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September 5, 2014
2014 PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Join PVCC coaches, student-athletes and staff for the 10th Annual Puma Classic on Saturday, October 4 at the 500 Club in Phoenix. This Tournament is a four-player scramble, shotgun start at 7:30am. All proceeds will benefit the Puma Athletic Scholarship Fund. Previous years’ events have raised over $39,000 in scholarship money for eligible PVCC student-athletes.

For a complete tournament brochure, please click here.

To sign up online, please click here.

For more information please call PVCC Athletics, 602-787-7173.

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September 16, 2014
ICE IN THE DESERT?

You have seen the videos. You have laughed and cheered. You know the Pumas participated in the worldwide phenomena “Ice Bucket Challenge” to support the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. But, did you know that the Pumas also raised a total of $560 for the ALS Association? With contributions from the athletic department, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, track & field and baseball, the Pumas made a $560 donation to the ALS Association this month.

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

The Pumas are committed to serving their community with efforts such as this one. In addition to this endeavor, each team will perform community service throughout the year in the greater Phoenix area. GO PUMAS!

To see videos of each team’s ice bucket challenge visit these links.

Athletic Department

Baseball

Women’s Soccer

Track & Field

Men’s Soccer
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Women’s Soccer

September 15, 2014
WOMEN'S SOCCER ACCAC PLAYER AND GK OF THE WEEK

Two Pumas were honored as Conference Player and Goalkeeper of the Week.

Player of the Week honors go to freshman Kylee Taylor. The freshman forward took eight shots, scoring twice. Taylor also had one assist.

Goal Keeper of the Week honors go to freshman Mallory Wright.
Wright helped PV win two games last week. She stopped eight of nine shots on goal.

WELL DONE PUMAS!

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Men’s Tennis

September 11, 2014
JOIN PUMA TENNIS

Are you interested in trying out for the PVCC intercollegiate men’s tennis team? Come to the tennis courts on Monday, September 22nd, Wednesday, September 24th, or Friday, September 26th, between 130-330PM, and talk to Coach Paajanen.

Watch the team practice and see if you are ready for the challenge. GO PUMAS!
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May 8, 2014
PUMAS SUPPORT AZ SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Last Saturday, the men's and women’s tennis teams showed their support for the Arizona Special Olympics. The Pumas were involved in directing the on-court skills competition for the athletes. They also acted as chair umpires for the singles tournament that followed.

This was the eighth year that the Puma tennis program has volunteered to help in the state tournament. A special day was shared by all!

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May 5, 2014
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 victor.solis@pvmail.maricopa.edu. You may also contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at robert.shabansky@gwmail.maricopa.edu.

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
602-787-7031
victor.solis@pvmail.maricopa.edu

Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
602-286-8215
robert.shabansky@gwmail.maricopa.edu

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Softball

May 5, 2014
SOFTBALL OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 17

The Paradise Valley CC softball program will be conducting an open tryout at 9:00am, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Sign-ups for the softball tryout will begin at 9:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC softball field.

Each player must provide their own workout clothes, spikes and glove. PVCC softball will provide bats, balls and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.

IMPORTANT
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 year. Physicals dated prior to May 18, 2012 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 Softball Tryout Forms

Please call or email with any question.
Nick Candrea - PVCC Softball Head Coach
602-787-7173
pvccsoftball@pvmail.maricopa.edu

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May 3, 2014
SPRING SPORT POST-SEASON HONORS ABOUND

Six Pumas have earned postseason Region and Conference honors this year.

Ryan Books and Kenny McGinley of the men’s golf team received All-Region and All-ACCAC honors following their performances at the regional tournament. Ryan Books came away with 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-ACCAC awards. Kenny McGinley came home with a 2nd Team All-ACCAC award. Ryan Books was also named the ACCAC Men's Golfer of the Year!

Leah Marlow of the women’s golf team received 2nd Team All-ACCAC honors. Leah’s play qualified her to compete in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. She will travel to Daytona Beach, Florida to represent the Pumas later this month.

Rochelle Talamantes of Puma Softball received post-season accolades herself. She was named as a member of the All-Region team for her skills in the circle.

Baseball brought home a few accolades of their own. Brick Paskiewicz was awarded 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-ACCAC. Tyrell King was awarded 2nd Team All-Region. Christian Camacho was also named 2nd Team All-Region.

In addition to region and conference awards, three baseball Pumas were tapped as Rawlings Gold Glove Award nominees. Caleb McKinnon, Brick Paskiewicz and Austyn Nagamine were recognized for their defensive skills as nominees of this award. This award is given annually by Rawlings in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

CONGRATULATIONS PUMAS!

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May 27, 2014
TEAMS EXCEL IN ACADEMICS

As we have said before, the Pumas are as competitive in the classroom as they are on the field/court/track/green. Eleven PVCC teams have been nominated for NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. The previous record, set in 2012-2013, was nine teams. The NJCAA Academic Team of the Year distinction goes to teams that have completed the academic year with a 3.0 gpa or above..

While official designation for these awards will be announced by the NJCAA in mid-June, we wish to highlight these superstar Puma teams sooner rather than later.

