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UWF football defeats Missouri S&T in first home game

Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

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The University of West Florida football team remain undefeated after winning the inaugural home game, 45-28, against Missouri University of Science and Technology, Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium.

UWF’s offense started out with a gain of 33-yards after quarterback, Kaleb Nobles, connected with freshman wide receiver, Tate Lehtio. However, it was freshman kicker, Autsin Peffers, that first put the Argonauts on the scoreboard, following a 36-yard field goal.

Nobles completed a 14-yard pass to junior wide receiver, Ishmel Morrow, to give the Argos a 10-0 lead against Missouri S&T.

Following Morrow’s touchdown, Missouri S&T went four and out, giving UWF’s offense another chance to score with 1:10 left in the first quarter. Nobles completed a 28-yard touch down pass to senior wide receiver, Anas Hasic, giving the Argos a 17-0 lead against Missouri S&T.

Sophomore wide receiver, Antoine Griffin, put the Argos in a 24-0 lead when he completed a 40 yard pass from Nobles, 12:37 into the second quarter after Missouri S&T quarterback, Tyler Swart, was intercepted by sophomore defensive back, Blake Norwood.

“We know that we can never be content with being up 24 to nothing, so no matter the score, we could have 60 they could have 10, were going to keep pushing,” Griffin said. “Were going to go out there and dominate no matter what.”

Head Coach Pete Shinnick said the key to success was the guys kept believing, and kept playing hard the entire time.

Missouri S&T retaliated after Swart, rushed for one yard to get the Miners on the scoreboard. However, after the Argos went 23-yards in three plays, Andrew Bogaenko, punted the ball to the Missouri S&T seven-yard line, and Braxton Graham returned the ball for a 93-yard touchdown, making the score 24-13.

The Argos took a 31-13 lead 7:16 into the second quarter, when Nobles completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Hasic.  At the end of the second half the score was 31-20. Nobles said it definitely was a close game.

“Coach Schinnick always tells us at half time that this is your chance to set a new identity for yourself, as far as coming out as a second half team, and dominating the third quarter,” Nobles said. “The third quarter is really when you can put the game away.”

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In the third quarter, Nobles completed two touchdown passes, the first to Griffin, a 35-yard pass, and the second to freshman wide receiver, Kevin Grant, a two-yard pass that made the Argos take a 25-point lead with a score of 45-20.

Missouri S&T put their final points on the scoreboard 10:48 into the fourth quarter, when Swart successfully completed a 2-point conversion to Graham, following a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver, Logan Armontrout.

The ball went back to the Argos during the second to last series for Missouri S&T, when Norwood had his second interception of the game.

“We have been practicing that route all week,” Norwood said after two interceptions in the inaugural game. “I just had to stick my hand out, and get it.”

UWF had 24 first downs, 17 penalties and six fumbles in the game, three of which were lost. Missouri S&T had 19 first downs, 11 penalties and four fumbles, only one that was lost.

“No disrespect to Missouri S&T, but they are in the game because of us,” Shinnick said. “We have to go out and play smart, but I’m extremely impressed and proud of our guys for continuing to fight, it worked out well.”

The offense ended with 503 total yards. Hasic ended the game with two touchdowns, for a total of 137 receiving yards. Morrow had one touchdown with a total of 162 receiving yards. Griffin, had two touchdowns, for a total of 126 receiving yards, and Nobles had 503 passing yards.

Nobles said he does not ever recall ending a game with over 500 total passing yards.

“I don’t think he has played perfect yet, but he’s put us in a really good situation to be where were at right now,” Shinnick said. “Which is 2-0 and very satisfying.”

The Argos remain undefeated following the 45-0 shut out at Ave Maria, and after beating the Miners with a final score of 45-28.

“We know that we can never be content with being up 24 to nothing, so no matter the score, we could have 60 they could have 10, were going to keep pushing,” Griffin said. “Were going to go out there and dominate no matter what.”

 

 

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Antoine Griffin after game interviews on Saturday

 

 

Head Coach Pete Shinnick said the key to success was the guys kept believing, and kept playing hard the entire time.

“No disrespect to Missouri S&T, but they are in the game because of us,” Shinnick said. “We have to go out and play smart, but I’m extremely impressed and proud of our guys for continuing to fight, it worked out well.”

“I don’t think he has played perfect yet, but he’s put us in a really good situation to be where were at right now,” Shinnick said. “Which is 2-0 and very satisfying.”

Pete Shinnick, after game interviews on Saturday

 

 

“Coach Schinnick always tells us at half time that this is your chance to set a new identity for yourself, as far as coming out as a second half team, and dominating the third quarter,” Nobles said. “The third quarter is really when you can put the game away.”

Nobles said he does not ever recall ending a game with over 500 total passing yards.

Kaleb Nobles- after game interviews on Saturday

 

“We have been practicing that route all week,” Norwood said after two interceptions in the inaugural game. “I just had to stick my hand out, and get it.”

Blake Norwood- after game interviews Saturday

UWF men’s soccer team loses in overtime to Rollins

Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida men’s soccer team fell to Rollins College 2-1 in overtime at home on Friday night’s matchup on Sept. 9.

After a scoreless first half, the Argos and the Tars were tied 0-0, but it didn’t take long into the second half before Rollins broke the tie. Senior midfielder Tosan Popo scored the first goal of the night on an assist by junior midfielder, Matt Volk.

The Argos redshirt sophomore Alik Morgan assisted Teague Coleman with a goal in the 81st minute. Coleman, a freshman midfielder from Winter Park, tied the game with his first career college goal.

“It was an electric feeling,” Coleman said after scoring the first time as an Argo. “Probably not a feeling that I could have ever again, but it was amazing.”

Rollins took 18 shots in the game, with four of those on the goal, and four saves. UWF made 11 shots, five of those on the goal, with two saves. The game ended 6:17 into overtime, when Volk scored the game-winning goal for the Tars, making the Argos season record so far 0-3.

“It was a well, hard-fought game that was miles better than last week,” Coleman said. “Now were just going to build on it.”

Sophomore midfielder, Kameron Bethell, one of three picked from the Argos for the league’s annual Preseason All-Gulf South Conference team, said team members’ biggest concern is their record, but in the Rollins game that today they didn’t play badly.

“Our concern is what position we’re in, but it’s not all negative,” Bethell said. “We haven’t played a conference game yet. Next week we come in playing a GSC game, and I feel if we play to our strengths we should be able to come up with results.”

According to GoArgos.com, the team lost 17 players from the 2015 season. However, it also gained 17 players, 13 of them freshmen.

“Its always tough to move from a lower level to a higher level, but our freshmen this year seem to be doing it very well,” Bethell said. “They are all coming in and playing to the best of their abilities, and today I was very proud of them.”

He said the team still has a 100 percent chance of making another run at the GSC Finals, but that the team needs to come out with the willingness and desire to win.

The Argos seek their first win of the season next weekend in their first conference games, Friday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. against Union University at home. Followed by a match Sunday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. against Christian Brothers University at home.

UWF spring sports teams, all in top 25, could sweep all conference titles

By Grier Wellborn

Sports Editor

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It’s no secret the University of West Florida’s spring sports are a force to be reckoned with. After the men’s golf team, women’s golf team and women’s tennis team won their respective Gulf South Conference Championships this week, spring sports now hold 56 of UWF’s 86 all-time championship titles. Currently, all six UWF spring teams are ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA DII national rankings.

