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PUMAS GO 2-2 AGAINST VISITING COLORADO NORTHWESTERN
PV Baseball faced Colorado Northwestern in a four game stint this weekend playing a double header on both Friday and Saturday. The Pumas split the series with the Spartans. They ended on a high note Saturday taking the second game in exciting fashion.
Game 1 – February 5
Despite five hits, PV lost 10-1 to CNCC on Friday. It was a good day at the plate for Puma Logan Ehnes. Ehnes went 1-3, drove in one and scored one run. He homered in the third. Nick Wojtysiak had a tough day on the rubber for PV, taking the loss. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings, walked five and struck out two. CNCC never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring six runs on a two-run double, an error, a sacrifice fly, and two singles. The lone run of the game for the Pumas crossed the plate in the third inning on a solo home run by Ehnes.
Game 2 – February 5
PV and CNCC traded the lead seven times on Friday, but the Pumas ended up on top with a 5-3 win in seven innings over CNCC. PV pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. An error scored Jake Alexander and gave PV the lead for good. Collin Gabel recorded the win for the Pumas. He allowed one run over 3 1/3 innings. Gabel struck out three, walked two and gave up one hit. In the top of the first, CNCC grabbed the early lead, 1-0. It didn't take long for PV to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the first. The Pumas scored on a passed ball and an RBI single by Cody Wescott. PV answered CNCC’s top inning with one run of its own in the second. PV scored on an error.
Game 3 – February 6
Logan Ehnes went 2-2, but PV still fell to CNCC 6-3 in seven innings on Saturday. CNCC couldn't get anything going so long as Stephen Wright was on the hill. Wright gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out three during his 4 1/3 innings of work. Walker Ramsey took the loss for PV. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings, walked two and struck out six. The top of the first saw CNCC take an early lead, 2-0. CNCC added more runs when they scored on an RBI single. The Pumas quickly matched CNCC’s strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the second. PV scored on a two-run single by Ehnes. CNCC never trailed after scoring three runs in the third.
Game 4 – February 6
Logan Ehnes drove in the go-ahead run to win it for PV in the bottom of the ninth inning, as they hung on to beat CNCC 2-1 on Saturday. After Turner Lace hit into a fielder's choice, Ehnes came to the plate with two outs in the ninth and singled, plating Lace. The Pumas held off CNCC, as they were unable to overcome a two-run ninth inning deficit. Benji Ayala got the win in relief for PV. Ayala pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed no runs. PV answered CNCC’s top inning with one run of its own in the seventh. PV scored on an RBI single by Ehnes.
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PUMAS START SEASON WITH SPLIT AGAINST ACU
PV Baseball faced Arizona Christian University for their first two outings of 2016. They came out with a split, dropping the first match up and coming back strong with a win in the second game.
Game 1 – February 2
Brady Weiss did all he could to give PVCC Pumas a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past ACU as the Pumas lost 6-3. Weiss went 3-4, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the fourth, sixth, and eighth innings. Walker Ramsey looked sharp on the rubber. Ramsey held ACU hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Cody Wescott took the loss for PV. He lasted four innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed four runs. ACU never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring one run on a groundout. The Pumas scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut its deficit to two. An RBI single by Weiss and a wild pitch sparked a Puma rally. Jake Alexander flew out to end the threat. One run in the bottom of the sixth helped PV close its deficit to 6-3. A groundout by Marshall Forest fueled PV’s comeback. Finally, ACU induced an inning-ending strike out from Alexander.
Game 2 – February 3
PVCC Pumas jumped out to an early lead on ACU and captured an 11-2 victory. The game was decided quickly as PV exerted its will early with eight runs in the first three innings. An RBI single by Matt Malkin, a two-run error, a passed ball, and an RBI double by Benji Ayala in the first inning and a passed ball during the second inning fueled the Puma offense early. Logan Ehnes boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 4-4 day at the plate to pace PV. He doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the second, third, and seventh innings. ACU couldn't get anything going as long as Ryan Kokora was on the rubber. Kokora gave up just two hits, allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out six during his five innings of work. PV posted one run in each of the fifth, sixth and eighth. In the fifth, PV scored on an RBI single by Luis Mendoza, scoring Ehnes. PV also scored on a solo home run by Cody Wescott.
