Perfect! Sophia Kardatzke powers University Christian softball team into title game
Fifteen batters up. Fifteen batters down. University Christian junior Sophia Kardatzke dominated Foundation Academy in the Class 2A softball state semifinals, firing a perfect game to lead an 11-0 romp at Legends Way Ballfield in Clermont.
Photo gallery: University Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic meet in the Class 1M state semifinals
The Christians faced off with Clearwater Central Catholic in the Class 1M state semifinals and treated fans to a classic in a 34-29 loss. Photographer Kevin Nguyen captured the game in photos. Click through the gallery above to check out those pictures.
Late comeback leads to heartbreak for University Christian in Class 1M state semifinal
A UC desperation pass was picked off at the goal line with no time left, sending the Marauders (12-1) into the state championship game with a 34-29 victory over the Christians (11-2). So, Central Catholic will meet Chaminade-Madonna for the title, while UC’s season is finished.
Girls hoops state semis: University Christian back in final four, ready for big challenge
The University Christian girls basketball team is one of the final four teams left standing in the Class 2A state playoffs. The Christians face Faith Christian on Wednesday morning in Lakeland. A glance at the matchup.
News4Jax Super 6 baseball: All kinds of moves in this week’s rankings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – High school baseball season is back and so are our Super 6 rankings. (3) Fleming Island (10-1, Class 6A)Notable wins: Creekside, Episcopal, Nease, Ponte Vedra, St. Joseph. (1) Clay (11-2, Class 4A)Notable wins: Baker County, Baldwin, Keystone Heights, Ponte Vedra, St. Johns Country Day, Trinity Christian. (6) Bartram Trail (11-2, Class 7A)Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Fleming Island, Fletcher, North Florida Christian, Ponte Vedra (twice), St. Joseph. (5) Trinity Christian (8-5, Class 3A)Notable wins: Bishop McLaughlin Catholic, Chelsea, Ala., Creekside, Fletcher, IMG Academy Silver, St. Johns Country Day.
News4Jax Super 6 baseball: St. Johns strengthens grip on No. 1
(1) St. Johns Country Day (8-0, Class 2A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bolles, Glynn Academy, Spruce Creek, University Christian. Glance: This is your weekly reminder that St. Johns is very, very good this year. 1 St. Johns on Feb. 20. (5) Bolles (8-2, Class 4A)Notable wins: Clay, Mandarin, St. Joseph. 1 St. Johns Country Day.
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 basketball playoffs: Four area teams move on to 3rd round
Bishop Kenny girls basketball players huddle up during a break in action during Tuesday's Region 1-4A semifinal game against Ribault. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four area girls basketball teams are bound for the third round of the state playoffs. Bishop Kenny, Oakleaf, St. Augustine and University Christian all advanced to Friday’s third round with victories on Tuesday night. St. Augustine clipped Ponte Vedra for the second time this month with a 43-35 win in 1-5A. And Bishop Kenny pulled off the Northwest sweep with a grind-it-out, 44-39 win over Ribault.
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.
News4Jax girls basketball Super 6: Raines still on top; Bishop Kenny jumps back in
(1) Raines (18-4), Class 4ANotable wins: Bishop Kenny, Flagler Palm Coast, Florida A&M, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lake Mary, Parker, Ribault (twice), Sandalwood, Valdosta. (3) Ribault (15-4, Class 4A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Colonial, Dr. Phillips, Fletcher, Jackson, Legacy Early College, Mandarin, Parker. (2) Oakleaf (17-2, Class 7A)Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Flagler Palm Coast, Jackson, Mandarin, Nease, Orange Park (twice), Parker, Ponte Vedra. (NR) Bishop Kenny (14-9, Class 4A)Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Moore, Episcopal, Hawthorne, Nease, Oakleaf, University Christian. (6) Bartram Trail (12-6, Class 7A)Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Flagler Palm Coast, Orange Park, Providence, University Christian.
University Christian comes up short in Class 2A state championship game
The drive for a 10th state championship will have to wait. University Christian led at halftime but couldn’t hold off Hialeah Champagnat after that in a 41-27 loss in the Class 2A state championship game at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon. The loss denied UC a shot to move into double figures in state championship trophies and gave Champagnat (11-2) consecutive state championships. The Christians (8-5) went down 14-0 quick but recovered in a hurry with touchdown runs by Joseph Carter and Orel Gray. Donovan Jones ripped off a 46-yard touchdown following a UC fumble and Benson Prosper had his third touchdown catch of the game three minutes later.
Class 4A state title game glance: Bolles aims to finish mission this year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three high school football teams from the area reached this week’s state championship games, Bolles, Trinity Christian and University Christian. Glance at the gameThis marks Matt Toblin’s third trip to the state championship game as a head coach. He took Bolles to the Class 4A title game in 2019 and led Ponte Vedra to the Class 5A final in 2016. To go throughout a season, and to be where we are, you want to be able to finish. Our deal is going to be how many times can we can get in the game?
High school football 2020: Championship game picks are in
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – High school football season has entered the final week and so have our predictions. News4Jax sports editor Justin Barney reveals his weekly high school football picks for the championship week. N4J pick: UC 27, Champagnat 26. N4J pick: Trinity 13, Chaminade-Madonna 10. Homer picks, going all local this week?
Class 3A state title game glance: Red-hot Trinity Christian aims for 8th crown
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three high school football teams from the area reached this week’s state championship games, Bolles, Trinity Christian and University Christian. Class 3A state championship glanceTrinity Christian (11-1) vs. Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (8-1)When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, TallahasseeTickets: $15 in advance; $18 on gameday. The playoff roadTrinity Christian d. Baldwin, 20-3; d. Episcopal, 35-0; d. Tallahassee Florida High, 45-14; d. Ocala Trinity Catholic, 56-33; Chaminade-Madonna d. Somerset Academy, 52-0; d. Calvary Christian, 38-6; d. Edison, 28-0; d. Berkeley Prep, 23-21. Glance at the gameA rematch of the 2016 state championship game, won 24-13 by the Conquerors. Trinity Catholic’s 33 points in the state semifinals were more than the Conquerors had allowed in their previous 7 games combined (29).
Class 2A football title game glance: Can UC bring home title No. 10?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three high school football teams from the area reached this week’s state championship games, Bolles, Trinity Christian and University Christian. Class 2A state championship glanceUniversity Christian (8-4) vs. Hialeah Champagnat Catholic (10-2)When: Wednesday, 1 p.m.Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee. The playoff roadUniversity Christian d. Quincy Munroe, 42-0; d. Aucilla Christian, 41-16; d. St. John Paul II, 41-7; d. Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 35-20; d. Foundation Academy, 28-14; Champagnat d. 65-7; d. First Baptist Academy, 42-0; d. Moore Haven, 49-18; d. Community School of Naples, 67-7; d. Seffner Christian, 56-14. It’s the third meeting in the state championship game between these two teams since 2016. And it always takes a little bit of luck.” — UC coach David Penland III.