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Lions Volleyball Wins District Championship


The FBA Lions defeated SFCA in three straight sets to win their first district championship.
Congratulations FBA Lions Volleyball
Coach Marci Walker was named District 18 Volleyball Coach of the Year. 
Freshman, Emily Lines, was named District 18 Volleyball Player of the Year.


Williamson First To Reach 1,000 Points For FBA Lions Basketball

Austin Williamson (6'8"-230, Jr)

First Baptist Academy's Austin Williamson (6'8"-230, Jr.) and Scott Stewart (Head Coach) after receiving game ball for scoring his 1,000 varsity career point on January 12, 2012 against Southwest Florida Christian Academy Kings.  Austin scored his 1,000 point in the second quarter of the game.

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Emily Lines Surpasses 1,000 Career Points

Emily Lines - Picture from Naples Daily News

Emily Lines (Fr.) past 1,000 career points for the FBA Lions Girls Basketball Team.  Emily scored her 1,000 point on January 24, 2012 against Palmetto Ridge High School. 

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FBA Girls Win 3rd District Championship and Advance To Regional Finals

FBA Lions Girls Basketball - District Champions 2012
Lady Lions Basketball
Our Varsity Girls Basketball season came to an end on Saturday with a tough loss (40-50) to Grandview Preparatory.  The FBA Lady Lions played 4HG and our FBA family came out in full force to show support. 
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FBA Varsity Girls Basketball defeated Sarasota Christian (48-41) in the FHSAA Regional Semi-Finals on Tuesday, February 14th.               <Read more win over Sarasota Christian School...
The FBA Lions Girls Basketball Team won their 3rd straight district championship on Thursday, February 2, by defeating Southwest Florida Christian Academy 59-28.
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NDN Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Emily Lines
Emily Lines - NDN Girls Basketball Player of the Year (photo from Naples Daily News)

Prep girls basketball: 

Emily Lines named 2012 Girls Basketball Player of the Year and was selected to the FABC All-State Team

Emily was named the 2011-2012 Girls Basketball Player of the Year by the Naples Daily News.  Emily was also named to the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches all-state team.

First Baptist freshman Emily Lines made the 2A list. The FABC selected 13 all-state players in seven of the eight classes and 14 players in 8A.

A freshman, but in her third year playing at First Baptist, Lines scored her 1,000th point this season. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks a game.

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Football Wins District Championship

FBA Lions Football 2A-District 6 Champions

FBA Lions Football won its' first FHSAA 2A-District 6 Championship.

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FBA Lions Football Finishes 2012 Season As 2A Region 3 Champions

FBA Football - Regional Champions

Congratulations to the FBA Lions football team

The Lions finished the 2012 season as District and Region Champions (12-1 Record). 

       <State Semi-Final Results - FBA 13 vs Dade Christian 27  (Naples Daily News Article)

       <Regional Championship Results - FBA 56 vs Carrollwood Day 28 (Naples Daily News Article)

       <First Round Playoff Results - FBA 42 vs 21 (Naples Daily News Article)


       <Coach Sparacio "Takes Leap of Faith" (Naples Daily News Article)

       <Christopher Dorrill - Prep of the Week (Naples Daily News Article)


Lions football receives top honors from Naples Daily News.


Jonah Bueltel
NDN Offensive Player of the Year
Billy Sparacio
NDN Coach of the Year
Jonah Bueltel and Josh Mastrangelo were named to NDN 2012 All-Area Football Team
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Williamson Nominated to McDonald's All-American Team

Congratulations to Austin Williamson on being nominated to the 2013 McDonald's All American Basketball Team.



Naples Daily News Article

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
"This list of McDonald's All American Games Nominees represents the finest prep talent in the 
, 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."


2013 District Champions - Varsity Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Basketball team on their District Championship! 
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Next Game:
Thursday, February 7th @ 7 pm 
The Lady Lions will host Canterbury School of Florida -St. Pete in the Regional Quarterfinal. 
Admission: $7 for regional games as mandated by FHSAA. 
Please come out and support your Lady Lions!
Concessions will be available at this game. 

