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Sports Brief: FAMU’s Starting Catcher/Captain Out With a Torn PCL

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent ( @StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

Junior catcher Jacky Miles Jr. has officially been ruled out for the 2017 season. Miles Jr., who is a captain of Florida A&M’s baseball team, found out that the tear of his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will keep him out for the season.

“He had some back issues too so hopefully he’ll get healthy and be back with us next year, but it’s quite a blow to our pitching staff having our starting catcher out,” head coach Jamey Shouppe said.

Miles Jr. was on the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Third Team in 2016. He finished top-five in 10 out of 14 hitting categories with one of them being for his batting average of .328. Against teams in the MEAC, Miles Jr. finished the 2016 season with a batting average of .411 with only 73 at-bats.

“Brian Davis, who was our backup catcher, caught the second game of doubleheaders last year will go to our starting catcher position,” Shouppe said. “That will open up some opportunities at first base where Brian was scheduled to start and then also open up an opportunity for either Javon Byrd or Russell Rauh to win that backup catching job.” 

Davis was an All-MEAC first-team first baseman in 2016 and finished the season third in batting with an average of .370. Davis also finished second on the team in hits with 70 and tied for seventh in the MEAC in home runs with 7.

The Rattlers will open up their season against Wofford at home on Friday at 4 p.m.

FAMU DRS Caps Off Another Perfect Season in District Play

Nick Pierce, Correspondent (@NickPierceFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – FAMU DRS held off a fourth quarter rally, holding on to beat NFC 85-81 in overtime. The win marked the second year in a row that the Baby Rattlers went undefeated in district play.

After building a 65-51 lead with just five minutes remaining in the game, FAMU DRS (13-9, 10-2) fell victim to a vicious Eagle rally. Andre Combs and Major Posey led NFC on a 15-4 scoring run. At one point during the run, the Eagles (6-14, 4-6) went to the free-throw line three times in just 37 seconds. Deandre McCray then made a layup with eight seconds remaining, tying the game at 74 and sending it to overtime.

“I thought that they came back on the free-throw line. We allowed them to get there too much, and that rattled our kids,” Baby Rattler coach Sean Crowe said. “It’s all part of the maturation process, though. We’re still a pretty young team and have some growing up to do.”

FAMU DRS took the lead for good after Chris Brown hit a three-pointer with 1:14 left in the overtime period. Brown then sealed the game by making a free-throw with seven seconds remaining, putting the Baby Rattlers up by two possessions.

“I think a big part of our success is that our players are just learning to play with each other,” Crowe said. “They’re getting comfortable with what I’m asking them to do. I know what they like and they know what I like, so it works.”

FAMU DRS trailed for almost the entirety of the first half. That changed when Posey was charged with a technical foul with 1:01 left in the second quarter. Baby Rattler guard Mekhi Yant was then sent to the line. Yant made all four of his free-throws and Brown drained a jumper on the ensuing possession. The six-point swing gave FAMU DRS a 37-36 halftime lead.

“Mekhi’s growing into the leadership role,” Crowe said. “He played great for us tonight. One of the things I’ve asked him to do is to teach the new guys how we do things. He’s done a really good job with that.”

The Baby Rattlers host Lincoln tomorrow night. The Eagles will take on Aucilla Christian Monday night.

Leading Scorers

FAMU DRS:

Mekhi Yant – 21

Marquis Davis – 19

Javion Johnson – 10

Chris Brown – 8

 

NFC:

Andre Combs – 16

Deandre McCray – 14

Trent Phillips – 13

Major Posey – 13

Victor Clark – 8

 

Lincoln Flexes Depth in Win over Wakulla

 

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Lincoln showed their depth in an 81-45 win over Wakulla on Wednesday night. In a game where the Trojans were without starting power forward Derrion Flukka, all of coach Dimitric Salters’ available players saw the court, and 12 of them scored for the Trojans.

“Games like this are always a good chance to develop younger players,” said Salters. “I’m really proud of my Senior Jabari Richardson and those guys who came off the bench. They got some rhythm going and were able to put up good shots.”

Salters’ squad got off to a fast start. Dwight Wilson led Lincoln on a 14-2 scoring run in the first 3:55 of the game. The James Madison signee had four points during that span, including an alley-oop dunk from Richardson.

The Trojans never looked back. Lincoln (14-1) forced Wakulla (10-9) to 19 of their 28 turnovers in the first half, sending them to a 33-21 halftime lead.

“Our goal was to force turnovers tonight,” said Salters. “We played some small ball for the first time. We tried to mix some things up because as we go down the road, we’ve got to find a way to generate some points.”

