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Track & Field

January 26, 2015
TRACK POSTS EIGHT NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS IN SEASON OPENER

The PV Track and Field team opened the 2015 indoor season this weekend with the Puma Indoor Invitational, hosted at Cindy Shoenhair Field. Puma Track and Field athletes got off to a fast start as seven different athletes posted a tally of eight qualifying marks for the NJCAA National Track and Field Championships to be held in Albuquerque, NM March 6-7.

Sophomores, Beth Krasuski and Heather Markovic, became the first to qualify for the Puma women after they both successfully cleared 3.05 meters (10 feet) in the Pole Vault. Next was freshman high jumper, McKenna McGrath, who cleared the national qualifying bar of 1.51 meters en route to a personal best of 1.66 meters (5 feet, 5 ¼ inches).

Several Puma women also posted personal bests in their respective events, most notably was sophomore sprinter, Morgan Chilson, who’s time of 8.02 seconds in the 60 meter dash narrowly missed a school record as it tied the mark set by former Puma Venetia Horn-Nelson in 2003.

The Puma men got their first national qualifier of the season when sophomore, Dionee Marrero, finished third in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.98 seconds. Marrero also went on to post a qualifying mark in the 200 meter dash, running 22.07 seconds. Also on the track, freshman Erik Oswald, punched his ticket to Albuquerque as he covered 1000 meters in 2:39.24.

In the field events, two Puma men also posted qualifying marks: sophomores, Justin Tobin in the Pole Vault and Craig Mattox in the long jump.

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Track & Field

January 15, 2015
2nd ANNUAL BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Join us on Saturday, January 24 at 11am for the 2nd Annual Baseball Alumni Game here at PV. The 2015 Pumas will face those that came before, the men who helped build the program since its inception in 2009. Come see what the 2015 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 - 2015 Pumas Pre-Game
9:30am - Alumni BP on field
9:15am - 2015 Pumas BP in Cage

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Track & Field

January 15, 2014
2nd ANNUAL BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Join us on Saturday, January 24 at 11am for the 2nd Annual Baseball Alumni Game here at PV. The 2015 Pumas will face those that came before, the men who helped build the program since its inception in 2009. Come see what the 2015 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 - 2015 Pumas Pre-Game
9:30am - Alumni BP on field
9:15am - 2015 Pumas BP in Cage

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Track & Field

January 13, 2015
POLE VAULTERS TRAVEL TO RENO POLE VAULT SUMMIT

The Paradise Valley Puma Pole Vault squad will be traveling to Reno, Nevada this weekend to participate in the famed Reno Pole Vault Summit. Sophomore Vaulters Justin Tobin, Bethany Krasuski, and Heather Markovic will participate in clinics and demonstrations on Friday evening before competing in the college section of competition on Saturday.

“This is a great way for our vaulters to open there 2015 seasons,” said PVCC Co-Head Track Coach, Brian Batliner. “This program has a rich pole vaulting tradition and it would be hard to find a more exciting place for our vaulters to start their season than the Reno Pole Vault Summit.”

The rest of the Paradise Valley Track and Field team will continue to train hard this week as they prepare to open their season at home in the Puma Indoor Invitational January 23 & 24.
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Track & Field

January 13, 2015
READY, SET, GO!

The Puma Track and Field teams will open their 2015 indoor campaign at the 9th annual running of the Puma Indoor Invitational Track and Field Meet on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24. The meet will be hosted by PVCC and will include indoor events, along with a women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon. The meet is an ‘open’ entry meet and all are welcome.

Information about the Puma Indoor Invitational can be found HERE.
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Women’s Tennis

February 9, 2015
PV TENNIS KICKS-OFF 2015 SEASON

The Pumas started the 2015 season with a tough 7-2 loss to visiting Imperial Valley College(CA) on Friday. The Pumas fought hard in every match and took early leads, but only managed to pull off two wins in singles. Sophomore Anastasia Ovchinnikova and Melissa Lugo won their respective matches at number one and two singles.

