High School Blitz
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 8:45 p.m.
4 things of note in area sports
*The Rock's Joel Embiid was ranked No. 6 in the latest ESPN's College Basketball Recruiting Top 100 list. Embiid signed on with Kansas.
*Jessica Thomas, named the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball for 2013, was named first-team all-state by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops. Thomas signed with Miami before last season.
*Chris Malphurs has been named the new baseball coach at Oak Hall, replacing Jose Rosa, who resigned after one season. Malphurs played locally at Santa Fe and was a member of the 2003 Final Four team. He was one of the highest-rated umpires in Florida, and in 2010 was ranked the No. 1 umpire in the state and at the state baseball finals. In 2012, he returned to coaching and was an assistant at OHS with former Oak Hall and current Santa Fe coach Todd Gray, whom Malphurs played for at SFHS.
*Five Gainesville high school athletes rowed their way to a second-place finish at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweeps competition against dozens of boats representing teams all over the state.
Julian Lovreglio (Buchholz), Erich Zellmer (Eastside), Peter Thomas (Trilogy), Blake Victorian (Gainesville) and Ben Sanchez (Buchholz) made it through their heat on Saturday to row in the state finals on Sunday at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota's premier rowing venue.
The freshman girls took home medals as well with a third-place win in the Freshman Quad race and a third-place win in the Freshman Four. Maggie Spillane (Buchholz), Ashley Petty (Gainesville), Hannah Noble (Gainesville) and Sarah Clarke (Gainesville) rowed in the Quad. Spillane, Petty, Kara Fender (Eastside), Clarke and Reilly McDonald (Buchholz) rowed the Four.
State track and field qualifiers
Class 3A, Friday at North Florida College in Jacksonville
Girls: Crystal Williams (100 hurdles)
Boys: Austin Brown (4x400 relay); Rashaard Brown (4x400 relay); Dontarian Evans (4x400 relay); Kylan Oates (4x100 relay); Chris Thompson (100, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay); Ralph Webb (long jump, 4x100 relay); Kyeem Wilson (4x400 relay); Kenric Young (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay)
Class 4A, Saturday at North Florida College in Jacksonville
Girls: Kadeejah Danzy (triple jump, 100 hurdles, 4x100 relay); Kiana Davis (4x100 relay); Ul'Ondr Johnson (400, 4x100 relay); Jazlynd Rollins (4x100 relay); Kylla Williams (4x100 relay)
Boys: Michael Tillman (long jump)
Softball regional final matchups
All games Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted; Admission $7
Region 1: Lynn Haven Mosley at Columbia
Region 2: Melbourne Eau Gallie at Gainesville
Region 3: New Port Richey River Ridge at Bradenton Lakewood Ranch
Region 4: Naples at Pembroke Pines or Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy
Region 1: Suwannee at Ponte Vedra
Region 2: St. Johns Creekside at Hernando
Region 3: Lake Wales at Tampa Blake or Bradenton Bayshore
Region 4: Englewood Lemon Bay at Plantation American Heritage
Region 1: Madison County at Jacksonville Episcopal
Region 2: Titusville Astronaut at Bradford
Region 3: Mulberry at Fort Myers Bishop Verot
Region 4: Miami Gulliver Prep at Coral Springs
Region 1: Jacksonville Bishop Snyder at P.K. Yonge
Region 2: Lakeland McKeel vs. Montverde Academy or Winter Park Trinity Prep
Region 3: St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep at West Palm Beach King's Academy or Moore Haven
Region 4: Miami Westminster Christian at Delray Beach American Heritage
Region 1: Chipley at Jay
Region 2: Sneads at Liberty County
Region 3: Lafayette at Bell
Region 4: Baldwin vs. Pierson Taylor or Dixie County