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SPECIAL DAY WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS
On Saturday, January 23 members of the men’s and women’s tennis teams became coaches and hitting partners for other athletes when they volunteered with Special Olympics.
Chris Malayan, Cody Kacerek, Freddy Henry, Isaac Henry, Nick Marroquin, Talon Walz, Gabriela Wallen, Raven Covington, Erica Wolford, Bianca Amaya, and Joanne Uzzanti shared their tennis talent at the Special Olympics Fun Day hosted by Troon Country Club. Over 200 athletes were expected for the morning event which included games, practice, and hitting tennis balls with the 10 from PVCC as well as other teaching pros and volunteer groups from the area. After two hours of on court play the special Olympians were recognized in an awards gathering followed by lunch.
The interaction and enthusiasm shared by the Puma student-athletes put smiles on the faces of those participating and was a very rewarding experience for all. Puma Tennis has been volunteering with Special Olympics for over 10 years and looks forward to the next opportunity!
THE PUMAS ARE READY TO KICK OFF 2016 SEASON
The Pumas are ready to start the season on Friday Feb. 5th in a home contest against Imperial Valley College(CA). The team has been practicing hard the last few weeks and is anxious to play their first match of the season. This year’s team consists of six new additions to the team. Coach Rast on the
upcoming match, “ We are excited to get our season started. We have a very young team this year and I am looking forward to getting them some experience before we get our conference match-ups going in late February. I love the attitude and focus we have had in practice the last couple of weeks.”
Come out and support your Pumas on Friday Feb. 5th. Match time is 1:30PM at the PVCC tennis courts.
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TRACK AND FIELD OPENS INDOOR SEASON
The Paradise Valley Men’s and Women’s track and field teams kicked off their season this past weekend as they hosted the Puma Indoor Invitational. The Pumas posted strong performances across the board, including one NJCAA National Qualifying mark, 9 PVCC all-time top five performers, and multiple personal bests.
On the women’s side, freshman Kayla Mullen turned in one of the top performances of the weekend for the Pumas, placing second in the pentathlon Friday night with 3112 points, a mark which ranks her as the fourth all time performer in PVCC track
history. Mullen returned Saturday afternoon to lead off a 4x400 meter relay that included sophomore Cassidy Chriest, freshmen Malibu Walter, and freshman Felecity Radmore. The team posted a time of 4:06.48, which was the top collegiate mark of the day.
For the men, the highlight was freshman John Winfield’s national qualifying time of 8:52.99 in the 3000 meter run. Winfield placed second in the race, leading a contingent of 5 Puma Distance runners.
Also on the men’s side, freshman Forest Stuart had a breakout day in the sprints, running the top time amongst collegians in the 60 meter dash (7.08) and a personal best of 22.57 in the 200, both ranking him as the 5th all time performer at PVCC.
Puma track and field will be back in action Saturday, January 30th, at home in the PVCC Indoor Open.
Full Results from the Puma Indoor Invitational can be found
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3rd ANNUAL BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
Join us on Saturday, January 30 at 11am for the 3rd Annual Baseball Alumni Game here at PV. The 2016 Pumas will face those that came before, the men who helped build the program since its inception in 2009. Come see what the 2016 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 - 2016 Pumas Pre-Game
9:30am - Alumni BP on field
9:15am - 2016 Pumas BP in Cage
See you at the yard!
PUMA CAPTAINS SIGN AT ACU
Women's soccer captains Anatasha Coleman and Andrea Ortiz have both signed letters of intent to continue their education and soccer careers at nearby Arizona Christian University. Both Coleman and Ortiz are NJCAA Academic All-American nominees and have been exceptional leaders for the Pumas.
Coleman, who plays both as a center-back and center-midfielder was named All-Region/All-Conference second team, while Ortiz is a defensive midfielder who was honored as All-Region/All-Conference honorable mention.
"It is fitting that they would continue their careers together," said Pumas head coach Jon Ruzan. "They are character student-athletes who are both equally proficient on the field, and in the classroom. That speaks to their character as individuals -- they are both exceptional."
SCHULZE NAMED NJCAA ALL-AMERICAN
Megan Schulze, PV women's soccer team's top scorer, has been honored as an NJCAA DI First-Team All-American. Schulze, a transfer from Air Force Academy, also recently received Region 1/ACCAC Player of the Year and Region 1/ACCAC First-Team honors.
