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Chiles Extends Win Streak Against Leon

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The 11-7 Chiles Timberwolves took a seven-game win streak into a game against the 13-6 Leon Lions. The Timberwolves were able to pull out a 5-3 win.

“It’s not about the streak, it’s about making enough plays to win the game and that’s what we did,” Chiles head coach Dick Steed said.

Runs for Chiles were scored by Zach Holcomb, Garrette Greene, Ben Anderson, Tyler Gerteisen and Sam Rudd. Runs for Leon were scored by Josh Rozental, True Fontenot and Victor Castillo.

The first two innings were deadlocked, with both teams testing the other out. It wasn’t until the top of the third that someone struck. Rosental stole home after a single by Tyler Borges and an error by Chiles’s Mason Sanford. Chiles answered right back in the bottom of the third with a run of their own by Holcom.

“It was a well-fought game, not a particularly well-played game, but hard fought,” Steed said.

Chiles proceeded to score two unanswered runs in the bottom of the fourth by Anderson and Greene.

No runs were scored until the top of the sixth when Leon’s  Fontenot stole home off of a Tyler Sims single. Soon after, Castillo stole home to tie the score at three.

In the bottom of the sixth Chiles took off and never looked back.  Gertesisen hit a single which was followed up by a double by Rudd that led to another single, this time by Jozef Rohbacher. Gertesisen and Rudd waltzed home.

In a last-ditch effort, Leon attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh that was quickly extinguished by the Timberwolves defense.

“We wanted to win to get first place in our district. If you win the district, you’re automatically in the playoffs and that’s what we got tonight,” Steed said.

Franchise Sports Brief: Chiles Baseball

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– It’s baseball season and the Chiles Timberwolves are hungry for revenge.

Last year, the Timberwolves, led by head coach Dick Steed, finished with an overall 15-12  record and suffered a first-round playoff exit to the Fletcher Senators. Last year’s team graduated nine seniors who played pivotal roles in the batting rotation as well as served as leaders.

The Timberwolves dominated district play, posting a 7-1 record and even earning the 48th spot for the best team in the state.

Experience isn’t an issue. The Timberwolves have eight returning players who all received a fair amount of playing time last year.

Talent shouldn’t be an issue either. Three of those eight returning players are juniors or younger. Players who will finally get a chance to step up into a bigger role.

As of now, Chiles has a 10-7 record, at home they are 5-3 and away they are 5-4. In their last 10 games, they are 6-4 but they’re currently on a six-game win streak that they plan on extending against the Lincoln Trojans in a home match on April 6. Chiles has seven games left, five of which are district games.

Although consistency has been an issue (the Timberwolves have had several losing streaks of two or more games), Chiles plans on making some noise in the playoffs. Their final game this season is a tough match-up against the NFC Eagles. The same Eagles that secured a 14-3 victory over the Timberwolves earlier this season.

Franchise Sports Spotlight: Trey Fisher

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  Naturally, you would assume that someone like North Florida Christian quarterback Trey Fisher, who’s father is one of the best coaches in all of college football, would leave his fate up to nepotism. If you didn’t know him, you’d figure he would coast throughout life while lazily siphoning clout, accolades and success from his last name.

NFC assistant coach Eddy Arza doesn’t agree. He  said Fisher is as hardworking and dedicated as they come.

“Trey leads by example he never wants to take a break, always runs sprints full speed and never misses a practice. Even when he was sick he was at practice getting mental reps and helping teammates,” Eddy said.

Fisher spends the majority of his time involved in football-related activities. He studies film every day and when he’s not doing that he’s lifting weights, working on his agility or throwing to his receivers.

“I appreciate the daily grind of the game. I love the workouts, I love the morning film sessions, I love everything about the game,” Fisher said.

One of Fisher’s best friends, standout receiver and go-to target, Macho Arza, also spoke about his starting signal caller’s hard work and their relationship. He talked about how they make each other better.

“I believe we have a really tight connection off the field and that helps on the field a lot. We motivate each other. We want to be the best players in the country,” Macho said.

Hard work isn’t the only thing that makes him special according to Devin Rispress, head coach of Fisher’s 7 on 7 team, the Tallahassee RecordBreakerz. Rispress said Fisher’s football acumen separates him on the field.

“I’ve coached some great players in my career, but what separates Trey is his knowledge of the game. I have to be very sharp when coaching a player with [a football IQ] as great as Trey’s. He reminds me of Drew Brees in the way he delivers the ball and the way that he’s a field general. The similarities are consistent all the way down to the height,” Rispress said.

Brees is one of Fisher’s many idols in a list that includes great players his father has coached as well as players he’s coached against. He also learns from established professionals as well as up and coming collegiate stars.

