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North Florida Christian Quarterback Transfers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

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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.




Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( –  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.

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“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 Bats get going to overcome an early 5-run deficit

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)


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FSU got an early season victory behind dominant pitching

Through the first 11 games this season it has been mostly the pitching staff for the Seminoles but tonight the bats came through.

“You know when you play 12 games you think you have a good feeling about your ball club, but when you fall 5-runs down after four innings you kind of just look around and wonder is this bunch going to be satisfied with what they accomplished in three weeks or are they going to fight?” FSU Coach Mike Martin said.  “Well they answered that tonight and as one of the coaches of the team I am proud to be a part of it because that’s what life’s about and this ball club really showed me something tonight.”

The No.4 Florida State University Baseball (12-0) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (8-3) 10-5 in game one of a two game series at Dick Howser Stadium.  The series was supposed to be played Tuesday and Wednesday but due to unexpected weather first pitch was tonight at 6 P.M. and game to will be played Tuesday at 6 P.M. as well.

“I thought Jonah came in and pitched extremely well. Karp struggled a little but he was right over there on the side line when he came out yelling for his ball club” Coach Martin said.

The Seminoles couldn’t get anything going through the first three innings.  Andrew Karp threw out the first pitch for the Seminoles and gave up a home run to the Jayhawks second batter James Consentino.  Karp finished his night with five innings pitched, 101 total pitches, 69 strikes, eight hits, five runs, seven strikes and a 1.56 ERA.  Jonah Scolaro came in and pitched the last four innings for the Seminoles only giving up two hits striking out six batters and got the save.

The Seminoles brought the heat in the bottom of the fifth inning batting in five runs to take their first lead. Rafael Bournigal got them going with a two run home run destroyed down the right side.  Cal Raleigh then sends one right down the center field and hits the top of the fence for the two RBI double that would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Another big inning in the seventh earned the Seminoles three more runs batted in.  Steven Wells RBI single loaded the bases with no outs.  J.C. Flowers and Bournigal each Sac fly to bring in a runner home to advance the lead 9-5.  Mendoza’s late RBI single would then send Rhett Aplin home to give the Seminoles the 10-5 lead.

FSU Player Stats


Andrew Karp (3-0) completed 5 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 7 strikeouts and 2.42 ERA.

Jonah Scolaro: 2 saves, completed 4 innings, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts, 52 total pitches and 35 strikes.

Box Score

Rhett Aplin: 3 at bats, 2 hits, 2 runs, a double and .293 AVG

Cal Raleigh: 4 at bats, 2 runs, 3 hits, 2-RBI, one double and .326 AVG

Drew Mendoza: 3 at bats, one run, 2 hits, 3-RBI and .458 AVG

Rafael Bournigal: 1 at bat, 1 homerun, 3-RBI and .206 AVG


Florida State upsets No.11 Clemson in Overtime Thriller

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (18-8, 7-7) kept it sweet on Valentines Day by overcoming an 18-point deficit against the No.11 Clemson Tigers (20-5, 9-4) in overtime to win 81-79.

The Seminoles started off sluggish turning the ball over on their first three possessions. The Tigers made sure to take advantage by turning those turnovers into points and gaining an early 10-3 lead with 15:25 remaining in the first half.

“Several of our turnovers were them (Clemson) playing good defense, but about six or seven of those turnovers were just poor decisions we had made” Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Turnovers looked to plague the Seminoles early in the first half with the Tigers scoring 16 points off the Seminoles turnovers.

The Tigers led at half 41-29 behind there 48 percent shooting (13-27) and 44 percent shooting behind the arc (7-16).  Tigers guard Marcquise Reed led all scorers with 14 points in the first half.

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In the second half, the Seminoles came out with a bang led by Phil Cofer’s 17 points.  Cofer was held to only two shots in 15-minutes in the first half and didn’t manage to score.  In the second half, he shot 8-11.

“Trent is an extremely talented player with a high basketball IQ and is extremely competitive as well,” Hamilton said.

Trent Forrest played 31 hard fought minutes off the bench for the Seminoles, shooting 7-11 from the field, nailing two big free throws late in the game and coming up with a block in overtime to secure the win.

“If you all had not said anything I wouldn’t have even known, we are in the middle of an unbelievable conference race right now,” Hamilton said.

