Success of Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra show depth of girls lacrosse in the area
Bartram Trail (17-4) will face Tampa Plant (18-3) at 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the Class 2A state semifinals in Naples. Five hours later at 7:30, Ponte Vedra (14-4) collides with Lake Highland Prep (19-3) in the Class 1A semi. That the area has teams in both classifications still alive and chasing championships is a testament to just how much the sport has grown in the area.
College degrees, a famous stepdad: The interesting journey of Sharks QB Danny Southwick
Quarterback Danny Southwick led the Sharks to their first win of the season last week. If the name doesn’t sound familiar to Sharks fans, there’s good reason for that. He had joined the team just a week earlier. But just who is Danny Southwick? Probably just the most interesting guy in arena football.
What Types of Shark are in Our Florida Waters | River City Live
Summer is here and people flock to the beach AKA the home of sharks! Sharks are truly remarkable creatures but should we fear them? Our Friend Jodi Leafer, a member of Shark Angles stopped by the studio to educated us on sharks and shark attacks. Shark Angles mission is turning fear into fascination and passion into action. They are all about sharks and our oceans. Their goal is to inspire the protection of both through innovative education and advocacy programs.
Ponte Vedra girls too much for McCarthy in soccer state final
Ponte Vedra went back and finished the job this time. The Sharks found their redemption on Friday afternoon, knocking off Archbishop McCarthy 2-0 in the Class 5A state championship game at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand. That made it a 2-for-2 day, and a sweep by area girls teams in state championship games this week. AdAs it had been throughout the latter of the season, the Ponte Vedra defense was wicked. Ponte Vedra followed with four consecutive shutouts, the final one of those against the country’s 29th-ranked team by MaxPreps.
All-News4Jax volleyball: Burkhardt, Ponte Vedra squad proved untouchable
She moved from Virginia to Ponte Vedra before the season and had only heard stories from her cousins, who were exceptional volleyball players in town during their eras. Burkhardt said the process was smooth because her Ponte Vedra teammates made her feel welcome and wanted. Of their 27 matches, Ponte Vedra swept 26 of them. FIRST TEAMPosition, player, school, classOH Amy Burkhardt, Ponte Vedra, Sr.All-News4Jax player of the year. MB Zeta Washington, Ponte Vedra, So.
Untouchable: Perfect Ponte Vedra volleyball team thunders to Class 5A state championship
The Ponte Vedra volleyball team completed the most dominant run in area history on Saturday, sweeping Jensen Beach to win the Class 5A state championship in Fort Myers and capping a back-to-back quest that is unprecedented in area volleyball history. Mignerey has led Ponte Vedra to three championships, the most by a team in area history. To hang with the Sharks, Jensen Beach needed something to go its way. It found very little rhythm against Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra and Christ’s Church won championships in 2017, the first time that area programs had brought home titles in the same season.
Bishop Kenny, Ponte Vedra cruise into volleyball state championship games
On to the state volleyball championship go Bishop Kenny and Ponte Vedra. The Crusaders punched their seventh trip to the state title game with a 3-0 rout of host Tampa’s Academy of the Holy Names on Saturday in the Class 4A state semifinals. Ponte Vedra rolled on in its quest to defend its state championship with a sweep of Ocala Vanguard in the Class 5A state semis. Sandalwood (1979, Class 4A), Fletcher (1981, Class 4A), Bolles (1989, Class 2A), Nease (2008, Class 4A) and Christ’s Church (2017, Class 3A) are the only other area programs to bring home volleyball state crowns. This is the fourth trip to the state championship game for Ponte Vedra and coach Robin Mignerey.
High school volleyball 2020: Bishop Kenny, Ponte Vedra headed to state semis
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nationally ranked Ponte Vedra and perennial power Bishop Kenny are headed to the volleyball state semifinals. Amy Burkhardt had 13 kills, with Kyle Mignerey and Rachel Johnson adding seven apiece for Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra has been untouchable for more than a year. Alongside Ponte Vedra at the next top will be Bishop Kenny, the area’s volleyball headliner for years running. Region 1-2AChrist’s Church came close but the Eagles came up short in a marathon 3-2 regional final loss to St. John Paul II.
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.
