Three FBA Track and Field Athletes competed at the 2013 FHSAA 1A State Track & Field Competition; Vinny Panipinto, Alli Emerson, and Hannah Sparacio. All three athletes advanced to finals in their events. Vinny and Alli (pictured below) placed in their events.
400M - 7th Place (51.26 sec)
Discus - 8th Place (102'4")
Hannah Sparacio (Not Pictured)
100M Hurdles -9th Place (16.72 sec)
Savannah Foreman Signs "Letter of Intent" To Attend Ave Maria University
Christopher Dorrill Signs "Letter of Intent" To Attend Berry College
G.A. de los Reyes Signs "Letter of Intent" To Attend Ave Maria University
Three Track & Field Athletes Make It To State Meet
Congratulations to the following athletes who competed at the FHSAA Region Track & Field Meet on Thursday, April 18, in St Petersburg, FL.
Alli Emerson (Sr.)
2nd Place - Regional Meet
Hannah Sparacio (Fr.)
100 Meter Hurdles
3rd Place - Regional Meet
Vinny Pannipinto (Jr.)
400 Meter Dash
3rd Place - Regional Meet
These athletes will compete in the 1A State Championship in Jacksonville next Friday, April 26th.
Hannah Sparacio - Girls NDN Prep of the Week (April 15, 2013)
Hannah Sparacio is among the elite in the First Baptist Academy record books, and she is only a freshman. Sparacio became the first First Baptist Academy district champion when she won the 100-and-300 meter hurdle at the 1A-11 district meet on Thursday....
FBA seniors perform well in the Southwest Florida Basketball Association of Coaches All-Star Game.
It was also a night for First Baptist to show that it has arrived as a basketball power. Not only did coach Scott Stewart have the honor of coaching the South team in the boys game, but more importantly forward Austin Williamson was announced as a Mr. Basketball finalist.
“I was really excited about that,” Williamson said.
McDonald's has announced its list of high school seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald's All American Games, taking place on April 3 at Chicago's United Center. The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2013 Games will be announced during the McDonald's All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on February 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
More than 800 players from 39 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the 2013
McDonald's All American Games. Players were nominated by high school
coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald's All American Games Selection
Committee. The complete list of nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com. "This list of McDonald's All American GamesNominees represents the finest prep talent in the
country, and we are privileged to acknowledge them for their career success on the court, in the
classroom and in the community," said Morgan Wooten, McDonald's All American Games Selection
Committee Chairman. "Today we celebrate these young players, and we look forward to selecting the
final team next month."
Lion Pride is strong here at FBA! Our boys Varsity basketball team is 16-2, and ranked #6 in Florida 2A District. Plus, the team traveled to Dayton, Ohio to participate in a tournament for J-term where they took 1st place at the Miami Valley School Tournament!
AP Class 2A All-State Team Includes Members of Lions Football Team
Offensive lineman Josh Mastrangelo made the Associated Press Class 2A All-State first team, released Wednesday. Mastrangelo, a 6-foot, 235-pound senior, is part of the group of four-year varsity players who started the Lions’ program from scratch in 2009.
Three other First Baptist players were honored. Quarterback Jonah Bueltel made the second team as a running back after rushing for 1,794 yards and 26 touchdowns his senior year. Sophomore offensive lineman Seth Penner also made the second team. Chris Dorrill (1,545 yards) was honorable mention at running back.
Congratulation to FBA Lions seniors as they helped bring the North squad a victory in Thursday night's game. Lions' quarterback, Jonah Bueltel was selected as the North MVP...read NDN article
Emily Lines Receives NDN Prep of the Week
The First Baptist girls basketball team has been rolling and Emily Lines has been a big reason for it.
The 6-foot-1 swing player with the size of a center and the touch of a guard helped the Lions to three consecutive victories. The reigning Naples Daily News Player of the Year from last season averaged just under 20 points a game in those three games but it was numbers she put up in the 'hustle categories' that spurred the Lions' success this week.
"Emily has improved her inside game and has much more confidence in handling the ball in pressure situations," Lions head coach ? and Emily's mother ? Jennifer Lines said
Against Sarasota Christian, Lines had 11 rebounds and five blocks to go with her game-high 24 points. She added another five-block performance the next night against Bishop Verot, where she also pulled down six rebounds. She finished off the week with a 15-point, eight rebound effort against Lely.
"What stands out to me is her patience and ability to stay focused even when she is being double-teamed and constantly being challenged physically," the elder Lines said. "(She has the) ability to use the physical play and double-teaming to get to the line and then convert on a high percentage of her free throws."
Her focus at the free throw line has been especially sharp after she hit 24 of 27 from the stripe in her three games this week. The attention to the small details of the game has spread through the entire Lions team this season.
"We've been focusing a lot on our half-court defense and doing the little things better like boxing out and rebounding," Emily explained. "I think that's what has made us successful in our games so far."
"The girls are determined to do all they can as individuals to help our team compete at a higher level," coach Lines said.
"My teammates and I are having a lot of fun this season," Emily added. "I love playing with these girls ? especially the four seniors. We have been through a lot together and I want to help make this a special year for them."
NAPLES DAILY NEWS PREP OF THE WEEK GOES TO ZOEY SPITZER
VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER
Like most athletes playing in their third year of varsity sports, First Baptist soccer player Zoe Spitzer has emerged as a veteran leader and a key component for the Lions. "And she is the nicest kid ever," FBA head coach Steve Mizesko added. "I couldn't ask for a better student-athlete to work with."
The big difference for Spitzer, however, is that she isn't even a freshman. "She has phenomenal soccer talent for someone only in eighth grade," Mizesko said. "She has taken on a starring role as our striker and she is more comfortable taking over games." "I'm getting taller too," said Spitzer, who attributes the growth of her game to a physical growth spurt. "When I started in sixth grade I was small. I'd get intimidated because some of those girls were really big. Now I feel like I am closer to them in age and size." "She was always talented but those first two years, she would get lost in the action," Mizesko said. "This year she's not afraid." Spitzer proved that she can play with anyone in a pair of conference victories by the Lions last week. Spitzer scored twice in the Lions' 4-0 shutout against Seacrest Country Day on Tuesday, then followed that up with a hat trick in which she accounted for all three of First Baptist's goals in a 3-1 win over rival St. John Neumann. "I was really pumped up coming into this week," Spitzer said. "Last week we got mercy ruled so we felt we had to win these games."
FBA Lions Football Finishes 2012 Season As 2A Region 3 Champions
Congratulations to the FBA Lions football team
The Lions finished the 2012 season as District and Region Champions (12-1 Record).
Christopher Dorill - Naples Daily News Prep of the Week
Christopher Dorrill was selected Naples Daily News "Prep of the Week" on November 27, 2012. Dorrill (#33) rushed from 285 yards and five touchdowns in the Lions' 2A Region 2 Championship win over Carrollwood Day School.