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Leon shakes off slow start against Wakulla

 

Writer Marcus Joseph
Edited by Max Fay

November 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Leon shook off a slow start in their non-conference game against Wakulla. The Lions fell behind 29-16 in the first half, but raised their intensity and aggression coming out of halftime to defeat the War Eagles 58-52.

Wakulla jumped out to an early lead by capitalizing on second chance shots, and loose balls to find easy baskets early in game. But Leonchanged their game around in the second half, and began to get some open three-pointers and easy shots of their own.

As Leon attacked the basket more often, they reached the free throw line more often. The Lions made it to the foul line seven times in the fourth quarter, alone.

“Tonight, I think we grew up, and found our identity,” Leon Coach Rick Davis said. “Tonight was a starting point to being aggressive. You got to be aggressive on both ends of the floor.”

Wakulla led 32-27 heading into halftime and had maintained a lead for the majority of the game. That was until Leon rattled off six straight points to open the second half and grab a 33-32 lead, their first of the night.

“I thought we played hard; we fought hard, but mentally we broke down at the end,” Wakulla Coach Michael Sweatt said. “We got out hustled in the fourth quarter even though we were in shape more than them. But they wanted it more for that last minute and a half.”

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES SCHEDULE: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24-29

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (Franchisesportso line.net) – Below are some of the events that will be featured on this site

Monday, November 24, 2014 – FAMU DRS @ JP II at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – Wakulla @ Leon at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – Port St. Joe @ Maclay at 7:00 p.m.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 – Madison County vs. Leon 1:15 p.m.

Friday, November 28, 2014 – Florida High vs. West Gadsden at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 28, 2014 – Martin County vs. Rickards at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – Godby vs. Bay at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – Rickards vs. Monroe (GA) at 4:45 p.m.

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FAMU DRS Struggle Against Rickards

 

By Marcus Joseph

Edited By: Max Fay

Tallahassee, Fla. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M Baby Rattlers basketball team lost at home Tuesday night to their non-conference rival the Rickards Raiders, 71-38.

Both teams Tuesday night looked to make improvements, and had a clear focus going into their first rival matchup of the season.

“We wanted to do a better job of communicating on defense,” said Florida A&M DRS Coach Sean Crowe. “We played a few preseason games, and teams were able to run same plays on us. So, we talked about doing that, but I don’t think we did that great of a job tonight. It’s a work in progress.”

The Raiders lost their first game of the season, 67-34, last Saturday against Providence High School of Jacksonville.

“We are coming along,” said Rickards Coach Eli Bryant. “We are pleased with this effort, but we got to get better.”

The Raiders were able to get going early Tuesday night at a fast pace. They started with a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The Baby Rattler’s scored their first points with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter with two fouls shots made by Austin Greene to end the Raiders early run.

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Leon falls to West Gadsden in season opener

November 19, 2014

By Andrew Small
Edited: Max Fay

Tallahassee, Fla. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Leon is coming off of an impressive 19-win season, champions of their division. Coach Rick Davis and the Lions hope they can build on last year’s success with an impressive showing in their season opener against West Gadsden. But with some new faces in the crowd, including nine new players (four by transfer), the transition won’t come easy.

The fourth quarter became the undoing of Leon Tuesday night. Jeremy Myers’ massive dunk midway through the fourth could not spark a rally, and Leon fell to West Gadsden 66-53.

West Gadsden turned up the defensive pressure and outscored the Lions 18-6 in the fourth. Myers left the game injured with two and a half minutes to play and would not return.

“We need to be more aggressive on both sides of the ball,” said Davis. “Also, we gave up too many second chance shots.”

A close game through three quarters fell out of reach for Leon. The Lions actually led at half time after Stanley Davis’ three-pointer beat the buzzer to give Leon a 33-31 lead.

“I knew it was a big shot,” said Davis. “And I knew that I had to make it for the team.”

Leon then jumped out to a hot start in the second half as Davis found Trejan Davis open for three. But West Gadsden relied on the consistent scoring of Card, who scored 11 points and put the Panthers back on top 48-47 heading into the fourth quarter.
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High School Basketball Games Schedule: Week of November 17-22

Below are some of the events that will be featured on this site

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – Rickards @ FAMU DRS at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – West Gadsden @ Leon at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – Chiles @ Rickards at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Florida High @ Lincoln at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Franklin County @ John Paul II at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 2014 – Chiles @ John Paul II at 7:30 p.m.

More information about some of these events will be available soon.

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Natasha Howard Selected Fifth by the Indiana Fever

Former Florida State forward becomes the highest WNBA Draft selection in school history

Credit: Florida State University Sports Information 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Former Florida State women’s basketball playerNatasha Howard made school history on Monday night, being selected fifth by the Indiana Fever in the first round of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm.

Howard’s pro selection makes her the highest WNBA Draft pick in FSU Women’s Basketball history, surpassing former player Jacinta Monroe’s sixth overall selection by the Washington Mystics in the first round of the 2010 WNBA Draft. Howard, a Toledo, Ohio, native, is the ninth Seminole to earn a selection in the WNBA Draft.

Howard is the first FSU player to be selected by the Indiana Fever. She is projected to be a multi-dimensional force who can continue to expand her game. As a Seminole, Howard has shown her ability to have good range from the floor, knocking down 25 3-pointers before she suited her game in the low post in her junior and senior years. She has earned praise for her overall versatility, finishing smoothly around the rim and having a consistent touch from mid-range.

