May 10, 2017
PBSC BASEBALL TEAM STATE RUNNER UP
The Panther baseball team made it all the way to the final round in the NJCAA Region
8 Tournament. They played against Chipola College and lost 12-0. They were named as
the state runner up and finished the year 38-15. They were also ranked 18th in the
national poll. Great job on making it to finals!
May 8, 2017
BASEBALL PLAYERS PUSH ON AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT
Congrats to the PBSC baseball team who won their first 2 games of the state tournament, beating Polk State College 5-4 and Santa Fe College 4-3. PBSC is one of four teams remaining in the tournament, with an overall record of 37-13. PBSC will play Chipola College today at 4pm. The tournament is being held May 5-10 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL.
April 7, 2017
PANTHER BASEBALL TAKES TIME TO GIVE BACK
Coach Forbes and Panthers baseball team did something most teams would not even consider when involved the middle of their season and battling for a conference championship. They took a day off of practice, even with games on the next two days, to give back to the community.
The entire team and coaching staff spent yesterday afternoon at Potentia Academy in Lake Worth working with students during their exercise period. “April is Autism Awareness month and it was clear that the baseball team recognized that our students' love to interact and be accepted for who they are,” said Anne Coughlin, CCREST Program Coordinator at Potentia Academy in her email thanking the team. “When I initially reached out to them, I thought it would be fun to have a couple of players stop by. Having you (Coach Forbes), Assistant Coach Chris and the entire baseball team involved was way beyond our expectations.”
“Coach Forbes understands that a student-athlete’s development does not stop on the field” commented John Scarpino, Interim Athletic Director. “Involvement in the community helps student-athletes gain a better understanding of what it means to give back and hopefully become involved within the community long after they graduate from Palm Beach State.”
Sometimes the success of a team in not measured in wins or losses or national rankings, but by a simple thank you, a smile, or making someone else’s day a bit better. Ms. Coughlin’s finishes her email, “Our students were thrilled, I wish you were able to hear firsthand some of their comments after you left.” Yesterday was a success for Panther Baseball.
April 5, 2017
BASEBALL TEAM EARNS 1ST PLACE AND NATIONAL RANKING
Our Panther Baseball team is currently 28-8 for the season and ranked #7 in the nation. With only 12 games remaining in the season, the Panthers are 1st place in the southern conference. Come out and support your Panthers!
March 29, 2017
BASEBALL MOVES INTO 1ST PLACE TIE, CLIMBS IN NATIONAL POLLS
A sweep of then conference leader Miami Dade over the weekend, combined with a victory over Indian River yesterday afternoon, moved the Panthers into a tie for the conference lead.
The two top teams in the conference squared off in a two-game set this past weekend. On Friday, Chris Kactmar scattered 4 hits over 8 innings and Vince Coletti pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in a 1-0, 10 inning victory over Miami Dade. Saturday’s game was not as close. Matt Morale's 3-run HR sparked a 5 run sixth inning as the Panthers went on to a 6-3 victory. Baylen Sparks, Derek Schwimmer and Evan Morick all had 2 hits each in the victory.
Tuesday afternoon, the Panthers came out a bit flat against Indian River but woke up with a 6-run 7th inning to earn a 9-3 victory. Evan Morick lead the offence with a 3 hit, 2RBI performance while Benito Varela also had 3 hits and drove in a run. Mike Diaz and Derek Schwimmer each contributed 2 hits. Vince Coletti had another outstanding relief appearance, striking out 5 in three innings of shutout ball to earn his second victory in five days.
The Panthers are now 25-8 on the year and 11-4 in conference play. They climbed 3 spots in the Region VIII/FSCAA poll to #4 and two spots in the NJCAA National Poll to #12. The Panthers next home game is this Thursday, March 30th at 4:00pm, against Keiser in a non-conference matchup. The Panthers resume their quest for a conference championship against Eastern Florida on April 4th in Melbourne and then return home on April 5th. Game time is 5:00pm. Come out and support your Panthers!
SOFTBALL TAKES OVER FIRST PLACE IN CONFERENCE
The Lady Panther’s moved into first place in the conference with a sweep of then conference-leader Indian River State College last Wednesday. In game one, Valerie Muth pitched seven strong innings and Xiarysse Emerenciana's timely hitting propelled the Panthers to a 4-2 victory. Game two saw the Panthers rally twice after Indian River took the lead. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Allie Girard singled, Xiarysse Emerenciaana tripled to right and Kaylin Spencer singled home the go ahead run with two outs for a 4-3 victory. Marta Pasqualini pitched five innings, allowing 4 hits and two earned runs while Stacy Pericles earned the save, striking out two in relief.
