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Week 8 NFL Game Picks

Dolphins @ Patriots: Even though New England has suffered losses in two of their last three games, Miami’s struggles extend to both sides of the ball, with the offense failing to operate consistently and the defense has been unable to come up with key stops in necessary situations. New England should win this one.

Buffalo @ New Orleans: The Saints will have the raucous environment of the Superdome to aid them in coming back from their loss against the New England Patriots. Saints’ QB Brees and his well-rested offense are coming off of a bye week and should easily pick apart Buffalo’s defense. New Orleans should win this one.

Washington @ Denver: RGIII may be coming off of his best game of the season so far with his win over Chicago. Recording a W came at a much needed time for the Redskins (I’m for this name getting ditched) – but they won’t be enough to stop an angry Denver and an incredible Manning, who will be looking to pick up ground after their loss to Indianapolis. Denver should win this one.

New York Jets @ Cincinnati: The Bengals have become a legitimate threat in the AFC. Currently leading the Northern Division, Cincinnati will host a Jets team that is riding high off of their improbable win against New England. The result of this game depends on how Jets’ rookie QB Geno Smith shows up to play, but Cincy’s strong secondary should be able to keep him contained. Cincinnati should win this one.

Green Bay @ Minnesota: The Vikings have yet to win a game at home this season, and will be facing QB Aaron Rodgers and an offense that is beginning to find it’s stride with Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Lacy giving Rodgers a running game that was absent at the beginning of the season. New QB Josh Freeman won’t be able to get the best of the Packers, and Minnesota’s defense has too many holes to stand up to Green Bay. Green Bay should win this one.

Players to pick up:

Jarret Boykin, WR/Green Bay – Boykin is coming off of an impressive showing against Cleveland, with eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Rodgers loves to target his slot receivers, and with injuries plaguing the Packers most heavily targeted receivers, look for Boykin to see more passes thrown in his direction Sunday against Minnesota.

Julius Thomas, TE/Denver – Thomas is a solid tight end, averaging 60 yards a game. A favorite target of Manning in red zone situations, he may not be mesmerizing like the Saints’ Jimmy Graham, but he is consistent. Look for Thomas to have a solid showing Sunday against Washington.

Players to drop:

Jay Cutler, QB/Chicago – Chicago is more than likely embracing their bye week with open arms considering Cutler left Sunday’s game with an injury that is not looking good for his return.

Willis McGahee, RB/Cleveland – Considering Cleveland will be facing a tough, undefeated Kansas City, I wouldn’t play for points with a running back who has been inconsistent against a defense that has dominated every week.

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Volleyball breaks even at South Region Crossover

By Scott Pauley

The UWF Volleyball team finished a tough weekend with a win against Florida Southern on Saturday to end the South Region Crossover Tournament at 2-2, after losing two games and junior Autumn Duyn to an ankle injury on Friday.

The tournament started out well with UWF winning in straight sets against Eckerd. The Argos continued to roll with the momentum of a six-game winning streak they carried into the tournament.

UWF was led by a trio of hitters in Sarah Scott, Duyn and Lindsay Homme who all tallied 13 kills against Eckerd to lead an impressive offensive performance in the match. Duyn, Kate Keegan and Colleen Stars all had double-digit digs in the match and led the Argos defensively.

Disaster struck Friday when Duyn rolled her ankle badly in the second set against Barry.The Argos dropped three straight sets to lose 1-3. The rotation had to adjust to playing without Duyn for the first time in two years.

“It definitely sucked seeing her go down. She’s one of our best players,” Scott said of Duyn’s injury.  “We have 19 players on our team for a reason, and we recruited them to do their job so that’s what we have to do moving forward.”

Friday evening saw No. 3 Tampa come into a raucous Field House as the Argos were able to channel the energy of a good crowd and win a tight first game 25-21. UWF gave up too many errors in the following sets to overcome a very talented Tampa team and lost 1-3.

Both Bellairs and Scott said that the ability to sustain the energy that drove them to win game one against Tampa and improve their defensive play, would be a key to success moving forward as the team attempts to win in Duyn’s absence.

