North Florida Christian Quarterback Transfers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

Max Fay | Franchise Sports Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- 

Trey Fisher is taking his talents to Tharpe Street.

The sophomore Quarterback from North Florida Christian has transferred over to Amos P. Godby High School.

During his sophomore season with the Eagles Fisher completed 112/231 passes, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  He averaged 149 yards a game, 14.6 yards a completion and totaled up over 1600 passing yards.

Last season with Fisher under the helm of the offense the Eagles managed an 8-3 record with Fisher playing in all 11 games.

Last season with first year head coach Corey Fuller the Godby Cougars managed an 11-2 season going undefeated in district play and just came up short losing in the Regional Semifinals to Trinity Christian Academy.

Cougars offense with upcoming senior Tony Street returning to the backfield will be special.  Street played in nine games for the Cougars last season rushing for over 800 yards on 114 carries.  Street averaged 7.1 yards a carry, 90.2 yards a game and scored nine touchdowns.

With the way the roster is set now it won’t be surprising to see Coach Fullers Cougars back in regional’s next season, except this time coming out victorious.

 

 

Noles Capture First WCWS Title in School History

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – An 8-3 win over the Washington Huskies gave the Florida State softball team its first National Championship in the fastpitch era and third title overall on Tuesday.

Redshirt junior Meghan King led the come-from-behind victory from the pitcher’s mound. The lefty pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, three runs and struck out four.  

The Seminoles (58-12) are the third team in NCAA history to come through the loser’s bracket to win the WCWS title. Texas A&M did it in 1983 and UCLA accomplished the feat in 2003. 

Photo Courtesy of FSU Sports Information

The Huskies (52-10) jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first. Taylor Van Zee got things started with a leadoff single. She was able to score when Jessie Warren threw away a ball to the bag at first on a sacrifice bunt. A pop fly to shallow center fell between two Noles to allow another run to score and an RBI groundout by Taryn Atlee accounted for the final run. 

Florida State responded in the bottom of the first. Warren hit a single to left field to set up a two-run homer by Anna Shelnutt to cut the Huskies lead to 3-2.

In the second, Zoe Casas hit a double to left-center that was followed by a Cali Harrod walk. Two batters later, Elizabeth Mason gave the Noles their first lead of the game with a single to right-center. The hit allowed both Harrod and Casas to score, putting the Noles up 4-3. Warren then recorded an RBI single in the inning, increasing the Seminoles’ lead to 5-3.

In the third inning, Sydney Sherrill doubled to left-center. It was double number 29 on the year for the freshman, setting a new ACC record and tying the NCAA single-season mark.

Washington threatened the Noles in the fourth inning as the Huskies loaded the bases with a pair of singles and an error on King with two outs. King escaped the situation on a groundout to end the inning.

Two home runs for FSU in the fourth sealed the game and the title for the Lady Noles. Mason crushed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center, giving FSU a 7-3 lead. Warren followed with a moonshot to center that gave her 13 total hits in the Women’s College World Series, tying the record for most hits in a single tournament.

 

 

FLORIDA STATE SOFTBALL ADVANCES TO THE WCWS CHAMPIONSHIP

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  For the first time in school history, Florida State softball has willed themselves to the Women’s College World Series Championship Series in Oklahoma City.

The Seminoles (56-12) were given the No. 6 seed in this year’s run in the WCWS and managed to pluck the top-seeded Oregon Ducks 4-1 and then the No. 3 UCLA Bruins in an elimination game 12-6 to advance to WCWS championship series.

Photo Courtesy of FSU Sports I

 

“Trusting in all of our core values that we create the foundation of in the fall and seeing that come out today was amazing,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said.

This year’s go in the WCWS has been nothing less than relentless for FSU softball.  The Seminoles went yard four times while batting seven of their 10 hits for extra bases. The ladies won six elimination games of the 2018 postseason to ensure a chance at possibly winning their first ever WCWS Championship.  Those six elimination games for the Seminoles in 2018 tie an NCAA postseason record set by UCLA in 1985.

