Keystone Heights soccer tops district

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:56 p.m.

The Keystone Heights boys soccer team had quite a run in last week's District 5-3A tournament.

With a 2-4 regular season district record, the Indians entered as the No. 3 seed and met up with No. 1 Pierson Taylor in the final.

The Wildcats finished the regular season 6-0 in district play and had to be considered the favorites.

However, Keystone Heights got a goal from senior striker (and captain) Ryan Miller in the 42nd minute and then got stellar defensive play from Brad Gober, Greg Oakley, Darby Johns and Logan Middleton, among others, in front of talented keeper Justin Hedding (nine saves) to preserve the 1-0 win.

The victory gave the Indians their fourth district title in five years. However, Keystone Heights (11-11-1) got a bit unlucky regarding the FHSAA regionals, as Ocala Trinity Catholic upset Umatilla in the 6-3A final, meaning the Indians will host Umatilla (13-7-1) and not the Celtics (6-17-2) in Thursday's regional quarterfinal.

MALONE COMING HOME: Former P.K. Yonge baseball standout Nolan Malone has committed to Santa Fe Community College.

Malone, a 6-foot-, 180-pound senior outfielder/pitcher/first baseman for Tallahassee Florida High, left P.K. Yonge after his sophomore season.

"It is a great pleasure to join the Saints and Coach (Johnny) Wiggs, as they are really playing well, and my sights are set on winning our state championship this year and a JUCO national championship next," Malone wrote in an e-mail. "The environment is tremendous there with UF and professional scouts looking for hard-working, talented players who want to move on with their careers... it is a perfect fit for me and hopefully Santa Fe."

Malone has a lifetime batting average of .429 and is the younger brother of Ryne Malone, who set the state's career hits mark while playing for the Blue Wave. Ryne later played for Florida State and now is an infielder in the Chicago Cubs' organization.

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