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

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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.

I Am Sport Award presented by Nike: Ashleigh Baker

I Am Sport Award finalist Ashleigh Baker. Seventeen student-athletes were nominated from the Naples Daily News and The News-Press coverage area for the honor due to their commitment to helping children discover the benefits of youth sports and physical activity.  (Photo: Nicole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News).

Sports: Cross country, soccer, tennis, track

Highlights: When Baker was in sixth grade, she started the Run For Immokalee, a 5K race to collect sneakers for needy children in Immokalee. Since then the event has collected more than 800 pairs of shoes, allowing kids to be active in sports. Now a senior, Baker competed in cross country, soccer, tennis and track for the Lions.

The Naples Daily News and The News-Press will present the new I Am Sport Award presented by Nike as part of the Southwest Florida Sports Awards, where the newspapers will name their players of the year in each high school sports. I Am Sport recognizes high school athletes who work to spread their passion and love of sports to younger kids by getting them involved.

Seventeen student-athletes were nominated from the The News-Press and Naples Daily News coverage area for the honor due to their commitment to helping children discover the benefits of youth sports and physical activity. The three finalists were determined by online voting, which ended March 30. The other nominees are listed below.

The Southwest Florida Sports Awards take place Wednesday, May 24 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.

Lions Football Players Sign Letter of Intent

Brennan Biondo

Brennan Biondo

Thomas More College

Sean Henell

Sean Henell

Wittenburg University

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.


Boys Basketball



First Baptist knocked off Sarasota Christian in 3A regional semifinal on Thursday, February 16.  Read the Naples Daily News Article here.

Lady Lions Basketball

District Champions - FBA Lady Lions Basketball

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

The next game will be the Regional Championship Game on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  The Lady Lions will host Bradenton Christian.

Admission is $7 -- Concessions available


Nicole Smith: NDN Prep of the Week

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When Nicole Smith is on the court for the First Baptist Academy girls basketball team, you may notice. Smith isn't the team's highest-scoring player -- in fact, she doesn't lead the Lions in any statistical categories -- but her leadership and grit make her one of the Lions' most valuable players.

Last week, Smith helped the Lions reach their fifth district championship title after scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals in the three-game district tournament. The junior, who has the team's second-highest points per game average (11), scored 14 points and had seven assists while grabbing two boards and four steals against Everglades City in the Class 3A-District 6 championship game.

For her leadership and performance in the district tournament, Smith has been named the Girls Prep of the Week.

"She's the heart and soul of this team," FBA coach Jennifer Lines said. "She has done so much for our team throughout the entire season."

The 5-foot-5 guard regularly makes the plays that her team needs when they matter most. In late January, Smith helped the Lions climb back from a nine-point deficit as they went into the fourth quarter against Naples. She forced fouls and got herself to the line, making eight of her 10 opportunities, to lead the Lions to a six-point win.

Smith is an asset to the Lions' defense, too. As FBA's top defender, she also regularly guards her opponent's most dangerous player. Her intensity and clutchness on the court also translates off the court, where Smith plays a hefty leadership role.

"Her teammates love her and are going to follow her," Lines said, "and she's the one that's going to encourage them. She plays with heart and passion and kind of just sets the tone for the level of intensity that we play at. It doesn't matter who you're rooting for, when you see her play, you'll notice No. 23. You'll see how hard she works."

Even as she spoke about her personal goals this season, Smith only focused on the team's 180-degree transformation this season. The Lions this season, sharply contrast last year's 8-20 finish, something that began at the team's summer camp at the University of Florida.

"Right from the get-go we decided that we wanted to be district champions," Smith said. "I just love my team and I want to be there for them. I want to push them to be the best they can be because they push me to do the same. I wouldn't be the person that I am without them. They're constantly pushing me to be the best player and teammate that I can be."

FBA, now with a 24-4 record after winning the 3A-6 district, will host the region quarterfinal on Thursday when the Lions face Bradenton-St. Stephen's (10-11).

"We put in the extra work this season and I'm really proud of my teammates," Smith said. "We're aware that we did win the district championship, but we also know that we're not finished yet and we know that we have a lot more work to do."

