High School Blitz
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 9:34 p.m.
6 things of note in area sports
■ All-American swimmer Wesley Olmsted of Eastside High and High Tide Aquatics will officially sign a swimming scholarship with Stanford on Nov. 13 after school at the media center. Olmsted, the state 3A champion in the 50-yard free and state runner-up in the 100 fly, chose the Cardinal over Harvard, Princeton and Michigan.
■ P.K. Yonge's volleyball team, 24-1 on the season, entered MaxPrep's Xcellent 25 National Rankings at No. 21. The Blue Wave, which has one senior in setter Kayla Simmons, has won 18 straight matches since falling at St. Francis 3-2 on Sept. 11. Simmons has verbally committed to Marshall University.
■ District volleyball tournaments begin Monday or Tuesday for area schools. Both Oak Hall (District 3-3A) and Santa Fe (District 5-4A) will host tournaments. P.K. Yonge will be the top seed in District 5-4A, which also consists of Keystone Heights, Bradford, Fort White and Interlachen, while St. Francis will be the top seed in District 3-3A, which also consists of Orange Park St. Johns Country Day and St. Augustine St. Joseph.
■ Oak Hall senior middle blocker Kelsie Tebbett has accepted an offer to play volleyball at Aurora University (Ill.) Because Aurora is a Division III school and does not give out athletic scholarships, the board of trustees at the school is awarding her a full academic scholarship.
■ Monday is the first official practice day for girls basketball, girls weightlifting and wrestling.
■ Golf enters the regional round next week with the Mark Bostick Golf Course at UF hosting Region 2-1A girls on Monday, which includes district champion Taylor Tomlinson and runner-up Caroline Holloway of Oak Hall, and Kirsten Dana of P.K. Yonge. Region 3-1A, with district champion Newberry girls and Lafayette boys, will play Monday at Red Tail Golf Course in Sorrento. District champion Buchholz girls and Gainesville girls will play in Region 1-3A at Hilaman Park in Tallahassee. The district runner-up Bobcat boys will play Tuesday at Seminole Golf Course, also in Tallahassee. Columbia girls will host Region 2-2A on Tuesday, while the boys, both district champs, will play at The Plantation in Ponte Vedra.
Games of the Week
(All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)
■ GAINESVILLE (5-1, 2-0) AT OCALA VANGUARD (3-3, 0-1): It is really simple for the visiting Hurricanes. Win tonight at Booster Stadium, and you clinched a playoff berth. Knock the Knights out of the state playoffs, and you can still win the district. Lose and that makes the following Friday's game at Citizens Field against Citrus that much bigger. Both Citrus and GHS are tied atop the district with Vanguard still having three league games to play, including tonight. Should the Knights win, like they did 2 years ago (16-14), then beat Lake Weir and city-rival Forest, they will clinch a playoff berth. Vanguard's only league loss was to Citrus (41-33). The best scenario for GHS, should it lose, would be to beat Citrus and likely create a 3-way tie atop the league, forcing a tie-breaker on Nov. 4, probably to be played in Ocala. Last week the 'Canes won the mythical city championship, beating Buchholz 26-14. GHS, which totaled just 160 yards, took advantage of good field position and got a defensive fumble return for a TD by DE Jordan Giberti to clinch the win. Oregon commit Tony James (511 yds. rush, 4 TDs) and highly recruited WR Kenric Young (15-323 yds., 4 TDs) lead the 'Canes offensively. RBs Dontarian Evans and Tamarcus Faulkner IV have combined for 333 yds., 3 TDs and sophomore QB Caelan Christian has passed for 509 yds. with 7 TDs and 5 Ints. Giberti, a sophomore, has 6.5 sacks and LB Spencer Bauer has a team-leading 66 tackles. The GHS secondary, led by S Juan Jenkins and CB Amad Ivey, will be tested by Vanguard's outstanding senior QB Adam Robles, who leads Marion County with 1,619 yds. passing, 19 TDs and 2 Ints. The Knights average 270 yards passing a game, with WRs Natrelle Jamerson, Michael Mitchell and TE Elkanah Dillion combining for 89 receptions,1,477 yds. and 16 TDs. RB Rashad Sweet (498 yds., 5 TDs) averages 8.3 yds. a carry. Defensively, Vanguard has 42 tackles for loss, led by Cameron Burton (8), who also leads in total tackles (47). Vanguard, idle last week, is coming off back-to-back losses to Bolles and Citrus.
