Scottsdale Community College’s Kati Clark helped the Artichokes to three straight conference wins, earning her the Tribune player of the week award and the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Division 2 co-player of the week women’s basketball honor.
Clark, a freshman who graduated from Mesa Mountain View High, scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in a 78-67 win against Phoenix College, and then came back to score 15 points and grab 13 rebounds in a 75-61 win over Mesa Community College.
SCC has won five of its last six games, including a 75-74 home win over Cochise College on Wednesday.
That win, combined with a loss by Phoenix College on Wednesday, propelled the Artichokes into second place in the ACCAC Division II race.
First track Meet Establishes Qualifiers
Paradise Valley’s Matt Rowell led a pack of Puma distance runners who qualified for the NJCAA indoor 3,000 meters during the first meet of the year at the Puma Indoor Invitational this past weekend.
Rowell, a sophomore, ran an 8:54.88 in the event, edging out freshmen teammates Eric Harasyn (8:54.91) and Jeremy Sudbury (8:55.37).
Paradise Valley also had all four of its pole vaulters qualify for indoors: Erica Rutley (3.50 meters), Lauren Cruzan (3.35 meters), Jamilyn Michaud (3.20 meters) and Laura Faris (2.85 meters).
SCC’s Janell Richardson and Kelsie Conway qualified in the high jump with leaps of 1.55 meters, which also gave them a tie for the school record.
Other East Valley qualifiers included P.V.’s Rutley and Faris and SCC’s Conway in the 60-meter hurdles; Alesha Asijie from MCC in the shot put and weight throw; P.V.’s Jacob Desanti and Matthew Tormey in the men’s 60-meter hurdles; and Kyle Fugit from P.V. in the pole vault.
OFF TO A GOOD START
Mesa Community College started the baseball season at 3-1 with wins in a two-day doubleheader against visiting North Lake College last weekend.
In the second game of the first doubleheader, three pitchers combined for a no-hitter. Brandon Holdridge, Tony Fagan and Matt Ortiz pitched the team to a 6-0 victory. The Thunderbirds took the second day’s games 10-5 and 7-1.
Friday and Saturday: MCC softball at Western Shootout in Yuma
Saturday: MCC baseball vs. Gateway at MCC, noon
Saturday: SCC basketball vs. South Mountain CC at South Mountain (women 5:30 p.m., men 7:30 p.m.)