With two additional victories over Pasco Hernando on Saturday, the Panthers improve to 25-19 on the year and are 9-3 in conference play. The latest Region VIII poll released March 28, 2017 has the Panthers ranked 10th in the state. They travel to Melbourne on Friday to play Eastern Florida State College and then return home April 5th to play Broward College. Game times for the Broward games are 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
ARRIETA NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Gio Arriera scattered 5 hits in 8 shutout innings and Derek Schwimmer lead the offense with 3 hits as the Panther’ beat Broward College 5-0 yesterday afternoon. Arrieta, named Region VIII Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Eastern Florida State College last week, was dominate again facing 28 hitters, striking out 9 while walking only one. Mike Diaz and Benito Varela added 2 hits each.
The Panthers are 21-8 on the year; climbed three spots in the NJCAA latest poll to 14th in the nation; and are in second place in the conference standings. Their next home game is Saturday, March 25th at 1:00pm against conference leader Miami Dade. Come out and support your Panthers!
March 22, 2017
SOFTBALL CLIMBS TO SECOND PLACE IN CONFERENCE
The Lady Panther’s (21-19) continue to roll with a sweep of Lake Sumter State College yesterday afternoon. In game one, the Panther’s rallied for one run in the seventh and scored the winning run with one out in the eight to secure a 4-3 win. In game two, an eight run fourth inning put the game out of reach as the Panther’s rolled to a 14-2 victory in five innings. With the sweep of conference rival Miami Dade on Saturday, the Lady Panther’s are in a position to move into first place with a showdown against conference leader Indian River State College today. Game times are 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Come out and support the Panther’s as they continue their climb up the conference standings.
PANTHER BASEBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL; EARNS TOP 20 RECOGNITION!
Gio Arriera tossed a complete game shutout Tuesday afternoon that propelled the Panthers
to a 6-0 victory against conference rival Eastern Florida State College. Arriera
was dominate during the game, facing only 30 batters, striking out 8 while scattering
3 hits and not allowing a runner to reach second base. Matt Morale's 2-run shot,
Benito Varela's solo home run, and Baylon Spark's three RBI’s provided the offense
for the Panthers.
The Panthers are now 19-7 on the year; ranked 17th in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll; and are in second place in the conference standings, only one game out of first. Their next home game is Thursday, March 16th at 5:00pm against ASA College. Come out and support your Panthers!
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLINCHES CONFERENCE TITLE AND CONTINUES RECORD SETTING SEASON!
The Palm Beach State Women’s Basketball Team captured the Southern Conference title last night with an 85-54 road win vs Florida Southwestern State College. The Panthers had a tight game with FLSW first go around in January, escaping with an 8-point win but the Bucs were no match for Palm Beach on Valentine’s Day. The Panthers jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and the lead swelled to 17 points going into halftime. The Panthers put the game away in the third quarter, leading by as many as 34 points. Palm Beach was led by a trio of sophomores. Mississippi State signee Jonika Garvin (Lake Worth HS) led the way with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Fellow classmates Shakoa Edwards (Boynton Beach HS) had 18 points and 11 assists and Alexis Jean (Treasure Coast HS) had 14 points and 14 rebounds on the night.
With the win, the women improve to 21-2 overall, 10-0 in Southern Conference play and have a 15-game winning streak. The Panthers have not lost a game since December 6th. The latest NJCAA National Poll has Palm Beach State sitting at #12 in the country. The women are back on the court Wednesday, February 22 at Eastern Florida State College and finish up the regular season at home on Saturday, February 25 vs. Broward College, where they will honor their nine sophomores on Sophomore Appreciation Day!
Women's Basketball team page. CONGRATULATIONS & GO PANTHERS!!!
January 23, 2017
BASKETBALL COACH PICKS UP WIN #350
The Palm Beach State Women's Basketball team is creating a lot of buzz around campus, the state and the nation. The Panthers overall record is 15-2 and 4-0 in Southern Conference. They have not lost a game since early December and are currently ranked #14 in the latest NJCAA National Poll. Head Coach Kris Ruffo recently picked up career coaching win #350 last Saturday with a 83 -77 win over Florida Southwestern State College. This is the third milestone win that Ruffo has picked up during her tenure at Palm Beach State (#200, #300 and now #350).
The Lady Panthers are clicking on all cylinders and are led by a quartet of local players. Shakoa Edwards (Boynton Beach), Jonika Garvin and Alexis Sparkman (Lake Worth), and Alexis Jean (Port St. Lucie) combine for 80% of the offensive output. The four sophomores also lead the way for the Panthers on the defensive end of the floor. Balanced scoring, depth at the guard slot and an air of confidence has propelled the Panthers to their quick start in the new year.
