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ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 PUMA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
You’re a great Student AND a great Athlete!
Puma Athletics is proud to announce that 31 student-athletes have achieved the status of Puma Scholar-Athlete for the 2014-2015 academic year.
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 2014-2015 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
Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!
NJCAA HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AND TEAMS WITH ACADEMIC AWARDS
The NJCAA officially released the names of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners as well as the NJCAA All-Academic Team Award winners.
Eleven PVCC teams were honored as 2014-2015 All-Academic Teams. All-Academic Team Awards are awarded to teams that post a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Women's Tennis - 3.41
Women's Outdoor Track - 3.22
Women's Indoor Track - 3.21
Women's Golf - 3.21
Softball - 3.17
Men's Tennis - 3.16
Men's Cross Country - 3.12
Women's Cross Country - 3.08
Men's Indoor Track - 3.03
Men's Outdoor Track - 3.02
Women's Soccer - 3.01
The Pumas also had five individuals garner 2014-2015 Academic Student-Athlete Awards.
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)
Superior Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Sayaka Foley – Softball
Makenna Newman - Tennis
Exemplary Academic Achievement designation was awarded to:
Tia Blackwell – Soccer
Anatasha Coleman – Soccer
Billie Dytrt – Cross Country/Track & Field
To see a list of all NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award honorees and All-Academic Team Award honorees, please click below.
2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards
2014-2015 NJCAA All-Academic Teams
WELL DONE PUMAS!
PUMA TAKEN IN 2015 MLB DRAFT
Puma pitcher Noel Rodriguez was chosen today in the 26th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rodriguez, who has committed to Colorado Mesa Univeristy, was 7-2 on the mound in 76.2 innings pitched during the 2015 season. He struck out 82 giving up 74 hits and 35 runs. Rodriguez had an ERA of 3.64 in his 14 appearances.
Rodriguez was named 2nd Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference after his 2015 season with the Pumas.
Rodriguez is the third Puma in program history to be drafted by MLB. Mike Reynolds was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2013 and Isaiah Brown was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2009.
PUMAS SIGN 2015-2016 CLASS
Puma Women's Tennis welcomes four new players for the upcoming 2016 season. Raven Covington (Thunderbird HS), Erica Wolford (Shadow Ridge HS), Gabriella Wallen (Sandra Day O’Connor HS), and Bianca Amaya (Glendale HS) have all committed to attend and compete at PVCC.
Coach Rast on the new additions, “I am so excited about having Raven, Erica, Gabriella, and Bianca become part of the Puma family. They are all coming with a lot of experience and from great high schools in the valley. I know that they will be a big part of helping us reach our goals for next season. All four have a few things in common, work ethic, positive attitude, and competitive desire.“
FORMER PUMA NAMED NCAA SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA
The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams were announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Former Puma Conor Clancey (2012/2013), who now attends Wofford College in South Carolina, was named a second team All-American.
This season, Clancey started 58 games at first base and led the team in home runs (10) and total bases (131). He set a new school single season record with 27 doubles, which ranked first in the Southern Conference and third in the nation. He also led the SoCon in RBIs with 66, which ranked ninth in the nation. In addition, he was eighth in the conference in slugging percentage and sixth in total bases. His .326 batting average was fourth on the team, while his 72 hits were third. He was named All-Southern Conference first team.
Clancey is just the second Wofford player to be honored as a Louisville Slugger All-American.
BASEBALL OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 23 AT GENE AUTRY PARK
Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College Baseball Programs will be conducting an open tryout together on Saturday, May 23, 2015. This tryout will be held at Gene Autry Park in Mesa. There is a $10.00 charge to attend this tryout. Each player must provide their own workout clothes, baseball spikes, and glove. We will provide Baum bats, baseballs, and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.
Pitchers and Catchers
Sign ups 8:30am
Tryouts Start 9:00am
Infielders and Outfielders
Sign- ups 11:30am
Tryouts Start 12:00pm
Any interested players may contact Victor Solis at 602-787-7031 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at email@example.com.
To be eligible for the baseball tryout, please contact us so that I can place their name on the tryout list. Walk- ups will be allowed.
Each participant will need to complete the following forms:
1. Assumption of Risk Form
2. Contact Information Form
3. Bring a copy of their current physical form stating that they are cleared to play baseball. Physical must be dated within the last 12 months.
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.
2015 Baseball Tryout Forms
Please call or email with any question.
Please call or email with any question.
Victor Solis - PVCC Baseball Head Coach
Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
BASEBALL TRYOUT CANCELED
Today's baseball tryout has been cancelled due to the weather. Stay tuned for reschedule info.
MEN’S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 16
The PVCC Men’s Soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 10:00am, Saturday, May 16. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 9:15am. 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 May 16, 2015 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
For only the second time in program history, Puma Softball has qualified for post season play. Ending their season at 22-26, they have secured the #4 seed in this year's tournament.
They will participate in a double elimination tournament starting Friday, May 1. The tournament will be hosted by Phoenix College.
PV will face #1 seed Phoenix College on Friday at 12:30pm.
Congratulations and good luck Pumas!
PUMAS HOST SCOTTSDALE IN ROUND ONE OF PLAYOFFS
After a regular season ending series sweep of Glendale, PV's Pumas now turn their thoughts to the post-season. The Region I - Division II baseball tournament begins Thursday with the four highest Division II colleges from the final ACCAC standings participating.
The #1 seed Pumas, 39-10 ACCAC play, will host the #4 seed Scottsdale (19-21). Mesa, the #2 seed (23-17) will host third seeded Phoenix College (22-18). Each series will be a best-of-three affair, with games Thursday and Friday at 3pm and Saturday, if necessary, at 12pm. All games are played at the site of the high seed. Admission will be charged at each home site. Adults are $5, students with ID are $3 and children under 12 are free. No family passes will be accepted.
This week's winners will play a best-of-three series next week for the Region I championship and berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Enid, OK May 23-30. The championship series will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Good luck Pumas!
updated: August 02, 2015
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