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June 22, 2016
SILCOX HEADED TO NJCAA MEN'S SOCCER HALL OF FAME

The NJCAA announced today that former PVCC Athletics Director Greg Silcox will be inducted in the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Greg was the AD at PVCC for 13 years (2002-2015) rpior to his retirement in January 2016.

For 12 years, Paradise Valley (Ariz.) athletic director Greg Silcox provided NJCAA DI men’s soccer with a valued voice and innovative mind. The transformation the sport underwent under his leadership will continue to serve student-athletes, coaches and NJCAA soccer fans for decades to come.

Joining the NJCAA DI Men’s Soccer Committee in 2003, Silcox played an integral role in a number of improvements to the structure of the NJCAA DI Men’s Soccer Championship. Seeding of the top four teams in the eight-team field was adopted in 2005, followed by a move to a fully seeded tournament in 2007. After being elevated to the position of committee chair that year, Silcox began a push for the addition of pool play to the tournament which was eventually adopted in 2012.

Beginning his NJCAA career as a women’s basketball coach at Glendale (Ariz.) in 1982, Silcox was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1989. After 13 years with the Gauchos, Silcox was hired as athletic director at Paradise Valley (Ariz.) in 2002 where he remained until his retirement in 2015.

Joining the NJCAA Board of Directors with his election as Region 1 Assistant Women’s Director in 1992, Silcox dedicated countless hours towards the association through his time as women’s director beginning in 1998 and men’s director starting in 2003. His contributions were recognized by the NJCAA national office in 2010 with the George E. Killian Award of Excellence and by his peers with the NJCAA Loyalty Award in 2015.

NJCAA Press Release

Congratulations Greg! The Pumas are proud of you!

Women’s Tennis

June 20, 2016
PVCC WOMENS TENNIS ANNOUNCES 2016 SIGNING CLASS

Head Coach Feroz Rast announced the signings of Channel Ruiz, Alexandra Levendi, and Alizaya Ambirz for the upcoming season.

Channel Ruiz comes to PVCC from Glendale High School where she played #1 singles and doubles. She helped lead her team to a 12-4 record and a top 20 ranking in division II. Channel comes with great experience and will contribute right away.

Alexandra Levendi comes to PVCC from Chaparral High School. Herteam finished with a 10-4 record and were ranked 5th in division I. She played mostly doubles this season. Their team lost in the quarterfinals of division I to Horizon High School 5-4. Alexandra has a keen awareness of how to play doubles.

Ali Ambirz comes to PVCC from Sahuarita High School. She played number 1 doubles and her team got to the 3 rd round of the state tournament. She is a great character athlete who works hard on the court and in the classroom.

Coach Rast on the signings,”I am so excited to add Ali, Channel, and Alexandra to our team for next season. Going into the recruiting season I knew that we needed to solidify our lineup with players that know how to win. All three come from winning programs and will help bring that attitude and focus to PVCC as we build on the success of last season. Ali and Alexandra also address our need in getting better doubles play. They both were very strong doubles players in high school and I look for both of them to continue that success here at PVCC. Channel will bring a strong singles presence as we try to replace some players from the top of our lineup from last year. Last season was a great building block for us and I look for this season to be the next step in our growth as a program.”

Welcome to PVCC Ali, Channel, and Alexandra

GO PUMAS!

Women’s Tennis

June 2, 2016
PLAY BALL!

The Puma baseball team will be well represented this summer with 12 of its student-athletes participating in summer leagues around the country. Seven sophomores are getting ready to transfer to four-year colleges while five returners are staying in shape for PVCC's 2017 season.

