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Southwest Florida Sports Awards Banquet

Two FBA student-athletes take home awards from the Southwest Florida Sports Awards Banquet on May 24, 2017.

I Am Sport Award by Nike

Ashleigh Baker

 

 

 

Ashleigh Baker was presented the I Am Sport Award by Nike for service to our community. Ashleigh, a newly graduated senior, participated in cross country, soccer, tennis & track and field at FBA this year. Congratulations Ashleigh! 

Defensive Football Athlete of the Year

Joe Sparacio

 

 

 

Joe Sparacio took home honors as the top Defensive Football Athlete. Joe, a junior at FBA, participated in football and track and field this year. Congratulations to Joe! 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING FBA SPRING SPORTS ATHLETES ... 

NAPLES DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA: Girls Tennis 

Aiden Denman -Second Team 

Ashleigh Baker- Honorable Mention 

Bella Heaslip- Honorable Mention

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NAPLES DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA: Boys Track & Field

Ray Pierre - First Team 

Nick Tompkins- First Team 

Ryan Mitchell- Coach of the Year

Zac Brecher- Second Team 

Keean Burlison- Second Team 

Austin Edie- Honorable Mention 

Cipriano Martinez- Honorable Mention 

Dan O'Dell- Honorable Mention 

Matt Powers- Honorable Mention 

Brant Ralph- Honorable Mention 

Jorge Santos- Honorable Mention 

William Sillery- Honorable Mention 

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NAPLES DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA: Girls Track & Field

Sydney Beam- First Team 

Nicole Smith- First Team 

Amanda Lines- Second Team 

Malaya Melancon- Second Team 

Samantha Shemavonian- Second Team 

Grace Dean- Honorable Mention 

Natasha Rodriguez- Honorable Mention 

Paige Scullin- Honorable Mention 

Emme Warburton- Honorable Mention 

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2017 FBA WINGED FOOT SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION NOMINEE:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL RITTER 

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Track & Field FHSAA State Results

Sydney Beam

Sydney Beam

300m Hurdles
7th place - 48.05 sec.

Zac Brecher

Zachary Brecher

High Jump
4th place - 1.90 meters

Keean Burlison

Keean Burlison

300m Hurdles
9th place - 42.03 sec.

Ray Pierre

Ray Pierre

Triple Jump
7th place -13.00 meters (New School Record)

Nick Tompkins

Nick Tompkins

High Jump
8th place - 1.85 meters

Girls 4x100M Relay

Samantha Shemavonian, Amanda Lines, Malaya Melancon, Nicole Smith

4x100m Relay
7th place - 50.72

Track & Field Regional Meet Results

KEEAN BURLISON

4TH PLACE
300M HURDLES (41.91 sec)

SYDNEY BEAM

3RD PLACE
300M HURDLES (49.02 sec) 

RAY PIERRE

3RD PLACE
TRIPLE JUMP (FBA SCHOOL RECORD 42'3")

ZAC BRECHER

4TH PLACE
HIGH JUMP (6'.1.5")

NICK TOMPKINS

2ND PLACE
HIGH JUMP (FBA SCHOOL RECORD 6'3.5")

MALAYA MELANCON, AMANDA LINES, NICOLE SMITH, SAMANTHA SHEMAVONIAN

3RD PLACE
4x100M RELAY (FBA SCHOOL RECORD 50.66)

Track & Field: District Champions (Girls and Boys Teams)

FBA Lions Track and Field

 

FBA Lions Track and Field

 

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FBA Track & Field 2017

SETH SOFFIAN, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA- Watching the girls 3,200-meter run during the latter stages of Thursday’s District A-8 track meet,  First Baptist Academy coach Ryan Mitchell was so focused on one of his freshman runner’s bidding for a top four finish and regional berth that he lost track of the team scores.

“Wow. I didn’t know we were that far ahead,” Mitchell said, looking at the updated scores on his phone before pausing and choking up a bit. “We might beat them. Man, that’s emotional.”

After two straight years finishing in second place behind Fort Myers-Evangelical Christian School, FBA resoundingly snapped what had been ECS’ six-year run of girls district titles.

Along with a convincing win in the boys meet as well Thursday at ECS for its third straight district championship, the Lions swept the competition.