Women's Golf - 3.585
Men's Tennis - 3.437
Softball - 3.369
Women's Soccer - 3.283
Women's Indoor Track - 3.213
Men's Cross Country - 3.212
Women's Outdoor Track - 3.174
Men's Indoor Track - 3.107
Men's Outdoor Track - 3.091
Women's Cross Country - 3.084
Women's Tennis - 3.048

More information will be released in the near future.

Well done Pumas!

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Track & Field

May 22, 2014
PUMAS COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY AT NATIONAL TRACK MEET

The PVCC Track and Field teams wrapped up their seasons at the NJCAA Track and Field Championships, held May 15-17 at Mesa CC. Both teams competed hard with the Men finishing in 11th place while the Women finished in 18th place. Individually, three Pumas earned NJCAA All-American status and while setting 1 new school record.

On the track, Billie Jo Dytrt led the Pumas placing in two events. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Billie finished in 3rd place winning a bronze medal with a time of 11:26.37, earning her NJCAA All-American honors. She also came back and ran the 5,000 meters placing 5th with a time of 18:15.83.

In the Men's Pole Vault, Bo Haddock overcame illness to win a silver medal and NJCAA All-American acolades, jumping a season best 4.85 meters (15'9"). This excellent effort came 1 week after winning the Region 1 Championship in the same event. Haddock also anchored the Men's 4x100 meter relay at the national meet.

Back on the track, Brandon Wheat earned All-American status in the 800 meter run. Brandon, the current school record holder placed 3rd and won a bronze with a time of 1:52.07. After this summer, Brandon will be taking his talents to Ames, Iowa to compete for the Iowa State University Cyclones.

In the Women's Javelin, Rylie Matthews placed 4th with a massive lifetime best of 39.56 meters. In the process her throw set a new PVCC school record. Matthews ranked 12th entering the meet, really stepped up big, scoring 5 big points for the team. Matthews will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall and will continue to throw there.
Craig Mattox competed in the Men's Long Jump, placing 5th with a jump of 7.38 meters. Mattox is the current school record holder.
In the Men's Decathlon Logan Morris finished in 6th place with a lifetime best of 5685 points. During the two-day, 10 event competition, Morris set new personal bests in the 100m, shot put, 110 hurdles, discus throw, and javelin.
Also scoring for the Pumas, Bethany Krasuski finished in 8th place in the women's pole vault with a jump of 3.20 meters.
This wrapped up a highly successful season for the Pumas. During both the indoor and outdoor seasons the men finished in the top 15 at the national meet, while the women finished in the top 20 at both meets. Throughout the course of the year the Pumas set eight new school records. Their success however, was not limited to just the competitive arena. All four of the men's and women's indoor and outdoor teams have been nominated for NJCAA All-Academic Team of the Year awards. Also, Jenna Ingram, Dustin Owsley, Brandon Wheat, and Chris Webb were nominated for NJCAA Student-Athlete awards.

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May 14, 2014
SCHOLAR ATHLETES SHINE IN THE CLASSROOM

The Pumas are as competitive in the classroom as they are on the field/court/track/green. Blowing the previous record of 14 (2012-2013) out of the water, 21 PV STUDENT-athletes will be nominated for NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award distinction goes to student-athletes who have completed three full-time semesters and a minimum of 45 semester credit hours with a GPA of 3.60 or higher.

In addition to the record number of nominees, this is also the first year in which there is at least one nominee in all 12 of PV's sports.

While official designation for these awards will be announced by the NJCAA in mid-June, we wish to highlight these superstar Pumas sooner rather than later.

Those nominated for this distinction include:
Jorge Carazo Diaz - Tennis
Halie Claiborne - Soccer
Michael Fallon - Soccer
MaKenna George - Soccer/Tennis
Jennafer Ingram - Track
Marissa Jauregui - Softball
Danielle Leon-Estrada - Soccer
Leah Marlow - Golf
Kenneth McGinley - Golf
Caleb McKinnon - Baseball
Amanda McLean - Soccer
Matthew Otis - Tennis
Dustin Owsley - Track
Erica Peck - Soccer
Alisha Ramirez - Softball
Ashley Stein - Soccer
Rochelle Talamantes - Softball
Emily Wakeford - Golf
Christopher Webb - XC/Track
Brandon Wheat - XC/Track
Callie Willcox - XC

More information, including NJCAA Academic Team of the Year honors, will be released in the near future.

Well done Pumas!

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Track & Field

May 12, 2014
THREE CHAMPIONS AND ONE SCHOOL RECORD

Over the past two weeks the PVCC Track and Field teams competed at the Region I Championships. The Pumas competed successfully with three individual champions and one school record set at the meet.

The Pumas dominated the men’s pole vault competition, taking the 1st, 3rd, and 4th place positions. Bo Haddock jumped 4.80m (15-9) to win the competition, while his teammates Adrian Childress and Keith Williams jumped 4.50 (14-9) and 4.20 (13-9) respectively.

