MCC’s McMaster player of the week: Mesa Community College’s Brendan McMaster, a Tempe Corona del Sol graduate, finished sixth in the NJCAA Region I Cross Country Championships to help the Thunderbird men move on the NJCAA Nationals next week.
McMaster’s 25:57.7 was his best performance of the year, said MCC coach Eamonn Condon.
Scottsdale Community College’s Hayley Thompson was named to the All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference volleyball first team, the lone player from the East Valley community colleges to receive the honor.
The Chandler High graduate helped SCC grab the fourth and final seed in this week’s ACCAC Region I Division II playoffs.
Chandler-Gilbert’s Jenna Mailou received second-team honors, and SCC’s Hanna Dewitt and CGCC’s Rachel Nelson were named honorable mention.
Thompson and Clark were also named to the All-NJCAA Region I Division II first team.
VALLEY OF THE SUN BOWL
MCC’s homecoming football game on Saturday includes a shot to host a Valley bowl game.
The Thunderbirds (4-2 in the Western States Football League and 6-2 overall) are tied for third in the WSFL and also in position to host to the Valley of the Sun Bowl, but will have to beat Glendale Community College to get the bowl bid.
MCC is ranked 15th in the NJCAA, and Glendale is No. 21.
Both teams lost their last game, but MCC has had a week off to prepare for Saturday’s game, which is at 7 p.m. at Riggs Stadium.
MCC HOOPS FIFTH IN POLL
MCC, with interim coach John Mulhern at the helm, enters the ACCAC men’s basketball season ranked fifth out of 12 teams in the recently released preseason rankings.
The Thunderbirds were 18-11 last year and finished fourth in the conference.
Scottsdale Community College is ranked ninth, but 22nd in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Chandler-Gilbert Community College was picked to finish 12th.
Arizona Western got the nod as the top team to start the season.
MCC’s women’s team got an early nod at No. 15 in the nation in the NJCAA preseason women’s basketball poll.
The Thunderbirds start the regular season Saturday at home against Southern Idaho.
Today-Saturday: Regional volleyball playoffs