A’jha Edwards named NJCAA First-Team All-American & more Pima notesby Andy Morales on Apr. 12, 2013, under Sports
A’jha Edwards (Tombstone) was named an NJCAA First-Team All-American. Edwards is still undecided on a four-year college.
Alejandra Ortiz (Tucson High) and Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) took home ACCAC Division I Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for softball.
Ortiz had 15 RBIs in six games going 12 for 23 at the plate. She leads the team in RBIs (64) and Alvarez has gone 7-0 in her last eight decisions. She has a 2.17 ERA and 127 strikeouts on the year. At the plate she leads the team in homeruns (11) and is second in RBIs (58).
The softball team also has three players with 20 or more steals as of Wednesday: Gemma Contreras (Salpointe) 33, Aubre Carpenter (Sabino) 25 and Cynthia Pelayo (Vision) has 21.
On Saturday, the Pima women’s tennis team will volunteer in the Special Olympics Coronado Area Tennis Competition. The event will be held at the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club (4001 N. Country Club Rd.) The women’s tennis team will coach and play tennis with the participates from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This is the first year as a team they’ve participated in this event. I’ll be out there a little before 12:30 p.m. to take some photos.
Vivian Pierson (Catalina) finished the regular season on a 12-match winning streak. The team also is ranked No. 7 in the National Poll, which is its highest rank since moving to Division I. In men’s tennis, new coach Brian Ramirez was a tennis coach at the University of Arizona and Stanford University. He led Stanford to the 2004 National Championship and consecutive PAC-10 Championships in 2003 and 2004. He was an Assistant Coach at the University of Arizona from 2004-2008. They reached the NCAA Tournament twice and had ranks of 34 in 2005 and 25 in 2006.
The men’s golf team will host its two-day tournament at the Silverbell Golf Course (3600 N. Silverbell Rd.). This is the last regular season tournament before Regionals in Gold Canyon, AZ from April 25-28. Joe Courtney was the Individual Champion last year and has a chance again this year. Courtney (3rd place, SD Home Schooled), James Tyler Cooper (5th place, Agave) and David Chung (6th place, Buena) all medaled in the last tournament at Toka Sticks. This also might be coach Grant Waltke’s last year as he has been with the program over 20 years.
In women’s golf, Josie Trapnell (Mahtomedi, MN ) has been the No. 1 player all season. Her finishes in the five tournaments so far this season have been: 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 3rd.
ATHLETIC FACILITY UPGRADE
In November, the Athletics department was able to secure its own room for student-athletes called the Center for Academic Excellence where they can have structured and quite study time. Tutors in math and writing are available three days a week. The coaches come in to help tutor and make sure they’re on task and also specific times are set aside to discuss game plans. There are 11 computers with four more soon to be delivered, tables for study areas, a workshop area that will soon have a smartboard with a projector, textbook shelves where student-athletes will be able to check out books and return them and a mentoring area. Soon there will be different action photo displays. This is a very exciting project for the Athletics department.
Compiled from news release.