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Women’s Basketball in slump, drop last 3
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Women’s Basketball in slump, drop last 3

By HANK ROUBICHAUD  The Aztecs fell to 3-4 on the season and 0-2 in conference with their third straight loss on Nov. 28 by the score of 85-74 to the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters.  The Aztecs started well, having outscored the Gila Monsters 26-14 in the first quarter. From there, the Gila Monsters went on a 23-5 run to give them a double-digit lead 39-28. Pima then trailed 44-37 at the half.  The Aztecs started the third quarter on an 8-2 run, then took a 65-64 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. The Gila Monsters took the lead back with a 15-7 run to open the fourth, and the Aztecs could not recover. Sophomore Jacqulynn Nakai led all scorers with 27 points on 10 for 18 shooting. Fellow sophomore Shauna Bribiescas had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Freshmen Tyra Do...
C.H.A.M.P.S. Bowl for Aztecs
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C.H.A.M.P.S. Bowl for Aztecs

Story by HANK ROBICHAUD Photos by MADYSON HOWARTH The No. 20 Aztecs (6-4) traveled to Texas Dec. 1 for the C.H.A.M.P.S. to face off with No. 4 Kilgore College Rangers and play the program’s final game.  The game was played in Waco Independent School District Stadium in Waco.  The Aztecs were shut out by the Rangers in a 28-0 loss. The offense could not get momentum going in the game as they had a total of 195 yards (unofficial). The Aztecs only had 41 yards at the half. They also had 5 turnovers on the day, and allowed 13 points off those turnovers.  The one bright spot on the offense for the game was Larry Rembert with 11 catches for 107 yards. He earned Player of the Game for the Aztecs.  The defense played a decent game overall cutting the turnover margin to 2 with 2 interceptio...
Aztecs demolish first opponents at NJCAA Division I tournament
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Aztecs demolish first opponents at NJCAA Division I tournament

BY KYLE MCDANIEL   Pima won their first game at Nationals pretty handily, by absolutely obliterating the Jayhawks from Muskegon CC. A stiffer opponent is next on the cards for Wednesday as they take on the #8 seeded North Texas CC. If the Aztecs win that game they will secure a spot in the semi-finals.   Nov. 12 Nationals Pool A, Game 1 vs #12 Muskegon CC vs #1 PCC 5   The Aztecs had their shooting boots on for this game as they scored three of the five goals in the first thirteen minutes. As well as outshooting the Jayhawks 23 to 5.   Freshman Itsuki Ishihara scored three of the five, including the first two. Sophomore Hugo Kametani and freshman Johan Anderson had the other two goals.   Freshman Ricky Gordillo, Edson Vazquez and Itsuki Ishihara each...
The search is over: Pima names new acting AD
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The search is over: Pima names new acting AD

By ANGEL CANEZ         Pima Community College has come to a decision and the search for a new acting athletic director is over. Soon to be former football coach Jim Monaco was awarded the job on Oct. 29. “Jim was appointed and will be in this role ... through the balance of the academic year,” Pima Chancellor Lee Lambert said during the Oct. 30 press conference at the West Campus. Monaco beat out four other candidates -- Pima soccer coach David Cosgrove; women’s basketball coach Todd Holthaus; Akira Kondo, Pima’s athletic trainer; and David Donderwicz, fiscal advanced analysis -- financial aid at Pima’s District Office. Monaco is replacing Edgar Soto, who was Pima’s athletic director since 2016. “It doesn’t bother me to say this, but Jim (Monaco) is going to do a better job than I...
Season Ends at regional finals for Pima Volleyball
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Season Ends at regional finals for Pima Volleyball

By ANGEL CANEZ A lot was on the line Nov. 3 for the Pima Community College Volleyball team.  The Aztecs had their season and a trip to Nationals in West Virginia in their grasp. They were only a win away, but their season’s biggest foe stood in their path.   The Aztecs found themselves in a rematch with the tournament’s opening match against South Mountain Community College. The Cougars came out and showed why they were the No. 1 seed, beating the Aztecs in three straight sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-19. That effectively put an end to the Aztecs’ season, who finished the season 16-15. “I am very happy and excited for our players to end the season they way we did this year,” said coach Dan Bithell. “We absolutely played our best volleyball in the Region Tournament, and that was one of our big ...
Women Aztecs start season 2-0
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Women Aztecs start season 2-0