“The boys, it’s expected for them to win,” Mitchell said. “They were so young we weren’t sure they were going to do it. But they stepped up to the plate. And the girls, it’s just awesome. You work hard to get them up to that level, and they competed. It’s just exciting as a coach. Very exciting.”

FBA won the boys competition with 176 points, ahead of Community School of Naples (146), St. John Neumann (105.5), ECS (60), Seacrest Country Day School (53), Southwest Florida Christian Academy (44.5), Canterbury School (35), Moore Haven (32) and Marco Island Academy (4).

“Just overall everybody did exactly what we asked them to do,” Mitchell said of athletes competing in more than their customary events. “We had people in the finals that were not expected to get to the finals because they ran hard.”

FBA – which also was bolstered on the boy's side by a strong showing in the field events, leading CSN 80-60 going to the track finals – employed the same strategy successfully on the girl's side.

Junior Paige Scullin, who finished second in the discus behind SFCA’s Rebekah Bergquist, and sophomore Kamryn Hacker, a finalist in the 400 meters, both picked up points for FBA in the high jump as well after first being taught the event this week by Mitchell.

“Run the ‘J’ as fast as you can and lean back,” said Mitchell, a former high school thrower and runner and later a thrower and football player at NAIA Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

FBA won the girls competition with 155.5 points. With a victory in the final event of the meet, the 4 x 400 relay, St. John Neumann earned 10 points to edge out ECS for second place in the final team standings, with scores of 115.5 and 112, respectively. ECS was third in the 4 x 4 for six points.

SFCA (71.5), Canterbury (68), Marco Island (54), Community School (32), Moore Haven (12) and Seacrest (10.5) rounded out the girl's team scores.

Girls Basketball - Naples Daily News All-Area Selection

Paige Scullin

2nd Team 

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

3rd Team

Amanda Lines

Amanda Lines

Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer - Naples Daily News All-Area Selection

Malaya Melancon

1st Team
Player of the Year Finalist
 
 
 
 

Jackyson Bazile

Coach of the Year

Nina Karterouliostis

1st Team

 

Not Pictured

 

Allison Shepard

2nd Team
 

Hannah Nemni

Honorable Mention

Natasha Rodriguez

1st Team
 

Girls Track & Field (MS) - GCAC Champions

The girls team took home the Gulf Coach Athletic Conference Track & Field Trophy.

 

Lady Lions Basketball

District Champions - FBA Lady Lions Basketball

Congratulations to the varsity girls basketball team on winning the district championship.

 

Nicole Smith: NDN Prep of the Week

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Middle School Basketball

Middle School Varsity Boys Basketball Team (A-Team) won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Championship.

Girls JV Basketball

JV Girls Basketball

The FBA girls JV basketball teamm posted a 13-3 season record, the most wins by a JV girls basketball team in school history.  After a tough 0-2 start, the team won 13 of their next 14 games, including a 12 game winning streak.  Their season was also highighted by going 2-1 in the Barron Collier Thanksgiving tournament.

Girls Soccer

The Varsity Girls team has advanced to the Regional Quarterfinal game against Out of Door Academy.  The girls soccer team finished the 2017 season as District Runner-Up and had a season best record of 19 wins and 4 losses.  Congratulations on a great season.

Cross Country - All-Area Honors

"Congratulations to three members of the FBA Cross Country Team who received all area honors".  Junior Dan O'Dell has been selected as a Runner of the Year Finalist.  He is invited to the Southwest Florida Sports Award Ceremony on May 24th at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on May 24th where the Runner of the Year will be announced.

Sophomore, Cipriano Martinez was name on All Area Second Team.  Cipriano dropped significant time this season and finished 33rd at State Meet.

Senior, Jack Heerema received Honorable Mentioned recognition."

Dan O'Dell

Dan O'Dell

Cipriano Martinez

Cipriano Martinez

Jack Heerema

Jack Heerema

Football - All-Area Honors

FBA Athletics would like to congratulate the following student-athletes on their Naples Daily News All-Area Nominations for Football.