LS: VANG; JB: GHS; LB: GHS; PK: GHS
■ CHIEFLAND (5-1, 1-0) AT WILLISTON (5-2, 0-2): For the host Red Devils, they must win to stay in the playoff picture. Williston has lost both of its district games (Dixie County and at Newberry) by a total of 8 points. RBs Keith Neal (499 yds., 9 TDs) and Devon Webb (412 yds., 1 TD) combine for 911 yds. for Williston. Webb averages 137 all-purpose yds. a game. Chiefland is coming off its only loss (17-14 at Trenton) of the season and dropped out of the state poll. The Indians were held to 88 yds. rushing last week and had more success in the air, with Shaquille Patterson and Deshawn Roland combining for 130 yds. and 1 TD. Roland averages 120 all-purpose yds. a game with Alphonso Timmons (719, 7 TDs) as top ground gainer. Chiefland's defense had 15 tackles for loss last week and 95 for the season, led by Payton Parnell (23) and Billy Hammond (13).
LS: CHIEF; JB: CHIEF; LB: CHIEF; PK: CHIEF
■ NEWBERRY (4-2, 1-1) AT NO. 3 UNION COUNTY (5-1, 0-1): This is a rematch of last year's regional final, in which the visiting Panthers upset the top-ranked Tigers. Both teams are fighting to stay alive in the playoff picture with the loser likely out. Both teams were idle a week ago, so this figures to be a classic battle. Monte Seabrook has moved into the RB position for the Panthers, rushing for 207 yards and two TDs in a 31-29 win over Williston. Seabrook also had an interception in that win. The Tigers, who are coming off a 30-12 loss at Dixie County, have one of the top passers in the area in QB Caleb Cox (849 yds., 8 TDs, 2 Ints.). Buddy Edwards (428 yds., 6 TDs) leads Union on the ground and Austin Dukes has a team-leading 60 tackles.
Broadcast: AM-1230, online (audio only) at theprepzone.com
LS: UNION; JB: UNION; LB: UNION; PK: UNION
■ DUNNELLON (5-2, 3-1) AT SUWANNEE (4-1, 3-1): Both these teams lost to North Marion, and along with Eastside, have one loss in the district. But with only one district game remaining for both teams, this will likely decide who stays in the playoff race and who doesn't. Because Suwannee beat Eastside, it has the edge over the Rams. This is the first regular-season meeting between these two schools. RBs Devin Sims (960 yds., 9 TDs) and Josh Williams (518 yds., 6 TDs) lead the Tigers' ground attack, which averages 243 yards per game. WR Kane Parks is averaging 27.2 yds. per catch with 5 TDs from QB Kobi Jones (593 yds., 7 TDs, 5 Ints.). In its three district wins, Suwannee has given up just 16 points and are coming off a dominating league win over Belleview (35-3). Senior Cole Lamb ran for 75 yards on just 6 carries and scored 2 TDs against the Rattlers and junior LB Kody Mercer had 13 tackles, 7 solo.
LS: DUNN; JB: DUNN; LB: SUWAN; PK: SUWAN
■ MADISON COUNTY (2-4, 0-1) AT NO. 5 FORT WHITE (4-0, 1-0): The visiting Cowboys have a proud football tradition, playing in the last two state finals in Class 4A. But if the host Indians win, Madison County will not make the playoffs for the 1st time since 1994. Fort White, which like Madison was idle last week, has one of the area's top RB in Tavaris Williams (1,001 yds., 13.0 avg., 12 TDs). Williams ran for a career-high 374 yds. in a 35-14 win over Tallahassee Chiles. The Cowboys, who upset current 3A No.1 Tampa Catholic (30-15) on the road in their season opener, lost 34-33 in OT at Taylor County in their last game. Madison also lost at Gainesville (20-12). The Indians have lost the last 7 meetings against the Cowboys.
LS: MADISON; JB: FT. WHITE; LB: FT. WHITE; PK: MADISON
■ BUCHHOLZ (3-3, 0-1) AT ORANGE PARK OAKLEAF (3-4, 0-2), 7 P.M.: The visiting Bobcats are looking for their 1st district and road win of the season, keeping them in the playoff picture with 2 league games to play. Buchholz fell to Gainesville in last Friday's mythical city championship, but must put that loss behind against a hungry Knights team that broke a 3-game losing streak with a 44-0 win over Arlington Country Day. These teams played in the spring, with Buchholz winning 10-6, getting 118 yards from RB Gerald Donald. Oakleaf LB Darrion Owens has committed to Miami.
LS: BUCH; JB: BUCH; LB: BUCH; PK: BUCH
■ CRYSTAL RIVER (2-4, 0-3) AT EASTSIDE (2-4, 2-1): The host Rams, idle last Friday, must find more offense to stay in the district race. The visiting Pirates, winless in the district, have lost 3 straight.
LS: EAST; JB: EAST; LB: EAST; PK: EAST
■ SANTA FE (3-3, 1-2) AT BELLEVIEW (3-3, 0-3): The Raiders, under 2nd-year coach Bill Wiles, have won 2 straight and can even their league record with a win over the Rattlers, who have lost 3 straight.
