Woods gives GHS another scoring option


Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Usually, when someone makes headlines for the Gainesville High School soccer team, it's sophomore standout Emily Dowd. After all, Dowd recorded 47 goals and 21 assists as a freshman.
But in two impressive wins over Leesburg and Eastside, sophomore forward Hope Woods grabbed all the attention.
Against Leesburg, Woods scored five goals in an 8-0 win. She put up two more goals against Eastside in a 3-0 win.
"She's well-motivated and well-driven," Hurricanes coach Fritz Kaufmann said. "She's a very hard worker."
Woods is just another young, talented member of the Gainesville soccer team making an impact as an underclassman. Kaufmann said that about two-thirds of his team is made up of underclassmen, and Woods made her presence felt immediately.
"She's been starting as a freshman from day one," Kaufmann said. "She's one of the outstanding underclassmen."
The coach noted that the teamwork between Dowd and Woods is what really makes the team go. On the year, Woods has 22 goals and nine assists, while Dowd has 36 goals and 27 assists.
"They have a reallly good partnership and that's what makes them good," Kaufmann said.
According to Kaufmann, most of Woods' scoring chances come from off-the-ball runs, meaning that she has to have enough speed to outrun multiple defenders, which is no problem for Woods.
"She's fast enough to be on the track team, which is not an easy task at Gainesville High School," Kaufmann said.
-Daniel Shanks

Girls Basketball

  • LATOYA WILLIAMS & KATRICE MULBERRY, EASTSIDE
    - In the Bradenton Southeast Tournament over the holiday break, the two seniors were named co-MVP's of the tournament. Williams, a forward, averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in three games, while Mulberry, a guard, averaged 10 points, four assists and five steals a game. Both players reach the 1,000-point mark in their careers. Williams reached the milestone in the semifinal game, and Mulberry hit 1,000 in the final game.

    Boys Basketball

  • ERIC McINTYRE, LAFAYETTE - In a 72-68 district win against Bell, the sophomore guard scored 30 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the Hornets over the Bulldogs. McIntyre hit seven 3-pointers in the game.

    Boys Soccer

  • CHRIS CARO & ADAM CLARK, P.K. YONGE - In a week where the Blue Wave defeated Fort White 4-0, Gainesville 3-0 and tied Oak Hall 2-2, Caro, a junior striker, scored four goals and dished out one assist. Caro leads the team in goals with 20 in just 13 games. Clark recorded two goals and four assists in the three games.

    Honorable mention

  • Girls Basketball Simone Durden and Shatasia Vincent, Newberry - In three games, the two standouts averaged double-doubles. Vincent, a junior small forward, scored 52 points and grabbed 33 rebounds in three games. Durden, a freshman center, recorded 57 points and 44 rebounds, including a triple-double in a 65-50 win over Dixie County. She scored 20 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and got 10 steals.
    Khalaa Hill, Bradford - In a 48-44 win over Santa Fe, the sophomore forward recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. She also scored 16 in a win against Hamilton County.
    Laquenda Ward, Chiefland - The senior guard recorded 18 points, 12 steals and eight rebounds in a game against Newberry.
  • Boys Basketball Myk Brown, P.K. Yonge - In three wins (58-50 over Eastside, 80-31 over Fort White, 64-43 over Panama City Bay), the junior forward averaged 15 points and seven rebounds.
    Jiwan James, Williston - The junior guard scored 31 points, 23 of which came in the second half, to lead his team in a 66-61 win over Santa Fe in the final game of the Hitchcock's Challenge.
  • Girls Soccer Lauren Firmat and Colleen Ugliano, Oak Hall - Ugliano, a sophomore forward, scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over P.K. Yonge. She also scored a goal in a 2-0 win against St. Joseph's Academy. Firmat, the lone senior, led the team defensively in both games.
  • Boys Soccer Alex Perea and Luke Bietila, Oak Hall - Perea, a senior who will play for Coastal Carolina next year and had missed much of the season with a broken foot, came back to score two goals in a 2-2 tie with P.K. Yonge. He added a goal in a 8-0 win over St. Joseph's Academy. Bietila, a junior forward, recorded a hat trick against St. Joe's.
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