Middle School Basketball

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

Briggs Commits To Colgate University

Blane BriggsBlane Briggs signed his letter of intent to attend and play football at Colgate University.

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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
For Paige Scullin, it's not about the number of points she scores or by how much the First Baptist Academy girls basketball team wins, it's about how much she can grow.
Last week Scullin led the Lions to an undefeated four-game stretch. For her performance, she is this week’s Girls Prep of the Week.  Scullin started out the week knocking down 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Moore Haven on Tuesday. She then added eight points and six points in two 30-point plus wins against Everglades City on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday night, she added another 13 points in the Lions’ big district win over Evangelical Christian.
Standing 6-foot-2, Scullin’s size and athleticism gives her the edge to dominate games on both sides of the ball and allows her to shoot over defenders and run the floor to score in transition.  
“She is determined to do whatever it takes to help her team be successful,” First Baptist coach Jennifer Lines said.  “Paige is the type of player who makes coaching easy: she's always working hard, being unselfish, and is fun to be around.”
But for Scullin, this season is more about breaking out of her shell than accolades.
On the court, she has aspirations to be a leader, taking guidance from her older brother, Grant, an entrepreneur.
“If you’re not growing you’re dying — that’s what he always tells me,” Sculliln said. “I used to be the quiet girl in the corner, but I’ve grown a lot. I try to be the best leader that I can be, he’s really pushed me to go out and get what I want and step out of my comfort zone and be a leader.”
The newfound philosophy that the junior adopted this summer has transitioned on the court for the Lions.
Now, after averaging a team-high 12 points a game 13 games into the season, First Baptist (12-1) remains undefeated in its now eight-school district, taking its only loss of the season to non-district foe, Golden Gate.
“Toward the end of sophomore year, I think she started to realize her potential and made the commitment to work on both the physical and mental parts of the game,” Lines said. “Each game she exhibits more confidence and improved scoring and rebounding stats.”

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


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.


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.

Naples Daily News Article

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.”

Article from Naples Daily News

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


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



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.



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!

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.

Aiden Denman

Naples Daily News (HM) All Area Tennis 2016



Dylan Cibelli

Dylan Cibelli put in his hours at First Baptist Academy High School.

Naples Daily News Article

The soft-spoken senior with a quiet work ethic will graduate with a 4.3 GPA. He leaves the football team as its all-time leading rusher after running for more than 1,500 yards in his final season. In track, his relay team made some waves in the 4x100 this year, winning regionals and taking second in state.

Dylan, selected as the high school's graduate of distinction, has had to work for it all, said his younger sister, Rylie, a sophomore.

"He puts a lot of time into what he does," Rylie said. "He's always kind of excelled at the things he does because he works so hard at it. You can see how much of an impact he made at FBA in just four years. I think that's why he got the award, because he just embodies what the school stands for because of how hard he works and how humble he is."

Dylan spent a semester of his sophomore year at the Conserve School in Wisconsin, a boarding school that only accepts students for a single semester and emphasizes environmental stewardship and conservation. The students live in dorms and spend much of their time outside.

It was Dylan's idea to go, and he came back a more mature person, said his mom, Kristin Cibelli.

"He came back changed," she said. "He really wanted to make a difference in the lives of his classmates here and friends here. He took what learned there and applied it at First Baptist.

"You couldn't have scripted a better senior year."

Dylan is heading to Florida State University, where he plans to study engineering.

It's tough to leave, he said.

"The highlight was just being with my friends," Dylan said. "We had a great year, and I got to be in that atmosphere again with my friends and coaches. We had our two playoff wins against Village Academy and Dade Christian where everything was on the line. It was so much fun.

"I'm ready for the next chapter."

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Tyler will represent First Baptist Academy at this years Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards Ceremony held at the Naples Grande on Thursday, May 26th.

This award recognizes student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics. Public and private schools across Collier County will be represented. The over-all winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship from this prestigious award.

Tyler's father, Terry Dean {Barron Collier}, was the first ever Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation winner in 1990!

