The Chandler-Gilbert Community College women’s soccer team picked an opportune year to have a hot season.
The Coyotes (19-1-1) completed their road to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national tournament with a 6-0 win over Region 5 champion Hill College (Texas) on Saturday.
Even better for CGCC, the national tournament is in Chandler starting Thursday and continuing through Nov. 23.
“We are really excited about not only hosting but playing in the national tournament,” CGCC coach Jonathan Berzins said. “We have had a great year thus far and look to be able to carry that over into the tournament.”
The Coyotes are seeded fifth and will face fourth-seed Schoolcraft College (10-2-3) of Livonia, Mich.
“The girls have worked so hard to get here,” Berzins said. “We are just really trying to enjoy this first time experience for all of us.”
CGCC sports a roster filled with East Valley high school graduates, with plenty of club and state tournament experience going into the opener at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
SCC VOLLEYBALL HEADS TO NATIONALS
Scottsdale Community College’s volleyball team, also a region winner, heads to the Wisconsin Dells next week for a shot at the NJCAA Division II national championship.
The Artichokes, seeded sixth, will take on 11th seed McHenry Community College of Illinois at 9 a.m. Thursday.
“I am pleased with the seeding,” SCC coach Regina Mannix said. “I think our chances are good to make it into the top eight.
“Our team has been training hard and are ready to play. The travel will have some challenges, but we will do our best to prepare our team for the weather and other obstacles. We are focused and prepared.”
Mannix said playing in Region I in the NJCAA will give the Artichokes an edge when they head to Wisconsin.
“We participate in the most competitive conference in the nation,” Mannix said. “We have the opportunity to compete against the best teams in the nation which are coached by some of the best coaches. Having that challenge each week really prepares you for the competition at the national tournament.”
SCC’s Haylee Thompson, the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference player of the year, will also have a chance to display her abilities as offers come in from four-year colleges interested in taking the sophomore.
MCC HOSTS HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
Mesa Community College added 12 members to its sports hall of fame at a ceremony last Friday.
Two administrators, four coaches, and six standout athletes were inducted.
Those honored were: Les Knoll, Zenobia Wilburn, Lynn Bedford (volleyball), Tom Bennett (basketball), Shirley Luhtala (softball), Joe Nix (wrestling), Willie Franklin (football/track), Roxanne Keating-Malinski (volleyball/track), Mickey Hatcher (football/baseball), Byron Walker (basketball), Ken Reed (baseball), and Marla Denham (basketball).
MCC established the hall of fame in 2006. Friday’s induction added to the 30 members previously inducted.