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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.


News

May 14, 2014
SCHOLAR ATHLETES SHINE IN THE CLASSROOM

The Pumas are as competitive in the classroom as they are on the field/court/track/green. Blowing the previous record of 14 (2012-2013) out of the water, 21 PV STUDENT-athletes will be nominated for NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award distinction goes to student-athletes who have completed three full-time semesters and a minimum of 45 semester credit hours with a GPA of 3.60 or higher.

In addition to the record number of nominees, this is also the first year in which there is at least one nominee in all 12 of PV's sports.

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

Those nominated for this distinction include:
Jorge Carazo Diaz - Tennis
Halie Claiborne - Soccer
Michael Fallon - Soccer
MaKenna George - Soccer/Tennis
Jennafer Ingram - Track
Marissa Jauregui - Softball
Danielle Leon-Estrada - Soccer
Leah Marlow - Golf
Kenneth McGinley - Golf
Caleb McKinnon - Baseball
Amanda McLean - Soccer
Matthew Otis - Tennis
Dustin Owsley - Track
Erica Peck - Soccer
Alisha Ramirez - Softball
Ashley Stein - Soccer
Rochelle Talamantes - Softball
Emily Wakeford - Golf
Christopher Webb - XC/Track
Brandon Wheat - XC/Track
Callie Willcox - XC

More information, including NJCAA Academic Team of the Year honors, will be released in the near future.

Well done Pumas!


Track & Field

May 12, 2014
THREE CHAMPIONS AND ONE SCHOOL RECORD

Over the past two weeks the PVCC Track and Field teams competed at the Region I Championships. The Pumas competed successfully with three individual champions and one school record set at the meet.

The Pumas dominated the men’s pole vault competition, taking the 1st, 3rd, and 4th place positions. Bo Haddock jumped 4.80m (15-9) to win the competition, while his teammates Adrian Childress and Keith Williams jumped 4.50 (14-9) and 4.20 (13-9) respectively.

Rylie Matthews won the women’s javelin in dominating fashion with a personal best throw of 37.50m. Matthews winning mark was over 3 meters further than the next closest competitor and all 5 of her throws were further than the 2nd place mark. Rylie’s mark also ranks as the 2nd best throw in school history.

Logan Morris was also victorious, winning the men’s decathlon with a score of 5,499 points. Throughout the 2 days and 10 events of competition, Morris set personal bests in the long jump, shot put, 110 hurdles, discus, and pole vault.

On the track Brandon Wheat finished in a close 2nd in the 800m run in a time of 1:51.70. During the process Wheat also set a new school record.

The Pumas were well represented in the men’s 100m with three athletes advancing to the finals. Current school record holder Dionee Marrero finished in 4th place with a time of 10.76. Craig Mattox finished in 6th with a time of 11.02 which is the 4th best mark in school history. Bryant James also ran in the final placing 9th in a time of 11.21.

In the men’s long jump Mattox jumped out to a distance of 7.49 (24-7), good for 3rd place. Mattox is the current school record holder.

Marrero, Mattox, James, and Payson Bobier teamed up for the 4x100 m relay, running 41.63 to finish in 3rd place. This quartet is also the current school record holder.

Marrero was not done there. He finished up his meet by setting a new personal best of 21.62 to place 3rd in the 200m dash. This time ranks him 2nd in school history.

In the women’s 1500m run Billie Jo Dytrt finished in 3rd place with a time of 4:54.56. In the pole vault Jenna Ingram jumped 3.35 (10-11) to finish in 2nd place, while Beth Krasuski jumped 3.05 (10 ft) for 4th place. In the men’s 10,000m Brennan Vasquez ran 36:17.58, good for 3rd place.

The Puma track and field team will wrap up their season next week at the NJCAA outdoor track and field championships, at Mesa Community College. The Pumas will send a large squad with impressive balance to compete at the championships. Brandon Wheat (800m, 8th), Nico Montanez (10,000m 2nd), Craig Mattox (long jump, 6th), Bo Haddock (pole vault, 5th) Adrian Childress (pole vault, 12th), Logan Morris (decathlon, 10th), Billie Jo Dytrt (Steeplechase, 3rd), Shonda Jones (high jump, 7th), Jenna Ingram (pole vault, 7th), Beth Krasuski (pole vault, 12th), Rylie Matthews (javelin, 12th), and the men’s 4x100 m relay (15th) have all qualified and will compete at the national championships. The meet will be held at Mesa Community College on May 15-17.

