Private Schools Looking to Make History in Lakeland; If Both Temple Christian and NFEI Win, It Would Set Up the First-Ever Final with Two First Coast Squads

By Barney, Justin | The Florida Times Union, February 28, 2017 | Go to article overview

Private Schools Looking to Make History in Lakeland; If Both Temple Christian and NFEI Win, It Would Set Up the First-Ever Final with Two First Coast Squads


Barney, Justin, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Justin Barney

Two of the newest private school basketball programs in the area are trying to make history together in the boys state basketball tournament this week in Lakeland.

Up first is Temple Christian (24-3), which faces Miami Christian (28-2) at 2 p.m. North Florida Educational Institute (20-8) follows in the 4 p.m. semi against Melbourne Florida Prep (24-5). Wins would set up the first championship game between teams from the First Coast in state history.

It is the definition of a David and Goliath, or a youth against experience, pair of state semifinals, and that's fine for coaches at NFEI and Temple Christian. Programs have to start somewhere and games against state powers are as good a stage as any to show that they've arrived.

"It's big for both us to get there, get more kids coming in to the schools," Temple coach Aaron Daise said of his team and NFEI's state semifinal trips. "My goal was to get there and for us to make a good impression and come out with our first win down there. It's my job to build this program up."

Florida Prep, which changed its name from Florida Air Academy two years ago, is a six-time state champion. Miami Christian has won three championships, its latest in 2015.

"I've been preaching, been talking about Lakeland all year," said NFEI coach Matthew Fields. "If we could get to Lakeland, anything can happen in Lakeland. This is what we've talked about, this isn't a surprise this is what we expected."

Among the two, NFEI is the more seasoned playoff team.

NFEI opened in 2006 and began play as an independent in 2009-10. The Eagles won the district in their first season of district play in 2012, and reached their first state semifinal the following year with what remains the best team in the program's short history. Fields took over as NFEI's coach the following season and the Eagles have never failed to win a district title or reach the postseason.

But they had come up short in trying to get back to the state final four before breaking through this year behind a senior guard-powered lineup led by Tajon Davis, Terrance Parker and Darien Walker, three of the team's seven seniors. Fields said the additions of junior guard/forward Steve McCloud and senior guard Derrick Felton over the last year also boosted the Eagles. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Private Schools Looking to Make History in Lakeland; If Both Temple Christian and NFEI Win, It Would Set Up the First-Ever Final with Two First Coast Squads
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.