TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College women’s basketball team beat Trinity Valley Community College 64-51 on March 24 to win their first National Junior Athletic Association Women’s Basketball National Championship.
The leading scorer for the Lady Eagles (29-6, 8-5) was freshman guard Nakiah Black off of the bench, pacing the team with 13 points, five rebounds, three steals and one block. Freshman forward Jamyra McChristine finished second in points with 12, seven rebounds and one block. Japonica James ended the game with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Mercedes Brooks led the Lady Cardinals (32-6, 16-4) with 17 points, six rebounds and one steal. This was her fourth consecutive game scoring in the double digits. Michal Miller finished with 10 points, three rebounds and one block.
The Lady Eagles shot 39 percent from the floor compared to the Lady Cardinals’ 31 percent. Tallahassee recorded 48 rebounds to Trinity Valley’s 38. The Eagles also shot 37 percent from the three-point line.
The Lady Eagles forced 14 turnovers and turned them into 12 points. The Cardinals scored two points off of TCC’s 11 turnovers.
This is the Lady Eagles first women’s basketball championship and the first national title for the school since the softball team won the NJCAA crown in 1994.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles baseball team (22-7, 7-5 ACC) fell short by a score of 6-1 against the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals (19-8, 5-7 ACC) Saturday afternoon at the Dick Howser stadium.
The Seminoles struggled on the offensive side, ending the game with one run and four hits. Head coach Mike Martin talked about the team’s performance today and for the series.
“I want our guys to know that they battle. They kept battling and I’m very proud of how we played this entire weekend,” Martin said. “When we have an opportunity to win the third game and secure a sweep and we don’t we are disappointed”.
As far as relief pitching, the Seminoles’ C.J Van Eyke ended the game allowing only two hits, one run, three walks and one error. Martin talked about Van Eyke’s performance and his chances of hopefully being a starter.
“C.J Van Eyke pitched very well for six innings. Two hits, one run and four strikeouts…that is pretty impressive. I am very very proud of C.J and how he took charge of the ball game,” Martin said. “Yes, he is in the conversation. He enjoys competition, he controls his emotion, he doesn’t put undue pressure on himself, he is a battler and he is a winner.”
The Seminoles will go up against the Jacksonville Dolphins April 4 at the Dick Howser Stadium at 6.00 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – In order to understand the Godby Cougars boy’s head basketball coach Andrew Colville, you have to first know who has helped shape and impact his coaching career.
Throughout his journey as a coach, Colville looked up to former UCLA men’s basketball coach, John Wooden. In his career as a head coach, Wooden was named national coach of the year six times, he also won 10 NCAA national championships in a 12-year span while he was coaching at UCLA. Wooden’s record with the Bruins was 620-147 and he currently holds an NCAA men’s basketball record of 88 consecutive games won.
“The main role model I had growing up was John Wooden, the legendary coach from UCLA
Similar to Wooden, Colville has helped put countless basketball players in college each year with full scholarships and, continues to maintain a successful program each year. He is also beloved by not only formers players, but also the community of Tallahassee for his work as a coach.
In 2015, Colville not only led Godby to an undefeated season with a record of 31-0 but also brought the 2015 4A-state championship title to Tallahassee.
Last year, the Cougars went 25-2 and made it to the playoffs, but came up short in the semi-finals with a 56-52 loss to the Ribault Trojans. The Cougars made it back to the playoffs this year but were eliminated after losing to the Rickards Raiders in the regional semi-finals, 67-56.
“A lot of people have a good team, not as many have good programs. You need to have a good program, not just a good team,” Colville said. “You just work with the young guys and keep your work ethic going. Our goal is to get to Lakeland. Some years it is easy with the talent we have. We’re young this year and on any given night I feel we can beat anybody.”
Colville talked about how and why you should treat every player on the team different. He also spoke about how he has changed over the years dealing with different players.
“I’m a little old school but I adjusted over the years, I worked for a guy name Monte Taw, that coached at the University of New Orleans, where I coached at the time,” Colville said. “And one day he said I treat everybody different. So, it is true you have to treat each individual differently because you got to get the most out of all of them because they are all not the same person.”
Colville also took his entire team to Las Vegas last year in December to experience other things outside of basketball. He talked about what it was like to take the team on a journey.
