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Strong starts from college athletes

College athletes from Seminole Tribe of Florida reservations are off to strong starts on the softball and baseball fields this season. Here’s an update as of Feb. 14 on how they’re doing.

• Ahnie Jumper, of the Big Cypress Reservation, scored Florida Gulf Coast University’s third run in a 4-0 win against Ball State in Fort Myers as the Eagles’ softball team improved to 4-0 on Feb. 9. Jumper, a sophomore catcher, also caught the final three innings of the shutout.

Jumper, who played on state championship teams at American Heritage-Plantation, has been the late-inning catcher in all six of FGCU’s games

Cheyenne Nunez
State College of Florida softball

, including a 2-1 win against Penn State on Feb. 8 when she caught the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

• State College of Florida leadoff batter Cheyenne Nunez continued her hot start to the 2019 softball season. The Okeechobee High grad from the Brighton Reservation recorded her third multiple-hit game of the young season with a pair of hits in a 5-2 win against Lake-Sumter State College on Feb. 7. She also scored a run and had one RBI. Two days later Nunez had a triple, three runs scored and a stolen base in a doubleheader sweep against Santa Fe College as SCF upped its record to 6-1.

Nunez, a sophomore outfielder, is second on the team in batting average (.426) and stolen bases (4).

• Sunni Bearden, of the Brighton Reservation, went 2-for-2 and scored two runs for the South Florida State College softball team in an 11-3 win Feb. 1 against Lake-Sumter State College. In a rematch four days later, Bearden, a freshman outfielder, had a double, RBI and run scored in a 5-3 win. The Moore Haven High grad went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run in a 3-2 loss Feb. 9 against Pasco-Hernando State College.

• For the second time in six days, Pasco-Hernando State College freshman pitcher Sean Osceola tossed four shutout innings of relief on the baseball diamond. Osceola, a former Okeechobee High ace from the Brighton Reservation, notched the victory in a 15-1 win against Florida Southern College JV on Feb. 11. He fanned four and allowed two hits as he improved his record to 2-1. On Feb. 5, Osceola struck out five and walked just one batter in four innings of shutout ball as PHSC blanked Inspiration Academy 15-0.

Trevor Thomas
Warner University baseball

Through 10 innings this season Osceola had yet to allow an earned run.

• Through four games this season, Trevor Thomas, of the Brighton Reservation, is batting over .400 for the Warner University JV baseball team.

Thomas, a sophomore outfielder, went 1-for-1 in the season opener against Polk State on Jan. 29. The following day he had a 2-for-3 day at the plate against College of Central Florida.

The Okeechobee High graduate also notched a hit against Elite Squad and had two hits against Webber International.

As of mid-February, he had a .461 batting average with two doubles, two stolen bases and one RBI.

Sunni Bearden
South Florida State College softball
Ahnie Jumper
Florida Gulf Coast University softball
Sean Osceola
Pasco-Hernando State College baseball
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at

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