Volleyball tourney has talent
Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
There will be a loaded 16-school volleyball tournament co-hosted by Buchholz and P.K. Yonge on Sept. 15-16.
Aside from the Blue Wave (ranked No. 3 in the first Class 3A poll) and Bobcats (fifth in 6A), those scheduled to compete are Gainesville (second in 5A), Oak Hall (first in 2A), Sarasota Riverview (tied for second in 6A), Tampa Berkeley Prep (sixth in 3A), Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (12th in 4A), Fort Myers Bishop Verot (fifth in 3A), East Lake, Orlando Timber Creek (fourth in 6A), Sarasota (ninth in 6A), Port Orange Spruce Creek (eighth in 6A), Orange Park, Longwood Lyman and Glen St. Mary Baker County.
Buchholz coach Jeff Reavis and P.K. Yonge coach Perry McDonald are finalizing the schedule at this point, and each is excited about the event, which they hope to continue on an annual basis.
"We think it can be something special year-in, year-out," Reavis said. "We have a lot of very good teams from this area and from outside the area who are going to participate."
Added McDonald: "We think it could become the biggest tournament the area has ever had, and we think it has the potential to get even better each year. There's a lot of tremendous volleyball around the state, a lot of which is already in Gainesville. If you are a fan of good volleyball, I encourage you to come out and watch."
Eastside is looking to hire a junior varsity baseball coach. Anyone interested in applying should call the school at 352-955-6704.
Also, Buchholz is looking for a softball coach. Interested applicants should contact athletic director Steve Ellard at 352-955-6702.
Hialeah Miami Lakes' Armando Allen, a target of Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Florida State, recently underwent surgery to repair leg injuries suffered in a preseason game against Coral Gables. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder is expected to miss at least half of the regular season, but should recover fully.
Former P.K. Yonge right-handed pitcher Carrick Tuck has signed a national letter of intent with Brevard Community College. ... Perhaps in anticipation of a lengthy playoff run, The Rock has added at least one of the area's big boys to its schedule. It will travel to Gainesville High School for a game on Jan. 6, one day after the first GHS-Eastside clash at Santa Fe Community College. ... ESPN 1230's Mike Ridaught has created a new website, www.theprepzone.com, dedicated to high school sports in the Gainesville, Ocala and Jacksonville areas. It just recently opened and is a work in progress, but Ridaught said he is excited about the possibilities for the site.
John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. Contact him at 374-5074 or email@example.com.
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