Rylie Matthews won the women’s javelin in dominating fashion with a personal best throw of 37.50m. Matthews winning mark was over 3 meters further than the next closest competitor and all 5 of her throws were further than the 2nd place mark. Rylie’s mark also ranks as the 2nd best throw in school history.

Logan Morris was also victorious, winning the men’s decathlon with a score of 5,499 points. Throughout the 2 days and 10 events of competition, Morris set personal bests in the long jump, shot put, 110 hurdles, discus, and pole vault.

On the track Brandon Wheat finished in a close 2nd in the 800m run in a time of 1:51.70. During the process Wheat also set a new school record.

The Pumas were well represented in the men’s 100m with three athletes advancing to the finals. Current school record holder Dionee Marrero finished in 4th place with a time of 10.76. Craig Mattox finished in 6th with a time of 11.02 which is the 4th best mark in school history. Bryant James also ran in the final placing 9th in a time of 11.21.

In the men’s long jump Mattox jumped out to a distance of 7.49 (24-7), good for 3rd place. Mattox is the current school record holder.

Marrero, Mattox, James, and Payson Bobier teamed up for the 4x100 m relay, running 41.63 to finish in 3rd place. This quartet is also the current school record holder.

Marrero was not done there. He finished up his meet by setting a new personal best of 21.62 to place 3rd in the 200m dash. This time ranks him 2nd in school history.

In the women’s 1500m run Billie Jo Dytrt finished in 3rd place with a time of 4:54.56. In the pole vault Jenna Ingram jumped 3.35 (10-11) to finish in 2nd place, while Beth Krasuski jumped 3.05 (10 ft) for 4th place. In the men’s 10,000m Brennan Vasquez ran 36:17.58, good for 3rd place.

The Puma track and field team will wrap up their season next week at the NJCAA outdoor track and field championships, at Mesa Community College. The Pumas will send a large squad with impressive balance to compete at the championships. Brandon Wheat (800m, 8th), Nico Montanez (10,000m 2nd), Craig Mattox (long jump, 6th), Bo Haddock (pole vault, 5th) Adrian Childress (pole vault, 12th), Logan Morris (decathlon, 10th), Billie Jo Dytrt (Steeplechase, 3rd), Shonda Jones (high jump, 7th), Jenna Ingram (pole vault, 7th), Beth Krasuski (pole vault, 12th), Rylie Matthews (javelin, 12th), and the men’s 4x100 m relay (15th) have all qualified and will compete at the national championships. The meet will be held at Mesa Community College on May 15-17.

GO PUMAS!

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Track & Field

May 10, 2014
OH CANADA!

Puma pitcher Tyrell King will join the Okotos Dawgs of Canada's Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) for summer ball this season.

King joined the PVCC squad for the 2014 season after transferring from Yavapai. He led the Pumas in innings pitched (70.2), complete games (3) and strikeouts (70). He is also tied for second in wins (3) and ERA amongst starters (3.69). King has committed to play at Missouri Baptist University next year.

The Dawgs are operated on a strictly non-profit basis. The program began in 1995 as an elite youth development program based in the City of Calgary, AB. Since its inception the Dawgs have developed numerous premier youth, collegiate and professional players. Several Dawgs' players have played for Team Alberta, Team Canada, NCAA and NAIA universities and colleges and been drafted by and signed professional baseball contracts with Major League Baseball organizations. In 2003, the Dawgs expanded their program to include a summer collegiate club .

The WMBL is Canada’s pre-eminent summer collegiate baseball league. The predecessors to the WMBL date back to 1948. Over the past 56 years the league has gone by such names as the Canadian-American Baseball League, the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League, the Alberta-Saskatchewan Baseball League, the Western Canadian Baseball League, the Saskatchewan Baseball League and since 2000, the WMBL.

Read more about King's upcoming stint HERE.
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Women’s Tennis

March 7, 2014
PUMAS BEAT GAUCHOS

Women’s Tennis finished the second week of conference play with a close 5-4 win against Glendale Community College on March 6. The win brings the Pumas season record to 2-2.

The Pumas went into singles play needing only one point to clinch the match against a short-handed GCC team. The Pumas struggled to get points until sophomore Nisha Barretto won the match deciding point by dominating her opponent with a decisive 6-2,6-0 victory. Coach Rast said, “I was really impressed with her shot selection today. She played her game and knew that that would be enough. “

The last match of the day was a classic. Freshman Anastasia Ovchinnikova battled at the number two singles with her opponent. She won the first set 6-4, but lost the second set with the same score. The match then went to a super tiebreaker to decide the result. After taking an early lead in the tiebreaker she fell behind and was not able to recover. She lost the tiebreaker 10-7.

Coach Rast had this to say about the day, “This was a hard fought victory for the ladies. The match was decided with two great wins by sophomore Nisha Barretto. Nisha and her partner freshman Cheyenne Stiegmann started the day with a big win at the number two doubles. This was the first time the two were paired together and they amazed me with how well they worked together.”

The Pumas next play a home match on Monday, March 24 against Skagit College at 1:30pm.

GO PUMAS!

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Track & Field

March 31, 2014
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.

Men’s Tennis

March 28, 2014
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.

