Wolves advance to championship round in Gator Town Classic


St. Francis coach Nick Cheronis leads the Wolves against Niceville in the semifinals of the Gator Town Classic today at 11:15 a.m.

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Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.

St. Francis, which a year ago played in the Gator Town Classic championship, is the lone area team to make it back into the championship round, along with tournament top seed Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, Niceville and Tallahassee Lincoln.

The Wolves, Class 3A state finalists in 2012, will face Niceville this morning at 11:15 in the tournament semifinals at Buchholz. All four teams that advanced to the gold division completed pool play with a 3-0 record.

In today's semifinals and finals, all matches will be best of five games. On Friday, in pool play, teams played in best-of-three-game matches.

On Friday at Santa Fe High, St. Francis (6-0) defeated Jacksonville Providence 2-0 (25-17, 29-27), Eastside 2-0 (25-10, 25-18) and held off Ocala Trinity Catholic 2-1 (25-21, 15-21, 15-10) to win its pool and move into today's championship semifinals.

The other gold bracket semifinal, Bishop Kenny against Lincoln, will also take place at 11:15. The winners of those two semifinals will advance to the championship match at 2:45 p.m.

The host Bobcats will play in the silver bracket semifinals and will take on Trinity Catholic this morning at 9:30. The other semifinal, also at 9:30, will pit two local teams against each other when Gainesville faces Santa Fe. The two winners will meet at 1 p.m. for the silver bracket final.

The Bobcats went 2-1 in pool play, beating Jacksonville Bolles and Cornerstone Academy, but lost to Niceville 2-1. Gainesville also went 2-1 on Friday, defeating Jupiter Christian and Bell before falling to Bishop Kenny 2-0.

Other local teams in competition were Oak Hall, Eastside and Bell.

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