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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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Together we work and play to achieve! Well done Pumas!
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!
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.
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.“
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.
BASEBALL OPEN TRYOUT SATURDAY, MAY 23 AT GENE AUTRY PARK
Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College Baseball Programs will be conducting an open tryout together on Saturday, May 23, 2015. This tryout will be held at Gene Autry Park in Mesa. There is a $10.00 charge to attend this tryout. Each player must provide their own workout clothes, baseball spikes, and glove. We will provide Baum bats, baseballs, and other needed equipment for use during the tryout.
Pitchers and Catchers
Sign ups 8:30am
Tryouts Start 9:00am
Infielders and Outfielders
Sign- ups 11:30am
Tryouts Start 12:00pm
Any interested players may contact Victor Solis at 602-787-7031 or email him at email@example.com. They may also contact Rob Shabansky at 602-286-8215 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for the baseball tryout, please contact us so that I can place their name on the tryout 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 forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate.
2015 Baseball Tryout Forms
Please call or email with any question.
Please call or email with any question.
Victor Solis - PVCC Baseball Head Coach
Rob Shabansky - GWCC Baseball Head Coach
updated: September 03, 2015
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