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PUMA TRACK POSTS THREE NATIONAL QUALIFIERS AT U OF A
Several Puma sprinters, jumpers, and throwers traveled to Tucson to compete in the Willie Williams Invitational last weekend. The meet, which was the first meet of the outdoor season for the Puma’s, was held at the University of Arizona’s Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
The performance of the meet came from freshman Renee Dyson who won the Javelin throw with a mark of 37.26 meters. That mark qualified Dyson for the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships to be held in Hutchinson, Kansas May 14-16; and currently ranks her third in the nation in that event.
Two other Puma’s posted NJCAA National Qualifying Marks. Freshman Cassidy Chriest achieved the qualifying standard in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.08, in here first ever performance in that event. Pole Vaulter Bo Haddock also took care of business in the Pole Vault, posting a qualifying mark of 4.45 meters.
Puma Track and Field will continue their outdoor season this week on their home field in the Puma Outdoor Open.
Full Results from Willie Williams can be found
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PUMA TRACK AT NJCAA INDOOR NATIONALS
The Paradise Valley Track and Field team traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico last weekend to compete in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. 13 Pumas competed in the competition which was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Twelve of the thirteen Pumas who competed placed amongst the top-25 in the nation and four of those twelve were amongst the top ten.
Three Pumas stood on the awards podium while also earning USTFCCA All-America honors: Bethany Krasuski in the pole vault (6th), Craig Mattox in the Long Jump (8th), and Cassidy Chriest in the 600 meters (8th).
Two school records also went down on the Convention Center’s fast, banked, 200 meter surface. Freshman Cassidy Chriest shaved nearly three seconds off her season best, running 1:37.43 to break the record previously held by Adriana Vargas. While freshman Gustavo Loustaunau broke the men’s record that had previously been held by Chris Kozacek as he ran to a personal best of 1:21.12.
The Pumas will begin their Outdoor season March 20-21 with the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State University.
Complete results from the NJCAA Championships can be found HERE
FIRST CONFERENCE WIN
The men’s tennis team came away with their first conference win of the season beating a good Glendale team by a score of 8-1. After winning all three doubles points the Pumas went on to win five out of six singles matches.
The next home match for the men won’t be until April 4 when they take on Hastings College from Nebraska.
PVCC 8, Glendale 1
1. Evan Gazic (PVCC) def. Max Schell (GCC) 7-5, 7-6
2. Matt Deferme (GCC) def. Zac Hackerott (PVCC) 6-4, 6-4
3. Eric Mateer (PVCC) def. Jesus Chino (GCC) 7-5, 6-0
4. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) def. Matt Chavez (GCC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jean Perez (PVCC) def. Yeovanny Laveaga (GCC) 6-4, 6-0
6. Talon Walz (PVCC) def. Leo Rodriguez (GCC) 6-3, 6-2
1. Evan Gazic/Zac Hackerott (PVCC) def. Max Schell/ Matt Deferme (GCC) 8-6
2. Eric Mateer/Cody Kacerek (PVCC) def. Matt Chavez/ Yeovanny Laveaga (GCC) 8-2
3. Jean Perez/Talon Walz (PVCC) def. Jesus Chino/ Leo Rodriguez (GCC) 8-6
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USTFCCCA NAMES PUMA NATIONAL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced today that they have named Puma trackster Bethany Krasuski one of their National Athletes of the Week.
In her last chance before nationals, Krasuski vaulted 3.35m (10-11.75) to take second and finish as the first collegian at Central Arizona’s CAC Indoor Invitational last Saturday. That is a 15cm personal best of Krasuski and ranks her No. 4 in the NJCAA this season. She set it in an oddly rhythmic fashion, alternating makes and misses for her first eight jumps of the day before bowing out at 3.50 meters.
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TOUGH WEEK FOR THE PUMAS
PV Women's Tennis finished up the week with a hard fought loss to Mesa Community College. The loss was the second for the Pumas this week after their loss to Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday. The Pumas lost both matches 9-0. Keshahna Hasan had the match of the day losing in a hard fought match. 7-6(7-4)6-1.
Coach Rast on the week’s results, “Two difficult matches against the top two programs in our conferences. We are a young team with only two returning players from last season, and this is great for our younger players to see what level we need to get to. I was pleased to see our growth from our Tuesday match to our Thursday match. The team is really listening to what we are asking. The results of the matches were the same, but we are certainly improving.”
The Pumas next match is Monday. March. 2 at 3:30pm against Northern Ohio University.
PUMAS FALL TO THUNDERBIRDS
The first conference tennis match for the men proved to be a tough one. Playing Mesa, the reigning region champions, the
Pumas fell 9-0. In doubles it appeared that the teams of Gazic/Hackerott and Mateer/Kacerek might be victorious, but it was not to be. The Pumas played well, but Mesa proved late in the set to be too good.
Next home match is March 5 against Glendale.
PVCC 0, Mesa 9
1. Harry Busby (MCC) def. Evan Gazic (PVCC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Max Wightman (MCC) def. Zac Hackerott (PVCC) 6-1, 6-1
3. Vitalii Kotelianets M(CC) def. Eric Mateer (PVCC) 6-0, 6-4
4. Nick Silvestri (MCC) def. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Andy Nguyen (MCC) def. Jean Perez (PVCC) 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin McMahon (MCC) def. Talon Walz (PVCC) 6-1, 6-0
1. Harry Busby/ Max Wightman (MCC) def. Evan Gazic/Zac Hackerott (PVCC) 8-4
2. Vitalii Kotelianets/ Kevin McMahon (MCC) def. Eric Mateer/Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 8-4
3. Nick Silvestri/ Andy Nguyen (MCC) def. Jean Perez/Talon Walz (PVCC) 8-0
MEN’S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
The Paradise Valley CC men’s soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 10:00am, Saturday, February 28. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 9:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC soccer practice field.
