#FSWSoftball Quartet Earns NFCA All-Region Honors

#FSWSoftball Quartet Earns NFCA All-Region Honors

NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Region Teams

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The postseason accolades continue to pile up for the FSW softball team, as four student-athletes picked up National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NJCAA Division I South Region honors. Sophomores Mereana Makea, Mikenzie Vaughn, Riley Russell and Christian Quinn were all named to the NFCA NJCAA South Region First Team.

The NFCA All-Region awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s three regions with first- and second-team recognitions. NFCA member coaches from each region voted on the teams, and all honorees are now eligible for the 2018 NFCA NJCAA Division I All-American squads.

Butler Community College (West), College of Southern Idaho (West) and Wabash Valley College (Midwest) each had five selections. Six programs- Chipola College (South), Clarendon College (West), Eastern Arizona College (West), Florida SouthWestern State College (South) and Tyler Junior College (Midwest)- collected four accolades apiece.

Chipola, Florida SouthWestern and Butler topped the charts with four first-team honors, while 2018 national champion Temple College (Midwest) led a group of four schools with three first-team honorees. Joining the Leopards was Southern Idaho, Tyler and College of Central Florida (South).

The 2018 NFCA NJCAA DI All-American teams will be announced on June 6, via NFCA.org

In her second season for the Buccaneers, Makea hit .447 with a team-best 50 RBIs. The Wellington, New Zealand native also registered 11 doubles, six triples, four homers, 57 runs scored and 31 stolen bases. Her efforts this season earned her FCSAA Region 8 First Team All-State and Suncoast Conference First Team All-Conference selections.

A recent FGCU signee, Vaughn wrapped up her second season for the Purple and Aqua with a .457 batting average. The FCSAA Region 8 First Team All-State selection and 2018 Suncoast Conference Player of the Year recorded 12 doubles, four triples, a home run and 49 RBIs on the year. In conference play, she hit .483 with a .571 on base percentage. She also drove in 21 runs and recorded six stolen bases and a trio of doubles.

A FCSAA Region 8 First Team All-State and Suncoast Conference 1st Team All-Conference selection, Russell hit .422 with four doubles and 15 RBIsnfca  as a sophomore. The Acworth, Ga. native and Stetson University signee swiped 68 bases this season to rank second in the nation. In conference play, she hit .438 with a .493 on base percentage.

This season, Quinn hit .403 with 37 RBIs and 28 stolen bases and earned FCSAA Region 8 First Team All-State and Suncoast Conference First Team All-Conference honors. The Hattiesburg, Miss. Native and Mississippi State signee led the team in doubles (14) and triples (7), while ranking second on the squad in hits (71) and runs scored (59).

The Buccaneers were ranked No. 1 in the final regular season NJCAA National Poll and ended the program's third season with a 53-5 overall record. The Purple and Aqua secured their third consecutive Suncoast Conference Championship, with a 19-1 mark in conference play, won the District G Championship, locked up a second consecutive FCSAA State Championship and secured up the program's third straight berth to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

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The Buccaneers compete in the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Suncoast Credit Union Arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and is home to the FSW basketball teams and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space, student, faculty and staff wellness, and an athletic center with a fitness pavilion, men's and women's locker rooms and a weight training area. The arena has two Daktronics displays, on the north and south walls, that each measure 10 feet high by 20 feet wide. Both displays incorporate variable content zoning to each show one large image or they can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. One-hundred feet of ribbon displays have been installed on the east and west walls of the arena. The ribbons provide the opportunity to supplement the content on the main displays as well as highlight sponsors throughout events.

The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).

Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams compete.

The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.

On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.

The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.

For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org

The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.

Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.

For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.  

Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college. 

The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors. 

FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.

The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The women’s basketball program is also in the Suncoast Conference, but with only three other teams (Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and Eastern Florida State College).

For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.