Game of the Week: Special teams very special for Creekside in win over Mandarin
Mandarin’s offense was moving the ball, and Creekside’s running game had difficulty finding room. But one thing didn’t just tip the field for the Knights, it moved the ball all the way down the field — Creekside’s special teams.
Border Classic on Thursday: Creekside faces Glynn Academy
The Border Classic presented by Baker’s Sports puts high school football in the spotlight this week, with seven games over three days. All games will be streamed on News4JAX+ and select games will be broadcast live on WJXT Channel 4. We look at the matchups.
Game of the Week: Creekside lights up Nease in St. Johns County showdown
Nicky Williams rushed for five touchdowns in the News4JAX Game of the Week, while quarterback Wilson Edwards threw for three more, as host Creekside used a 21-point third-quarter outburst on the way to a 62-41 victory over Nease in a St. Johns County showdown.
UConn to meet former conference rival UCF in second round
UConn and UCF will renew what has been a physical rivalry when the teams square off Monday night. The No. 2 seed Huskies, who routed Mercer in the opening round, are 13-0 against the No. 7 seed Knights, dating back to their days together in the American Athletic Conference, which UConn left in 2020 to rejoin the Big East.news.yahoo.com
Bellarmine wins ASUN, hands NCAA bid to Jacksonville State
CJ Fleming scored a career-high 27 points, Dylan Penn added 22 and Division I newcomer Bellarmine defeated Jacksonville 77-72 in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, handing the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to regular-season champion Jacksonville State.
Oakleaf can’t catch up to Tampa Plant in girls hoops state semifinals
The best season in Oakleaf girls basketball history finished two wins short of a state championship. The Knights started fast but cooled off after that in a 69-52 loss to Tampa Plant in the Class 7A state semifinals at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland on Friday afternoon. Nyla Jean led Plant with 26 points. AdOakleaf guard Taliah Scott had 26 points and Fantasia James added 15. Both of those players are sophomores and return in 2022 to try and help to Knights contend for a state championship.
News4Jax Super 6 softball: Oakleaf, West Nassau open at the top in 2021
When the season was paused, and eventually canceled due to COVID-19, our Super 6 looked like this — Ridgeview, Oakleaf, West Nassau, Episcopal, Bartram Trail and Atlantic Coast. Glance: The Knights are always a pick to land high in the Super 6 and they open 2021 in a familiar position. Ridgeview (1-1, Class 4A)Notable win: Atlantic Coast. Episcopal (1-0, Class 3A)Notable win: Atlantic Coast. Others: Baldwin (3-0, Class 3A; Clay (1-0, Class 4A); Creekside (1-2, Class 6A); First Coast (3-0, Class 6A); Fletcher (1-1, Class 6A); Keystone Heights (1-1, Class 3A); Mandarin (1-1, Class 7A); Middleburg (1-0, Class 5A); Paxon (2-1, Class 4A); Providence (0-1, Class 3A).
UAE weapons show draws major deals, traders amid pandemic
(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI – In spite of the surging coronavirus pandemic, major arms makers descended Sunday on a convention center in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to make deals with militaries across the Middle East. The UAE unveiled $1.36 billion in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces with everything from South African drones to Serbian artillery. Significant national pavilions were absent, including the United States, the world’s largest arms exporter. Ad“The threats are obvious lately,” said Walid Abukhaled, CEO of Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company, a holding company owned by the country’s sovereign wealth fund. “If Iran goes into a major rearmament program or starts to flex its muscles, that’s where missile defense and air defense systems come in,” he said.
Girls high school basketball playoffs: Six games headline second-round slate
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tuesday night is the second round of the girls high school basketball state playoffs. St. Augustine beat Ponte Vedra 47-29 in the regular season, and then edged the Sharks 49-45 in the district championship. The Trojans won 51-50 in OT this season, 44-38 last season, 54-50 in 2019 and 52-39 in 2018. That sets up a rematch of the district championship game, won 46-35 by the Christians. C/F Jaidy Mejia (11.2 ppg) and G Laura Gonzalez (10.2 ppg) lead NFEI.
NCAA probe is 'speed bump' to Vols' new coach Josh Heupel
New Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Josh Heupel, left, shakes hands with University of Tennessee athletics director Danny White after being presented a jersey speaks during an introductory press conference at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Caitie McLekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)Josh Heupel believes he can win quickly at Tennessee and position the football program for long-term success. Heupel was introduced Wednesday as the program's 27th head coach and fifth, not counting interim or acting coaches, since the end of the 2008 season. New athletic director Danny White said Tennessee ran an “exhaustive nationwide search” led by the same search firm that helped land White. White was hired last week to replace the retiring Phillip Fulmer and hiring a new coach was his first task.
High school football playoffs 2020: Local matches highlight Week 3 picks
N4J pick: Bartram Trail 31, Oakleaf 30. N4J pick: Sandalwood 23, FPC 21. N4J pick: St. Augustine 33, Escambia 31. Baker County (7-2) at Raines (4-6), 7 p.m.: The Vikings defense against the Wildcats offensive front. N4J pick: Snyder 28, Out-of-Door 20..
