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The St. Petersburg College women’s softball team has qualified for the state tournament in Pensacola and will begin playing its games on Friday.

View the softball schedule brackets detailing which teams SPC will play. Just remember that the game schedule is written for Central Standard Time (CST).

View the games online via the Panhandle Sports Broadcasting website.

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St. Petersburg College Men’s Basketball Coach Earnest Crumbley was featured on ABC Action News and TBNWeekly.com after he was voted into the Florida College System Activities Association Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

“My first job is an educator. I’m a teacher at heart,” Crumbley said in the ABC Action News interview. “It’s just for me to make sure that we can make an impact on lives. That’s the glory of the job.”

Crumbley will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on March 8, according to the TV news report.

The TV news report is available on the college’s YouTube channel.

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St. Petersburg College’s Coach Earnest Crumbley has been voted into the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame – Class of 2014.

CrumbleySeven individuals were nominated this year. Only four were elected. Crumbley was one of two coaches chosen. The inductees:
• Earnest Crumbley – St. Petersburg College – Coach
• Tim Ryan – The College of Central Florida – Coach
• Jim Cox – Miami-Dade – Administrator
• Alice Pendergrass – Chipola College – Administrator

An induction ceremony will take place in March at the State Tournament for the Hall of Fame – Class of 2014.

Coach Crumbley is in his 16th year as head coach of the SPC men’s basketball team. “Coach C” is the longest tenured coach in Florida with more than 275 wins. As head coach, his teams have appeared in the regionals six times and won four Suncoast Conference championships. Crumbley also was named Florida Coach of the Year in 2001-02 when his team finished ninth in the nation after representing Region 8 in the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

A native of St. Petersburg and a graduate of Boca Ciega High School, Coach Crumbley graduated from Arizona Western College with an Associated of Applied Science before transferring to Utah State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He also earned a Master’s in Educational Counseling from the University of South Florida. He has been a full-time employee at St. Petersburg College since 1992.

Coach Crumbley is past president of the Delta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. in St. Petersburg.

He and his wife Shirley, Women on the Way Coordinator at the college, have two sons, Earnest Jr. and Kory. Earnest Jr. graduated in 2004 from Florida Atlantic University, where he was FAU’s all-time leading scorer and assist maker. He’s currently the Head Coach at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Kansas. Kory graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2004. He had two stellar seasons with the Titans and went on to play for Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach on a basketball scholarship. He is currently the assistant coach at Lakewood High School, where he won a state high school championship in 2004.

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Milan Vasic, Abby Martinez and SPC Head Tennis Coach Phil Girardi

An award, first offered this year at the Women’s Tennis National Championship, pays tribute to a former St. Petersburg College student killed two years ago in a traffic accident.

Coaches at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament voted on the Jovana Vasic Spirit of Competition Award, naming Abby Martinez of State College of Florida as its first ever recipient.

A former SPC tennis player, Vasic was killed in a car accident two years ago while en route to begin her junior year at the University of Northern Arizona. Those who knew the student said she exemplified what student athletes strive to be noted for. She was team captain her sophomore year. She had over a 3.0 cumulative GPA. She excelled on the court. She had a full-ride scholarship waiting for her in Arizona, and she was loved by her teammates and those whom she competed against.

A standout tennis player for two years, Martinez has similar attributes.

Jovana’s father Milan Vasic attended the award presentation. Wanda McPhail, the Women’s National Tennis Coaches Association President, presented him with the same plaque given to Martinez. SPC’s Head Tennis Coach Phil Girardi spoke for a few minutes, detailing what it was like to coach Jovana Vasic and what she meant to her team and SPC.

SPC finished 14th at the championship, held in Tucson, Ariz. Tyler Junior College won the title.

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Antqunita Reed

Antqunita Reed

Antqunita Reed, a graduating member of the St. Petersburg College women’s basketball team, has been awarded one of the highest individual honors as an athlete. Her team jersey has been selected for display in the “Ring of Honor” at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Hall of Fame is recognizing student athletes and their outstanding play during the 2012-13 season. Reed has broken many records and shown phenomenal athleticism and heart while she played for two years as a Lady Titan.

Reed, who is No. 22 on the team, averaged 17 points and nine rebounds this season while helping her team win the 2013 Southern Conference Championship. The team advanced to the second round in the Florida College System Activities Association State Tournament. She also was named Conference Player of the Year and selected 2nd Team All American, along with many other honors.

“Antqunita has been a joy to coach here at SPC,” said Denisha Davidson, Head Coach of women’s basketball.

