HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Fort White goalie Wrench closes door on opponents as Indians post three shutouts


Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 11:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 11:07 p.m.

The Columbia girls soccer team was thinking revenge as it traveled to Fort White Tuesday.

The Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss to the Indians earlier this season.

But senior goalkeeper Ali Wrench wouldn't allow it.

“She didn't say no,” recalled Fort White coach Perry Sauls, “she said heck no.”

In a game that was dominated by Columbia from start to finish, the Tigers couldn't get past Wrench. She had 15 saves in a scoreless 0-0 tie.

“This was her best week as our goal keeper,” said Sauls, whose team won its next two games.

“She set the tone against Columbia.

“They outplayed us all game and Ali just kept turning them away. The Columbia coach said she was the difference and they couldn't do anything because of her. It was amazing.”

Wrench finished the week with three shutouts and 27 total saves, improving her record as a starter to 10-5-2 with eight shutouts. But she hasn't always been guarding the goal for Fort White.

She had played sweeper for the Indians since eighth grade, but last season their keeper got injured and she won the tryouts to be her replacement.

The team went 4-1 after she took over.

“This is her first full year of playing goalkeeper,” Sauls said. “Nowadays I think she should have been playing there all along. She's such a solid athlete. Everything she does she excels at.”

Wrench is a three-sport athlete who also plays softball and volleyball for Fort White. She will attend Thomas University next year on a softball scholarship.

“Ali is one of the most remarkable kids I've ever coached,” Sauls said. “She's just one of them once-in-a-lifetime kind of players.”

Girls Basketball

KATRINA LAGOS, ST. FRANCIS: The junior center had the first triple-double in school history Tuesday, amassing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks in a loss to Oak Hall.

Boys basketball

TONY FRIERSON, SUWANNEE: In Friday's 61-43 win over Wakulla County, the senior guard scored 18 points, handed out four assists and collected two rebounds.

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Girls Basketball

TYRA CARTER, SANTA FE: The junior totaled 58 points, 19 rebounds, 10 steals and six assists in three games.

DYMERIA CLAYTON, SANTA FE: The freshman forward finished with 48 points, 23 rebounds, 15 steals and five assists.

SAMANTHA BRUCE, BELL: In three wins this week, the senior point guard had 44 points, 11 assists and nine steals.

OLIVIA BAILEY, BELL: Limited by an ankle injury, the junior shooting guard put up 36 points, gathered 13 rebounds and dished out four assists in two games.

Boys Basketball

JIMMIE TAYLOR, SUWANNEE: The junior guard had 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals against Wakulla.

Girls Soccer

CARSON MARIS, ST. FRANCIS: The outside defender led a Wolves team that shutout two teams this past week. She also scored a goal in last Monday's 8-0 win over Williston on Senior Night.

ANDREA GARRIDO, ST. FRANCIS: The senior caption had four goals and four assists from her midfielder position.

AUDREY SIMONNE, EASTSIDE: The senior forward scored four goals and also added an assist in three games this week.

SARAH COLLINGS, EASTSIDE: In a 5-0 win over North Marion, the sophomore forward posted a hat trick for the Rams.

Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Sunday between 4-7 p.m.

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