Sports shorts: Cordes wins Pac-12 title; Cats in fourth

2013-03-06T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Cordes wins Pac-12 title; Cats in fourthThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Sophomore Kevin Cordes posted a time of 51.65 seconds to win a title in the 100 breast stroke, leading the Arizona swim team on the third day of the Pac-12 Championships on Tuesday in Federal Way, Wash.

Cordes recorded an impressive time of 51.43 in the prelims earlier in the day before cruising to victory in the finals. He is the current American record-holder in the event with a time of 51.10, which he recorded at the AT&T Winter Nationals in November.

The night started off strong for the Wildcats when Eric Solis posted an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:46.32 in the 400 IM final to finish fourth. It was a personal best time for Solis.

In the 100 fly, Arizona junior Giles Smith recorded a third-place finish with a time of 46.16. Smith owns the third-fastest time in the event nationally at 45.81, which was recorded at the AT&T Winter Nationals.

The Wildcats finished the day in fourth place in the team standings with 340 points. Cal led with 583 points followed by Stanford with 520 points and USC with 404.5. Utah (199.5), Arizona State (195), UC-Santa Barbara (154) and Cal Poly (74) rounded out the team standings after three nights of competition.

• The UA men's golf team finished sixth Tuesday at the Fresno State Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif.

Arizona was 5 over. California won the event at 43 under.

The Wildcats were lead by junior Erik Oja, who finished with a score of 6-under 210, good for a tie for seventh place. Cal's Michael Kim won with a 16-under 200.

• Paced by freshman Janie Jackson's fourth-place finish, the UA women's golf team finished third at the Bruin/Wave Invitational in Tarzana, Calif., on Tuesday.

No. 1 USC won the team race with a 20 over par. No. 20 UCLA finished second with a 22 over. No. 8 Arizona was 32 over.

USC's Annie Park won the individual competition with a score of 1-under 215. Freshman Janie Jackson paced Arizona with a fourth-place finish, her best as a collegian. She shot 4-over 220.

Pima College

Aztecs women's team wins playoff game

The Pima Community College women's basketball team (17-14) held on to the lead down the stretch and came away with 79-72 victory over South Mountain Community College on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Region I, Division II playoffs at the West Campus Gymnasium.

The No. 2-seeded Aztecs found themselves in a back-and-forth battle with South Mountain, the No. 3 seed, and were behind 30-26 at halftime.

Pima went on an 8-0 run to take the lead at 42-41 with 15:00 left. With the game tied at 51, Felicia Foster hit a three-pointer to give Pima the lead for good.

The Aztecs went on a 16-4 run and took a 65-55 lead, their biggest of the game. South Mountain cut it to three points with three minutes left but got no closer.

A'jha Edwards, the Division II Player of the Year, was scoreless in the first half but had 12 rebounds. She finished with 12 points and 25 rebounds earning her 20th double-double of the season. D.J. Davis finished with a team-high 17 points, and Foster and Rachel Williams each contributed 14 points.

"This group of girls has been through a lot together," Pima coach Todd Holthaus said. "Tonight they reaped the benefits of sticking together and gutted out a great playoff win."

Mesa Community College defeated Phoenix College 72-63 to advance. The Aztecs will look for revenge as they play at Mesa Community College on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Mesa eliminated Pima in the Division II finals last season.

• The Pima softball team (16-10, 11-9 ACCAC) lost the first game against Arizona Western College in Yuma but won the second to break a five-game losing streak.

Aubre Carpenter gave the Aztecs a lead in the top of the seventh inning after an RBI double, but Arizona Western scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to win 5-4. Carpenter finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Aztecs won the second game 10-3. Alejandra Ortiz hit a two-run double in the third inning and finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs. Gemma Contreras went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Pelayo finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

• The Pima baseball team (9-12-1, 6-6 ACCAC) dropped two games to Central Arizona College in Coolidge.

Bryant Muñoz scored the only Pima run of the first game off a wild pitch as the Aztecs lost 7-1. Pima got nine hits with Jesus Arvizu, Luis Robles and Sergio Ortiz each going 2 for 3.

The Aztecs lost the second game 12-8. Muñoz got on base four times for the Aztecs, going 2 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored and two walks. Kyle Becerra and Juan Gamez each scored two runs. Cooper Smith went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

• The Aztecs men's golf team finished in fifth place at the Sun City Golf Course in Sun City, but Joe Courtney had a great finish to the tournament.

Courtney, who shot an 85 on the first day, finished with a 5-under par 67, the lowest round of the tournament.

Pima's Austin Stuessel finished ninth in the individual tournament finishing with a 148 (74-74). David Chang closed out the tournament with a 150 (73-77).

The Aztecs, who finished with a team score of 306 after the first day, was 14 strokes better with a 292 at the conclusion of the second day.

Pima finished four strokes behind fourth-place Mesa College and 18 strokes behind first-place Scottsdale College.

• The Pima women's tennis team (6-3, 2-1 ACCAC) swept through doubles competition and controlled the singles in its 8-1 win at Mesa Community College.

• The Aztecs men's tennis team (2-3, 1-2 ACCAC) fell behind against Mesa Community College in doubles competition at Pima's West Campus and lost 5-4.

Football

Cardinals likely to move training camp

GLENDALE - As Glendale inched closer to a deal that would bring the Arizona Cardinals' training camp to the Phoenix suburb, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff indicated it is resigned to losing the NFL team.

According to The Arizona Republic, the Cardinals would build a practice bubble encompassing 1 1/2 football fields to stage workouts out of the searing summer heat. NAU President John Haeger said in a news release on Tuesday that the university is moving on to other opportunities to make up for the economic loss caused by the Cardinals' departure.

• A co-owner of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Titans football team is selling his stake through Craigslist.

The Titans announced earlier this week that owner Mike Polaski is trying to sell his 20 percent stake in the two-year-old Indoor Football League team. Polaski writes on Craigslist that a downturn in his business as a restaurant owner is the reason, and he's asking for $80,000.

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