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ICE IN THE DESERT?
You have seen the videos. You have laughed and cheered. You know the Pumas participated in the worldwide phenomena “Ice Bucket Challenge” to support the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. But, did you know that the Pumas also raised a total of $560 for the ALS Association? With contributions from the athletic department, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, track & field and baseball, the Pumas made a $560 donation to the ALS Association this month.
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
The Pumas are committed to serving their community with efforts such as this one. In addition to this endeavor, each team will perform community service throughout the year in the greater Phoenix area. GO PUMAS!
To see videos of each Puma ice bucket challenge, please see below.
Track & Field
WOMEN'S SOCCER ACCAC PLAYER AND GK OF THE WEEK
Two Pumas were honored as Conference Player and Goalkeeper of the Week.
Player of the Week honors go to freshman Kylee Taylor. The freshman forward took eight shots, scoring twice. Taylor also had one assist.
Goal Keeper of the Week honors go to freshman Mallory Wright.
Wright helped PV win two games last week. She stopped eight of nine shots on goal.
WELL DONE PUMAS!
JOIN PUMA TENNIS
Are you interested in trying out for the PVCC intercollegiate men’s tennis team? Come to the tennis courts on Monday, September 22nd, Wednesday, September 24th, or Friday, September 26th, between 130-330PM, and talk to Coach Paajanen.
Watch the team practice and see if you are ready for the challenge. GO PUMAS!
2014 PUMA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
Join PVCC coaches, student-athletes and staff for the 10th Annual Puma Classic on Saturday, October 4 at the 500 Club in Phoenix. This Tournament is a four-player scramble, shotgun start at 7:30am. All proceeds will benefit the Puma Athletic Scholarship Fund. Previous years’ events have raised over $39,000 in scholarship money for eligible PVCC student-athletes.
For a complete tournament brochure, please click here.
To sign up online, please click here.
For more information please call PVCC Athletics, 602-787-7173.
PVCC WOMEN BEGIN 2014 CAMPAIGN WITH WIN
The PVCC Women’s soccer team, pre-season ranked #4 in the nation, began their 2014 campaign with a 3-0 win over Glendale Community College on Thursday.
Freshman striker Kylee Taylor scored a first half glancing header on a cross provided by freshman Bridgette Sabanosh. In the second half, freshman defender Kelly Smith made a well-timed tackle and pass to freshman midfielder Kathleen Nagy, who cleverly chipped the ball over the Gauchos defense for Taylor to run onto and slot the Puma’s second goal of the match. Freshman defender Astrid Alvarez made a well-timed run and served a well-placed cross that Sabanosh would head home for the final tally.
The Pumas feature 16 freshman led by sophomore captains Tia Blackwell and Savannah Quintana, and Conference/Regional Playoffs MVP defender Maitlyn Davisworth.
The Pumas take on Chandler-Gilbert CC on Saturdaym August 30. The game will be helpd at Reach 11 Sports Complex at 7:30pm.
WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED #4 IN NATION
The PVCC Women’s Soccer team has garnered a fourth-place ranking in the preseason NJCAA National Poll. The 2014 Pumas hope to continue their success on the pitch. They open their season on August 28 at Glendale CC (Pioneer Park) and open at home on September 11 vs. Cochise.
In 2013, the Pumas finished their season 21-1-2. After winning their regional tournament, the Pumas made their third national tournament appearance in the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Tournament held in Florida.
Good luck on a great 2014 season ladies!
INTRODUCING THE PUMA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE PROGRAM
You’re a great Student AND a great Athlete!
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 2013-2014 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
Billie Jo Dytrt
Sarah St. Amand
Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!
RANKED PRE-SEASON #4 BY NSCAA
There is room for speculation and debate regarding most pre-season polls, but it is generally considered better to be ranked than not. The PV women's soccer team has been ranked #4 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in their pre-season poll released earlier today.
The NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings are a week-to-week status of qualified programs and announced Tuesdays at noon CT on NSCAATV. The NSCAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The 2014 Pumas will look to establish their identity and accomplishments right out of the gate. The 2014 squad will be led by five returners who will be joined by 16 newcomers. PV opens conference play Thursday, August 28 against Glendale CC at the Pioneer Park at 7pm.
SOFTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETE RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM AZ SOFTBALL FOUNDATION
On Saturday, three PV Softball student-athletes received scholarships through the generous donations of the members of the Arizona Softball Foundation. Sophomore Olivia Lopez, incoming freshman Alicia Gil and Krista Keller were honored at a banquet held by the ASF. ASF grants scholarships each academic year to student-athletes around the state to assist with academic related expenses.
In attendance at the banquet was famed women’s professional baseball player Dottie Wilkinson. Dottie was a pioneer in women's baseball as a player in the All-American Women's Baseball League made famous by the movie "A League of Their Own.” Wilkinson was played by Geena Davis who is the main character of the movie.
11th ANNUAL SARAH SHARPE ALUMNI GAME
Join us for the 11th annual Sarah Sharpe Women’s Soccer Alumni Game!
Date: Friday, August 22nd
Time: Kickoff at 7:00pm, warm up 6:30pm
Place: Reach 11 Sports Complex main field, Phoenix
For question, please contact PVCC Athletics
See you there!
updated: September 19, 2014
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