Tickets for the Webber International University -Edward Waters College football game Saturday are on sale in the WIU Bookstore.
People can order or pick up your game day tickets anytime during the day this week. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students with school ID and youth 10.
Reserved seats are $12 for adults and $7 0 for senior citizens.
The ticket office will be open at 4 p.m. Saturday at Legion Field in Lake Wales. The stadium gates will open at the same time. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.. Parking is free.
Call Jay Culver, WIU Football Ticket Manager at 863-638-2947 for information or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
To follow the game on the Internet go to www.webberathletics.com. Once on the main page.
Six PSC softballers named All-Americans
A record six Polk State College 2012-2013 softball players were recently named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-Americans.
Sophomore pitcher Maggie Roberts (Lake Gibson/Nursing), sophomore infielder Lara Cecchetti (Italy/undeclared), sophomore catcher Kaitlyn Warren (Mulberry/business), sophomore infielder Deanna Littles (Auburndale/Nursing) and sophomore pitcher Kara Seymour (Park Vista/business) were recognized for their academic achievements.
Infielder Kylee Stearns (Kathleen/education), who graduated in the spring, earned her Associate of Arts at Polk State, was also honored with a certificate. She is currently attending Florida Southern College.
Students were honored by the NFCA for earning grade-point averages of 3.5 or better.
Proud coach Jeff Ellis was happy to receive the news.
“It really says a lot about the type of students we have and the type of people we recruit,” Ellis said. “They understand the reason they are here is to get an education and to get their degrees, and softball is the vehicle to make it happen.”
The 2012-2013 Eagles reached the FCSAA/NJCAA Gulf District Championship for the second time in three years, and Polk won or claimed a share of the Suncoast Conference title for the third time in five years.
Ramos is Defensive Player of the Week
Polk State College freshman Libero Rossanna Ramos of Puerto Rico was named Florida College System Activities Association Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 6.
Ramos tallied 67 digs and five aces in a four-match week that included 15 sets and three Polk State College victories.
Ramos posted nine digs in a 3-0 victory over St. Petersburg on Oct. 1.
She registered 15 digs in a 3-0 victory against South Florida State College on Oct. 3.
She added 11 digs in a 3-1 win over Daytona State on Oct. 5.
Ramos rounded out the week with 32 digs in a 3-2 loss to Palm Beach State on Oct. 5.
The No. 4 Eagles, 13-8/3-2, are third in the Suncoast Conference.
PSC loses in double overtime
A valiant defensive effort by the Polk State College women’s soccer team on Monday night came up short as No. 11 Eastern Florida scored the game’s only goal in double overtime, less than a minute from the final whistle.
Eagle keeper Kayla Hanel, who was cleated in the eye in the first half, was peppered with 23 shots in regulation, one in the first overtime and two in the second overtime before Titan Jess Fasnidge found the back of the net in a crowd from about 15 yards out to win the game with 40 seconds left in the contest.
A defensive Polk team, 4-4, was out-shot 23-3 in regulation and 5-1 in overtime. Polk did not manage a shot in the second overtime.
Still, the effort was recognized by first-year coach Steve Linamen, who saw his team lose 4-1 to the Titans, 7-2-1, on the road earlier this season.
“It was absolutely the best game defensively we played all year,” said Linamen. “Our work ethic was high.“
The Eagle defense of Mallory White (Lakeland Christian), Ashley Chevalier (Nature Coast), Ashley Copen (Plant City), Brooke McKillen (Hudson), Laura Resendiz (Ocoee), Jessenia Barragan (Apopka), Nicole Grinnell (Durant) and Becky Reynolds (Hudson) stood tall, stopping numerous attacks.
The Eagles played without Copen, a center back, for the last 20 minutes of regulation and both overtimes due to an injury.
“They all stepped in and didn’t miss a beat,” Linamen said.
“Offensively, there was a little bit to be desired. When you play so much defense, it’s hard to get something offensively. Our style of play means we don’t get a lot of shots off.”
