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AFA honors current Gator Speights

By JOE SMITH
Published May 11, 2007


Marreese Speights played just one year for Admiral Farragut, but the 6-foot-10 forward made a sizable impact.

So much so Admiral Farragut will retire Speights' number (53) this morning at 8 a.m. in a ceremony at the school.

Speights, a Florida freshman forward, was part of the Gators' national championship team this season.

But in 2004-05, Speights was a Class A all-state selection and on the Times' all-county second team after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Jackets. He also was an all-county pick in 2003-04 when he played at Gibbs.

"It's not too often you have someone who wins a national championship in a program like this, " Admiral Farragut coach Anthony Lawrence said. "We wanted to show how much Marreese meant to us."

GEORGIA BOUND: Tarpon Springs senior pitcher Christina Skulas will sign today with Thomas University, an NAIA program in Georgia. Skulas was 12-8 with a 0.78 ERA this season, striking out 142 in 121 innings.

FOOTBALL SIGNINGS: East Lake added four commitments - defensive end Jeff Aldridge (Webber International), defensive end Josh Petkovich (Georgia Southern), wide receiver Jeff Lapratt (Millsaps College, a D-III in Mississippi), and quarterback Mike Smooke (Maritime College, a D-III in New York).