The Trojans lead got even larger in the second half. Behind a press defense that continued to force turnovers, Lincoln scored 33 points in the third quarter,

Evan Samuels then came off the bench in the fourth quarter. The Senior scored 11 points, including three three-pointers.

“We got some rhythm going in the second half,” said Salters. “We’re going to try some different things going forward. We’re working on some new things offensively. We want to pick up some more points. We want to be putting up 70 or 80 points a game. That fits us best.”

The Trojans travel to play Chiles on Friday night before facing Godby on Saturday in a highly anticipated matchup.

Top Scorers:

Lincoln:

Dwight Wilson – 15

Tionne Rollins – 15

Evan Samuels – 11

 

Wakulla:

Elexpe Johnson – 14

Richie McMullen – 9

 

 

 

 

 

Zim Nwokeji Leads Maclay to MLK Invitational Win

Nick Pierce, Correspondent (@NickPierceFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net.) – Zim Nwokeji scored 22 points and the Maclay Marauders held East Gadsden to just 15 second half points, winning a 41-39 thriller on the final game of the MLK Invitational.

Down 40-39 with 22.6 seconds remaining, two East Gadsden players forced a jump ball. The Jaguars won the possession arrow, giving them one last chance to take the lead. Maclay’s defense held strong, and Pace Wilson came down with the game clinching rebound. Wilson then made one of two free-throws with three seconds left, icing the game.

“We want to be prepared for every situation,” said Maurader coach Eugene Granger. “At the end of the season, if we make a run, any situation can come up, so close games like this are good for us.”

Maclay had a slow start to Monday night’s game and were held scoreless through the first 3:30 of the first quarter.

Things changed when Nwokeji came off the bench. Highlighted by a dunk assisted from Robert Parker-Crawford, the 6-foot-8 forward carried his team on a 16-5 scoring run over the next three minutes, putting the Marauders up 16-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Maclay struggled shooting the ball in quarter number two. East Gadsden’s aggressive defense held the Maruaders to just 2-10 from the field. The Jaguars went on an 11-1 run in the first six minutes, surging to a 24-23 halftime lead.

“Sometimes our shots go in, and sometimes they don’t,” said Granger. “But we’re not going to get discouraged. We’re still going to continue to put up shots.”

Nwokeji turned the tide once more in the third quarter. The Sophomore scored 11 of Maclay’s 13 points, giving the Mauraders a 36-30 lead.

“Nwokeji is a tall player,” said Granger. “He can do everything. Rebounding, finishing at the rim, you name it.”

The lead would not change for the rest of the game. East Gadsden was able to tie it at 39 with 1:15 remaining, but Nwokeji forced a foul on Maclay’s ensuing possession. He made one of two free-throws, putting the Marauders up for good.

Maclay travels to face Port St. Joe tomorrow night. The Marauders won the pair’s last meeting 61-40.

 

 

 

Wakulla Too Good for NFC

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net)-Wakulla proved to be too much for NFC  on Friday night. The War Eagles held NFC to less than 170 yards of offense in route to a 42-3 road victory.

Wakulla made the most of the first half. After Jason McCarl threw an interception on their first drive of the night, the War Eagles bounced back and scored touchdowns on their next four possessions. Jaylon Worsham, Demarcus Lindsey, Chris Beverly, and Brandon Berry all found the end zone for Wakulla, giving the War Eagles a 28-0 lead at the half.

Not much changed in the second half. Wakulla’s offensive line continued to control the game after a running clock was instituted. Derek Allen scored a 68-yard rushing touchdown on a read-option keeper during the War Eagle’s second drive of the half.

“Our offensive line has been getting better every week,” said Wakulla coach Scott Klees. “We only had one returner from last year, but he got hurt in the beginning of the year and missed the first six games. He played tonight, so we’re glad to get him back. I was very happy with the way we came out. We had a tough loss last week and our guys bounced back up, so I was really pleased with the physical part of our game.”

On NFC’s next possession, Cephus Greene  intercepted quarterback J.D. Jerry. The defensive back returned the ball 60+ yards for another War Eagle touchdown. Greene had two interceptions on the night.

“He (Greene) is fast,” said Klees. “He’s a hard-nosed, young kid. He had a couple picks tonight and returned one for a touchdown, so we’re very proud of Cephus.”

It was a big night for Wakulla. The War Eagles amassed 305 yards of offense, 204 of which came on the ground. While that’s less than their 287 yard rushing average, it was more than enough to get the job done.

Wakulla hosts Arlington Country Day next Friday. NFC will play FAMU DRS.

