Girls Soccer UpdatePosted by Zion Hart on 2/7/2019 8:00:00 AM
The First Coast girls' soccer team came in last week right at a record of (7-3-1). While these amazing girls have showed a strong will to defend The Shipyard, they have shown that they often struggle on the road. After a second-round exit in the Gateway Conference Championship, these girls were eager to bounce back. Sandalwood was just a little too much as they defeated the Buccaneers in a (3-1) effort with two late game scores to secure the round two win in the Gateway Conference Championship.
Coming in the week, our girls were facing the Ribault Trojans. Ribault has struggled all year starting the season off at (0-9). Ribault came in average an extreme 9.3 points per game while only scoring one goal all season. The Bucs came in at (7-3-1) allowing only 1.7 points a game while scoring 56 points overall this season. The game was set to start in The Shipyard giving the ladies an at home adrenaline boost. The girls have played wall all season at home and were ready continue that effort against the Trojans.
Gametime! The ladies are heading out to compete with nothing on their minds but hunger for revenge. Sandalwood got a hold of them last week but, tonight, Ribault wouldn’t. At the center of the field, these angry Bucs stood with determination ready and unintimidated by anything from the opponents. They scored an amazing seven goals in the first half of action. Clara Heller (Jr) led the team in goals as she scored a thrilling three goals. Not only did she play a huge role in scoring for herself but, she engaged her teammates into action leading the team with three assists. Alexis Parenteau (Jr) and Joshlyn Brandon (Sr) also played a major effort in the victory as they both scored two goals.
In the second half, the girls focused on winding the game down as they came at the Trojans very physical in the first half. Ball movement and prolific defense continued in the second half. After Bailey Rhodes (So) scored a goal in the second half, Coach Miller focused on running the clock out. After a strong bounce back from the Gateway Conference Championship game against Sandalwood, these ladies played outstanding as a team and will close out the season in another tough stretch against three great teams (Bartram Trail, Fleming Island, and Lee). Overall this team improved a lot this year and with mostly Sophomores and Juniors, this team will be a huge threat to opponents next season.
2018-2019 Baseball PreviewPosted by Jonah Ingram on 2/7/2019 7:00:00 AM
The 2018-2019 FCHS Baseball Team is currently doing conditioning training to be prepared to do amazing things this season.
They plan on utilizing their courage and heart, along with the leadership of their senior players and their chemistry, to accomplish their goals. The head coach of the team, William Campbell states that “we’re gonna be gritty, and we’ve got good senior leadership … we’re going to be grittier than most teams.”
Their goal for this season, as Coach Campbell said, “We want to win districts, we want to go to the state playoffs, and see what post-season baseball is like.”
The senior baseball players agree, along with the rest of their team, obviously. The seniors also pointed out their great chemistry with the other players.
Senior baseball player Reggie Jackson, whose played baseball for eight years, said “There’s a lot of chemistry in this team. We’re all friends and junk … it’s fun.”
Senior player KD whose been playing for 10 years, said something similar, stating that “It’s like a family thing. We have fun, all that. It’s pretty sweet.” The team’s friendship with one another shows their closeness as teammates, and will hopefully result in great teamwork out in the field.
They are currently training at the track after school, working on their cardio for the big season ahead. Coach Campbell says, “There’s a lot of kids working every single day, so hey, slow victories, every single day we get a little better.” Hopefully their conditioning will help get them a great start in pursuing the district championship this year.
Wrestling Gateway Conference WinPosted by Keaira Wright on 2/5/2019 9:00:00 PM
For the first time in school history, the First Coast wrestling team was able to obtain a win in the Gateway Conference Tournament held January 19 at Sandalwood High School.
The team secured the win with seven wins and six pins in the final round, giving them a three-point lead after previously trailing Fletcher, First Coast’s biggest rival in wrestling.
“Going into the final round they were leading us by 17 points,” First Coast head coach Brian Kaminski said. “We managed to secure a whole bunch of bonus points by pins and when all of the matches were done, we somehow ended up leading by three to win”
In the finals, Jonah Ingram pinned his opponent to win the 113-pound weight class and his first Gateway Conference Championship.
