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Grad takes a swing at youth & business

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Atlantic University alumnus Loren Broderick Kemp heard his calling from God to give back to kids through sports shortly after graduating.

Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Kemp moved to Florida in 2003 to attend Grandview Prepatory High School.

Photo courtesy of Loren Kemp

Kemp applied to several universities in Florida. However, Kemp chose to start his college life at PBA.

“It was the fact of it being a Christian institution that put the icing on the cake,” Kemp said. “I was looking to stay involved with church in a Christian environment.”

Kemp, who graduated PBA in May 2009, fell in love with sports at a very young age and gained a lot of experience during his college career at PBA. Continue reading

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Opinion: African World Cup long overdue

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

For the billions of soccer fans around the world, the past four years have been spent in eager anticipation of the 2010 World Cup.

This summer’s World Cup will be held in Africa for the first time ever, a move that is historically groundbreaking and possesses the potential to be hugely influential.

When South Africa hosts the competition this summer, it will mark the first time the Cup has been played on the African continent. The World Cup has been held on every other continent except Australia, and multiple times on most.

South Africa will join Cameroon, Algeria, and the Ivory Coast in representing Africa in this summer’s tournament.

Despite never having won a World Cup, African teams have certainly been prominent enough to earn a position as hosts long before now.

The importance of this long overdue honor to South Africa and to the continent as a whole is immense.
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Team handball hits PBA

By Chris Hernandez
Contributing Writer

Team handball recently joined the list of club sports offered at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Team handball, or European handball, is not to be confused with American handball in which players hit a rubber ball against a wall with their hands. Team handball has been around since 1896 and is a unique sport that incorporates running, jumping and passing. It is played within a 40-meter indoor court.

Coach Dominique Dumont is an alumna of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is now the Eastern Regional Director for USA Team Handball, an organization that is licensed by the U.S. Olympic Committee to run and develop the sport in the country.

Dumont’s vision for PBA’s handball team started last year.

“Living up the street from PBA and being an alumna, it made sense for me to come knock on the door and see if we can get something started here,” she said. “When you develop a project, you always start in your backyard.”

Unfortunately for Dumont, by the time she held her free clinics for handball, students were stressing about exams. The project slowly dwindled.

Not one to give up, Dumont came back this year with a new tactic. Continue reading

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PBA pitcher sets records

By Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writer

All serious athletes know the adage “practice makes perfect.” Dedication, hard work and persistence will always help in the long run — just as they have for Palm Beach Atlantic University’s senior softball pitcher, Ashley Jones.

Jones’ outstanding accomplishments have been recognized and honored not only this season, but also many times over the past four years.

“It is awesome to see her hard work paying off,” Head Coach Kimmy Bloemers said. “She deserves every single award and positive recognition.”

Photo by Lori Richards

Although PBA is relatively new to  NCAA Division II, Jones was recognized as a National Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 22-28. The award was a first for PBA athletes.

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Sailfish baseball beats Sharks 8-0

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team easily handled Nova Southeastern University Wednesday night, beating the Sharks 8-0.

Sophomore pitcher Logan Thomas provided a dominant pitching performance to lead the Sailfish to their ninth win of the season.

Thomas pitched a strong seven innings, striking out four batters and not allowing a single run or walking any batters.

Coming into Wednesday night’s match up with the Sailfish, the Sharks were riding a six game winning streak. Continue reading

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Intramurals pump up athletes and fans

The intramural basketball season wrapped up right before Spring Break, while intramural soccer kicked off March 15.

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

The week prior to Spring Break meant something more to Palm Beach Atlantic University students than just midterms week and the realization that a vacation was approaching. It also meant the PBA intramural basketball playoffs were beginning.

After a long, physical and hard-fought regular season, 13 men’s teams remained standing for a shot at glory.

When shooting hoops in his backyard, every child dreams about one thing and one thing only: being a PBA Intramural Basketball Champion.

With the level of competition so high and players willing to do whatever it takes to emerge victorious, who would come out on top?

Just like the NCAA tournament last year, in the early rounds of postseason play there were very few upsets and unsurprising outcomes, with almost every early favorite advancing. This set up a dream scenario for the finish.

In what would undoubtedly be the premier Final Four in PBA intramural history, the White Hawks, White Magic, Slothin and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons each stood two victories from celebrating as champions.

