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South Mountain Community College has become known as one of the Valley of the Sun’s most successful community college athletic programs since it began intercollegiate sports competition in 1981.

SMCC fields competitive teams each year in baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, golf and soccer. With our very affordable ticket prices, the SMCC Cougars are one of the best sports buys in town.  Our student athletes carry a long tradition of excelling both on the playing field and in the classroom, and deserve your support!

Get the latest news here about the players and teams that make South Mountain Community College one of the toughest teams to beat in Arizona’s community college ranks.


Former SMCC Pitcher Gets Call to the Big Leagues

 

Former South Mountain community College left-handed pitcher Daniel Coulombe became the 4th Cougar to make his Major League Baseball debut on Tuesday night as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched a perfect inning in relief during the Dodgers 10-4 loss against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.

Coulombe, originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, pitched one season (2010) for the Cougars before transferring to Texas Tech University and becoming a Red Raider. On Tuesday, he received news he had been called up to the big leagues. He arrived in Denver and entered his MLB game in the seventh inning to pitch a three-up, three-down frame with a strikeout, lineout and fly out.

The Dodgers currently hold a two-game lead in the National League West Division with less than two weeks of the regular season remaining.

SMCC players that have made a major league debut:

  • Scott Lydy, SMCC (1989), May 18, 1993, Oakland Athletics
  • Cody Ransom, SMCC (1995-96), Sept. 5, 2001, San Francisco Giants
  • Chris Duffy, SMCC (2001), April 7, 2005, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Daniel Coulombe, SMCC (2010), Sept. 16, 2014, Los Angeles Dodgers

South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite campuses, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. 

Six Cougars selected to Sophomore All-Star Game

South Mountain CC will be sending six representatives to the Sophomore All-Star game for the ACCAC on Friday October 12th. The ACCAC Division 1 game will be played at 7:30pm in the main stadium at the Peoria Sports Complex. The showcase game takes place in front of hundreds of college and professional scouts. All six representatives were member of the 2011-12 SMCC baseball team.

Two pitchers and four position players will participate in the All-Star Game.  Lane Doty, All Conference in 2012 as a first-baseman will play the outfield. Doty posted a .335 batting average with 65 hits as a freshman.  Jordan Frabasilio, also a converted outfielder, had 7 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run and 29 RBIs as a freshman.  Pitchers Vinny Lujan and Mike Ebersole will each throw an inning. Lujan had 21 strikeouts in 24 innings for the Cougars in 2012, while Ebersole led the team in ERA at 2.33 in 27 innings with 4 saves. Catchers TC Mark and Colton Frabasilio will share the catching duties in the All-Star game. Mark had 17 extra base hits and 26 RBI in 2012. Colton Frabasilio had 34 hits and 21 RBI last season.

SMCC Men’s Baseball

Congratulations SMCC Cougars!

The Cougars of South Mountain CC won the 2014 Region 1 Division 1 Championship on May 8th and 9th. South Mountain defeated Cochise College by the scores of 2-1 and 11-10 (11 innings) last week to earn the opportunity to host the 2014 Western District Playoff. Sophomore Melvin Gray won the Region Tournament Most Valuable Player Award. Freshman Tyler Erwin was the winning pitcher in both games last week, while freshman Jeff Carter had 12 total hits in the Region Tournament. South Mountain will participate in the Western District Playoff this week (Thursday through Saturday) along with Cochise College (Region 1 runner-up), Western Nevada College (Region 18 champion), and Trinidad State JC (Region 9 champion).

SMCC selects Christa Pfeninger as next Head Softball Coach

SMCC Athletic Director Todd Eastin announces the hiring of Christa Pfeninger to take over as Head Softball Coach (Athletic Specialist). Coach Pfeninger will be filling a vacancy left by Coach Jim Beitia who has accepted a position on the softball staff at Auburn University. Coach Pfeninger comes to SMCC with a familiarity of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. She has spent the last nine years as an assistant coach on the Phoenix College Softball staff. Coach Pfeninger is also certified in Strength and Conditioning and will serve as an instructor for courses in the PE Department. From Todd Eastin, “We are excited to get an individual of Coach Pfeninger’s caliber, character, and background to further the academic and athletic development of our student-athletes.”

Andy Walker as next Head Women’s Golf Coach

SMCC Athletic Director Todd Eastin announces the hiring of Andy Walker to take over as Head Women’s Golf Coach. Coach Walker will be taking over the Women’s Golf program after serving as an Assistant Coach in the Men’s program for the last four years. Coach Walker has assisted Coach Jake Harrington in guiding the Men’s team to National Championships in three of the last four seasons. He currently serves as a Senior Golf Instructor at the Legacy Performance Center located at the Legacy Golf Resort adjacent to the South Mountain CC campus. Walker won an NCAA National Championship at Pepperdine University and played on the PGA and Nationwide tour. From Todd Eastin, “We are excited to have Coach Walker on our staff, with his experience as a former NJCAA, NCAA, and professional athlete; our student-athletes can expect to receive a very high level of instruction and guidance.”

Cougars (8 committed) headed to NCAA Division 1 Institutions

Eight student-athletes from the 2012-13 SMCC Baseball team have committed to NCAA Division 1 institutions. The athlete and the institutions are listed below:

  • Chris Freudenberg, University of Arizona (signed with Chicago White Sox)
  • Jordan Frabasilio, University of Pittsburgh
  • DW Warner, University of Incarnate Word
  • Colton Frabasilio, St. Louis University
  • Brennen Pierson, University of New Mexico
  • Vincent Lujan, University of Incarnate Word
  • Matt Loeffler, New Mexico State University
  • Lane Doty, Louisiana Tech University

Freudenberg is officially a White Sox!

