Newberry's soccer team a contender


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Alocal boys soccer team to keep a close eye on is Newberry.

Brothers Justin and Aaron Arters make for an exciting, though just recently paired, forward combination.

Justin, a sophomore, was a defender last season and moved to forward this year, where he has 17 goals. Aaron moved from midfield during a holiday tournament game against Suwannee and hasn't looked back. Despite playing with exercise induced asthma, he continues to show great improvement at his new position.

The midfielders are junior Phillip Warner, freshman Michael Berlin and senior Nikko Baker. The latter two are known for their speed and endurance, while Warner has 15 goals.

But the core of the team is its defense.

Four-year starter Matthew Parrish is very skilled and has proven to be a quality leader. Former backup goalie Jeremy Ranslow moved to fullback this year and has adapted well. And keeper Coulter Knoblauch, a four-year starter, has quick feet and makes very good decisions.

Halfbacks Jesse Rawe and Richard Rode also have made big contributions.

The Panthers (9-5-3) host this week's district tournament and are scheduled to play a first-round game today against Fort White.

Raider pride

With the Chicago Bears beating the New Orleans Saints to reach the Super Bowl, Santa Fe High School has a unique distinction.

Former pitcher Lenny DiNardo was a member of the Boston Red Sox' 2005 World Series champions, and now Bears' running back Adrian Peterson will go for a Super Bowl ring.

Both athletes have their jerseys retired at Santa Fe.

C.I.

Speaking of retiring jerseys, Hawthorne is planning on doing so for its greatest ever athlete (and perhaps the area's best ever all-around athlete), Cornelius Ingram, on Jan. 30.

There, he will be recognized for not only his achievements with the Hornets (he remains the area's all-time leading scorer in basketball), but for being a part of Florida's recent BCS championship football team. He is a receiver/tight end for the Gators.

Tidbits

Originally scheduled for this Friday, the season's second Gainesville-Buchholz boys basketball game has been moved to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., according to Hurricanes' coach Tony Wise. Gainesville won the first meeting in overtime at Buchholz (a game highlighted by BHS forward Trae Mayberry's half-court 3 at the regulation buzzer), and this one will take place at GHS. ... Speaking of the Hurricanes, what a wild week they just had! Late free throws beat 5A No. 6 Columbia, then a few days later they lose by one to No. 2 Eastside and the next night top 6A also receiving votes Winter Springs in three overtimes.

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

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