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NABC Names Matthews to 2020 All-America Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A mere 24 hours after securing National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District honors, Nova Southeastern redshirt senior Mark Matthews has now been selected to the 2020 NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America Team – establishing himself as the first player in program history to be named an All-American in multiple seasons.    

Tabbed an All-American a year ago by both the Basketball Times and Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA), Matthews was arguably even better during the final year of his collegiate career. As the go-to offensive threat for the Sharks, the Bonita Springs, Fla. native paced the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense (101.8 ppg) by averaging 22.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 29 starts. Personally, his efforts have already landed him on the Bevo Francis Award Top 25 Watch List, which recognizes the nation’s top player across Small College Basketball, while they also propelled NSU back to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the South Region. Matthews scored in double figures in all but one contest this winter, including a program-best and career-high, 45-point performance against Palm Beach Atlantic on Jan. 15, in addition to a 42-point display in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament final versus No. 5 Florida Southern. In just two seasons in a Shark uniform, Matthews closes his notable career among the program’s Top-10 in points (1,317), rebounds (522) and assists (269).

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.

A complete list of the 2020 NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America Team is available below.

Dalton Bolon, West Liberty, 6-4, Junior, Guard, Gnadenhutten, Ohio
Jordan Floyd, King, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Qua Grant, West Texas A&M, 6-1, Sophomore, Guard, Waxahachie, Texas
Kylan Guerra, Thomas Jefferson, 6-0, Senior, Guard, White Plains, N.Y.
Brett Hanson, Florida Southern, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Manchester, N.H.
Cam Martin, Missouri Southern State, 6-9, Junior, Forward, Yukon, Okla.
Mark Matthews, Nova Southeastern, 6-6, R-Senior, Guard/Forward, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Courvoisier McCauley, Lincoln Memorial, 6-5, Sophomore, Guard, Indianapolis, Ind.
Selom Mawugbe, Azusa Pacific, 6-10, Senior, Center, Canyon Country, Calif.
Malik Miller, IUP, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Farrell, Pa.
Kyle Monroe, Michigan Tech, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Green Bay, Wis.
Joel Murray, West Texas A&M, 6-0, Sophomore, Guard, Rowlett, Texas
Brandon Myer, Minnesota Duluth, 6-8, Senior, Forward, Superior, Wis.
Tyrell Roberts, UCSD, 5-11, R-Sophomore, Guard, Sacramento, Calif.
Andrew Sischo, Daemen. 6-9, Junior, Center, Guilderland, N.Y.
Jake Van Tubbergen, Grand Valley State, 6-7, Junior, Guard/Forward, Holland, Mich.
 
 

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Postseason Awards Continue to Pile Up for NSU’s Mark Matthews

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Add two more honors to an already-impressive list of postseason awards for Nova Southeastern men’s basketball’s Mark Matthews, as the redshirt senior has officially been named to the Bevo Francis Award Top 25 Watch List in addition to being recognized as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-South District First Team.

Matthews becomes the first player in program history to crack the Top 25 Watch List, while the all-district selection marks his second in as many seasons.

An All-American a year ago, Matthews has put himself in line to earn All-America accolades once again this season after guiding NSU back to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the South Region. The 6-6 forward led the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense (101.8 ppg) with 22.0 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 29 starts. The native of Bonita Springs, Fla. posted each of the program’s two highest single-game point totals this winter, pouring in a career-high 45 points against Palm Beach Atlantic on Jan. 15 before delivering a 42-point performance in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament final versus No. 5 Florida Southern. In just two seasons with the Sharks, Matthews finishes his career among the program’s Top-10 in points (1,317), rebounds (522) and assists (269).

Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division II, Matthews was joined on the All-South District First Team by Barry’s Tylan Birts, Avery Brown of Miles, Valdosta State’s Clay Guillozet, Florida Southern’s Brett Hanson and Ryan Montgomery of Lee. Florida Southern’s Mike Donnelly was announced as the South District Coach of the Year.

The Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award is presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA.. Considerations for the award include season statistics and individual achievements, awards, personal character and team achievements. This is an incredibly prestigious award, as this award will only be given to one player within Small College Basketball per season.

This year represents the fifth year of the Bevo Francis Award. Past winners include Dominez Burnett of Davenport in 2016, Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State in 2017, Emanuel Terry of Lincoln Memorial in 2018 and Aston Francis of Wheaton in 2019.

