Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

De'Arya Davis scores MEAC Rookie of the Week

Florida A&M’s De’Ayra Davis has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week.

Davis (G, 5-9, Fr., Omaha, Neb.) scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots in the Lady Rattlers’ overtime win over North Carolina Central – and her two free throws with 23 seconds left in the extra session helped clinch the victory. Davis was 4-for-9 from the floor in that contest, and she also went 2-for-4 from behind the arc. She also had three steals against Morgan State.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FAMU finishes 3rd in 2018 FCS home game attendance

It is now official: Rattler Nation is among the most loyal and passionate fan bases in the country, as Florida A&M University finished ranked number three (3rd) in average home attendance in the Football Championship Subdivision for the second straight year.

The Rattlers drew 76,1901 fans to venerable Bragg Stadium in 2017 – its’ 60th year of operation – for a per game average of 19,048 fans for four home games.

That per-game average was also tops among Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference members, with North Carolina A&T ranking 10th at 15,697, and highest among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), with Prairie View (Tex.) eighth at 17,803.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

FAMU softball tops Georgia Tech, 8-6

The Florida A&M University women’s softball team struck for 15 hits afternoon to nudge past Georgia Tech, 8-6 in the 2018 Sand Dollar Collegiate Softball Classic at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.

FAMU (1-2) scored the game’s first run in the second on a RBI double by Jamari Ridley for a 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, FAMU scored five runs for a 6-0 lead, keyed by an RBI double from Mackenize Woodard; an RBI single from Tyra Bowers and a two-run double from Edrienne Williams.

After Georgia Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the third, FAMU plated single runs in the fourth and fifth innings for an 8-3 lead.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Simmons says 2018 Rattler football signing class is stocked with winning talent

In observance of National Signing Day 2018, Rattler supporters, staff and fans convened at The Moon Entertainment facility Wednesday evening to kick-off the upcoming football season. The celebration included a preview of the newly committed class of Rattler recruits and details about what is being coined as a new “Willenium” under the direction of new Head Coach Willie Simmons.

To commence the celebration, Interim Athletic Director John Eason took the stage to explain that the winner mentality in Simmons, is exactly what he was looking for in a new head coach.

“I did not want an average guy. I wanted someone to be a part of us that was used to winning, that had high expectations of himself, his staff, and his players.” said Eason. “That is why the young man from Quincy, Florida is your new head football coach.”

Under Simmons, the Rattlers will tout an experienced coaching staff to include former Alabama A&M head football coach, James Spady; Kenneth Gilstrap, who left high school with the third best 100-meter dash time in the nation, and several others who Simmons brought along from Prairie View A&M.

As for the recruits, Simmons was excited about his freshly committed class, stating that he and his staff endured many sleepless nights and traveled both near and far, to not only usher in top talent, but also feed winners into the program on the highest of seven hills.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

FAMU softball trio tabbed preseason All-MEAC

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2018 Preseason All-Star Softball team Thursday morning, and three FAMU players were tabbed as first-team selections.

Senior first baseman Toni Anderson, junior outfielder Alexis Day, and sophomore shortstop Jamesia Stoudemire were the FAMU trio honored Thursday.

Anderson, a 5-10 power hitter from Dothan, Ala., was a first team All-MEAC selection in 2017, after hitting .298 in 51 games, with 12 home runs, six doubles, one triple and 30 RBIs. She finished with 39 hits, 22 runs scored and a team-best .634 slugging percentage.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Rattlers rally, hold off Hampton for 75-71 road win

The Rattler men’s basketball team took command in the second half Saturday, then outlasted the homestanding Pirates, 75-71 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest at the Hampton University Convocation Center.

FAMU (4-18, 3-3 MEAC) won its second straight game with clutch play on both ends of the floor, and deadly shooting, particularly from senior guard Marcus Barham.

The Melbourne, Florida native finished with a game-high 24 points, highlighted by a 6-of-9 shooting performance from three-point distance. Fellow senior, forward Desmond Williams dodged foul trouble to finish with 19 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Justin Ravenel rounded out the trio with 13 points, splashing three triples on the night.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

FAMU’s 2018 MEAC football schedule features 3 home games

Yesterday, the Florida A&M University Department of Athletics announced its 2018 slate of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football games. The schedule includes three confirmed home games and one tentative matchup in Bragg Memorial Stadium.