Sophomores
Jake Alexander, team TBA, AZ Summer Collegiate League
Turner Lace, Walnut Creek Crawdads, California Collegiate League
Miguel Ruiz, Rascals, Guadalupe Men's Sunday League
Matt Sweeney, team TBA, Denver Collegiate League
Brady Weiss, Walnut Creek Crawdads, California Collegiate League
Nick Wojtysiak, Victoria Harbourcats, West Coast League
Kreston Woods, Santa Barbara Foresters, California Collegiate League

Returners
Paxon Ketchum, AZ Pro, AZ Summer Collegiate League
Riley Kirke, team TBA, AZ Summer Collegiate League
Matt Malkin, Lorain County Ironmen, North American League
Tom McCarty, team TBA, AZ Summer Collegiate League
Dakota Meder, Nutty Buddy, AZ Summer Collegiate League

Go Pumas!


Track & Field

June 2, 2016
PUMAS ROAR AT TRACK NATIONALS

The PVCC Track & Field teams competed at the NJCAA National Track & Field Championship meet held in Texas, May 17-19. The Pumas came home with seven USTFCCCA All-American awards, a runner-up finish in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase, and an 11th place finish in the women’s team competition.

The PVCC women’s team was led by Hannah Jarman’s near win in the steeplechase. Jarman missed the victory by a narrow margin of 1.07 seconds, while running a personal best time of 11:24.18 over the 3000m race. Jarman later placed 6th in the 5000m (18:50.69), adding an additional three points to the eight she garnered in the steeplechase.

The rest of Paradise Valley’s 22.5 points came from just three other Pumas: Billie Jo Dytrt added to Jarman’s points with eight of her own, placing 5th in both the 3000m steeplechase (11:44.14) and the 5000m (18:44.44); Malibu Walter tied for 6th in the pole vault (10’8”), scoring 2.5 points, and Paityn Bahm placed 8th in the 10000m (41:21.80), scoring one point. The women’s team title went to Iowa Central Community College with a score of 148 points.

On the men’s side, the Pumas placed 32nd with their lone point coming from John Winfield’s 8th place finish in the 5000m (15:30.29). South Plains College won the men’s team competition with a score of 146 points.

Additional Pumas competing at the national meet were Taylor Brenden (1500m), Courtney Brown (heptathlon, high jump, javelin), Cassidy Chriest (400 hurdles), Kayla Mullen (heptathlon), Alex Bates (3000m steeplechase, 5000m), Austin Lavin (10,000m), Quinten Bankston (400 hurdles), Jesse Llanez (400 hurdles), and Andrew Sanchez (10,000m).

Congratulations Pumas!


Track & Field

May 31, 2016
BASEBALL OPEN TRYOUT ON THURSDAY, JUNE 9

Gateway Community College and Paradise Valley Community College baseball programs will be conducting an open tryout together on Thursday, June 9, 2016. This tryout will be held at Gene Autry Park (4125 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215).

There is a $10.00 charge to attend. Each student-athlete must provide their own workout clothes, baseball spikes, and glove. Baum bats, baseballs, and other needed equipment for use during the tryout will be provided.

Pitchers and Catchers
Sign ups 8:00am
Tryouts Start 8:45am

Infielders and Outfielders
Sign- ups 11:30am
Tryouts Start 12:00pm

Any interested student-athletes may contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at shabansky@gatewaycc.edu.

To be eligible for the baseball tryout, please contact Coach Shabansky so that your name will be placed on the try-outs 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 two forms will be available the day of the tryout and can be picked up in advance at either school's baseball office, or they can be downloaded from the PVCC Baseball website. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate.

Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
602-286-8215
shabansky@gatewaycc.edu

Men’s Tennis

May 31, 2016
MEN'S TENNIS HAS SUCCESS AT NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

The PVCC Men’s Tennis team played in the NJCAA National Tournament May 16 -20 in Plano, Texas. The weeks forecast of rain didn’t materialize and play began on a very busy Monday morning. Talon Walz started off singles play by winning in straight sets. Nick Marroquin and Chris Malayan played later in the day but lost. In the afternoon doubles was played. Talon and Nick lost their doubles match in three sets while Cody Kacerek and Freddy Henry won in two. On Tuesday Cody Kacerek and Freddy Henry, who had byes in the first round of singles opened play, but both came up short in their matches. Talon played his second round match, losing to the number one seed and eventual tournament champion. On Wednesday Nick and Cody, playing in the backdraw, won a match, but lost in the semifinals. The team finished in 19th place in a tournament featuring some of the very best tennis programs in the country.

