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Interview: Getting To Know TCC Interim Head Coach Zach Settembre

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– Since the departure of the Tallahassee Community College Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Mark White, Rob Chaney has announced that Assistant Coach Zach Settembre would be promoted to Interim Head Coach.

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We met up with Coach Settembre to learn and find out more about his past.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Settembre, 28, was born into coaching.

“My Dad introduced me to coaching with his seventh and eighth grade teams. When I was in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, I was sitting on the middle school bench where my Dad was coaching.”

Settembre would go on to coach that same middle school team throughout all his years at St. Xavier High School.

After graduating from high school, Settembre would attend Syracuse University. While taking classes, he became a student manager for the men’s basketball team.

“ The experience was unbelievable, I learned a lot about the business side of college basketball and the makes of a high major operation. Most of all, I built relationships.”

Settembre went on to meet future head coaches there in Mike Hopkins (University of Washington) and Rob Murphy (University of Eastern Michigan). Another big mentor to Settembre was assistant Jerry McNamara who still works as an assistant on Syracuse today.

“Those three taught me how to win. They knew how to recruit that the highest level and it gave me a great taste of college basketball performed at the highest level.”

After his time at Syracuse, Settembre returned to the Louisville area. He coached at several schools before becoming the assistant at Collegiate for Shannon Weaver. Shannon Weaver was an assistant for nine years at Auburn University as an assistant for nearly a decade with Cliff Ellis.

“Coach Weaver that guy has been so incredibly influential in in my development as a coach. He’s taught me so much in terms of how to think like a like a head coach, how to be organized.”

After his first season, he was promoted to Head Coach. Settembre led Collegiate to the All “A” state tournament in his first season as head coach, receiving Regional Coach of the Year honors.

“Having the opportunity to be a head coach at the high school level, winning 23 games and being able to take my team to a Tournament game for the second time in school history, we did things. That the school gave me a great opportunity to be a head coach.”

Settembre announced his resignation for a new job as an assistant at Tallahassee Community College.

In his first season with the team, the Eagles started off started the season 17-2. Bad news came with the new year, Mark White stepped down for personal reasons after a loss to Chipola. Settembre was announced to finish the season as the Interim Head Coach as of result.

“ Coach White did unbelievable job here. I learned a lot from him. He was really good at instilling a culture of togetherness. That’s something I learned from him and still use with the guys today.”

Since then, the Eagles are 2-2. In midst of a tight conference race, Coach Settembre has great trust in his players abilities.

“ We want the guys to have confidence, that’s been their message. The light is green until you prove otherwise, that you can’t be trusted to make the right decision. I want the guys to play with tremendous confidence. I have, you know, nothing but faith in them.”

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The Eagles look to an important part of their schedule in Panhandle Conference play.

“The panhandle is one of the toughest conferences in America, every single panhandle game is huge for us.”

Coach Settembre and the TCC Eagles (19-4) (3-3) continue their season against Pensacola State College (13-10) (1-5) on February 2nd at 5:30 at the Bill Hebrock Eagledome  on TCC Campus.

TCC FALLS SHORT TO RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Tallahassee Community College mens basketball team went up against North West Florida State Raiders Wednesday night and came up short 71-75.

The Eagles started the game off fast, in the middle of the first period  as TCC guard Richard Washington drains his second three pointer to give the eagles a 11 point lead.  With 10:52 left in the first period  the Raiders guard Chris Duarte knocks down a three to give them the lead 19-18.

Right before the half North West Florida State guard Trey Diggs hits a clutch three pointer putting the raiders ahead 36-32.  Washington paced the Eagles with 13 points going into the half. Durante led the Raiders also with 13 points.

With a block by Eagles forward Natorion Tyson and a dunk by guard Jalen Dalcourt TCC ties the ball game up 55-55 . Late in the 2nd period the raiders guard Javion Hamlet was fouled and sent to the line and made both free throws ending the game 75-71.

Finishing the game leading the Eagles in points were Washington with 17, seven rebounds and two assists. Devin Palmer ended the game with 15 points and three rebounds.

Duarte led the Raiders with 25 points four rebounds and one block. Forward Eric Villa finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds

Assistant head coach of the Eagles Zach Settembre talked about his team performance. he also chatted on the chances that they could win the panhandle conference.

” I am beyond proud of them, our kids competed” coach Settembre said. “If we play with this same fire and energy for the next nine games, we are going to have a great chance to play out of the conference and go to the championship”

The Eagles will face Pensacola State Pirates (13-7) on Saturday Jan 19. at 8:30 in Pensacola, Fl.

GAME PREVIEW: EAGLES TAKES ON RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net–  Tallahassee Community College Eagles men’s basketball team will go up against Northwest Florida State College Raiders Wednesday at 7:30 at the Bill Hebrock Eagle Dome.

The Eagles(17-2) are coming off a 101-73 loss against Chipola Indians (18-2). In this game pacing TCC in points were sophomore guard Mustafa Lawrence finishing with 23 points, one steal and two rebounds. Ending the game second in points was freshman guard Eric Boone closing the game out with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

North Florida State(17-2)  got a  huge 95-84 win over the Indians. Leading the Raiders in points were sophomore forward Eric Villa finishing with 24, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Javion Hamlet ended the game with 23 points, five rebounds and seven assist.