 

Men’s golf

Ranked highest is men’s golf. After the fall season, the UWF men’s golf team was ranked No.1 in the nation. The men’s team battled 10 other teams in the GSC to win the championship. After sitting in second place for the first two days, they came out on top on the final day to win its 14th consecutive GSC Championship title. Men’s golf now is ranked No. 2 in the nation heading into the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals to be hosted in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

 

Men’s tennis   

UWF Men’s Tennis, possibly the most successful and decorated team at the university, follows closely behind in its respective polls at No. 4. After a close match with Valdosta State at the GSC Tournament, the Argos lost 4-5, dropping them to No. 2 in the South Region. Ranked No. 4 in preseason national polls, the Argos held on to its spot in national rankings as they head into the Regional Tournament May 7 with the location to be determined.

 

Women’s tennis   

Women’s tennis follows closely behind the men’s team at No. 6. The women’s team victory over Valdosta State landed the GSC Championship over the weekend. Despite adding six new players to its roster of 13, the women continue to be successful and challenge each other to win its sixth consecutive GSC title (16th overall). The women’s team will head into the South Region Tournament from May 2 with a 22-5 overall record.

 

Women’s golf   

The women’s golf team proved it is worthy of the No. 8 national ranking last week by winning the GSC Championship title. Though they sat on an eight-shot deficit leading into the final day, they bounced back to win the fifth consecutive GSC title for UWF women’s golf. Head coach Bryan Clarke has high hopes for the team in the NCAA Tournament, but they must first make it past the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, which will be in Pensacola May 2-4.

 

Baseball   

Next in the corresponding rankings, formerly No. 17-ranked UWF baseball’s split-series win over No. 12 Delta State University last weekend earning them the No. 11 spot in national rankings. Currently ranked No. 1 in the GSC, the baseball team still has seven regular season games before it enters the GSC Tournament beginning on May 7.

 

Softball   

Last, but certainly not least, the softball team moved up in national rankings after sweeping No. 21 Delta State, earning them its 14th consecutive win and the No. 21 national ranking. With an overall record of 35-11 and a GSC record of 21-8, the softball team’s conference record is the best since 2006. UWF softball still has three regular season games against Shorter University before heading into the GSC Tournament held from April 28-30 as No. 2 in the conference.

With three of six of the 2016 GSC tiles already won, UWF’s potential to nearly sweep the conference championship titles look promising heading into the end of the season.

For information on all UWF sports teams, visit goargos.com.

New coach has high expectations for 2016-2017 cheerleading team

By Sara Agans
Staff Writer

 The 2016-2017 UWF cheerleading team had tryouts and was announced April 9. Photos courtesy of Kathleen Mills.

The 2016-2017 UWF cheerleading team had tryouts and was announced April 9.
Photos courtesy of Kathleen Mills.

Tryouts for the 2016-2017 UWF cheerleading team, which were held on Saturday, April 9, involved a lot of hard work, dedication, and even tumbling and flying.

Kathleen Mills, head cheer coach, said she had high expectations for tryouts this year because the women had already done well in the clinic. Mills said they were at the same level, if not better, than the past team was when she came to UWF last fall.

“I’m expecting this to be a much better team right off the bat than UWF has probably seen before, which is pretty exciting,” Mills said.

“I expected there to be a wide variety of talent,” said Mallory Webb, a judge at the tryouts and a former cheerleader for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “I did expect Kathleen would find the individuals she was looking for to represent the university. I love getting to see all the talent that comes in to the school each year. It also brings back bittersweet memories of when I went through the process myself.”

Kaylee Scott, a UWF junior majoring in pre-med and a returning UWF cheerleader, said, “Before tryouts, my expectations were that this team can only get better from here. Our previous team had already come so far from where we started. I knew we had a long way to go, but we were getting there with time.”

Many factors came into play for the judges when selecting the team members. “We first went through all the scores to see who had the highest raw scores,” Webb said. “We also had to go through and make sure there was a good ratio of top girls, bases, backspots, and guys. You can’t have a team with all top girls or all bases. Someone has to be at the top of the pyramid just like someone has to hold it up. We also took tumbling, grades and overall appeal into consideration when making a final decision.”

