Ariana Munoz from UNF and Isa Dostal from JU earn places in the “Winners for Life” team
University of North Florida women’s football player Ariana Munoz and Jacksonville University volleyball player Isa dostal were named to ASUN’s Fall 2021-2022 Winners for Life team, made up of a representative from each of the student-athlete conference institutions for their excellence on and off the pitch .
Munoz, a senior graduate who led Bolles to one state championship and three regional championships, serves on the UNF’s student-athlete defense committee and the school’s Title IX committee. She is an ASUN Honor Roll Student, with a GPA of 3.95 in Health Sciences, and volunteers as a youth football coach with Jacksonville FC and teaches to college students.
After transferring to UNF from Miami, she was part of Team All-ASUN and Team All-South Region in 2020 and helped the Ospreys set a 19-6-3 record over the two last seasons.
Dostal, a senior center-tackle from Slovenia, appeared in 26 games last season with a total of 168 kills and 67 blocks, a high for the team.
She graduated in Business Administration and was on the Conference USA Honor Roll while at Marshall, before transferring to JU. She completed a summer internship with the marketing and advertising firm Herman & Partners in Fort Lauderdale and is fluent in English, Slovenian and Italian.
The Winners for Life team honors a campus citizen who is respected as one who shares and / or demonstrates ASUN’s core values: education, honesty, student-athlete experience, equity, health, ambition, respect, diversity, inclusion , leadership, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
Penn loose for Knights
There has been a lot of basketball played at Freedom Hall in Louisville since 1967.
Bellarmine’s superior guard Dylan penn achieved a performance unmatched by a home team player in this arena in over 50 years.
Penn scored 38 points on Tuesday in the Knights’ 85-63 victory over Central Arkansas, the biggest point for a home team player at Freedom Hall since Louisville Wes unsold had 45 points in a victory over Georgetown College on Dec. 1, 1967.
Penn hit 18 of 22 from the ground (.818), most of them cutting to the field or in transition as he only attempted two 3-pointers (making it one). He tied the program record for field goals in a game set in 1959 by future coach Bellarmine Joe Reibel.
Oddly enough, Penn was held scoreless in a 66-61 victory over Eastern Kentucky in the Knights’ previous game, missing the second attempts from the floor. It was only the second time in three seasons that he had been held without a point.
Turner Spark Stetson
Former Nease Star Kiya Turner is playing well for the Stetson women’s basketball team again in their second season since moving from Middle Tennessee.
Turner, a 5-foot-6 junior goaltender, scored 15 points, a season-high, in last week’s 73-62 win over North Florida and is averaging 7.3 points, 4 , 0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season.
Last year, she averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.
The only other player with First Coast ties who is on an ASUN school’s roster besides UNF and JU is Stetson. Wheza Panzo, a junior striker 6-7. He is averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds and tied his season high of eight points against the Ospreys last week.
Off the tee
First Coast College golf teams will begin their spring schedules in late January and early February.
JU will organize its Sea Best Invitational from January 31 to February 31. 1 at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course, with UNF one of the participating teams.
The women’s JU and UNF teams will resume their programs on February 7 and 8 with tournaments on opposite ends of Florida. The Dolphins will play in the Lady Bison Bay Point Classic in Panama City (hosted by Lipscomb University) and the Ospreys will play in the FAU Paradise Invitational, at the Osprey Point Golf Club in Boca Raton (hosted by Florida Atlantic).