High School Blitz


Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:53 p.m.

6 things of note in area sports

-Earlier this month, former Gainesville High great Greg Gantt tore his right patella tendon and will be sidelined for six to eight months, which will likely put his pro basketball career on hold. The injury happened while Gantt, who led GHS to the 2009 Class 5A state title, was running drills with former teammates. The patellar tendon connects patella (knee cap) to the tibia (shin bone).

-The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) has been releasing their all-state teams in basketball this week. While not all classifications have come out yet, in Class 1A Hawthorne sophomore Ed Porter and Union County senior Shaimea Maeweather were both named first team. Hornets senior Leamon Wilson was selected second team all-state. In Class 3A, St. Francis senior center Lamine Mbodj was named third team all-state.

-Jessica Thomas of Buchholz, named Floida Dairy Farmers' Miss Basketball a few weeks ago, was named 7A player of the year by FABC.

-Suwannee's Jimmy Taylor III on Wednesday signed with Rider University (Lawrenceville, N.J.) in what is believed to be the first Division I scholarship signing in basketball in Bulldogs' history. The senior, a first team all-area player, averaged a double-double on the season with 24 ppg, 10 rpg, and 6.4 apg.

-Spring football practice is just around the corner with Wednesday, May 1 circled by all area football coaches. The first spring football games are Friday, May 17.

-Congratulations to Suwannee Middle School on having perfect seasons in football (8-0), basketball (15-0) and baseball (20-0), all with conference championships. So can we assume big things ahead for Suwannee High? We will see in the coming years.

Today's regional track

Admission: $7

Area track and field qualifiers

REGION 2-1A

When: Today; Where: Orlando

Bell: Girls- Ashton Mathews (discus)

Boys- Logan Cutts (800, 4x400 relay); Zachary Diehl (4x400 relay); Jacob Floyd (4x400 relay); Randy Oslager (4x400 relay); Austin Richey (100, shot put)

Bronson: Girls- Shaynikia Sherman (100); Virginia Strough (shot put)

Boys- Brad Cates (discus, shot put)

Cedar Key: Girls- Ashlyn Allen (high jump); Brooke Allen (high jump); Lauren Bartholemy (pole vault); Chloe Reynolds (100 hurdles, triple jump); Mady Riley (pole vault)

Boys- Tyler Anderson (pole vault, triple jump); Cody Beckham (discus); Kevin Carswell (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault); Austin Pope (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump); Keith Riley (pole vault, triple jump); Josh Sills (high jump); Bobby Trammell (pole vault)

Cornerstone: Girls- Sydney Burdge (triple jump); Haley Grooms (400); Lydia Piedra (100); Shelby Powell (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Sydney Richeson (pole vault); Jenny Wing (800)

Boys- Jake Altom (long jump, triple jump); David Cook (100, long jump, shot put); Ty Johnson (110 hurdles); Luke Whittemore (400, 800)

Hawthorne: Girls- LiMacki McMahon (200); Miya Robinson (100)

Boys- Dkardian Allen (100, 200, 4x100 relay); Allen Currie (4x100 relay, long jump, triple jump); Bryson Pittman (400, 300 hurdles); Isaac Redmond (3200); R Sommons (200, 4x100 relay); Calvin Stephens (4x100 relay)

Lafayette: Girls- Samantha Calhoun (discus); Maria Edwards (400); Kaley Koon (100 hurdles); Jasmine Lewis (long jump)

Boys- J.R. Bass (4x100 relay); Rodney Brown (4x100 relay, high jump); Josue Diaz (4x100 relay); Thomas Jackson (4x100 relay)

Oak Hall: Girls- Adriana Agrois (300 hurdles, 4x400 relay, pole vault); Grace Blair (800, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay, ); Hailey Blaser (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Abby Burgelin (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, high jump); Talia Carlson (1600, 3200); Natalie Carr (400, 4x400 relay); Hannah Coleman (4x100 relay); Jennifer Cott (800, 4x800 relay, 4x100 relay); Sarah Cott (discus); Dema Donnan (4x100 relay); Shelby McDaniel (high jump); Brittney Olinger (1600, 3200); Lauren Perry (1600, 3200); Emma Rembert (3200, 4x800 relay); Linds Rosenberg (800, 1600, 4x800 relay)

Boys- Anthony Andrews (4x100 relay); Zack Beauchamp (800, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay); Weilin Cai (4x400 relay); Jackson Cary (4x800 relay); Zach Logeson (4x800 relay); Anthony Nebel (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x400 relay); Austin Perry (1600, 3200, 4x800 relay); Camilo Urdaneta

