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

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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

FAMU softball splits two games USF Under Armour Invitational

The Florida A&M softball team (9-18) split its first two games in the 2016 USF Under Armour Invitational on Friday, losing their first game, 1-0 to LIU Brooklyn, before bouncing back to best Hartford University, 7-4.

In the opener, LIU’s Araina Lopez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth for the game’s only run.

FAMU had seven hits in the first game, led by senior Jessica Nathan with two hits, while junior pitcher Kenya Pereira (5-9) got the decision, allowing one run on five scattered hits in six innings, with three strikeouts.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

FAMU baseball wins 9th straight with 14-8 victory over Alabama State

Florida A&M (12-5, 3-0 MEAC) scored in seven of the nine innings and used home runs from Dylan Dillard and Willis McDaniel to win its’ ninth straight game, a 14-8 win over Alabama State (10-9, 3-0 SWAC) at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex on Wednesday.

The Rattlers had 15 hits in the win, while Jacky Miles, Jr. went 3-for-6 to help pace the FAMU offense. The Rattlers have now had at least 10 hits in 11 games this season. Dillard drove in three runs, while going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Alec Wong (2-for-6), Ryan Hutson (2-for-2) and Peter Jackson (2-for-4) had multi-hit performances.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

FAMU’s MEAC champion cheerleaders honored at Florida Capitol

Last week, Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) invited members of the FAMU cheerleading squad to the Florida House of Representatives for a special recognition of their triple win in the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championship.

The cheerleading squad earned the three crowns: MEAC Co-Ed Champion squad, All-Star Champion and All-Around Champion for 2016.  Sporting the hardware, and a representative group from the squad, Head Coach Brandi Tatum and Assistant Coach Felicia Barnes were treated to a celebration of their championships.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Wiggins says defending MEAC champion FAMU softball team is even better than last year

Looking from the outside, the Lady Rattler softball team’s 10-1 loss to Florida State seemed to be a blowout. But what is more important to Head Coach Veronica Wiggins was seeing the way her team battled after the initial onslaught of scoring.

“It’s a process,” said Wiggins, who is in her 25th year with the team. “We started out a little bit shaky, but we stabilized and battled with what we had. Sometimes things don’t go your way and you have to learn to persevere, and that’s what we did.”

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Wong, McDaniel earn top MEAC weekly honors

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced on Monday that FAMU’s Alec Wong and freshman Willis McDaniel were named Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week after their performances against Marshall. The Rattlers tallied a school record 54 hits over the three-game series and scored 38 runs to start the season 2-1.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Toni Anderson voted MEAC Softball Player of the Week

Florida A&M’s Toni Anderson was recently selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week.

Anderson (1B, 5-10, So., Dothan, Ala.) registered a .583 batting average in four games over the weekend. She finished with seven hits, including two doubles and two home runs, as the Lady Rattlers went 3-1. Also, she drove in eight runs and scored twice.

She helped lead FAMU to a 3-2 tournament finish at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Defending MEAC champion Rattler baseball team prepares for season opener

Florida A&M is set to open its 2016 baseball season this Friday, February 19th at Moore-Kittles Field against Marshall with the first game of a three-game series. This marks the second straight season the Rattlers and Thundering Herd open their seasons against each other at Moore-Kittles Field.

FAMU won last year’s season opener over Marshall by a score of 4-3, in 2015, before dropping the final two games of the series. The Rattlers are returning 20 players that contributed to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship team in 2015, including preseason All-MEAC 1st team selections Marlon Gibbs and Brian Davis. Returning senior relief pitcher Brandon Fleming, who went 7-1 last season, was named to the preseason All-MEAC 2nd team.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jenna Naclerio named MEAC Bowler of the Week

Florida A&M sophomore Jenna Naclerio was selected as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowler of the Week, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Naclerio (So., Ocala, Fla.) finished second at the Wildcat Invitational and was selected to the all-tournament team. She posted a 195.2 average and rolled high games of 222 and 225.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

FAMU softball opens season with 9-7 win over Southern Miss

Junior Jessica Nathan at the FAMU v. Southern Miss matchup
Junior Jessica Nathan belted a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to power the FAMU Women’s Softball team to a 9-7 season-opening win over Southern Mississippi on opening day of the 2016 Sand Dollar Softball Classic Friday afternoon.

