Category Archives: Sports

21 new players sign on for UWF’s 2017 football season

By Taylor Hall
Staff Writer

The Argonaut Athletic Club was filled with excitement on Feb. 1 as coach Pete Shinnick announced the new signing class for the University of West Florida’s football team. The class brought in 17 high school standouts and four college transfers.

UWF breaks records, beats nationally ranked teams in Saturday’s basketball games

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer
The University of West Florida’s women’s basketball team stunned Delta State University 87-51 at home on Saturday after the Lady Argonauts gave the Lady Statesman their second-largest defeat in program history.

UWF men make 27-0 run for second-half comeback

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer
The University of West Florida’s men’s basketball team beat the University of West Georgia on Saturday 97-89 after a second-half comeback at the UWF Field House.

UWF football wraps up inaugural season

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer
The University of West Florida’s football team wrapped up its inaugural season on Nov. 12 after losing to the University of West Georgia 69-0.

UWF men’s basketball takes down Auburn-Montgomery

By Nathan Cobb
Staff Writer
The University of West Florida men’s basketball continued its strong start to the season with an 80 – 61 victory over the Auburn-Montgomery Warhawks on Saturday Nov. 9.

Argos drop final home game of inaugural season

By Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida’s football team was shut out 69-0 against the University of West Georgia, the two-time defending Super Region II Champion in Division II, on Nov. 12 in front of more than 6,000 fans at home for their last home game of the season.

Before the game started UWF honored Graduate quarterback Kaleb Nobles, senior wide receiver Anas Hasic, senior line backer Reggie Barnes and senior offensive lineman Josh White before they played their last game as an Argonaut.

“We know that we have to come out fast against a great West Georgia team and finish the game strong,” Nobles said before the game. “They are a great team with talent at every position, so we have to be firing on all cylinders in order to finish the season with a winning record.”

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The Argos’ defense lines up for a play late in the 4th quarter. Photo by Grier Wellborn

But in the first quarter, the Wolves scored their first touchdown within their first minute of possession when Wolves quarterback Willie Candler completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Deniko Carter.

West Georgia scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to give the Wolves a 21-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Nobles threw back-to-back interceptions in UWF’s first two possessions to give the Wolves a 31-0 lead. However, West Georgia scored 17 more unanswered points to give the Wolves a 48-0 lead at halftime.

“We haven’t had anything going on on offense,” Head Coach Pete Shinnick said at halftime. “Obviously the turnovers have been something all season long that have haunted us, and they have killed us today.”

The second half started with back-to-back interceptions by each team.

The first interception was thrown by Nobles, and caught by Marcus Sayles for his second interception of the game. However, the second interception of the third quarter was thrown by Wolves quarterback Willie Candler, and intercepted by freshman Tim Bellinger, who usually plays offensively as a running back.

West Georgia quarterback Willie Candler threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Deniko Carter to put the Argos behind 55-0 going into the fourth quarter.

The Wolves also scored two rushing touchdowns in fourth quarter to end the game 69-0.

Coach Shinnick said that West Georgia is a big physical football team, and that his team was not able to stop their offensive drives.

UWF had a total of 138 yards of total offense. Nobles had 72 yards on 11-of-23 passing attempts. Freshman running back Chris Schwarz led the team in rushing with 44 yards on nine carries.

West Georgia was nine-of-nine inside the red zone, had 336 rushing yards and 225 passing yards for a total of 561 offensive yards. Nobles’ six interceptions cost the Argos 31 points.

West Georgia is 7-4 and 4-4 in Gulf South Conference play, and the Wolves were predicted to win the GSC in the preseason, GoArgos.com reports.

“This is one of the best environments to play in,” Shinnick said after the game. “We just did not give our fans much to cheer about today.”

The Wolves ended the chance of UWF finishing the season with a winning record. The Argos finished their inaugural season 5-6 and 3-4 in the GSC.

In Division II football, UWF ties Florida Tech University and the University of New Haven with the most wins by a first-year program over the last 10 years, GoArgos.com reported.

Argos take down Valdosta State in three sets

By Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida’s volleyball team defeated Valdosta State University 3-0 at home on Nov. 1 in the annual blackout game. After the win, the Argos moved up to a 20-8 overall record and 13-3 record in Gulf South Conference play.

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The Argos snapped a two-game losing streak in GSC play. Photo by Brooke Weber

After two back-to-back losses out of state to Shorter University and Lee University, the Argos were back in their own gym for the first time in three games with more than 300 people in attendance.

