¦ Point guard Jasmine Kearse (St. Augustine) helped lead No. 2-ranked Limestone College (S.C.) to its third straight Conference Carolinas tournament championship. Kearse had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in Limestone’s 56-53 win over King University on Friday. Limestone (30-0) earned the top overall seed in the NCAA Division II national tournament and will host the Southeast Regional beginning Friday. The Saints will face eighth-seeded Augusta University of the Peach Belt Conference in the opening round. Kearse, a junior, leads Limestone in scoring (21.5 points per game), steals (3.0), 3-pointers (123) and minutes played (33.1).
¦ Florida Tech’s Tiesha Flagler (Menendez) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 68-59 loss to Tampa in the Sunshine State Conference tournament championship game Sunday in Daytona Beach. Flagler was named to the all-tournament team. The Panthers (20-9) received an at-large bid to the NCAA DII tourney and will meet Benedict at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the South Regional in Jackson, Tennessee. It is Florida Tech’s first NCAA tourney appearance in four years. Flagler enters tournament play averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and a team-high 2.9 assists. The senior also leads the team in minutes plaed (32.3).
¦ North Florida forward Beau Beech (Ponte Vedra) contributed a double-double – 14 points and 10 rebounds – in the Ospreys’ 92-69 win over USC Upstate in an Atlantic Sun Conference tournament quarterfinal on March 1. But Beech and the Ospreys were knocked out of the tournament two days later by Florida Gulf Coast. The 6-9 senior scored 10 points in the 89-56 loss. UNF, the A-Sun’s regular-season champ, will play in the NIT. Beech is averaging 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds.
¦ LaGrange junior forward Jacob Gaetanos (St. Joseph) was selected to the USA South Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. The 6-4 Gaetanos averaged 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.
¦ College of Central Florida pitcher Cooper Wallace (Bartram Trail) has a 3-2 record wiht a 3.55 ERA. The sophomore left-hander has 39 strikeouts and six walks in 38 innings.
¦ College of Central Florida first baseman John Cassala (Bartram Trail) is batting .400 with three home runs, four doubles and 25 RBIs.
¦ St. Johns River State College relief pitcher Rhys Pollock (Nease) has a 1-0 record and a 1.37 ERA in 19 2/3 innings. The freshman lefty has appeared in 10 games this season. He pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings in an 11-4 win over Seminole State on Saturday. The Vikings are 23-4.
¦ Eastern Florida State College pitcher Blair Calvo (Nease) has a 4-0 record with a 0.90 ERA. The sophomore right-hander has one save and 37 strikeouts in 30 innings. He ranks 12th in the nation in ERA and 19th in strikeouts. He started and got the win in a 4-3 victory over Indian River State last Wednesday.
¦ College of Central Florida first baseman Brooke Barlow (Bartram Trail) leads the NJCAA Division 1 with 56 RBIs. The freshman is batting .419 with six home runs and has helped the Patriots to a 31-1 record. Barlow has hit six homers and 13 doubles, which ranks seventh in the nation. She had five hits and five RBIs in Saturday’s double-header sweep of Florida Southwestern.
¦ College of Central Florida infielder Melinda Rule (Bartram Trail) has scored 11 runs in 18 games. The freshman is batting .206 with one home run and eight RBIs in 34 at-bats. Rule had a stolen base and an RBI in Friday’s 12-0 win at Miami Dade.
¦ Auburn outfielder Morgan Podany (Ponte Vedra) has played in 18 games for the Tigers. The freshman is batting .308 with four hits, six runs and seven RBIs. Podany has been a key contributor as a pinch runner and pinch hitter for the 20-1 Tigers.
¦ Daytona State College pitcher Kaylee Allen (St. Augustine) has appeared in 19 of the Falcons 25 games and has a 5-3 record with two saves and a 1.95 ERA. She has 52 strikeouts in a team-high 75 1/3 innings.
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