Friday’s win was the first season-opening win for FAMU (1-0) since February 11, 2011, when the Rattler Women blanked Savannah State, 9-0.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Moore has FAMU women’s track team poised for MEAC Indoor title run

The Florida A&M Lady Rattler indoor track and field team has something to prove.  Last season, lackluster performances left the team wondering what could have been.  

“We just did not perform well as a team.  We did well in some areas, but I felt we left too many points on the track to win in our highly-competitive conference,” said Head Coach Darlene Moore.

Already carrying the 2015-2016 MEAC Cross Country title, the Lady Rattlers are performing well going into this year’s MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championship Feb. 11-13, in Landover, MD.  Moore’s goal is to fine tune the team to win the title that has eluded the Lady Rattlers since she took the helm.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Four home games on tab for 2016 Rattler football season

Florida A&M University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Milton Overton released Rattler football’s 2016 schedule yesterday.  The slate includes four home games in the historic Bragg Memorial Stadium.  The schedule also includes a familiar opening day opponent in Miami Gardens, Fla., against the University of Miami Hurricanes.

This year, an old foe will return after a 20-year absence from competition.  FAMU will face the Tigers of Tuskegee University in Mobile, Ala. on Sept. 17.  The revitalization of one of FAMU’s traditional foes dates back to their first meeting in 1908.  The last time the Rattlers faced Tuskegee was in 1996, with FAMU’s famed “Gulf Coast” offense posting a 56-0 routing of the Tigers.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Senior duo providing spark for FAMU women’s basketball

It has been 21 years since Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Women’s Basketball program brought home a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship, but the similarities between that 1994-95 team and the 2015-16 squad give Rattler fans some hope for a similar title run this season.

That now legendary 1994-95 team was coached by Claudette Farmer, who came back to her alma mater after winning more than 200 games at nearby Rickards High School. Her two key players were 1995 MEAC Player of the Year Natalie White, a guard who led the NCAA in steals (191 in 30 games) and a gifted scorer and rebounder in forward Cathy Robinson (19.8 points per game, 8.7 rebounds), who would win MEAC Player of the Year honors in 1996.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Wood loses recruiting coordinator weeks before National Signing Day

On Tuesday, Rattler Head Football Coach Alex Wood confirmed that his recruiting coordinator has left the program with just weeks to go before the Feb. 1 National Signing Day.

Former FAMU Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator Dennis Smith has taken a job at McNeese State, which is a member of the Southland Conference.

“Dennis has a variety of qualities that makes him one of the most important hires for McNeese,” said McNeese State Head Coach Lance Guidry. “His experience as an FBS director of football operations and recruiting coordinator will help define our daily, weekly, and seasonal football activities. Spending most of his coaching career in Florida, he'll help our program reach out to new recruiting grounds in the future.”

Saturday, January 02, 2016

FAMU women’s basketball rings in New Year with 59-38 win over SSU

The FAMU women’s basketball team won its third straight game of the season on New Year’s Day, riding a strong second half surge past the Savannah State Tigers, 59-38 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game at The Al Lawson Center.

FAMU (7-7, 1-1 in MEAC) caught fire from the floor in the second half, shooting 51.9 percent from the floor (14 of 27) to pull away from the visitors, which trailed 26-18 at the half.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Rattlers finish second in MEAC for 2015 home football game attendance

Florida A&M University’s football program ranked second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in average home crowds during the 2015 football season according to numbers released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Rattlers drew 60,240 fans for the four home games at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, good for a per-game average of 15,060. Those numbers were an improvement over FAMU’s 2014 showing in Bragg, when five games drew 55,863 fans for a 11,173 per game average.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

FAMU baseball posts strong academic success during fall semester

Florida A&M Head Coach Jamey Shouppe announced earlier this week that the Rattler baseball team had a strong fall semester in the classroom.

A total of 13 of the 25 scholarship baseball players posted a GPA of 3.0 or better. Senior pitchers Cameron Sims and David Ogilvie each finished the fall semester with a 4.0 GPA.