Wilbekin helps Rock to semifinal win


Published: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 11:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 11:48 p.m.

Before this season started The Rock’s Scottie Wilbekin knew this would be the last year he would be playing for his dad and coach Svend Wilbekin.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard helped make sure his father’s final two home games were special.

In Tuesday’s 63-52 Region 1-1A semifinal-win over Tallahassee FAMU, Scottie Wilbekin poured in a team-high 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four assists. He followed with 13 points, five rebounds and six assists as The Rock rolled past Graceville 54-21 in Saturday’s regional championship game.

Following Saturday’s win, which clinched the Lions’ second state-semifinal berth in the last three years, it was officially announced that Svend Wilbekin was stepping down after 10 years as coach. Justin Harden, the school’s athletic director and current assistant coach, will take over the program following the season.

“I’m so used to playing under him, it’s going to be different,” Scottie Wilbekin said. “But I’m looking forward to it, it is going to be good.”

But the second-ranked Lions, state runners-up two years ago, have at least one and possibly two games left to play.

The Rock, ranked second in Class 1A, will face top-ranked Orlando Christian Prep (28-2) at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at The Lakeland Center.

“Scottie is our floor general,” Svend Wilbekin said. “He makes everyone better.”

— Cliff Olsen

Baseball

CHRIS MYERS, OAK HALL: The senior led the Eagles to a 2-1 mark last week. He started and ended the week with district wins over Trenton. Myers earned a complete-game victory, giving up just one earned run on eight hits, while striking out 11 and walking three. The Georgia Southern signee helped himself out at the plate in the 11-2 win with two hits and a run scored. Myers had one hit and scored a run as Oak Hall fell to Lafayette 11-1, but closed the week on a high note in the 16-4 win over the Tigers. The right-hander gave up two earned runs on four hits in five innings, while striking out 12 and walking three. At the plate he had three hits, including a two-run home run, scored three times and ended with four RBIs for the Eagles.

Basketball

PATRICK KONAN, THE ROCK: The 6-5 senior helped lead The Rock to a pair of playoff-victories as the Lions clinched their second state-semifinal berth in the last three seasons. Konan scored 18 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and handed out three assists as The Rock topped Tallahassee FAMU in Tuesday’s Region 1-1A semifinal. He followed with 18 points and six rebounds as the Lions roared past Graceville in Saturday night’s regional championship game.

Softball

LAURRIN HOWARD, WILLISTON: The sophomore pitcher/left fielder led the Red Devils to a 2-1 mark in three games last week. She roped a double in a 5-4 10-inning district loss to P.K. Yonge, but had an RBI-double as Williston beat Dixie County 16-0 in a district contest. Howard earned the win in that game with five shutout innings, in which she allowed one hit, struck out two and walked three. She ended the week with three singles, three runs and two RBIs in another district win over Fort White.

Honorable Mention

Baseball

CRAIG BLANSETT, OAK HALL: The senior Oak Hall to a 2-1 record last week. He collected three hits, including a three-run home run, scored twice and drove in four wins as the Eagles opened the week with a win over Trenton. Blansett had a double in the loss to Lafayette, before picking up two hits, one run and two RBIs in Oak Hall’s second win over the Tigers. He also gave up two runs on four hits with one strickout in two innings of relief.

RYAN THOMBS, P.K. YONGE: The Blue Wave picked up a pair of district victories last week. The junior pitcher/third baseman didn’t allow an earned run in six innings, gave up four hits, struck out six and walked two in a 5-1 victory over Newberry. He helped himself out with two hits and one RBI. Thombs wrapped up the week with three hits, three RBIs, three runs and one stolen base in the Blue Wave’s win over Dixie County.

Softball

SARA HENDRIX, P.K. YONGE: The seventh-grade second baseman led the Blue Wave to three wins last week. She had three hits, two runs and two RBIs in a one-run win over Williston, before collecting a pair of hits and a pair of runs in a victory over Newberry. She ended the week with two hits and two runs against Interlachen.

SAMANTHA WILLIAMS, BELL: The junior shortstop helped the Bulldogs to a 1-1 mark last week. She had one hit in a loss to Santa Fe, before drilling three hits in a 13-2 win over Trenton. Williams led off the game with a home run, before adding a double and a triple to go along with three runs and two RBIs.

LAPORCHA ROBINSON, WILLISTON: The senior center fielder led the Red Devils to a pair of wins last week. She collected three hits, scored three runs, drove in three runs and stole two bases in a district-win over Dixie County. Robinson had three more hits, including a triple and a double, scored a run and had four RBIs in another district-victory over Fort White.

CHELSEA HARVIN, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The freshman led the Indians to a pair of wins last week. She had one hit in a loss to Middleburg, but had two hits and drove in a run in Keystone Height’s 10-3 win over North Marion. Harvin finished off the week by allowing one run on two hits, while striking out seven in four innings of work during the Indian’s 12-1 five-inning win over Crescent City. At the plate, she helped herself out with with two hits and scored a run.

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