December 17, 2004
Mesa Community College’s Nate Perry captured this week’s Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week award after leading MCC to a 2-1 record last week in men’s basketball.
Perry had 28 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Arizona Western College and barely missed a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a nonconference win over Southwestern College. He followed that with 30 points and 21 rebounds in a win over Glendale.
For the season, Perry is second in the league in scoring (21 points per game) behind former MCC and Corona del Sol High School standout Rayshaun Ames (23.5). He’s also third in the league in rebounding average (11.2).
With a 9-1 record, 4-1 in the conference, Mesa should be knocking on the door for a NJCAA Top 20 ranking.
MCC coach Robin Schamber couldn’t say enough about No. 9-ranked (Division I) Central Arizona College, after Central’s 40-point win over MCC Wednesday night. Mesquite High graduate Julie Stradling hit 10-of-12 field goals for the Vaqueros in the victory.
Schamber isn’t saying a whole lot about her own club, which is off to a disappointing 2-3 start in league play.
"I feel that we could be 4-1 in league play so far," Schamber said. "But, we’re not and we’ll have to figure some things out. We still have twothirds of the season to play yet."
MCC (a Division II school) played without guard Brandi Steinke in a loss to Glendale and will be without guard Krisheena Tsingine, who suffered a concussion in the loss to Glendale. The good news for MCC is the holiday break is up and the conference season picks back up in January.
Chandler-Gilbert picked up its first win of the season over Pima Wednesday night, matching its conference victory total of a year ago.
"We’re very young," CGCC coach Cassanda Yancy said. "The more we play, the better we’re going to get."
Yancy applauded the play of forward Nikita Gordon, who is second in the conference in rebounding (12.5).
Women’s soccer fans won’t want to miss the battle between the professional Arizona Heatwave and the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference women’s soccer All-Star team at 7 p.m. today at Phoenix Central High.
Among the ACCAC players are Chandler-Gilbert’s Shawna Cozens, Tori Beale and MaryJo Rana and Mesa’s Ashley Straub, Amanda Nance, Ashley Hale and Michelle Martinez.