Pima College Notebook

Pima notebook: Pipeline from local schools to Aztecs continuing

2014-04-22T00:00:00Z 2014-04-22T00:09:30Z Pima notebook: Pipeline from local schools to Aztecs continuingBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Last week, the Star revealed its high school winter sports All-Stars.

The list included a number of future Pima College players, including Katie Bell from Nogales and Shalise Fernander of Flowing Wells.

The two basketball players are just the latest local standouts to sign with the Aztecs. Here’s a look at some former All-Stars and how they’re faring at Pima.

Men’s basketball

Shakir Smith

From: Tucson High

Position: Guard

All-Star status: 2010 first team, 2011 first team

At Pima: Smith averaged 29.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 4.7 three-pointers per game this winter.

At Tucson High: Scored 22.8 points per game in 2011, leading the Badgers to an 11-11 record and first-round playoff loss. In 2010, was a first-teamer alongside Terrell Stoglin, Tim Derksen, Bryce Cotton and Lester Medford.

Roland Jones

From: Palo Verde

Position: Guard/forward

All-Star status: 2011 first team

At Pima: Jones has averaged 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

At Palo Verde: In 2011, helped Titans to a 17-13 record and second round of the playoffs, scoring 21.4 and 12.2 rebounds per game.

OTHERS: Murphy Gershman (Tucson High) — 2007 second team; Andres Marquez (Nogales) — 2013 second team; Bryan Cervantes (Nogales) — 2012 third team

Women’s basketball

Alicia Jones

From: Palo Verde

Position: Forward

All-Star status: 2012 first team

At Pima: Scored a team-best 13.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers.

At Palo Verde: Led Titans to the semifinals and a 26-6 record, getting 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Julia Cooper

From: Catalina Foothills

Position: Guard

All-Star status: 2013 first team

At Pima: Cooper averaged 3.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

At Catalina Foothills: Helped the Falcons to a 16-11 record in 2012, averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game.

Raja Moreno-Ross

From: Tucson High

Position: Forward

All-Star status: 2012 first team

At Pima: Morneo Ross averaged 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

At Tucson High: Helped the Badgers to a 20-8 record in 2012, scoring 14.6 points per game.

OTHERS: Melody McLaughlin (Mountain View) — 2013 second team; Holly Bolen (Tucson) — 2012 second team; Brittany West (Canyon del Oro) — 2013 third team; Alexa Arndt (Sabino) — 2013 third team

Men’s soccer

Arturo Vega

From: Salpointe Catholic

Position: Midfielder

All-Star status: 2013 Player of the Year, 2013 first team, 2012 first team

At Pima: Scored a team-best 14 goals and added six assists as a freshman.

At Salpointe: Won two state titles, and in 2013 helped Lancers to 26-2 record with 14 goals and 17 assists.

Christian Cabello-Garcia

From: Salpointe Catholic

Position: Midfielder

All-Star status: 2012 Player of the Year, 2012 first team, 2011 first team, 2010 second team

At Pima: Cabello-Garcia has four goals and five assists on 12 shots.

At Salpointe: Won two state titles. Was injured for most of 2013 season, but had 25 goals and 14 assists in 2012’s 25-2-1 title-winning season.

Others: Samuel Kavathas (Flowing Wells) — 2013 first team, 2012 second team, 2011 second team; Gabe Gauna (Sahuaro) — 2012 second team; Alex Medina (Nogales) — 2012 second team; Morgan Quintana (Tucson) — 2012 first team, 2011 first team; Cesar Quintero (Nogales) — 2012 first team; Zach Schmidt (Ironwood Ridge) — 2012 second team; Roberto Zatarain (I-Ridge) — 2012 first team, 2011 second team

Women’s soccer

Katie Harayda

From: Sahuaro

Position: Defender

All-Star status: 2012 first team

At Pima: 4 assists, 4 shots

At Sahuaro: Led Cougars to 14-6-1 record, first-round playoff loss.

OTHERS: Shelby Penrod (Mountain View) — 2013 second team; Kelsey Sloss (Sierra Vista Buena) — 2013 second team; Alexis Veney (Palo Verde) — 2013 second team

Other sports

Wednesday, the Pima athletics department recognized four of its athletes as recipients and finalists of the Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership award, named after Pima’s first athletics director. Empire product Scotty Watson (baseball) and Sahuaro’s Kamree Cady (soccer) were the winners, while Tucson High’s Murphy Gershman (basketball) and Douglas High School’s Victoria Mariscal (softball) were finalists.

The Pima baseball team went 3-1 last week, beating Eastern Arizona twice and splitting with Cochise College. At 31-20, the Aztecs are fifth in the ACCAC standings.

Pima’s softball team lost three of its four games last week, splitting with Paradise Valley and getting swept by Central Arizona. The Aztecs (22-25) have won just one of their last six games.

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