Sharks Win Third Straight with Offensive Onslaught

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Overcoming a rough first quarter, the Nova Southeastern women’s basketball team broke out in a big way to win their third consecutive game, all three at home and by double-digits, this time by an 84-71 margin over Embry-Riddle at the Rick Case Arena on Saturday afternoon in Sunshine State Conference action.

W, 84-71
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern Sharks (9-7, 5-4 SSC), Embry-Riddle Eagles (5-11, 3-7 SSC)
LOCATION: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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1ST QUARTER | It took over two and a half minutes for the Sharks to get on the board, committing turnovers on three straight early possessions, as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead. They finally did score their first points with a Janiffer Rodriguez free throw, then their first field goal just seconds later from a Jordan Tully layup off the offensive rebound. Turnovers continued to plague the team, with three more before their next field goal inside the 5:00 mark, and the Eagles took a 10-point lead (15-5) just before the clock hit three minutes. The Sharks scored a quick five points, but the Eagles got them right back, and Sarah Kelly ended the frame with a layup to cut the deficit back to eight, at 20-12.

2ND QUARTER | The Sharks got another five points in the first minute with a Hailey Conley and another layup by Tully. Then, thanks to three straight Embry-Riddle turnovers, the Sharks were able to get within one on a Maria Bardeeva layup. The Eagles responded with three consecutive layups, however, to put the Sharks in a seven-point hole, 26-19. The Sharks turned a corner from there, though, as the defense stepped up to force 11 out of 12 empty possessions, including three turnovers and nine straight missed field goals — four layups, four jumpers and one 3-pointer. Meanwhile, the offense ended the half by making eight of their last 13 attempts, with a 19-2 run in a six-minute span. The Sharks finally took their first lead on another Tully layup just before the halfway point, a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. A steal and Fastbreak layup for Conley put them up by 10 (38-28) for the first time, before the Eagles hit a 3-pointer and free throw before the break.

3RD QUARTER | A pair of three-point plays – first Conley from outside, then an old-fashioned by Tully – put the Sharks back up by 10, before the Eagles got within five, but that would be the closest margin for the rest of the game, as the Sharks exploded on another big streak, this time 11 in a row, and never saw their lead drop back into single digits, with the margin at a comfortable 15 points heading into the final period.

4TH QUARTER | A 10-2 run midway through the fourth gave them their largest lead of the game at 21 points (80-59), and a Bardeeva layup with 4:43 remaining meant they were just three points away from giving the loyal crowd free Blaze Pizza, but turnovers on seven consecutive possessions put that in danger, and despite a final late Tully layup, they dribbled out their final possession, and after late teases by the men’s squad in their last two games, the fans continue to be denied.


  • Tully once again led the team in scoring, this time with 27 points, her seventh game this season with 20 or more and her fourth 25-point effort, as she continues to lead the SSC with 18.3 points per game. Her 10-of-16 performance from the field also maintains her standing atop the conference’s shooting leaders, at 59.8%. Tully added seven rebounds and a career-high three steals and made six of her seven attempts at the charity stripe.
  • Conley, meanwhile, extended her 3-point lead, with five more in 11 attempts. She posted her third double-double of the year, all in the last three games, with 21 points and 10 boards, shooting 8-of-16 overall and contributing four assists and a career-high four steals of her own.
  • Bardeeva had her best game of the season, with season-highs of 16 points and seven field goals out of nine tries, in addition to five rebounds.


  • The Sharks’ 84 points represent a season-high, as does their 60.7% field goal percentage, and their best mark since they set the all-time record of 64.4% against Concordia on Dec. 18 of last season. It was also the first time they shot over 60% in conference play since Dec. 7, 2013, when they set the program’s single-game points record of 110 by shooting 64.5%.
  • The Sharks shot 64.4% (29-45) from the field as a team from the second quarter on, and over 60% in each individual quarter, including 71.4% (10-14) in their 29-point third. They also outscored the Eagles 44-24 in the paint over that stretch.
  • Overall, the Sharks dominated the middle two quarters to the tune of a 55-32 margin.
  • With three straight double-digit wins, by an average margin of 17.7 points, the Sharks are now scoring more points than they’ve allowed for the first time all season, at 1141 (71.3 per game) to 1137 (71.1 per game).
  • It’s their first three-game streak of double-digit wins since last January 12-30, when they won five consecutive SSC matchups by an average of 24.2 points, including the middle three in a row by at least 20, with the last two of that stretch against Palm Beach Atlantic and Embry-Riddle by 25 and 21, respectively.