“I pattern my game after pro guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Jameis [Winston] but I try to learn from the younger guys like [Deondre] Francois too,” Fisher said.

People around him said his competitive streak reaches more than just football. Macho Arza said he turns everything into a competition and that he loves winning.

“Oh no, he never stops! Trey wants to get every answer right, make the paper ball in the basket before anybody, all of that. He is the real definition of a competitor,” Macho said.

Fisher has also shown his coaches and teammates that he can be trusted in crunch-time situations. He’s led numerous comebacks for NFC and the RecordBreakerz.

“This past weekend (Feb. 21) in Myrtle Beach we were in an elimination game with six seconds to go on 3rd down. I looked at him to confirm the play and felt confident because I didn’t see any panic in him. He dropped back looked off the defense and threw a strike to Gadsden Country star receiver Sammy Carter to win the game with no time left,” Rispress said.

Workouts in the morning, afternoon and evening, a 7-on-7 practice and then an hour-long film session is a normal day for Fisher. Football is in his blood.

“The apple does not fall far from the tree. He’s a fierce competitor like his dad and he demands more of himself than me or coach Fisher,” Eddy said.

 

 

 

 

Franchise Sports Brief: Godby’s Boys Basketball Season

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

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

Youth can either be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances. In sports, especially basketball, fresh legs and young eager players make coaches salivate. But sometimes youth can come with learning curves. Acclimating young players with little experience to a faster more physical varsity game is a tedious ordeal.

Amos P. Godby head basketball coach Andrew Colville graduated five seniors, including star players Montre and Montreal Edwards along with talented Center Corbin Merritt.

Last year’s Cougars team finished the season with a 25-2 record and a state rank of nine overall. They ended their season with a heartbreaking 56-52 loss in the state championship to Ribault of Jacksonville.

This season is a completely different story. So far the Cougars have hobbled into the playoffs with a less than stellar 15-11 record. Their state ranking has also dropped from nine to 193.

But all hope isn’t lost. So far in the playoffs, they’ve crushed their first-round district playoff match-up Wakulla, 61-40. They plan to do the same next week.

Their problem doesn’t seem to stem from talent. As a matter of fact, they have that in spades. Trey Jones, a senior, is averaging 16.5 points while Tavaris Kings, a junior, is averaging 15.2 points. Senior Kamari Richardson is averaging  11 rebounds per game and the Cougars have two players that average at least two steals a game. So if offense and defense aren’t the issues, then what is it? It seems their problems primarily stem from chemistry or a lack thereof.  With a home record of 6-2, but an away record of 3-6, only assumptions can be made.

But of course young teams have their ups and downs and it seems like as they enter the postseason, they’re hitting their stride. The future seems bright for the Cougars.

FSU Men’s Tennis Impresses vs FAMU

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 13 Florida State men’s tennis squad faced Florida A&M in what was the first of two matches on the day.

FSU headed into the match-up fresh off the heels of a hard-earned victory against a top-10 University of Florida squad. Many suspected that fatigue would play a part in the matches, but the Seminoles seemed as energized as ever as they swept doubles and won 3 straight singles.

“Our team has been very consistent this year,” Noles head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We give good effort all the way through the match.”

All three doubles teams dominated their FAMU counterparts.

The Whitehurst twins set the pace with a dominating 4-2 victory over Jermaine Le Grand and Labelo Alex Mosehle. With that performance, they bring their overall record to 12-4.

Alex Knaff and Guy Iradukunda struggled a bit more against Adam Nourelidin and Nani Federico, yet still pulled out a 6-3 victory. Sebastian Arcila and Chase Wood rounded out the victories with a 6-2 win over Rodney Sturgis and Hasona Samer.

A couple of fresh faces got a chance to get some experience today.

“We use opportunities like this to build,” Hultquist said. “Today we had an opportunity to play some guys who don’t get in much and let them get some experience.”

One of those individuals was Arcila, who coming into today, only had one singles win under his belt. He won 6-3 and 6-0 over Moshele. Terrence Whitehurst also played in his eighth and ninth singles matches of the year, bringing his overall to 4-4. He won both matches 6-1.

Other singles matches victories included:

Iradukunda vs. Nourelidin (6-4, 4-2), Knaff vs. Federico (4-6 2-1), Rana Roop vs. Bhullar Hasona Samer Hema (6-1 6-14) and Terrell Whitehurst vs. Espinoza Luis Barres (6-1, 4-1).

Next week, the Seminoles plan on keeping their winning streak alive in the National indoors tournament on Feb. 16. The Rattlers plan to bounce back against Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday in Fort Meyers, Florida.

 

 

FSU Set To Face FAMU In Men’s Tennis Match-up

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State men’s tennis team will square off against cross-town rival Florida A&M on Saturday. Matches kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis center located on FSU’s campus.