Message of ‘Family’ helps Godby students get to college

Alec Chessari, Contributor 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –  Godby head basketball coach Andrew Colville preaches “Family” and that’s how he transitions his players from high school to college.

“We have been blessed to have a lot of kids get scholarships and we have had nine over the last two years,” Colville said.  “It means a ton to me. I talked to Quan Jackson who is at Georgia Southern doing his first summer semester the other day. It’s like one of your own kids at home when they leave you’re sad but also happy he is doing great and he has helped me and this school.”

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 Colville has sent players off to Division 1, D-2 and junior collegiate programs. Jackson went off to play for Georgia Southern, Desean Enzor signed with Kings University in Tennessee, JaShon Williams signed with ASA College in Miami and Tre Clemons signed with College of Central Florida.
“We preach family and how much we care about each other. We cannot fake that with the kids.  You try to fake them out, they know,” Colville said.

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NFL hopefuls showcase talents at FSU Pro Day

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Two of the names that headlined Florida State’s Tuesday Pro Day were kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

Other than Aguayo and Ramsey, 11 other players worked out for NFL scouts. Florida State has had a total of 36 draft picks since 2011 including seven first round picks.

In 2015, Jameis Winston was the first overall pick, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of The Year and the highest draft pick to ever come out of Florida State.

Aguayo, who entered FSU as the sixth best kicker in the nation according to ESPN.com will now be leaving Florida State and entering the NFL as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history with an astounding conversion rate of .9673 (267-276). The promising kicker holds countless awards and records in the ACC division as well as the entire NCAA.

Aguayo will look to make an immediate impact on the team that selects him in this year’s draft.

Jalen Ramsey is a name that has been apart of many of the conversation for all the teams that are selecting picks 1-10. On day four of the NFL combine Jalen Ramsey (6’1, 202 LBS.) posted a 4.41 second 40-yard dash, a 41.5-inch vertical jump, and an 11-3 broad jump.

Coming into Florida State as a four-star prospect Ramsey has really proven himself these past years, and is projected to go top 10 in this years NFL draft.

“Its what I always dreamed of,“ Jalen Ramsey told reporters when asked about going first in the draft. “It’s what I worked for and I want them to pick me because I’m the best player in the draft.”

Ramsey who competed in all 13-games in the 2015 season was selected to the ALL-ACC first team and Sports Illustrated ALL-American second-team, these are just a few of his many accomplishments during his years at Florida State.

“You’re going to get championship effort every day,” Fisher told reporters. “You got a guy that’s very intelligent who can process the game, who is very physical and tough mentally and physically. And you got a great athlete. But you have a guy that wants to win not only every game, he wants to win every play.

Now the 13-players that are projected to leave Florida State will have to wait until Thursday, April 28th for their names to be selected to enter the National Football League.

FSU Combine Breakdown

By: Andrew Small

Over this past weekend, six members of last year’s FSU football team participated in the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Over 200 players were invited to the event from all over the country to make a case as to why NFL teams should draft them April 28-30. Players were asked to perform different drills based on their position. This includes bench press and the ever talked about 40-yard dash.

Below is an account of how each member of the Seminoles performed and where they have a chance of being drafted come late April. All information in here is provided by nfl.com, cbssports.com, and foxsports.com.

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Tallahassee Baseball Schedule (2/21 – 2/28)

Week 2/21 – 2/28
Date Matchup Time Location
Tuesday 2/23/2016 Lincoln @ Godby 6:00 Godby
Wakulla @ Leon 4:00 Leon
JPII @ Florida High 6:00 Florida High
FAMU DRS vs Foundation 6:30 FAMU
Wednesday 2/24/2016 Chiles @ Rickards 6:00 Rickards
Thursday 2/25/2016 Wakulla vs Liberty 7:00 Wakulla
JPII @ Maclay 3:30 Maclay
NFC @ Chiles 4:30 Chiles
Godby vs East Gadsden 6:00 Godby
Rickards @ Leon 4:30 Leon
Friday 2/26/2016 Lincoln @ Columbus 6:30 Columbus
JPII vs Munroe 6:00 JPII
FAMU DRS vs Port St. Joe 7:00 FAMU
Florida High @ Taylor County 7:00 Taylor County
Rickards @ Godby 6:00 Godby
FSU vs College of Charleston 4:00 Dick Howser
Saturday 2/27/2016 Lincoln vs Tift County 12:00 Lincoln
Chiles vs Tift County 5:00 Chiles
FSU vs College of Charleston 1:00 Dick Howser
Sunday 2/28/2016 FSU vs College of Charleston 1:00 Dick Howser