The first semifinal match-up featured the regular season’s top team, the White Hawks, and many bracketologists’ dark horse pick, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons.
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Opinion: Tebow can succeed in NFL

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

With the NFL draft approaching, there is one topic that just won’t seem to go away and that is Tim Tebow.

Everything about the guy is captivating in some way, whether you love him or hate him. Besides his highly criticized public life and outspoken Christian faith, there are many question marks surrounding his NFL future. Which team will draft him? Which round will he go in? Will he be a quarterback? How good will he be in the pros?

I’ve never seen anything like it. There are numerous NFL prospects that deserve just as much or more attention than Tebow, but the bottom line is he creates controversy.

And with people on both sides of the fence on all the issues surrounding him, there is a lot to talk about before the draft. Continue reading

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Palm Beach County catches Spring Training fever

By Jose Bautista
Contributing Writer

Major League Baseball is officially back, almost. A total of 15 MLB teams will hold their spring training games in the state of Florida in 2010.

Besides the state teams the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals will all call Florida stadiums home for exhibition games until the regular season begins on April 4.

Pitchers and catchers started reporting to training camps on Feb. 17, and position players began reporting on Feb. 22.

Spring training games are fun for fans because of the return of baseball action after five months off.

The tickets are cheap, so you can enjoy the games live in a larger group than regular season games.

You also get a first look at new acquisitions and prospects, as well as a chance to watch your favorite players test their skills after the long time off.

Teams playing closest to Palm Beach Atlantic University are the Marlins and Cardinals, who play their spring training home games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, and the Mets, who host their games at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

Both stadiums are north of West Palm Beach.

With the Cardinals the only team out of those three to make the playoffs last year, the Mets and Marlins will surely use these exhibition games to showcase their young talent and measure the health of their stars in limited play.

Exhibition games for the Marlins begin against the Miami Hurricanes at Roger Dean Stadium on March 3, while the Mets begin a day earlier against the Braves. The Cardinals will face off against the Mets on March 5.

According to TicketMaster, tickets for both at Roger Dean Stadium start at $8 for the standing room-only section of the stadium, and go as high as $35 for box seats. An additional $5 is required for parking.

For the Mets games at Tradition Field, offers tickets starting at $6 and going as high as $20.

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Student’s sister skates in Olympics

By Anna Zetterberg
Assistant Managing Editor

At 20 years old, Biba Sakurai is an Olympic short-track speed-skater representing Japan. But Sakurai’s age isn’t the only connection she has with students of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is also the sister of PBA student Toma Sakurai.

Biba and Toma Sakurai

“I did not feel like she was in the Olympics until I watched her on TV,” Toma said. “When I saw her name and the game, it really hit me that she is an Olympian and the Olympics are only held every four years.”

Biba Sakurai has been skating since first grade. At 5 years old, she began figure skating but changed her focus to short-track skating after being scouted by a coach. She gave it a try and fell in love with the adrenaline-filled, fast-paced sport. Continue reading

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Beacon Sports: Men’s lacrosse struggles with losses

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

On Feb. 12, the Palm Beach Atlantic University lacrosse team was defeated by its rival Miami University with a score of 7-11, and then again on Sunday by Georgia Southern University, with a loss of 16-15.

Team Captain Frederic “Fritz” Van der Grift said that their fundamentals need special attention.

“Missed ground balls, dropped passes and failed clears were all key reasons we didn’t come up with a win,” Van der Grift said.

The Sailfish have never won against Miami, a Division I school, but have come close every game for the past three seasons.

“The closeness of each game has proven to Miami that we are a legitimate threat to them,” Van der Grift said. “As a result, they take these games seriously, as do we.”

Also, Van der Grift said that the team has trouble “getting off the bus,” or properly getting ready for the game.

To eliminate the problem, the team’s head coach Chris “Suds” Southard has also created new routines for the team’s warm-up.

“So far, it’s helped, but the physical preparation is only half the battle,” Van der Grift said. “We need to come out better prepared mentally too.”

As one of the four team captains, Van der Grift has a prerogative to keep the team’s morale high, regardless of whether they win, loose or draw.

“Finding a healthy balance of seriousness, intensity, and fun with the sport is something I hope all of us can find,” Van der Grift said.