While the defense kept the Titans off the scoreboard, the Eagles had their chances.
Eagle freshman forward Alyssa Kaminski (Eustis) managed a shot that went just wide left with 8:11 left in the first 10-minute overtime.
Hanel kept Polk in it, smothering a Titan shot by coming out of the box with 5:20 left in the first overtime.
Eagle defender Becky Reynolds (Hudson) headed out a Titan attempt on a corner in the second overtime.
It was one of many saves in two overtimes that saw tired players simply kicking toward the goal.
“When they bring their outside backs forward, it makes for a lot of confusion,” Linamen said. “We cleaned up most of them and the defense did well under that pressure for a lot of the game.”
The game was a crucial Region 8 match between the two schools, with postseason prospects hanging in the balance.
This season Region 8 opponents Polk, Eastern Florida and Broward play each other three times, and every win is vital.
“For us to see post season, we needed to have the win,” Linamen said. “At this point, we still have to be happy, especially when we play our absolute best. It was good to see that they couldn’t figure out how to get through us defensively. They were confused on how to handle our forwards. Unfortunately it didn’t pan out for us.”
PSC volleyball team falls to Pasco-Hernandez
The No. 4 Polk State College volleyball team fell to Pasco-Hernando 3-1 Tuesday in a non-conference match on the road.
The Eagles, 13-8, suffered a 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 25-17 loss to the Conquistadors.
Liz Garcia (Utah) posted 10 kills and six blocks. Diannmarie Rivera (Puerto Rico) registered seven kills and four aces.
Rossanna Ramos (Puerto Rico) notched 17 digs. Genesis Castillo (Puerto Rico) added six blocks and four kills. Cheye Anne Savage (Hudson) recorded seven kills and five blocks.
Bowling this weekend
Webber International University men’s and women’s bowling teams are competing in the UCF Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Orlando.
They will be at Boardwalk Bowl, at 10749 E. Colonial Drive.
PSC soccer team win in overtime
For the second time in a week, the Polk State College women’s soccer team played a double-overtime contest.
This time, the Eagles, 5-4, posted the victory by a 4-3 score over Broward College.
Eagle Laura Resendiz (Ocoee) was the star of the game, scoring the game-tying goal in regulation and game-winner for Polk.
Resendiz posted the winning goal from Bre Eldridge (Auburndale) with five minutes remaining in the second overtime Saturday to lead Polk past Region 8 foe Broward College on artificial turf in Fort Lauderdale.
With several changes in the lineup due to nagging injuries, the Eagles opened the scoring on a goal by freshman Alyssa Kaminski (Eustis) from Eldridge in the 34th minute in the first half.
Eagle sophomore Jenna Murphy (Alonso) made it 2-0 on an unassisted goal in the first half on her first goal of the season.
The Seahawks cut the score to 2-1 with a goal just before the break.
Broward tallied two goals in the second half to take the lead, 3-2.
Resendiz knotted the contest with one minute left in regulation on a free kick from Eldridge.
Polk sophomore keeper Kayla Hanel (St. Augustine) posted nine saves in the contest.
“The team showed a lot of drive and stayed focused after allowing three unanswered goals,” said coach Steve Linamen.
The Eagles had fallen to Region 8 opponent Eastern Florida in double overtime Monday, 1-0.
The Eagles host Eastern Florida on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale.
Aces lead to victory
Polk State College freshman libero Rossanna Rosado (Puerto Rico) served two consecutive aces to lead the Eagles to a 3-0 victory Tuesday over St. Petersburg College (1-8/1-3) in a Suncoast Conference match on the road.
The No. 4 Eagles (11-6/2-2) trailed the Titans 23-19 in the third set before surging to win 25-15, 25-19, 25-23.
Eagle Diannmarie Rivera-Romero (Puerto Rico) led Polk with 10 digs and five kills. Rosado finished with nine digs and three aces. Cheye Anne Savage (Hudson) tallied six kills and four blocks. Shatorreia Edgecombe (Dame) added seven blocks.