While Hamilton is happy to win the overtime thriller against the Tigers, he managed to pick up his 500th win and 300th win at Florida State.  Hamilton is more focused on his team playing better defensively and executing more efficiently.

The Seminoles currently hold the ninth spot in the ACC and look to stay above .500 in conference play when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at home on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.




PREVIEW: The Florida State Seminoles host The No.16 Clemson Tigers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( –The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (17-7, 6-7) have a home conference game against the No.16 Clemson Tigers (20-4, 9-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  While the Seminoles are looking to get back to five hundred in ACC play, the Tigers are looking to stay in second place behind the one loss Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC.

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The Seminoles faced the Cavaliers last Wednesday and jumped out in front early with multiple defensive stops and nailing the three early on.  The Seminoles managed to gain a fourteen-point lead until the Cavaliers battled back in the second half.  The Cavaliers second half adjustments were just enough to keep the Seminoles scoreless from the floor for a span of eight minutes.  The Seminoles fell to the Cavaliers 59-55.

The Tigers are coming off of a blowout conference win against the Pittsburg Panthers, 72-48.  The Tigers will look to keep their senior guard Gabe Devoe hot from behind the arc, where he shot 7 for 11 against the Panthers and is shooting 22 of 34 (65 percent) during their four-game win streak. Devoe will be a key factor for the Tigers if they can pull off the road win against the Seminoles at home.

Another player to watch for the Tigers is Elijah Thomas, a big junior forward looking for rebounds and blocks.  Thomas finished his last game against the Panthers with double-double combing for ten points, eleven rebounds, and three blocks.

Terance Mann, who is averaging 14.9 points a game shooting 58 percent from the floor and grabbing 5.8 rebounds a game, could be a key factor for the Seminoles.  Braian Angola is a threat beyond the arc, shooting 40 percent from three and averaging 14 points and four rebounds.  Phil Cofer, who plays with a lot of energy, is averaging 13.3 points and five rebounds while shooting 50 percent.

Preview Tallahassee Community College vs Hillsborough Community College

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( The Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team (7-0) will host Hillsborough Community College (4-4) in the Bill Hebrock Eagle dome at 7 p.m.

Tallahassee Community College is on a seven-game win streak and looking to make it eight straight wins heading into their match up against the Hawks.

The Hawks look to end the Eagles win streak and also look for revenge after losing to the Eagles last Monday in an overtime thriller 89-88.  The Hawks will be led onto the court by their freshman guard Jacorie Archie averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting 36% and sophomore forward Ronald Jackson averaging 12 points per game on 59 percent shooting.

The Eagles will be looking to finish the season 2-0 against the Hawks with a win tonight.  With five guys on the Eagles roster able to average double figures a game the Hawks will have their work cut out for them on the defensive side of the ball.  The Eagles will be led onto the court by sophomore forward Corey Douglas and sophomore guard Javien Williams.  Douglas is averaging 14.5 points per game and eight rebounds a game while shooting 59.3 percent from the field.  Williams is averaging 12.7 points per game as well as 5.2 rebounds a game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field.

Tallahassee Community College averages 44 rebounds a game and 81 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 36 percent behind the arc.  Hillsborough Community College averages 38 rebounds per game and 79 points per game while shooting just 39 percent from the field and 30 percent behind the arc.

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Four Rickards players sign letter of intent

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

Rickards High School had four key players sign a national letter of intent to division one programs. In front of a packed gymnasium, Anfernee Simmons (Albany State), DJ Phillips (Florida A&M), Travius Harris (Troy) and Tavyn Jackson (University of South Carolina) all signed their letter with much excitement.

“Most proud of these kids education, they are smart kids classroom and football wise they are going to be great regardless from day one. Also how hard they work, every day I challenged them and asked them to do something they did it and I hope the next class puts in that much work and more,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.

This senior class helped the Raiders win their first district championship game in 15 years. They won the city championship, made it to the third round of the FHSAA playoffs and finished with a 10-2 record (best in school history).

Notable accolades and stats for these four signees:

Anfernee Simmons – 54 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT and 1 TD senior season. Career stats 124 tackles and 4 INT. Anfernee also played in the Florida/Georgia game.

