P.K. Yonge leading in All-Sports Award


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
After the fall season, many area schools find themselves in good position to contend for the 2005-06 Dodge Sunshine Cup FHSAA Floyd E. Lay All-Sports Award.
At this point, P.K. Yonge (3A public) is the only leader among local schools. Buchholz is fourth overall in 6A, Keystone Heights is fifth in 3A public, Union County is tied for eighth in 3A public, Lafayette is tied for seventh in 2A public and Oak Hall is fourth in 2A private.
Buchholz is third in the 6A girls standings. P.K. Yonge is first in 3A public and Keystone Heights is tied for third. Oak Hall is second in 2A private.
On the boys side P.K. Yonge is fourth in 3A public and Lafayette is tied for fourth in 2A public.
  • JAMISON COMMITS: Bradford running back/cornerback James Jamison has committed to Central Florida, according to his mother, Shanda Davis.
    The 5-foot-9, 189-pound all-state performer also considered Middle Tennessee, Duke, Mississippi and others. He is scheduled to sign his national letter-of-intent Wednesday.
    - TOUGH TIMES: Fort White boys basketball coach Charles Moore has suspended his top three scorers and rebounders indefinitely.
    Citing "attitudes detrimental to the team" Moore told senior small forward Antwan Ruise (17 ppg, 8 rpg), junior point guard Owen MaFadden (13 ppg, 7 rpg) and senior center Ollie James (12 ppg, 10 rpg) they were no longer members of the team after a 5-6 start.
    "They didn't want to follow guidelines and listen to coaching," Moore said.
    Moore said this is his last of 33 years coaching, and he suspended the players because he didn't want a new coach to enter a situation where the program would be overshadowed by problems.
    "It's only fair the next person comes in with a fresh start, not having to worry about any kind of leftover disciplinary issues," said Moore, whose club entered Tuesday winless since the three players were dismissed.
    Moore, who has dressed as few as six players for a game since the suspensions, said it is possible, but unlikely Ruise, MaFadden and James could return by the end of the season.
    - CHIP SHOTS: The Sun's second-team all-area golf selections and coaches of the year were inadvertently left out of the end of the season story. Those selections are: (boys) Jimmy Othus, Santa Fe: The senior had an average of 41 this season. He finished eighth in the county, third in the district and 10th at regionals; Brandon Harrell, Gainesville: Harrell averaged 39.2 on nine holes; Sudeep Kuchibhotla, Eastside: The junior led the Rams with the team's low score at the County Tournament (37) and the district tournament (79); Niresh Shukla, Eastside: Shukla, a junior, led the team in stroke average with a 41.3; Jeremy Parker, Oak Hall: Parker, a senior co-captain, averaged 37 for the year.
    The girls second-teamers are Sarah Ouimette, Santa Fe: Junior captain led team with an average of 56. The team finished second in its district, which is impressive for a rookie team; Robyn Kelly, Branford: The junior was the top individual champion in District 4-A. She finished the tournament with a score of 93; Caitlin Dempsey, Branford: Dempsey, a junior, had the second best score in the District 4-A championship match. She recorded a score of 96; Victoria Johnson, Lafayette: Freshman has a bright future ahead of her. She qualified for the regional tournament with a score of 101; Caroline Bovay, Oak Hall: Junior averaged 50 throughout the season.
    The boys coach of the year is Frank Anderson, Santa Fe. Anderson coached a Raider team that finished 14-5 during the regular season. The Raiders won the District 4-A championship, the first in Santa Fe history. Santa Fe finished fifth at the regional tournament.
    The girls coach of the year is Marilyn Booher, Buchholz: The Bobcats finished with a regular-season record of 17-0. Buchholz won the county tournament, tied for first at the district tournament and finished fourth at the regional tournament.
    - RED DEVIL BASEBALL: Williston shortstop Tony Moos and pitcher/outfielder Justin Mauldin have signed national letters-of-intent with Florida Community College of Jacksonville, according to Red Devils' coach Jim Smith.
    Smith also said the team will be holding a 3-person scramble this Saturday at the Williston Highlands Country Club. Registration will take place from 7-8 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The cost is $40 a player.
    - CANDIDATES: Among the 2,500 finalists for spots in the McDonald's All-American basketball games are two local guards.
    Eastside's Tim Shankle and Oak Hall's Courtney Lee are nominees on that list.
    Eventually, 24 boys and 24 girls will be selected for the games, which take place March 29 at San Diego State University.
    - JUNIOR APPRECIATION: Saturday may have been senior night for Eastside's girls basketball team, but if it weren't for a pair of juniors the Rams might not have come from behind to beat Buchholz, 72-54.
    Forward Tiara Anderson and guard/forward Sharnae Ivery combined for 27 points and Anderson led all rebounders with 12. Her play in the post was particularly needed with senior all-stater Latoya Williams saddled with foul trouble in the first half.
    Coach Kent Johnson said he believes each player could be among the state's top 50 seniors next year, adding that Ivery should be one of Florida's top wing prospects in 2007.
    - TIDBITS: Two local girls soccer players, Emily Dowd of Gainesville and Emily Shore of Oak Hall, have been named to Florida's elite ODP team. They will compete in Dallas in March for the under-16 national championship. ... Columbia will host nationally ranked Jacksonville Arlington Country Day in a 7:30 p.m. boys basketball game Saturday. That will conclude a difficult two-day stretch for the Tigers, as Friday they will try to avenge a district loss to Leesburg. ... The Gainesville-Eastside boys basketball game Friday night at Santa Fe Community College will air on WGGG AM-1230, starting at 7:05 p.m. Mike Ridaught will be on the call.
    John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com. Daniel Shanks contributed to this report.
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