3 things of note in area sports

The Rock's Mitchell Wilbekin is reconsidering his college of choice after Danny Manning left Tulsa to coach at Wake Forest.

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Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:50 a.m.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Because there were only two calls on Monday for athlete of the week, we did not publish a story on Tuesday. But in fairness to those who did call, here are their nominations:

Girls lacrosse

Jordyn Cox, Oak Hall: The ninth-grade defender had a great defensive game in the district final win over Buchholz and scored the final goal.

Erin Euliano, Oak Hall: The senior defender organized the team's defense and took on a leadership role for the Eagles, and helped lead them to a district title.

Track and field

Kenric Young, Gainesville: The senior sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at District 5-3A and helped lead the 4x400 relay to the regionals.

Tariq Evans, Gainesville: The freshman won the 300 meter hurdles at districts, placed and scored in the triple jump and was a member of the regional-qualifying 4x400 relay.

Juliette Smith, Gainesville: The senior won the 100 and 300 hurdles at districts and finished third in triple jump.

Payton Ashe, Gainesville: The senior was the district champion in 200 and 400, and also advanced to regionals in the 100.

SIX DAYS AND COUNTING: Spring football practices start on Thursday, May 1 with the first three days as non-contact. The first spring games will be on Friday, May 16, with Hawthorne hosting St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut, Chiefland at The Villages and Oak Hall at St. Augustine St. Joseph. All of those games are at 7 p.m. We will have a more complete list of all area schools next week.

*The Rock's Mitchell Wilbekin, one of our small school's boys basketball players of the year, has requested his release from signing with Tulsa now that Danny Manning has left for Wake Forest. Wilbekin, the younger brother of UF's Scottie Wilbekin, has been granted a partial release where he can talk to other schools. He is considering Wake Forest, Virginia and USF, but has indicated he might stick with Tulsa as well.

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