“I think with every home game you have the advantage of having your fans out there cheering you on, and it was good to have that since we have been travelling so much,” junior setter Monique StCyr said.

Redshirt senior middle blocker Kathryn Torre said, “we were focused on today’s game, and not worrying about what happened over the weekend.”

The Argos won the first set 25-14. The Argo defense forced the Blazers into five errors, put up two blocks and kept VSU at a .057 attack percentage.

Junior middle blocker Rachel Neblett made six blocks at the net, senior outside hitter Holly Mattmuller and Torre both made four blocks each.

Valdosta State started the second set with an out-of-bounds serve to give UWF the first point. The Argos won the second set 25-18, and UWF defense held VSU to a .048 attack percentage.

Senior defensive specialist Tori Martella, UWF’s all-time digs leader, had nine digs in the first and second sets, and finished the match with 21.

The Argos defeated the Blazers 25-12 in the final set, and the Argo defense held the Blazers at a negative attack percentage of -.008.

On offense, StCyr, UWF’s all-time assist leader, had a total of six kills in her third consecutive match. StCyr now has made 30 assist in 19 of her matches so far this season, goargos.com reports.

“The main focus will be to stay focused,” Torre said about the upcoming matches. “There is going to be a lot of external things happening. It’s a big weekend for us, against two really good opponents, so it’s going to be important to stay focused on the game.”

The Argos played back-to-back home games defeating Union University 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 4 for Senior Night, and defeating Christian Brothers 3-0 at on Nov. 5 for Parents Day.

For more information on the UWF volleyball team, visit goargos.com.

UWF football outplayed by West Alabama

By Nathan Cobb

Staff Writer

The UWF football team recorded its fourth loss of the season on Oct. 29 against the University of West Alabama at the Blue Wahoos’ Stadium.

The 45-21 decision got off to a quick start as the UWA Tigers completed a 20-yard touchdown pass with 10:10 on the clock in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, the Argos responded with a 32-yard pass from senior quarterback Kaleb Nobles to sophomore wide receiver Antoine Griffin, who ran in the touchdown.

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The Argos take the field against West Alabama. Photo by Nathan Cobb

The second quarter was not as promising for West Florida. The Tigers went on a streak, completing three unanswered scores. Scoring passes of 25 and 33 yards, in addition to a three-yard run, left the Argos down 28-7 going into the half.

In the third quarter, the UWA offense didn’t let up, scoring two more times and kicking a 25-yard field goal. The touchdowns came from two one-yard runs by Tigers’ Rashaad Lee and Davonta Johnson, who bulled through the UWF defense.

However, UWF didn’t go down without a fight, scoring twice in the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback Grey Jackson broke away from the UWA defense minutes into the period and recorded a 22-yard touchdown run. Jackson then took further control of the offense, completing a 14-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Ishmel Morrow.

Jackson and Nobles combined for 248 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jackson also rushed for 73 yards, and junior defensive back Leroy Taylor led the defense with a game-high eight tackles.

UWF had 349 total offensive yards to UWA’s 536, and 21 first downs to the Tiger’s 27. The Argos also converted two of three fourth-down attempts.

UWF hopes to bounce back in its next matchup against DII No.7 North Alabama on Nov. 5 in Florence Ala. For more information on future games or statistics visit http://goargos.com.

UWF baseball struggles in win against PSC

By Grier Wellborn

Sports Editor

The University of West Florida baseball team beat Pensacola State College 1-0 on Oct. 25 at Jim Spooner Field to complete the UWF JuCo Invitational.

The Argos beat Northwest Florida State College in the first scrimmage of the fall season, but after an 8-10 loss to Chipola Junior College on Tuesday night, the Argos had looked to rally against PSC on Wednesday.

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UWF outfielder Ladeavon Matthews prepares to hit a single while his teammates watch from the dugout. Photo by Grier Wellborn

The UWF pitchers left Pensacola State scoreless throughout the game, but the Pirates defense was able to keep the Argos off the scoreboard until a single run scored in the bottom of the ninth clinched a win for the Argos.

Senior pitcher Brian Browning took the mound first for the Argos and left the Pirates scoreless through the first three innings.

Junior pitcher Jared Gonzalez replaced Browning on the mound for the fourth and fifth innings, followed by Florida State transfer and redshirt freshman Jared Middleton in the top of the sixth.

Freshman Trace Penton took the mound in the top of the eighth and was replaced by senior Jarrod Petree, who closed the game for the Argos.

After five pitching changes through the game, the Argos had one last shot to break the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning.

