High School Blitz


Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.

-Gainesville High kicker Dallas Stubbs’ 30-yard field goal were the only points for Florida in a 16-3 loss to Georgia in the third annual Border Wars All-Star Classic on Jan. 8 in Valdosta, Ga. Florida had five turnovers, and Georgia’s defense held it to minus-19 yards rushing. Florida QB Ryan McGriff (GHS) had 104 yards passing and was intercepted three times. Buchholz defensive back Kenneth Harper was Florida’s defensive player of the game. Buchholz’s Marquis Noble was the team’s leading rusher.

-Brian Simmons, a P.K. Yonge alumni and the school’s baseball coach, is being inducted into the P.K. Yonge Sports Hall of Fame Friday night. As an athlete, he played basketball and baseball for four years and football for three seasons. He earned Suwannee Conference player of the year honors in 1985 as the Blue Wave baseball team reached the playoffs in 1985 and 1986. Simmons, who was on the Blue Wave basketball team that reached the Class 2A regional finals in 1986, will be part of the next P.K. Yonge HOF induction class as a coach.

-Former Lafayette football and boys basketball coach Taylor McGrew was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame last Saturday at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort. McGrew, who guided the Hornets to a pair of regional playoff appearances in football and six postseason trips in basketball, was part of the FACA’s 35th Hall of Fame Class.

-James Sweitzer, a 16-year old sophomore at Oak Hall, ended the 2010 soccer season with a win in the Disney Soccer Showcase for boys, Dec. 27-30. One of the top three tournaments in the nation, more than 340 college soccer coaches attend to watch these players. Sweitzer played as a guest with SC Albion of San Diego which won the Showcase Bracket, the highest team bracket at the tournament.

Baseball Camps

Mike Spina Skillz baseball camp

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Additional info: Registration is $55 online or at the ball park. Camp is for ages 8 and up. Lunch and a T-shirt is included. For more information or registration, visit: www.mikespinaskillzcamps.com or call: (352) 474-1818. Spina, is a former Newberry star, who went onto play at Cincinnati and now plays in the Oakland Athletics organization.

Gatorball Baseball Academy spring training

When and Where: Feb. 2-28

Mondays: Individual Defense at Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Ages 8 -12, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Ages 13 -14, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: Group Hitting Instruction/Bullpens/Agility at Gatorball Facility

Ages 8 -10, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Ages 11 -12, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Ages 13 -14, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Group Training at Jonesville Park

All Ages, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Additional info: Gatorball travel team rosters will be selected during spring training. For more information, call: 352-379-2999 or visit: www.gatorballtraining.com.

Gatorball Baseball Academy was founded in 2006 by former Florida baseball player Stephen Barton.

Attention coaches

Please call in your box scores (girls and boys basketball, girls and boys soccer, wrestling and girls weightlifting) to 352-374-5050 nightly by 10:30.

Coaches can e-mail results to sports@gainesvillesun.com, but should first e-mail or call high school sports editor Larry Savage about the proper format when e-mailing. His e-mail is larry.savage@gvillesun.com and phone number is 352-374-5050.

Athlete of the week nominations are made via phone on Sundays between 4-7 p.m.

Coaches should e-mail their weekly statistics to Paul Kardasz at kardasp@sunwriters.com.

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