Each player must provide their own workout clothes, shin guards and cleats. PVCC soccer will provide other needed equipment for use during the tryout.
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form (click below for forms). 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 12 months. Physicals dated prior to February 28, 2014 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.
2015 Men’s Soccer Tryout Forms
Please call or email with any question.
Freddy Delgado, Sr. - PVCC Men’s Soccer Head Coach
AZ SOFBALL HALL OF FAMERS TO ATTEND PUMA GAME
On Saturday, February 28, two very special guests will be present for the Puma Softball game against Central Arizona College. Dot Wilkinson and Billie Harris are slated to throw out the first pitch prior to the match up. Billie Harris will also perform the National Anthem.
Both women are members of the Arizona Softball Foundation Hall of Fame.
Wilkinson started out playing second base for the PBSW Ramblers and a few years later was switched to behind the plate by coach Ford Hoffman, who told her, “You’re the catcher, you run the team.” Before retiring in 1965, Wilkinson earned 19 All-America awards and had some outstanding years for the Ramblers, including 1952 (.374 batting average), 1953 (.365 batting average), 1957 (.387 average in national championship); 1955 (.450 average in national with no errors on 36 chances) and 1954 (.455 average and 1.000 fielding percentage on 84 chances in national). Dot said one of her greatest thrills came in 1940 when the Ramblers won their first of three national titles (1948 and 1949). Another Thrill came in 1970, when she received her Hall of Fame plaque. (Courtesy of ASF)
Most valuable player in the 1969 national tournament in Tucson, she was a five-time All-American pitcher and was voted to the Pacific Coast Women’s Softball League all-star team 18 times. The left- handed pitcher authored two perfect games during 1963 for the famous PBSW Ramblers of Phoenix and during her career averaged three no-hit, no-run games per season. During 18 seasons in the Pacific Coast League she fashioned an earned run average of 1.50 and was rated among the league’s top three pitchers in games won. She broke in with the Tucson Sunshine Girls in l947, moved to the nationally ranked Ramblers in 1952, joined the Yakima Washington Webbcats in 1966 and returned to pitch for the Sun City Saints in 1970. When the Phoenix Birds joined the Women’s Professional League in 1976, she left the amateur ranks to compile a 33-13 record. (Courtesy of ASF)
Please join us!
Saturday, February 28
PV vs. Central Arizona College
GARCIA TABBED CONFERENCE DII PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Puma Andrew Garcia was named the ACCAC DII Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 17.
Garcia pitched a complete game shutout against Scottsdale on February 11. He allowed just one hit while striking out nine batters.
So far this season, Garcia has gone 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.
Well done Andrew!
PUMAS OFF TO SCORCHING START
Puma Baseball is off to a 9-2 start in their 2015 campaign. Here’s a quick recap of how the first 11 games of the season have played out.
Game 11 vs. Mesa CC
Nate Ruane brought home the winning run to give the Pumas the lead in the seventh inning, as PV hung on to beat MCC 7-2. Ruane racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Pumas.
Game 10 at Mesa CC
Marshall Forest did all he could to give PV a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past MCC, as PV lost 8-4. Forest paced the Pumas at the plate. Forest went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the second and sixth innings and homered in the eighth inning.
Game 9 vs. GateWay CC
Brick Paskiewicz carried PV to an 8-3 victory over GWCC with a strong game at the plate and on the rubber. Paskiewicz racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Pumas. He homered in the sixth inning and singled in the eighth inning. Josh Rojas helped PV take the lead for good in the sixth inning. Nate Ruane doubled to get on base in the sixth. He then went from second to third on a single by Marshall Forest.
PV did not give up the lead after the sixth inning. Additional runs came from a two-run double by Sam Rimer and the solo home run by Paskiewicz.
Game 8 at GateWay CC
After seven lead changes, the Pumas finally pulled out a 6-5 win over GWCC. PV finally managed to grab the lead after a strong eighth inning. PV scored on an RBI single by Jake Alexander off Garrett Poole, plating Roberto Martinez
Game 7 vs. Scottsdale CC
An excellent effort by Andrew Garcia hoisted the Pumas to a 3-0 win over SCC. The Fighting Artichokes managed just one hit off of Garcia, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out nine during his nine innings of work. The Pumas did not relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the second inning.
Game 6 at Scottsdale CC
PV lost 11-10 after a surprise rally turned a five-run sixth inning advantage into an SCC victory.
Game 5 vs. Phoenix College
The Pumas beat Phoenix College 13-3 thanks to a five-run ninth inning. PV scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Kreston Woods, a two-run single by Brick Paskiewicz, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly by Christian Camacho.
Game 4 at Phoenix College
A walk-off sacrifice fly from Cody Wescott brought home the winning run for PV in a 5-4 victory over Phoenix College in 10 innings.
Game 3 vs. Arizona State University Club Team
It was a great day for Josh Rojas, as he hit two home runs to carry the Pumas to a 5-1 victory over the ASU Club Team. PV hit three home runs in the win. Home runs for PV came when Christian Camacho homered in the third inning and Rojas homered in the third and fourth innings
Game 2 vs. Arizona Christian University
A seven-run explosion in the fifth inning carried the Pumas to a 12-4 win over ACU. PV scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Kyle Brown, an RBI double by Cody Wescott, an RBI single by Collin Gabel, a sacrifice fly by Roberto Martinez, an RBI single by Jake Alexander, a hit by pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Christian Camacho.
Game 1 at Arizona Christian University JV
Both PV and ACU put runners aboard, but it was PV that was able to take advantage, pulling out a 4-2 win. ACU got eight hits compared with just six for Pumas, but they stranded 13 on base.
updated: March 26, 2015
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