No going back: FHSAA board again votes to proceed with Metro-Suburban changes in football
The Florida High School Athletic Association will go forward with the biggest change to the high school football playoff structure ever, again voting to proceed with the Metro and Suburban overhaul this year on Monday.
News4Jax Super 10: Bartram Trail moves up, University Christian back in rankings
The high school football season is in full swing and News4Jax has you covered. The Super 10 rankings will be a fixture on Tuesday’s during the regular season. All games are Friday at 7 p.m. unless indicated. District games indicated by an *.
Traffic improvements planned for Oakleaf roundabout after children hit by cars
Multiple parents in Oakleaf are speaking out after numerous children have been hit by cars at the intersections around the large roundabout that’s located near Oakleaf High School and Plantation Oaks Elementary School. And Clay County officials are taking action following outcry from parents and inquiries from News4Jax.
News4Jax Super 6 softball: New team at the top and a newcomer in this week’s rankings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – High school softball season is in full swing and so are our News4Jax Super 6 rankings. (2) Ridgeview (9-1, Class 4A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Fletcher, Keystone Heights, Oakleaf, Paxon, West Nassau. (NR) Baker County (7-2, Class 4A)Notable wins: Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Paxon, Trinity Christian. (4) West Nassau (5-2, Class 3A)Notable wins: Keystone Heights, Middleburg. Dropped out: Episcopal (3-2, Class 3A).
News4Jax softball Super 6: Clay County teams moving up in rankings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – High school softball season is in full swing and so are our News4Jax Super 6 rankings. (3) Ridgeview (4-1, Class 4A)Notable win: Bartram Trail, Fletcher, West Nassau. 4 Bartram Trail (9-0). The win over West Nassau was classic, a three-run rally in the top of the seventh. Not a whole lot of room for concerns for West Nassau.
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).
Girls basketball regional finals: Four area teams eye spot in state semifinals
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four area girls basketball teams have state semifinal berths in sight. Three area teams play at home (Bishop Kenny, Oakleaf and St. Augustine). Region 1-5AAdFort Walton Beach (17-3) at St. Augustine (25-1): The Yellow Jackets just keep right on winning. Another victory would send St. Augustine to the state semifinals for the first time since a trip in 2001. A win would send St. Augustine to the final four where it would face Orlando Jones or Palm Bay on Feb. 25.
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.
Area girls weightlifters bring home the medals in state championship meet
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Area girls weightlifters brought home eight individual championships at the high school state tournament. Tyler Bauer (Bartram Trail) 335. Bartram Trail 16. Mahailya Reeves (Union County) 390; 4. Union County 19; 4.
National signing day 2021: A look at Wednesday’s area football signings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The first signing day for high school football athletes came and went in December. A look at athletes from around the area who signed letters of intent on national signing day. Athletes who played sports other than football and signed on Wednesday can be found here. AdThis list will be updated throughout the day and in the weeks to come as more athletes finalize their college plans. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 19 Mandarin baseball player Brennan Baker signs with Tallahassee Community College.
News4Jax Super 6 girls basketball: Oakleaf stays anchored at the top
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4Jax Super 6 girls basketball rankings will be published each Wednesday during the regular season with the exception of a break for the holidays. (1) Oakleaf (12-0, Class 7A)Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Jackson, Mandarin, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra. Two very tough opponents to end the week in Spruce Creek on Friday and Bishop Kenny on Saturday. (3) Raines (10-4), Class 4ANotable wins: Bishop Kenny, Jackson, Lake Mary, Ribault, Sandalwood, Valdosta. But their most impressive win of the season came earlier this week against a full-strength Bishop Kenny squad in a 51-50 overtime thriller.
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..
Man sought in Clay County woman’s death shot, killed by police in Maryland
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Shawn Lequin Braddy, the man who was sought by Clay County deputies in connection to a deadly shooting in Oakleaf, was shot and killed by police Tuesday in Maryland, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said a Montgomery County police officer was wounded by the suspect. “We ask that you keep the Montgomery County task force detectives in your prayers,” interim Chief Hector Velez, with Prince George’s County Police Department, said during a news conference. Marcus Jones, the Montgomery County police chief, said the officer was shot in the upper body. Family members identified the woman killed Monday in Clay County as Tiara McDaniels, 33.
