Atlantic’s Ronni Williams to pick college next month
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Ronni Williams, Atlantic High School basketball star will announce which college she will play for on Nov. 9 at 1:50 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
“She will make her decision at that time in the school’s gymnasium,” confirmed George Butts, Atlantic’s head coach.
Williams will choose between Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and defending champion Baylor. She also was recruited by Miami, LSU, Maryland, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Texas and others.
The 6’1” senior guard/forward is a five-star prospect who is ranked 13th overall and No. 3 at the wing position on ESPN’s Top 150. She also is listed as Florida’s top 2013 prospect. She is an ESPN Rise All-American as well.
Last season she averaged 20.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.7 blocked shots per game.
Williams owns school records for most points in a game (46), most rebounds in a game (26), and most block shots in a season (93).
She is also Miss Atlantic High School for 2012-13.
Dixon and defense lift Warner
Defense lifted Warner Christian Academy to a 21-7 win over Crystal River on Homecoming in South Daytona this past week.
The Eagles defense fueled by James “Trey’’’ Paytas (14 total tackles, three for loss, one sack, one interception) and Josh Harris (12 total tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble) pitched a shutout for three quarters. The Eagles also had three key fourth-down stops and forced four turnovers.
The win was a good one for Class 2A Warner over 5A Crystal River.
“The defense really showed up. We knew it would be hard fought game.
We played a very good game and got a big win against a pretty good team,” said Steve Allen, Warner’s head coach.
Marcus Dixon also ran for 181 yards and three scores for Warner.
“We have been working hard in practice. We have some talent. Everyone is stepping up and making plays,” commented Dixon.
14-0 lead in third
Crystal River (4-2) was driving, but on fourth down and three yards to go Paytas tackled Dallas Baldner to stop the drive.
Warner (6-1) responded with a five-yard touchdown run from Dixon to take a 7-0 lead with 5:31 to play in the second quarter.
The Pirates were threatening again but Paytas intercepted Joseph Lafluer at the four-yard line in the final minutes of the half.
“We did a good job getting to the ball tonight. On that play, I came from the other side of the field. I just dove and got the ball,” Paytas remarked.
Following a Pirates fumble, Warner capitalized on Khalil Hicks’ 11-yard score to take a 14-0 lead with 8:17 to play in the third quarter.
Late Warner score
Crystal River got within 14-7 on Dallas Baldner’s five-yard score with 5:09 to play in the game. The drive followed a Warner turnover.
Warner responded with a one-yard score by Dixon to make it 21-7 with 2:33 left.
Baldner finished with 174 yards rushing with a score for Crystal River.
Bentlee Critcher and Antonio Hamm each had an interception and Mario Goss a fumble recovery for Warner.
Some of this week’s top games
New Smyrna (6-0, 2-0) at Seabreeze (4-3, 1-0)
A win would all but give NSB the 6A-9 district title while a Seabreeze win would put that team in the driver’s seat. Both teams can score, but who plays defense best will win.
Seabreeze lost two way star player Charles Nelson to an injury last week, so it may be a tough win.
DeLand (4-3, 2-0) at Jacksonville Sandalwood (4-2, 1-1)
This is a big game in district 1-8A with both teams in contention for the title and playoffs. DeLand is coming around but has a tough test on the road with the Saints.
Tavares (2-4, 1-1) at Atlantic (5-1, 1-1)
The Atlantic Sharks are still alive for the playoffs and should get this win at home.
Taylor (4-2, 1-0) at Wildwood (1-6, 0-1)
A win would put the Taylor Wildcats in the playoffs. They are expected to win.
Prep Sports Seven Football
1. New Smyrna (6-0), 2. Warner (6-1), 3. Atlantic (5-1), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (5-2), 5. DeLand (4-3), 6. Seabreeze (4-3), tie 7. Taylor (4-2), Trinity (4-2), Others: Mainland (3-3).
1. New Smyrna, 2. Warner, 3. Atlantic, 4 Flagler Palm Coast, 5. Seabreeze, 6. University, 7. Taylor.