Story and photos By ANGEL CANEZ The Pima Community College Women’s basketball team kept the ball rolling as the Aztecs defended their home court and improved to 2-0 in a 30-point blowout versus Arizona Christian University (108-78).   The  Aztecs started off great right from the start and opened the game on a 10-2 run.  The Aztecs put in a team effort as they had six players score in double digits. They were led again by Sophomore Jacqulynn Nakai for the second game in a row as she put up 23 points on 8-11 shooting to go along with 9 assists and 4 rebounds.  Fellow sophomore Brianna Pitre tacked on 16 and 6-10 shooting, and Shauna Bribiescas and Freshman Ryleigh Long chipped in 11 points each as the returning players led the way. Freshman Alyssa Perez, for the second game in a row, ...
A chat with Pima Men’s Basketball coach
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A chat with Pima Men’s Basketball coach

By HANK ROUBICHAUD  Coach Brian Peabody has been coaching basketball at Pima Community College since 1990.  Peabody started at Saguaro High School under Dick McConnell. This is season No. 18 as Pima’s basketball coach.  Q: What are some things you are looking for from the team this year, coming off of a great year last year?  A: “We just to get better each year. The first year, we won 15 games, then 18, then 21, then 23, then 31 last year, so we just try to get better each year. One thing we haven’t accomplished since I’ve been here is we haven’t won the league outright; so our first and foremost goalwise would be to win the league this year for the first time ever at Pima. That way, you could host every game in the tournament, and then obviously if we could go one game further then we...
Aztecs bulldoze opponent, get first win
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Aztecs bulldoze opponent, get first win

Story and photos By ANGEL CANEZ The Pima Community College Aztecs started the season steamrolled over Arizona Christian University on Nov. 9 at their home opener on the West Campus.  This put the team in a dominant position to start its six-game homestand. The team’s performance showed why it’s the No. 1 team in the nation, blowing out the Firestorm by 44 points with a final score of 120-76.   Pima started the game a little slow before reining it in and went on to hang up 50 points in the first half.  The Aztecs got everyone involved in the season opener, racking up 29 assists.  It seemed as if the team could do no wrong. Pima had eight players score in double figures with Freshman Rashad Smith living up to the hype in his first collegiate game, leading the way with 19 points on a...
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Aztecs win 2 out of 3 but still continue to struggle  

The Aztec volleyball team seems to be getting on the right track finally. Winning two of their last three matches over the past two weeks from Sep. 27 to Oct. 4 after dropping four in a row and seven of their last eight  bringing their total record to 6-10. Pima play this season has mirror last season to almost a tee as the Aztecs record at this time last season was (7-11). Oct.4 (3-1) Pima over Phoenix college The Aztecs would go on to beat the Phoenix college bears three sets to one after dropping the first set. The win marked Pima first road win on the season. Madi Nash had 16 kills as she leads the team in that category this year. Nash and Jade Romine both posted double doubles in kills and digs to bring home the win against the Bears. Kaleigh Hockett Lead the Aztecs with an impres...
Pima Football en route to C.H.A.M.P.S.
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Pima Football en route to C.H.A.M.P.S.

Story by HANK ROBICHAUD Photos by MADYSON HOWARTH Even with the rough ending to the regular season, the Aztecs are bowl bound.  The bowl game is C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. The game will be played Dec. 1, at ISD Stadium, in Waco, Texas, versus the Kilgore College Rangers.     For the final regular season game in Aztecs’ football history, the Aztecs hit the road to Yuma to take on the Arizona Western College Matadors.  The No. 16-ranked Aztecs fell just a bit short in a back-and-forth battle with the Matadors by the final score of 24-20.  The Aztecs were in business late as they were up 20-17 when Sophomore Macarius Blount intercepted a pass, giving the Aztecs the ball with just 2:18 left on the clock.  The offense was not able to convert a first down, which led to a punt and o...