“To take them out west to see a different part of the country was the best because a lot of them may not have gotten this opportunity in their life,” Colville said. “I just wanted to get them out there to show them there is a different world out there.”
With his success at Godby High School, Colville continues to impact high school players just like his role model John Wooden.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (22-11) will take on fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-4) Thursday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center at 10 p.m. to advance to the elite eight.
Both teams are coming off of wins. The Seminoles got a 75-70 win against the top-ranked Xavier Musketeers (29-6). The leading scorer for the Seminoles was senior guard Braian Angola, ending the game with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block. FSU senior forward Phil Cofer contributed 10 points and two steals.
The Musketeers were led by senior guard J.P Macura, ending the game with 17 points, two steals and one rebound. Karem Kunter finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9), 84-90. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr., ending the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Rui Hachimura pitched in with 25 points, five rebounds and four blocks.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Seminoles and the Bulldogs met back in 2010 in the NCAA tournament, with the Bulldogs coming out on top 67-60.
This is Gonzaga’s fourth consecutive year in the Sweet 16. The Noles are shooting 68 percent from the field, compared to the Bulldogs, who are shooting 50 percent.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (www.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – The Lincoln High Trojans (16-8, 4-0 district) boys varsity basketball team will face the Leon High Lions (15-10, 2-1 district) for the 8–A district final championship on Friday at 7 p.m. at Leon High School.
Both teams are coming off of wins, with the Lions 60-53 win against Chiles Timberwolves (8-16, 0-3 district) to advance to play in the district final. The Lions eliminated chiles from the semifinals three seasons in a row. Leon high senior point guard T.J. Woolfolk led all scorers with a game-high of 16 points and seven turnovers. The senior small forward Jakari Gallon contributed 11 points, including one with 10 seconds left giving the Lions a six-point lead. He also ended the game with 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Leading the Timberwolves in points was Drew Burch with 11, followed by LaCorey Lavens, who finished the game with nine, all in the second half.
Leon High is also on an eight-game win streak.
During their own four-game win streak, the Trojans got a huge victory versus the Wakulla War Eagles (6-17, 1-4 District), with a score of 90-53. Coming into the conference game, Lincoln is 4-0 in district games and is in first place in their conference. The Trojans are also rank 15 in the 8-A class rankings.
Earlier this season, the two teams met on Jan.19 and Lincoln came out victorious with the final score of 75-53. In that game, the leading scorer was Leon high small forward Gallon, ending the game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. They meet once again and this time it’s for the district championship.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles baseball team beat Troy 9-4 Saturday afternoon at the Dick Howser Stadium to improve to 7-0.
In the second inning, the Seminoles recorded five runs on five hits and zero errors. Austin Pollock got his first career start and threw six innings and only allowed one earned run. He ended the game with five hits allowed and six innings pitched.
Pollock talked about his experience and performance on his first career start.
“It’s a dream come true growing up coming to all of the games. It’s definitely a blessing. I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life,” Pollack said. ”I think I threw alright today other than that homerun and other few hits but I just need to keep throwing strikes and keep the ball down.”
At the top of the second inning, Troy scored the game first points with a home run by Cole Prestegard to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles answered quickly with five consecutive runs, that gave Florida State a 5-1 lead.
Florida State head coach Mike Martin talked about a key play that set up the five consecutive runs. He also talked about J.C Flowers and his performance.
“The big hit of the game was J.C Flowers, he hit a ground ball on purpose to score a run for us. That’s a total display of a teammate and I’m very proud of how he approached that at-bat,” Martin said. ” Even though there was a mistake today, he plays with poise and I’m proud of the progress he made.”
Flowers was the offensive leader, ending the game with two hits in three at-bats, three RBI and two doubles. With the two doubles, Flowers put the Seminoles on top 8-3. Flowers also has four doubles this season after having four all of last season as a freshman.
Flowers talked about both he and Pollack’s performance in the game.
“The main key was relaxing, just being myself and not putting pressure on myself,” Flowers said. “He kept his composure and was in his zone.”
The Seminoles will go up against the Jacksonville Dolphins Tuesday at 5 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers women’s basketball team defeated North Carolina Central Lady Eagles 84-81 in overtime Saturday in the Al Lawson Center.
The Rattlers trailed 36-25 at the half. Their shooting percentage caused them to be behind. NCCU shot 48 percent from the floor in the first half compared to 25 percent by the Rattlers.