Creekside girls win state swimming; FPC’s Cronk defends titles
Flagler Palm Coast’s Cronk, the reigning News4Jax swimmer of the year, defended her crowns in the 200 free and the 100 free. On the boys side, Creekside (192.5) finished as state runner-up to Oviedo (216) and led a strong showing from St. Johns County programs in the pool. The Knights had a state champ in the 200 free relay event and the Bears had gold in the 200 medley relay. The Fleming 200 free relay team was state runner-up, with Maryn McDade joining the Grimms and Johnson on the team. McDade also had a third in the 50 free (23.84) and a third in the 100 free (52.50).
High school volleyball 2020: Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra move on to 3rd round of playoffs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Only two volleyball programs from St. Johns County are left standing in the Class 5A-7A state playoffs. Bartram Trail bounced Mandarin 3-1 in Region 1-7A and nationally ranked Ponte Vedra swept Ridgeview in Region 1-5A on Wednesday night. Those teams join Bishop Kenny (Region 1-4A), Christ’s Church (Region 1-2A) and Union County (Region 3-1A) in advancing to Saturday’s regional final for a berth in the state final fourPonte Vedra (24-0) knocked off Ridgeview 25-14, 25-19, 27-25. In Region 1-7A, Bartram Trail (14-7) knocked off Mandarin 3-1 to advance to Saturday’s regional final against Lyman. In Region 1-6A, Creekside’s season ended with a 20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 15-10 loss to Leon.
News4Jax Super 10: Unbeaten Clay makes debut in rankings
(3) Trinity Christian (5-1), Class 3ALast week: d. Lee, 14-6. (6) Baker County (6-1), Class 5ALast week: d. West Nassau, 28-12. This week: vs. Gainesville (1-2), 6 p.m.Glance: Generals struggled offensively against Trinity last week and haven’t faced the best competition outside of that. Dropped out: Sandalwood (5-1, Class 8A), lost to Mandarin, 29-12; Fletcher (4-1, Class 7A), have missed last two weeks due to COVID-19. On the bubble: Fletcher (4-1, Class 7A); Hilliard (6-0, Class 1A); Ponte Vedra (5-2, Class 6A); St. Augustine (4-2, Class 6A); Sandalwood (5-1, Class 8A), Suwannee (6-2, Class 5A).
High school volleyball 2020: Five area teams win playoff openers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The first night of high school volleyball playoff action is in the books and five local teams are moving on. The Mustangs (11-9) advanced to the Oct. 28 regional semifinal at Bartram Trail. Bartram Trail 3, Sandalwood 0The Bears (13-7) swept the Saints 25-18, 25-23, 25-11 to advance to the regional semifinals on Oct. 28. The 18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 win sends the Knights (17-2) to the second round on Oct. 28. Tallahassee Leon 3, Fleming Island 2The Golden Eagles pushed host Leon to the limit, but couldn’t get over the hurdle in a 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 14-16 loss.
News4Jax Super 6 volleyball: Ponte Vedra-Creekside stay 1-2 before showdown
(1) Ponte Vedra, (14-0, Class 5A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Creekside, Fleming Island (twice), Fletcher, Florida High, Mandarin, Middleburg, Ridgeview, Santa Fe. (2) Creekside (13-1, Class 6A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail (twice), Bishop Kenny (twice), Bolles, Florida High, Ridgeview (twice), Santa Fe, Trinity Christian. (5) Fleming Island (13-6, Class 6A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Mandarin (twice), Middleburg, Ridgeview (twice). (6) Bishop Kenny (10-7, Class 4A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Episcopal, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Providence, Ridgeview, Yulee. (3) Fletcher (15-2, Class 6A)Notable wins: Bolles, Mandarin, Middleburg (twice), Ridgeview, Sneads, Stanton, Yulee.
News4Jax Super 10: New team at the top with big changes across rankings
(2) Fleming Island (4-0), Class 7ALast week: d. Creekside, 26-23. (3) Bolles, (3-1), Class 4ALast week: d. Palatka, 49-0. (4) Baker County (4-0), Class 5ALast week: d. Westside, 35-6. On the bubble: Clay (3-0, Class 5A); Flagler Palm Coast (2-1, Class 8A); Fletcher (3-1, Class 7A); Hilliard (5-0, Class 1A); Sandalwood (3-0, Class 8A). GEORGIAFriday, Oct. 9Benedictine (5-0) at Ware County (4-0), 7:30 p.m.Charlton County (2-2) at Clinch County (1-1), 7:30 p.m.*Coffee (3-1) at Camden County (4-1), 7:30 p.m.Glynn Academy (2-2) at Brunswick (2-2), 7:30 p.m.*Pierce County (4-0) at Fitzgerald (4-0), 7:30 p.m.