Florida Tech Men’s Golf Earns Team Academic Award

By  //  August 5, 2014

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MENS GOLF — Last week the Florida Tech Panthers had four players named All-America Scholars from the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Panthers added to their haul on Wednesday when they received the GCAA All-Academic Team honor presented by Farmers Insurance.  

The Florida Tech Panthers earned the GCAA All-Academic Team honor presented by Farmers Insurance. (Florida Tech image)

The Florida Tech Panthers earned the GCAA All-Academic Team honor presented by Farmers Insurance. (Florida Tech image)

To be eligible for the award, programs must have submitted a team GPA of at least 3.00 for the academic year.

The Sunshine State Conference was well represented on the list, as six teams earned the All-Academic Team Honor. Barry, Lynn, Nova Southeastern, Rollins, and Saint Leo joined the Panthers as honorees. A total of 23 teams from NCAA Division II qualified for the award.

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Former Panther Signs with the Normal CornBelters

BASEBALL — Former Florida Tech shortstop Jorge Chavarria has signed a professional contract to play with the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League. Chavarria wrapped up his career with the Panthers this past spring. 

Jorge Chavarria, above, will begins his professional career with the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League. (Florida Tech image)

Jorge Chavarria, above, will begins his professional career with the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League. (Florida Tech image)

A native of Harmony, Florida, Chavarria started all 47 games this past season and was fourth on the team with a .275 batting average. He hit 12 doubles, one home run, and finished the season with 26 RBIs. Chavarria shined defensively, and was named ABCA/Rawlings First Team Golden Glove.

For his career, Chavarria played in 93 games with a .279 average. He also tallied 34 extra-base hits and 52 career RBIs.

Chavarria is the second former Panther to sign with the CornBelters this season. Former pitcher Jason Boyer was with the club until mid-May.

The CornBelters are a part of the independent Frontier League with a regular season that runs through early September.

Rita Acevedo Signs Contract to Play in Puerto Rico

WOMENS BASKETBALL — This past season Rita Acevedo put together a terrific senior campaign for the Florida Tech Panthers.

Former Panther Rita Acevedo, above, has signed a contract to play with Indias de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico. (Florida Tech image)

Former Panther Rita Acevedo, above, has signed a contract to play with Indias de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico. (Florida Tech image)

She now begins her professional career with a signed a contract to play for Indias de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico.

Acevedo, a native Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was a mainstay for the Panthers over the past four seasons. As a senior, she led the Sunshine State Conference, and was second in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.70. During her final season in a Panther uniform, she averaged nine points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.

For her career, Acevedo tied the program record with 118 games played. She finished with 688 points, 434 rebounds, 356 assists, and 172 steals.

Rita Acevedo

Rita Acevedo

“It is a blessing and a great opportunity to be able to wear a uniform, lace my shoes, and compete once again,” Acevedo said.

“The most exciting part of this process is being able to go back to my roots by going back to Puerto Rico where everything started, and have the amazing opportunity to have my family and friends watching closely.”

Acevedo will jump into action for her new team this weekend. The regular season runs until late September.


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