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THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS
On Wednesday, April 23 the Student Leadership Council and The Office of Student Life and Leadership presented the Student Leadership Awards to outstanding PVCC students at the Annual Student Recognition Celebration. Three student-athletes were among those recognized at this year's celebration.
Ashley Stein (Women's Soccer) was honored as one of three recipients of the Golden Puma Distinguished Student Leadership Award. This award, the highest bestowed upon three students annually, recognizes model students who have integrated academic excellence with achievement in areas such as leadership, athletics, community service, fine and performing arts, entrepreneurship and career achievement.
Puma Paw Student Leader Awards were bestowed upon two freshmen (one male/one female) student-athletes. The Student Leader Award is reserved for students who demonstrate superior college and/or community involvement. This year's freshmen recipients were: Billie Jo Dytry (Cross Country/Track & Field) and Dionee Marrero (Track & Field).
Congratulations to our outstanding Puma student-athletes!
PUMAS WRAP 2014 SEASON
The Pumas wrapped up the 2014 season on Wednesday with a loss by the doubles team of Savannah Quintana and Makenna George in the semi-finals of the number three doubles team. They lost to Eastern Arizona in straight sets.
The post-season regional tournament was held at Paseo Racquet Club in Glendale on Tuesday and Wednesday. The two-day tournament started on Tuesday with each player playing in their designated flight. The draws consisted of players from all five conference schools. Paradise Valley started the day with a big win by sophomore Nisha Barretto at the number three singles, but could not get another point the rest of the day. The doubles team of Clementine Eckert and Anastasia Ovichinnokova played a close match, but lost in straight sets.
Coach Rast on his first season as head coach, “The season was very successful. I am proud of every single player and the work they put in this year. We were able to pull out some hard fought victories against some good opponents. We still have some work ahead of us to compete with the best teams in our conferences, but I love the direction we are headed.”
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PUMAS RUN AT MT. SAC RELAYS IN CA
This past weekend, three Pumas traveled to Walnut, California to run in the Mt. SAC Relays. They came home with three national championship qualifying marks and one personal record. Nico Montanez started things off with his first 10,000m run ever. He finished the event in 31:02.74, ranking him first in the event with the fastest junior college time in the country. That time would move to second later in the weekend, as Frankline Tanui of Iowa Central Community College would run faster at the Kansas Relays. “Nico ran very well,” said Coach David Barney. “He’s coming off of a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two weeks prior to the meet, so for him to run that fast was just great!”
Brandon Wheat ran the following day, clocking 1:55.30 in the 800m run after a somewhat turbulent first lap. “They had quite a few runners in the race,” commented Coach Barney, “and on the first lap about a fourth of them got tangled up and almost went down.” “Brandon was in the middle of that mess, lost his momentum, and did a great job of regrouping and finishing as well as he did.”
Billie Jo Dytrt competed late Friday night in the 5000m run, running her second best time ever in the event in 17:52.50, which gives her the fourth fastest time in the country amongst junior college runners. Dytrt is also ranked fourth in the 3000m Steeplechase. “Billie Jo ran very well for us! She was in a challenging field and did a great job of running tough!” stated Barney.
MEN'S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT MAY 3, 2014
The Paradise Valley CC men’s soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 10:30am, Saturday, May 3. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 10:00am. 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. 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 22, 2013 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 Men’s Soccer Tryout Forms
Please call or email with any question.
Freddy Delgado, Sr. - PVCC Men’s Soccer Head Coach
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 email@example.com. You may also contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
PUMA OLYMPIAN HONORED NATIONALLY BY NJCAA
Former Puma April Steiner-Bennett (Pole Vault) was honored last week with a 2014 NJCAA Service and Recognition award. The awards were presented last week during the opening ceremonies of the 73rd NJCAA Annual Meeting. The NJCAA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was awarded to former NJCAA student-athletes who have displayed outstanding athletic ability in national, Olympic or international competition and possess excellent ethical character.
April Steiner-Bennett began her successful career as a pole-vaulter at Paradise Valley, winning an NJCAA national championship in the event in 1999 with an NJCAA-record vault. Steiner-Bennett moved on to the University of Arkansas where she earned NCAA All-America honors six times. In 2008, April recorded a personal-best jump in the Olympic Trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Beijing Summer Games.
The Pumas are back to their winning ways. The PV women’s tennis team got back on track on Tuesday after winning against Glendale Community College 7-2. It was a dominant team performance against a team they had beat PV 5-4 last time.