Ponte Vedra boys win 4th straight golf state crown
Ponte Vedra is the first team in boys golf history to capture four consecutive team state championships and now has six overall, tying it with Nease and Tampa Plant for the most in state history. Ponte Vedra wound up winning by three strokesSharks golfer Scotty Kennon finished runner-up with a 1-under 143 to Heritage’s Luke Clanton. Ponte Vedra and Heritage had identical totals both rounds — 301 and 296. Last year’s duel, a six-stroke Ponte Vedra win, was tight. On the girls side, Ponte Vedra finished fourth with a 666.
Ponte Vedra boys golf team eyes state 4-peat entering final round
The quest for four consecutive boys golf championships is entering the final round for Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra is vying to become the only boys golf team in state history to win four straight golf state championships. Bradenton Prep (1998, 1999 spring, 1999 fall) and Bradenton Lakewood Ranch (2011-13) are the only others to threepeat in boys golf. As a program, Ponte Vedra has five state titles. In the girls 2A field, Ponte Vedra is fourth with a 338.
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.
Ponte Vedra coach Jeff DiSandro resigns from 4-1 Sharks football team
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ponte Vedra will have a new face on the football sidelines after head coach Jeff DiSandro stepped down for “personal reasons.”Athletic director Eric Frank confirmed that to News4Jax Tuesday, saying that DiSandro resigned for “personal reasons” but would remain teaching at the school. It was a sudden end for DiSandro, who left Bishop Kenny last year for the position at Ponte Vedra. He led Ponte Vedra to a 7-3 record last season and reached the state playoffs before losing to Columbia. Ponte Vedra was out to a 4-1 start this year, with its lone loss coming last week to Super 10 No. DiSandro was the third coach in program history following Mike Loyd (2008-13) and Matt Toblin (2014-18).
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 volleyball Super 6: No catching up to Ponte Vedra
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4Jax Super 6 high school volleyball poll will be published each Thursday during the regular season. (1) Ponte Vedra, (5-0, Class 5A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Fletcher, Middleburg, Ridgeview. (2) Creekside (5-0, Class 6A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Ridgeview, Trinity Christian. (3) Bishop Kenny (4-4, Class 4A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Yulee. They get the edge over Bartram Trail and unbeaten St. Johns Country Day due to a pair of victories over teams in our Super 6.
Sharks WR Devin Wilson joins Jackson staff as receivers coach
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Sharks season ended before it began when the National Arena League canceled the schedule due to the coronavirus, but wide receiver Devin Wilson isnt letting that keep him from the field. Wilson is joining the staff at Andrew Jackson High School as the teams new wide receivers coach. Wilson was on the Sharks teams that won the NAL championship in both 2017 and 2019. Last season, he caught 102 passes for 1,179 yards and 29 touchdowns. The 2021 NAL season is expected to kick off in April 2021.
Shark attacks drop around world during coronavirus lockdown
Shark attack numbers have sunk to dramatic lows, likely a side effect of closed beaches and widespread quarantines, according to experts at the University of Floridas International Shark Attack File. Only 18 unprovoked shark bites have been confirmed globally from Jan. 1 to June 18, down from 24 over the same time period in 2019 and 28 in 2018. Three unprovoked attacks resulted in fatalities, two in Australia and one in California, an increase from last years total of two deaths. The East Coast has been pretty quiet, and thats where we pick up blacktips and the occasional bull shark, Bowling said. While the chances of being bitten by a shark are minimal, the ISAF offers recommendations on how to lower the risk of a shark attack or fend off an attacking shark.
JU researcher sets off to tag, track white sharks off Florida, Georgia coasts
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The shark research group OCEARCH embarked on its 37th expedition right off our coast on Thursday. Now is the time of year when white sharks concentrate around the Florida-Georgia area to forage on right whales. National scientists will join forces with the Jacksonville University-based OCEARCH team on a three-week survey between Brunswick and Savannah Georgia. White sharks tagged last year close to Nova Scotia have been tracked close to the Florida coast. JU Professor Dr. Bryan Franks plans on tagging new sharks with satellite tracking devices to learn more about their movements and behavior.
Florida continues to be shark bite capital of the world with 21 attacks in 2019
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida continued its reign as the global leader in shark attacks last year. According to an annual report from the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File, there were 21 unprovoked shark attacks in 2019 which represented 51% of the U.S. total and 33% of unprovoked attacks worldwide. “We’ve had back-to-back years with unusual decreases in shark attacks, and we know that people aren’t spending less time in the water,” Naylor said. ISAF confirmed 64 unprovoked shark attacks on humans and 41 confirmed provoked attacks. Australia had the second-most shark attacks globally with 11, a decrease from the country’s most recent five-year average of 16 bites annually.
