Forest to host loaded tourney


Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

If you are a fan of local high school boys basketball and don't mind making the drive to Ocala, make plans to be at Forest High School for games the week of Feb. 5.

There, the loaded District 4-5A tournament will take place. And loaded might be an understatement.

Three area teams — Columbia (15-3), Gainesville (13-3) and defending FHSAA Class 5A state champion Eastside (13-2) — will be among the seven clubs battling for two playoff spots.

Yes, at least one of them will be home for the postseason.

All three have lost just one district game: Columbia at home to Eastside, GHS at home to Columbia and Eastside at Santa Fe Community College to GHS. And each club could see itself ranked in the first FSWA Class 5A poll of the new year, due out later this week.

Want a small taste? Eastside hosts Columbia tonight at 7:30.

Throwdown Brown

Over the holidays, P.K. Yonge senior swingman Myk Brown won the dunk contest at the Arby's Classic in Bristol, Tenn.

How he did it brought some ooohs and aaahs.

Facing Antioch's Tahj Wells in a dunk-off, the 6-foot-4 Brown made it no contest on his first try when he did a back handspring somersault, threw the ball off the glass and slammed it through one-handed.

Brown said it was the first somersault he had tried since he took gymnastics almost 10 years ago.

The Virginia Commonwealth signee's other dunks included a one-handed jam over five children, a 360, and a powerful two-hander over a teammate.

Tidbits

Gainesville High School senior running back Chris Batie has been nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year. He will find out in the next few weeks whether he won. ... The Keystone Heights' boys soccer team is 13-1-4 and has won 12 straight games. Leading the way has been Brad Gober, who had four goals and three assists in an 8-0 victory against Interlachen on Jan. 4, a goal in a 2-0 victory against Oak Hall on Jan. 6 and four assists and a goal in an 8-1 victory against Suwannee on Jan. 7. Senior goalie Michael McLeod, also an all-area kicker in football, has six shutouts on the season. ... We will be accepting player of the week nominees and statistics again next Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Coaches are asked to either call 352-374-5074 or 800-533-9622 or e-mail sunpreps@hotmail.com with nominees.

John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. Contact him at 374-5074 or pattonj@gvillesun.com.

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