The Sharks will hit the road for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday, making the short trip down to Miami Shores to face off with the Barry Buccaneers. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Follow along with live updates on Twitter by following @NSU_WBasketball

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Late Free Throws Lift Sharks in 83-82 Nail-Biter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Connor Zinaich scored five of his team-high 23 points in the final minute, including the go-ahead free throw with 3.6 seconds remaining, as No. 9 Nova Southeastern survived Embry-Riddle by a final score of 83-82 on Saturday night at the Rick Case Arena. The Sharks trailed by as many as six with 3:12 to play, yet made just enough timely plays down the stretch to stave off the upset. Zinaich led four players in double figures, with Mark Matthews adding 17 points and nine rebounds to go along with Nick Smith’s 11 points and nine assists.

Score: No. 9 Nova Southeastern 83, Embry-Riddle 82
Records: No. 9 Nova Southeastern (13-2, 7-2 SSC), Embry-Riddle (13-5, 5-5 SSC)
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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1st Half | The Sharks sizzled early from beyond the arc, collecting four three-pointers from four different players to race out to a 12-4 advantage a little over three minutes into the ball game. The Eagles would respond, though, with seven unanswered points until an RJ Sunahara lay-up ended the run. NSU had very few answers inside for ERAU’s Luka Majstorovic, who finished the night with a game-high 34 points on 15-of-18 from the field. The big man barely needed 10 minutes to reach 14 points, as his efforts kept the Eagles down just 24-20 midway through the half. A Matthews put-back handed the Sharks their first double-digit lead at the 6:33 mark, which grew to as many as 13 following a pair of Sunahara free throws. However, NSU would record only one field over the final 4:28 of the half, as the Eagles capped a 15-2 run with a buzzer-beating three to knot up the contest at 44-44 heading into the break.

2nd Half | An early bucket at the start of the second half handed ERAU its first lead since the opening minutes of the ball game. Neither side would create much separation until back-to-back Matthews lay-ups stretched the margin to 66-59 with 8:30 to go. With the lead only four, ERAU’s Tylin Lockett-Fuller drilled a pair of three’s to put the Eagles on top 71-70. Another Lockett-Fuller trey on the ensuing possession stretched the margin to four in favor of ERAU before a Romeo Crouch triple stunned the NSU crowd, as the Sharks were all the sudden staring at a six-point deficit with just 3:12 showing on the clock. A much-needed three the next time down the floor by Eddie Puisis cut the deficit in half. Still, NSU found itself down 81-76 with only 1:32 remaining. A Matthews bucket pulled the Sharks back to within three. Following a key defensive stop, Matthews then dished to Zinaich, who finished at the rim plus the foul to make it an 81-81 contest with only 37 seconds to play. A Puisis foul on the other end prevented an easy two, yet after splitting 1-of-2 at the line, Majstorovic gave the Eagles a one-point edge. With no timeouts in their pocket, the Sharks pushed the ball up ahead off the rebound, when Zinaich forced a whistle with only 3.6 seconds to go in regulation. Having hit 7-of-9 at the line in the game already, the redshirt senior calmly drained both attempts, as NSU regained the lead. ERAU had one final chance, but Crouch’s off-balance heave at the buzzer missed left, allowing the Sharks to hold on for the dramatic victory.


  • The Sharks are now 3-2 in games in which they’ve been outrebounded after losing the battle of the boards 33-30 on Saturday.
  • NSU has now won four straight in the series against ERAU.


  • NSU turned the ball over just seven times on Saturday, while forcing ERAU into 16 miscues.
  • Puisis and Matt Weir combined for six of the Sharks’ nine three-point makes. Puisis has now scored in double figures in each of the last three games.

