Published: Friday, January 2, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2004 at 12:18 a.m.


Florida JUCO Shootout starts two-day run

  • The Santa Fe CC men's basketball team begins the new year by hosting seven other Florida teams in the two-day Florida JUCO Shootout.

    The Saints (8-8) will play in the fourth and final game each day of the shootout, which begins at 1 p.m. today. Santa Fe takes on Hillsborough at 7 tonight and concludes the tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday against Palm Beach.

    Santa Fe is coming of a 73-63 loss to No. 18 South Georgia Tech on Tuesday in the SFCC Holiday Classic.

    On the season, sophomore forward Alonzo Hird leads the Saints in both points (16.0 ppg) and rebounds (9.81 rpg). Bryan Harrison has a team-best 1-3 assists and 24 steals to go along with a 13.9 ppg average.

    Daytona Beach, Gulf Coast, Tallahassee, Pensacola and Broward also are competing.

    Today's other games: Daytona Beach vs. Gulf Coast, 1 p.m.; Tallahassee vs. Palm Beach, 3 p.m., Pensacola vs. Broward, 5 p.m. and Santa Fe vs. Hillsborough, 7 p.m.


    MacLean steps down as Blue Jackets coach

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Doug MacLean stepped down as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday after failing to duplicate the success he had in Florida.

    MacLean remains president and general manager of the Blue Jackets, who have the worst record in the NHL. Assistant Gerard Gallant was elevated to the head coaching spot.

    ``We have a lot of guys who haven't played to their potential. I hope I was the reason for that,'' said MacLean, whose team has the worst record in the NHL. ``Now, they won't have that for an excuse.''

    MacLean, 49, coached the Florida Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup finals in the franchise's third season. He had a record of 24-43-8-4 as the Blue Jackets' head coach.


    50-tournament winner Harold Henning dies

  • PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Harold Henning, who won more than 50 golf tournaments during a five-decade career, died Thursday at 69.

    He lived in Miami Beach and died after a long illness, the PGA Tour said.

    Henning, who was born in South Africa, came to the United States to compete in 1954 and played his way onto the PGA Tour in 1966. That year he won the Texas Open and in 1970 he captured the Tallahassee Open.

    He joined the Champions Tour in 1984, where he had three victories in his 18 years on the circuit for golfers 50 and over. Henning also had two international victories in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

    ``Harold was instrumental to the development and popularity of the Champions Tour in the early days of its growth,'' PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. ``His affability and warm personality generated tremendous good will for the Tour.''


    Buchholz hosts soccer tournament

  • The Buchholz girls soccer team is looking to start the new year with a second consecutive win at its own annual tournament, and the Bobcats will get that opportunity when they take the field today in the 26th Lady Bobcat Soccer Invitational.

    Joining Buchholz will be locals Oak Hall and Keystone Heights, as well as Tallahassee Lincoln, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, South Fork, Pensacola Washington and Tallahassee Leon.

    The eight teams will be divided into two divisions, with the four teams playing each other in a round-robin format. Points will be awarded for each win, and the division winners will meet in Saturday's championship game.

    The tournament's preliminary matches will be held at the University of Florida's soccer practice facility and intramural field, while the third-place match and tournament final will be contested at UF's Percy Beard Stadium.

    -Matt Cannizzaro

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