Saturday’s victory came on the back of Maddy Lenzini, as she was able to find her groove and lead the Argos with 16 kills to mark her new career best. UWF had strong team defense in the team’s defensive performance that saw six Argonauts tally 10 or more digs and really stood as a quality answer to Friday’s defensive struggles.

The Argos need to prepare their new rotation as they may be without Duyn for a couple of crucial conference matchups this weekend. Conference rival Shorter comes to town on Friday, and Lee will face the Argos for their annual “Pack it Pink” match in support of breast cancer awareness on Saturday.

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Flag football starts with preseason tourney

By Brian Achatz

The Immortals bested the competition in the preseason flag football tournament at The University of West Florida. The third annual tournament took place Oct. 17 at the UWF Intramural Fields.

Intramural Graduate Assistant Dale Russell said he thinks the tournament is more focused on practice than it is on winning.

“The main purpose is to allow our officials to train,” Russell said. “The overtime rules allow us to get more games in at the tournament.”

The event gave intramural referees and participants a final chance to test their skills. The double-elimination tournament started with round-robin play before breaking the teams into two pools. All games were played with overtime rules.

“We are very excited for the upcoming season,” Russell said. “Clearly the students are excited too since all of our regular-season leagues filled up in three days.”

Seven teams and more than 20 officials participated in the tournament.

“It’s awesome getting hands-on training,” sophomore referee Damarrian Pitts said. “The teams were respectable, and players were lenient while working with us.”

Pitts, like other officials, is also playing intramural flag football.

“I’m excited to get out there and play, it will help my officiating skills,” Pitts said.

Junior Corwinn Toliver said his team is full of misfits who came together at the last minute.

“Team Nice is full of athletes,” Toliver said. “We have all played football or another sport.”

Toliver played flag football last year with a different team and was able to make it to the second round of the playoffs.

Teams holding practice Thursday night also occupied the intramural fields.

The Punt Destroyers are one of the handful of favorites for the regular season, and went 6-0 last season.

“It slipped our minds, hopefully we should take it all this year,” Grant Golombeski said.

The Punt Destroyers are one of the few teams who have stuck together since last season.

“We’ve had to cut a few players, but we added some younger siblings of players and friends to the team,” Golombeski said.

Brad Klimek, quarterback of the Punt Destroyers, is optimistic about his team’s chances of success this season.

“I can out throw any quarterback in intramurals, straight up,” Klimek said. “We like to use the deep ball to fuel our fast-paced offense.”

The regular season kicked-off Monday night at the Intramural Fields. Spectators are welcome at games Monday through Thursday nights.

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Students get ready for basketball at Hoop-A-Palooza

By Danielle Lockamy

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Argonauts hosted their first Hoop-A-Palooza to kick off the 2013-14 basketball season.

“This season, I am most excited to go out and win, as well as have a lot of fun,” senior guard Nate Johnson said.

According to the men’s basketball team’s Head Coach Bob Stinnett, the team was fully prepared as of Oct. 16, the first day of practice.

“We have eight returning players this season which already makes us more prepared than last year,” said Stinnett.

The event began with students cheering on the teams as they were introduced by name, height and grade. Players from both teams and fellow Argonauts chosen from the crowd participated in “Around the World” and three-point challenge competitions. The winners of the games received $10 gift cards to Pita Pit.

Throughout Hoop-A-Palooza, raffle tickets were drawn to win Publix gift cards, polo UWF shirts, Domino’s pizza, and Beats by Dre. At the end of the night, the final raffle was drawn for a chance to receive free tuition for a semester. Two raffles were drawn with hopes that one lucky winner would make the half-court shot and win the free tuition. However, both contestants came up just short of the hoop.

“I really enjoyed Hoop-A-Palooza,” said Alonzo Byas, freshman. “It was a great way to get pumped about the upcoming season.”

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Savi wins USTA Small College Championship

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – University of West Florida senior Bruno Savi can now be mentioned as one of the greatest West Florida men’s tennis players in the history of the program. Savi defeated Marko Boskovic 6-4,6-3 in the singles championship match of the USTA/ITA DII National Small College Championship, a feat that has only happened two other times in the history of the program.