The finalists for this year’s award will be announced on Apr. 4, followed by the Bevo Francis Award winner being crowned on Apr. 6th.

To view the entire Bevo Francis Award Top 25 Watch List, click here.

The NABC All-District Teams can be seen here.
 
 
 

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Volleyball Adds Four to the Shark Family

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With preparations for the 2020 season underway, head volleyball coach Brian Rosen is pleased to announce the signing of four new Sharks. Nova Southeastern welcomes three freshmen in Preslee Brooksbank, Nyah Pacely and Elizabeth Price, while also adding Alex Psoma, an NCAA Division I grad-transfer. All four signees inked with NSU during the signing period.
 
“After such a successful season, I could not be more excited about the current 2020 class for the future of our program!” boasted Rosen. “They come from all over the country and world, and each fills a perfect need for our team. In 2019, our new team did an amazing job creating a positive, winning culture, and these four student-athletes will fit in perfectly. We have huge goals for our program in 2020 and beyond, and I know that these amazing young women will help us accomplish them.”
 
An incoming freshman libero from Chattanooga, Tenn., Brooksbank joins the Sharks squad after playing varsity volleyball for four years for the Girls Preparatory School. During her junior and senior seasons, she was named to the Divison II-AA East Region All Team and was the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Player. She was also named MVP and earned defensive awards all four years of high school. While playing for the Bruisers, the accumulated 1000+ career digs and 1000+ career kills.
 
“Preslee is one of my all-time favorite people that I met years ago at a recruit camp,” admitted Rosen. “She has a smile that lights up the room, but don’t let it fool you because she is an absolute competitor. For high school and club, she plays outside hitter, competing and winning against blockers much larger. For the Sharks, she will be competing at the libero and defensive specialist positions, and I could definitely see her earning playing time early this season. No matter what, she is going to make our gym better every day, and make lives difficult on our hitters and everyone in the conference the next four years.”
 
Pacely, who has already joined NSU after graduating early from South Forsyth HS, will look to help steer the Sharks’ offense at the setting position along with Madison Cook. Playing three years of varsity volleyball for the War Eagles, Pacely racked up the accolades while posting some impressive numbers. In 2018, she was named to the First Team All-Region and All-County teams, while earning the title of Region 5, Class 7-A Setter of the Year. Pacely was also named to the GACA All-Star team and earned Offensive MVP honors after surpassing 2,000 career assists. As a sophomore she was named to the First Team All-County and Second Team All-Region as her 825 assists  (8.1 assists per set) ranked her ninth in the state Class 7A and was ranked 11th with her 71 service aces.
 
“Nyah graduated high school early and is already on campus training with the Sharks and learning our systems, explained Rosen. “Nyah will compete for playing time right away. She has played at one of the top clubs in the country, competing and practicing at the highest levels. She has an amazing attitude and our team fell in love with her the first time they met.”
 
Price is the third incoming freshman for the Sharks, joining the team after playing for three years for Florida powerhouse H.B. Plant HS. During her senior season, Price accumulated 211 kills to go with 52 blocks and 85 digs. She also served up 27 aces. Price also played club volleyball for OTVA and was named the MVP at AAU Nationals for Premier Division 2017 and earned the honor of THINX National Club Player of the Week in 2019.
 
“Elizabeth can literally do everything on the volleyball court. I’ve seen her play outside, middle, right side and libero,” expounded Rosen. “She even plays beach, and is one of the top players in the state of Florida. She is going to make an impact for the Sharks all over the place, and I love the depth she provides everywhere. Elizabeth plays for one of the top clubs in the country, and has qualified for 18 open at nationals. Elizabeth has great ball control and is a point scoring machine. I cannot wait to see her in a Shark uniform this fall!”
 
The final addition to the 2020 roster is Alex Psoma, a grad-transfer outside hitter from San Diego State University. During her final season as an Aztec, Psoma was named to the 2016 All-Mountain West Team after leading the Aztecs in conference play with an average of 3.56 kills per set. Her mark of 3.34 kills per set in all matches also led the team, and in conference play she ranked fifth at 3.96 points per set. As a member of the Greek National Youth team that competed at the European Youth Championships in 2013 in Montenegro, she helped her team place fifth and qualify for the FIVB Youth World Championships in Thailand in July 2013. In that year, she also played with the Greek Junior national team in Bulgaria at the Junior European Championship, and was later selected onto the roster of the Greek Women’s national team.
 
