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It may have been a rocky start to the state playoffs for Class 1A No. 1 Chiefland, but it certainly didn’t end that way Thursday night.
In a game that had plenty of momentum swings Thursday, it was the final at bat that proved to be the difference.
All games Thursday at 7 p.m.
Who: No. 6 Madison County (19-6) at No. 5 Newberry (16-8)
What: Region 3-1A
Columbia exploded for nine runs in the third inning to eliminate Ponte Vedra Nease from Region 1-7A playoffs.
Next poll will be after state tournament
1. Rockledge (6A)
2. Winter Garden West Orange (9A)
3. Parkland Stoneman Douglas (9A)
4. Fort Myers Canterbury (3A)
5. Homestead South Dade (9A)
With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Columbia had the runner it needed on base to tie the game with Class 7A No. 1 Gainesville.Gallery
But the host Hurricanes, as they have done all season, found a way to win.
Union County sent nine batters to the plate and scored five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 7-4 win to send the Tigers to the Class 1A state semifinals on Wednesday at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The Tigers (20-3) will face the winner...
Trailing by a run and down to its last three outs, Erika Gilliam's two-RBI single led Chiefland — facing District 7 rival Trenton for the fourth time this season — past the Tigers, 6-5 clinching the Region 4–1A championship and...
An in-depth look at Wednesday's regional baseball matchups.
Class 7A regional final pairings
All games at 7 p.m. unless noted
Gainesville (25-2) at Niceville (25-6), 8 p.m. EST
Lake Region (23-2) at Viera (26-1)
Junior Zach Yeager tossed a complete game, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, and Lafayette won the District 5-1A title with a 4-2 victory over Madison County.
On Tuesday, two area Class 1A softball teams will advance to next week's state tournament and possibly two larger class teams will move a step closer, advancing to Friday's regional finals.
Weight: 185 pounds
College chosen: Tusculum College (Greeneville, Tennessee)
ST. JOHNS - The Oak Hall girls' lacrosse team playoff run ended Saturday night the same way it has the last three years - on the fields of St. Johns County. Unlike past years at Ponte Vedra, this year's run ended in the state quarterfinals at...
All games at 7 p.m. unless noted
Ponte Vedra Nease (22-5) at Columbia (17-11)
Bradford (15-11) at The Villages (20-8)
Gainesville hosts Columbia in the regional semifinals and other local matchups.
Area schools and athletes qualified for regional action.
I will never forget my years in high school, although yes, they were a long time ago. Particularly my years on the Leesburg High swim team. Swimming in high school wasn't such a big deal considering my family had been involved in swimming since I was 9 years old. So going from a year-round program
On Friday, three area girls soccer teams will play in the regional finals with the winner heading to Melbourne next week for the state semifinals. Buchholz (Class 5A), Eastside (3A) and Santa Fe (2A) are one game away from the ultimate goal of any team. Santa Fe (23-2-1) was the only area team that
A week ago our area had no state titles for the 2015-16 school year. Within a 26-hour span from early Friday evening to Saturday evening, we had three. And all were in female sports. For the hundreds of female high school athletes in Gainesville, this was a proud moment. All had the right to say,