Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 12:27 a.m.

Bolt, Wilcox named divers of the week

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Juniors Nicole Bolt and Zach Wilcox were named the Southeastern Conference Divers of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
    Wilcox, who was selected the men's diver of the week, posted four NCAA zone qualifying scores and won three events last weekend as Florida split with Alabama and No. 1 Auburn.
  • TRACK AND FIELD: For the second consecutive week, a University of Florida women's thrower has earned Trackshark.com athlete of the week honors. Junior Candice Scott was named the athlete of the week for her record-setting performance Sunday at the SEC Invitational.
    In her first weight throw competition of the 2004 season, Scott set the collegiate record with her mark of 22.82m/74-10.50.

    Women's, men's teams face Daytona Beach CC

  • Looking to extend its unbeaten streak to three games, the Santa Fe CC men's basketball team hosts Daytona Beach CC at 7:30 tonight.
    Santa Fe (12-10, 2-1 Mid-Florida Conference) has won four of its last five games, including victories in its last two contests. A win against Daytona Beach (14-6, 1-2 MFC) would tie for the Saints' longest win streak of the season.
    "We'll need to be at our best to beat them and hope to have plenty of fans behind us," Santa Fe coach Chris Mowry said.
    Meanwhile, the SFCC women (10-9; 0-3 MFC) entertain Daytona Beach CC at 5:30 p.m.

    Chiefland tackle going to Charleston Southern

  • Chiefland's 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackler Donald Fondren has committed to Division I-AA Charleston Southern.
    Fondren, who recorded 60 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss and four sacks as a senior, visited the school last weekend, one week after travelling to Clemson. He cancelled a scheduled trip to Akron.
    "He's really excited about it," said Chiefland coach Sam Holland, who added Fondren has put on 20 pounds of muscle since the end of football season.
    -John Patton

    Pitcher who killed osprey must do service

  • DAYTONA BEACH - A minor-league pitcher who killed an osprey with a baseball last year cannot pay his way out of performing community service, a judge ruled Tuesday.
    Volusia County Judge Freddie J. Worthen agreed with the state attorney's office that Ryu must follow the original plea agreement, which prosecutors said gives him until the end of February to complete the work.
    Ryu, 20, knocked the bird from its perch at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach before a game in the Single-A Florida State League on April 21. The bird, nicknamed "Ozzy" by fans, was blinded in its right eye and died six days later.
    Following public outcry over the incident, the Cubs demoted Ryu to the Lansing (Mich.) Lugnuts of the lower-level Midwest League.

    Thrashers' Heatley to return to the ice tonight

  • ATLANTA - Thrashers' star Dany Heatley plans to play tonight for the first time since surviving a car wreck in September that killed teammate Dan Snyder.
    Heatley's scheduled return against St. Louis at home will cap a recovery from two torn knee ligaments and a broken jaw. He had surgery in October to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.
    Coach Bob Hartley and Heatley decided on the move after practice Tuesday, the team said.
    Heatley skated for the first time Dec. 23, then joined his teammates in a pregame skate about 10 days ago.
    "I feel 100 percent," Heatley said. "I'm really excited. (This) is my opening night."
    He was charged with vehicular homicide after Snyder died from head injuries. Test results showed Heatley consumed a small amount of alcohol before the crash, with his blood alcohol content less than 0.015 percent, below Georgia's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
    Because Heatley wasn't drunk and Snyder's relatives said they forgave him, prosecutors could decide the crash was an accident, with no need to pursue felony charges, which carry sentences from three to 15 years.
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