Eastern Florida State College Sports Roundup
By Space Coast Daily // March 5, 2014
Eastern Florida Golfers Lead in Albany, GA Tournament
Eastern Florida’s golf team sits in first place after Monday’s first two rounds of the Doublegate Collegiate Invitational hosted by Darton State College in Albany, GA.
Eastern Florida shot 289-307-596 for a five-stroke lead over host Darton and Georgia Southwestern who are tied for second at 601. Darton shot 303-298 and Georgia Southwestern carded 304-297.
Individually Bruton Parker’s Dillon Board shot 68-70-138 for the top spot. Eastern Florida’s Brady Gray is second at 68-76-144.
Also for Eastern Florida Nick Maynard shot 73-76-149; Kyle Benson 74-77-151; Arthur Leonard 75-78-153; and Drew Cooke 74-81-155.
The tournament concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.
Eastern Florida is ranked sixth nationally in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf men’s NJCAA Division I coaches’ poll.
Eastern Florida Men’s Basketball Makes Final Preparations for State Tournament Opening Game
Eastern Florida’s men’s basketball team sprinted through a spirited 55-minute practice on Tuesday at the College of Central Florida gym in Ocala on the eve of its second consecutive appearance in the Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Division I Region 8 tournament.
Eastern Florida, winner of two straight FCSAA Southern Conference championships meets FCSAA Suncoast runner-up Polk State College at 6 p.m. Wednesday at CCF. The winner advances to Friday’s semifinal against either defending national champion CCF or Chipola College.
The loser goes home.
Eastern Florida (then Brevard Community College) reached the tournament final last season, losing 63-58 to the College of Central Florida at Chipola.
Now the Titans are back and hungry for more.
“I’m ready to play, I wish we could play right now,” said Eastern Florida sophomore and first-team all-conference selection Mike Kirkland who is making his second tournament appearance and in his hometown to boot.
“I’m excited. It’s going to be fun. There’s going to be a lot of energy coming out in the first game second time around. I’m just ready.”
Kirkland naturally is looking forward to playing in front of friends and family but also appreciates getting another chance at the state title.
“I’m excited. It’s going to be fun. There’s going to be a lot of energy coming out in the first game second time around. I’m just ready.” — Mike Kirkland
“We’ve got to put it all out there out on the court,” he said. “We’ve just got to play as hard as we can play and play smart. Last year I felt like we were right there and all we had to do is get it.
“We have to match what we did last year and surpass that.”
Surpassing last year’s runner-up finish would mean a trip to the NJCAA Division I national tournament in Hutchinson, KS, an almost mystical place for junior college basketball.
“First time for me, it would be pretty special,” Kirkland said of a trip to Hutchinson, known simply as Hutch to players and coaches across the NJCAA spectrum.
“I know coach (Jeremy Shulman) has been there with his old team and he talks about it so much. We want to get him back there.”
“I think we owe something to everyone because they underrated us last year. Hopefully we can are going to prove we can be the best in the state. We have to win every possession and give 120 percent.” — Jure Gunjina
Another player making his second state appearance is sophomore and all-conference second-team selection Jure Gunjina from Zagreb, Croatia.
He too is ready for an encore.
“I’m excited, getting ready to win it this year,” said Gunjina. “I think we owe something to everyone because they underrated us last year. Hopefully we can are going to prove we can be the best in the state.
“We have to win every possession and give 120 percent.”