Information from the Pima College sports media relations department contributed to this report.
Pima Community College softball coach Rebekah Quiroz signed one of the top players from Salpointe Catholic’s Class 4A back-to-back state championship team this week — fast slapper/outfielder Kayla Gonzales.
“Kayla was highly recruited by the top teams in our conference,” Quiroz said. “I look for Kayla to come in and compete immediately in the outfield and at the top of the lineup offensively as she is an impact player that will cause havoc on opponents.”
Quiroz indicated that, as a freshman in the 2021 season, Gonzales will replace preseason All-American sophomore center fielder Amaya Turner. She added that Turner, a Tucson High School graduate, is “getting some major looks from big schools.”
The Aztecs have also signed Southern Arizona players Desiree Martinez, an infielder/utility player from Canyon del Oro and Kelli Samorano, a catcher/utility player at Tucson High.
Three players from New Mexico have also signed: Angela “Mo” Montes, a right-hander/infielder from Cibola, Andrica Gomez, a right-hander/catcher/infielder from Loving and Lorisa Martinez, a lefty/infielder from Loving.
Pima Women’s Hoops Splits Games at Eastern Arizona Shootout
The No. 3-ranked Pima women’s basketball team is 2-1 after splitting games in the Eastern Arizona Shootout at Thatcher. The Aztecs responded after Thursday’s 76-47 loss to Odessa (Texas) with a 103-34 win over Southwestern College on Friday.
Sophomore forward Hallie Lawson scored a team-high 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting and she also had six rebounds.
Fellow sophomore post player Marlena Arroyo-Plata had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. She went 5 for 6 from the field. Freshman Dianne Hefner also scored in double figures with 13 points on 5 for 6 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two assists.
Freshman Justine Cooper had nine points and six rebounds while freshman Fama Thiam finished with six points, seven assists and four steals.
The Aztecs will return to the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium on Nov. 16 when they host Arizona Christian University’s junior varsity team. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Pima men’s hoops win opener, sign Sahuarita standout
It was a productive day today for Pima men’s basketball coach Brian Peabody.
The Aztecs won their opener 114-77 over Christian Community College behind 21 points, 15 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals by former Cholla standout Kaylon Tippins.
Also at the West Campus Gym, the Aztecs signed Sahuarita standout guard Byron Brown (Class of 2020) to a letter of intent.
We are happy to announce the first signing of our 2020/21 class, Byron Brown out of Sahuarita High School(@Yonron23). Byron is a very good addition to start our upcoming class. pic.twitter.com/NGxggzTFbn
Other top performers in the victory tonight:
Sophomore Rashad Smith with 21 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jake Lieppert with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, sophomore Nick Rosquist of The Gregory School with 14 points, sophomore Khalil Curtis with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists and sophomore Jordan Robinson with nine assists.
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