GO PUMAS!


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Women’s Tennis

March 28, 2014
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.

GO PUMAS!


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Women’s Tennis

June 4, 2014
PASKIEWICZ WINS RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE AWARD

It was announced today that Puma outfielder Brick Paskiewicz is a winner of the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award®. This award is given annually by Rawlings in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Nine players at the Division II level were so honored for their outstanding defensive play during the 2014 season. Of the nine awardees at the DII level, Paskiewicz is one of only two freshmen to receive the award this season. He is one of three awardees that hail from the ACCAC (Thomas, GWCC; Peterson, CGCC).

In 2014 Paskiewicz posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in 53 games for the Pumas. He was errorless and led all Puma outfielders with eight assists. He also posted 82 putouts on the season.

Nominations for the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards® are determined by each division’s respective committee. Student-Athletes must be nominated by their respective district to be eligible for the awards.

Paskiewicz is the second Puma in program history to receive this award. Shortstop Shaun McCarty received the award in 2012.

To see the complete list of 2014 NJCAA winners, CLICK HERE

Congratulations Brick!

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June 24, 2014
NJCAA HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AND TEAMS WITH ACADEMIC AWARDS

The NJCAA officially released the names of the 2013-2014 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners as well as the NJCAA All-Academic Team Award winners. This academic year PVCC posted the most Student-Athletes and Teams for NJCAA academic awards in department history. Previous records for both categories were set in 2012-2013

Eleven PVCC teams were honored as 2013-2014 All-Academic Teams. The previous record was 9.

Women's Golf - 3.585
Men's Tennis - 3.437
Softball - 3.369
Women's Soccer - 3.283
Women's Indoor Track - 3.213
Men's Cross Country - 3.212
Women's Outdoor Track - 3.174
Men's Indoor Track - 3.107
Men's Outdoor Track - 3.091
Women's Cross Country - 3.084
Women's Tennis - 3.048

The Pumas also represented well with 21 individuals garnering 2013-2014 Academic Student-Athlete Awards. The previous record was 14.

Pinnacle Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Matthew Otis - Tennis
Brandon Wheat - XC/Track

Superior Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
MaKenna George - Soccer/Tennis
Jennafer Ingram - Track
Kenneth McGinley - Golf
Amanda McLean - Soccer
Alisha Ramirez - Softball
Ashley Stein - Soccer
Rochelle Talamantes - Softball
Callie Willcox - XC

Exemplary Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Jorge Carazo Diaz - Tennis
Halie Claiborne - Soccer
Michael Fallon - Soccer
Marissa Jauregui - Softball
Danielle Leon-Estrada - Soccer
Leah Marlow - Golf
Caleb McKinnon - Baseball
Dustin Owsley - Track
Erica Peck - Soccer
Emily Wakeford - Golf
Christopher Webb - XC/Track

Academic Student-Athlete Awards are awarded as follows:
NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

All-Academic Team Awards are awarded to teams that post a 3.0 GPA or higher.

To see a list of all NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award honorees and All-Academic Team Award honorees, please click below.

To read the complete release CLICK HERE

2013-2014 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards

2013-2014 NJCAA All-Academic Teams

WELL DONE PUMAS!

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Track & Field

July 30, 2014
PUMAS HIRE NEW TRACK & FIELD CO-HEAD COACH

The Pumas are excited to announce the hiring of Brian Batliner as their new track & field co-head coach. Batliner will join Dave Barney in leading the Pumas during the 2015 track season. In addition to his track duties, Batliner will also assist the athletic department with its student-athlete academic success programs and initiatives on a year-round basis.

Batliner comes to PV from Johnson County CC in Overland Park, KS. He was with the Cavaliers for six seasons serving as an assistant coach for both cross country and track & field. His track & field coaching focus while at JCCC included long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, and multi-events.

Prior to joining the JCCC coaching staff Batliner was a student-athlete at University of Missouri Kansas City, Western State College and JCCC. He was a runner for the JCCC cross country and track teams from 2003-05. He was a five-time All-American, five-time All-Region VI performer, seven-time All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference performer, and two-time conference indoor champion in the mile. From JCCC Batliner transferred to WSC. He spent three semesters at WSC as a redshirt member of the squad. He enrolled at UMKC in fall 2007 and joined the Kangaroos track & field squad where he was one of the team’s leading runners among the distance corps.

Batliner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at UMKC in 2008. In 2010, he earned a Level 1 coaching certificate from USATF. He is currently completing an MS in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University.

Welcome to Puma country Brian!

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Track & Field

January 28, 2014
PUMAS THRIVE AT HOME

PV Track & Field hosted the PVCC Indoor meet on Saturday with many great results from the Pumas. This was only the second meet of the indoor season and already the Pumas have many qualifiers for the national meet in March. Coach Dustin Imdieke expressed his satisfaction with the outing, "I was pleased with the efforts of the team today. Many of the athletes applied the lessons that we learned from the first meet and were more competitive as a result. Moving forward we will strive to learn how to compete on bigger stages against greater competition."