FBA Lions Girls Varsity Basketball - District Champions

Girls Basketball Receives Top Honors

Emily Lines 2A-District 18 All-State Team
FBA Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Jennifer Lines was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, 2A- District 18 Coach of the Year.
FBA Varsity Girls Basketball player, sophomore Emily Lines was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, 2A- District 18 Player of the Year.
This is Emily's third year receiving this honor.
Emily was also named to the 2A-District 18 All-State Team. 
Congratulations ladies, we are proud of you!~ 4HG!

2012-13 NDN All-Area Teams: Girls Basketball

Naples Daily News All-Area Selections
Emily Lines (So.) #11 Alli Emerson (Sr.) #24 Taylor Cox (Sr.) #15
Honarable Mention
  Rachel Mosbach (So.) #1  

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Naples Daily News - All-Area Soccer Team
Dakota Tomasi (Sr.) #7
Zoey Spitzer (8th) #10
Honorable Mention

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FACA 2A-District 18 Baseball Recognize FBA Baseball

Robbie Emerson - Player of the Year
Robbie Emerson
2013 FACA 2A-District Baseball
Player of the Year


Track & Field

First Baptist Academy Boys Track & Field Win First Ever Track Class 1A - District 11 Championship in School History!

Congratulations to the Middle School Track & Field Team on a job well done!

It was fun to kick off the Middle School Track Season with a home meet where both the boys and girls teams performed well.  The boys placed first overall & the girls placed third.  Our athletes continued to have success at the next two meets at Seacrest and Community School.  Our final district meet was at Seacrest where the girls team was named district champions, and the boys team placed second.
All of the students contributed to the team's accomplishments.  Several students consistently earned points for the team.
Austin Edie - long jump, 100m, 200m, & 4x100m relay team
Zack Young - high jump & 4x100m relay team
Brant Ralph - discus & shot put
Ethan Fletcher - 200m, 4x100m relay team
Phillip Rodriguez - 400m & 4x400m relay team
Jorge Santos - 800m, 4x100m relay team, & 4x400m relay team
Alex Underhill - 100m hurdles
Dario Araya - 1600m & 800m
Malaya Melancon - long jump, 100m hurdles, 100m & 200m
Rose Pierre - high jump & 200m
Hanna Cathey - shot put
Madeline Mitchell - discus
Sydney Beam - 100m hurdles, 4x100m relay team, & 4x400m relay team
Anna Baker - 100m hurdles, 4x100m relay team, & 4x400m relay team
Amanda Lines - 4x100m relay team, 100m & 200m
Mallory Eisel - 4x100m relay team, & 4x400m relay team

Varsity Football- Class 2A All-State Team


The Florida All-State Class 2A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.

Seth Penner
1st Team Offensive Line
Class 2A-All State
Christian Rodriguez
2nd Team Running Back
Class 2A All-State
Jake Walker
2nd Team Offensive Line
Class 2A All-State
Joe Sparacio
Honorable Mention Linebacker
Class 2A All-State

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First Baptist Coach Billy Sparacio, and Lions Linebacker Zach Williams received top Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 18 honors.

Head Coach: Billy Sparacio
Billy Sparacio
Coach of the Year
FACA District 18-2A
Zach Williams
Player of the Year
1st Team - Linebacker
FACA District 18-2A
Seth Penner
1st Team - Offensive Line
FACA District 18-2A
First Baptist's Williams, Cole of Bishop Verot, Hernandez of Clewiston, Pulley of Island Coast, Attwood of Ida Baker, and Moore of Fort Myers were all-state nominations.
The FACA all-district teams, which also were picked Oct. 20, were divided up from Class 6A to 8A, and Class 1A to 5A. First Baptist had offensive lineman Seth Penner and linebacker Williams, and Golden Gate had offensive lineman Jordan Hampton and defensive lineman Lavanda Warren.
First Baptist - Honorable Mention
Tyler Dean, Dylan Cibelli, Jake Walker, Kam Chapman, Jayce Howell, Joe Sparacio, Blane Briggs, Chris Hassey 
Congratulations to our FBA Varsity Football team on their 56-23 win over ECS to clinch the Class 2A-District 6 Championship.
Three times in a row! 

