Athletes of the week

Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 11:51 p.m.

The three biggest matches of the season thus far for the Eastside girls soccer came at last week’s District 4-5A tournament at Ocala Forest.

Freshman Sarah Landauer delivered in each contest as the Rams clinched their 14th regional-playoff appearance in the last 16 years and captured their first district championship since 2002.

In the quarterfinals, Landauer scored a goal and passed out an assist as the second-seeded Rams blanked Leesburg 3-0. In the semifinals, Eastside needed overtime to edge defending district champion and city rival Gainesville, 3-2.

Landauer scored once and assisted on the match-tying goal.

Eastside then trailed Forest 1-0 in the district-title match, before Landauer knotted the score in the contest’s 75th minute.

After a scoreless first overtime session, Landauer found the back of the net again with three minutes to go in the second overtime-period to clinch the title for the Rams.

Eastside (20-5-2) plays host to Orange Park Fleming Island (16-5-3) in Thursday’s Region 1-5A quarterfinal.


KAYLA GENT, TRENTON: The junior guard led the Tigers to a 3-0 mark last week. In the first of two games versus Oak Hall last week, Gent scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out nine assists and had four steals. She followed with a 26-point, nine-rebound, five-steal, six-assist performance in another win over the Eagles. Gent concluded her week with 22 points, five rebounds, six steals and two assists in a victory over Bronson.


KATHLEEN MURPHY, SANTA FE: The senior midfielder scored the lone goal in the 79th minute of the Raiders’ 1-0 win over Orange Park Ridgeview in the district-tournament semifinals. The North Florida commitment, also had three assists as Santa Fe rallied to beat Green Cove Springs Clay 3-2 to win the District 3-4A championship.

Honorable mention


J.D. TOMLINSON, OAK HALL: The sophomore guard helped the Eagles to three District 5-2A victories last week. In the first of two wins over Trenton, he had 12 points, two steals and two assists before following with 15 points, which included shooting 9-for-10 from the foul line, with one steal, one assist and one rebounds. Tomlinson netted 14 points, with two steals and an assist in a win over Lafayette.

NIMA TOGHIYANI, OAK HALL: The senior guard led the Eagles to a 3-0 mark last week. He scored 19 points, which included hitting 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and had two assistsand one steal in the first of two wins over Trenton. Toghiyani then turned in a 17-point, four-steal, four-rebound and two-assist performance in the second win over the Tigers. He also had nine points and four steals in a victory over Lafayette.

MIKE SIMON, OAK HALL: In the Eagles’ win over Lafayette, the junior forward scored 13 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, handed out three assists andblocked two shots.

C.J. WAKELEY, SANTA FE: The sophomore guard led the Raiders to a 2-1 record in three District 3-4A games last week. Wakeley tossed in 22 points and dished out six assists in a win over Orange Park Ridgeview, before scoring 13 points, with five assists and four steals in a loss at Suwannee. Wakeley concluded his week with a game-high 29 points, which included shooting 13-for-18 from the foul line, and had six stealsin a victory over Bradford.

SCOTTIE WILBEKIN, THE ROCK: The sophomore point guard led the Lions to a pair of victories last week. In a win over Jacksonville Paxon, he scored 10 points, handed out nine assists and grabbed three rebounds. On Friday night, Wilbekin concluded his week in dramatic fashion by nailing a jump shot with 5.4 seconds remaining to give The Rock a 42-40 win over Montverde. He finished with 10 points and eight assists in the victory.

MATT SNOWBERGER, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The senior center compiled 26 points, 36 rebounds, 23 blocked shots, four assists and four steals as the Indians went 1-2 in three games last week.

DALTON CAMPBELL, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: In three games last week in which the Indians went 1-2, the sophomore forward posted 40 points, 34 rebounds, six steals, five assists and five blocks.


GRACE QUINTANA, EASTSIDE: The senior defender played every minute of Eastside’s three district-tournament matches and anchored the defense en-route to the Rams capturing the District 4-5A title.

BRIELLE BROMENSCHENKEL AND SHELBY BUXTON, SANTA FE: The senior and sophomore defenders played every minute of both of the Raiders’ district-tournament matches as Santa Fe took home the District 3-4A title.

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