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TCC Baseball Coach Mike McCleod picked up his 900th career victory

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles used a six-run sixth inning to win and give head coach Mike McCleod his 900th career win as the Eagles (9-10) defeated the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.) 11-6. 

 All of  coach Mike McCleod wins have come during his 27-year tenure at TCC. During his time as an Eagle, his teams have won five Panhandle Conference Championships, most recently in 2013.

“I’m just very grateful that I’ve had the longevity to have associated with these young men,” said McCloud, who was also an assistant under Florida State head coach Mike Martin from 1982-1990. “What it means to me is just remembering all the times.”

Both teams traded runs in the first. CVCC’s Kurt Ornowski reached on an error and was later driven in by Carson Hughes. In the bottom of the inning, Jordan Curtis walked aboard and scored on a passed ball. 

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Eagles End Six-Game Losing Streak

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent ( @AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles (8-10) got their first win in six games in a 9-6 victory against the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.)

TCC opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Tanner Thomas (2-for-5) hit a single and stole a base to get himself into scoring position, and Cole Vann (2-for-4) drove him home for his first of three RBI for the game. 

Starting pitching for TCC was shaky once again. Nick Blasucci (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) walked two batters and hit one to load the bases in the the second inning. That’s when CVCC’s Isaac Phillips drove him Jaylen Smith to tie the game at one.

In the top of the third, CVCC strung together three hits to start the inning. A.J. Willoughby scored on a single by Brandon Hill, and Jayson Cook drove home Carson Hughes for the second run of the inning. Hill scored on the same play after a throwing error by Deyvid Silva.

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Chatt Valley Defeats Eagles Friday to take Series Opener

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – A four run second inning wasn’t enough for the Tallahassee Community  College Eagles (7-10), as they fell to the NJCAA No. 6 Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.), 9-6.

After the Pirates scored three runs in the first two innings, Deyvid
Silva and Tucker Rayburn started got walked to begin the bottom of the second, and Chris Clark was hit by a pitch. Silva scored on a wild
pitch by Chandler Newman for the Eagles’ first run of the game.
Haughton got hit by a pitch to make the bases loaded once again, and Jack Hartman showed his patience by forcing another walk, driving in Rayburn in the process.

Newman was pulled after facing five batters in the inning, walking three and hitting two. The Eagles were able to get one more run off of new pitcher Charles Crosby when Tanner Thomas hit into a fielder’s choice and drove Clark home.

The Eagles notched one more run in the fourth when Josh Nothdorft
drove home Haughton. The 5-3 lead would be the Eagles’ largest of the night.

Eagle starting pitcher Brooks Buckler (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB)
had his shakiest outing of the season against a Chattahoochee team
that came into the game with a .337 batting average.

He settled down after the second inning, giving up only one hit
between the third and fifth innings. However, things started to
unravel in the sixth for him and TCC. MJ Rookard was hit by a pitch
and advanced to sacrifice bunt. Brandon Hill hit a routine fly ball to
left field, but a botched catch allowed Rookard to score, and Hill to
reach second. Jayson Cook singled to left and got Hill to third. TCC
got Isaac Phillips to ground out, and Hartman made a phenomenal play to throw Cook trying to make it from first to third. However, before the play was complete, they allowed Hill to score, tying the game at five apiece.

The Eagles scored once more in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a
single by Curtis to drive home Hartman.

Alex Stobert came on to pitch in the seventh for the Eagles, but
didn’t last long. He faced four batters, and gave up three hits and
three runs. He picked up his first loss of the season.

With the 9-6 loss, the Eagles have lost five straight, and 10 of their last 12.

They continue their three-game weekend series against the Pirates
Saturday Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Recap: The Godby Cougars Defeats the Mosley Dolphins, 71-40

Janne Mundin, Correspondent (@JMundinFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Godby varsity basketball team defeated the Mosley Dolphins, 71-40,  Thursday, February 16. This game was part of the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship – Class 6A Semifinals.

Senior Corbin Merritt and Junior Trey Jones were the top scorer for Godby, scoring 18 points. Mosley was led by Senior Jacorian Calloway with the score of 18 points, followed by Junior Stacy Burse, scoring 9 points.

