ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Raiders' Register cashes in with eight goals and three district wins
Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:50 p.m.
Heading into this season, Santa Fe coach Ken Murphy knew Jordyn Register would need time to jell with the changes he was making to the Raiders' lineup and formations.
If last week was any indication, Murphy and Santa Fe's wait could be over.
Register scored eight of the Raiders' 12 goals last week to help Santa Fe notch three district wins against Fort White, Williston and Interlachen.
“She's just starting to light up now,” Murphy said. “It's taken her a little while to get comfortable with my formations I think. She's just getting it and doing a wonderful job.”
With four freshmen making their debut in Santa Fe's starting lineup this season, Murphy paired Register, a junior, with first-year starter Taylor Martin atop the Raiders' 4-4-2 formation.
While the results weren't immediate in a 1-3 start to this year, Santa Fe's forwards have grown into an effective scoring duo with Register and Martin combining for each goal scored by their team last week.
“[Jordyn's] confidence has increased a great deal and she's taken a leadership role as team captain and communicating with other players,” Murphy said. “The two of them have become a tandem, and they're working very well with each other.”
Register scored the game-winner last week in a 1-0 win against Fort White off a breakaway in the first half. The match was called at halftime due to weather, but Murphy said Register's performance was indicative of how she's changed her game this season.
“She's become more of finesse player,” Murphy said. “She has a lot of power, but now she's learning more of finesse part of the game. I think that's what is making the difference with her numbers right now.”
In a 5-1 win against Williston last Wednesday, Register scored four of the Raider's goals. Two days later, had three goals and an assist in a 6-0 home win against Interlachen.
While she tied for a team-high 30 goals as a sophomore, Register already has 24 goals this season with four regular season games remaining.
Register's scoring outburst also could not have come at a better time for Santa Fe, which moved to 11-0-1 in District 2A-5 play. On Thursday, the Raiders travel to Keystone Heights at 5 p.m. with a chance to grab the district lead on the line.
CORY HEDDING, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: Hedding piled on to his area-leading goal tally with 8 scores last week for the 12-1-1 Indians. The sophomore forward had four goals in an 8-0 win against Newberry, 3 goals and an assist in an 8-0 victory at P.K. Yonge and scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win against Sante Fe.
THOMAS HERLEVICH, GAINESVILLE: The 145-pound senior went 5-0 to win his weight class at the Bradford Duals on Saturday. Herlevich scored a marquee 5-4 victory against Bradford's Jarrai Forsyth, Class 1A's No. 2 ranked wrestler, in his final match of pool play, which helped Gainesville score a team win at the 8-team tournament.
JIMMIE TAYLOR III, SUWANNEE: The senior shooting guard posted a pair of double-doubles last week for the Bulldogs. In a 55-54 loss at district-foe Rickards, Taylor had 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. He helped Suwannee rebound from the close defeat two days later by notching 18 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and a block in a 48-46 win at Buchholz.
TAYLOR MARTIN, SANTA FE: The freshman forward notched 4 goals and dished out 1 assist last week as the Raiders girls team went 3-0 against district opponents Fort White, Williston and Interlachen.
JUAN GRIMALDO, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: A junior center midfielder, Grimaldo scored 4 goals and distributed 6 assists last week in the Indians' wins against Newberry and P.K. Yonge.
KEVARRIUS HAYES, SUWANNEE: A sophomore center, Hayes was a force last week on the boards for the Bulldogs with 31 total rebounds in two games. Hayes scored 14 points in Suwannee's loss at Rickards and 8 points two days later in a win at Buchholz. He also had a combined 12 blocks.
Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Sunday between 4-7 p.m.