State Colleges

Barry University basketball raising eyebrows

The Barry University men’s basketball team is ranked seventh in the nation in Division II and No. 1 in the South Region.

The Barry women’s basketball team is unranked but recently showed what it can do against a Division I opponent, beating host FIU by eight points.

The Bucs women’s team has, in a sense, eight newcomers this season, including three transfers, one freshman and four players who sat out most of last season.

Of the transfers, only 6-3 senior center Ivana Vuletic actually played basketball last season — she was at South Florida. Caroline Winston, a 5-10 junior forward, was a team manager at UCF. Taylor Obersteadt, a 6-2 senior forward, was on the Kansas State rowing team.

Barry’s only true freshman is Juhnae Richardson, a 5-7 guard from Sarasota. Meanwhile, 5-7 guard Melanie Jordan (knee), 5-9 senior wing Kim Flournoy (knee), 6-0 senior forward Irene Sanchez (wrist) and 5-8 senior point guard Ines Kerin (eligibility) are back after combining to play just six games last season.

Flournoy, Sanchez and Kerin are now starting for Barry.


The bright spot in a 5-12 women’s soccer season — including a 2-8 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference — was the play of junior forward Gracie Lachowecki, who tied for third in the league with 12 goals. She was named second-team All-ACC. She is the first UM player to be named to the ACC’s first or second team since Kate Howarth in 2011.

Meanwhile, two UM divers recently swept the ACC’s weekly honors — 5-8 sophomore Briadem Herrera for the men and 5-2 freshman Carolyn “CiCi” Chaney for the women.

Herrera, a native of Cuba, won a state title at Miami Gulliver Prep and finished seventh in the 2015 NCAA finals in the one-meter dive.

Chaney, who captured four state titles at Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, won the one-meter event in a meet against Texas A&M and Incarnate Word.


Scott Calabrese was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year in men’s soccer and junior defender Marvin Hezel earned first-team all-league honors.

Nova Southeastern

Golfer Maria Garcia-Austt, rower Cheyenne Poskey and softball star Lauren Lopez were recently inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Larry Starr, who created the sports medicine element of NSU athletics, was also inducted.


Sophomore outside hitter Whitney Battoe of the women’s volleyball team was named the Sun Conference Player of the Year.


Sophomore forward Joe Lopez was recently named NJCAA Region 8 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.


Sophomore Jaiveonna Norris, a transfer from Division I Western Kentucky, was named NJCAA Region 8 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.