High School Blitz


Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:42 p.m.

5 things of note in area sports

*P.K. Yonge kicker Anderson Oliva has committed to Jacksonville (Ala.) State. Oliva receives training in Daytona Beach with Dan Lundy (a kicker at Miami) and took first place in kickoffs and field goals to win the one-on-one kicking expo in Orlando this past January, according to Blue Wave coach John Clifford.

*Two local softball teams will participate in this weekend’s Kissimmee Klassic. Williston and Bradford are in the White Bracket.

*Former standout Palatka athlete Michelle McCool will participate in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at Sunday’s WrestleMania 25 pay-per-view in Houston. McCool is, arguably, the best athlete of the WWE’s female performers.

*Legendary high school football coach Gene Cox, who passed away this week, had local ties. A Lake City native, Cox coached at Suwannee from 1961-62. Cox was the first-ever coach in Florida to win 300 games. He also started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in north Florida.

*Former Oak Hall volleyball player Marissa Odom earned a start for Maryland on the back row in the GLC Collegiate Invitational in Chicago last week. Odom transferred to Maryland from Georgia Southern prior to last season. Also, former OHS standout Kelley Blakewood has finished her career at Elon and will be enrolling in graduate school at Northwestern.

Miss BasketballM

Lake Howell High School’s Ashley Jones has been named the 2009 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball and will be honored Thursday morning during a ceremony at her high school in Winter Park.

Jones, a senior guard, averaged 21 points, 3.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals and shot 58 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the free throw line while leading her team to a 25-2 record and the Class 5A state title. She’s her school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,800 points.

Jones has signed a letter of intent to attend Mississippi State University.

Lake Howell is the only school in Dairy Farmers Sports Awards history to have a Mr. and Miss Basketball from the same school (Florida guard Nick Calathes, 2006-07 and Jones, 2009).

Miss Basketball history

1993- Sabrina Crump, Clearwater Countryside

1994- Tracy Reid, Miami Central

1995- LaTonya Washington, Paxton

1996- LaTonya Washington, Paxton

1997- Latoya Jordan, Pompano Beach Ely

1998- Michelle Snow, Pensacola

1999- Shinikki Whiting, Clearwater

2000- Binky Martello, Jay

2001- Natasha Morehead, Panama City Bay

2002- Dorian Williams, Jacksonville Ribault

2003- Erlana Larkins, The Benjamin School

2004- Erlana Larkins, The Benjamin School

2005- LaQwesha Gamble, Winter Haven

2006- Steffi Sorensen, Jacksonville Bartram Trail

2007- Krystal Thomas, Orlando First Academy

2008- Tiffany Hayes, Winter Haven

2009- Ashley Jones, Winter Park Lake Howell

Coach of the Year

Miami Norland basketball coach Carla Harris-Curry has been named the 2009 Florida Dairy Farmers Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year.

Curry is the 17th winner of the annual award, sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers, Inc. and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. A statewide panel of high school coaches and prep media representatives voted on the award honoring the top high school coach for the 2008-09 season.

In her fifth year as head coach at Norland, Curry finished the season with a 34-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. Curry’s teams have won nine district titles, made three final four appearances, had two state runner-up finishes and won a state title (2009). She has a career record of 260-63.

Rolling Red Devils

One of the area’s most successful baseball programs is located at Williston High School. This year is no different.

Coach Jim Smith’s Red Devils are on a 10-game winning streak and are 11-2 heading into today’s 7 p.m. game at Gainesville High School.

They get production from many places, and it looks like the team’s batting average title will come down to the wire. Derek Milam (.439 BA), Andrew Poupard (.432), Max White (.429) and Damon Ming (.412) are all in the running.

Florida state softball poll

Class 6A

1. Fletcher 17-0

2. Eau Gallie 12-1

3. Park Vista 17-1

4. P.B. Gardens 15-2

5. Cooper City 13-3

6. Timber Creek (tie) 13-1

6. C. Countryside (tie) 10-3

8. Winter Springs 8-1

9. Palmetto 10-3

10. West Orange 10-1

Class 5A

1. Niceville (tie) 13-0

1. Chamberlain (tie) 11-0

3. North Ft. Myers 14-1

4. Palm Harbour University 14-2

5. Pinellas Park 17-2

6. Manatee 15-2

7. Fleming Island 12-2

8. St. Thomas Aquinas 14-5

9. Plant 13-3

10. Bartram Trail 12-2

Class 4A

1. Naples 14-1

2. Lake Wales 12-0

3. Pembroke Pines Charter 14-1

4. Space Coast 15-0

5. Dunnellon 11-0

6. Bartow 10-2

7. Pasco 11-1

8. Riverdale 13-2

9. Jensen Beach 13-1

10. Stanton Prep 13-2

Class 3A

1. American Heritage 16-3

2. Gulliver Prep 14-2

3. Florida Christian 13-4

4. Florida (FSU) 9-0

5. Cardinal Newman (tie) 15-3

5. St. Pete Catholic (tie) 14-3

5. Keystone Heights (tie) 15-2

8. Trinity Prep 12-1

9. P.K. Yonge 12-1

10. West Nassau 14-3

Class 2A

1. Westminster Christian 13-2

2. Providence 9-1

3. Port St. Joe 8-0

4. Hollywood Christian 12-2

5. American Heritage 12-4

6. Bell 7-3

7. Hilliard 9-5

8. Mount Dora Bible 6-1

9. Pine Castle Christian 2-1

10. Oak Hall 10-1

Class 1A

1. Eagle’s View 7-4

2. Hernando Christian 13-3

3. Lake Worth Christian 8-3

4. Princeton Christian 9-1

5. Canterbury (St. Pete) 12-2

6. Sheridan Hills (tie) 12-2

6. Lake Mary Prep (tie) 10-2

8. Merritt Island Christian 12-1

9. Rocky Bayou Christian 4-1

10. Berean Christian 4-2

2009 Florida High School Softball All-Classification Poll

1. Naples (4A)

2. Lake Wales (4A)

3. Fletcher (6A)

4. Eau Gallie (6A)

5. Niceville (5A)

6. Park Vista (6A)

7. Palm Beach Gardens (6A)

8. P P Charter (4A) (tie)

8. Gulliver Prep (3A) (tie)

10. Cooper City (6A)

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