FBA Track State Qualifiers




Arieana Koonce - High Jump

Arieana Koonce

High Jump


4th Place - 5'2" Jump

Blane Briggs - Shot Put

Blane Briggs

Shot Put


13th Place - 45'1.75"

Colvin Warburton - Long Jump & 400M

Colvin Warburton

Long Jump & 400M


Long Jump
8th Place - 21'9"
9th place - 52.08


Keean Burlison - 4 x 100M Relay

Keean Burlison

James Grimsley III - 4 x 100M Relay

James Grimsley III

Eddie Burnham - 4 x 100M Relay

Eddie Burnham

Dylan Cibelli - 4 x 100M Relay

Dylan Cibelli


4 x 100M Relay


2ND Place - 43.23

Hannah Sparacio - 100M Hurdles & 300M Hurdles

Hannah Sparacio

100M Hurdles / 300M Hurdels


100M Hurdles
5TH Place - 15.77
300M Hurdles
2nd Place - 44.78

Photos From 2016 State Track Meet

FHSAA Class 1A Track & Field State Meet
Pictures provided by Kristin Cibelli


Brant Ralph - FBA DiscusBrant took 4th place in Boys Discus at the Middle School State Championship at IMG in Bradenton.   Brant threw 133' - 0" in a very competitive field of 27.  This accomplishment caps off a great final season in Middle School that includes five major discus wins, two meet records and three stadium records for MS Boys Discus.


FBA Track


FBA Track


First Baptist Academy Boys win 1A-8 District Title, Girls Second

The First Baptist Academy boys track and field team didn't have any trouble claiming the Class 1A-District 8 title on its home track on Thursday, defeating second-place Southwest Florida Christian by more than 90 points.

Friendly competition helped the Lions secure the win. James Grimsley III and Dylan Cibelli have been taking turns breaking the First Baptist school record in the 100 meters all season, and they continued doing so at Thursday's meet. Grimsley III broke the record during prelims, but Cibelli set a new best time with a 11.12 to finish second in the finals."We push each other to make each other better in practice," Cibelli said. "It all works together to make a good rivalry. And, it's a lot of fun."Grimsley III and Cibelli also took first and second, respectively, in the 200.

The top four competitors from each event advanced to the regional meet, which will be held at Calvary Christian in Clearwater next Thursday.

Community School's Stephanie Paul dominated in throwing events. Paul, who signed to play basketball at Georgia, had the longest distance of the day ? male or female ? taking first place with a throw of 142 feet, 4 inches. She also finished first in the shot put with a 38-2.

St. John Neumann's Britany Leroy swept the girls triple and long jumps, and teammate Gregory Mathieu did the same for the boys.

First Baptist's Hannah Sparacio easily won the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Community School's Lindsay Tomaini won the 1,600 and 3,200.

Class 1A-District 8 meet


at Community School, First Baptist Academy


Team scores

1. First Baptist Academy 201.33, 2. Southwest Florida Christian 109, 3. St. John Neumann 84, 4. Community School 80.33, 5. Seacrest Country Day 58, 6. Moore Haven 55.33, 7. Canterbury 36, 8. Evangelical Christian School 21

Individual results

High jump: 1. Tristian Upton (SFCA) 5-10, 2. Keean Burlison (FBA) 5-08, 3. Brandon Lawrence (SFCA) 5-08, Isaiah Paulec (SFCA) 5-08

Pole vault: 1. Kane Aldrich (CSN) 11-00, 2. Jack Ciabaton (CSN) 9-06, 3. Matthew DeSantis (SJN) 9-00, 4. Reed Newsome (S) 8-06

Long jump: 1. Gregory Mathieu (SJN) 22-02, 2. Colvin Warburton (FBA) 20-03, 3. Jalen Ellis (C) 19-10, 4. Ray Pierre (FBA) 19-05

Triple jump: 1. Gregory Mathieu (SJN) 43-08, 2. Jalen Ellis (C) 39-11.25, 3. Colvin Warburton (FBA) 39-10, 4. Zachary Maas (SJN) 39-03.50

Discus: 1. Charles Ellis (C) 130-09, 2. Blane Briggs (FBA) 116-01, 3. Sean Detwiler (SFCA) 115-06, 4. Adam Staab (FBA) 115-03

