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Cross Country

November 19, 2015

The PV Cross Country teams competed in the NJCAA National Cross Country Championship meet on Saturday and came home claiming two Top 10 finishes. The Puma men’s team started the day with a fourth-place showing, scoring 126 points on the hilly Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The men had a 22 second spread from their first runner to their fifth and placed their five scoring runners between twenty-first and thirty-second place. “Our men ran really well. We practice running as a pack, and they did a great job of that today. This caps off a really great year for a really great group of young men,” commented Coach David Barney.

Leading the Pumas was freshman Deng Deng, who placed twenty-first individually and ran a time of 26:03 over the 8000m course. Deng was followed by sophomore John Winfield, twenty-fourth in 26:11, sophomore Alex Bates, twenty-sixth in 26:17, sophomore Erik Oswald, twenty-eighth in 26:23, and sophomore Austin Lavin in thirty-second in a time of 26:25. All five runners earned NJCAA Coaches’ Association All-America awards. Rounding out the Pumas team was sophomore Andrew Sanchez, who placed forty-eighth in 26:50, displacing Gillette College’s number six runner to break a tie between Gillette and PVCC, ultimately giving Paradise Valley a lone hold on fourth place. Iowa Central Community College won the men’s team title with a score of 56 points, and Gilbert Kigen of Central Arizona College was the individual champion in a time of 23:55.

On the women’s side, Paradise Valley grabbed an eighth-place finish with outstanding performances from freshmen Celeste Murphy and Hannah Jarman. Murphy led the charge with a twenty-ninth place finish in 19:27 over the 5000m course. Murphy was closely followed by Jarman in thirtieth place with a time of 19:29. “Celeste, Hannah and Paityn ran particularly strong races , but all of our women ran well today. This was a fun group to coach, and I’m very proud of their eighth-place finish,” said Barney. Other scorers for PV were sophomore Paityn Bahm in sixty-second, with a time of 20:14, sophomore Lizbeth Lopez, 101st in 20:45, and freshman Taylor Brenden, 120th in 20:59. Freshman Victoria Lebario rounded out the team, placing 219th in a time of 22:45. The Pumas scored 311 points and improved two spots from their tenth-place national ranking, while Lansing Community College won the women’s title with a score of 92 points. Leanne Pompeani of Iowa Central Community College won the women’s race in a time of 17:21.

Well done Pumas!

Women’s Soccer

November 5, 2015

The PVCC women’s soccer team concluded another successful winning season as 2015 ACCAC runners-up. The number-13 nationally ranked Pumas were only defeated by Pima Community College all season and posted a final record of 18-3-1.

The Pumas high-powered attack netted 79 goals in 22 games and were led by the dual strike force of Region I Player of the Year Megan Schulze and All-Region first-team forward Bridgette Sabanosh. Schulze topped the conference with 25 goals, 12 assists, and 62 total points. Sabanosh was the conference second-leading scorer with 17 goals, 9 assists and 43 total points.

The solid defense was lead by captains Tasha Coleman and Andrea Ortiz, and anchored by freshman goalkeeper Madison Lucas. Conceding only 15 goals in all matches, the backline recorded 13 shutouts in all matches.

“Expectations for this team are always very high,” said Coach Jon Ruzan. “We fell just one goal shy of our objective of reaching Nationals, but the team never gave in to adversity, played quality soccer throughout the season, and every single Puma made a contribution to the team’s success this year.”

Every PVCC women’s soccer player recorded a goal, assist or shutout in the 2015 campaign. During the season, three different starters were sidelined by season-ending injuries, while more injuries and illness beset the Pumas right before playoffs. But with a deep squad the Pumas rallied in support and turned in another successful women’s soccer season.

Well done Pumas!


October 27, 2015

Seven student-athletes from the PVCC Men’s and Women’s soccer teams have been honored by Region 1 and the ACCAC for their performances during the regular season. They were all named to the All-ACCAC/NJCAA Region I Teams.

Player of the Year honors were bestowed upon Megan Schulze. Schulze led the conference with 23 goals on the season
Also on the women’s side, Bridgette Sabanosh was selected First Team. Tasha Coleman and Madison Lucas were selected Second Team. Andrea Ortiz was selected as Honorable Mention.

Two men were also named to the All-ACCAC Team. Emanuel Santos was selected First Team and Sean Gardner was selected as Honorable Mention.

Well done Pumas!

Women’s Soccer

October 27, 2015

The #2 ranked Pumas will host the semi-finals at Cindy Shoenhair Field at 2pm on Thursday, October 29. Because of their #2 ranking, the Pumas have a bye for the first round of playoffs that are being held today.

The Pumas will host either #3 Phoenix or #6 Mesa p[ending the outcome of their first round game being played tonight at 6pm.

Because this is a Region 1 hosted event, there will be an entry fee being charged at Thursday’s game. Adults are $5 and Students/Seniors are $3. We are unable to honor any passes.

Good luck ladies! GO PUMAS!