Ponte Vedra volleyball team eyes another state title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Ponte Vedra volleyball team is in position that few area teams have been in before. Ponte Vedra faces defending state champion Ocala Vanguard (16-10) at 1:30 p.m. in Fort Myers, with its sights set on bringing home just the ninth title by an area team. Only one area team has won multiple state titles, Bishop Kenny. That’s set a good bit of expectations at Ponte Vedra. Saturday’s title match will be just the fifth game for Ponte Vedra since Oct. 23.
Sweep victory: Ponte Vedra rolls into volleyball title match
Ponte Vedra will play in its third state volleyball championship match on Nov. 16 against Ocala Vanguard. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Ponte Vedra volleyball title punched its ticket to the state championship match on Saturday. The Sharks swept visiting Port Charlotte in the Class 5A state semifinals (25-21, 25-15, 25-21) to advance to its third state title match since 2016. Ponte Vedra (24-6) will face Ocala Vanguard (16-10) for the state title on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers. Ponte Vedra has finished the season on a blistering pace.
St. Johns County golfers grab team, individual championships
It was a good day for area boys golfers in the state tournament, especially for those from St. Johns County. Ponte Vedra carded rounds of 298 and 306 in the event. The Sharks have won state titles in 2013, '15 and 17-19. Justin Ortiguera of Ponte Vedra had a 73-75 for a 148 to finish in a tie for fourth. For the girls, Ponte Vedra took fourth with a 665, 22 strokes behind winner Archbishop McCarthy.
Volleyball playoffs: Ponte Vedra moves on to state semifinals
Christ's Church volleyball players Julia Mangum (7) and Virginia Hudson (8) block a shot during a Region 1-2A final against Seven Rivers Christian on Tuesday night. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Three area high school volleyball teams were in action on Tuesday night chasing spots in the state semifinals. Ponte Vedra was the lone area survivor, sweeping Wakulla 26-24, 25-13, 25-16 to win the Region 1-6A final. In Region 1-2A, Christ's Church, state champions in 2017, came up short in five games to Seven Rivers Christian. The Warriors topped the host Eagles 13-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13 to advance to the state semifinals.
Super 10: Trinity moves up as regular season winds down
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The News4Jax Super 10 high school football poll will be published each Tuesday during the regular season. The Bears look to close out their first unbeaten regular season in program history when they host a very good Vikings team in the finale. (2) Columbia (7-2), Class 6ALast week: d. Middleburg, 48-23This week: vs. North Marion (7-2), 7:30 p.m.Glance: Tough regular season finale for the Tigers, who are probably looking at a No. (5) Trinity Christian (5-5), Class 3ALast week: d. Raines, 17-14 (OT)This week: Off, regular season completeGlance: Very nice victory for the Conquerors to enter the state playoffs on. Others: Baker County (6-3, Class 5A), Baldwin (7-2, Class 3A), Flagler Palm Coast (7-2, Class 8A), Fletcher (6-3, Class 7A), Parker (6-2, Class 5A), St. Augustine (5-4, 6A), Raines (5-3, Class 5A), Westside (7-2, Class 5A), West Nassau (7-2, Class 4A).
High school football 2019: District titles on the line in Week 10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A glance at the top high school football games in Week 10 of the regular season. Menendez (5-2, 3-0) at Orange Park (5-3, 3-0)*: The winner of this game will grab the District 5-5A championship and one of the top four seeds in Region 2-5A. OP is ranked 11th in RPI in the region this week and won't make the playoffs if it doesn't win here. St. Augustine (5-3, 2-0) at Ponte Vedra (6-1, 2-0)*: A game for the District 3-6A crown. Who's already in the playoffs: Bartram Trail (1-8A district champ), Fleming Island (2-7A district champ), Raines (4-5A district champ).
High school volleyball: Fleming tops Ponte Vedra in 1-2 battle
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. - On a busy day of volleyball across the First Coast, Fleming Island and Bartram Trail rose to the top. Fleming Island, the No. 1 Ponte Vedra 2-1 on Saturday morning in a battle between the area's best. It a 21-match Ponte Vedra winning streak against local programs. But after a brief discussion between the main official and the back judge, it was ruled that Ponte Vedra touched the ball before it went out of bounds.