In a battle atop the Sunshine State Conference standings, NSU will head to Miami Shores next Wednesday to take on Barry. The two programs have combined to win each of the last three SSC regular season titles. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MBasketball.

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Sharks Close Out Regular Season With Wins Over Keiser

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –  Wrapping up the regular season on a beautiful Saturday morning at the NSU Aquatic Center, the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s swim teams earned two wins over the Keiser Seahawks. Prior to the meet, the Sharks honored their 10 seniors – Aleksei Averchenko, Liza Buluchevskaya, Caily Friel, Tristan Hichkad, Kaitlyn Honnick, Vinny Lijoi, Magnus Poulsen, Jessie Urban, Tate Vangellow and Elizabeth Zubero.
FINAL WOMEN’S SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (180), Keiser Seahawks (82)
FINAL MEN’S SCORES: No. 10 Nova Southeastern Sharks (183), Keiser Seahawks (79)
LOCATION: NSU Aquatic Center | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  
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  • Hannah Pariseult grabbed the first individual win for NSU in the 1000 freestyle, winning in 10:40.21. Caleb Fell went on to win the men’s side in 9:35.54.
  • In the 200 freestyle, Vincent Lijoi topped the competition in 1:42.74.
  • Wright earned the win in the 100 backstroke, posting an NCAA B-Cut time of 56.48. Averchenko completed the event sweep with a winning time of 50.78. Wright also went on to win the 200 backstroke in 2:03.89.
  • In the women’s 100 breaststroke, Friel won in 1:05.11.
  • The Sharks won both sides of the 200 butterfly, as Maslova won in 2:06.14 and Matteo Masiero won in 1:52.47. Maslova also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.86 and the 100 butterfly in 55.85. Masiero also earned the win in the 100 fly in 49.45.
  • In the 50 free, Alec Dawson recorded a winning time of 21.20.
  • Johns notched a win in the 100 freestyle in 52.28 and Yanello won the event in 46.41.
  • In the men’s 200 backstroke, Xella recorded a winning time of 1:53.33. He also won the 200 IM in 1:56.22.
  • Samuel Brettmann finished first in the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:07.58.
  • In the 500 freestyle, Emma Sundstedt and Lijoi won in 5:14.16 and 4:40.26, respectively.
  • In the women’s 200 IM, Elizabeth Zubero won in 2:09.23.

The Sharks will begin preparations for postseason, starting on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the 2020 Sunshine State Conference Championship in Clearwater, Fla.
Follow along with live updates on Twitter by following @NSU_Swim.

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LeMaire, Sharks Predicted to Finish Sixth in SSC Softball Preseason Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Looking to build off its first 30-win season since 2014, the Nova Southeastern softball team has been projected to finish sixth by the league’s coaches in the Sunshine State Conference Preseason Poll, announced on Friday.

The Sharks earned a total of 56 points, nine more than seventh-place Palm Beach Atlantic. On the receiving end of seven first-place votes, Rollins topped the poll for the first time since 2015. Defending SSC champion Florida Tech landed runner-up with three first-place votes, while Saint Leo and Tampa captured a share of third after collecting an identical 80 points apiece. Embry-Riddle rounded out the preseason Top-5.

Entering her fifth season at the helm, head coach Julie LeMaire will be faced with the tough task of replacing NSU’s top bat in All-American Suka Van Gurp, along with the team’s Top-2 arms from a year ago in Miriam Schmoll and Lexie Storrer. The Sharks will look towards the big bats of junior transfers Anina Fernandez and Juliana Speranza to step up at the plate, while Shark fans can expect to see Savannah Foster and Emiy Hess split a majority of the time in the circle for NSU.

Opening Day for the Sharks is set for Jan. 31, where they’ll face both Lubbock Christian and West Alabama in the DII Gulf Shores Invitational. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks throughout the season, follow them on Twitter @NSU_Softball.

Below are the full results of the 2020 SSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses). 