The Cougars came out strong in the first few minutes, scoring 13 points. Mosley fell behind quickly, and didn’t score at all until much later in the 1st quarter, ending the first quarter with the score 18-7. The Dolphins pulled through on the 2nd quarter, led by Jacorian Calloway, scoring 10 points. Godby led during halftime, 40-20.

Janne Mundin

Both teams experienced technical foul at the same time during 2nd quarter, scoring 1 point each  by Godby’s Jones and Mosley”s Calloway.

“When it comes to games, [Merritt] is really good”  Godby’s coach Andrew Colville said. “He’s an MVP in Las Vegas during a tournament.”

Godby Cougars will be going against Rickard Raiders on Tuesday, February 21st for the regional Semifinals. The winner will then advance to the Regional Semifinals on February 24th.

Game Preview: No. 6 Florida State Seminoles host Clemson Tigers on Saturday

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State women’s basketball team (23-4 ,11-3 at home) will face off against the Clemson Tigers (14-13, 3-6 on the road) on Saturday afternoon February 18 at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Both teams are coming off a lost. Florida State is coming off a 51-60 lost against Virginia. Clemson is coming off a 84-80 lost against Notre Dame. Both teams will be looking to earn  a win. 

During FSU’s last game against Virginia, junior forward Shakayla Thomas suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter, her return is questionable for Saturday’s game. 

Thomas is FSU’s top scorer, who averages 15.2 points per game. She has 11 points before leaving the game Thursday night. 

Last season, Florida state defeated the Lady Tigers 75-56.

The Florida State Seminoles are 72.3 in PPG, 46.3 in FG% , 71.5 in FT% and 37.2 in 3pt %.

Clemson Tigers is 75.3 in PPG , 45.2 in FG%, 71.6 in FT%  and 36.1 in 3PT%.

Both teams are coming off a surprising lost and both are looking for a much needed win.

Preview: Mosely Dolphins vs. Godby Cougars

Janne Ree Kiesha Mundin, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Godby Cougars will have a home game against Mosely Dolphins (Panama City FL) this Thursday, February 16 at Goby, 7:00pm EST. This is part of the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship for the Class 6A.

Last season, the Cougars played the Dolphins twice during a non-conference game.

The Godby High School Boys’ Basketball Varsity team won the regular games, scoring 64-30 first match, and a close score of 63-61 on the final game.

So far, the Dolphins are ranked 126 in Florida and 3,035 nationwide, with an overall score of 18-10. The Cougars are 23-1, ranking fifth in the state of Florida and ranking 81 nationwide.

The winner will advance to the 2017 FHSAA Regional Semifinals on February 21st, 7:00pm EST.

Sports Brief: Rickards 50, Lincoln 63 Final

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@BriBiancardiFS on Twitter) 

It was senior night last Wednesday at Rickards High School, as the Raiders played host to the  Lincoln Trojans.

Rickards (17-5) entered the game as the 25th ranked team in the state, but they would have a tough test in this matchup, as the sixth ranked Trojans (18-2) came into this game having lost only twice in their 20 games this season.

Lincoln came out strong offensively, led by senior big-man Dwight Wilson, who recorded 20-points and helped lead his team to a 63-50 victory.

While they did come up short in this one, Rickards was able to put up 50 points, as junior guard Vincent McCray was hot from beyond the arc, knocking down five three-pointers.

“We played hard,” said Lincoln Head Coach Dimitric Salters after the game as e summed up his team’s performance on the court. “We played smart.”

The Trojans’ schedule won’t get any easier for them, as they get set for the District Semifinal this Tuesday. Coach Salters stressed the importance of preparation, citing practice and taking advantage of other teams’ weaknesses as the keys to his team’s success moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Raiders will look to bounce back from their 13-point defeat and close out the season strong.

TCC Baseball Loses 3rd straight game, this time to No. 2 Santa Fe Saints

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

The Tallahassee Community College baseball team dropped its third straight game on Monday in a 3-1 loss to the NJCAA No. 8/Region 8 No. 2 Santa Fe Saints.

Both teams were locked in a pitching battle early on. Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, neither team had given up a run or a hit. That all changed when TCC’s Chris Hawkins delivered a single off of Santa Fe pitcher Kyle Morton. However Morton kept the shutout going until Deyvid Silva drove home a run in the sixth. That would be TCC’s only run of the game.

