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No cuts to Pima sports programs – yet

By JOE GIDDENS No additional sports programs will be cut for the next three semesters at Pima Community College, according to Athletics Director Jim Monaco at a Dec. 9 press conference at the District Office.  However, major changes for the Pima Community College Athletics Department are on the horizon.  New sports also may be entering the college. Monaco and campus president Morgan Phillips are discussing bringing competitive video gaming “esports” to Pima as well as lacrosse and beach volleyball. The golf, tennis, track and cross country programs may be terminated to make up for a potential budget shortfall that may reach $200,000. “If enrollment doesn’t increase it means there would be cuts,” Monaco said. “With the money we’re bringing in right now, we’re just covering shortfalls.” ...
Hop into east side’s Hop Street Lounge
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Hop into east side’s Hop Street Lounge

By JOSHUA SHAVER From the outside, Hop Street Lounge looks like a smaller bar. But once I walked in, I saw a really big, clean bar. Impressive. There’s a lot of room for people to lounge around, socialize and feel comfortable while drinking a variety of alcoholic beverages.  Hop Street opened about six months ago. It has seen an influx of people that are there to play various games and drink craft beers.  The very clean bar and new equipment give off a comfortable vibe. I loved the setting and the lighting of the bar, which gives off a smooth and chill environment.  The eight TVs that Hop Street features is a bonus for people who want to drink and watch sports.  The owner of the bar, Damien Jenkins, talked about opening his first bar. “It was an exciting risk that has paid off du...
Cowboys have a Super Bowl appearance in their future
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Cowboys have a Super Bowl appearance in their future

  By JOSHUA SHAVER The Dallas Cowboys are 4-3 this year, and their schedule only gets tougher from here on out.  The team will face the Philadelphia Eagles again, the New England Patriots on the road and the Chicago Bears on the road.  The Cowboys schedule is as tough as it comes. With that being said, the Cowboys will make the Super Bowl, and here’s why: The Cowboys have been the best team on offense in the league so far this season. Offensively, the Cowboys - through seven games - rank third in passing yards and first in total offense. The Cowboys are averaging 27 points a game, so they are pretty elite compared to the league average offensively.  Quarterback Dak Prescott is ranked first in QBR, which is the best stat for rating quarterback performances. Prescott is third in p...
Pima finishes in fourth at conference championship
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Pima finishes in fourth at conference championship

By JOSHUA SHAVER The Pima Community College Cross Country Men and Women’s teams ran their hearts out at the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in Mesa.  The women’s team tied for fourth with Glendale Community College with 120 points each.  Runner Iriana Sanchez received an All-ACCAC honorable mention after she placed 21st in the 5K race with a time of 21 minutes, 27 seconds.  Rainbow Hoss finished just 14 seconds behind Sanchez with a time of 21 minutes, 41 seconds and finished in 24th place.  Freshman Janae Quihuis showed her potential by finishing right behind Hoss in 25th place with a time of 21 minutes, 48 seconds.  Carolina Vega-Picos finished 31st with a time of 24 minutes, 52 seconds.  Alysa Canez rounded out the women’s race with a time of 26 minutes, 25 second...
The Aztecs struggle across finish line
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The Aztecs struggle across finish line

By ANGEL CANEZ Pima Community College played their final home series in a doubleheader on March 23 against conference for Arizona Western Community College and wrapped up there season on the road to take on South Mountain in a doubleheader.  Pima improved on last seasons record of 21-31 and 11-29 in conference games, winning 15 more games to finish the year with a 36-19 and 22-16 in conference. This has been Pima’s most wins since 1993. The Aztecs would drop the final two games of the season against South Mountain on the road getting out scored 13-1.  Losing the first game 7-1 the Cougars jumped out to a 6-0 lead.  Austin Bryan had his worst outing of the season lasting less than two innings giving up six runs on six hit.  Pima was blacked out in the second game mustering up only two...
Aztecs keeps the momentum going
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Aztecs keeps the momentum going

