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

Friday, August 11, 2017

15 FAMU student-athletes cross stage during Summer 2017 commencement

Commencement is a time for celebrating the academic achievements of all of the students of an institution. It is even more remarkable for student-athletes to stand out as competition in this arena is fierce. By far, the biggest ovation came during FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson’s comments on exceptional grads at the beginning of Summer Commencement 2017.

He commended six young ladies for an exceptional four year career at Florida A&M. Denise Anderson, Whitney Farris, Amber Fullwood, Tashayla Irvis, Miesha Mcbride and Kenya Pereira are the former softball players who were commended to a roaring ovation of the thousands in attendance. These sensational six ladies led a star-studded roster of student-athletes who attained their ultimate victory: a degree from Florida A&M University. 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

FAMU women’s cross country team achieves perfect NCAA APR score

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) recently recognized the Florida A&M Women’s Cross Country team for excellence in its Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2015-16 academic school year in NCAA Division I.

The Lady Rattlers scored a perfect 1,000 on the academic measurement rubric that takes into account student-athletes making satisfactory progress toward graduation.  Head Coach Darlene Moore places an emphasis on academics, beginning with the recruiting process. Moore’s team had a combined GPA of 3.10.  That came on the heels of the team making history with its fifth consecutive MEAC Cross Country championship.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Norwood leads FAMU squad of nine on All-MEAC List

FAMU wide receiver Brandon Norwood was chosen for the All-MEAC Preseason First Team
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released its 2017 Preseason All-Star Football Team here Friday, and nine (9) FAMU student-athletes were named among the selected performers announced at the annual Football Media Luncheon at the Marriott Waterside Hotel.

Heading the list of Rattler All-Stars was senior wide receiver Brandon Norwood of Atlanta, Georgia, who was named to the All-MEAC First Team. Norwood had a team-high 51 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.

Second Team selections included offensive linemen Osman Aguilera and Loubens Polinice, along with defensive backs Orlando McKinley and Terry Jefferson, who each had four pass interceptions in 2016.

Third Team selections from FAMU were quarterback Ryan Stanley, tight end Desmond Noird, offensive tackle Obinna Nwanko and defensive end Elijah Price.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Rattlers kick off week No. 2 with mixed practice

The Florida A&M Rattlers began their second full week of practice with drills on the football practice fields.  The spirited practice saw an even number of solid plays from the offense as well as the defense.  Additionally, Head Coach Alex Wood used a variety of different players in different situations as game situations were simulated. 

Ryan Stanley started out red hot completing five consecutive passes on the opening drive of full team drills.  Vincent Jeffries also showed the ability to move the offense during the 11-on-11 segment.  Tahj Tolbert took snaps with a variety of personnel as the offense mixed units throughout practice.

Wood said the practices were designed to integrate personnel. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

FAMU volleyball player competing in Under 20 Women’s Volleyball World Championships

Florida A&M University (FAMU) sophomore outside hitter Nicole Abreu is participating with the Peruvian National Team in the Under 20 Women's Volleyball World Championships in Cordoba, Mexico.

The Peruvian National team will open the Championships on today, Friday against China at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. In the four-team pool with Peru and China, are Poland and defending champion Dominican Republic.

Abreu, a 6-0 outside from Lima, Peru, was 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Year, and was-2nd Team All-MEAC a year ago.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rattlers propel Jacksonville Sharks to top playoff seed

FAMU alumni Peter Tulloch, Damien Fleming and Terry Johnson help propel the Sharks to the playoffs
The Jacksonville Sharks are the hottest team in the area, going undefeated to the last game of the season, where they rested players in preparation for hosting the first round of the National Arena League (NAL) playoffs.  The Sharks lost by a touchdown to the visiting Monterey Steel 44-37, the same team they will face today, June 24 in the first round of the playoffs at Veterans Memorial Arena, the Sharks' home field.

Former Florida A&M University (FAMU) four-year starter, Damien Fleming, has led the Sharks as the team's signal caller.  Fleming is right at home with the Sharks as the Jacksonville native who attended Ribault High School is playing in front of a true home crowd.  Fleming is excited about the opportunity to play in familiar territory.

