Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Admasen Felix ready to lead 2014 receiving corps

With the first kick-off of the Rattler football season approaching, Admasen Felix is ready for his new leadership role on the receiving corps.

Head Football Coach Earl Holmes believes that if the Rattler offense is to shake its woes from last season, Felix will be an integral part of the progression. 

“He’s a senior and he has been consistent throughout his time here. He was hampered by injury last season, but as I told him, now is the time to turn it on and turn it up,” Holmes said.

Felix is a leader on and off the field. His academics earned him the Tri-Eagle Sales Charlie Brown Award two seasons ago.  It was an award given to a student-athlete who excelled on the field, had good academic standing, but was not on scholarship.  He is a soft-spoken person, but he can be a potent weapon in Quinn Gray’s offense.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two FAMU volleyball players named preseason All-MEAC

Ginna Lopez Chavez (left) enters the court with her teammates.
Two FAMU Lady Rattler Volleyball players were named to the 2014 Preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) team, voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors, announced on Thursday afternoon.

FAMU sophomore middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez, who averaged 2.95 kills per set; 0.57 digs per set, and 0.98 blocks per set last season, joins senior teammate Joanie Del Castillo, a libero / defensive specialist, who averaged 4.67 digs per set; 0.34 assists per set; and 0.18 aces per set in 2013.

Both players, who hail from Lima, Peru, are set to lead the Lady Rattlers (15-8 overall, 10-0 in MEAC a year ago), picked to repeat once again as MEAC Southern Division champions.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fleming looks ahead and puts 2013 behind him

Damien Fleming knows what it’s like to be on top of his game.  The senior quarterback has won MVP awards for the Atlanta Football Classic, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Classic and the Florida Classic. But, near the end of last season, it all flashed in front of his eyes as a season-ending foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the season and most of Spring practice this year.

As a true freshman, he played in nine games, and won the starting position a third of the way in, throwing for 1,622 yards.  His dual threat on the ground made him one of the most feared quarterbacks in the conference.  As a sophomore, Fleming passed at 70-percent accuracy, totaling 2,157 yards.  His status as a star in the league became obvious as he sliced through defenses and made a name for himself.

Last season, a new offense and new scheme led to frustration as Fleming and the Rattler offense struggled to grasp the system. Connecting on the field was a major issue as the receivers were plagued with dropped passes. Fleming, was selected prior to the season as the MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He was captain of the team and ready to have an excellent season, when the struggles hampered his progress.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Florida Classic to air live on ESPN Classic, ESPN3

Fans who are unable to attend the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando will have a chance to watch it on cable and online.

The clash between FAMU and its in-state arch-rival Bethune-Cookman will air live Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.  The game will re-air on ESPNU during a time slot to be determined and announced at a later time.

The classic, and all of the other 2014 football games scheduled to be broadcast as part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s partnership with ESPN, will also be available for viewing on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via the WatchESPN application.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Rattlers passed over for preseason first team honors

No FAMU football players were named to the All-MEAC preseason first team squad during the MEAC Football Media Luncheon.  The  conferences preseason team were selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.

Six Rattlers were name to the conference's second and third teams.  Sophomore guard Keonte Cash (Miami, Florida), senior defensive back Devontae “Terry” Johnson (Tallahassee, Florida), redshirt sophomore Patrick Aiken (Pembroke Pines, Florida) and senior kicker Chase Varnadore (Tallahassee, Florida) were each named to the second team.

Senior quarterback Damien Fleming (Jacksonville, Florida) and senior offensive lineman Ryan Templeton (Chicago, Illinois) were named to the third team.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Chase Varnadore makes CFPA Placekicker Watch List

FAMU specialist Chase Varnadore has earned a spot on the 2014 Placekicker Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

The initial watch list includes 36 returning performers, vying for the top placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

"Congratulations to Chase Varnadore on earning a spot on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Varnadore will be one of the top MEAC players to watch in 2014."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jasmine Grice earns women's steals championship for NCAA Division I basketball

FAMU guard Jasmine Grice received her marble plaque signifying her status as the 2013-14 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One Women’s Steals Champion.

The 5-9 backcourt ace, who came to FAMU from nearby Quincy, Florida as one of the most decorated prep players in decades, finished this past season with 119 steals, good for a 3.83 per game average, making her the third Lady Rattler player to capture a national steals title.

Grice joins all-time NCAA Division One Steals leader Natalie White (1992, 1994, 1995) and Shelly Boston (1990, 1991), as FAMU players to win national steals championships.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bennie Robinson drafted in MLB 28th round to Arizona Diamondbacks

On May 15, FAMU first baseman Bennie Robinson capped a dream senior season by being named Baseball Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Saturday, the Rattler stalwart changed scales, becoming an Arizona Diamondback when the Major League franchise selected the Ocala, Florida native in the 28th round of the June draft.

