Former FGCU Golf Standout Mazziotta Continues Push Toward PGA Tour

By: Christine Pinder

Contributors: Doug Johnson, Michael Tolvo

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Former Cypress High School and FGCU golfer Daniel Mazziotta continues to represent his alma mater well following a win at the Mundo Maya Open at the Yucatan Country Club in Mexico two weeks ago. The victory Mazziotta clinched on Apr. 6 with a winning total of 10-under 278 has put him one step closer to becoming the second FGCU player to participate in the PGA Tour.

Over four years at FGCU, Mazziotta – a 2011 FGCU graduate – helped set the standard for excellence in men’s golf. He became the first player in FGCU program history to be named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team. In his senior season, Mazziotta recorded a scoring average of 71.6, which still stands as the second best in program history. His career scoring average of 73.1 also ranks second all-time at FGCU. During his senior campaign, Mazziotta shattered the previous program record of 18 par-or-better rounds with 21 such rounds. Mazziotta also holds the program record for most birdies in a single season with 121.
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A Look Back at the Mayor of Dunk City

FielerBy Michael Tolvo

Chase Fieler will compete at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 9 p.m. (ET) tonight, Thursday, April 3.  The annual event that showcases some of the best student-athletes in college basketball is being hosted at SMU’s Moody Coliseum.  While the senior known around Fort Myers as the Golden Boy will be representing his fellow Eagles and all of Dunk City later tonight, let’s take a look back at some of the FGCU record holder’s most memorable slams.
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Hansen Leaving a Legacy On and Off the Court

Credit: Linwood Ferguson

Credit: Linwood Ferguson

By Michael Tolvo

The general consensus among the FGCU Women’s Basketball home game attendees is that Sarah Hansen is their favorite player.  One thing is for certain, it is not for how often she smiles during her games.

In fact, in a contest for who smiles less between Hansen and Men’s Basketball coach Joe Dooley, many might give the nod to the patented Hansen snarl.

Hansen has endeared herself to the hoard of local fans that regularly flock to Alico Arena for her unparalleled intensity.  From warm-ups to the final buzzer, the Eagles leader on and off the court is locked in.  Whether it be her signature pregame opening yell or her emphatically pumping up her teammates during one of her brief times off the court, the fifth-year senior is always completely invested in the game at hand.
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FGCU Leads All-Sports Race Heading Into Spring

Courtesy of Atlanticsun.org

Contributions by Michael Tolvo

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Regular season championships in men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball have Florida Gulf Coast University in the lead for the 2013-14 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports championship.

The Eagles are looking for their second straight Bill Bibb Trophy, which is awarded to the combined all sports champion. FGCU currently has recorded 164 points out of a possible 207 (.792). With its four team titles, FGCU tallied 75.5 men’s points and 88.5 women’s points to emerge as the leader with the conference’s spring sports remaining.
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From Coast to Claws

By Michael Tolvo

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On the heels of carrying his dunk-happy team to the Sweet Sixteen and playing the most inspired basketball of his life, Sherwood Brown was flying high, to say the least.  A feature on the front page of ESPN and shaking hands with NBA legend Reggie Miller were a few of the perks that went along with being the face of the first-ever 15 seed to win multiple NCAA Tournament

The magical run for the newly-minted Dunk City squad led by the high-lobbing Brett Comer, thunderous-slamming Chase Fieler, and cold-blooded Sherwood Brown didn’t end completely after a heartbreaking loss to upstate rival University of Florida.  Brown and Co. were invited to walk the red carpet at the ESPY’s in Los Angeles en route to winning the award for “Best Upset.”
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Service Through Softball

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By Michael Tolvo

FGCU Softball prides itself in fielding a well-rounded team the can put the ball in play, cover ground on defense, run the bases, and…build houses?  While construction is not a skill usually found among the players on a softball field, that is exactly what the 2014 Eagles softball team was doing on January 11.

Twelfth-year head coach David Deiros hit a home run in guiding his squad to its fifth volunteering venture.  The girls most recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity last September when they renovated a local home in desperate need of some remodeling.  Their hard work went towards upgrading the cabinets, installing new floor, and a glistening fresh coat of paint.
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Tip or Not to Tip

By Michael Tolvo

The notorious FGCU tip play has already made the rounds on the sports circuit.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it on ESPN, here it is:

Jamail Jones channeled his inner quarterback as he heaved the ball to the far baseline left of the hoop.  Chase Fieler, the lone senior on the current squad, caught the full-court bomb and released it in one fluid motion.  The sideline erupted as the seemingly impossible shot fell through the net.
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