FAMU will face Savannah State (Sept. 22), Norfolk State (Oct. 6), and Morgan State (Oct. 27) in Tallahassee. The Rattlers also have a home game scheduled against Hampton on Oct. 20, but this contest is in limbo as Hampton is pushing drop its MEAC schedule so it can immediately enter its new conference: the Big South.

University officials have not yet announced which home date will serve as this year’s Homecoming.

The first three football road games for 2018 will be at North Carolina Central (Sept. 29), North Carolina A&T (Oct. 13), and Howard University (Nov. 3). Then on Nov. 17, FAMU and Bethune-Cookman will meet in Orlando for the Florida Blue Florida Classic

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Martin named MEAC Basketball Defensive Player of the Week

Florida A&M University junior center Isaiah Martin was selected Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week.

The 7-0 Denver, Colorado native had nine (9) blocked shots in three games last week, highlighted by a six-block night in Baton Rouge against Southern University on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Martin also had 13 rebounds that night against the Jaguars, six of the defensive variety. He finished the three-game stretch on Sunday with a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds (four defensive) and one block against Georgia Tech.

The junior college transfer from Lamar Community College, is tied for 12th nationally in Blocked Shots (33 in 14 games), and is 34th in Blocked Shots Per Game (2.36).

Martin ranks first in the MEAC in blocks (33), and offensive rebounds per game (3.4), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.604) and seventh in rebounding (7.2 per game).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New FAMU head football coach: “I’m home”

The Simmons family with President Larry Robinson (FAMU student, freshman class president and son Tre, and daughters Raven and Shailoh with Willie Simmons and wife Shaia Simmons, a two-time FAMU grad – Not pictured: son, Wraylon)
Florida A&M University (FAMU) formally presented Big Bend area native Willie Simmons as the 18th full-time head coach in the history of the school’s storied football program on Tuesday, December 12, in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. The Marching “100,” FAMU Cheerleaders, Venom mascot, students, athletes, faculty, staff, alumni, booster groups and family and fans from across the region came out to welcome Coach Willie Simmons and the new era of Rattler Football.

“I’m home,” Simmons said during the press conference. “I’m honored, privileged and blessed to be here. And you will get my very best. We are going to get right to work at winning championships … and making sure our student-athletes are champions academically and off the field.”

Saturday, December 09, 2017

FAMU women’s basketball team breezes past Lynn University, 74-37

The Florida A&M University women's basketball team rode the momentum from a hot-shooting first half to a breezy 74-37 romp over visiting Lynn University in the Al Lawson Center Thursday night.

Thursday's win was the second straight for FAMU (2-7), which shot a blistering 53 percent (16 of 30) from the floor overall and went five of nine from three-point range to pull away from Lynn (2-7) to take a 41-20 halftime lead.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Four FAMU volleyball athletes named to MEAC All-Academic Team

Valentina Carrasco was one of four Lady Rattlers on the All-Academic team
Four FAMU athletes were recently named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the 2017 Volleyball All-Academic Team. They were: Valentina Carrasco, Maria Yvette Garcia, Alexis Gocha, and Valeria Lopez.

“I felicitate our women’s volleyball student-athletes for maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “I would also like to recognize the academic support staff, faculty, parents and coaches who have contributed to the academic and athletic success of these student-athletes.”

The All-Academic Team honors 66 student-athletes from the conference’s 13 institutions who achieved academic success during the 2016-17 academic year. MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

FAMU volleyball team finishes season with share of MEAC Southern Division title

The Florida A&M University volleyball team finished its season with a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division title. In the Southern Division, Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M both went 9-1, with each team losing to the other.

But the Wildcats claimed the division's #1 seed in the MEAC Championships by virtue of the tiebreaker, which came down to the number of total sets lost in head-to-head competition. Florida A&M, the preseason favorite in the Southern Division and winner of six straight matches, claimed the No. 2 seed.

FAMU advanced to tournament championship match with wins over Morgan State and Northern Division champion Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). It lost the title game 3-0 to three-time defending champion Howard University.

Two FAMU athletes, Maria Yvette Garcia and Nicole Abreu, were named to the 2017 MEAC Volleyball All-Tournament Team.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rattlers drop seventh consecutive Florida Classic to Wildcats

Yesterday, Bethune-Cookman won its seventh consecutive football matchup against the Florida A&M University.  The Wildcats rallied for a 29-24 come-from-behind victory over the Rattlers in the Florida Blue Florida Classic before a Camping World Stadium crowd of 47,819 and a national ESPN audience.

Yahia Aly got FAMU on the board in the second quarter with a 30 yard field goal. Florida A&M went on to manage a 10-10 halftime time score on Ryan Stanley's 31-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Smith.

