FGC-WHO? with Mikey Tolvo Episode 3

FGCU Athletics and the official FGCU Athletics Blog, The Birds Eye View, presents “FGC-WHO?“, a quirky, outlandish and sometimes outrageous look at some of our favorite athletes you might not be familiar with.

In the third segment, Mikey Tolvo checks in with FGCU men’s tennis player Tianyu Bao with the help of his teammate Michael Beiler. Mikey then helps us all get to know Bao a little better with an exclusive interview you won’t want to miss.

#DepthCity on Display in Win Over Florida Tech

By Cameron Kaiser

FGCU v FIT 12/03/2014

Photo Credit to Linwood Ferguson

Wednesday night, the FGCU men’s basketball team returned home to The Nest to take on the Florida Tech Panthers before a tough weekend on the road. What started as a tight game, the Eagles thrashed the Panthers to win 77-58, and improved their record to 7-1.

Dunk City showed once again why they have taken to being called Depth City this season. For the fifth time in eight games, FGCU featured a different starting five. Nine players logged more 10 minutes, while no player logged more 30. On top of that, the Eagles had five bench players who totaled more minutes than their five starters.

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Thompson Tames Bobcats, Shatters Records Along the Way

By Cameron Kaiser

FGCU v Ohio 11/19/2014

Photo Credit Linwood Ferguson

FGCU’s 79-62 victory over the Ohio Bobcats featured many strong performances from a multitude of players, but no one stood out more than the Atlantic Sun’s Preseason Player of the Year, Bernard Thompson.

 Thompson put on a show in front of the sold-out crowd at Alico Arena. Thompson, who struggled to find his footing in the first two games, went off for 34 points in what proved to be a rout over another mid major that’s been to the Sweet Sixteen recently.

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FGC-WHO? with Mikey Tolvo Episode 2

FGCU Athletics and the official FGCU Athletics Blog, The Birds Eye View, presents “FGC-WHO?“, a quirky, outlandish and sometimes outrageous look at some of our favorite athletes you might not be familiar with.

In the second segment, Mikey Tolvo checks in with FGCU women’s soccer comedy trio Emma Blackwell, Ally Kasun and Kaitlin Parker and sets forth a series of absurd challenges that they make all their own. With the help of a certain caped crusader who makes a special guest appearance, Mikey then helps us all get to know this dymanic group a little better with an exclusive interview you won’t want to miss.

FGC-WHO? with Mikey Tolvo Episode 1

FGCU Athletics and the official FGCU Athletics Blog, The Birds Eye View, presents “FGC-WHO?“, a quirky, outlandish and sometimes outrageous look at some of our favorite athletes you might not be familiar with.

In the first segment, Mikey Tolvo takes on Eric Moeller in an absurd game of one-on-one. Get to know FGCU newcomer Moeller in this David and Goliath bout that ends about as well as you would expect. Also, don’t miss an exclusive interview for everything you may or may not need to know about the 6’11’ Eric.

Softball Stands Out with Service

By Michael Tolvo

In January, members of FGCU Softball team lent their efforts towards a home renovation for Habitat for Humanity (read about it here).  This September, led by 13th-year head coach David Deiros, the 2014-15 softball squad displayed its diverse skill set by serving at separate sites for different causes on two-consecutive weekends.

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Eagle Council Kicks Off 2014-15 Season with Student Athlete Picnic

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On Sunday, August 24th, Eagles Council (SAAC) hosted their annual Student-Athlete Welcome Back Picnic, gathering 250-plus student-athletes, coaches and administrators together to officially kick off the 2014-15 academic year.

The picnic started with all of the newcomers introducing themselves to the returners and coaching staff. Ken Kavanagh, Director of Athletics, and FGCU’s President, Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, welcomed everyone with a motivational speech about the excitement of the upcoming seasons.
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Words of Wisdom from A Former Student-Athlete