Throughout FSU’s five games in the 2018 WCWS, the Seminoles have managed to hit 14 extra-base hits with eight being doubles and six home runs.  That’s among nine different Seminole players.

The Seminoles will face the No. 5 Washington Huskies (52-8) in a best of three championship series. Game one will be on Monday at 7 p.m.  Meghan King will start on the mound for the Seminoles as they look to take game one.

Jessie Warren for FSU will look to continue her success on the plate against the Huskies.  Warren has 82 home runs in her career, tied for ninth most in NCAA history. She also has 271 RBI’s passing Kasey cooper for eighth-most in NCAA softball history.

FSU Baseball Regionals Preview

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – For the 41st consecutive year, the Florida State Seminoles find themselves in the NCAA  Baseball Tournament. And once again, the road for five of the 64 teams in the field will run through Tallahassee.

The Seminoles (43-17, 20-13) are getting hot at the right time. They are fresh off of another ACC Tournament title–their second in three years.  Their finish to the season earned them a No. 7 national seed.

Starting on the mound Friday night will be Cole Sands (7-3, 4.46 ERA). The junior from Tallahassee took on the role of ace after Tyler Holton suffered a season ending arm injury on opening day. Sands exited a game against Duke back in early April with shoulder tightness, and was relegated to a Sunday starting role when he returned on May 7. However, coach Mike Martin is handing him the reigns to start yet another postseason run for the Seminoles.

Drew Mendoza is the hottest FSU hitter coming into the tournament. In the ACC tournament, he went 5-for-12 with 5 RBI and 4 runs.  As a whole, FSU’s offense has been a huge strength. They are No. 18 in the nation in runs scored (406) and No. 1 in walks (381).

Here is how the rest of the competition looks as a whole for this regional:

Florida State (43-17, 20-13)

RPI: 6

Team Batting Avg.: .268

Team ERA: 3.94

Record vs. Top-25 (According to USA Today): 10-9

Big Wins: @ No. 8 UNC (2 out-of 3),  @ No. 11 Clemson (ACC Semi),  vs. No. 19 NC State (2 out-of 3)

Mississippi State (31-26, 15-15)

RPI: 28

Team Batting Avg.: .278

Team ERA: 4.25

Record vs Top-25 (According to USA Today): 11-5

Big Wins: Vs. No. 5 Ole Miss (2 out-of 3), vs. No. 1 Florida (sweep), vs. No. 3 Arkansas (sweep)

Oklahoma (36-23, 14-10)

RPI: 42

Team Batting Avg.: .273

Team ERA: 3.84

Record vs Top-25 (According to USA Today): 3-5

Big Wins: Vs. No. 32 Baylor (sweep), @ No. 44 UCF (2 out-of 3)

Samford (36-24, 16-8)

RPI: 95

Team Batting Avg.: .269

Team ERA: 3.48

Record vs Top-25 (According to USA Today): 1-1

Big Wins: @No. 44 UCF, vs. No. 14 Auburn

The Seminoles kick off their postseason against Samford at 7 p.m. The winner of this regional will face the winner of the Clemson regional, which could potentially be Clemson, St. John’s,  Vanderbilt, and Morehead State.

Florida State Baseball Opens Tournament Run With Win

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State started their defense of the ACC championship on the right foot, defeating the Virginia Cavaliers 3-2 in 11 innings.

FSU (40-17, 16-13), scored first on a  Cal Raleigh double in the first inning,  followed by another double in the third inning. The Cavaliers (28-25, 12-18), with a run already scored in the top half of the third, tied the game in the fourth inning off a Justin Novak single to score Cayman Richardson .

It remained tied at 2 runs, but Virginia came close to breaking the game open in the eighth inning. With one out, the Cavaliers loaded the bases, with their clean-up hitter coming to the plate. FSU manager Mike Martin called on relief pitcher Clayton Kwiatkowski to get them out of the jam. The sophomore proceeded to strike out the next two batters to escape the inning.

Kwiatkowski pitched the final 3.2 innings of the game without giving up a hit.