Shot put: 1. Blane Briggs (FBA) 47-00, 2. Chad Hassey (FBA) 42-01, 3. Preston Ott (CSN) 38-04, 4. Charles Ellis (C) 38-02

4x800 relay: 1. SJN 8:51.75, 2. FBA 8:55.79, 3. ECS 9:16.02, 4. SFCA 9:24.87

110 hurdles: 1. Tevon Thompson (MH) 15.47, 2. Alex Farrow (S) 15.61, 3. Spencer Aristizabal (FBA) 16.28, 4. Brandon Lawrence (SFCA) 17.76

100: 1. Tristian Upton (SFCA) 11.10, 2. Dylan Cibelli (FBA) 11.12, 3. James Grimsley III (FBA) 11.36, 4. Joe Lang (CSN) 11.36

1,600: 1. Evan Williams (SFCA) 4:42.65, 2. Jacob Winkelman (FBA) 4:44.14, 3. Blake Burchett (S) 4:45.17, 4. Peter Charles (S) 4:51.03

4x100 relay: 1. FBA 44.15, 2. CSN 45.16, 3. MH 45.84, 4. SJN 46.25

400: 1. Colvin Warburton (FBA) 52.30, 2. George Schmelzle (CSN) 53.93, 3. Christopher Rico (MH) 54.82, 4. Jason Beauplan (CSN) 55.26

300 hurdles: 1. Spencer Aristizabal (FBA) 41.80, 2. Tevon Thompson (MH) 43.41, 3. Vito DiMercurio (SJN) 44.09, 4. Jake Wallace (SFCA) 45.83

800: 1. Evan Williams (SFCA) 2:02.95, 2. Jacob Winkelman (FBA) 2:03.17, 3. Blake Burchett (S) 2:04.74, 4. Sean Marsh (SJN) 2:10.77

200: 1. James Grimsley III (FBA) 22.73, 2. Dylan Cibelli (FBA) 22.91, 3. Gregory Mathieu (SJN) 23.11, 4. Joe Lang (CSN) 23.25

3,200: 1. David Sievert (SFCA) 10:48.10, 2. Blake Burchett (S) 10:52.08, 3. Evan Williams (SFCA) 10:53.30, 4. Cristabol Morales (MH) 10:56.11

4x400: 1. FBA 3:34.73, 2. CSN 3:35.80, 3. SJN 3:49.21, 4. S 3:50.90


Team scores

1. Evangelical Christian School 138, 2. First Baptist Academy 130.50, 3. Community School 118, 4. St. John Neumann 98.50, 5. Southwest Florida Christian 88, 6. Canterbury School 34, 7. Moore Haven 23, 8. Seacrest Country Day School 12, 9. Marco Island Academy 9

Individual results

High jump: 1. Arieana Koonce (FBA) 5-02, 2. Bentley Brown (SFCA) 4-10, T3. Kaiya Sarmenta (SJN) 4-08, T3. Rose Pierre (FBA) 4-08

Pole vault: 1. Rebekah Bergquist (SFCA) 8-06, 2. Hallie O'Brien (SJN) 8-06, 3. Lily Baugher (CSN) 8-00, 4. Kara Radclay (CSN) 7-06

Long jump: 1. Britany Leroy (SJN) 16-05.50, 2. Kylee Rullo (ECS) 16-05, 3. Torreeka Moore (MH) 15-08, 4. Grace Kane (SJN) 15-02

Triple jump: 1. Britany Leroy (SJN) 34-01.50, 2. Lauren Long (SFCA) 33-06.25, 3. Arieana Koonce (FBA) 32-08, 4. Grace Dean (FBA) 30-09.50

Discus: 1. Stephanie Paul (CSN) 142-04, 2. Rebekah Bergquist (SFCA) 115-02, 3. Jacki Pearson (FBA) 93-03, 4. Christiana Stearns (FBA) 86-00

Shot put: 1. Stephanie Paul (CSN) 38-02, 2. Jacki Pearson (FBA) 32-00, 3. Rebekah Bergquist (SFCA) 31-03, 4. Samantha (SJN) 30-00