BechtelBy Morgan Bechtel

Contributors: Michael Tolvo

In 2013, Ohio native Morgan Bechtel graduated from FGCU after four successful years as a member of the Green and Blue’s women’s tennis squad.  Merely two years after graduating and securing a job, Bechtel has risen through the ranks of her firm at an astounding pace.  The former A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team member credits her time as an Eagle student-athlete for helping develop many of the skills she uses on a daily basis.  On the tennis court as a senior, Bechtel played in the No. 1 doubles spot and notched five victories over opposing schools top pairings.  In the No. 4 singles spot, she was able to secure a 7-5 record, including three triumphs on the road.  Recently, Bechtel wrote a letter addressed to all FGCU Student-Athletes:

 

Dear FGCU Student-Athletes,
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Eagerness to Learn Leads Sale to Top of the Majors

By Liam Jones

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CHICAGO – On June 1, White Sox ace Chris Sale concluded a complete-game two-hitter in front of more than 23,000 fans at US Cellular Field. Backtrack to 2009 and the Eagles’ star put on a similar performance against Stetson, with just 75 people in attendance.

It’s safe to say that the former FGCU ace has experienced a change in scenery.

“At first I had some nerves and a little anxiety just because I had never pitched in front of thousands of people before,” Sale said of his first appearance with the White Sox. “But I enjoyed it and learned how to handle it and try to not pay attention to everyone in the stands.”

But Sale’s dominance on the mound has stayed consistent, if not grown, over the years. Out of Lakeland High School, his heat caught the eye of the Colorado Rockies, and he was drafted in the 21st round. Instead, Sale chose to attend Florida Gulf Coast University.

“I felt like at the time it was just a better opportunity for me. Not only to mature as a baseball player but as a person. Coming out of high school, I was 18 years old and didn’t really have a good grasp on life,” Sale admitted recently while sitting in the White Sox dugout the afternoon following a one-run, 10-strikeout performance against the Tigers.

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Attendance Ascension

By Michael Tolvo


FGCU v Mercer ASun Final 03/09/2014

FGCU men’s basketball’s run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 drew national attention. In 2014, the squad known across the country as Dunk City is ecstatic with the attention garnered locally. For years, the Green and Blue’s men’s team was often out-drawn by the women’s team also occupying Alico Arena. Those days are in the past.

While the women’s team still dominates the Atlantic Sun Conference, they now share the attention of the community and students with their male counterparts.

In 2011-12, the men welcomed 24,845 fans to the confines of Alico Arena. The next season, 36,648 fans filed in to watchSherwood Brown and company as they launched the program to new heights. This past season, a mind-boggling 73,780 fans cheered on the Eagles in just 17 games. That total exceeds the entire home attendance of the previous two years combined by more than 12,000!

You can add attendance to the numerous categories FGCU led in the A-Sun. With an average attendance of 4,340, the Eagles absolutely rocketed past every other team in the conference.

The next closest A-Sun team in home attendance? ETSU at 2,550. A difference of nearly 2,000 fans.

Proof that student and community attendance would be elevated to a new stratosphere came in the home opener against Hartford. As part of ESPN’s 24 hours of basketball, the Eagles took on the Hawks in a 7 a.m. weekday tilt that was aired on ESPN2. Students showed their support and school spirit by tailgating the twilight event and packing The Nest. Afterwards, many students headed straight to their Tuesday classes in full-on Green and Blue attire.

FGCU coach Joe Dooley has recognized the outstanding support his crew receives on a nightly basis. “The student section has been absolutely tremendous,” said Dooley, who just completed his first year at the helm after serving 10 years as the top assistant at Kansas. “The area has really come to support the university. They’ve done a great job getting behind our school and been very supportive of our team and our program.”

Not only did FGCU make headlines in the A-Sun, but the Eagles’ faithful are also being recognized nationally. The Green and Blue is one of merely five teams to increase their home attendance average by more than 2,000 from 2012-13 to 2013-14. Among the other names on the list include powerhouse programs such as Syracuse, Virginia and Nebraska (read the full story at http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/big-ten-breaks-own-record-men%E2%80%99s-basketball-attendance?division=d1).

Nebraska 5067
Syracuse 3813
Virginia 2281
SMU 2210
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This upcoming season, the Eagles are poised to make a return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. With incoming high-profile recruits and a bevy of well-rounded transfers, this year’s squad looks to be one the deepest and most talented ever. And if attendance is any indication, FGCU is heading in the right direction.

2014-15 men’s basketball season tickets are already selling quickly. Fans can renew and reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets for more information.