Man sought in Clay County woman’s killing
OAKLEAF, Fla. – Clay County deputies are looking for a man in connection with a deadly shooting Monday in Oakleaf. In a statement, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said deputies believe Shawn Lequin Braddy was involved in a shooting Monday morning on Grayson Lane in the Oakleaf area. McDaniels’ family said she was at home with her children when the shooting happened. McDaniels had a child with Braddy and filed a domestic violence injunction against him in 2013. Resources availableIf you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, these resources are also available:
High school football 2020: Playoff scores from around the area
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The high school football playoffs are in full swing. Here’s a glance at Friday’s playoff scoreboard and the playoff schedule for next week. Playoffs, Week 2Friday, Nov. 13Region 1-8A, Play-in game, Round 1Sandalwood 28, Mandarin 13Nease (1-7) at Oakleaf (6-3), canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, Oakleaf wins by forfeitByes: Bartram Trail, Flagler Palm Coast, Oakleaf. Region 1-7A, Play-in game, Round 1Gainesville Buchholz 46, Creekside 13Tallahassee Lincoln 42, First Coast 8Atlantic Coast 47, Fletcher 21Fleming Island 21, Tate 0Region 1-6A, Play-in game, Round 2Lee 42, Fort Walton Beach 6St. Augustine 38, Mosley 24Matanzas 7, New Smyrna Beach 6Pensacola Escambia 44, Middleburg 0Columbia 14, Ponte Vedra 0Region 1-5A, Play-in game, Round 2Arnold (2-4) at Baker County (7-2), canceled due to COVID-19, Baker County wins by forfeitRaines 28, Westside 20Ribault 38, Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee 33Suwannee 14, Parker 7Tallahassee Godby 64, Paxon 0Tallahassee Rickards 21, White 14Bye: Baker County. Region 2-5A, Play-in game, Round 2Orange Park 20, Citrus 7Menendez 32, Mount Dora 27Clay 43, Leesburg 0Ridgeview 38, Tavares 20Region 2-4A, Regional quarterfinalsBradford 40, Keystone Heights 14Bolles 44, Villages Charter 14South Sumter 28, Palatka 7Fernandina Beach 34, West Nassau 22Region 1-3A, Regional quarterfinalsEpiscopal 41, Interlachen 19Florida State University High 42, Jackson 6Trinity Christian 20, Baldwin 3Region 1-2A, Regional quarterfinalsUniversity Christian 41, Aucilla Christian 16North Florida Educational 40, Rocky Bayou Christian 0Victory Christian 39, St. Joseph 0Region 3-1A, Regional quarterfinalsFort White 21, Branford 20Union County 42, Bell 0Hilliard 22, Lafayette 21, OTPlayoffs, Week 3Friday, Nov. 20Region 1-8AOakleaf (7-3) at Bartram Trail (8-1)Flagler Palm Coast (4-3) at Sandalwood (7-2)Region 1-7AFleming Island (7-2) at Tallahassee Chiles (1-5)Tallahassee Lincoln (6-1) at Atlantic Coast (4-5)Region 1-6ALee (6-1) at Pensacola Pace (4-3)Pensacola Escambia (8-0) at St. Augustine (7-2)Daytona Beach Seabreeze (4-4) at Columbia (3-5)Daytona Beach Mainland (7-1) at Matanzas (6-3)Region 1-5ATallahassee Godby (4-3) at Ribault (2-6)Baker County (7-2) at Raines (4-6)Suwannee (8-2) at Pensacola Pine Forest (3-4)Region 2-5AMenendez (4-5) at Orange Park (4-5)Ridgeview (7-3) at Ocala Vanguard (6-1)Atlantic (1-5) at Clay (8-1)Region 2-4ABolles (7-2) at Fernandina Beach (7-3)Bradford (5-5) at South Sumter (4-4)Region 1-3ATrinity Christian (8-1) at Episcopal (6-2)Region 1-2AUniversity Christian (5-4) at St. John Paul II (5-3)North Florida Educational (2-6) at Tallahassee North Florida Christian (5-2)Region 3-1AUnion County (7-3) at Fort White (2-6)Madison County (8-2) at Hilliard (8-0)
Two area high school football playoff games scratched this week due to COVID-19
It was the Panthers' second game this season that they had lost due to COVID-19. — Collin Drafts (@CoachDrafts) November 12, 2020According to Josh Wilson with FloridaHSFootball.com, a total of 17 playoff games this week had been canceled this week. Baker County’s first-round playoff opponent, Panama City Beach Arnold, was forced to forfeit due to COVID-19 issues. Instead of opening the postseason up this week, both Oakleaf and Baker County will have the week off. Baker County will travel to face the winner of the Raines-Westside game next Friday in the Region 1-5A quarterfinals.