This is both teams first time seeing each other for this season.

Title Defense: Lady Eagles 2018-2019 Basketball Preview

Luke Kresheck, Correspondent on (@LukeKresheckFS Twitter) 

Tallahassee, Fla.,(www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Lady Eagles basketball team 2018-2019 season is just around the corner.  Expectations are very high this year, as the ladies of TCC are the defending national champions.  

The Lady Eagles will make their scrimmage debut on Oct. 6 for the Southeast JUCO Jamboree in Albany, Ga.  The first regular season game will take place in Tallahassee for the Seals Financial Tip-off Classic on Nov. 3.  The ladies will be facing the Central Georgia Technical College Titans. 

The Titans had a strong season last season, finishing 22-10, but their woes on the road haunted them all year long.  They were 7-7 away from their home arena.  On the flip side, TCC was 29-6 overall with a 10-2 home record. 

The Eagles could be a very strong team if everything goes as planned.  The team was very young last season, comprised of 11 freshmen and four sophomores.  A year of experience and a national championship under its belt makes this squad one to look out for in the 2018-2019 season.  TCC has also reloaded with some talented, young freshmen in addition to returning players.  These ladies are primed to make another run this year. 

According to TCC’s website, the roster is as follows:  

Aliyah Lawson  Guard  Freshman  5-6  Whitby, ONT, Canada / Sinclair Secondary School 
10  Tameria Johnson  Guard  Sophomore  5-6  Ocala, Fla. / West Port HS 
11  Victoria Pearce  Guard  Sophomore  5-8  Bay Shore, N.Y. / Bay Shore HS 
13  Kennedy Perry  Guard  Freshman  5-5  Chicago, Ill. / Harlan Community Academy HS 
14  Tamia Riles  Guard  Freshman  5-8  Tallahassee, Fla. / James Rickards HS 
15  Nesma Khalifa  Center  Freshman  6-4  Alexandria, Egypt / KGC Kawmya Girls College 
20  Daisha Bradford  Guard  Freshman  5-7  Mobile, Ala. / Leflore HS 
21  Jada Perry  Forward  Sophomore  6-0  Lady Lake, Fla. / Sumter Christian School 
23  Juliunn Redmond  Guard  Sophomore  5-11  Chicago, Ill. / John Marshall Metro HS 
25  Daishona Washington-Polk  Forward  Freshman  5-11  Canton, Ohio / Glen Oak HS 
32  Jamyra McChristine  Forward  Sophomore  6-0  Chicago, Ill. / Simeon Vocational HS 
40  Rushell Jacob  Center  Freshman  6-1  Winter Haven, Fla. / Winter Haven Senior HS 
45  De’Asia Reid  Forward  Freshman 

 

6-0  Cincinnati, Ohio/ Princeton HS 

 

SPORTS BRIEF: TCC WINS NCJAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

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. 

The Lady Eagles finished their season 26-6.

 

Eagles get huge victory to end four-game losing streak

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

TCC extends win streak to 8

Derrick Jones Jr., Correspondent  (@DerrickJonesFS on twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team (8-0) beats Hillsborough Community College 72-50 in their second home game of the season, putting TCC on an eight-game win streak. TCC sophomore guard Javien Williams led the way with 21 points.

After losing to TCC last Monday 89-88 in overtime, the Hawks looked for a better outcome.

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Williams threw down a one-handed dunk, putting TCC up to 24-15 with 7:15 left in the first half. Constant rebounds and crunching down on the number of fouls (27) from Monday’s game against Albany Technical College was the key to the Eagles success. TCC only allowed 14 free throws against HCC.

“You can look at any box score tonight, and you will be hard-pressed to find anybody to win by 22-points with those offensive stats,” TCC head coach Mark White said.

Five different players logged at least 20 minutes during the game.

“It’s all about how you hard you play, and you show me you can play hard. Then I develop trust in you. Then you get to play the most minutes,” White said.

TCC had over 40 rebounds, with 22 on offense and 25 on defense. Corey Douglas led the offense with 12 rebounds.

The Eagles will return Friday against Snow College in Melbourne.

  

Eagles dominate Titans 90-55

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

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.

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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.

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.

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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Lady Eagles Lindsay John Understands Transitioning

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – She went from playing high school basketball in Cholet, France and learning how to communicate in English with her Lady Eagles teammates. Now she is working towards helping her team win the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Basketball Championship.

From an early age, she wanted to play in the United States.

“It was kind of like a goal,” Lady Eagles guard LindsayJohn said. “My brother, when I was six and he was ten said when we’re older, we’re gonna play in America.”

John came from a basketball family. Her brother played a year of college basketball in America, and her father played for Cholet Basket, a professional team in France.

And when a mutual friend of her and TCC head coach Franqua Bedell came to her about TCC, she was interested.

“He told me that coach Q would build me,”John said. “Not only as a basketball player but as a woman. So I thought that’s exactly what I need because I’m gonna be far from my family.” 

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