Super 6 volleyball: Fletcher, Mandarin on the move in this week's poll
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The News4Jax Super 6 volleyball poll will be published each Wednesday through the end of the regular season. (1) Ponte Vedra (9-2), Class 5ANotable wins: Divine Savior, Episcopal, Fletcher, Fort Myers, Menendez, Middleburg, Nease, Pine Crest, Providence. (6) Fletcher (8-1), Class 6ANotable wins: Bartram Trail, Mandarin, St. Augustine, Trinity ChristianA big jump for the Senators, who knocked off Bartram (3-2) and Mandarin (3-1) since our last Super 6. Christ's Church won the Gulf Division at the JJVA River City Classic. 6 spot this week, but Christ's Church has been on a tear.
Super 6 volleyball: Fletcher makes debut in rankings
The News4Jax Super 6 volleyball poll will be published each Wednesday through the end of the regular season. (1) Ponte Vedra (5-0), Class 5ANotable wins: Fletcher, Menendez, Middleburg, Nease, Providence. The Mustangs have a tough one against Providence on Saturday at the JJVA Fall Classic, Fletcher on Sept. 17, Creekside the 18th and Bartram Trail the 19th. (NR) Fletcher (6-1), Class 6ANotable win: Trinity ChristianThe Senators make their Super 6 debut following a string of four victories, all 3-0s. Two big ones on tap, Wednesday against Bartram Trail and Nov. 17 at Mandarin.
Super 6 volleyball: Creekside, Mandarin move into poll in Week 3
Ponte Vedra is atop the News4Jax Super 6 volleyball poll for the third straight week. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The News4Jax Super 6 volleyball poll will be published each Wednesday through the end of the regular season. (NR) Mandarin (6-0), Class 7ANotable wins: Christ's Church, RidgeviewThe Mustangs make their Super 6 debut following an unbeaten start, with a 3-1 win over previously ranked Christ's Church on Aug. 31 as their headliner. They stay in the Super 6 this week over Christ's Church. Dropped out: Christ's Church (3-1, Class 2A), Middleburg (1-3, Class 5A).
Super 6 volleyball rankings: Bartram Trail moves in for second week
JACKSONVILLE, FLA - The News4Jax Super 6 volleyball poll will be published each Wednesday through the end of the regular season. (NR) Bartram Trail (1-1), Class 7ANotable win: Bishop KennyThe Bears got into the win column after a sweep of previous No. (3) Episcopal (2-3), Class 3ANotable wins: Creekside, MiddleburgThe Eagles ended a three-match slide with a 3-1 win over previous No. Other contenders for this spot are Bolles and Fletcher, but I've kept the Broncos in this week due to the win over Bartram Trail. On the bubble: Bishop Kenny (0-2, Class 4A), Bolles (3-0, Class 4A), Creekside (2-1, Class 6A), Fletcher (3-1, Class 6A), Providence (0-2, Class 3A), Oakleaf (2-0, Class 7A), Trinity Christian (1-1, Class 3A).
High school football Week 1: Full schedule, top games, need to knows
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A glance at the Week 1 high school football schedule around the First Coast, and the top three high games on Friday night. Your best bets this weekFleming Island at Clay: Annually one of the best matchups in Clay County. Clay won back-to-back games. Nease at Ponte Vedra: The 11th installment of the Battle of the Bridge, and one that has favored the younger Sharks program. Both coaches here, Jeff DiSandro at Ponte Vedra, and Collin Drafts at Nease, are in their first seasons at these programs.
News4Jax Super 6 volleyball: Ponte Vedra opens at the top
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The News4Jax Super 6 volleyball poll will be published each Wednesday through the end of the regular season. Ponte Vedra couldnt be set up much better following its Class of 2019 graduations. Fleming Island (0-0), Class 6AA strong case can be made for the Golden Eagles at No. Bishop Kenny (0-1), Class 4AThe Crusaders, 19-12 last year, have been as good of a pick to go deep into the playoffs as any program in the region. On the bubble: Bartram Trail (0-1, Class 7A), Bolles (0-0, Class 4A), Creekside (0-1, Class 6A), Fletcher (1-0, Class 6A), Harvest Community (1-0, Class 2A), Nease (0-1, Class 7A), Oakleaf (1-0, Class 7A), Providence (0-0, Class 3A).