Southard offers Bible studies on Monday nights for the team, so they can grow in their faith.

“The brotherhood I have experienced on the team since transferring here my sophomore year has been the fundamental reason for why I have grown so much in my faith,” Van der Grift said.

With nine more games to be played, the Sailfish lacrosse team still has a long season ahead of them.

PBA plays Georgia State University on March 5, at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. The school is located at 512 Spencer Drive off Okeechobee Boulevard.

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Beacon Sports: Intramural basketball heats up

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This week begins a series showcasing highlights from different intramural sports.

Last week featured some hotly contested games on the intramural basketball court, but one matchup stood above the rest.

The premier game of the week saw the pharmacy school team, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons, square off against one of the league’s most popular and well-known squads, the White Magic.

Both the White Magic and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons came into the Thursday night contest with a 2-1 record. They also both realized that to remain within striking distance of the two remaining undefeated teams, one would need to come out victorious.

The game’s crucial nature drew in crowds of fans to watch. The White Magic, last year’s intramural champion and Facebook sensation, had its usual backing of loyal supporters.

Despite their faithful Facebook following, the veteran White Magic stumbled out of the gate as the Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons jumped out to an early and convincing lead in the first half.

The White Magic were able to take the momentum back before halftime, notching a five point lead.

The pride of the pharmacy school, Jay Jackson, was determined to regain the lead for his intellectually and scholastically superior squad.

A key stretch in the second half saw veteran sharpshooter Michael Hux stroke clutch three pointers on back to back possessions with just a few minutes left, taking his team from down four points to holding a two point advantage.

True to his nickname, “Big Fundamental,” White Magic’s Adam McGregor played tough down the stretch to counter Hux’s hot hand, registering 21 points, as the game’s leading scorer.

Jackson’s leadership and exceptional ball-handling skills were the difference in the game’s crucial moments, as the White Magic could do little to break Jackson of getting his shot or setting up teammates in a great position to make theirs.

In the end, brains overcame brawn as the pharmacy team escaped with a 49-48 victory.

The White Magic were unable to hit a bucket at the buzzer that would have crowned them victorious.

The win put the Jacksons one game behind B.Young and the White Hawks for the league’s top spot.

The victory by the Jacksons was a true team effort, as every player that suited up notched at least six points.

With the White Magic losing their second game it drops them into the jumble of six teams with a record of 2-2.

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Beacon Sports: Errors plague Sailfish

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

At Dave Manzo Field Tuesday the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish led 7-6 in the ninth inning, only to see Nova Southeastern University pile on six runs to win 12-7.

PBA fell to 0-5 for the season, with 17 errors in the first five games after Tuesday’s defeat.

Although this game seemed to be an improvement for the Sailfish offensively, the errors on PBA’s side and the hits that Nova Southeastern University got late in the game cost greatly.

“I’m just disappointed. We could easily be 5-0 instead of 0-5,” Head Coach Gary Carter said after the game. “Our errors are killing us more than anything.”
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Beacon Sports: In brief: Softball starts strong, basketball season ends

By Eric Quinones
Contributing Writer

After winning their opening double header, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish softball team played a second double header on Feb. 6 against Eckerd College. This time they won one game but lost the second.

The baseball team’s opening home game was rained out, so the team’s first game was at Southeastern University on Feb. 6.

The game was a double header, with the Sailfish going 0 and 2 but playing well. In the first game the Sailfish went down to Southeastern University 7-3. The team’s next home games will be Feb. 16, 19 and 20.

The men’s basketball team is nearing the end of the season. On Feb. 6 they suffered a 66-55 loss to Barry University.

Despite good efforts from Chris Joseph who scored 12 points, and Hunter Ross who scored 11 points and  8 rebounds, the Sailfish struggled in the second half of the game.

The team will play their final game on Feb. 27 at University of Tampa.

The women’s basketball team has already finished its season. Finishing with a record of 6-18, the team won the final game against Ave Maria University 69-49.

The men’s tennis season began on Feb. 5, and women’s tennis season began on Feb. 3.

The men’s team opened with a dominating victory over Saint Leo University.

The women’s team had a rough start with two straight losses to Florida Technical University and Saint Leo.

The next match for the men will be Feb. 17 at Lynn University in Boca Raton. The women’s next match will be Feb. 18 at Lynn University.