Men’s event winners:
Dionee Marrero: 60m dash 7.00 sec
Chris Webb 3k: 8:50.42
Craig Mattox Long jump: 7.17m

Top three finishers:
Joshua Van Allen 800 2:06.00 2nd pl
Joshua Van Allen 1500 4:26.38 2nd pl
Bo Haddock Pole Vault 4.65 2nd pl

Women’s event winners:
Billie Jo Dytrt 5K 18:57.15

Top three finishers:
Morgan Chilson 60m 8.25 3rd pl
Morgan Chilson 400m 1:04.88 3rd pl
Jenna Ingram Pole Vault 3.35 3rd pl
Shonda Jones Heptathlon 2491 pts 3rd pl

The following athletes have qualified for the Indoor National Championship meet that will be held in New York in March.

Men
Dionne Marrero 60m
Chris Webb 3K
Bo Haddock PV
Craig Mattox LJ

Women
Billie Jo Dytrt 3K and 5K
Shonda Jones High Jump and Heptathlon
Jenna Ingram PV
Beth Krasuski PV

Congrats to those who have qualified!
Go Pumas!



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Women’s Tennis

January 27, 2014
WOMENS TENNIS TEAM GETTING READY TO BEGIN 2014 SEASON

The 2014 Women’s Tennis season is set to begin on Thursday, February 27 and the Pumas could not be more enthusiastic. Coach Feroz Rast is excited for his first season as the head coach of the PVCC Women’s Tennis team. They are looking forward to competing for a chance to go to the National Tournament in May. “We have a really good group of athletes here who are hard working and dedicated to the goal of being the best team possible. We want to build a tradition of excellence here at Paradise Valley, and it starts with our work ethic in practice.”

Coach Rast sees great potential in this team and states that his team knows what it will take to compete for the opportunity to play in the national tournament. “We have some good teams on our schedule and know that we have some work to do to get ready, but ever practice has been great and the team is really focused.”

The team has been practicing since January 13 and looks ahead to their first match on February 27 at Mesa CC.

GO PUMAS!

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Track & Field

January 24, 2014
REVISED TRACK MEET INFORMATION

Some revisions have been made to the meet schedule for the PVCC Indoor on Saturday, January 25.

To see this REVISED info, please see below.

REVISE MEET INFO


PVCC Indoor Track & Field Meet
Saturday, January 25, 2014
(Revised-FINAL SCHEDULE!)

Running Events/ Multi-Events Day Two:
9:00am Men’s Heptathlon 60m hurdles
9:40am Men’s Heptathlon Pole Vault
10:00am 5,000m(Combined) (All 5,000m competitors will be removed from the track by 10:25 a.m.)
10:30am Distance Medley (W/M) (1200-400-800-1600)
11:00am 60m Hurdles(W/M)
11:15am 1500m(W/M)
11:30pm 600m(W/M)
11:45am Men’s Heptathlon 1000m
11:55pm 60m Dash(W/M)
12:15pm 400m(W/M)
12:35pm 200M (Report Call @ Finish Line. Event re-seeded for final)
12:35pm 800m(W/M)
12:55pm 200m(W/M)
1:15pm 1000m(W/M)
1:25pm 3000m(W/M)
1:45pm 4 x 400m(W/M)

Field Events:
Throws:
10:00 Weight throw/ Combined Men and Women
11:45 Shot Put/ Women followed by Men
Vertical Jumps:
11:15 Pole Vault/ Women followed by Men
11:30 High Jump/ Women followed by Men
Horizontal Jumps:
10:00-11:00 Long jump/ Combined Men and Women - open pit
11:30-12:30 Triple jump/ Combined Men and Women - open pit

Vertical Jumps Height Progressions:
Men’s progression
1.65/5-5 – 1.70/5-7 – 1.75/5-9 – 1.80/5-11 – 1.85/6-1 – 1.90/6-3 – 1.95/6-5 2.00/6-6½ – 2.05/6-8½ - 2.10/6-10½ - 2.15/7-0½
Women’s progression
1.36/4-5½ – 1.41/4-7½ – 1.46/4-9½ – 1.51/4-11½ – 1.56/5-1½ – 1.61/5-3½ 1.66/5-5½ - 1.71/5-7½ – 1.76/5-9½

Pole Vault:
Women’s progression
2.60/8-6½ – 2.75/9-0½ – 2.90/9-6 – 3.05/10-0 – 3.20/10-6 3.35/11-0 – 3.50/11-6 – 3.65/11-11½ – 3.75/12-3½ – 3.85/12-7½
3.90/12-9½…
Men’s progression
3.75/12-3½ – 3.90/12-9½ – 4.05/13-3½ – 4.20/13-9½ – 4.35/14-3½
4.50/14-9 – 4.65/15-3 – 4.80/15-9 – 4.90/16-¾ – 5.00/16-4¾
5.10/16-8¾ …


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Track & Field

January 24, 2014
INAUGURAL BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME TOMORROW!

Join us tomorrow at 11am for the inaugural baseball alumni game here at PV. The 2014 Pumas will face those that came before, the men who helped build the program since its inception in 2009. Come see what the 2014 team has in store and what the alums still have in the tank. See you there!

