Santa Fe combo has playoffs locked up

Published: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 1:31 a.m.

Santa Fe quarterback Antonio Bartee is one of 17 seniors playing for the Raiders this season.



Cross Country

  • JESSICA VILLEMAIRE, BUCHHOLZ - The junior has come on strong late in the season, and was the Bobcats' No. 2 runner at the Region 1-4A meet Saturday at Santa Fe Community College.

    Villemaire finished 12th overall (20:13.57) and helped the Bobcats to their third consecutive regional championship, and a trip to next week's 4A state meet in Tampa.

  • JULIE CARUSONE, GAINESVILLE - The senior led the Hurricanes to the Region 2-2A title, winning the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.35; All-America Consideration) and the 100-yard breaststroke.

    Carusone also helped GHS to a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and a runner-up finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

  • LAUREN BULLARD, OAK HALL - The junior libero stepped up in place of Kendall Obreza, who left the Eagles' regional quarterfinal match with Trenton due to illness.

    Bullard contributed 31 assists, 12 service points and five kills to help Oak Hall into Tuesday's regional finals with a 25-14, 25-16 and 25-5 win over the Tigers (16-1).

  • With Bartee and senior tailback Alex Courtney, Santa Fe is one of the area's most balanced teams, which is one of the main reasons the Raiders are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

    Bartee and Courtney are also the area's first quarterback and rusher from the same team to surpass 1,000 yards (Bartee passing/Courtney rushing).

    On the year, Bartee has completed 79 of 139 passes, good for 1,163 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Courtney has collected 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns on 144 carries, while helping Santa Fe to a 5-4 overall record and a 2-1 district mark.

    On Friday, the pair led the Raiders past district foe Dunnellon, 41-6, to grab the District 7-3A runner-up spot and a trip to the postseason.

    In the win, Courtney rushed for 165 yards, while Bartee threw for 159 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 60 more yards and another score. Bartee, also a defensive back, had added an interception in the victory.

    Junior kicker Rhom Roberts was solid in the win too, kicking two field goals and five extra points.

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