High School Blitz
Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
Six things of note in area sports
■ Booster Field, the home of the P.K. Yonge School baseball team, was renamed “The Hawk” Bobby Hawkins Field on Tuesday in honor of longtime coach Bobby Hawkins, who retired from the school in 1997 after 33 years. Hawkins is still a contributor to the program, whose head coach, Brian Simmons, played at PKY for Hawkins.
■ Interlachen’s Jared Makatura would be only the second boys weightlifter in Florida to ever accomplish this feat — four straight state titles. The senior begins his journey next Thursday in districts at Warner Christian in Daytona Beach. The state meet is April 25-26 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Makatura won the last two years in the 219-pound class, totaling 720 (2013) and 685 (2012) pounds. He won his first state title as a freshman in the 199-pound class in 2011, totaling 640 pounds.
■ Following schools will be playing in Tuesday’s regional first-round matches in tennis: Buchholz (4A, both boys and girls will host); Gainesville (3A, boys host, girls travel); Eastside (2A, both boys and girls will host); Oak Hall (1A, boys host) and P.K. Yonge (1A, girls host, boys travel).
■ The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Source Hoops will be releasing all-state boys basketball teams, beginning Thursday with Independents, those that didn’t play in FHSAA. Mitchell Wilbekin of The Rock was selected first team while teammate Pape Diatta was named third team. The Class 1A teams will be released today.
■ District tournament planner: Boys weightlifting, April 9-11; Track and field, April 10 (1A and 2A) and April 15-16 (3A, 4A) Softball, April 14-18; Girls lacrosse, April 15-17; Boys lacrosse, April 16-18; and Baseball, April 21-22.
■ SUPER SIX: Baseball: 1. Columbia; 2. Suwannee; 3. Williston; 4. Trenton; 5. Newberry; 6. Gainesville; Softball: 1. P.K. Yonge; 2. Columbia; 3. Bradford; 4. Santa Fe; 5. Dixie County; 6. Suwannee.