HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
GHS' Boyd shifts weight class, wins first tournament
Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
After spending last year sandwiched in Gainesville's lineup at 152 pounds, Marcellus Boyd welcomed a change in weight class this offseason.
Though the 5-foot-7 Boyd won more than 30 matches and advanced to regionals as a sophomore, Hurricanes coach Ryland Wagner could easily see his young wrestler was uncomfortable.
“He was a little undersized,” Wagner said. “He was weighing way under 152, but that was the only spot he could get into the lineup. … This year he's coming in more along the lines of his natural weight class.”
At last weekend's Capital City Classic hosted by Tallahassee Chiles, the now 138-pound Boyd appeared not only lighter in the individually bracketed meet, he also looked dominant.
Boyd, a junior, won the first tournament of his career by knocking off three opponents, including the No. 1 seeded wrestler in the 32-man field.
“It was kind of a shock,” Wagner said. “We've got some state qualifiers on our team and have some guys that have had success in the last couple years and he's the only one that won the tournament.”
In the 138-pound finals, Boyd bested Trevor Lopeman from regional rival Lincoln by 1 point. Boyd's 5-4 victory came on a reversal late in the match and also lifted Gainesville to an overall fifth-place finish out of 29 teams.
Last season, Boyd went 0-2 while competing in the Capital City Classic at 152 pounds. As a freshman, he didn't even make the travel team with the Hurricanes.
“To go out and win this tournament in your first match of the year, it's a big thing,” Wagner said. “We knew their was some potential there, but to finally wrestle at the right weight class I didn't really know how he would do. But honestly, right now he's our most improved wrestler by far.”
CONNER CHENEY, BUCHHOLZ: The senior helped the Bobcats sweep their home tournament Saturday with team wins against Providence, Bishop Snyder, Ponte Vedra and Ridgeview. At 132 pounds, Cheney won all four of his matches with three pins and a major decision. He also was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
JIMMIE TAYLOR III, SUWANNEE: The senior point guard scored 17.6 points per game in the Bulldogs' wins against Eastside, Bolles and Madison County last week. Held without a turnover in all three games, Taylor also averaged 7.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
DANIEL MCNEIL, BUCHHOLZ: The sophomore swept the 120-pound division at the Bobcats' 9-team home meet with 4 wins on two pins, a major decision and a regular decision.
KELDRIC BRADLEY, UNION COUNTY: A sophomore guard, Bradley averaged 28.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists per game in two district wins against Newberry and Baldwin last week.
SHAIMEA MAYWEATHER, UNION COUNTY: In two district wins, Mayweather averaged 26 points per game. The senior point guard also compiled 16 rebounds, 11 steals and 9 assists last week.
KEVARIUS HAYES, SUWANNEE: The sophomore center averaged 10 points per game last week in the Bulldogs' three wins against Eastside, Bolles and Madison County. Hayes also hauled in an average of 17 rebounds per game and blocked 13 total shots.
Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Sunday between 4-7 p.m.