Game Day Itinerary

11:00am Alumni Game First Pitch
10:30am Field Prep
10:15pm Alumni Pre- Game
10:00pm Pumas 2014 Pre- Game
9:30am Alumni BP on field
9:15am Pumas 2014 BP in Cage
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Track & Field

January 21, 2014
PUMAS MAKE A RUN FOR IT

The 2014 Indoor Track & Field season got underway on Saturday as PVCC hosted the Puma Indoor Meet. Several student-athletes put up solid performances in their first endeavor of the season.

Men’s Recap:
Dionee Marrero - Double winner in the 60m (7.07) and 200m (22.35)
Craig Mattox - Winner in the Long Jump (6.99m or 22’ 11”)
Payson Bobier - Winner in the 400m (50.77)
Joshua Van Allen - Winner in the 1000m (2:47.92)
Logan Morris - Winner of the High jump (1.75m or 5’ 8”)

Women’s Recap:
Shonda Jones – Winner in the High Jump with a national qualify mark (1.56m or 5’ 1”)
Billie Jo Dytrt - 2nd place in the 3000m with a national qualifying mark (10:47.92)\

Next up for the Pumas is the PVCC Indoor meet right here at home on January 24 & 25. Come on out and cheer us on!

Congratulations and good luck with the rest of the season Pumas!
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Track & Field

January 21, 2014
2014 HOME TRACK MEET INFORMATION

PVCC Track and Field will host its PVCC Indoor meet this Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25.

For information on this meet please click the following.

PVCC Indoor

Go Pumas!

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Track & Field

January 14, 2014
2014 HOME TRACK MEET INFORMATION

PVCC track and Field will host its Puma Indoor meet this Saturday, January 18.

For information on this meet please click the following.

January 18, 2014 - Puma Indoor

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Women’s Tennis

February 28, 2014
WOMEN'S TENNIS COMPLETES FIRST WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

The Paradise Valley women’s tennis team wrapped up their first week of conference play on Thursday with a tough 9-0 loss to Mesa Community College.

The ladies traveled to play Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday where they fell with a similar team score of 9-0. The Pumas record now stands at 1-2.

Coach Rast had the following to say about the weeks play, “The team is really playing hard, and the scores are not fully reflecting the play on the court. We have played two quality teams this week, both of which rank very high in the nation and we have fought for each point. We are improving every match and I am excited with our growth early in the season. “


The Pumas play again on March 6 at home. Match time is 1:30pm. Come out and support your Pumas!

Track & Field

February 21, 2013
TRACK & FIELD HEADED TO THE BIG APPLE

The Paradise Valley Community College Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams have been training and competing strongly this indoor season. Their efforts have been in preparation for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships, held at the world famous Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. With 14 athletes meeting the qualifying standard, and three new school records, the results have been impressive.

At the Tyson Invite in Arkansas Chris Webb set a new school record in the mile (4:08.92) and is currently the top ranked athlete in the country. Dionee Marrero has also set a new school record in the 200m (21.99). Marrero is qualified in both the 60m and 200m. At the Mountian T’s Invite at NAU Craig Mattox also broke a school record in the long jump with a leap of 24-1 (7.34). That mark is currently the 6th best jump in the country.

Several more Pumas have also met the qualifying standard including Bryant James (200m), Brandon Wheat (800), Nico Montanez (3000m), Bo Haddock (Pole Vault), Keith Williams (Pole Vault), and Logan Morris (Heptathlon). On the women’s side Billie Jo Dytrt has qualified in both the 3000m and 5000m, and is currently ranked in the nation’s top five for the 5000m. Callie Clark has also qualified in the 5000m, in addition to Bethany Krasuski (Pole Vault), Jenna Ingram (Pole Vault), and Shonda Jones (High Jump).

The Pumas will travel to New York City to compete at the Indoor National Championship March 7-8.

GO PUMAS!

Track & Field

February 20, 2014
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD HEADED TO THE BIG APPLE

The Paradise Valley Community College Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams have been training and competing strongly this indoor season. Their efforts have been in preparation for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships, to be held at the world famous Armory Track & Field Center in New York City. With 14 athletes meeting the qualifying standard, and three new school records, the results have been impressive.

At the Tyson Invite in Arkansas Chris Webb set a new school record in the mile (4:08.92) and is currently the top ranked athlete in the country. Dionee Marrero has also set a new school record in the 200m (21.99). Marrero is qualified in both the 60m and 200m. At the Mountian T’s Invite at NAU Craig Mattox also broke a school record in the long jump with a leap of 24-1 (7.34). That mark is currently the 6th best jump in the country.

Several more Pumas have also met the qualifying standard including Bryant James (200m), Brandon Wheat (800), Nico Montanez (3000m), Bo Haddock (Pole Vault), Keith Williams (Pole Vault), and Logan Morris (Heptathlon). On the women’s side Billie Jo Dytrt has qualified in both the 3000m and 5000m, and is currently ranked in the nation’s top five for the 5000m. Callie Clark has also qualified in the 5000m, in addition to Bethany Krasuski (Pole Vault), Jenna Ingram (Pole Vault), and Shonda Jones (High Jump).

