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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!
This past weekend the the Puma Track and Field team helped spread some Christmas joy to two Phoenix area families. As part of the team’s first Christmas tree fundraiser, two generous donors purchased a tree to be donated to a local family. Puma Track and Field student-athletes added a tree stand, lights, ornaments and gifts before delivering it all to one family in Mesa and another in Glendale.
Former Puma distance standout, Jany Dang who runs a medical transport business in the Phoenix area helped put the track team in touch with these families. Dang is a member of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" community here in the Valley. The families the Pumas supported this year are also Sudenese refugees.
The PVCC Track and Field team would like to thank all who donated and participated in this activity. Happy Holidays!
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VISITING COACHES EYE PV TRACK FACILITY
Hundreds of coaches from all over the country visited the Paradise Valley Track and Field facility this week while in town for track and field's largest yearly meeting, the USTFCCCA Convention.
Coaches from all levels of track and field came out to observe practices of the World Athletics Center, which utilizes the PVCC track facility to train multiple world class, national class, and Olympic Development athletes.
The Pumas were excited to see so much interest in the sport of track and field as well as in the facilities!
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
PUMAS AT REGION I CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Paradise Valley Community College women’s and men’s cross-country teams competed in the NJCAA Region I cross-country championship meet yesterday. The meet, hosted at Glendale Heroes Regional Park, saw the No. 14 nationally ranked PV women finish second, with 46 points, to No. 3 ranked Central Arizona College’s 24 points. The Pumas, led by Billie Jo Dytrt’s second-place (19:13.0) individual finish, knocked off No. 5 ranked Pima College of Tucson, who finished in third with 67 points. Dytrt was followed by Brooke Binns, 4th (19:39.4), Victoria Wyatt, 10th (20:20.4), Lizbeth Lopez, 12th (20:28.1), Paityn Bahm, 18th (21:03.6), and Holly Arnold, 29th (22:37.4). “I’m very pleased with our women- we ran very strong today, especially Brooke! If we keep our momentum going, we’ll be very competitive at the national meet,” stated Coach David Barney.
The Puma men’s team also ran well, finishing third behind No. 3 Central Arizona and No. 10 Pima. The Pumas scored 75 points to CAC’s 15 and Pima’s 72. The Pumas were led by Alemayehu Bates’ seventh-place finish in a time of 26:43.5. Rounding out the scoring for the men were Roberto Contreras Jr., 11th (26:58.6), Austin Lavin, 15th (27:11.9), Andrew Sanchez, 18th (27:26.1), Joshua Van Allen, 24th (28:23.0), Erik Oswald, 28th (29:42.8), and Ethan Woodward, 34th (31:06.4).
The next stop for the Pumas will be the national championship meet, held in Lubbock, Texas, on November 8th.
DOLLER CONTINUES TO SHINE
Former Puma Soccer All-American and NJCAA National Champion, Ali Doller, continues her successful career at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Congrats Ali and continued success!
PUMAS VISIT WILDCATS
Puma Softball got a taste of a big time program this weekend when they traveled down to Tucson to take part in the Fall Invitational hosted by University of Arizona. The Pumas faced the eight-time NCAA champion Wildcats on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Pumas played a total of five games over the weekend. In addition to facing the Wildcats on Friday, they played Cypress, Pima and Central Arizona on Saturday and Arizona Western on Sunday.
The Pumas have been hard at work this fall season in preparation for their 2015 campaign. The 2015 Conference schedule will begin the first week of February.
CROSS COUNTRY TRAVELS TO WISCONSIN
The Paradise Valley Community College cross country teams traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin this past weekend to compete in the Drews/Neubauer Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. The Pumas, running in their first major invitational of the season, came home with their best performance of the year thus far.
The men’s team started off the day, placing fifteenth, out of 27 teams, in the cold, and windy, 8000-meter race. The men were led by freshman Alemayehu Bates’ 51st place finish in a time of 26:24.40. Bates was followed by sophomore Roberto Contreras Jr., 79th (26:39.54), freshman Austin Lavin, 98th (26:49.44), freshman Erik Oswald, 103rd (26:51.43), sophomore Joshua Van Allen, 128th (27:10.91), freshman Andrew Sanchez, 135th (27:15.99), and Ethan Woodward, 246th (28:12.38).
