Athlete of the week: Lapcevic helps St. Francis earn pair of wins


Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.

The St. Francis girls soccer team picked up a pair of wins last week as it eyes reaching the regional playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

If the Wolves, FHSAA Class 2A state semifinalists a year ago, are able to reach the postseason again, Emily Lapcevic will be a big reason why.

“She is really important,” Wolves coach Henry Couch said. “You always have a playmaker on the team and she is the playmaker on the team.”



The senior midfielder, who is a four-year starter, scored once in helping St. Francis pick up a 5-1, District 3-1A win over Oak Hall. The 5-foot-3 Lapcevic then posted the hat trick with three goals to lead the Wolves past Tallahassee John Paul II, 5-1.

“She has a motor that never stops, she goes hard the whole time,” Couch said. “She knows what it takes to get the ball down field and to be successful.”

Six starters graduated from last year's team that claimed its third straight district championship and reached the state final four for the first time. Lapcevic is one of six seniors on this year's Wolves team, which is 9-4-1. She is one of four team captains, one of St. Francis' top scorers and is also among the team leaders in assists as well.

“She is a great leader and she is a tough competitor mentally and physically,” Couch said. “She is very self motivated and she knows the expectations.”

Basketball

JIMMIE TAYLOR III, SUWANNEE: The junior guard averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists as the Bulldogs defeated Santa Fe, Hamilton County and Columbia last week. He had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, collected eight rebounds, handed out eight assists in a 73-54 win over Columbia.

Soccer

TORI SMITH, ST. FRANCIS: The junior forward scored a total of five goals in a pair of wins for the Wolves last week. She posted the hat trick as St. Francis defeated Oak Hall 5-1.

Honorable mention

Basketball

SHAKEYLIA GRIFFIN, UNION COUNTY: The junior guard averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks in a pair of losses last week for the Tigers. In a two-point loss to Chiefland, she scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with five steals and four assists.

TONY FRIERSON, SUWANNEE: In three wins for the Bulldogs last week, the senior forward averaged 20 points and seven rebounds.

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