The Progression of Elisa Cecchetti

Elisa Cecchetti played her high-school softball career in her home country of Italy. Despite playing abroad, Cecchetti received interest from multiple college teams in the United States.

After careful deliberation, she decided to further her athletic and academic career at Tallahassee Community College.

“I had to pick between a couple schools and I was told TCC had a good program for education and then they talked really [well] about Coach Patti,” Cecchetti said on choosing TCC.

Cecchetti got off to a successful start at the college level. She finished second on the team in hits (39) and batting average (.322) as a freshman. The Eagles finished just 21-23 on the season, but Cecchetti had an uptick in confidence because of her success. She carried her momentum into the offseason and continued to put in the time to become a better all-around player.

Cecchetti calls out a play to the Eagles outfield. (Photo courtesy of TCC Athletics/Michael Schwarz.)

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Lawriell Wilson Returns from ACL Injury to Set Records

Lawriell Wilson was ranked as a three star recruit and the number 25 point guard in the country by ESPN. Then, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the state championship during her senior year of high school. After the injury, some schools lost interest in Wilson but Tallahassee Community College continued to be proactive in her recruitment.

“The coaches were the most consistent and I felt a relationship with them.” Wilson said about her decision to attend TCC. “I just decided to come here because I trusted them.”

Her trust in TCC’s coaches paid off. Wilson will leave Tallahassee as the most productive women’s player in the college’s history.

She became the Eagles all-time leading scorer by finishing her career with 1,127 total points. This surpassed the previous record of 1,055 points scored by Syreeta Bromfield from 1999-01.

TCC’s Lawriell Wilson (23) takes a shot during TCC’s women’s basketball team’s 95-67 win against Northwest Florida State College on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photos courtesy of TCC Athletics/Michael Schwarz.)

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#PeopleOfTCC: Bamba Jaye

Bamba Jaye, a 6-foot-8-inch student athlete, is a native of Dakar, Senegal and center for Tallahassee Community College Men’s Basketball. Jaye spurned offers from professional teams in Spain, France, Germany and Qatar in pursuit of his education, before arriving at TCC.

De’angello Bruster, Tremain Lawrence and Bamba Jaye practicing at QEA. Photo courtesy of Bamba Jaye.

Africa has sent a large number of talented prospects to the National Basketball Association, and it remains one of the most used pipelines to find basketball talent to this day. Present day NBA players such as Serge Ibaka, Luol Deng, and Bismack Biyombo all hail from Africa. NBA Hall-of-Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo are also African.

Jaye’s dream is to follow in their footsteps and one day play in the NBA. Originally, he focused on soccer, but his size led him to basketball.

“I was playing soccer in the street when I was walking home by Mouhamed Sene who ran what we called Dieda Academy,” Jaye said. “He said you’re kinda tall, come join my academy to play basketball. I said, ‘why not?’”

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Sports Spotlight: Alyssa NeSmith

Name: Alyssa NeSmith

TCC Sport: Softball

Major: Communications

Year in college: Freshman

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Who’s the funniest player on the squad?: Alycia

Favorite movie: Taken

Favorite food: Pizza

What’s your favorite song right now?: Work by Rihanna, featuring Drake

What’s your most memorable moment from your athletic career?: Hitting a grandslam during my freshman year of high school.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?: Definitely eating

You’re transformed into an animal of your choice, which animal is it and why?: A hippo, because I’m lazy and eat a lot.

Sports Spotlight: Elisa Cecchetti

Name: Elisa Cecchetti

TCC Sport: Softball

Major: Journalism/Communications

Year in college: Sophomore

Hometown: Bollate, Milan, Italy

Who’s the funniest player on the squad?: Alycia, even though Brandie is goofy.

Favorite movie: 50 First Dates

Favorite food: Pasta

What’s your favorite song right now?: When We Were Young by Adele

What’s your most memorable moment from your athletic career?: Playing for a championship in Canada in 2016.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?: Hiking, eating and watching TV shows.

You’re transformed into an animal of your choice, which animal is it and why?: A lion because they’re brave and kind of lazy.

Sports Spotlight: Alycia Smith

Name: Alycia Smith

TCC Sport: Softball

Major: Criminal Justice

Year in college: Sophomore

Hometown: Palm Coast, Fla.

Who’s the funniest player on the squad?: Myself

Favorite movie: Mulan

What’s your favorite food?: Rice

What’s your favorite song right now?: Hello by Adele

What’s your most memorable moment from your athletic career?: The first time I ever got on base.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?: Eat

You’re transformed into an animal of your choice, which animal is it and why?: A monkey, just because it’s my favorite animal.

Sports Spotlight: Brandie Callaway

Name: Brandie Callaway

TCC Sport: Softball

Major: Nursing

TCC Eagle Brandie Callaway is no. 5 on her softball team.

Year in college: Freshman

Hometown: Becker County, Fla.

Who’s the funniest player on the squad?: Alycia

Favorite Movie: The Notebook

Favorite Food: Steak

What’s your favorite song right now?: Better Man by Little Big Town

What’s your most memorable moment from your athletic career?: Winning the state championship Junior year.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?: Eat

You’re transformed into an animal of your choice, which animal is it and why?: A tiger because they can swim and take naps.

Tallahassee Community College Baseball Season Preview

The Tallahassee Community College Eagles only return seven players from last season, while they boast 18 newcomers. With so many new players, the team worked all offseason to try to develop chemistry and cohesion between the returning players and new additions.

The Eagles have gotten their 2017 campaign off to a 5-3 start. After starting 5-0, TCC dropped three straight games to South Georgia State College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Santa Fe College. Their next contest will be at home Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. against Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Head Coach Mike McLeod is remaining hopeful despite the loss of players from the previous season as he enters his 27th season at TCC.

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