TCC to take on Chipola College

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee  Community College Eagles will play Chipola College on the road on Monday, as well as at home on Wednesday.

The Eagles will look to maintain their success, as they have gone on a six-game winning streak, as well as an  8-2 record over their last 10 games.  TCC is 31-14 so far this season, while going 9-7 in conference play, and 21-10 at home. They are 10-4 on the road.

A reason for this success is the team’s batting. They have a .303 batting average as a team this season. Cole Vann, a sophomore outfielder, is a major contributor. He leads the team in home runs (six), slugging percentage (.583), doubles (12) and hits (47). Vann is also second in on-base percentage (.503) and RBI (34).

The team’s pitching has helped as well, though they have a 4.12 ERA. Jake Kinney, a sophomore relief pitcher for the Eagles, has helped with a team-low 1.21 ERA. Kinney also leads the team in strikeouts per nine innings (16.38), saves (5) and appearances (19).

The Eagles’ pitching has improved as the year has gone on.  In the month of February, the Eagles gave up 145 hits, 77 earned runs and accumulated a 4.94 ERA in only 16 games. However, in March, they only gave up 120 hits, 56 earned runs as well as having a 3.61 ERA, despite playing in four more games.

After the Eagles play Chipola, they will finish the season playing three two-game series against Gulf Coast State College, Pensacola State College and Northwest Florida State College.

Florida State Falls to Florida

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – For the eighth time in a row, and the 13th in the last 14 games, the Florida State Seminoles fell to the Florida Gators.

The No. 1 Gators (29-6) defeated the No. 10 Seminoles (24-10) 6-3 in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

“We made a couple of mistakes, and they were taken advantage of,” coach Mike Martin said.

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After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd off a Cooper Swanson home run, the Seminoles committed 2 errors in the 4th inning to help UF get ahead.  Florida third baseman Jonathan India stole second, and advanced to third when FSU catcher Cal Raleigh threw the ball wide of shortstop Mike Salvatore. From there, India scored on a double from Wil Dalton. Two batters later, Austin Langworthy singled to left to score Dalton, and advanced to second when Raleigh couldn’t field the throw coming in from the outfield. Langworthy would then score on a Blake Reese single.

The Seminoles offense battled, but every run they scored was quickly answered in the very next inning by Florida. In the 5th inning, FSU second baseman Nick Derr scored on  a Mike Salvatore sacrifice groundout to pull the Seminoles within a run. The Gators answered with 2 more runs in the next inning to push the score to 5-2.

Seminole left fielder Jackson Lueck hit a solo home run to right-center field in the 7th. The very next inning Gator catcher JJ Schwarz answered with a home run of his own. Schwarz has gone 22-for-65 (.369) for 8 home runs and 25 RBI in his career vs FSU.

The Seminoles had a lot of chances to capitalize on offense. They loaded the bases in the 6th inning, but Swanson grounded out in front of the catcher before anything could get started.

This marks the eighth time in a row that FSU has fallen to UF. The last time FSU beat UF was in the 2016 super regionals in Gainesville. This is the second year in a row that the Gators have swept the three-game “Sunshine Showdown” series.

“I wish I could explain a little bit of my frustration,” coach Martin said. “But we still have 22 games left in the regular season. And he hope we can continue to get better every day.”

The Seminoles return to the field for a 3-game weekend series vs. Duke, starting Friday at 6 p.m.

SPORTS BRIEF: LEON HIGH TAKES ONE WALNUT GROVE

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  The Leon Lions boy’s baseball team will face off against Walnut Grove Warriors on April 6 at Leon High at 6 p.m. The Lions (12-4-1, 1-1) are playing the Warriors (11-10, 5-3) for the first time this season. Leon High just came off a 3-0 win against Bainbridge Bearcats (9-11, 3-7).  

Junior True Footenot led the Lions with one run, two RBI and went two for three. Junior Zack Treadway threw six innings and allowed only four hits. He also walked five and struck out six without giving up a run.

Junior Josh Rozental recorded his fourth save of the season. Bryce Palmer contributed with a double and went one for two. Matt Williams went one for three. The Lions defense also contributed by not letting the Bearcats score.   

The Bearcats senior Connor Strickland finished the game four for three with a double and one walk. Senior Dalton Harrell went three for two and finished the game with one walk. Caleb Boutwell went three for four and had two walks. Senior Quayde Hawkins went three for three. Senior Will Kelley went four for four.

The Warriors are coming off a 5-0 loss to the Satellite Scorpions (17-2, 9-1). Walnut Grove is on atwo-gamee losing streak. 

Leon average 6.9 runs and the warriors average 4.0 runs. The Lions usually provide 7.7 runs and 2.3 errors. 

Franchise Sports Brief: Chiles Baseball

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– It’s baseball season and the Chiles Timberwolves are hungry for revenge.

Last year, the Timberwolves, led by head coach Dick Steed, finished with an overall 15-12  record and suffered a first-round playoff exit to the Fletcher Senators. Last year’s team graduated nine seniors who played pivotal roles in the batting rotation as well as served as leaders.

The Timberwolves dominated district play, posting a 7-1 record and even earning the 48th spot for the best team in the state.

Experience isn’t an issue. The Timberwolves have eight returning players who all received a fair amount of playing time last year.

Talent shouldn’t be an issue either. Three of those eight returning players are juniors or younger. Players who will finally get a chance to step up into a bigger role.

As of now, Chiles has a 10-7 record, at home they are 5-3 and away they are 5-4. In their last 10 games, they are 6-4 but they’re currently on a six-game win streak that they plan on extending against the Lincoln Trojans in a home match on April 6. Chiles has seven games left, five of which are district games.