Savi exacted a bit of revenge in the win after the Santana do Livramento, Brazil native and his teammate Felipe Frattini lost to Boskovic and his partner in the first round of doubles competition.

“This is a great honor for me to be the singles champion,” Savi said. “I have been working very hard over the summer for this exact moment. It was special to play the regional in Pensacola and I knew this was going to be tough but I feel like I played by best tennis today.”

“Bruno is one of the best players we’ve had here at UWF and is a great leader for us,” head coach Derrick Racine said. “Last year he got injured in the regional final and didn’t get the opportunity to finish the match. It was great to see him put in the hard work after that loss last season and come back and win it this year as a senior.”

For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Volleyball cruises to victory over West Alabama

By Scott Pauley

Head coach Melissa Wolter

Head coach Melissa Wolter

The No. 19 UWF Volleyball team cruised to another victory Thursday against the University of West Alabama in straight sets 25-14, 25-19, 25-15.

The homecoming game drew a good crowd as the Argos were cheered on by not just students and fans, but a small pep band that kept the building excited in between sets.

“I think it’s exciting,” coach Melissa Wolter said. “We have the pep band in here, and we have a good crowd tonight and a lot of people excited to support us.”

This was the last homecoming game for the teams’ seniors this year, made even more emotional by the injury suffered by senior Jenny Bellairs during Tuesday’s game that kept her on the bench watching her team get a win for her last homecoming experience.

“Although we miss her on the court, we’ll be glad to have her back when she gets better,” senior Lindsay Homme said of Bellairs.

The experience was a good one for the team’s senior players, as the team won the match easily. Junior Autumn Duyn tied a career-best 21 kills on the night.

Senior Sierra Hansen said the game and the atmosphere were an emotional experience as her career at UWF is winding down, but the fan turnout made this game fun and left her speechless.

The win is the sixth in a row for the Argos, losing only one set in that span. They continue their run this weekend at the UWF South Region Crossover in the Field House.

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Argos! Set sail with Homecoming!

Set sail for Homecoming!Tuesday, Oct. 8

Search for the Golden Fleece

UWF Campus

All day event

A Golden Fleece will be hidden on campus. Participants will be left clues via Facebook and Twitter. Prizes include the fleece, spirit competition points, and a backstage pass to the homecoming kickoff with our special performer, T-Pain. Free shirts and other special clues will be left at certain locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

T-Pain brings the rhymes in the 2013 homecoming concert.

T-Pain brings the rhymes in the 2013 homecoming concert.

Homecoming kickoff: blowout pep rally and concert featuring T-Pain

UWF Field House

Doors- 7 p.m. Event starts 8 p.m.

Show your Argo pride with a pep rally supporting all UWF athletic clubs. Afterwards, stick around for a concert from Grammy-award winning artist T-Pain. Event is free to students, $15 for non-students. Tickets can be picked up at the Commons service desk. No food or drinks allowed. Students should bring Nautilus card to be allowed entry.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Cannon Fest

UWF Cannon Greens

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free food, music and student organizations come together to celebrate student involvement.

Argo Splash

UWF Pool

8:30-11 p.m.

Intramural sports get wet with Intramural Battleship, diving contests and cardboard boat races. HLS courtyard will be filled with inflatable games and challenges.

UWF volleyball game

UWF Field House

6p.m.

Cheer on the Argonauts as they take on the University of West Alabama Tigers.  Admission is free to students.

Friday, Oct. 11

Homecoming and family weekend tailgate party

UWF Soccer Field

3-7 p.m.

Students, faculty and alumni are invited to get ready for the men’s and women’s soccer games.  Tailgate setup starts at 2:30 p.m. UWF tailgating alcohol policy can be found at the event website, uwf.edu/homecoming/eventdetails.

Men’s & women’s soccer games

UWF Soccer Field

5 & 7:30 p.m.

