High School Blitz
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.
6 THINGS OF NOTE IN AREA SPORTS
*Crystal Waters, a second-team all-area senior defender in soccer, will be signing with ASA College in New York City, Blue Wave coach Marshall Blair reports.
*USA Today recently announced its all-USA boys basketball team and locally, Joel Embiid, the 7-foot center from The Rock who is heading to Kansas, was named to the third team. Incoming Gator Kasey Hill of Montverde Academy made the second team while his coach, Kevin Boyle, was named national coach of the year.
*The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches came out with its girls all-state teams for Class 1A and 2A. Three area players in 1A were recognized in Hawthorne's Mariah Carter and Kimesha Mann, and Olivia Bailey of Bell.
*The remaining classes from the all-state teams selected by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) have been released with Class 6A, 5A and 4A having area honorees. In 6A, Gainesville junior Isaiah Jackson was named first team while in 5A, Suwannee standout Jimmie Taylor III, who recently signed with Rider, also made first team. In 4A, Tre Wilson of Williston was named second team all-state and Justin McBride of Bradford, a UCF signee, was third team.
*In last week's District 1-4A track meet at Jacksonville Mandarin, Buchholz finished second in the girls and third in the boys, both to host Mandarin. Picking up district titles were Michael Tillman (long jump), Kiana Davis (100, 12.59), freshman Ul'Ondr Johnson (400), Kadeejah Danzy (200), girls 4x100 relay (Jazlynd Rollins, Kylla Williams, Kadeejah Danzy, Kiana Davis)
*Former P.K. Yonge standout Devin Wilson recently signed with University of North Florida. Wilson, a 5-foot-11 guard who was The Sun's 2011 small school player of the year, was also a standout at Pensacola State College. He was named first team all-conference, averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
TODAY'S REGIONAL TRACK
Area track and field qualifiers
When: Today; Where: Flagler Palm Coast
Buchholz: Girls- Kadeejah Danzy (triple jump, 100 hurdles, 200, 4x100 relay); Kiana Davis (triple jump, 100, 4x100 relay); Callas Hampton (pole vault); Ul'Ondr Johnson (400, 4x400 relay); Brielle Leclear (4x800 relay); Lamicah Lindsey (400); Emmalee May (4x800 relay); Saron Nubin (4x800 relay); Anaiah Pinkney (4x400 relay); Jazlyn Rollins (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay); Olivia Sanchez (4x800 relay); Isabella Whelan (3200); Courtney Williams (long jump, 4x400 relay); Kylla Williams (long jump, 4x100 relay)
Boys- Sean Dudley (triple jump); Ryan Fisher (4x800 relay); Naquan Howard (300 hurdles, 4x100 relay), John Huber (4x800 relay); Ahamad Ivey (long jump, 4x100 relay); Kevin Jenkins (4x100 relay); Purnell Jones (400); Karestan Pease (800, 4x800 relay); Dustin Stalvey (discus); Brian Thompson (4x800 relay); Michael Tillman (long jump, 100, 4x100 relay); Laron Thomas (long jump)
When: Today; Where: Tallahassee Chiles
Columbia: Girls- Michaelle Charlotin (400, 4x800 relay); Sydni Jones (4x800 relay); Emma Tucker (800, 4x800 relay); Abby Williams (4x800 relay)
Boys- Rakeem Battle (4x100 relay); John Bradley (high jump); Shayekhiem Griffin (400, 4x400 relay); Nick Jones (4x400 relay); Trey Marshall (4x100 relay); Cornelius Montgomery (4x100 relay); Alex Weber (long jump, 4x400 relay); Zedrick Woods (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay)
Gainesville: Girls- Payton Ashe (200, 400, high jump, long jump); Aylena Carlson (4x800 relay); Annie Cooper (800, 4x800 relay); Emma Cutter (pole vault); Nia Flagg (100, 200, 4x100 relay); Briona Hopkins (100, 4x100); Devon Myers (4x800 relay); Adanna Thompson (4x100 relay); Sara Uman (4x800 relay); Crystal Williams (100, 300 hurdles,4x100 relay)
Boys- Austin Brown (4x400 relay); Rashaard Brown (800, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay); Dontarian Evans (200, 400, 4x400 relay); Ladale Thomas (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Kylan Oates (4x100 relay); Chris Thompson (100, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay); Will Turner (4x800 relay, pole vault); Ralph Webb (4x100 relay, long jump); Alexander Wilson (4x800 relay); Kyeem Wilson (4x800 relay); Kenric Young (400, 4x100 relay)
CLASS 1A AND 2A STATE TRACK MEETS
State meets are held at University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
Area track and field qualifiers
CLASS 1A (FRIDAY)
Cedar Key: Girls- Brooke Allen (high jump)
Boys- Tyler Anderson (pole vault); Kevin Carswell (pole vault)
Oak Hall: Girls- Ariana Agrios (4x400 relay); Grace Blair (800, 4x800 relay, 4x400 relay); Abby Burgelin (4x400 relay); Talia Carlson (4x800 relay); Natalie Carr (4x400 relay); Jennifer Cott (4x800 relay); Brittney Olinger (3200, 4x800 relay); Lauren Perry (1600)
P.K. Yonge: Boys- Anthony Andrews (4x100 relay); Derek Bain (4x100 relay); Joseph Janzon (1600); Josh Johnson (shot put); Dock Luckie (4x100 relay); Willie McKnight (4x100 relay); Garrett Westlake (3200)
CLASS 2A (SATURDAY)
Bradford: Girls- Samantha Cook (discus, shot put)
Eastside: Girls- Akikeyawna Barber (4x100 relay); Madison Brown (4x100 relay); Shadayz Bullock (shot put); Alshate Frazier (4x100 relay); Shatay Williams (4x100 relay)
Boys- Sir Jackson (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Carsten Thue-Bludworth (800, 1600)
Fort White: Girls- Sitia Martinez (100, 300 hurdles)
Suwannee: Girls- Logan Boss (100, high jump, triple jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles)
Boys- Justin Martin (4x100 relay); Kyle Stebbins (4x100 relay); Randy Waddy (4x100 relay); Denzel Washington (4x100 relay)
DISTRICT BASEBALL SCHEDULES
Schedule: Wednesday - Game 2, Gainesville 8, Ocala Vanguard 2; Game 3, Lake Weir 6, South Lake 3; Today, championship - Gainesville vs. Lake Weir, 7 p.m.
