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Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

 

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@bribiancardiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – Florida State’s head football coach Willie Taggart held his first official pre-spring press conference this past Monday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Taggart addressed the media and responded to questions regarding the program, team and upcoming spring practices.

Taggart initiated the conference with a shoutout to the men’s and women’s basketball team for their success, including the men who will now advance to Elite 8 on Saturday night against Michigan. Taggart continued to express his support for the Noles and finished his commencement by stating, “It’s good to be around winners.”

Taggart then referenced to Florida State football. By the look on his face and the sound in his voice, his excitement about the upcoming spring season, as well as his involvement within the program, was crystal clear.

“I’m ready to see them go through the next process of another spring ball, Coach Taggart said. “We’ve been in the wait room and now it’s time to go out and execute on the football field.” Continue reading Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

Franchise Sports Weekend Review – January 22, 2018

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

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

Max Fay | Franchise Sports Tallahassee

Florida State Men’s Basketball defeated Virginia Tech on Saturday January 20th at 12pm in Cassell Coliseum with a final score of 91-82. The FSU men’s team is now 14-5 and 8th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They next face Georgia Tech Wednesday January 24th at 7 p.m. in Tallahassee for a home game.

 

Max Fay | Franchise Sports Tallahassee

The Florida State Women’s Basketball team, now 18-2, accomplished their biggest win of the season Sunday January 21st against No. 2 ranked Louisville. They defeated the Cardinals with a final score of 50-49, handing Louisville their first loss of the season. The win ties for the highest-ran win in history with a defeat against No. 2 Duke in 2004. The Seminoles return to Tallahassee for their name game against No. 5 Notre Dame on Sunday January 28th at 4 p.m.

 

Alex Krutchik | Franchise Sports Tallahassee

 

The Tallahassee Community College Men’s Basketball lost Saturday January 20th at a home game against Pensacola State College, final score of 71-64. They are now 14-6 and next play Tuesday January 23rd at Chipola College 8:30 p.m.

The Tallahassee Community College Women’s Basketball, now 17-2, defeated Pensacola State College 79-58 at home in Tallahassee. They name face Chipola College Tuesday January 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

Florida State 2017 Pro Day Recap

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter)  

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WWW.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – With Pro Day complete, the Seminoles will now await the 2017 NFL Draft which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eatkins Oval.

On Tuesday, March 28th inside the FSU indoor facility 12 Florida State Seminoles were able to display their skills to NFL scouts, general managers and coaches at the FSU annual Pro Day. Continue reading Florida State 2017 Pro Day Recap

Lady Eagles Lindsay John Understands Transitioning

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – She went from playing high school basketball in Cholet, France and learning how to communicate in English with her Lady Eagles teammates. Now she is working towards helping her team win the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Basketball Championship.

From an early age, she wanted to play in the United States.

“It was kind of like a goal,” Lady Eagles guard LindsayJohn said. “My brother, when I was six and he was ten said when we’re older, we’re gonna play in America.”

John came from a basketball family. Her brother played a year of college basketball in America, and her father played for Cholet Basket, a professional team in France.

And when a mutual friend of her and TCC head coach Franqua Bedell came to her about TCC, she was interested.

“He told me that coach Q would build me,”John said. “Not only as a basketball player but as a woman. So I thought that’s exactly what I need because I’m gonna be far from my family.” 

photos courtesy of TCC Sports Information
Photo courtesy of TCC Sports Information

Continue reading Lady Eagles Lindsay John Understands Transitioning

TCC Rob Chaney Earns Athletic Director of the Year Award

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee Community College Athletic Director Rob Chaney has been chosen as a  Junior/Community College Athletic Director of the year by The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The award is given to four athletic directors in each division of collegiate play, from the Community College level all the way to NCAA Division 1. Continue reading TCC Rob Chaney Earns Athletic Director of the Year Award

Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

 Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State football is back in full swing this week. The Seminoles started spring practice this Monday, with lots of new and returning faces.

Sophomore defensive back Derwin James is back after missing 11 games last season with a torn meniscus, and five-star running back Cam Akers donned the garnet and gold for the first time.

With seven early enrollees, a few players coming back from injury, and some guys who were up-and-coming toward the end of last year, there are several people to be watching this spring. Continue reading Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

TCC Men’s Basketball Face St. Petersburg College at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Kevin Murphy, Correspondent (@KevinMurphyFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team are on their way to the state tournament in Ocala for the second year in a row, both years being the first two of Coach Mark White’s tenure at Tallahassee Community College.

The Eagles head to Ocala with a season record of 24-6 overall, 7-5 in Panhandle Conference play, and looking to end a two game losing streak.

They also look to eventually reach the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas after falling just one game short last year after losing in the state tournament’s championship game to Northwest Florida State College. 

A possible rematch in the final game of the tournament with Northwest Florida looms, a fact that is not lost on the players and Coach White.

“Definitely, going to that game is definitely extra motivation,” said TCC Eagles freshman guard Jeremy Hayes said when asked about the possible matchup in the tournament. ” I feel that we really got a chip on our shoulder and we are ready for this tournament.” Continue reading TCC Men’s Basketball Face St. Petersburg College at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Lady Eagles Face Palm Beach State College in State Tournament

Kevin Murphy, Correspondent (@KevinMurphyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College women’s basketball team are headed to their first state tournament since 2010. They will play Southern Conference Champion and nationally-ranked Palm Beach State College tonight at 8 p.m. in Ocala for their first meeting this season.

