High School Blitz


Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.

5 things of note in area sports

-The Florida High School Athletic Association announced its winter season academic team champions for 2013, and our area had three schools that did well: boys basketball: St. Francis (Class 3A) 3.450 (cumulative GPA); girls basketball: Fort White (4A) 3.342, St. Francis (3A) 3.504; boys soccer: Eastside (3A) 3.654 (top GPA), St. Francis (1A) 3.337; girls soccer: Eastside (3A) 3.519.

-Former Columbia swimmer Heather Burns of Florida Southern set a meet record in winning the 1,000-yard freestyle at the Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships last month in Clearwater. She also placed sixth in the 1,650 free and ninth in the 500 free. She was a member of the 800 free relay team that placed third with a school-record time. Burns qualified to swim at this week's NCAA Division II meet in Birmingham, Ala.

-In the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Soccer and Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year, Buchholz coach Andy Aulick, who led the Bobcats to their first state semifinal, finished runner-up in Class 5A to Juan Ramos of state-champion Weston Cypress Bay. Senior forward Eric West placed third in the class for player of the year. In Class 1A, sophomore striker Jose Diaz, who led the area in goals, finished third in player-of-the-year voting.

-The Florida Athletic Coaches Association, in alliance with STANNO USA, will hold an All-Star Boys Soccer Classic on March 8-9 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The four teams consist of senior standouts from around the state, with Buchholz coach Andy Aulick as one of the North coaches. Also on the North team are Eric West and John Schratt of Buchholz, and Lafayette's Nick Singletary.

-Former Oak Hall softball standout Taylor King returned to Florida this week as a member of the Texas Longhorns at the Citrus Classic Tournament in Kissimmee. Texas (19-3) played five games during the week.

Softball state rankings

Poll conducted by Miracle Sports (released on Feb. 28)

CLASS 1A

1. Lafayette 6-1

2. Baldwin 5-1

3. Jay 1-1

4. Liberty 1-0

5. The Villages 5-1

6. Port St. Joe 1-1

7. Bell 3-1

8. Union County 4-2

9. Wewahitchka 0-0

10. Dixie County 5-5

CLASS 2A

1. Southwest Florida Christian 6-2

2. Grandview Prep 0-3

3. Canterbury 4-1

4. Pine Castle Christian 2-3

5. All Saints 0-0

6. Deltona Trinity Christian 4-0

7. Glades Day 3-1

8. Princeton Chr 2-1

9. Foundation Academy 5-1

10. Wellington Christian 3-1

Also receiving votes: Sarasota Christian 0-0; Boca Christian 2-0; Munroe 0-0; Academy at the Lakes 2-1; Covenant Christian 1-2; Sheridan Hills 0-0; Aucilla Christian 0-0

CLASS 3A

1. American Heritage 4-0

2. Westminster Chr 5-1

3. Bishop Snyder 6-1

4. P.K. Yonge 5-1

5. McKeel Academy 0-0

6. Trinity Prep 0-0

7. Highlands 6-1

8. Jax University Christian 2-3

9. Fort Laud. Calvary Christian 6-1

10. Benjamin 6-1

Also receiving votes: Bradenton Christian 5-2; Master's Academy (Oviedo) 4-1; North Florida Christian 0-0; Cardinal Mooney 0-0; First Academy 5-2; King's Academy 4-5; Tampa Prep 4-0; John Carroll 6-1; Miami Country Day 3-1

CLASS 4A

1. Gulliver Prep 1-0

2. Bradford 7-0

3. Cocoa Beach 7-0

4. Bishop Verot 6-1

5. Lincoln Park Academy 4-1

6. Coral Springs Charter 5-0

7. University School of NSU 2-1

8. Santa Fe 3-3

9. Astronaut 6-1

10. Mater Lakes 7-1

Also receiving votes: Madison County 0-0; West Nassau 1-3; North Broward 2-0

CLASS 5A

1. American Heritage 6-0

2. Bartram Trail 8-0

3. Belleview 6-1

4. North Marion 7-1

5. Creekside 7-1

6. Gulf 5-0

7. West Florida 2-1

8. Lemon Bay 5-1

9. Arnold 3-2

10. Eustis 7-1

Also receiving votes: Auburndale 2-2; Rutherford 4-1; Ponte Vedra 3-3; North Fort Myers 3-2; Baker County 6-1; Zephyrhills 4-2; Rockledge 6-2; Suwanee 3-1; Suncoast 3-1; Dunedin 0-0; Cape Coral 4-4

CLASS 6A

1. Niceville 2-0

2. Pembroke Pines 5-0

3. Naples 7-0

4. Tate 6-2

5. St. Augustine 7-0

6. Melbourne 7-1

7. Strawberry Crest 5-1

8. Archbishop McCarthy 4-0

9. Columbia 6-0

10. Atlantic Coast 6-0

Also receiving votes: Barron Collier 4-2; Oakleaf 5-2; Fort Myers 6-4; South Fork 5-2; River Ridge 3-0; Lakewood Ranch 4-2; Gulf Coast 5-1; Stranahan 5-1; Ida Baker 3-2; Seminole Osceola 2-1

CLASS 7A

1. Bartow 6-0

2. Chiles 5-1

3. Chamberlain 5-1

4. Lake Howell 6-0

5. Viera 9-0

6. Tallahassee Lincoln 8-1

7. Braden River 4-1

8. Kissimmee Osceola 6-0

9. Harmony 8-1

10. West Boca 5-1

Also receiving votes: East Ridge 8-2; Lakeland George Jenkins 4-1; St Thomas Aquinas 5-1; Ocala Forest 5-2; Tampa Freedom 5-1; Winter Springs 4-3; First Coast 5-2; Okeechobee 4-3; Fletcher 5-2; St. Cloud 6-1; Cooper City 3-2

Attention coaches

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 sports@gainesvillesun.com but should first email or call high school sports editor Larry Savage about the proper format when emailing. His email address is larry.savage@gvillesun.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 kardasp@sunwriters.com.

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