The big break for the Seminoles came in the 11th inning. With Drew Mendoza on first base, Reese Albert hit a double to score Mendoza to defeat Virginia 3-2. This is the second walk-off hit for the freshman this week. On May 18, he also hit the game-winning home run in the 10th inning against North Carolina State.

With the win, FSU has now won 40 or more games in 41 consecutive seasons. That’s the longest such streak in the nation, with Louisville at No. 2 with 7 consecutive seasons.

FSU’s next game will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. against NC State. The winner of that game will advance to the ACC semifinals.

FSU Softball Team Advances to ACC Championship Game

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State scored the final six runs against Notre Dame (32-21) to take a 6-1 win on Friday to advance to Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.

For Florida State (46-10), it will be the sixth consecutive year that the team has played in the ACC title game. They will play the winner out of No. 2-seed Pitt and No. 3-seed North Carolina. That game will be on Saturday at noon.

Photo Courtesy of Florida State Sports Information
Florida State infielder Carsyn Gordon (12) slides into second base as Notre Dame shortstop Morgan Reed (20) fields the ball during the semifinals of the 2018 ACC Softball Championship in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, theACC.com)

Sydney Sherrill was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Seminoles. She also connected on her FSU-record 25th double of the season, which moves her into a tie for 17th in NCAA single-season history.

“Quality day today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We had some chances early but just didn’t get the swing off the in the first couple of innings. We worked at-bats and situations later in the game and Meghan and Kylee had really good days in the circle. Now we get to wait and see who comes out of the Pitt and UNC game to have a real Atlantic versus Coastal ACC Championship Game tomorrow.”

The Championship Game between FSU and whoever wins the other matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN. 

Franchise Sports Update: Knight secures Silver Medal in Men’s High Jump

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State’s Corion Knight secured a second-place finish in Thursday’s ACC Outdoor Championships men’s high jump. The Noles’ 11 points placed the team in fourth place behind Syracuse (23 points), Louisville (19) and Notre Dame (12.5). There are 15 total teams competing at Miami’s Cobb Stadium.

Knight set a lifetime-best with his jump of 2.21 meters (7-3) and Brandon Tirado finished in sixth-place in the hammer to help the Noles get in position for one of the top three spots.

Photo Courtesy of Florida State Sports Information
Corion Knight cleared a lifetime-best 2.21 meters (7-3) to secure a silver medal for the Seminole men in the high jump during the 2018 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

“I just want to do my part,” Knight said. “We have a great team. We’re in a good position to win another ACC Championship and I just want to do my part.”

Eleonora Omoregie grabbed a share of third place in the high jump, clearing 1.69 meters (5-6.5) for FSU’s women. Teammates Hannah Welsh and Kayla Maczuga shared sixth place at 1.64 meters (5-4.5). The Seminole women are in eighth place with 7.5 points.

 

FAMU Softball Team Advances In MEAC Tournament

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M University’s softball team will move on to the next round of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship. A seventh inning lead-off solo home run by freshman third baseman  Hera Varmah secured a 2-1 victory for the Rattlers over Morgan State University in the second round of the tournament on Thursday at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

The Rattlers (22-27) will face the Bethune Cookman Wildcats on Friday at noon to determine who will advance to Saturday’s final. The Wildcats punched their ticket to this game with a 3-2 win over Savannah State.

Varmah’s homer, her fourth of the season, came in the midst of a competitive pitcher’s duel. FAMU’s Kyaira Brown (15-11) gave up the only two hits against the Bears (28-16), winners of the conferences’ North Division. Brown also struck out a season-high 11 batters. Morgan State’s pitching duo of Stephanie Rundlett and Amy Begg held FAMU to only two hits. In addition to Varmah’s home run, Taylor Rosier secured the other hit for the Rattlers. 

Morgan State, now in the elimination bracket, faced North Division foe Hampton in one of the two elimination games on Thursday evening. Savannah State faced South Division rival North Carolina Central in the evening’s other elimination game.

