With the first of three athletic seasons complete, Buchholz and Oak Hall lead their respective classifications in the 2002-03 Dodge Sunshine Cup Floyd E. Lay All-Sports Awards point standings.
This isn't exactly a new thing for either school, as the Eagles were the Class A overall winners a year ago, and the Bobcats captured the 5A title.
Buchholz, led by a girls state swimming championship and bolstered by district titles in football, volleyball, golf (boys and girls), cross country (boys and girls) and boys swimming, has been particularly dominant, holding a 246-177 advantage over second-place Niceville.
Oak Hall, thanks to outstanding seasons in volleyball, golf, fall soccer and cross country, has a 179.5-130.5 lead on Melbourne Holy Trinity Episcopal.
Other local programs also find themselves with top-10 rankings, as Gainesville is sixth in 4A and P.K. Yonge is eighth in 2A.
Top-5 gender standings have the Buchholz and Oak Hall girls and boys each in first place in their respective classes, while GHS's girls are third.
Comprehensive listings of overall, boys and girls rankings for all classifications are available at www.fhsaa.org.LAST CALL: Volleyball coaches are asked to fax back your all-area ballots to 352-338-3128 by today, if they haven't done so already. If it would be easier for you, feel free to email your nominees to firstname.lastname@example.org. Players of the year, as well as the all-area teams, will be finalized by Thursday and we don't want any worthy candidates to be left out.TIDBITS: In one of the most bizarre rankings I have ever seen, Gainesville High's boys basketball team, which is 12-2 heading into tonight's game with Leesburg, moved to No. 1 in this week's Class 4A poll without receiving a single first-place vote. ... The Stiles Corporation Gridiron Report released its all-classification "All-Gridiron" teams recently. Two local athletes, Lafayette wide receiver Marcus Edwards and Columbia defensive back Rashaun Jones, were second-team selections. ... Former Bradford running back DeWhitt Betterson was second on Troy State in rushing with 711 yards on 101 carries (better than a 7.0 avg). He also was second on the team in scoring with 30 points (on five touchdowns). ... Oak Hall is looking to hire a field events and hurdles coach. For more information, contact athletic director Jeff Malloy at 352-332-3609 during school hours. ... Hawthorne junior guard Cornelius Ingram's 39 points against Newberry in the finals of the Hitchcock's Classic were one short of tying his career high. Ingram was named the tournament's most valuable player. ... Lafayette girls hoopsters Chandra Shine and Natalie Land proved to be a nice 1-2 punch in last weekend's 42-34 victory against tough Chiefland. Shine had 20 of her team's 42 points and made four three-pointers, while Land, just a seventh-grader, scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. ... Former Gainesville High School/University of Florida guard Orien Greene was in town to watch the city championships last weekend. Former GHS two-sport (football and basketball) standout Vernell Brown, now a Florida Gator receiver, also attended. ... Winter sports coaches are asked to remember to call in your statistics and athlete of the week nominees on Sunday between 4-7 p.m. You also can email your stats to email@example.com.
John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.