4x800 relay: 1. ECS 10:10.38, 2. CSN 10:21.40, 3. C 10:32.75, 4. MH 11:33.85

100 hurdles: 1. Hannah Sparacio (FBA) 15.27, 2. Molly Lunsford (ECS) 16.48, 3. Alysa Partipilo (ECS) 16.82, 4. Reily Anderson (SFCA) 17.53

100: 1. Moriah Oliveira (ECS) 12.48, 2. Nicole Smith (FBA) 12.88, 3. Sydney Eugene (CSN) 13.06, 4. Chanel Whooley (SJN) 13.34

1,600: 1. Lindsay Tomaini (CSN) 5:18.49, 2. Sierra Oliveira (ECS) 5:22.40, 3. Ekaterina Loshkareva (CSN) 5:46.99, 4. Maggie Xie (S) 5:48.71

4x100 relay: 1. SJN 50.92, 2. FBA 51.38, 3. ECS 52.54, MH 52.98

400: 1. Moriah Oliveira (ECS) 57.52, 2. Kylee Rullo (ECS) 59.25, 3. Sydney Eugene (CSN) 59.47, 4. Allie McDonald (FBA) 1:04.97

300 hurdles: 1. Hannah Sparacio (FBA) 44.78, 2. Teresa DiMercurio (SJN) 50.17, 3. Alysa Partipilo (ECS) 51.18, 4. Sydney Beam (FBA) 51.19

800: 1. Sierra Oliveira (ECS) 2:21.15, 2. Jessica Edwards (C) 2:22.54, 3. Elizabeth Wetmore (ECS) 2:33.44, 4. Sophie Barry (CSN) 2:34.32

200: 1. Kylee Rullo (ECS) 25.94, 2. Chanel Whooley (SJN) 27.08, 3. Nicole Smith (FBA) 27.23, 4. Torreeka Moore (MH) 27.44

3,200: 1. Lindsay Tomaini (CSN) 11:59.27, 2. Ekaterina Loshkareva (CSN) 12:47.12, 3. Sammy Stensrud (C) 12:49.72, 4. Bella Swan (C) 12:54.14

4x400: 1. ECS 4:12.70, 2. FBA 4:18.92, 3. CSN 4:22.57, 4. SJN 4:22.57

Walker Commits to Play Volleyball at Truett-McConnell

FBA Senior Kaleigh Walker will sign to play volleyball at Truett-McConnell College located North Georgia on Wednesday, May 4th @ 11:55 am in the FLC Gym!

Brant Ralph - Middle School Discus

Brant Ralph - DiscusOn April 16, 2016, Brant Ralph (8th Grade) participated in the FLYRA Panhandle Regional Middle School Qualifier at Emerald Coast Middle School located Santa Rosa Beach, FL.  Brant won the Boys Discus with a throw of 142' 5".  This set a new stadium record for the event.  With that throw, Brant is currently the #2 ranked MS Boys Discus in Florida (  Brant is also currently the #6 ranked United States MS Boys Discus per MileSplitUSA.

Brant will compete in the FLYRA Middle School State Championship at IMG in Bradenton, FL on May 14, 2016.