Boys Track and Field: Academic Team Champions

Congratulations to the 2013 Boys Track and Field Team on placing First in the FHSAA Academic Team Champion Program.
What is the FHSAA Academic Team Champion Program?
The FHSAA Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well. The program recognizes teams in each of the Association's sanctioned and recognized sports, naming an Academic Team Champion in each classification. The team aggregate cumulative GPA is submitted for nomination. 
Team Members: Christian Bates, Tyler Brecher, Blane Briggs, Matt Bueltel, Tyler Dean, John Eardley, Jordan Gibson, Jeremey Giovinazzo, Caleb Gonzalez, Chris Hassey, Robbie Hurt, Chandler Jones, Alex Kusma, Andrew Manchester, Marko Susnjara, Anthony Stefan, Adam Schmitt, Remy Santos, Thomas Rodriguez, Matt Powers, Howard Murrell, Hunter Nall, Jacob Walker, Colvin Warburton, Zach Williams, and Jacob Winkleman.


Track & Field All-Area Team

Hannah Sparacio State Qualifier Track & Field Tyler Brecher State Qualifier Track & Field
Hannah Sparacio Tyler Brecher

Naples Daily News Announces 2014 All-Area Track & Field Teams.  Congratulations to Hannah Sparacio & Tyler Brecher on being named to the 2014  NDN All-Area Track Team.  The following athletes received Honorable Mention: Arieana Koonce, Christian Bates & Colvin Warburton

Christian Bates State Qualifier Track & Field Ariena Koonce State Qualifier Track & Field Colvin Warburton State Qualifier Track & Field
Christian Bates Arieana Koonce Colvin Warburton


FFHSAA State Finalist

Christian Bates State Qualifier Track & Field Tyler Brecher State Qualifier Track & Field Ariena Koonce State Qualifier Track & Field Hannah Sparacio State Qualifier Track & Field Colvin Warburton State Qualifier Track & Field
110M Hurdles
15th Place (17.34)
Triple Jump
15th Place (39'11.75")
High Jump
9th Place (5'10")
High Jump
12th Place (4'10")
300M Hurdles
6th Place (47.75)
Long Jump
14th Place (19'9.75")
Track & Field FHSAA State Finalist
Friday May 2
University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
Host: University of North Florida

Prep basketball: FBA's Emily Lines named girls FABC All-State.  Lines was also named to the Class 3A Second Team.
Congratulations to Emily!
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FBA Basketball Players Receive Honors

Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins
FBA Junior
2014 FACA Class 3A
MALE Player of the Year
Emily Lines
FBA Junior 
2014 FACA Class 3A All State Team & 
Finalist for the "Miss Basketball" title

Basketball Coaches Receive Honors

Scott Stewart
Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
2014 FACA Class 3A Coach of the Year   
Jen Lines
Girls Varsity Basketball Coach
Capital Rock Sportsmanship Winter
Coach of the Year 



District Champions

Boys Basketball wins their second straght district championship.  The Lions defeated Neumann Celtics 68-33.  

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Soccer All-Stars

Lions Soccer All-Stars 2014

These members of the FBA Lions Soccer team were selected to play the 2014 All-Star Game.  The Game will be played on March 22, in St. Petersburg, FL.  (Additional information will be coming soon.)

