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Gator Volleyball Kicks Off Season This Weekend

By on August 29th, 2015

The Florida Gator volleyball team kicks off its 2015 season this weekend. The Gators travel to Virginia on Saturday to take on James Madison University and then head to Washington D.C. to face American University.

Florida head coach Mary Wise preview’s this weekend’s upcoming games.

“Both schools have their leading point scorer’s back, so that will catch your eye, but so do we in Alex Holston,” she said.

The Gators come into the season ranked number four in the nation after winning the SEC and making an impressive run in the post season last year. Florida lost to number one seed Stanford in the NCAA Regionals.

Florida lost three starters from last year; Maddy Monserez, Holly Pole, and Taylor Unroe and Wise talks about her team’s biggest challenge going into this year.

“The biggest challenge right now for us is replacing the three defensive players, those three great seniors from a year ago that played every set of every match.”

Saturday’s match is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday’s match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. You can listen to both games on ESPN Gainesville 95.3 FM starting at 6:50 and 3:50 respectively.

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Wise 1

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Buchholz vs. Eastside Recap

By on August 29th, 2015

WUFT Sports high school beat reporter Kaylee Glyder reports from Citizens Field after Buchholz’s 48 to 13 victory over the Eastside Rams.

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Week 1 High School Football Preview

By on August 28th, 2015

The 2015 high school football season is here and features a flurry of notable week one matchups around the area. Here are the games to keep an eye on this evening:

Eastside at Buchholz, 7:30 PM (Citizens Field)

The battle for city bragging right begins right away as the Bobcats aim for their third consecutive victory over the Rams.  Last year’s 31-21 score was the largest margin of victory by either team since 2009.

“It adds that second dimension to your season, and gives your kids something to play for,” Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore says, regarding the city championship.

“You know there’s going to be kids who have played against each other their whole lives,” Eastside head coach Jeff Parker says. “You know mentally they’re going to be jacked up for the game.”

Buchholz holds a 6-5 series edge between the two schools since 2004.

Santa Fe at Newberry, 7:30 PM

Newberry has won seven of the last nine meetings with Santa Fe, but will look for redemption this time around after falling to the Raiders in last season’s matchup, 26-9.

“We’re going to lean heavily on our defense, and we want to control the ball offensively,” Panthers head coach Kepa Sarduy says.

Newberry will look to a pair of juniors in FSU commit Jal’len Parks (6’4″ 275 lbs) and Cory Durden (6’5″ 250 lbs) to anchor their defensive front. Durden has offers from Florida, FSU, Miami and Oklahoma.

They will try to contain 1st team all-area running back Kenyatta Patterson for Santa Fe, who ran for 1,002 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014.

“I absolutely have high expectations,” Raiders head coach Bill Wiles said when discussing his team.

Santa Fe has not won consecutive games in this series since 2005.

P.K. Yonge at Williston, 7:30 PM

The Blue Wave will start their campaign with three road games in four weeks, and will look to build early confidence with a matchup against 1A Williston, a team that finished just 1-8 last season. However, the Red Wolves have won seven of the last eight meetings including the last three, and will look to keep that streak going under new head coach Justin Wentworth.

“I expect them to be well coached,” P.K. Yonge head coach Kent Johnson says. “They’ve got some size and skill that I think we match up pretty good with.”

P.K. Yonge moves into Class 4A this season, and will join the district of Santa Fe, Bradford, Interlachen and Keystone heights.

Gainesville at Columbia, 7:30 PM

A rematch of one of last season’s most exciting games, which featured the Tigers taking down the Canes in overtime 44-43. Offense should be a premium tonight once again with plenty of offensive stars dotting the field. GHS quarterback Caelan Christian is entering his third year as the starter, and will be looking often for all-area wide receiver Dock Luckie III along with tight end Jordan Giberti. Running back Kamario Bell will carry the load for the Tigers.  Columbia has won five of the seven meetings since 2004, but the schools have split the last four.

Other area teams in action on Friday include Bronson at Bell, Trenton at Jacksonville Duval Charter, Taylor County at Dixie County, Potter’s House Christian at Fort White, and Union County at Hamilton County.


Mark Whittemore

Jeff Parker

Kepa Sarduy

Bill Wiles

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Santa Fe Classic: Saints to Host Gulf Coast

By on August 28th, 2015


After winning their first game of the season in a five-set match against Pasco Hernando State College, tonight the Santa Fe Saints volleyball team will try to keep the momentum going against Gulf Coast State College.