Naples Daily News All-Area Teams - Basketball

Allie McDonald

Allie McDonald

Evan Tricker

Evan Tricker

Naples Daily News All-Area Teams (Honorable Mention) - Basketball

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Jackie Pearson

Jackie Pearson

Ryan Chlebek

Ryan Chlebek

Preston Urbancic

Preston Urbancic

Naples Daily News All-Area Teams - Soccer

Nina Karterouliotis

Nina Karterouliotis 

Honorable Mention


1st Team Selection

Hannah Sparacio Named Naples Daily News- Prep of the Week

Hannah Sparacio - Naples Prep of the Week
Hannah Sparacio has had a stellar senior year. This weekend, Sparacio helped the First Baptist Academy girls track and field team break three records in the 400-meter hurdles, 200 dash and 4x400 relay. "She's all about helping her team," FBA track coach Ryan Mitchell said. "She's great as a leader. Whatever we need her to do, she steps up." Acting as the leg in the 4x400, Sparacio helped the FBA girls track team post its best record this season, with a 4:22 finish. In the 200, Sparacio also posted 27.87, breaking another record for the team.
The 5-foot-6 senior also posted a personal record of 45.37 seconds in her win in the 300 hurdles at the Tarpon Invitational last weekend in Port Charlotte. "This season's been really good so far," Sparacio said. "I'm trying to take every meet as it comes and take it all in. The Charlotte meet was probably the biggest meet I've had all year."
Sparacio always knew that she wanted to run at the Division I level. Sparacio is on track to race for Gardner-Webb, a Division I school in North Carolina, in the fall where she'll study nursing. "My family is really big on sports and collegiate sports," Sparacio said. "So I was went to different camps this summer to begin training and I got a call to sign with a North Carolina school." Sparacio's father, Billy, is FBA's athletic director. "It's not a bad thing," Sparacio said. "It's honestly awesome that he's been my coach for as long as I can remember. Having him coach me and being on the infield when I run has been awesome. It's going to be hard to make that transition to college without him there."
With her success this year, Sparacio gives credit to her coaches and her faith. "I give all the glory to Jesus Christ," Sparacio said. "I couldn't have done any of this without the amazing coaches at my school and the talents that Jesus Christ has given me."
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Girls Tennis - 3rd Place In District 10

Congratulations to the FBA Varsity Girls Tennis Team on placing 3rd in the FHSAA District 10 Finals!

An amazing feat for such a young team competing against seasoned high school teams. This years team included several middle school girls: Alexis Baker (8th), Aiden Deman (8th), Bethany Eardley (7th), Bella Heaslip (7th), and Alexa Oates (8th), as well as three high school girls: Ashleigh Baker (11th), Daniela Farias (10th), and Francisca Farias (10th). All coached by first year FBA Head Coach, Gerald Baker. 
All 4HG! 

Collier Senior All-Star Game

Girls All-Star Basketball GameAllie McDonald and Jacki Pearson represented FBA at the Collier Senior All Star Game at SJN on March 20.  Allie McDonald won the girls 3 point shooting contest.

Middle School Track & Field

Congratulations to our Middle School Track Team on a strong finish with both Boys & Girls finishing second place in the GCAC Championship!
Shot Put - Madeline Mitchell, Brant Ralph, Annabelle Renaud
Discus - Julia Fortier, Madeline Mitchell, Brant Ralph, Annabelle Renaud, Isabel Rivara, Erick Tello
Long Jump - Grace Dean, Sullivan Follin, Nicci Gamble, Sofia Marquina 
High Jump - Rose Pierre, Zack Young
100H - Grace Dean, Erick Tello
100m- Dario Araya, Rose Pierre, Emily Simoldoni, Liyah Smith, Zack Young
200m- Grace Dean, Sullivan Follin, Rose Pierre, Emily Simoldoni
400m- Sullivan Follin, Liyah Smith, Joey Stover
800m- Lauren Juda, Calvin O'Dell
1600m - Dario Araya, Victoria Blankenship,Calvin O'Dell

Hannah Sparacio signs her letter of intent to run track & field at Gardner-Webb University.  


Congratulations to the following girls for being selected to the FACA Class 1A All-State Soccer Team.

Congratulations to the following girls for being selected to the FACA Class 1A All-State Soccer Team.

Nina Karterouliotis

Nina Karterouliotis

Malaya Melancon

Malaya Melancon


Fall Sports - All-State Honors

Congratulations to the following FBA Varsity Football Players on being chosen to the Florida All-State Class 2A Football Team by the Associated Press. This honor is voted by newspaper editors and reporters across the state.

