Davis Mr. Soccer
Fleming Island junior Reed Davis is already a state champion and a 50-goal scorer. Now he’s Florida’s Mr. Soccer. Davis earned the Florida Dairy Farmers award Thursday, capping a memorable Class 4A state championship season filled with last-minute heroics. Davis scored three game-winning playoff goals, two in sudden-death overtime and another with three minutes to play. Fleming Island coach Frank Pontore finished second in balloting for coach of the year, won by Nate Murphy of Class 3A champion Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
Lexi Schivley threw a three-hit shutout on Thursday night to help Creekside claim the No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 4-7A tournament. For the second time in three days, the Knights picked up a big hit when they needed it. Jule Campbell drove in Amanda Haltiwanger to produce the only run of the game.
The Knights improved to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in district play.
Ponte Vedra 14
Orange Park 2
The Sharks scored in four of the five innings on Thursday night to sweep its District 4-6A series against Orange Park (0-9, 0-4). Jack Hahnemann finished 1-for-1, but drove in five RBIs via a bases-clearing double and a pair of sacrifice flies. Thomas Barnhorst finished 1-for-1 with a RBI, while Luke Maloney and Carter Page were both 1-for-1 with a double. Zach Chappell (1-1) picked up the win for Ponte Vedra after striking out two and walking one in two innings of work. Ponte Vedra (5-1, 2-0) will host Nease on Friday night. Hahnemann is slated to be the Sharks starter.
Orange Park 00 0 02—2 2 3
Ponte Vedra 22 7 3x—14 8 0
WP—Chappell (1-1 ), L— Bryie (0-2). 2B— Hahnemann (PV), Maloney (PV). Records: Orange Park 0-8, Ponte Vedra 5-1
Flagler Palm Coast 3
Logan Miller scored five goals for host Menendez, which crushed Flagler Palm Coast in a District 7 contest. Garrett Stanford added four goals, while Alex Ruiz scored three for the Falcons. Menendez goalie Jakob Tustin had seven saves.
St. Augustine 10
Tim Vanderlinde led all players with four goals, but the junior attacker saved his best for last as he helped Creekside pull off a non-district win over St. Augustine on Thursday night. Vanderlinde tied the game with 4.3 seconds remaining and scored the game-winner with 2:47 remaining in overtime. With 50 seconds remaining, Creekside not only trailed, but did not have possession. The Knights forced the ground ball they needed, but there was a scramble near midfield for the ball. A St. Augustine defender needlessly committed a penalty, which gave the Knights one final opportunity to equalize. Taylor Grant, Mac Crici and Jack Watson each scored twice for Creekside. St. Augustine was led by three goals from Taylor Welu and two goals apiece from Jacob Jones and Stefan Caray. Creekside goalie Andrew Wolter made nine saves. His counterpart, St. Augustine junior, Mitch Caban recorded 14 saves, but it was not enough to prevent the Yellow Jackets from falling to 9-2 on the season.
Bartram Trail 16
Junior goalie Michael Mobley produced one of his best performances of the season, making 19 saves to help Bartram Trail even its record on Thursday night. Offensively, the Bears were led by five goals from Nolan Testa and another four from Aiden Parr. Tim Adams, Riley Smith and Griffin Gast each scored twice. Michael Morris added another for Bartram Trail, who improved to 6-6 on the season. The Bears will not play over spring break and be in action again on March 21 against Nease in a District 6 contest. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Flagler Palm Coast 0
Menendez clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 6 tournament with its second win over a Flagler County team this week. Camryn Marcey, Natalie Sloan, Alyssa Moxon and Allie Willower each scored thrice. Lauryn Argitis, and Laurence Gosselin scored twice, while Ashley Botu rounded out the scoring. Nicole Ramsey made three saves in goal for the Falcons, who improved to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in district.
St. Augustine 16
The Bulldogs controlled the first 10 minutes of Thursday night’s match, but visiting St. Augustine dominated over the next 40. The Yellow Jackets scored 15 unanswered goals to overturn an early deficit and improve to 9-1 on the season. Natalie Lescroart, Aubriegh Furnal and Taylor Thomas each scored three goals for the Yellow Jackets. Roxy Van Horn and Peyton Greenfelder both scored twice. Brooke Reed, Emily Gober and freshman Elliot Fluman all found the back of the net. Reed and Emerson Fluman led a Yellow Jackets defense that has allowed 27 goals over the course of its seven-match winning streak.
Menendez senior Hannah Johnston had an afternoon to remember as her narrow 9-8 (10-6) victory over Susie Rodriquez in No. 4 singles helped the Falcons win their second match of the week. With the teams having split the six completed matches, Johnston’s victory helped Menendez improve to 3-4 on the season. Menendez’s Mallory Talbert beat Patricia Gillispie 8-4 in No. 1 singles. Other Menendez winners were Sophia Zaharias in No. 5 singles and the No. 2 doubles combination of Julia Hall and Aubrey O’Connell, who beat Elise Zitka and Rodriquez 8-6.
Bolles names new coach
Bolles didn’t wait long to name a successor to Corky Rogers, tabbing longtime assistant Wayne Belger as the new Bulldogs coach. Rogers, 73, had spent 45 years as head coach at Lee High and Bolles, posting a 465-84-1 record that included a record 10 state championships. He is ranked fifth nationally in all-time coaching victories.
Flagler splits doubleheader
Mackenzie Conley blasted a walk-off grand slam, lifting Flagler College to an 8-4 win over Tusculum College in the first game of a doubleheader at Flagler Field. Tusculum (12-12) won the second game 5-4. Flagler’s Ally Marcano (13-3) went the distance in the opener to earn the win. The freshman struck out eight and allowed four runs on four hits. Maddy Murphy had a double and triple and drove in three runs for the Saints (17-12) in the second game. The Saints will travel to Due West, South Carolina, to face Erskine College in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Flagler sophomore honored
Flagler College’s Lara Ardler was named Peach Belt Conferences Women’s Golfer of the Week. The sophomore from Bremen, Germany, captured her first college title Tuesday at the Benbow Invitational at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club. She shot 76-72-148 to win by five strokes.