ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
GHS Storms its way to first-place finish
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 11:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 11:42 p.m.
GHS wrestler Tannor Storms has been key to the Hurricanes' success this season — and that trend continued Saturday.
In the Speigel Invitational in Sebring, the senior took first place in the 160-pound weight class and led the Hurricanes to a first place team finish.
“I was really happy for him,” GHS coach Ryland Wagner said of Storms. “He has came up big for us all year and did it again this weekend. He had a great performance, one that almost didn't happen.”
Storms came down with the flu late last week and called his coach Friday to let him know he would not be wrestling in the invitational.
The next day, however, Storms changed his mind and decided to give it a shot.
“He wanted to at least try,” Wagner said. “He pinned his first opponent and then we knew he could win his second match, so he wrestled again and got another pin.
“After that he still felt sick and wasn't sure if he could continue. But once he realized that we would beat Lake Gibson if he won out, there was no doubt. He wasn't worried about his flu, he was worried about us winning.”
Storms went on to win the semifinals with a decision and the finals with a major decison, bringing his season record to 34-7 with 18 pins.
“He's beaten a bunch of kids,” Wagner said of Storms, who is top-five in all of GHS' statistical categories. “Saturday was a team effort, but without him we wouldn't have beat Lake Gibson.”
NICKI LLIANS, P.K. YONGE: The junior defender anchored a defense that posted three shutouts this week en route to P.K. Yonge's first District 5-2A championship since 2009. The Blue Wave beat Williston 8-0 on Tuesday, Keystone Heights 2-0 in Wednesday's semifinal and Santa Fe 1-0 in Friday's final.
BOBBY TAYLOR, COUNTRYSIDE: The senior shooting guard scored 22 points, handed out five assists and grabbed five rebounds in Friday's 60-39 win over Ocala Christian Academy. Taylor is the leading scorer among area high school basketball players.