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Bartram Trail High School to host Inaugural 2019 North Florida All-Star Series Volleyball Classic

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (November 20, 2019) — The North Florida All-Star Series Committee presents the inaugural All-Star Volleyball Classic on Saturday, November 23 at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County. 

 

The North and East All-Stars start the day with the opening game at 10 a.m., followed by the South All-Stars and West All-Stars facing off at 1 p.m. The third-place game will follow at 4 p.m. between the losers of the early games, and the championship game between the two earlier winning teams will take place at 7 p.m. 

 

The North team, which consists of players from Duval, Nassau, and Columbia counties, is coached by Debbie Christian of Christ’s Church Academy in Jacksonville. Christian is assisted by her assistant coach from Christ’s Church Academy, David Schwab. 

 

Christian led Christ’s Church to a regional final appearance in Class 2A this season, after taking the Eagles to the Class 3A state title in 2017 and state semifinals in 2018. 

 

One of the leaders for Christ’s Church during this run is middle blocker Julia Mangum, who has signed to play for Liberty University. Mangum will lead the North squad along with Lake City Columbia’s Asherah Collins, who will play in college for UCF. 

 

Neptune Beach Fletcher, who finished the season 20-5 but missed the Class 6A playoffs, leads the North team with three selections, with outside hitter Morgan Killingsworth along with middle blocker Madison Scott and DS Riley McBride selected. 

 

The North’s opponent in the opening game is the East All-Stars. The East consists of players from Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, and Volusia counties. 

 

Bartram Trail’s Lainey Kekic is the head coach for the East. Kekic led the Bears to a 19-9 record and District 1-7A title in 2019. In three seasons at Bartram Trail, Kekic has led the Bears to the state playoffs each time, with a regional finalist finish in 2017. 

 

Kekic is assisted by St. Augustine Menendez’s Halle Peterson. In her first season at the helm, she led the Falcons to a 16-8 mark and regional semifinal appearance in Class 4A. 

 

The East squad is balanced with two players each chosen from St. Augustine, Bartram Trail, Keystone Heights, and Middleburg. 

The second game of the day pits the South All-Stars against the All-Stars from the West. 

 

The South team consists of players from Marion, Citrus, and Lake counties. Ocala Vanguard coach Randy Ewers is the head coach of the South team. 

 

In three seasons at the helm of the Knights, Ewers has led Vanguard to a Class 7A state championship in 2018 and 5A state runner-up finish this season. 

 

Ewers is assisted by Clermont East Ridge head coach Mayra Cuebas, who led the Knights to a 21-6 record and District 3-7A championship in 2019. She has guided East Ridge to 89 wins in the last four years with district titles each year, and a trip to the second round of the Class 8A playoffs in 2018. 

 

The South is led by three players from state runner-up Vanguard, led by outside hitter and Knights team captain Alexa Schmidt. Teammates Re’Na Ashley and Kyndal Kalb join Schmidt on the South squad. 

East Ridge also placed three players on the team, led by setter and University of Texas signee Naomi Cabello. Outside hitter Natalia Dukanovic and middle blocker Madison Hilde also represent the Knights. 

 

Ocala Forest also placed three players on the South team and Ocala Lake Weir has two representatives. 

 

The South’s opponent in the second game is the West All-Stars. The West is led by Alachua Santa Fe coach Eric Marshall, who led the Raiders to back-to-back state championship game appearances in the last two years. 

 

Marshall is assisted by Bell coach Drue Barry, who in his first season as head coach led the Bulldogs to a 27-2 record and second-round playoff appearance in Class 1A this season. Drue Barry took over the Bell program in 2019 from his wife Lisa, who led Bell to the Class 1A state championship game the previous year. 

 

The West is paced by Gainesville Buchholz outside hitter Kennedy Wade and middle blocker Ella Yazdanpour, who helped lead the Bobcats to a regional final appearance in Class 6A. 

 

Santa Fe also places two players on the squad with Amelia McCallum and Ramsey Marshall representing the Raiders. 

 

Branford, which finished this season 22-6 with a loss to eventual Class 1A state runner-up Newberry in a regional final, also places two players on the West team led by UNF signee middle blocker Lachelle Sikes. 

 

Fans wanting to come and watch all four games can do so starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids, and under those under the age of 5 are admitted for free. All ticket sales are cash-only. Concessions stands will be open for fans wanting food or drinks all during the event.

 

For those that are unable to attend, you can watch the third-place and championship games ‘LIVE’ online at ThePrepZone.com via the NFHS Network for a nominal fee of $9.95 for both games. Both games will be archived online at ThePrepZone.com, NorthFloridaAllStars.com, and NFHSNetwork.com and will be available free after 72-hours.

