Athletics

Panther volleyball season starts strong

The Panther Women’s Volleyball team opened its 2016 season with two impressive wins.
The first match pitted the Panthers against the Pan Handle’s volleyball perennial powerhouse Pensacola State College Aug. 26 in Gainesville, Fla.
The Pirates jumped out to an early lead in set one, but the Panthers were unfazed. They battled back and were able to steal set one 27-25. After making the run to capture the lead in set one the Panthers never looked back, … Continue reading Panther volleyball season starts strong

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Ruffo to lead Palm Beach State College athletics

Kris Ruffo, head coach of the Palm Beach State College women’s basketball team, has been named interim athletic director for the 2016-17 season. Ruffo officially begins the role today.
“I’m passionate about Palm Beach State and the athletic department,” said Ruffo. “We have a great staff in place – a veteran staff whose support of me accepting this position was overwhelming. I am a lifer when it comes to higher education intercollegiate athletics, and this is a wonderful opportunity.”
Along with the new role, … Continue reading Ruffo to lead Palm Beach State College athletics

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Colvin named head volleyball coach

The Palm Beach State College Athletic Department announces Drew Colvin as its new head volleyball coach for the 2016-17 season.
Colvin will officially begin his duties on June 1. He replaces Sam Skelton, who was the head coach for the past 18 years.
Originally from Sanderson, Fla., Colvin has been Palm Beach State’s assistant volleyball coach along with his wife Jessica for the past nine years.
“Drew has shown a great level of loyalty and commitment to the volleyball program and we are excited to now see him as head coach,” said Athletic Director David Holstein. … Continue reading Colvin named head volleyball coach

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Softball team heads to state tournament after difficult season

The Palm Beach State College softball team will be one of 16 teams competing in the Division I NJCAA Region 8 championship beginning Friday at Dodger Town Stadium in Vero Beach.
However, the road to secure a spot in the tournament was not an easy task for the team that has endured an emotional and challenging season.
“I had big goals for the team this year,” said Head Coach Martha McCall. “Those plans, however, were constantly changing when we started losing players.”
One of the first major setbacks occurred last September. … Continue reading Softball team heads to state tournament after difficult season

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Athletes pay it forward through SALT membership

Ten Palm Beach State College student-athletes are making a difference this year, not just among their teammates but in the local community.
These individuals were handpicked by their coaches to join the Student Athletic Leadership Team, commonly referred to as “SALT.”
Through the membership, athletes learn leadership and life skills through monthly workshops to enhance their capacity to not only lead themselves but transcend those skills to others in their sphere of influence.
Workshop topics include: intrapersonal leadership, … Continue reading Athletes pay it forward through SALT membership

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‘Be the best you can be,’ says Patrick during PBSC’s STEAM luncheon

A crowd of more than 500 attended Palm Beach State College Foundation’s fourth annual STEAM luncheon today at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts. The luncheon featured NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, the first woman speaker for the event.
The event raised money for the Foundation’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiative to help prepare students for the high-paying, high-demand positions immediately available in these industries.
Before Patrick’s remarks, Yvonne Boice, event chair, … Continue reading ‘Be the best you can be,’ says Patrick during PBSC’s STEAM luncheon

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Meet Tony Richmond: PBSC hoops volunteer manager

FROM CONTACT MAGAZINE, Winter 2015-16
Check out a men’s basketball team practice or game at Palm Beach State College, and you’re sure to see Tony Richmond.
For more than a decade, Richmond has been the team’s volunteer manager, and his dedication is beyond question. He attends every practice and game, carefully writing down observations of each player’s performance from his courtside desk. His service in this role has become a valuable asset to the players and coaching staff. … Continue reading Meet Tony Richmond: PBSC hoops volunteer manager

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Hoops coach brings young, energetic vibe

From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
As a young boy in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Martin McCann always had a basketball in his hand – at the mall, his siblings’ sporting events or even the airport.
“I wanted to play all day, every day,” said McCann. “Carrying the ball around was definitely a comfort thing and a sign of my passion. I always wanted to play and improve my game.”
McCann’s love of basketball was shared among his family members who introduced him to the sport. … Continue reading Hoops coach brings young, energetic vibe

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Panther baseball team heads to state tournament

The Palm Beach State College baseball team celebrated on their home field yesterday as they clinched their 38th win of the 2015 season and the Southern Conference Championship title in a nail-biter game against Eastern Florida State College.
With the 3-2 win, the Panthers are now ranked at #18 in the nation and #3 in the state of Florida. Next month, they head to Lakeland, Fla. to play in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament May 7-11 at Joker Marchant Stadium. … Continue reading Panther baseball team heads to state tournament

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Panther baseball great ‘Cruz-es’ to major league success

From Contact magazine, Winter 2014-15
Lake Worth’s Arnoldi Anthony “Tony” Cruz says baseball has been his whole life since he first began playing 23 years ago at age 5.
Just eight years ago he was playing baseball for then Palm Beach Community College, where he was a First-Team All-Conference Player. From there, his boyhood dream came true, when he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. After four years of hard work at the minor league level, … Continue reading Panther baseball great ‘Cruz-es’ to major league success

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