The Panthers put their 9-game winning streak on the line Saturday, January 28th at 2 pm when they host the defending Southern Conference champions Eastern Florida State College. Come out to the big game and cheer on your Panthers!!
December 16, 2016
PANTHERS IN THE NEWS
Read this great story about our Panther Men's Basketball team: Something Special on the Horizon in Lake Worth
December 12, 2016
WEEKLY SUMMARY FOR DEC. 5-11
It was a good week for Palm Beach State Athletics.
The NJCAA released the first National Poll of the season for Basketball and both the Men’s and Women’s team are ranked. The Women’s team is currently ranked 13th in the nation and the Men’s team is currently ranked 14th in the nation. Also, Alexis Jean was named Region VIII Women’s basketball player of the week.
The NJCAA also released the First Team All-Americans for Volleyball and our own Haley Seyfarth has been named as one of the twelve. This is the first time in Palm Beach State’s Volleyball program history that a player was named as a First Team All-American.
Looking forward to the weekend, the Men’s Basketball team travels to Ocala to take on Tallahassee Community College who is currently ranked first in Region VIII and 6th nationally and then turn around and play St. Petersburg College on Sunday, currently ranked 7th in Region VIII.
SEYFARTH NAMED TO NJCAA FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Palm Beach State College athletics is proud to announce that sophomore setter Haley Seyfarth has been named as a NJCAA First Team All-American! Haley is the first Panther volleyball player to earn this distinction. Haley is the youngest daughter of Mike and Beth Seyfarth and hails from Bentonville, Arkansas where she graduated from Bentonville High School.
During her Freshman campaign, Haley lead the Panthers to a 25-11 record, second place in the Southern Conference and a Region VIII tournament berth. She was named to the First Team All-Conference player as a freshman. Haley also excelled in the classroom and as a result was named to the FCSAA All-Academic Team. During Haley's historic sophomore season, she lead the Panthers to Southern Conference Championship for the first time in eleven years, a 22-6 record and another Region VIII tournament berth. Haley was named Region VIII player of the week on two different occasions, was named the NJCAA National Player of the Week, and received FCSAA First Team All-State honors as well. Haley is expected to make the FCSAA All-Academic Team for the second time and should receive the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement Award.
Haley is considering a major in accounting and is currently filtering through multiple full scholarship offers from top tier NCAA DI programs as well as strong academic NCAA DII universities. Haley embodies what a student athlete should be; she excels on the court and in the classroom through hard work and determination. Congratulations to Haley and the Panther Volleyball team!
ALEXIS JEAN NAMED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to our NJCAA Region 8 Women's Basketball Player of the Week, Alexis Jean. A sophomore from Port St. Lucie, FL, Alexis averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block in two games during the voting period. She shot 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from the floor, 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the three-point line and 75.0 percent (6-of-8) from the free throw line.
Alexis led Palm Beach State to a pair of wins at the Florida College's Women's Basketball Shootout with a come-from-behind victory over Santa Fe and an upset of NJCAA #12 Northwest Florida State. Alexis tallied 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks in the win over Santa Fe and posted a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds against Northwest Florida State. Great job Alexis and the Panther Women's Basketball team!
SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The Softball team participated in several community service activities recently. The Panthers visited Miami Children's Hospital and trick or treated door to door giving goodie bags and spreading joy. These girls are constantly looking for ways to give back to the community and this was something so simple yet, made so many people's day.
The Panthers participated in the Jump Hoops for Cancer event to raise awareness and money for the Susan G. Komen organization.
South Grade Elementary will be getting new school supplies. The Panther Softball team filled backpacks and collected supplies that will be delivered to the elementary students today!!
The panthers also participated in the PBSO softball tournament to help raise awareness and money for the Charlotte Hans Foundation. Softball team page. GO PANTHERS!!!
November 7, 2016
STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
The Panthers were strong representing Palm Beach State but they were eliminated on Saturday from the State Volleyball Tournament in Bradenton.
November 2, 2016
AUTUMN FREEMAN IS REGION 8 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK!
October 25, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS VOLLEYBALL TEAM!