Joe Sparacio - Naples Daily News 1st Team Defense

Joe Sparacio  - NDN Defensive Player of the Year Finalist

Year: Junior - Position: Linebacker

 

Associated Press (AP) - 1st Team All-State Linebacker

Highlights: The junior was the anchor of the Lions’ defense for a third straight year. As a result, he’s in line for his third straight all-state selection. Sparacio (6-0, 215) had 101 tackles, including nine sacks and 21.5 for loss. As a fullback and tight end, Sparacio also had 839 yards of offense and 14 total touchdowns.

Jayce Howell - NDN 1st Team Offense

Jayce Howell - NDN Offensive Player of the Year Finalist
Year: Senior - Position: Running back

 

Associated Press (AP) - 2nd Team All-State Running Back

 

Highlights: In his first year starting in the backfield, Howell led Collier County in rushing yards (1,642) and total touchdowns (25). He was more than 400 yards ahead of second place, and he did it in 11 games. Howell ran for 100 yards in 10 of those games and went over 200 in three of them. He averaged 9.4 yards per carry and a touchdown every seventh attempt.

Jacob Maxfield - NDN 1st Team Offense

Jacob Maxfield is a is an NDN Offensive Player of the Year Finalist
Year: Senior - Position: Offensive lineman

 

Associated Press (AP) - 2nd Team All-State Offensive Lineman

Highlights: Maxfield was a two-year starter for the always-physical Lions. The 6-4, 285-pound tackle helped First Baptist rush for 258.9 yards per game and win a district title.

Blane Briggs

Blane Briggs (Sr)

LB - 2nd Team (All-Area)
LB - HM (AP All-State)
 
 

Michael Ritter

Michael Ritter (Sr)

DB - 2nd Team

 

Daniel Marquina

Daniel Marquina (Jr)

OL - 2nd Team

Naples Daily News - All-Area (Honorable Mention)

Chad Hassey (DL)
Sean Hennell (DB)
Rainer Schurig (LB)
Julien Tirado (QB)
Thomas Rodriguez (OL)
Drake Woods (WR)   
Zach West (WR)

Volleyball - All-Area Honors

Katie GilchristKatie Gilchrist recieves Honorable Mention Honors by the Naples Daily News All-Area Team.

Paige Scullin - NDN Prep of the Week

Paige Scullin - NDN Prep of the Week

Article From Naples Daily News
 
 

Cross Country - State Championship Meet

 

FBA Cross Country Team

The boys team placed 5th at Regionals qualifying them for the State meet as a team for the second straight year.  At the State Meet, they finished 11th overall the highest finish in school history.  

 
Both Dan O'Dell and Cipriano Martinez
placed in the top 10, 7th and 9th respectively. 
 


 

Cross Country - District Champions 2016

FBA Cross Country - District Champions 2016

VARSITY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: 

Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team on winning Districts by a substantial margin.  The team was lead by Junior Dan O'Dell placed second in a very close race.  Sophomore Cipriano Martinez finished 4th.  The breakout runner of the meet was Senior Jack Hereema who smashed his personal best to insure a team Championship.  Junior Matt Powers struggled during the race but at the finish was all heart to beat a district competitor with a fantastic effort.  First year runner HSE, Senior Matthew Bueltel,  had a personal best.

The boys team will head to Lakeland for Regionals on Thursday.  They will run Friday morning at Holloway Park.  They aim to qualify for State Championships on Nov 5th.

VARSITY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: 

Congratulations to Senior Ashleigh Baker!  Ashleigh qualified to advance to Regional Championships next Friday in Lakeland.  One second behind her was her sister, Alexis, who narrowly missed moving on to Regionals.  Break runner was junior Daniela Bonilla she smashed her best times!

Wish Ashleigh well as she prepares for Regionals on Friday morning!

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Football Receives FACA All-District 18 Honors

Joseph Sparacio

Joseph Sparacio (#34)

1st Team Linebacker
 
 
 

Jayce Howell

Jayce Howell (#15)

1st Team Running Back
 
 
 

Jacob Maxfield

Jacob Maxfield (#59)

1st Team Offensive Line

Michael Ritter

Michael Ritter (#28)

1st Team Defensive Back
2A Academic Player of the Year
 
 

Blane Briggs

Blane Briggs (#31)

1st Team Linebacker
 
 
 

Billy Sparacio (HC)

2A Coach of the Year

Football: Wins District Championship

 

The First Baptist Academy football team’s senior class doesn’t know what it’s like to not be a champion in 2A-7 football. Now, they never will.