“Coach likes to get a lot of arms in the game during the fall,” said Browning, an Ole Miss transfer. “We had a plan from the beginning: I was going to pitch in the first three, and we weren’t going to have each guy throw too many. “

The Argo offense was given an advantage in the bottom of the ninth inning when freshman catcher Trevor Payne hit a double into deep right field. Payne was replaced by freshman third baseman Matthew Whetstone as a runner on second base with junior outfielder Nick Kerkman at bat. Kerkman bunted the ball toward first base, sacrificing an out to advance Whetstone to third base.

Freshman outfielder Julian Nunez then drove a single into right field that gave Whetstone just enough time to slide home, winning the game for the Argos.

“I think some of the guys may have gotten inside their own heads,” Nunez said. “As hitters, we tend to do that. All and all, we fought to the very end and came out with the W.”

While the Argo offense struggled throughout the first eight innings to execute, the UWF defense managed to shut out the Pirates through all nine innings.

“The defense was very strong,” Nunez said. “We had a couple big plays by everybody, which kept them from scoring. Our pitchers did an outstanding job keeping the runs on the bases.”

The UWF baseball team’s 2017 regular-season schedule was released on Oct. 19. The Argos’ spring season will open against Florida Southern on Feb. 3 at Jim Spooner Field.

For more information on the UWF baseball team visit goargos.com.

Argos shut out Shorter in first Homecoming football game

By Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida’s football team remains undefeated at home after shutting out the Shorter University Hawks 36-0 in front of more than 6,500 fans on Oct. 22 for the UWF Homecoming game at the Pensacola Blue Wahoo’s Stadium.

The first series of the game ended with a fumble by senior quarterback Kaleb Nobles that gave the ball to the Hawks on the 30-yard line. However, the Hawks failed to move the ball and were forced to punt.

After several incomplete passes, Nobles completed a 19-yard pass to junior wide receiver Ishmel Morrow. However, the Hawks defense forced a fumble and was recovered by Shorter at the 44-yard line.

Freshman kicker Austin Peffers put the Argos on the scoreboard first with an 18-yard field goal to give UWF a 3-0 lead.

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The Argos offense lines up for a play against Shorter on Oct. 22. The Argos won the game 36-0. Photo by Brooke Weber

The Argos received the ball back quickly after sophomore defensive back Blake Norwood intercepted a pass and returned the ball 15 yards to the 37-yard line.

West Florida moved the ball down the field, and Nobles connected with freshman wide receiver Tate Lehtio for a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Argos a 10-0 lead at the end of the half.

With many mistakes made by the offense in the first half, Head Coach Pete Shinnick said the half was a great learning lesson for the team.`

“It’s really the first time we have experienced a flat first half,” Shinnick said. “We have had 4th quarters where we haven’t executed well, so I think it was a good wake-up call for us.”

At halftime the UWF Homecoming Court was presented on the field, and Ms. UWF winner Praise Pettus was announced.

After the half, Nobles completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Caleb Robinson to give the Argos a 17-0 lead over the Hawks.

“I made a couple guys miss, and then I was down the sideline,” Robinson said. “Going into half time we were struggling on offense so Coach was straight up with us. So coming out and making that play definitely gave us some momentum.”

Nobles completed another long drive with a 56-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Kevin Grant. However, an extra point attempt by Peffers failed, so the Argos led 23-0 going into the fourth quarter.

Shinnick said freshman kicker Andrew Bogaenko was injured in practice on Wednesday and that he felt it was the best thing for him to do was not to kick in Saturdays game.

“We used a barrage of kickers today and tried to stay away from punting situations anytime we could with Andrew out,” Shinnick said.

Freshman running back Chris Schwarz rushed for a 20-yard touchdown to give the Argos a 30-point lead over the Hawks after the extra point by Lehtio was good.

The final score of the game was another rushing touchdown by freshman running back Tim Bellinger when he ran 15 yards to make the final score of the game 36-0, after another missed extra point.

The Argos defense recorded five sacks, one interception, held the Hawks to a total of 98 yards and 9 first downs on offense.

“We have had a rough past couple of games, but keeping opponents to zero, that’s the defense we are capable of playing out there,” sophomore defensive lineman John Williamson said. “If we keep playing as a team I think that will be the outcome every game.”

West Florida’s offense made 31 first downs, 143 rushing yards, and 327 passing yards for a total of 470 offensive yards.

“I’m proud of our guys to find a way to come out with a very decisive victory, and we now stand undefeated at home,” Shinnick said.

The Argos play the University of West Alabama at noon on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Pensacola Blue Wahoo’s stadium before travelling to the University of North Alabama on Nov. 5.