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Rattler Tennis Teams Prepare For MEAC Tournament

Rattlers to face Hampton, while the Lady Rattlers duel with Morgan State in Thursday’s opening round
Credit: Florida A&M University Sports Information 
NORFOLK, Va., (April 14)  – On Monday afternoon, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the seedings for the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, set for Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19 at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina.
Both Florida A&M University teams made the tournament field from the Southern Division, and both will be seeded third in the championship event.
The FAMU Men (9-13, 2-2 in MEAC) will face Northern No. 2 seed Hampton University, in Thursday’s opening round.
Dr. Carl Goodman’s Rattler Men struggled some this season with a roster full of first-year players, led by the trio of Carols Agus Waitman (13-6), Admire Mushonga (12-8) and Zach Evenden (10-9), who turned in the top records in singles’ play this spring.
Meanwhile, the FAMU Women (6-13, 4-2 in MEAC), who will square off against Northern No. 2 Morgan State in Thursday’s opening round, also had their ups and downs this season, with one of the highlights being a four-match win streak at midseason which aided their Top Four divisional finish.
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FAMU Baseball Falls 11-4 at Central Florida

By Michael Morrell/Special to FAMU Athletics

Credit: Florida A&M University Sports Information 

 ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida A&M (15-21, 10-7 MEAC) rallied early but fell to UCF (23-15, 10-2 AAC) 11-4 in a mid-week game at the UCF Baseball Complex in Orlando. Bennie Robinson went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Rattler offense while Matthew Schaeffer (0-2) suffered the loss.

Schaeffer started and pitched three innings, giving up six runs with three walks and one strikeout. Ryan Hutson also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

The Knights opened the game with three straight hits including a three-run home run from James Vasquez for the quick 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Florida A&M continued its recent trend of scoring with two outs with a pair of runs in the second inning, making the score 3-2. Hutson’s two-out RBI double scored Kendal Weeks from first and Logan Seymour followed with an RBI single to plate Hutson for the second run of the inning.

The Rattlers tied the game at 3-3 on Ryan Kennedy’s sac fly in the third. Robinson led off the third for FAMU with a single to right. After stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the Central Florida catcher, Kennedy’s sac fly brought home Robinson for the tying run.

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TCC’s Quincy Nieporte named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week

Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 15, 2014) – The Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA), on Tuesday, named Tallahassee Community College first baseman/catcher Quincy Nieporte the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week for games April 7-13.

 

Nieporte, a freshman from Atlanta, Ga., batted .714 (10-for-14) with one home run and nine RBI in four games during the voting period.

 

Nieporte’s week began at Gulf Coast State College on April 8 and, despite flying out in his only official at-bat, he walked twice and drove in a run on a sac-fly.

 

In two games against Pensacola State College, he went a combined 8-for-9, including a 5-for-5 game in the series finale. In the Eagles’ 14-4 win on April 11, he drove in seven runs and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

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FSU Defeats Jacksonville, 6-1

Billy Strode goes six strong innings in his second start of the season.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a pair of three-hit performances from Josh Delph and Danny De La Calle, fifth-ranked Florida State (28-8) defeated Jacksonville (12-24) 6-1 Tuesdayevening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium to sweep the regular season series from the Dolphins.

 

The Seminoles scored all six runs after the fifth inning to secure their ninth straight victory over the Dolphins including their fifth in row over JU at home.

 

Delph registered three hits for the second straight game, while De La Calle recorded his first three-hit game as a Seminole. Jose Brizuela went 2-for-4 in the win as he drove in a game-high two runs.

 

“Danny De La Calle is very important to our ball club,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “We all know that Danny’s been struggling offensively. Meat has been spending a lot of extra time with him. He is starting to see the ball better. It was a big night for him and we are just hoping that he continues to work and get better offensively. Josh Delph is a guy that is a pretty darn good leadoff hitter. He is a tough out; three hits tonight, that is pretty impressive.”

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Eagles strengthen grip on first place with sweep of Gulf Coast State

 Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (March 23, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College continued its impressive start to the Panhandle Conference softball season on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader from defending league champion Gulf Coast State College, 4-1 and 8-0.

With one round of conference play in the books, Tallahassee (23-8) sits atop the league standings at 7-1, three games ahead of Gulf Coast State (22-19, 4-4) and the Eagles’ next opponent, Northwest Florida State College (4-4). Chipola College can join the teams at 4-4 with a game two win over Pensacola State College on Sunday evening.

In the opener, the Eagles’ overcame a slow start offensively to score the 4-1 win.

Trailing 1-0 and hitless through four innings, Tallahassee’s bats woke up in the fifth.

Alexis Huss broke up Haley Elver’s no-hit bid with a double and scored the tying run on Marina Cobbs’ single.

An inning later, the Eagles plated three more runs that provided the final margin of victory.

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Eagles avoid the sweep, down Chipola 7-4

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MARIANNA, Fla. (March 22, 2014) – Needing a win to avoid a three-game sweep against FCSAA No. 2/NJCAA No. 8 Chipola College, FCSAA No. 1/NJCAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College did just that on Saturday, defeating the Indians, 7-4, in Panhandle Conference baseball action.

Tallahassee (31-8) is now 3-3 in PC play, one game behind Chipola (25-7), who dropped to 4-2. Northwest Florida State College, the Eagles’ next opponent, is 3-0 after completing a sweep of Pensacola State College (1-5) on Saturday.

As Saturday’s game neared the halfway point, an Indians sweep was looking like a possibility. Chipola led 3-1, and Tallahassee had managed only one hit through four innings.

Adonis Hernandez, who pitched three shutout innings in Chipola’s game one victory on Wednesday, took over for starter Palmer Betts after just 0.1 innings and promptly retired the first 11 batters he faced.

Things changed abruptly in the fifth once leadoff batter Cody Borup reached on a throwing error by second baseman Cody Lanford.

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