FBA clinched its fifth straight district title Friday night with a 42-0 win over Moore Haven.

“Winning a district title is not easy,” First Baptist coach Billy Sparacio said. “It’s a hard thing to do. So with a lot of hard work in the off season, in the weight room and on the field, good things happen.”

First Baptist is a combined 29-0 against District 2A-7 opponents since their first district title in 2012. Now, the reigning regional champions are looking for another title. They will play host to Village Academy, the Class 2A-8 runner-up, in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 11.

“We’re just going to stay hungry,” senior running back Jayce Howell said. “We want to be the most physical team as always and want to keep that hunger every week. (Winning the district) is amazing, I don’t think we’ve lost a district game since before my freshman year. It just shows that FBA and our coaches have done so well and made this a great program.”

With the clock winding down, sophomore Austin Edie scored the Lions’ sixth touchdown of the night off a 5-yard run with 3:30 left. Edie’s touchdown added to his 45 rushing yards on just four carries.

It only took Howell 20 seconds to score his third touchdown of the game at the start of the second half. Howell, who rushed 120 yards on 11 carries, made a 66-yard run on the Lions’ first play of the second half to push FBA to a 35-0 lead.

Joe Sparacio led the Lions in rushing and receiving in the first half, picking up 87 yards on four carries and 33 yards on two receptions. Julien Tirado threw for 70 yards in the first half, completing 6 of his 10 attempts.

Just a few minutes into the second quarter, Howell scored his second touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run to push the Lions up 21-0. With 2:40 left in the half, Joe Sparacio scored his second of the game on a 3-yard run to push the Lions to 28 unanswered points.

After several penalties on the Terriers’ defense moved the Lions almost 20 yards up the field at the end of the first quarter, Howell squeezed into the end zone on a 1-yard run for the Lions to push to a 14-0 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter.

On the Lions’ second carry of the game, Sparacio found a pocket through the Terriers’ defense and rushed down the field 67 yards into the end zone to immediately put the Lions up seven in the first quarter.

Jayce Howell: Naples Daily News Prep of the Week (Oct. 11, 2016)

First Baptist Academy running back Jayce Howell puts up big numbers week after week, but he cranked it up a notch on Friday. The Lions’ workhorse went off, racking up 244 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a crucial, 54-7, district win over Community School.

For that, Howell has been named Boys Prep of the Week.

Howell scored all four of First Baptist’s touchdowns in the first half, then tacked on one more in the third quarter. He punched it in during crowded red zone situations three times and ripped two long touchdowns, one from 23 yards and one from 39. His 23-yard burst came less than two minutes before the break and gave First Baptist a 26-0 halftime cushion.

“Before the play, I just knew,” Howell said. “My line said, ‘I got you.’ All I know is just to run fast and get to the end zone, and that’s what I did.”

Along with the offensive line, fullback Blane Briggs and tight end Joe Sparacio threw some key blocks, clearing the way for Howell to get to the sideline and sprint to the end zone.

“I just noticed an extra gear,” Billy Sparacio said. “He just attacked the hole that was there and he was gone. It was just special.”

After six weeks, Sparacio expects nothing less than a solid game from Howell. After all, he came into the game as one of the area’s leading rushers and scorers.

Howell started in the secondary last year, occasionally stepping in on offense to take some hand-offs. This year, he’s the Lions’ primary option in the backfield and he’s flourishing in his new role.

“Jayce has always been a hard worker,” Sparacio said. “A tough worker for us. A real program kid, just doing whatever we ask him to do. He comes to play every year. A tough kid. Tough as nails.”

Howell understood what it meant to be the Lions' go-to guy. So, when his team called on him, he made sure he was up for the task.

“I knew it was my time to shine,” Howell said. “FBA is just known for having great running backs. I just worked hard, got ready for the season and I just knew it was go time.”

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FBA Golf: Alexa Oates - 3rd Place

First Baptist’s freshman golfer Alexa Oates finished in 3rd place, as an individual, in the girls varsity high school golf regionals yesterday at Bradenton Golf and Country Club.  Alexa finished one stroke away from 2nd place and from advancing to the state championship.  Overall there were 34 golfers competing this year at regionals.  Congratulations to Alexa Oates on a fantastic golf season!

