PREP NOTEBOOK JOHN PATTON

Buchholz girls hit milestones


Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 11:49 p.m.
A couple of milestones were reached at Buchholz High School recently.
Last Friday, junior guard Jennifer Hardy put back a missed shot with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter of a loss to Eastside to score the 1,000th point of her career.
"She's a great kid that works so hard every time out," Bobcats' coach Bryan Harris said. "She and her family didn't even know she was near the mark because she really doesn't think much about individual accomplishments."
Hardy is the fifth girls player in Buchholz history to reach the 1,000, joining current Gator Brittany Davis, Davis's post partner Katherine Close, Rebecca Williams (now a Bobcats' assistant) and former Olympian Tammy Jackson.
Also, on Tuesday, the girls soccer team defeated Oak Hall, 6-0, to extend Buchholz's unbeaten streak to six years against local teams.
In that contest Nikki Collins scored four goals and Allie Bullard added two assists and a goal to help the Bobcats improve to 15-7. Collins leads the area with 26 goals.
  • HOOPING IT UP: Former GHS all-state basketball player Jerald Fields is playing professionally in the Canary Islands in the European Level II league, and is averaging 15 points (second on the team) and eight rebounds (a team high). The second leading shot-blocker in East Tennessee State history, the 6-foot-7 forward/center recently learned his alma mater has created the Jerald Fields Leadership Award, which will now be handed out at all ETSU's future postseason banquet.
  • COMMITMENTS: A pair of local baseball players picked their colleges this week.
    Newberry's sweet-hitting shortstop Mike Spina, one of The Sun's 2004 players of the year, has committed to Florida Community College of Jacksonville, where he is expected to move to third base. Meanwhile, hard-throwing Buchholz pitcher Freddie Lewis has committed to Daytona Beach Community College.
  • OFF THE MATT: I had to watch something difficult last Wednesday as Matt Cannizzaro packed up his belongings from the office as he prepared to leave The Sun.
    He may as well have been packing up my right arm, too.
    A valuable member of our high school sports staff, Matt has headed up our coverage of golf, soccer, weightlifting, wrestling, cross country, track, swimming and tennis the majority of the last four years. He has been responsible for athletes of the week, football preview capsules, call-taking and all of those other things that don't necessarily fit onto a sports writer's stat sheet.
    Matt also has been a friend to all of us in the sports department, and we wish him the best as he moves into a role in public relations for professional bowling.
  • NOTE TO COACHES: Winter sports coaches are asked to remember to please call Ted Beck with statistics and athlete of the week nominees on Sundays between 4-7 p.m. The numbers to call are 352-374-5074 (locally) or 800-533-9622 (long distance).
    John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him by calling 374-5074 or at pattonj@gvillesun.com.
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