“It's a blessing to be able to play right here.  To have my high school career at Ribault, college in Tallahassee at FAMU and to be here in Jacksonville with an opportunity to play the game I love, it's just all you could ask for,” Fleming said.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ten Rattler baseball players make MEAC All-Academic Team

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently announced the 2017 Baseball All-Academic Selections, honoring 96 student-athletes from the conference's nine baseball institutions. Ten Florida A&M University (FAMU) players made the list.

Director of Athletics Milton Overton Jr.  praised academic success of the baseball players. 

“We bring our athletes here first and foremost for an education,” Overton said.  “We are extremely proud of the job these young men have done in the classroom.  This is a testament to good recruiting from [Head Coach Jamey Shouppe] and his staff and our academic support staff who have made sure the learning environment is conducive to success of our student-athlete.”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Four FAMU softball players make MEAC All-Academic Team

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently the 2017 MEAC Softball All-Academic team, which recognized 90 student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Four players on the Florida A&M University softball team, which won its fourth consecutive MEAC title this year, made the team.  They were Alexis Day, Whitney Farris, Kenya Pereira, and Tahlia Snider.

FAMU Director of Athletics Milton Overton Jr. said he was pleased with the players who garnered the conference honor.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

FAMU baseball season comes to a close with 7-4 loss to Delaware State

The 2017 baseball season ended for Florida A&M (27-26) on Thursday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium as it dropped an elimination game 7-4 to Delaware State (21-24) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament. The Hornets rallied to score five runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which proved to be the difference.

A day after pounding out 12 runs on 13 hits in route to a run-rule victory against the Hornets, FAMU managed just four runs on five hits in the contest.

The Rattlers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Dallas Oliver worked a leadoff walk and Garrett Wilkinson singled through the right side before Aubrey McCarty plated Oliver from third with a fielder's choice.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

FAMU falls to #1 UF in first round of NCAA softball tourney

University of Florida Senior Delanie Gourley hurled the No. 1-ranked program's second ever post-season no-hitter in a 9-0 victory over Florida A&M University (FAMU) in the opening round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Gainesville Regional. Gourley also threw the program's first ever no-hitter in the post-season against which was also against Florida A&M back in 2014.

Gourley went 19-4 from the mound while FAMU’s Kenya Pereira was 11-12.

FAMU reached base only once in the game via a full-count walk from Pereira to lead off the third inning. Gourley bounced back to record a pair of strikeouts and ended the frame on a ground out to Jaimie Hoover at third base.

Friday, May 19, 2017

FAMU to face UF in NCAA softball tournament opener

The Florida A&M University Rattlers will open play in the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Softball Tournament today, Friday against #1 University of Florida, Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

This will be the eighth (8th) NCAA regional appearance for FAMU dating back to 1999, and the fourth NCAA set in Gainesville. Overall, this NCAA appearance marks the 11th postseason trip for FAMU since 1995 - the first three being play-in series (1995, 1997, 1998).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

FAMU rallies back to win fourth straight MEAC softball championship

Florida A&M claimed its fourth consecutive MEAC Softball Championship after rallying back to defeat MEAC rival Bethune-Cookman in an emotional 4-2 decision on Sunday afternoon.

After failing to score in the first contest on Sunday, Bethune-Cookman's bats woke up as Kaitlin Alamprese hit a leadoff single in the second frame and moved over to scoring position after a sac bunt from Ieasha Waters. Kailey Richard drove in the game's first run with an RBI double followed by Brianna Sanders' single. Sanders stole second and created havoc for the FAMU defense as a throwing error allowed Richard to score from third and claim a 2-0 lead.

The FAMU dugout and crowd woke from its slumber in the third as Miesha McBride drew a leadoff walk and was pinch ran by Shakay Nixon. Nixon moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Whitney Farris' grounder. For the second straight game, freshman Jamesia Stoudemire came up huge with an RBI double to cut the deficit in half. Tashay Irvis answered with a single and with runners on the corner, a catcher's interference on Amber Fullwood's at-bat loaded the bases and upped the pressure immensely for both teams.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FAMU, Tennessee State to face off in Tampa Classic

Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tennessee State University (TSU) and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission gathered to formally announce the FAMU Tampa Football Classic which will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) classic football game will be a true clash of the titans, featuring two of college football's storied programs.

