HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Davis has grip on sport


Published: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 12:05 a.m.
There is no doubt Gainesville High School senior Nick Davis is the area's premier wrestler, but his young teammates are quickly following suit to solidify the Hurricanes as a legitimate threat.
Davis, a University of Minnesota signee who has won 73 consecutive high school matches, including last year's Class 2A state title at 171 pounds, led Gainesville to its third team title of the season with a win at Columbia's Tiger Invitational on Saturday.
"Nick has really stepped up to be a tremendous leader this season," Gainesville coach Scott Billings said. "He wrestled really well this week, and right now he's just a man among boys. He's definitely ready to be a college wrestler."
Senior Robert Petrick (125) and sophomores Devin Billings (152) and Travis Hoffman (103) joined Davis (189) in their respective winners' circles, helping the Hurricanes top the nine-team field with a 181.5 win over second-place Pratville, Ala. (176.5). Davis was also named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.
"There's been great growth in the young guys since last season, which means they are getting a lot out of practice," Billings said. "You play like you practice, which is true in any sport, and these guys are really coming along."
The Hurricanes will host their own tournament again this year, with action beginning Saturday at 10 a.m.
The 10-team Storm of the Century will include Olympic-style pool play, and the teams will be divided into two groups for round-robin competition with tournament scoring.
The all-day event will also feature individual finals.

Girls Basketball

  • KITTERY NEALE, OAK HALL- The junior scored 22 points in a win against Bronson, in addition to four rebounds and four assists. In the win against Lafayette, Neale collected 27 points, 11 rebounds, made four steals and four assists. In Oak Hall's loss to North Palm Beach Benjamin, the defending state champions in Class 2A, she scored 15 points and tallied eight rebounds. For the week, Neale had 64 points and 23 rebounds, and went 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.

    Boys Basketball

  • KENDRIC WILLIAMS, COLUMBIA- The junior point guard averaged 28 minutes a game this week to go along with 8.5 points and six assists in two wins. Williams only committed two turnovers over the two-game stretch.

    Boys Soccer

  • PATRICK O'CONNER, GAINESVILLE- O'Conner, a junior forward, scored six goals and assisted on five more during three matches. He also had the game-winning assist against St. Augustine Nease Friday.

    Girls Soccer

  • MORGAN JOHNSON, OAK HALL- The eighth- grade goalkeeper stopped 10 shots against P.K. Yonge on Thursday. Her play in the net helped Oak Hall get the 3-2 victory.

    Honorable Mention

  • Girls Basketball Fran Carter, Chiefland - The senior forward had 31 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks in two games.
    Katrice Mulberry, Eastside - In three district wins for the Rams, the sophomore small forward scored 54 points and recorded 18 steals, 16 rebounds and 13 assists.
    Janelle Gladden, Gainesville - The junior shooting guard helped her team to a 2-0 week by scoring 30 points and adding 11 assists, seven rebounds, four steals and a block.
    Janay McCray, Santa Fe - In a week where Santa Fe went 3-0, the junior utility player helped lead the way with 29 points, 33 rebounds and eight blocks. McCray also hit 75 percent of her shots from the free-throw line.
    Bianca Pope, Trenton - In Pope's last two games, the junior forward has had two double-doubles. She averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and three assists during the two games.
    Ashton Atwood, Westwood Hills Christian Academy - The point guard, a seventh-grader, recorded 53 points, 28 rebounds, 17 steals and 13 assists over a five-game span, during which the team went 4-1. She posted a triple-double against Cornerstone with 12 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds. She was also named to the Prime American Classic all-tournament team played at Shores Christian Academy during Christmas break.
    Alyssa Atwood, Westwood Hills Christian Academy - The sophomore shooting guard, and Ashton's older sister, had a triple-double of her own against Cornerstone with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. In five games, Alyssa had 69 points, 51 rebounds, 25 steals and 15 assists.
  • Girls Soccer Allie Bullard, Oak Hall - Bullard, an eighth-grader playing forward, scored two goals and added an assist in a 6-0 win against Fort White last Tuesday.
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