Florida State senior forward Shakayla Thomas name added to the Wooden award list

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The John R. Wooden award is usually given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players. The award’s preseason top-30 list was presented on ESPN and the Lady Noles senior forward Shakayla Thomas was one of the names on there. This list is chosen by the members of the preseason poll of national woman’s college basketball.

Through two preseason games, Thomas leads the Seminoles with 19.5 points per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Last week, the Seminoles took on Jacksonville State and won 75-51. In that game, Thomas had 27 points and six rebounds. This week the Lady Noles will play an away game against the Florida Gators on Friday at 7 p.m.

Japonica James Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – TCC’s forward, Japonica James, was named NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week. This is her second straight week being named Region 8 Player of the year.

For this week, James averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and one block in two wins against Santa Fe College and Vincennes University.

James posted a double-double with both wins, as she had 16 points and 10 rebounds against Santa Fe College and 30 points and 16 rebounds against Vincennes University, which extends her streak to her fourth straight game with a double-double.

In total, James shot 68-percent from the floor, with her going 17-of-25, and 70.6 percent from the free throw line, going 12-of-17. James has also moved into second place, nationally, in scoring, averaging 24 ppg.

James and the TCC Eagles will end the month of November playing in the Budke/Serna Classic, facing off against McLennan Community College on November 24th and Cisco College on November 25th.

Florida State Heads To The Jamaica Classic Tournament

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Jamaica Classic Tournament will debut as the newest college basketball preseason tournament November 17, 2017. The games will all be played in the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica beginning Friday, November 17 and lasting until Sunday, November 19.

The event is being collectively hosted by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, and SMG.

The seven participating teams include; Florida State University, Miami University, Liu Brooklyn, Colorado State, Fordham University, Tulane University, and University of Hartford. No team competing in the tournament is ranked in the top 25.

A total of eight games will be played in a battle to win the first Jamaica Classic Tournament. Each team will play either two or three games total. Six of the eight games will be nationally aired by CBS Sports.

The tournament will open with Colorado State against Tulane, 2p.m. EST on November 17.

The Florida State Seminoles will first play Fordham University on November 17 at 6 p.m. The Seminoles will play again on November 19 against Colorado State at 5 p.m. Both Florida State games will be nationally aired to watch.

The intended annual event will conclude with the final game of the tournament will be played November 18, 2017 at 12 a.m., Miami University v Liu Brooklyn.

The hosts of the Jamaica Classic Tournament are hoping to establish the tournament as a premier pre-season destination for the future. The tournament is also hoped to attract sports fans worldwide and promote the Island, adding to Jamaica’s view as a sports destination.

Preview Tallahassee Community College vs Hillsborough Community College

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- 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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TCC Men No. 3 In Latest Poll

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

The Tallahassee Community College Eagles men’s basketball team entered this week at No. 3 in the second NJCAA Region 8 Coaches’ Poll of the regular season. The Eagles (3-0) had one game scheduled against South Georgia Technical College during this voting period, which included games between Nov. 6-12, but that game was postponed due to excessive condensation on the court.

The Eagles dropped one spot from last week after beating both Mineral Area College (Mo.) and Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) by 15 points during the first voting period. Chipola College switched spots with Tallahassee after going 3-0 last week, winning by an average margin of 26 points. The Eagles already notched a 72-63 victory against Albany Technical College this past Monday, and return to Tallahassee for their home opener tonight against No. 7 St. Petersburg.



Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers’ new head coach Robert McCullum made his first appearance in Monday night’s home opener against the Johnson University Suns.

McCullum is a former University of Oregon men’s basketball assistant and a head coach at the University of South Florida and Western Michigan University.

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The Rattlers had yet to have a game until Monday night while the Suns came into the contest with a 0-2 record.  FAMU standout small forward Desmond Williams, a senior from Alpine, Ala., averaged 16.2 points per game while shooting 48% from the field during the 2016-17 season.

Williams continued his high scoring with 14 points in the first half alone but had four turnovers. Turnovers were the main story for the Rattlers during the first half, as they committed 13.

“We talked about it at halftime. Some of them were unforced on our part, but yet that pace lends itself to that. Quite frankly, we didn’t want to turn it over a single time in the second half, but it feels good knowing we only turned it over six times in the second half,” McCullum said.

At halftime, the Rattlers led the Suns 44-35, with Williams leading in scoring. Isaiah Martin led the team at the half with five rebounds. Marcus Barham also scored seven points and tallied five assists.

In the second half, the Rattlers began to pull away from the Suns. Williams continued his scoring outburst in the second half with 10 more points bringing his total to 24 for the game. He also led the team in rebounds with 10 as the FAMU defeated the Suns 107-71.

“I got to take it one game at a time. I scored a couple points tonight.  It felt good mentally to be in a groove, but now this game is behind me. Times, feelings and vibes change as the season goes so I just have to stay humble and approach it one game at a time and one possession at a time,” Williams said.