In the win over Pasco Hernando, sophomore Kaylin Powell led all Saints with 11 kills and four blocks.

“That was the big difference for us,” said Saints head coach Nick Cheronis, in reference to the play of Powell.

Also contributing to the win were freshmen Nadine Williams and Sheyanne Sullivan, who scored 14 and 9 points, respectively. Defensively, Buchholz High School’s own Kelly Collins led the team with 29 digs.

“Just because it’s our second year doesn’t mean that we can’t win,” Nadine Williams commented on the young program.

The Best Western Gateway Grand Santa Fe Classic will continue Saturday at 9:00 AM when the Saints play Eastern Florida State College and again at 4:00 PM against State College of Florida.

Sound from this story can be found below:

Cheronis Comments on the Win

Williams Happy with the Win

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UF Football Gets Bad Injury News

By on August 28th, 2015

As the Florida football team prepares for its season opener in eight days, the team got some bad news when it was learned that freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey, a possible starter, will have surgery to repair an old leg injury.   There is no timetable for his return.

In other sports news…

** Florida football coach Jim McElwain reaffirmed that quarterbacks Treon Harris and Will Grier will play in the UF season opener against New Mexico State.

** The Florida soccer team gets three Savannah Jordan goals to beat Miami 4-2 Thursday; next up UF hosts defending national champion FSU on Sunday.

** The Gator volleyball team opens its season with an away match at James Madison on Saturday and one at American University on Sunday.

** High school football cranks up tonight with games all over the area.   Buchholz-Eastside, GHS-Columbia, Santa Fe-Newberry are a few of the games on tap.

** In baseball, Tampa Bay beat Minnesota 5-4 and Pittsburgh edged Miami 2-1.  This weekend, the Rays host Kansas City, Atlanta hosts the New York Yankees and Miami is at Washington.

** Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins died of a heart attack; he was 58 years old.


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Florida Soccer Finishes Road Stretch With Win At Miami

By on August 28th, 2015

The 14th ranked Florida Gator soccer team concluded a season-opening three game road stretch Thursday night with a 4-2 win over Miami.

Junior Savannah Jordan led the Gators with three goals and one assist setting a new career high in points, getting seven on the night.  This was the second hat-trick of her career. Freshman Sarah Troccoli also scored her first collegiate goal.

After a scoreless first half, both teams would go on a scoring frenzy netting five combined goals in nine minutes. The Hurricanes struck first when Gracie Lachowecki scored in the 57th minute. However, Jordan would get her first goal of the night a minute later to even things up.

The Gators and Hurricanes would both score again before Troccoli put Florida ahead 3-2 in the 65th minute. The Gators would hold on to the lead for the rest of the match.

The Orange and Blue are now 7-2 all time versus the Canes including a perfect 4-0 at Cobb Stadium.

Up next for the Gators is their home opener against top-ranked and in-state rival Florida State. The Seminoles are the defending NCAA champions. The match is set to start at 1 p.m. at James G Pressly Stadium. Tune into ESPN Gainesville 95.3 to hear Adam Schick’s live call of the match.

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Gator Soccer Heads to Miami To Take On Canes

By on August 27th, 2015

The 14th ranked Florida Gator soccer team concludes a season-opening three game road stretch this Thursday at Miami. The Gators are 1-1 on the season after dropping their last match at Ohio State 1-0 in overtime.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 1-0 loss to Texas putting them at 0-1 this season; their season opener against College of Charleston was rained out. This is the ninth meeting between the Gators and the Hurricanes.

Florida head coach Becky Burleigh talks about how her team has experience against Miami.

“I think we’re familiar with some of those people so that does help, but at the same time when you’re on the losing end of a game you’re going to make changes. I think from that stand point we’re not quite sure what they’re going to do, but I’m just excited to get out there and play.”

Florida took the last match between these two teams 3-0 in Gainesville for the 2014 season opener.

Burleigh previews the upcoming match.

“I’m sure they’re going to be really up for our game and that’s usually the case when we play Miami. Last time we played down there we set their record crowd, so it’s going to be a great environment and I think it’s going to be exciting for our players.”

Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Cobb stadium. Tune into ESPN Gainesville /95-3 FM to hear Adam Schick’s live call of the match.

Click below to listen to sound from Head Coach Becky Burleigh:

Burleigh 1

Burleigh 2

Burleigh 3

Burleigh 4


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New, Subtle Rules Introduced in 2015 College Football Season

By on August 26th, 2015

College football season is just over one week away from opening kickoff. While fans get familiar with the new faces aligned with their favorite programs, coaches and players and Division I-FBS are taking the time to learn new rules in place for 2015.