October 19, 2016
GABRIELLE FRESH IS REGION 8 VOLLEYBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 28, 2016
HALEY SEYFARTH IS REGION 8 VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK
August 11, 2016
VOLLEYBALL TEAM HELPS COMMUNITY
Our Women’s Volleyball Team completed a total of 68 volunteer hours during a service project yesterday. They cleaned (trash, weeds... etc ) and painted the Bow Down Community Outreach Center and the surrounding area of the 1700 block of N Tamarind Ave in West Palm Beach. They also cleaned, mowed, weed whacked and landscaped a residence that is also used as a community outreach spot in the 1000 block of 18th St. The team members were highly visible in the community, enjoyed being able to help the community and made several contacts with residents.
April 26, 2016
PANTHERS MOVING ON.........
As the Spring 2016 semester comes to a close sophomore athletes at Palm Beach State are making their decisions to move on. Current sophomores that have signed with 4 year universities are Shane Sawsczak (BB, FAU), Christian Calleja (BB, Coastal Carolina), Ivan Canete (MBB, Steven F. Austin), Joseph Williams Powell (MBB, Coastal Carolina), Aaron Horne (MBB, University of North Florida), Jahleem Montague (MBB, Longwood Universtiy) and Lakiah Sims (WBB, University of Baltimore @ Maryland).
April 25, 2016
PANTHERS RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL ATHLETICS BANQUET!
Palm Beach State College capped off their athletic seasons with the annual banquet held at the Atlantis Country Club on Sunday evening, April 24. The evening was highlighted by each sports Most Outstanding Player and Panther Award Winners, recognition of the 3.0 grade point average club and Student Athlete Leadership Team. In addition, the College recognized those 2 students that were selected as the Male and Female Academic Athletes of the Year. Individual sport winners in Volleyball were Hannah Driscoll (Most Outstanding Player) and Tristyn Sells (Panther Award); Women's Basketball Lakiah Sims (Most Outstanding Player) and Angelica Perez (Panther Award); Men's Basketball Joseph Williams Powell (Most Outstanding Player) and Jahleem Montague (Panther Award); Softball Valerie Muth (Most Outstanding Player) and Jessica Onega (Panther Award) and Baseball Christian Calleja (Most Outstanding Player) and Vincent Colletti (Panther Award).
The Male Academic Athlete of the Year was sophomore Shane Sawczak who has signed a National Letter of Intent with Florida Atlantic University and the Female Academic Athlete of the Year was Hannah Driscoll who has signed with Garner Webb University.
April 20, 2016
PANTHER SOFTBALL PLAYERS EARN ALL CONFERENCE HONORS
At the recent meeting of the Southern Conference Softball Coaches several PBSC players received 1st or 2nd team honors. First team members were infielder Jessica Onega (48 hits, 13 doubles, 29 RBI's and .348 batting average), outfielder Taisa Kirindongo (47 hits, 29 RBI's and .322 batting average) and catcher Virginia Spring (28 hits and .333 batting average with 5 home runs). Second team members were infielders Philny Llewellyn and Taylor Atherton, outfielder Caylin Spencer and pitcher Valerie Muth. The Panthers will be 1 of 16 teams across the state of Florida competing for an NJCAA Region 8 Championship beginning April 29 at Dodger Town in Vero Beach. Palm Beach State will take on NW Florida State in a 1:30pm game on April 29 and they will follow that up with a 6:30pm game on the same day against an opponent that will be determined.
February 29, 2016
PANTHERS MARCH INTO MADNESS AGAINST ST. PETE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2.
It’s win or go home as the Palm Beach State men’s basketball team take their game
to the College of Central Florida for the quarterfinals of the FCSAA State/NJCAA Region
8 basketball tournament. Palm Beach State will open up the tournament when they face
St. Pete at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers, although they have faced some
adversity in the conference part of the season, have proven they are a dangerous team
with their depth, length and athleticism. Palm Beach State was ranked in the top 20
in the country for most of the season and vaulted to the #3 spot in early January
as a result of a 14-game winning streak. If the Panthers get past their quarterfinal
match with St. Pete, they would face the winner of Northwest Florida State (last year’s
national champ) and College of Central Florida (the host school) on Friday at 1pm.
The title game would be Saturday, March 5 at 5pm.
All games can be watched by going to thefcsaasports.com and link to watch live online.
February 29, 2016
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE POST SEASON HONORS
The Panther season ended a little too early for the team this year but there were
some individual accomplishments that needed to be recognized at the end of the year
coaches Southern Conference meeting. All Conference selections were made and 2 of
the Panthers made 1st team All Southern Conference and 1 made the 2nd team. Selected
to the 1st team were sophomore Lakiah Sims and freshman Alexis Sparkman. Sims was
also selected as an NJCAA All Region 8 award winner and will be nominated as an NJCAA
All American. Ms Sims averaged 17.9 ppg. (29th nationally), 13.1 rpg.(6th nationally)
and shot 60.1 % from the field which was good for 11th nation wide. Sparkman led the
Panthers in 3pt. FG% as she knocked down 42.6% which ranked her 20th nationally. Named
to the 2nd team was freshman Christal Williams who averaged 10.8 ppg and ranked 9th
nationally in free throw % at 84.7. Palm Beach State finished their season at 15-14
and were 6-9 in the Southern Conference.
