Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

FAMU women’s basketball rebuilds with seven new players

Florida A&M women’s basketball Head Coach Ledawn Gibson announced recently the signing of seven new players for the 2016-2017 season.

The septet of newcomers include Kennedy Burks (5’11 G/F Grand Prairie, TX, Jamella Smith (5’10 G Chapel Hill, NC), Ny’Asia Davis (6’3 C Starke, FL),  Dy’Manee Royal (6’0 F Savanah ,GA ) , Ecenur Yurdakul (5’7 PG , Eyup, Turkey), Shakeyrra Morrison (6’0 G/F, and DI transfer Taylor Darks (5’11  W Cincinnati, OH) .

Friday, July 15, 2016

FAMU reorganizes track & field program, Moore to lead both men and women’s teams

Florida A&M Athletics announced yesterday that as part of the reorganization, the men’s and women’s track programs will be combined under a single director, with assistants for each of the teams.

Darlene Moore will assume the new title of Director of Track & Field. She formerly served as head coach of the women’s cross country and track teams. During her career, she 18 conference championships in her coaching career, including six at FAMU. In 2016, she led the women’s cross country team to a successful defense of its title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) for a fourth consecutive time. Under her direction, the Lady Rattlers also won back-to-back MEAC outdoor track and field crowns.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

FAMU sluggers score big in academics

Hitting the books scored several home runs academically for members of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) baseball team.

Nine members of the University’s team were selected for the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball All-Academic team. The MEAC recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better grade point average, who have been enrolled at their respective university for at least one year. The team includes the names of 91 athletes throughout the conference deemed qualified to receive recognition.

Among FAMU’s honorees are Hunter Fillingim, Brandon Fleming, Peter Jackson, Kenneth McDonald, David Ogilvie, Richard Page, Logan Seymour, Cameron Sims and Kendal Weeks.

Friday, June 17, 2016

ESPN Classic to televise 2016 Florida Classic

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced that the Florida Classic featuring Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman will air live on ESPN Classic and ESPN3 on Nov. 19, 2016.

The matchup is one of eight regular season contests scheduled to be televised on ESPN, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic, as well as carried on ESPN3. The nationally televised games are a part of the MEAC’s ongoing partnership with ESPN.

All games can also be viewed via live stream on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via the WatchESPN application. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FAMU baseball season ends with 4-2 loss to Norfolk State

Florida A&M (31-21, 19-5 MEAC) got a strong pitching performance from Chase Jarrell, but was unable to get the offense going in a 4-2 loss to Norfolk State (29-20, 19-5 MEAC) on Monday night at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Tournament.

The offense scattered eight hits, but couldn’t get that timely hit when they needed it most. Jarrell (6-4) pitched six solid innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. MEAC Player of the Year Dylan Dillard recorded his eighth home run of the season in his final career at bat in the eighth inning.

Alec Wong (2-for-4) and Dillard (2-for-4) had the only two multi-hit games for the Rattlers against the Spartans. Kendal Weeks came in to pitch the final three innings of relief and allowed just one run on three hits with one strikeout.

Monday, May 23, 2016

FAMU softball season ends with 6-4 NCAA loss to USF

The FAMU softball team battled back valiantly from a 5-0 deficit in the late innings, but came up two runs short Saturday afternoon in a season-ending 6-4 setback to South Florida in the Tallahassee Regional at JoAnne Graf Field.

FAMU (27-30) fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, and USF (45-15) added three runs in the second and one more in the fourth to build a 5-0 advantage.
After the game, FAMU Head Coach Veronica Wiggins said she was proud of her team. 

“I’m very proud of my team and the effort they gave at the end,” she said. “If we had come out with a little more intensity at the start things might have ended differently. But our players set a goal before the season that they wanted to get to the regionals and compete and I think we accomplished that…. I have six juniors who set a goal to win championships, and I look forward to them providing leadership for us next season.”

Saturday, May 21, 2016

FAMU opens MEAC tourney with a 10-2 win over NCCU

Florida A&M (31-19, 19-5 MEAC) used a six-run third inning and a strong day from both Dylan Dillard and Ricky Page to defeat North Carolina Central (25-29, 11-13 MEAC) by a score of 10-2 in the Rattlers opening game at the MEAC Baseball Tournament.

Dillard belted his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning, a 432-foot shot to center field, and had a season high five RBI, while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the win. Page (6-3) had a strong outing as well on the mound as he earned his sixth win of the season. He pitched seven strong innings allowing just one unearned run on eight hits with four strikeouts, one walk.

FAMU sent all nine batters to the plate in the third inning and scored six runs on five hits to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

FAMU softballers drop 1-0 NCAA heartbreaker to FSU

Junior pitcher Kenya Pereira tossed a scintillating one-hitter against the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles, but it wasn’t enough as the hosts of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional escaped with a 1-0 victory over the FAMU Lady Rattlers in an opening round game, delayed over two hours due to thunderstorms, at JoAnn Graf Field.

Pereira (14-16), the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, who on Thursday was named to the Southeast All-Region Team, justified those accolades, twirling a no-hitter through five innings and into the sixth, before FSU’s Jessica Warren lined a double down the left field line for the game’s only hit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pereira makes All Southeast Region Team

FAMU junior softball pitcher Kenya Pereira added another honor to her trophy case Thursday, when she was named to the American Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (AFCA) All Southeast Region third team.

Pereira, the 2016 MEAC Pitcher of the Year, a first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) selection and a MEAC All-Tournament team selectee, posted a14-15 record, with a 3.50 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 182 innings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jamey Shouppe named MEAC Coach of the Year, Dylan Dillard named Player of the Year

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced on Tuesday that Florida A&M University Head Coach Jamey Shouppe has been named the MEAC Coach of the Year and Dylan Dillard the MEAC Player of the Year for the 2016 season.

