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Godby Falls to Marianna In 5A-2 District Championship

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – A complete game from Marianna sophomore pitcher Cameron Gray helped the Bulldogs win the 5A District 2 championship against Godby 7-3.

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Godby could not hang on to the ball on defense and it cost them.

The Marianna Bulldogs (23-6, 5-1) scored two quick runs in the first inning. The first run, scored by Gray, came on a double steal where he stole home. The second run came on a wild pitch thrown by senior pitcher Carmen Calabrese, where Josh Baxly scored.

The Bulldogs scored again in the second and third innings, off of a throwing error and a wild pitch, and the game looked like it might get out of hand, but Godby (15-9-1, 4-2) kept their heads up and scored three runs in the third inning.

“We put the ball in play a bunch and got a couple runs we scratched back,” said Godby head coach Jayson Strickland. “Unfortunately we turned around and letdown on defense and let them right back in the game.”

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FSU Staves Off Late Rally By Stetson

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State survived a late-game surge to defeat Stetson 8-6 for their second straight win over the Hatters.

Noles starting pitcher Andrew Karp recorded his first career win in his first start, surrendering one earned run on just three hits in five innings.

A five-run ninth inning and an untimely throwing error by the Seminoles (25-11) got the Hatters (17-20) back into the contest after trailing 8-1 to start the ninth, but their comeback ultimately fell short.

“You never take the field in the ninth inning and think this game is over. It’s not over,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. After a couple of frustrating walks for the Noles, John Fussell doubled to right, scoring Matt Morales from first. A couple of pitches later, Kevin Fagan singled to right and brought in Austin Hale and Fussell, bringing the score to 8-4.

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TCC's Rashad Lewis (25) shoots over a Golf Coast State College defender on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in Tallahassee, Fla.

FORMER TCC EAGLE IS READY TO DO GREAT THINGS AT MERCER

Robert Blackburn, Correspondent 

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Valdosta high school graduate Rashad Lewis signed with USC Aiken after he finished up a stellar high school career. Lewis averaged 19 points a game in his senior season at Valdosta, in which he was the Region Player of the Year.

Lewis transferred to Tallahassee Community College after he averaged six points in his 27 appearances at USC Aiken. Playing under TCC head coach Mark White, Lewis said he learned how to be a leader.

“Last year (at USC Aiken) I wasn’t much of a leader. I was the young guy coming in playing with juniors and seniors, but at TCC, I decided I was going to be a leader. I wanted to lead by example. I was going to be the first one to practice and stay late to put up extra shots after practice.”

Rashad labeled himself as a deep threat early in the season at TCC. His jumper demanded respect from all over the court.
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Gators Down Noles Yet Again

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –  The Florida State Seminoles fall, for the third time this season, to the Florida Gators 8-2 at home. The Gators struck in the first inning and held the lead the rest of the game.

Florida State head coach Mike Martin was dissatisfied after the loss.

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“I wish I could say it’s just another game,” said coach Martin. “It’s not just another game. Florida beat us. I’m not a happy camper.”

Both teams had no trouble getting runners on base, but the Seminoles could not get them across home plate. The Seminoles (22-9, 9-2) ended the game with 11 runners left on base. Florida State hit the ball hard, but the University of Florida (30-5, 8-4) infield came to play.

“No errors – their infield was very impressive,” said Martin. “You could almost go all the way around the infield and talk about what an excellent job they did.”

For the most part the Gators kept the ball in the infield on defense. Florida did not register an error the entire game and came up with some big plays, including a hard lineout catch by junior shortstop Dalton Guthrie to end a seventh inning threat by the Seminoles.

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Seminole Lacrosse off to a 13-1 start

Griffin Doupnik, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Head Coach Jerry Deloronzo isn’t a stranger to success as he was selected as a member of the gold medal team USA U19 squad, and was an NCAA champion at Syracuse in 1989. Moving up from assistant coach to head coach this season Delorenzo has led the Noles to a 12-1 record so far with a win against the University of South Florida  and Elon at Bill Harkins Field.

“I would like to see our team grow and run as a Division one program,” Coach Delorenzo said.

Since the Florida State men’s lacrosse team is considered a club. As apart of being a club sport the president and vice president are current lacrosse players keeping all responsibilities within the team.

Delorenzo also wanted to make it clear that support from the parents was crucial for the team with attending home and even away games there is a presence from the parents.

This season the Noles have a deep team including five midfield lines, two defensive lines and two attack lines. In goal stands six feet tall junior Spencer Talbot from Severna Park, Maryland. Leading from the sideline will be captains Darby Brower and William Glover sitting out due to leg injuries.

“I consider them players, captains and their new role assistant coaches, Both players are the heart and soul of our team and have made us stronger in their new roles,” Coach Delorenzo said.

Some responsibilities that coach Delorenzo is trying to instill this year is establishing accountability, discipline and responsibility.

This weekend the Seminoles will fly up to Annapolis, Maryland to play Boston College and Virginia Tech. The team will also  get to attend the Colgate vs Navy game and get a tour of the Navy facilities.

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JPII Gets First Win Over NFC In School History

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Pitchers Colby Maroney and Nick Piazza combined for six shutout innings, Jordan Latimer had a 2 RBI double, and the JPII Panthers beat North Florida Christian for the first time in school history 4-3.

“The boys played really well,” JPII coach Ken Silvestri said. “They were alert, awake, and had a lot of fun. They’ve been practicing really well, but we just haven’t been playing games very well. I just keep telling them, if you ever play a game like you practice, good things are going to happen. They played today like they’ve been practicing.”

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FSU Football Prepares For Spring Game

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – As the Seminoles wrapped up their spring football training on Saturday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher seemed to be dissatisfied with his team after their second scrimmage.

“I was not pleased with that part of today. They (Quarterbacks) made plays today with not enough consistency and not enough fire in them taking leadership in what they,” Fisher said.

The quarterback group includes true freshman Malik Henry, who was a 4-star recruit and one of the nations top 60 prospects according to ESPN, Orlando native and redshirt freshman Deandre Francois, who was ranked the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to ESPN, and J.J. Cosentino, the red shirt sophomore from Pennsylvania, who was considered the No. 3 best player in Pennsylvania and the No. 11 best quarterback by scouts.

Senior Sean Maguire, who started five games for the Seminoles in 2015, is out this spring with a fractured ankle due to an injury he suffered in the first quarter of the Peach Bowl last year against Houston.

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Lincoln Baseball Edges Leon

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans withstood a late surge from the Leon Lions, winning 2-1 in this rivalry game. The Trojans scored their runs early, both coming in the second inning off of a single from senior second baseman Trevor McElroy.

The Trojan (16-4, 4-1) defense kept the Lions (10-13, 1-4) at bay, leaving their runners stranded almost every inning – including a bases-loaded double play to end the game.

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Maclay Improves Winning Streak to Nine

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The last time Maclay played Godby, the Cougars won 8-2. This game, however, was completely different. Billy Grant pitched seven scoreless innings for Maclay and Max McKinley recorded four RBI, leading the Marauders to a 12-0 victory.

“We showed up today,” said Maclay coach Drew Sherrod. “That first time, for whatever reason, we didn’t play well. We didn’t throw strikes, and when we did throw strikes, we couldn’t catch or throw the ball. We also took terrible bats at the plate. When you do all of those things, you get your butt kicked.”

The Marauders sure didn’t get their butts kicked this time. They started the game by getting three straight runners on base. Grant then hit a deep single, driving in Jack Brady and Matt Caballero. This gave Maclay a 2-0 lead.

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NFL hopefuls showcase talents at FSU Pro Day

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Two of the names that headlined Florida State’s Tuesday Pro Day were kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

Other than Aguayo and Ramsey, 11 other players worked out for NFL scouts. Florida State has had a total of 36 draft picks since 2011 including seven first round picks.

In 2015, Jameis Winston was the first overall pick, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of The Year and the highest draft pick to ever come out of Florida State.

Aguayo, who entered FSU as the sixth best kicker in the nation according to ESPN.com will now be leaving Florida State and entering the NFL as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history with an astounding conversion rate of .9673 (267-276). The promising kicker holds countless awards and records in the ACC division as well as the entire NCAA.

Aguayo will look to make an immediate impact on the team that selects him in this year’s draft.

Jalen Ramsey is a name that has been apart of many of the conversation for all the teams that are selecting picks 1-10. On day four of the NFL combine Jalen Ramsey (6’1, 202 LBS.) posted a 4.41 second 40-yard dash, a 41.5-inch vertical jump, and an 11-3 broad jump.

Coming into Florida State as a four-star prospect Ramsey has really proven himself these past years, and is projected to go top 10 in this years NFL draft.

“Its what I always dreamed of,“ Jalen Ramsey told reporters when asked about going first in the draft. “It’s what I worked for and I want them to pick me because I’m the best player in the draft.”

Ramsey who competed in all 13-games in the 2015 season was selected to the ALL-ACC first team and Sports Illustrated ALL-American second-team, these are just a few of his many accomplishments during his years at Florida State.

“You’re going to get championship effort every day,” Fisher told reporters. “You got a guy that’s very intelligent who can process the game, who is very physical and tough mentally and physically. And you got a great athlete. But you have a guy that wants to win not only every game, he wants to win every play.

Now the 13-players that are projected to leave Florida State will have to wait until Thursday, April 28th for their names to be selected to enter the National Football League.

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