February 22, 2016
PANTHERS TRY TO GO “ELITE” IN TONIGHT'S SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
For the 1st time since 2013, the Panthers will have a chance to advance to the “Elite 8” NJCAA Region 8 Tournament in Ocala, Florida beginning March 2-5 at the College of Central Florida. To do so, Palm Beach State will need to defeat Broward College who defeated Indian River State yesterday afternoon to advance to tonight's Championship round. The Panthers and Seahawks have met 3 times previously this year with the Panthers holding a 2-1 edge. Game time is scheduled for 7pm. VIEW GAME SUMMARIES
December 17, 2015
PANTHERS RISE AMONG THE ELITE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
On the strength of their 2 victories this past weekend, the Palm Beach State men's basketball team rose to the # 3 national ranking in this week's National Junior College Athletic Association poll. This is the 2nd highest ranking in the school's history. The Panthers were ranked #1 briefly in 2012-13. Palm Beach State's road doesn't get easier as they travel to take on Daytona State on Friday before they break for the semester. Daytona State is currently 13-2 and ranked #16 in the nation and #3 in the State. The Panthers are currently the #1 ranked team in the state with a perfect 12-0 record.
December 8, 2015
DRISCOLL NAMED NJCAA ALL AMERICAN
Hannah Driscoll the Panther's volleyball middle blocker was named this past week to
the National Junior College Athletic Association All American team. Driscoll, a sophomore
from Lake Mary, Florida, helped the Panthers to a 25-11 record and a second place
finish in the Southern Conference. Ms. Driscoll ranked 2nd in the country in blocks
per set (1.64). Driscoll also maintains a 3.58 grade point average. She is undecided
where she will be attending next year.
November 9, 2015
SOFTBALL TEAM HELPS VICTIMS IN DISTRESS
In early October, the town of Gilbert, South Carolina was hit with massive flooding. The Palm Beach State softball team paired with Gilbert Elementary school in Gilbert, SC and collected clothing, toys, school supplies and other basic necessities for those in need. The items collected will be shipped to those families affected by the devastating floods.
November 6, 2015
PANTHERS SWEEP PENSACOLA STATE IN FIRST MATCH
Palm Beach State won their first match 3-0 and will move on in the District Tournament. Their next match will be against Hillsborough on Saturday, Nov. 7th at 11am (EST). Watch all the action live and root for the Panthers!!
All matches may be watched here: FCSAA Sports YouTube Channel
View more FCSAA Volleyball Tournament schedule and stats.
November 3, 2015
PANTHERS SET FOR FCSAA TOURNEY
Palm Beach State will take their 24-9 record, with the hopes of advancing to the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament, when they take on Pensacola State in the 1st round Friday @ 1pm (CST). The Panthers have defeated their opponent 2 seeks ago in 3 straight sets and are hoping history repeats itself this time around. The tournament is a double elimination affair and the goal is to get to Sunday’s round of 4 which gives 2 teams (champion and runner up) an automatic bid to the National Finals and the 3rd place finisher a chance to go by defeating Faulkner State from Alabama. The Panthers have enjoyed their best overall season in a decade and are hopeful it will continue. Watch all the action and root for the Panthers!!
All matches may be watched here: FCSAA Sports YouTube Channel
View more FCSAA Volleyball Tournament schedule and stats. All game times are central.
PANTHER VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE POST SEASON AWARDS!
At the recent Southern Conference Coaches Meeting, several PBSC volleyball players received All Conference Awards. Named to the 1st All Conference Team were sophomores Hannah Driscoll (middle blocker), Meagan Milligan (outside hitter), freshman Gabby Fresh (libero) and sophomore Tristyn Sells (outside hitter). Second team recipients were freshman Haley Seyfarth (setter) and sophomore Jennifer Truzzolino (middle blocker). The Panthers continue their season at the FCSAA State/NJCAA District 8 Tournament November 6 when they face off against Pensacola State at Pensacola State College in a 1pm match. The Panthers recently concluded their regular season and are 24-9.
