Ethan Rosebeck’s career at Pima College was, really, just a numbers game.
- Innings pitched before Tommy John surgery
- Months of recovery before his first live action, against Paradise Valley CC, on Feb. 1
- Games before Rosebeck allowed his first earn run
- : Days it took the Tucsonan to jump from the bullpen to the starting rotation
- ERA in seven starts
- Consecutive NJCAA pitcher of the week awards Rosebeck won in March
In all, it was a pretty good year for the Cienega High School grad.
He helped Pima (34-25) to the playoffs and finished the year with a 6-3 record, a 1.87 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 62º innings.
“Honestly, it went better than I thought … coming off surgery, I’m not gonna lie,” Rosebeck said. “Definitely thought I’d be closing, doing small stuff like that. Definitely becoming the starter was something I didn’t expect, but I enjoyed it.”
Thursday, Rosebeck signed with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, which is a collegiate summer league that runs from May until August.
The Star spoke with Rosebeck on Tuesday, about 2ƒ weeks after the Aztecs were eliminated in the first round of the conference playoffs by South Mountain CC.
Now that you’ve had some time to reflect on the season, how would you assess how the team did overall this season?
A: “I’d say we did all right. I feel like we could’ve achieved a little more, but I feel like we were competitive and gave it our all — and that’s all you can ask for. It was just unfortunate a little bit toward the end.”
How satisfying was it for you to be able to come back from Tommy John surgery and pitch as well as you did this year?
A: “It just shows you that the doctors knew what they were doing and that it pays off if you take the rehab plan seriously, go to work and get back out there. And that’s what I did. It was fun.”
How did the opportunity come about to play for Green Bay?
A: “I was just looking for a place to play this summer, went out and contacted some coaches and got a call back from them. And they said they were interested, so I signed with them, and now I’m leaving here in a couple of weeks. I’m excited to go up there to Wisconsin to play.”
What do you ultimately hope to accomplish in playing for the Bullfrogs?
A: “Just get looked at more, turn some scouts’ heads and get some interest from some schools or pro teams, and just get better. I’ve never been up north, mostly just East Coast and West Coast, so I’m kinda nervous about that.”
Have you decided what you’re doing next year, in terms of college?
A: “Still figuring it out. I’m gonna see how the summer league pays off the first couple of weeks and then see if I can get some more interest from some other schools, then I’ll make my decision probably.
“I’ve got some offers from small Division II schools. And in D-I, I talked to New Mexico State and Savannah State. Hopefully once I go to this, I’ll get some more interest.”
- Brianna Rodriguez
- (Cienega) capped her Pima career by winning the long jump at the NJCAA track and field championships with a leap of 18 feet 11¾ inches.
The Aztec women’s squad finished 12th out of 28 teams.
Other notable performers included Kaysee Pilgrim, who placed third in the high jump at 5-7¼; Rhiannon Reese, who finished seventh in pole vault; and Nikki Regalado (Cienega), seventh in the 5,000-meter race.
For the men, Alfonso Mejia was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, Eddie Wilcox tied for 11th in high jump and Anfernee Alexander was 12th in discus.
- In recognition of her impressive 2013-14 season,
- Raja Moreno-Ross
- ’s basketball jersey is set to be displayed in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ring of Honor in Knoxville, Tennessee. Moreno-Ross is the third women’s basketball player in Pima history to be included, along with
- Deanna Daniels
- (2011) and
- A’jha Edwards
“Without a doubt, Raja … is definitely a part of an elite group, and a part of history now, too,” said Josh Sullivan, director of basketball operations and technology for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
- The Pima men’s golf team took 19th out of 22 teams at nationals in Burlington, Iowa. The women’s golf team came in 11th out of 15 teams at Daytona Beach, Florida.
- Also, the men’s tennis team finished 26th out of 27 teams at nationals in Plano, Texas.