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Eddie Burnham (DB)

Eddie Burnham (DB)
2nd Team Defense

Dylan Cibelli (RB)

Dylan Cibelli
2nd Team Offense

Jacob Maxfield

Jacob Maxfield (OL)
Honorable Mention

Joe Sparacio (LB)

Joe Sparacio (LB)
1st Team Defense

Naples Daily News Fall All-Area Teams


1st Team Selection
Joe Sparacio (LB)
Honorable Mention
Blane Briggs (LB)
Eddie Burnham (LB)
Dylan Cibelli (RB)
Tyler Dean (QB)
Rainer Schurig (LB)





Honorable Mention
Jacob Winkelman


Honorable Mention
Kaleigh Walker
Emme Warburton

News-Press All Area Team


1st Team Selection
Joe Sparacio (LB)
Honorable Mention
Blane Briggs (LB)
Rainer Schurig (LB)
Adam Staab (DL)


Boys Cross Country

Congratulations to our Varsity Boys Cross Country Team on advancing to the The Florida High School State Championships.  The boys came in 6th place in the Class 1A-Region 2 meet in Lakeland. Also, congratulations to Jacob Winkelman, he came in 10th place out of 137 male runners.


Football - Wins District Championship

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Football Team on winning the Class 2A- District 7 Championship- 4 X in a ROW!
Naples Daily News Article
MOORE HAVEN ? If there was any doubt how the First Baptist Academy football team responded with a district title at stake, Jayce Howell delivered the answer as spectators were still filing into Moore Haven High School's Terrier Field.  Howell grasped the opening kickoff and dashed past defenders for a 95-yard touchdown that proved to be the early spark to an explosive Friday night for First Baptist, which clinched the Class 2A-District 7 title with a 48-13 win against Moore Haven.  "All week long we practiced hard getting our kickoff team right, and the guys blocked hard and gave me a good hole to go through and take it to the house," said Howell, who concluded the game's scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run late.
After wrapping up its regular season Nov. 6 at home, First Baptist (8-1, 6-0) will host the 2A-8 runner-up in a regional semifinal Nov. 13. The spot will be determined in a tiebreaker Mondayamong Champagnat Catholic, Village Academy and host Glades Day.
Before shifting its attention to the playoffs, First Baptist celebrated its fourth consecutive district title by putting up four fingers during a team photo in front of a throng of supporters after the game.  "This has been our goal since the start of the season, to win another district championship," said running back Dylan Cibelli, who racked up 213 hard-earned yards on 27 carries that included a short touchdown run in the first quarter and a 43-yarder in the third. "They definitely don't come easy. A lot of hard work and preparation goes into winning a district championship, and we played a real good team tonight, and we played real good teams throughout our district the whole year."
With First Baptist up 14-0, Joe Sparacio's 2-yard touchdown run on a fourth down capped a remarkable, 22-play, 99-yard drive that ate up 10 minutes and gave the visitors a 20-point cushion midway through the second quarter.  "The boys really grounded it out and made some big plays along the way. I was really proud of them," First Baptist coach Billy Sparacio said.
"That's what they do; they do a great job running the football," Moore Haven coach Richard Roudybush said. "Up front, they're physical. They're well-coached. They're one of the best programs in Naples."
Cibelli kept his legs churning all night behind a strong performance from the offensive line, but when First Baptist, which led 27-0 at halftime, needed to air it out, the passing game was solid, too.  Quarterback Tyler Dean (6-of-12 for 198 yards) hooked up with Eddie Burnham (3 catches, 155 yards) for two touchdowns, including an 82-yard bomb in the third quarter that gave First Baptist a 34-7 lead and deflated Moore Haven's comeback hopes.  Moore Haven (7-2, 4-2) started the night with a possibility of winning the title ? if it won and received help elsewhere ? but one of the Terriers's strongest seasons in recent years will end in their regular-season finale next week at LaBelle. The Terriers received 174 yards on the ground from D'Angelo Ware, but the team struggled with three red zone turnovers.  First Baptist coughed up the ball just once in an otherwise sharp overall performance on offense and defense.  "It's a real good confidence boost for us," coach Sparacio said.