Players (left to rigt)
Front Row: Hezron Edwards, Marko Susnjaro, Black Smith, Howard Murrell, Vinny Panipinto
Back Row: Benjamin Ritter


Lions Football Receives All-State Recognition

Zach Williams (Jr) LB - FBA Lions Seth Penner (Jr) OL - FBA Lions Christian Rodriquez (Jr) RB - FBA Lions
Zach Williams (Jr.) #36
AP Class 2A All-State
First Team Selection
Seth Penner (Jr) #77
AP Class 2A All-Team
First Team Selection
Offensive Line
Christian Rodriquez (Jr) #2
AP Class 2A All-Team
Second Team Selection
Running Back

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Prep football: Five local players named first-team all-state

Daily News staff

Monday, January 6, 2014

First Baptist Academy and Immokalee High School each had three players honored with all-state selections by The Associated Press on Monday.

The Lions led the way with two of the area's five total first-team recipients, Juniors Zach Williams and Seth Penner both received top billing in the Class 2A division. Williams, a 5-foot-10, 190 pound linebacker, led the Lions with 70 tackles ? 18 for loss ? to go with his seven sacks. Penner anchored an offensive line that cleared the way for FBA to amass 2,175 yards rushing this season. Christian Rodriguez gained 994 of those yards, and he was rewarded with a second-team selection.

The teams were chosen based on voting by reporters and editors of the state's newspapers.


Lions Football Receives FACA District 18 Recognition

FBA Lions Football 
Benjamin Ritter (Sr.) #5
FACA District 18 
First Team Selection
Defensive Back
FACA District 18 - 2A
Academic Player of the Year
Zach Williams (Jr.) #36
FACA District 18
First Team Selection
Defensive Utility Player
FACA District 18-2A
Player of the Year
Billy Sparacio
Head Coach
FACA District 18-2A
Coach of the Year


Cross-Country Runners Advanced To Regionals

Jacob Winkelman Grace Scott
Congratulations to Jacob Winkelman who came in 7th place at Districts with a new school record of 18:18
Also congratulations to Grace Scott who came in 14th place with a new school record of 21:15
Jacob and Grace will move on to compete at Region in Melbourne, FL, on Saturday
Also congratulations to the girls cross country team who came in 5th place, 
and the boys team  who came in sixth place at the district meet.

2013 Track & Field State Meet

Track & Field State Qualifiers with coaches.
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.
Vinny Panipinto 7th Place Track and Field 400M   Alli Emerson 8th Place Discus
Vinny Panipinto
400M - 7th Place (51.26 sec)
Alli Emerson
Discus - 8th Place (102'4")
Hannah Sparacio (Not Pictured)
100M Hurdles -9th Place (16.72 sec)

Emily Lines Scores 2,000 Points

Congratulations to Emily Lines
Scoring her 2,000 point for the FBA Lions Girls Basketball team on January 21, 2013
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Prep basketball: First Baptist Academy's Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins going to Arkansas

Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins Commits to the University of Arkansas
NAPLES, Fla. - First Baptist Academy's Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins is heading to the Ozarks.
Following an on-campus visit to Fayetteville last week, the 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward, who was the leading scorer for the boys basketball team last year, signed with Southeastern Conference program Arkansas soon after his return.
"Thanks To All The Schools That Have Recruited Me. But I've Decided To Commit To The University Of Arkansas #WPS," Jenkins tweeted Aug. 8. He didn't return a Thursday call and text from the Daily News. But Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette spoke with him last Friday.
"The biggest thing that stood out to (Arkansas coach Mike Anderson) about me was my versatility," Jenkins told Davenport. "He said I could create matchup problems on the floor, and that's probably the biggest thing for me. He said I can also score. He said he would use me a lot on the wing and that will really be important to the team and I'll have a really big impact on the team."
Jenkins also had offers from Chatanooga, Kennesaw State, Richmond, The Citadel, Tennessee Tech and Virginia Military.
He'll be the third Lion on a collegiate roster next season, but Jenkins is the first to sign with a school from a power conference. Qwandell Newton signed with The Citadel. Isaiah Herrera signed with Division II school Southeastern, and Joe Griffin will play at West Oaks Academy, a prep school.
Jenkins averaged 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists last season when the Lions made the Class 3A Elite Eight, where they lost by a point in double-overtime. Jenkins played AAU ball for Team Speights, based in St. Petersburg.
Jenkins wasn't enamored with the other schools that offered, so he planned to go to prep school this year. But Anderson found himself in need of immediate help at forward ? senior forward Jacorey Jenkins was one of three Hogs arrested for first-degree forgery last month and is indefinitely suspended, and freshman four-star forward Ted Kapita did not qualify academically. Anderson offered Jenkins three weeks ago, and Jenkins' game plan changed. Jenkins jumped at the chance to visit, then commit to the Razorbacks.
"He was patient and kept playing in the spring and summer in AAU and declared he'd go to prep school," First Baptist coach Scott Stewart said. "He played well, but usually not many of those powerhouse schools have that scholarship left at this time. This circumstance allowed Arkansas to have that scholarship available. "They've been watching Doobie for a while."
Anderson was Nolan Richardson's right-hand man when the Razorbacks won the 1993-94 national title and he coaches in his mentor's frenetic full-court pressing style. But instead of "40 Minutes of Hell," Anderson calls it "The Fastest 40." In Anderson's fourth campaign, Arkansas went 27-9, finished second in the Southeastern Conference tournament and made the NCAA tourney's second round, where it lost to North Carolina last season. But the Razorbacks lost SEC Player of the Year, 6-11 sophomore forward Bobby Portis, to the draft and junior guard Michael Qualls declared for it, but was not selected.
Stewart said Anderson wanted to know if Jenkins, who grew two inches and put on 10 pounds in the last year, was "coachable" and was told "absolutely." Anderson also wanted to know why he was still available "because in their minds, he should've been signed."
"He's a left-handed, very versatile player," Stewart said. "He's a 2, 3, 4. He's a scorer. Very offensively talented. That's what Coach (Anderson) said as well -- 'I have no doubt that he can score and play on the offensive side for us. But it's going to be a challenge to get him to play the type of defense we're looking for.' But that's what their job is, that's what they know. He said that's very common among most freshmen that come in. "They really like his versatility and believe they can put him in mismatch situations."
It looks like Jenkins played this just right. "He's really happy, really excited," Stewart said.
*Article was published by Naples Daily News



Once again our Varsity Boys Track & Field Team took first place! This is the second year winning this award.

The Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition, but also in the classroom. The program recognizes teams in each of the FHSAA sanctioned sports, naming an Academic Team Champion in each classification. The team aggregate cumulative GPA is submitted for nomination.

Congratulations to the following young men on a great accomplishment:

Neil Blaylock, Blane Briggs, Matt Bueltel, Eddie Burnham, Blake Cathey, Kamron Chapman, Dylan Cibelli, Taylor Edie, Cody Fletcher, Caleb Gonzalez, Chad Hassey, Chris Hassey, Robbie Hurt, Cameron Kaseman, Alex Kusma, Andrew Manchester, Daniel Marquina, Julian McGillis, Nicholas Panipinto, Ray Pierre, Matt Powers, Thomas Rodriguez, Adam Schmitt, Adam Staab, Will Stearns, Jake Walker, Colvin Warburton, Zach West, Grant Wightman, Zach Williams, and Jacob Winkelman.

Qwandell Newton Signs "Letter of Intent" To Attend The Citadel


Congratulations to QWANDELL NEWTON on signing a full scholarship to play basketball for The Citadel Bulldogs in South Carolina!  
Qwandell we are very proud of you and wish you the best at the next level in athletics!
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2015 FHSAA Class 1A Track & Field State Meet (FBA Participants)

Arieana Koonce High Jump Emily Lines Discus Hannah Sparacio Hurdles
Arieana Koonce
High Jump
5th Place (5'2")
Emily Lines
9th Place (98'3")
Hannah Sparacio
100M Hurdles
10th Place (16.18 sec.)
Jake Walker
16th Place (121'9")
Colvin Warburton
400M Dash
14th Place (53.26 sec.)
Zach Williams
4th Place (140'7")
(New School Record)