Although consistency has been an issue (the Timberwolves have had several losing streaks of two or more games), Chiles plans on making some noise in the playoffs. Their final game this season is a tough match-up against the NFC Eagles. The same Eagles that secured a 14-3 victory over the Timberwolves earlier this season.

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.

 

Florida State Loses To No. 18 Louisville

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

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.

Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

 

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@bribiancardiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – Florida State’s head football coach Willie Taggart held his first official pre-spring press conference this past Monday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Taggart addressed the media and responded to questions regarding the program, team and upcoming spring practices.

Taggart initiated the conference with a shoutout to the men’s and women’s basketball team for their success, including the men who will now advance to Elite 8 on Saturday night against Michigan. Taggart continued to express his support for the Noles and finished his commencement by stating, “It’s good to be around winners.”

Taggart then referenced to Florida State football. By the look on his face and the sound in his voice, his excitement about the upcoming spring season, as well as his involvement within the program, was crystal clear.

“I’m ready to see them go through the next process of another spring ball, Coach Taggart said. “We’ve been in the wait room and now it’s time to go out and execute on the football field.” Continue reading Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

Seminoles Stave Off Comeback Effort

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 21 UCF Knights came into Tuesday’s game with the 7th-best team ERA in the country, but Florida State still generated quality offense in a 6-4 victory.

The No. 8 Seminoles (16-4, 3-3) were kept at bay by the Knights through the first 2 innings. But with 2 outs in the 3rd, second baseman Nick Derr hit a two-run home run to right-center field for his 4th home run of the year.

The ‘Noles followed it up with another big inning in the 4th. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, J.C. Flowers hit a ball through the middle to send home Drew Mendoza. With the bases loaded shortstop Mike Salvatore hit into a sacrifice fly to bring home Steven Wells. Nick Derr added to the damage with an RBI single to center field.

Seminole starting pitcher Andrew Karp faltered a little in the 2nd, hitting the first batter of the inning, and then allowing 2 singles to load the bases with 1 out. Karp and the Seminoles got out of the inning with a pop out to Salvatore.

Karp would cruise through the next 5 innings, save for a solo home run in the 4th inning.  Things almost came unraveled for Karp and the Seminoles in the 8th inning, when UCF first baseman Rylan Thomas hit a two-run home run that barely scraped by the left field foul pole to cut the Knight’s deficit to 6-3.

After 117 pitches, Karp’s day was done. He struck out 10 and walked none over 7.1 IP.

Gage Hutchinson came in relief, and almost got the Seminoles into more trouble. Dallas Beaver singled to score Matthew Mika to bring them to 6-4. Hutchinson was able to get the final strikeout to get the Seminoles out of their biggest jam.

The Seminoles and Knights play again Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

 

Feature Story: Godby High Boys Basketball coach Andrew Colville

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

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

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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.

 

Franchise Sports Spotlight: Trey Fisher

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  Naturally, you would assume that someone like North Florida Christian quarterback Trey Fisher, who’s father is one of the best coaches in all of college football, would leave his fate up to nepotism. If you didn’t know him, you’d figure he would coast throughout life while lazily siphoning clout, accolades and success from his last name.

NFC assistant coach Eddy Arza doesn’t agree. He  said Fisher is as hardworking and dedicated as they come.

“Trey leads by example he never wants to take a break, always runs sprints full speed and never misses a practice. Even when he was sick he was at practice getting mental reps and helping teammates,” Eddy said.

Fisher spends the majority of his time involved in football-related activities. He studies film every day and when he’s not doing that he’s lifting weights, working on his agility or throwing to his receivers.

“I appreciate the daily grind of the game. I love the workouts, I love the morning film sessions, I love everything about the game,” Fisher said.

One of Fisher’s best friends, standout receiver and go-to target, Macho Arza, also spoke about his starting signal caller’s hard work and their relationship. He talked about how they make each other better.

“I believe we have a really tight connection off the field and that helps on the field a lot. We motivate each other. We want to be the best players in the country,” Macho said.

Hard work isn’t the only thing that makes him special according to Devin Rispress, head coach of Fisher’s 7 on 7 team, the Tallahassee RecordBreakerz. Rispress said Fisher’s football acumen separates him on the field.

“I’ve coached some great players in my career, but what separates Trey is his knowledge of the game. I have to be very sharp when coaching a player with [a football IQ] as great as Trey’s. He reminds me of Drew Brees in the way he delivers the ball and the way that he’s a field general. The similarities are consistent all the way down to the height,” Rispress said.

Brees is one of Fisher’s many idols in a list that includes great players his father has coached as well as players he’s coached against. He also learns from established professionals as well as up and coming collegiate stars.

“I pattern my game after pro guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Jameis [Winston] but I try to learn from the younger guys like [Deondre] Francois too,” Fisher said.

People around him said his competitive streak reaches more than just football. Macho Arza said he turns everything into a competition and that he loves winning.

“Oh no, he never stops! Trey wants to get every answer right, make the paper ball in the basket before anybody, all of that. He is the real definition of a competitor,” Macho said.

Fisher has also shown his coaches and teammates that he can be trusted in crunch-time situations. He’s led numerous comebacks for NFC and the RecordBreakerz.

“This past weekend (Feb. 21) in Myrtle Beach we were in an elimination game with six seconds to go on 3rd down. I looked at him to confirm the play and felt confident because I didn’t see any panic in him. He dropped back looked off the defense and threw a strike to Gadsden Country star receiver Sammy Carter to win the game with no time left,” Rispress said.

Workouts in the morning, afternoon and evening, a 7-on-7 practice and then an hour-long film session is a normal day for Fisher. Football is in his blood.

“The apple does not fall far from the tree. He’s a fierce competitor like his dad and he demands more of himself than me or coach Fisher,” Eddy said.

 

 

 

 

Preview: No. 9 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO.4 GONZAGA

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter) 

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. 

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