Tyler Dean Selected As Naples Daily News Boys Prep of the Week: October 9

Tyler DeanNAPLES, Fla. - When First Baptist Academy's football team hosted Class 2A-District 7 rival Community School on Friday, both teams were undefeated in the district.
FBA quarterback Tyler Dean lit up the scoreboard, leading the Lions to a 47-7 victory.  For his performance, Dean has been named Boys Prep of the Week.  Dean passed for 155 yards, two touchdowns and didn't have an interception. He also had a game-high 155 yards rushing and punched it in for two scores on the ground.  First Baptist coach Billy Sparacio said Dean's dual-threat abilities made a big difference.  "A combination of just excellence in the passing game and really doing a good job in the running game," he said. "He just stepped it up in both areas, in a big district game where he really needed to do that."
Dean used his arm and his legs to put the Lions up big by halftime. He connected with Eddie Burnham for a 31-yard touchdown in the first quarter, then ran in for a 1-yard score at the beginning of the second. He went back to Burnham a few minutes later.  From his team's 27-yard line, Dean heaved the ball to Burnham. The pass dropped into Burnham's hands deep downfield and he took it the rest of the way for a 73-yard score. The Lions were already up, but Sparacio said the play was a game-changer.  "His big throw to Eddie Burnham was just an on target pass and a big play when we needed an early score," Sparacio said.  First Baptist moved to 4-0 in its district with the victory. Dean is a team captain this year and he's taken the role seriously. Despite their big win, he wants his teammates to turn their focus to next Friday.
"To win those four (games), especially against CSN, was a big confidence boost, but we need to kind of forget about that now and focus on our jobs," Dean said.  Dean has been working to improve his leadership skills. He has also changed his work ethic, which he admits wasn't always something to look up to.  "Ever since an early age, I've always loved the intensity of a game, but during practice, I wasn't always in it," Dean said. "I think my work ethic has developed a little bit."  Sparacio, along with Dean's father, Terry Dean, who happens to be the Lions' quarterback coach, helped show the youngster the value of hard work.  "I'd like to continue that here," Dean said. "Just taking every practice hear and dedicating myself to my team. During practice and stuff, you need to be responsible for getting your guys fired up."
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Dylan Cibelli Selected As Naples Daily News Boys Prep of the Week:

Dylan CibelliFriday night, the First Baptist Academy football team clinched the Class 2A District 7 championship with a win over Moore Haven. Senior running back Dylan Cibelli was at the forefront of the victory.  The Lions had an impressive, 48-13 victory, and Cibelli had an equally impressive night, rushing for 213 yards and two touchdowns.  For his performance, Cibelli has been named Boys Prep of the Week.  "I always knew that he had that ability, and it feels great to know that you have that weapon with that physical nature and is a tough runner like Dylan is," coach Bill Sparacio said. "It really does set the tone for big games like that."
Cibelli led the way with an explosive performance on the ground. In what was a physical game against the Terriers, Cibelli proved to be top dog.  First Baptist Academy was undefeated in its district, and a win over Moore Haven would seal the deal. Going into the game, Cibelli's intensity level was running on full, and he parlayed that into a monster night.
"He really had some serious plays where he just stepped it up and ran as aggressive as I have ever seen him run," Sparacio said.  Although he's only played in six games this season, Cibelli leads the team in rushing by a hefty margin. Before Friday's game, he was sixth in the area in rushing yards, and his 200-plus performance only gave himself a boost. On the season, he has rushed for 982 yards on 87 carries, good for an average of 140 per game.
Averaging over 11 yards per carry, he's shown the ability to run for power, but also break off the big run. Cibelli also leads the team in touchdowns with 14, all coming on the ground.
Cibelli's value extends beyond his performance on the field. Known among others as a soft-spoken individual, he provides his leadership through the example he sets for his teammates.
"He's a lead-by-example guy. He doesn't really say too much ? ever," Sparacio said. "He works hard, runs hard, and everybody on the team knows that we can count on him."


FBA Football Recognized by FACA




FACA Cross Country All-State Teams

Congratulations to both Jacob Winkelman and Taylor Edie on being named to the FACA Cross Country All State and All Academic Teams for Class 1A- District 8.  Both were also nominees to the FACA All Star CROSS COUNTRY Team.

Taylor Edie

Taylor Edie

Jacob Winkelman

Jacob Winkelman


Congratulations Marc Oates and Alan Gay on advanced to the Class 1A, Golf Regionals!

Alan Gay - FBA Golf

Alan Gay

Marc Oates

Marc Oates