This season’s changes are among the lightest in recent memory. Unlike previous years that have featured overhauls of the rulebook, the regulations this year won’t be nearly as visible to fans or even to the way the game is played.

Among the rule changes this season are:

• Introduction of a center judge, bringing the officiating crew from seven members to eight
• Overbuilt facemasks are illegal
• Players using illegal equipment must leave the game for one play and may not return until his equipment is made legal
• Pulling or pushing opponents off a pile is punishable by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
• Blocking during onside kicks is now eligible for instant replay review
• New rules for resetting the play clock

National Coordinator of College Football Officiating Rogers Redding has partnered with the National Football Foundation to promote fluent understanding of these new rules amongst officials in all conferences. Although most of the regulations are self-explanatory, guidelines for resetting the clock require more than a cursory glance.

“The committee was concerned that the play clock was getting too deep into the count before the officials reset it,” Redding explained. “Instead of it being 25 seconds into the clock, it’s now 20 seconds and the officials just reset the clock.”

This rule comes into play whenever officials have difficulty getting a new ball from the sidelines. If a defensive player has his helmet dislodged, the game clock will still be stopped and the player must be removed for one play, but the play clock will now be set to 40 seconds instead of 25 seconds.

The ball-change contingency will be seldom used, but Redding believes the rule is necessary anyway.

“The rule is to cover the extreme cases where they really need to stop the game clock and deal with something on the sideline. We may go all year and never have to use this rule at all.”

Officials will have one more set of eyes on the field in 2015. The Big 12 experimented with an eight man team. The test demonstrated positive results, so the rule has been changed after 30y years at a seven man cap.

“It’s going to help control the middle. This is an idea whose time seems to have come very quickly. Everybody in FBS this year will be using eight officials,” Redding said.

“It’s a response to the way the game has changed—the up-speed and spread offenses. We were putting a lot more responsibility on the head linesman and line judge to have things to do at the line of scrimmage.”

The center judge will wear the letter “C” on the uniform and be positioned in the offensive backfield opposite the referee.

Just as play calling and gameplay are constantly evolving, so are the rules that govern the sport. Officials are pleased with the state of the sport right now, but there’s always room for improvement even if it’s hardly visible to the untrained eye.

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Gator FB Season Opener Now Just 10 Days Away

By on August 26th, 2015

Another Gator football practice is in the books as Florida looks to open its regular season in just 10 days.   Florida coach Jim McElwain said after Tuesday’s practice that he’s pleased with the progress the offensive line is making and that some young players like freshmen Fred Johnson and Martez Ivey are fighting for starting spots.

In other sports news…

** UF will host a basketball “madness” event on October 2 in the O’Connell Center that will showcase both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.   Admission will be free; it is the first time in some 10 years that Florida has hosted an event like this for basketball.

** Santa Fe College opens its second season of volleyball play tonight by playing Pasco-Hernando State College.  The team is coached by former Gator assistant Nick Cheronis.

** In baseball, Miami beats Pittsburgh 5-2; Colorado downs Atlanta 5-1 and Tampa Bay loses to Minnesota 11-7.   Those series continue today.

** In NFL news, the Pittsburgh Steelers sign Michael Vick to a one year contract.


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Gator Football Practices Continue

By on August 24th, 2015

The University of Florida football team continues practices this week for its season opener next weekend at home against New Mexico State.  There is still no separation, even after a weekend scrimmage, between quarterbacks Treon Harris and Will Grier.

In other sports news…

** The Gator soccer team is now 1-1 on the young season after an overtime 1-0 loss at Ohio State Sunday.

** The Tampa Bay Rays lose 8-2 to the Oakland A’s while Miami falls to Philadelphia 2-0 and Atlanta loses 9-3 to the Chicago Cubs.  Tampa Bay is off today while Atlanta hosts Colorado and Miami hosts Pittsburgh.

** Former Gator and current Houston Astro Preston Tucker has been optioned to AAA Fresno by the team.   Tucker has spent a good deal of time with the Astros after his call up to the big leagues earlier this year.

** Green Bay Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson and former Gator and current Pittsburgh Steeler center Maurkice Pouncey were injured in exhibition games Sunday.   Both players could miss significant time because of the injuries.

** Davis Love III wins the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour as Tiger Woods falters in the final round.  Woods finished four shots off the lead.

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