High School Blitz
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.
4 things of note in area sports
-During Wednesday's Buchholz at P.K. Yonge softball game, players and coaches from both teams honored the memory of former Blue Wave player Taylor Asbell, who tragically died last August of unknown causes. Asbell, who graduated from P.K. Yonge in 2011, finished her career as the team's all-time home run and RBI leader. Contributions for the Taylor Asbell Memorial Scholarship Fund has been set up, in conjunction with Santa Fe. Those who would like to contribute can send an email to P.K. Yonge coach Paul Silverman at email@example.com.
-Former Buchholz standout swimmer Jamie Bohunicky, a senior at UF, has been named to the SEC Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Community Service Teams. The SEC sponsors community service teams for all league-sponsored sports and highlights an athlete that gives back to his or her community. Bohunicky has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Noah's Endeavor Swimming. She has also made trips to the local hospital for Caleb's Pitch Syringe Art, where the student-athletes can create art with the kids. Bohunicky was a two-time state champion (100- and 200-yard freestyle) her senior year at Buchholz.
-Gainesville Area Rowers have many high school participants that compete around the state. On Feb. 3 at the Southern Sprints Indoor Rowing Championships in Melbourne, Chris Schenck of Eastside placed third out of 49 participants in the boys 13 & 14 1,000-meter race. In the high school men's coxswain race, Ben Sanchez of Buchholz came in third out of 40 rowers. A week later, at the Novice Regatta at Turkey Lake Park in Orlando, GAR's Men's Novice 8 came in first in its heat and fourth overall out of 24 participants. The team consisted of: coxswain-Marcello Lovreglio (Buchholz); rowers Trey Koziol (Buchholz), Danny Oquendo (Gainesville), Brandon Clark (Buchholz), Robert Powell (P.K. Yonge), Austin Dubose (Buchholz), Saxon Elyaman (Buchholz), Donavan Fosmoe (St. Francis) and LJ Curl (Eastside).
-Jacksonville Ribault (4A) looks to win its ninth girls basketball state title today in Lakeland, tops in the FHSAA. Fort Lauderdale Dillard (5A), also at the state tourney, is tied for second with 7. P.K. Yonge (3A), not at state this year, leads the area with four.
at The Lakeland Center
Admission: $10 per session; Parking: $7 per day
CLASS 7A STATE SEMIFINAL
WHO: Buchholz (26-4) vs. Tampa Freedom (25-3)
WHEN: Friday at 2:30 p.m.; Webcast at: http://www.playonsports.com/channels/florida/events/50557
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Buchholz def. Viera 84-79 in overtime in Saturday's Region 1 final, def. Orange Park Fleming Island 63-59 in regional semifinals, def. Jacksonville Ed White 79-35 in regional quarterfinals; Freedom def. Sebastian River 74-73 in Region 3 final, def. Tampa Steinbrenner 60-43 in regional semifinals, def. Clearwater 63-40 in regional quarterfinals.
WHAT'S NEXT: Winner will face winner between Region 2 champion Haines City and Region 4 champion Davie Nova in Saturday's 7A state final at 5:05 p.m.
FREE THROWS: This is the Bobcats' third straight trip to the state tournament and fifth in school history, and they are still looking for their first state final berth. Two years ago, Buchholz lost to Fort Lauderdale Dillard in the 5A state semifinal (60-54) and fell to Haines City (61-57) in last year's 7A state semifinal. Coach Rebecca Williams, in her seventh year, is 150-33 and led the Bobcats to district titles each year and at least the regional finals each season. The Bobcats are led by standout senior guard Jessica Thomas (30.0 ppg., 5.0 apg.), a Miami signee, who scored 47 points in the regional final at Viera, hitting three free throws with 2 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. She also had 50 points in the district opener against Tallahassee Chiles. Junior guards Jaz Rollins (16.0 ppg.) and Davina Mounds (10.0 ppg.), and freshman center Keona Thompson (12.0 rpg., 6.0 ppg.) have stepped up throughout the season. The Patrots, who lost all three of their games in one week, lost two of them (Gainesville and Winter Haven) at the Rob Moramarco Girls Basketball Challenge at Buchholz in early January. Freedom is led by 6-foot-2 senior center Faith Woodard, who has signed with Georgetown, and is averaging a double-double (26.0 ppg., 10 rbg.) on the season. She had 25 points and 13 rebounds in upsetting defending state champion Sebastian River on Saturday. Sophomore guard Taylor Emery (20 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 3.2 apg.) is the Patriots' other double-figure scorer. Buchholz last faced Freedom two years ago at the Winter Haven MLK Shootout, winning 59-36. This is the Patriots' first trip to the state tournament.
Please call in your box scores (baseball, girls softball, girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, and boys weightlifting) 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 Larry Savage about the proper format when emailing. His email address 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.