Santa Fe's Shane set to retire

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 30, 2008 at 10:56 p.m.

It's going to be very different next year without Loretta Shane in the dugout.

The Santa Fe softball coach announced her retirement at the Raiders' postseason team banquet. She leaves with astounding numbers.

Her combined slow/fast pitch softball coaching record is 536-230. That spans 32 years, folks. Some perspective: The seniors on her first team are now in their early 50s.

But Shane also left her mark on the volleyball court.

Long before Gainesville, P.K. Yonge and Oak Hall (and now, perhaps Buchholz) were making the state volleyball final four a near-annual destination, Shane coached Santa Fe to a 21-year overall record of 314-114.

GHS's Cindy Boulware and Oak Hall's Cari Martin, both of whom should win their 500th match this coming season, have said the credit for the start of the boom in local volleyball began with Shane.

The tireless coaching wonder has been the Raiders' girls golf coach for 12 years and lists "present" as her role with that team, so Santa Fe students will be the beneficiary of her fine teaching for at least a little while longer.

"We've always had good athletic programs at Santa Fe and she's one of the big reasons why," said Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson, a SFHS alum and Alachua native.

Her next stop should be the FHSAA Hall of Fame. It would be difficult to find anyone more deserving.

Eagle laurels

Oak Hall golf prodigy Lauren Gros added another victory to her growing list of accomplishments recently by winning the 49th Florida Women's State Golf Association Junior Girls' Championship (ages 10-12) at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice.

Gros shot a 37-37-74 to top Epiphany Prophet by four strokes.

Also, former Eagle baseball standout Josh Cox was named the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious accolade presented to a senior male at Yale.

The award is given to the senior man who best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition.

Cox was also awarded the G.H. Walker Jr. Award as the Most Valuable Player 2008 in Baseball and the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale awarded him Excellence in Athletics.

Cox, a unanimous 2008 first-team All-Ivy League selection, led the conference with a school-record 72 hits. He also had a school-record 191 at-bats, hit a career-high .377 and belted a career-best 14 doubles. The Bulldogs' leadoff hitter, he finished second in the league with 21 stolen bases. His 13 stolen bases in conference games were tops in the Ancient Eight. He was the only Yale player to start all 45 games, playing every game in center field for the second consecutive season.

He was also recognized with a second team Academic All-District selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and ESPN The Magazine.

Coaches/athletic directors

Spring sports coaches, if you have not faxed (352-338-3128) or e-mailed ( in your all-area ballots (boys weightlifting, boys and girls track & field, boys and girls tennis, baseball and softball), please do so by Wednesday. Athletic directors are asked to fax or e-mail back scholar-athlete and athlete-of-the-year ballots by Thursday.

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