Prep Pulse: Softball honors flood into area


Columbia’s Kayli Kvistad was named the player of the year for Class 6A as part of Miracle Sports’ All-Florida softball team selections.

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Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.

Miracle Sports released its All-Florida softball teams for all classifications recently and our area did very well.

In Class 6A, Columbia third baseman and UF commit Kayli Kvistad was named player of the year, and her coach, Jimmy Williams, was named coach of the year. The Tigers won their first state title in softball in May. Also selected first team for Columbia was Lacey King. The Tigers, who will have most of their players returning next spring including Kvistad, will be a tough out next year as well.

Gainesville, which under Pete Mariano was a surprise entry in the state tournament, had two players named first-team all-Florida by Miracle Sports, Stephanie Caudle and Makailah Brown. Named second team in 6A were Tatum Morgan (Columbia) and Amanda Donovan (Gainesville).

In 5A, Suwannee had two players named in Jessie TenBroeck (first team) and Jordan Roberts (second team).

In Class 4A, Bradford’s Daniel Davis was named coach of the year and Taylor Cruce was named offensive player of the year. The Tornadoes, who made their first trip to the state tournament, lost to state champion Gulliver Prep in the state semifinals. Also named first-team All-Florida in 4A from Bradford were pitcher Ashton Adkins and leadoff hitter Jaci Atkinson.

Also named first-team in 4A was Kelsey Waters of Keystone Heights and Savannah Jenkins of Santa Fe. Second-team selections locally were Ashtin Strickland (Santa Fe), Annie Luke (Bradford), Lainie Rogers (Bradford), Ashley Maynard (Keystone Heights) and Leticia Coronado (Williston).

In 3A, P.K. Yonge’s Kalen McGill (pitcher) and Sara Hendrix (infielder) were named first team. Nikki Santiago (infielder), Katie Odell (outfielder) and Kaitlyn Burke (designated player) were named to the second team for the Blue Wave. Also named second team was Kylie Cahill-Patray of Oak Hall.

In 1A, Lafayette’s Lindsay O’Steen was named pitcher of the year. Also named first team for the Hornets were Sydney Shows (catcher) and Lacey Swafford (utility), who was the only Florida player named freshman All-American by MaxPreps. Union County’s Kaylan Tucker (pitcher) was also named first team. Meaghan Suggs of Dixie County (catcher) was on second team.

FIVE TEAMS NEED A GAME: With Brandon Faith Baptist and Ocala St. John Lutheran both foregoing the upcoming football season, it affects five area teams. The biggest loss is Faith Baptist, which Union County (Sept. 20), Dixie County (Sept. 27), Fort White (Oct. 11) and Newberry (Nov. 1) all had as part of their home schedules. Trenton also had a home game set for Oct. 25, but will instead travel to Marianna. Hawthorne, which was set to open the season at St. John Lutheran on Aug. 30, is looking for a new opener.

COMMITTING BEFORE SEASON: Bradford’s outstanding wide receiver Kenny Dinkins, who had an area-best 860 yards on 40 receptions in 2012, has verbally committed to UAB. Both FAU and FIU have also shown interest. Verbal commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 5, 2014.

COLLEGE CHANGE: Former Newberry linebacker Les Jordan (6-foot-1, 220 pounds), who was heading to Florida Tech in Melbourne, reversed his decision after getting a full scholarship offer from Division I-AA Savannah State. Jordan, a first-team all-area defender for the Panthers, will play inside linebacker and long snapper for the Tigers.

NEW COACH: Fort White athletic director John Wilson recently announced that former Columbia player Kelbie Ronsonet will be the Indians’ new volleyball coach.

Contact Larry Savage at 352-374-5050 or larry.savage@gvillesun.com. And follow him at Twitter.com/sunpreps

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