The Pumas swept the doubles and only lost two matches in singles. The day started with a strong showing by Clementine Eckert and Anastasia Ovchinnikova at the number 1 doubles winning 8-5. The number two doubles team of Nisha Barretto and Nicole Nsa pulled off a thrilling win of 9-8 (7-5).
Singles play had some great matches from a couple of freshmen, Anastasia pulling off a great win in three sets (1-6, 6-2, 10-7) at the number 2 singles while freshman Cheyenne Stiegmann lost her match in a hard fought three setter. (6-4, 7-6, 10-8)
Coach Feroz Rast on the day’s action, “We really needed a good match from the entire team. We have been in a slump the last few matches and this is exactly what we needed. It was great to see our doubles win their matches and have that positive energy going into singles.”
The Pumas only have one match left before the region tournament. They will take on Pima Community College next Tuesday at PVCC.
WOMEN'S TENNIS STILL SWINGING
The PVCC womens tennis team played their only match of the week against Mesa Community College on Tuesday. They lost 9-0. The team played hard and fought in every match.
The highlight of the day was at the number one flight. Clementine Eckert of PVCC played an exciting match against the number one from Mesa, Ashley Wingersky. The match went back and forth and each set could have gone either way. The final score was 6-3,6-3.
"I am so proud of the way Clementine played today, it was great seeing her play her best against a good opponent. She was so close to pulling off the win. I am hoping this is a turning point for her this season and she builds on this match and goes into the final stretch of the season playing her best” said head coach Feroz Rast.
The loss brings the PVCC season record to 2-6. They play again on Tuesday April 8 at Glendale Community College.
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PUMA TRACK POSTS 10 WINS AND ONE SCHOOL RECORD
PV Track and Field team hosted the 9th Annual Puma Outdoor Invitational last Thursday-Saturday. The Puma Invitational was a three day event with Distance in the Dark, decathlon and heptathlon contested on Thursday/Friday and the remainder of the meet held Saturday. The Pumas found a great deal of success over the three days, picking up 10 event wins while setting a new school record in the process.
On Saturday morning the Pumas got things started with a bang as the men’s 4x100m relay team won with a national qualifying time of 41.50 seconds. That time shattered the old school record by more than a full second. The success on the track continued for the Pumas as Nico Montanez won the 5000m in a national qualifying time of 14:48.1. That mark currently ranks 3rd in the nation. Craig Mattox was also victorious on Saturday, winning the long jump with a mark of 7.10m (23-3). This was Mattox’s 4th win in the long jump this season. In the 200m sprint, Dionne Marrero was the top collegiate finisher in a time of 21.90 seconds.
The women’s team also achieved a significant amount of success this weekend, picking up six event wins. Shonda Jones was a double event winner for the Pumas finishing on top in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.06 seconds and the high jump with a mark of 1.56m (5-2). Billie Jo Dytrt won the 3000m steeplechase with a qualifying time of 11:49.8, which currently ranks 2nd in the nation. Jenna Ingram continued the Pumas winning ways with her effort in the pole vault. Ingram picked up the win while setting a new personal best with a jump of 3.50m (11-5). Heather Markovic outdueled her teammate Anna Burrola to win a close contest in the heptathlon with a score of 2709.
The Pumas are off this weekend, but will return to action April 7-8 at the Mesa Classic as well as the Sun Angel Classic.
HS DOUBLES TOURNEY
On Friday the tennis program hosted the 9th Annual PVCC High School Doubles Tournament. Teams from Horizon, North Canyon, Saguaro, Shadow Ridge, Pinnacle, Shadow Mt., and Liberty participated in girls and boys division team play. (Notre Dame also participated just in the boys division.)
The tournament was held at PVCC and North Canyon High School. The girls played at the high school while the boys played at PVCC.
The boy’s tournament saw some good play and excellent sportsmanship displayed throughout the day. One coach was very complimentary of all players and coaches, highlighting the respect and fair play they exhibited from beginning to end.
In the boy’s semifinal, Group A winner Pinnacle beat Liberty and Group B winner Shadow Mountain beat North Canyon. The Pinnacle boys’ then captured the championship, beating Shadow Mountain in the final.
The girls semifinals had Pinnacle playing North Canyon and Horizon against Liberty. In the final Pinnacle and Horizon played. With the team match tied at 1-all the number 2 team from Pinnacle sealed the championship with a 9-8 victory.
Thank you to all the teams that participated in this annual event. We wish everyone the best the rest of the season and hope to see you again next season.
updated: April 24, 2014
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