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After leading the men’s soccer program to its third NCAA Tournament appearance this past fall, head coach Bob Butehorn and the FGCU men’s soccer coaching staff has announced the dates for their annual Gulf Coast Soccer Academy for the upcoming spring and summer.
Butehorn, who has led FGCU to five-straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season league championships and three NCAA Tournament berths in its first four years of eligibility, will be joined by assistant coaches Alec Dufty and Joe Dincecco for a series of different types of camps. All camps are held on FGCU’s pristine resort-style, beach-lined campus, conveniently located just minutes from the Fort Myers airport and Gulf Coast beaches.
With its 14th win in as many games, the FGCU women’s basketball team moved to 19-2 on the season with a 71-49 victory over Lipscomb University Thursday night at Allen Arena. FGCU maintains its position atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with a 6-0 conference record, while Lipscomb falls to 8-12 overall and an even 3-3 in league action.
After a slow start for both teams, the Eagles took control of the game with back-to-back 3-pointers and extended the lead to double-figures midway through the first half. The Eagles maintained a shooting percentage of 42.9 to hold on to the advantage and ultimately earned its fifth-straight double-digit victory. The win stands as the team’s 14th-straight victory for the nation’s sixth-best win streak.
In a battle of second-place teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference, it was the FGCU men’s basketball team (15-7, 5-1 A-Sun) which emerged victorious as the Eagles never trailed and moved into sole possession of second place in the league with a 78-62 win over Lipscomb (10-11, 4-2 A-Sun) Thursday night at Alico Arena.
Redshirt senior Jamail Jones (Atlanta, Ga./Montverde Academy/Marquette) led a quartet of FGCU double-figure scorers with a season- and game-high 18 points on an efficient 7-10 from the floor, including 3-4 from 3-point range. Senior Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) scored seven of FGCU’s first nine second-half points en route to finishing with 16 on the night. Redshirt junior Julian DeBose (Washington, D.C./St. John College HS/Rice) continued his stellar play in conference action by adding 14 points and a game-best seven rebounds, while redshirt sophomore Marc-Eddy Norelia (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS/Tulane) contributed 13 on 6-7 from the field.
This Saturday (Jan. 31) the FGCU Athletics Department will be hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) which will be making its third trip to FGCU in as many years for a series of appearances on campus headlined by an exhibition game against the FGCU Celebrity Team at Swanson Stadium at 3 p.m.
Following the game, the WWAST will be recognized as special guests at the men’s basketball game vs. Northern Kentucky in Alico Arena at 7 p.m. The FGCU Celebrity Team which will feature local media members, coaches, former players and Athletics administrators. Admission is free, the public is invited and donations are encouraged.
The FGCU women’s basketball team holds an overall record of 18-2, an Atlantic Sun mark of 5-0, a 13-game win streak and is now receiving votes in the AP Top-25, as announced Monday afternoon. The Eagles earned three votes to rank 35th among the nation’s top teams.
The Eagles entered the week with a record of 18-2 and have won 16 of their last 17 games. The squad’s 13-straight wins stands as the nation’s seventh-best streak behind only No. 1 South Carolina, No. 19 Princeton, No. 3 Baylor, No. 2 Connecticut, RV George Washington and No. 11 Arizona State. FGCU has not lost in eight weeks and has not fallen in regulation since Nov. 20.
With help from the strong record and the team’s strength of schedule, the Eagles climbed to a program-best RPI rating of 13 at the end of nonconference action and have since hovered around the top-25. As of Monday, the team holds a ranking of 20 out of the nation’s 349 programs.
The Minnesota Twins Saturday Jan 24, 2015 held their free baseball clinic at Williams Park in Lehigh Acres. Click here to see photos of the event.
Over 70 children participated in this annual event. Up incoming Twins players got meet and work on the basics with kids. The Twins players worked on pitching, catching and hitting, they even had a special camp for the girls that were interested in softball.
With 32 of the team’s 61 points, junior Kaneisha Atwater led the FGCU women’s basketball team to its 13th-straight win Saturday evening at Alico Arena as the Eagles defeated Kennesaw State 61-47. With the win, the Eagles move to 18-2 on the season with a perfect 5-0 mark in Atlantic Sun action, while the Owls drop to 13-7 with a 2-3 conference record.
The Eagles produced seven 3-pointers in the first half, while converting 54 percent of shots to take control of the game early on. With Atwater’s strong performance and consistent offensive intensity, the Eagles took the lead in the early minutes and never let go. FGCU went ahead by 23 in the second half and ultimately earned a 14-point victory for its 59th-straight conference win at home.
For the second time in three days on the road, the FGCU men’s basketball team (14-7, 4-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) had its seniors step up late, and the Eagles went a perfect 8-8 down the stretch from the free-throw line to ice a not pretty, but gutty, 54-48 win at Kennesaw State (6-15, 1-4 A-Sun) Saturday afternoon.