High School Blitz
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.
5 things of note in area sports
-Eastside is hosting the Hoop Exchange Gator Classic on Saturday. The three-game event features three area boys basketball teams. Williston plays Winter Garden West Orange at 5 p.m., followed by Bradford vs. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas at 6:30 p.m. The host Rams play Winter Haven, Class 6A state semifinalists a year ago, in the finale at 8 p.m.
-Santa Fe volleyball player Kayla Cain verbally committed to play at Indian River State College (Fort Pierce) last weekend. A first-team all-area selection the last two seasons at outside hitter, Cain led the regional finalist Raiders with 255 kills and 151 digs.
-P.K. Yonge is hosting the Corey Buie Memorial Invitational on Saturday. Five area girls basketball teams are slated to participate in the six-game event. Oak Hall will face Jacksonville Providence at noon, followed by Wildwood vs. North Marion at 1:30 p.m. and Santa Fe vs. Tallahassee Rickards, Class 5A state semifinalists last season, at 3 p.m. Eastside will face Tallahassee Florida High at 4:30 p.m. with Gainesville High tipping off against defending Class 2A state champion Tallahassee FAMU at 6 p.m. The host Blue Wave, the 2012 Class 3A state champs, will play Bradwell Institute (Hinesville, Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
-Adam Gore resigned last month following his first season as Bell's football coach. The Bulldogs, who were led by all-area first-team running back Austin Ritchey, finished 5-4 last fall under Gore. Bell athletic director David Halter said that an interviewing process to find a new coach is underway and that he expects to have a new coach in place by the end of this month.
-Bradford's Jarraid Forsyth won the 145-pound weight class at last weekend's Clay Rotary Wrestling Invitational. Forsyth, a first-team all-area selection a year ago at 138 pounds, is 23-1 this season. Phillip James, The Sun's 2012 Wrestler of the Year, placed second in the 195-pound class as the Tornadoes finished 11th out of 27 teams at the annual event.
Prep Zone Boys Basketball Power Poll
Note: The Prep Zone Power Poll covers 26 counties in North Central Florida and includes all classifications (www.theprepzone.com)
(School, followed by first-place votes, classification, overall record and total voting points)
1. Providence (Jacksonville) (7) (3A) (16-0) - 140
2. Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) (3A) (13-2) - 132
3. Leesburg (6A) (14-3) - 122
4. Wolfson (Jacksonville) (6A) (14-1) - 113
5. Hawthorne (1A) (15-1) - 112
6. Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (5A) (14-1) – 106
7. North Florida Educational Institute (Jacksonville) (2A) (14-3) - 102
8. Forest (Ocala) (7A) (12-3) – 81
9. Terry Parker (Jacksonville) (5A) (9-2) - 71
10. Nature Coast (Brooksville) (5A) (11-2) – 68
11. Ridgeview (Orange Park) (6A) (10-4) – 63
12. Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) (5A) (10-4) – 56
13. Ed White (Jacksonville) (7A) (13-3) - 50
14. New Smyrna Beach (7A) (14-3) - 43
15. First Coast (Jacksonville) (7A) (11-3) - 40
16. Gainesville (6A) (10-6) – 38
17. Fort White (4A) (8-0) - 37
18. Palatka (5A) (14-3) - 21
19. Mount Dora Bible (3A) (9-4) - 19
20. Sandalwood (Jacksonville) (8A) (10-5) - 10
Also receiving votes: Bradford (Starke) (4A) (11-6) - 9; Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) (3A) (12-3) – 9; Columbia (Lake City) (6A) (8-4) – 8; Raines (Jacksonville) (4A) (10-5) – 8; East Ridge (Clermont) (7A) (8-5) – 6; St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville) (3A) (12-3) – 3; DeLand (8A) (11-4) – 2; Suwannee (Live Oak) (5A) (10-5) – 1.
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