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PUMA TRACK POSTS NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS
PVCC track and field teams will enter the heart of their indoor season this week as Puma distance runners will travel to Fayetteville, AR for the Tyson Invitational and Sprinters, Jumpers, and Throwers will travel to Flagstaff for the NAU Invitational.
In the last two meets, eight Pumas have punched a ticket to the NJCAA National Championships; while several others have improved to within striking distance of qualifiers.
At the PVCC Indoor Open January 30, freshman distance runner Taylor Brendan posted the first national qualifying mark of the year for the women’s team as she ran to a time of 3:11.63 in the women’s 1000m. In the same meet, Taylor also led the Puma Women in the mile run, posting a time of 5:29.19, narrowly missing a national qualifying mark.
Last weekend the Pumas were on the road for the first time in the 2016 indoor season as they traveled to Tucson to compete in the Aztec Invitational. In Tucson, the Pumas started off the day with back-to-back national qualifying marks in the men’s and women’s distance medley relay. The women’s team, consisting of Hannah Jarmin, Taylor Brendan, Victoria Lebario and Billie Jo Dytrt, cruised to a time of 13:07.80. Meanwhile, for the men’s team, sophomore Eric Oswald got the relay off to a blazing start with a very strong 1200m leg before handing off to his teammates’ Alex Bates, Cameron Wooden, and John Winfield who kept the baton rolling to a time of 10:27.94.
Oswald wasn’t done after leading the DMR team, later in the day he posted an individual qualifying time of 2:34.56 in the 1000m, which currently ranks in the top 10 in the NJCAA.
Freshman Malibu Walter also posted an individual qualifying mark in the pole vault as she successfully cleared 3.05m (10 ft).
The Pumas will look to have strong performances this weekend as they hit the road to Fayetteville and Flagstaff!
Results for the PVCC Indoor Open can be found HERE
Results for the Aztec Invitational can be found HERE
PVCC 2 ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 7
Visiting ACU was too much for the Puma men, handing them their third straight loss to begin the season. Freddy Henry was able to continue his winning ways gaining team points in doubles and singles. The men are off now until February 23 when they open conference play at Mesa.
February 9, 2016 at PVCC
1. Jannis Froehlich (ACU) def. Nick Marroquin (PVCC) 7-6, 6-2
2. Freddy Henry (PVCC) def. Zach Hackerott (ACU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Adam West (ACU def. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 6-3, 7-5
4. Andrew Gross (ACU) def. Chris Malayan (PVCC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Nino Newberry (ACU) def. Isaac Henry (PVCC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Benjamin Cruz def. PVCC Default
1. Jannis Froehlich/Zach Hackerott (ACU) def. Nick Marroquin/Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 8-3
2. Freddy Henry/Chris Malayan (PVCC) def. Adam West/Nino Newberry (ACU) 7-5, 6-3
3. AVU def. PVCC Default
2017 SOFTBALL SIGNING CLASS
Coach Candrea and his coaching staff are proud to announce the signing of eight future Pumas. These talented student-athletes signed letters of intent on the PVCC Campus on January 15. With friends and family in attendance Coach Nick Candrea welcomed the following student-athletes into the Puma Family.
Alicia Young (OF) – Cibola High
Kyla Rae Quintanilla (OF) – Gila Ridge
Gabby Lopez Salcido – (SS/2B) Superior
Madison Wiley (C) - Sahuaro Tucson
Taya Smith (P) - Camp Verde
Alexis Malave (OF) –Cactus
Paulla Yenkevich (3B) - Cactus
Marsha Hernandez (OF) - Sunnyside
Coach Candrea and his staff are eagerly awaiting this class to hit the PV field. These young ladies will come in and contribute to the program's success right out of the gate. This group of student-athletes will add to team's athleticism, versatility, and team speed. These young ladies are equally as strong in the classroom as they are on the field. With the signing of this special group, plus the signing of two or three more student-athletes, this is a tremendous signing class for Puma softball's future.
PUMAS START THEIR SEASON IN STYLE
The PV women’s tennis team won their match on Friday against Imperial Valley College (CA) with a team score of 9-0. The Pumas dominated both singles and doubles play. The day started with singles and the Pumas were able to win all six matches in straight sets.
Their winning ways continued when doubles started as the Pumas racked up all three matches. The day was a complete team effort.