This year marked the first time that the men had qualified for the National Tournament in back-to-back years. And, Talon and Cody became the first PVCC players to participate two years in-a-row.

Congratulations Pumas!

Men’s Soccer

May 4, 2016
MEN'S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT - SATURDAY, MAY 21

The Paradise Valley Community College Men's Soccer program will be conducting open tryouts on Saturday, May 21st, at 10:00am. Mandatory registration starts at 9:00am. The tryouts will be held at the PVCC soccer field immediately south of the F building/Fitness Center.

Each participants must provide their own workout clothes, shin guards and cleats. Other needed equipment for use during the tryout will be provided. Water will be provided for all participants but it is strongly advised that each participant hydrate prior to the session.

IMPORTANT - MANDATORY FORMS
Each participant must complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form. Participants under 18 years of age must have a parent's signature on the forms and must be present at the session in order for the participant to be eligible to participate.

Each participant must provide a copy of his high school athletic physical or personal physical dated within the past 12 months. Physicals dated prior to May 21, 2015 will not be accepted. Physicals must include doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. Paradise Valley athletic trainers will be present to clear participants.

Only those with the appropriate paperwork will be allowed to participate.

Assumption of Risk Form
Contact Information Form

For further information please contact:

Freddy Delgado, Sr.
Paradise Valley Community College
Head Men's Soccer Coach
602-672-4625
fred.delgado@paradisevalley.edu


Men’s Soccer

May 4, 2016
BASEBALL OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 21

Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College Baseball Programs will be conducting an open tryout together on Saturday, May 21, 2016. This tryout will be held at Paradise Valley Community College. There is a $10.00 charge to attend. Each student-athlete must provide their own workout clothes, baseball spikes, and glove. Baum bats, baseballs, and other needed equipment for use during the tryout will be provided.

Pitchers and Catchers
Sign ups 8:00am
Tryouts Start 8:45am

Infielders and Outfielders
Sign- ups 11:30am
Tryouts Start 12:00pm

Any interested student-athletes may contact Victor Solis at 602-787-7031 or email him at victor.solis@paradisevalley.edu. They may also contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at shabansky@gatewaycc.edu.

To be eligible for the baseball tryout, please contact Coach Solis and/or Coach Shabansky so that your name will be placed on the try-outs 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 two forms will be available the day of the tryout and can be picked up in advance at either school's baseball office, or they can be downloaded from the PVCC Baseball website. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate.

Please call or email with any questions.
Victor Solis - PVCC Baseball Head Coach
602-787-7031
victor.solis@paradisevalley.edu

Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
602-286-8215
shabansky@gatewaycc.edu

Women’s Tennis

May 3, 2016
ACCAC COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS FOR COACH FEROZ RAST

Coach Feroz Rast was voted the 2016 ACCAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year bu the conference's women's tennis coaches. It was an exciting year for the Pumas as they narrowly missed qualifying for the National Tournament by one point. It was the first time in program history that the Pumas have been that close to qualifying for the National Tournament.

Congratulations to Coach Rast and to the Puma Women's Tennis team!

Women’s Tennis

May 2, 2016
BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-REGION TEAMS SELECTED

Two Pumas have garnered post season All-Region and All-Conference honors this year.

Freshman Logan Ehnes was named First Team All-Region for Division II for his performance on the field this season. Additionally, Sophomore Kreston Woods was named Second Team All-Region for Division II.

Logan Ehnes was also named Second Team All-Conference for his efforts.

Woods, along with fellow Sophomore Brady Weiss were both nominated for the Division II Gold Glove award for their respective positions, catcher and outfield.

To see the full list of winners click HERE

Congrats to these Pumas!