October 29, 2015
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY
The Palm Beach State women's basketball team begin their "Journey to the the Tourney" this weekend when they open up in the Indian River State Tip Off Classic in Ft. Pierce. The Panthers are coming off an unusually sub-par year last season and expectations are high as they have re-loaded with a 14-person roster. Palm Beach State returns 2 starters from last year's squad in Kaelyn Dugger and All State returnee Lakiah Sims. Sims averaged a double-double last year (17pts., 10 reb.) and was a bright spot for the Panthers season. Palm Beach State will open up regular season play Friday when they take on Florida State College @ Jacksonville in a 4pm tilt followed up by a noon bout with Webber University on Saturday. The Panthers non-conference schedule runs through the end of December and then in January a grueling 15-game grind through the Southern Conference will determine their post season chances.
September 8, 2015
PANTHER VOLLEYBALL TEAM VAULTS TO #1 IN STATE POLL
For the first time in over 2 decades the PBSC volleyball team is the #1 ranked team in the state of Florida. Based on their 9-1 match start, which included a win against the national pre-season #15 team in the country, Palm Beach State is atop the poll as of yesterday’s voting. In addition, Gabrielle Fresh made the "25 Dig Club" for her performance in a match last week.
The Panthers continue regular season play when they travel to Gainesville this Saturday
for matches against South Florida State College and Santa Fe College. VIEW POLL . . .
July 21, 2015
PANTHER LAKIAH SIMS INVITED TO TOP 40 ALL STAR EVENT
One of the top freshman women's basketball players in the State of Florida last season became one of the pre-season top 40 sophomores in the country this season, as evidenced by the National Junior College Athletic Association TOP 40 ALL STAR EVENT this weekend in Niceville, Florida. Palm Beach State Panther Lakiah Sims has been invited to the prestigious event along with other players from around the country. Sims was a shining star for the Panther program last season as she was a double-double machine averaging 17 points and 14 rebounds over the course of the year, earning her Florida College System Activities Association All State honors.
June 29, 2015
NJCAA ACADEMIC STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS
On June 24th the NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards. During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different states. Of those competitors 3.31 percent or 1,936 student athletes were recognized with academic awards for their achievements (3.60 or above) in the classroom. PBSC students Franco Guardascione (BB) and Miah Shephard (WBB) received exemplary awards (3.60-3.79) while Lieshia Sousa (VB) received a superior academic award (3.80-3.99). Only 171 athletes in the country received the Pinnacle Award (4.0) for academic achievement. This represents 3 tenths of 1% of the athletes in the country. Our own Michelle Melendez (VB) achieved that distinction for her outstanding efforts! In addition, earlier in the year Shephard received the FCSAA "Sandy Miller" Award as the top scholar athlete in women's basketball.
Along with the above four the Panther athletic programs had an additional 14 members named to the FCSAA All Academic Team (3.30 or above). Those award nominees include: Raul Cortes Jr., Nick Gallo, Todd Isaacs Jr., Gabe Martinez and Eric Myskowski (BB); Kaashif English (MBB); Kaelyn Dugger and Lenzie Eller (WBB); Madison Kiper, Taishdlene Kirindongo, Philny Llewellyn, Michenou Marsalia and Sheilagh Stevens (SB); Hannah Driscoll (VB).
Congratulations to all of our academic award winners and their coaches!
May 12, 2015 PM post
CARDIAC CATS!! PANTHERS DO IT AGAIN, WILL THEMSELVES INTO CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY!!!
For the second time in 3 seasons, the "Boys of Summer" will have a chance to play for the FCSAA State Title by virtue of a 1-0 win against State College of Florida at Joker Marchant Stadium this afternoon. This game was filled with all the intense emotion of a tournament game and for the second day in a row the Panthers won in their last at bat. Lefty Parker Danciu was fantastic as he recovered brilliantly from his shaky outing in his first game loss against Gulf Coast pitching a complete game 5 hit shutout. Danciu navigated the potent Manatee lineup pitching out of bases loaded jams in the 5th and 7th innings. And he needed to as PBSC could only muster 3 hits through 8 innings. But as has been their custom in the last 3 outings the Panthers have found a way to finish games off. In the 9th after a harmless flyout freshman Jean Cancio connected for what looked like a long single to left field but he turned it into a double by sliding under the tag of the second basemen. With 1 out Cancio was replaced by Raul Cortes at second. The next batter up for the Panthers struck out so the Panthers were down to their last out. Up stepped Todd Isaacs. The freshman laced a single up the middle of the infield and Cortes made a head first slide just beating the throw to home sending PBS to the state championship game. However, it won't be easy Palm Beach State will need to win a doubleheader against North West Florida State Wednesday as they have progressed through the tournament undefeated. But the way the Panthers have been finding a way anything can happen. First game May 13 will begin at 11am. Fans can follow the action by going to PSBlive.tv (Panhandle Sports Broadcasting).