Cross Country Results

ELEMENTARY CROSS COUNTRY:

Luther Mogelvang and Oliver Flornes lead the boys with a First and Second place finish overall finish!

Rounding out the top seven boys:

Nicholas Caron

Trevor Whitcomb

Grant Birk

Matthew Geri

Tommy Bubick

Kendra Pruitt lead the girls with a Second place finish.

Rounding out the top seven girls:

  • Alexa Haley
  • Ava Birk
  • Gianna Talarico
  • Aleyah Wrightsman
  • Ashlynd Wrightsman
  • Mary Simoldoni

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY:

The Middle School Cross Country Team ran well on Friday at the Celtic Invitational.  There were several teams in attendance that we had never faced before.  Notable finishes were achieved by Katie Beam - 10th place, Juliette Lane - 11th place, and Noah Flornes earned a 13th place ribbon.

 

VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY:

The girls Cross Country Team finished 10th Friday afternoon at the 19th Annual Celtic Invitational.  Top girl runners were Ashleigh and Alexis Baker finishing within one second of each other 24:40 and 24:41.  The girls enter the post season with Districts on October 20th at 4:30 in the afternoon at Hibiscus Country Club (Naples). It looks to be a very close meet.  Please come out to cheer your XC teams on!

The boys Cross Country team finished third behind Barron Collier and Naples High Friday afternoon at the 19th Annual Celtic Invitational at Golden Gate Park.  The Lions had two boys medalling in the top 10, Cipriano Martinez 7th and Dan O'Dell 4th.  Breakout runner of the meet was Home School Extension Senior Matthew Bueltel, breaking the 20 minute for the first time.  The boys enter the post season in hopes of defending their District Championship.  Districts are on October 20th at 4:30 in the afternoon at Hibiscus Country Club (Naples). It looks to be a very close meet.  Please come out to cheer your XC teams on! 

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Katie Gilchrist - Prep of the Week

Katie Gilchrist - Naples Daily News Prep of the Week

Last weekend, the First Baptist volleyball team went 5-0 to win the Estero Wildcat Tournament, led byKatie Gilchrist with a total 35 kills for the day.
 
Gilchrist, a junior middle hitter and middle blocker, added an additional nine digs, 16 aces, and 10 blocks last weekend to push the Lions to a 7-4 record.
 
Her performance makes her the Girls Prep of the Week.
 
“She was just all-around at the top of her game, pretty much the whole day,” FBA volleyball coach Marci Walker said. “She is a very strong player for me.”
 
Gilchrist came up especially big in the final match of the tournament. The Lions took on North Fort Myers and dominated in the first set, winning 25-8. North Fort Myers didn’t let that happen again, though.
 
The two teams battled back-and-forth during an extended second set, but the Red Knights eventually pulled ahead. They won the set 30-28 and evened the match at 1-1.
 
The final set started the same way – another battle. But, this time Gilchrist and the Lions pulled it off. They won 15-13 and become Wildcat Invitational champs.
 
“Really, you have to just dig really deep and just realize, ‘Hey, you might end up losing this game if you don’t get your act together,’” Gilchrist said. “We both really had to fight hard, but I guess we ultimately fought harder.”
 
Gilchrist began playing volleyball in sixth grade. Now a junior, she’s in her third year with the First Baptist varsity squad. For the 6-foot-1 hitter, the sport fits like a glove.
 
“I started playing because it was one of the tall girl sports,” she said. “I really love it. It’s one of my biggest passions.”
 
And, that passion shows on the court. According to Walker, Gilchrist is a sort of a “quiet leader.” That is, until she gets going.
 
“I think she enjoys the game more the better she plays,” Walker said. “You’ll see her get excited on the court after she gets a kill, but until that point, she’s the type of player that stays focused.”
 
 - Article from Naples Daily News

Alexa Oates - FBA Golf

Alexa finished in 2nd place in the Second Flight as an individual representing FBA at the 2016 Crutchfield Hawkins High School Golf Tournament in Sebring, Florida yesterday, where 31 Florida girls high school golf teams competed with over 160 golfers.