The momentum was all in Imperial Valley’s favor as the teams took the court for doubles, and the Pumas lost all three doubles matches.

Coach Rast on today’s match, “I was really proud of the way we came out today and fought for every point. We need to make sure that we keep our focus and energy level up throughout the entire match. We could have easily been up 4-2 going into doubles instead of being down 2-4. I know that this was our first match and it is a great learning experience for us to build on. We do not have another match till Feb. 24th and I know the ladies are motivated to get better.”

The Pumas are led this year by two returning sophomores, along with five new additions. Coach Rast on the new season, “I am really excited to get the season started. The ladies have been working extremely hard in practice and have been doing everything we ask. We still have a lot of work to do, but I know that with the athletes we have on the team we will work hard and compete.”

GO PUMAS!
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Men’s Tennis

February 9, 2015
MEN'S TENNIS TRIUMPHS IN SEASON OPENER

The men’s tennis team began play on Friday and was victorious beating Imperial Valley College from California. It was a big win, with all matches being won in straight sets.

The men will take to the court next Friday with a home match against San Diego City College at 1:30pm.


PVCC 9, Imperial Valley 0

Singles competition
1. Evan Gazic (PVCC) def. Jose Zanrgoza (IVC) 6-1, 6-0
2. Zac Hackerott (PVCC) def. Andrew Martinez (IVC) 6-2, 6-0
3. Eric Mateer (PVCC) def. Nathan Vazquez (IVC) 6-1, 6-0
4. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) def. Omar Ocha (IVC) 6-0, 6-1
5. Jean Perez (PVCC) def. Octavio Meza (IVC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Talon Walz (PVCC) def. Michelle Woodberry (IVC) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Evan Gazic/Zac Hackerott (PVCC) def. Jose Zanrgoza/Nathan Vasquez (IVC) 6-1, 6-0

2. Eric Mateer/Cody Kacerek (PVCC) def. Andrew Martinez/Octavio Meza (IVC) 6-1, 6-0

3. Jean Perez/Talon Walz (PVCC) def. Cruz/Omar Ocha (IVC) 6-0, 6-0

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Track & Field

February 9, 2015
CHILSON SETS SCHOOL RECORD AT PIMA INDOOR INVITATIONAL

The PV Track and Field team was on the road for the first time last weekend as they traveled to Tucson to compete in the Pima Indoor Invitational. The team continued to perform well as one school record, three all-time top-5 performances, two national qualifying marks, and 11 personal bests were recorded.

One of the highlights of the meet came from sophomore sprinter, Morgan Chilson. Two weeks ago, Chilson came painfully close to breaking the school record in the 60m as she tied the mark of 8.02 seconds held by Venetia Horn-Nelson from 2003. This week, Chilson wouldn’t be denied, as she ran 7.93 seconds to take ownership of the record.

Elsewhere, the Pumas added two national qualifying marks as freshman, Gustavo Loustaunau, ran 1:24.55 in the 600m and sophomore, Craig Mattox, triple jumped 14.36 meters. In the women’s 600m, freshman Cassidy Chriest narrowly missed a national qualifying mark as she ran to a PVCC all-time top-5 performance of 1:40.28. The men’s Distance Medley Relay team comprised entirely of freshman (Nick Oberdin, Austin Lavin, XIaijia Schuldeis, and Erik Owald) also narrowly missed a national qualifying mark, with their time of 10:39.82.

The Puma’s had two event champions as freshman Lizbeth Lopez ran to a season best of 2:33.46 in the 800m, and freshman Xiaija Schuldies won the men’s mile with a time of 4:35.92, also a season best.

Puma Track will be back in action February 20 when they travel to Flagstaff to compete in the NAU Tune-up.

For full meet results, click HERE

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News

February 9, 2015
SPORT YOUR PINK - BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SATURDAY

The Puma Baseball & Softball teams are helping to raise awareness for breast cancer this Saturday, February 14!