The Santa Fe bullpen combined for three innings, striking out three and giving up no runs.

Tallahassee pitcher Brooks Buckler came out of the gates looking like he was ready to throw another gem. Coming into the game, he has pitched eight straight innings without giving up a run. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but after a single, wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly, the Saints scored twice in the inning.

In the next inning, Santa Fe’s Stephen Smith reached base on an error by TCC second baseman Josh Nothdorft. Smith then stole second base and later scored on a throwing error by Chris Clark.

Santa Fe only had three hits, but reached base through six walks and two batters hit by a pitch. TCC committed three errors.

This is the third straight loss for TCC after starting the season 5-0. They will play again on Wednesday against Florida State College at Jacksonville.

 

FAMU Legend Bob Hayes Honored by NFL at Super Bowl LI

 

By: Florida A&M University Sports Information Department 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 17) – Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes, undoubtedly the greatest male student-athlete produced by the legendary athletic program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), will be among 28 historically Black college and university (HBCU) gridiron greats to be honored in February by the National Football League (NFL) during the Super Bowl LI festivities in Houston, Texas.

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In December 2016, the NFL joined with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to kick off an enhanced partnership initiative titled, “Strength of HBCUs: Impacting Pro Football Since 1948.”  The goal of the partnership is to celebrate and honor the history and impact HBCUs and their players have had on the game while increasing career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.

The NFL announced that its celebration of the influence of HBCUs and their players will continue at this year’s Super Bowl, where it will honor the 28 Pro Football Hall of Fame players who attended HBCUs, culminating with an on-field, pregame ceremony featuring the Hall of Famers at NRG Stadium on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Hayes was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 2009, seven years after his death in September of 2002, at the age of 59. The legendary two-sport Rattler was credited by many with revolutionizing the game of professional football with his world-class sprinter’s speed. In addition to a successful career with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and a stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Hayes was an Olympic gold medalist, and earned the nicknames, “Bullet Bob” and “World’s Fastest Human.”

FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., expressed the University’s appreciation for the NFL’s commitment to HBCUs, and for the unique way it will honor one of the institution’s most beloved sons.

“I commend the NFL for honoring Bob Hayes along with the other well-deserving HBCU greats,” Robinson said. “I look forward to representing FAMU and Rattler sports at one of the world’s most widely viewed athletic events.”

He added, “The University has worked with the NFL on several previous occasions, including our Marching ‘100’s’ performance at Super Bowl XLI with the late music legend, Prince. We look forward to a growing and fruitful relationship with one of the most influential brands in the world.”

In a recent statement, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said, “the HBCU influence on the NFL goes beyond the evolution of the game and reaches deep into the very fabric of football.”

“Our partnership with the HBCUs is an important initiative which celebrates the tremendous legacy fostered by these institutions that continue to contribute a standard of excellence and character for our game,” Vincent said.

RECAP: Lincoln Suffer Another Tough Loss to Godby on Senior Night

Brittany Defran, Correspondent (@BrittDefranFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – You could tell all eyes were on the Lincoln High School basketball last night as the controversy concerning the Trojans head coach still remained in the air on senior night.

The Trojans faced the Godby Cougars (22-1) at home in their last non-conference game of the season. Lincoln would put up a great fight early, but ultimately came up short, losing 38-48.

The night began with the honoring of eight senior players for the Trojans and highlighted their next steps as they move onto the next journey of their careers.

It was a quick start to the game for Lincoln as they are known for starting off games fast and strong. The Trojans would take the lead with junior Trinton Bryant opening the game with a shot from behind the three-point line. The Cougars with a shooting average of 65% fought to catch up to Lincoln.

Lincoln went on a 7-0 run with only 3:40 left in the first period.

The Trojans struggled to control the ball in the beginning of the second period, causing multiple turnovers and allowing the Cougars to gain the lead going into the halftime, 22-25.

As the third period of the game commenced, it seemed as if Lincoln had lost their momentum. And,  was then now trailing behind Godby.

The Trojan senior Dwight Wilson, who averages 16.1 points per game at center, shot back-to-back layups putting the Trojans right behind the Cougars, 28-29 with 5:30 left in the third period.