Florida A&M (3-8, 2-6 MEAC) outgained the Wildcats 136-8 as they took a 24-10 lead on Ricky Henrilus' 4-yard run and Devin Powers' 8-yarder to start the fourth quarter.

But Wildcat quarterback led Larry Brihm, Jr. led his team to victory by rushing for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard naked bootleg with 1:15 remaining as Bethune-Cookman rallied for a 29-24 come-from-behind victory.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Rattlers lose home football finale to Bison, 37-26

The Rattler Football team led early in its home finale Saturday afternoon, only to lose late as visiting Howard Bison overtook FAMU for a 37-26 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The bright spots for FAMU (3-7, 2-5 in MEAC) included redshirt freshman halfback Ricky Henrilus, who rushed for 153 yards on 20 carries and one score, a two-yard blast which put FAMU ahead, 7-0 with 12:45 in the opening quarter.

After Howard (6-3, 5-1 in MEAC) tied the game on a Newton 24-yard TD toss to Kyle Anthony, FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley answered late in the first with a 25-yard aerial to Kareem Smith for a 13-7 lead with 3:43 left.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Shakeyrra Morrison named to MEAC Preseason All-Star Team

Florida A&M women's basketball senior forward Shakeyrra Morrison was named to the 2017-18 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason All-Star Team.

The 6-0 performer from Zebulon, North Carolina, was named to the Second Team squad on the strength of her rebounding efforts a year ago, when she ranked second overall in the MEAC at 9.7 caroms per game.

Morrison averaged 11.1 boards in 16 conference games, and was the leading offensive rebounder (4.1) in the league, while averaging 8.1 points per game, along with totalling 52 steals and 13 blocked shots.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Overton resigns as FAMU AD, will head Kennesaw State Athletics

Yesterday, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Athletic Director Milton Overton notified Interim President Larry Robinson of his plans to accept the athletic directorship at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Overton will assume his new position on December 1, 2017. He began his tenure at FAMU in August 2015.

“We are highly appreciative of the work AD Overton has done during his tenure at FAMU and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Robinson said. “This opportunity moves him closer to his family.”

Overton thanked Robinson, Board of Trustees Chair Kelvin Lawson, and the FAMU community “for embracing our department’s effort to build champions in the classroom, on the field and in life with academic excellence and integrity.”

Monday, October 30, 2017

Florida A&M wins sixth consecutive MEAC women’s cross country title

Florida A&M made history Saturday morning, winning the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship, its sixth straight title, at the Delaware State University Outreach & Research Center.

The Rattlers won the meet with 46 points. Darlene Moore was named Most Outstanding Coach for the sixth straight year. In winning its 10th overall title, Florida A&M averaged an 18:52 over the 5K course and placed all five runners in the top 15.

Martha Bissah of Norfolk State was named Most Outstanding Performer after winning individual gold. She completed the 5K course in a MEAC-record 17:16.30.

Too named MEAC’s Most Outstanding Men's Cross Country Performer

David Too of Florida A&M was named Most Outstanding Performer at the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship on Saturday morning, after winning individual gold with a time of 24:48.80, at the Delaware State University Outreach & Research Center.

Too had 20 seconds on second place – but the Men’s team champion Norfolk State Spartans claimed the second through fifth spots in the running order. Anteneh Girma was second with a 25:08.40, while Bill Kemboi was third (25:14.50), Ronald Korir came in fourth (25:19.40) and Felix Kiprotich (25:35.70) was fifth.

Also finishing in the Top 15 for FAMU were brothers Onesmus Kemboi and Festus Kemboi.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Rattlers outlast Bears, 34-31

Florida A&M (3-6, 2-4) overcame some early miscues – including three turnovers in the first half – to get their second conference win of the season, 34-31, over Morgan State. 

Morgan State (1-7, 1-4) and FAMU made it an interesting game as both teams exchanged scores throughout the day, but key penalties and a late fourth quarter interception from redshirt sophomore Terry Jefferson sealed the Bears defeat.

DeAndre Harris completed 9 of 19 passes for 149 yards and tossed two TD passes to redshirt senior Amonta Poteat. Poteat led the Bears receiving corps with seven catches for 99 yards.

FAMU's redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Stanley had an interception and a fumble in the first half, but otherwise had a solid day. He threw three touchdown passes, two to running back Ricky Henrilus and one to Rickards grad Chad Hunter, and was turnover-free in the second half.