The Pumas, men and women, will be donning pink when they host games at home this Saturday. They ask that their fans do the same!

Catch the Pumas in action Saturday as Baseball takes on GateWay and Softball faces South Mountain. First pitch for both games is at Noon.

GO PINK! GO PUMAS!

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Men’s Tennis

February 27, 2015
PUMAS FALL TO THUNDERBIRDS

The first conference tennis match for the men proved to be a tough one. Playing Mesa, the reigning region champions, the
Pumas fell 9-0. In doubles it appeared that the teams of Gazic/Hackerott and Mateer/Kacerek might be victorious, but it was not to be. The Pumas played well, but Mesa proved late in the set to be too good.

Next home match is March 5 against Glendale.

PVCC 0, Mesa 9

Singles competition
1. Harry Busby (MCC) def. Evan Gazic (PVCC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Max Wightman (MCC) def. Zac Hackerott (PVCC) 6-1, 6-1
3. Vitalii Kotelianets M(CC) def. Eric Mateer (PVCC) 6-0, 6-4
4. Nick Silvestri (MCC) def. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Andy Nguyen (MCC) def. Jean Perez (PVCC) 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin McMahon (MCC) def. Talon Walz (PVCC) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Harry Busby/ Max Wightman (MCC) def. Evan Gazic/Zac Hackerott (PVCC) 8-4
2. Vitalii Kotelianets/ Kevin McMahon (MCC) def. Eric Mateer/Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 8-4
3. Nick Silvestri/ Andy Nguyen (MCC) def. Jean Perez/Talon Walz (PVCC) 8-0
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Women’s Tennis

February 27, 2015
TOUGH WEEK FOR THE PUMAS

PV Women's Tennis finished up the week with a hard fought loss to Mesa Community College. The loss was the second for the Pumas this week after their loss to Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday. The Pumas lost both matches 9-0. Keshahna Hasan had the match of the day losing in a hard fought match. 7-6(7-4)6-1.

Coach Rast on the week’s results, “Two difficult matches against the top two programs in our conferences. We are a young team with only two returning players from last season, and this is great for our younger players to see what level we need to get to. I was pleased to see our growth from our Tuesday match to our Thursday match. The team is really listening to what we are asking. The results of the matches were the same, but we are certainly improving.”

The Pumas next match is Monday. March. 2 at 3:30pm against Northern Ohio University.

GO PUMAS!

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Men’s Soccer

February 25, 2015
MEN’S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

The Paradise Valley CC men’s soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 10:00am, Saturday, February 28. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 9:00am. 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 (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 February 28, 2014 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
602-787-7173
fred.delgado@paradisevalley.edu

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Softball

February 23, 2015
AZ SOFBALL HALL OF FAMERS TO ATTEND PUMA GAME

On Saturday, February 28, two very special guests will be present for the Puma Softball game against Central Arizona College. Dot Wilkinson and Billie Harris are slated to throw out the first pitch prior to the match up. Billie Harris will also perform the National Anthem.

Both women are members of the Arizona Softball Foundation Hall of Fame.

Dot Wilkinson
Wilkinson started out playing second base for the PBSW Ramblers and a few years later was switched to behind the plate by coach Ford Hoffman, who told her, “You’re the catcher, you run the team.” Before retiring in 1965, Wilkinson earned 19 All-America awards and had some outstanding years for the Ramblers, including 1952 (.374 batting average), 1953 (.365 batting average), 1957 (.387 average in national championship); 1955 (.450 average in national with no errors on 36 chances) and 1954 (.455 average and 1.000 fielding percentage on 84 chances in national). Dot said one of her greatest thrills came in 1940 when the Ramblers won their first of three national titles (1948 and 1949). Another Thrill came in 1970, when she received her Hall of Fame plaque. (Courtesy of ASF)