“Alex brings a depth of volleyball knowledge that is impossible to teach,” confessed Rosen. “She played volleyball at the highest level in her hometown of Greece before playing three seasons at San Diego State, where she was an All-Conference performer. Alex can score on both pins, and has incredible ball control skills in serve receive and reading in defense. Beyond her incredible talent, what really drew our coaching staff and team towards Alex was her personality. She connects with everyone so easily, and it is such a pleasure to be around her or even just talk on the phone. She shares in our team goals, and is going to be an amazing fit for our program on and off the court.
 
To stay up-to-date with the Sharks on the recruiting trail, follow them on Twitter @NSU_VBALL.
 

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News from the Davie Police

Find the latest news from the Davie Police Department.

The Davie Police Department is currently in the process of obtaining reaccreditation through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The culmination of this process will take place from April 21, 2020 through April 23, 2020, as our agency will be hosting a team of assessors who will conduct a final assessment of our policies, practices and facilities. The Davie Police Department is required to comply with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. Over the course of the assessment, the department’s policies will be reviewed, staff will be interviewed and physical inspections will be made to our facility.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the CFA standards are available to view online at http://www.flaccreditation.or/standards.htm.

Our Accreditation Manager, Angela Madias, will be facilitating the assessment process for our CFA assessment team. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Davie Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us.

Through the Davie Police Department’s dedication to excellence, and the assistance of our CFA Program Manager William Walls, we are committed to exceeding the requirements for each CFA standard.

Upon the completion of the CFA assessors’ on-site examination, all findings will be submitted to the CFA to determine if the Davie Police Department has satisfied all requirements to obtain reaccreditation status. Once obtained, accreditation status is valid for a three (3) year period.

Verification by the team that Davie Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation–a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. We wish to thank our residents, business owners and local media for their assistance during this process. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Angela Madias at amadias@davie-fl.gov.

Updated: March 19, 2020

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The program makes loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Apply here.

Short Time Compensation Program for Employees

The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. This program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees. Apply here.

Reemployment Assistance Program

The Reemployment Assistance program provides temporary and partial wage replacement for qualified workers who have become unemployed, through no fault of their own, during this public health emergency. You can apply online for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:

  • Temporarily unable to work due to a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency.
  • Laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period of time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Caring for an immediate family member diagnosed with COVID-19.

Learn more about Reemployment Assistance and how to apply here.

The Town of Davie continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for a summary of social assistance resources gathered to assist those in need.

Coronavirus Business Damage Assessment Survey

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued the Business Damage Assessment Survey to evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy. The survey’s feedback allows State Government to fully assess the economic impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, in order to mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results will be shared with state agencies and local partners, including the Small Business Administration. For inquiries and assistance with the survey, please contact ESF18@em.myflorida.com.

Business Recovery Resources


Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources.  Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources.

Loan Details

  • Designated Disaster Areas: All Florida counties statewide per Executive Order 20-52.
  • Qualified Applicant: Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and suffered economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with 2 to 100 employees.
  • Amount: Up to $50,000 per eligible small business.  Loans of up to $100,000 may be made in special cases as warranted by the need of the eligible small business.
  • Term: 1 year.
  • Limitation: Only one loan may be made per eligible business. All previous bridge loans received MUST be paid in full.
  • Interest Rate: Loans will be interest-free for the loan term (1 year). The Interest rate will be 12% per annum on the unpaid balance thereafter, until the loan balance is repaid in full.  Loan default is subject to a normal commercial collection process.
  • Application Period: Applications will be accepted by qualified Florida small businesses under this program through May 8, 2020, contingent on the availability of funds.

Get Started

  1. Review eligibility requirements and loan process.
  2. Download, complete and sign the application form.
  3. Gather required support documentation.
  4. To submit completed applications and required documents, send by mail or courier to: Florida SBDC Network Headquarters, C/O Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Process, 220 West Garden Street, Suite 301 Pensacola, Florida 32502.  Applicants may also submit applications and required documents via email to Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org or by fax to (850) 696-2693.
  5. For assistance in completing the application, contact your local Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office. To locate your local Florida SBDC visit www.FloridaSBDC.org/locations or contact us toll-free (866) 737-7232

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, please contact the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network Headquarters. Email: Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.  Phone toll-free: (866) 737-7232.

About the Emergency Bridge Loan Program

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program was first activated following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It has been activated 26 additional times following disasters and has helped more than 4,750 small businesses statewide to receive more than $157.5 million in assistance.