The women followed the men and finished 21st out of the 30-team field. Sophomore Billie Jo Dytrt led the Pumas with a 64th place finish, in a time of 23:40.71 over the 6000-meter course. Dytrt was followed by sophomore Brooke Binns, 114th (24:21.02), freshman Victoria Wyatt, 155th (24:42.36), freshman Paityn Bahm, 237th (25:32.48), freshman Lizbeth Lopez, 266th (25:52.03), and freshman Holly Arnold, 369th (27:24.75).
“I’m pleased with how things went- both teams had their best performances of the season, but we’ve got to keep moving forward,” commented Coach David Barney, “this is the part of the season we train all year long for, so we expect to be running well right now!”
The Pumas will take back to the cross-country course on Monday, October 27, for the Region I cross country championship meet. The women will race at 9:00 a.m., with the men lining up at 9:45 a.m. The meet will be held at Grand Linear Park, 8100 W Bethany Home Rd., Glendale, AZ 85303. Information about that park may be found here:
INTRODUCING THE PUMA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE PROGRAM
You’re a great Student AND a great Athlete!
The Puma Scholar-Athlete Program has been designed to recognize all Puma student-athletes who excel in their academics while involved in their sport. Student-athletes who, after a minimum of two full time semesters, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher will be designated as Puma Scholar-Athletes.
Every student-athlete who joins the Puma family has an incredible amount of potential for intellectual and personal growth, just as they do athletically. While we challenge our student-athletes to maximize their potential in ALL areas, we ardently strive to provide a framework of support that enables student-athletes to excel in the classroom. Our collaborative efforts build skills and confidence, shape character, and enhance opportunities for success.
PV athletics firmly believes that athletics and academics complement each other. There is a proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance. Utilizing the same traits and characteristics applied to achievement in their sport, these scholar-athletes have built their academic excellence during the 2013-2014 academic year.
While current success is of great value, success as a scholar-athlete at PV also prepares students to pursue their athletic and academic goals at the four-year college level. We look forward to seeing all of our student-athletes work to become scholar-athletes during their tenure with PVCC Athletics as well as continue their success once Puma alums.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Billie Jo Dytrt
Sarah St. Amand
Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!
2014 PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
The PVCC Athletic Department held its 10th Annual PUMA CLASSIC Golf Tournament at The 500 Club on Saturday, October 4. A great time was had by all participants.
The Athletic Department was able to raise over $2,500 for the PVCC Athletics Scholarship and Support Fund. The funds will be used to purchase textbooks and award tuition dollars in direct support of the academic endeavors of our PVCC student-athletes.
On behalf of our student-athletes and teams, we would like to thank all those who participated and supported the event this year. We are grateful for the support of our student-athletes and programs.
See you next year for the 11th Annual PUMA CLASSIC!
PUMAS COMPETE AT CONFERENCE MEET
The Paradise Valley cross-country teams competed in the ACCAC Cross Country Championship meet this past Friday at the Paradise Valley Golf Course. The Pumas finished in third place in both the women’s and men’s races, while defending conference champion Central Arizona won on both sides.
The Puma women were led by Billie Jo Dytrt’s second-place finish on the women’s side. Dytrt was clocked in 19:30.3 on the 3.24 mile course. Following Dytrt were Brooke Binns, 12th (20:48.9), Victoria Wyatt, 13th (20:52.9), Paityn Bahm, 26th (22:26.9), and Holly Arnold in 36th (25:00.4). “Billie Jo ran a great race for this early in the season, and the other girls will be fine, we just need to be patient,” said Coach Dave Barney. Oluwabikola Periera of Central Arizona won the race in 19:30.0.
The men’s team was led by Austin Lavin’s 12th place finish in a time of 27:59.2. Lavin was followed by Andrew Sanchez, 13th (28:01.3), Alemayehu Bates, 18th (28:15.1), Erik Oswald, 20th (28:36.1), Caleb Ljunggren, 21st (29:01.5), Rob Contreras, 24th, Ethan Woodward, 25th and Joshua Van Allen in 30th. “We ran okay today,” commented Barney, “but we’ve got to step things up from here on out. We’ll see how we are in about four weeks.” Harry Mulenga of CAC won the men’s race in 26:09.6.
The Pumas’ next race will be the Mesa Thunderbird Classic on October 11.
updated: December 21, 2014
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