Derearl Phillips – 145/243, 2,634 yards, 23 Touchdowns; 93 rushes 605 yards, 5 TD senior season. Career stats 355/601, 5,557 yards, 45 touchdowns; 269 rushes 866 yards, 10 TD. DJ also was first team All-Big Bend; third team class 5A All-State team and played in Florida/Georgia game.

Travius Harris – 35 tackles, 7 tackles for loss senior season. Career stats 70 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4 sacks. Travius also participated in second team class 5A All-State team and the Florida/Georgia game.

Tavyn Jackson – 76 tackles, 4 INT, 9 pass deflections, 1 INT return TD senior season. Career stats 143 tackles, 9 INT, 24 pass deflections, 1 sack. Tavyn also participated in the first team class 5A All-State team; first team All-Big Bend and the FACA All-star game.


Destin Coates exceeding expectations on and off the field

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Destin Coates has received quite a bit of attention from colleges for the performances he displays every Friday night. Through the nine game regular season he has rushed for 1,170 yards on 129 carries along with 17 touchdowns.

The Rickards Raider’s junior running back played in all nine games this season. He helped his team finish the regular season on an eight-game win streak. The Raiders are 8-1, and 2-0 in their district 5A. They won the city championship and also won the district championship for the first time in 15 years.

“I think we are the best team in Tallahassee. We can make a state run and be state champions for the first time in school history,” Coates said. “For us to go far just [we have to] staying composed and staying disciplined.”

Coates averages nine yards per carry and 135 rushing yards a game. He has received four offers this season from the University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Central Florida, University of Southern Mississippi and Troy. Based on his play he could have more offers coming. He ranks in the top-40 running backs in the state of Florida.

“He’s doing a great job. He is learning how to work hard, how to continue to push himself, how to reach limits that he has never reached before,” Raiders head coach Quinton Lewis said. “I think that’s his biggest thing. He comes out here every day ready to work, ready to compete and ready to get better. We have been seeing him challenge his teammates now for them to be great also and now it is all meshing together.”

Coates isn’t only a star on the football field but also a star in the classroom. He has maintained above a 3.0 GPA taking higher level courses. With his GPA and ACT scores being well over the NCAA D-1 athlete’s requirements he is eligible to play immediately at the next level.

“I can’t say enough about his GPA and his 22 or 25 on ACT,” Lewis said. “He is a great student, even when the guidance counselor challenged him to take harder courses he accepted those challenges and is making straight A’s right now. He is a great student and that’s the biggest thing.”

Raiders’ running back coach Devin Rispress has been working with Coates since June and believes he may be the best running back to touch Rickards campus by the time he graduates. Rispress said he is a man amongst boys when on the football field. Rispress said he believes Coates is a few light years ahead of his age.

“I have worked on blocking keeping his composure and besides that he’s a well-rounded running back and has a god given talent,” Raiders running back coach Devin Rispress said. “Besides that he has come in polished but I polished him a little more with keeping his composure, blocking and also reading the holes and being a little more patient.”

Coates’s work ethic shows up in the way he plays the game and also the way he makes sure the team keeps their composure on Fridays. He lets his play in the game do the talking.

“His work ethic is real good, we can improve on it a little more,” coach Rispress said. “The only reason I say that is because we are going to get him on the track. We are going to get him faster, bigger and stronger. He comes out and works hard every day. There hasn’t been a day since he came here back in June that he hasn’t worked hard or even make me have to tell him to go harder.”

Coates feels more comfortable after he transferred from Mosley to Rickards. He has dreams of playing on Sundays in the future.

“I feel like it’s been the best decision I made thus far to come back home and play for Rickards high school. We beat Wakulla and beat Godby and won the district championship for the first time in 15 years,” Coates said. “My goal is to make it to the NFL and one day be able to take care of all my family.”

Penalties Cost Noles Shot At An Upset

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

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Penalties played a major factor in Florida State’s 37-34 loss to third-ranked Clemson on Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. Mental errors cost the Seminoles 111 yards in penalties.

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher was not happy with the officiating of the game. He was arguing with the referee after a chop block called on FSU fullback Freddie Stevenson that he did not agree with. He even suggested that the officials needed to be monitored closer.

“It’s ridiculous. It is not a chop,” Fisher said. “I’m going to tell you what, you hold the coaches accountable, the players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable.”

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