P.K. Yonge: Girls- Gigi Edwards (300 hurdles); Lillian Jones (long jump, triple jump); Tiara Young (shot put)

Boys- Anthony Andrews (100, 200); Derek Bain (4x100 relay); Joseph Janzon (1600, 3200, 4x400 relay); Josh Johnson (discus, shot put); Craig Joiner (400, 4x400 relay, long jump); Dock Luckie (4x100 relay); Willie McKnight (4x100 relay); Aaron Stokes (400, 4x400 relay, high jump); Garret Westlake (1600, 3200, 4x400 relay)

St. Francis: Girls- Katrina Lagos (shot put); Alex Oman (400); Julie Waters (100 hurdles)

Boys- Mikha Belibasis (4x400 relay); Darrion Domer (discus); John Sansalone (800, 1600, 4x400 relay); Alejand Sarabia (4x400 relay); Josh Stull (200, 4x400 relay)

REGION 1-2A

When: Today; Where: Jacksonville

Bradford: Girls- Kristen Cook (discus); Samantha Cook (discus, shot put); Tiana Sheffield (100 hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump)

Boys- Keaaris Ardley (high jump); Chris Barron (400, 4x400 relay); DeQuan Blount (4x400 relay); Kenneth Dinkins (400, 4x400 relay); John Gillenwaters (1600); Thomas Hales (3200); Anthony Tyson (4x400 relay); Austin Whitehead (800)

Eastside: Girls- Anikeyawna Barber (4x100 relay); Kathrin Blasini (4x400 relay); Roneka Bradley (300 hurdles, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay); Madison Brown (100, 200, 4x100 relay, long jump); Shadayz Bullock (discus, shot put); Maggie Carnes (1600, 4x800 relay); Alshate Frazier (100, 200, 4x100 relay); Vanessa McAdams (400, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay); Mia Varner (800, 4x800 relay); Dereka Williams (400, 4x400 relay); Shatay Williams (4x100 relay, long jump)

Boys- Robert Booker (4x800 relay); Anthony Burch (110 hurdles); Jesse Houston (110 hurdles); Sir Jackson (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Ravi Kumar (800, 4x800 relay); Tho Poirier Jr. (4x800 relay); Carsten Thue-Bludworth (800, 1600); Pe Van Susteren (4x800 relay)

Fort White: Girls- Anhalise Fuller (discus); Sitia Martinez (100, 200, 300 hurdles)

Newberry: Girls- Shelby Chatfield (3200); Michaela Leitch (4x400 relay); Maggie Rice (1600, 3200); Mariah Sapp (800, 4x400 relay); Megan Silcox (4x400 relay); Megan Smith (4x400 relay); Asharee Spralding (shot put)

Boys- Tray Presley (100, 200)

Santa Fe: Girls- Tyra Carter (4x100 relay, triple jump); Janice Mazon (4x100 relay); Ashlyn McClain (4x100 relay); Akira Rembert (100 hurdles); Briana Williams (4x100 relay); Trinav Williams (shot put)

Boys- Sumner Bernard (pole vault); Damian Johnson (shot put); Nicholas Owens (pole vault); Darrell Powell (long jump, triple jump); LeAndre Rembert (shot put); Feng You (pole vault)

Suwannee: Girls- Daycia Bandy (100, 200, 4x100 relay, high jump); Logan Boss (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump, triple jump); Kierra Cherry (4x100 relay); Amanda Glass (400, 4x400 relay, pole vault); Shanquise Johnson (4x100 relay); Shana Kilby (pole vault); Merrideth Lord (3200); Kyra McClendon (800, 1600, 4x400 relay); Katie Stalvey (3200, pole vault); Dallas Smith (pole vault); Jessie TenBroeck (4x400 relay); Kenyona Williams (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay)

Boys- Andrew Batton (3200, 4x800 relay); Jason Brown (1600, 3200, 4x800 relay); Raymond Gardner (800, 4x800 relay); Kevarius Hayes (high jump, long jump, triple jump); Justin Martin (100, 4x100 relay); C.J. Oliver (4x800 relay); Steven Potter (300 hurdles, pole vault); Kyle Stebbins (4x100 relay); Randy Waddy (4x100 relay); Denzel Washington (4x100 relay); Joshua Wright (110 hurdles, discus)

District softball schedules

District 5-6A

Site: Candler Lake Weir

Today's championship game: Gainesville (16-8) vs. South Lake, 7 p.m.

District 4-6A

Site: Jacksonville Atlantic Coast

Today's championship game: Columbia (22-4) vs. Atlantic Coast (18-4), 7 p.m.

