Agony and ecstacy, another year down for Thunderbirds

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Agony and ecstacy, another year down for Thunderbirds

Matt Schaeffer

Thunderbird football was disappointing with a third consecutive losing season. The team went 1-9 and parted ways with head coach Denver Latimore.

The men’s soccer season was far from impressive as the team went 7-13. The team has also had three consecutive losing seasons under third-year coach Andrew Guarneri. Things went even worse for coach Guarneri on the women’s side as the T-Birds went just 3-14-1.

Men’s basketball went 12-18 on the season including a loss to Arizona Western in the Region 1 semifinals. The highlight of the season was the play of John Balwigaire whose play earned him first team Region 1 D1 honors and second team ACCAC honors.

Coach Kori Stephenson’s women’s basketball team won 20 games this season with 12 losses. The Thunderbirds came up short in the Region 1 DII finals against Pima. Christina Buescher and Alli Gloyd were named to both the ACCAC and Regional teams. Gloyd was also named second team All-American.

Track and field will not have finished their season by publication, but they are highlighted by Julia Wild and Melissa Peters who won gold in the 4X800 NJCAA indoor relay.

Cross country enjoyed a successful season as Melissa Peters, Abdikani Ismail and Carlos Roa all earned All-American Citizen Accolades at nationals.

After a 5-9 season, Adam Cohen’s men’s tennis showed up and took third in regionals, earning them a spot in nationals May 16-20.

The women’s tennis team was unable to reach nationals this season after losing 2010 ACCAC player of the year Mele Iongi. Cohen’s team finished 6-10 on the year as opposed to 10-2 last year.

The men’s golf team, led by coach John Guerrero, has been playing well all year, finishing outside of the top two just once.

The lady T-Birds have won every tournament this season and show no sign of letting up as they take aim at a national title.

Tony Cirelli and the men’s baseball team are currently 34-18 on the year with a few games remaining.

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