High School Blitz
Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.
Top crowd in Orlando last week
The crowd of 3,103 at the Class 1A state championship football game to see No. 4 Trenton upset No. 1 Blountstown 14-0 was the most of the four state final games played last weekend at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The 4A state final (Miami Washington vs. Jacksonville Bolles) was second at 2,199 with the 3A final (Jacksonville Trinity Christian vs. Clearwater Central Catholic) at 1,982 and 2A final (Hialeah Champagnat vs. Lakeland Victory Christian) with the lowest at 500.
The 5A-8A state finals set for today and Saturday. Today, 1:07 p.m., 5A final (Clay vs. Plantation American Heritage); 7:07 p.m., 7A final (Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer vs. Niceville); Saturday, 1:07 p.m., 6A final (Miami Central vs. Seffner Armwood); 7:07 p.m., 8A final (Apopka vs. Homested South Dade).
Seven things of note in area sports
■ Former Suwannee basketball standout Jimmie Taylor III, who plays for Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in a pair of Bronc victories last week. He had a career-high 21 points with seven rebounds in a 90-78 win over Quinnipiac. “We’re watching Jimmie Taylor grow up in front of our eyes,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. “Jimmie is very important to what we have to get done.”
■ Former P.K. Yonge basketball standout Tyler Courson of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta was named the Southern Athletic Association’s player of the week for the second time this season for his play in consecutive wins over Berry and Piedmont. He scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed out five assists and had three steals against Berry. He followed that with a 24-point performance on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, in a convincing victory over Piedmont.
■ On Saturday, Cornerstone Academy will face Donahue Catholic of Ave Maria in the state final of the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools 7-man football at 7:30 p.m. at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland. The Cougars, coached by Tim Johnson, are unbeaten at 11-0, ranked No. 1 in the league and is winning by an average of 44.4 points a game. Cornerstone won its state semifinal last week over Land O’Lakes’ Academy at the Lakes, 60-34.
■ Williston boys basketball, 5-1 and ranked No.7 in the latest FABC-Source Hoops poll in Class 1A, will host its second annual Team Mighty Ike Shootout on Saturday. From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., 14 different teams will play in seven games. The schedule includes six teams ranked, including the No. 2 team in 1A (Chiefland), No. 2 team in 5A (Jacksonville Bishop Kenny) and No. 3 team in 8A (Orlando Dr. Phillips). The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m., Bronson vs. Newberry; 11:45 a.m., Chiefland vs. Cornerstone; 1:30 p.m., Fort White vs. Vernon (No. 9 1A); 3:15 p.m., Santa Fe vs. Dr. Phillips; 5 p.m., Eastside vs. Bishop Kenny; 6:45 p.m., Gainesville (No. 8 6A) vs. Orlando Olympia; and 8:30 p.m., Williston vs. Lecanto.
■ Is it anyone’s surprise that The Villages is 8-0 in boys basketball and is led by three area transfers in former Gainesville High’s Isaiah Jackson and Eric Turner, and former Hawthorne center Ed Porter? Currently Turner averages 24.6 points per game, while Porter is at 19.2 ppg. and Jackson at 14.4 ppg. They are the only ones in double figures for the Buffalo, who are winning by an average of 25 points per game. Also in The Villages’ region is defending state champion Lake Highland Prep, led by standout guard and North Carolina commit Joel Berry.
■ This is the final High School Blitz for 2013 as we take a break with the holidays approaching. Also, because of the lack of calls (only two this week as opposed to one the week before), we will not have athlete of the week nominations until January 2014. The following two nominations were made on Monday, between noon and 4 p.m.:
Tyler Dormeyer, Santa Fe: The sophomore scored six goals and had three assists against Interlachen and Newberry. He has 18 goals on the season.
Blair Bullock, Branford: In 3 games, the junior had 54 points, was 18 of 23 from free throw line, had 26 rebounds, 10 assists and 9 steals.
■ Congratulations to Laura Bernheim, our weekly picks winner who in 183 games missed only 27 on the season. That’s a pick percentage of .852, not too shabby at all. All four of us correctly picked Trenton last week by the way. Here is the final standings:
Overall: Laura 156-27 (.852); John Boothe 152-31 (.830); Paul Kardasz 148-35 (.809); Larry Savage 147-36 (.803).