Florida State Defeats Miami in Pitcher’s Duel

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – A game between rivals Miami and Florida State wouldn’t be complete without a nail-biting finish. And that’s exactly what the 4,432 people at Dick Howser Stadium were treated to on Friday night.

The No. 14 Florida State Seminoles (30-13, 12-9) defeated the Miami Hurricanes (17-24, 10-12) in a 2-0 shutout.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it was Florida State and Miami. Did you expect anything less?” said FSU manager Mike Martin.

FSU catcher Cal Raleigh was the first and only source of offense when he hit a two-run home run to center field in the 1st inning. Neither team would score again the rest of the night.

“I was just looking for a fastball to hit, and obviously I put a good swing on it,” said Raleigh, who went 2-for-3. “Obviously things didn’t go the way we wanted to for the rest of the offense, but that’s just baseball. Some days you score two, some days you score twenty.”

Miami starting pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt retired the next 15 FSU batters that he faced after the Raleigh home run.

FSU starting pitcher Drew Parrish was effective from the beginning. He struck out nine of the first fourteen batters he faced, and ended with thirteen strikeouts– a career-high for him.

Parrish made it through the 7th inning allowing only two men to reach scoring position, and allowed nobody to reach third. However, he found himself in a jam in the 8th after walking Miami first baseman Raymond Gil and allowing a single to shortstop Freddy Zamora. With only one out, coach Martin went out to the mound to talk to Parrish.

“Coach came out and asked me how I was feeling and I told him I had this all the way and I wanted it more than anything,” said Parrish.

The next batter laid down a difficult sacrifice bunt in front of the mound to advance the runners, and Parrish made the play to get the runner at first.

“Had he not been on the mound, I can’t say every single pitcher on our staff makes that play,” said Martin. “Drew Parrish makes that play.”

Parrish final line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K

The Seminoles’ biggest threat to their lead came in the 9th. Conor Grady came in relief of Parrish and allowed a single to Danny Reyes to start the inning. With Reyes on first, Cal Raleigh attempted to pick him off, but the throw sailed over first baseman Rhett Aplin’s head and into the outfield, allowing Reyes to reach third base. Grady got the next batter to fly out, but then allowed a walk, and hit a batter to load the bases.

That’s when Mike Martin brought in Jonah Scolaro. With the bases loaded and only one out, Scolaro struck out the last two batters to secure the win.

“With his demeanor, you feel good about him coming in the ball game. He doesn’t have any different looks on his face when he comes in,” said Martin. “He just came in against the University of Miami with the bases loaded, one out, and very good hitters, and struck both of them out. It was quite a credit to him.”

The two teams play again tomorrow at 6 p.m. With the victory, Mike Martin is two wins away from becoming the winningest coach in NCAA baseball history.

FAMU’s Adam, Nani and Rakotondrazafy make 2018 All-Meac Tennis Team

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced that Florida A&M University had three players selected to the All-MEAC tennis team. The team is selected by the league’s coaches and media relations directors.

Junior Noureldin Adam, originally of Khartoum, Sudan, was named All-MEAC first team on the men’s side. Adam completed the season with a 7-5 overall record in singles. He was 3-1 in conference play. 

Frederico Nani, a junior from Cordoba, Argentina, was named to the second-team. He tallied a 5-6 record in singles, finishing 3-1 in the MEAC. He and Adam combined to form the team’s top doubles record at 8-4 overall, a perfect 4-0 record in the conference.

Mialiniaina Rakotondrazafy, a junior from Paris, France, was a second-team women’s team pick. She posted a 5-9 record in singles and a 4-1 record in MEAC play. 

The 2018 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. FAMU’s women’s team claimed the top seed in the Southern Division. The defending champion men’s team captured the second seed in the Southern Division.

FAMU has 107 Student-Athletes Named to MEAC All-Academic Team

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – On Monday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the 1,366 student-athletes to make the 2018 Commissioner’s All-Academic team. Florida A&M Unversity had 107 names featured on the list, including 54 women and 53 men. 