SMCC pitcher Chris Freudenberg was selected in the 8th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday by the Chicago White Sox! On Saturday, he agreed to terms on a contract with the White Sox. The left-hander held a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances and stuck out 100 batters in 86.3 innings in 2013. Freudenberg totaled a 6-8 record as a starter and also saved 4 games this season.

Men’s Golf National Championship

The South Mountain Community College Men’s Golf Team has done it…BACK-TO-BACK National Champions!!! I am happy to inform you that our Men’s Golf Team here at South Mountain Community College brought back the 2013 National Championship Trophy with a very convincing 32-stroke victory! That makes 4 National Championships in total for the Cougars and 3 of the last 4 National Championships (2010, 2012, and 2013)

In the opening round of the tournament your defending national champions got off to a great start by posting an opening round of 4-under par 284 which was good enough for a 1-stroke lead. During round 2 the team started to pull away from the rest of the field. After rushing to stay ahead of Mother Nature all day, the tournament was postponed for 45-minutes with only one South Mountain Golfer left on the course and in the fairway of the 18th hole. With the Cougars having the last team tee time of the day, many of the schools from the morning wave came back to the course to check scores and see if they had made up any ground on the Cougars. However, they would soon find out that the team in front was making a move of their own. The lone man on the course for the Cougars just happened to be the #1 ranked player in the country, Jake Argento. After thewhether delay, Jake hit his approach shot to about 25 feet. However, after getting a read from a fellow competitor who just hit a putt on a similar line and missed, Argento stepped up and dropped the 25 footer for birdie which sent a loud roar from the South Mountain gallery standing behind the 18th green. That putt helped the Cougars finish the day at 7-under par-281 which was good enough for a 12-stroke lead over Walters State Community College half-way thru the championship.

Round 3 would continue to show why the Cougars were the #1 ranked team in the country coming into the event and the impact of Argento’s final putt the day before. The Cougars kept their foot on the pedal and fired another round of 7-under par 281 leaving them at 17-under par total for the event and 23-strokes ahead of the next closest team at 6-over par. The days total would be the only under par team round of the day and 11-strokes better than anybody else.

The final round was all about the Cougars once again as they finished the day with the low team round of the day and a 13-under par 1139 total which was good enough to give the South Mountain Community College Cougars a 32-stroke victory and the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Championship. That performance not only gave the Cougars the title but showed how dominating the Cougars have been over the last two years as they have won back-to-back national championships by a total of 63-strokes!

In individual play, South Mountain Community College had three players finish in a tie for 2nd place at 3-under par 285. Sophomore Jake Argento shot rounds of 70, 70, 72, 73. Sophomore Ben Seward shot rounds of 72, 71, 69, 73. Freshman Will Twitty shot rounds of 71, 69, 73, 72. Sophomore Marley Sweeney finished in a tie for 8th place at even par with rounds of 71, 71, 68, 78. Freshman Sean Burgess finished in a tie for 28th place at 8-over par with rounds of 75, 74, 72, 75.

The South Mountain Community College Team finished with four All-American Honors as Argento, Seward, Twitty, and Sweeney all finished as 1st Team All-Americans. In addition, Will Twitty was named the Phil Mickelson Award Winner (Freshman of the Year) and Jake Argento was named the Jack Nicklaus Award Winner (Player of the Year) by the Golf Coaches Association of America for their great play all-season

Other awards received from the GCAA by South Mountain Community College Golfers were:

West All-Region Team: Jake Argento, Ben Seward, Will Twitty, Sean Burgess, and Marley Sweeney

First Team PING All-Americans: Jake Argento, Ben Seward, and Will Twitty

Second Team PING All-Americans: Sean Burgess and Marley Sweeney

All-Freshman Team: Will Twitty and Sean Burgess

 

Two Cougars drafted in MLB Draft

Sophomore Chris Freudenberg and freshman Scot Hoffman were both selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft this week. The two selections increase the total number of Cougars drafted in the last ten years to 43. Chris Freudenberg, a left-handed pitcher, was selected in the 8th round by the Chicago White Sox. Freudenberg had the option of signing a professional contract or accessing his scholarship to play at the University of Arizona. Scot Hoffman, a right-handed pitcher, was selected in the 37th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hoffman has the option to sign a professional contract or return for his sophomore season at South Mountain CC.

Cougars off to Summer Baseball

Many of the current South Mountain CC baseball team members will be continuing their athletic development throughout the summer in various collegiate leagues around the country. The following SMCC baseball student-athletes will be competing in summer baseball leagues this summer…

  • Jayhawk League (Wellington Heat): Scot Hoffman, Vinnie Lujan, TC Mark
  • California Collegiate League (Conejo Oaks): Justin Chamberlain
  • Far West League (Colt 45’s): Daniel Peters
  • Myrtle Beach League: Lane Doty (Shore Eagles), Michael Bonifay (Sting Rays), and Dan Lawrence (Hammerheads)
  • Upper Deck Strike Zone League (Nebraska): Tyler Cook and Nick White
  • Pacific Region Baseball (Hawaii Island Movers): Matt Loeffler
  • Mink Collegiate League: Brandon Downs