Eagles’ guard Kieche White led all scorers in the first half with 14 points. She closed the game with 24 points. FAMU guard Florence Ouattara ended the first half with eight points, to pace the Rattlers. She also led the team in scoring with 20 points.
FAMU head coach Ledawn Gibson said the team made some adjustments in the second half. She also talked about all of the injured players on her team
”They came back in the second half with a winning altitude. They went with the gameplan, worked hard, played hard and did what they needed to do to win,” Gibson said. “Even though we lost some key players we still have a lot of talent. We’re nine strong right now and we are going to continue playing with what we got.”
Ecenur Yurdakul talked about her performance in the closing period and overtime. She scored nine of 17 points in the second half, including a three to tie the game at 71 and another to give FAMU a 74-73 lead.
“I just could not give up on my team, I trust everybody on my team and I just had to make some shots to get this win,” Yurdakul said. “The key to our team getting back in rhythm was our offense.”
Shakeyrra Morrison talked about her physical gameplan and her rebounding during the periods of the game. Morrison led the game with 12 rebounds. She scored five points in the third quarter, after only scoring four in the first half. She ended the game with 17 points.
“My type of game is getting the rebounds and putting it back up and getting some stops on defense and scoring on offense,” Morris said.
NCCU’s Rodneysha Martin and Paulina Afriye both closed the game with 12 points. Caira Benton also added 11 points.
Rattler sophomore forward Dy’manee Royal added eight points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Guard De’Ayra Davis added 10 points and three blocks including one as the clock expired.
The Lady Rattlers next play on Monday against the Morgan State Lady Bears at 8 p.m. in the Al Lawson Center.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – TheFlorida A&M women’s basketball team (4-18, 2-8 MEAC) will take on North Carolina Central (6-16, 4-5 MEAC) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Al Lawson Center.
Both teams are coming off of gloomy losses. FAMU took on Maryland-Eastern Shore (7-16 , 4-6 MEAC) on Monday and lost 87-70. In that game, senior guard Florence Quattara led the Lady Rattlers with a game-high 26 points. Senior Ecenur Yurdakul contributed with 10 points and seven assists.
North Carolina Central took on Hampton (11-11 , 7-2 MEAC) on Monday and came up short with a score of 62-53. Sophomore forward Paulina Afriye scored her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Lady Rattlers average 59 points per game and shoot 36 percent from the field as a team. FAMU also averages 40 rebounds per game. North Carolina Central averages 60 points per game and on 34 percent shooting.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team (14-7, 1-4 PC) get a big victory ending their four-game losing streak against Gulf Coast (16-2 , 4-1) with a score 80-59.
During the first half, Jaquan Morris hit a three, giving the Eagles an 11-point lead. Late in the first half, with the game tied at 23, Javian Williams drained a three-pointer to take the lead 25-23.
With only 18 seconds left in the first half, Quentin Jackson was fouled and put the Eagles up 31 – 27 going into the half.
Javien Williams leads the half with 12 points.
In the second half, the Eagles were on a 17-4 run giving them a huge lead of 77-56. With only 28 seconds left, Corey Davis slamed a dunk to end the game.
Corey Douglas ended the game with a double-double, 19 points and 12 rebounds. Morris ended the game with 22 points and Williams had 18 points.
” I was very pleased about our guys performance tonight because they really played hard and competed for 40 minutes. They were fun to watch tonight,” Eagles head coach Mark White said.
The Eagles will face off Northwest Florida College February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Third-ranked Tallahassee Community College (6-0) took on the Albany Technical Titans (3-3) on Monday night at the Bill Hebrock Eagle Dome and won 90-55.
The Eagles jumped out to a 9-3 lead. The Titans went on 6-0 run tying the ball game at nine. Consecutive dunks by Corey Douglas and a three-pointer from Jamarcis Nunally gave the Eagles a 16-10 lead. The Eagles led the first half.
In the second half, the Eagles went on a 9-1 run, giving them the largest lead of the game 56-25. The Eagles improve to 7-0 on the season with the win.
”I’m anxious to see if we are going to come out tomorrow night and compete. I know Hillsborough is going to come out motivated because they feel like they blew it last year against us,” Eagles head coach Mark White said.
The Eagles will take on Hillsborough Community College Tuesday Night at home at 7 p.m.
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.
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.