The win gives the Rattlers a 1-0 record as they head to Phoenix, Arizona to play the Grand Canyon Antelopes on Nov. 10.



Lady Seminoles open season against North Florida

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Florida State Lady Seminoles basketball team will host North Florida in their season opener on Friday at the Donald Tucker Center at 7 p.m.

The Seminoles enter this season No. 18 in the woman’s basketball AP rankings.

In last week’s exhibition game, Florida State took on Columbus State and won by a score of 102-49. Senior forward Shakayla Thomas had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nikki Ekhoma was 8-of-13 with 17 Points and eight rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Imani Wright contributed with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Redshirt guard AJ Alix, who is a transfer, also contributed with eight assists and 12 points and senior center Chatrice White had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Lady Noles shot 56.3 percent and 46-of-71 from the floor, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range.

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.

The Lady Seminoles advance in the NCAA Tournament

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State University Seminoles headed into the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament’s first round on Friday. The Seminoles started the tournament 12-6-1 as a number 4 seed.

The Seminoles ended up advancing in the NCAA Championship Tournament by defeating Ole Miss 5-0 at home.  This allows the Seminoles to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will take on the University of Arizona WildCats on Nov. 10 at a neutral site.

Deyna Castellanos scored two goals in Friday’s contest, including a quick goal scored within the first four minutes.  These two goals increase her goal total for 2017 to 17, which is the most goals by a Seminole since 2012 when Tiffany McCarthy did the same.

The 5-0 shutout was also goalkeeper Cassie Miller’s 47th in her FSU career.

Arizona defeated Texas Christian University in the first round by a score of 2-1 also on Friday.


Lincoln Gives Godby first loss of the season 

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The undefeated Godby Cougars football team took on the Lincoln Trojans hoping to get their tenth-straight and final win of the regular season.

The first quarter started off with a forced fumble from Lincoln, that gave the Cougars good field position. Godby scored a touchdown on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rasean Mckay to Clevland Blackshear with 8:52 left on the clock.

Lincoln answers back with a touchdown pass from Christopher Beard to Marko Skarica with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter that tied the ball game, 7-7.

The Cougars started off the second quarter with a forty-yard pass from Rasean Mckay to Clevland Blackshear which made the way for a two-yard touchdown run by Tony Street. The Cougars fumbled the snap on the extra-point which made the score 13-7. Later in the quarter Lincoln responded with a touchdown pass from Christopher Beard to Marko Skarica  giving Lincoln the lead, 13-14.

In the third quarter, the Cougars turned the ball over on two occasions with a fumble and an interception.

Late in the fourth quarter the Cougars stopped the Trojans on the one-yard line. The Cougars were able to take over at the one-yard line and scored with :46 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a deep touchdown pass from Rasean Mckay to Alvin Jones. That put the Cougars on top with a score of 19-13. The Trojans got the ball back with :11 seconds left on the clock and scored with a H ail Mary pass to end the game. Leaving the Cougars stunned, 20 -19.

Godby takes down Florida High on homecoming

Tyson Campbell, Correspondent (@TysonCampbellFS) On Twitter

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Godby Cougars headed into their homecoming game against Florida High with an undefended record of 8-0. The Seminoles were 4-4.

In the first quarter, The Seminol #4 the senior, Kevin Sawyer Jr. is brought down at the 23-yard line. By 9:00 into the first quarter the Seminoles turn over the ball at the 32rd yard-line. Within 8:00 the Cougars retain the ball. By 6:36, #36 Que Smith runs from the 31 to the 12-yard line. On the next position, #19 Beto Aguirre scores for the Cougars in the first- quarter. As the Seminoles retain the ball again, the quarterback Bryson Hill has trouble try to get a first down.
Florida High punts the ball with 1:21 left in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter, #2 Tony Street runs on first- down runs from the 30 to the 51-yard line to end the quarter.

By the second quarter Cougars are up 10 to 0. #15 Resean Mckay throws a large pass to #10 Cleveland
Blackshear that inches to the cougars to the 10 yard line, inside the Seminoles territory. Cougars get to
third down and are not able to get the first down. The Seminoles with 0 unanswered points, try to bring
back the offense and still couldn’t maintain a first-down. Within 10: 26 into the second quarter,
Nicholas Dixon scores for the Cougars. By the end of the second half Cougars and Seminoles had two
turnovers, but the cougars stayed strong lead 17to 0.

By the third and fourth quarter, The Cougars score 37 points with the help of #2 Tony Street, #35
Kamron Martin and Resean Mckay. #15 Will Haigler for the Seminoles scroes a touchdown for Florida
High. In the fourth quarter, The Seminoles have the ball, and on second down Keldrick Pompey makes
an interception for the Cougars in the end of the fourth. Cougars take the lead against Florida High 37-7.

Coach Jarrod Hickman said, of Florida State Seminoles. “ Tough lost tonight, I am proud of my guys, we battled really hard. “