“It feels great. It is the first time I won a championship for any sport,” Ingram said. “It was just an entirely new feeling to me when I won Gateway. I was just so relieved that I could actually do it.”
Ingram was followed by Jason Schwartz, who also managed to get a pin in the 120-pound finals. These pins helped motivate the team to continue the momentum.
“Jonah started off the round with a big pin and then Schwartz got a pin and from there on I could just tell everyone was giving it their all in their final matches,” Kaminski said.
Kaminski was surprised and excited that he was able to be a part of leading the team to the schools very first win of the Gateway Conference.
“When we did win, I found out this is the first time wrestling had won a Gateway Conference championship in school history.so being able to make history like that is a fantastic accomplishment for all my wrestlers.” Kaminski said.
Not only is the coach happy and surprised with this win, so are the players as well.
“The feeling of relief and victory of winning conference was unmatched with any other tournament the team has ever went to,” junior captain Devante Wyatt said. “The entire team showed their true potential and showed what First Coast could really do. We felt like those other teams didn't have the same heart we had for the sport”
Wyatt trailed in the third period of his finals match, but secured a reversal and pinned his opponent with 21 seconds remaining in the match. Wyatt won his first conference championship this year at 170 pounds after placing 4th at 160 pounds both as a freshman and sophomore. Although Fletcher and First Coast never wrestled each other in the final round, there was still a rivalry present.
“They were the most competition we had at the tournament,” Wyatt said. “They’ve also evolved into being our rival.”
The Bucs travel to the Clay Rotary Tournament this weekend before preparing for the District 3A-1 tournament at Buchholz High School on Feb. 22.
Girls Weightlifting Team Onto StatePosted by Armani Thomas on 1/24/2019 7:00:00 AM
On Friday January 18, 2019 The First Coast High School Girls Weightlifting team compete in the 2019 Girls Weightlifting District Meet with four competitors successfully passing on to regionals. Schools from all over the district including: Sandalwood, Mandarin, Englewood, Fletcher, Robert E. Lee, etc. gathered at Atlantic Coast High School and compete to secure a spot at regionals set to take place later this week.
From within each weight class competing against six people were to move on to regionals and with their posse of seven, the girls of FCHS claimed four spots on the list of competitors headed to state regionals. Sierra Merrell, 11th grade, Vanessa Granger, 11th grade, Deja McSwain, 11th grade, and Cassidy Croasmun, 12th grade, all demonstrated astounding drive and strength to move forward in the competition. Although everyone from the FCHS team did not make it to regionals, they all support their teammates to the fullest.
Iyanna Higdon, 10th grade, and a new member of the team, explains how proud she is of her peers stating “I feel like my teammates are going to win like we say ‘Light weight, Easy money’ and we are definitely going to state.”
The team of ladies has been coached by Mr. Parker, the SAT/ACT prep teacher, since the start of the season in November. No doubt he believes the girls will dominate the game and take the trophy back home to the school. The girls are hoping all their hard work will pay off at regionals which is set to reside at Atlantic Coast High School again this coming Saturday January 26th. After this round the girls hope to tackle the state championships as well and claim the title of Florida’s 2019 Girls Weightlifting State Champions.
2018-2019 Wrestling Season PreviewPosted by Jamarre Hayes on 12/13/2018 9:30:00 AM
Welcome to your First Coast High School Buccaneers 2018-2019 Wrestling team season opener preview.
The Bucs enter the 2018-19 season under Head Coach Brian Kaminski. Kaminski is entering his 4th season as a coach, and has attempted to build this program during his tenure. Season goals for the team include getting at least five regional qualifiers. As of last season, there was some improvement, but they still have a long way to go.
Regional qualifiers from last season include senior Jason Schwartz and junior Devante Wyatt, so be on the the lookout for an outstanding season. There also is a female wrestler by the name of Jasmine Miller who is being trained by Buc Alumni, Tabitha Shaw. Shaw is a former female wrestler from the 2017-2018 season.
Hopefully, this should be an amazing season for the Bucs with all the previous years of improvement leading to a breakout season for Coach Kaminski and crew. As for Coach Kamisnki, he would like to win Gateway Conference coming up in January which would build confidence continiung through the season.