School (FPV)
Rollins (7)
Florida Tech (3)
Saint Leo
Tampa (1)
Nova Southeastern
Palm Beach Atlantic
Florida Southern
Total Votes
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Tennis Ranked No. 5 Nationally in ITA Preseason Poll

TEMPE, Ariz. – After an outstanding 2019 season and a subsequent head-turning Fall to start the school year, the Nova Southeastern tennis team has gained further national attention. The Sharks received a fifth-place preseason ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), organization officials announced this week. In addition to the team ranking, the doubles pair of Sarah Wardenbug and Natalie Espinal were previously announced as the nation’s No. 1 pair, while Espinal is fourth in singles.

Now in the fourth spring under Doug Neagle, the Sharks are coming off their best season in 12 years, and are reaping the rewards in national acclaim. The program on the rise under Neagle, the Sharks were ranked ninth in last years’ poll, 15th the prior year. Marking the best season since 2007, the 2019 Sharks went 22-5 and Neagle was the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year. NSU also finished as SSC Championships runner-up and hosted an NCAA South Region tournament site.
The premier tennis conference in NCAA Division II, three-time defending National Champion Barry heads four Sunshine State Conference teams in the top 6 – NSU included.

Last season, the Sharks ranked as high as third in the nation and ended the year at No. 6.
This year’s NSU squad loses only Ana Navas to graduation and retains the services of Espinal and Wardenburg, who went 19-4 together in doubles and respectively were 20-5 and 17-6 in singles play. Only a sophomore, who spent most of her rookie season under age 18, Espinal was the SSC and South Region ITA Rookie of the Year. In addition, Navas’ doubles partner Daniela Obando is back for her senior season after earning All-SSC nods and a 13-2 singles record to go with her 13-4 doubles record. Sophomore Diane Follin-Arbelet returns from a 19-6 singles record. Meanwhile, the Sharks gain a boost from three Division I transfers, all from the Sun Belt Conference. Making their NSU spring debuts next month are Celia Montero Estevan (Troy), TingTing Pei (Troy) and Karolina Snita (Louisiana Monroe).

“It’s nice to be recognized by the ITA in the top 5 for the preseason rankings,” Neagle said. “Our main concern is only our next opponent though. We have a challenging schedule and will be tested right away against a tough Flagler College team in our first match, February 1st. Our team is working hard and I know they are hungry this season. We feel like we have some unfinished business from last year.”
One more junior college scrimmage tune-up is on the schedule before the Sharks host the FC Saints on Feb. 1 at the NSU Tennis Complex. Flagler opens the season ranked No. 13. NSU will follow with a trip to Valdosta, Ga. to meet Georgia College and Valdosta State on Feb. 8-9, before opening SSC play against Tampa at home on Feb. 15.

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Broward County Supervisor of Elections

Election Day

A Presidential Primary Election is held on the third Tuesday of March in a presidential election year. The Primary Election is held 11 weeks before the General Election for purposes of nominating party nominees to be voted for in the General Election to fill a national, state, county, or district office. A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The election dates for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 17
  • Primary Election: August 18
  • General Election: November 3

Note: Special elections may be called at any time during the year. Local elections may also be held throughout the year. Check the Local Elections Database which contain dates as reported by the county for elections (county-specific, municipal, special district, or other local election) scheduled within one county. Contact your county Supervisor of Elections for the most up-to-date information.

Deadline to Register (Book Closing)

Eligible individuals can register to vote at any time. The deadline to register in order to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 18*
  • Primary Election: July 20
  • General Election: October 5

*Federal holiday moves the deadline to the next business day 

Vote-by-Mail Ballot ‘Send’ Deadline

For vote-by-mail ballot requests on record, state law requires that the ballots be sent during specified timeframes.