The Pumas will travel to New York City to compete at the Indoor National Championship March 7-8.

GO PUMAS!

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Men’s Soccer

February 11, 2014
MEN’S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

The Paradise Valley CC men’s soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 9:00am, Saturday, February 22. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 8:00am. 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.

IMPORTANT
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.
Zac Ludwig - PVCC Men’s Soccer Head Coach
602-787-7173
zachary.ludwig@paradisevalley.edu

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Track & Field

February 11, 2014
SCHOOL RECORDS FALL IN FLAGSTAFF

Last weekend the PV Track and Field teams competed at the Mountain T’s Invite at Northern Arizona University as well as at the Glendale Indoor Invite held at Glendale Community College.

In Flagstaff, Craig Mattox set a new school record in the long jump with a winning jump of 24-1 (7.34). This mark currently ranks as the 5th best jump in the nation. Mattox said, “I had certain goals for this week and I was able to accomplish them, allowing me to set new goals even higher”.

Also setting a new school record was Dionee Marrero, who raced to a time of 21.99 in the 200m. This was good for 7th place out of 48 competitors. Marrero returned to the track on Saturday, placing 4th in the 60m dash in a time of 6.95. Both of these times meet the qualifying standard for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships to be held at the Armory in New York City on March 7-8. After the race Marrero said, “My mind was ready and I ran the race the way my coach and I had planned and my performance was good”.

Competing in the Men’s heptathlon, Logan Morris tallied 4,043 points good for 8th place, and another national qualifying mark. Morris is currently ranked 7th in the nation.

On the Women’s side Shonda Jones, Heather Markovic, Anna Burrola, and Rylie Matthews competed in the pentathlon. Each of these Pumas competed well, all recording personal bests.

The Pumas found additional success at the Glendale Invite. Nico Montanez won both the 1000m run (2:38.43) and 1500m run (4:07.02), both of which are national qualifying marks. Billie Jo Dytrt was also impressive, winning the women’s 1000m (3:14.72) and placing 2nd in the 1500m (4:59.12). Dytrt currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in the mile, 3000m, and 5000m.

Beth Krasuski finished in a tie for first in the Pole Vault with a jump of 10-5.75 (3.20). Krasuski is currently the 8th ranked jumper in the country. Also in the pole vault, Bo Haddock jumped 15-9 (4.80), good for a runner-up finish. Haddock is currently the 2nd ranked jumper in the country.

Callie Wilcox was the top collegiate finisher in the 5000m with a national qualifying mark of 19:14.98. Bryant James and Morgan Chilson also competed strongly, recording personal bests in the 60m dash.

Coach Dustin Imdieke said, “I was very proud of the way our kids stepped up this weekend. We were faced with a different level of competition today and they were able to rise to the occasion. As we move towards the Indoor National Championships, these types of experiences will be invaluable”.

The Pumas will travel again this weekend with a group of athletes heading to the prestigious Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas, while the rest of the team will head to Pima Community College in Tucson.


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Women’s Tennis

February 10, 2014
GAME, SET, MATCH

Paradise Valley Community College women's tennis team opened its 2014 campaign with a great win against Imperial Valley College from California.

The match started with doubles and the Pumas really played hard, but lost all three doubles matches. Their hard work paid off in singles as the Pumas pulled off all six singles points to clinch a 6-3 team victory. “It was amazing to see how we did not let the doubles loses roll over into our single play. It actually got us to focus in on the task at hand. We knew exactly what we needed to do to win the match and all six players went in with the mind set of, do your job, and win your match” said head coach Feroz Rast.

"I'm very proud of team," said head coach Feroz Rast "It is a great way to start the season, the ladies really came into the match with the right attitude and earned a hard fought victory.”

The Pumas next play against Eastern College on Feb. 25. This will be the first conference opponent of the season.

GO PUMAS!

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Women’s Soccer

August 7, 2014
11th ANNUAL SARAH SHARPE ALUMNI GAME

Join us for the 11th annual Sarah Sharpe Women’s Soccer Alumni Game!

Date: Friday, August 22nd
Time: Kickoff at 7:00pm, warm up 6:30pm
Place: Reach 11 Sports Complex main field, Phoenix

For question, please contact PVCC Athletics
602-787-7173
christina.hundley@pvmail.maricopa.edu

See you there!
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Women’s Soccer

August 29, 2014
PVCC WOMEN BEGIN 2014 CAMPAIGN WITH WIN

The PVCC Women’s soccer team, pre-season ranked #4 in the nation, began their 2014 campaign with a 3-0 win over Glendale Community College on Thursday.

Freshman striker Kylee Taylor scored a first half glancing header on a cross provided by freshman Bridgette Sabanosh. In the second half, freshman defender Kelly Smith made a well-timed tackle and pass to freshman midfielder Kathleen Nagy, who cleverly chipped the ball over the Gauchos defense for Taylor to run onto and slot the Puma’s second goal of the match. Freshman defender Astrid Alvarez made a well-timed run and served a well-placed cross that Sabanosh would head home for the final tally.