Robinson, who shattered numerous regular season records in the FAMU Baseball record book this season, ranked near the top in virtually all offensive categories in the MEAC, and finished in the mix in NCAA Division One statistically as well.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Frank Mays and Brandon Denmark headed to NFL Camp

Two former Rattlers were picked up on free agent contracts shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft and are now headed to camp with opportunities to make NFL teams.  Frances “Frank” Mays will be in camp with the Philadelphia Eagles and Brandon Denmark, who had four opportunities from various teams, chose to head to Green Bay for an opportunity to become a Packer.

Mays (6-10, 295 lbs • Bemidji, MN) was a solid defender for the Rattlers’ 3-4 defense for two seasons.  With exceptional height, he has flexibility and uncommon agility for a frame as well suited for the NBA.  With good feet and hands, he was elusive to blockers during his time at FAMU.

In 2012 he tallied 21 tackles (11UA, 10 ASST), 5.0 tackles for loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry.  Against the University of Oklahoma in 2012, he was able to sack Heisman Trophy candidate Landry Jones in Norman, OK.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Rattlers come up short against Norfolk St.

By Michael Morrell
Special to FAMU Athletics
Florida A&M (26-26, 14-10 MEAC) dropped a 6-3 decision to Norfolk State (22-25, 14-10 MEAC) to end their season in an elimination game at the MEAC Tournament. Bennie Robinson extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 48 games. 

This is the first time FAMU finished the season with a .500 or better record since 2003, and their first tournament appearance in three years.

The Spartans move on to face the loser of today's semifinal game between defending champion Savannah State and Bethune-Cookman.

FAMU senior Bennie Robinson was named Player of the Year by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), which marks the first Player of the Year honor for the university’s baseball team.

“I’m glad I can represent Florida A&M and win MEAC Player of the Year,” Robinson said. “It’s a great feeling and I feel humbled, but there is still work left to do. I want to thank the coaches, Coach Shouppe, Coach Brett (Richardson), Coach KJ (Kevin Clethan) and Coach Frank (Schaeffer). I also want to thank all the guys. Without them and all their help, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I have this season. I also want to thank Florida A&M and everyone who supported me.”

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shouppe named MEAC Coach of the Year

By Michael Morrell
Special to FAMU Athletics

In his first season at the helm of the FAMU baseball program, Jamey Shouppe has been named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Coach of the Year.

The MEAC Coach of the Year honor is the first for FAMU since former Head Coach Joe Durant was recognized as Coach of the Year in 2003.

"This is definitely a team award, from the coaching staff to the players buying in to what we were trying to accomplish this year," Shouppe said. "It’s not directed just to one person. This (award) is a tribute to this coaching staff and these players and is the ultimate team award.”

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lady Rattlers win 2014 MEAC softball championship

The FAMU women’s softball team rallied from a 2-0 first-inning deficit with a four-run second inning, then rode the pitching of freshman Kenya Periera to a 4-2 victory in the title game of the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship.

FAMU (24-27) captured its league-leading tenth softball title with the win over arch-rival Bethune-Cookman (25-31), which has won eight (8) league titles.

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins was pleased that the team had finally gelled.  

Thursday, May 08, 2014

FAMU athletes take four crowns at MEAC Track and Field Championships

Senior Nakia Linson, MEAC Long Jump Champion
Four FAMU student-athletes claimed individual championship crowns at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Track and Field Championships.

Three of the four championships came from the Lady Rattlers. Senior Nakia Linson won the long jump with a leap of 6.02m (19-09.00), after placing second last year.  Junior Sasha-Ann Lebert won her second consecutive discus championship with a throw of 45.67m (149-10).  Junior Shawanna Steplight won the most grueling event of all, the heptathlon.  She took first place with 4,693 points.

The FAMU women finished second, overall. Head Coach Darlene Moore said that although the team had aimed for the title, they were happy with the way they performed.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rattler baseball upsets No. 6 UF in Gainesville

By Michael Morrell
Special to Rattler Nation

First year FAMU Head Coach Jamey Shouppe earned his first signature win as Florida A&M (18-21, 10-7 MEAC) used two two-run home runs by Ryan Kennedy and Jeremy Barlow to defeat No. 6 Florida (27-15, 12-6 SEC) 4-3 on Wednesday evening at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.

