It’s about that time.
Pima College’s sports season is getting ready to start.
Friday, the Aztecs’ soccer teams will kick off their seasons in Yuma against Arizona Western. Also that day, the volleyball team will compete in the New Mexico Military Institute Classic Tournament. Jim Monaco will make his Pima head coaching debut on Saturday, when the Aztecs head to Phoenix College for a 7 p.m. game.
Many of Pima’s top projected players are newcomers.
Among them: Natrell Curtis, a defensive tackle from Phoenix Mountain Pointe who originally signed a letter of intent to play at Oklahoma, and Drew Doxtator, a quarterback that was once verbally committed to USC. Pima’s season just might hinge on how well both of the major-college recruits play.
But junior college sports are more often about diamonds in the rough than four-star prospects. Here are five others to keep an eye on in the fall.Kian Homme (football)
Homme is also a quarterback, talented enough that he’s competing with Doxtator to be the Aztecs’ starter under center. The Rio Rancho, New Mexico, native passes the eye test — he stands 6 feet 6 inches and weighs 215 pounds — and tallied 1,536 passing yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. Monaco called him one of the top-10 players from the state of New Mexico.Kaysee Pilgrim (volleyball)
Pilgrim competed for the Aztecs’ track and field in the spring, and will now transition to volleyball. Pilgrim played middle blocker last year for Western New Mexico, where she recorded 262 kills, 85 blocks, 37 digs and 7 assists.Sergio Anaya (men’s soccer)
Salpointe Catholic has become a recruiting hotbed for coach David Cosgrove. Anaya is the third Lancer in the last two years to join the Aztecs. Last year, it was Arturo Vega and Christian Cabello. Together, the trio helped Salpointe win two straight state titles.Shannon Shields (women’s soccer)
Another two-time state champion, Shields comes to Pima from Sabino, where she initially signed a letter of intent to play at Sam Houston State. Shields scored eight goals and had seven assists as a high school senior.Edith Arvizu (cross country)
Pima’s cross country season opens on Sept. 6 with the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff, and Arvizu is an athlete to watch for the Aztecs. The Rio Rico product finished in second place at the Willie Williams Classic for the Hawks in March.
On the men’s side, Tucson High graduate Estevan Gomez is one to watch.