Athletes Advance To FHSAA State Track & Field Meet


Emily Lines Discus Arieaena Koonce High Jump Hannah Sparacio Hurdles
Emily Lines
3rd Place - 105'
Arieana Koonce
High Jump
1st Place - 5'2"
Hannah Sparacio
100M Hurdles  
4th Place - 15.9 sec.
300M Hurdles
2nd Place - 45.41 sec.
Jake Walker Discus Colvin Warburton 400M Zach Williams Discus
Jake Walker
4th Place -119'9"
Colvin Warburton
2nd Place - 51.63 sec.
Zach Williams
2nd Place - 128'8"
Thursday, April 23 was another historical day for FBA Track & Field.  The 18 individuals that traveled to Clearwater, Florida competed to the highest level.  While many Personal records were set 5 school records went down and 6 individuals advanced to the State in Jacksonville on Friday, May 1st at University of North Florida.
Girls Team Score: 32 points 7th place out of 23 schools.
Boys Team Score: 36 points 7th place out of 25 schools.
Region Individual Event Placers:
Cameron Kaseman - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 8th in the Boy's Triple Jump.
Robbie Hurt - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 7th in the Boy's 300m Hurdles.
Emily Lines - Placed 6th in the Girl's High Jump.
Colvin Warburton - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 5th in the Long Jump.
Chris Hassey - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 8th in the Boy's Discus.
Jacki Pearson - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 6th in the Girl's Discus.
Chris Hassey - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 8th in the Boy's Shot Put.
Region Relay Event Placers:
Boy's 4x100m Relay: Chris Hassey, Matt Bueltel, Eddie Burnham, Dylan Cibelli - Advanced to the Finals at Region placing 5th place.
Girl's 4x400m Relay: Adriena Koonce, Amanda Lines, Malaya Melancon, Hannah Sparacio - Ran in the Finals at Region placing 5th place with a New School Record of 4:16.17.  Breaking the old school record of 4:20.97
Boy's 4x400m Relay: Robbie Hurt, Chris Hassey, Jacob Winkelman, Colvin Warburton - Ran in the Finals at Region placing 7th place with a New School Record of 3:37.67.  Breaking the old school record of 3:39.06

Naples Daily News All-Area Basketball Team: FBA Lions


Isaiah Herrera All Area Team Lorenzo Jenkins All Area Team Qwandell Newton All Area Team Remy Santos All Area Team
Isaiah Herrera Lorenzo Jenkins Qwandell Newton Remy Santos


Emily Lines All Area Team
Emily Lines


Honarable Mention: Allie McDonald and Nicole Smith


Boys Soccer

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer Team on placing 3rd out of 31 schools in the FHSAA Academic Team Champion Program!
The FHSAA Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well. The program recognizes teams in each of the Association's sanctioned and recognized sports, naming an Academic Team Champion in each classification.

Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) announced the 2014-15 Boys Basketball: All-District Team

Doobie Jenkins Coach Scott Stewart
Class 3A District Player of the Year: 
Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins
Class 3A All State Team: 
Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins
Class 3A All Star Team: 
Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins
Class 3A District Coach of the Year:
Scott Stewart
Overall Coach of the Year: 
Scott Stewart


Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Announced 2014-15 Boys Soccer Honors

Sam Carroll John Eardley Colvin Warburton
Class 1A All State Team
Class 1A All State Team
Class 1A All Star Team
Class 1A All State Team
Class 1A
District Player of the Year


Robbie Hurt Coach Benji Works
Class 1A Academic All State Class 1A District Coach of the Year



Remy Santos and Qwandell Newton Score 1,000 Points in Basketball

Congratulations to seniors, Remy Santos and Qwandell Newton on sinking their 1,000 point during this last weeks games. What an accomplishment!  These young men join an elite FBA group: Austin Williamson, Emily Lines, and Doobie Jenkins.Congratulations to seniors, Remy Santos and Qwandell Newton on sinking their 1,000 point during this last weeks games.

