State Colleges

Nova Southeastern baseball team vying to host regional

Nova Southeastern University’s baseball team, which last weekend won the Sunshine State Conference title for the first time in school history, will find out Sunday night if it will host an NCAA Division II regional.

The Sharks (38-11) are the top-ranked team in the South Region. They have already set a school record for single-season wins.

Meanwhile, NSU’s men’s golf team has won the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional at Dade City.

NSU sophomore Richard Mansell of England won the tournament with a 7-under par 209. Teammates Oscar Lengden, a senior from Sweden, and Santiago Gomez, a junior from Colombia, tied for second at 211.

The Sharks will advance to the NCAA Championships May 18-22 in Hickory, North Carolina.

NSU’s women’s golf team finished third in its regional and will also advance to nationals.


The women’s basketball team this week hired an assistant coach with impressive credentials – Tia Jackson, who has played and coached in the Final Four and also played in the WNBA.

Jackson was a head coach at the University of Washington and an assistant at Stanford, UCLA, Duke and Rutgers.

Meanwhile, Miami’s Daniela Darquea, a sophomore from Ecuador, was one of 12 women’s golfers named to the All-ACC team.


Two Barry women’s tennis players from Germany earned major honors this week. Freshman Sonja Larsen was named the ITA South Region Rookie of the Year. Linda Fritschken was named the South Region Senior of the Year.

The women’s tennis team (21-1) is ranked second in the nation in the NCAA’s Division II and will try to bring home a title when the 16-team national tournament is held May 13-16 in Surprise, Arizona.

Larsen (17-2) is ranked No. 4 in the nation in singles. Fritschken (17-2) is ranked 29th.

Barry’s men’s tennis team (22-0) has also advanced to nationals at the same time and location. The men are led by Ahmed Triki (14-0), who is No. 2 in the nation in doubles and No. 3 in singles. He was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.

George Samuel, the Barry’s men’s coach, was named the South Region Coach of the Year.

Barry’s men’s golf team finished fourth at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional at Dade City, advancing to nationals May 18-22 in Hickory, North Carolina.

The Barry women’s golf team did not make the cut. However, Nicky Ferre advanced to compete as an individual.


For the first time in Gina De Aguero’s four years as the coach, the Sharks softball team has advanced to the national championships May 13-16 at St. George, Utah.

MDC and Chipola were the only two teams to advance from the state tournament, which was held at Vero Beach.

The unranked Sharks (32-19) navigated through an elite field that included four of the top seven teams in the national rankings.

MDC’s Milena Calixto, a sophomore from Brazil, was named MVP of the state tournament, pitching every game and also providing power as the three-hole hitter.

Calixto has signed to play next season at the University of Central Florida. First baseman Amber Plaza has signed with Florida Gulf Coast. In addition, three MDC freshmen made the all-tournament team: outfielder Samantha Arrastia, shortstop Crystal Garcia and catcher Erin Sundook.


Junior Edwin Rios entered the weekend leading Conference USA with 15 homers. FIU, though, has had a losing season (23-25) so far. Rios is hitting .324 with a team-high 49 RBI.

FIU is also hosting the Conference USA softball tournament this weekend. However, FIU’s softball team (30-24, 10-14) did not qualify for the competition.

Stephanie Texeira, FIU’s sophomore first baseman, made second-team all-conference.


The women’s tennis team finished fourth in the national junior college championships, which was held this week at Tucson, Arizona.