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NJCAA COVID-19 update - spring sports season cancelled

Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.


GC delivering online coaching with instructional videos

By Dustin Kent
The coronavirus outbreak has left many people searching for ways to pass the time. For parents of school-aged children, this quest takes on a bit more urgency as they navigate their way through the quarantine with kids who suddenly have an abundance of free time and diminished options for channeling their energy.

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Sunday Q&A with GC coach Phil Gaffney

By Dustin Kent
Phil Gaffney’s first season as the head men’s basketball coach at Gulf Coast was certainly interesting if no thing else.

The former Georgia Highlands coach brought his fast-paced trapping style to the Commodores and led them to an immediate turnaround.


Commodores lament lost opportunity at Hutch

By Dustin Kent
When the announcement came down from the NJCAA on Monday about the cancellation of the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. - already postponed to April 20 from its original scheduled start date of March 16 - the news didn’t come as much of a surprise to Gulf Coast men’s basketball players.


Gulf Coast coaches react to their seasons being canceled

By Dustin Kent
When the news came down Monday that the NJCAA would cancel its already-postponed national basketball tournaments in Hutchinson, Kan., and Lubbock, Tex., along with the remainder of spring sports seasons, Gulf Coast women’s basketball coach Roonie Scovel wasn’t among those stunned by the decision.

The Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA)
Hello, FCSAA fans. With the support of our athletics leadership and our Florida College System Council of Presidents, the FCSAA / NJCAA Region 8 is suspending all athletics competition beginning Friday, March 13, through Saturday, March 28. We will re-evaulate at that time. The NJCAA Division I National Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, to which four of our colleges received bids, have been postponed to start April 20 at this time.


NJCAA COVID-19 Update Homepage
Charlotte, NC – In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, the NJCAA has made the decision to postpone national championship events for the upcoming DI and DII men's and women's basketball tournaments. DIII men's and women's basketball championships, currently underway, will work with an expedited schedule that will conclude on Friday, March 13.


Gulf Coast gets 8-seed at Hutch

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast sophomore Cam Holden knew that the Commodores were going to be in the 24-team field for the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., after their state title win over Tallahassee on Saturday.


Lady Commodores earn at-large bid, 1st round bye

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast players and coaches gathered in the lobby of the Billy Harrison Field House on Monday morning to watch the selection show for the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Championship.

 


Commodores claim first state title in 48 years

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — After two straight wins over nationally-ranked teams in the FCSAA State Tournament, including No. 1 Florida Southwestern State, Gulf Coast’s head coach Phil Gaffney and acting coach Scott Jackson thought the Commodores had done enough to get a bid to the national tournament.

 

 

 


No. 5 Raiders claim first state title since ’96, beat No. 6 Gulf Coast 57-55

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — With 14.5 seconds left in overtime and the score deadlocked at 55, Bart Walker turned toward P-Nut Payton in the huddle.


 

Gulf Coast wins 6th straight


By Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast notched its sixth consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon, knocking off Blackhawk 3-2 at Frazier Field.


Lady Commodores sweep Georgia Military


By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast softball team swept a doubleheader over Georgia Military on Saturday afternoon at Joe Tom King Field, winning by scores of 3-2 and 11-1 to improve to 18-8 on the season.


Lady Commodores join GC men in state finals

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — The Gulf Coast men opened semifinal Friday at the FCSAA State Tournament by earning its way into Saturday’s championship game.


Commodores win again, advance to title game

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — On Wednesday, Gulf Coast beat the No. 1 team in the country Florida Southwestern, giving the Buccaneers just their second loss of the season.


Gregg, Mbandu lead Lady Commodores to 1st round win

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — In the first two meetings against Florida Southwestern State, Gulf Coast had to stage dramatic comebacks, rallying from 19 and 20 points down en route to narrow regular season victories.


Gulf Coast takes out top-ranked Florida Southwestern

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — Gulf Coast needed a half-court buzzer-beater in triple overtime of its regular season finale just to get into the FCSAA State Tournament in Niceville.


Scovel hoping for one last run with Lady Commodores

By Dustin Kent
Gulf Coast head coach Roonie Scovel is certainly no stranger to the state tournament - far from it.


Gulf Coast takes out top-ranked Florida Southwestern

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — Gulf Coast needed a half-court buzzer-beater in triple overtime of its regular season finale just to get into the FCSAA State Tournament in Niceville.


Commodores embrace underdog role vs. No. 1 Buccaneers

By Dustin Kent
Before this season, not many people would’ve predicted Gulf Coast to be one of the last two Panhandle Conference teams standing in the postseason.


NWF State welcomes FCSAA tourney


By Seth Stringer
NICEVILLE – At long last, after years of memorable Region 8 and national tournament runs, NWF State is set to host playoff basketball.


Gulf Coast gets the bats going in 4-0 week

By Dustin Kent
Going into last week’s games, Gulf Coast Mike Kandler wasn’t sure what to make his team, particularly an offense that was expected to be the strength of squad.


Lady Commodores making use of the long ball

By Dustin Kent
In the entirety of the 2019 season, Gulf Coast hit 35 total home runs as a team. Through just 22 games of the 2020 campaign, the Lady Commodores appear poised to shatter that mark this season.


Gulf Coast sophomores relish rise from Panhandle cellar to state berth

By Dustin Kent
For Gulf Coast players Cam Holden, Jacolbey Owens, Maurice Gordon, and KK Godwin, their first season playing college basketball couldn’t have gone a lot worse.


Scovel steps down

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Legendary Gulf Coast women’s basketball coach Roonie Scovel announced her retirement after 22 seasons as head coach at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the school.


Gulf Coast snaps losing skid with sweep

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast snapped a four-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Coastal Alabama North on Wednesday at Joe Tom King Field.


Commodores sweep Coastal Alabama South



By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast baseball team snapped a two-game losing skid with a doubleheader sweep of Coastal Alabama South on Wednesday at Frazier Field.


Commodores searching for consistency

By Dustin Kent
Going into the season, Gulf Coast coach Mike Kandler expressed great confidence about his lineup’s ability to produce runs and some uncertainty regarding his pitching staff’s ability to prevent them.


Gordon sends Gulf Coast to state with half-court shot

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — It had been 11 years since the Gulf Coast men had advanced to the state tournament.


Lady Commodores cruise by TCC

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — There wasn’t much on the line in Saturday’s regular season finale at the Billy Harrison Field House for either No. 6 Gulf Coast or Tallahassee in the short term.


 
 
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