Pumas, Bethany Krasuski finished in 8th place in the women's pole vault with a jump of 3.20 meters.
This wrapped up a highly successful season for the Pumas. During both the indoor and outdoor seasons the men finished in the top 15 at the national meet, while the women finished in the top 20 at both meets. Throughout the course of the year the Pumas set eight new school records. Their success however, was not limited to just the competitive arena. All four of the men's and women's indoor and outdoor teams have been nominated for NJCAA All-Academic Team of the Year awards. Also, Jenna Ingram, Dustin Owsley, Brandon Wheat, and Chris Webb were nominated for NJCAA Student-Athlete awards.