“She is a coach’s dream because she works hard both on and off the floor in all that she does,” Davidson said. “She will be successful in whatever she decides to do. I see her as one of my very own children. She is a special young lady and I will truly miss her.”

The Ring of Honor has become one of the most popular exhibits at the Hall of Fame. It has more than 100 jerseys on display, including high school and college All Americans from the 2011-12 season.

Reed’s SPC jersey will be displayed for the entire year. The Ring of Honor provides a colorful backdrop to the Hall of Fame’s many archives but also recognizes some young basketball players for their achievements in their sport.

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Denisha Davidson, Women’s Basketball Coach, has been named the 2012-13 Southern Conference Coach of the Year by the Florida College System Activities Association. SPC student Antqunita Reed also was named Conference Player of the Year.

Denisha Davidson

Denisha Davidson

Antqunita Reed

The SPC women’s basketball team was named the Southern Conference Champions with Southern Conference standings of 14-1 and overall standings of 23-7. By securing the Southern Conference division, the team has earned a spot in this year’s state tournament in Marianna March 6-9 and will play in the third of four games at 1 p.m. CST on March 6. The games will be streamed live.

“We’re extremely proud of Denisha’s efforts,” said Mark Strickland, Associate Provost of SPC Downtown and Director of Athletics. “And the fact that this is her fourth year in the program and has two first teamers and two second teamers — you can’t ask for anything better.”

SPC teammates Kimdra Reid and Ayshia McNeil also were listed among the 12 players who made the 2012-13 All-Conference First Team. Their colleagues Thomia Wadley and Precilla Hill made the All-Conference Second Team.

The Lady Titans are also ranked 24th in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Poll.

“It’s pretty impressive,” said Strickland. “We’ve had other players in every one of our sports bestowed that honor, so it’s not new to us. But the significance for us is that it has been a long time for our women’s basketball.”

The last conference won by the SPC women’s basketball team was in 1999.

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The Lady Titans have been named the 2012-13 Southern Conference champions.

In the conference, the team is undefeated with a current record of 12-0. Overall the team has won 21 games and lost six with three games remaining in the conference schedule this season.

“I’m extremely excited and proud of the way these ladies have worked and played this season. Every year we strive to win our conference and make a run to win the state championship,” said Head Coach Denisha Davidson.

SPC Downtown Associate Provost and Athletic Director Mark Strickland said, “I’m extremely proud of Coach D and this women’s basketball team. Just four years ago Coach D took over a program that hadn’t won the Southern Conference since 1999. So here we are, poised to make a run at the state tournament. Coach D should be applauded for the work she has done the last four years.”

By securing the Southern Conference division, the team has earned a spot in this year’s state tournament in Marianna March 6-9.

Read more on the college’s sports blog the Locker Room.

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Military Appreciation games are proving to be lucky for SPC’s Titans.

The women’s basketball team defeated Brevard College 63-43 on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The week before, the Titans baseball team ended a two-game losing streak, defeating the University of Tampa Spartans JV team 5-4 at that night’s Military Appreciation event.

About 70 people attended the basketball game at the gymnasium at St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. The Student Veterans Association provided food and beverages to the crowd.

The next Military Appreciation Game is set for Feb. 20 at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. This time the event will be held at the men’s basketball game against Polk College. That game starts at 7 p.m.

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More than 200 people came out for the Military Appreciation Game between the SPC Titans and the University of Tampa Spartans JV team Wednesday, Feb. 6. The baseball team didn’t disappoint SPC fans with a 5-4 win over the Spartans.

“That is the most fans we have had at a game home or away in my three years with the program. What an experience for the guys! Donnie Kiernan, Jeff Cavanaugh and Clearwater’s Student Government did a tremendous job of supporting the team,” said SPC Baseball Coach Ryan Beckman. Read more about the team played on the college’s sports blog, the Locker Room.

The event was sponsored by SPC’s Student Veterans Association, which provided custom-printed baseballs to fans.

More military appreciation sports events are planned for later this month with food and drink provided. These are free and open to the public:

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Take yourself out to the ball game when the SPC Titans baseball team takes on the University of Tampa Spartans JV team Wednesday evening in the second annual Military Appreciation Game.

Admission for the Feb. 6 game is free. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the game will start at 6 p.m. The first 200 fans will receive a SVA Baseball courtesy of the Student Veterans Association. Bright House Field is located at 601 N Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater, and is just seconds away from the SPC Clearwater Campus. The West Gate will be the only gate open for this event. Please park in the old coachman parking lot next to the Phillies Water fountain.

Read more about the game on the college’s sports blog the Locker Room.

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