STLCC - Florissant Valley
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Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
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STLCC has consolidated intercollegiate athletics into a districtwide program, effective July 1, 2011. STLCC student-athletes have the opportunity to compete in men’s baseball, basketball and soccer; and women’s basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. Students attending any STLCC campus who meet eligibility requirements may compete on these teams.
Teams have been assigned to the campuses as follows:
- Florissant Valley – volleyball and men’s soccer
- Forest Park – men’s and women’s basketball
- Meramec – baseball, softball and women’s soccer
STLCC’s athletic teams compete as members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference.
The Athletics department offers scholarship opportunities for men and women to participate in several intercollegiate sports. Students interested in eligibility requirements should contact Johnna Kinney or Sharon Marquardt, athletics managers, for more information.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS NEWS -- 2010-2011
Soccer Standouts Thompson, Woneswith Sign with STLCC-Florissant Valley
STLCC-Florissant Valley picked up a pair of important signings for the 2011 season, inking returning midfielder Joe Woneswith and signing Hazelwood West standout Mike Thompson. The duo will form the nucleus of a squad looking to reshape the Fury from last season’s 2-18 mark. Coach Mike Mayberry sees the commitments from Woneswith and Thompson as good signs.
“Joe brings an incredible amount of talent to the field,” said Mayberry, who just completed his second year as head coach.. “He is a very good player who I think has the tools to become a dominant player. Mike brings size and a physical presence we simply didn’t have last season.”
Woneswith and Thompson will both be valuable entities for the Fury in 2011. Woneswith, a former two-time district champion at Rockwood Summit, proved his mettle in the fall as a freshman for the Fury, playing tenaciously in the midfield. Thompson, as a senior in fall 2009 for the Wildcats, scored 15 goals and added 10 assists.
“I’d say I’m an aggressive player that doesn’t ever give up,” said Thompson. “I feel like I could add some leadership to the team as well as some goals. I know some of the boys coming to play next season and I think we work well together, so all of us together can bring home some wins for the team.”
While the team has seen some tough times in recent years, Woneswith is optimistic that a renaissance of the glory days of Florissant Valley soccer may not be too far away.
“I would really like to push everyone to their full potential and make the best out of our season,” said Woneswith. “The program at Flo is very close to turning around. If I had to take a guess, I would say this will be the season to start that. It would mean the world to me to pull off a winning season.”
In those glory days, the former Norsemen won 10 national championships under legendary coach Pete Sorber from 1967-1989.
“Hopefully, signings like these will demonstrate that we are striving to improve our program and personnel,” said Mayberry. “Our players support our program and we support our players. We're doing what we can to benefit everyone involved, so current players, recruits, the school and community see Flo Valley Soccer as a valuable entity.”
Florissant Valley Unleashes Fury on Three Rivers in 65-53 Upset
In their second watermark win of the young season, the Florissant Valley men’s basketball team has proved it can play with the best in the nation, dumping Division I powerhouse Three Rivers 65-53 on Wednesday night (Nov. 10) at FV. The upset was a gratifying one for sixth year head coach Jamel Richardson.
“It means a lot to the program,” said Richardson, “it means a lot when that final buzzer sounds and I just thought of all the guys and all the teams I had in previous years and how hard they worked. Many times we came up short. The one here last night, it was kind of like for all the guys who played for me and all the guys who played here and put on a Flo Valley uniform.”
The conference tilt was just the fourth time that Florissant Valley has prevailed against the Raiders in its 45 year history. Three Rivers, under coaching legend Gene Bess, was coming off a national runner-up trophy last March, taking the NJCAA Div. I championship game to overtime before falling to Howard College (Texas). Those elements made the challenge even greater for the Fury.
“We had a game plan, we had a specific strategy that we wanted to go with,” said Richardson. “They being a much more physical team, they being a deeper team, definitely couldn’t let them play to their advantage. We definitely couldn’t let it be an up and down game.”
It was, however, a see-saw game with the lead bouncing back and forth. Florissant Valley enjoyed a slim 27-24 halftime lead and the second half started out just as close until the eight minute mark and the game on the line. That’s when 6’6” freshman forward Kenny Williams stepped up following some words of wisdom from his coach before the game.
“I told Kenny, ‘big time players, they show up in big time games’. If you really want to solidify yourself, if you really want to stand out here as a student-athlete you got to show up when those games come around,” said Richardson.
Williams did exactly that, answering the call with a torrid run of eight straight points for FV, including a key blocked shot and a big steal. The run would catapult the Fury to a double digit lead, one they would ride the coattails of to the final horn.
“I just had to take a little leadership at that moment and do what I had to do to help the team,” said Williams. “The situation was needed so I had to come through in the clutch. I felt the momentum shifting at that point. Guys were getting a little more boost of energy, getting more in tune to the game and just more communication on defense.”
Williams finished with a game high 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Teammate Kevin Straughter had 13 points, while Tovah Hagens, Michael Nunley, and Lewayne Jones each scored 6 points. Hagens dished out six assists as well. Richardson was especially proud of Williams for his key run that swung the game decidedly to FV.
“The statistics didn’t really do justice to how he swung the game at a crucial point,” said Richardson of Williams. “I knew he had a nice skill set, I knew he had a very high basketball IQ.”
A week earlier Florissant Valley outlasted another Juco Division I power - Mineral Area, 58-55. The historic wins bump the Fury to a 4-2 record and unbridled optimism for the remainder of the season.
“They’re big but they’re not our only focus, that’s just the beginning point,” said Williams. “We still have a long season ahead of us. What counts is what we do in the end and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”
Soccer Fury Head Into Region XVI Tourney Looking For Positive Run
Much like professional hockey and basketball, the regular season can have little bearing come playoff time, when everyone starts with a fresh slate and the hottest team can prevail. That’s the mindset the STLCC-Florissant Valley men’s soccer team will carry into its final game of the season Thursday (Oct. 21) at Jefferson College, as well as the opening round of the Region XVI Tournament Oct. 23 at a site on the road yet to be determined.
“We just want to finish strong,” said sophomore midfielder Greg Kranz, a team captain. “Our record (2-16) doesn’t show anything great right now. We want to end the last games of the season strong so we have some confidence built up to go into the regionals.”
The Fury will have travel, possibly to either Crowder College (Neosho, MO) or Maple Woods (Kansas City) on Saturday. Regardless of which site, head coach Mike Mayberry sees it as a definite obstacle.
“It’s somewhat of an disadvantage, especially if we go to Maple Woods, because they play on a very small field that they’re very comfortable with, much smaller than ours,” said Mayberry. “We play against teams that play formations that lend well to that situation. It’s hard to overcome if you have guys on the other team who have long throw-ins or a weapon that we don’t have.”
However, Florissant Valley has several weapons of its own. Despite a slow start against Southwestern Illinois Oct. 18, the Fury showed tenacity in outscoring SWIC 2-0 in the second half of a 4-2 loss. Freshman forward Darren Fears scored in the waning minutes of the match, following a goal by teammate Olayinka Joel.
“We really just want to end on a positive note,” said freshman captain Joe Woneswith. “We’re really just busting it at practice and getting down to business. It’s late in the season, but we’d like to get a positive end to it, make the best of it.”
In a year marked by parity within Region XVI and no team the clear-cut favorite, it might just play into the hands of the upset-minded Fury.
“We started off winning that first game against Forest Park,” said Kranz. “Now we want to end strong -- we want to beat Jefferson and get in good standing so we’re not at the bottom of the list when we come to the draws. We can play with any of the teams out there. We just have to get it together.”