District 2-5A

Site: Suwannee

Today's championship game: Suwannee (13-9) vs. Crawfordville Wakulla (13-10), 7 p.m.

District 5-4A

Site: Fort White

Today's semifinals: Game 1: Santa Fe (15-9) vs. Keystone Heights, 5 p.m.; Game 2: Fort White vs. Bradford, 7 p.m.

Friday's championship game: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

District 3-3A

Site: P.K. Yonge

Today's championship game: Oak Hall (14-7) vs. P.K. Yonge (24-2), 7 p.m.

District 5-1A

Site: Lafayette

Today's championship game: Lafayette (17-5) vs. Melody Christian (17-6), 7 p.m.

District 6-1A

Site: Trenton

Today's championship game: Bell (14-11) vs. Hilliard, 7 p.m.

District 7-1A

Site: Newberry

Today's championship game: Baldwin vs. Dixie County, 7 p.m.

District lacrosse tournaments

Girls - District 5

At Oak Hall

Tuesday's semifinals

Oak Hall 18, Eastside 1

Buchholz 11, Gainesville 10

Today's championship

Oak Hall (10-5) vs. Buchholz (8-7), 7 p.m.

Of note: The host Eagles are looking to win their second straight district title while the Bobcats hope to avenge an earlier season loss (21-9) to Oak Hall and capture their second league title in three years.

Boys - District 7

At Citizens Field

Wednesday's semifinals

Buchholz 18, Ocala Trinity Catholic 11

Oak Hall 21, Eastside 1

Friday's championship

Oak Hall (15-1) vs. Buchholz (13-4), 7 p.m.

Of note: The Eagles have won the last two district titles, beating Buchholz both times, and topped the Bobcats 16-10 during the regular season.

Boys weightlifting

FHSAA Finals at Kissimmee Civic Center

State qualifiers

(total = bench press, clean & jerk)

Class 2A (Friday)

129 - Hiram Walker, Gainesville (430 total)

139 - Anthony Springhorn, Columbia (500 total, 2nd-best qualifier)

154 - Thomas Kuykendall, Columbia (530 total)

189 - Drew Clark, Columbia (tied for top seed with 610 total; Jason Roughton, Buchholz (600 total)

199 - Felix Woods, Columbia (630 total)

219 - Terry Calloway, Columbia (625 total)

Hwt - Laremy Tunsil, Columbia (655 total)

Class 1A (Saturday)

129 - Steven Beverly, Keystone Heights (370 total)

139 - Rashad Lane, Bradford (450 total)

154 - Emmanuel Walker (500) and Eric Walker (495) of Suwannee; Harrison Smith, Hawthorne (520); John Brown, Keystone Heights (515)

169 - Chase Musselman, Keystone Heights (530 total)

183- Brad Cates, Bronson (530 total)

199 - Phillip James, Bradford (625 total); Kevin Thornton, Union County (550)

219 - Jared Makatura, Interlachen (top lifter at 685); Kellon Snider, Fort White (590); Brandon Cunningham, Williston (565)

238 - Dustin Griffis, Union County (620 total); Charles Waites, Fort White (590); Michael Motes, Interlachen (590); Keith Neal, Williston (585)

Hwt. - Markel Parks, Bradford (660 total); AJ Kluess, Fort White (650)

High school signings

Marissa Lee

School: Gainesville

Sport: Girls basketball

Position: Guard

Height: 5-foot-5

College chosen: St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens)

Other schools: Fairfield University (Conn.); Alcorn State (Miss.)

Stats: A two-time Sun second team all-area performer who averaged 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game her senior season for the two-time Class 6A regional finalists.

Quotable: “St. Thomas is a great school. They have a great coaching staff. It's small, but not too small. It has a good environment and is a great fit for me. I will remember just the chemistry we had (at GHS) since our freshman year. Also the coaches, the family environment that has been there since day one.” — Marissa Lee

Chandler Mann

School: Union County

Sport: Football

Position: Quarterback

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 205 pounds

College chosen: LaGrange College (Ga.)

Other schools: Barry University (Miami); Ave Maria College (Naples); Marietta College (Ohio)

Stats: Passed for 558 yards with 12 touchdowns and just one interception and ran for 86 yards for the 11-1 Tigers, who reached the regional finals.

Quotable: “I really liked the atmosphere and all the coaches. I have a connection with all of them. I like the kind of offense they run and the Christian background. Our tradition at Union in winning is the biggest thing I will remember, and how much success we had.” — Chandler Mann

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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