High School Blitz


Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 12:02 a.m.

5 things of note in area sports

One name on the NFL Draft's early entry list is Florida State junior defensive lineman Letroy Guion, a Bradford High School alum. Scout.com projects Guion as a fourth-round pick, but adds that projection is a "bet-hedger; it could swing wildly either way."

The Gainesville High School baseball boosters will be holding a four-player golf scramble this Saturday at Ironwood Golf Course. The sign in time is 7:30 a.m. and the registration fee is $65. For more information call 352-281-0078.

Though already committed to the school, Chiefland tight end Joey Harris will make his official visit to Florida International this weekend, accoring to his mother, Kim.

St. Francis has done some commendable charity work lately. There was a December fundraiser to purchase between 50 and 100 bicycles to donate to local families in need. And the boys and girls basketball teams also wore pink ribbons during their games Jan. 15 to bring about breast cancer awareness.

The inaugural Baker's Sporting Goods/Columbia County East-West High School All-Star Game will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium at Columbia High School. Also, Union County's Zeke Scaff and James Reagering and Bradford's Ja'quan Simmons are scheduled to play in a North-South all-star game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Jacksonville Mandarin.

Your take

Last week we asked for your thoughts on the greatest boys and girls soccer players in area history. Here is a look at a few of the replies:

Best female soccer player ever in this area ... no doubt ... Kathy Bennett (GHS Class of 1989, I think). Kathy played forward, was literally "tough as nails," a prolific goal scorer with strong desire to help her team win in any way. She had leadership, stamina and was the best I've seen around here, ever. Kathy played at Buchholz her first three years, then transferred to GHS her senior year ... where along with strong players like Nikki Drost, Katie Drost and Seay Isles, our team was 31-1-1.

More recent female players who have been very strong: Liz Thurer - Oak Hall/Eastside (played at MIT); Katie Roark — Oak Hall (Duke); Jennifer Dolan - Buchholz; Kelly Eisenbrown — Buchholz (UF)

Best male soccer player ever — That is tougher but I really like the play of two.

First off, Kenji Stasiewicz (midfielder for GHS) — Has played past four years at West Florida; a superb midfielder who controlled the match by playing his position the way it should be played. Tall, strong and physical, yet humble and a great teammate and leader.

And Bill Kennedy (GHS Class of 1992) — I believe he still holds the boys' scoring record for this area among larger schools. Bill went on to play at Queens College and in the Olympics!

Also: Cedric Rawls (1989, GHS) — A versatile and talented all-around player; Garth Gunderson — GHS Class of 1987 or 1988.

— Cindy Boulware, GHS athletic director

I would think Robert Sausaman (now playing at Memphis) is near the top of the list for the best boys soccer player. He has had a great run. A four-year letterman at Buchholz, being captain his senior year. He led the Bobcats to their first regional game — in 2005 — since moving to the new district alignment out of Jacksonville. He was named The Gainesville Sun player of the year in 2005 and also earned second team all-state that same year.

— Name withheld by request

A player that doesn’t get the recognition that she deserves, (P.K. Yonge's) Kelli McCrery. She currently has 39 goals and 7 assists. She has verbally committed to FIU to play college soccer. She is a standout player on the club the “HotShots”. She has been a huge part of P.K. Yonge’s success these past few years. Even though her sophomore year she was sidelined due to a ACL reconstructive surgery, she has made an incredible comeback. She is able to play every position including goalkeeper.

— P.K. Yonge girls soccer coach Pauline Hazan

Next week's topic is the area's greatest-ever wrestler (and no, WWE Diva Michelle McCool of Palatka doesn't count). Please send in your picks (and reasons why) to pattonj@gvillesun.com. Your reply could run in this space next week.

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