The Cougars would control the lead at the start of the final period.

Brittany Defran
Photo By: Brittany Defran

Senior Derrion Fluka for the Trojans seemed to help get his teams momentum back-up in the fourth period. The 6-9 power forward Derrion Fluka was not only a key player in the game, but was also honored Wednesday as he signed his commitment letter for a full-ride scholarship to Madison University.

Both seniors Fluka and Wilson stepped up in the fourth period of the game helping the Trojans battle back to bring the Trojans within 10-points during the final stretch. But, it wouldn’t be enough.

They both would combine for a total of 20-points of the Trojans’ 38-points. 

The No. 6 ranked team in the state now moves onto next weeks district tournaments with a fresh start in the postseason.

After the game, Lincoln interim coach Clemon Johnson reminded his team that the Cougars, who are ranked No. 5 in the state, are not Lincoln’s district opponents.

RECAP: Eagles beat Hawks, 12-4, To Improve to 5-0

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles baseball team defeated the South Georgia State Hawks in a 12-4 blowout Wednesday afternoon. Reigning NJCAA Region 8 pitcher of the week Brooks Buckler had a short, but effective outing. In three innings, he gave up two hits and zero runs. He’s on an eight inning scoreless streak to start the season.

The Eagles first got on the board with a three-run homer by Aaron Haughton in the bottom of the first. Coming into the game, he was 4-for-8.

TCC manager Mike McCleod is impressed with his start to the season.

“I was very pleased with Haughton and how much he’s got going at the plate right now,” said McCloud. “He’s hitting the ball very hard and that home run he hit was a bullet.”

Casey Cribb would later hit a home run of his own. It was a two-run shot in the third inning to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. He went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. The Eagles notched two more runs in the fourth inning.

Jordan Curtis came in as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and delivered a hard hit ball to left-center. He legged out a triple and drove in two runs. The Eagles added two more runs later in the inning.

Octavio Marin came in to pitch with two runners on and two outs in the top of the fifth. He pitched two innings and got his first win of the season.

Tallahassee Community College and South Georgia State will play again on Friday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in Douglas, Ga.

TCC Eagles Win Season Opener, 7-2

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – It was a cold night in Tallahassee as the Tallahassee Community College Eagles cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Pasco-Hernando State Conquistadors. TCC starting pitcher Brooks Buckler made sure the Conquistador’s bats were cold too. Through five innings, he gave up no hits and no walks. He also struck out four.

Offensively, it was hard for the Eagles to get going early on. Lead-off hitter Bret Maxwell got on base in the first inning, but was caught stealing.

In the bottom of the second inning, Casey Cribb and Tucker Rayburn got on base with no outs. Jack Hartman hit the ball right at Pasco-Hernando pitcher Tyler Beck, who then bobbled the ball. That allowed Cribb and Rayburn to advance, but Hartman mistakenly started running towards second base after the bobble. And, was thrown out when trying to get back to first base. Myron Mebane flied out, and Jordan Curtis struck out. Suddenly, the rally was over.

The Eagles turned it around in the third. Chris Clark started the inning with a triple, and would later score on a wild pitch. The Eagles scored three more times in the inning, with runs scored by Deyvid Silva, Casey Cribb, and Tucker Rayburn.

Jack Hartman scored for the Eagles in the fifth. Then two runs by Clark and Maxwell gave the Eagles all the insurance they needed.

Although the Eagles won easily, manager Mike McLeod said the offense should’ve capitalized more on their opportunities.

“We swung at a lot of air tonight when we had guys in scoring position. We got to learn how to put the ball in play,” said McLeod, who is in his 27th year as TCC’s manager. “When we got the other team down, we gotta kick them, and we’ve gotta keep them down. We had many opportunities to really drive home the final nail and we never did. We kept them in the game.”

In the top of the sixth, Pasco-Hernando got on the board when first baseman Alex Reynolds drove home Tyree Austin on a single to shallow left. The next inning, left fielder Jose Oliva smashed a ball over the left field fence for a solo home run.

Christian Dearman finished the last 2.1 innings for the Eagles. He gave up no runs, and struck out three.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Jan. 28. The first game starts at 1:00 p.m