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Women’s Soccer

September 4, 2015
WOMEN'S SOCCER ACCAC PLAYER AND GK OF THE WEEK

Two Pumas were honored as Conference Player and Goalkeeper of the Week for the week of 8/31/2015.

Player of the Week honors go to sophomore Megan Schulze. Schulze scored 4 goals on 12 shots while helping PVCC to a 2-0 record last week.

Goal Keeper of the Week honors go to freshman Madison Lucas. Lucas kept goal in two wins last week, recording 11 saves in 180 minutes of play while allowing just 1 goal.

WELL DONE PUMAS!

Women’s Soccer

August 11, 2015
WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED #20 IN NATION BY NSCAA

The PVCC Women’s Soccer team has garnered a twentieth-place ranking in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Poll. The 2015 Pumas hope to continue their success on the pitch. They open their season on August 25 vs. Glendale CC (Rose Mofford Park).

In 2014, the Pumas finished their season 13-5-4. The Pumas were NJCAA National Champions in 2010 and 2012.

For full list of NSCAA rankings Click Here.

Good luck on a great 2015 season ladies!


News

August 5, 2015
HOT SUMMER FOR PUMAS

It has been a very busy summer for Puma Athletics. From recruit signings to summer leagues, our student-athletes have been preparing for the coming year full force.

To read about what our student-athletes have been doing to keep busy the past few months, please take a look at the below links.

Go Pumas!

Baseball

Paskiewicz named ABL player of the year

Garcia signs letter of intent with University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

All-Division player Thomas McCarty to play shortstop at PVCC next season

Rojas dominating collegiate summer league before starting at University of Hawaii

Paskiewicz lighting up Alaska summer league; playing at GCU next year

More kudos for Paskiewicz

Rodriguez selected in the 26th round of the MLB Draft at No. 778 by the Tampa Bay Rays

Collin Gabel selected to play in Europe this summer with the Planet Baseball team


Track & Field

Three Yuma track athletes headed to PVCC


World Athletics Center

PVCC training site for Olympic hopefuls

Women’s Golf

August 5, 2015
PUMAS ANNOUNCE NEW WOMEN'S GOLF COACH

The Pumas are excited to announce the hiring of Matt Keel as their new women’s golf head coach. Matt began his career with JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club in December, 2005. Matt, an Arizona native, worked as an Assistant Golf Professional and Certified Instructor for Wildfire Golf Academy while earning his PGA Class A credentials. Matt is now the Lead Golf Instructor and runs Wildfire Golf Academy. During this same period, Matt was also the Head Golf Coach for Veritas and North Phoenix Preparatory Academies in Arizona. Matt’s teaching experience includes golf schools, individual lessons and group clinics for men, women, and juniors of all skill levels.

Over the past several years, Matt developed a junior program at Wildfire Golf Club. Today, Wildfire Junior Academy has more than 30 kids actively receiving individual, and group lessons throughout the week. Most of these juniors had never held a club prior to joining the academy. At present, these juniors compete individually, on teams, or just play for fun. Matt has certainly developed a well-received program.

Matt’s affection for golf started at age eight, he was support by his parents, and inspired by his golf coach, who gave him years of coaching and encouragement. Today, Matt is passing on the goodwill. Currently Matt is implementing the Arizona Chapter of the PGA H.O.P.E. program. PGA H.O.P.E. is a non-profit organization that provides free golf instruction to wounded warriors nationwide allowing our servicemen and women the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of golf.

Welcome to Puma country Coach Keel!


Women’s Soccer

August 3, 2015
12th ANNUAL SARAH SHARPE ALUMNI GAME

Join us for the 12th annual Sarah Sharpe women’s soccer alumni game!

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: Kickoff at 7:00pm warm up 6:30pm
Place: Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix

To RSVP, or if questions, please contact Coach Jon Ruzan Athletics: 602-565-8531

See you there Pumas!


News

July 6, 2015
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.

BASEBALL
Kyle Brown
Marshall Forest
Ryan Kokora
Turner Lace
Kreston Woods

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Roberto Contreras
Austin Lavin
Nicholas Oberdin
Andrew Sanchez

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Lizbeth Lopez

MEN’S GOLF
Martin Campbell
Alex Anthony

MEN’S SOCCER
Anthony Elizondo
Sean Garner
Gustavo Sebastiani

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Astrid Alvarez
Anatasha Coleman
Janell Cooke
Andrea Ortiz
Sophie Rabb
Bridgette Sabanosh
Kelly Smith
Madison Zeller

SOFTBALL
Brooke Homsey
Jessica Quinonez
Kristen Stowe

MEN’S TENNIS
Cody Kacerek

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Keshahna Hasan
Daria Kadovik

WOMEN’S TRACK
Cassidy Chriest
McKenna McGrath

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


News

June 30, 2015
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!


News

June 10, 2015
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.

Congratulations Noel!


Women’s Tennis

June 10, 2015
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.“

Welcome ladies!
Go Pumas!


Women’s Tennis

June 2, 2015
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.

Congratulations Conor!

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