The win was the first for the Rattlers over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 4 Miami 2-1 in 1980 in Tallahassee. It also marks the first win in the series over Florida for Florida A&M, 18 games, dating back to 1980.

Barlow went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the FAMU offense while Brandon Fleming (3-3) came in in the fourth inning and only allowed one run over three innings with two strikeouts for the win. Kendal Weeks pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for his first save.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lady Rattlers finish second place in MEAC Bowling Championship

Katherine Jones was named to the MEAC All-Tournament Teacm
The Lady Rattlers mounted a run in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Championship that put them in position to unseat the University of Maryland Eastern Seaboard (UMES), the defending champion. But a tiebreaker frame gave the Lady Hawks the opportunity to prevail with their seventh MEAC Bowling title.

The Lady Rattlers fought from the loser’s bracket to win the opportunity to face the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies, shutting them out 4-0, to earn the bid to play for the title.

With UMES sitting in the winner’s bracket, FAMU had a tall order to defeat the Hawks twice consecutively to win the championship.  They took care of the first game, defeating UMES 4-3, after falling behind 3-1.  With games of 191-183, 211-165 and 205-181 the Rattlers set up a winner-take-all showdown for the MEAC crown.

Friday, March 21, 2014

FAMU cheerleaders take second place in MEAC

The FAMU Cheerleaders represented the Orange and Green with excellence by placing second  during Sunday’s 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championship. Morgan State repeated as the overall champion.

Seven teams from the conference competed in the championship and three performed exhibition routines. The evening was also highlighted by performances from four area Hampton Roads high school teams.

The South Carolina State Bulldog was crowned the champion of the MEAC Mascot of the Year Award, an honor presented by Clear Channel.

FAMU’s Shelinka Cunningham won the All-Stars Division. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

FAMU softball team happy to be back in its home park

By Jonesa Rodriguez
FAMU Sports Information Intern

 After not being able to play on their home field all last season, the Lady Rattlers Softball team, are returning this year to a new and improved field.

“It wasn’t quite the same as being in our park,” said assistant coach Lori Goodart, “but our fans did a great job of making it feel like a hometown game.”

Due to repairs being made to the field, the Lady Rattlers had to play at various locations such as FSU, Messer Park and FAMU’s intramural field.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Grice named 2014 MEAC Player of the Year

Jasmine Grice was named the 2014 MEAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced today. Grice, a graduate student from Quincy, Fla., was voted as the player of the year by the coaches and sports information directors of the MEAC.

Grice, led the conference in scoring, averaging 25.4 points , while grabbing 6.4 rebounds per-game. She shot 40 percent from the field (150-of-381) and 83 percent from the free throw line. She also led the country in steals, grabbing 3.9 per game, which was tops in NCAA Division I. She finished with five double-doubles, including a 27 point, 10 rebound game against Bethune-Cookman.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Grice leads NCAA DI in steals

FAMU point guard Jasmine Grice is making a run at the Lady Rattler Basketball history book with three regular season games left in her final season.

The former All-State guard from nearby Quincy, Florida’s East Gadsden High School, who was voted Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year prior to the start of this season, is currently leading NCAA Division One in steals with 101 in 27 games (3.7 average).

That puts her 9th on the FAMU single season steals list, just one steal ahead of her 10th  place standing of 100 steals in 30 games in 2013.

Grice’s nation-leading pace puts her on track to become the third Lady Rattler to lead the nation in steals.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Lady Rattlers place 2nd in MEAC indoor track championship

The Lady Rattlers nearly pulled off a major upset in the 2013-2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championship in Landover, Md.  The team fell 14 points shy of defending champion Hampton University in a bid to unseat them in the top spot.

Head Coach Darlene Moore has brought the team quite a way since being chosen to lead the program four years ago. 

“When I got to FAMU in 2010, we didn’t score a full point in our first championship,” Moore said.  “Actually, it was 0.25 of a point.  It challenged me internally to rebuild this great program to its rightful place atop the MEAC.  With the great history of FAMU, we are returning to where we belong, and that’s at the top of this conference.”

Led by senior sprinter Nakia Linson, the team racked up  a total of 133 points.  Linson took second place in the long jump, with a leap of 6.01m (19-08.75), third place in the 60m dash at 7.46 and third place in the 200m dash in 24.36.  She also helped the 4x400m relay team to a fourth place finish with a time of 3:50.03.

Distance runner Effiey Kosgei paced the pack, winning the 3000 meter run in 10:36.77, while placing third in the 5000 meter run (18:43.08).

The men’s track & field team placed fourth overall in the championship. Deon Clifford, won both the 3000 meter and 5000 meter runs, and was named the meet’s outstanding  male athlete.