High School Blitz
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.
5 things of note in area sports
*Suwannee offensive/defensive lineman Hal Weaver, a first-team all-area and 5A all-state honorable mention, committed this week to Mercer University in Macon, Ga. His teammate, Kyle Stebbins, a running back/defensive back honorable mention all-area player, committed to Southeastern University in Lakeland.
*Greg Gantt, a former Gainesville High standout who led the Hurricanes to the Class 5A state title in 2009, is leading Florida Atlantic in scoring at 21.6 points a game, averaging 35.6 minutes per game. Gantt led the Owls in scoring both his sophomore and junior seasons. He is also hitting at 44 percent (60-of-146) on 3-pointers and nearly 80 percent (91-of-114) on free throws for FAU (10-12). The Owls look to break a three-game losing streak at home in Boca Raton tonight against University of Louisiana at Monroe.
*The FHSAA board of directors agreed this week to continue the rural division for basketball, girls volleyball, football, baseball and softball. It also approved mandatory water breaks for girls lacrosse. The rural division, implemented at start of 2011-12 school year, was developed to provide an opportunity for smaller rural schools to compete at the state level. No school in the area has excelled more since the change than Lafayette, which in girls athletics has won three state titles and is favored to win their fourth in two years in softball.
*While the winter sports have entered postseason play, the spring sports are getting ready to join in. First date for regular softball and tennis is Monday with baseball, track & field and boys weightlifting opening their seasons on Feb. 11. Lacrosse (boys and girls) starts up the following week.
*Although there are no two-team districts like Fort White enjoyed the last two seasons in football (automatic playoff berth), the new district assignments have plenty of three-team districts, 10 to be exact. The Indians, who had Ocala Trinity Catholic as their only district rival, join Madison County, Taylor County and Fernandina Beach in District 2-4A.
Please call in your box scores (girls and boys basketball, boys soccer, wrestling) to 352-374-5050 each night by 10:30. Coaches can email results to firstname.lastname@example.org but should first email or call high school sports editor about the proper format when emailing. His email is email@example.com and phone number is 352-374-5050.
Call in your athlete of the week nominations on Sundays between 4-7 p.m. Email weekly statistics to Paul Kardasz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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