Holiday hoops tournaments highlight prep sports action
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Tyler Jenkins had 24 points to lead Halifax Academy past Warner Christian Academy 64-55 in the championship game of the inaugural Halifax Invitational Tournament at Hinson Middle School in Daytona Beach.
Travis Walker added 15 points and LaShawn Wilder 13 for the Knights of Hinson Middle.
“Each game showed what type of team we were. Each game everybody different step up and allowed us to be successful,” said Shamus Dougherty, Halifax head coach.
Warner was led by Mark Maddox, who led all scorers with 35 points. James Harris added 11 points for the Eagles.
Walker was named tournament MVP. Joining him on the All-Tournament team included Nick McClelland (Pierson Taylor), Joey Sterling (Pine Castle Christian), Mark Maddox (Warner Christian), Jordan Brown (Warner Christian) and James Cuthbertson (Halifax Academy).
Other tournament scores: Warner-46, Taylor-44; Halifax-50, Orlando Pine Castle-41, Pine Castle-47, Taylor-27.
Atlantic girls show in prestigious tournament
Atlantic went 2-1 in the CresCom Holiday Invitational tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which features some of the top teams in the nation.
The Sharks beat C.E. Murray High School, S.C., but lost to Kings Fork, Va. 59-37 and Heathwood, S.C. 61-54.
“I was proud of our girls. The competition was tremendous. We were in position to win the games that we lost. Our opponents had a little more experience than we did.
Playing in this tournament will help us in district and conference play,” commented George Butts’s Atlantic’s head coach.
Ronni Williams had 20 points against Kings Fort, Destiny Woodard 24 against Heathwood and Shantazia Howard scored 27 against C.E. Murray for the Sharks.
Father Lopez girls also hosted a tournament field, which was quite competitive.
The Green Wave defeated Spruce Creek 72-42 and lost to Gainesville Buchholz 74-68.
Shannon Crenshaw led Lopez with 26 points against Creek. Ashley Folsom added 20 points and Simone Brown 16 for the Green Wave.
The Hawks were led by Jenna Hawkins who had 22 points. Crenshaw had 27 points and Ashley Folsom 22 against Buchholz for Lopez.
Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach also hosted a holiday tournament this past week.
The Lions beat Tallahassee John Paul II Catholic High 70-52 and lost to Belle Isle Cornerstone Christian Academy 62-56.
Zach Camporese scored 32 points for the Lions against John Paul II while Marquis Miller had 21 against Cornerstone.
More tourneys to come
Atlantic, Father Lopez and DeLand will host holiday tournaments Dec. 27-29.
The Lopez and Atlantic tournaments will consist of both boys and girls brackets.
Warner also will compete and host games in Atlantic’s Sunshine Tournament.
DeLand girls will travel to Orlando Dr. Phillips to compete in the Florida Prospects Christmas Tournament Dec. 27-29.
Matanzas (Palm Coast) will host a girls tournament Dec. 28-29.
Lopez also will host the New Year’s Showdown Jan. 4-5, which will feature girls and boys brackets. The admission will be $5.
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) released its tentative football classifications for the 2013 and 2014 seasons on Dec. 21. Every two years schools are reclassified into classes and districts based on student enrollment.
The moves locally at this moment will be New Smyrna moving up from 6A to 7A, Father Lopez is moving up from 2A to 3A and Atlantic moves down from 5A to 4A.
Go to www.fhsaa.org for complete tentative football reclassification.
University’s Vogt resigns
Mike Vogt resigned as University head football coach this past week to become the offensive coordinator at Pinecrest high in Southern Pines, S.C.
Voigt led the Orange City based school in its three-year existence to a 10-20 record, including a season best 5-5 mark this year.
Brian Kells, the school’s wrestling coach, also will be the school’s football coach.
Vogt joined Deltona’s Ky Cowan as the latest coach to resign. Cowan resigned for personal reasons a week earlier.
There are now five area schools without head football coaches. Spruce Creek, DeLand and Matanzas High in Palm Coast also are without coaches.
Prep Sports Seven Basketball
Girls: 1. Father Lopez (12-3), 2. Atlantic (8-4), 3. DeLand (12-2), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (9-4), 5. Seabreeze (8-4), 6. Trinity (11-4), 7. Warner (6-3).
Boys: 1. Father Lopez (8-1), 2. New Smyrna (10-2), 3. Mainland (6-4), 4. DeLand (7-4), 5. Spruce Creek (6-5), 6. Halifax (8-3), 7. Calvary (8-3). Others: Pine Ridge (5-4), Atlantic (5-7), Flagler Palm Coast (5-7).