High School Blitz
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:19 a.m.
5 things of note in area sports
Buchholz wide receiver Jameil McLeod made an official visit to Bethune-Cookman last weekend and has a trip to Illinois State planned for this weekend, according to Bobcats' coach Jay Godwin. Temple and Florida Atlantic are among the other schools who have expressed interest.
Former Gainesville High School football player David Sims has committed to Oklahoma. Sims played free safety last season at Butte Community College (Oroville, Cal.) and also considered Mississippi, San Diego State, West Virginia, Washington State, Purdue and Kansas State. Sooners' coaches have told the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Sims, Rivals.com's No. 60 JUCO prospect, to expect to play free safety and return punts and kicks.
Recently, P.K. Yonge senior point guard Crystal Johnson, a Georgia State signee, was named to the the McDonald's All-American watch list. That list will be trimmed in the coming months and the teams will be selected.
Citizens Field will be hosting a girls soccer playoff doubleheader today. GHS will host Fleming Island at 5 p.m., while Buchholz will host Bunnell Flagler Palm Coast at 7 p.m.
Wally Mooningham has seen it all at Union County. Now, after 35 years of announcing Tiger football games, he has retired. Mooningham has been an institution with the Tigers and leaves a big microphone to fill.
Hawthorne's Cornelius Ingram scored the most points. Buchholz's Vernon Maxwell had the most successful NBA career. Gainesville's Orien Greene led his team to the most FHSAA state championships.
Those are just three names to consider, and if you had to name the No. 1 boys high school basketball player in area history, who would it be and why?
Please send your replies to email@example.com and they could run in this space next Thursday.
On the mat
Girls soccer regionals and boys soccer districts may be the biggest local high school events going on right now, but don't forget the fourth annual city wrestling meet.
It is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start this Friday at Eastside.
Coach Ryland Wagner of defending champion GHS said the meet "promises to be an exciting one."
NIKE has announced its 2008 football training camp schedule for 2008.
Gainesville is listed as the second stop on the 12-city tour with a training camp scheduled for UF on Sun. April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Due to NCAA legislation passed last year there will no longer be testing (40-yard dash, bench press, etc...) at training camps. Any player attending a NIKE camp wishing to be tested must attend a NIKE combine first.
The closest combines are Miami (Feb. 9 at the Dolphins' facility), Orlando (Feb. 23 at Disney's Wide World of Sports) and Atlanta (March 1 at Westlake High School).
The FHSAA has extended its agreements with Orlando (state football championships) through 2010 and Lakeland (basketball, volleyball, wrestling) through the 2010-11 school year.
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