The team is constructed of student-athletes between their junior and senior year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. It includes all of the MEAC’s 13 institutions during the spring 2017 and fall 2017 semesters.

FAMU’s representation is a diverse bunch. On the women’s side, 24 athletes from the track and field team, nine from the basketball team, six from the volleyball team, five from the tennis team, four cheerleaders, four from the softball team and two bowling athletes made the list.

For the men, 17 from the football team, 12 from the baseball team, eight from the track and field team, eight from the tennis team, five from the golf team and three from the basketball team were on the list of honorees. 

The entire list of athletes is below:

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY (107)

Women (54): Dicaria Alvarez (T&F), Briana Ballat (T&F), Tiara Barnes (T&F), Demetria Bethel (BWL), Cori Bostic (WBB), Mary Brooks (T&F), Shalaunda Burney-Robinson (WBB), Kierra Calhoun (CHR), Valentina Carrasco (VB), Elizabeth Clayton (TEN), Shalynn Cyprien (T&F), Taylor Darks (WBB), Lanese Davis (CHR), Whitney Farris (SB), Alelee Figueroa (T&F), Amber Fullwood (SB), Ashley Giacomucci (T&F), Alexis Gosha (VB), Amber Hannah (CHR), Akievia Hickman (CHR), Alexandria Hightower (VB), Benisha Johnson (T&F), Destiny Johnson (T&F), Shontielle Johnson (T&F), Judith Kibii (T&F), Dawn King (WBB), Caroline Kiplagat (T&F), Emmax Kiplagat (T&F), Nicole Kvitkauskas (T&F), Mia Lewis (T&F), Fridah Limo (T&F), Valeria Lopez (VB), Ginna Lopez-Chavez (VB), Karen Machisa (TEN),
Alexandria Marshall-Paul (T&F), Alicia McCray (WBB), Briana McCrimmon (WBB), Nancy Murgor (T&F), Victoria Nguyen (WBB), Florence Ouattara (WBB), Kenya Pereira (SB), April Polite (T&F), Evelyn Ralph (T&F), Tanzania Ralph (T&F), Arrice Robinson (TEN), Kiara Shaw (TEN), Olivia Simmons (T&F), Tahlia Snider (SB), Naomi Tanui (T&F), Symone Townsend (TEN), Erica Tyler (T&F), Destiny Williams (BWL), Ecenur Yurdakul (WBB), Maria Yvette
Garcia (VB)… 

Men (53): Osman Aguilera (FB), Tarique Akbar (FB), Yahia Aly (FB), Korteece Baker (T&F), Shareek Branch (T&F), William Brooks (BSB), John Capra (BSB), Elijah Casey (FB), Marquan Cromartie (FB), Prince Cunningham (GLF), Patrick Dalton (T&F), Joshua Engram (FB), Walner Espinoza (TEN), Jalen Evans (TEN), Herandre Fair-Curry (T&F), Hunter Fillingum (BSB), Jayson Francois (T&F), Aaron Hanna (T&F), Samer Hasona (TEN), Thomas Howell (T&F), Vincent Jefferies (FB), Terry Jefferson (FB), Chase Killette (GLF), Dock Luckie (FB), Mahindra Lutchman (GLF), Elijah Mays (MBB), Austin Michaud (BSB), Jacky Miles Jr. (BSB), Dennis Minefee (GLF), Octavien Moyer (BSB), Brandon Myles (MBB), Frederico Nani (TEN), Kevin Newman (FB), Desmond Noird (FB), Obinna Nwankwo (FB), Courage Okungbowa (TEN), Dallas Oliver (BSB), Shamari Pittman (FB), Michael Poole (T&F), Rodney Randers (BSB), Elijah Richardson (FB), Travis Richardson (BSB), Cameron Riley (GLF), Jacob Rios (FB), Kodi Russ (BSB), Kolton Russ (BSB), Zachary Safford (FB), Illya Skoromnyy (TEN), Nicholas Severado (MBB), Karlyn Small (TEN), Hans Supre (FB), Carlos Waitman (TEN), Garrett Wilkinson (BSB).

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