The Pensacola Christian College Eagles and Lady Eagles have concluded landmark 2012-13 seasons. All three of PCC's basketball and volleyball teams made the regional playoffs last season, a first time occurrence for the college.
Moving forward, PCC's coaches and athletes plan on repeating three-way playoff appearances. At the 2013 Eagles Sports Awards Banquet, a sense of "family" was the common theme of the speakers.
"There was a sense of brotherhood [on the Eagles basketball team]," said junior post Jon Andrews. "It was something unusual; we were like a family."
That was one athletic family. The Eagles faced a brutal early season schedule, starting out the year 1-7 before rebounding to go on a 16-6 run and advance to the second round of the NCCAA South Region Tournament.
"Together, everyone achieves more," said Eagles athletic director and basketball head coach Mark Goetsch. "Our six outstanding seniors led the team, a team that was balanced—with seven different players leading the team in scoring on different occasions and eight players scoring 100 points or more."
On the season, the Eagles scored 2,214 points while averaging 45.2% on field goal attempts, 67.3% on free throws, and securing a remarkable 1,227 rebounds.
Senior point guard Evan Templeton was recognized as the team's Most Improved Player. "He struggled early in the season, but despite those setbacks, Evan pushed on," said Coach Goetsch. Templeton finished the season with 53 points.
The team's Defensive Player of the Year was senior wing Brent Stickles, who had 11 blocks, 28 steals, and 147 rebounds on the season. Junior post Mike Goetsch (the son of coach Goetsch) was voted the Offensive Player of the Year (OPY) by his teammates, after scoring a team-high 392 points on the season.
The Lady Eagles basketball team went 14-14 under head coach Jared Sellars, marking the most wins the Lady Eagles have ever posted in a single season. Junior guard Ashley Antuna was named the team's MVP, after leading the team in scoring. Senior forward Candace Coleman won the 2013 Eagle Award, highlighting the conclusion of three successful seasons with the team.
The Lady Eagles volleyball team went 15-5 on the year, led by head coach Landra Grant. Sophomore setter Asupa Leota was named the team's MVP after earning 1st-Team All Region honors. "She always had a smile; you could always tell she was enjoying herself," Coach Grant said of Leota, who led the team in aces.
The future looks bright on Pensacola's athletic front, as all three teams are looking to improve in 2013. Future and current students can request more information about joining Eagles at http://pcceagles.com/.