This is the second time (2014) in his first three seasons that Shouppe was tabbed as the MEAC Coach of the Year. Eight different Rattlers picked up All-MEAC honors as four were voted to the First Team All-MEAC, including three of the four starting FAMU infielders. It marks just the second time in program history that a FAMU player earned Player of the Year honors as Bennie Robinson earned the recognition in 2014.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FAMU softball to open NCAA tournament at FSU

Senior captain Jessica Nathan will lead the FAMU softball team into the NCAA Regionals
The FAMU Lady Rattler Softball team will play its opening game in the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Softball national tournament on Friday, May 20 against crosstown Florida State. The NCAA Regional matchup will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time at JoAnne Graff Field.

FAMU (27-28), winners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference crown, will face the No. 8 nationally-seeded Seminoles (48-8) in a contest slated to be aired on

Friday's game will be the third meeting between the Tallahassee schools this season. FSU won the first game 10-1 on February 24 and the second game 12-3 on May 5.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

FAMU wins third consecutive MEAC softball championship

The Florida A&M University softball team won the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Tournament championship on Saturday afternoon at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

This is the third consecutive title for the Lady Rattlers (27-28) and 12th overall.

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach for the 10th time. Veronica Burse was also named Most Outstanding Performer.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rattler baseball clinches MEAC Southern Division title

Florida A&M (28-19, 17-5 MEAC) scored 13 runs in the first two innings and never let up on its way to a 20-4, seven inning, win over North Carolina A&T (13-39, 6-16 MEAC) at Moore-Kittles Field on Friday.

It was the third time this season FAMU defeated NC A&T by a mercy rule. The Rattlers recorded 14 of its 24 hits in the first two innings, which was the most hits in a game this season and is the 26th time A&M has had 10+ hits in a game in 2016. Every starter recorded at least one hit for the Rattlers, while Alec Wong and Ben Ellzey each went 4-for-4. Wong has extended his streak to 11 straight at bats with a base hit.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ricky Page named MEAC Pitcher of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced earlier this week that Florida A&M’s Ricky Page was its Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

Page pitched a complete game shutout in a 4-0 game two win at NC Central on Saturday and threw just 77 pitches (56 for strikes). He recorded a career-high eight strikeouts, didn't walk a batter and only went to a three-ball count one time in the game, which didn't come until two outs in the seventh inning.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kenya Pereira named MEAC Pitcher of the Year

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named Florida A&M University junior Kenya Pereira its Pitcher of the Year.

Pereira, who is from Kissimmee, Florida, appeared in 38 games and notched 12 wins in 164.0 innings pitched. A one-time MEAC Pitcher of the Week selection, Pereira ranked third in the conference in earned run average (3.33), first in opposing batting average (.234), second in innings pitched, fourth in batters struck out (117) and tied for second in wins.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

FAMU women win second consecutive MEAC Outdoor Track and Field crown

The Florida A&M University Women’s Track and Field team captured its second consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

Florida A&M tallied 164 points to win their 11th overall title. 

Andrea Aaron, of Florida A&M, won the Outstanding Field Athlete award as she accumulated 29 points in the event.  She won the shot put, finished second in hammer, third in the javelin and fourth in the discus.

Florida A&M’s Darlene Moore was selected as the Outstanding Coach for the second year in a row.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Rattler linebacker Akil Blount signs with Miami Dolphins

Florida A&M University (FAMU) linebacker Akil Blount signed Saturday April 30th with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent following the NFL Draft.

He also had offers from San Francisco, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Denver.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

34 student-athletes graduate during FAMU Spring Commencement

(l-r) Softball players Jessica Nathan, Raven Moseley and Kieifi Myrick
The Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium was constructed to perform several functions.  One of its most pronounced ones was hosting commencement ceremonies for the university.  With two near-capacity crowds at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., several student-athletes were among the roster of graduates from the various departments and programs of the university.

Among the graduates were three current softball players, two of whom have consecutive MEAC softball championships under their belts and now are working on their third.  Raven Moseley, Kieifi Myrick and Jessica Nathan were actually listed consecutively in the commencement program, all getting bachelor of science degrees in occupational therapy.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

FAMU track star’s art piece showcased at Foster-Tanner Art Gallery

It is often very dangerous to stand in the vicinity of FAMU track and field star Jaymee Smith.  For the past four years, she has stepped on the tracked armed with a spear – a javelin, that is.  The good news is she knows how to throw it, and when she does the outcome is defeat for her opponents.

The senior from Kansas, by way of Jacksonville, Fla., has been a top performer in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) since her freshman year.

Off the field, Smith is finishing up her degree in fine arts and has a flare for creating “cool” pieces.  On April 14, a milestone was attained as one of her pieces had the honor of being displayed on the side of the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Building, square in the center of FAMU’s campus. The 22’ x 11’ canvas titled “Own It,” is part of an homage assignment in a public arts course taught by Professor Aja Roache.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

FAMU softball trending up in last 10 games

The Florida A&M women’s softball team seems to trending positively as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play looms over the horizon.

FAMU (11-19) has won six of their last 10 games, including three games last weekend at the USF Under Armour Softball Classic in Clearwater, giving the Rattler Women positive momentum heading into their MEAC opening series Friday and Saturday at North Carolina Central.

The Rattlers went 3-2 in the USF Classic, with wins over Hartford (7-4), UMASS Lowell (1-0) and Maine (5-3), while their two losses were nailbiting one-run decisions: 1-0 to Long Island University- Brooklyn in last Friday’s opening game, and a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday.