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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.

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.

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.

 

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

Raiders Snap Eagles 24-Game Home Court Winning Streak

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., – (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state, both undefeated, playing a rematch of last year’s State Championship. It would only make sense that the game would come down to the wire.

The Northwest Florida State Raiders defeated the Tallahassee Community College Eagles 78-76.

Tallahassee head coach Mark was previously 23-0 at home with the Eagles.

“It’s one of those games where if you’re sitting at home, and you’re getting ready to watch a college basketball game, you know it’s between two of the best teams in the country,” said TCC Head Coach Mark White. “And when the game is over, you say ‘man that was a great game.” 

The first half was neck and neck. The Raiders got out to a 21-13 lead at one point, but Tallahassee never let them go on a substantial run. With 8:24 left in the half, Tallahassee had a 2-point lead, but that would be the only lead they had for the half.

Tallahassee’s Deion Bute opened the second half with a bucket, and the Eagles went on a 9-2 run in the first four minutes. Bute ended with 9-points and six rebounds.

During the last eight minutes, the game was tied six times.

With 29 seconds left, Bute grabbed a rebound and drew a shooting foul on the other end of the floor. Down by one, he hit one of two free throws to tie it at 76-76.

 With less than 20 seconds left, Northwest Florida got the ball and pushed up the court. The Raider’s Daryl Edwards hit a layup with three seconds left to break the tie. Edwards led his team in scoring with 20 points.

Tallahassee’s Kiair Crouch pushed up the floor and tried for the buzzer-beater, but was double-teamed, and didn’t get a shot off. Many of Tallahassee’s players, especially Crouch, thought there was significant contact made on the shot.

“It’s one game,” said coach White, whose team is now 3-1 in conference play. “If you win, you enjoy it till 11:30 tomorrow… If you lose, you pout around a little bit, and by 11:30 it’s over with.”

Sophomore David Simmons lead all scorers with a season high 28-points.

Tallahassee looks to regain their momentum on Tuesday against Pensacola State at home.

Preview: Lady Eagles will host Region 8 No. 6/NJCAA No. 15 Northwest Florida State College

Janne Mundin, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Women’s Basketball team will face the Northwest Florida State College Raiders at home in the Eagledome Saturday, January 21st at 5:30 EST.

Currently, the TCC Women’s Basketball team is ranked No.11 by the NJCAA and No. 3 in Region six, which is led by Coach Franqua Bedel.

Last season, the Raiders defeated the Lady Eagles, 70-64. The Eagles were led by Eboni Watts, who had 26-points.

Overall, the TCC Eagles scored 29-points in the first half, and 35-points the second half. Meanwhile, the Raiders scored 33-points, and 37-points in the second half of the game. Both teams gave up 23-points off of turnovers.

TCC Eagle’s Lawriell Wilson was given the honor of being named the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball player of the week for January 9-15. She is currently a sophomore and is the top scorer in Region 8.

A win tomorrow will ultimately give one of the team the advantage in advancing in the 2016-2017 finals.

Preview: No.1 TCC Eagles, No.2 NWF State Raiders Set for Big Matchup

Janne Ree Kiesha Mundin, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.) – The Tallahassee Community College Men’s Basketball team will face Northwest Florida State College Raiders, at home inside the Bill Hebrock Eagledome on Saturday, January 21st at 7:30 EST.

This will be the first of two matchups between these to top ranked teams this season. NWF State is currently ranked No.11 in the country, and second. On the other hand, TCC is ranked No. 7 in the country and No. 1 in the state.

Last season, the Raiders took home the victory with a final of 81-72. During the first half of that game, TCC Eagles scored 33-points, following 39-points the second half of the game; meanwhile NWF State Raiders scored 42-points in the first half of play, and finished off the second half scoring 39-points.

Overall, the Eagles gained 45-points from rebounds, and gave up 13-points on turnovers.

The TCC Men’s Basketball team was able to win 20 out of 21 games this season, they have been led by second-year Coach Mark White. They were able to successfully achieve 10-0 for the first time in over 16 years this year, which was earned with a win against Albany Technical College, 90-60.

The Raiders are led by Coach Steve DeMeo, whose team is on a five-game win streak, and have won 17 of their 19 games this 2016-17 season.

In the 2015 season, the Raiders successfully won the NJCAA Championship against the South Plains College in overtime, with a score of 83-80.