The Eagles head to the tournament ranked 9th in the final NJCAA poll. They also have top 5 scorer in the country Lawriell Wilson leading them in this historically successful season. Wilson recently received the honor of being named the Panhandle Conference’s women’s basketball player of the year, being only the second TCC player ever to receive the award.

She also looks to become TCC’s all-time leading scorer with only 15 points separating her from clinching the record.

“I’m just focused on the game, it’ll come,”  Lady Eagles Sophomore Guard Lawriell Wilson when asked by Franchise Sports reporters about her potentially reaching this milestone in the game tonight.

Teammate Japonica James was also named the Panhandle Conference Freshman of the year. Another standout this year has been freshman Jas Hill, who averaged 15 points per game in conference play. All three were named to the 2017 Coaches’ All-Panhandle Conference team as well.

Palm Beach State enters the tournament on a two game skid after only losing two games the entire season. The Eagles will look to hand PBS their third straight loss in order to move on to the next round and play the winner of a matchup between Gulf Coast State and Central Florida.

Lady Eagles Regular Season Recap

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter)

TALLLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee Community College’s women’s basketball team ended their season off on a good note, by defeating Northwest Florida State 95-67 on Sophomore Night at the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.

Both teams started of slow, until the Lady Eagles started to get things going in the second period. Never trailing in all four quarters, and with the help of Lawriell Wilson scoring a game high 27 points, Japonica James with 10 rebounds and Lindsay Jones with six assist.

“We came out a little slow,” said Lady Eagles Sophomore Guard Lawriell Wilson, who was recognized for becoming just the second female player in school history to score 1,000 career points. “I feel like my energy was low, and that the team feeds off me. I picked it up a little bit, and our energy went up. It all worked out.”  

Wilson was recently named the Panhandle Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Wilson, who has played in all 28 games, also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals. She is shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent on three-pointers and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line.

“Ten rebounds,” said TCC Freshman Forward Janoica James. “I did not play good, but if I can’t do nothing I feel like (can contribute with gaining rebounds) I should do that.”

The Lady Eagles ended their regular season 22-6. They also went on a 12- game winning streak to start the season.

“We had some adversity and hit some bumps,” said TCC Head Coach Franqua Bedell also known as Coach Q on his team’s 12-game winning streak earlier this season. “We finally came together and everybody is on one page.”

With the regular season over, the Lady Eagles have now been focusing on the FCSAA State/NJCAA District VIII Tournament in Ocala.

TCC Baseball Extend their Winning Streak to Seven Games

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles (13-10) defeated the East Georgia State Bobcats to extend 7-2 to extend their winning streak to seven games. 

TCC scored first when Myron Mebane drove home Tanner Thomas on a single to center. After starting the season 0-for-13, he’s turned it around and is 4-for-11 in his last four games. 

This is the seventh straight game in which the Eagles have scored in the first inning.

The Eagles scored a run in each of the first four innings. A single by Bryce Plummer brought home Jack Hartman in the second inning, and a sacrifice fly by Thomas allowed the second run of the inning to score. 

Nick Blasucci drove home Deyvid Silva in the third inning to give TCC a 4-0 lead.

Already with a run on the board in the fifth inning, Silva knocked in two more runs to provide the Eagles with a 7-0 cushion. The Eagles didn’t score the rest of the game, but their pitching staff took care of business.

Starting pitcher Hunter Tinsley pitched four innings and gave up four hits and no earned runs. The only time he got in trouble was in the top of the fifth, when he gave up a walk to the first three batters of the inning. TCC Coach Mike McCleod pulled him and Jake Hunkiar came in relief. He retired the first two batters, and it appeared that he’d retire the third and get out of the jam. However, first baseman Blasucci couldn’t field an errant throw by shortstop Silva to end the inning. The error allowed two runs to score. Silva made up for it on the very next play and got the final out of the sixth.

Nick Marchese came in the seventh to closed out the next three innings for the Eagles. He retired seven of his first eight batters. Six of those batters were struck out. Over three innings, he gave up no hits, three walks, and struck out seven. 

TCC plays East Georgia State again on Saturday at 1:00, and Grand Rapids Community College at 6:00

Sports Brief: TCC Guard Lawriell Wilson Named Player of the Year

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent ( @AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Panhandle Conference Women’s player of the year this past Monday. She is the second female from TCC to win the award, with Shamar Harris doing it most recently in 2008.

The sophomore from Kenner, La lead the state in points per game (21.1), and was sxith-best in the conference in 3-point percentage (34.7 percent). On February 18, she became the second player in TCC women’s history to reach 1,000 career points. In 28 games this season, she also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.1 steals.

Perhaps her most memorable performance was during TCC’s upset against reining national champion Gulf Coast State. In the 89-78 victory, Wilson notched 29 points on a 13-for-19 shooting performance. She also pulled down five rebounds and had five assists.

On Wednesday, March 8, her and the Eagles will begin play at the state tournament where she will be just 15 points shy of breaking the TCC scoring record.