Coach Rast on the days results, “We came out ready to play and did not relax after singles. I also saw a lot of areas that we need to get better in order to compete in our conference. This was a great start to the season and we need to come out next week with the same focus in practice and know that we have to get better.”
Next match is Saturday, February 13 against Benadictine University at Mesa CC.
PVCC 3 IMPERIAL VALLEY COLLEGE 6
Still playing one man short the men’s tennis team was defeated at home by Imperial Valley College on Friday. Cody Kacerek and Chris Malayan won for the second time this season and Isaac Henry got into the win column for the first time.
PVCC vs. Imperial Valley College
February 5, 2016 at PVCC
Imperial 6, PVCC 3
1. Charlie Stephens (IVC)def. Nick Marroquin (PVCC) 6-2, 6-3
2. Jesus Castillo (IVC) def. Freddy Henry (PVCC) 4-6, 7-5, 10-4
3. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) def. Robier Verhgfstedt (IVC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Chris Malayan (PVCC) def. Isaac Wavervo (IVC) 7-5, 6-3
5. Isaac Henry (PVCC) def. Greg Gerardo (IVC) 6-2, 6-3
6. Benjamin Cruz def. PVCC Default
1. Mario Figueroa/ Charlie Stephens (IVC) def. Freddy Henry/ Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 6-7, 6-3, 10-1
2. Jesus Castillo/ Robier Verhgfstedt (IVC) def. Nick Marroquin/ Chris Malayan (PVCC) 7-5, 6-3
3. Isaac Wavervo/ Greg Gerardo (IVC) def. PVCC Default
Next home match is Tuesday, February 9 against Arizona Christian University at 2:00PM.
PUMAS GO 2-2 AGAINST VISITING COLORADO NORTHWESTERN
PV Baseball faced Colorado Northwestern in a four game stint this weekend playing a double header on both Friday and Saturday. The Pumas split the series with the Spartans. They ended on a high note Saturday taking the second game in exciting fashion.
Game 1 – February 5
Despite five hits, PV lost 10-1 to CNCC on Friday. It was a good day at the plate for Puma Logan Ehnes. Ehnes went 1-3, drove in one and scored one run. He homered in the third. Nick Wojtysiak had a tough day on the rubber for PV, taking the loss. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings, walked five and struck out two. CNCC never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring six runs on a two-run double, an error, a sacrifice fly, and two singles. The lone run of the game for the Pumas crossed the plate in the third inning on a solo home run by Ehnes.
Game 2 – February 5
PV and CNCC traded the lead seven times on Friday, but the Pumas ended up on top with a 5-3 win in seven innings over CNCC. PV pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. An error scored Jake Alexander and gave PV the lead for good. Collin Gabel recorded the win for the Pumas. He allowed one run over 3 1/3 innings. Gabel struck out three, walked two and gave up one hit. In the top of the first, CNCC grabbed the early lead, 1-0. It didn't take long for PV to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the first. The Pumas scored on a passed ball and an RBI single by Cody Wescott. PV answered CNCC’s top inning with one run of its own in the second. PV scored on an error.
Game 3 – February 6
Logan Ehnes went 2-2, but PV still fell to CNCC 6-3 in seven innings on Saturday. CNCC couldn't get anything going so long as Stephen Wright was on the hill. Wright gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out three during his 4 1/3 innings of work. Walker Ramsey took the loss for PV. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings, walked two and struck out six. The top of the first saw CNCC take an early lead, 2-0. CNCC added more runs when they scored on an RBI single. The Pumas quickly matched CNCC’s strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the second. PV scored on a two-run single by Ehnes. CNCC never trailed after scoring three runs in the third.
Game 4 – February 6
Logan Ehnes drove in the go-ahead run to win it for PV in the bottom of the ninth inning, as they hung on to beat CNCC 2-1 on Saturday. After Turner Lace hit into a fielder's choice, Ehnes came to the plate with two outs in the ninth and singled, plating Lace. The Pumas held off CNCC, as they were unable to overcome a two-run ninth inning deficit. Benji Ayala got the win in relief for PV. Ayala pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed no runs. PV answered CNCC’s top inning with one run of its own in the seventh. PV scored on an RBI single by Ehnes.
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PUMAS START SEASON WITH SPLIT AGAINST ACU
PV Baseball faced Arizona Christian University for their first two outings of 2016. They came out with a split, dropping the first match up and coming back strong with a win in the second game.