May 12, 2015 AM post
DRAMATIC WIN SENDS THE PANTHERS TO FINAL FOUR IN STATE TOURNAMENT
Just as you thought the "Boys of Summer" couldn't top Sunday's dramatic comeback against
Santa Fe, they did on Monday afternoon in the sweltering heat of Lakeland, Florida.
Palm Beach State was locked up with the #7 team in the country and after a quick 2
runs in the first, the Panthers were cruising with a 2-0 lead going into the 5th.
The roof caved in on them in the next 2 innings as Chipola plated 1 run in the 5th
and 5 in the 6th to take what seemed to be a commanding lead. PBSC got 1 run back
in their half of the 6th and were down 6-3 entering the 7th. After getting out of
a bases-loaded jam in Chipola's half of the 7th, the Panthers plated 2 more in their
half to be down 6-5 only to see their opponents get 1 back in their half of the 8th.
The Panthers went harmlessly in their half of the 8th setting up the 9th inning heroics.
The Panthers loaded the bases with 1 out, down 7-5. Nick Gallo battled back from an
0-2 count to draw a walk sending in a run and then Kendrick Guitierrez hit a 1-1 pitch
into the left center field gap, driving in the winning runs and sending off the wild
The Panthers will now take on State College of Florida at 1pm today for the right to advance to Championship Wednesday. Fans can follow the action by going to PSBlive.tv (Panhandle Sports Broadcasting).
May 11, 2015
PANTHERS CONTINUE IN STATE TOURNAMENT
The Panthers will play Chipola Monday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Fans can follow the action by going to PSBlive.tv (Panhandle Sports Broadcasting).
May 5, 2015
PANTHERS SET FOR PLAYOFF PARTY!!
The Panther "Boys of Summer" are set for the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament beginning this Friday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. The Panthers will leave after practice Wednesday, practice on Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium, with the first round of the tourney beginning Friday, May 8. PBSC will not take the field until Saturday, May 9 as they have a first round bye. The Panthers will take on the winner of Gulf Coast vs. Santa Fe @ 1pm on Saturday, May 9. If the Panthers win, they will play at 4pm Sunday. If they lose their first game, they will play again @ 1pm on Sunday. If the 2013 State Champions and National Runner-up Panthers go all the way, they will be playing in the 11am game next Wednesday, May 13. Fans can follow all the action by going to PSBlive.tv (Panhandle Sports Broadcasting).
Fans can also follow updated action by linking to theFCSAA.com and quick linking to athletics.
April 29, 2015
VAN GURP NAMED 1ST TEAM ALL STATE/PANTHERS SET FOR PLAYOFF PARTY!
Suka Van Gurp, the Panther's electrifying softball shortstop, for the 2nd year in a row has been named to the FCSAA All State Team. Van Gurp led the Panthers to a state playoff berth this season with her stellar play. The 2014 NJCAA All American followed up her freshman campaign with another great regular season as she batted .400 with an on base % of .465 and slugging % of .704. In addition, she led the Panthers in hits (50), doubles (9), triples (4), home runs (7) and RBI's (32).
The Panthers will open up with Polk State in the FCSAA State Playoffs this coming Friday, May 1 @ noon. The playoffs will be held in Vero Beach at the "Dodger Town" softball complex. PBSC will play again at 5pm on Friday, if they win, and if they lose, would play at 7pm Friday.
Historic Dodgertown is located on 3901 26th Street in Vero Beach, FL 32960.
April 20, 2015
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE 1ST AND 2ND TEAMS NAMED IN SOFTBALL
The Panther softball team placed several players on the All-Conference teams, as released by the head coaches this weekend. Palm Beach State placed the following on the 1st team: Suka Van Gurp (inf.), Taisa Kirindongo (outf.), Tyler Thomas (pitcher) and Kristin Garceau (at large). On the 2nd team, Sara Jane Collier and Virginia Spring (catchers) and Philny Llewellyn (pitcher) were named. The Panthers will participate in the FCSAA Region 8 softball tournament for the first time in over 15 years in Vero Beach (Dodger Town) May 1-3.
April 17, 2015
"BOYS OF SUMMER" GRAB SOUTHERN CONFERENCE HONORS!!
