Dowd puts best foot forward

Published: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 11:17 p.m.
It's been a while since the girl's soccer team at Gainesville High School has had anything to look forward to. The last time the Hurricanes' reached the district final was in 1996.
This year's team, led by area scoring leader Emily Dowd, has a legitimate shot after finishing the regular season with a 17-4 mark.
Dowd, a freshman, was 5 years old the last time GHS enjoyed any success.
"(Dowd's) probably the best natural finisher in the area," GHS coach Fritz Kaufmann said. "And she's the fastest player with the ball at her feet."
Dowd scored four goals and had two assists in two wins last week, adding to her total of 36 goals and 21 assists on the season. Her 93 points is 26 points higher than the area's No. 2 scorer.
"She's brought a real thorough offensive attack that we haven't seen in a while," assistant coach Kim Simpson said. "I think she could have 50 goals if she wanted, but she passes so well."
Freshmen Hope Woods and Stephanie Clark are second and third on the team in scoring, respectively. The freshmen trio has accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's scoring.
Gainesville will take on North Marion today in Belleview in the first round of districts. The Hurricanes beat North Marion twice this year. With a win today, GHS would take on the winner of Lake Weir and Eastside in the semi's Wednesday.


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  • NATALIE LAND, LAFAYETTE - The freshman shooting guard scored 63 points and grabbed 43 rebounds in three games this week. Land also recorded 24 steals and 14 assists.

    Boys Basketball

  • WILLIE POWERS, P.K. YONGE - The sophomore guard averaged 19.6 points, three rebounds and three assists in three wins this week. Powers hit a 3-pointer against Trinity Catholic at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. He also scored the winning layup at the buzzer the next day against Orlando Dr. Phillips.


  • DEVIN BILLINGS JR., GAINESVILLE - The junior 171-pounder went 5-0 in the Bishop Moore Tournament this weekend. Billings Jr. led GHS to the team tournament title and is now 31-4 on the year.

    Honorable mention

  • Boys Basketball Moussa Camara, The Rock - The junior guard scored 60 points and had 15 rebounds in three games. Camara was 12-for-20 from 3-point range, including 5-for-5 in one game.
    Todd Scaggs, Bell -
    The junior forward averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds, nine steals and four assists in two wins.
    Richard Gaddy, Oak Hall - The senior forward averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds over two games. Gaddy also went 5-for-6 from 3-point range.
  • Girls Basketball Courtney Lee, Oak Hall - The junior point guard scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals Friday night against 5A Terry Parker (Jacksonville).
    Kittery Neale, Oak Hall - The senior averaged 23 points in two games this week while eclipsing 2,000 career points.
    Latoya Williams and Tiara Anderson, Eastside - The duo combined for 53 points, 42 rebounds and 16 steals in three games.
  • Girls Soccer Liz Theurer, Eastside - The junior forward scored nine goals and had three assists while leading the Bobcats to four wins. Theurer now has 25 goals and 17 assists on the season.
    Nikki Collins, Buchholz - The junior midfielder scored six goals and had one assists in two games. Four of her goals came in a shutout win over Oak Hall.
    Emily Shore, Oak Hall - The freshman sweeper recorded a hat trick against Fort White this week.
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