The Pima Community College women’s basketball team was well-represented in the All-ACCAC Conference and All-Region I teams on Wednesday.
Freshmen Sydni Stallworth (Palo Verde) and Denesia Smith (Cienega) along with sophomore Shalise Fernander (Flowing Wells) received recognition. In addition, Head Coach Todd Holthaus was named ACCAC Coach of the Year.
Stallworth, a guard, was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Year. She was chosen first team All-ACCAC and first team All-Region I, Division II. Stallworth played and started in all 30 regular season games for the Aztecs. She led the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game, 30.6 minutes played, 82.6 percent free throw shooting and 3.0 assists per game. She also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week four times and NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week for Dec. 7-13.
Smith, a guard, was named second team All-ACCAC and first team All-Region I, Division II. She was injured all of last season but responded this year playing in 25 games; with 24 starts. She averaged 11.6 points in 25 minutes played per game. She also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week for Nov. 16-22.
For the second straight season, Fernander, a forward, was named third team All-ACCAC and second team All-Region I, Division II. She also played in all 30 games making 26 starts. Fernander averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21.7 minutes played per game.
Holthaus, in his ninth season as head coach of the Aztecs, received his second Coach of the Year honor. The team finished the regular season at 23-7 overall; the most wins for the women’s basketball program since the 2010-11 season when they went 28-7. Their ACCAC conference record of 17-5 was also the best since the 2010-11 season when they finished 18-4.
The Aztecs, a No. 1 seed, will host No. 4 seed Scottsdale Community College in the Region I, Division II tournament semifinal match-up on Tuesday at the West Campus. The game will start at 7:30 p.m.
This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level,. These are not high school awards but college and professional awards. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS.
If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Palo Verde (2015)/Pima
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/18)
ACCAC Player of the Week (2/8)
First Team All-ACCAC (2/24)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/24)
ACCAC Division II Player of the Year (2/24)
Flowing Wells (2014)/Pima
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/4)
NJCAA National Player of the Week (11/6)
Third Team All-ACCAC (2/24)
Second Team All-Region I, Division II (2/24)
Second Team All-ACCAC (2/24)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/24)
Ironwood Ridge (2014)/West Virginia
Academic All-Big 12 Swimming & Diving Team (2/23)
Desert View (2014)/Pima
ACCAC Division II Pitcher of the Week (2/17)
NJCAA National Division II Pitcher of the Week (2/18)
Buena (2009)/Bethesda University
Jersey retirement (2/18)
mlbpipeline.com 2016 All-Leap Team
Flowing Wells (2015)/Pima
ACCAC Division II Player of the Week (2/9)
NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Week (2/11)
NJCAA Division II Player of the Week (2/11)
Canyon del Oro (2012) /Stanford
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List (2/3)
Tanque Verde (2015)/Cal Baptist
PacWest Newcomer of the Week (2/1)
Catalina Foothills (2012)/Trinity
Baseball America Preseason DIII Pitcher of the Year (1/29)
Ironwood Ridge (2014)/Sacramento State
Big Sky All-Academic (1/27)
Cienega (2015)/South Mountain
ACCA D2 Player of the Week (1/20)
2016 NJCAA DI Baseball Top Incoming Freshmen – Southwest District
Jared Cochran, New Mexico Military, DH, Palo Verde
2016 NJCAA DI Baseball Top Incoming Freshmen – Western District
Sati Santa Cruz, Central Arizona, P, Sahuarita
2016 NJCAA DII Baseball Top Incoming Freshmen – Southwest District
Miguel Figueroa, Pima, P, Tucson High
Trevelle Hill, Pima, P, Tucson High
Manny Ramirez, Pima, SS, Bisbee
2016 NJCAA DI Softball Top Newcomers – District A (Region 1)
Margarita Corona, Pima, C, Tucson
Courtney Brown, Pima, LF, Flowing Wells
2016 NJCAA DI Softball Top Newcomers – District J (Regions 11, 16)
Hailly Greenough, Southeastern, Buena
2016 NJCAA DII Softball Top Newcomers – District A (Region 1)
Jade Allee Gateway, P, Buena
Lexi Valencia, Mesa, 3B, Tucson
Leighann Ballesteros, Mesa, Tucson
Army Most Valuable Player (1/9)
Creighton W. Abrams Award (1/9)
Portions from news release.
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