Emily Lines: All-Time Leading Scorer (Collier County)

Emily Lines Becomes Collier County Leading Scorer

First Baptist Academy senior Emily Lines became the leading scorer in Collier County girls basketball history Thursday during the KSA Christmas Classic at the Disney Wide World of Sports.

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Lorenzo Jenkins Scores His 1,000th Point

FBA Senior Basketball Player Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins Sinks His 1000th Career Point! Congratulations Doobie!!

Emily Lines has joined an elite club in Collier County.

Emily Lines
Lines, a senior at First Baptist Academy, recently made a verbal commitment to play for the University of New Mexico. She's now set up to become one of few girls basketball players from the area to play major NCAA Division I basketball.
Lines and her parents ? First Baptist coach Jen Lines and local referee Rick Lines ? took an official visit to New Mexico's Albuquerque campus over the weekend. They returned Sunday, and Emily Lines called Lobos coach Yvonna Sanchez on Monday to make her commitment.
"I spent a lot of time with the girls on the team and the staff," Lines said. "I liked them a lot, I felt really comfortable, and I love the city of Albuquerque."
A 6-foot-1 combo guard who can shoot, Lines expects to play at shooting guard and small forward for the Lobos. New Mexico went 11-19 last season. The Lobos, who play in the Mountain West Conference, haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 2008.  Lines planned to take official visits to Penn and Lafayette, but she said she won't now that she's sold on the Lobos.  "I felt New Mexico is right," Lines said.
New Mexico started recruiting Lines as a sophomore. Lobos coaches contacted her as soon as the NCAA allowed ? Sept. 1 of her junior year. Lines and her mother took an unofficial visit to New Mexico in February and watched a game in the school's famous arena, The Pit.
"The past year we've built a relationship with the coaches," Jen Lines said. "Everybody we met (on the visit) was so kind and so professional. That tells you there's something special about the program. ... As parents, we're confident (the Lobos) are great people for our daughter to be a part of."
Lines' commitment was first reported by Mike Robinson of Swish Appeal, an SB Nation women's basketball blog. Swish Appeal also reported New Mexico received commitments from two Class of 2015 players this weekend ? 6-1 guard Jannon Otto (Victorville, California) and 6-2 forward Jaisa Nunn (Kirkland, Washington).
Jen Lines said New Mexico was first interested in her daughter because of her shooting. Lobos coaches were in town last year to watch Lines win the 3-point contest in the Naples Holiday Shootout, which draws some of the best girls basketball teams in the country.
A varsity player since seventh grade (the FHSAA allows middle-schoolers to play varsity if the middle school and high school are in the same building), Lines likely will graduate as the leading scorer in Collier County girls basketball history. She has 2,132 career points.
Though no official records exist, Community School's Michelle Woods is thought to be the all-time leading scorer with 2,365 points. Lines is 233 points behind, and her lowest-scoring season was 283 points as a seventh-grader.
Lines was a Florida Association of Basketball Coaches all-state selection for the third straight year last season. She was named the Daily News Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore.
"(Recruiting) is pretty stressful," said Lines, who also plays volleyball and runs track at First Baptist. "Now there's a sense of relief. I can relax and enjoy the rest of my senior year."
Lines is following in the footsteps of her mother, who also has been her varsity coach the past five seasons. Jen Lines played at Northwood University in Michigan and is in the Division II school's athletic Hall of Fame.



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

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


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


Aiden Denman - Girls Tennis (NDN All-Area 1st Team)

Congratulations to sophomore Aiden Denman on being named to the Naples Daily News All-Area Tennis 1st Team! Aiden went 11-1 at singles this year and is 26-2 the past two seasons. Her only loss was in the district finals, as she finished runner-up in both singles and doubles. Her teammate Bella Heaslip was also named as honorable mention to the All-Area teams.

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