November 13th, 6:00pm – Join host Mike Ridaught and Marty Pallman with special guests Coach Cuneo and the Eastside Cross Country Team. All of the girls and the boys will be there. For the girls, it is Seniors Becca Sugrue and Ellen Yeats, Juniors Christine Pu, Lucinda Peng, and Ria Someshwar, and Freshman Vanessa McAdams and Mia Varner. The boys are Seniors Carsten Thue-Bludworth, Ravi Kumar, and Fen Bowen, Junior Matthew Ruppert, Sophmores Robert Booker and Thomas Poirier, and Freshman Hunter Hintenlang. We’ll recognize our Athlete of the Week, recap Player of the Game, take a look back at our picks for the week and release the new football Prep Zone Power Poll.
- Thursday, November 8th, was Alex Gonzales of the Keystone Heights football team. Gonzales was a work-horse for the Indians (6-4) in their season-ending 33-0 win at PK Yonge (Gainesville). The senior, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, carried the ball 34 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
- Friday, November 9th, were Danny Stirt and Trey Carr of the Oak Hall (Gainesville) football team. Stirt completed 8-of-13 passes for 133 yards and three TD’s as Oak Hall won at St. John Lutheran (Ocala), 54-14, to finish the regular season with a .500 record (5-5). The senior also rushed 11 times for 66 yards and a TD, caught one pass for a 42-yard score and was 5-of-6 kicking extra points. He also recorded the first sack of his career. Meanwhile, Carr had 11 carries for 112 yards and two TD’s. The junior also had three catches for 59 yards and a score, along with a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned 20 yards for a TD, from his linebacker position.
Trophy Shop Athlete-of-the-Week Presented by Mark McGriff’s State Farm Insurance of Gainesville for the week of November 5th
- Hannah Burns of the Columbia (Lake City) girls’ swim team. Columbia’s colors are gold/purple. Burns won her second state title in two years with an automatic All-American time of 2:00.82 in the 200-yard individual medley at the FHSAA Swimming & Diving Finals. The sophomore was only three seconds away from setting a state record. She also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.12 that will be under All-American consideration.