Schulze was the conference's top scorer with 25 goals and 12 assists for a season total of 62 points. The sophomore forward also recorded 11 game-winning goals in her 20 games played, leading the Pumas to an overall record of 18-3-1 and finish as conference runners-up.
Schulze became known for her ability to find goals very early in matches, scoring on numerous occasions within the first five minutes of play. She joins a distinguished list of Pumas who have earned All-American and Conference Player of the Year Awards.
TWO TOP 10 FINISHES FOR CROSS COUNTRY AT NJCAA NATIONALS
The PV Cross Country teams competed in the NJCAA National Cross Country Championship meet on Saturday and came home claiming two Top 10 finishes. The Puma menâ€™s team started the day with a fourth-place showing, scoring 126 points on the hilly Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The men had a 22 second spread from their first runner to their fifth and placed their five scoring runners between twenty-first and thirty-second place. â€śOur men ran really well. We practice running as a pack, and they did a great job of that today. This caps off a really great year for a really great group of young men,â€ť commented Coach David Barney.
Leading the Pumas was freshman Deng Deng, who placed twenty-first individually and ran a time of 26:03 over the 8000m course. Deng was followed by sophomore John Winfield, twenty-fourth in 26:11, sophomore Alex Bates, twenty-sixth in 26:17, sophomore Erik Oswald, twenty-eighth in 26:23, and sophomore Austin Lavin in thirty-second in a time of 26:25. All five runners earned NJCAA Coachesâ€™ Association All-America awards. Rounding out the Pumas team was sophomore Andrew Sanchez, who placed forty-eighth in 26:50, displacing Gillette Collegeâ€™s number six runner to break a tie between Gillette and PVCC, ultimately giving Paradise Valley a lone hold on fourth place. Iowa Central Community College won the menâ€™s team title with a score of 56 points, and Gilbert Kigen of Central Arizona College was the individual champion in a time of 23:55.
On the womenâ€™s side, Paradise Valley grabbed an eighth-place finish with outstanding performances from freshmen Celeste Murphy and Hannah Jarman. Murphy led the charge with a twenty-ninth place finish in 19:27 over the 5000m course. Murphy was closely followed by Jarman in thirtieth place with a time of 19:29. â€śCeleste, Hannah and Paityn ran particularly strong races , but all of our women ran well today. This was a fun group to coach, and Iâ€™m very proud of their eighth-place finish,â€ť said Barney. Other scorers for PV were sophomore Paityn Bahm in sixty-second, with a time of 20:14, sophomore Lizbeth Lopez, 101st in 20:45, and freshman Taylor Brenden, 120th in 20:59. Freshman Victoria Lebario rounded out the team, placing 219th in a time of 22:45. The Pumas scored 311 points and improved two spots from their tenth-place national ranking, while Lansing Community College won the womenâ€™s title with a score of 92 points. Leanne Pompeani of Iowa Central Community College won the womenâ€™s race in a time of 17:21.
Well done Pumas!
TEAM EFFORT CAPS ANOTHER GREAT SEASON
The PVCC womenâ€™s soccer team concluded another successful winning season as 2015 ACCAC runners-up. The number-13 nationally ranked Pumas were only defeated by Pima Community College all season and posted a final record of 18-3-1.
The Pumas high-powered attack netted 79 goals in 22 games and were led by the dual strike force of Region I Player of the Year Megan Schulze and All-Region first-team forward Bridgette Sabanosh. Schulze topped the conference with 25 goals, 12 assists, and 62 total points. Sabanosh was the conference second-leading scorer with 17 goals, 9 assists and 43 total points.
The solid defense was lead by captains Tasha Coleman and Andrea Ortiz, and anchored by freshman goalkeeper Madison Lucas. Conceding only 15 goals in all matches, the backline recorded 13 shutouts in all matches.
â€śExpectations for this team are always very high,â€ť said Coach Jon Ruzan. â€śWe fell just one goal shy of our objective of reaching Nationals, but the team never gave in to adversity, played quality soccer throughout the season, and every single Puma made a contribution to the teamâ€™s success this year.â€ť
Every PVCC womenâ€™s soccer player recorded a goal, assist or shutout in the 2015 campaign. During the season, three different starters were sidelined by season-ending injuries, while more injuries and illness beset the Pumas right before playoffs. But with a deep squad the Pumas rallied in support and turned in another successful womenâ€™s soccer season.
Well done Pumas!
updated: February 06, 2016
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