"We are extremely excited to return to the Bay Area with the Tampa Classic at Raymond James Stadium and look to continue our long-standing tradition of successful classic games through collaboration with our partners in the City of Tampa,” said FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton. “Our matchup against Tennessee State will prove to be an exciting contest reminiscent of legendary matchups between coaches Jake Gaither and John Merritt.”

Monday, May 01, 2017

FAMU softball team clinches MEAC Southern Division title

Alexis Day led FAMU with four hits and three RBIs in Sunday’s win over B-CU
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) softball team used a 15-hit attack to overhaul host Bethune-Cookman, 13-7, and capture the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division championship at Sunnyland Field.

Sunday's win gave the Lady Rattlers (18-27-1, 13-2 MEAC) their first Southern Division crown since 2009, while foiling archrival Bethune-Cookman's bid for their first division title since 2014.

FAMU pitcher Kenya Pereira (8-9) tossed two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh. She finished the day with seven strikeouts, two walks, and scattered 13 hits while allowing seven runs in seven complete innings.

Heading the FAMU offense was Alexis Day, who finished with four hits and a pair of RBI, Snider who had three hits and two RBI, along with the trio of Toni Anderson, Whitney Farris and Pereira, who each had two hits.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

FAMU bowling signs Louisiana state prep star

The FAMU bowling program recently landed a stellar recruit with the signing of Louisiana phenom Keondra Eaton, to a scholarship to join the team this fall.

Eaton, played at an exceptionally high standard as a senior for Baton Rouge High School, setting three state records for the 2016/17 bowling season;

She established single-season marks for High Average: 212.4; High 2-game series: 491 and High 3-game series: 748.

This accomplishment will afford Eaton the opportunity to represent the State of Louisiana at the National High School tournament, this summer, in Nashville, Tennessee.

That event will showcase the best boys and girls High School bowlers from across the country, and also promotes the importance of High School bowling in the United States.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

FAMU wins 2017 MEAC men’s tennis championship

Florida A&M ended South Carolina State’s string of dominance on Saturday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University, defeating the Bulldogs 4-2 in the championship match of the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Tennis Championship.

The Rattlers won their first MEAC title in men’s tennis since 2000.

The Bulldogs captured the doubles point to begin the match, but the Rattlers bounced back in a big way during singles play. Of the five singles matches that ran to completion, Florida A&M won four of them; the Bulldogs’ lone singles win came in the No. 6 slot, where Aleksander Stupar came away with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Orange tops Green 28-0 in Orange & Green game

Head Football Coach Alex Wood took his football team through its final scrimmage of the spring in the annual “Orange & Green Game.”  In an unusual twist to the game, it was not the first string against the second string.  The players had a draft during the week and players were divided up solely on the draft. 

After four periods of play, Wood needed to see a little more as he took the team through several situational segments after the fourth quarter concluded. In the end, it was all about the orange team that won by a score of 28-0.

Wood said many positive things came out of spring practice. 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Pereira receives MEAC Softball Co-Pitcher of the Week honor

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has selected Florida A&M junior Kenya Pereira as its Co-Pitcher of the Week. She shares the honor with Morgan State’s Amy Begg.

Pereira (RHP, 5-3, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.) recorded a 1.31 ERA in a win over South Carolina State. She allowed just one run on one hit in 5.1 innings pitched. Pereira also struck out 13 batters in the victory.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Fullwood named MEAC Softball Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has selected Florida A&M senior Amber Fullwood as its Softball Player of the Week.

Fullwood (3B, 5-5, Sr., Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) batted .571 in a three-game sweep of South Carolina State. She led the Rattlers in the series with eight hits, including one home run, and 11 RBI. Fullwood also hit for the cycle in the series with a pair of doubles and a triple. Defensively, Fullwood registered one putout and seven assists at third base.