 

For more information regarding the North Florida All-Star Series, including all sports sponsored by the North Florida All-Star Series please visit northfloridaallstars.com or follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram) at @northflaallstar.

ROSTERS

NORTH
Cameron Fenner, Bishop Kenny
Anna Grace Combs, Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)
Jasmine Nunez, Bishop Snyder
Hallie Roberts, University Christian
Brianna Tucker, West Nassau
Faith Hammond, University Christian
Kylie Vining, Harvest Community
Morgan Killingsworth, Fletcher
Julia Mangum, Christ’s Church Academy
Madison Scott, Fletcher
Sarah Kersten, Bishop Snyder
Riley McBride, Fletcher
Kiersten Connolly, Bishop Kenny
Amaya Williams, Hilliard
Asherah Collins, Columbia
Lauren Wilson, Columbia

SOUTH
Nicole Dorothea, Forest
Natalija Dukanovic, East Ridge
Ella Lipka, St. John Lutheran
Savannah Weaver, Citrus
Tori Watts, Forest
Naomi Cabello, East Ridge
Kasey Permenter, Forest
Madison Hilde, East Ridge
Alexis Sands, Lake Weir
Raine Lynch, Trinity Catholic
Victoria Phillips, Lake Weir
Re’na Ashley, Vanguard
Kyndal Kalb, Vanguard
Alexa Schmidt, Vanguard

EAST
Kailey DiPaula, Fleming Island
Emily Loose, Keystone Heights
Mone Gordon, Middleburg
De’jah Johnson, Oakleaf
Anne Messler, St. Augustine
Madison Heskett, Keystone Heights
Shaniece Steer, Ridgeview
Bryanna Parrett, Oakleaf
Tawnee Madden, St. Augustine
Sammy Sicoli, Bartram Trail
Kyla Bailey, Menendez
Mikayla Simmons, Middleburg
Taneja Robinson, Father Lopez
Diana Bierwagen, DeLand
Alysaa Guarino, New Smyrna Beach
Gabby Taveras, Bartram Trail

WEST
Jasmyn Solomon, Gainesville
Ceven Kidd, Taylor County
Lachelle Sikes, Branford
Abigail Kelley, Suwannee
Ella Yazdanpour, Buchholz
Rylee Coleman, Newberry
Mikalya Armstrong, Chiefland
Amelia MacCallum, Santa Fe
Ramsey Marshall, Santa Fe
Ashley Spencer, Saint Francis Catholic
Adrianna Saavedra, Branford
Riley Battle, Williston
Jillian Cassube, Bell
Kennedy Wade, Buchholz
Gracie Langford, Trenton
Kylie Stevens, Union County

 

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Volleyball All-Star Nomination Letters being sent out

Attention Volleyball Coaches!

The Volleyball All-Star Nomination Letter is currently being sent out the Coaches and Athletic Directors across the area. Please be on the lookout for an email with all of the details for an email with this information from one of the North Florida All-Star Series committee members.

North Florida All-Star Series Committee,
Mike Ridaught
Joshua Wilson
Corey Davis
Marty Pallman

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ROSTERS – 2019 North Florida All-Star Series Inaugural Softball Classic

Tuesday, June 11 – at Oakleaf (Orange Park)

East 3, North 1
South 6, West 1
West 4, North 2 (3rd-place game)
South 4, East 1 Championship

Broadcast links (3rd-place & championship games)

All photos credited to Charlie A. Jackson, Madison Caveman Photography

Special thanks to Oakleaf High School for hosting this year’s inaugural event. We would also like to thank all the coaches, parents, volunteers, players, and their sponsors, for helping us to launch this game.

For more information or questions about next year’s event, please text Mike at 352-258-8450 or email mike@ThePrepZone.com.