The Pumas feature 16 freshman led by sophomore captains Tia Blackwell and Savannah Quintana, and Conference/Regional Playoffs MVP defender Maitlyn Davisworth.

The Pumas take on Chandler-Gilbert CC on Saturdaym August 30. The game will be helpd at Reach 11 Sports Complex at 7:30pm.

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Women’s Soccer

August 14, 2014
WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED #4 IN NATION

The PVCC Women’s Soccer team has garnered a fourth-place ranking in the preseason NJCAA National Poll. The 2014 Pumas hope to continue their success on the pitch. They open their season on August 28 at Glendale CC (Pioneer Park) and open at home on September 11 vs. Cochise.

In 2013, the Pumas finished their season 21-1-2. After winning their regional tournament, the Pumas made their third national tournament appearance in the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Tournament held in Florida.

Good luck on a great 2014 season ladies!

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News

August 13, 2014
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.

BASEBALL
Roberto Martinez
Colton Motely
James Rimer
Josh Rojas
Nate Ruane
Jaraad Salas

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Roberto Contreras

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Billie Jo Dytrt
Sarah St. Amand

WOMEN’S GOLF
Sarah Hackenschmidt
Andria Welty

MEN’S SOCCER
Trevor Hardacker
Paul Paez

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Tia Blackwell
Brenna Lenihan

SOFTBALL
Sayaka Foley
Hannah Lackey
Candra Land
Olivia Lopez
Karina Ojeda
Stephanie Wells

WOMEN’S TENNIS
MaKenna George

MEN’S TRACK
Dustin Owsley
Justin Tobin

WOMEN’S TRACK
Anna Burrola
Morgan Chilson
Beth Krasuskki

Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!
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Softball

August 11, 2014
SOFTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETE RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM AZ SOFTBALL FOUNDATION

On Saturday, three PV Softball student-athletes received scholarships through the generous donations of the members of the Arizona Softball Foundation. Sophomore Olivia Lopez, incoming freshman Alicia Gil and Krista Keller were honored at a banquet held by the ASF. ASF grants scholarships each academic year to student-athletes around the state to assist with academic related expenses.

In attendance at the banquet was famed women’s professional baseball player Dottie Wilkinson. Dottie was a pioneer in women's baseball as a player in the All-American Women's Baseball League made famous by the movie "A League of Their Own.” Wilkinson was played by Geena Davis who is the main character of the movie.

Congratulations ladies!

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Women’s Soccer

August 11, 2014
RANKED PRE-SEASON #4 BY NSCAA

There is room for speculation and debate regarding most pre-season polls, but it is generally considered better to be ranked than not. The PV women's soccer team has been ranked #4 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in their pre-season poll released earlier today.

The NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings are a week-to-week status of qualified programs and announced Tuesdays at noon CT on NSCAATV. The NSCAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.

The 2014 Pumas will look to establish their identity and accomplishments right out of the gate. The 2014 squad will be led by five returners who will be joined by 16 newcomers. PV opens conference play Thursday, August 28 against Glendale CC at the Pioneer Park at 7pm.

Go Pumas!

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Women’s Tennis

April 9, 2014
PUMAS WIN

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.

GO PUMAS!

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News

April 9, 2014
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.

CONGRATS APRIL!


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Men’s Soccer

April 28, 2014
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.

IMPORTANT
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
602-787-7173
fred.delgado@paradisevalley.edu

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Women’s Tennis

April 24, 2014
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.”

GO PUMAS!

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News

April 24, 2014
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!

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Track & Field

April 22, 2014
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.

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Women’s Tennis

April 2, 2014
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.

GO PUMAS!
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2014-04-04



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Track & Field

2014-07-30
PUMAS HIRE NEW TRACK & FIELD CO-HEAD COACH

The Pumas are excited to announce the hiring of Brian Batliner as their new track & field co-head coach. Batliner will join Dave Barney in leading the Pumas during the 2015 track season. In addition to his track duties, Batliner will also assist the athletic department with its student-athlete academic success programs and initiatives on a year-round basis.

Batliner comes to PV from Johnson County CC in Overland Park, KS. He was with the Cavaliers for six seasons serving as an assistant coach for both cross country and track & field. His track & field coaching focus while at JCCC included long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, and multi-events.

Prior to joining the JCCC coaching staff Batliner was a student-athlete at University of Missouri Kansas City, Western State College and JCCC. He was a runner for the JCCC cross country and track teams from 2003-05. He was a five-time All-American, five-time All-Region VI performer, seven-time All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference performer, and two-time conference indoor champion in the mile. From JCCC Batliner transferred to WSC. He spent three semesters at WSC as a redshirt member of the squad. He enrolled at UMKC in fall 2007 and joined the Kangaroos track & field squad where he was one of the team’s leading runners among the distance corps.

Batliner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at UMKC in 2008. In 2010, he earned a Level 1 coaching certificate from USATF. He is currently completing an MS in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University.

Welcome to Puma country Brian!

Track & Field

2014-08-23