Billie Harris
Most valuable player in the 1969 national tournament in Tucson, she was a five-time All-American pitcher and was voted to the Pacific Coast Women’s Softball League all-star team 18 times. The left- handed pitcher authored two perfect games during 1963 for the famous PBSW Ramblers of Phoenix and during her career averaged three no-hit, no-run games per season. During 18 seasons in the Pacific Coast League she fashioned an earned run average of 1.50 and was rated among the league’s top three pitchers in games won. She broke in with the Tucson Sunshine Girls in l947, moved to the nationally ranked Ramblers in 1952, joined the Yakima Washington Webbcats in 1966 and returned to pitch for the Sun City Saints in 1970. When the Phoenix Birds joined the Women’s Professional League in 1976, she left the amateur ranks to compile a 33-13 record. (Courtesy of ASF)

Please join us!
Saturday, February 28
12:00pm
PV vs. Central Arizona College
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Track & Field

February 2, 2015
TRACK ADDS TWO NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS

On Saturday two PV track student-athletes punched tickets to Albuquerque, NM for the NJCAA Indoor Track Championships. Multiple student-athletes posted personal and season bests amidst cool, dreary conditions at PVCC’s Cindy Shoenhair Field.

In the 1000 meter run, freshmen Nick Oberdin and Victoria Wyatt each dipped under the qualifying standard, running 2:40.44 and 3:13.06 respectively, bringing the PV Track team tally to 10 national qualifying marks through the first two meets of the indoor season. Multiple PV student-athletes also posted personal and season bests and drew closer to meeting NJCAA qualifying standards.

In the long jump, sophomore Craig Mattox became the day’s only event champion for the Pumas when he posted a season best 7.15 meters (23’ 5.5”) which currently ranks him seventh in the NJCAA. Also in the long jump, freshman Andrea Martinez-Castillo posted a huge personal best of 5.27 meters (17’ 3.5 inches), moving her to within 6 inches of the NJCAA qualifying standard.

On the track, freshman Cassidy Chriest narrowly missed the NJCAA qualifying standard in the 600 meters in her first effort at the event, running 1:41.52. Chriest also ran a leg of the women’s 4x400 meter relay, which posted a season best of 4:10.97, shaving nearly six seconds off their time from week one.

In the men’s 3000 meters, five Puma freshman (Alemayehu Bates, Austin Lavin, Xiajia Schuldies, Andrew Sanchez, and Erik Oswald) packed up to help each other run personal and season bests, all finishing between 9:03 and 9:08 and edging closer to the qualifying standard of 8:54.17.

Next week the Puma Track team will be on the road for the first time this season as they head to Pima Community College in Tucson.

For full results click HERE

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Track & Field

February 19, 2015
PUMAS OFF TO SCORCHING START

Puma Baseball is off to a 9-2 start in their 2015 campaign. Here’s a quick recap of how the first 11 games of the season have played out.

Game 11 vs. Mesa CC
Nate Ruane brought home the winning run to give the Pumas the lead in the seventh inning, as PV hung on to beat MCC 7-2. Ruane racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Pumas.

Game 10 at Mesa CC
Marshall Forest did all he could to give PV a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past MCC, as PV lost 8-4. Forest paced the Pumas at the plate. Forest went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the second and sixth innings and homered in the eighth inning.

Game 9 vs. GateWay CC
Brick Paskiewicz carried PV to an 8-3 victory over GWCC with a strong game at the plate and on the rubber. Paskiewicz racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Pumas. He homered in the sixth inning and singled in the eighth inning. Josh Rojas helped PV take the lead for good in the sixth inning. Nate Ruane doubled to get on base in the sixth. He then went from second to third on a single by Marshall Forest.
PV did not give up the lead after the sixth inning. Additional runs came from a two-run double by Sam Rimer and the solo home run by Paskiewicz.

