Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Coast's Softball Program Goes by the Book

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Coast's Softball Program Goes by the Book

Article excerpt

First Coast High School softball coach Vicky Rogers likes to

think her program has a tradition of attracting young women who

hit the books as hard as they do the softball.

Several seniors at First Coast have signed athletic or academic

scholarships. And three of her recent graduates, now playing for

Florida Community College at Jacksonville, were named to the

Mid-Florida All-Conference First Team.

It wasn't the only award Tina Cannon, Jennie Harman and Tracey

Jester collected during FCCJ's recent athletic awards banquet.

Cannon, a sophomore center fielder, was named FCCJ's most

valuable player. Harman won an academic achievement award for

her 3.94 grade-point average. Jester, a freshman who plays first

base, received the coaches award for being a coachable team

player.

Harman and Cannon also were named to the All-State First Team.

Jester was named to the All-State Second Team.

Jester will remain at FCCJ for her sophomore season, but Harman

has signed with the University of North Florida and will play

there. Cannon made a verbal commitment to UNF.

"We set their expectations a little higher than they do, and

they meet them," Rogers said of players at First Coast.

A good example of that is Rogers' 1997 graduating class.

Amanda Brown received academic and athletic scholarships from

FCCJ. She'll be joined by Jami Henson and Cari Bradley, who also

signed athletic scholarships, Rogers said.

Felecia Herrera got an academic scholarship from UNF and April

Sheffield got an academic scholarship from Santa Fe Community

College, Rogers said.

Two other seniors, Michelle Tatum and Karrie Hammond, will

attend UNF and FCCJ respectively, she said.

"I think the influence of the kids on each other has really

helped," Rogers said. ". . . We keep up and announce when our

alumni have done something. It reminds them they're capable of

doing it, too."

First Coast wasn't the only school with standouts honored at

FCCJ's awards banquet.

Hollie Bowyer, a freshman shortstop and graduate of Lee High

School, and Adrianna Padron, a freshman catcher and Bishop Kenny

graduate, were also named to the Mid-Florida All-Conference First

Team. …

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