GO PUMAS!


Track & Field

May 10, 2014
OH CANADA!

Puma pitcher Tyrell King will join the Okotos Dawgs of Canada's Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) for summer ball this season.

King joined the PVCC squad for the 2014 season after transferring from Yavapai. He led the Pumas in innings pitched (70.2), complete games (3) and strikeouts (70). He is also tied for second in wins (3) and ERA amongst starters (3.69). King has committed to play at Missouri Baptist University next year.

The Dawgs are operated on a strictly non-profit basis. The program began in 1995 as an elite youth development program based in the City of Calgary, AB. Since its inception the Dawgs have developed numerous premier youth, collegiate and professional players. Several Dawgs' players have played for Team Alberta, Team Canada, NCAA and NAIA universities and colleges and been drafted by and signed professional baseball contracts with Major League Baseball organizations. In 2003, the Dawgs expanded their program to include a summer collegiate club .

The WMBL is Canada’s pre-eminent summer collegiate baseball league. The predecessors to the WMBL date back to 1948. Over the past 56 years the league has gone by such names as the Canadian-American Baseball League, the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League, the Alberta-Saskatchewan Baseball League, the Western Canadian Baseball League, the Saskatchewan Baseball League and since 2000, the WMBL.

Read more about King's upcoming stint HERE.

News

May 8, 2014
PUMAS SUPPORT AZ SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Last Saturday, the men's and women’s tennis teams showed their support for the Arizona Special Olympics. The Pumas were involved in directing the on-court skills competition for the athletes. They also acted as chair umpires for the singles tournament that followed.

This was the eighth year that the Puma tennis program has volunteered to help in the state tournament. A special day was shared by all!


Softball

May 5, 2014
SOFTBALL OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 17

The Paradise Valley CC softball program will be conducting an open tryout at 9:00am, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Sign-ups for the softball tryout will begin at 9:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC softball field.

Each player must provide their own workout clothes, spikes and glove. PVCC softball will provide bats, balls and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.

IMPORTANT
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form. If the student-athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate. You can download the forms below.

Also required to participate is a copy of a physical dated within the past year. Physicals dated prior to May 18, 2012 will not be accepted. Physicals must include Doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. PVCC Athletic Trainers will be present to clear participants. Anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to participate in this tryout.

2014 Softball Tryout Forms

Please call or email with any question.
Nick Candrea - PVCC Softball Head Coach
602-787-7173
pvccsoftball@pvmail.maricopa.edu


Softball

May 5, 2014
BASEBALL OPEN TRYOUT MAY 17, 2014

Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College Baseball Programs will be conducting an open tryout together on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Registration for pitchers and catchers will begin at 8:00am; tryout will start at 8:30am. Registration for position players and any hitters will begin at 11:00am; tryout will start at 11:30am. The baseball tryouts will be held at Paradise Valley Community College baseball field. There is a $10.00 charge to attend this tryout. Each player must provide their own workout clothes, baseball spikes, and glove. PVCC Baseball will provide Baum bats, baseballs, and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.

Please inform any of your graduating seniors who you feel have been overlooked and you feel can play college level baseball. Any interested players may contact Victor Solis at 602-787-7031 or email him at victor.solis@pvmail.maricopa.edu. You may also contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at robert.shabansky@gwmail.maricopa.edu.

To be eligible for the baseball try- outs, please have the student/ athlete contact me so that I can place their name on the tryout list. Walk- ups will be allowed. Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form, contact information form, and also bring a copy of their current physical form stating that they are cleared to play baseball. If the student/athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The two forms will be available the day of the tryout, can be picked up in advance at either schools baseball office, or they can be emailed from either head coach directly to them. The form must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate.

Please call or email with any question.


2014 Baseball Tryout Forms

Please call or email with any question.
Victor Solis - PVCC Baseball Head Coach
602-787-7031
victor.solis@pvmail.maricopa.edu

Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
602-286-8215
robert.shabansky@gwmail.maricopa.edu