Cross Country

October 20, 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015-
The Paradise Valley cross country teams continued to roll through their season with outstanding performances this past weekend at the Ettrick Golf Course, in Ettrick, Wisconsin. The Pumas placed 5th (men) and 12th (women) in the 22-team field at the Drews/Neubauer Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. The University of Minnesota won the men’s race while the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse won the women’s.

The Puma men, currently ranked 4th in the NJCAA national poll, finished two places behind number-one ranked, and defending national champion, Iowa Central Community College. “We came to race Iowa Central and to see how we measure up. Now we know where we stand and what we’ve got to do,” said Coach David Barney.

The Pumas were led by Alex Bates, who placed 19th overall, in a time of 25:26 over the 8000-meter course. Bates was followed by Austin Lavin, 32nd in 25:41, Deng Deng, 37th in 25:47, Erik Oswald, 43rd in 26:05, John Winfield, 48th in 26:10, and Andrew Sanchez, 70th in 26:30. Eric Colvin of the University of Minnesota won the race in 24:43.

The PV women, led by Hannah Jarman’s 14th place finish, had their best effort of the season. “Our women really stepped it up today, especially Hannah! They did a great job of mixing it up with Iowa Central’s women on a really cold day, on a really challenging course,” commented Barney. Jarman completed the 6000-meter course in 22:41. She was followed in by Celeste Murphy, 56th in 23:32, Taylor Brenden, 72nd in 23:53, Lizbeth Lopez, 116th in 24:31, Paityn Bahm, 163rd in 25:08, and Victoria Lebario, 25:56. Leanne Pompeani of Iowa Central Community College won the race in 21:09.

The Pumas will compete again on October 31 at the NJCAA Region I Championship and then again on November 14 at the NJCAA National Championship. “Both teams ran really well in tough conditions! I’m very proud of them, but now we’ve got to re-focus and get ready for the national meet,” stated Barney.

Women’s Soccer

October 13, 2015

Sophomore Bridgette Sabanosh has been honored as Conference Player of the Week for the week of 10/21/2015.

Sabanosh had four goals on 12 shots last week, scoring twice in games against Scottsdale and Cochise.


Women’s Soccer

October 5, 2015

Two Pumas were honored as Conference Player and Goalkeeper of the Week for the week of 10/1/2015. Both of these Pumas are receiving such honors for the second time this season.

Player of the Week honors go to sophomore Megan Schulze. Schulze scored three goals and two assists in PVCC's wins over Mesa and Glendale

Goal Keeper of the Week honors go to freshman Madison Lucas. Lucas had shutout wins against Mesa and Glendale. She had three saves in 135 minutes of play.


Cross Country

September 30, 2015

The PVCC Men’s Cross Country team has garnered a fourth-place ranking in this week’s NJCAA National Coaches’ Poll. The men went from unranked to No. 4 in the nation and earned three first-place votes from the panel.

Next up for the Pumas is the Thunderbird Classic hosted by Mesa CC on October 10.

Release & Poll

Cross Country

September 28, 2015

Paradise Valley Community College opened its 2015 cross country season Friday with a pair of strong races at the ACCAC Championship meet run at the El Rio Golf Course in Tucson. The Puma men started the day with a team victory, besting number one ranked Central Arizona College by a score of 34-42. It was Paradise Valley’s first conference title since 2011. “We’re happy with the win today, and the guys ran great, but our focus is the end of the season. We’ve still got plenty of work to do,” commented Coach David Barney.

The PV men were led by freshman Deng Deng’s third place finish in a time of 25:47.6 over the 8,000-meter course. Deng was followed by sophomore Alemayehu Bates, 6th (26:03.2), sophomore John Winfield, 7th (26:04.3), sophomore Erik Oswald, 8th (26:09.9), and sophomore Andrew Sanchez, 10th (26:34.1). Rounding out the Puma top seven were sophomore Austin Lavin, 12th (26:53.9) and freshman Jason Gallo, 25th (28:17.0), with Robert Rillamas (47th in 31:38.3) and Cade Richards (48th in 31:48.7) running, but not scoring.

The Puma women also ran well finishing 4th overall as a team. Paradise Valley was led by freshman Hannah Jarman who turned in a fourth-place finish with a time of 19:47.9 over the 5000-meter course. Taylor Brenden followed Jarman in 10th place (20:30.7), with Lizbeth Lopez (17th in 21:19.8), Celeste Murphy (20th in 21:35.0), and Victoria Lebario (29th in 23:49.5) also scoring for the Pumas. Central Arizona College won the women’s race with a score of 33 points.

The Pumas will compete again in two weeks at the Mesa Thunderbird Classic on October 10.

Well done Pumas!

Women’s Golf

September 17, 2015

PVCC Women’s Golf is looking for golfers for the spring 2016 season. Full tuition scholarships are available for this year! All skill and experience levels are welcome!

New Puma Head Coach and PGA member Matt Keel brings a career in golf instruction and a new home course at Wildfire Golf Club to begin a new chapter in Puma Women’s Golf.

For more information email or contact the athletics office in the L Building, (602) 787-7173.

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