High School Blitz

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.

5 things of note in area sports

-Chad Brock, a former baseball player at Santa Fe College and an assistant baseball coach at Chiefland High, recently had a kidney transplant at Shands. According to his mom, Donna, Chad is doing fine and has to report to Shands twice a week for testing over the next six weeks. Chad, who is a math instructor at Chiefland Middle as well as the basketball coach there and also helps coach football at Chiefland High, found out last April he was experiencing kidney failure. Kelli Baylor, a nurse at Gainesville Internal Medicine, heard about his condition and donated one of her kidneys. She was tested and the match was approved on Jan. 5. Surgery took place at Shands on March 5. “She has been a blessing,” Donna Brock said.

-Three area basketball players will be in action Saturday in Fort Pierce for the Florida Coaches Association's All-Star Girls/Boys Basketball Classic at Indian River State College. For the boys, high-scoring Suwannee guard Jimmie Taylor III will play for the North squad. For girls, Eastside's Tiara Lundy and Teyona Jenkins of Union County will also play for the North squad. The girls' game starts at 11 a.m., followed by the boys.

-The Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball and Girls Basketball Coach of the Year will be announced soon. Both Buchholz point guard Jessica Thomas (7A player of the year) and coach Rebecca Williams (7A coach of the year), who led the Bobcats to their first state title in girls basketball, are in contention. Since the 1992-93 school year when Florida Dairy Farmers started these awards, our area has had 34 award winners — 20 by athletes and 14 by coaches. Our area has never won either overall awards in girls hoops.

-Eastside senior middle Devonte Horne signed a lacrosse scholarship to Point University in East Point, Ga. In eight matches played this season for the Rams, he has scored seven goals.

-All-area teams for winter sports will be announced in The Sun beginning on March 25.



(School, followed by first-place votes, classification, final record and total voting points; check out theprepzone.com)

1. Providence (Jacksonville) (7) (3A) (31-1) – 140

2. Hawthorne (1A) (28-2) – 128

3. Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) (5A) (24-7) – 123

4. Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) (3A) (27-3) – 116

5. Palatka (5A) (26-5) – 106

6. Gainesville (6A) (21-10) – 102

7. Leesburg (6A) (24-5) – 91

8. Ed White (Jacksonville) (7A) (22-6) – 81

9. Ridgeview (Orange Park) (6A) (20-9) – 72

10. North Florida Educational Institute (Jax) (2A) (10-21) – 70

11. Raines (Jacksonville) (4A) (23-7) – 68

12. New Smyrna Beach (7A) (22-5) – 57

13. Nature Coast (Brooksville) (5A) (24-4) – 54

14. Wolfson (Jacksonville) (6A) (24-4) – 53

15. Sandalwood (Jacksonville) (8A) (23-5) – 51

16. Williston (4A) (23-8) – 48

17. Eustis (5A) (19-10) – 29

18. West Nassau (Callahan) (4A) (22-5) – 20

19. Union County (Lake Butler) (1A) (17-13) – 18

20. DeLand (8A) (21-8) – 17

Also receiving votes: Suwannee (Live Oak) (5A) (19-7) – 15; St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville) (3A) (23-6) – 3; Hamilton County (Jasper) (1A) (15-11) – 3; First Academy (Leesburg) (2A) (17-9) - 2; Forest (Ocala) (7A) (20-7) – 1; Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (5A) (20-7) – 1; Fort White (4A) (14-6) – 1.

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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