BY ANGEL CANEZ The Pima Community College Baseball team hasn’t let its foot off the pedal in the last month.  The Aztecs’ record is 20-9-1, including a 13-5 record at home during that span. The team has won 9 of its last 13.  Phillip Sikes and Austin Bryan both won ACCAC Player (Sikes) and Pitcher (Bryan) of the Week for April 8-14. Sikes batted .533 during that span with five RBI and five run scored to go along with two stolen bases. Bryan was 2-0 during the week giving up one run in ten innings along with 15 strikouts. April 13 (3-1 Pima) (10-8 Pima)  The Aztecs were hosted by the Yavapai Community College Rough Riders on April 13 in Prescott, where Pima swept the Rough Riders during the doubleheader.  Pima had Bryan on the mound during the first game and he gave up 1 run in the fi...
Aztec Baseball continues hot streak
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Aztec Baseball continues hot streak

By ANGEL CANEZ The Aztecs won 10 out of their last 13 games including a six-game win streak and going 7-0 at home during that stretch.  The team improved its record to 26-12 and 12-9 in conference play. The Aztecs had previously dropped four of six the week before.  Freshman JJ Rollon won the ACCAC Division I player of the week for the week of March 25-31, hitting a .476 at the plate. March: 30 (Game 1 2-1 Pima) (Game 2 6-5 Pima) The Aztecs traveled to Scottsdale to take on the Artichokes, spliting a doubleheader with them.  The Aztecs pulled off the comeback from 1-0 in the third inning when starting pitcher Austin Bryan gave up a solo shot. Bryan shrugged it off as he pitched a complete game, racking up 12 strikeouts and improving to 7-1 on the year.    “It feels good to be winnin...
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Aztecs overcome early upset to finish 7th in nation

Aztecs Overcome Early Upset to Finish 7th By MONTY GANTT The Pima Community College Men’s Basketball team traveled to Danville, Illinois as the No. 3 team in the country for the NJCAA Men’s Division II National Championship Tournament. Although falling victim to a first round upset, the Aztecs bounced back to win three straight games and finish 7th in the nation. The following is a quick recap of their tournament run.   March 23 vs Ancilla College (W 104-101) The 3rd seeded Pima Community College Men’s Basketball team defeated the 12th seeded Ancilla College (Donaldson, Indiana) Chargers 104-101 to claim 7th place in the NJCAA Men’s Division II National Championship Tournament. In the first half, the Aztecs fell into a 34-28 deficit after a 10-2 run by the Chargers. The Aztecs then u...
NJCAA Drops the Ball  
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NJCAA Drops the Ball  

NJCAA Drops the Ball   By MONTY GANTT On March 23, the Pima Community College Women’s Basketball team defeated the Sinclair Community College Tartans 64-57 to finish their season 5th in the final NJCAA rankings. The game was one of the better ones for the Aztecs as it featured aggressive defense, proficient offense and an ideal farwell game for Sophomores who will move on to a different chapter in life. An official representing the NJCAA handed Aztecs Head Coach Todd Holthaus a commemorative souvenir to remember the moment, the basketball used to play that day’s game. It was a nice gesture by the committee to reward the hard working women on a tremendous season and for surviving throughout the week long tournament. Then, as the Aztecs were treated to a celebratory meal by coach Holth...
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Aztecs hit rough patch drop 4-6

By ANGEL CANEZ   The Pima Community College Aztecs are a quarter into the season with a record of 16-9-1. Brian Romero Pima’s freshmen first baseman won the ACCAC Division I Player of the Week for February 18-24. This marked the second consecutive week an Aztec player has won the ACCAC Division I Player of the Week award as Philp Skies took it home for the week of February 11-17 .  This also marked the third Aztec player to win an award this season as Pitcher Astin Bryan won ACCAC Division I pitcher of the Week for the week of February 11-17 as well. However Pima has hit a bit of a snag during conference play as they dropped four of there last six games.    Pima played host to the Yavapai Community College Roughriders on Mar. 9. The doubleheader was was pushed back from its...