NORTH ALL-STARS
NO. POSITION(S) NAME (SCHOOL) SPONSOR
#1 SS/OF/P Alexa Gatlin (Pedro Menendez) Menendez Athletic Boosters
#2 C/OF Soraya Hernandez (Jacksonville Mandarin) Mandarin High Booster Club
#7 OF Serena Hernandez (Jacksonville Mandarin) Mandarin High Booster Club
#9 C/3B/1B Linzie Lafavor (Jacksonville Trinity Christian) Lafavor Family
#10 SS/2B/OF Jessica Urrutia (Jacksonville Mandarin) Mandarin High Booster Club
#11 P Bailey Cooley (Jacksonville Trinity Christian) Cooley Family
#12 P/2B Shelbea Holland (Fernandina Beach) Rushing Construction, LLC
#15 CF/LF/RF Maggie Wendt (Jacksonville University Christian) Married to the Mop
#17 SS/3B Jenae Wash (St. Johns Creekside) VENUS Swimwear and Fashion
#18 3B Emily Sikes (St. Johns Bartram Trail) Sikes Family
#19 SS/2B/3B/OF/P Olivia Creamer (St. Johns Bartram Trail) Creamer Family
#22 OF/2B Kaylee Beauford (Jacksonville Mandarin) Mandarin High Booster Club
#25 C/3B Hallie Kern (Jacksonville Mandarin) Mandarin High Booster Club
#30 SS Catilyn Boalch Baldwin Bolach Family
HEAD COACH: Jen Harman, St. Johns Bartram Trail
ASSISTANT COACHES: Natalia Gonzalez, Jacksonville Mandarin; Neil Luciano, St. Johns Creekside

EAST ALL-STARS
NO. POSITION(S) NAME (SCHOOL) SPONSOR
#0 1B/IF/OF Sydney Lewis Clay (Green Cove Springs Clay) High School
#2 IF Haleigh Wright (Middleburg) Wright Family
#3 2B/3B/SS/C Savannah Channell (Keystone Heights) Keystone Heights High School
#4 C/1B Olivia Wannall-Wilber (Middleburg) Robert & Cheryl Curry
#5 P Bri Enter (Orange Park St. Johns Country Day) Enter Family
#6 2B/3B/IF/OF Caitlynne Lamug (Orange Park Oakleaf) Oakleaf High Booster Club
#7 P/1B Madisyn Davis (Orange Park Oakleaf) Oakleaf High Booster Club
#8 C Maggie Wilkes (Orange Park St. Johns Country Day) Wilkes Family
#10 OF/RF/2B Haley Crosby (Middleburg) Crosby Family
#18 P/1B Cambria Arturo Oakleaf Oakleaf High Booster Club
#19 3B Baylee Goddard (Orange Park Oakleaf) Oakleaf High Booster Club
#20 2B/SS/IF/OF Jasmine Lamug Oakleaf Oakleaf High Booster Club
#22 DP/IF/C/OF/1B Dakotah Worley (Green Cove Springs Clay) Clay High School
#25 1B/UT Kiersten Sanchez Middleburg Oakleaf Carpet Care
HEAD COACH: Christina Thompson, Oakleaf
ASSISTANT COACHES: Casey Thompson, Ridgeview, Matt Lewis, Clay

SOUTH ALL-STARS
NO. POSITION(S) NAME SCHOOL SPONSOR
#1 SS/2B Courtney Robinson (Alachua Santa Fe) Alachua Pest Services, LLC
#2 SS/C Bailey Bates (Clermont East Ridge) USA Medical Equipment
#3 P/2B/OF Kayla Betts (Eustis) Eustis High School
#4 1B Elayna Berry (Ocala Lake Weir) Lake Weir High School
#6 1B/CF/UT Kierstyn Kohlmaier Belleview Belleview High Athletic Booster Club
#7 OF Leea Hanks (Eustis) Eustis High School
#8 CF/OF Jenna Smith (Gainesville Buchholz) Buchholz High School
#9 1B/IF Drew Wrask (Gainesville Buchholz) Buchholz High School
#12 3B/C Trinity Girovasi (Belleview) Belleview High Athletic Booster Club
#14 OF Hannah Malloy (Ocala Lake Weir) Lake Weir High School
#15 OF/SS McKenzie Jones (Deltona) Deltona High School Athletics
#16 P Hailey Raulerson (Alachua Santa Fe) Alachua Pest Services, LLC
#32 C/SS/CF Shelby Sparkman (Gainesville P.K. Yonge) P.K. Yonge DRS
#91 OF Armya “Cookie” Taylor (Ocala Lake Weir) Lake Weir High School
HEAD COACH: Brittany Beall, Eustis
ASSISTANT COACH: Brandon Surber, Ocala Lake Weir