The Seminoles are led by head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Rattlers are led by director of tennis Rochelle Goldthreate.

FAMU limps into Saturday’s match-up hoping to bounce back from their 5-2 loss to College of Charleston last week.

The duo of Hema Hasona and Illya Skoromnyy beat Alec Angradi and Easton Thomas to secure FAMU’s lone victory in doubles 6-3. Noyreldin Adam also defeated Benedikt Henning (CoC) 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3 .  Lebelo Alex Mosehle out lasted Youssef Dabbabi (CoC) for victories of 6-3 and 6-4.

FAMU’s key players Adam, Mosehle and the doubles squad of Hasona and Skoromnyy are given the rigorous task of keeping up with the Noles, who are one of the better tennis teams in the country.

FSU boasts numerous shutout victories and two wins over nationally ranked opponents the University of South Carolina (24) and the University of Florida (8). FSU is fresh off a 4-3 upset victory over the Gators.

Guy Iradukunda, Lucas Poullain and Alex Knaff each provided a singles victory for the Seminoles.
 
Knaff defeated Andy Andrade (UF) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Poullain defeated Oliver Crawford (UF) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) and Iradukunda defeated Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 7-6 (12-10), 6-3.
 
The combinations of Iradukunda/Knaff and Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst won all of FSU’s doubles by a score of 6-4 and 7-6, (7-3) respectively.
 
The No. 22 ranked Noles hold a record of 10-1. They are 5-0 at home, 2-1 away and 3-0 at neutral sites.
 
A few key players to look out for the Seminoles are senior twin brothers and hometown heroes Terrence and Terrell Whitehurst. Iradukunda, a senior from Gitega, Burundi is expected to play well and Sophomore Knaff is also a player to keep an eye on.
 
 
 

Trey Fisher Earning his Spot

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – FSU fans all across the world were heartbroken when head coach Jimbo Fisher declared starting quarterback Deondre Francois would miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season due to a patella tendon injury suffered in the second half of the season opener against Alabama. 

But to the Fishers, specifically Trey Fisher, this is nothing out of the ordinary.

Trey Fisher was thrust into the position of North Florida Christian’s starting quarterback after a career-ending shoulder injury sidelined last years starter, JD Jerry.

In most cases, having a sophomore forced into a position as important as quarterback has dire consequences on a season. Most coaches would tweak entire offenses based off of this change.

NFC’s head coach Steve Price did none of that.

Instead, through ten games the Eagles are 8-2 and in the second round of the 2A playoffs. In part because of Fisher stepping up and accepting the bigger role and all of its responsibilities.

Fisher is a born leader. It’s evident, with the majority of NFC’s core being young. Both leading rushers are juniors or younger and leading receiver Macho Arza is a junior as well. So Fisher fits in perfectly with their young talent.

“It feels great (to be starting),” Fisher said. “NFC is a storied program and I hope to write my own chapter in it.”

 

NFC Routes John Paul II

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – In the opening round of the Florida high school football 2A playoffs, John Paul II took a short bus ride to play the favored North Florida Christian Eagles. NFC won 43-10 in a dominant performance offensively as well as defensively.

NFC running back Von Hayes totaled 115 yards and two touchdowns and Macho Arza added two touchdowns on the ground.

John Paul quarterback Brain Woodend gained 232 yards of total offense against the stout Eagles defense. Star running back Nehemiah Mitchell added 122 total yards as well as the Panthers lone touchdown on a 73-yard touchdown reception.

The first half was anyone’s ball game. The Panthers scored first with a 15-yard field goal on their opening drive.

Defensive line pressure led by Jalen Norwood forced Woodend into a grounding penalty that resulted in a safety to set the score to 3-2.

In the second quarter, Arza scored on a quarterback option from 25 yards out that gave the Eagles the lead. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was 10-3.

The Panthers answered quickly with what would be their first and last touchdown of the night on a 73-yard pass from Woodend to Mitchell.

NFC went on to score 33 points unanswered.

A 33-yard pass touchdown from Trey Fisher to receiver Deondre McCray kicked off NFC’s scoring tirade.

On the Eagles opening drive of the second half, they marched 50 yards down the field to scored on a one-yard run by running back Quan Myrick.

Later in the third, the Eagles would score again on an 18-yard pass from Fisher to Hayes. One series later, Hayes scored on a 15-yard scamper for the final score of the game.

“We feel like we have weapons,” NFC head coach Steve Price said. “Fisher’s been playing well and we have some great runners.”

John Paul’s historic season did not end as planned but the Panthers posted the schools all-time best record, 9-1.

“I’m very proud of my guys, they played great, they really stuck their necks out there. We had a terrific season,” -JPII head coach Kez McCorvey said.

Next week NFC will travel to Jacksonville and play University Christian.