FSC are double basketball champs. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won Sunshine State Conference championships.
The men’s team had just advanced past Saint Leo after a buzzer-beater layup, and they then went on to get the semi-final win over Lynn University and finally defeated Nova Southeastern for the title. The women’s team likewise advanced past both Barry and Nova Southeastern before defeating Eckerd 61-60 for the title.
Camille Giardina was awarded the SSC player of the year, with her teammate Anja Fuchs-Robetin picking up the first team selection. Coach Betsy Harris also was given the coach of the year award.
Jonathan Lawton was named men’s basketball player of the year, and his teammate Brett Hanson landed on the SSC second team.
FSC also announced this week the addition of a men’s ice hockey team. The team will play in the soon-to-open Lakeland Ice Arena on West Memorial Boulevard and will compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Lakeland Magic have continued their winning ways for the most part and need just one more win to clinch a berth to the playoffs and a division title.
The Fire women’s basketball team came disappointingly close to winning a national championship after going through Alice Lloyd, IU Northwest, and the University of Antelope before losing to Concordia in the finals; the men’s team fell in the first round to University of Jamestown.
Sinjon Wilkerson is a local sports advocate who currently works as a game day statistician for the Florida Tropics, majors in sports management at Polk State College, and coaches youth soccer in Winter Haven.