WEST ALL-STARS
NO. POSITION(S) NAME (SCHOOL) SPONSOR
#1 P/SS Cris’Deona Beasley (Lake City Columbia) Columbia High School
#3 SS/2B Laila Dickey (Madison County) Madison County High School
#4 LF/CF Talia Brown (Starke Bradford) Bradford Softball Boosters
#9 2B/3B/C Ragan Barnes (Mayo Lafayette) Lady Hornet Booster Club
#10 1B Grace Guthrie (Trenton) Scott & Amie Guthrie
#11 3B/C Ashlyn Rogers (Monticello Aucilla Christian) Aucilla Christian Acd. Softball Boosters
#12 P/SS/CF Kylee Barry (Bell) Bell Softball Diamond Club, Inc.
#14 CF/OF Caroline Jennings (Madison County) Madison County High School
#15 1B Macie Thomas (Chiefland) Thomas Family
#20 P Kensley Durrance (Bell) Bell Softball Diamond Club, Inc.
#21 1B/3B Dara Gaylard (Lake City Columbia) Columbia High School
#32 3B Taniah Bowers (Trenton) Bowers Family
#44 C Amber R. Thompson (Madison County) Madison County High School
HEAD COACH: Todd Bryant, Trenton
ASSISTANT COACHES: Clint Anderson, Trenton; Krystal Holley, Bell

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2019 North Florida All-Star Series

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – “The Prep Zone” is excited to announce the debut of the North Florida All-Star Series, which will consist of a series of All-Star games throughout the high school sports seasons, including but not limited to football, volleyball, basketball, softball, and baseball.

It will involve four teams from four regions that comprise The Prep Zone’s coverage area (26 counties from Duval County down to Lake County).

The first in the series will be the All-Star Baseball Classic to be played at Columbia High School in Lake City on Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 10 a.m. The South team will open up against the West squad with the North facing the East at 1 p.m. The losers of the first two games will play for third place at 4 p.m., and the two winning teams will square off for the championship at 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 for the day for adults, while children and students with ID are only $5. Children five and under will be admitted for free.

The North group will be led by Fletcher (Neptune Beach) skipper Mike Grillo and University Christian (Jacksonville) head coach Justin Sirmon. Jacksonville players dominate the roster with only one player coming from outside of Duval County.

Fletcher has the most selections of any school with five, led by Jevin Relaford, son of 12-year major leaguer Desi Relaford (Ba .451, 20 sb, 26 runs, 17 RBI, & GPA 3.4), who has multiple offers and is considered the “best defensive shortstop in north Florida,” according to Grillo.

Three players from Providence (Jacksonville) made the squad, led by Cutter Cannon.

The South team is skippered by Trinity Catholic (Ocala) head man Tommy Bond, who won a state title in 2014 with the Celtics. Bond will be assisted by Gainesville manager Chris Malphurs and East Ridge (Clermont) head coach Bret Simmermacher.

The South team will include players from Alachua County down to Lake County.

This squad is led by three players apiece from Buchholz (Gainesville), Santa Fe (Alachua), and Gainesville, which will be represented by twins Zeb and Luke Marquis, who are both signed to play at Santa Fe College, along with Buchholz’s Cole Howard and North Marion’s Jake Blair.  FSU football signee Maurice Goolsby will also play in the game.

The West squad is managed by Trenton head coach Scott Hall.

Hall won two state titles as Williston manager in 2014 and ‘15 and led the Tigers to the state semifinals in 2018. He will be assisted by Madison County head coach Jason Fletcher, who took the Cowboys to back-to-back 1A state runner-up finishes in 2017 and ’18, and Suwannee (Live Oak) manager Justin Bruce, who led the Bulldogs to the state semifinals in 5A this year for the first time since 1967.

The West is led by three players from 1A state champion Williston: Parker Seay (College of Central Florida), Jake Elder, and Ethan Davis. The Red Devils just won their third state title in the past six years.

Madison County, which lost to Williston in the Region Final, also landed four players on the team, led by Dawson Rutherford and Tallahassee Community College commit Dilan Lawson, while Bo Bonds, a Chipola College signee, leads a contingent of three Suwannee players for the West.

The East team, which represents Clay County down to Volusia County, is skippered by Clay (Green Cove Springs) coach Josh Persinger.

Five Clay players will join their coach on the East squad, led by Tallahassee Community College commit Dylan Faulkner (5-3, 1.56 ERA) and Zach Morris (.317, 15 RBI, 3 HR).

The teams were chosen by nominations of the coaches as well as the North Florida All-Star Committee, which consists of Mike Ridaught and Marty Pallman of “The Prep Zone,” Corey Davis of DuvalSports.com, and Joshua Wilson of FloridaHSFootball.com.

The third-place and championship games will be broadcast with live streaming video from Lake City on Tuesday via the NFHS Network.  A broadcast link will be provided soon here at ThePrepZone.com.

For more information, please text Mike Ridaught at 352-258-8450 or email northflaallstar@gmail.com.