“After hearing what the coach is expecting for next year and knowing what it takes to accomplish the coach’s goals, I made my final decision based on who has the overall package,” said LaToya Williams, head cheer coach at the University of Montevallo, a former cheerleader for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a judge at tryouts. “Grades, skills, versatility, attitude and drive to succeed.”

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The 2016-2017 UWF cheerleading team had tryouts and was announced April 9.
Photos courtesy of Kathleen Mills.

Along with the cheerleading tryouts, warm-up stunts with groups, and standing and running tumbling warm-ups, there were also mascot tryouts for the next Argie.

“The way the mascot tryouts are going to work this year is that they are going to be more laid-back,” Mills said. “I have a couple people trying out for it, so while the girls are warming up and doing their dances and everything, we’ll have each mascot got through and interact with the cheerleaders so that we can see how Argie is going to interact with people.”

A new Argie was selected and the team is still in search of two more candidates for the position.

A lot of people think it is an all-female team, Mills said, but the tryouts were for both male and female, as in previous years. This year they had several men try out and make the team, so the team will be co-ed this upcoming year.

Scott described this year’s tryouts as being very organized. “Kathleen had everything set up like it should have been from the very beginning. Prior to tryouts our team hosted a college prep clinic where any potential people who wanted to try out came and attended the clinic to learn what our team is all about. It was a great turnout and very beneficial to those who had come and tried out because everything we taught from a dance and stunts was used in tryouts.”

“Kathleen and the judges made it a comfortable environment throughout the entire tryout, which was very appreciated,” Scott said. “Since the atmosphere was not as intense at tryouts, everyone was helping and encouraging each other. Don’t get me wrong, though; everyone was still nervous.”

“After judging UWF tryouts, I witnessed a lot of the new members show determination and excitement,” Williams said. “I hope they use that to be the best they can throughout the year and grow together as a team.”

Mills said the team will be more involved in the community and the university events next year. “People that have never seen us before will definitely see us at something, whereas we haven’t done too much in the past, so that’s exciting,” Mills said.

Scott said a lot of things have changed since the last year. “Our team received a new coach. Before Kathleen became our new coach, we did not have a coach, and our team was patiently waiting for one. We were not going to all the events on campus and we almost felt like the cheerleaders were not wanted. A lot of things were unorganized and not up to college-level expectations.”

“Since Kathleen has taken over the team, we have been introduced to endless possibilities. We get invited to all the events on campus, people know that there is a cheer team here at UWF and we perform at college level.”

The team usually cheers at basketball games, some volleyball games, and at least one soccer game, Mills said. With the inaugural football season fast approaching, the cheerleaders will now also be cheering at all the home games, which will definitely be something new for them.

The evening of tryouts, the names of the students who made the team were released through Mills’ Facebook and Instagram page. The team consists of: Shelbie Andrews, Emalee Bush, Taylor Carrington, Zach Devore, Alexis Downs, Faith Doyle, Collin Edwards, David Franklin, Ashlyn Howell, Abbie Huff, Kirsten Hunt, Alexia Kenney, Nicole Morrill, Rachel Neal, Dewanna Norton, Kennedy Porter, Kendal Rosebrock, Kaylee Scott, Rebecca Slattery, Ashley Stefka, Crystal Thompson, Shaina Thompson, Marissa Walker and Alex Wallerstein.

Their first practice as a new team was held on Sunday, April 10, in the Pedagogy Gym. “I think UWF has potential to be a great team,” Webb said. “I hope to see the program grow because I know they have a great leader in Kathleen.”

“The new 2016-2017 UWF cheerleading team has incredible talent,” Scott said. “I know as a returning cheerleader, it makes me happy to see how far this cheer program has gone and how it continues to keep building. Kathleen as a coach and the new additions to the team are going to take UWF cheer to a whole other level. There is amazing potential throughout the team this year, so I am very excited. Go Argos!”