Former Aztecs shine on the diamond

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After leaving PCC, our students go on to excel in a variety of areas, including athletics, where former Aztecs are performing at a high level after transferring to four-year institutions.

For example, former PCC softball player Jessica Sipe helped West Texas A&M claim its first Division II national championship on Monday. Jessica hit .388 on the year with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs.

Also, former PCC baseball players Keith Zuniga and Bryant Munoz will be on the field when Bethune-Cookman University competes this week in the regionals of the College World Series. Keith (pictured above) was 7-4 with a 2.59 ERA, while Bryant hit .305.

It should be noted that Jessica, Keith and Bryant are graduates of southern Arizona high schools, in keeping with the longstanding philosophy of our Athletics Department to make in-state recruiting a priority.

I should also note that a current Aztec, softball player Alexis Dotson, was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. Alexis, a freshman outfielder, hit .516 in becoming the third Aztec in four years to receive NJCAA first-team honors.

Congratulations to the athletes, baseball coach Jason Hisey and softball coach Armando Quiroz and their assistants, and to Executive Director of Athletics Edgar Soto. Edgar is committed to furthering the academic aspirations of our student-athletes as they compete in one of the 16 intercollegiate sports offered at the College. Edgar says he measures an athlete’s success in terms of academic achievement and character development, and that accomplishments on the field are a byproduct growth in those critical areas.

And, as always, go Aztecs!

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