Site: Jacksonville Atlantic Coast
Schedule: Wednesday - Game 3, Columbia 3, Jacksonville Stanton 2; Game 4, Atlantic Coast 10, St. Augustine 0; Today, championship - Columbia vs. Atlantic Coast, 7 p.m.
Site: Crawfordville Wakulla
Schedule: Today, championship - Suwannee vs. 2. Wakulla, 7 p.m.
Site: Fort White
Schedule: Today, championship - 1. Williston vs. 2. Fort White, 7 p.m.
Site: St. Francis
Schedule: Today, championship - 2. P.K. Yonge vs. 1. Orange Park St. Johns Country Day, 4 p.m.
Schedule: Today - Game 3, Hilliard vs. Bronson, 4 p.m.; Game 4, Trenton vs. Bell, 7 p.m.; Friday, championship - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.
Site: Union County
Schedule: Today, championship - Chiefland vs. Baldwin, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY'S STATE LACROSSE PLAYOFFS
Time for both: 7 p.m.; Admission for either: $7
Oak Hall at Ponte Vedra
What: FHSAA Finals Second Round Play-In
Records: Oak Hall 11-5; Ponte Vedra 18-1
How they got here: Oak Hall had a bye in the first round play-in; Ponte Vedra def. Palm Coast Matanzas 22-2 in Tuesday's first round play-in
What's next: The winner will host either Jacksonville Episcopal or St. Johns Bartram Trail in Tuesday's third round play-in
Passing shots: The visting Eagles, who are in their second season of FHSAA play, are also in their second straight state playoff, looking for their first play-in win. They lost at Matanzas 12-10 in overtime last year. Oak Hall, ranked No. 23 in the state according to laxpower.com, fell to Ponte Vedra at home earlier this month, 18-8, in its regular-season final. The Eagles are led by junior Madison O'Leary, daughter of UF lacrosse coach Amanda O'Leary, who had six goals and two assists in the district-clinching 17-5 win over Buchholz. Oak Hall had six other scorers in that match, led by senior Molly Muldoon (3 goals), junior Kaitlyn Morse (2 goals), freshman Avery Katz (2 goals) and seventh-grader Mason Yonge (2 goals). Like the Eagles, the host Sharks, ranked No. 4 in the state, are looking for their first state playoff win, having advanced to two previous second round play-ins through byes. Senior Kylie Reiman had seven goals, five in the first half, with Anne Zawaki, Abby Walker and Jade Gordon all registering hat tricks on Tuesday. Ponte Vedra, whose only loss this season came to Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley (12-9), has outscored its opponents 264-84.
Ponte Vedra at Oak Hall
What: FHSAA Finals Second Round Play-In
Records: Oak Hall 17-1; Ponte Vedra 19-2
How they got here: Oak Hall def. St. Augustine 11-8 in Tuesday's first round play-in; Ponte Vedra def. Jacksonville Bolles 9-4
What's next: Oak Hall would host Jacksonville Episcopal or play at Tallahassee Maclay in Tuesday's third round play-in; Ponte Vedra would host either school.
Passing shots: Oak Hall is ranked No. 8 in the state according to laxpower.com and Ponte Vedra is No. 3. Both teams beat Episcopal during the regular season and lost tight games against Maclay. The Eagles won their first state playoff game on Tuesday with their 3-point win over St. Augustine. Oak Hall is led by attacker Jake Kirschner, who had two goals and five assists on Tuesday, midfielders Will Oliver, who had three goals on Tuesday, and Tyler Baggett, who had two goals and three assists in the district-clinching win over Buchholz. The Eagles are hurting defensively with the loss of senior captain Nick Sarantos with a broken collarbone. Fellow defenseman Josh Noble is playing injured with a shoulder injury. The visiting Sharks reached the state semifinals last year, losing 12-10 to Lake Highland Prep. They are led by All-American goalkeeper Ryan Applegate, who had nine saves against Bolles, mostly in the first half. Reece Andrews, All-American Dalton LeMaster and Garrett Boyle all had two goals each.
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