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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.

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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
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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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PBA grad turns a passion into a career

By Jennifer Rodino
Features Editor

Sometimes people think that after graduation life tends to slow down and be less chaotic, but not for Jarad Russell.

Russell, 22, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and continues to be very active at PBA while attending graduate school.

Before attending PBA, Russell began his college experience at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Russell explained that the transfer to PBA gave him “a chance to shine and be involved.”

“PBA really shaped my life and it was the transition that I needed,” Russell said. “Since PBA is such a small school, this allowed me to look at all the opportunities God was placing in front of me and really get my name out there.”

Russell immediately became involved in a variety of organizations at his new school, PBA.
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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: 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: 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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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: 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: Men’s soccer season wraps up

By Michael Noble
Contributing Writer

The 2009 men’s soccer regular season has come to an end. After 15 games, they have come away with eight wins, five losses and two ties. They are now approaching the NCCAA Regional Playoffs.

“We did not make the NCAA Tournament this year,” said head coach Jose Gomez. “We were probably two games away this year which is unfortunate.”

“I think we played well this season,” Gomez added.  “We had the opportunity to play the first, fourth and fourteenth ranked team in the nation and I thought in each of those games we competed well and even had the run of play in the games.”

Last year’s team had a 21-game season with 13 wins, seven losses and one tie.
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Beacon Sports: Sailfish basketball seeks championships

With basketball season starting in November, we decided to preview the basketball program here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. We’ve broken down each team to provide you with the best information: on whom to keep your eye, which games are shaping up to be challenging and how each team is looking to improve. 

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Head out to Sailfish Sunday!

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Athletic Department is holding its first ever Sailfish Sunday event from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Greene Complex.

The event will feature carnival rides and games, such as hula hooping, bean bag tossing, baseball throwing, soccer activities, surprise guests, two bounce houses, face painting, music and concessions. The evening concludes with the “PBA’s Got Talent” show featuring performances by some of PBA’s athletes.

“The idea of putting on an actual carnival was the result of a brain storming session the athletic’s staff and coaches had in August at our beginning of the year event,” said Event Organizer Jennifer Farroll.

“This is PBA Athletic’s first real community engagement event where we are reaching out to our community to show appreciation and hopefully the love of Christ,” said Coach Bob White, director of the Athletic Department.

Farroll said the NCAA encourages community engagement events, which inspired PBA’s Athletic Department to sponsor the event.

“Most of our athletes are looking forward to hosting this carnival and interacting with kids and families from the West Palm Beach area,” Farroll said.

The feedback from the community has been positive so far, Farroll said, especially because Sailfish Sunday is completely free.

“People seem to be excited at the prospect of an event of this kind, taking place on a college campus, hosted by college athletes,” Farroll said.

The Athletic Department hopes that this event will show the community that it is appreciated.

“Our greatest hope and prayer is that we can have an eternal impact on the lives of the children and their families that attend our event,” Farroll said.

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Beacon Sports: Champion Sailfish look forward

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

After finishing as runners up in 2008, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s softball team captured the program’s first ever national championship this past spring season.

With a second place finish the previous season, head coach Kimberly Bloemers knew her team had the ability to go all the way. 

“We knew at the beginning of the season that we were working towards this,” said Bloemers. “The whole season was in preparation for the tournament.”

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