Kramer helps Eastside win soccer district title


Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

With the score tied 1-1 heading into a shootout during a district semifinal game against Ocala Forest, Eastside junior goalie Mike Kramer hesitated. He wanted Ram coach Alex Oliveira to put in the backup goalie.

But Oliveira had seen Kramer excel in simulated shootouts during practice and had faith that Kramer could step up and do the job.

"I think it was the pressure getting to him," Oliveira said. "But I knew if he is in the goal, he would do well. I pulled him aside and told him everything was in his hands and he had the capacity to take us to the district finals."

Oliveira's words of encouragement proved to be prophetic, as Kramer stopped the first two shots by Forest, and Eastside won the shootout 4-3 to advance to the District 4-5A final against Columbia.

"That was one of his best games for Eastside High School," Oliveira said. "I think the saves he had in the shootout really boosted his confidence."

Two days later, Kramer stepped up again, recording seven saves and a shutout, as Eastside beat Columbia 3-0 for the school's first district title since 2002. Oliveira said that Kramer was clearly more comfortable following the win over Forest.

"Before the (district title) game, he started to take more leadership," Oliveira said. "That confidence came at the right time, when we really needed him."

Girls Basketball

WHITLEY WASHINGTON, EASTSIDE

The senior guard had a strong showing in three games against ranked opponents. In the three-game span against Leesburg, Hawthorne and Bradford — all wins — Washington averaged 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and 3.5 steals.

Girls Soccer

EMILY SHORE & COLLEEN UGLIANO, OAK HALL

The two juniors combined on the team's goals in the 2-0 regional quarterfinal win against Jacksonville Episcopal. Shore scored the goals, while Ugliano delivered the assists.

Girls Weightlifting

ERICA COOK, GAINESVILLE

At the Section 3 meet on Saturday in Jacksonville, the senior won the 110-pound weight class with a total weight of 315 pounds (160 bench, 155 clean). The win qualified Cook, who has posted an undefeated record in the regular season, for the state meet.

Honorable mention

Girls Soccer Jaymi Bautista-Geiger, Oak Hall —

The eighth grade goalie made five saves in the team's 2-0 victory over Jacksonville Episcopal in the regional quarterfinals.

Boys SoccerSean Babb and Jordan Chung, Oak Hall —

In the team's 1-0 win over Lafayette in the District 3-2A championship game, Babb, a sophomore, made eight saves to preserve the shutout. One of Babb's saves came on a penalty kick. Chung, a ninth grader, scored the winning goal against Lafayette. In the Eagles' 8-0 win against Ocala St. John Lutheran in the district semifinals, Chung scored four goals.

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