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Briahanna Jackson shines in state, national tourneys

Briahanna Jackson Over the past two weeks, the IMG Academy basketball program girls national team traveled to Gainesville for the SIAA state tournament and the NACA national tournament. Here are some highlights from the events: SIAA (Sunshine Independent Athletic Association) State Tournament Composed of Florida's Independent and Christian Schools Held at The Rock School in Gainesville, FL February 23rd-25th IMG fell to Faith Baptist 72-70 to finish in 3rd Place at the tournament. University of Central Florida commit Briahanna Jackson scored 22 points, with 10 coming in the fourth quarter.Hayley Alexander matched her with 22 pts (6-for-8 from three-point line)....

Big Drives and Big Dreams for Imran Aziz

Imran Aziz Imran Aziz is a really big hitter. The IMG Academy golf program alum is only 5'11 and 189 lbs but has proven on multiple occasions his ability to hit the golf ball in excess of 400 yards. He even participated in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship at the regional level as an amateur. Now, it seems, he is ready to get serious about the game and take his shot at playing professionally. Aziz was a student at IMG Academy in 2004-2005 and worked with Kevin Collins , who has taught at the IMG Academy golf program for...

Russell Wilson set to prove conventional NFL wisdom wrong

Former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke working with Russell Wilson IMG Academy trainee Russell Wilson has done nothing but impress NFL scouts through his performance at the NFL Combine and at his Pro Day at the University of Wisconsin. Wilson has worked closely with IMG Academy football program Director Chris Weinke in preparation for the NFL Combine and during his Pro Day as he preps for the NFL Draft in April and his future NFL career. Wilson completed 62 of 65 passes thrown at his Pro Day and clocked a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine registering...

James Madison women's soccer Associate Head Coach Bobby Johnston named Director of the IMG Academy soccer program Girls' Program

Bobby Johnston will assume the newly-designed role of Director of the IMG Academy soccer program Girls' Program Today IMG Academy announced Robert “Bobby” Johnston will assume the newly-designed role of Director of the IMG Academy soccer program’s Girls’ Program. Johnston comes to IMG from James Madison University (JMU), where he has served as the women’s soccer Associate Head Coach since 2007. Under his leadership, the JMU women’s soccer team amassed the most conference wins in a four-year period in their history, and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. The team was also CAA Conference Tournament Finalists in 2009, before becoming Conference...

Tyler Pastornicky making bid to become Atlanta's starting shortstop

IMG Baseball Academy alum, Tyler Pastornicky, is looking to be the starting shortstop for the Atlanta Braves Tyler Pastornicky ranged to his right before delivering a pinpoint strike to first base. It was just a warmup drill, but it’s precisely what some of the veteran Atlanta Braves want from the young shortstop: steady defense. Guys like Chipper Jones have told Pastornicky, an IMG Academy alum, to hone his fielding skills because the Atlanta offense is ready to roll. Pastornicky said the vets are “just trying to take some of the pressure off of me, because of the fact that I...

Central Pennsylvania ready to qualify for IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 Championships

2011 IMG 7-on-7 Madden Football Championships bracket and sponsors March 4th marked the first day of preparation for some of Pennsylvania's best football players. Central PA will be sending at least 2 teams to the IMG Academy football program Official Qualifying event in Philadelphia, which will feature over 20 regional teams. Participants include some of the Mid-Penn's best including: Andrew Ford (Cedar Cliff), Marcel Brown (Harrisburg), Peyton Minnich (Central Dauphin East), Rashard Lawson (Bishop McDevitt), Drew Scales (Central Dauphin), Austin Wilson (East Pennsboro) and many more. First and second place will qualify for the IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 Championships...

IMG Academy' Max Foody earns 2nd Team Rawlings/Perfect Game HS Senior All American honors

Rawlings and Perfect Game released their Preseason High School All American teams , listing the top senior players in the country. IMG Academy' left-handed pitcher Max Foody was named to 2nd Team as an All-American and was also named to the 1st team for the All-Florida Region. Center fielder Alfredo Escalera was a High Honorable Mention as an All-American and also a member of the All-Florida Region 2nd team. From the linked article above: Mike Thompson, Rawlings senior vice-president of marketing, said, “Each of the chosen athletes represent the very best in their class and the future of the game....

IMG Academy baseball program Alum JR Murphy makes big league debut with Yankees

Murphy returns home to Bradenton to face the Pirates in Grapefruit League action. Photo courtesy of Grant Jefferies of the Bradenton Herald The 76th overall pick by the Yankees in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, IMG Academy' Alum JR Murphy is experiencing his first Big League Training Camp with the Yankees this spring. Murphy seemed to fit right in with the team as he singled in a run against the Phillies in their Grapefruit League home opener at George M. Steinbrenner Field . Yankees' manager, Joe Girardi , spoke about the rising star in a Bradenton Herald article by...

IMG Academy' Jaramillo Breaks Through with Victory on FJT

Daniel Jaramillo IMG Academy golf program student Daniel Jaramillo was able to secure his first career Florida Junior Tourvictory last weekend. The 15-year-old Jaramillo has played on the FJT since 2009, earning nine top-10's in 16 events. Jaramillo shot 70-76=146(+2) to win the tournament by two shots. His 2-under 70 in the first round was tied for the lowest round of the tournament. His 76 on Day 2 came while battling 25-mile-per-hour winds, as he held on for the win. The tournament was played at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Florida. For more about Daniel Jaramillo and...

Fernandes Keeps Up His Winning Ways

Rigel Fernandes The list of accomplishments for Rigel Fernandes is not a short one. The IMG Academy golf program student hasamasseda number of junior golf titles despite being only 16-years-old. He is a former Future Collegians World Tour National Champion, he has won on the Hurricane Junior Tour multiple times, and has even won a premier junior golf title in India. Fernandes, who is in his 6th year training at IMG Academy, added to his impressive resume by winning the FCWT Junior Golf Tournament at Saddlebrook last weekend. He shot 69-72=141(+1) and won the tournament by eight shots. Fernandes had...

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