Game 1 – February 2
Brady Weiss did all he could to give PVCC Pumas a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past ACU as the Pumas lost 6-3. Weiss went 3-4, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the fourth, sixth, and eighth innings. Walker Ramsey looked sharp on the rubber. Ramsey held ACU hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Cody Wescott took the loss for PV. He lasted four innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed four runs. ACU never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring one run on a groundout. The Pumas scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut its deficit to two. An RBI single by Weiss and a wild pitch sparked a Puma rally. Jake Alexander flew out to end the threat. One run in the bottom of the sixth helped PV close its deficit to 6-3. A groundout by Marshall Forest fueled PV’s comeback. Finally, ACU induced an inning-ending strike out from Alexander.
Game 2 – February 3
PVCC Pumas jumped out to an early lead on ACU and captured an 11-2 victory. The game was decided quickly as PV exerted its will early with eight runs in the first three innings. An RBI single by Matt Malkin, a two-run error, a passed ball, and an RBI double by Benji Ayala in the first inning and a passed ball during the second inning fueled the Puma offense early. Logan Ehnes boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 4-4 day at the plate to pace PV. He doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the second, third, and seventh innings. ACU couldn't get anything going as long as Ryan Kokora was on the rubber. Kokora gave up just two hits, allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out six during his five innings of work. PV posted one run in each of the fifth, sixth and eighth. In the fifth, PV scored on an RBI single by Luis Mendoza, scoring Ehnes. PV also scored on a solo home run by Cody Wescott.
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SPECIAL DAY WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS
On Saturday, January 23 members of the men’s and women’s tennis teams became coaches and hitting partners for other athletes when they volunteered with Special Olympics.
Chris Malayan, Cody Kacerek, Freddy Henry, Isaac Henry, Nick Marroquin, Talon Walz, Gabriela Wallen, Raven Covington, Erica Wolford, Bianca Amaya, and Joanne Uzzanti shared their tennis talent at the Special Olympics Fun Day hosted by Troon Country Club. Over 200 athletes were expected for the morning event which included games, practice, and hitting tennis balls with the 10 from PVCC as well as other teaching pros and volunteer groups from the area. After two hours of on court play the special Olympians were recognized in an awards gathering followed by lunch.
The interaction and enthusiasm shared by the Puma student-athletes put smiles on the faces of those participating and was a very rewarding experience for all. Puma Tennis has been volunteering with Special Olympics for over 10 years and looks forward to the next opportunity!
THE PUMAS ARE READY TO KICK OFF 2016 SEASON
The Pumas are ready to start the season on Friday Feb. 5th in a home contest against Imperial Valley College(CA). The team has been practicing hard the last few weeks and is anxious to play their first match of the season. This year’s team consists of six new additions to the team. Coach Rast on the
upcoming match, “ We are excited to get our season started. We have a very young team this year and I am looking forward to getting them some experience before we get our conference match-ups going in late February. I love the attitude and focus we have had in practice the last couple of weeks.”
Come out and support your Pumas on Friday Feb. 5th. Match time is 1:30PM at the PVCC tennis courts.
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TRACK AND FIELD OPENS INDOOR SEASON
The Paradise Valley Men’s and Women’s track and field teams kicked off their season this past weekend as they hosted the Puma Indoor Invitational. The Pumas posted strong performances across the board, including one NJCAA National Qualifying mark, 9 PVCC all-time top five performers, and multiple personal bests.
On the women’s side, freshman Kayla Mullen turned in one of the top performances of the weekend for the Pumas, placing second in the pentathlon Friday night with 3112 points, a mark which ranks her as the fourth all time performer in PVCC track
history. Mullen returned Saturday afternoon to lead off a 4x400 meter relay that included sophomore Cassidy Chriest, freshmen Malibu Walter, and freshman Felecity Radmore. The team posted a time of 4:06.48, which was the top collegiate mark of the day.
For the men, the highlight was freshman John Winfield’s national qualifying time of 8:52.99 in the 3000 meter run. Winfield placed second in the race, leading a contingent of 5 Puma Distance runners.
Also on the men’s side, freshman Forest Stuart had a breakout day in the sprints, running the top time amongst collegians in the 60 meter dash (7.08) and a personal best of 22.57 in the 200, both ranking him as the 5th all time performer at PVCC.
Puma track and field will be back in action Saturday, January 30th, at home in the PVCC Indoor Open.
Full Results from the Puma Indoor Invitational can be found
updated: February 13, 2016
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