Hernando: News and notes

By Times Staff
Published November 15, 2007

Sharks open with a win

The Nature Coast girls basketball team opened its season Tuesday with a 54-36 win over Wiregrass Ranch. The Sharks were led by Shareka Maner's game-high 18 points.

There was concern about Sharks captains Cherikhan Waddy and Crystal Anthony, who suffer from knee and back injuries, respectively. Anthony played sparingly, but only because she got into early foul trouble. Waddy scored 10 but is not 100 percent.

"I've told both of them the minute they have any sort of pain to let me know," Sharks coach Travis Lamle said. "They're both captains so they want to be on the court."

Nature Coast bowls to state title

The boys bowling team claimed its first state title last week in just its second season. Members of the team include Ryan Clowar, Billy Lummus, Wric Millican, Jeff Morgan, Michael Perreira, Connor Garvey, William Holobinka and Chris Polizzi.

Nature Coast has the lone boys bowling team in the county. Bowling is classified as a recognized sport by the Florida High School Athletic Association. Sports such as football are sanctioned sports.

Sharks ready for test

One thing Nature Coast coach Jamie Joyner learned from his team's 26-13 loss to Williston in the football quarterfinals last year was the need to improve his team's schedule to better prepare for playoff action.

This season, the Sharks scheduled Class 2A power South Sumter, losing 45-42 to the Raiders in October. The close loss is something Nature Coast will take with it into Friday night's region quarterfinal against North Marion.

"We compared them a lot to South Sumter," Joyner said. "Same type program, same type kids."

Ridgewood's secret weapon?

In all likelihood, Ridgewood's region quarterfinal against Daytona Beach Seabreeze on Friday will be decided by how well the Rams' power running game can help offset the Sandcrabs' high-powered spread offense. But one player who hasn't gotten a ton of press this season could also play a big role. Senior wide receiver Addidas Tolliver has languished in the shadow of running back Byronell Arline for most of the season but has finished strong, scoring three touchdowns in the last three games of the regular season. Tolliver nine catches, 181 yards, three touchdowns is one of the only Ridgewood players with game-breaking speed, which could make him valuable against a Sandcrabs team that is very fast.

"If he was at another school that threw the ball all the time," Rams coach Chris Taylor said, "he'd be one of the best wide receivers in the county."

Izzy Gould can be reached at izzygould@gmail.com or (813) 909-4612. David Murphy can be reached at dmurphy@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1407.