Game 8 at GateWay CC
After seven lead changes, the Pumas finally pulled out a 6-5 win over GWCC. PV finally managed to grab the lead after a strong eighth inning. PV scored on an RBI single by Jake Alexander off Garrett Poole, plating Roberto Martinez

Game 7 vs. Scottsdale CC
An excellent effort by Andrew Garcia hoisted the Pumas to a 3-0 win over SCC. The Fighting Artichokes managed just one hit off of Garcia, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out nine during his nine innings of work. The Pumas did not relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the second inning.

Game 6 at Scottsdale CC
PV lost 11-10 after a surprise rally turned a five-run sixth inning advantage into an SCC victory.

Game 5 vs. Phoenix College
The Pumas beat Phoenix College 13-3 thanks to a five-run ninth inning. PV scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Kreston Woods, a two-run single by Brick Paskiewicz, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly by Christian Camacho.

Game 4 at Phoenix College
A walk-off sacrifice fly from Cody Wescott brought home the winning run for PV in a 5-4 victory over Phoenix College in 10 innings.

Game 3 vs. Arizona State University Club Team
It was a great day for Josh Rojas, as he hit two home runs to carry the Pumas to a 5-1 victory over the ASU Club Team. PV hit three home runs in the win. Home runs for PV came when Christian Camacho homered in the third inning and Rojas homered in the third and fourth innings

Game 2 vs. Arizona Christian University
A seven-run explosion in the fifth inning carried the Pumas to a 12-4 win over ACU. PV scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Kyle Brown, an RBI double by Cody Wescott, an RBI single by Collin Gabel, a sacrifice fly by Roberto Martinez, an RBI single by Jake Alexander, a hit by pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Christian Camacho.

Game 1 at Arizona Christian University JV
Both PV and ACU put runners aboard, but it was PV that was able to take advantage, pulling out a 4-2 win. ACU got eight hits compared with just six for Pumas, but they stranded 13 on base.

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Track & Field

February 19, 2015
GARCIA TABBED CONFERENCE DII PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Puma Andrew Garcia was named the ACCAC DII Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 17.

Garcia pitched a complete game shutout against Scottsdale on February 11. He allowed just one hit while striking out nine batters.

So far this season, Garcia has gone 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.

Well done Andrew!

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Men’s Tennis

February 17, 2015
TWICE AS NICE

On Friday the Puma men were victorious beating San Diego City College. Two matches were played and it was two wins for the men’s tennis team. The Pumas opened play with a sweep in doubles and moved on to win four out of six matches in singles against a good San Diego City team. The men are off now until February 26th when they open conference play at home against Mesa.

PVCC 7, San Diego City 2

Singles competition
1. Evan Gazic (PVCC) def. Logan Rinder (SDC) 7-6, 7-5
2. Dale Gutierrez (SDC) def. Zac Hackerott (PVCC) 6-4, 7-6
3. Eric Mateer (PVCC) def. David Lin (SDC) 6-1, 6-3
4. German Ziella (SDC) def. Cody Kacerek (PVCC) 6-2, 3-6, 10-6
5. Jean Perez (PVCC) def. Dominic Villamor (SDC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Talon Walz (PVCC) def. Raymond Cabellegan (SDC) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Evan Gazic/Zac Hackerott (PVCC) def. Dale Gutierrrez/Logan Rinder (SDC) 8-5
2. Eric Mateer/Cody Kacerek (PVCC) def. German Ziella/Sebastian Villaba (SDC) 8-3
3. Jean Perez/Talon Walz (PVCC) def. David Lin/Dominic Villamor (SDC) 8-2

Men’s Tennis

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Track & Field

2015-01-13
READY, SET, GO!

The Puma Track and Field teams will open their 2015 indoor campaign at the 9th annual running of the Puma Indoor Invitational Track and Field Meet on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24. The meet will be hosted by Paradise Valley and will include indoor events, along with a women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon. The meet is an ‘open’ entry meet.

Information may be found HERE

GO PUMAS!