Mesa Community College’s Alex Matthews, a Mesa Westwood High School graduate, picked up Western States Football League defensive player of the week honors for his efforts in MCC’s 28-6 win over Arizona Western.
Matthews set a Mesa record for a defensive lineman by knocking down five passes, according media reports from the WSFL.
He also had or was a part of seven tackles in the home opener.
Dax Crum, a Scottsdale Horizon graduate, was 14 of 22 for 204 yards and two touchdowns at the quarterback position, while Jay Leal, another Westwood grad, had 16 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown in the winning effort.
News and notes
Shaw makes splash in SCC football opener: Scottsdale Community College defensive player Rodney Shaw had two sacks and four unassisted tackles in SCC’s 29-3 win over Phoenix College Saturday.
Shaw, a football and track standout from Scottsdale Chaparral, also provided two tackles for a loss.
Despite the win, SCC dropped from its preseason ranking of 23rd to 26th.
MCC soccer collects E.V. rivalry win: MCC’s soccer team collected a 4-1 home win against rival Chandler-Gilbert Wednesday night.
“This will always be a battle, no matter what kind of teams we have,” said Thunderbirds Coach Sal Galvano, now 2-1 this season.
Galvano said his Thunderbird team had 27 shots on goal compared to CGCC’s 15, with one of the goals coming from Mesa Dobson graduate James Cooper.
Cooper also scored for MCC against Arizona Western last week.
MCC cross country places well in Flagstaff: MCC’s cross country men’s and women’s teams finished fifth in NAU’s George Kyte Invitational last Saturday.
Leading the Thunderbird women was Mesa Mountain View graduate Caitlin Porter and Mesa Skyline grad Ingrid Mollenkopf, while John Bigwater, a freshmen from Ganado and Kyle Ehrke, a Mesa High grad, paced the men.
Although MCC finished fifth overall, they were second among junior colleges in the event.
Scottsdale Community College finished sixth overall, 44 points behind MCC.
For the Artichokes, Amanda Holly was the top female finisher, while Carlos Lopez was the top men’s finisher, according to meet results.
East Valley teams in Gila Hanks volleyball tourney: The Chandler-Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale community college volleyball teams are in Thatcher this week for the annual Gila Hanks volleyball tournament at Eastern Arizona College.
CGCC, who finished second nationally last year, is one of the favorites in a tournament that will also include colleges from other parts of the Phoenix metro area, Wyoming, and Texas.
CGCC is 3-1, MCC 2-3, and SCC 0-4 heading into the weekend event.
MCC soccer: At SCC, 7 p.m. Saturday: MCC looks to take two in a week from EV rivals.
MCC football: At Phoenix College, 7 p.m. Saturday
SCC football: At Arizona Western, 7 p.m. Saturday