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Beacon Sports: Despite rain delays, Carter excited

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

Although the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball season is off to a rough start, the players’ excitement about new coach Gary Carter still remains.

“I’m looking forward to gaining the knowledge and experience from a Hall of Famer,” senior Buddy Fisher said.

Carter was understandably upset when the first two home games were rained out. The team opened the season by losing a double header away from home. Carter realizes it is going to take time to get the team to realize its potential.

“I always have high expectations as I want to win every game,” Carter said. “I hate to lose. But taking everything into consideration I would be very happy with a 500 percent average.”

Carter added he was excited about the team’s mix of youth and experience, with many new players as well as 10 seniors.
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Beacon Sports: Polo pioneer leaves legacy

By Anna Zetterberg
Assistant Managing Editor

The young village of Wellington has stepped into the international spotlight, making a name for itself in the lavish world of polo.

Polo in Wellington flaunts an enviable lifestyle and rich equestrian culture. It all began with William T. “Bill” Ylvisaker’s sharp entrepreneurship and passion for polo.

Photo by Mariella Garcia-Velez

On Saturday, Feb. 6, Ylvisaker, the visionary who first established polo in Wellington, passed away. This past week, the annual Ylvisaker Cup, named in his honor, carried more significance than usual.

His mark on South Florida and the world is truly remarkable. To honor polo legendary Ylvisaker, the American flag was lowered to half-mast on Sunday, Feb 7.
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Sailfish baseball home opener today at Roger Dean Stadium

With their game postponed last Tuesday due to weather, the Sailfish baseball team will play their first home game today at 6 p.m.

Roger Dean Stadium will host the Sailfish as they go head-to-head with the Florida Tech Panthers. This will also be MLB Hall of Famer Gary Carter’s first home game with the Fish.

Make sure you head to the game tonight to support the Sailfish, and stay tuned to the Beacon Blog Twitter page as we tweet live from the game!

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Beacon Sports: PBA and Northwood compete in Chick-fil-A battle

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

Craving some Chick-fil-A? Get ready, Palm Beach Atlantic University, because from now until Feb. 15 PBA supporters can show their school spirit by eating more chicken.

The “Chick-fil-A Challenge” is taking place at two local restaurants, located on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and on Okeechobee Boulevard at Florida’s Turnpike.

This challenge is a competition between PBA and Northwood University to see which school can bring in the most sales on their purchases.
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Beacon Sports: Sailfish annihilate Seahawks in season opener

By Michael Noble and Jocelyn Martinez
Contributing Writers

The Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team opened the season winning a double-header against Northwood University’s Seahawks on Wednesday.

Photo by Kristina Webb / Copy Editor

The Sailfish dominated the contest, coming away with a run-ruled 9-0 win in the first game and a tighter 5-4 win in the second.

Starting pitcher and captain Ashley Jones delivered a sizzling 11 strikeouts in the first game. Northwood could barely keep up with only one hit.

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Beacon Sports: PBA students interview NFL star

By Jennifer Rodino, Jared Stresen-Reuter and Jon Blank
Features Editor and Contributing Writers

The Super Bowl was yesterday, and most students were excited about seeing two great quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, go head-to-head.

However, Palm Beach Atlantic University students Jared Stresen-Reuter and Jon Blank were more concerned with the where-abouts of Chicago Bears star Devin Hester.

Hester is a wide receiver and return specialist for the Chicago Bears.

Photo by Jared Stresen-Reuter / Contributing Photographer

He is an alumnus of the University of Miami, where he became the first person in the university’s recent history to play on all three teams in football: offense, defense and special teams.

Hester holds the NFL’s all-time record for most kicks returned for a touchdown in a single season.

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Beacon Sports: World champion to coach cross country

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

When someone has the ability to run a marathon in 2:59:22 and can claim the title “world champion,” heads are going to turn.

This is exactly what happened on Jan. 8 when Palm Beach Atlantic University hired Sonja Friend-Uhl as the new men’s and women’s cross country coach.

Friend-Uhl has been turning heads at least since 1989, when she became the Delaware State Champion for the 800 meters while still in high school.

She then earned a 16th place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships during her college career at William and Mary.

Friend-Uhl started coaching as an assistant for cross country and track and field at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996.

She then took on the head coaching position at Western High School in Davie, Fla.

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