Cheer on the Argos as they take on the Lee University Flames. Stick around for the Crowning of the 2013 Mr. and Miss UWF. Afterwards, there is a Bonfire in Oak Grove. Free s’mores.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Homecoming and family weekend festival

Parking lot H

4-8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a carnival like atmosphere with games, rides and booths for the UWF and Pensacola Community.  Winners of the Spirit competition and the Blue and Green challenge will be announced.  Celebrity dunk booth with surprise guests from the UWF and Pensacola community.

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Outdoor Adventures heading to Fort Pickens

By Cody Blankenship

 

Fort Pickens of the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fort Pickens of the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Campers are gearing up for a trip to Fort Pickens during the weekend of Sept. 14-15 organized by Outdoor Adventures.

The trip is scheduled to depart at 9 a.m. on Saturday and return around 2 p.m. that Sunday.

Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, Shaun Boren, said in an email, “It is a perfect trip for first-time and experienced campers alike.”

“Registration is open as late as the day before if we need to fill spots, but more often the registration closes when the trips fill, which can be quick!”

The cost of the trip is $45, which covers transportation, camping gear, kayaks and food.

Boren said, “After setting up camp, participants will have time to enjoy the beach, go kayaking and hike around the fort.”

Boren wants participants to take away a lot from these trips.  Even though this trip’s destination is close to UWF, Outdoor Adventures helps with connecting students to local opportunities.

“These local trips also offer a lower cost, smaller time commitment, and less prerequisite experience to provide educational opportunities for first-time participants,” Boren said.

The Fort Pickens trip kicks off the year for Outdoor Adventures. Throughout the fall and spring semesters the group will be taking more trips in the local area and farther destinations.

“You can look forward to trips to Big Bend and skiing in Vermont, as well as more expensive chartered events like rafting and hang gliding,” Boren said.

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Volleyball aims for a strong return

By Brian Achatz

“Our returning players make a very strong core of this team. This is one of the most talented teams I have ever played on.” – Lindsay Homme Senior middle hitter

The end of the season was bitter for last year’s University of West Florida volleyball team.

After losing to Christian Brothers in the regional tournament, the Argonauts returned to UWF for the national tournament and proceeded to watch Tampa play Concordia-St. Paul for the national title. UWF was the only team to beat both Tampa and Concordia during the regular season.

Of the 19 members of the 2013 UWF team, 11 remember that bitter feeling and are working to avoid a repeat.

The Argos have two former Gulf South Conference players of the year returning to the team in junior Autumn Duyn and senior Lindsay Homme. Duyn, the recipient of the 2012 GSC Player of the Year Award, led the Argos with 351 total kills and 3.6 digs per set last season. Homme totaled 297 kills, was third on the team in blocks per game with .64 per set and is one of five seniors on the team this year.

“Our returning players make a very strong core of this team,” Homme said. “This is one of the most talented teams I have ever played on.”

The Argos roster is full of healthy competition for playing time with seven freshmen and one transfer student looking to establish their roles on the team. Junior Shelby Smith, a transfer from Hillsborough Community College, was third in total points (357.5) for Hillsborough last season.

“All of them can contribute majorly,” Homme said. “I think there is a spot for each of them on the court.”

Senior Abby Timmer is listed as right-side hitter and middle blocker for the upcoming season but said she has played every position in her time at UWF. Timmer also acknowledges that this is the deepest team she has been a part of at UWF.

“Coach (Wolter) did that for a reason. She wanted to bring in a big class of freshmen so they could learn and understand how we run things in this program,” Timmer said.

Four-time GSC Coach of the Year Melissa Wolter is entering her 10th season at UWF with an overall record of 214-80 since arriving in 2003. Wolter is primarily responsible for the rise of UWF volleyball.

“It’s easy to respect a coach who you know is right,” Timmer said. “She really focuses on mental toughness and making us a good person inside and out.”

The Argonauts open the season at home Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. against Missouri University of Science and Technology at the UWF Opening Weekend Tournament. The Argos have five regular-season opponents ranked in the NCAA preseason top 25, including No. 4 Minnesota Duluth.

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