For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service member and overseas civilian voters (also known as UOCAVA voters), Supervisors of Elections send the ballots no later than 45 days before an election. The send periods for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 1
  • Primary Election: July 4
  • General Election: September 19

For domestic voters, Supervisors of Elections send the ballots during a 7-day window between 40 and 33 days before an election. The send periods for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 6 – 13
  • Primary Election: July 9 – July 16
  • General Election: September 24 – October 1

Early Voting Period

Broward County Early voting begins March 7th and ends March 15th. Voting is between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

General Election Information



The Town of Davie will hold its next election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The Town of Davie Town Council consists of 5 elected officials. The Mayor is elected at-large with four (4) Councilmembers designated by geographical district seats (Districts 1, 2, 3, & 4).The Town’s next election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2022 and subsequently every November of even numbered years. 

 Office Terms

Town Council elections occur every four (4) years in November of even numbered years.

(See Town of Davie Charter

Qualifying for Office

  • Candidates must be qualified electors in the Town and have resided in the geographical district at least six (6) month prior to the commencement of the qualifying period.
  • Pursuant to 99.095 Florida Statutes, a person seeking to qualify for nomination to any office may qualify to have their name placed on the ballot by means of petitioning process. 

Qualifying and Assessment Fees (99.093(1),F.S.)

  • A qualifying fee of 3% plus a 1% election assessment fee both equal to the annual salary must be paid at the time the candidate qualifies for office.

Qualifying period for November 8, 2022 Election

  • Begins: TBD
  • Ends: TBD

Wastewater Collections

The employees of the Wastewater Collection Division are trained in many disciplines, from operation and maintenance of the wastewater collection system infrastructure to public health and safety. Employees must maintain a Wastewater Collection License through the State of Florida. The division works weekdays, weekends and holidays, as well as emergency situations, to provide wastewater services to the Town. 

All users of the Wastewater Collections System (Sanitary Sewer) must comply with the requirements of the Town Sewer Use Ordinance in Chapter 25 Utilities. These provisions meet state/federal guidelines, including pretreatment requirements if classified as industrial user. The ordinance provides the necessary information in regard to connections, fees and charges, user requirements and industrial discharges. Tampering with the Town’s wastewater collection system is a violation of local ordinance and state/federal statutes.

Sharks Baseball Picked Second in Preseason SSC Coaches Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Entering the 2020 season ranked No. 16 nationally, the Nova Southeastern baseball team was also picked second in the Preseason Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Coaches Poll, league officials announced Thursday. The Sharks received 87 points, only behind defending National Champion Tampa (100 points, 10 first-place votes).
Heading into the first year with a new coach since 2011, the Sharks return 19 players from last season’s squad for skipper Laz Gutierrez. The 2019 Sharks finished 34-17 and tied for the best league record with Tampa and SSC Champion Eckerd. Nova Southeastern closed out the 2019 season in their fifth consecutive NCAA postseason, battling to the South Regional final before falling to Tampa in a 12th-inning stunner. The Sharks were picked at third in the 2019 preseason predicted order.
“It’s nice that our peers think highly of our team this year, but the reality is that we still need to play the games,” Gutierrez said. “The SSC is such a competitive conference that we need to be prepared to compete every time we step on the field.”
The Sharks will have the opportunity to be well prepared when conference play is in full stream, as NSU will face six opponents ranked in national preseason polls during their formidable 50-game schedule.
Beyond NSU in the poll, perennial contender Florida Southern is in third place at 78 points, while Embry-Riddle (60 points) and Florida Tech (58 points) round out the top-5. They are followed by Saint Leo (54 points), Barry (50 points), Lynn (38 points), Eckerd (31 points), Rollins (26 points) and Palm Beach Atlantic (23 points).

Below are the full results of the 2020 SSC Preseason Coaches Poll.
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their teams
(points: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).


Rank School (FPV) Total Points
1 Tampa (10) 100
2 Nova Southeastern 87
3 Florida Southern (1) 78
4 Embry-Riddle 60
5 Florida Tech 58
6 Saint Leo 54
7 Barry 50
8 Lynn 38
9 Eckerd 31
10 Rollins 26
11 Palm Beach Atlantic 23

The Sharks open up the 2020 campaign in the confines of the NSU Baseball Complex with back-to-back-back dates against No. 7 North Greenville, Tusculum and St. Thomas from Jan. 31 to 2.


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