SCF Manatees Return for Fall to Begin Championship Quests

(Bradenton, Fla., August 27, 2019)State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) athletes are embarking  on another successful year on the courts and fields in Bradenton this fall. SCF’s Manatees achieved several individual accolades and team conquests across its five sports, including men’s basketball, baseball and women’s tennis, softball, and volleyball during the 2018-19 academic year. The Manatees collected conference, state, and national awards, contended for conference and state championships, and were a source of pride for SCF.

The Manatees carried on a long tradition of baseball success by making the program’s 48th appearance in the FCSAA State/NJCAA Region Tournament. The team placed third in the state and second in the Suncoast Conference, wrapping up the season with a record of 38-20. First team All-Suncoast Conference recognitions were bestowed to infielder Shane Shiflet, outfielder Brian Dillingham, pitcher Corey Ireson, and catchers Josh Crouch and Giovany Lorenzo. Infielder Nick Winkelmeyer and pitcher Nick Long received second-team honors. 

Sophomore pitcher Brock Bell, the son of former major league All-Star Jay Bell, was selected in the seventh round by the Boston Red Sox in the June draft. Former SCF hurler Vlad Nunez signed a non-drafted free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox after completing his college career at Stetson University this spring. Another former SCF pitcher, Robbie Peto, was drafted in the 26th round by Tampa Bay but elected to continue his college career.

The Manatees surged to a winning record in basketball, finishing 18-15 and winning the Suncoast Conference Tournament. The conference tournament crown earned SCF its first berth in the FCSAA State Tournament/NJCAA Region Tournament for the first time since 2012-13. Freshman guard D’Moi Hodge starred all season long on the hardwood, earning first team all-conference and all-state recognition and snagging all-tournament honors from the FCSAA for his playoff performance.

Isiah Dasher joined Hodge on the All-Suncoast Conference first team, while Deandre Osuigwe, Cyrus Barnes, and Tre Alexandrea secured second team spots.

SCF achieved a 45-16 record in softball, finishing second in the Suncoast Conference and fifth in the state. The team posted a .311 batting average, recorded a 2.63 ERA and placed seven athletes on the All-Suncoast Conference Team. Mindy Schuerman earned the Coach of the Year award from the conference. Sophomore Cheyenne Nunez hit .360 and stole 38 bases to earn a spot on the all-state second team. Nunez was joined by freshman pitcher Kailey Christian. Christian was 22-4, posted a sparkling 2.19 ERA, and struck out 196 batters in 178 innings pitched.

Competing in the most competitive state for NJCAA tennis, the Manatees posted a 6-7 record but went on to place fifth in the national tournament. Five SCF athletes advanced to at least the quarterfinals in singles competition at the national championships and the duo of sophomore Sara Jamal and freshman Sara Ramirez Goncalves advanced to the quarterfinals in the doubles bracket. Sophomore Laura Illanes-Rodriguez received the Vicki Schnurr Scholar-Athlete Award from the FCSAA.

Volleyball freshman libero Sydney Jaco and freshman middle hitter/opposite Emily Sauceda were named to the All-Suncoast Conference team. Jaco recorded nearly 800 digs in her first campaign with SCF. Sauceda was a defensive force with 98 total blocks, including 31 solo stops.

The first regular season athletic event at SCF this fall takes place Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m. when the Manatees host Pasco-Hernando State College in volleyball at the Hal Chasey Gymnasium, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12. SCF students and staff can attend for free by presenting their SCF ID.

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