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Yavapai College
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott AZ 86301

PH: 928-776-2235
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Dr. Penny Wills

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Former Soccer Star Featured In Sports Illustrated
January 4, 2015

Former Roughrider soccer star, Justin Meram (2007-09), was recently featured in Sports Illustrated. Meram plays forward for the Major League Soccer Columbus Crew. Following the conclusion of the 2014 season, the 2008 NJCAA All-American hopped on a planed headed for Saudia Arabia to join up with the Iraqi national team.

In 1967, Meram’s father immigrated to the United States and his mother arrived in the States in 1975.  Prior to his trip, Justin had never visited his parent’s country.

While at Yavapai College, Meram was a member of the back-to-back National Championship teams. In 2007, he was named the tournament MVP and in both years was named to the all-tournament team.

To read the whole story: http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2014/12/23/justin-meram-columbus-crew-mls-iraq-national-team-asian-cup#

Riders Wins 24th ACCAC title
October 20, 2014

Yavapai College Soccer captured their 24th ACCAC title since 1989 with a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over Pima Community College in Tucson Saturday evening. As a result, the Roughriders secure home field advantage throughout the NJCAA Region I post-season. The first round of the playoffs begins on Tuesday, October 28th. YC has a bye the for the first round and will host a semi-final match on Thursday, October 30th with the winner advancing to the Region I Championship match on Saturday, November 1st at the home of the highest remaining seed.

With tonight’s shutout, Yavapai broke the all-time ACCAC record posting their 15th shutout of the season. Sophomore keeper Bradley Trella played all 96 minutes in goal for the Roughriders.

Jason Romero got the game winner in the 96th minute while Guillermo Diaz recorded the assist. For Yavapai, it was the 57th all-time win versus the Pima, the most against any school.

Yavapai concludes the regular season this coming week with a road match on Thursday, October 23rd against Glendale Community College beginning at 7:00 PM at Pioneer Park in Peoria. The season finale will be Saturday, October 25th at Mountain Valley Park against Chandler-Gilbert Community College with kick-off scheduled at 6:00 PM.

2014 YC Hall of Fame Class
October 14, 2014

On October 11, 2014, the newest additions to the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted in an well-attended luncheon/ceremony on the Yavapai College campus. The 2014 class includes: baseball player Billy Hatcher; 1990 National Champion Men's Soccer Team; and athletic contributor Paul Roberts.

Billy Hatcher

Billy Hatcher played for Yavapai College in 1980 and 1981. As a freshman, the Williams, Arizona native hit .451, scored 58 runs, hit 8 home runs and was named 1st Team All-ACCAC and 3rd Team NJCAA All-American.

As a sophomore, Hatcher hit .371 and had a 30 game hitting streak. He was named ACCAC Player of the Year while earning 1st Team All-ACCAC, 1st Team NJCAA All-Southwest Region and 1st Team NJCAA All-American.

Hatcher was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the January 1981 amateur draft. He played for six different MLB teams and during the 1990 post-season he hit .519 including .750 in the four-game World Series sweep over heavily-favored Oakland Athletics. Hatcher still holds the records for highest batting average in a four-game World Series, most consecutive hits in a World Series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4).

1990 Soccer Team

In only its second year of existence, the 1990 soccer team achieved the pinnacle of the NJCAA, the National Championship Crown!

In 1990, the Mike Pantalione led team was 21-1-1. They won the ACCAC Championship, the NJCAA Region I Championship, the NJCAA West District Championship and the NJCAA National Championship. In the title game, Yavapai beat Passaic Community College, NJ in double overtime, 2-1. It was the first of 7 National Titles for the storied soccer program.

Members of the 1990 Soccer Team:

Justin Ground, Andre Luciano, Marvin Cassler, Kurt Funkhouser, Jose Corona, Peter Orona, Tony Robson, Mate Kozul, Rocco DeNardis, Brett Wright, Mike Wilcynski, Tyler Schlink, Nick Bramini, Ken McMillen, Bobby Bell, Jose Miranda, Steve Macias, Jeff Stringham, Ed Brooks, Edson Rico, Joe Owen, Joe Harman, Kobah Washington, Heath Tagtmeyer, Remy Bilsback, Roger Salazar, Head Coach Mike Pantalione.

Paul Roberts

In 1990, Mr. Roberts helped restart the Roughrider Club, the booster club of Yavapai College Athletics. He served in that position from 1990-2001. During that time, the student-athletes were connected with the community through service to the youth of the community. Paul urged each team to perform hours of service in order to gain the trust of the community. He implemented Friday Night Little Roughrider Leagues, Elementary School Reading Programs, Adopt-A-Highway, Feed the Hungry. As one coach commented, "Mr. Roberts has done as much for Yavapai College Athletics as anyone within the community of Prescott."

Program Milestone: 500 GAMES OVER .500!
September 24, 2014

With the victory over Chandler-Gilbert Community College 2-0 on Tuesday, the Yavapai College men’s soccer program all-time record now stands at 546-46-25.  That’s exactly 500 games over .500!  Michael Pantalione is the first and only head soccer coach in Yavapai College history, currently in his 26th season at the Prescott, Arizona school, has been on the touchline for all 617 matches.

Former Roughriders Called Up On Same Day
June 10, 2014

Two former Roughrider baseball players each received the call to the bigs on the same day. Kirby Yates (2008 & 2009) and Ken Giles (2011) were notified on June 7th to report to their respective clubs.

Yates left his Durham Bulls AAA team to meet the club in Tampa for a game against the Seattle Mariners. The Hawaii native saw his first action that night throwing 1.1 innings without surrendering a hit and striking out 2. In the minors, Yates posted an impressive 0.36 ERA with a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.

Giles joined his new team in Cincinnati for a game against the Reds. Giles carries good numbers with him to the "show". In two stops at Reading and Lehigh, the Albuquerque native had a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings with the Reading Fightin Phils, with seven saves and 29/5 K/BB ratio. With the Lehigh Piggies, he was slightly less effective, with a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings, five saves and 9/8 K/BB ratio.

Yates and Giles joins two other former Roughriders in the majors, Kyle Blanks (2005) from the Oakland A's and Kole Calhoun (2007 & 2008) of the California Angels. YC has had 17 former players play in the Major Leagues:

Tom Tellman

John Fulgham

Billy Hatcher 

Bob Howery

Charlie Kerfeld 

Donzell McDonald

Chad Curtis 

Bob Milacki 

Gabe Molina

Curt Schilling

John Butcher

Alex Madrid

Dusty Brown

Kyle Blanks

Kole Calhoun

Kirby Yates

Ken Giles

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Participating sports
Men's Baseball I - Stats Archive
Men's Soccer I - Stats Archive
Women's Softball I - Stats Archive
Women's Volleyball I - Stats Archive

Total NJCAA Team National Championship Titles: 14

Men's Championships: 10
Women's Championships: 4

Breakdown by Sport:

  • Men's Baseball: 1975, 1977
  • Men's Division I Baseball: 1993
  • Men's Soccer: 1990, 1992
  • Men's Division I Soccer: 1997, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 
  • Women's Division I Cross Country: 1994, 2003
  • Women's Division I Softball: 2009, 2011

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