It was no surprise that Soclaina van Gurp, or “Suka” as her teammates call her, excelled in her first year on the Palm Beach State College softball team. A year earlier, she was named Most Valuable Player as a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Lake Worth.
That honor would be the first of several she’s garnered since moving from her hometown of Willemstad, Curaçao, in 2012 to play softball in the United States. … Continue reading Softball shortshop claims All American status
Former Palm Beach State College basketball powerhouse and Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith will be honored as one of the greatest in the sport as she takes the stage on June 14 to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Griffith, who is currently a first assistant coach at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., will be one of six women inducted that day. They include Lin Dunn (coach), Michelle Edwards (player), … Continue reading Yolanda Griffith to enter elite ranks of basketball immortality
Thirty golf foursomes gathered on May 9 at The Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens for The Palm Beach State College Foundation’s annual Golf Classic.
The tournament, the Foundation’s premier fundraising event, raised $101,000 to benefit the Foundation’s STEAM initiative to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields.
The team of McDonalds North Palm Beach County, Ron Wright, Matthew Dodeson, Martin Deloach and Ricky Wade, … Continue reading PBSC Foundation golf tournament raises $101,000 at annual Golf Classic
It was a historic 2013 for Palm Beach State College baseball. With the leadership of head coach Kyle Forbes, the team won its first FCSAA state title since 1984 and made its first ever appearance in the NJCAA JUCO World Series.
For these efforts, Forbes was named Coach of the Year by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. He was presented the award March 23 during the commission’s Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Forbes honored as the top coach in Palm Beach County
Kyle Forbes, who last year led the Panthers to their first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball World Series, has been named one of three finalists for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Coach of the Year.
He is up against John McCormack, head baseball coach at Florida Atlantic University, and Danny Randolph, women’s golf team coach at Lynn University. The winner will be announced March 23 during the 2014 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Forbes named Coach of the Year finalist
Palm Beach State College’s Student Government Association on the Lake Worth campus will host its 3rd annual faculty/staff vs. student basketball game at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Elisabeth Erling Gymnasium. Those interested in participating may sign up in the Student Activities Center (BK 107).
Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. They may be purchased at the Cashier’s Office on the Lake Worth campus. All proceeds for the event will go to Relay For Life, … Continue reading Third annual faculty/staff vs. student basketball game Feb. 20
The women’s softball team will take to the field Jan. 31 for JUCO kickoff games against St. Johns River State College and Tallahassee Community College at 4:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. in Clearwater, Fla. The team’s first home games will be held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 14 against Seminole State College. For the complete schedule, click here. … Continue reading Softball season kicks off Jan. 31
Palm Beach State College Athletics has reached out through social media to expand its coverage area. The first installment of “Panther Basketball Bites” featuring Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott McMillin and Head Women’s basketball Coach Kris Ruffo is currently on YouTube.
The short presentation covers the whole spectrum of basketball issues, including the coach’s perspective, game highlights and photos of featured players. The goal is to have Panther Basketball Bites published every two weeks during the season on YouTube. … Continue reading Panthers expand social media outreach through basketball talk show
Two of the Panthers’ four sophomores in women’s basketball have already made commitments to play at the next level for their junior and senior seasons.
Ashley Jones, a sophomore forward, will continue her career at “THE U” (Miami University) and Alana Arias has committed to be a Ram next year attending Colorado State University. Both students signed full grants-in-aid at their respective institutions.
Jones, who has already been the FCSAA Player of the Week this season, … Continue reading Ashley Jones and Alana Arias sign NCAA Division I letters of intent
Kris Ruffo, head coach of Palm Beach State College’s women’s basketball team, earned her 300th overall career win Jan. 11 when she led the panthers to victory against southern conference rival St. Petersburg 70-57. To date, she has achieved 106 wins as head coach at Palm Beach State.
The team is currently #4 in the Florida College System Activities Association rankings and #17 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. Ruffo has taken her teams to the FCSAA “Elite 8” of the State tournament three of the past five years and gone to the “Final Four” twice. … Continue reading Kris Ruffo earns 300th overall career victory