St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Lake Gibson finally a champion

The Class 2A boys team wins another game with penalty kicks and claims the school's first state title in any sport.

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 24, 2002

TAMPA -- Penalty kicks have been good to Lake Gibson this season.

On Saturday, the Braves converted four of them and goalie Dustin Prickett had two saves to down Jupiter 4-3 in a shootout.

The teams played to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation and four overtimes.

Lake Gibson (24-3-0) also won on penalty kicks against Brandon in the regional quarterfinal and against Jesuit in the regional final.

The victory gives the school not only its first soccer title, but the first state title in any sport in the school's 23-year history, according to principal Ralph Gilchrest.

"I've been coaching for nine years, and I honestly didn't know what it would feel like to finally get here," Braves coach Bon DeLong said. "We never knew that we would have the caliber of players to get to this level, but they have really played together as a team."

Billy Judino scored his 36th goal of the season on a breakaway to give the Braves the early lead, but Jupiter (17-5-2) stormed back with a score from Andrew Helm, his 31st. Lake Gibson went up 2-1 on Luis Castro's goal, but the Warriors answered a minute later with another goal from Helm.

In the second half, Castro gave the Braves their third lead 3-2, but Jorge Manzo countered in the 68th minute. In overtime, Jupiter saw a shot by Christian Cates go off the post.


OLYMPIC HEIGHTS 3, CORAL REEF 0: Olympic Heights put the finishing touches on its unbeaten season Saturday, using a second-half offensive surge to post a victory against Coral Reef.

Olympic Heights, which defeated Gaither and Bloomingdale in the regional playoffs, finished the year 22-0-3 and with a 13-game winning streak.

The Lions opened the scoring with a first-half goal from midfielder Dan Etkie, but were held in check for the rest of the half. Coral Reef's (22-3-2) chances for a comeback diminished in the second half when Olympic Heights' Tommy Sedita put a shot past Barracudas goalkeeper Also Balsano.

Olympic Heights wrapped up its championship when Leo Calle scored on a penalty kick with 17 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the contest.


LAKE MARY 2, PARKLAND DOUGLAS 0: When Lake Mary lost to Parkland Douglas last month, it figured the teams would meet again. Lake Mary got its revenge Saturday in grand fashion, topping Douglas in the championship game at Pepin/Rood Stadium.

The Rams got goals from midfielder Keilee Rush and defender Jaclyn Wenaas to put to rest thoughts of their 4-2 loss to the Eagles in the regular season.

Lake Mary (27-6-1) caps its season with 11 consecutive wins. Douglas (27-2-2), meanwhile, had its 22-game winning streak snapped. Before Saturday, Douglas hadn't lost since Nov. 4 against Plantation.


SATELLITE 1, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 0: Traci Jenkins scored 11 minutes into the game as Satellite upset St. Thomas Aquinas. The Raiders, who entered the final unbeaten, were dominated by Satellite, which enjoyed a 14-3 shooting edge but could only muster one score.

Satellite finishes the year 28-1-2 and St. Thomas Aquinas 26-1-1.


NEASE 2, GULF BREEZE 1: After Gulf Breeze took an early lead on a goal by Shannon Wing -- her 56th of the season -- it looked like the Dolphins (25-2-2) might cruise to their third consecutive title.

Nease, however, had other plans.

Seven minutes before halftime, the Panthers (27-2-1) equalized on a goal by Jennifer Supko from Jenna Silverberg's assist.

Seven minutes after halftime, Lydia Sturgis got her 45th assist of the season on a cross to Golden Creavy for the game-winner.

The win marks the first soccer title for Nease. It lost 3-2 in double overtime to Sarasota in last year's Class 3A state semifinals.


Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

  • Growing up Gruden

  • Olympics
  • Brooks' words key U.S. run
  • A bad day? Blame Ohno
  • North American rivalry to grow, Gretzky says
  • Bettman attempts to quash talk of revenge
  • Bronze is bittersweet for Lightning goalie
  • Miller: No medal and no regrets
  • U.S. medals in 500, finishes 4th in relay
  • U.S. athletes give sites a personal feel
  • IIHF supports officiating in U.S.-Russia game
  • Americans end 46-year drought

  • Devil Rays/Spring Training
  • Rays' Kennedy 'on a mission'
  • Alderson presses for more profit sharing among teams
  • Wells feels good on the mound
  • McRae ready for righty-lefty games
  • Dome occupied; it's back inside

  • College basketball
  • In one second, Tide turns against Gators
  • NCAAs keep slipping away
  • Clemson bids to climb out of basement

  • Lightning
  • 4 years later, Lightning player observes from afar
  • Grit, goals on agenda

  • Colleges
  • FSU trio teams up for two-hitter

  • Letters
  • The hiring of Gruden gets mixed reviews

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Preps
  • CCC, PHU celebrate state titles
  • Bounces go against Marauders
  • Marauders claim championship
  • Palm Harbor University takes title
  • Bishop Moore wins battle
  • Zephyrhills' Hand captures a title
  • Brandon is on top again
  • Lake Gibson finally a champion
  • Clearwater's record run moving to state
  • Countryside pair get lift in finals

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts