Athletes of the week: Spradling pulls weight

Published: Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 at 12:28 a.m.

Kelly Spradling has been a consistent force for the Gainesville girls weightlifting team.

At the Section 4 meet held at Keystone Heights, the Hurricanes senior qualified for the FHSAA state meet for the fourth consecutive season.

The only difference on Saturday was that Spradling captured a sectional championship after finishing as a sectional runner-up in each of the past three seasons.

Spradling posted a 295 total to take home the crown by a 35-pound margin.

As a freshman, Spradling was second at the 101-pound class, as a sophomore she was second at the 110-pound class and as a junior she was second at the 119-pound class.

She was one of six GHS lifters to qualify for the FHSAA state meet to be held at New Port Richey River Ridge on Feb. 14.


JATERRA BONDS, P.K. YONGE: The junior guard totaled 113 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, nine steals and one blocked shot as the Blue Wave had three wins last week to improve to 22-0 for the season. Bonds poured in a game-high 35 points and had six rebounds in the victory over Jacksonville Andrew Jackson to highlight the week.


DAMIEN BOADA, BUCHHOLZ: The junior won both of his matches by pin to take home the city championship at the 125-pound weight class at Friday’s Gainesville city meet.

Girls Weightlifting

CELESTE GOMEZ, COLUMBIA: The junior captured her third consecutive 183-pound sectional title with a 410 total at Saturday’s Section 4 meet. Gomez, a state runner-up each of the last two years, was one of eight Tigers lifters to qualify for the FHSAA state meet.

Honorable mention


DALTON CAMPBELL, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The Indians went 1-2 in three games last week. The sophomore forward scored 18 points, collected eight rebounds, blocked one shot and had one assist in a loss to Oak Hall. In a victory over Baldwin, Campbell had 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot before ending the week with four points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist in a loss to St. Francis.

MATT SNOWBERGER, KEYTONE HEIGHTS: The Indians posted a 1-2 mark last week. The senior center had 14 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and two assists in a win over Baldwin. Snowberger finished with six points, three rebounds, four blocked shots and one assist in a loss to Oak Hall, while scoring 12 points, with four rebounds, three blocks and one assist in a defeat to St. Francis.

JOE ADEL, ST. FRANICS: The sophomore helped Wolves to a 2-1 record last week. Adel had six points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists in a win over Ocala St. John Lutheran, while scoring 16 points, with seven rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and two steals in a loss to Buchholz. He concluded the week with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in a victory over Keystone Heights.

JOSH SNODGRASS, P.K. YONGE: The senior forward led the Blue Wave to a pair of wins last week. The American University signee netted 16 points, had six rebounds, four steals and three assists as P.K. Yonge defeated Dixie County. In a win over Buchholz, Snodgrass scored a game-high 34 points, which included shooting 13-for-17 from the foul line, pulled down 12 rebounds and had three assists.

NIYA JOHNSON, P.K. YONGE: In three victories last week for the Blue Wave, the freshman point guard compiled 85 points, 21 rebounds, 14 assists, eight steals and seven blocked shots. The highlight of the week was the 20 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assists Johnson had in a win over Andrew Jackson.

CANVIS SCOTT, HAWTHORNE: The senior forward led the Hornets to a 2-1 mark in three games last week. She poured in 26 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, had seven steals and blocked five shots in a win over Candler Lake Weir, before scoring nine points, collecting 14 rebounds, blocking seven shots and making seven steals in a victory over Newberry. Scott concluded the week with 12 points, 16 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five steals in a loss to Union County.

SCOTTIE WILBEKIN, THE ROCK: The sophomore point guard scored 20 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the Lions only game last week, which was a win over Ocala Trinity Catholic.

VLAD KONDRATYEV, THE ROCK: In the Lions’ win over Trinity Catholic, the senior forward tossed in 21 points and collected eight rebounds.

J.D. TOMLINSON AND NIMA TOGHIYANI, OAK HALL: The sophomore and senior guards combined for 32 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and five assists in the Eagles’ double-overtime 50-49 win over Keystone Heights.

Girls Weightlifting

AMANDA PAREDES, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The junior won the 110-pound weight class at the Section 4 meet and qualified for the FHSAA state meet with a 245 total.

MORGAN BOETTCHER, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The eighth-grader posted a 335 total to win the 199-pound weight class at the Section 4 meet and qualify for the state meet.

TYLER WOLFE, BUCHHOLZ: The junior captured the 101-pound sectional title with a 205 total at Saturday’s Section 4 meet and qualified for the state meet.

TARA STEPHENS, COLUMBIA: The junior lifted a 305 total to win the 119-pound sectional title at Saturday’s Section 4 meet. Stephens clinched her third straight trip to the state meet.

JESSICA BULLOCK, COLUMBIA: The senior took home the sectional title at the 139-pound weight class at the Section 4 meet with a 315 total. Bullock qualified for the state meet for the third consecutive season.

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