The regular season is drawing to a close and PBSC has grabbed pitching and defensive honors, as should be expected. The Panthers have displayed one of the top pitching staffs in the state and country, along with stellar defense in their current 36-14 season. In a vote by the coaches on Monday, the following PBSC players were chosen for the first team all Southern Conference: JanCarlos Cintron and Nick Gallo (inf.), Gabe Martinez (outf.), Franco Guardascione (catcher), and Anthony Delaney (pitcher).
Second team selections were: Todd Isaacs (outf.), and Nick Vespi and Cheyne Bickel (pitcher).
Other awards the Panthers received were: Jancarlos Cintron was voted conference DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, Anthony Delaney was voted conference PITCHER OF THE YEAR and Nick Vespi was voted conference FIREMAN OF THE YEAR.
April 10, 2015
MCCANN TABBED NEW MEN'S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH!
Palm Beach State has officially taken the interim tag from Men's Basketball coach Martin McCann as he has been chosen from a list of 124 applicants to lead the Panthers again next season. In so doing, the 26 year old will accept his first official college head coaching job of his career. With the sudden departure of then Head Coach Scott McMillin in the Spring of 2014, McCann, his assistant at the time, agreed to take the interim tag for the 2014-15 season. McCann led the Panthers to a 20-10 record which was only the 4th time in the past 15 seasons that the PBSC men's basketball team has achieved that accomplishment. In addition, he tutored 1 FCSAA All State player and 2 All Southern Conference 1st team members along with being rated in the top 50 in the NJCAA Massey Power ratings.
Panther Athletic Director Dr. David Holstein stated, " It is with great pleasure and privilege that we welcome Coach McCann to the Panther Nation. Mr. McCann has exhibited in his short stay that he has the capacity to connect with the millineal generation athlete while conveying qualities of a mature "old school" values type of coach. We feel both of those attributes will not only assist him in getting our program back to national recognition but will be of great service to him as he takes the exciting journey of being a college head coach."
McCann will begin his official full time duties beginning April 16.
March 30, 2015
PANTHERS PUNCH TICKET TO STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT!!
The Panther softball team solidified a spot in the upcoming FCSAA State softball tournament at the end of April by defeating Broward on Saturday afternoon at the John Anderson softball field 10-2 and 8-0. This will be the first time in over a decade PBSC has competed in the state softball tournament and due to a change in the State Council for Athletic Affairs policy 16 teams will be going to Vero Beach at the end of April. The top 2 finishers will advance to the National finals. Palm Beach State is entrenched in 3rd place in the Southern Conference at 7-5. They will take on Eastern Florida State Thursday on the road and finish up their league schedule against Miami Dade on Wednesday April 8 at home. Congratulations to head coach Martha McCall, her staff and the PBSC players!
March 17, 2015
PANTHER BASKETBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE POST SEASON AWARDS!
At the recently concluded men's and women's basketball season, several Palm Beach State players were awarded All Conference and All State honors. Leading the way were 2 All State selections. On the men's side, sophomore Jarrel Marshall and on the women's front, freshman Lakiah Sims. Marshall, who led the Panthers to a 20-10 season averaged a team high 18.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 48% from the field including 42% from three and 79% from the line. Marshall is currently considering Kennesaw State, University of Portland and FAU. Lakiah Sims was only a freshman and basically put on a 1 person show for the Panthers as she averaged 16.5 point points per game and 14.1 rebounds per game. Sims shot 55% from the field and 72% from the free throw line ranking 11th nationally in total rebounds and 5th in the country in rebounds per game.
All Southern Conference selections on the men's side included Marshall and Bobby Conley on the first team and Ivan Canete, Paul Jones, Fabian McDonald and Kelsley Wilkinson on the 2nd team. Freshman Joseph Williams-Powell was selected as honorable mention. On the women's side besides Sims being selected to the first team, freshman Kaelyn Dugger was chosen to the 2nd unit.
March 10, 2015
SHEPHARD WINS AWARD!
Miah Shephard, a sophomore for the women's basketball team, has received the prestigious "Sandy Miller" award as voted on by the women's basketball coaches in the State of Florida. The award is the culmination of not only athletic participation and excellence, but embodies the academic excellence and community service activities of the individual. Shephard has been a member of the women's basketball team for the past 2 years. In addition, she has served on the Student Athlete Leadership Team for 2 years and has been part of over $1800 being raised by the athletic department for families in the Palm Beach county area in need of financial help. She is a member of the Florida College System Activities Association All Athletic Academic Team and will be named a National Junior College Distinguished Academic Award winner at the conclusion of the spring semester. Ms. Shephard's name will now be entered into consideration for the State's Female Academic Athlete of Year at the Spring Meeting of the FCSAA A.D's in May. Her current grade point average is 3.84.