Volume 11, Issue 15
BUSY WEEKEND OF BASKETBALL BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK … It will be a busy weekend of basketball at Jenkins Field House before the Moccasins break for the Christmas holiday with seven games in three days.
The women’s team, now ranked 20th in Division II with a 7-1 record, will be the host for the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic Sunday and Monday. Delta State, Alabama-Huntsville and Saint Leo will join the Moccasins for the two-day event. Saint Leo and Ala.-Huntsville square off in the opening game Sunday at 1 p.m. The 6-1 Lions are ranked second in Division II in scoring defense, allowing just 47.1 points game. The Chargers, who took a 5-1 record into their Dec. 15 home game, are averaging just under 80 points per game. In a re-match of their Nov. 13 duel in Mississippi, the Moccasins and Delta State collide in the 3 p.m. game Sunday. The Moccasins won that Nov. 13 game, 61-60, ending Delta State’s 64-game home winning streak. The Lady Statesmen come into the game at 3-3. Monday the Moccasins and Saint Leo will switch opponents, with the Lions taking on Delta State at 1 p.m. and the Moccasins meeting Ala.-Huntsville at 5 p.m.
The men’s team plays a pair of non-conference games to wrap up the 2011 portion of the season. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. the Moccasins (6-2) go against Chowan, N.C. (4-5). Former Moccasin assistant coach Kenyan Weaks is now an assistant at Chowan. Prior to that game, Tampa will play Malone (6-4) at 5:15 p.m. The Moccasins take on Malone Monday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the Moccasins’ first meeting with both Chowan and Malone. For his performances against Armstrong and Florida Tech, Brett Bailey earned his second Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week Award. In those two wins, Bailey averaged 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds, shot 59.3% from the field and made all five free throw attempts.
SWIMMERS RETURN TO COMPETITION … The Moccasin swimmers also will have a busy weekend, as they’ll compete in the Nova Southeastern Invitational Friday through Monday at Ft. Lauderdale. The Moccasins last competed Nov. 19. Both FSC teams placed second in last year’s meet at Nova. Rollins and Tampa also will be among the SSC teams competing. This weekend’s meet will be the Moccasins’ final competition until Jan. 7, when they host Bridgeport in a dual meet at the Wellness Center Pool.
TWO FORMER MOCS TO JOIN SSC HALL OF FAME … Former Moccasin standouts Nick Diyorio and Pamela Feggans have been chosen as members of the Class of 2012 for the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame. They are among nine honorees who will be formally inducted at the 2012 SSC Hall of Fame Banquet Mar. 2 at the Terrace Hotel in Lakeland. Diyorio was a key member of the Moccasins' 2005 NCAA Division II national championship baseball team. An honorable mention All-America selection that season, Diyorio led the Moccasins in batting with a .403 average. At the Division II Championship Tournament, he hit .423 (11-26), drove in the go-ahead run in the title game as the FSC won its ninth national baseball title and made the all-tournament team. He played every inning of every game in 2005 and compiled 110 hits, a total that led Division II that season. He was selected as the 2005 SSC Male Athlete of the Year. He followed his 2005 season with a 2006 season that saw him hit .408 and compile 102 hits, making him the only player in FSC history to produce back-to-back 100-hit seasons and just the third player to hit .400 or better in back-to-back seasons. His career total of 309 hits is the best in Moccasin history and ranks as the 11th best total in NCAA Division II history. His career batting average of .393 is fifth-best in FSC history. Between the 2005 and 2006 seasons he put together was what then an NCAA Division II record 49-game hitting streak.
A native of Scotland, Feggans enjoyed a superb three-year career with the women's golf team. A three-time first-team All-America selection and All-SSC selection (2003-2004-2005), Feggans placed second twice and third once in three trips to the NCAA Division II Championship. As a team, the Moccasins finished second in 2003 and 2004 and were third in 2005. In 2005 she was the National Golf Coaches Association Division II Co-Player of the Year, as well as the SSC Women's Golfer of the Year. She led the Moccasins in stroke average all three years and her career stroke average of 76.28 is the third-best in school history. She holds the school record for the lowest four-round tournament score - a one-over-par 293 at the 2005 Division II Championship. The induction of Diyorio and Feggans will bring FSC’s total of SSC Hall of Fame members to 46.
HUBER NAMED SECOND-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN … The Moccasins' Lauren Huber has capped her award-winning senior season with a second-team selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Volleyball Team. A senior from Charlotte, N.C., Huber has a 3.96 grade point average with a major in human movement and performance. This season she led the Moccasins in kills (305) and hitting percentage (.339) and was second on the team in blocks (75). Previously she had been a first-team All-Sunshine State Conference selection and a first-team AVCA All-South Region selection. The Moccasins were 18-13 this season and reached the NCAA South Regional semifinals.
HOFSTETTER EARNS ALL-REGION HONORS … Fresh off his record-setting season for the Moccasins, senior forward Zach Hofstetter was selected first-team All-South Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Hofstetter is the 24th all-region selection FSC has had in men's soccer, but only fourth to make first team. Hofstetter, who moved to forward this season after playing two years as a midfielder, led the Moccasins in goals (17), assists (10) and points (44), earning first-team All-Sunshine State Conference honors for the second year in a row. He's the first player in team history with double digit goals and double digit assists in the same season, and his 44 points rank second on the Mocs' all-time single season list.
Hofstetter made more history for the Moccasins by becoming the first FSC field player to lead the country in any statistical category. The NCAA recognizes individual champions based on per-game averages, and Hofstetter was #1 in both points per game (2.93) and goals per game (1.13). He finished second in assists per game (0.67) for the second year in a row. In January, Hofstetter will also be taking part in the Infosport Pro Soccer Combine being held in Bradenton and Sarasota. The combine has turned out numerous players in recent years for MLS, USL, NASL and MISL. Prior to this year, FSC's most recent first-team All-South Region pick was forward Mike Nance in 2000. Defender Bruce Manuel was first-team All-South Region in 1999 and goalkeeper Tim Moore was a first-team selection in 1988.
MOCCASIN MEDIA GUIDES AVAILABLE ONLINE … As they are completed, FSC’s 2011-12 media guides for the Moccasin athletic teams can be viewed at this location - http://issuu.com/fscmocs/docs. Meanwhile, the 2010-11 media guides currently are available at the same location.
THE MOCS REPORT … The weekly Mocs Report can be heard on WLKF (1430 AM) in Lakeland at approximately 7:35 a.m. Friday mornings. FSC Sports Information Director Bill Turnage provides information and updates on Moccasin Athletics each week with “Mayhem in the AM” host Seth Mela. The program airs each Friday morning throughout the school year.
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