LS: SANTA FE; JB: SANTA FE; LB: SANTA FE; PK: SANTA FE
■ LAFAYETTE (4-1, 0-1) AT JEFFERSON COUNTY (1-4, 1-0): The Hornets, who have reached the state playoffs the previous eight years, would see that streak end with a loss in Monticello.
LS: LAFAY; JB: LAFAY; LB: LAFAY; PK: LAFAY
■ BRANFORD (3-4, 0-1) AT HAMILTON COUNTY (2-4, 1-0): The visiting Buccaneers could throw this district into a scramble with an upset, while the Trojans can strengthen their district hold.
LS: HAMILTON; JB: HAMILTON; LB: HAMILTON; PK: HAMILTON
■ BRONSON (5-2, 0-1) AT HILLIARD (4-2, 1-1): Tough test for the visiting Eagles, who could catch the Red Flashes looking ahead to next week's game at Bell.
LS: HILLIARD; JB: HILLIARD; LB: HILLIARD; PK: BRONSON
■ HAWTHORNE (1-4, 0-1) AT NO. 5 TRENTON (4-1, 2-0): Both teams are coming off impressive wins last week, but the host Tigers knocked off a ranked team.
LS: TRENTON; JB: TRENTON; LB: TRENTON; PK: TRENTON
■ KEYSTONE HEIGHTS (2-3, 1-0) AT THE VILLAGES (3-2, 1-1): The visiting Indians, who have dropped 2 straight, can improve their playoff chances with their 2nd straight road win.
LS: KEYSTONE; JB: KEYSTONE; LB: KEYSTONE; PK: KEYSTONE
■ INTERLACHEN (1-5, 0-1) AT UMATILLA (0-5, 0-2): The visiting Rams have lost their last 2 games by a combined 5 points. Can they double their win total from 2012?
LS: UMATIL; JB: UMATIL; LB: UMATIL; PK: INTER
■ P.K. YONGE (3-4, 0-1) AT OCALA TRINITY CATHOLIC (4-3, 1-0): The Blue Wave may not score in this game.
LS: TRINITY; JB: TRINITY; LB: TRINITY; PK: TRINITY
NORTH FLORIDA FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
■ ST. JOHNS COUNTRY DAY (4-1, 2-1) AT OAK HALL (0-7, 0-2): The visiting Spartans are coming off their only loss of the season, while the Eagles are giving up an average of 49 points a game.
LS: SJCD; JB: SJCD; LB: SJCD; PK: SJCD
■ ST. FRANCIS (1-6, 1-2) AT ST. AUGUSTINE ST. JOSEPH (3-3, 1-0): St. Joseph coach Matt Olesnevich meets his former team, which gave up its most points in a game this season last week.
LS: ST. JOE; JB: ST. JOE; LB: ST. JOE; PK: ST. JOE
Idle: Bell, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie County
Last week: Laura Bernheim 12-1; Paul Kardasz 11-3; John Boothe 11-3; Larry Savage 10-4
Season: Laura 91-15 (.858); Paul 90-16 (.849); John 88-18 (.830); Larry 86-20 (.811)
Gainesville Preps Power Rankings
Area's Top 10
1. Columbia 6-1
2. Gainesville 5-1
3. Dixie County 5-0
4. Fort White 4-0
5. Suwannee 4-1
6. Union County 5-1
7. Trenton 4-1
8. Chiefland 5-1
9. Lafayette 4-1
10. Newberry 4-2
Prep Zone Power Poll
The Prep Zone Power Poll covers 26 counties in North Central Florida and includes all classifications (www.theprepzone.com)
1. Neptune Beach Fletcher (3) (7A) 5-1 – 132
2. South Sumter (2) (5A) 6-0 – 131
3. Jacksonville First Coast (1) (8A) 5-1 – 128
4. Daytona Bch Mainland (1) (6A) 6-1 – 116
5. Columbia (6A) 6-1 – 102
6. Jax Trinity Christian (3A) 5-0 – 101
7. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (5A) 5-0 – 95
8. Fleming Island (7A) 6-0 – 90
9. Jacksonville Raines (4A) 4-2– 89
10. Jacksonville Sandalwood (8A) 5-1 – 79
11. Jacksonville Ed White (6A) 5-1 – 75
12. St. Augustine (6A) 6-1 – 67
13. Gainesville (6A) 5-1 – 58
14. Citrus (6A) 6-0 – 47
15. Jacksonville Bolles (4A) 4-2 – 43
16. Dixie County (1A) 5-0 – 39
17. Jax University Christian (2A) 4-2 – 18
18. Daytona Beach Seabreeze (6A) 4-1 – 16
19. Warner Christian (2A) (6-1) – 13
20. Fort White (4A) 4-0 – 12
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.